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Striped Bass Fishing
APRIL – MAY = RARITAN BAY
SEPT – OCT = SOD BANK BAY
NOV – DEC = OCEAN MIGRATORY STRIPED BASS
Something about Striped Bass always gets people excited, maybe its the fight? The reel peeling drag? Multiple hookups? For me its all three.
We start off targeting these fish in the Raritan Bay in the month of April when they start their northern migration pattern. We also finish off the year doing the same thing out of Brigantine in November & December when they are on their southern migration pattern.
We will do whatever it takes to get bites usually starting out trolling while looking for schools of fish/bait/birds then switching over to snag & drop/jigging/casting if they are not too spread out.
Sea Bass – Fluke – Blackfish
Wreck fishing is for the people that want to “catch a lot of fish”
Sea Bass are my favorite eating fish and we get to target them from June-August & then again in October. Usually drift fishing over wrecks on the Atlantic City reef & surrounding area, these bottom dwellers are plentiful out there and always supply us with good action.
Fluke on wrecks & sticky structure are usually bigger in size then the ones we run into when bay fishing. Whether its bucktailing with 6″ gulp grubs or dragging a squid strip across the structure you can expect one of these flatties to hit your baits when we target them from July-September.
Blackfish, Tog, Tautog whatever you call them, they are slowly becoming my favorite fish to target. In the cooler months of mid November-January these guys take over our inshore wrecks. To target them you have to anchor over structure, hook on a crab, drop it down, hold that bait steady until you feel that scratchy bite, set the hook, and boom its game on.
Back Bay Fishing
Throughout the year the bay always has a species of fish we can target, whether it may be Fluke or Striped Bass.
I grew up fishing the back bays because it was where we were comfortable. We’ve fished every little creek and canal you could imagine.
Bay trips are great for beginners & families.
Shark fishing is one of the best ways to get that hard fighting fish on the other end of the line. We like to use light gear because these inshore sharks definitely make the drag scream when they realized they’re hooked.
From July-August we get big schools of Bunker around our inlet and of course these toothy predators will be right behind them looking for an easy meal!
We also offer offshore shark fishing for much bigger sharks, like Mako & Thresher Sharks.
During the months of Mid May – Mid November when the gulf stream warms our canyons the pelagic fishery becomes one of the best. Fish like Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, Swordfish & Marlin can be found out there. Its like a whole other 70-100 miles offshore you can see some pretty crazy things, and the fishing out there is even crazier.
We also offer inshore Bluefin fishing when the time is right, which is usually from June-July. On these trips we leave the dock around 2:30AM to get to the grounds for “gray light” which is right before the sun rises. You want to be set up already trolling at this time as it’s when most Tuna feed. Depending on the day we could be trolling, chunking, or even my favorite jig & pop.
Lastly we have our inshore Mahi fishery. Becoming more popular in the recent years, Mahi fishing within 30 miles is something that is fun for anyone! On these trips we will “pot hop” where we cast at sea bass/lobster pot buoys. This is a very effective and fun way to target these fish, although if they are down deep we will have to put out the trolling gear to tease them up for bites.