LBI Fishing Report Update – May 29, 2018

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday (Monday) I got the skunk… Today (Tuesday) was off the charts! I had Bob Bruns from Binghamton, New York aboard Fish Head Charters this morning for a fly fishing dawn patrol session. With the ocean striped bass fishing hit or miss, we decided to stay inside. Right off the bat, Bob connected on one of his first casts. A nice feisty gator bluefish gave him the wake up call. From there it was slow. We made moves and looked all around. After trying a number of different spots and striking out, we found some life in an early season spot.

Bob Bruns loves fly fishing striped bass and his go to private charter is Fish Head Charters for the best light tackle fly fishing experience fishing the Barnegat Bay and the local waters of the Jersey Shore.
Here’s Bob with one of dozens he caught today on the fly. While most were small like this one, there were better ones. Today, it was quantity over quality with lots of fun!

When in search for the warmest water, I usually fish the flats in the early spring. Bass and blues can be found on the rolling bottom, roaming around and chasing bait. It turns out they are stacked in there now. THICK! While most of the fish were small jabbies, Bob did pull a couple better fish (about keeper size.) All on the fly. At times we were doubled up and hooking on consecutive casts. Whole lotta fun! Here’s a short clip of bass breaking on bait in 2-5′ of water while Bob lays a cast out and gets bit almost right away. As this shows it was on!

Here’s some video from the day… Fly Fishing Striped Bass Barnegat Bay With Fish Head Charters

May’s Full Moon Calls All Cows

Congrats to Paul Haertel on his new personal best 54.8 pound striped bass. He got this fish yesterday fishing up the beach a ways. Exact location not provided.

Large striped bass are best caught along the Jersey Shore in late May using live bunker.
Paul is well known for catching big striped bass year in and year out. This year he raised the bar! Look at this monster!

Not Crazy But Bluefish Are Around

Rich Beverly got a gator off the surf this weekend. Not sure… Who has a bigger smile?

Back Bay Fluke Fishing

Today Austin Pounds fished the south end’s bay with some friends and found some really food fishing.

Here’s Auston representing with a Fish Heads hat and a good size fluke.

Jake Bowles fluke fished yesterday morning and reported cold 54 degree water, “The chilly water made for a slow bite but we managed to pick through some shorts and finished with three keepers.”

Offshore Report

Jeff and Dan aboard the Reel Innovations just arrived home from their first trip to the edge. Dan reported a good trip, “We went 8-10 on bluefin and released one 60″ mako.”


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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