LBI Fishing Report 9/22/22

First Day of Fall Is Here! Personally my favorite time of year. With great weather, warm water, less crowded beaches and waterways topped off with great fishing opportunities (great surfing too) how can you not love early Fall? At the time of this post we have incoming long period swell from Hurricane Fiona which will be very powerful. It looks to peak Friday afternoon in the 6-10′ range. There will be windy NNW wind. This combo will make surf fishing difficult on Friday. The eastern section of Barnegat Inlet’s jetty could be treacherous! It should settle down significantly Saturday leaving as a beautiful yet chilly start to the day, low of 49º to start off the morning.

The bait really starts moving (mullet, peanut bunker, bay anchovies, sand eels, etc) and in the past week that has been very apparent. We’ve received some great videos and photos from customer capturing the bait and feeding frenzies. For some great photos check out our recent post on Instagram sharing Stay Above The Weather’s photographs of bait and active albies. In my most recent video report update (link below) I shared video from Neill McKenna. This past week we have received a couple deliveries of fresh surf caught mullet so the mullet run is progressing. We also got a report today from Bobby Capri, “There’s thousands of mullet but I did’t bring my cast net.” He did however get into great bass fishing plugging!

Fluke, small blues and a couple bass are in the surf. Remember NJ Fluke Fishing Season ends on 27th. Kingfish are on the suds too. Anglers at times also have a shot at albies.

Barnegat Inlet Jetty offers great fishing at this stage in the year. Tog, triggers and sheepshead as well as fluke, blues, striped bass. Yup a couple; drum too. In the bay there’s blowfish, weakfish, striped bass blues.

Jason Houck shared, “Thanks for the awesome reports. Stocked up this weekend and got in on some good fluke fishing off the beach on the north end and that epic bluefish blitz. That lasted a solid 2 hours on the north end and you could catch them at will for almost 4 hours.” Another report came in from XYZ.

Here’s my most recent video report…

Last weekend (9/18) was the America Anglers LBI Fishing Tournament. Here’s the abbreviated results… 36 teams and 20 individual anglers, 248 total anglers. Only 31 fish caught, the majority were bluefish with some kingfish and fluke peppered in.

ResultsTeam NameTotal # Fish PointsTotal # of Fish
1st PlaceOCFC Blue100.507
2nd PlaceMFC C54.253
3rd PlaceLBIFC A30.752
4th PlaceThe Bobbers30.002
5th PlaceSurf and Land B25.752
6th PlaceThe Squad19.001
7th PlaceSalty Sand Sharks18.751
8th PlaceTeam Speranza18.251
9th PlaceTop Notch18.251
10th PlaceOcean County Boys18.001

Largest Fish MEN

ResultsAngler’s NameTeamSpeciesPoints(Length) Girth
1st PlaceJeff BajackMFC CF. Albacore23.50
2nd PlaceJoja CruzThe SquadOther19.00
3rd PlaceAndrew BassoSalty Sand SharksBluefish18.75

Largest Fish WOMEN

ResultsAngler’s NameTeamSpeciesPoints(Length) Girth
1st PlaceKatie BaileyThe BobbersBluefish18.00
2nd PlaceSharon ZolaWSFC RedBluefish13.50
3rd PlaceHeather GoldnerWSFC BlueBluefish12.00

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 (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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