Lighthouse Sportfishing Report and PSA

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I spent most of the day with my family but did slip out before they got out of bed. By 6 AM the south wind was already blowing 15+ and the outgoing current started earlier than predicted. Fluking conditions were tough, to put it mildly. I picked up a few shots before calling it a morning. The ocean has just been down right angry the last few days and not many boats have been able to venture out. The inlet still has lots of fish but fishing conditions are difficult. This south wind has dropped the ocean temp which means one thing, well maybe two. The closer you are to the inlet the less likely you are to catch fluking on the flood, look for warmer water condition to increase your success. Fishing 101. The other thing is bass in the normal June haunts will be chewing around high tide. I hope to get at them to give one of them their invitation to dinner. As it stands I am booked Tuesday and Friday morning. Other times including magic hours, except for today Monday are open.

On the nature side of thing/PSA: it is diamondback terrapin egg laying time. Keep an eye out when driving around close to the bay. Females exist the bay to lay their eggs on higher, sandy ground. Terrapins are the only brackish water turtle in the world. Also, remember if you are using Maryland style crab pots you must adhere to the following laws:

  • Purchase on $2.00 crab pot license
  • Your license number must be on your floats.
  • When deploying them in a water body that is 150’ wide or less you are required to have turtle excluding devices (pictured below). Terrapins need to breathe air and when they enter a Maryland style/commercial style crab pot they most often die of drowning.

Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex 609-548-2511TEDterrapin

Author: Lighthouse-Sportfishing

Fishing Barnegat Bay for close to 40 years, Capt. Alex runs Barnegat Bay's premier light tackle and fly fishing service with his custom 203 Dusky Center Console (Debbie M). He knows the back bay, inlet or inshore like no other. 609-548-2511

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