Northern New Jersey Fishing Report- November 10, 2022

Striped bass of all sizes are hitting topwater on the beaches, but trophies dwell beneath the peanut and adult bunker pods.

Anglers are running out of adjectives.  

Phenomenal, epic and historic are just a few of the superlatives being used to describe the current striper fishing. And it shows no signs of slowing down.  The bite stretches from Raritan Bay down to Island Beach State Park with folks catching a variety of sizes with just about everything working. 

Rick Hebert at Tackle World in Rochelle Park said all he’s hearing is bass, bass and bass. There’s a lot more keepers being caught, he said, especially in Raritan Bay. Shads, flutter spoons and topwater plugs are all working. He’s getting good reports on blackfishing on the reefs, jetties and at the inlets for those who’ve had enough striper fishing.  

Capt. Phil Sciortino at the Tackle Box in Hazlet said everybody has bass on the brain. Stripers are all over the bay and down the beaches. He heard the bass blew up on the beach in Long Branch earlier this week. The fish are on peanut and adult bunker and weigh from 10 up to 30 pounds. NLBN shads, poppers and swimming plugs will do the job. 

The Tackle Box in Hazlet shared this photo of Annie Deusch and her fall striper caught earlier this week.

Mike Pinto at Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright said bass in the 10- to 15-pound ranger were on the beach in Sea Bright on Tuesday. They’ve been making sporadic appearances in the surf from Sandy Hook down to Monmouth Beach in the last week. Bucktails, poppers, swimmers and OutCast plugs were all catching fish. Pinto said the night bite on the beach has been good, too, with Yo-Zuri mag darters and twitch baits working. 

Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright shared this photo of Bill Bertsch and the blitz bass he caught at the start of the week.

Mike Gleason at TAK Waterman in Long Branch said there’s now a lot of bait, mostly peanuts, on the beach which is what surfcasters want to hear. And the bass are coming in to feed. Raritan Bay is lit up with stripers, he added, and there are still plenty of fish in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers. The shop’s recent shipment of Back Bay plugs went out the door almost as fast as they came in but Gleason said a new order is in the works. The stripers were breaking under birds off the beach in Ocean Grove on Tuesday just out of reach.  The bass were on peanuts. 

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar said the striper fishing is the best it’s been in years and he’s seeing a lot more slot fish being caught.  The jumbos are still around, but now some fish are making it to the dinner table. Matthews said the blackfish are biting with ferocity in the Point Pleasant Canal and at the inlets while winter flounder in the Shark River are attracting anglers. There are a lot of sundials around as well. 

Fisherman’s Den in Belmar posted this photo of Ben Green and the beach bass he got on a bucktail on Wednesday.

Capt. Jay Richardella of Side Job Charters out of Belmar has been sailing every day for stripers and consistently catching keepers up to trophy-size fish. He’s been livelining, trolling and throwing shads. He’s going to be sticking with stripers but he did get some good reports on bigeye tuna at the Hudson Canyon. There have been some yellowfin in the mix as well. Check his website for available openings. 

Capt. Jay Richardella of Side Job Charters out of Belmar shared this photo of a happy young angler and the giant bass he caught this past week.

Capt. Steve Spinelli on the Skylarker out of Belmar took a break from his usual bottom fishing to get in on this red-hot striper bite. He’s been heading up to Raritan Bay and getting boat limits of keeper bass on shads. He’ll be switching to blackfish when the five-fish season opens on Nov. 16.

Matt Heagen at The Reel Seat in Brielle said it seemed like a new body of bass moved in with more slot fish in the mix. He said he got into them a few days ago with white metal-lipped swimmers fishing from a boat. Boat anglers are also picking up some false albacore, he added, and the beach bite is definitely getting better on plugs and poppers. 

Kyle Tanger at Fishermen’s Supply in Point Pleasant Beach said the bass are everywhere, you just need to be there when they show up. He thinks the surf action will really pick up on the downside of this recent full moon. There’s a lot of bait in the Point Pleasant Canal, Tanger said, along with plenty of stripers. The blackfish also continue to bite well in the canal and at the inlets. Sea bass fishing is pretty quiet, he added, but for those looking for fresh calamari, there are squid in the Manasquan Inlet. Tanger said he and his crew went looking for inshore bluefin earlier this week in some heavy seas but found nothing but whales and a bit of a beating. 

Chris Parlow at Captain Bill’s Landing in Point Pleasant Beach said striper fishing continues to be strong as long as the weather cooperates. He said bluefin tuna and false albacore have also been caught inshore as well and there’s been a good bigeye bite in the Hudson Canyon. 

Capt. Kenny Namowitz on the Mimi VI out of Point Pleasant Beach has been striper fishing with good results but he’s also catching some of the biggest porgies you’d ever want to see along with sea bass. Capt. Namowitz is gearing up for blackfish season and has a few openings on upcoming trips. Check the website for details. 

Frank Giacalone at Gabriel Tackle Co. in Brick said the local beaches are still producing with stripers hitting bunker chunks, topwater plugs and swim shads. Boats fishing from Spring Lake down to IBSP are catching bass trolling, jigging, and livelining.  

Pete Kupper at Charlie’s Bait and Tackle in Normandy Beach said bunker chunks and metal-lipped swimmers were catching jumbo and keeper bass off the beach. The bite was hot until Saturday when it shut down and stayed cold through Sunday. The fish started to feed again at the beginning of the week. Kupper also reported bass in the Toms River on bloodworms and at the Seaside Bridge on small plastics. There’s still plenty of peanut bunker back in the bay that should be making its way out to the beaches soon. Anglers have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 to enter the 11th Annual Surf Turkey Tournament at Charlie’s. This catch-and-release tourney, held over the Thanksgiving weekend, has a guaranteed first prize of $2,000. Charlie’s is also coordinating with the Berkeley Striper Club so that fish can be entered in its Ponytail Mike Malek Contest held over the same weekend. Check Charlie’s website for details. 

Jenni Ackerman at Grumpy’s Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park said surfcasters continue to catch monster bass on bunker chunks. There are a few keepers in the mix, but a lot of the fish are still too big. She’s anxious for the sand eel bite to start. Ackerman also mentioned that the shop is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a new line of hats, beanies and other clothing items available on the website. There will also be special events and sales coming around the holidays to mark the occasion. 

Best Bets for the Weekend

No secrets here. Stripers are dominating the scene, from Raritan Bay down along the coast. 

The boaters are doing well but the bite for surfcasters is getting better. More bait is showing up in the wash and along with it, more stripers, with a greater number of keepers in the mix.  

Bucktails, shads, swimmers and poppers are all working off the beach. The only question is where the bass will choose to show up.  

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  1. JohnW

    Did Monday sunrise to 8AM, not a touch.. didn’t see any birds working either side of Bayhead. Getting a little frustrated with the terrific reports but when I get outa bed, all I get is a beautiful sunrise and nice water. Drag is untested. Will keep at it. What were the fish like stocks decades ago?

    1. Mike Gardner

      John you gotta move around can’t stick in one spot if the fish are not there

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