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Good Fishing Spots on Raritan Bay

post #1 of 14
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Hey guys,

I'm new to this forum. I love fishing and have only been fishing in Keansburg on the pier. Years ago I vaguely remember fishing in a discrete spot off of Route 35, but I can't remember where it was. All I know is that there were a bunch of small trees and it was muddy. I remember catching a few small eels and a big 19" eel, 26" striper and a few small fluke. I would love to know some good fishing spots on the Raritan Bay. Can anyone help me out?

-Bruno
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by noctirne View Post
Hey guys,

I'm new to this forum. I love fishing and have only been fishing in Keansburg on the pier. Years ago I vaguely remember fishing in a discrete spot off of Route 35, but I can't remember where it was. All I know is that there were a bunch of small trees and it was muddy. I remember catching a few small eels and a big 19" eel, 26" striper and a few small fluke. I would love to know some good fishing spots on the Raritan Bay. Can anyone help me out?

-Bruno


Bruno,
I know your new so here is a tip. The folks on this board do not give out specific spots. The bay has a ton of spots to fish you have to go find em, or go to Sandy hook and take a walk on the bay side. A lot of water all around that spot. Good luck.
post #3 of 14
sorry, bud. people here will give you all the information you could ever want on the "how" part of fishing. they don't do the "where" part, however.



if you don't already have it, google earth is a valuable resource.
post #4 of 14
It would be impossible to answer this question even if we wanted to tell the 10,000 people that will read this thread where the (no longer) discreet spot is.



Muddy and a few small trees can be dozens of spots on the bayshore
post #5 of 14
There are plenty of public access points to the bay. There is beach and inlet access in Laurnce Harbor, Cliffwood, Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, ........ all the wy to the hook. My recommendation to you is to look at google earth or google maps find some of these areas and spend a day looking a trying. You'll know when a spot is good by what you see and not what you are told.
post #6 of 14
Get a street map (Hagstrom). Drive around side streets near bay. I did this in the winter. What else am I going to do! Most of NJ Bay side is shallow so either wade out a quarter mile or wait for high tide. SI side has alot of deep water with current, etc

Exploration is half the fun.

Good luck.
post #7 of 14
Just go to north beach at Sandy Hook and walk the bay side...........easy if your in some kind of shape..........thats about as specific as it gets.
post #8 of 14
I applaud the way that question was handled.....to the point, and respectful (as sometimes doesn't always happen).....I saw the initial post early this morning, and thought "Uh-oh".....



Good job, gentlemen.....
post #9 of 14
The images of measuring that 19" eel are really tempting, but yes lets take the high road on this on
post #10 of 14
keep fishing keensburg bruno im mainly fish that pier my self its very fishy do you know about the octboer over nights for stripers?
post #11 of 14
Hey...........use guys fish in pajamas. What overnights...?
post #12 of 14
i would tell you more but i know how bad spot burns are around here so ill just say call cathy at the keensburg fishing pier and ask about the fall overnights
post #13 of 14
Keansburg Pier is not a spotburn, No more than saying I fished on the Miss Belmar party boat.

It's a place you pay to fish, made to handle lots of guys and it even advertises.

Can't spotburn that.
post #14 of 14
Here is how I found spots to fish. For example, beginning on cliffwood all the way down hook or beyond, drive around route 36 or off 36 along the oceans. I usually did it early morning. Sometimes you see fellow fishermen fishing, jot it down or make a note or save it to your GPS, try to fish and do it all over again. Most likely, you will find a spot where nobody is fishing, just you and the fish. Hit the spots also at night. Also keep an eye for birds activities, they are your guide. If you are lucky they are not far off and within casting distance. Also, look for baits jumping. For instance, peanut bunkers jumping and mullets dancing means there are something below them. At this time, most likely they are being chase by Blue fish. Oh, one more thing, get yourself a binocular. One time, I didn't see any birds activities or baits jumping, but saw couple's activities on the beach.. Ok last one is when you find the spots fish them the incoming or outgoing. I caught most of my fish during the last two hour of the incoming and outgoing. Also, I caught some fish at really low low tide but seldom. Last thing I promise, if you want to save gas, just go high tech and use the satellite map such as google earth.

As far as Keansburg pier, my philosophy is why pay when you don't have to. Just go to the beach for instance. The same thing with buying baits. I never bought my baits. Just go to every pier and start casting that net. If you catch a lot, put them in zip bag with salt and freeze them for next time and just in case there are no baits around.

Hope this helps.
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