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Fishing in New Jersey
Few other states can match the diversity of
the saltwater species flourishing in our waters. In addition to the
world-class surf fishing found along our coastline, anglers can also board
boats to fish both inshore and offshore waters. New Jersey
boasts some outstanding saltwater sport fishing ports of call that have
evolved over the years to serve the needs of the many anglers who
regularly fish state waters. Pick a spot along the New Jersey Shore
and you will find a nearby seaport serving the fishing public.
The jewel in the crown of the New Jersey Shore's many sport fishing
harbors is the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina. Situated on
Sandy Hook Bay and adjacent to Raritan Bay, it is just a short run to such
celebrated fishing locales as the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers, Chapel
Hill, Flynn's Knoll, the Sandy Hook rip, Shrewsbury Rocks, Ambrose Channel
and Romer Shoal.
Sea Girt to Little Egg Harbor, Absecon, Cape May, Delaware Bay, Point
Pleasant, Manasquan, Belmar and Long Beach Island. New Jersey offers
more than 400 publicly accessible lakes, ponds and reservoirs. These
waters offer a great diversity of fishing opportunities, from abundant
populations of panfish to trophy-sized game fish. There are also miles of
public streams and rivers
Species found in and around New Jersey include weakfish, blackfish,
bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder striped bass, cod, ling, and large
pelagic fish like tuna, and sharks, and seal sightings are
not unusual during the fishing season.
March - April: Blackfish, Ling, Cod
April - May: Winter Flounder, Striped Bass
June - November: Fluke, Bluefish, Striped Bass, Weakfish
Point Pleasant and Brielle are both in very close proximity to
Manasquan inlet. The area plays host to a number of charter and party
boats . It is perhaps best known for itís fleet of Hudson Canyon and off
shore charter fishing boats. If your quarry is large sport fish such as
Tuna, Marlin or Shark this area has one of the highest
concentrations of the most experienced boats and captains in the state.
Canyon Fishing is not for the faint of heart you are likely make an
exciting 70 mile run off shore
Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Bay - This seven mile long, 1,665 acre,
barrier spit is surrounded by water on three sides and marks the northern
most part of the 128 miles of New Jersey coastline. The area offers
excellent oceanfront, back bay, and river access. Sandy Hook, NJ and its
surrounding Bay waters are fed by four river systems that converge and
comprise what is known as part of the New York Bight. These river systems
are the Hudson, Raritan, Shrewsbury, and the Navesink. Sandy Hook,
NJ is one of the most popular surf fishing areas in the northern part of
the state. It is bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to
the west by Sandy Hook Bay. A tremendous number of fly fishing
opportunities are available for both the shore bound longrodder and
Twin Lights of the Highlands - Overlooks the Shrewsbury River and
the Highlands Bridge. Crossing over this Bridge will give one access to
the Hook. The entrance to the Hook is the first area that should be
explored as it offers excellent opportunities for striped bass, weakfish,
and bluefish. At this point the Shrewsbury River parallels the Hook
and empties into Sandy Hook Bay. Swift currents are present along the Bay
side and will necessitate the need for quick sinking lines during periods
of tidal change. Some of the best and most diverse year-round fishing
occurs at the New Jersey Shore. Due to the Gulf Stream, the Hudson River
Flow and the Delaware River Flow, the New Jersey Shore produces a
wide variety of species, such as bluefish, striped bass, fluke,
weakfish and more.
Anglers can surf cast from selected beaches or enjoy fishing the inlets.
Many half-day, full-day and nighttime party boats operate out of marinas
on the New Jersey Shore. Marinas can be found in Cape May,
Wildwood, Long Beach Island, Atlantic City, Sea Bright, Belmar, Brielle,
Point Pleasant and Seaside, NJ. Visitors may enjoy a few hours of
blue fishing on the Atlantic or even an overnight big game fishing trip
via party boat.
When the bass are in the tidal freshwaters, fishing is limited to the
springtime and during these spring spawning migrations, striped bass can
be caught from shoreline or by boat along tidal freshwater rivers.
The Delaware River, Delaware Bay tributaries (Maurice and Cohansey), Lower
Delaware River tributaries (Rancocas, Big Timber, Mantua, and Raccoon
Creeks), and coastal rivers (Raritan, Manasquan, Great Egg Harbor, and
Mullica Rivers) are great places to fish for bass. The presence of river
herring may also determine angling productiveness.
Whatever your fishing interest the various inshore inlets, offshore banks,
wrecks, reefs, bays, rivers or lakes.....Fishing in New Jersey offers
enough of a reason to wet your line.
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