Nightstrikes Surfcasting Guide Service / Fluke Fishing

Finally a beautiful stretch of weather along the beach, and the fluke bite is back on for sure in the surf, hit me up if you want to get in on the action the next few mornings/ evenings call 609-276-6983 Nightstrikes Surfcasting Guide Service LLC

Fluke hitting bigger baits now
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LBI Fishing Report August 7, 2020

A few days after the storm, things are bouncing back. The water is cleaning up a few reports are coming in. This is what we can share on this Friday morning report… Here’s the Long Beach Island Fishing Report Update For Friday August 7, 2020.

The surf has settled down and the LBI water temperatures have rebounded from their upwelling lows to now in the mid 60’s. It was in the mid to upper 50’s a couple days ago. With the settling comes a welcome return of reports! Already surf anglers are getting back into good fishing along the beach of LBI. On Thursday we had numerous customers in the shop reporting the kingfish are still present. They were all buying Live Bloodworms, Dyna Bait Freeze Dried Bloodworms and Fish Bites. Others reported fluke from the beach. One group of anglers came in and reported tryin for striped bass with clam and bunker. They caught some small blues, skates and dogfish. One striped bass catch was reported by Jaime Grant. Her husband got a 27.5″ striped bass off the mid Island surf.

Fluke fishing reports in the ocean yesterday (Thursday) were slow (from two different sources). We expect this to flip back soon because August is a great moth for ocean fluke fishing!

The bayside activities have a lot to offer. From fishing for blowfish, snappers and weakfish to crabbing and clamming. Store staffer Grey Colston is reporting lots of bait (both spearing and baby bunker) and active game fish. He has caught striped bass, bluefish and weakfish the past couple of days.

The Barnegat Inlet Jetty is a great spot to fish all season long but especially right now! The fluke are present and transiting the inlet on their way out to their late summer early fall hiding spots. Tog, sheepshead and triggerfish are hiding. One customer reported catching five tog, three were keeper size. Also resident striped bass and bluefish are there too. Jetty Master Jeff got a large black drum a few days back! Bayside Dave stopped by late morning and shared a early morning report. He said, “I had a good morning before the rain. Got a keeper tog and a keeper fluke.”

Already got reports of both yellowfin and bluefin tuna as well as mahi from the midshore and offshore waters.

Linda Lee Sportfishing Report 8/3/2020

Saturday we hit the mid-shore fishing ground on the hunt to jig up some yellowfin and it produced!

We also hooked up on live peanut bunker. Both yellowfin and mahi mahi couldn’t resist. Mustad Moon Risers Jigs and Nomad Streaker Jigs have been the go to jigs all year.

There’s nothing better then catching tuna on lightweight yet powerful spinning rod set ups like the Shimano TrevalaPenn Slammer combo.

If you’re looking to get out and get in on the fun fishing give Capt. Ryan Horton a call and set up a trip today. Call 609-276-8032.

Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Fishing Report

by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

The fishing over the past week in the Beach Haven area has been very strong. However, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter fishing Association are casting a wary eye at the development of Hurricane Isaias. Although the storm is still south of the United States, Isaias is sure to influence the fishability of local waters for the next few days.

The water temperature in the bay waters behind Long Beach Island have been reaching 80 degrees and even warmer. As a result, most of the fluke have made their move into the ocean. That is where the captains have been concentrating their efforts with much success.

Captain Frank Camarda reports the party boat “Miss Beach Haven” has been finding some nice sized fish on both its ocean and bay trips. One recent pool winner took honors with a 25-inch fluke. Their 6-hourtrips on Saturdays and Sundays have proven to be very popular and advance
reservations help secure a spot at the rail.

The “Starfish” with Captain Carl Sheppard has been fishing inshore structure regularly. A recent trip with a local family experienced action-packed fishing all day. The crew fished many wrecks and caught over 60 fish including sea bass, sea robins, and fluke. The crew kept sea bass and
fluke for dinner. Some sea bass have measured up to 16-inches.

Captain Gary Dugan has seen the rods on the “Irish Jig” bending with large numbers of short fish with some fluke making it into the cooler along with some sea bass and even a ling. Early trip had decent action on short fish with these 2 keepers. Captain Gary had a shark charter for the birthday girl Kim, and they managed a 4-foot tiger shark among other fish.

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing continues to experience excellent action with up to 30 fish on a tide, although most are throwbacks. Recent trips have seen up to 5 keepers along with some sea bass and even a short striped bass on one trip. Captain Brett says his trolling motor was pivotal in keeping them on the edge between the wind and tide.

Captain Dave Wittenborn had the Smale group on the “Benita J” offshore on a tuna trip. The crew put together a nice catch of 50-60-pound class yellowfin tuna. By mid-morning everyone was tired from reeling in tuna, and they headed back home. Captain Dave stressed it was a great group that never once complained about the sporty conditions.

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

August Surf Fluke Fishing Trips on LBI

Wow ! August 1st , can’t believe we are at the crossroads of Summer here already on LBI – And it means I only have 5 more weeks of Fluke Fishing left here before I shift gears and start fishing Northern NJ – So if you are interested in a Surf\Jetty Fluke Trip on The Beaches of Long Beach Island NJ >Now is the time to Book~It up until Labor Day 2020 😉 ( I’ll post soon about my plans starting in September that I think you’ll like 👍* Stay Tuned for That) , in the mean time just reach out to me for more information. Nightstrikes Surfcasting Guide Service LLC Call 609-276-6983

Hi Flier Inshore and Mid Range Tuna

Fishing is heating up. There have been 20 to 30 lb bluefin tuna within 20 miles of Barnegat Inlet. We are also catching king mackerel in the mix. All on the troll, so far. Side tracker bars are accounting for most of the hookups but cedar plugs are starting to get bit, too.
Further offshore, 60 to 70 miles, there is a mix of bluefin and yellowfin. They are hitting on the troll as well as drifting with jigs and bait fishing, my personal favorite. There is nothing like when a tuna eats your bait and you are holding the rod to feel that acceleration. 
It is also possible to mix in some 2 to 3 ft pelagic sharks on spinning tackle when we fish the 20 mile grounds.
Open Boat or Charter:
Sunday, July 26 Mid Range Tuna, 60 to 70 miles, 3AM to 5PM $450 person

Monday, July 27 Barnegat Ridge, 15 to 20 miles, 7AM to 3PM $225 person

Saturday, August 1 Barnegat Ridge, 15 to 20 miles, 6AM to 1PM $200 person

4 people max on all Open Boat trips, all fish are shared.

Pic: Jon and Ray Vernon of Butler, NJ with two of their three bluefin tuna trolled at Barnegat Ridge on Saturday. 

Dave DeGennaro

Hi Flier Sportfishing

732.330.5674 cell

LBI Fishing Report – July 22, 2020

Right now is a great time to be fishing the waters of Long Beach Island. Whether fishing from shore, inshore or offshore, there’s a lot on offer. Here’s the Long Beach Island Fishing Report Update for Wednesday July 22, 2020.

Inshore – Midshore Bluewater

By far the most spectacular topic on the local fishing front is the abundance of school bluefin tuna (in the 27 to <47″ range) surprisingly close to port. These fish are and have been hanging around the 10-15-20 fathom inshore/midshore lumps and ridges. Some of these areas have good water (beautiful clean blue water) with bait (sand eels and squid) and that’s the receipt for good fishing. It’s not only bluefin! There’s king mackerel (southern kingfish) and a few small mahi. Soon the bonita and albies will join the party too. Here’s some recent reports from anglers fishing out of Barnegat Light the past couple of days.

Dexter Thomas caught this bluefin tuna with his father Matt on Monday July 20, 2020.
This is what it’s all about! Dexter Thomas with his first tuna. Congrats!

Matt Thomas shared, “After hearing some reports that tuna fish were close we tossed together a last minute trip to get my son Dexter his first tuna. We got out there and got one. He did awesome and would not quit! Needless to say he is a very happy kid and I’m a very proud father!”

Sloane Endick caught this air of bluefin tuna trolling about 10-15 miles out of Barnegat Inlet.
On Tuesday Sloane Endick fished with her dad and Austin Pounds. She reported, “Even the rookies got it done today. Never thought our center console would be out tuna fishing but here you have it folks! What a day today! Couldn’t have done it without you all!”

Frequent customer Joe Franckowiak has been out fishing every chance he gets and his catch count shows. He was reporting tuna near shore for some time now. Tuesday he had another good day (previous report included on the July 14th post) going four for seven on bluefin.

Fun Trip Aboard The Pal’O Mine

I got the call from Paul D’Aloia (friend and owner of the Pal’O Mine) on Monday, “Let’s go fish!” Tuesday morning we (Paul, Max, Matt, I) pushed off and headed east about 15 miles. We quickly found positive sings (tuna chicks and slicks) and got our trolling spread in the water. First a few good bait marks showed up on the sounder. Then tuna marks and shortly after we were tight on our first fish of the morning. We kept working the area and stayed with it for most of the morning going five for five on school bluefin tuna. Almost all of our bites came on spreader bars from splash bars from Chatter and Tormenter.

Here's Paul and Greg with a school bluefin tuna that fell for a Tormentor Sidewinder Spreaderbar. This particular fish had a belly stuffed with 6-8" squid.
Here’s Paul and Greg with a school bluefin tuna that fell for a Tormentor Sidewinder Spreaderbar. This particular fish had a belly stuffed with 6-8″ squid.

There were not that many boats out there, so we did the right thing and shared some intel to help others get blood on the deck. We were happy to get feedback! Richard Applegate said, “Heard you on the radio. Thank you. You helped us get tight on one.” Another thanks came from Mike Pritsch, “You called us in on the bite today. Thank you!!!”

With piles of sandeels and squid, school size bluefin tuna are hanging well within reach for small boat anglers. Gear up and be ready for the right days to get out thee and enjoy this great fishing!

Bluefin tuna are staged up in the inshore lumps and ridges eating sand eels and squid. Anglers trolling spreader bars are catching!
Ryan S. gave us a shout out… “Big thanks to Max, Willie and the crew at Fishermans Headquarters for rigging me up and putting me on the meat! Had one hell of a morning.”

LBI’s Near Shore Fishing Report

Solid fluke fishing reports continue from the ocean’s near shore waters, open bottom, wrecks and reefs. The game is good at certain areas and certain times. Having the right tackle and a skilled hand is paramount! Some of the snags have good sea bass fishing too.

Store staffer Jared strikes again. He took the pool on Tuesday's fluke trip aboard the Carolyn Ann.
Here’s Jared Grady with a pair of fluke, one the pool winner on Tuesday’s morning fluke trip aboard the Carolyn Ann

One angler with the right tackle and a good hand is store staffer Jared Grady. He was out on the Carolyn Ann Tuesday and took the pool with a health one!

Robbie G had a great day fluke fishing aboard the Miss Barnegat Light.

Today (Wednesday) Robbie Gagliardi had a great day aboard the Miss Barnegat Light. He caught five keepers. Since others fishing near him were struggling he was a nice guy and shared.

Another great ocean fluke report came in from Tyler Leary. His crew limited out at an undisclosed reef site.

The reports from the two local party boats (Miss Barnegat Light and the Carolyn Ann) are positive the past cope of days. It’s great to see some limited as well as some quality fluke and also knuckle head black sea bass. They are sailing everyday from 8am to1pm. Get out there!

Fishing the Long Beach Island Bays

The fluke fishing in the bay continues strong with an abundance of shorts but still a great number of quality keepers. You just need to work for them. Blowfish and weakfish continue too.

This weakfish was caught by Chris Wright and safely release.

Here’s a nice weakfish from Chris Wright, safely release. “Wind against tide made easy with my Rhodan Trolling Motor!

This weakfish photo is from Mike Lombardi

Fishing the Long Beach Island Surf & Inlet

Right now there’s fun land based fishing opportunities on LBI. Kingfish (northern kingfish) and fluke (summer flounder) are both possibly at the best stage of the season. Anglers fishing the beaches and the Barnegat Inlet State Park are catching fluke, kingfish, small bluefish, Spanish mackerel, weakfish, an occasional striped bass and the sharpies are picking sheepshead too. Be careful of the cow nose rays!. They can be a time consuming handful.

A few days back Brian Wichowski reported having a great weekend on LBI. "Between the three of us we caught over 50 shorts, three keepers and a bunch of rays. Gulp was doing the trick!"
A few days back Brian Wichowski reported having a great weekend on LBI. “Between the three of us we caught over 50 shorts, three keepers and a bunch of rays. Gulp was doing the trick!”

Fishing with worms for kingfish, Gulp fluke, small meaty bait (bunker, mullet) for blues/bass. Fiddler crabs would be the ticket to target sheepshead.

Yes there’s some spike weakfish in the surf. Matt Listor shared a photo and gave us heads up. He got three from the LBI surf. A number of spike weakfish were reported this past week from the surf and bay. It’s great to see they are here. Let’s hope this stick around all summer!

Yes there’s Spanish mackerel being caught off of the Long Beach Island surf. Here is a photo sent in from Greg O’Connell from the Merchantville Fishing Team. He reported, “Landed three off of the north end surf and lost two others.” Some of the best producing lures for these as well as bonita and false albacore are the Hogy Epoxy Jigs and Tsunami Fork Tail Candy among some other small slender metals.

Spanish mackerel are caught off of the Long Beach Island surf in the warm summer months when the water is clear. Here is a photo from Greg O'Connell of the Merchantville Fishing Team.

Fluke Fishing is on Fire 🔥

Summer land based Fluke Fishing is on Fire 🔥 Fish are looking for cooler water and there is no better place personally to cool off then by the waters edge. I have a few *Open Dates this coming week if you would like to get out and get in on the action on LBI NJ. Just *Contact Me If your interested. Thanks Nightstrikes Surfcasting Guide Service LLC Call 609-276-6983

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Inlet Fluke

Hi Flier Open Boat Tuna Sunday, July 19

The marine forecast looks really good for offshore this Sunday. Light and variable winds, just the way we like it. We are available for charter or you can sign on as an individual on our Open Boat trips for this Sunday, July 19. Departing at 3AM, returning around 4PM. Could be yellowfin or bluefin. $450 person, 4 people max.

Call me on my cell, that’s the best way to reserve a spot or get more information.

During the week we will be running bay trips and Barnegat Ridge trips in search of bonita and albacore. We have also been doing really well with our inshore sharking trips. Atlantic sharpnose, spinners, and an occasional dusky shark make up most of the catch. Mostly 2 to 4 foot sharks. They are great sport on the spinning tackle we use, all within sight of land.
Dave DeGennaro 732.330.5674 cell

Tagged Striped Bass

*Striped Bass Tagging Update > A healthy 2019 Surf Caught 23” Striper I tagged and released on November 20th 2019 on LBI was just re-caught recently over the 4th of July weekend approx 300+ miles up off of Chatham Massachusetts at 25” – Still Swimming 😉 Nightstrikes Surfcasting Guide Service LLC- Call 609-276-6983

23” Bass caught and released on LBI
Chatham Mass