April - May June July
August September October/November

April  1   - The Pier is is now open.  Short stripers are running in the 12"-22 " range.  Amber Smoker made the first catch of the season!   Come on Down!

April  9   - Schooling short stripers are still biting well.  We're also catching skates and some small sharks. 

April  15   - Well over a hndred short stripers were caught on Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Even the kids were having a blast!  The first few shad were also caught on Thursday and Friday.  Also on Friday, the first big bluefish (33") and the first flounder (also an 18" keeper) were caught.  The first tautog was caught yesterday and the first puffers were also caught today.  Lots of action going on .... and plenty still to come! 

April  24   - BIG BLUES ... BIG BLUES ... and BIG BLUES!  And, we're still catching short stripers, especially at night.  Also in the mix, some shad, puffers, and sea robins.  And, we did get another flounder last week too.  Checkout our Memorable Catches Page.

May  3     - The Oceanic Pier Bluefish Blitz continues.  The Pier hasn't seen a run of big bluefisg list this in over 25 years!  Hundreds of big blues are still being caught.  Most of the blues range from 30 to 39 inches.  Numerous citation fish being caught every day for the past 2 weeks.

May  10     - The Bluefish Blitz has slowed down. There are still some big blues, and some 16-18 inch blues, being caught every day.  The shad are now also starting to bite in the evening on the incoming tide.  Come on down. 

May  13     - Although the Bluefish Blitz has slowed down a bit, there were still plenty of big blues landed during the past week. There were more than 15 caught on Thursday, not to mention several smaller ones in the 16-25 inch range.  The shad bite is also starting to improve under the lights at night on the incoming tide.  Sunday should be a nice day ... Come on down.  Checkout our Memorable Catches Page.

May  20     - Still catching plenty of blues --- not as many of really big ones ... but ranging overall this week from 13 - 36 inches. The shad bite also continued to pick up this week, along with some short stripers, some puffers, a few tog and a couple of flounder.

June  2  -  Bear reports that they're catching shad, blues,  small rockfish... plus a few flounder and some tautog.  Morning fishing has been good ... and night fishing has been even better.  Come on Down!

June  15  -  Although fishing has been a little slow in the daytime, we have been catching some tog, sea bass, puffers, and flounder.  Night fishing has been better with shad, blues, stripers and some speckled trout.

June  23  -  Bear reports that the flounder bite has definitely picked up.  Seabass also biting in the daytime, along with some tog. A red drum and a small black drum was also caught last week.  At night, some shad and bluefish biting under the lights on spec rigs.

July  8    -  Bear reports that the best fishing this holiday week was for flounder, trout and seabass in the daytime.  Dave reports that some bluefish have been biting at night under the lights.

July  17    -  Bear reports flounder and seabass biting in the daytime, along with some croaker and stargazers.  At night, a real mix of red drum, kingfish, sea robins, shad, blues, rock and trout.  One night last week, a big shark and a huge butterfly ray were caught.

July  22    -  Bear again reports a variety of fish being caught on the Pier.  Flounder, sea bass, sting rays, croakers, and kingfish in the daytime.  At night, croakers, trout, stripers, red and black drum, sharks, shad and blues.

August  9   -  Althogh lots of small flounder are being caught, there are some nice keepers in the mix (Check them out on our Memorable Catches page!).  Bear also reports some kingfish, croaker, seabass, sea robins, small rockfish, sea trout, shad and blues.

September  4  -  One of our frequent anglers, Howard, started off the month of September with a nice 26" red drum, caught on sand fleas.  Again, a lot of small flounder were caught with even more nice keepers in the mix lately.  Plenty of small snapper bluefish, along with seabass and a few sea robins.  And, on Labor Day, a good number of large spot were also caught.

September  18  -  Bear reports some flounder, shad, snapper blues, sea robins, sea bass, short stripers, small trout, some grunt ... and at times some big spot.  Come on down for some fall fishing!

September  25  -  The flounder bite is definitely picking up and should continue to do so through October.  Bob, the Pier webmaster, caught 6 flounder on Thursday and 7 more on Friday.  And, he also caught a 24" red drum on Friday.  The tautog bite should also improve as the water temperature begins to drop.  Still lots of snapper blues around and some shad also.

October  5  -  Fall fishing has begun!  As the flounder leave the bay, many are being caught as they stop by the Pier.  And, as the water temperature rises, the tautog bite is starting to pick up as well.  We have also been catching some trout, sea bass and lots of snapper blues.  Come on down ... and join in on the action!   (Check out the recent catches on our Memorable Catches Page.)

October  24  -  More tautog are now being caught using green crabs and live sand fleas.  There have also been some triggerfish and puppy drum in the mix.  Flounder continue to bite on minnows and shiners.   Lots of bait-stealing small seabass in the daytime; and, lots of snapper blues and hickory shad on spec rigs and sabiki rigs at night.

November  2  -    -  Bear reports some tautog, flounder, short stripers, bluefish, shad, black drum and red drum are still being caught.  The end of the season is near ... come on down!

November  10  -    -  The tautog bite is picking up, and the fish are getting a bit bigger.   A lot more sand sharks are also being caught. The flounder bite continues as they leave the bay; a few black drum and triggerfish have been caught; and, bluefish and shad also continue to bite, especially after dark.  The Pier is now only open on weekends ... and there are only a few weekends left ... so ... come on down!

November  26  -    -  The Pier is now closed for the season.  Keeper tautog were being caught right up until the end of the season.  Check out our Memorable Catches Page!

See you in the spring !

As long as you're here, check out the fishing reports from previous years , so you can see what to expect ... and when to expect the action to start.









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