Atlantic Cutlass

Hello! This is the Sea Isle News fishing report. This report will give you the where, when and how of fishing our local waters. We hope this information will help you catch the big one!

Suggested bait and tackle in this report can be obtained at any of the local fishing shops.

The “What”

Atlantic Cutlass

Here is a list of fish (some common, some not as common) found in New Jersey waters: Blowfish, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Kingfish, Ling, Oyster Toad Fish, Perch, Sea Bass, Sea Robin, Shad Sharks, Sheepshead, Skate, Spot, Striper(Striped bass), Triggerfish, Weakfish, Black Drum, Red Drum and many others.

The “Where”

Some suggestions for locations in/near Sea Isle:

Beach fishing (where allowed), the north end beaches near Strathmere, Corsons Inlet (far north end) and the Townsends Inlet Park at the south end of the island are excellent locations.

Bridge/Pier fishing: 59th St fishing pier, 79th St bulkhead.

Bay fishing: Along the south side of the causeway and any street end that is open to the public.


  1. or any reliable tide app on your smart phone will help you fish at the right time of day. I suggest a few hours before and after high tide.
  2. For the 2020 NJ recreational fishing regulations, go to:

Back Bay

The ocean water is clean and the temperature has continued to be warm (currently 76 degrees). That equals great conditions for anglers!

Catch reports this week include Flounder, Croakers, Blues, Kingfish, Snapper Blues, Sea Robins, Oyster Toad Fish, Striped Bass, Triggerfish and Sheepshead. Evenings have produced a good number of Striped Bass – especially near the inlets. Clam and surface lures (poppers) are working well on the Stripers.

Flounder fishing has remained steady, and was really good this week. Flounder are being taken with minnows, cut squid, and bucktails (Pink is the hot color for 2020 it seems). Live bait or cut bait on the incoming tide are working well.


Good spots to catch all these fish mentioned is the Townsends Inlet Park on the south end, Corsons Inlet on the north end (Strathmere), the south side of the Sea Isle Causeway, the bulkhead at 80th St and the 59th St fishing pier.

Piers and Bridges

With the warm water, the variety of fish caught includes Flounder, Blues, Croakers, Sea Robin, Snapper Blues and Oyster Toad fish, Triggerfish and Sheepshead. The Triggerfish  catch remained really strong this week. Also a mix of  Sea Robin, Snapper Blues, and Oyster Toad Fish. The Triggerfish and Sheepshead are biting on fiddler crabs (on jig heads). Flounder (and Triggerifsh) are biting on squid and minnows – on smaller hooks (#4 or #6 hooks).  Cut bait (bunker or squid) for the Blues, Croakers, Sea Robins, Snapper Blues and Oyster Toad fish. The piers on the 9th St bridge are seeing a ton of good action!



Kingfish, Croakers (aka Spot), Flounder, Snapper Blues, Weakfish. Occasional exotics (Blowfish, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano and Atlantic Cutlass Fish) mixing in. Striped Bass being taken near the inlets at dusk with surface lures and clam.

Bloodworms on an over/under rig are baits of choice for Kingfish, Weakfish, Snapper Blues and Spanish Mackerel. Cut and live bait (minnows/shiners) for the rest.

The sun is shining, the water is warm, so get out there and fish!