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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.



Top Barnegat Fishing Spots

  1. Wedding 109 barge
    3/15/2017 11:44:04 AM -


  2. Woodl reefballs
    3/15/2017 11:44:04 AM -


  3. Eugenia Moran Wreck
    7/2/2019 6:06:15 AM -


  4. Walter Lamon concrete
    3/15/2017 11:44:03 AM -


  5. PLEASANTVILLE YACHT BASIN AND MUNICIPAL RAMP
    5/3/2013 6:37:12 PM -


  6. WALL TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL RAMP
    5/3/2013 6:37:26 PM -


  7. J Drew Messler Reef
    5/2/2017 5:36:18 PM - J Drew Messler Reef


  8. BHMTC Tank II
    5/2/2017 5:41:15 PM - BHMTC Tank II


  9. Humpty Dumpty
    5/7/2018 4:28:24 PM -


  10. wreck-9843
    2/20/2020 2:27:24 PM -



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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. Tautog

  2. Tautog

    There is a 42.71% catch rate for Tautog, based on 454 Tautog counted.

    Barnegat Tautog Counts Chart
    Tautog

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT TAUTOG COUNTS CHART


  3. Striped Bass

  4. Striped Bass

    There is a 42.43% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 451 Striped Bass counted.

    Barnegat Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT STRIPED BASS COUNTS CHART


  5. Swordfish

  6. Swordfish

    There is a 3.39% catch rate for Swordfish, based on 36 Swordfish counted.

    Barnegat Swordfish Counts Chart
    Swordfish

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT SWORDFISH COUNTS CHART


  7. Black Sea Bass

  8. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 2.82% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 30 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Barnegat Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  9. Spiny Dogfish

  10. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 28 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Barnegat Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT SPINY DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


  11. Pollock

  12. Pollock

    There is a 1.03% catch rate for Pollock, based on 11 Pollock counted.

    Barnegat Pollock Counts Chart
    Pollock

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT POLLOCK COUNTS CHART


  13. Flounder

  14. Flounder

    There is a 0.94% catch rate for Flounder, based on 10 Flounder counted.

    Barnegat Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  15. Hickory Shad

  16. Hickory Shad

    There is a 0.56% catch rate for Hickory Shad, based on 6 Hickory Shad counted.

    Barnegat Hickory Shad Counts Chart
    Hickory

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT HICKORY SHAD COUNTS CHART


  17. Cunner

  18. Cunner

    There is a 0.47% catch rate for Cunner, based on 5 Cunner counted.

    Barnegat Cunner Counts Chart
    Cunner

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT CUNNER COUNTS CHART


  19. Yellowfin Tuna

  20. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 0.47% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 5 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Barnegat Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart
    Yellowfin

    ENLARGE BARNEGAT YELLOWFIN TUNA COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 30 species of fish and 1063 fish counted for December around Barnegat.

To date, there are 146 species of fish and a total of 1538785 fish counted for Barnegat and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1851 (171 years).

Last Update: 12/8/2022 9:11:40 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.

View full Barnegat Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Barnegat Fishing Reports

  • Kevin McCreesh Stripers
    12/6/2022 2:58:00 PM - Had Kevin McCreesh out today for some stripers on the fly fish did not disappoint had over 30 fish and called it an early day!


  • Roger Sanford Stripers
    11/27/2022 7:24:00 PM - Capts Greg and Kenny had Roger Sanford and friends out today. Slower start but made a run and got on some fish. Good mix of sized fish between 23 inches to 35 inches and all


  • Post Thanksgiving Family Trip
    11/26/2022 10:37:00 PM - Had my favorite trip of the year today post Thanksgiving trip with family! Landed over 20 fish mostly on topwater in less than an hour life doesn't get any better!


  • Daniel Ulmer Stripers
    11/26/2022 2:06:00 PM - Capt Greg and Kenny had Daniel Ulmer out today in the 31. We tagged 32 stripers with @grayfishtag and unfortunately couldn't tag quick enough with how fast the fish were comin


  • Peter Gravinese Stripers
    11/23/2022 11:40:00 AM - Had first timer to the Toy Peter Gravinese and his crew. His team wanted light tackle action and we made it happen. First drift limited landing over 20 fish with Brock releasi


  • Jeff Speruto Stripers
    11/19/2022 11:44:00 AM - Had longtime regular Jeff Speruto back with the boys Tyler Joey and Giovanni and first timer Josh. Started off on the birds and they never let up had over 25 fish and called


  • stripers
    11/14/2022 10:03:35 AM - holgate


  • Chris DeCresce Stripers
    11/13/2022 5:54:00 PM - Had longtime regular Chris Decresce and son Luke today got on the bass feed with shads and got our fill and made it an early great day!


  • Jim Preuninger Stripers
    11/13/2022 12:32:00 PM - Capts Greg and Kenny had Jim John and Tim out today. Made a LONG run to get on the fish and found them on top getting them on spooks and shads. Classic fall fishing chasing bi


  • Craig Rosen Stripers
    11/8/2022 1:44:00 PM - Had first timer to the boat Craig Rosen out today with the boys. Aaron got us started off on the right foot with a nice 42 incher released then birthday boy Scott and Xander w


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Top Barnegat Bait & Tackle Stores

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

  2. Grizz's Forked River Bait & Tackle


  3. 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

  4. Captain Mike's Marina


  5. 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.

  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
December 8, 2022 8:10 pm EST
Location: 40.369N 73.703W
Wind Direction: NNW (330°)
Wind Speed: 15.6 knots
Wind Gust: 19.4 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.19 in (1022.4 mb)
Water Temperature: 52.2°F (11.2°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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