Today was a good one weather wise. Here’s a quick look at the mid Island beach late morning. You’ll see a small mid-long period swell in the 2-3′ range from Tropical Storm Omar. It’s clean with a light north west breeze.
Hope you got outdoors and enjoyed. If not this weekend is shaping up to be nice. Get out and fish!
Fishing The LBI Surf
On the beaches of LBI anglers are catching fluke, kingfish, bluefish and some other summertime critters (sharks and rays).
The past couple of days Steve George from Night Strikes Surfcasting Guide has got fluke working the suds.
Kingfish are also being caught by anglers fishing bait and weight. Here’s a popular kingfish rig and a very convenient bait if live bloodworms is not your thing… Dynabait Freeze Dried Bloodworms. The kingfish action is not as hot as it was a few weeks ago but they are around. The kings should stick around for at least a few more weeks.
The Jetty Jockeys were in the shop today and shared it was a “righteous morning on the surf! We caught a massive butterfly ray. It took a bunker chunk.”
Fishing The North End’s Jetty
Right now tog, triggerfish and sheepshead are present as well as fluke, bluefish and striped bass.
Fishing The LBI Bay
The fishing musician Rick from Ship Bottom has been fishing and catching on the bayside. He shared the good word, “I’m nailing them on the bayside. A 1/2oz jig head with a 5″ fork tail softbait. Two days in a row with a number of weakfish. The biggest so far was 25″. There is a ton of bait around so they are eating good.”
Lotta snapper blues as well as a few blowfish reported from anglers fishing bayside street end and docks.
Both spearing and peanut bunker are around. Soon the mullet will start moving.
Big Game Fishing
Both yellowfin and bluefin continue. Yellowfin are still stacked up about 70 off and the big bluefin tuna have not moved from the area, in close off of Monmouth County.
Earlier in the week Paul D’Aloia was out with friends. He reported the sea was ugly but yellowfin tuna fishing was good. They got ’em about 70 miles off. More recently (today) Brian Wynn and friends were out aboard the Jersey Nuts. Brian reported, “My first tuna fishing experience was awesome. We caught a bunch of yellowfin and had a great day.”
Newsworthy NJ Catches
Here’s a couple remarkable catches…
A big Cobia caught by Johnny Kostick fishing the waters off Monmouth County!
A Jersey barracuda caught by Kevin Griffin.
Team Fish Head News
Store staffer Gray just returned back from a trip to Bermuda. He said it was an awesome time full of great fishing for a variety of species. “I really wanted to get a bonefish and I caught one. We literally filled the boat one day offshore bluewater fishing. The captain made us keep everything since they sell it at the dock. I was a meat mongers for a day.”
Just A Heads Up
The Holgate Section of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is open. The gates opened on schedule, Sept 1st.
The NJ Black Sea Bass Fishing Season is closed. It ended on August 31. The Sea Bass Season will reopen from October 8 to October 31 with a 10 fish bag (minimum size 12.5″).
NJ Fluke Fishing Close on September 19th.