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Tog fishing is on fire!
Tog fishing is on fire!
December 5, 2022
It's been awhile since I've put anything up. Slacking, but I felt like I was in a rut posting the same old bridge hopping reports. Well, I finally changed it up over the last few weeks. I got out with Jesse and Troy on the Brynnie-B II for some tog fishing. We ran out and scoured the reefs and wrecks for the feisty brawlers. Ot didn't take long to find them. Every piece if structure we fished had plenty of willing nibbles tearing up our green crabs. Troy was the newbie on the trip, but he caught on quickly. Jesse was the high hook on the day, with Troy taking second. I was in a distant third. We brought home four keepers. Should've been five, but Jesse had o e slip through his hands and over the gunnel. We landed 70 some odd fish between the three of us. It was pretty much a bite every drop. Today I went out with Justin and his wife Amy. We ran out to the reef hoping to get onto a decent tog bite. It was a little choppy early on, but calmed out nicely. Our first wreck didn't disappoint. We pulled up a load of tog, with three keepers in the mix. Once the bite slowed we moved to another wreck. Another solid bite with keepers in the mix. Our third option was already taken by two other boats, so we cruised on to a small, nondescript wreck. That turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. It was covered in tog. We landed several keepers, including Justin's tog of the day, a 20" 6# beast. Finally we made our way to another reef and worked over a variety of structures. We landed a few more keepers, several shorts, and added a bunch of sea bass to the bag, including three nice keepers. Overall it was an epic day. Amy was the newbie to tog fishing on this trip, but you wouldn't have known it. She absolutely slayed them all day. We landed upwards of 100 fish today, counting all of the tog, sea bass, and the few spiny dogs in the mix. It was non-stop action all day. And it was an absolute blast! The only other fishing I did was down in South Carolina from the surf. Lisa and I finally snuck away and hung out with my parents for a week. It was really nice catching up and relaxing. Anyway, I landed a bunch of croakers, some snapper blues, and a tiny pompano. Not what I was hoping for, but it was fun. And the best part, while beach combing, we found four sharks teeth. That will be a new obsession to go along with sea glass hunting. Still waiting for the striped bass to move in off our beaches... Tight Lines!
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What anglers said about fishing in New Jersey

Maybe not for beginners - given nyc harbor waters are very rough given the boat traffic
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Maybe not for beginners - given nyc harbor waters are very rough given the boat traffic
Christopher  C.
Christopher C. Denver, CO
Go far offshore if you can. May be spotty close to the reef at this time of year. Better to spend 2x and go big than 1x and go home unsatisfied.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go far offshore if you can. May be spotty close to the reef at this time of year. Better to spend 2x and go big than 1x and go home unsatisfied.
Alexander  S.
Alexander S. Katonah, NY
Go out early to enjoy the breeze & finish up when the sun starts to peep out!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out early to enjoy the breeze & finish up when the sun starts to peep out!
Jennifer  T.
Jennifer T. Egg Harbor, New Jersey
Make sure you take your motion sickness pills before you go LOL but most importantly just having a good time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you take your motion sickness pills before you go LOL but most importantly just having a good time
Israel  G.
Israel G. Philadelphia, PA
I definitely recommend going out early to beat the rush, and booking with Hook and Fin Fishing charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I definitely recommend going out early to beat the rush, and booking with Hook and Fin Fishing charters.
Christina  M.
Christina M. Hazlet, NJ
Call, Google, fax, send an email...only book with Tying Knots!!! Excellent Crew!! You will not be disappointed!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call, Google, fax, send an email...only book with Tying Knots!!! Excellent Crew!! You will not be disappointed!!
Torka  C.
Torka C. Syracuse, NY
Get a captain like Michael Decarlo who is experienced in the waters and knows where to find the fish
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get a captain like Michael Decarlo who is experienced in the waters and knows where to find the fish
Monika  E.
Monika E. Newark, NJ
I would suggest asking the captain what is running when you arrive, you will not be disappointed!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would suggest asking the captain what is running when you arrive, you will not be disappointed!
John  V.  H.
John V. H. Ithaca, New York
Ask to see what is in season and target that. Work the location in with the targeted fish as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask to see what is in season and target that. Work the location in with the targeted fish as well.
Paul  S.
Paul S. Lysander, NY
If the west wind is blowing, make sure you bring fly spray, or clothing to cover your legs. They find you, even miles offshore!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If the west wind is blowing, make sure you bring fly spray, or clothing to cover your legs. They find you, even miles offshore!
Tish  C.
Tish C. Cape May Court House, NJ
Captain Mac was a good boating experience, we did catch fish, but I was hoping for flounder.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Mac was a good boating experience, we did catch fish, but I was hoping for flounder.
Linda  D.
Linda D. Sewell, NJ
Bring sunscreen and bug spray. Take something before you board the boat if you are prone to getting sick. The motion of the boat out in the ocean can get you. Also, drink lots of water if it’s hot and bring a cooler with drinks and food. Have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen and bug spray. Take something before you board the boat if you are prone to getting sick. The motion of the boat out in the ocean can get you. Also, drink lots of water if it’s hot and bring a cooler with drinks and food. Have fun!
Tim  K.
Tim K. Clementon, NJ
Know what fish are in and biting Check restraints for breakfast, some are closed for the season
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know what fish are in and biting Check restraints for breakfast, some are closed for the season
Jon  D.
Jon D. Broomall, PA
Great fishing, a lot of boats to choose from. Everyone is friendly and it's a beautiful area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing, a lot of boats to choose from. Everyone is friendly and it's a beautiful area.
Richard  W.
Richard W. National Park, NJ
It is the greatest for first time. He made the experience enjoyable so that you’d remember it for a long time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It is the greatest for first time. He made the experience enjoyable so that you’d remember it for a long time
Ron  V.
Ron V. New Castle, DE
There was a mix up on fishingbokker. We thought we were going out for fluke but that wasn’t the case. We didn’t realize until we were at the marina. Not a huge deal but was more of a mixup on the website than a negative review on the ship or captain.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
There was a mix up on fishingbokker. We thought we were going out for fluke but that wasn’t the case. We didn’t realize until we were at the marina. Not a huge deal but was more of a mixup on the website than a negative review on the ship or captain.
Stephen  W.
Stephen W. Bensalem, PA
Consider bringing some sunblock and maybe some insect repellant. Check out C&M Sportfishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Consider bringing some sunblock and maybe some insect repellant. Check out C&M Sportfishing.
Ira  G.
Ira G. Watchung, NJ
Yes, I would. My husband and I had only been deep sea fishing one time, my daughters family had not been at all. We had a 6 year and an 8 year old. The captain and mate were patient, kind and very attentive to our needs. It was the best day ever.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, I would. My husband and I had only been deep sea fishing one time, my daughters family had not been at all. We had a 6 year and an 8 year old. The captain and mate were patient, kind and very attentive to our needs. It was the best day ever.
Cindy  B.
Cindy B. Columbus, OH
Bring warm clothes, you may need it, its good to have rather than not have if you need them, and waterproof footwear.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothes, you may need it, its good to have rather than not have if you need them, and waterproof footwear.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Wildwood, New Jersey
Sometimes is just pure luck...with the right people, the right equipment, weather permitted. Just have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sometimes is just pure luck...with the right people, the right equipment, weather permitted. Just have fun!
Rachael  H.
Rachael H. Cherry Hill, New Jersey