LBI Fishing Report – November 20, 2018
Here’s the pre-Thanksgiving Long Beach Island Fishing Report Update for November 20, 2018. Both tog and striped bass fishing is very good. The outlook ahead like bright! There’s a large body of stripe bass in our local waters and there’s new arrivals showing. We expect solid fishing to close out this month and go right into December.
There’s a Thanksgiving Day cold snap so fishing Thursday and Friday will require some extra layers and gloves. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered here at Fisherman’s Headquarters. Stocking all the essentials for bait & tackle and also an extensive line of fishing apparel for all weather conditions from thermal underwear and socks to top quality gloves. Our selection of waterproof outerwear from Grundens, Guy Cotten and Stormr are second to none.
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Just a heads up the current NJ Recreation Fishing Regulation for Tautog is five fish at 15″ until December 31st.
Matt S. (@swagmatic) was out fishing aboard the Nora Angela with some friends on Monday. They lined up a good catch of tog. He reported, “We had an awesome day fishing a local snag. It was drop and reel fishing with white crabs on Magictail Tog Jigs.”
Lots of other solid reports flowing in from anglers We’ve heard numerous other reports from anglers pounding the inshore structure loading up on white chins.
Store staffer Blake got out on the water aboard The Gobbagol with Captain Dave and crew. They got a four man limit in three hours of fishing, tossing back 4 and five pound fish. Blake reported, “The jig bite was hot!”
A couple customers loading up on green and white crabs raved on the inshore bottom fishing. He said, “I got an 11 ponder one day and a 12 pounder another day. It’s been good.” We expect this fishing to go right into the end of the year.
Striped Bass Fishing
Thanksgiving marks prime time Jersey Coast Fall Striped Bass Fishing!!!
Dan D. was on the water today and had a blast. He reported, “I’ve been waiting for an all day feed like this! It’s what I look forward to every fall. An incredible day chasing down bass right along the beach with plastics, poppers and jigs!
Fish Head Charters Update
Monday – Endick Party
On Monday I had the Jay Endick and his two daughters aboard. We pushed off early and were greeted with a beautiful lake Atlantic. No wind, oil slick glass calm. About three miles from the Inlet we found a breaching whale which put on a show. With scattered birds and a depth finder lit up Christmas we were in a promising location.
We had some boils on top water lures but no solid bites which came tight. We tried a variety of lures (bucktails, plastics, swimmer, popper, jigs, etc.) but couldn’t connect. After about 15-20 minutes we got up on the troll and soon after our lines were tight.
You guessed it… A Magictail Mojo! However this day it was the smallest size a 4 ounce fished on a three way rig with a large Mojo on the bottom to get it down. This and the 9er’s umbrella rig were the day’s best catchers. Our bunker spoons didn’t get touched.
With smaller feed umbrella rigs are a great mini bait school imitations. Available in tube and shed styles there’s one for every application. If you don’t pull a 9er in your fall spread you might be missing out. Dont’ let the other boats take you to school! This is not your classic umbrella rig. It’s juiced up and virtually tangle free.
Tuesday – Oak Leaf Media
Got the call, “Hi we are looking for a couple specific things for a current project we are working on. We need some video of fishing and catching a striped bass. Can you take us out? The answer was simple… HELL YA!
We pushed off the dock in a light rain, broke the Inlet at 6:45am and headed to the spot of Monday’s whale activity. Lines in at about 7:05 and a screaming drag before 7:30am. Back to the dock at 9 am Mission complete.
Here’s Johnny with his first striped bass! Congrats buddy!