New Jersey Fishing Report – January 13, 2022

Grumpy’s Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park shared this photo of a striper caught by George Miller during last Friday’s snow storm.

Somebody forgot to tell the stripers it’s January.

The crazy bass bite continues as last weekend saw beach blitzes from Sandy Hook down to Island Beach State Park.  The stripers are feeding on peanut and adult bunker along with herring.

Many of the fish, which were hitting gliders, metal-lipped swimmers, shads and needlefish, were in the in the keeper range.

It’s probably safe to say they’re off the beaches as well but with so few boats in the water there aren’t many offshore reports.

Blackfish anglers are still finding decent catches on the local wrecks and reefs.

Rick Hebert at Tackle World in Rochelle Park said it has been pretty quiet lately but the frigid weather at the beginning of the week has the freshwater folks thinking ice. He said if the forecast holds, there may be some by this weekend.


Mike Pinto at Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright said he heard of fish on the beach from Sea Bright to Lavallette over the weekend with stripers up to 30 inches. A friend of his caught a dozen in Lavallette on bucktails.

Giglio’s is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and by appointment.

Mike Gleason at Tak Waterman in Long Branch also reported full blitzes on the beach from Sandy Hook to Sea Bright on peanut and adult bunker. He also got fish earlier this week in the evening. He’s amazed that the peanuts are still around.

The bass were hitting Savage Gear Dragon Tails, bucktails and shads. The shop is fully stocked and is open every day except Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Tak Waterman in Long Branch posted this photo of a striper that hit a Dragon Tail on Tuesday evening in the frigid weather.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar said the cold weather has chilled the enthusiasm of some anglers but added that those still at it have found the fishing very rewarding.

The blackfishing has been good on the party boats out of the Belmar Marina, Matthews said, and the Big Mohawk and Ocean Explorer are sailing every day weather permitting.

He’s been also been getting good reports on the striper fishing in the surf from the beaches to the south. There’s been plenty of keepers mixed in with the shorts.

Fishermen’s Den is open every day from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is fully stocked. Matthews wanted to remind anglers to renew their saltwater registrations and freshwater licenses.

Kyle Tanger at Fisherman’s Supply said the striper fishing over the weekend was really good from the pocket at the Manasquan Inlet down to Island Beach State Park. Shads, plugs and needlefish were all working.

Folks fishing for tog are doing well, he added, on the local reefs.

The store is loaded with inventory but he advised stocking up before the nice weather gets here. By then, he said, what you’re looking for might be hard to come by.

Capt.  Kenny Namowitz of the Mimi VI out of Point Pleasant Beach has been sailing almost every day and returning to the dock with good catches of tog. He plans on sailing through January and into February as long as the weather and fish hold up.

Pete Kupper at Charlie’s Bait and Tackle in Normandy Beach also reported a great weekend of striper fishing. He said the bass were on the beaches from Bay Head down to Island Beach State Park feeding on adult and peanut bunker along with herring. Anglers following the birds were doing well catching keepers and shorts.

A nice catch of blackfish aboard the Big Mohawk out of Belmar last weekend.

He’ll be closing down the shop for about five weeks starting on Jan. 22.

Jenni Ackerman at Grumpy’s Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park said the bass were biting during last Friday’s snowstorm, blitzed the beaches over the weekend and were still around for Tuesday’s deep freeze.

Again, adult and peanut bunker fueled the action and Ackerman said the gliders seem to be working the best but Avas got some attention as well.

Liza at Creekside Outfitters in Waretown said the shop is currently closed but will be open on weekends starting in February with a fully stocked store.

Capt. Dave Showell at Absecon Bay Sportsmen in Absecon said the rivers are full of white perch and they are now gathering in their winter holes.  He said he’ll have bloodworms in stock for anglers ready to give them a shot. Showell suggested calling ahead just to make sure he’s there.

Tara at Tight Lines Bait and Tackle in Somers Point said they’ve decided to stay open this winter and will be there every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fishing Forecast for New Jersey

Just when you think it’s all over, the stripers show up once more. While the forecast is pointing to another deep freeze on Saturday, the bass may surprise again and appear in the surf for anglers willing to face the elements.

Then there’s blackfishing. The bite on the local reefs and wrecks has been solid, if not spectacular, and there are still a few party and charter boats sailing for tog.

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