Little out of local but thought I would share. Kicked it real old school yesterday and met my oldest son Damian and his friend Amanda @ Stockton University. They did some yaking on Lake Fred, I fished. But time well spent together. Having Graduated from Stockton in 1985 and fished Lake Fred my entire career it was nostalgic to be on it again. This is the first time since 85 that I wet a line there. I saw three Ospreys, the school mascot, hunting over the Lake. Cool beans. During my Stockton Days it was something special to see an Osprey there due to the devastating effects of DDT. Those were were likely migrants. But then again, it was something special to be able to see anything during my Stockton Days. LOL For what its worth I landed two respectful pickerel and lost a BIG one due to a lack of respect (its teeth cut my through my line). I tried to soak in the fact that most of the trees on campus are the same ones from over 30 years ago. They now have 60 more rings then when I graduated. You see trees in temperature climate show two rings a year. Spring wood grows fast and is lighter because it consists of large cells. During the summer, growth slows down and smaller darker cells are laid down.
Enjoying kayaking fishing and kayaking sooooooo much I am thinking about offering kayaking in addition to my boat charters. If i do it, I would offer guided fishing, clamming, nature, what ever you want type of trip around the backwaters of Barnegat Bay. Let me know if you are interested so I can figure out if I have enough clients interested. If the interest is there I’m game, are you?
Screaming drags, Capt. Alex 609-548-2511
7:30 PM UPDATE – Dylan Fisher stopped in and picked up two new surf rods. He headed out to the mid-island surf with his buddies and got one right away. Same spot that produced yesterday is active with fish again this evening. The guys mentioned 4 oz is not holding. Look at the beautiful conditions in Dylan’s photo below.
Another angler came in from an angler fresh off the beach in wet sandy waders. He picked up a fat bag of fresh bunker and a bag of wire. He said, “All day the blues have been cruising through the surf. The conditions are beautiful. Lots of water water.”
Jim Ward posted a selfie with a bluefish in the surf on our Facebook page wall, “Thanks for the bunker guys!”
Joe Handley Jr reported yesterday, “Good LBI evening surf session with my brother in law Andrew. Many big bluefish up to 14 pounds.”
Store staffer Dan D. reports a great morning of fishing with Luke, “Smaller bass and blues up to 38″ all on plugs and bucktails. Stop by the shop, gear u and head out. It’s fishing time!” Below is Dan with a gator.
Carolyn Ann III Report : It was a little snotty this morning but it laid down with the fish biting good at the end. Several limits were caught with plenty of smaller fish to keep everyone busy. We also caught some really nice sea bass. Bob Panetti landed a 8.5 pound white chin, photo below. Only tomorrow and next weekend left before the season closes, so come aboard and give it a shot! Hope yo see you!
Offshore News: We’ve got a warm eddy spinning off the stream and it’s starting to push in. Spool up and re-rig now because the offshore fishing season is right around the corner!!! The time is now for final prep!
12:00PM UPDATE – I headed up to the north end before work and fished the Inlet from 9 to 11 am. It wasn’t all out, but a fun pick. I managed 7 blues and one dink striped bass all swinging bucktails tipped with a Jig Strip. Other were catching on metal and swimming plugs.
The boat just went in the water and we are ready to start fishing. This season we are located at Holiday Harbor Marina, 115 Admiral Way, Waretown, NJ 08758 in Slip H1.
This Monday, April 24 will be our first trip offered. I ordered a bushel of clams to go on the anchor and try chumming up some stripers. Before and after that, we will hunt the big gator blues that are starting to show.
Open Boat or charter, whichever happens first. $175 person. 4 people max. All fish are shared. Depart at 6AM and return at Noon. Also available for afternoon departure on the same day, though, that will be strictly a bluefish hunt as I only like the outgoing for clamming the bass. That’s not to say you can’t catch them on the incoming. I just can’t!
We will also be sailing afternoons Open Boat or charter on Wed, Thurs, Fri, April, 26, 27, and 28, Noon to 6PM, for bass and blues. The tide is ideal for afternoon clamming efforts this week and I will be loaded with fresh bait. The clamming can be anywhere from two to three hours of our trip and the rest of the time we will be hunting the blues with top water lures. Looking forward to seeing everyone on board.
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The youngin’ striped bass continue to cruise the surf biting baits along the Island’s beaches. These bass are providing action, holding over those surf anglers itching for the classy bass to show. Don’t fret they’ll be here soon. Until then we’ve got blues and drum as the largest line pulling species to test your tackle.
Bothers John and Greg hit the mid-island surf at about 1pm today. They started getting bites right away on bunker and ran short on bait. A quick run back to our shop to re-up and they were back in ’em. John said, “The conditions were prime with onshore breeze and clean water. All fish on bunker. Not a bite on clam. All bass, six total, one keeper.”
Here’s a photo of Dom C who found his first 2017 spring season striper. He caught this one a few days ago on a rubber shad. Take note of the beautiful clean ocean water.
Hutch Jr. (Jim) from the Fisherman Magazine was out on the bay today fishing the south end of the Island. While he set out in search of black drum, he caught a hand full of short bass and a few big blues. No drum.
The early week “Spring break special” were anything but special with the big bluefish seemingly elusive. Although Schoolie stripers continue o provide light tackle action when targeted. This time of year things progress literally in a tide change !!
I have a few spots open for tomorrow afternoon 2pm -7pm , we will be targeting stripers, blues, tog [weather permitting] ….. while utilizing various techniques and locations. All bait, tackle ,rods, …….. included $125.00pp.
My new location for the 2017 fishing season is even closer to the action, located now in historic Barnegat Light 18th street aka Viking Village . This new location inevitably translates into more fishing time for anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea!!
C’mon jump aboard and join other light tackle enthusiast!
Captain Steve Purul
Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters
With a little more than 10 days left in the season, now is go time for tog! It has been good. There’s very productive inshore fishing at the near shore wrecks and reefs sites. It’s also good for land based anglers fishing the rocks.
After a solid few days over the Holiday weekend the bluefish action at the Barnegat Inlet became very spotty, which should be expected with early season fishing. The abundance and location of bait is most important but also controlling their every move… the water temperature. The spring’s large swings from chilly (high forties along the surf) to warm (high sixties select areas in the bay) have the arriving fish confused and looking for comfort. The past couple days, the blues found comfort and food in the mid-island bay.
Yesterday we had a couple bluefish weigh ins. Bill K. of the Village Harbour Fishing Club checked in a 15.10 pound bluefish. He it as well as well as many others fishing the mid-Island bay. Dave Spendiff has been out the past couple days and found good action too. Dave report, “I found a very large pod of 12-14lb fish in the bay. After boating 25+ fish, I simply got tired!” Monday his largest was 14.5 pound. Another report came from Stephen Amoriello…”Got the bluefish good thanks to the Yo-Zuri Mag Darter compliments of Fisherman’s Headquarters.” His photo is below.
Prime perch fishing… Pete recently took his kids Mia and Peter (1 & 3 years old) to catch their first perch. They did good. Another solid perch report came from the DiPasquale brothers. Store staffer Dan and his brother Patrick had a fun evening yesterday. “30+ in under and hour!” Patrick said, “Perch sure don’t tug as hard as blackfish, but they are really fun on light tackle especially when you’re catching one after the other.” The brothers gave thanks to Austin Pounds for putting them on the meat!
A nice box from Super Strike came in today. They are up on the wall but will not last long. Here’s our current selection.