Fishing Report Update May 22, 2018

Here’s the LBI Fishing Report Update for May 22, 2018.

Boat Bassing Has Heated Up! While not all out epic spring fishing some spectacular catches went down. Here’s a few reports.

Howard Clark was on the water yesterday afternoon and got into some good fishing. The photo does all the talking!

Here’s Howard with a big one that fell for a livie.

Captain Ken Nutt reported, “The guys got a couple nice ones out there today. We got a 48″ incher!”

Captain Hunter Gutwein reported, “Started the day with a nice sea bass catch.  We cleaned up mid day and then headed back out for an evening session. It came alive at about 6pm on the snag and drop. Got some nice bass again!”

Here’s Hunter with a nice bass.

I had Matt S aboard Fish Head Charters today. We started off picking a couple small bass inside. Headed up the beach at 6am and went on the hunt for the better class of fish that are here. Lack of promising bait and good marks, conditions called for trolling. After a few hours with not bites we called it quits. While we didn’t catch any trolling mojos and spoons there were a couple fish caught in the area by other anglers trolling.

Here’s Matt with a schoolie bass he caught this morning on a plug. Sweet Beanie!!!

Fluke Is A Few Days Away!!!

Some awesome reports from land based anglers as well as those on the boats. With the season opening on Friday May 25th the stage is set for a great opening to the season. The local waters are loaded with flatties! Now’s the time to gear up your tackle bag with all the essentials. We are fully stocked on all of the fluke fishing essential tackle. From Berkely Gulp Baits, Spro Bucktails, Magictail bucktails, Seaguar Flouro Carbon Leader to Floating Jig Heads from Tom Scibek. We’ll have live minnow in stock Wednesday/Thursday.

Zach Michot reported, “Lots of fluke in Barnegat Bay. I had about 100 fishing doing a commercial hook and line fluke trip. We smoked them on Magic Tail Teardrops Bucktails as well as the Magic Tail 3/4 ball head jig heads tipped off with Gulp Swimming Mullets.”

Dan D’s bucktailing the surf and Inlet and hammering the fluke. This entire week he catch and releasing each afternoon. Dan reports, “The flounder and stacked up thick!”

15th Annual Berkley Striper Club Catch and Release Spring Fishing Tournament

The 15th Annual Berkley Striper Club Catch and Release Spring Fishing Tournament is May 24 to May 28, 2019.  Sign Up Now For This Great Event!!! Get your competitive juices flowing and raise money for a great cause. All proceeds to support the BSC Fisheries Defense Fund for the effective management and ongoing research of striped bass, help provide a clean & productive habitat and to protect important forage fish.

Reports and conditions look very fishy. Best of luck to all of the anglers!!!

Tournament starts as of 7:00pm on the Thursday the 24th.

Sign Up In Store Or Online at www.BerkeleyStriperClub.org

Local Striped Bass Fishing Tournaments

LBI Striper Cup – The 14th Annual LBI Cup Striper Invitational hosted by the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club is Saturday May 26, 2018. Captain’s Meeting is 7pm Friday May 25, 2018. For More Info www.LBICUP.com

The Waretown Volunteer Fire Company’s 1st Annual Striped Bass Tournament was been rescheduled due to weather. The Captains meeting will be May 25 at 7pm at the Waretown Vol Firehouse located at 117 Wells Mills Road (Rt.532). Entry fee is $150 per boat up to 4 anglers.

Striper Shootout – The 11th Annual High Point Vol Fire Co “Striper SHootout” is Saturday June 9th. For more info hpvfc.com/fishtourn.html

Mako Mania – The 33rd Anniversary Mako Mania Shark Tournament is June 23-24th. Captains Meeting in Friday June 23rd 6:30pm. More info www.gppcba.com


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 FishingLBI.com (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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