Hi Flier Bonita/Albies and Grass Shrimping Weakies

Fishing has been good when we find those weather windows. One of which appears to be on Saturday. I had a good trip out last Sunday with bonita and albacore in the 20 mile range. The best part is we caught them on bait with spinning rods, no trolling (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Anchored up, slinging chum and spearing over the side. Albies are outnumbering the bonita. 

In the bay we have been catching some weakfish with regularity on live grass shrimp. They aren’t huge, quite a few under the 13 inch mark but fish up to 16 inches, as well. We are using 6 pound spinning outfits with small jigs and baited hooks. The biggest hurdle is fishing through the silver perch that invade the shrimp slick almost immediately. There are also quite a few snapper blues that are bordering on not being called snappers anymore, they are just about bluefish. If you’re nostalgic about weakfish or chumming with live grass shrimp this is a good time to go. 
Open Boat Bonita and Albacore Saturday, Sept 28 7AM to 2PM, $175 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.
Open Boat Live Grass Shrimp Weakfish Sunday, Sept 29 7AM to 1PM, $125 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.
Either day is available for charter and the Saturday trip could be converted to a live grass shrimp charter if you prefer but Sunday can’t be converted to bonita/albacore as the ocean will be nice on Saturday and rough on Sunday according to the current marine forecast. 
The best way to reach me is always on my cell below. 

Dave DeGennaro

Back Bay Adventures

732.330.5674 cell



Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters & Open Dates

We ended the Fluke season with some nice keepers to 6.5 pounds, and my charters last Friday and Saturday had 16 keepers combined.  Friday’s crew saw bigger fish with several in the 23 to 25 inch range along with Bluefish and the Buckley charter boxed 7 keepers.  The last official day of Fluke, I had the Joe Paton charter boxing 9 keepers and releasing a small Striped Bass.  All action was in the bay near the lighthouse.  We ended the season with over 260 keeper Fluke, with a majority of these being caught in the backwaters. With an average of 10 to 1, we probably threw back well over 2500 for the season.

With the Fluke season finished, it’s time for re-tooling the boat for Sea Bass, Tog, and Striped Bass.  I will be plying the backwaters for Striped Bass, Weakfish, Bluefish, and even Blowfish and have several available weekends in October for these bay species.  The rest of October and November offer alot of possibilites as we will be fishing for Sea Bass, Tog, or Striped Bass — or some combination of them depending on your preference. We are participating in the NJ Striped Bass Bonus Permits again for this season, which allows us to keep the best eating Striped Bass (24 to 27.99 inches) and we have plenty of tags.

October has open dates for Sea Bass or Striped Bass (10/12, 10/19, 10/20, 10/27) – willing to run open boat $125 per person (need 4 to run). 10/19, 10/20, 10/27 also available for Striped Bass

November is almost completely booked for Striped Bass and/or Tog, except for the weekend of November 9th/10th.  In addition, I do have some weekdays available (11/4, 11/6, 11/8, 11/27 afternoon, 11/29).  

If interested in booking a charter, book through our site (reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, live spot (20-30 per charter), tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 9/23/19

Well, summer has given way to fall, how’d that happen? Well, I know how it happened, but just like came upon us was too fast. Fluke season ended this past Saturday. Quite frankly during the last two or more weeks, I have hardly even fished for fluke during my trips. No, I don’t have flukophobia I have a recipe to have light tackle fun with blues to three pounds and schoolie bass on poppers, And this action is sometime mid-day! And in the backwaters
I can honestly these trips have consistently produced. It might get slow for a while, but after making some minor adjustment is game on! Again The exciting news is a somewhat respectable showing of weekies, many of which are in the 3-5 lb. range and some pics of one pushing seven. Local keeper bass have started to the mullet run and I know of several fish of 28”. Not much to report on the beachfront as we hand what seems to rip currents for two weeks straight now. Running every day now so just pick up the phone and get on the schedule. Fishing is great right now!

Scream drags,

Capt Alex.
Lighthouse Sportfishing

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No Limits Sportfishing – Fishing Report

Fishing report

As fluke season came to a close this past weekend and we eagerly await for the opening of sea bass season on October 8 as well as the fall striper run, we switched gears to targeting local striped bass on light tackle.

The past few evenings have been very productive with plenty of striped bass and bluefish. We also started to see some nicer sized bass as well up to 15lbs. Surprisingly we have also been catching more striped bass than bluefish too. There are plenty of unders in the 28”-32” range as well as slot fish which we can tag and keep in the 24”-27.99” range.

The evening bite seems to be the best for the striped bass so we will be running evening trips every day of the week! There are also still plenty of blowfish around in the bay if you are looking to get the kids out or fill a cooler to bring home a nice dinner.

If you would like to get out and catch some striped bass, blowfish, or book a wreck trip for sea bass in October, don’t hesitate to call! We still have a couple of weekend dates available in November for striped bass but we also just opened up several weekday dates to allow for more availability! If you are interested in getting out please give us a call to book your trip. Call or text Captain Mike to get out on the water or send us a message through our website! (609)-709-7264


Fishing Report & Open Dates – Reel Reaction Sportfishing – 9/19/19

The weather and swell has been a little uncooperative since I got back into the swing of teaching 10-12 graders about chemistry. I have been running weekday afternoons & weekends, and we have been catching some quality Fluke. Most recently I had a few trips in the Ocean boating up to 4 keeper Fluke to over 24.5 inches and our bay trip boxing 4 keeps to 20 inches on live bait. I’m booked through the close of the Fluke season (Sept 21st).

The backbay does have a lot of options until the start of Sea Bass season with Blowfish, 1 to 5 pound Bluefish, Striped Bass to 28 inches, and some Weakfish around. I have openings for weekend Sea Bass and Tog trips through October and then Striped Bass / Tog trips in November. Last year, we had Tog up to 13 pounds. Of course, backbay multi-species are always available from September through October.

We have open dates in October for Sea Bass or multi-species and in November/December for Striped Bass or Tog. With our new Minn Kota 87-inch trolling motor, rougher conditions shouldn’t be an issue.

If interested in booking a charter, book our site (reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Lots of catching!!

The Bay, inlet and inshore waters are teeming with life in all kinds of sizes and variety providing fun and exciting light tackle action!!
There’s no doubt that species of fish are swimming in our bays that have yet to reveal themselves ! This variety has added to the fun and excitement of the action in the way of “what am I going to catch next”? 
I have this Sunday morning and afternoon available for anyone interested in getting in on the action!
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217


No Limits Sportfishing – Fishing Report

As Labor Day came and went we have been very busy! Here is a recent report from the past couple of days.

Sunday 9/15, we had a last minute cancellation for a blowfish charter. With the boat already loaded up and ready to go, we made a phone call and were able to get our friend Mike out for some blowfish. It was a short trip, but with only 2 hours of fishing time we caught over 70 blowfish and kept 40 for dinner. We also caught juvenile kingfish, porgies, and sea bass. We will have Mike out again in November for striped bass.

Monday 9/16, Jess and I were able to sneak out after work and do some prospecting to prepare for what to fish for and where to fish once fluke season closes this coming Saturday 9/21. We worked several areas, throwing plugs and poppers with light tackle. With less than 2 hours of day light we caught 10 striped bass up to 26” and 30 bluefish in the 2-6lb range. We have our striped bass bonus tags which will allow our customers to keep an extra striped bass between 24” and 27.999”.

As for this coming weekend, I have Saturday 9/21 available for anyone who would like to get out and take a last shot at fluking before the season closes. After Saturday, we will be running multi species trips for striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, blowfish and whatever else would like to bite. Blowfishing is an awesome trip for bringing home dinner or taking kids out after school or on the weekends!

We will also be wreck fishing for sea bass/tautog once the sea bass season opens on 10/8. If you are interested in getting out please give us a call to book your trip. Call or text Captain Mike to get out on the water or send us a message through our website! (609)-709-7264


Fishing Report Update Sept 10

Here’s the Fisherman’s Headquarters fishing report update from September 10, 2019.

The Long Beach Island surf offers fluke, kingfish and blues. We heard of a couple resident striped bass too. Two separate pompano reports off the surf this past week.  Recently Rob Vallone reported catching both kingfish and fluke on the surf.

It’s time to Sign Up for the Fall Derby! The 65th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic kick off is only 25 days away. Be sure to sign up soon while the early sign up goodies are still available. Also be sure to pre register (free) for the Opening Day Seminar.

Reports from the north end bayside and inlet all talk of fish. Lots of out of season sea bass eating baits. Jetty Jockey Jeff got an 11# sheephead and a 3.6# trigger on Sunday. We got a report from an angler in the shop who got one bass bucktailing the jetty. Expect more linesider action in the coming days and weeks.

Speaking of striped bass… they need everyone’s help! There is a meeting this Thursday September 12, 2019 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Bay Avenue Community Center. It is located at 775 East Bay Avenue Manahawkin, New Jersey.

The short hand is there are three options on the table. Option 1 is Status Quo. This will not rebuild the stocks. Option 2 calls for an 18% reduction for the recreational sector and an 18% reduction by the commercial sector. This is the option I choose because it calls for a fair and equal reduction. Option 3 would require a 20% reduction for the recreational sector and only a 1.8% reduction for the commercial sector. Under Options 2 and 3 there are various sub-options. From what we hear, it is likely that the ASMFC will approve all or most of them.

Weakfish and blowfish continue to bite good in the bay. Yesterday store staffer Sam was fluke fishing the Barnegat Bay. He reported, “Lots of fluke still in the bay. Got 25 flounder up to 22″ fishing the outgoing tide. Water was 71 degrees. Live minnow and Gulp being bait of the day.”

Offshore Captain Jeff Warford had two good trips out at the edge. He said, “The fall bite is here!” One trip he got two allisons and a swordfish. He shared, “Two sickles came steaming across the spread all light up and crushed the baits. It was one of the best feeds I’ve witnessed.” The next trip out they caught seven large yellowfins (not allisons). He said, “Extra large yellowfin tuna blowing small mackerels out of the water right off the transom. There’s nothing better than hand feeding these hammers!”

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Fun and rewarding action!!

Hi Folks,Presently the back bay and near shore waters are brimming with bait such as bunker, mullet, spearing, bay anchovies and a vast array of juvenile of other species! This will surely keep any newly arriving migrating species on hand for extended stays before continuing their southern sojourn providing excellent opportunities for anglers everywhere. 
As the summer starts to wind down I can’t help to look back at all the fun the 2019 fishing summer season has brought our anglers with tons of light tackle action with not only the usual cast of characters [ stripers, blues, fluke and weakfish]  but the fun and excitement  of every day being a surprise from any number of possibilities. Inshore saw a surprising amount of southern speedsters in the way of bonito, Spanish Mackerel, cobia, just to name a few!!
The bay is loaded with a variety of species such as  blowfish, king fish, seabass, porgies, puppy drum….. which lends itself well for both young and experienced anglers looking for non stop action.
There’s tons of action ahead between now and as we approach the Mecca of the season “The Fall Migration” . The last few years has been outstanding for sight casting to blistering speedsters such as False albacore aka Albies, aka fat alberts, aka Little tunny . I call them just flat out fun!! Combining speed, power and keen eye sight make these worthy adversaries for even the most experienced angler. This is actually one of my favorite catch and release fish to target with light spinning tackle , There’s nothing that makes your reel drag scream louder and harder than these blistering fast dragsters!!
We are once again part of the striper bonus program which allows our anglers to keep an additional striper of 24 – 27.9999″ along with larger bass. 

Don’t forget to reserve your fall fishing date[s] today!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

Captain Steve Purul

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters