Updated May 28, 2020
Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend! The wind kept most inside but today (Tuesday) offered up lighter winds with much better sea conditions. On the final stretch of May and fishing on all fronts is strong. Anglers are producing good catches inshore, offshore and from shore.
Land Based Fishing LBI
Land based anglers fishing LBI have good offerings in the surf, bay and inlet. The primary target species are fluke, striped bass and bluefish.
Striped Bass & Bluefish On The LBI Surf
Consistent reports from surf anglers catching on bait, both bunker and clam. Jamie Gramley stopped by the shop today for baits. He reported, “Every trip out this spring I’m into fish, but I can’t seem to get a good one. Every catch is under 28″ size.”
There are some big bass swimming in the surf too. We have didn’t hear of any 40″ range caught in the past couple days but we are expecting to hear some SOON! Make sure it’s you making the report!!!
Jacob Rice sent in a thank you via message, “Thanks for the new Tsunami Rod. I broke it in good last night!” Below is the photo he included!
UPDATE 5/28/20 – “no 40″ range caught but we are expecting SOON! Make sure it’s you making the report!!!” It happened…
Last night (5/27) was the big fish night we’ve been waiting for! The O’Connell crew got into them chunking bunker on the LBI surf. All fish were over 38″ so they were released. Father Greg O’Connell and sons Dylan, Ryan and Brayden were all into quality striped bass.
This wasn’t the only report. We heard of a few other fish too. Store staffer Steve released a big bass that went for a bunker chunk last night on 5/28.
Fluke On The LBI Surf
The Long Beach Island surf is producing good number of fluke. An LBI surf rat (requested to remain anonymous) reported a solid morning surf fluke fishing this morning (Tuesday). “I got a 23″ fish for the dinner table.” Another surf report came from Mike Ninii and Jared Grady. They are catching too.
Coming out of the late May new moon and transitioning into June. Striped bass fishing prime time here on the Central Jersey Shore. Anglers are trolling and live bait fishing to catch classy striped bass. We expect fishing to be good into June.
In The Bay
The bays of Long Beach Island have a lot to offer in late May. The star is by far fluke, but bluefish, striped bass, blowfish, weakfish and black drum are on offer. For fluke the outgoing tides warmer temperature is the best for consistent action. Bluefish seem to be showing in a hit and run fashion but more consistent bites with larger fish are turning on later in the later day in the shallows. For black drum look to the southern bay with clam.
Recently some larger blues are showing. James Kuhl got some bigger ones recently.
Store staffer Jordan fished the bay on Tuesday afternoon and reported, “The weakfish are around! Got a couple. Also had good action with bluefish and fluke. Boxed up some nice fluke today (below).”
Jim Baily from Ship Bottom caught this fluke in Double Creek over the weekend fishing the mid day tide. Photo below.
Store staffer Steve-o reported the mid-island bay is producing good numbers of fluke. “I’m catching on both the morning and afternoon tide. Fluke (mostly shorts but there’s keepers), bluefish up to three pounds and blowfish. As always for me the chartreuse and white bucktail with a live minnow was the best for me today.”
Offshore Fishing Report
This is when tuna and shark fishing kicks into high gear. Are you ready?
Chuck Snyder posted a recent report, “Great day on the water with our first trip offshore. Fishing about 77 miles off we caught 7 bluefin, 3 yellowfin, lost a white marlin at the side of the boat and two skipjack.
With the good weather we expect to hear some more fishy reports from the deep.
UPDATE 5/28/20 – Captain Jeff Warford aboard the Reel Innovation out of Harvey Cedars reported, “Fun getting back to bending the rods. Limit of sea bass, 40-50 bluefin tuna and a couple of yellowfin tuna. There’s lots of life out there. We even got to jig some of these small bluefin tuna. Side tracker spreader bars caught most of the bluefin and Magictail Hoo Magic caught all of the yellowfin tuna.
Linda Lee Sportfishing Report
From May 23rd
We set sail at 4:00 am took a slow ride out threw the dense fog Saturday morning straight east out of Barnegat Inlet. Ran 60 miles before we saw some life 2 tones, tuna chicks, and shear waters. We set out the lines and kept heading east marking a lot of bait and from what the screen looked like some nice size tunas. We pounded that area hard for 2-3 hrs before making the call to run another 25 offshore after getting a heads up on some school size Bluefin being caught. Once we got to the edge we hit a 15-17 degree temperature break and the fog lifted. There was a lot of life out there humpback whales breaching, shark finning, tuna chicks, shear waters, and it smelled fishy. After trolling for 15-20 minutes working the breaks we hooked up on a Chatter Lures purple side tracker it was a 20-25lb school bluefin. Then went off a purple Joe Shute rigged ballyhoo. Purple was the color from there on landing 10 school bluefin and releasing 8 to swim another day.
If you’re looking to get in on some tuna fishing this summer give me a call 609-276-8032 to book a trip. Most of June is booked but I have July dates available through the rest of summer. All trips are weather permitting. Cost is $400 pp + tip for mate.
Capt. Ryan Horton, Linda Lee Sportfishing