LBI’s Thanksgiving Fishing Report

The waters of Long Beach Island are full of great fishing. From striped bass to tautog there’s spectacular fishing going down! Here’s LBI’s Thanksgiving Fishing Report for the evening of Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Striped Bass Fishing

Recent days were lights out fishing for most! Great reports from both boat and land based angler show there’s a large body of striped bass parked in our local waters. With the abundance of bait and water in the range of 48-50 degrees we expect good fishing right into December.

It’s been a top water spectacular with light winds the past few days. Anglers fishing sand eel imitations are fooling linesiders most productively.

LBI surf anglers are having a blast doing the same. Sunrise and sunset are best times to target; however some good late morning and afternoon bites went down. At times distance very important so metals are standouts. Be sure to fish a teaser!

Tautog Fishing

The bottom fish bulldogs continue to chew! Theses thick, muscular bruisers are a ton of fun and the big ones will test your tackle.

All reports from customer are very good with regards to quantity and quality. Lots of boat limit reports. We hope everyone gets in on the great fishing before it’s brutally cold. But also!!!! Please fish responsibly as tog are slow growing and we can not let our recreation pressures gash the stock like we did the striped bass. This is too good to screw up. Do your part!  Have fun catching. Keep a couple when the time is right and safely release the others.

Fish Head Charters

Tuesday – I fished with Fish Head Ambassador Swagmattic and store staffer Max. We got out early to hunt down tog. Our first stop produced a good consistent bite with a nice size range but nothing big. The largest was 5-6 pound range, but there was a number of them. After putting in a few hours then moved around. We found another good bite where some health fish were hiding. We caught some and lost one big one that was in a class al of it’s own. They don’t get that big for a reason!

Wednesday – I was up early and figured I had to go take advantage of the tranquil morning before the southerly blow. I’m so happy I did! I headed out solo for a dawn patrol with just a couple fly rods in hand. It turns out to be a day among days. Definitely by best fly fishing bite of the fall (since albies were all that this year this day really stands out). Lots of schoolie bass rolling on sand eels. I managed to push away from the fleet and found single bunker being played on by bigger bass in the 20-30# class range however I couldn’t get them to take even my biggest bunker flied. I must have had 10 follows right to the boat but none committed. I would of been much earlier to have an extra hand but it added to the mayhem and fun.

Give Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I’d like to take this time to thank all of our readers. Thank you for following our blog posts. We hope you enjoy and find the information valuable.

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Author: FishHead.Greg

A Long Beach Island native with life long experience fishing and navigating the local waters, Greg is a distinguished Master Captain (the highest qualified operator license), holding a US Coast Guard Masters 50T Near Coastal License with Towing Endorsement. Raised in and now managing his family's bait and tackle business, Fishermans Headquarters (Since 1962, The Saltwater Fishing Bait & Tackle Experts) Greg is daily immersed in fishing. He is the Chief Contributor of FishingLBI.com (Long Beach Island's best fishing report blog) as well as the Admin for the shop's social media pages (on Instagram and Facebook). Be sure to follow!

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