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Barnegat Fishing

Barnegat Fishing

Barnegat, New Jersey is a coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean. The Lenape Native Americans would travel to the Barnegat area in the summer for gathering clams and preserving them for the winter. With the shells, they created wampum, which was their form of currency. Around 1609, a Dutch sailor came across the inlet of the area and named it Barende-gat for the Inlet of Breakers. It was in 1720 that the first European settlers permanently lived in the area. Some whalers set up their homes in Barnegat and used the cedar trees there to build their ships. The township was one of the major seaports at the time, and fishing also contributed to its success.

In Barnegat Bay and Barnegat Inlet there are lots of Bluefish, Flounder, Striped Bass, and Weakfish (Gray Trout) that are caught. Nearshore fishing Barnegat will produce lots of Black Sea Bass and Tautog on bottom. Bluefin Tuna, Little Tunny, and Mackerel are frequently caught off while trolling nearshore Barnegat. Hake, Haddock, and Tilefish are popular targets on bottom between nearshore and the deep. Offshore there is great tuna fishing, including Bluefin. Big Eye, and Yellowfin Tuna toward the canyons. In the warmer months, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, Blue Marlin and White Marlin are common visitors.

Record catches from Barnegat fishing include a 13-pound, 13-ounce Atlantic Bonito, a two-pound, eight-ounce Northern Kingfish, and a 41-pound, seven-ounce White Hake.



Barnegat Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Barnegat, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Hardhead Catfish

  2. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 34.88% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 30 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Barnegat Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
    Hardhead

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT HARDHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  3. Bluespotted Sunfish

  4. Bluespotted Sunfish

    There is a 25.58% catch rate for Bluespotted Sunfish, based on 22 Bluespotted Sunfish counted.

    Barnegat Bluespotted Sunfish Counts Chart
    Bluespotted

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT BLUESPOTTED SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  5. Chain Pickerel

  6. Chain Pickerel

    There is a 10.47% catch rate for Chain Pickerel, based on 9 Chain Pickerel counted.

    Barnegat Chain Pickerel Counts Chart
    Chain

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT CHAIN PICKEREL COUNTS CHART


  7. Spotted Seatrout

  8. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 9.3% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 8 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Barnegat Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  9. Black Drum

  10. Black Drum

    There is a 5.81% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 5 Black Drum counted.

    Barnegat Black Drum Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT BLACK DRUM COUNTS CHART


  11. Channel Catfish

  12. Channel Catfish

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 2 Channel Catfish counted.

    Barnegat Channel Catfish Counts Chart
    Channel

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT CHANNEL CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  13. Red Drum

  14. Red Drum

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 2 Red Drum counted.

    Barnegat Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  15. Tautog

  16. Tautog

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Tautog, based on 2 Tautog counted.

    Barnegat Tautog Counts Chart
    Tautog

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT TAUTOG COUNTS CHART


  17. Black Sea Bass

  18. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 1.16% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Barnegat Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  19. Blueback Herring

  20. Blueback Herring

    There is a 1.16% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 1 Blueback Herring counted.

    Barnegat Blueback Herring Counts Chart
    Blueback

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT BLUEBACK HERRING COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 14 species of fish and 86 fish counted for February around Barnegat.

To date, there are 160 species of fish and a total of 3042015 fish counted for Barnegat and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1851 (173 years).

Last Update: 2/23/2024 9:44:43 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Barnegat are the following:

  1. Woodl reefballs


  2. Eugenia Moran Wreck


  3. Humpty Dumpty


  4. PLEASANTVILLE YACHT BASIN AND MUNICIPAL RAMP


  5. Walter Lamon concrete


  6. J Drew Messler Reef
    J Drew Messler Reef


  7. wreck-9843


  8. BHMTC Tank II
    BHMTC Tank II


  9. wreck-4969


  10. wreck-4944


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Latest Barnegat Fishing Reports

  • Alex and Ilya Seabass
    Had Ilya and Alex back with the boys made run offshore for jumbo seabass. Had nice pick of quality jumbos. Came inshore looking for tuna but never saw any life.


  • Alex and Ilya December
    Had Alex and Ilya back after there Striper crush from last week. Figured we would give tuna casting a shot. Had a half a dozen shots at them but couldnt connect. Ended the day


  • Alex and Ilya Stripers
    Had Alex and Ilya back after there Striper crush from last week. Figured we would give tuna casting a shot. Had a half a dozen shots at them but couldnt connect. Ended the da


  • Shane and Brian December Stripers
    Capt Greg had Shane and Brian out while moving the 31 from Perth Amboy to Point Pleasant for the winter. Found a lot of life and fished for about two hours catching 18 striper


  • George Stripers - All You Can Catch
    Fishing could not have been any better for George out solo with us. He had 71 stripers and 1 jumbo bluefish all himself on diamond jigs. Incredible fishing going on right now!


  • Alex and Ilya Stripers
    Had Alex and Ilya back with buddy Andrew today was one for the record books easily over 100 fish with majority of them coming on topwater! Great job guys! Insane run going on


  • Peter Gravinese Stripers
    Had Peter Gravinese and the guys out today for stripers. Moved the trip to Point Pleasant with the west wind. Great guys and caught some fish throughout the day. 


  • George Striper Blitz
    Well that was incredible. Capt Greg had out George Hamway and crew for a striper trip out of Manasquan Inlet. Got on a good bite and caught about 10-15 fish on spooks and then


  • Mike LaBella Stripers
    Capt Greg had our Mike LaBella and made a long run to start the day. Wasn't great so covered some more ground and got on a good bite. Ended the day with fast action and every


  • John Kelly Stripers
    Capts Greg and Kenny had John Kelly and on our first two drifts at sunrise had fish blowing up the pencils and poppers. They went down so we switched to shads from Shad Life a


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Top Barnegat Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Surf City Bait and Tackle
    Family owned Bait and Tackle Shop

  2. The Dock Outfitters
    Jet Ski, Pontoon boat, and crabbing skiff rentals. Up to date fishing reports, Latest fishing tackle, all types of bait. Café news and specials

  3. Grizz's Forked River Bait & Tackle


  4. Grumpy's Tackle
    Founded in 2002, Grumpys Tackle has fast become a leader in the full service tackle industry. From our custom rod building and reel service departments to our expert fishing info and advice we've got you covered.

  5. Captain Mike's Marina


  6. Tony's Bait & Tackle


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Top Barnegat Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Reel Reaction Sportfishing
    Barnegat Light LBI Fishing Charters aboard our semi-custom 23' Parker Sport Cabin. We specialize in fishing for Fluke, Striped Bass, Flounder, Bluefish, Weakfish, and offshore species such as Bluefin Tuna, Bonita, etc. We offer two unique locatio

  2. Tuna-Tic Sportfishing


  3. Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters


  4. Obsession Sportfishing
    The "OBSESSION" is a 38' Henriques flybridge docked at Holiday Harbor Marina in Waretown NJ,accommodating up to 6 Passengers for inshore and offshore fishing charters.

  5. Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters
    Fish catching is our specialty!!!! Long beach island, Barmegat bay , Banegat light charter , bay , inlet and ocean fishing .

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Top Barnegat Marinas

  1. Captain Mike's Marina


  2. Morrison's Marina


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Bouy Conditions

Station 44065 - New York Harbor Entrance - 15 NM SE of Breezy Point , NY
February 26, 2024 7:40 pm EST
Location: 40.369N 73.703W
Wind Speed: 9.7 knots
Wind Gust: 11.7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.00 in (1015.9 mb)
Water Temperature: 41.9°F (5.5°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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