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Sandy Hook Fishing

Sandy Hook Fishing

Sandy Hook is a barrier spit found on the north end of Jersey Shore that covers over 2,000 acres of beach. With hundreds of nearby shipwreck, artificial reefs, and lots of rocky structure, Sandy Hook is a favorite location for many fishermen.

Sandy Hook and Raritan Bay is probably best known for its excellent Blackfish (Tautog) and Striped Bass fishing. There is also good Bluefish, Cod, Fluke (Flounder), Gray Trout (Weakfish), Pollock, Whiting, and of course many species of Sharks.

While False Albacore are plentiful from the beaches all the way out to the canyons, there are also runs of Bluefin Tuna from nearshore to the deep. Closer to the canyons you will find Yellowfin and Big Eye tuna much of the year. A few billfish are caught in the summer months as well.



Sandy Hook Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Sandy Hook, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Anchovy

  2. Anchovy

    There is a 21.55% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 9840 Anchovy counted.

    Sandy Hook Anchovy Counts Chart
    Anchovy

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK ANCHOVY COUNTS CHART


  3. Bluefish

  4. Bluefish

    There is a 13.32% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 6082 Bluefish counted.

    Sandy Hook Bluefish Counts Chart
    Bluefish

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK BLUEFISH COUNTS CHART


  5. Flounder

  6. Flounder

    There is a 11.55% catch rate for Flounder, based on 5275 Flounder counted.

    Sandy Hook Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  7. Silver Hake

  8. Silver Hake

    There is a 9.07% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 4142 Silver Hake counted.

    Sandy Hook Silver Hake Counts Chart
    Silver

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK SILVER HAKE COUNTS CHART


  9. Blueback Herring

  10. Blueback Herring

    There is a 8.55% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 3904 Blueback Herring counted.

    Sandy Hook Blueback Herring Counts Chart
    Blueback

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK BLUEBACK HERRING COUNTS CHART


  11. Striped Bass

  12. Striped Bass

    There is a 7.03% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 3212 Striped Bass counted.

    Sandy Hook Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK STRIPED BASS COUNTS CHART


  13. Winter Flounder

  14. Winter Flounder

    There is a 6.12% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 2793 Winter Flounder counted.

    Sandy Hook Winter Flounder Counts Chart
    Winter

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK WINTER FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  15. Red Hake

  16. Red Hake

    There is a 3.86% catch rate for Red Hake, based on 1765 Red Hake counted.

    Sandy Hook Red Hake Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK RED HAKE COUNTS CHART


  17. Striped Searobin

  18. Striped Searobin

    There is a 3.61% catch rate for Striped Searobin, based on 1648 Striped Searobin counted.

    Sandy Hook Striped Searobin Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK STRIPED SEAROBIN COUNTS CHART


  19. Black Sea Bass

  20. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 3.19% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1459 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Sandy Hook Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE SANDY HOOK BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 59 species of fish and 45670 fish counted for May around Sandy Hook.

To date, there are 168 species of fish and a total of 4204308 fish counted for Sandy Hook and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1815 (209 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 4:11:20 PM

*** 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 Sandy Hook are the following:

  1. Choapa Shipwreck
    The Choapa was originally named Helga, and was built at Helsingors Jernsk & Msk in 1937. The vessel was 292 feet long and 41 feet wide. It sank on September 21, 1944 while


  2. WRECK THREE SISTERS
    40.38565 -73.6008


  3. RATTLESNAKE
    RATTLESNAKE


  4. REEFV.L. KEEGAN
    40.3607166666667 -73.9354833333333


  5. Wedding 109 barge


  6. Coleman Barge 45 barge


  7. Humpty Dumpty


  8. WALL TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL RAMP


  9. Mako Mania 174 tanker


  10. 4293


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Latest Sandy Hook Fishing Reports

  • 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


  • Jim Preuninger Stripers
    Had Jim Preuninger out for stripers this morning. Got our bait in one throw and our first drift it was lights out bass on every bunker you put down but that fizzled out after


  • Roger Sanford Grandkids Stripers
    Capt Greg had Roger Sanford out this afternoon with son in laws and grandkids. Loads of bites and the primarily first time striper anglers did a nice job on the fish. Some kee


  • Vinnie and Friends Stripers and Blues
    Capt Greg had Vinnie and the West Milford guys out today for stripers. Savage bite early on and we blew through 80 bunker in no time. Netted some more bait and picked away cat


  • Sam Angelo Stripers
    This afternoon Capt Greg and Shane had Sam Angelo out for stripers. Bait was easiest it has been all year to net and we went to work steadily picking away at stripers on live


  • Dave Hockenberry Stripers
    Capt Greg and Shane had Dave Hockenberry out on the 31 this morning for stripers. Started out on the bigger fish and switched it up finding some keepers in the shallow water f


  • Gray Fish Tag Striper Quest
    Had Vinny Montella out today for the StriperQuest tournament by @grayfishtag and despite the weather all participants decided to give it a shot. Glad we did as we enjoyed a s


  • Neil NcCoy Stripers
    Had Neil McCoy with Rod Hernandez and both of their sons out this afternoon. Like a broken record bait was tough but when we got it fishing was very good. Did one drift the wh


  • Adam Conley Stripers
    Had Adam Conley out in the morning for stripers. Bait took a very long time but fishing was a good pick up to 40 inches with a couple keepers mixed in. High hook had 5 by hers


  • Andy Talone Stripers
    Had Andy Talone out solo this afternoon. Covered a ton of ground looking for a good bite and ended up picking a few late in the afternoon on live bunker. 


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Top Sandy Hook Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Bernie's Fishing Tackle
    Bernie’s Bait & Tackle, located in the heart of Sheepshead Bay at 3035 Emmons Ave., has been as icon in the local fishing community for some 50 years.

  2. Great Kills Bait & Tackle


  3. Scortino's Tackle Box Fishing Co.


  4. Michael's Bait & Tackle Shop


  5. E-Z Catch Bait & Tackle
    E-Z Catch Crab Traps & Pot's Are of The Highest Quality, Longest Lasting, Made in the United States of America..Done Right the First Time... All our Products are Manufactured in Staten Island, New York

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Top Sandy Hook Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Jersey Key Sportfishing Charters
    If you are looking for the best New Jersey saltwater fishing experience, then look no further than the Jersey Key. Everything you need for a full-day or evening session of striped bass, fluke, blue fish, bottom fish, tuna, and even shark fishing is p

  2. Atlantic Star
    The Atlantic Star is one of the cleanest and best equipped Atlantic Highlands Party Boats in New Jersey. Family owned and operated since 1987, the Atlantic Star has consistently delivered it's customers an enjoyable & safe half day of fishing

  3. Marilyn Jean IV
    The Marilyn Jean IV party boat is conveniently located in Famous Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn NY. All fishing trips will depart from pier 6.

  4. Sea Hunter
    The SEA HUNTER has built a solid reputation as one of the most popular party boats in the area. This is due to the fact that Captain Rob and his Crew strive to put their passengers on fish whenever the SEA HUNTER leaves the dock.

  5. Captain John's Fishing
    The Captain John is New Jersey's premier fishing and cruising vessel. Located only minutes off the Garden State Parkway, in historic Keyport, NJ, the Captain John offers the finest in fishing experience for the novice or avid angler alike.

  6. Bill Chaser Charters
    Join us for Great Summer Charter Fishing off of Sandy Hook New Jersey and the Raritan Bay May through October For... Blue and White Marlin,Tuna, Dolphin, Shark, Striped Bass, Fluke, Blue Fish

  7. Reel Therapy
    Our boat, "Reel Therapy" is a Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman, Light Tackle edition, is specially designed for fly fishing comfortably in the Northeast's demanding saltwater conditions. She is 20Â’ long x 8Â’ bea

  8. Scales N Tales Fishing
    We specialize in all inshore game fish such as striped bass, fluke, weakfish, flounder and bluefish on the Jersey shore.

  9. MI-JO Party Cruise & Fishing Charter Boat
    Captain Mike Scardigno grew up in the Sandy Hook area and has been fishing for Fluke, Bluefish and Stripers for over 40 years. He has a great local knowledge of the "tricks" and "hot spots" that have produced time after time, year

  10. Reel Fun Sportfishing


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Top Sandy Hook Marinas

  1. Baker's Landing Marina


  2. Bayside Marina
    We offer daily fishing and boating rentals, seasonal dock space and mooring rentals and provide 24/7 launch service.We have a full service Snack Bar. Our facilities are handicap accessible.

  3. Seaport Inlet Marina
    Belmar's closest marina to the ocean and the only marina with daily in-and-out rack service!

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