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.
There are a lot of Flounder in the back bay! There are a large amount of throw backs (under 18 inches) being caught, but you might get lucky! Seriously, what’s better than fresh-caught flounder for dinner? Try to an over/ under rig, with a bucktail on the bottom and Gulp swimming mullet on both hooks. Corsons Inlet State Park on the south end of Ocean City has been a hot fishing spot! There are some dogfish in the back bay as well. You could use basically any real bait, but bunker chunks work best on an over under rig. There are a good amount of pretty large bluefish as well, hitting on any shiny metal lure (my preference is spoons). A few striped bass are also in the back bay, biting mainly on live bait or surface lures (popper) – at dawn and dusk.
Piers and Bridges
A lot has been happening around piers lately. The water has been warming up so more and more fish are appearing. There have been a few triggerfish being caught around the 9th street pier. To catch them try using sand fleas or calico crabs on a taug rig. There are a good amount of sheepshead being caught at 9th street on the same bait as the triggerfish. With the beginning of July comes seabass season. There are a lot of small Sea bass hanging around the bridges, but there are a few larger ones as well. I suggest using minnows or squid on a Sea bass rig to catch them. Remember that to keep a Sea bass it has to be 13 inches and you can only keep two.
Kingfish, Triggerfish, White Perch
The kingfish bite is on!! There are more and more kingfish being caught in the surf! 213 kingfish were caught in the month of June from the Ocean City Fishing Pier – and there are more coming as the ocean temperatures rise. * Note: info courtesy of the Ocean City Fishing Club, which was established in 1913!
Try using bloodworms to catch them with a heavier weight than what you would use in the bay, I suggest a 4 oz. There are also a good amount of weakfish being caught in the surf. Surprisingly, there are a few white perch being caught in the surf as well. You can also use bloodworms to catch all of those fish. As always, you can be sure to catch some sharks and skates.
Now I don’t talk about every fish you can catch because some are more common than others, but here is a list of fish found in New Jersey waters: Blowfish, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Kingfish, Ling, Perch, Sea Bass, Sea Robin, Shad Sharks, Skate, Spot, Striper(Striped bass), Weakfish, Black drum, and red drum.
The sun is shining, the water is getting warmer, so get out there and fish!