LBI Fishing Report Update – July 15th

Here’s the Long Beach Island Fishing Report Update for Sunday July 15, 2018.

With summer in full swing Long Beach Island is popping. The beaches, streets and waterways are busy so now’s the time to push offshore and away from it all and into a different kind of mayhem! This season’s offshore bite has been one for the book and it’s not even mid season yet. The yellowfin action is off the charts good and it continues for so many boats.

The boyz aboard the Reel Innovation are on the meat again. Yesterday they returned from a solid trip out at the Hudson. First mate Dan reported they got into great fishing and just about filed the boat, “Unfortunately we dropped a big yellowfin but it was a great trip.” Other boats in the area were also into fish. Word has it some big marlin were caught and some whites showed too. The boys on the Jersey Nutz had a visit from whitey visit on their last trip. Another solid offshore report came in from the guys aboard the Five Seas, “Epic day (Friday) we crushed the yellowfin and went two for three on big eyes! A customer in the shop today reported good fishing in the Lindy to Spencer, “There were lots of squid boats working in the area and we had good fishing with yellowfin and white marlin.”

Bruce DeRite was offshore yesterday today and reported, “Caught two bluefin out at Lemkes. Then on the way in we stopped on a weed line and picked up a nice mahi.” Bruce hung it at he shop and it turned out to be 16 pounds.

Bruce got a nice mahi!

Dan Rosetto was offshore and found fish on Chatter Lures. He reported, “Football season was in full effect today. We fished the Lindy and had lots of 20 pound football sized tuna.” Dan sent in this photo! Thanks for representing with the Fish Head appeal!

Dan was into footballs like these at the Lindy.

Long Beach Island Surf Fishing

Surf anglers on Long Beach Island fishing during the day have lots of swimmers and foot traffic to deal so the best times are morning and afternoons to avoid the midday congestion. Anglers are catching kingfish and fluke during the day time. Cow nose rays are cruising the surf. A total hindrance to those seeking table fare, but they do offer fun for those seeking catch and release fun. Beach shark fishing is strong with both sandbar sharks and sand tigers present.

As always, the Barnegat Inlet has life. Anglers can find the occasional bluefish and resident striped bass, but most are targeting fluke. Late July and August the Inlet offers some of the best fluke fishing. Every year during this time we hear about a couple doormats. Some spear fisherman are reporting triggerfish but rod and reel reports for them have been slow.

Fluke Fishing

Conner McKenzie from New Egypt got a nice 22″ fluke this weekend. Anglers are putting in time and finding fish but from all the reports we’ve heard not many are lighting it up. Most anglers in the shop report average 8-12 shorts to one keeper.

Conner caught this 22″ fluke in the bay, but not far from the Inlet.

Mike at Montauk

Store staffer Mike Frezza took a recent trip out to Montauk with his Dad. They fished Thursday and Friday aboard the Hampton Lady. Mike reported, “Fishing was slow but most were quality fish. The second day was best. I won the pool with this one. It went for a Glow Spro Bucktail tipped with a Gulp Pink Shine Grub.”

Here’s Mike with a pair of solid fluke!

Barnegat Bay Crabbing

Crabbing is good! Nick Rossi and Jacoby Cline stopped in the shop this weekend and reported good fun crabbing. They got a monster jimmy! A 7.25″ one at that. Those looking to enjoy some time on the water catching these tasty critters should stop in. We’ve got all of your supplies for catching blue claw crabs as well as advise to get you in the game. From hand line and dip net to pots, traps and bait… we’ve got you covered!

Nick and Jacoby showing off their big blue claw crab.

No Limits Sportfishing – Fishing Report

Saturday 7/14 – I was out for a 6hr ocean fluke charter. We worked several wrecks in 70-80’ of water. Since we were drifting over 1.0kts most of the day, we had to grind it out by making very short drifts. The group managed to pick up 40 fluke, 5 being keepers, as well as 3 nice sea bass for the table. It was a nice day on the water and we were back at dock by time the wind started to blow up.

Fluke fishing in the ocean is picking back up now that the ground swell from the storm is laying down. I only expect the fishing to keep getting better from now on as we get deeper into the season.

To book a charter and get in on the action Call or Text Capt. Mike Villanova (609)-709-7264

Beach Haven CFA Fishing Report – July 13th

Beach Haven Charter Fishing Associations Fishing Report Update

by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been pretty much concentrating on fluke along with black sea bass on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs. In addition, one captain made his way offshore for some good results on tuna fish.

The boat “Star Fish” has been fishing daily with good catches of sea bass and fluke. One day rods bent with over 100 fish in less than 4 hours. Keepers are mixed in with lots of short fish. One day Captain George and mate Marlyn fished with a family group of five from Harvey Cedars. The day’s highlight was when Marissa and her father Louis used teamwork for the largest sea bass of the season. They both hooked at the same time and reeled their lines in together.. When the fish was brought up, it had the hooks from both anglers in its mouth. The fish measured 18-inches.

Captain Gary Dugan on the “Irish Jig” reports fluke fishing as being very good lately in the ocean on the local lumps and reefs. In addition to the good catches of fluke and sea bass, his anglers have been enjoying looking at the sea creatures such as sea turtles, dolphins, and sharks,

Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction” Sportfishing has been averaging over 25 fluke a day on his bay trips with a handful of nice keepers each day. He had return client Ryan Hathcock, his wife Eliana, and friend Archie Glover with his 9-year old son Zavion on a 4-hour trip. Despite wind vs tide conditions, they found some cooperating fish and the crew ending up catching close to 30 Fluke with two nice keepers of 22-inches. Another trip he had Dave Rowan, his daughter Ashley Coleman, and her two boys Dylan and Andrew on a bay trip for fluke. The trip was about putting the boys on fish. They worked quite a few areas, and the foursome boated over 30 fish with 2 nice keepers of 21 and 22 inches.

Captain Bob Gerkens took the “Hot Tuna” on the 90-mile run to the Baltimore Canyon. Weather conditions were excellent as the boat was able to cruise at 25-knots in both directions. The group of anglers had a good day of fishing as four yellowfin tuna were boated. Captain Bob added that he has also been getting some good reports of bluefin tuna.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

I have been running 7 days a week with quite a few double-charter days, so I haven’t been able to keep up with the Fish HQ reports.  We have been concentrating our efforts in the bay, but I will start running ocean trips in the next week or two.  The bay fishing has been averaging anywhere between 20 to 35 fish per trip and keeper numbers ranging from 1 to 5 per trip.  We have scored some 5, 6, and 8 pound fish.  The key has been finding biting fish, which at times is a little challenging.  But you just have to grind it out!  Check out all of our detailed fishing reports:

We are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site ( or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709


LBI Fishing Report Update – July 11th

We had a surf fishing report sent in from Tom of Beach Haven Park…

Lots of small fluke in the surf! I picked up eight yesterday (Monday) and six more this morning (Tuesday). They were all between 12-17″ so no keepers. All caught on Gulp! Had to pack it up and leave today when the rays moved in at low tide.

ICAST 2018

It’s time for ICAST 2018, where all of the best in the fishing tackle industry is under one roof.

Fish Heads has boots on the ground in Orlando and we are on the hunt seeking out the best new products for YOU OUR CUSTOMERS. Most specifically we are looking for saltwater needs in the north east market. Fifteen to twenty years ago who would have believed you if you told them that a scented biodegradable soft bait would take over the summer flounder fishing bait? Now Gulp! is mainstream. From lures to line, rod to reels, etc… It’s crazy to look back and see the innovation in the fishing industry.

We are looking forward to another awesome show this year and can’t wait to see the stamp that the 2018 year class leaves on the face of the industry. Stay tuned to our social media pages for breaking news on products find.

No Limits Sportfishing – Fishing Report

Sorry for the late report…

After some last minute planning and an iffy weather forecast we headed out on our buddy boat to spend our 4th of July at the edge. With a very promising big eye report we headed to some new waters and were up on the troll an hour before first light. Within the first hour we had our first fish on the boat. We kept moving trying to find the temperature break that we were looking for. Once we found the right water with only 2 other boats in site, the bite was on and we had 3 double headers of yellowfin up to 80lbs. We never found the big eye bite that we were looking for but we ended the trip going 7/8 on yellowfin. Excellent way to spend the holiday and the weather was perfect.

We are sailing every weekend for fluke and sea bass now. When the weather permits we will also be running offshore to get in on the tuna bite but we need to keep a very close eye on the weather. Fluke fishing is picking up on the wrecks as well as some quality sea bass being caught. Call now to book a date. Capt. Mike Villanova (609)-709-7264

LBI Fishing Report Update – July 8th

Colby Capri stopped in the shop today and checked in a 25.5″ 7.52 pound fluke. He was fishing Barnegat Bay this morning.

Another Barnegat Bay fluke report came in from Max DeGennaro. He caught a 26″ fluke this afternoon fishing aboard Hi Flier Sportfishing with captain and dad David D.

Here’s Max D with a nice fluke today.

One customer who was in and out quick shared an awesome schoolie striped bass report. During the two minutes he was here he said, “Small bass are roaming the inlet rocks. Fish the golden hour with soft baits! I had five in less than an hour.” When the wind turned onshore out of the northeast or east the inlet comes alive. Happy to hear this angler was in on it!

The surf was very warm on Sunday. The onshore winds have pushed in some beautiful water. It’s clean (a little bit of grass in Ship Bottom) and loaded with rays.They were cruising in the waves for most of the day. The beach also has fluke during the day and sharks during the low light hours.

Bad new for the bluewater boyz trying to get back out on the tuna grounds… Tropical Depression 3 has become Tropical Storm Chris and looks to intensify for the next few days. The “professionals” are saying it will hang around the Carolinas then move out to the north east. Still lots of uncertainty. Keep your eyes on the forecasts to see how it plays out.

This might be my last fishing report update for 5-7 days; however, I will try to share some breaking news from ICAST 2018. Stay tuned to our social pages all week for the latest info from the show floor. There’s some awesome products that will be released from all the big name brands.

Hi Flier Running Open Boat Barnegat Ridge Tomorrow, Monday, July 9 Target: Bonito and Albacore

Not sure if there is anything happening at Barnegat Ridge but it’s time to go find out. I passed through there the other day on the way home from an offshore trip and the water was 78 degrees, blue-ish green, and there were slicks and flying fish. We only had 30 minutes to try as my group needed to be back at the dock. We didn’t catch anything in that short try but it sure looked good. Now with a few days of NE we just had, it can only have gotten better. Bonito and albacore are always the target but sometimes we find school bluefin tuna there, as well.

Leaving tomorrow, Monday, July 9 at 6AM, returning around 1 PM. $175 person, 4 people max. All fish are shared. Reservations required.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
Hi Flier Sportfishing
732.330.5674 cell

JCAA’s 24th Annual Fluke Tournament

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s 24th Annual Fluke Tournament is August 4, 2018. This awesome statewide tournament is actually seven mini-tournaments in one. With tens of thousands in cash & prizes this one of the summer’s best fluke fishing tournaments!

Make sure to enter the Doormat Category (additional $25 fee) to try your luck at winning $50,000… largest fluke in excess of 12 lbs (see rules & regs that apply on JCAA website)

Register Online Now!

Early Entry $130 per boat (up to 6 anglers)

Regular Entry $160 per boat (if postmarked after July 23th, 2018)

For additional info, call the JCAA Office at 732-506-6565


About Jersey Coast Anglers Association

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1981. The original objective of the JCAA was to combine a loosely fragmented group of marine sportfishing clubs in order to form and promote a united consensus on issues relevant to saltwater anglers in New Jersey. Over the years, the mission of the JCAA has remained unchanged, but now has the added goal of joining forces with organizations having similar objectives in states along the East Coast and national organizations. While the JCAA is relatively young, it has emerged as the most effective organization of its kind on the East Coast. For more information, or for information about becoming a member of the JCAA, please call (732) 506-6565 or visit

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Stripers, Blues and Fluke!!

Barnegat Bay area has been rewarding Reel Fantasea Fishing Charter anglers since early March and we continue to deliver the best light tackle action found anywhere!

Abundant Striped bass to 27″ , Slammer Blues to 12lbs and weeding through fluke has also produced keepers for those flatty fans!!
Utilizing light spinning tackle with a little coaching has even the most novice anglers smiling with a bent rod and screaming drag within minutes of the dock!
I have this Sunday morning 5am – 10am available for anyone looking to get out on the brine for some light tackle fun.
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters