Hello! This is the OCNJ Daily fishing report. This report will give you the where, when and how of fishing our local waters. We hope this information will help you catch the big one!
Suggested bait and tackle in this report can be obtained at any of the local fishing shops.
common, some not as common) found in New Jersey waters: Blowfish, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Kingfish, Ling, Oyster Toad Fish, Perch, Sea Bass, Sea Robin, Shad Sharks, Sheepshead, Skate, Spot, Striper(Striped bass), Triggerfish, Weakfish, Black Drum, Red Drum and many others.
Some suggestions for locations in Ocean City:
Beach fishing (where allowed), the 5th St jetty, Corsons Inlet and the north end of the island near the Longport Bridge are excellent locations.
Bridge/Pier fishing: Longport Bridge fishing pier, 9th St Bridge fishing piers (there are 4).
Bay fishing: 12th St pavilion, and any street end that is open to the public.
- Tide-forecast.com or any reliable tide app on your smart phone will help you fish at the right time of day. I suggest a few hours before and after high tide.
- For the 2020 NJ recreational fishing regulations, go to:
The ocean water temperature rose and fell a few times this week with the storms. Current ocean temp is 74 degrees. The fluctuation didn’t cause a whole lot of damage, with the exception of, it appears that the larger Summer Flounder have finally moved out to deeper waters.
Summer fishing is in high gear, with lots of variety and lots of action. Local anglers are reporting catches of Flounder, Croakers, Blues, Snapper Blues, Sea Robins and Oyster Toad Fish. This week saw an uptick of Sheepshead (mostly under the bridges) and Triggerfish!
The summer Flounder catch has remained strong. More keeper-size being reported as they mature. Reports of 7 – 9 pounders are being hooked!
The main take right now in the bay are Flounder being taken with minnows, cut squid, and bucktails (Pink is the HOT color this week!).
Good spots to catch all these fish mentioned is the Longport Bridge fishing pier, Corsons Inlet on the south end of the island and one of the fishing piers on the Rt 52 Causeway. The fishing pier at the end of 12th St is also a nice little spot.
Piers and Bridges
The variety has expanded with the warmer water this week; including Flounder, Blues, Croakers, Sea Robin, Snapper Blues and Oyster Toad fish. Some Triggerfish as well. The Sheepshead catch has really been exceptional around the bridges – being taken on fiddler crabs on jig heads. Flounder and Triggerfish are biting on squid and minnows – on smaller hooks (#4 or #6 hooks). Cut bait (bunker or squid) for the Blues, Croakers, Sea Robins, Snapper Blues and Oyster Toad fish.
Beach fishing is very good right now! Kingfish, Croakers, Weakfish, Flounder, Snapper Blues, and even some Spanish Mackeral are all being hooked in the surf. The Kingfish bite is strong, Flounder bite is strong, and the Weakfish bite is strong. It’s a good summer for anglers!!
Bloodworms on an over/under rig are the bait of choice for all of these species. Cut bait and clams on a weighted rig will also work.
The sun is shining, the water is warm, so get out there and fish!