Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Barnegat Bay Slams! Seabass and more!

Pretty solid week of action had by anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea with ever abundant rod bending action with blues, stripers, fluke, seabass, porgies and catch and release tog.

Add multiple “Barnegat Bay Slams”  [ 3  of 4 striper, fluke, weakfish, bluefish]  on bay/inlet trips and the entertainment enjoyed by anglers and “bucket list” checked!

Wreck fishing continues to be solid with seabass and porgies with limits scored and catch and release quality tog as well.

I do have this Friday Afternoon available for private or open boat available for bay, inlet, wreck or combo of all the above.

Remember to join us and like us on Face Book !

wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

Captain Steve Purul

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LBI Fishing Report June 4th

Bass, Blues, Fluke & Seabass

These four species are offering inshore, near shore and from shore anglers a great opportunity.

The sea bass bite has been very good on the inshore reefs and wrecks. Here is a photo of Vinny Iosso from his wreck trip yesterday.

Striped bass fishing isn’t epic like it should be right now but there are fish here none the less. Anglers are catching trolling along the beaches as well as fishing off the surf. Yesterday we got a report from an angler who got a 20 pound class linesider top water.
The size class of the blues has come down. The majority that are here now are ranging from 3-5 pounds although some larger ones are still here. Most are being caught by anglers chunking the surf. Yesterday a customer reported catching a few on the jetty casting metal. 

The fluke fishing season kicked off strong and continues. We got word from one angler who managed one keeper amongst ten shorts yesterday. Lots of great reports from the bay as well as anglers on the surf. Austin Pounds just got a nice one off the surf! First one of the year and it was a beast. They are in the cuts mid-island. ” This is another real deal fluke for the surf.
*What Austin Used*
Andrus Jetty Caster Bucktail (Chart, 3/4oz)

Berkley Gulp! SW! 4″ Swimming Mullet (White)

It’s time for tuna and shark offshore.  With the awesome forcast a lot of boats are out fishing today. Here’s a couple reports from yesterday. Phil P. reported, “The tuna were jumping in the boat at the Hudson. It was nice until a line of t-storms rolled in. It got ugly quick.”  Right now there’s a mix of Bluefin tuna and Big Eye Tuna that anglers are catching on the troll.

Dylan Fisher reported, “Great day on the water but we could not get away from the blue sharks. The hunt continues tomorrow.”

Hi Flier 48 pound Striper……Just Now!

Just trolled this 48 pounder on a Green/Chartreuse Maja #4 bunker spoon off of Seaside Park in 63 feet of water. Rich Walton of Pine Grove PA caught him. Here’s the video:


Tomorrow (Sun) and Mon mornings are booked but I have both of those afternoons available for charter or Open Boat. Noon to 6PM.

Capt Dave DeGennaro

Hi Flier Sportfishing



LBI Fishing Report June 3rd

Joe from Hopewell caught this 32″ striped bass off the LBI surf yesterday. Joe was fishing the south end with bunker. 

Matt Sorrentino got a 21″ keeper fluke yesterday fishing a local public dock. He reported, “Got my first fluke of the season after work!”
Offshore fishing is heating up! Good bluefin reports off the Jersey Coast. Some boats found large fish about 30 miles off. A smaller but better quantity are being boated out at the Hudson Canyon area. 

June is here and that means one thing… It’s Shark Fishing Season! Captain Rick Woerner and crew from Carnivore Sportfishing recently hung a monster mako… 537 pound 108.75″. The Avet Reel and Costa Sunglasses Pro Staff reported their first trip of the season turned out to be a good one. 

Speaking of sharks… Mary Lee seems to really like the Jersey Shore in the spring (May/June). As reported previously she has spent time in our local waters. The 17′ white shark was tagged in 2012. In 2015 she came for a visit in early May now again this year she’s back again. Recently she pinged a number of times. Last Sunday in Cape May, then Wildwood. Wednesday she was about 7 miles off Atlantic City then off Long Beach Island. Yesterday she was off the northern Jersey Coast. 

The Carolyn Ann III out of Barnegat Light reports good black Sea bass fishing, “There are some quality fish but you have to weed through the shorts. Several anglers had their limits and lots had five or six. We started catching a few short fluke around the wrecks. It’s a good sign for the coming weeks. Depending on fishing we’ll be mixing it up with both species.”

The 10th Annual Striper Shootout and Fish Fry hosted by Harvey Cedars’ High Point Vol Fire Co is Saturday June 10th. It’s an awesome tournament that is a great time for the whole family. Live Music, Food and Raffel. For more info www.hpvfc.com

Battle on the Beach – Local High School Surf Fishing Competition

The 9th Annual Battle on the Beach Surf Fishing competition occurred on Wednesday, May 31st on the Barnegat Light surf.  Barnegat H.S., Lacey H.S., MATES, and Southern Regional H.S. competed for the coveted Surf Fishing Trophy in the annual event.  All four teams did a great job fishing the 9th through 12th street stretches of beach for a solid 3 hours.  Teams rotated four sections of beach every 45 minutes from their lottery drawn pick.  In the end, Barnegat H.S. won its third title with a total score of 69 points, which came from two Bluefish and a small Striped Bass.  Southern Regional was a close second with 44.5 points tallied from two Bluefish, followed by Lacey and MATES with 0 points.  Although several other species were caught (Stargazer, Skate, Dogfish) by the four teams, only gamefish count towards points.  In addition to the victory and trophy, Barnegat High School Fishing Club was awarded a $500 scholarship to graduating seniors for the 2017 school year.  The scholarship was donated by the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee.   All four teams would like to thank some of the area’s business for donating and helping out with bait, tackle, and gear.  Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom and Tony’s Bait & Tackle in Manahawkin have supported this high school tournament from the 1st year.  Also special thanks to Village Harbor Fishing Club, LBI Surf Fishing Classic committee, and the Barnegat Heavers for their help in running the event.  Again, great job by the kids and fishing club advisors.

LBI Fishing Report June 2nd

A couple reports flowed in from the surf today.

Local angler Dan stopped in for some hooks and fresh bunker. He reported catching on the mid-island surf yesterday… two bass (23″ & 25″) and a few blues. All on bunker.

Johnny Bui also got a couple bass and blues of the surf yesterday.



Johnnie Commiso got this 37″ bass off the mid-island surf yesterday.



Reports along the beach have been slow but there are a couple bass being pulled by anglers trolling. Those that are being caught are good size ones. The snag and drop bite doesn’t seem to be stacking up to previous years. Let’s hope it materializes soon.


BHCFA Fishing Report

Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Fishing Report
by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

The 2017 summer flounder season has opened in the Beach Haven area, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are anxious to put their anglers on these fish.

Recent reports have decent amounts of keeper fluke around with quite a few meeting the New Jersey state minimum size of 18-inches. Recent hot spots have included the ICW south of Beach Haven along with the waters of Great Bay. An added attraction for fishing in the Great Bay waters is the continued presence of feisty bluefish. Goodly numbers of 2-4 pounders can be found all over.

The striped bass bite in the ocean is not hot right now, but the fish being caught on the troll with bunker spoons and Mojos are large ones. A recent local tournament had the two top places taken with fish weighing over 50-pounds.

BHCFA Captain John Lewis reports that he has his boat the “Insatiable” back at its mooring in Beach Haven and is ready to chase stripers, blues, and fluke. Captain John adds that he has heard of some bluefin tuna up to 450-pound being landed offshore this week, and he is anxious to find some anglers who want to test themselves against these big fish. He is also looking forward to the arrival of some mako sharks.

Captain Frank Camarda of the party boat “Miss Beach Haven” is ready to sail for fluke from his berth at Centre Street in Beach Haven.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net

Reel Fantasea Fishing Barnegat Light and Bay report!

Sorry for the late report but being somewhat tech challenged I had a few “technical difficulties ” that slowed me up for last week’s report.

First,  Thank YOU to our Military men and women who have served and continue to serve us all and allow us our daily freedoms that we generally take for granted.

Lastly my Deepest and sincerest Thank YOU! To our men and women and their families who have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice to serve and protect our homeland ,Freedoms liberties that we enjoy each and everyday.

Barnegat bay and inlet’s abundant fishery continues to offer up solid to excellent opportunities for light tackle enthusiasts with species such as blues, stripers and fluke.

Excellent Seabass action has offered up plenty of drop and reel action with black seabass and catch and release Tog for those looking for the available offshore wreck fishery available .

Trolling and snag and drop for large striped bass continues to be a hit or miss proposition with regrettably more misses than hits.

Remember to join us on Face Book and now Instagram [ work in progress] .

Also the our calendar continues to fill at a rapid pace for those looking to get in on our very sought after Fall fishery. Book and reserve today aboard the Reel Fantasea to see what our Fall “Reely” can offer!!

Lastly check out the Van Staal instagram photos that we were fortunately captured in while fishing the inlet.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

Captain Steve Purul

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