LBI Fishing Report Update – May 19, 2018

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 nice fish showing! Here’s Lew Halas with a thirty pound bass.

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.”

Some more of these yellow eyes showing their teeth.

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.”

Here’s Nick Honachefsky with a beautiful LBI surf striper.

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!”

One of many striped bass Mickey recently caught off of the south end surf.

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

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

Mako Mania – The 33rd Anniversary Mako Mania Shark Tournament is June 23-24th. Captains Meeting in Friday June 23rd 6:30pm. More info

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Still on “em thru NE Gale!

Anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea braved building adverse NE Gale condition [ albeit well protected bay confines] but were rewarded with more solid light tackle action scoring about 20 stripers in under 3 hours before heading for the barn with conditions worsening.

Nor’Easter’s are somewhat of a “love , hate” relation with present conditions proving challenging at best but as conditions subside the love usually is delivered in spades with clearer, warmer coastal waters that could provide the much needed spark to our local waters have long for.
I have this Sunday morning available 6am – 11am availble for those looking to jump aboard. Call to reserve only 609-290-1217.
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

LBI Fishing Report Update – May 18, 2018

The sour weather and rain continues… With trophy spring run fish in our local waters great fishing opportunities await. Fish on the beach and in the boat. It’s go time. Gear up with quality foul weather gear from Grundens and Guy Cotten to comfortably enjoy wet conditions.

All of us here at the shop are pumped for an awesome weekend of fishing. This past week was a great lead into what spring fishing is all about. Hungry migrating fish finding bait and getting on the feed! Here’s the LBI Fishing Report Update for May 18th.

Jeff Warford got into a good bite off the mid island surf yesterday late in the day. He was crushing bass plugging with Daiwa SP Minnow Lures. Here’s one photo.

JP from JJP Masonry shared this surf report, “I caught a nice fish last night on a plug. I lost a much bigger fish in the wash after a 20 minute fight. I was sick over it!” JP just got a new surf weapon and is going back for revenge. The Tsunami Airwave Elite 9’6″ matched up with a Van Staal VS150 was a great investment that will ensure a lifelong surf fishing outfit. Fish beware!

Here’s JP with a bass he got last night on a popper.

Yesterday, Randy Townsend went for a solo evening session trolling off of LBI. Late last night he shared this report… “I just got in to the dock from a great trip. Lots of bunker with big fish hitting mojos and spoons. Multiple double and triple hookups with all quality fish in the 40 pound class. All were released.”

Yesterday evening store staffer Max was on the bay catching blues, “We had them blasting poppers.”

Stillwater Smack-It Poppers raise fish!

Fish Head Charters

I couldn’t let a little rain deter hungry anglers so the Fish Head fished again this morning. Both store staffer Max and Kelley jumped aboard for a four hour dawn patrol session. One of the first casts of the morning, Kelley was tight to a striper. With the forecast calling for deteriorating conditions we chose to take a stab running down the beach as early as possible. We searched inside the 3 mile line off LBI’s mid/north end. It turns up the presence of big fish fish boomerangs (great quality marks) but little amounts of bait. After putting in an hour or two and not able to get a bite we headed back in to pick at a couple of the small and plentiful bass in the bay. After having some fun we called it a day and tied up at the dock by 9am.

I always wondered and marking too many big fish than I am willing to admit today’s trip got me thinking. What’s a striped bass’s digestion speed/rate? How often does a bass feed per day or per week? How long can a striped bass go without eating?

I can only assume they are like us. It differs based on energy needs. Sometime we want to eat a proper day’s three meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner, however some days we go wild. Looks to me they went wild last night and had indigestion this morning.

LBI Fishing Report Update – May 17, 2018

Don’t let the rain stop you!  The fish are here and lots of anglers are battling the conditions and catching fish. Sunny weather is for getting a sun tan. This is fishing weather!!!

LBI Surf Fishing Reports

Striped bass reports continue on the surf. Both night and daytime action is good. Anglers are pulling them with natural and artificial baits. Bunker and clam are the classic go to surf fishing baits. Bucktails and SP minnows are working like magic.
Todd Luyber reported, “I fished the outgoing last night. Thick with sharks and skates. I managed to put one bass on the beach. Was 25 on the boga. Released.” Fish photo below.
Greg O’Connell reported, “Felt good to be out working the night shift for the first time this spring. Fish were hungry and chewing.”

Austin Pound and Ryan Fredrickson were fishing the mid-island surf last night and found some good bass action. “We had them good. Fish up to 41 inches.”

Here’s Ryan with a health bass from last night.
Store staffer Jordan got this bass plugging yesterday. The bass an SP Minnow.

Boat Fishing Report

This morning I had Dan D aboard Fish Head Charters for a 6 hour session. We left the dock early in poor conditions; fog, drizzle and much more wind and in forecast. We pointed the bow north into some of the snottiest 2′ sea conditions. Finding beautiful 54-55 degree clean water but it only small dots of bait. Not liking what we were seeing we kept pushing on. After running about 20 miles north from Barnegat Light we settled down on an area with sparsely sprinkled bait but with a couple good tell tale boomerangs. First cast with a snag hook and Dan had a bunker. Less than one minute and his Shimano Bait Runner was screaming. After a great fight it was landed. We searched around a little more but could’t find much. Turns out it was one and done for us. Ended up heading back and fished the local waters where we found hungry stripers in the low twenty inch range.
Here’s Dan with a 30 class bass that fell for a live bunker. Note the goggles… Great to protect from rain in the face.
Sean Kenny stopped by and picked up a new Daiwa Seagate Bunker Spoon rod. He reported, “First time out with the rod this morning was a success! I like the rods!  Picked this guy up about 9 am today out by the 3 mile line!!!
Here’s angler Brian Elwood with a nice bass from this morning. Brian and Sean got a good one today.

Offshore Big Game Report

Get out to the edge for some early season fishing. Bluefin tuna reported on the last weather window in the local northern canyons. Some boats had them chunking and trolling. It’s game time!


Fishing Report Feedback

“Fishing is horrible has been been horrible, talked to a hundred guys up n down lbi all saying the same thing .fishing is horrible ….thats the real report. Not made up .b.s” ~Jesse
Hi Jesse,
Thanks for the email. Not sure if you are busting chops or being completely honest. If honest, I think we need to talk. I’m bummed to hear your feedback and maybe I can help.
From bait and tackle to rigging and local information, we pride ourselves on helping anglers get hooked up. Daily I spend at least an hour compiling first hand reports in order to share information. While some anglers do exaggerate (as with most fish tales) I strive to provide complete, accurate and more importantly helpful fishing report information. Whenever possible I back up the text report with photo proof. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Greg Cudnik “Fish Head Greg”

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Barnegat Bay Fishing Striped Bass Report.

Reel Fantasea anglers continue to be dialed in on some of the best light tackle back bay action around. Various artificial presentation have been the the key to success along with dancing around tidal stages but if you are willing to listen, learn and “put it together” our anglers have been scoring solid bass action since mid March!

With weather looking a little formidable Friday afternoon I have Friday morning available for folks looking to hone their angling skills and jump aboard for some striped bass action that has been entertaining our anglers all season long! We will be fishing from 630am -1130am . Let me show you how tide, time, technique makes all the difference! Call to reserve only.

Best Regards,

Captain Steve Purul

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters





Mid May… New Moon… Nice Bass!

Mid May… New Moon… Right on time nice bass are showing.

Scott Shirey sent in this report, “We got into bass on the surf. Small bass on bucktails and big bass on fresh Fish Heads bunker. Chunks did the trick. Also hooked into a couple blues and fluke. All on the mid-island surf on the back half of the incoming tide.”

Here’s Scott Shirey with a 43″ striped bass he caught off the LBI surf on FishHead bunker yesterday. It was released to fight another day.

Scott’s largest bass was this 43″ bass that he released. “It felt good to watch her swim back into the suds so she could fight another day. By the way, we had just gone back to Fish Heads for fresh bunker.  I told my buddy that is new to surf fishing that the fresh bait would make all the difference in the world.  It wasn’t 10 minutes later that this girl took the bunker chunk. Great fish! Great Times!”

Store staffer Jordan found some fish on the surf this morning… “I got three bass and 20-30 blues in the 4-10 pound mid-island. All on Daiwa SP Minnow Lures. Bunker were getting worked a little beyond the breakers. Left them biting.”

Ryan Matthews fished the storm last night and got into great fishing. Check out the four photos above. “The storm was fun but it was snotty. Lots of nice fish caught up to 27 pounds chunking with 12oz of lead. Lost a real nice fish at my feet on a bucktail.”

Store staffer Willie was out this morning in the boat. His report, “Holy gnar dude! Seven fish over 35lbs.” Epic fishing went down! Check out this photo of the three amigos all with trophy bass. Right as they are taking the photo another rod doubles over screaming!

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LBI Fishing Report Update – May 15, 2018

Dan D. and Kelley jumped aboard Fish Head Charters for a four hour session this morning. We pushed off at 6am and worked the waters of the Island’s North End.  It wasn’t long before Kelley hooked up on his MVP Daiwa SP Minnow. Shortly after he released another on the same lure. I managed one striper on a bucktail tipped off with a Jig Strip. With the wind cranking we switched gears and took a look along the sod banks. Turns out some small bass were active. Only minutes in I had a striped bass follow my fly right to the boat but would commit. Next drift I got this little guy to eat. Super stoked to watch it eat a clouser i tied last night right beside the boat!

Here’s some other fishing reports….

Lots of school size striped bass are hanging around with some larger bass showing too.

Today is Day 25 of the LBI Surf Fishing Spring Derby. First place bass is held by Patrick Presutto with a 22.64 pound striped bass. Patrick caught the 37.5″ striped bass on bunker fishing the mid-island surf this morning. First place bluefish is still held by Kurt Horensky’s 12.7 pounder from May 5th. For more details on the tournament go to

We also head talk of another 20 class bass off the LBI beach today.

Don Ingling was in the shop today getting some hooks and tackle. He reported catching a keeper bass off the mid-island surf on a plug yesterday.

Another customer in the shop had small bass today fishing salted clam. He was in late morning and then back again around lunch time to rebait.

Carl Vallone called in a report this afternoon. He said, “Last night I caught some fish. Had a bunch of blues. No bass. Bait fishing the surf.”

Torr Cohen got into some bass off the south end surf yesterday. He reported, “Funny how things work… every time you have too much bait there are never fish. When you take a few clams for a cast they start hitting. This session I ran out of bait quick. I give thanks to this beautiful morning on LBI.

One of the Comanche Surfcaster’s Darren reported his girl friend (@miss_stonian) caught her first bluefish.