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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. Flounder

  2. Flounder

    There is a 40.08% catch rate for Flounder, based on 5568 Flounder counted.

    Barnegat Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 18.82% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2614 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Barnegat Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

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  5. Bluefish

  6. Bluefish

    There is a 14.94% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 2075 Bluefish counted.

    Barnegat Bluefish Counts Chart
    Bluefish

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  7. Weakfish

  8. Weakfish

    There is a 2.81% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 391 Weakfish counted.

    Barnegat Weakfish Counts Chart
    Weakfish

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  9. Smooth Dogfish

  10. Smooth Dogfish

    There is a 2.79% catch rate for Smooth Dogfish, based on 388 Smooth Dogfish counted.

    Barnegat Smooth Dogfish Counts Chart
    Smooth

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  11. Striped Bass

  12. Striped Bass

    There is a 2.51% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 349 Striped Bass counted.

    Barnegat Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT STRIPED BASS COUNTS CHART


  13. Striped Searobin

  14. Striped Searobin

    There is a 2.24% catch rate for Striped Searobin, based on 311 Striped Searobin counted.

    Barnegat Striped Searobin Counts Chart
    Striped

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  15. White Perch

  16. White Perch

    There is a 2.02% catch rate for White Perch, based on 280 White Perch counted.

    Barnegat White Perch Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT WHITE PERCH COUNTS CHART


  17. Northern Searobin

  18. Northern Searobin

    There is a 1.99% catch rate for Northern Searobin, based on 277 Northern Searobin counted.

    Barnegat Northern Searobin Counts Chart
    Northern

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT NORTHERN SEAROBIN COUNTS CHART


  19. Spiny Dogfish

  20. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 1.69% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 235 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Barnegat Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT SPINY DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 71 species of fish and 13893 fish counted for June 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: 6/14/2024 11:33:32 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

  • First Bluefin Trip
    Did our first bluefin trip got the bite we wanted but pulled the hook on a nice fish within leader of the boat!🤬 Ended the day with some pick  wreckfishing.


  • Dave Frankel Stripers
    Had Dave Frankel and buddies out today. Bait took longer than expected but we got it and managed to catch some. Wish fishing was better but got a couple for the guys to take h


  • Dave Rivera Stripers
    Had the Rivera family out for the afternoon. Made bait easily. Went on the search and found what we were looking for. Wound up with a decent pick


  • Nick Izzo Birthday Stripers
    Capt Greg and Jimmy had Nick Izzo out on a surprise birthday trip from his mother. Picked and plucked with the live baits putting a catch together with some nice keepers for


  • Kevin Barbalet Stripers
    Had Kevin Barbalet and crew out for stripers in the afternoon. Steady action all trip with bluefish mixed in- Tobi had high hook of 6 stripers plus some gator bluefish. The ot


  • Sushi By Sea - Stripers
    Had Jay and Cris from @sushibysea along with friend Gian from Battello in Jersey City out for stripers.  Check them out as they made the 47 Best Restaurants in the US list for


  • Roger Sanford Stripers
    Capts Greg and Rich had Roger Sanford out with friends. With bunker all over the place they have been easy to net and we started fishing right away. With fish blowing up the


  • Dan Pilliteri Stripers
    Had Dan and John Pilliteri out on the 39. Started the trip getting some nice fish on metal lip swimmers to 40 inches. Ended the day with a decent pick of keepers.


  • Jeff Sperduto Stripers
    Had Jeff Sperduto and the boys out started trip playing catch and release with the big girls. Then came back into the bay to catch some edibles ones for dinner.  


  • Dan Kelly Stripers
    Had Dan Kelly out this afternoon and they chewed from start to finish. It was John's first time on a boat and he caught his first striper a 42 fish only to be topped by Brenda


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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
June 19, 2024 10:40 pm EDT
Location: 40.368N 73.701W
Wind Direction: SSW (210°)
Wind Speed: 13.6 knots
Wind Gust: 17.5 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.33 in (1027.2 mb)
Air Temperature: 70.5°F (21.4°C)
Dew Point: 67.8°F (19.9°C)
Water Temperature: 67.5°F (19.7°C)


Current Moon Phase

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