American Angler Classic

Here’s some info sent in by Carl Hartman of American Angler…

We would like to announce and invite all anglers to the Annual American Angler Classic Surf Fishing Tournament. This one day even will be held on Sunday, April 28 2019 on the beach in Seaside Park, NJ. Don’t miss out on a fun catch and release encouraged event with simple rules. Over $500 in cash prizes and a kids category!

Fishing 7:00 am to 2 pm. Followed by Awards Ceremony & Raffle Drawing at 3 pm.

Take advantage of the early registration… Adults $25 (18 and older) and Youth $10 (17 and under). Day of (late) registration will take place from 6am – 7am at the Seaside Park Municipal Complex (Upstairs 2nd floor Court Room) at 1 Municipal Plaza, Seaside Park, NJ. Adult $30 (18 and older) $30.00 and Youth $10 (17 and under). Free 4×4 access with paid registration.

To sign up & find more information on the tournament, rules and early registration incentives go to…

See You On The Beach! ~ Carl

Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Yesterday February 21st was a beautiful day in the neighborhood! It sure hinted at spring in a strong way. I was fortunate enough to get out and enjoy the day on the water.

Wednesday’s storm generated a medium sized but strong south east swell and Thursday’s light westerly winds made for clean conditions. The mid-island beaches have some beautiful sand bars set up and they welcomed in the waves. For most of the day chest high waves crashing on the bars. During the best tide 12-2pm it was most consistent with head high plus waves pumping in. Lots of fun!

Why share stoke of surf on FishingLBI?

Because the end of winter is near! And I have a couple things of value to local anglers looking forward to spring fishing.

  1. Bait – While walking up current I saw two fresh bunker on the beach. I has beyond shocked and happy to see two fresh bunker on the beach. They were separated by about two or three blocks and both were being worked over by a lone gull. Spring + Bunker = Bass!
  2. Water Temperature – The ocean water felt slightly warmer than my last surf session. Most likely due to the light winds, warm air and sun; however, I’m confident it came up a couple of degrees. The surf temperature might have bottomed out for the winter. If that’s the case it’s only up from here. sure water came up a couple degrees.
  3. Beach Conditions – The mid-island beaches of Long Beach Island have some beautiful set ups. The bars, sloughs and cuts look promising. Also the 4×4 access ramps look very good in both Ship Bottom and Surf City. Our fingers are crossed they survive March. Last year we had a historic run of North East winds and swells which clawed out the beaches. March can be brutal!

Spring Is Right Around The Corner!

Philadelphia Fishing Show

The first ever Philadelphia Fishing Show will be held this weekend, February 22-24, 2019 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Over 75,000 square feet of fishing tackle, lodges, guides, apparel, travel destinations, boats, kayaks, RV’s and much more. Round the clock free seminars by professional guides and captains in two rooms presented by The Fisherman Magazine. Check out the 5,000 gallon Hawg Trough aquarium with local freshwater gamefish and then bring the kids over to the fully stocked Trout Pond where they can catch a fish at the show! A fly casting pond and cast net demonstration will help you hone your skills. Exhibitors will be displaying everything from dry fly trout tackle to giant bluefin tuna gear, and everything in between. $10 admission for adults, kids 6 to 12 are $5 and kids 5 and under are FREE. Free parking for everyone. Food and refreshments are available. Open Fri Noon -7PM , Sat 10AM-6PM , Sun 10AM – 5PM.

Check out for all the details, hours, location, exhibitor list, floor plan, attractions pictures, seminar list and much more. Hope to see you there!

Dave DeGennaro Back Bay Adventures 732.330.5674 cell

BHCFA Mid-Winter Report

Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Mid-Winter Report

By Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Strong winds, frigid temperatures, snow, and freezing rain can all make the 2019 fishing season seem very far off. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association, however, have already begun preparations for spring fishing. For some, it has been a chance to just charge their own personal batteries and even do some fishing in the south. Others though are preparing their boats and gear for the season.

Captain John Lewis of the boat “Insatiable” reports that he was fortunate to spend a month in sunny Florida where he ate and fished his way through quite a bit of seafood. Captain John says that the Captains and Junior mates have been active attending local fishing flea markets where they have been spreading the good word on the fishing in Beach Haven and the BHCFA. Upcoming events where the members will be in attendance include the Southern Regional High School Fishing Flea market, the Philadelphia Fishing Show, and the Atlantic City Boat Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Once the shows end, the “Insatiable” will be looking to get into the spring striper run and some early season bluefish.

Captain Carl Sheppard reports his boat “Star Fish” is in dry dock at Morrison’s Marina in Beach Haven getting new windows installed and her bottom touched up. Meanwhile, the props are being fine tuned for the beginning of the season. The “Star Fish” will launch on the first of April with the new Garmin side scan sonar and GPS system. Her first trip is a bachelor party for 12 persons on April 6th. Captain Carl says he is hoping for a quick warm up and lots of large bass.

Captain Ray Lopez reports he has been working on the “Miss Liane” and upgrading his offshore tackle in preparation for the spring season. Included in this work was upgrading rods and reels and replacing worn cushions with new combing cushions.

Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” has done an extensive overhaul of his electronic system as he has transitioned to an all Humminbird system. Captain Brett has them hooked into his Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor. This permits him to position his boat exactly where he wants to without using a traditional anchoring system.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at  

Tsunami Trophy II Surf Rods

Tsunami Trophy 2 Surf Fishing Rods

The popular and proven Tsunami Trophy Series Surf Rods just got a big time upgrade! Let’s dive in and take a look at the Tsunami Trophy II Surf Rods to review their features and benefits.

Tsunami Trophy II Surf Fishing Rods

First and foremost the all new Tsunami Trophy II Series is a high performance line up of surf fishing rods at an unbeatable price. Starting at $74.99 the Tsunami Trophy II Series Surf Rods are a value that can’t be beat!

Click Here To Buy The Tsunami Trophy II Surf Rods

Trophy II Stand Out Features & Benefits

  • New 70/30 Ferrule System For One-Piece Feel & Optimum Action
  • High Density Graphite Fiber Blank Construction – Smaller Diameter With Improved Strength, Power & Durability
  • Non Fouling Forward Lean Guides Improves Casting Distance & Eliminates Wind Knots
  • Graphite Reel Seat With EVA Cushioned Grips (Above & Below Seat)

New Rod Blank Construction Technology

For the second generation Trophy Surf Series, Tsunami went with an all new blank. The technology was developed a few years ago and use on their Trophy Jigging Rod Series. This new blank construction excelled through extensive testing on the beach and proved to put out impressive casting distance.

Utilizing their new technology with high performance carbon fiber blend the Trophy II Surf blanks are smaller diameter, lighter and more resilient than ever before. Delivering greater strength/power to weight ratio. Anglers will appreciate the benefits in performance and comfortable when fishing long hours.

Featuring an offset 70/30 ferrule system, Trophy II Series Rods offer the performance of a one piece rod with the storage and transportation convenience of a two piece. Tsunami’s F3 – Friction Fit Ferrule technology quickly, easily and securely locks for true guide alignment.

Top Quality Guides & Components

For long, smooth casting the Tsunami Trophy II Surf Rods are outfitted with forward lean foul resistant, braid-proof guides, specially designed to prevent line tangles. These guides are lightweight and corrosion resistant. They offer the utmost casting distance too. Forward lean style guides are commonly only found on high dollar rods, two and three times the price of a Tsunami Trophy Series.

Guide Detail – This photo shows the forward lean anti-foul guide.

For long life and ease of use Tsunami went with corrosion proof graphite reel seat. Comfortable EVA foam grips cap off the top and bottom of the seat. For a sleek grip to match the new thinner diameter blank a vinyl shrink wraps rounds out the quality fit and finish.

Bottom Section Detail Of Rod

Multi-Tool For Every Job, Conditions, Application

The Tsunami Trophy II Series should be looked at as a multi-tool surf series with everything covered from back bay to large extra heavy surf rod. The series has two specialty rods, 8’6″ & 10′ with “D” designations, which have a parabolic action (meaning they load and bend deeper into the mid section and beyond). These allow anglers make the longest casts with small lures. These have the ability to cast 1oz lures out of sight. Awesome choice for striped bass, false albacore and carp among many other species. 

Best Surf Fishing Rod Value

Hands down the Tsunami brand offers the best value in saltwater surf fishing rods. With the introduction of the new generation, Trophy II Series they raised the bar once again.

Starting at $74.99 with 13 models from 7′ to 12′ in both spinning and casting models (TSTSS = Spinning, TSTSC = Casting aka Conventional)

ICAST 2018 Tsunami Trophy II Surf Rod Introduction

At ICAST in July 2018 we were very excited to hear about the release of the Trophy II Surf Fishing Rods. We reviewed the new product with Jerry. Check it out… The Tsunami Trophy II Surf Rods New At ICAST 2018!

Southern Regional High School Fishing Show

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Southern Regional High School Fishing Show is held at the Southern Regional Middle School cafeteria located at 75 Cedar Bridge Road Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

New and used fishing gear and services will be available at 100 vendor tables. Food and beverages will be on site for purchase. Hourly door prizes provided by Captain Seagulls Nautical charts, gift certificates from local charter boats and items donated by show vendors.

Show Morning Seminars

  • 9:00AM – “TBD”
  • 9:45AM – Harrold Eckett “NJ Salt Water Flies”
  • 10:30AM – Chuck Nagel “Cranky Creek Tackle”


Admission is $4. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club.

Southern Regional Fishing Club

The show support the club and also funds four scholarships for students in the club. During the fall of 2018 the club entered 15 students in the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic. The money raised also offsets the cost of the club’s fishing trips on the Carolyn Ann III. SRHS Fishing Club advisor Jason Hoch said, “Every year it’s a great trip for experienced and beginner anglers.”