LBI Fishing Report Update – May 18, 2018

The sour weather and rain continues… With trophy spring run fish in our local waters great fishing opportunities await. Fish on the beach and in the boat. It’s go time. Gear up with quality foul weather gear from Grundens and Guy Cotten to comfortably enjoy wet conditions.

All of us here at the shop are pumped for an awesome weekend of fishing. This past week was a great lead into what spring fishing is all about. Hungry migrating fish finding bait and getting on the feed! Here’s the LBI Fishing Report Update for May 18th.

Jeff Warford got into a good bite off the mid island surf yesterday late in the day. He was crushing bass plugging with Daiwa SP Minnow Lures. Here’s one photo.

JP from JJP Masonry shared this surf report, “I caught a nice fish last night on a plug. I lost a much bigger fish in the wash after a 20 minute fight. I was sick over it!” JP just got a new surf weapon and is going back for revenge. The Tsunami Airwave Elite 9’6″ matched up with a Van Staal VS150 was a great investment that will ensure a lifelong surf fishing outfit. Fish beware!

Here’s JP with a bass he got last night on a popper.

Yesterday, Randy Townsend went for a solo evening session trolling off of LBI. Late last night he shared this report… “I just got in to the dock from a great trip. Lots of bunker with big fish hitting mojos and spoons. Multiple double and triple hookups with all quality fish in the 40 pound class. All were released.”

Yesterday evening store staffer Max was on the bay catching blues, “We had them blasting poppers.”

Stillwater Smack-It Poppers raise fish!

Fish Head Charters

I couldn’t let a little rain deter hungry anglers so the Fish Head fished again this morning. Both store staffer Max and Kelley jumped aboard for a four hour dawn patrol session. One of the first casts of the morning, Kelley was tight to a striper. With the forecast calling for deteriorating conditions we chose to take a stab running down the beach as early as possible. We searched inside the 3 mile line off LBI’s mid/north end. It turns up the presence of big fish fish boomerangs (great quality marks) but little amounts of bait. After putting in an hour or two and not able to get a bite we headed back in to pick at a couple of the small and plentiful bass in the bay. After having some fun we called it a day and tied up at the dock by 9am.

I always wondered and marking too many big fish than I am willing to admit today’s trip got me thinking. What’s a striped bass’s digestion speed/rate? How often does a bass feed per day or per week? How long can a striped bass go without eating?

I can only assume they are like us. It differs based on energy needs. Sometime we want to eat a proper day’s three meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner, however some days we go wild. Looks to me they went wild last night and had indigestion this morning.

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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