LBI Fishing Report | August 25, 2017

This weekend’s looking great with sun and low humidity. The inshore marine forecast is calling a stretched out (on the longer period side of things) 2′ or less ocean. Now is the time to enjoy what’s left of the quickly diminishing summer fishing on LBI because we have some weather coming.

High pressure is in control this weekend with light onshore winds. Sunday starts light to moderate then increasing later in day and into the new week. Then we’ll have churned up seas for the new week when a nor’east blow locks in. Keep an eye out as things progress.

That’s a quick run down of the weather. Here’s an update on the fishing…

Fishing the Water Offshore Of LBI

Shore Catch Guide Service reports “To say this inshore yellowfin fishing is as good as it gets would be an understatement. Fishing 35 miles off the central Jersey Coast fishing is phenomenal. We are hand feeding these fish. It’s ridiculous!!!”

Thursday JC the 5′ white shark pup tagged by Ocearch pinged close to Banegat Inlet. As per Ocearch, JD recertly traveled 210 miles in the last week and a half.

Here’s a short report from Jim Hutchinson Jr at the Fisherman Magazine…. Offshore tournament crews from all along the Atlantic Coast are gathering this week in South Jersey and Maryland for the 2017 Mid Atlantic as 151 boats compete for a share of $3.24 million in prize money. While some of the region’s bigger sport fishing boats press offshore in the hunt for tuna, wahoo, and marlin, inshore variety is exploding with the recent spike in ocean water temps. Many anglers are turning to fish identification books (as well as social media) with banded rudderfish, chub mackerel, smooth puffers and an abundance of triggerfish turning up at the end of coastal lines. Cobia are still being taken along inshore waters, and yet another redfish confirmation comes in this week’s video report from North Jersey waters.

LBI Surf Fishing Report

“The surf fishing is on fire!” Joe Medica reported, “Thursday the kids were really into fish. They caught 20+ fluke and 10+ blues from the beach. The water is clean and warm making it lots of fun for the kids. We had them surfing and fishing together. It doesn’t get much better than this!”
Lots of small snappers still popping in the surf. Grab a light action plugging rod and cast out a small metal (1/2-1oz). You’ll have a blast with these little guys on small tackle.
Steve George reports, “Another tag return! Up to 5 already since the start of fluke season. They aren’t moving too far. I’m seeing a significant pattern already from June into July/August. I know where they want to be.” Steve mentions, now is the time to submit for your 2017 striped bass bonus program tags.
Austin Pounds and the Beach boys are still in on the beach sharking action. “We are catching!” Austin told. “Last night (Thursday night) we released a sand bar then something big peeled off about 100 yds of line then popped off. Recently we caught and released brown sharks, sand tigers and a dusky shark. A hammerhead was spotted locally. Some big rays around too. The water is warm and the fish are here. We have high hopes for the next couple of weeks.”

Fishing the Inshore Waters Off LBI

“The two ounce magictail bucktail jig does damage!” Luc Hackel said. “Tipped off with a white Gulp! nothing stands a chance.” Luc recently caught two nice size fluke (a six pound and a four pounder) amongst lots of other fluke.
This is one of many fluke Luc Hackel caught recently fishing the waters of Long Beach Island.
This is one of many fluke Luc Hackel caught recently.
Captain Ken Nutt aboard the Striper reports, “Always a great trip with the Tilton’s! We caught keeper blackfish, sea bass and fluke. The biggest flounder was 6 pounds.”
Ocean fluking off LBI is good right now. Anglers are producing working the local reefs and wrecks especially the three main reef sites; Barnegat Light Reef, Garden State North and Garden State South. Sea bass and tog are also present. We got word from a local captain that the sharks are on the reefs too. He was picking tog but the toothy ones were chewing them on the way up. He said, “We couldn’t stay away from them.”

Remember the Summer Flounder Season Closes September 5th so get out while it lasts.

I headed out early Thursday morning to do some catching up. [I was out of town for a couple weeks vacationing on the west coast.] We decided to target bluefish cause the crew wanted to cast lures and catch something that would pull some drag. Got out at sunrise and first cast fish on!

It was drag screaming fun all day. The inlet’s 68 degree flood tide was full of bait and predators. It offered absolute mayhem with blues from snappers to 12 pounds. Most were in the 4- 8 pound range and on the feed. All of them were spitting up 3-4″ squid tubes. Some had bay anchovies and spearing in their vomit. The gators (larger blues) were feasting on snappers. These cannibals were turned on! Stillwater Smack-It Poppers, SP Minnows as well as bucktails were working. After catching one after the other of plugs, Matt Rand switched over to the fly. He managed well over a dozen blues fishing poppers and clousers.  Here’s a clip of the action… Blues & Bass Feeding On Bait

Here's one 8-10 pound yellow eye that Matt Rand fooled on the fly. Light tackle fishing for blues is awesome fun!
Here’s one 8-10 pound yellow eye that Matt Rand fooled on the fly.
Resident striped bass offer fun fishing year round on Long Beach Island.
There were resident bass in the mix too.

Fishing the Backwaters Waters of LBI

The crew here at Fishermans Headquarters has been into fish the past few nights. With lots of bait in the lights, bass are on the feed in the bay. Some docks are lit up! Nick and Max found fish on the south end one night and Dan got them on the north end. Dan reports, “Worm hatches have been producing mental fishing. Same date and time as last year. Broke the century mark on night three. Local summer hatches don’t get any better!”

Schoolie striped bass love swimming plugs that mimic a small wounded bait fish.
Schoolie bass love swimming plugs that mimic a small wounded bait fish.
Todd Avery got a beast brownie recently. Check out this nighttime toothy creature that was roaming the sod banks…
Monster sandbar shark aka brown shark caught and released by Todd Avery.
Monster sandbar shark aka brown shark caught and released by Todd Avery.

Traveling Anglers Report

There’s lots of bait present with resident fish on the feed. Word on the street is quality fish continues from Cape Code to Rhode Island to Block Island. The stage is set and Jersey coast anglers are looking forward to the fall season that is right around the corner. Some just can’t wait…
John Allen recently purchased a new surf rod outfit. He went with a beast 11′ rod matched with a Daiwa Dogfight Spinning Reel. John headed north and fished with David Burleigh up at the Cape Cod Canal. They reported, “We slammed the bass! At Least twenty five striped bass over twenty pounds. The Daiwa Dogfight is an absolute beast. Super smooth and super powerful!”
Store staffer Blake and Luke were out at Block Island this past week. They both reported an awesome trip. “Fishing was great. Nothing huge, but we had good number of fish. It was a lot of fun!”
South Philly Fred was recently fishing up in Rhode Island with Pete U. They were into quality bass fishing eels. Hopefully these fatties show up on our beaches this fall!

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