Surf Day 2018 Will Be One You Don’t Want To Miss

Beautiful unseasonably warm weather has got all thinking spring!!! That darn ground hog must be wrong? With that said there’s snow in the forecast so we can’t put the cart before the horse. Anyhow winter will inevitably fade.

Our sights are set on spring and preparation! It is time to clean up and organize all tackle because rods and reels need love too! Our factory trained service techs are busy but ready for your fishing rods and reels. Now’s the time to fix the broken line guide on your levelwind as well as the cracked guide on your rod.

Surf Day 2018 – Sat. Feb. 17, 2018

Surf Day 2018 is this Saturday February 17, 2018 from 8:30-4:30pm at Brookdale Community College located at 765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Anyone who has attended any of past Surf Day shows knows this is the BEST one day show out there. With pin point focus on surf fishing, it’s the surf rats show! Attracting surfcaster’s from far and wide. If you are a surf angler this show is a must! The seminars are top notch!!!

So… What’s going on at the Fish Head’s Booth at Surf Day? Stop by to check out all of our show special promotions and say hi to the crew. Fred and Pete from Comanche Surfcasting will be on hand spilling the beans, talking about their top tackle and how/why they fish what they do.
While we can’t give it all away, we have to share this… We will have lots of surf fishing rods, reels, tackle and apparel on sale. For their first time to the public, the New Lamiglas GSB Series Rods , the Guy Cotten’s New High Efficient Surf Top ,the Tsunami Airwave Elite 12′ 8+Bait Rod and the Van Staal VF Fly Reel will be on display and available for sale. Don’t miss out on this industry first. Also the new hot selling Van Staal VR50 will be on display.  Fish Head’s shop branded apparel (hats, beanies and sweatshirts) will also be there. We’ll have lures, lures and more lures BUT only our top selling ones and our staff’s top producers. We got shorted two tables this year so ten pounds of tackle will be packed into a one pound bag!!! Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Souther Regional FFM

For those that want to get out this weekend but can’t make the drive up to Surf Day… The Southern Regional Fishing Flea Market is also Saturday Feb 17th. For the second time in two consecutive years, these two event coincide. Being a Ram’s alumni it is sad to miss out another year. Hopefully next year the two shows can iron out their schedules.

More details on the SRFFM… The event will be held in the Southern Regional Middle School cafeteria in Manahawkin from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. New and used fishing gear and services will be available at 100 vendor tables. Food and beverages will be on site for purchase. There will be hourly door prizes. Admission is $4. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club. Southern Fishing Show Morning Seminars: 1) Bob Massa “Spring Run Early Season Striped Bass” 9:00 a.m. 2) Josh McGilly “Trolling Mojos”
9:45 a.m. 3) Alex Majewski “Doormat Strategies for Back Bay and Inlet” 10:30 a.m.


Fly Eagles Fly

The readers of this blog are more than likely not all Eagles fans but I’m willing to bet a large percentage are. The Giants got their win over the Pats ten years ago. Now it was Philly’s turn!

From Under Dog to Top Dog! The Eagles faced all sorts of adversities, took on tough competition and conquered. Rocky lost his first fight against Apollo Creed but won in the end. Ironically the rematch with the “Brady Bunch” played out the same way. The Birds didn’t go out to Minnesota for an ice fishing trip! They went to close the deal and brought home the trophy! Thank you to the entire Philadelphia Eagles for making it happen!!!

It was a great season, a great Super Bowl and a well deserved win for the players, fans and city!

Late last night (about midnight) I layered up with warm clothes, packed a back pack with essentials and headed towards Philadelphia (picking up Dan D. in route). First stop, the Camden Water Front for a quick night time Center City Skyline photo. Then straight to get some steaks! Who do you pick, Pat’s or Geno’s? See our poll…

After fueling up with a “provie with” the thermos was topped off with hot coffee and the hunt was on for the best Super Bowl Parade vantage point. At 2am everywhere was fair game. We picked the Art Museum’s front row barricade which turned out to be the best mud trench in the house. We hunkered in and held our ground all day as the crowds packed in. Maybe you were on social media and followed along with our live feed. We tossed up various posts from the mud pit front row.

We all witness history! The first of its kind with unknown expectations, the magnitude was off the charts. More than anyone’s wildest dreams could have imagined. The city and fans waited a very long time. It’s no wonder that 3-4 million fans came out to party.

The parade, fighter jet fly over, fireworks, music/dancing, speeches were all really special. But what was most memorable to me was the stoke of Brotherly Love in the crowd. It was on another level. It’s miraculous how sports bring together so many walks of life no matter gender, race, income or who they wanted for President. The Eagles brought the entire City of Philadelphia and all of the fans together, unified as one Proud Eagles Nation.

I’m so happy I got to enjoy this celebration and can’t wait for the next one!

Why Do You Fish?

“We didn’t slam them but it was good fun fishing!” John Parzych reported he enjoyed fishing this weekend. He caught a new personal best brown trout on his new rod custom rod he recently built.

John’s new personal best brown trout.

Why do you fish?

I recently saw an article in an industry trade magazine about the various reason why people fish. From wanting to go have fun, to relaxing, to socialize with friends and things like a need for a challenge, escape from daily stress, experience nature and one of the most obvious going fishing to eat. There’s lots of reasons people fish.

Top Five Reasons Why People Fish (Credit: Rob Southwick, Southwick Associates – Fishing Tackle Retailer Jan/Feb 2018 Pg19)

For me it’s simple. Living on Long Beach Island fishing is just the way of life. I wouldn’t want to experiencing the change of seasons any place but on the water watching nature, the migration and time evolve. In this fast paced thing we call life, it’s really cool to see things change in slow motion. For me my love for fishing is all about the enjoyment of preparation, the hunt and thrill of the catch. It’s fun, relaxing, social and best of all when the time is right a tasty meal. All of these things caught me at a young age and keep me hooked.

Since I was curious about “Why People Fish?” I did a poll on our Instagram story. (Are you on Social Media? Do you follow us on Instagram? If you don’t you should for exclusive firsts… @fishermansheadquarters) I was happy to see our results were very close to the magazines poll (see below, too bad we could only do two options and not five). I thought “catch fish to eat” would be much higher.

Why do you fish? 



Fishing Report Update 1/24/2018

Nothing to report about locally here… Word from most of the boats fishing are it is a struggle to put together a catch. The tog fishing has been very slow. Most of the local tuna boyz are heading or are already staged up and ready to hit the winter time blue fin off of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. February and March are the time when the start popping.

We got a report from some friends fishing down in Florida.

The Comanche’s are down south and having fun. They got into some good snook fishing as well as sharks on poppers. More details on this in future posts.

Yesterday one inlet jetty on Florida’s east coast was on! Summertime store staffer Nick D is enjoying college in the sunshine state and reported, “The whole jetty was hooked up for over an hour with snook. My buddy Andy got one good red!”

Andy Weatherford caught this bull red fish while fishing from a popular inlet jetty in Florida.
Here’s Andy Weatherford with his bull red.

Unique Summer Program For Teenage Students

For 2018, the NJ Fish & Wildlife is offering Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. These unique programs held at a beautiful location on the Barnegat Bay are educational and fun for teenage students.

For program details and application information visit

Upcoming Dates

Tomorrow January 11, 2018, two important fisheries meetings at the same locations (Stafford Township Municipal Building. 260 East Bay Ave, Manahawkin, NJ). First 5pm NJ Marine Fisheries Council. Then 7:15PM Bureau of Marine Fisheries in conjunction with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries will have a public hearing pertaining to the Addendum XXX for black sea bass.

This Saturday, January 13th the Lacey Township High School Fishing Club hosts their Fisherman’s Flea Market from 9am to 2pm. The Lacey Township High School is at 73 Haines St. Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734. This is the 9th Annual LTHS Fishing Club Fisherman’s Flea Market which benefits the student members of the club and funds all of their activities throughout the year. $3 Admission at the door. (Note Fisherman’s Headquarters will not be there.)

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Fisherman’s Headquarters, Happy New Year! Wishing everyone all the very best in 2018. May your lines be tight and rod tips heavy.

Thanks to all of our blog readers. 2017 was a year with a big transition for us making the jump from our old to the new current platform. We hope all enjoy much better now. Once again, thanks for reading. If you like our blog please share with a friend and be sure to send in your fishing reports this year.

Here’s our Instagram Page’s 9 Best From 2017…

The holidays came, winter really set in and the Arctic took over. Hope everyone is staying warm! With the local surf temp in the low 30’s and the ocean temp out at the Barnegat Ocean Buoy in the low 40’s there isn’t much going on other than bottom fishing. When weather conditions have allowed some boats have been into good tog fishing. For the rest of this month select boats will be fishing for blackfish, cod, porgies pollock, ling.

Some anglers that are immune to the cold are fishing locally. Here’s a photo from Dante at Magictail Lures a couple days ago, “Bass still chewing in the snow.”

Here’s a small snowy surf caught striped bass.

While home for the Holidays store staffer Nick Deg did some fishing in the cold. “Frigid weather but smiling through leaky waders with an unexpected successful striper bite. With out a doubt, the MVP lure was Yozuri Mag Darter. The fish were all over it. It has definitely earned a spot in my lure bag when back down at school in Florida.”

Some local anglers have or are soon to scoot out. Here’s some recent reports from local anglers…

Greg O’Connell recently reported, “Certainly not the best weather and fishing for our annual Christmas run to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But the kids fought through the cold searching for a decent bite from Rodanthe to Ocracoke. Small blues, dog sharks and skates was the story before finally stumbling onto a good jig bite with Brayden getting the pool fish.”

Joe Handley Jr was also down fishing the OBX for a week. He had fun catching jumbo sea mullet and a couple specked trout. “Came up empty on drum.”

Hunter Gutwein is loving life down in the Florida Keys. “I’m never coming home!”

Here’s Hunter down and tight on a good fish!

John Parzych is making the most out of the cold winter days. He shared a report from his recent fishing trip with Salmon River Guides, “Started at -16 degrees and ended at 6 degrees. Some quality fish on a cold ass day. What a way to end the year with great signs of things to come in 2018!

Fisheries News

Update 1/3/2018 @ 6:30 PM

The meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday January 11th. The Marine Fisheries Council Meeting begins at 5pm. The public hearing begins at 7:15 pm. Both will be held at the Stafford Twp Municipal Building at 260 East Bay Ave. Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

Thursday January 4th 7:15 PM at the Galloway Branch of the Atlantic County Library (306 East Jimmie Leeds Rd. Galloway, NJ 08205) the NJ Marine Fisheries Administration has a public hearing for the Draft Addendum XXX to the ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.

The addendum will establish recreational black sea bass management measures for the 2018 fishing season.

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report


It’s been sometime, but we closed out the season towards the beginning of December.  December was a busy month with doing all of the normal end of season maintenance, in addition to organizing and running the Barnegat HS Fishing Club’s Fisherman’s Fleamarket during the second week of December.

I can’t believe it’s almost 2018, but I have already made some major upgrades for the 2018 season including: installing a new Lowrance HDS Carbon GPS & Structure scan/CHIRP sonar, adding 8 new Penn 4500 SSV Reels and 8 new G.Loomis rods to our charter arsenal.  I was asked and have joined the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association for the 2018 season ( and will be helping out with their Junior Mate program.

This past week I dropped off our 2017 NJ Striped Bass Bonus Permit fishing logs to the Nacote Creek Research Station and was assured by NJ DEP staff that the program will run again for 2018.  This is great news as it still allows a slot fish for the 2018 charters (September thru December).

2018 Fishing Show and Seminar News:  I was asked by On The Water magazine to work the OTW booth for the Garden State Sports Show at the NJ Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ on January 13th, 2018.  If you go, please stop by!

I was asked again by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) to present at the Atlantic City Boat show and I will be doing an 45min to 1hr seminar on Bay, Inlet, and Ocean Fluke fishing on March 1st (Time TBD, 4pm?).  I will also be at the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Assoc. booth during the AC Boat show.

We have already started booking for backbay Striped Bass (March) and topwater Bluefish (April), and the charters will start in late March 2018.  If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( or call/text 609-290-7709.  As always, we use the highest quality gear and 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