Hi Flier: The Fish and the Weather Are Here!

Heading to the dock right now to jump on the boat and head out. Birds, bunker, whales, stripers, blues, and albies are up and down the beach. Perfection westerly forecast and temps in the 70’s. These next few days are not to be missed.
Open Boat or Charter tomorrow (Fri) Oct 20 leaving at 11AM to 5 PM. Also Sat, Sun, and Mon, Oct 21, 22, and 23 leave at 6AM return around 1 PM. 4 people max on Open Boat trips. $175 person. All fish are shared. We provide everything.
Never too late to try for an opening, you can call right up until “go time”.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
Hi Flier Sportfishing
732.330.5674 cell

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – 3 hours trips have been phenomenal!!!

PHENOMENAL FISHING!!!!! With the weather trending stable [ imagine that] and the fishing nothing short of EPIC our 3 hour trips have been an absolute smack down on stripers, blues and albies!!

Our light tackle enthusiast have been rewarded with likes of “Montauk Type” fishing with fast out of the gate “catching” [ not fishing] within minutes of throwing the dock lines!

I have 2 spots open for Friday morning [weather looks fantastic]  hour 6:30 am -11:30 am  targeting all the above with all tackle and bait supplied – $175.00pp and afternoon 3 hour 1:30pm – 4:30pm – $120pp.

C’mon Join the fun!

Captain Steve Purul

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters






Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Who needs Montauk? Not anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea!!

World class light tackle action with high speed dragsters from the likes of torpedo shaped little tunny has been absolutely insane!! Presently the amount of false albies along our beaches has been nothing short of historic with tons of bird plays , bait pods and aerial free jumping tunny as far as the eye can see!!

These little tuna pulled drag faster and harder than any fish that swim our local inshore waters. Although well placed casts continue to up the anglers opportunities to capitalize with coming tight but once the techniques are squared away look out and hold on for some fast and furious fishing!!

Stripers and bluefish also continue to provide excellent oppurtunites all within the safe confines of our bay and inlet waters on a variety of live and artificial baits.

C’mon and jump aboard for some fantastic fall fishing!!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

Captain Steve Purul

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters



LBI Fishing Report Update – 10/17/17

Fishing’s like a box of chocolates.

“Fishing’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get!”

Here’s a story from Comanche Surfcasting’s South Philly Fred…

Every once in awhile something special happens. This story is about Cutter, a fly fishing guide from Colorado studying at Princeton. During this year’s Mullet Run, fishing a hard north east blow, I ran into a man. He looked confused and out of place. So, I introduced myself. We began to talk during the slack high tide. It turns out it was his first time fishing the NJ coast and was in search of a striped bass on the fly. A bit overwhelmed by the super tough and rough conditions, he was hesitant and asked a lot of questions. A lot of really good questions. I could tell this guy was the real deal.

A bit later into our conversation, the tide started moving by now and I noticed a curious seagull hovering over a specific area. I told Cutter, “We need to cast in that area!” Sure enough as soon as my bucktail hit the water I was tight to a striper. Next cast, another one! Third cast, another one! I looked back at Cutter and he was bowed! We were doubled up!!! I quickly released a bass I had on and ran over to assist him. Cutter said, “This is a good fish!” I leadered and pulled the fish gently towards me and I couldn’t believe my eyes… I yelled through the 20 knot wind, “IT’S A RED FISH!” Bottom line… Cutter’s first fish in NJ salt is a red on the fly… unbelievable! When you are fishing  just never know what you are gonna get!

A New Jersey redfish caught recently off the LBI surf by Cutter from Colorado.


Now on to a fishing report update…

Lots of bluefish around in our waters. Anglers in the surf are mowing through bunker in search of bass, getting torn up by the yellow eyed piranha. These blues range from 1-10+ pounds

The awesome backwater fishign contiues for both schoolie bass and weakfish. Anglers are catching using hardbait lures, swimbait shads and bucktail jigs. The classic Lunker City Fin-s & Sluggos are going the trick too!

Today a customer in the shop today buying some striped bass trolling gear reported his neighbor got a pair of classy bass trolling bunker spoons off of LBI in 40 foot of water. “Both fish were 20 pound class or bigger.” Today we also got a report of adult bunker podded up off of IBSP.

There’s still some fluke hanging around the surf. Hungryforsimplicity posted a photo on Instagram with this caption, “Surf fishing LBI… There is something perfect about a beach with only a few people on it. Oh and we caught flounder, plus saw a pod of dolphin.”

LBI Fall Classic Update

The Long Beach Island surf hasn’t officially lit up but anglers are finding fish. Today closes out on day 11 of the 63rd Annual Surf Fishing Classic. So far it’s safe to say the tournament is off to a great start. With 10 blues and four bass the scales are active.

Yesterday afternoon Steve Warren was in the shop before he hit the beach. Turns out he got a nice striper shortly after leaving. Steve currently leads with the largest striped bass (and senior division) at 18.96 pounds.

Gary Grippaldi checked in a good size gator bluefish this past weekend and he sits on top holding the largest bluefish with his 14.12 pound yellow eye.

Here’s Gary with his 14.12 pound bluefish.

Chet Bojarski is putting in time and catching. He currently leads the bluefish senior division and has second place overall bluefish with his 13.16 pound racer.

It’s great to see the fishing groms getting in the game! The youth division has fish on the board. The youth bass leader is Logan Johnson (8.1 pound) and the bluefish leader is Quinn Rutan (12.52 pound). So far no fish checked in by a female angler. For more details on the current standing go to www.LBIFT.com

Here’s the youth bass leader Logan Johnson.

LBI Surf Fishing Classic Special Prizes

Another Bonus Day Is Coming Up!!! October 19th $250 Cash Award For The Largest Striped Bass in Honor of Ric O’Brien from Jingles Bait & Tackle.

Here’s some additional prizes… Week Two Special Prizes

  • Sunday  October 15th $100.00 Gift Certificate To Fisherman Headquarters For Heaviest Bass
  • Monday  October 16th
  • Tuesday   October 17th Otw Aluminum With Attached Clip & Rag. Retails For Almost $50.00 Goes To The 2nd Largest Bass Weighed In Today
  • Wednesday  October 18th
  • Thursday  October 19th  $250.00 Cash Award For Largest Striped Bass In Honor Of Ric O’Brien From Jingles Bait And Tackle
  • Friday  October 20th
  • Saturday October 21st $100.00 Gift Certificate To Fisherman Headquarters For Heaviest Bass–9 Foot Shakespeare Alpa Combo For Biggest Striper Entered By A Juvenile Angler Donated By EP Sales

Inlet Tog Fishing

The light house is a great place to fish almost year round. For the past couple moths the tog fishing has been very good. Now’s the time to gear up and get in on the fun. Anglers are catching all along park’s water front.

Here’s Torr Cohen with one of many black fish he caught recently at the Barnegat Lighthouse.

The schoolies bass continue to chew in the bay. Anglers fishing poppers soft baits. And jig are having a blast

One angler got a reddish this past weekend.

Here’s some photos of a couple recent weigh-in.

Upcoming Tournaments

Save the date for these upcoming boat fishing tournaments!

The 21st Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby (All Boat Tournament) is October 27, 28, 29th.

The Maximilian Foundation Annual Striped Bass Bash (All Boat Tournament & Fish Fry) is November 4th

The Forked River Tuna Club Fall Striped Bass Tournament is November 4th to 11th.

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Barnegat bay/inlet/ocean report

This week we found ourselves battling through weather that limited our access to all but the protected waters of the back bay until weeks end.

As the weather settled I got out for a solo secession [ Sunday]  to find excellent activity with numerous bird plays that contained albies, blues and stripers!!
World class light tackle fishing right off our beaches that folks travel great distances to be part of!!
With the days getting shorter and temps starting to cool off we are finally seeing the first signs of the Fall progression with excellent opportunities for the light tackle enthusiast.
I have Friday 7am-12noon and 1pm -6pm for open or private charters we will be targeting albies, stripers and blues. All bait and tackle, fish cleaning  included – $175.00pp
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters


Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Weakfish are the back up when conditions are rough.


Feisty weather has stirred our inlet into a mess but fortunately there has been enough in the safe confines of the bay to allow for continued catching on light tackle . Weakfish have been the main event but a mix of other species joining the line for the “all you can eat shrimp buffet”have included fluke and blues.

Things are shaping up for yet another fantastic fall season along our beaches! The live bait pen is fully stocked and the rods and reels are ready to go for some the most exciting fishing found anywhere!!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

Capt. Steve Purul

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters



LBI Fishing Report – 10/14/17

I just returned late last night from a quick trip out east. Blake and I made the last minute call, packed up the truck and headed to Montauk late Wednesday night. We were greeted with awesome conditions at sunrise on Thursday. But the clean rolling water water and twenty plus knots of wind in the face didn’t produce much. I got one dink and only saw one other fish caught. Fortunately we caught fish on Friday. Both the morning and evening session we found small bass on bait. The linesiders were snapping bucktails. All in all it was a good fun trip but from what we’ve heard it has been a very poor season. Some of the top fisherman are struggling. Hopefully things turn around soon.

Store staffer Dan reports there’s a variety of fishing going down. “The schoolie bass are still snapping on bait. The peanut bunker have grown in size and are schooled up. Bluefish ranging from small to 10+ pounds are offering fun. The blackfish are chewing at the Inlet and there’s some albies around. The crabbing and clamming is good too. Just heard one guy chunking bunker looking for bass and blues got a 21″ fluke.”

South Philly Fred has been getting into fish at the Inlet for the past couple weeks. Some days he’s finding bass on mullet and other days they are feeding on spearing. “It tee’d off Friday. Got into some fun fishing on lures.”