LBI Fishing Report Update May 12, 2020

Things are moving in the right direction! More positive reports and fair weather on the forecast; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday. It’s time to fish! Hope everyone can get out and enjoy some time on the water. Gotta be on it if you want to score.

LBI Fishing Report

The waters of LBI are producing bigger fish as of late. Today was the first day we hard numerous reports of bigger fish. We also had our first surf side weigh in. Expect the next three weeks to be prime time big bass fishing.

Kevin M. caught this 19.98 pound striped bass from the LBI surf on May 12 at about 11am. He was chunking bunker.

Fish Heads Team Staffer Kevin stopped in with a 19.98 pound striped bass. He caught it at about 11am chunking bunker off of the surf. Kevin reported, “This is my first decent bass off of the beach.” A couple other reports came in from the beaches of LBI today. Bayside Dave reported his friend caught a 38″ striper on the mid-island surf about noon time on bunker. Ryan Gio reported a schoolie bass on the surf on clam.

Mike Green went out fishing solo out of Barnegat Inlet this morning and shared a kick ass report with us. “I’m not making but had a couple good bites. Missed a 50 by a few ounces at 49 and change. Also released a 41# and a 38# bass. Taking photos with a self timer isn’t easy!”

Mike Green knows how to find big fish! Here's a large striped bass that he caught and released that was just shy of 50 pounds.

The cocktail bluefish prevail. Larger ones are showing but not yet plentiful. Black drum action continues on clam in the bay. Blowfish are still showing in good numbers in both the bay and surf. Anyone fishing clams for bass and getting small taps or consistently loosing clam baits… sScale down your hook size on one rod and give it a try. You might be shocked at how many blowfish and kingfish are cruising the suds.

Did you hear?

Al McReynolds passes away. For those who don’t know, Al caught the world record striped bass back on Sept 21, 1982 from a jetty in Atlantic City 78.8 IGFA record. It still stands today as the NJ State record and the IFGA 20# class world record. What was special about this catch is that it was a hard core surf casting catch. Jetty fishing in rough weather with lures is tops! Northing against boat or live bait fishing but this catch was remarkable in so many ways. It stood for 29 years and was finally beat by Greg Myerson 81.88 pound striped bass that was caught in August 2011.


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 (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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