The fish are here and anglers are catching on the beach and boat. Get in the game!
John Bell stopped in the shop this afternoon to gear up for an afternoon fishing trip on the surf. He sent in a couple photos just a few hours later.
May you and your families have a safe and health Thanksgiving filled with the warmth and happiness.
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Get Reel Bass Fishing Visits LBI
Paulie Spikes from Get Reel Bass Fishing came down and visited the LBI area last week. While here he stopped into the shop before heading out to fish. Here’s a Vlog from trip which includes a trip aboard Fish Head Charters… Check It Out!
The stripers are here and we are running Open Boat or Charters every day from Thanksgiving Thursday thru Monday, November 30.
The fish are ranging in size from 8 to 20 plus pounds. Most are in the 24′ to 28″ slot with quite a few hitting the bigger slot between 28″ to 38″. Most of our success has been on the troll but every trip we try casting lures and we are catching a few that way. Mostly on swimming plugs and sandeel imitations. We are also catching some bass in the inlet on live spots if the ocean is too sporty to get out. If we get a calm ocean it is also possible to hunt for the bluefin tuna that are within 5 to 10 miles of our inlet. This is mostly run and gun fishing casting poppers to 50 to 150 lb fish that are skying out of the water. They are not easy to fool, there’s a lot more watching than catching but it is something to see. It is possible to start with this and then shoot inshore to target stripers in the same trip. Sailing Thanksgiving (Thursday), Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, November 26, 27, 28, 29 30.Open Boat or Charter. 6AM to 2PM. $225 person. 4 people max. All fish are shared. Call to reserve a date.The best way to book a trip is to call me as I spend most of my time on the water. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with friends and family! Pics: Joe DelRossi of Medford, NJ with a striper that hit a cast and retrieve sandeel imitation by Savage Mike Fuhrman of Cherry Hill, NJ with a striper that hit an umbrella rig (wearing yellow jacket)
This past weekend was a GOOD ONE! Saturday was an awesome day! Great Fishing & Great Weather! It was great to see a crazy number of boats on the water and most were catching fish. There were a crazy number of surf anglers too but unfortunately the bite was not as good for them. BUT some caught fish. This weekend might have been the best three days for surf anglers all fall so far. With the ocean and surf temps in the mid to lower 50’s (52-54 degrees) it’s prime time fishing here on LBI.
If you’ve pulled out and wintered the gear for the year there’s no doubt you are missing out on a ton of great fishing opportunities. Now’s the time to get out and enjoy all the LBI and the surrounding waters have to offer. Let’s Go Fish!
LBI Surf Fishing
The Long Beach Island surf has not offered epic fishing; however, it has produced fun fishing for many anglers. Lots of mixed reports but one thing is for sure… right now is a good time to get out hunt down striped bass.
Since Halloween the invasion of dogfish has made bait fishing the suds challenging. However some of those that weed through and adapt are rewarded with quality striped bass. Some anglers have abandon bait fishing all together and they are scoring fish on lures. This weekend we heard through the grapevine of a 42″ striped bass that was released on the south end of the Islands. We also heard about scattered reports of short striped bass on metal/ teaser combo early in the mornings. Keeper striped bass were also caught. Here’s some details…
Sunday morning Tom Smith enjoyed the beautiful conditions (sunrise, north east winds, low tide) on the North End surf and caught a healthy striped bass for the dinner table. The 33″ striped bass went for a fresh Fish Heads bunker chunk.
Gavin Kowalski got two striped bass on green tube tail AVA Diamond Jigs rigged up with a teaser ahead of it. This is an old and effective trick to get the smallest presentations (little flies/teasers) way out a long distance. Diamond jigs and other metals cast like rocket ships.
Willy B – “Hey thanks for the help this week Had a great day. Lots of fish casting deadly dicks and AVA jigs. All fish were around 27″!”
Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic
It’s Day 44! Today (Sunday November 22, 2020) at 6pm the Second Segment ended and we are currently in the third and final segment of the LBI surf fishing tournament. So far there are 562 anglers participating. no bluefish, 37 kingfish and 16 striped bass. There have been a number of over and under legal slot (28-<38″) fish that were caught and released.
Today Steve Roderick weighed in a really nice fish for the LBI Surf Fishing Tournament… a 22.92# 37 7/8″ striped bass just before the 6pm (5:46pm) cut off. This fish unofficially qualifies as the winner of the second segment. Steve caught the bass fishing bunker on the south end of LBI at about 5pm.
What’s special about the LBI Classic is even though there’s a large fish on the board that will be very hard to beat (due to the new NJ state striped bass fishing regulations) there’s still lots of great fishing and competition ahead.
We’ve got a whole new segment full of great prizes. Get geared up and get out there! For The Live Results Page & More Info www.LBISFC.com
Bayside Striped Bass
Usually striped bass hang around our bays all year long and this year seems so far like that will be the case. Usually we see striped bass active in the back bay waters into December (depending on weather and temperatures). So far we continue to get positive reports from the bay.
Konrad recently picked up some essential fly tying materials at the shop to tie up some flies now and over the winter. He sent in this photo…
Striped Bass Out Of Barnegat Inlet
The striped bass fishing the past couple weeks has been nothing short of phenomenal. Recent days have kept the level very high. Even with the oodles of boats on Saturday the fish chewed. Sunday was rough but some went out and they caught. This week ahead doesn’t look the best but there will be some windows to get out.
Ryan Duffy geared up Friday night at fish heads and shared this report, “Had a productive day with 15 total striped bass keeping one 30″ for the table. Lots of boats were working the 3 mile line, I found a nice stretch of bass at the 1.5 mile area closer to the bottom and they were chewing 9ers shad umbrella rigs and sand eel umbrellas. About 9am we found the birds and had top water boils catching on needle fish lures and SP minnows. For the volume of boats it was a good day. Shout out to Greg Cudnik. and Fish Heads for always putting us on the fish with intel and the right gear!”
Fish Head Charters
All recent trips have been very good! It’s light tackle striped bass fishing at its finest. I’ve been out every single good weather day I possibly can and even some sour days too. The abundance of striped bass is phenomenal. I expect we’ll have a couple weeks of great fall fishing so long as the weather allows.
So far I have not had the need to break out the trolling gear. All action has been on light tackle spinning gear or the fly. Catching striped bass on top water boat side is exhilarating to say the least.
If you want to jump aboard send a text or call as there are a couple dates still available. Reach out to Captain Greg at Fish Head Charters Today 16093899963
LBI Tog Fishing
Tog fishing is good right now and should be right into the end of the year and beyond. The local reefs and wreck sites are producing. For land based anglers the Barnegat Inlet Jetty is still holding tog and anglers are catching with live crabs.
As of November 16 there is a five fish bag limit with a minimum size of 15″ (same all year)
Saturday Store staffer Frezza went out fishing aboard the Gabagool with Fish Head Alumni Dave DeFeo. They got into a great bite and were limited out by 9am.
Zachary Ellwood reported, “I was out fishing the Lighthouse and caught a lot of small stuff and nailed two keepers! It was a beautiful dead with the sun shining and not a lot of wind. I was in my t-shirt for most of the day!”
Paul Lindsey reported, “Probably caught close to 60 fish the last couple of days. All of the fish are fat and fun fighters.”
Game on! The stripers are on the move….and the chew!
Anywhere from Island Beach to Long Branch, we are catching 10 to 30 lb class fish. Mostly on the troll but now there are more bird piles with surfacing fish moving through so we will be doing more casting and jigging.
Sailing Open Boat or Charter: Saturday Nov 21 and Sunday Nov 22. Saturday, the marine forecast looks great with a west wind allowing us to cruise the shoreline until we find the life. Sunday is iffy, as a stiff NE wind is forecasted. If they’re wrong or they modify the forecast, we’ll be back on the prowl up the coast. If it stays like it is, we can fish the inlet for stripers with live bait.
Saturday, Nov 21 6AM to 2PM $225 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.
Sunday, Nov 22 6AM to 2PM $225 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared if we can fish the ocean or if we fish the inlet 9AM to 2PM $175 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.
Henry Moyer of Reading, PA with 41 inch bass that was released (Hat with red ball on top)
Charles Avila of PA with bluefish and striper (Blue jacket)
Dave Flood of Mantua, NJ with striper (Grey sweatshirt, orange slickers)
After days waiting for the start of the fall run of striped bass, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are now reaping the harvest of their arrival. The bite began first north of Barnegat Inlet and has now reached the waters off Beach Haven.
Captain Gary Dugan had “Antman” out on the “Irish Jig,” and they managed a pair of pretty bass, both over 40-inches. Although both fish had to be released, the action brought big smiles all around.
Captain Ray Lopez had Joe Nodine and family from Forked River out for a full day charter on the “Miss Liane.” Within minutes of getting to the grounds they hooked up with a 46-inch bass which was quickly released after pictures were taken. After the big fish the group was almost constantly hooked up, at times with 2 or 3 fish at once. The action consisted of many keepers along with dozens of short fish.
Captain Dave Wittenborn had a group on the “Benita J” for some “lights out” fishing. His party of five had their limit of slot fish along with bonus fish for a total of 10 fish and were back at the dock and cleaned up by 11:30. With good reports of fish to the north of the area, Captain Dave predicts there should be a solid fishery for the next few weeks.
Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” had the Arthur Diebel group on a 5-hour combination striper and tautog charter. After going 6 for 10 on stripers ranging from 26.5 to 33- inches, the spent the last hour catching their limit of blackfish.
Captain Carl Sheppard and mate Max Goldman have had several successful trips on the “Starfish.” One trip trolling for stripers produced a large 49-inch fish estimated to be over 50- pounds. After releasing that big fish, they picked up four more between 25-36 inches. Two more trips were ones targeting bottom fish on structure. One trip resulted in nearly 30 sea bass in addition to countless spiny dogfish. Last Sunday Captain Carl had a local Boy Scout troop out for an action-packed day of bottom fishing. The crew caught nearly 150 fish including keeper sea bass and a 14-inch porgy.
Addition information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association and it captains can be found at www.BHCFA.net.
So here we are… Friday the 13th, approaching the middle of November and the new moon is tomorrow. Looking back at the first half of November it’s easy to say it has been a great month so far. Until recent the weather was unbelievable and so was the fishing. Even now with unstable weather there’s action to be had.
Here’s the Fishing LBI Fishing Report Update For Friday November 13, 2020.
Don’t Wait… Go Fish!
If you are sitting back, waiting for the “fishing to kick off” you are 100% missing out on great fishing opportunities. Anglers have and are catching striped bass on both the beach and boat.
This morning Jay Shayne caught a pair of big bass. He stopped in this afternoon for two new surf reels and shared a great report. “I had a good morning fishing the mid island surf. I stopped by Fish Heads and got some fresh bunker and then hit the beach not far from the shop. First cast, not more than 15 minutes I got 47″ bass. Then shortly after a 44″ second fish.” We would have to say that is about as good as it gets right there!
Here’s some other recent reports from the Long Beach Island Surf…
Today Mike Cucinotta caught and released a 47″ striped bass off of the LBI surf.
Rob Vallone stopped in the shop yesterday. He was up on the beach in the morning and got one striped bass. He said, “Fish the deep troughs in close with a metal and a teaser rig. You’ll find them.” He reported, “My buddies are picking a few too using the same as well as small rubber swim shads, sand eel soft baits and Deadly Dick Metals.” Robbie hit the LBI surf in the afternoon too. He got the skunk but his dad got one small bass and his buddy Andy got two. Biggest was 24″.
Dante from Magictail Lure Company was in the show today. He reported catching two small bass off the surf today on soft baits, Kettle Creek Paddletail Shads on a led head.
Recent LBI Surf & Jetty Catches
In the past 5-7 days land based anglers fishing the beaches of Long Beach Island have found some quality fish. Numerous fish over 40″ were reported. Here’s some photos of a couple.
These big fish aren’t the only catches from the LBI surf. We’ve also got first hand report from others. Anthony Ventriello recently caught this 26.5″ striped bass off of the LBI surf fishing the south end surf with a Deadly Dick Metal Lure.
Thursday morning Pete Evangelist reported the bass were blowing up on bait just out of casting range. Gary Grippaldi shared he is bucktailing schoolies on the surf. He said that he caught a fish off the surf the last few evenings.
Big Bass In The Local Waters
Barry Baxter caught and released a monster fishing the waters of LBI. He reported, “I took my wife Nicole for a boat ride around LBI yesterday. Saw some birds picking a mile off the beach. First cast… personal best 52″ fish. Then three casts later another big fish in the 40# class.”
What a great run of fishing we had before this recent weather. Thursday (5th), Friday (6th), Saturday (7th), Sunday (8th), Monday (9th), Tuesday (10th) was a great stretch of fishing and phenomenal weather. Not sure what was better… Top water bass fishing with striped bass ranging from teen to 40 class or fishing in shorts in early November.
It’s great to see a smorgasbord of bait here; sand eels, micros baits, bunker and squid. Anglers are finding fish using just about every application one could imagine. Those doing the best are matching the hatch.
Mojos are a great way to match squid and bunker. Umbrella rigs with tubes match a sand eel and shad match peanut bunker. Bunker spoons match a herring or bunker to the tee. Get in the game and have fun!
Bottom fishing at the local wrecks and reef sites is goofd with anglers catching quality tog as well as porgies and sea bass at select areas.
Big Game Fishing
Fall Tuna, Swords & Tiles
When the weather allowed reports came in from anglers fishing the deep for swordfish. Big game anglers were also finding big eye, tilefish and bluefin. Fred Soper reported catching a 68″ big eye and going three for three on swords.
Inshore Tuna Fishing
Captain Adam Sherer gets on some bluefin tuna each year as they move through our areas. Just the other day he found them and got one on the deck! “We avoided the striper crowds and did our own thing. It paid off big time. We had a great day chasing pods of bluefin tuna busting all by ourselves. It’s great to see Jersey bluefin tuna within sight of land.”
Really good striper fishing right now. Everything from 5 to 40 pound fish. Trolling, snagging, jigging, and casting are all producing fish. Saturday and Sunday we had to troll to put 10 to a dozen fish in the boat, keeping six each day with our bonus tags in play. We did catch a few casting swimming plugs to swirling bass. On Monday we broke the inlet at 4:30 AM and had the lines in before sun up on the hunt for near shore bluefin. Only five miles offshore we trolled for two hours in the exact spot friends of ours had visual fish skying out of the water on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Never saw a tuna. Lots of stripers. In fact they were crashing our side tracker bars at tuna speed. Had enough of that, so we headed to the Mud Hole to try chunking. Nothing, no readings, no birds, so I didn’t even anchor. I was getting ready to head back towards home when I noticed a cluster of wrecks on my chartplotter. Not being a good wreck captain, I thought maybe with this many so close together, even I could accidentally put the boat over one. I decided to try drift jigging. The drift was perfect and we hovered over the structure drift after drift. All the sea bass were shorts but we caught a ton of huge porgies. Got dinner out of the deal anyway. Sunday looks like a southerly blowout, but Saturday and Monday look really good as both have NW and west winds forecasted. Sailing Open Boat or Charter Saturday Nov 14 and Monday Nov 16 6AM to 2PM. $225 person, 4 person max, all fish are shared. Available Tues thru Fri for Striper Charters departing at 10AM. Pics: Ross Leahy of Fanwood, NJ with a trio of stripers that crushed one of our custom made umbrella rigs.
Capt. Nick DeGennaro in black sweatshirt with porgy
Dave Flood of Mantua, NJ in orange slickers with porgy
We had a nice stretch of weather from late last week through the beginning of this week and we took advantage of it as we were out there fishing every day. Once this rain rolls through we will be back at it and hopefully pick up where we left off.
Friday 11/6 we had return client Chris and his son Ryan along with their friend Gary out for our first striped bass trip of the fall run. We took a shot in the dark and pea soup fog this morning and went out looking for some life. We ended up finding tons of life with gannets working and bass on top. We got our first fish before we were even able to set out the spread. After getting a few fish trolling, we switched to try and get them on top water. We threw everything possible at them but they had lockjaw and we’re very finicky. We jumped back on the troll and ended the trip going 5/8 with fish up to 40”. Great job today on our first trip guys and we will see you next year!
Saturday 11/7 was a rare day where Jess and myself were able to fish together for the first time this year due to a last minute cancellation and boy did they miss out. We caught over 20 fish up to 45”, keeping our 2 slot fish and bonus tag fish. We then switched it up and went tog fishing, catching close to 50 tog and keeping our limit of 2 up to 5lbs. On the way in we found fish boiling on top water and Jess was able to jig up some more fish before heading home for the day.
Sunday 11/8 We had Harrison and Taylor out for a striped bass trip as a belated birthday gift for Harrison. We have been trying to get them out since august but had bad weather forcing to reschedule 3 times. Today the weather was perfect and we had some great fishing in the morning. We found the bite early, starting the day off catching them 2 at a time. We ended the morning going 10/10 on bass up to 32”, keeping our 4 bonus tag fish and 2 slot fish. Great job today and happy belated birthday Harrison!
Monday 11/9 was another awesome morning in the books! We had new clients Steve, Scott, and Pete out for a striped bass trip. We started off in the same area that we’ve been fishing and were on the fish within minutes. We lost count today but we had to have caught around a dozen fish plus the countless knockdowns and some that pulled hooks behind the boat. We released 2 fish that were in the 32-35lb range according to the scale as well. We ended the trip keeping our boat limit of 5 slot fish plus 2 bonus fish that we tagged. Great day guys we look forward to seeing you again before the run is over!
Tuesday 11/10 we had Al and a friend who had to step aside from some pics due to work reasons (sick days are the best days) out for a striped bass trip. It was another epic bite as we had our boat limit of 4 slot fish and 4 bonus tag fish in just over an hour! They also released 5 more fish before the bite shut off pretty early. Awesome morning on the water!
The fall striped bass run is in full swing. We are booked 7 days a week through the end of the month and we wanted to say a big thank you to all of our customers for that! December is filling in for striped bass and tog very quickly as well. If you are interested in getting out please contact us to book your trip. Call or text Captain Mike to get out on the water or send us a message through our website! (609)-709-7264
We have a great stretch of weather coming up this weekend. Light and variable winds along with comfortable temperatures in the 60’s.
We are going to run either Open Boat or Charter: Sunday Nov 8, and Monday Nov 9. The boat is already booked on Sat Nov 7. There is a great striper bite going on up north. Early morning you can jig or cast lures. Once the boat pressure gets to be too heavy you have to find your own fish or troll. Anything from 10 to 40 pound fish. Capt Nick DeGennaro ran the Hi Flier to those northern grounds yesterday (Wednesday) and had a slow start but a really good finish, boating 11 bass from 12 to 40 pounds. They were able to catch them on topwater lures and jigs. We have to run a good deal north so I would suggest meeting at the boat at 4:00 AM for the best shot at jigging and casting. 4AM to 2PM, $225 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.
The marine forecast is good enough to head to the Triple Wrecks in search of tuna but I don’t have any recent reports. Just throwing it out there for those of you that want “one more shot”. If we run there and there’s no tuna, there’s not a lot of Plan B. I would consider running another 20 miles into the Hudson Canyon for tilefish, but the weather and sea condition would have to be mint. 5AM to 5PM, $450 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.
We could also anchor up in the Mud Hole and try chunking for bluefin, again, no reports from here that I know of, just a likely time of year to try. Look for some readings on the machine, anchor up, start chunking, and put out some live baits. Just now heard of some surface bluefin about 10 miles offshore. This is a different game. A lot of fish airing out, very exciting, but tough to get them to eat. We have the spinning outfits and topwater lures to throw if anyone wants to try. We can combine either of these tuna efforts with the striper fishing. We would have to start with the tuna as we can not be in possession of any stripers beyond the 3 mile line. 5AM to 5PM $1,500 for the boat or Open Boat $375 per person if we run to the Mud Hole to chunk and then striper fish, $1,200 for the boat or Open Boat $300 per person if we cast at surface tuna and then striper fish. Both trips are 4 people max, all fish are shared. Keep in mind the tuna fishing is only an option, we can just go striper fishing at the hours and rates described above.
I am game for any of these trips on either day, Sunday or Monday, majority rules, Stripers, Tuna, or Stripers/Tuna combo. The best way to reach me is on my cell. You can call right up until “go time” to get a spot.
Wed,Thurs,Fri Nov 11, 12, and 13, we will be running 11AM to 4PM striper trips in the inlet. These are mostly 20 to 28 inch fish on light spinning tackle. We could also buy live spots and catch them on conventional tackle.
Pics: Bill Howard of Egg Harbor Twp, NJ in white slickers
Max DeGennaro of Barnegat, NJ in black hat and jacket
Capt Nick DeGennaro of Barnegat, NJ in blue camo pants
Mike Frezza of Tuckerton, NJ in blue and orange jacket