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Fishing in Jersey Shore

There’s much more to the Jersey Shore than just the infamous TV show. Along the 141-mile stretch of coast, you can discover some of the East Coast’s most entertaining spots. Straddle the endless boardwalks, hit up the amusements, or hop aboard a Jersey Shore fishing charter and get your hands on some prized, delicious fish. 

Types of Fishing

“The Shore” is in a prime position to get you out into the middle of the Atlantic, but don’t forget to explore the bays too. Whether you’re looking for your fishing fix on an inshore trip, or fancy a trek to the ocean’s deepest spots, New Jersey has it all. 

Inshore Fishing

From Perth Amboy to Cape May, there are plenty of inshore fishing grounds to explore along New Jersey’s rich coast. 
Hit up the Raritan and Sandy Hook bays in the north, or the plentiful rivers out of Point Pleasant, and you’ll be in for a real treat. The Barnegat Bay takes a third of New Jersey’s coastline, offering endless fishing opportunities from both sides, while a trip from the south could see you fishing the famous Delaware Bay!
Wherever you head, you decide what to target. Winter and Summer Fluke, Rockfish (Striped Bass), Seabass, Tautog, Porgy, Trout, and many more delicious creatures call these waters home, so get ready for a productive day.
Beginners can get to grips with a rod and reel on these calm waters, while avid anglers can test their skills time and time again, before heading home with plenty to fill the freezer.

Offshore Fishing

Every experienced angler wants to sink their teeth into some of the ocean’s biggest fish, and Jersey Shore offshore fishing offers just that.
While Tuna and Mahi Mahi can make their way to the reefs around 30 miles offshore, you’ll usually find Sharks at this distance. To target the holy grail of East Coast deep water fishing, you’ll need to head 70 miles out of New Jersey to the canyons, or even 100 miles to the continental shelf. 
Go up against incredible-sized Marlin, tough-fighting Wahoo, and delicious Swordfish and Tuna. Troll these open waters to entice the bite of these beauties, and get ready for an intense battle to keep them on the end of your line. 

When to Go

The beauty of Jersey Shore fishing is that there’s never a bad time for it! All year-round, the bays are full of tasty fish. But beware, charters may not run as frequently in the winter.
When it comes to offshore fishing, your best bet is to come in summer. From May through September, numerous pelagic monsters make their way past New Jersey, with the added bonus of calmer waters than in winter. 

How to Prepare

As most charters offer inshore and offshore trips, you’ll most likely board a comfortable offshore sportfishing vessel. Your captain will prepare everything you need for a productive day – or longer – on the water, with all rods, reels, and bait or lures included. All you need to do is bring some drinks and snacks aboard and make yourself at home.
Where else in the world could you experience such a wealth of fishing, and out of a bustling, busy, and beautiful setting? Jersey Shore fishing has it all, from start to finish. Come and discover the East Coast’s gem with a fishing holiday here! 
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Jersey Shore Fishing Seasons

It’s the quietest time of year along the shore – if there is such a thing. You’ll be lucky to find a captain to take you to target Porgy and Rockfish, so why not enjoy the boardwalks along the deserted beaches?
While it may not yer be time to get back on the water, the Jersey Shore has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment. Hit the amusements or fairgrounds and it will feel like you have the coast to yourself.
The fishing starts to pick up in March as the milder weather brings more fish and better conditions to get on the water. Hit the bays all along the Shore and warm up for the season ahead.
Tautog are in abundance, with plenty of Stripers, Bluefish, and Weakfish on offer as the season is ready to get underway. Get your fill on the bays from Sandy Hook to the Delaware and you’ll be sure to fill the boat.
The fishing season is in full swing come May. Seabass, Rockfish, and Weakfish are the order of the day in the bay, while the offshore fishing starts heating up too before the crowds flock in for summer.
It’s peak Bluefin Tuna season offshore as summer hits, so come aboard and discover some of the most extreme and rewarding fishing out there. Get ready for the fight of a lifetime to land some delicious meat. 
A trip to the Jersey Shore in July will teach you why these waters are so revered. The inshore bays are full of Fluke, Bass, and many more, while Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi join the offshore party.
You won’t know where to look come August, so get out on the water more than once to take advantage of the arrival of White Marlin offshore, or take part in the race to land as many Summer Fluke as possible.
There’s no sign of the season coming to an end, as Point Pleasant plays host to its annual “Festival of the Sea,” so join in and land some delicious seafood inshore or offshore to play your part.
Some lingering pelagics may still be available offshore, but there’s a real sense that the bays are the place to be when fall hits. Get out on the bay and target Seabass, Bluefish, Trout, Fluke, and many more.
When November comes around, there’s no longer a dilemma on where to fish. The beasts of the deep have long gone, but the bays are still full of delicious fish, with Tautog returning to the scene for winter.
Wind down towards the end of the year, with only a couple of prized species to catch in the bays. Go after Striped Bass and Black Seabass and land yourself a warming treat and celebrate the holidays in style.  

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Reviews of Fishing in Jersey Shore

8 hour trip
Thomas S. fished with Treemendous Sportfishing Charters on October 18, 2020
Be ready for a good time they know we're to take you to find the fish
September fishing trip
Monika E. fished with Water Wolf Charters on September 27, 2020
Get a captain like Michael Decarlo who is experienced in the waters and knows where to find the fish
Trolling for Bonita, Mackerel and Albies!
John V. H. fished with Megan Beth Sportfishing on August 31, 2020
I would suggest asking the captain what is running when you arrive, you will not be disappointed!
August fishing trip
Drake N. fished with Treemendous Sportfishing Charters on August 21, 2020
Yes, lots of fun and captain and crew were outstanding.
8 hour trip
Andrea S. fished with Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters on August 9, 2020
Bring sunscreen, rain gear, food and drinks, and sunglasses
Half Day with Captain Frank Wagenhoffer
Elizabeth D. fished with Fin Chaser Charters– Point Pleasant on August 1, 2020
Hire Capt Frank Wagenhoffer he knows where the fish hide
8 hour Inshore and Bay with Captain Mark
Nicole B. fished with Jessie James Charters on July 8, 2020
Wear a sea sickness patch if you think you aren’t 100% about boats.
5 hr trip with Captain Mark Elliot
Paul S. fished with Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters on June 25, 2020
Ask to see what is in season and target that. Work the location in with the targeted fish as well.

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