LBI Fishing Report | August 27, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The photos of the catastrophic flooding are unbelieveable. Even after living through the wrath of Sandy, I couldn’t imagine the situation the Texans were dealt.


“Ridiculously warm water is adding to the elements of surprise in our area.” Brian Coen said, “I shot this solid black drum and added one more species to my list. It was the first black drum I’ve seen while diving. Now if we could just get some clear water who knows what we will have here in the next month.”

Spearfishing black drum caught by Brian Coen in the waters of Long Beach Island.

Redfish!!! As reported in a previous post some puppy drum are around. They’ve been in our waters for a couple weeks with numerous confirmed catches. A couple reports came in from friends of the shop but all demanded to remain anonymous and wouldn’t let their photos loose.

Here's a redfish that was caught in the LBI bay by Mike Greene.

Finally an angler reported and didn’t mind sharing. Captain Mike Greene from Lucky Strips Charters, the man well known for his striped bass accomplishments and expertise (his tournament resume speaks for itself), got one. Greene reported, “They are around. Been after them every night with crab but we are catching sheepshead and drum. Fluke fishing Saturday we got the redfish on a live minnow. We took a photo and let her go, hoping for a new fishery!”

Final Stretch For NJ Fluke Fishing Season

The New Jersey Summer Flounder Fishing Season closes on Tuesday September 5th. Those looking to get in on some fun fishing should try for the next weather window. Hopefully that is this upcoming weekend. The next few days aren’t looking too hot with a small craft advisory in effect.

Recently the fishing has been very good. This past weekend positive reports flowed into the shop. Word from anglers on both Friday and Saturday was “the Garden State South is GOOD!” We got details from four separate anglers, all limited out. Similar theme… bucktailing!

Here’s Amanda Nutt with a nice fluke caught aboard The Striper with her father Captain Ken Nutt! Ken reported, “Saturday we got three nice keeper fluke including a new season record 7 pounder. We also caught some nice sea bass.”

Here's Amanda Nutt with a nice fluke caught aboard The Striper out of Barnegat Light.

Ryane Sweeney tagged us in a photo today with this caption, “Great day on the water. Got a 6.5 and a 4.5 pound fluke.”

This is Ryane Sweeney with two good fluke,a 6.5 and a 4.5 pounder.

Carolyn Ann III reported, “Sunday’s morning trip was a good one with some nice fish. Saturday was a good one too with a beautiful weather day and successful fishing.”

Action on the LBI Surf

Fluke and snappers are on the beach! Some anglers are trying for kingfish but can’t get through the ferocious snapper blues. The ocean is going to get churned up the next few day. Time will tell how things pan out.

Action in on the Bayside

Bay is full of bait. Spearing and baby bunker are staged up. The other day at my dock there were small schools of mullet v-wakin’ around. At times the bluefish and bass are teeing off slurping them down.

Lots of people asking about weakfish and blowfish. Sorry we haven’t received direct reports.

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 (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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