2022 Fishing Report  

Check back here often to see what's biting!

The Pier opened for the season on April 1. Although the water is still quite cold, fish are already biting in the bay. 

April 14 - Fish are already being caught on the Pier. Tautog, short stripers and skates have been biting and yesterday the first shad and dogfish were caught.

April 24 - The shad blitz is on. Hundreds of hickory shad were caught this past week and it's sure to continue this week. There were also scores of short stripers in the mix; and a few tautog.

April 28 - John reports lots of fish biting on the Pier this week, including tautog, shad, stripers, dogfish, skates and puffers.

May 6 - Bob reports that well over a thousand shad were caught this past week, often two at a time! And, at the same time, the tautog bite has definitely picked up with a few nice keepers in the mix. The striper bite also continues, along with some sea robins, a few small blues and some puffers ... something for everybody. Check out our Memorable Catches page, and come on down and catch some fish!

May 19 - The highligt of the day this morning was a 23 inch seatrout caught on a spec rig. Bob reports that some really nice bluefish in the 20-25" range are biting. A few have hit on lures, but most are biting on mullet rigs or cut bait on bluefish rigs. There are still a lot of shad biting on spec rigs, especially on the incoming tide. And, some stripers have been surprising some of the people fishing for shad And, of course, if you let your bait sit too long, you might catch a skate (or a horseshoe crab)!

June 8 - Bear reports some nice blues are being caught, along with shad, a few flounder, some puffers and a trigger fish. Flounder fishing should be picking up as the water gets warmer.

June 17 - Still lots of shad, a few flounder and some big rays getting a lot of attention!

July 21 - John reports that the flounder bite is picking up. Spot are running good, along with some kingfish, blackfish, rays, skates and sharks. And, people can also get some blue crabs!

August 4 - John reports that there have been lots of keeper flounder. John got himself a nice 19 inch one . Flounder are being caught both daytime and at night. Also, lots of spot in the daytime; weakfish and speckled trout at night. And, yes, still some big rays!

August 14 - John reports that a lot of weakfish and short stripers are being caught at night. And, flounder, kingfish, croakers, and spot are being caught in the daytime.

September 7 - John reports that we're catching some nice flounder and weakfish. Also a good mix of spot and seabass in the daytime ... and even better fishing at night for some blues and shad.

September 13 - Bob reports that once the water cleared up, the fishing picked up. Catching lots of nice large spot and croakers in the daytime, mostly on bloodworms. Also, quite a few flounder with an occasional keeper. At night, it was a mix of snapper blues, shad and weakfish. As the water cools, the tautog bite should fire up ... and we've got live sand fleas which they really love.
Also check out our Memorable Catches Page for a Pier-First ... James caught a RIBBONFISH!

September 15 - Shawn reports that the tautog bite is now picking up. Check out Chrissie's keeper on our Memorable Catches. Shawn adds that a variety of fish are now biting, including flouder, shad , spot, weakfish, speckled trout, sea robins and lizard fish. Plus, we just had our first sheepshead. Fall fishing is about to begin!!!

September 30 - Bob reports an interesting mix of fish this past week before the hurricane blew into town . Flounder (a few keepers), tautog, some large croakers, sea robins. seabass, spot and lizardfish in the daytime. After dark, the blues and the seatrout bite turned on, with some anglers getting their limits. And, every so often, a large cownose ray would contribute to the excitiment.

October 22 - Sean reports that the keeper flounder bite is really picking up. On Saturday, nine keepers were caught! The tautog bite is also picking up; still lots of shorts, but several nice keepers in the mix. Also, still a mix of blues and shad continues.

October 28 - Bob reports another great mix and a great week of fishing. Scores of tautog were caught including a few nice keepers. Still some nice flounder being caught as they start to leave the bay. Also in the mix ... triggerfish, black drum, and a nice weakfish. Still a few blues and shad hitting under the lights. And, Arian had the most unusaul catch of the week ... an OCTOPUS!!! Check out the Memorable catches page.

November 5 - Another active week of fall fishing. Lots more tog with a few more keepers. Still some flounder. Lots of spiny dogfish. And also some blues, shad and skates, plus an occasional black drum, rockfish and sheepshead.

The Pier closed for the season on Monday, November 7.