Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Barnegat bay/inlet/ocean report

This week we found ourselves battling through weather that limited our access to all but the protected waters of the back bay until weeks end.

As the weather settled I got out for a solo secession [ Sunday]  to find excellent activity with numerous bird plays that contained albies, blues and stripers!!
World class light tackle fishing right off our beaches that folks travel great distances to be part of!!
With the days getting shorter and temps starting to cool off we are finally seeing the first signs of the Fall progression with excellent opportunities for the light tackle enthusiast.
I have Friday 7am-12noon and 1pm -6pm for open or private charters we will be targeting albies, stripers and blues. All bait and tackle, fish cleaning  included – $175.00pp
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters


Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Weakfish are the back up when conditions are rough.


Feisty weather has stirred our inlet into a mess but fortunately there has been enough in the safe confines of the bay to allow for continued catching on light tackle . Weakfish have been the main event but a mix of other species joining the line for the “all you can eat shrimp buffet”have included fluke and blues.

Things are shaping up for yet another fantastic fall season along our beaches! The live bait pen is fully stocked and the rods and reels are ready to go for some the most exciting fishing found anywhere!!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

Capt. Steve Purul

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters



LBI Fishing Report – 10/14/17

I just returned late last night from a quick trip out east. Blake and I made the last minute call, packed up the truck and headed to Montauk late Wednesday night. We were greeted with awesome conditions at sunrise on Thursday. But the clean rolling water water and twenty plus knots of wind in the face didn’t produce much. I got one dink and only saw one other fish caught. Fortunately we caught fish on Friday. Both the morning and evening session we found small bass on bait. The linesiders were snapping bucktails. All in all it was a good fun trip but from what we’ve heard it has been a very poor season. Some of the top fisherman are struggling. Hopefully things turn around soon.

Store staffer Dan reports there’s a variety of fishing going down. “The schoolie bass are still snapping on bait. The peanut bunker have grown in size and are schooled up. Bluefish ranging from small to 10+ pounds are offering fun. The blackfish are chewing at the Inlet and there’s some albies around. The crabbing and clamming is good too. Just heard one guy chunking bunker looking for bass and blues got a 21″ fluke.”

South Philly Fred has been getting into fish at the Inlet for the past couple weeks. Some days he’s finding bass on mullet and other days they are feeding on spearing. “It tee’d off Friday. Got into some fun fishing on lures.”

BHCFA Fishing Report 10/12/17

The fishing action off Long Beach Island for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continues to be a wide mix of fish from the inshore structure and artificial reefs along with some good action on false albacores, bonita, and some bluefish.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” is counting the days until the black sea bass season in re-opens in New Jersey on October 22. He figures the sea bass will be thick along with some Trigger Fish for some topnotch bottom fishing. Until then he plans on fishing for blues and tautog and getting out to the offshore waters for some pelagics. He terms the current fishing “good” and expects it to improve, especially when the big stripers arrive in another week or so.

Captain Lindsay Fuller of the “June Bug” has been catching a good number of false albacore on light tackle. He says these feisty fish provide all the action any angler could want on light tackle. He is also looking for bonita. He too is looking forward to striped bass season and is keeping his fingers crossed for some cooler weather to cool the water off.

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

LBI Fishing Report Update – 10/12/17

Little man Dane (5 years old) caught his first striped bass. He got it in the bay fishing a Yo-Zuri lure. Check out our social page (Instagram or Facebook) for the photo. Still lots of small bass in the bay along the docks, bulkheads, sod banks and channels. Bluefish are also hanging around with them.

Be sure to keep up to date on the LBI Surf Fishing Tournament… here’s the Live results page. So far there’s a some bluefish on the board.

Mr. Vanderbech stopped in Wednesday with a bucket full of crabs and shared this report, “Fishing is slow, so I’m crabbing. It has been a great year and it continues! Last year it was good into Thanksgiving. This year is set up to be the same. Maybe it will go longer. Put the traps in Tuesday and soaked over night. Pulled them and had a good haul. A bucket full of jimmies!

LBI Fishing Report 10/10/17

Coming into mid October moon and approaching mid month we look forward to the fall progressing in one way or another but it seems summer just will not shake loose. The southerly blow didn’t drop the surf temps much as expected. My fun (and really good) surf session this morning amazed me with nice clean surf and warm. It’s crazy how the warm temps are holding on. By feel I’d say it is in the high 60’s. Most likely between 65-68 degrees.

“Beachrunner” a local angler who wants to remain anonymous shared this report while in the shop today… “Been cruising the beaches today and yesterday. There are also tons of small blues in the 2-5 pound class. They were in the wash but the last couple days they are hanging on the bar and backside. Get metal and wing it your hardest. It’s the only way I could reach them. Might end up hooking up with a screamer (albie)! There are a bajillion of baby crabs in the wash. There’s birds are all over them. Don’t get fooled by the crab blitz. I can’t wait for the migrating bass to move in. The island’s beaches have lots of nice water! Bowls and bars throughout the island. It’s time to go pocket picking!”

Will Weikel sent in a report… “Caught about a dozen sea bass in bay near the Lighthouse on Saturday the 7th. We used cut up mullet for bait.”

Speaking of the Lighthouse, the blackfish bite is still good. Local angler  Jack got some fish yesterday afternoon and into evening. All anglers in buying crabs reports fish are chewing. Most are struggling getting a keeper.

Store staffer Dan has been in on the schoolie bass action. His stealthy midnight light tackle game is on point.

Lots of thresher sharks in the local waters. Today we heard of a couple large ones that were caught.


LBI Fishing Report Update 10-8-17

Stiff southerly wind last night continue today with increasing swell. What’s left of Tropic Storm Nate tracks toward, over and past. Tuesday westerly winds will clean up the place. Currently the surf looks great with beautiful white water rolling through.

Today we got a report from a couple sandy anglers fresh off the surf. They fished the morning high tide and got into some fish. “There’s some small blues in the wash. Lots of small bait present. Our friend caught a 25″ bass.” There bluefish, weakfish and albies in with these bait piles.

Yesterday John Stravalle from Newburgh, NY stopped by for a weigh in. He caught two black drum off of the north end surf using clam. Both fish were teen size fish. Over the Harvest Moon period we heard of a couple others but this was the first direct report. Maybe some others are chewing too.

Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament

The 63rd Annual LBI Fall Surf Classic kicked off Saturday. Hope everyone that attended the Saturday’s LBI Surf Fishing Classic Seminar enjoyed and learned something new. The anglers from Team Mullet always put on a great learning experience.

As we creep deeper into October we expect the surf fishing to turn on soon. So far there are two bluefish on the board. For more details check out the Live Results Page.

Backwater Water Fishing

Whole lotta life in the bay right now.  Anglers are gearing up with soft baits and lead heads as well as poppers. Some in the shop have reports of very good fishing from the bay. One customer in the shop today reported catching three bass on his last outing, “The scholies are whaling lures! I’m getting them on the fly rod and spinning tackle.” Another customer said the bass fishing in the bay is on fire in the kayak.

Stan Slachta of Greenlane, PA was on the bay with his family this weekend looking for blowfish. They caught a bunch of small sea bass as well as some spot and porgies. They also got a handful of lizard fish! No blowfish. Chumming with clam using squid for hook bait. Have you ever caught a lizard fish? Most definitely an odd creature!