My sis was in town from Maryland, took her and my daughter to the public fishing pier in OC NJ Pier on the morning high tide. Was pretty slow for us, til the outgoing tide where I caught a 26 inch striper underneath the bridge. Dang it, 2 inches too small for NJ, so we threw it back. It was caught on cut mackerel. Another guy at the corner of the pier caught a couple of big blues. Be careful though, there are a lot of junk (cables or whatever) down there and you will lose some gear from time to time.
Went to the 9th St pier for the first time Saturday afternoon for about 90 minutes at the top of the tide. Wind was howling, water was dirty and weeds became an issue by the end. My 5 year old mainly crabbed and my 7 year old fished.
Bunker in the crab trap never showed any sign of being chewed at all. Small pieces of bloodworms kept the action lively for the boys though, and a three micro sized sea bass came over the rail. One big run came unbuttoned after about 45 seconds.
I'd like to return at a time without the wind screaming, and when I can fish rather than just cut bait, untangle lines and teach the boys. But, it was a fun, short trip.
We have a house in Ventnor City and I go to Ocean City Pier a lot and really never have any luck besides catching seaweed and losing my gear. Still trying to find a decent spot with a nice drop off to catch some fish other than the sand sharks.