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.
The “What”Atlantic Cutlass
Here is a list of fish (some 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:
It’s September, but the water is still warm and the fishing is still Summer-like with a very good variety in our local waters.
The unusual catches reported this past week are Pompano and Atlantic Cutlass Fish!
The ocean water is clean and the temperature has continued to be warm (currently 76 degrees). That equals great conditions for anglers!
Catch reports this week include Flounder, Croakers, Blues, Kingfish, Snapper Blues, Sea Robins, Oyster Toad Fish, Striped Bass, Triggerfish and Sheepshead. Evenings have produced a good number of Striped Bass – especially near the inlets. Clam and surface lures (poppers) are working well on the Stripers.
Flounder fishing has remained steady, and was really good this week. Flounder are being taken with minnows, cut squid, and bucktails (Pink is the hot color for 2020 it seems). Live bait or cut bait on the incoming tide are working well.
Good spots to catch all these fish mentioned is the Longport Bridge fishing pier, Corson’s 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
With the warm water, the variety of fish caught includes Flounder, Blues, Croakers, Sea Robin, Snapper Blues and Oyster Toad fish, Triggerfish and Sheepshead. The Triggerfish catch remained really strong this week. Also a mix of Sea Robin, Snapper Blues, and Oyster Toad Fish. The Triggerfish and Sheepshead are biting on fiddler crabs (on jig heads). Flounder (and Triggerifsh) 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. The piers on the 9th St bridge are seeing a ton of good action!
Kingfish, Croakers (aka Spot), Flounder, Snapper Blues, Weakfish. Occasional exotics (Blowfish, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano and Atlantic Cutlass Fish) mixing in. Striped Bass being taken near the inlets at dusk with surface lures and clam.
Bloodworms on an over/under rig are baits of choice for Kingfish, Weakfish, Snapper Blues and Spanish Mackerel. Cut and live bait (minnows/shiners) for the rest.
The sun is shining, the water is warm, so get out there and fish!