Preparing for the Spring Fishing Season

It may be in the middle of winter in the Ocean City NJ area, it’s never too early to prepare for the spring fishing season. You wouldn’t want to be unprepared in the event of an early spring, would you? Here are some things to do to prepare for the Ocean City, NJ spring fishing season:

Ocean City NJ Fishing Tips

  • Sharpen or Replace Your Hooks
    Sharp hooks mean more consistent hook sets when a fish bites your lure or bait. This is something that many fishermen don’t do or never even think to do in the first place. A dull hook can begin to affect your fishing success, so it is important. Hook sharpeners can be bought in most local Ocean City NJ bait and tackle shops. Spending a couple hours this winter will be worth your while once spring comes along. If hooks are too out of shape, just replace them.
  • Replace Your Line
    Replacing line sometimes becomes one of those things that fishermen keep putting off during the winter. Having fresh line spooled on your reels is very important because older line becomes brittle and can sometimes easily break when fighting a fish.
  • Organize Your Gear
    An organized tackle box and gear bag can save a lot of time and trouble once the Ocean City NJ spring fishing season hits. Take the time to neatly put everything where it belongs to avoid wasting time looking for something you need or pricking your finger with a hook!
  • Look for New Fishing Spots
    New fishing spots are always great to find. I know every fisherman has their own handful of favorite spots, but discovering something new is always fun and exciting. You never know what you’re going to find in a new spot.

Being prepared is always helpful with anything you do. Make sure you are ready for this spring to have a fun and successful fishing season. Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and anything else you may need both in store and online. Come check out this awesome Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop.

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Best Times to Saltwater Fish

 Knowing when to fish saltwater is important if you want to have a successful fishing trip. There are things to know such as when the fish are going to be most active and hungry. Pay close attention to factors like saltwater tides, weather, time of day, water temperature, and the migration patterns of your target fish to determine the best time to catch them. 

Ocean City NJ Saltwater Fishing Tips

Saltwater Tides:

Saltwater tides  are very important in determining when to fish saltwater areas. 

  • A slack tide means that the water is not moving much. Fishing during times of slack tide should be avoided. Instead, try when the tidal movement is more apparent. 

  • Water movement means that baitfish and crustaceans will also be moving and active. That means there will be predator fish present as well.

  • Strong incoming tides are usually the best time to fish since the current will be pulling baitfish and gamefish towards land.

To keep track of the tidal schedule, you can check most local Ocean City NJ bait and tackle shops for tidal charts.

Moon Phases:

Moon phases can affect when to fish saltwater areas in a few different ways. A full or new moon sheds more light on the water at night, which can alter the feeding pattern of fish. Also, during a full or new moon, the saltwater tides are stronger which mean more active baitfish and other prey making for optimal fishing tide times.

Weather:

The arrival of a front that brings either cooler or warmer air temperatures will affect fishing. A good time to saltwater fish is just before a front arrives, during a decrease barometric pressure, and when there is some cloud cover. Fish won’t be feeding as actively right after a front.


Time of Day: 

The best times of day to fish are dawn and dusk because the weather and tidal movements are favorable. Make sure to always check tidal charts when you are planning a fishing trip. The tides have many factors contributing to fish activity. 

Saltwater fishing is very popular in the Ocean City NJ area. Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and anything else you may need both in store and online. Come check out this awesome Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop.

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Ocean City NJ Surf Fishing

Ocean City NJ fishing suppliesSurf fishing is a technique where you cast into the surf from the beach. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it’s not so simple. There are some things you can do to help your Jersey Shore adventure become more successful. Look at the surf and you will see two or three sets of breakers moving shoreward, with green water separating them. The places where the waves are breaking are sandbars, and the green water represents channels, or “guts” between them. Fish use the guts to get up and down the beach.  The guts and bars get progressively deeper as you move offshore, and fishing deeper water increases your chances of catching larger fish.  Usually you can wade the first gut, stand on the first sandbar, and cast into the second gut. Weather, wind, and tide are all factors to how you go about this. Here are some things to do to help you have a successful trip.

 

Look for Good Water

Look for deep guts, characterized by smooth water and a deeper green color. Look for breaks in the surf line.  These signify deeper water at the sand bar where the tidal currents can move in and out.  Both baitfish and gamefish will use these breaks in the sandbar to travel between the guts, so they are good places to find fish.

Spotting Baitfish Activity

When a school of hungry gamefish tears into a school of baitfish, the intended prey often cause quite a commotion in their attempt to escape.  Watch the water for signs of baitfish flashing in the water or breaking the surface.

Look for Bird Activity 

Birds are always looking for food, and will take advantage of the opportunity to snatch injured baitfish from the surface.  If you see a group of gulls hovering over part of the surf, chances are good that there are baitfish in the area which means gamefish as well.

Surf fishing is a fun and effective way to catch some great fish in the Ocean City NJ area. Fin-atics offers a wide assortment of fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing line, and anything else you may need both in store and online. Come check out this awesome Jersey Shore bait and tackle shop.

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