The past two days (Thursday/Friday) were on fire with all day long striped bass action! Hopefully you got in on it because today (Saturday), Sunday and Monday are blown out. These days will be great for getting gear back in order. The westerlies swing back Tuesday and stick around throughout the work week. Be ready for the fish frenzies as West Is Best!
As per our previous report update (11/13/19) the influx of small striped bass is real, “Recently a smaller class of striped bass have filtered in.” Their abundance is good offering tons of fishing fun. “Not saying the big fish are gone.” A few large linger. One really big one was just caught by Captain Vinny Vetere. He got a fish of a lifetime… 55″ monster 67.55# striped bass on a bunker spoon trolling the waters of Northern Jersey.
Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Report
Small striped bass from 20-30″ range made a strong showing this week. They are cruising the suds and anglers are catching both day and night. Right now they are best targeting them with slender profile sand eel lookalikes; AVA Diamond Jigs, Daiwa SP Minnows Lures, Hogy Epoxy Jigs & Sand Eels and soft baits like Tsunami Sand Eels, Lunker City Sluggos and Ronz Softbaits
Rob Vallone and his buddy Andy found fish on the beach on Friday. Rob reported, “We worked the bars with metal and a teaser, each catching a number of fish up to 27 inches.”
William Clark weighed in a 10# striped bass for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic. He caught it off of the mid island surf on an artificial.
When the wind is in your face the fish are at your feet. We are expecting some fish on the beach during the next few days; however a Saturday morning report came in from Mike Cucinotta, “Can’t say I didn’t try. 12 oz would not hold more than five minutes.” While those looking for classy fish are soaking bunker, it’s our suggestion to leave the bait rods at home. For one the dog fish this year are relentless and two, the fish are keyed in on sand eels. Match the hatch!
Today is the day, the New Jersey Recreational Tautog aka Blackfish limit bumps up today to five fish, still at 15″.
The tautog action continues on red hot! With the reg relaxing the next weather window will be when the real slaughter begins. Please remember these are slow growing species. Fish responsibly!
Now’s the time to gear up to be ready for your next trip. We currently have live crabs; both green crabs and “white legger” stone crabs. Stop in as soon as possible if you want them. First come first serve.
Store staffer Frezza got his first double digit white chin on Friday. He’s been hunting for one and just got an 11.4 pounder while fishing aboard the “No Moores”. It’s been a great week for the boys aboard the “No Moores” with lots of quality size fish and more than a handful of Double D’s. Magictail game changer tog jigs continue to out producing. Change your game with these proved big tog tamers! Magictail Tog Jigs
Captain Jeff aboard the Reel Innovation reported a fun past couple of days. “We did one last trip to the sword grounds on Thursday with high hopes of 64-65 degree water still on the bank. Unfortunately it seems as though the bigger fish have migrated past our area.”
“Flag Pole” Jim Kuhl reported, “Awesome day on the water with my boys! Got a pre Thanksgiving butterball!”
Fish Head Charters
Had a Blast with the schoolies the past two days. Here on Long Beach Island it’s light tackle striped bass fishing at it’s finest!
I’d have to say targeting this current mass of fish trolling with heavy gear is a sin! But to each is own. For me fishing is about the fun and the challenge. Right now this body of fish keyed in on sand eels is super fun and super challenging with a light tackle lure approach. Take it one step further pull out the long rod and a fly! If you want to jump aboard and enjoy a day on the water give me a call. Depending on the day we could be blind casting and jigging. We could be sight casting to slurping fish on top!
FishHeadLBI.com Captain Greg Cudnik – Parker 21SE – Call/Text: 16093899963
Reel Innovation Sportfishing – Inshore Fishing Report
Lots of action! Jigging, casting or trolling the fall run is in full swing. Yesterday we went out trolling for the last few ours of daylight and we’re rewarded with non-stop action. Doubles and even triple striped bass on the same rig. There’s plenty of bigger fish are still around if you put the time in. The abundance of smaller bass is great and are a lot of fun on light tackle.
If you are looking to get out fishing this season, now is a great time to go! Bring the kids along and enjoy this awesome fishery. Call to schedule your trip. We have Tuesday and Wednesday available this week.
~ Captain Jeff Warford Cell: 609-377-9136 F/V 27’ Worldcat