Mid May is here and the classy striped bass arrived in the waters of LBI. The influx was evident the past couple of days and then this morning it was full on. Great weather and sea conditions had anglers fishing like gentlemen. The abundance of trophy size fish was outstanding and this very well might be the heaviest LBI fishing report ever! With the new 2020 NJ Striped Bass Fishing Regulations most all of these fish were released to swim another day so you can bet they are still close by. If you can… get out and fish!
Prepare for possibly the Heaviest LBI Fishing Report Ever!
Long Beach Island Land Based Fishing Report
LBI Surf Fishing Report
The beaches of Long Beach Island are open and the public are allowed to use the beaches in a responsible manner. Anglers fishing the LBI surf are catching both striped bass and bluefish as well as some other species. We have stiff southerly blow on Friday so if planning to fish the beach on Saturday be sure to bring a little extra lead. Here’s some recent catches.
If you didn’t get word yet… there’s big fish here on LBI right now! This PIG was caught this evening on a PLUG by a surfcaster. The anglers is well know however requested to remain anonymous. Let’s put it this way… this catch very well would of put him on the leader board and in the running for his third LBI Spring Surf Fishing Tournament win. But this year the tournament was cancelled due to the virus.
Pat caught this striped bass (just short of 38″) chunking bunker off the mid island surf recently.
Tim Covart sent in this photo of his 36″ striped bass catch this evening fishing the sunset golden hour. He was fishing the south end of the Island and caught the fish on a bunker chunk.
Ryan Gio has been fishing the surf a bunch recently. These tasty critters (blowfish) are and have been roaming all around the waters of Long Beach Island the past week or two.
Another blowfish report came in from Vince at Russo’s. He sent in this photo. Tell us this doesn’t make your mouth water.
Another surf side striped bass catch was reported by Michael Nguyen. He was chunking the night shift and got a healthy one.
Jack Ammermann sent us a fishing report message. “I fished the south end surf with bunker chunks and got this 31″ striped bass (photo above). Ended up going to the bayside and caught/released a keeper size striped bass off the dock.”
LBI Bayside Fishing Report
The bay had striped bass, bluefish, bloewfish and blackdrum to offer. Anglers are catching fishing both day and night.
Grey Colston fishes every chance he gets and has been dialed in with the schoolie bass all spring. Recently he says the cocktail blues have invaded. “I caught a bunch of blues last night while fishing for schoolies. Nothing big yet but they are thick. I’m starting to see some bigger fish and also there’s a good amount of bunker around.”
Mike Lombardi sent in a report, “Cocktail blues in my lagoon.”
More reports of active fluke. They are here in good numbers so opening day should kick off on a high note. Austin pounds and his buddy Giovanni reported that caught and released a bunch of fluke today.
So far the report has been solid but this is where the weight really packs on which might make it possibly the Heaviest LBI Fishing Report Ever!
Central Jersey Inshore Fishing Report
The classy striped bass are here! We first reported a larger class of striped bass on May 8th and then followed it up with a great post on the 12th. If you did not see these reports please scroll down and check ’em out. Today May 14th was a flawless morning weather wise and the fishing was awesome for a number of anglers. The great morning bite showed POSITIVELY there’s no denying the big girls are here!
The reports flooded in all with a similar theme, Barnegat Light to Manasquan has quality striped bass. Seemed like the main focus was the northern end of IBSP and the Seaside ares. These fish were eating spoons and mojos. Right now bunker spoons and mojo trolling lures are the two best options since the fish are somewhat spread out. Other approaches will become more productive once more striped bass arrive, stage up in the area and get tight on bait.
Striped Bass Reports From The Boats
The first report of the day came in from Randy Townsend at 6:30 am. “Dad (Ed) and I went out to enjoy his birthday on the water fishing. Almost right away got two knock downs. Ed caught this monster (photo below), his first 50 pound striped bass. It pulled the scale to 52 pounds. Super stoked on an awesome morning, birthday and catch!”
Josh Severs was out on the water with his fiancé Falon Wolf this morning. They were trolling the waters off of IBSP and caught a big bass, over 50 pounds, on a green bunker spoon. It was quickly photographed and released.
Dan D. was out fishing aboard the Morning Wood with Cole Cronin. They found the fish early in the morning and had a blast catching and releasing quality size striped bass on Magictail Mojos. The photo below is one of a few big bass they caught.
Alex Katsianis geared up pre-season with a solid spread of striped bass trolling tackle. He got out fishing today and let us know… “The new gear is great! Thanks again. We caught and released this striped bass off of IBSP today.”
Got word some big tuna were caught about 50 miles out of Barnegat Inlet today. They are moving through. Let’s hope they stage up and hang out for awhile. One fish was 96″ and the other was in the 80″ range.
NJ Black Sea bass Season opens tomorrow Friday May 15, 2020
10 fish at 12.5″
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