Southern New Jersey Fishing Report- June 8, 2023

Sea bass fishing is great over local wrecks, fluke fishing is excellent in the bays and bluefish mix in with stripers around bridges from Great Egg Harbor Bay to Absecon Bay.

The past week had excellent reports of sea bass as most anglers had opportunities to hit the ocean with the winds finally settling down.  Along with sea bass, anglers had nice shots at thresher sharks working bunker schools from 1 to 5 miles out.  Some of the threshers have been in the 300 to 400 pound range.  Fluke fishing has been steady with water clarity and algae becoming burdensome on some of the drifts.  Anglers finding cleaner water are finding better numbers of fish.  Weakfish have been the big news for most of southern New Jersey.  The Ocean City and Somers Point area has been the hotbed of action with fish to 8 pounds. 

Here is this week’s rundown: 
Hook House Bait & Tackle in Toms River had great reports of blue crab action from the docks in Berkeley, Island Beach and Ocean Gate.  Hand-lined and traps loaded with bunker have been producing the best action.  Fluke fishing has been excellent from the “BB” to the “BI” markers.  Bluefish have been around the bay and inlets hitting on small metals.

Creekside Outfitters in Waretown reported good action on bluefish for boats dragging pony tails from the “BI” to “BB”.  Anglers working small soft plastics are also finding striped bass and some weakfish on the backside of Island Beach State Park.  Fluke fishing has been spotty with some areas producing at certain tides, and live minnows have been outproducing Gulp baits. 

Reel Reaction Sportfishing out of Waretown has been consistently boxing 5 to 8 keeper fluke per 4hr trips.  The biggest fluke the past week has been 25.5 inches and taping out to 6 pounds.  The skipper will be running full time starting June 16th through September 1st.   

The Super Chic out of Barnegat Light continued their onslaught on sea bass at the local wrecks and the boat will soon turn to offshore tuna during the summer months.  The skipper said to give them a call to get on the schedule.  

Tony’s Bait & Tackle in Manahawkin reported decent fluke action from the Beach Haven area and also from areas around Barnegat Inlet.  Anglers also reported some keeper fluke starting to be taken from the BL reef site.  Some of the offshore reports have been excellent for sea bass and thresher sharks, so keep the shark rigs on-hand  

Tackle Direct in Egg Harbor City said the weakfish bite has been excellent the past few weeks, so be sure to work soft plastics and shedders along some of the deeper holes.  Striped bass fishing has slowed off the beaches, but schoolies are still being found along the bridges and sod banks.  Fluke fishing continues to be solid in the backwaters, but ocean reports are beginning to trickle in from the reef sites.  Jigs and Gulp are working outside, while live minnows have been the hot bait in the back. 

Tight Lines Bait & Tackle in Somers Point had some nice reports of striped bass and bluefish being landed along the bridges.  Weakfish continue to pick up soft plastics and small pink swim shads.  Fluke fishing has been consistent along the channels and cuts off the Intercoastal Waterway.   

Badfish Charters in Ocean City has been on the striped bass in the backwaters and the captain has been hitting a few spots each trip.  Anglers have been working small flies and soft plastics along the sods.  The skipper has trips available in June, so get them call. 

The Cape May area reported good sea bass action from the wrecks off of Cape May and Wildwood.  The reef sites have contained a fair number of keeper sea bass and some fluke are starting to be caught in the shallower wrecks.  Striped bass fishing off the Delaware Bay has slowed, but there are some schoolies back in the channels and tidal creeks.  Small poppers, skitter-walks and soft plastics worked slowly in the morning have been consistent on these bass.  The drum bite has slowed, although a few were caught this past week.  Bluefin tuna have been biting north, but in the coming weeks yellowfin tuna should be in play at our southern canyons. 

South Jersey Fishing Forecast

The weather looks pretty solid for the weekend and the best bet will be to get out early to target sea bass at the deeper wrecks.  The shallower wrecks have plenty of fish to keep anglers interested, but most are in the under 13 inch rangeThe ocean may be a good shot to try for ocean fluke, especially at the reef sites in the 40 to 55 foot rangesLarge Gulp, squid or bluefish strips worked slowly should provide good opportunities for anglersIf you decide to go offshore, bring at least one shark setup as there are some nice threshers around and they make excellent table fare when grilledCrabbing, which gets little press, is a surefire bet as the bite has been excellent around the recent full moonI was out with my family and boxed over 40 keepers in less than two hours and all of the action was on hand-linesIf you prefer to ply the surf zone, the suds are producing fluke and bluefish on small jigsThere is nothing better than walking the beach for an hour or two during the early morning, while working light tackleGood Luck, Be Safe, and Tight Lines! 

1 thought on “Southern New Jersey Fishing Report- June 8, 2023


    I have yet to see anything said about the King Fish. well, let us have it.

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