Enjoy Island Time 🌴 ☀️ 🌊 🐟

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and if not this holiday week looks to be a good one. For the most part we’ve got light winds and small seas.
On the fishing front, the Long Beach Island area has a lot to offer. 
The bluewater anglers are getting into some awesome fishing. The tuna fishing has been great. When the boats can get out the bluefin, yellowfin and big eye fishing has been solid. I was happy to get out last week with the DiPasquale’s (Mike, Dan, Pat and their friend Ryan). We had an awesome trip fishing about 60 mile out of BL. We boated a quality yellowfin, a good size bluefin and a mahi. While we found fish on the surface all of our bites were on the troll. Here’s two photos I took of the boys…

Positive reports from the sharking grounds. The makos are cruising and closer inshore the threshers are on the bunker pods (if you can find them). Anglers are finding them 3-10 miles off. 

Here’s a recent photo of Tony A. from Tony Maja Fishing Products with a 9 pound Barnegat Bay doormat. Tony caught the flounder on a bucktail with Gulp. The fluke fishing is strong with good fishing in the bay’s main thoroughfare. I found on my recent outing that action was consistent in the 69-72 degree water temps in 7-12′ of water. While others have found fish at other times I could not. I haven’t spent enough time flounder pounding but plan to get dialed in once my schedule frees up in a couple weeks. For me our best selling Spro Bucktail tipped with Gulp was the ticket. Other species in the bay keep things interesting… weakfish, striped bass and bluefish. We heard rumor of a couple kingfish so hopefully the spot and blowfish are right behind them. A couple reports of sheepshead and yes a confirm redfish catch from the Ship Bottom bayside. Super bummed we could not get the photo to share. The crabbing has been solid all season long.
Now that the seabass season is back open (2 fish at 12.5″ July 1 to August 31) the ocean bottom fishing offers anglers a mixed bag. The Carolyn Ann III reported a nice catch of quality fish recently. The very chilly water temps caused a slow fluke bite but there were plenty of others biting. Small and keeper sized sea bass, lots of robins and short fluke kept anglers reeling for most of the trip. Jeff Chiswell Sr. won the morning pool with a nice fluke and Joe Bitting won the afternoon pool with a beautiful sea bass. Some days when the drift is set up good and there isn’t too much wind fishing can be great. A couple days ago Arthur Morowitz limited out on fluke.
The surf has been slow due to the very cold water temps. Hopefully the southern blow settles out. We are due for a pattern change. This ice cold upwelling is really getting old.
Happy Birthday America!
Go to our Facebook Page to participate in our current giveaway. We are giving away a small Red, White and Blue themed package; G.Loomis Hat, Saltlife Shirt and a pair of Saltlife decals.  Just a reminder, anyone looking for some new summer clothing stop by and check out our selection. We’ve got a lot to choose from with a variety of different brands, shirts, shirts, hats, and much more. 

Author: FishHead.Greg

A Long Beach Island native with life long experience fishing and navigating the local waters, Greg is a distinguished Master Captain (the highest qualified operator license), holding a US Coast Guard Masters 50T Near Coastal License with Towing Endorsement. Raised in and now managing his family's bait and tackle business, Fishermans Headquarters (Since 1962, The Saltwater Fishing Bait & Tackle Experts) Greg is daily immersed in fishing. He is the Chief Contributor of FishingLBI.com (Long Beach Island's best fishing report blog) as well as the Admin for the shop's social media pages (on Instagram and Facebook). Be sure to follow!

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