When February finally ends, we’re right on the cusp of the striper season. The backwaters of New Jersey open, the waters warm and stripers start their slow but steady return trip from Virginia.
Another March highlight is the series of fishing flea markets throughout the region. These are great places to make those final purchases before the main event, the spring striper run gains momentum. The flea markets have become the go-to place to score hard-to-find plugs made by some of the best builders on the East Coast.
Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market
Toms River Intermediate School North
150 Intermediate North Way
Toms River, NJ
Two dozen custom plug builders will be selling their wares at this year’s Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market. Among them will be D-Mag, RM Smith, Big Rock, Guppy, Choopy and Cyclone. Get there early as the most popular plug builders are likely to sell out. Take note that this year’s flea market is at a new location, the Toms River Intermediate School North in Toms River.
You can find the full Berkeley Flea Market Vendor List HERE
Asbury Park Fishing Club Fishing Flea Market
Convention Hall in Asbury Park
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
The Asbury Park Fishing Flea Market has been going on for 21 years. It attracts plug builders from as far as Florida and anglers from as far as New England. More than 30 lures companies will have tables at the Asbury Park Convention Hall including AOK Tackle, Glitter Plugs, DT Lures, TB Swimmers, Old School Custom Plugs and Lex Lures. If you have a specific lure in mind, get to the convention hall early. Fishermen will be lining up at the door more than an hour before the doors open at 9:00.
For a full list of vendors, click HERE
Patchogue Fishing Flea Market
John A. Danzi Athletic Center
St. Joseph’s College
155 Roe Blvd
While most flea markets are strictly a buying affair, the Patchogue Fishing Flea Market features fishing seminars. This year’s seminars will be put on by Alberto Knie, or as many fishermen know him, Crazy Alberto.