Here’s the Fish Head Friday Fishing Report Update for May 14, 2021. The Long Beach Island area has offered great fishing this past week and the weekend is looking like a good one. Quality striped bass are being caught on the beach and boat. Get out there and enjoy the great spring fishing!
Angler in the title page thumbnail above is Paul Sowney with an awesome striped bass he caught off of the LBI surf on a lure Thursday (5/13/21) evening.
We will be running Open Boat this Thursday afternoon, May 13, Noon to 6 PM, for Stripers and Blues. The plan is to fish the bay and/or the ocean depending on conditions and what’s happening. If it’s nice outside the inlet, we could go look for bunker pods along the beach or put the trolling rods out depending on what you guys want to do. We could cast lures at the inlet jetty. I will have a pail of shucked and salted surf clams to try anchoring up in my favorite spot of Oyster Creek Channel. We could try casting the channel edges for schoolie stripers in the bay. There are a lot of options and we can try any combination of them. 4 people max, $175 person, all fish are shared.
Pic: Dave Thompson and his son Baxter with Baxter’s 26 inch striper he took on a topwater in the bay Saturday.
May is off to a great start and it’s only getting better. There’s bass, blues and bluefin as well as much more. Here’s the LBI Fishing Report Update on Mother’s Day May 9, 2021.
Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks you to all the great mothers in the world.
Striped Bass On The Move
This week a new showing of striped bass was welcomed by beach and boat anglers. Number reports of bass over 40″ tells without a doubt the first wave of migrating fish is in our area now!
Early this week the surf had a slow but steady pick of bass but as the weekend arrived so did a nice wave of striped bass. Anglers are fishing a variety of baits but it seems those fishing clams are most successful. We expect this to soon switch over to the spring time favorite, BUNKER! This is only the start so hopefully it’s just a hint at what the spring’s surf fishing on LBI will be all about!
Store Staffer Paulie, fishing the Northern LBI Surf was able to pick up this 42” bass (photo above) on Fish Head’s Clams on Friday. As of yesterday we had many more reports of keeper fish. Customer Paul Lindsey reported many keeper fish yesterday but kept his one 29.5 inch fish for the table. It seems that if you want in on the action now is the time to get down here and make it happen.
Also on the surf… Reports of blues, fluke and kingfish.
Boating Big Bass
The cows came hone today and showed their stripes and bucket mouths! Randy Townsend and Evan Toal fished outside Barnegat Inlet this morning and were quickly covered up on the troll. Evan’s first ever bass wasn’t one but two, a double header on a Magictail Mojo tandem rig while the other rod was hooked up too. They caught and released four bass, all overs.
Black Drum Fishing
To make this week even more interesting some good size Black Drum showed their faces. Store Staffer Frezza smoked a nice one on clams fishing the prime tide in the bay (LBI’s south end).
We heard a handful of other black drum reports too from both in the bay and on the surf. One black drum report from this weekend came from Wei Phin Tan. he stopped in the shop and got some fresh clams on his way to the surf. He reported back, “Got a nice 30″ drum on the surf!”
Bluefin Big Game
For big game crews, if you didn’t get the word… there’s big tuna here right now and they aren’t too far away! Gear up and get out on the hunt. We just got our Baitmaster’s Ballyhoo delivery this past week so we are fully stocked up on premium offshore baits.
Nick Deg is now working aboard the Mushin Sportfishing as a mate. He shared this report as well as a chunk of fresh bluefin tuna. “Yesterday’s Mushin crew trip with Capt Alan, Darryl, Jon and I was a good one! We got the right bite and it took about 45 mins on the Shimano Tiagra 130 Fish was 102″ and weighed in at 582#”
There’s striped bass, bluefish, black drum, weakfish, kingfish and fluke in the local waters of Long Beach Island. The bay, inlet and surf are all good to
In recent days the surf reports have become more consistent. Having almost 200 anglers fishing the American Angler Surf Fishing Tournament on Sunday helped out for sure! The tournament was help on the mid-island surf on the Long Beach Township beaches.
Anglers caught 10+ kingfish, short striped bass and a quality 40″ striper. Surprisingly no bluefish because Saturday there were numerous bluefish report.
Boli Mamm caught the 40″ bass and the largest kingfish at 11.5″… he was clearly dialed in and in the right spot! The bass was “over” so it didn’t score however, his 11.5″ king earned Top Over All.
A 10″ blowfish was also caught. All of this kingfish and blowfish talk has us thinking summer is getting closer. But until then we have some awesome fishing to enjoy here on LBI.
Carl from the American Anglers reported, “The first annual tournament was a success. There wasn’t epic fishing but the conditions were goof and some fish were caught. It was great for everyone to get out and enjoy the LBI surf while fishing on a sunny west wind day.” Be on the look out for next year’s event!