LBI Fishing Report 12/28/19

The 2019 season is finishing off with a bang! Thanks to a mild and tranquil weather pattern the fishing front this past week has been strong. Here’s a fishing report update for Saturday Evening December 28, 2019.

Tog Fishing

On the boat, the Tog fishing is arguably the best it has been all year. Lots of double-digit sized blackfish are coming over the rail and it seems to only be getting better the past two weeks. Magictail Tog Jigs continue to outperform being one of the most effective big fish approaches responsible for remarkable catches. From winning a number of tournaments to putting daily double digit blackfish on the deck these tog jigs are the real deal! Recently shop regular Chris O’Brien got a 16# male tog fishing with Captain Steve Moran of White Crab Charters.

Captain Mike Kelly of On Point Charters has been on the white chins all season and really dialed in recently. He had 4 fish over 10lbs since Monday with countless 4-8lb roasters. It’s prime time for big fish now! So if you are looking to break your personal best, now is the time! Stop by Fish Heads and gear up with the right equipment and go wreck hunting!

Here’s store staffer Frezza with a recent large catch that fell for a Magictail Tog Jig.

Fish Head Ambassador Matt “Swagmattic” has been out on the water just about everyday this past week. He knows that the brutal winter could set in soon so he’s getting every hour of fishing in he can. He reported, “The fishing has been very. I’m catching a lot of tog with some good size ones!”

Here’s a recent photo of Matt with a double double from a recent trip.

Today (Saturday) Matt reported, “(We had) Slow fishing today. We put our time in and made some moves. Ended up working for them and put together a respectable catch. Four guys, fifteen fish, two 8’s and a 12# so it wasn’t a bad day. But it was much slower compare to the last couple of days. I’m looking forward to fishing tomorrow before this weather comes.”

The weather he's referring to is an area of low pressure that's expected to develop offshore of us, giving rain, blowing ENE winds and swell. It clears out Tuesday with offshore winds, becoming more breezy Wednesday. Thursday look looks like the first day to get in the first fishing of 2020.

Sea Bass Fishing

Deep water sea bass fishing offshore is and has been very productive. The light winds and fair seas as of late offered prime opportunities for anglers even in small boats to get out to the Edge. Most are running 60-80 miles where anglers are fishing hot jig bites with knuckle head sea bass in the 4-7# range. Over the rail and into the pale drop and reel fishing is reported by most all going. Also in the mix… nice sized Haddock, Pollack, Cod, and even Weakfish.

Striped Bass Fishing

School-sized striped bass are still running the beaches. The same deadly late season approach is doing the trick… metal and soft plastic sand eel imitations. Jeff Shapiro stopped in the shop today (Saturday) and reported catching over a dozen bass in the 16-22″ range on the North End surf.

Another surf report came in from Rob Swift, “Got a 22″bass on the south end surf at dusk fishing a green teaser.”

We only got one report from bassin’ on the boat. Professor Fish Head Dave Werner reported, “The flattest ocean but so dead. Ran all over and couldn’t find a bass. We should of went tog fishing!”


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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