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Bunker Bunker typically start showing in NJ around mid to April and arrive en masse in May. Peanut bunker leave the bay in the fall and can lead to a bait fish bonanza along the NJ beaches. April - June, September - November
Herring Herring are a cold water fish and as such are not as important on the NJ bait scene as some as the others. Still Striped Bass LOVE Herring. November - February
Mullet Look for the Mullet to leave the bay mid-September. Typically, any Mullet run is before the Peanut Bunker leave the bay. September - October
Rainfish Rainfish or Bay Anchovies on first inspection closely resemble spearing. September - October
Sandeel Sandeels are like the candy of the Sea. When they are around it seems to light something in the local Gamefish's DNA because they tend to gorge themselves on these. Read more on how to take advantage. May - June, October - November
Spearing Spearing are the most prevalent fish in New Jersey's bay and estuarine system. Very similar in appearance to rainfish. It has a much smaller mouth than rainfish. April - November

Weekly Update (June 25, 2017)

Awsesome weather for Fluke fishing this coming week.  Predominant 'west is best' winds will prevail and should help boost the catch rate.  Ocean water temps are slowly creeping up to where it may be worthwhile to try some of the Ocean reef sites for some flatties and get away from the crowds in the bay.  Time to start jigging!  Til now, most of the Fluke action has been on bait but that is changing. 

Not much else going on inshore.  Stripers are moving north, Sebass is closed, Tog is closed.  Bluefish are still abundant though much more hit and miss than they have been but even they will be migrating offshore leaving only the Taylor's behind for the summer.  One good thing to mention is that there has been a nice run of Weakfish in Barnegat Bay.  Of course, you can only keep 1 but just maybe we are on a cycle where they will become more prevelant.

Shark is still a go.  Some big Mako's are being caught but you better hurry.  Water temps will quickly warm beyond their preference.  

 

 

 

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