I have an 18ft parker CC and am looking for a place to launch that will alow me access to beaches along NJ, Cape May area. Any recommendations ? Also, need a weather bouy accessible from the internet real-time. Thanks in advance
YEs Notch, from Nothern Va. And thanks Red, much appreciated. I've been reading about Barnegat Bay. Looking for a place that if I travel all the way up there and weather man is wrong and I cant get out to ocean I can at least try bayside.
Dave- What Red said.
I use Stone Harbor's Municipal ramp this time of year. It's on 81st ST. That way I can fish the ICW in the back, and it's about a three mile run to Townsand Inlet to access the ocean. Cape May rips and the DE bay are quite a distance away though, maybe ten to fifteen miles. Good luck.
There's several ares to launch from in Barnegat Bay to get access to Barnegat Inlet. In the town of Barnegat there is a municipal ramp to launch from and the ride across the bay is about 4 to 5 miles to the inlet.
You can also launch in Forked River. Coming north on the Garden State Parkway get off at the Forked River exit and turn right at the end of the ramp. THis should put you onto Lacey Road. Take that into Forked River and cross US Highway 9. About 1/2 t 1 mile down on your right there is a marina (used to be called Townsend's, but I hear it's been sold and may be under a new name) that you can launch at. You are now in the Forked River (after launching). Just follow it out to the bay and the trip across is about 5 miles or so to the inlet.
There used to be good fishing just on the north side of the inlet in the flats area of Island Beach State Park. Also, on the way out the inlet the rock jetties used to hold some nice stripers. Used to plug them with a Rappala or a Rebel lure, but I'd bet that a jig and a grub would work real well in there.
[Q]David Redding originally wrote:
Thanks Sandtiger !
You are very welcome. Hope you have a good trip. Would like to tow my boat up there some time and go fishing with my brother on the barnegat like we used to when I lived in Toms River. However, towing that far is too much trouble and expense.
BTW, you should be able to get live mullet for bait up there. Try it for stripers along the Barnegat Inlet jetties. Be careful in the inlet as it can get nasty - unless the new jetty work fixed a lot of that.
Just north of Barnegat Inlet (Island Beach State Park) the fishing went off in a big way as well.
The boards to watch are:
(These guys are the top light-tackle guides (boat AND beach).)
(Real-time surf fishing reports from best tackle shop just north of Island Beach State Park (south end is Barnegat Inlet).)
Also - Al Ristori's column - (in local newspaper - only have to quickly give age / zip code / gender info to access it)
He's an old charter captain that talks to everyone every day and loves to fish for striped bass, especially throwing topwater plugs. I think that the man cuddles with a Yozuri Surface Cruiser at night.
Email me if you need any info this fall. I'm down on the Peninsula but am on the phone with both areas daily. We had a crazy day on Saturday off Wildwood, NJ with bass from 24" to 34" on top chewing on Sluggos and bucktails and Fin-S (ice shad is the hot color).