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Striped Bass Fishing From Manasquan

Striped Bass Fishing From Manasquan

When winter finally starts to ebb and spring begins to poke around the corner, striper fishing is on the mind of anyone who wets a line. We make plans to intercept the striped bass as they make their way up the Atlantic Coast to their annual breeding grounds. On board the charter vessel Jersey Nutz, we’re prepared for whatever these stripers have in mind. Fortunately, they’re creatures of habit. Over the years, we’ve come up with three tried-and-true methods to catch stripers in the waters off Manasquan. Some days, it’s easy. Other days, not so much. On those days, all the head boats and party boats around us are struggling to put fish on deck.  But any day is a good day to fish with us. The fact is these picky and fickle fish are downright difficult to put on deck. If you’re on an overcrowded boat, you might as well pour yourself a cup of coffee and watch the waves. You can toss all the jigs in the world at them, but your day will be full of empty lines if the boat and crew are not savvy enough to use the methods required to coax a lunker striped bass to take a bite. The area that we fish here off of northern New Jersey — from Manhattan to Barnegat Inlet — is unlike anything else on the East Coast, and stripers love it!

Our Striper Fishing Techniques
The preferred method for catching these fish for any angler is live lining a freshly hooked bunker back into the pod, then watching him get swallowed up by a monster bass. Sounds simple, right? Don’t get us wrong, there are those days when we pull out of Manasquan, and the bass are blowing up on the bunker just outside. But what about those times when your bait is not getting taken right away, even though you think your captain has put you in the right spot? After all, there’s food there for the fish to eat. On those occasions, have you ever thought your captain was wrong? That just might be the case. Throughout the many years that we have been taking clients out in search of stripers and many other types of fish, we know what a school of bunker looks like when there are fish feeding on it. It takes a knowledgeable captain and crew to know if that pod of bait is worth fishing. On board the charter boat Jersey Nutz, we won’t spend time on a pod of bait that isn’t producing fish. Instead we’ll venture out further and tap into our vast network of friends to help us put you on the fish. Once we find a pod that is holding fish, we use various techniques to deploy the baits. This is where it gets interesting — yes, there’s a method to the madness! There are many ways to hook and prepare a bait. Many other boats are manned by crew who either don’t know how, or simply do not take the time, to make a proper presentation. That can be the difference between enticing a bite or not even getting a look from your trophy striped bass as it swims by the boat. We take pride in our attention to detail and are delighted to share our ideas and techniques with our clients.
Should we feel the conditions are not favorable for live lining, there may be a better opportunity to jig. That’s exactly what we’ll do! Jigging for stripers is a pretty involved task, and as an angler, you must be dedicated to it. In jigging mode, it’s a nonstop involved dance between the anglers, mates and captain. The decision to jig is usually because we’ve found the stripers holding in a tight school, so we’ll have to make constant drifts over the top of the school in order to produce good numbers of fish. Anglers must be on the rod constantly, making their best attempt to entice a strike. The captain has a lot to do as well, keeping the boat over top of the fish. Typically, multiple different jigs will be deployed at the start of our session. Once we get dialed into the type of jig that the fish are snapping up, we’ll switch over the gear to match that jig. Jigging can be extremely exciting, and it’s a great way to get a bite when fishing for bass. You have the opportunity to experience the whole event, and next thing you know, you’re doubled over on a lunker!

Onboard the Jersey Nutz we’re also set up for — and very effective at — trolling for stripers! This is probably a direct byproduct of our thousands of hours spent offshore trolling each summer for tuna. Regardless, when it comes to trolling these fish, we can assure you that there are very few, if any, who are better at it than us! We are FULLY equipped with all types of trolling gear for bass. In fact, we’re pretty certain that, unless you have fished with us before, you have not even heard of — or seen — some of the techniques we use to catch these beautiful specimens. Trolling for stripers off the coast of Manasquan is delectably exciting. Relax on our mezzanine, drink a cold beer or work one of the lines. As soon as one of the rods starts to double over, it’s game on! Having a tug of war with a striper, hooked up to the end of a larger trolling setup, can be a challenge for any angler! These fish do not like being pulled up from their natural habitat, and they often pack plenty of attitude throughout the fight!

Whether you come fishing with our crew during the Spring or Fall striper run, we’ll be ready for you. We are always geared up to put fish on the deck for your group! We’re here to catch fish. It’s our job, and we don’t take it lightly. In addition to being fully equipped to catch these awesome fish off the coast of Manasquan, New Jersey, our boat is meticulously maintained. Our clients often say it’s the most beautiful boat they have fished on, hands down. Our crew will put the needs of your group first and do all we can to exceed your expectations. The Jersey Nutz has become the prominent name for North Jersey Charter fishing. Book your trip now to experience the action!

Striped Bass Fishing From Manasquan

Headed to the Somerset Saltwater Fishing Expo

The Jersey Nutz crew will be on the show grind again this week, heading the the Somerset Saltwater fishing Expo! We will be there booking trips, and talking fishing the whole time! Our Trophy spring Striped Bass season will soon be upon us and now is the best time to book your trip with the best private charter fishing boat in New Jersey. Along with Striped Charters, we will be booking trips for Big eye tuna, Yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, white marlin, and all other Pelagics that can be found roaming around the offshore waters of New Jersey. Believe it or not, now is the time to book your spring offshore trips! With warm water pushing in from offshore shore at a rapid pace, we are anticipating an early start this season. Which means the boat will start heading offshore sooner rather than later. Good reports are already filtering in from down south, with catches of Bigeyes and Yellowfins coming in from our connections down in the Carolina's. Let's hope for the best this year boys and girls. Don't leave us hanging at the show, be sure to come in and stop by, it should be a great one, with many of our premier suppliers attending the show as well, it maybe a good opportunity to chat with them, and get your hands on some of the gear that we put to the test daily. 

Spring Trophy Striped Bass Fishing Manasquan New Jersey

When the Cold air begins to subside and the cool waters off the coast of Manasquan, New Jersey begin to warm, during the months of March and early April, its time to start chasing the massive female Striped Bass that start to invade our waters. During that time, when fishing out of Manasquan New Jersey we will be employing, several very exhilarating methods to catch the stripers, among the most popular being the live line Method. When it comes to catching a Striped Bass, off the beaches of Belmar, Point Pleasant, Asbury, Deal, or even Sea Side New Jersey, you can be sure that feeding a hungry, aggressive, and often time tenacious Striped Bass is something everybody who chases down these powerful fish should experience at least once in their life time. When you start to feel your bait pulsating, twitching, and dancing at the end of your line, doing all it can to prevent becoming lunch for the Cow Striped Bass feverously giving chase to its prey, your excitement builds, your like a bottle rocket who’s fuse has just been lit, and you are waiting to hear that infamous “POP” of trophy Striper inhaling the bait, which then ignites the powdered stored within you, sending you soring into the air at 100 MPH. The fight is on, and now you do battle with the majestic broom tailed legend, you crank, bob, weave, bend, and grunt, the Striper you are battle with in the cockpit of a 53’ Spencer, amongst the depths of the oceans out of the Manasquan, decides to make a turn, he runs towards the bow in an attempt to out smart you. However our crew is on it we are prepared, we have seen this before, the rod, is quickly ran up, and around the boat. A near disaster is avoided, now you are beginning to win! The end is in sight, and you plan to soon set your hands on the majestic Striper and Lay claim to your victory! This is why you fish! This is why you go with the Best! Why you came fishing out of Manasquan, and chose the Jersey Nutz crew to help you. Because when the Bass Makes that last turn, and the net comes out of the water, hoisting up your trophy, you did it! You caught that fish of a life time! And needless to say, you did it in style! Congrats Angler!


What does it take to make all that happen so effortlessly? It takes a crew that has done it thousands of times before. It takes top notch equipment. It takes a boat that is built to go fast, and put you on the fish, no matter the weather. A captain that is as Salty as the sea its self, yet has the personability, appearance, and education, to socialize and entertain the most intellectual of clients. A mate that is seasoned, one that can walk you through the most complex methods, and have you feeling comfortable with in minute’s time of picking up a new method. When we fish for Stripers off of the Manasquan New Jersey Coast, we take our job very seriously, and are nothing short of passionate! The Striped Bass fishery is one that most anglers cut their teeth on, and for that reason, we hold it sacred. There is a special place held in our hearts for these fish, which shines through every time we break the inlet!

Jersey Nutz at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Show

We had a great time at the Greater Philadelphia outdoor show, talking with new and past clients about Striped Bass Charters, Tuna Charters, Shark Charters, Tile Fish Charters, and Swordfish Charters, out of Manasquan New Jersey for the 2016 season. With out a doubt, the majority of the discussion leaned toward our legendary Striped Bass sport fishing trips, as we met quite a few clients, who have never fished out of the Manasquan, Brielle, or Point Pleasant area before. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by our booth this past week, it was great talking to everyone about their past and future sport fishing adventures with the Jersey Nutz Crew. The Manasquan fishing area is shaping up to be a great one in 2016, and we hope that you will join us!

Philadelphia Outdoor show 2016

We will be at the Philadelphia outdoor show this week, taking reservations for both Tuna, and Striper trips this year! Please feel free to stop by, say hi, and chat about a fishing trip that we can put together for you! See why the Jersey Nutz crew, is the best team to fish with out of Mansaquan inlet, and surrounding areas!


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