Weather Chills & Fishing Heats Up!

When the weather chills out, the fishing heats up! It’s about time… finally we are getting some cold nights and the water temps are coming down. The surf is right at the 60 degree cusp soon to break out into the nifty fifties. The bay is in the mid to upper 50’s. Both should cool some with tonight’s chill.

The past couple days we have heard about fish pushing south and west nearing our zone. There were a couple good days out east at Montauk and some reports from western Long Island are promising. Last weekend the local boats got their first taste of quality bass fishing with numerous anglers in on the action. Those in, raved and everyone had really nice fish. Since then bass fishing in the ocean has been slow. Tomorrow’s nice “west is best” forecast has lots of fisherman with high hopes. More than likely trolling will be most effective because the swell might have things spread apart. Gotta have to head out and see.

Before the blow the jetty fishing was very good with anglers catching the season’s best quality tog. Numerous reports came in from the Barnegat Light jetty about four and five pound tog. The bayside holds bass and blues with some good size ones at that.

Will be interesting to see if the albie action comes together again. With reports of fish all over the place to our north we are confident there is more light tackle drag screaming fun in our future.

21st Annual Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby

The 21st Annual Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby is this weekend, October 27 to 29. It’s always a great weekend full of fishing, fun and most of the time sour weather. This year’s contest isn’t much different. Friday looks good. Saturday as the day progresses, things turn south. Sunday a possible gale sets in. All of this is flipping back and forth with question around the timing of the frontal passage. GFS is hinting earlier while the European model hinting later. One thing is for sure, the second half of the weekend it’ll be blowing!

For those fishing the tournament we’ve got everything you need to stay warm and dry. Top quality foul weather gear from Grundens, Guy Cotten and Stormr as well as Xtra Tuf boots and a great assortment of gloves. Stop in to check out our selection.

We’ve got a tank full of live eels and will do our best to have fresh bunker and slated clam in stock. Live clam in the shell is a no go.

LBI Surf Fishing Classic

Currently on day 20 of the LBI Surf Fishing Tournament Patrick Presutto’s 27.36 pound bass and Gary Grippaldi’s 14.12 pound bluefish hold the lead in their respective divisions. Today there was a 12.8 pound bass checked in by Michael Tedesco. He caught it off of the Harvey Cedars surf on clam. The surf has been slow this past week. The previous weigh in was from last Thursday the 19th. With this cold snap hopefully we start seeing a new push of fish. For more details check the LBI Surf Fishing Tournament website.


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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