Here the LBI Fishing Report Update for Saturday May 19, 2018.
The rain and wind continue but the shop is buzzing. It’s great day to get your tackle in order and prepared for the next bluebird day. It’s also a great day to be a surf caster as these conditions are well know to put fish on the beach. Today and the last couple of days it stood up to the reputation. Anglers are catching bass and blues in the suds!
On The Water’s Striper Migration Map from May 18, 2018 shows quality fish moving into our area. It’s game time!!!
The LBI Surf Fishing Tournament now has a 30 pound class bass in the lead. Lew Halas recently got this 30.94. bass off the LBI surf.
Some blue blues in the surf and some good size ones ranging from 8-12 pounds. John Parzych reported, “Everyone was catching around the top of the tide, mid-island surf. I got four blues on bunker and lost a few with bite offs. There was weed but it was tolerable. Fished 8-10 oz of lead.”
Thai was in the shop earlier in the day then again this evening. He reported, “I had a good two hour session in the inlet. Towards the bottom of the dropping tide, the bluefish showed up and it came alive! I was stoked to catch some fish on my new rod and reel. The new 10′ Old School GSB Lamiglas is an awesome setup.”
A customer in the shop this afternoon getting a big bag of bunker reported recently catching a number of blues and fluke. I got one fluke 26″ on a bunker chunk. Opening day can’t get here soon enough.”
Nick Honachefsky and “Dean Ween” Mickey fished yesterday and shared this report, “We haven’t fished in awhile and what do ya know. Neptune shines upon us! When what a crazy 24 hours. Here’s the report…. We are experiencing a stalled front here in NJ, the wind has been blowing east, north east for a couple of days. This really turns on the striped bass fishing from the surf.” Mickey went on saying, “I was on the beach for 11 hours yesterday catching striped bass. Nick Honachefsky joined me for for the second half and got a handful of pics. There were too many to count. I’m guessing 30. Nick has it around 24, but missed the first half. This happened in my favorite place in the world and not just for fishing… the south end of Long Beach Island, NJ. NE means WET!”
Here’s a photo of a nice fish store staffer Jordan recently caught.
Local Striped Bass Fishing Tournaments
LBI Striper Cup – The 14th Annual LBI Cup Striper Invitational hosted by the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club is Saturday May 26, 2018. Captain’s Meeting is 7pm Friday May 25, 2018. For More Info www.LBICUP.com
The Waretown Volunteer Fire Company’s 1st Annual Striped Bass Tournament was been rescheduled due to weather. The Captains meeting will be May 25 at 7pm at the Waretown Vol Firehouse located at 117 Wells Mills Road (Rt.532). Entry fee is $150 per boat up to 4 anglers.
Striper Shootout – The 11th Annual High Point Vol Fire Co “Striper SHootout” is Saturday June 9th. For more info hpvfc.com/fishtourn.html
Mako Mania – The 33rd Anniversary Mako Mania Shark Tournament is June 23-24th. Captains Meeting in Friday June 23rd 6:30pm. More info www.gppcba.com