LBI Fishing Report 5/18/21

Mid-May is a great time for fishing Long Beach Island and the local central NJ waters. Whether inshore, offshore or from shore right now offers arguably the year’s best fishing opportunities. Below is a morning fishing report video from yesterday May 17 and then it’s followed up by a quick fishing report below. To All… Good Luck Fishing!

Striped Bass

It’s prime time spring bassin’ on LBI. This year the bass fish showed up a little earlier and surf anglers have scored. I’ll go out there and say it… so far this spring on LBI has been one of the better if not the best run we’ve seen in a handful of years. As more post spawn striped bass migrate into and through our waters the already lit stage will pop off!

Tucker Blanchard got a bag of live surf clams and hit the LBI surf Saturday. He stopped back in not long after and re-upped with more clams and shared this photo of a 48" bucket mouth.
Tucker Blanchard got a bag of live surf clams and hit the LBI surf Saturday. He stopped back in not long after and re-upped with more clams and shared this photo of a 48″ bucket mouth.

Expect solid fishing from here through June’s new moon (6/9/21) and then things will taper off fast especially if the water stays warm. Some years we get upwelling events that keep the big bass until 4th of July. Once that wave moves through it’s all about the residence bass population which are a special treat to us on LBI! They really showed early this season in a strong way.

Bluefish

So far the blues haven’t showed in the number that everyone would have liked but there have been some yellow eye flurries. A couple gators were caught in the Barnegat Bay. Many more however smaller blues in the cocktail size (1-2#) are frequenting the Barnegat Inlet.

Eli Haegele reported two days in a row catching some small toothy ones fishing the rocks on the north end. Here’s three he kept of the 20 he caught.

Eli Haegele reported two days in a row catching some small toothy ones fishing the rocks on the north end. Here's three he kept of the 20 he caught.

Black Drum

Black Drum were caught in recent days in the bay and surf but boat and land based anglers.

Dan Fredirico caught this black drum and a striped bass fishing the LBI surf with clam this past weekend.
Dan Fredirico caught this black drum and a striped bass fishing the LBI surf with clam this past weekend.
Brian Leary caught this black drum fishing the bay with clam.
Brian Leary caught this black drum fishing the bay with clam.

Weakfish

They are here. Hopefully is matches up to last years run which was a big improvement from what we have seen over the past five or so years.

Tony Spimna reported, "Here's a couple of fish my son caught on fishing the bay."
Tony Spimna reported, “Here’s a couple of fish my son caught on fishing the bay.”

Summer Flounder

Very good showing of fluke pre-season! Their abundance in the surf, inlet and bay is telling that opening day May 22 and the beginning stretch will be strong!

Here Fish Heads Team member Jared with a beautiful fluke he caught and released this weekend.
Here Fish Heads Team member Jared with a beautiful fluke he caught and released this weekend.

Black Sea Bass

Bottom fishing – Wreck fishing for black sea bass is a fun especially jigging. Lots of boats have been out since opening day May 15th with good catch reports to share. Get out there while the weather and fishing is good!

I’ve found that the slender sand eel jigs have been best for me in terms of the jig game. I went out Sunday and we jigged up a bunch. We opted to leave the clam and home and it paid off.

Here's 9 year old Quinn with one of many black bass he caught jigging aboard Fish Head Charters with Captain Greg. Quinn also caught a nice striped bass on a bucktail.
Here’s 9 year old Quinn with one of many black bass he caught jigging aboard Fish Head Charters with Captain Greg. Quinn also caught a nice striped bass on a bucktail.

If you are looking for clams we are doing our best to keep a stock in all spring for black bass, rock bass and drum.

Live surf clams are a great bait in the spring when targeting striped bass, black drum and sea bass.
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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 FishingLBI.com (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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