LBI Fishing Report May 24th

Memorial Weekend Is Finally Here! We are all happy for this holiday weekend. Let’s enjoy the good weather and great fishing with family and friends. But let’s not forget what it’s all about! Remember and honor all of those past and present who have sacrificed the most and served in the Armed Forces. Thank You!

Right now is prime time fishing on the waters of Long Beach Island. The opportunity is there for a variety of species inshore, offshore and from shore.

Bob Bruns caught this bluefish as well as many more and some striped bass on the fly today with Captain Greg aboard Fish Head Charters.

It’s On Fluke Season

Gary Adair, Kirsten Holloway and Dante from Magictails got out today for opening day fluke and found fish. Dante reported, “The morning was slow. Late morning I picked up Gary and went back out for another look. The wind picked up and the tide started coming in. It got good from 11 am to 2pm.” The crew limited out catching 9 keeper fluke. Gary said, “The 1oz Magictail Hoochies tipped with chart or nuclear chicken Gulp was the ticket.” Dante shared, “First trip of the year was a beat down with 20-30kt NW winds but we limited out in a couple hours. The water was dirty and white was not producing like it usually does.”

LBI Surf Fishing Report

It’s all about striped bass and bluefish fishing the beaches of Long Beach Island Bass. Reports are plentiful from both bait anglers and those casting lures. Reports of blues up to 15 pound class and striped bass up to high 20# (however there are much bigger fish). Now’s the time to get in on the action.

Wes Darcy sent in a report yesterday, “I stopped in this morning and got some really nice baits. The bunker was fresh! Found bluefish everywhere 8-12 pounders. I looked all over but couldn’t find a bass.”

Kristi Cooper reported yesterday, “About 11am we found ourselves in the midst of a bluefish feeding frenzy in Beach Haven. We had two rods going and just kept getting hooked up. It was insane. Couldn’t keep up. It was a great day to remember!”

Inshore Fishing Report

The inshore waters are lit up with black sea bass. The majority of reports from the inshore wrecks and reefs are positive.

Here’s Dave Werner with a nice knot head sea bass.

The striped bass grounds offer a spotty pick of striped bass on the troll. Some days are good and other days are frustrating with consistent marks of lock jaw linesiders.

Big Game Fishing

Tuna!!! The early season tuna action has been red hot. Boats fishing the mid-shore waters of the 30+ fathom line line are hooking up with quality beasts. The main canyons and also waters inside are producing.

LBI Fishing Report May 22

The great mid-May fishing continues. Anglers are finding bass and blues on the bay, inlet and surf.

Dave Iacono hit the LBI surf last night and got a nice bass.

Kevin Laverty from the LBI Fishing Club sent in this photo of a big bass today.

Today the troll bite continued off the boats. Bob and Jeff Haines of South Hampton caught two nice bass trolling off IBSP this morning. They said all of the action was before 10 am on Mojos.

Sloane Endick was out fishing with Captain Jeff Warford today. She reported a great day getting her new personal best just shy of 40 pounds.

No Limits Sportfishing – Fishing Report

Fishing report

5/16, Thursday afternoon, we were able to sneak in a short evening trip after work with the two people who were both huge helps in getting the boat ready for the season this year. We stayed close to home since time was limited but we had our first few fish very quickly. We had tons of knockdowns and got our first fish of the year. We released the fish so that they could swim another day. Thanks again Jess and Bill with all the help on the boat this spring.

Saturday 5/18, I had Roger and Mike with their sons James and Andy out for a 6 hour striped bass charter. The guys heard reports of big fish being caught and wanted to catch a new personal best. We started where we had fish on Thursday afternoon but the screen was empty and the boat traffic had everything broken up and spread out. We worked several different areas and put over 70 miles on the boat. We got away from the boat traffic and finally found bait with a whale feeding on them. We worked the area for a while and marked a few fish, but could not get them to cooperate and bite. When we cleared the lines for the day we had a couple stripers follow up the mojos, but they must have had lock jaw since they were not feeding for us. We gave it our best but there’s always next time!

Also over this past weekend we hosted our 2nd annual Striped Bass Tournament fundraiser for the Waretown Volunteer Fire Company. We had a great turnout with 26 boats weighing in over 50 striped bass. Fishing was tough with it being a full moon, but guys still managed to weigh in 4 fish over 50lbs, with the biggest being 59.0lbs! This is a great fundraiser for a great cause and each year it gets bigger and bigger.

Now that the full moon is on its way out, I expect fishing to improve to how it was before the full moon with striped bass as well as on the wrecks. I have Sunday 5/26 and Monday 5/27 open this weekend for striped bass or sea bass. Call or text Captain Mike to get out on the water! (609)-709-7264

LBI Fishing Report May 20th

Coming down off May’s full moon the inshore, offshore and from shore fishing is great.The inshore waters is all bass! Striped bbass and black sea bass offer anglers lots of fun.

Striped Bass Fishing

Solid weekend of striped bass fishing with anglers catching really big fish in the boats. The troll bite is good along LBI and IBSP beaches. The number of fish caught from the mid 30’s to UPPER 50’s is spectacular. Some of the fish checked into the weekend’s Waretown Fire Company Fishing Tournament were impressive. Jim Brady and crew took the cake with a 59, 53, 43. That’s a series three pack.

Here’s a photo sent in from Colin Fitzpatrick of his friend Katie Barron with a health striped bass she caught and released out of BI this Sunday.

Just a heads up there’s some squid around the near shore waters. Here’s John Fay with a big squid that was snagged while trolling a mojo with Scott Lapsley north of BI.

Black Sea Bass Fishing

Black Sea Bass season is cranking with the majority of the reports being very strong.

Swagmattic and the South Jersey Saltwater Anglers fished Sunday aboard the Mary M. out of Barnegat Light reports fishing was absolute phenomenal. “It was drop and reel from the beginning to end. All the sea bass and ling you could catch as well as a couple tog, mackerel, bluefish and cod. It was a really good trip!”

The Carolyn Ann III reported yesterday (Sunday), “A nice day fishing today. The bite was Sea Bass fishing is strong. A few limits and everyone caught fish. One nice cod about 7-lbs and quite a few ling were caught.”

Bluefish Crusing The Local Waters

Blues are still around in force. The size ranges from small cocktails in the one to two pound range all the way up to ten plus pounds. Anglers in the bay, inlet and surf are catching.

Bill from Village Harbour Fishing Club weighed in a 7 pound bluefish today from Great Bay. He reported catching multiple bluefish.

Anglers in the inlet are having fun. Some days are better than others. One thing is for sure you gotta be there to get in on ’em.

Fluke Fishing

The NJ Summer Flounder aka Fluke Fishing season kicks off this Friday. Early season you’ll want to look towards the inlet and bay for the best early season action. Anglers fishing the shallow waters will catch best.

Zach Michot was out this weekend on a commercial fluke fishing trip with his buddy. They reported great fishing. Zach got his new personal best bay fluke at 8.57 pounds. He got it on a 1oz White Magictail Bucktail Jig tipped off with a White Gulp Swimming Mullet Grub.

Offshore Big Game Fishing

Most boats that fished this past weekend got ’em!

The boys on the Reel Innovation reported staying inside the canyons to hunt for biggins. They hooked up with the right one but after a solid battle pulled the hook. They worked hard and put together a catch. Got a 50lb bluefin and a couple big barrel fish.

Dylan Fisher aboard the Reel Fishers made their first trip of the season offshore this weekend. He reported, “No giants but caught our limit and had a great time.”

Rick Bragg was out with some friends and reported lots of big albies as well as three bluefin tuna up to 60lbs.

Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 5/20/19

The spring run is going at full throttle. If you have not been in on the world-class action you are missing out BIG time! Bass from schoolies to over 30” have been going on the feed during the right tide stage around the inlet and back bay. The best thing about it is, often artificials like Bass Kandy Delights (BKDs) are effective. Out front bass from 30 to 50 + have been falling to trolled spoons and Mojo’s. Some boats are scoring well, while others draw a blank. Hey, that’s fishing. Have not heard of any hot snag n drop action but the water may have to increase a degree or two for that action to materialize. Blues are reigning supreme from the back through the inlet and out front. Nothing like seeing a 10-pound blues smash a popper in a few feet of water. If that does make your heart skip a beat, I don’t know what will. Fluke fishing opens Friday. Look for outgoing warmer water that is free of slime for the best early season action. This time of year I kick it old school with a three-way rig and killie north of Barnegat Inlet and a minnow south. LOL The cold ocean water coming in on the flood will give most flatties lockjaw. I actually have some openings for this holiday weekend so give me a call to get in on one of the best overall springs runs in a few years. And don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel Fishing Barnegat Bay  and subscribe with the fishing season in full swing, I will be actively adding timely video fishing reports and videos of some of the fishing action

Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex
609-548-2511
Lighthouse Sportfishing

LBI Fishing Report Update May 18th

The great fishing continues… If you can get out and go now is the time!!!

Here’s the On The Water Striper Migration Map updated yesterday May 17th. Right now Long Beach Island is the epicenter of the run.

Big bass are roaming the inshore waters and the Long Beach Island surf. Surfcaster Lee Hales checked in a 44″ 34.5 pound striped bass. He got this on the mid-island surf.

Anglers fishing spoons and mojos are finding large fish. Here’s a photo of Paul Solon with a 42lbs bass he got this morning.

Some nice blues in the bays. Here’s a photo of a ten pound toothy one that was caught by Dave Werner’s daughter.


BHCFA Weekly Report

by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

The fishing scene in the Beach Haven, NJ, area is starting to break open. This is the time of the year when the bite for spring fish is going strong while the summer fish are already arriving. This makes for a wonderful combination, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are taking advantage of it.

The run of big migrating striped bass is within easy reach for trolling along with a range of varying bluefish sizes. Black seabass season has just officially opened, and the inshore structures are loaded with limit catches. Boaters who have ventured further offshore have found hungry bluefin tuna. It is just one week until the long-awaited summer flounder season opens for the icing on the cake.

BHCFA Captain Larry Rosica of the “Dreamliner” went on a short prospecting trip this week just north of Barnegat Inlet and found a nice pair of bass. One was taken while trolling a white bunker spoon and the
other on a plug.

Some of the BHCFA Junior Mates ventured out recently with Tucker Blanchard, Jon Kelly, and Raymond Stack finding some good action on bluefin tuna. Another day Maxwell Goldman and Tucker Blanchard had a great day bottom fishing with close to 25 keeper sized black sea bass to 3-pounds.

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing recently had Rich Sanborn and family out looking for bass despite some strong winds against the tide conditions. The group worked through the conditions with the Minn Kota trolling motor setup helping produce good drifts. They managed a dozen short bass to 25-inches along with a 26-inchblue. A large bass was on for a while near the end of the trip but could not be brought to the boat.

In other news the BHCFA presented their plans to the Beach Haven Borough Council regarding the reef re-nourishment project started by the Junior Mates Program. Also addressing the Council was Junior Mate Liane Lopez who described the deterioration of the current reefs and the need to maintain them.

The evening went well as the Council issued a proclamation supporting the project which will be sent to the other towns on Long Beach Island urging their support for the program.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net

LBI Fishing Report May 17th

So here we are smack dab in the middle of May enjoying rock solid fishing. This spring started off early and ramped up quick. Hope y’all are enjoying the ride (actively fishing and having a blast or following along here). Anyone who’s in on the action must concur… Fishing Is Phenomenal!

Anglers on Long Beach Island are catching morning, noon and night. Now’s the time to take advantage of great action in the bay, in the inlet and in the surf as well as the inshore and offshore waters. Read on…

Inshore Striped Bass Fishing

The inshore striped bass troll bite along Long Beach Island and Island Beach State Park is going off. There’s very big fish are here! The past couple of days were the real deal. Lots of fishermen catching 30# and 40# class. There were a surprising number of 50’s too!!! If you aren’t out hunting you are missing out on a chance to battle trophies.

Yesterday store staffer Max caught his personal best bass, 55 pound striped bass trolling a MagicTail Mojo.

Dan Rosetto got a hog.

Trevor Jones got a 49″ biggin’ on a Magictail Mojo.

Randy Townsend has been on the bite since it started. Recently fishing solo he had all 4 of his rods go off at once trolling spoons and mojos. Nice work landing all 4 fish Randy! That isn’t an easy challenge.

Fish Head Charters

I was stoked to put return client Brian from Bergan Country on his personal best striped bass today (Friday). We had some fun action with a smaller class of bass early and then went out on the hunt for large. This is the biggest bass for us fishing the local waters (was up in Raritan Bay for three weeks cheating) this spring. Thursday I had an awesome morning trip with Greg and Dom. We had fun with bass and blues. I then had JP on for an evening session. It stared slow but the second half was really good. Both bass and blues.

Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Report

Here on Long Beach Island the surf has a steady pick of striped bass and bluefish on fresh bunker chunks. Anglers have found fish on the entire stretch of LBI’s 18 miles of beach front from the north end to the south end and everywhere in between. Take a look back at some of our recent report posts for photos and specifics.

It looks Chris Masino’s good fortune from the Fall Derby has carried over to the spring! On Wednesday Chris landed a 32-lb 3-oz striped bass off the south end surf to take the lead in the LBI Spring Surf Fishing Derby. Chris gave us heads up, he is also been into bluefish regularly.

We heard of another really nice fish off the south end surf from Sean (@spsherwin). He got his first bass and really made it count checking in just under 30 pounds.

Shop local Chris Bender is hitting it hard!! He reports, “Many fish on the chunk and smaller fish on SP Minnows. I got a 36 pounder on a bucktail.”

Store Steve-o lost a nice bass in the surf last night on a bunker chunk and he will be returning tonight for redemption!!!

Barnegat Inlet Fishing Report

The Inlet is chock full of blues and bass. Anglers are having a blast working fish on lures of all sorts. Store staffer Pat was up on the Jetty this morning before work. He had one bluefish about 8 pounds and all the rest were cocktails, all on SP Minnows. Recently the bluefish size was on the smaller side however there’s a good chance some bigger ones will move through.

Speaking of bigger ones…

LBI’s Bayside Action

Chris O’Neil gave us heads up down his way (South End Of LBI & Great Bay) the bay is full of blues, “I was catching one after the other. Got about 30 of them. Most went back except for a few that will be shark bait.” Here’s a gator he got today.

The bay also offers good fun for anlgers targeting striped bass along the sod banks, flats and docks. Some quality black drum fishing is going down too.

The night haunts offer really good variety with bass and blues on bucktails and soft plastics.

Store staffer Blake is into blues on the bayside. He said, “I’m catching blues in the 2-5 pounds on poppers. Lots of fun”

Store Staffer Frezza has been fishing the local bay areas catching schoolie bass and cocktail blues!

Sea Bass Fishing

Black Sea Bass Opened On May 15th and anglers are out there catching.

Rob Vallone headed to the Sea Bass grounds this morning aboard the Carolyn Ann III. He reported, “Baseball bat ling, along with many nice knot head sea bass. The pool winner was 4lbs.”

Store Staffer Kelley and his Dad took the maiden voyage on there new boat and got into some awesome fishing on Thursday!! Many other boats report catching their limits of sea bass.

Bob Long was in the shop today gearing up for another sea bass trip. He’s looking forward to fishing aboard the Mary M with Captain Sam. Bob Shared, “I was out opening day aboard the Carolyn Ann III. It was an awesome trip.” The boar reported, “Best Sea Bass Fishing We’ve seen in a while. Lots of limits with nice size fish.”

Offshore Big Game Fishing

It’s time! The offshore big game fishing is popping off. Reports of giants were confirmed. There’s beautiful water out there so it’s time to get in the game. Just a heads up the midshore grounds could be a good place to look for small(er) boats looking for big fish. We had a couple reports of quality fish just outside the 30 line!

LBI Fishing Report Update May 15th

Here’s a quick update for Wednesday afternoon May 15th. This supplements recent posts; May 14th 2019, May 12th 2019.

This morning anglers did very well fishing the waters of Long Beach Island. Lots of anglers through the shop shared positive reports.

“Hooked up, bit up and now going home to cook up!” Reported Ronald from Philly. Ron stopped in and started the day fishing the bay side of Ship Bottom.”We found some small blues. Ended up making a move to the Inlet Rocks where we got into the tail end of the morning’s bite.”

Petey “Whiteshades” Figueroa was on the LBI beach this morning. He stopped in stoked and reported, “I’m outta the slump. Got into good fishing chunking today with five bass up to – in to the 30 pound class.” Take a look on our Instagram story for a short video.

Steve McKee from Lancaster, PA weighed in a 15# bass that he caught off the mid island surf on bunker. He said lots of small blues were present.

Yesterday off the surf Jason Golderer and Ryan Mollicone reported, ” The blues are here. Fishing on the beach for blues was crazy. Managed to get gators in Surf City.”

Tom Wittig sent in a photo with thanks, “Thanks for the bait we caught a bunch of blues on the beach in rough surf. Well worth the drive from Philly.”

Opening Day Sea Bass

Today was opening day for Black Sea Bass in New Jersey. Just a heads up the current regulations are 10 fish at 12.5″ May 15 to June 22. This is the corrected possession limit. Please note the one printed in the NJ Marine Digest is incorrect.

The Village Harbour Fishing Club Carmine Tocci from Beach Haven West was out today fishing the inshore wrecks/reefs on the hunt for sea bass. He weighed in his biggest, a 2.6 pounder and said there was a 4/5 to 1 keeper ratio.

Fish Head Charters

Finally got the maintenance (oil change and such) done and back into the water Tuesday. Ended up taking a short evening session with Brandon from Fathom Lure Company. He was in town doing his spring rounds and timed it up just right. We got out to the flats and were shocked with very chilly water. What was 58-62 degrees before the blow was now in the low 50’s. We caught a couple bluefish and then the sky unleashed a full on monsoon. I’m looking forward to getting back out there the next few days.