Spring was on the mind today! What a beautiful sunny day with a high of 62 degrees. That forecast sounds more like a spring day and it felt that way on the beach. Thanks to a strong sou’wester, I enjoyed the south swell that was pumping on the Ship Bottom beach today.
While walking the beach (up current) I talked to a couple surf anglers, but notta. With the mild ocean temp and abundance of birds roaming I’m confident there’s linesiders roaming the surf.
Just a heads up… the ocean/surf is open to fishing; however the inlets, back bays and rivers are close. With the striped bass stocks in need of help, please know the law and respect the species. Right now there’s basically two fisheries… tautog and white perch.
Tog Fishing Report
NJ Tautog Fishing Season is open Jan1 to Feb 29th, 15″ 4 fish creel.
Store staffer Blake was out this week (a couple days ago) aboard the No Moores. He reported some a savage bites on the ever so deadlyMagictail Tog Jigs.
Blake landed a monster, his new personal best 14 pounds, on a 1.5oz jig! Word is Dave will be keeping his boat in the water cause the fishing and weather is good. We are looking forward to more solid reports from the crew. Dave and the boat has had a killer 2019 and their 2020 is off to a great start!
Dante at Magictails was into good fishing recently aboard the No Limit down Delaware. He said the hogs were hammering, “Seven biggins from 10-18.5 pounds!!!!”
White Perch Fishing Report
So far this year, white perch fishing has been good. We got a few reports from local angler Gary Adair. A few days back “I caught a quick 70 perch for a fish fry. It was fun fishing because it bring me back to my childhood.”
Store staffer Frezza and Jay are finishing up a strike mission down in the sunshine state and they reported fishing has been good all week. Frezza said, “We have mangrove snapper at our dock along with pinfish (catching for bait). We hunted down some sheepshead and got them up to 20″. Looking for redfish but only found a couple. Lots of speckled trout at the mangroves! In total we caught 11 different species and had a blast doing so. We are already planning our next trip back.”
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Kicking off the new year, serious anglers are taking advantage of the mild temperatures. The weather has been surprisingly warm but it isn’t going to stay that way all winter so get out and enjoy! Here’s our first fishing report for 2020.
Striped Bass Still On The Surf
Recently reports from anglers fishing the suds in the fog this weekend were good. A couple reports from the longtime legends of surfcasting who are still hitting it hard even though it’s January. Shell E. fished with his son and reported, “Caught 9 between the two of us.”
Another report came in from DJ Muller who shared, “Still having fun! All fat and health bass juiced up on the beach. Two were almost keepers.” He caught them on rubber paddle tails.
Inshore Tautog Fishing Off LBI
The tog fishing in 2020 picked up right where it left off at the end of the year. Fishing has been very good for most anglers.
Very good fishing reported today reported by Swagmattic. Matt shared, “Three guys today with over 30 keepers up to 12lbs. We had a number in the 6-8 pound range.”
NJ Saltwater Tog Fishing Regulations For 2020 – Currently 4 Fish Bag Limit January 1 – February 29 (it’s a leap year). Then it’s closed for all of March and reopens April 1st.
NJ Sea Bass Fishing Regulations For 2020 – Currently Black Sea Bass is closed until spring.
The 2019 season is finishing off with a bang! Thanks to a mild and tranquil weather pattern the fishing front this past week has been strong. Here’s a fishing report update for Saturday Evening December 28, 2019.
On the boat, the Tog fishing is arguably the best it has been all year. Lots of double-digit sized blackfish are coming over the rail and it seems to only be getting better the past two weeks. Magictail Tog Jigs continue to outperform being one of the most effective big fish approaches responsible for remarkable catches. From winning a number of tournaments to putting daily double digit blackfish on the deck these tog jigs are the real deal! Recently shop regular Chris O’Brien got a 16# male tog fishing with Captain Steve Moran of White Crab Charters.
Captain Mike Kelly of On Point Charters has been on the white chins all season and really dialed in recently. He had 4 fish over 10lbs since Monday with countless 4-8lb roasters. It’s prime time for big fish now! So if you are looking to break your personal best, now is the time! Stop by Fish Heads and gear up with the right equipment and go wreck hunting!
Fish Head Ambassador Matt “Swagmattic” has been out on the water just about everyday this past week. He knows that the brutal winter could set in soon so he’s getting every hour of fishing in he can. He reported, “The fishing has been very. I’m catching a lot of tog with some good size ones!”
Today (Saturday) Matt reported, “(We had) Slow fishing today. We put our time in and made some moves. Ended up working for them and put together a respectable catch. Four guys, fifteen fish, two 8’s and a 12# so it wasn’t a bad day. But it was much slower compare to the last couple of days. I’m looking forward to fishing tomorrow before this weather comes.”
The weather he's referring to is an area of low pressure that's expected to develop offshore of us, giving rain, blowing ENE winds and swell. It clears out Tuesday with offshore winds, becoming more breezy Wednesday. Thursday look looks like the first day to get in the first fishing of 2020.
Sea Bass Fishing
Deep water sea bass fishing offshore is and has been very productive. The light winds and fair seas as of late offered prime opportunities for anglers even in small boats to get out to the Edge. Most are running 60-80 miles where anglers are fishing hot jig bites with knuckle head sea bass in the 4-7# range. Over the rail and into the pale drop and reel fishing is reported by most all going. Also in the mix… nice sized Haddock, Pollack, Cod, and even Weakfish.
Striped Bass Fishing
School-sized striped bass are still running the beaches. The same deadly late season approach is doing the trick… metal and soft plastic sand eel imitations. Jeff Shapiro stopped in the shop today (Saturday) and reported catching over a dozen bass in the 16-22″ range on the North End surf.
Another surf report came in from Rob Swift, “Got a 22″bass on the south end surf at dusk fishing a green teaser.”
We only got one report from bassin’ on the boat. Professor Fish Head Dave Werner reported, “The flattest ocean but so dead. Ran all over and couldn’t find a bass. We should of went tog fishing!”
Finally we get a nice break from the brutal winds and all reports were very good fishing. The year is winding down fast but the fishing continues strong. Get out and enjoy fun fishing before the death grip of winter sets in. Here’s the Long Beach Island Fishing Report Update for Saturday December 21, 2019 the shortest day of the year.
Days are getting longer from here on out!
Striped Bass Fishing
All of the classy ones are down in Virginia entering the Chesapeake Bay. Here’s Fish Heads Ambassador Dan releasing his new personal best.
Dan reported, “It was an awesome early Christmas present! Was chasing this fish since I was a kid. Came close many times. Finally! Fish was 52-53lbs on the Boga. I can’t thank Chuck Tyman and Mike Greene enough for taking the time and showing me the ropes!”
While the big ones are was south there’s an abundance of hungry linesiders still here! Today we heard some promising reports from both beach and boat anglers.
LBI Surf Fishing Report
There’s lots of striped bass cruising the beaches of LBI. While most think it’s over, the skeleton crew (or should we call them the Eskimos) are still grinding and catching!
Bill Heade fished a few time in recent days and had this report to share. “I fished the incoming tide on Thursday 19th on the north end of LBI at first light. I caught one schoolie bass. Had four other bites, two dropped on way in and two others didn’t come tight. A metal with a teaser and a sand eels soft bait tail got all my bites. Seemed like a slow retrieve worked best. Called it quits at about 9:30am when my plug bag froze up. You know it is cold when things start freezing up. The water beads were freezing on my jacket. Shout out to Mike at Fish Heads for recommending a neoprene Stormr Jacket! Kept me warm all morning! Had a thermal and a long sleeve underneath and I was sweating. The jackets awesome and worth every penny!”
Bassin’ On The Boat
One report came in from Professor Fish Head Dave Werner who fish with the Coen brothers Jon and Brian. “We bundled up and went for a morning trip. There were a few fish off Island Beach on the jig with some birds picking. Everything was scattered.”
Another report came in from Mike Kelly… Heading in from wreck fishing we came across piles of fish right outside the Inlet. All dinks.”
The Jersey tautog season has been very good! By all accounts it’s firing on all cylinders right into 2020!
Zach Michot from Magictails was out today aboard the No Moores. “It was another good day with a four man limit of quality tautog. Magictail products doing the magic!”
Fish Head Alumni Swag has been getting out every break he can get. He shared this report, “Fished Monday on the Osprey out of Atlantic City and had a fantastic day catching with 8 keepers. Headed back out Friday but it was a different story I only had 1 blackfish all day, but other caught. I was planning on taking the day off but had a buddy ask me to head out with him. I decided to go today. You never know when the weather will turn sour and blow for an extended period of time, so I want to take advantage of the fishable days when I can. I’m glad I did! I had a double limit+ with the big fish just shy of 11 pounds.
Jared Grady did a double on the Osprey fishing Friday and Saturday. He had a great day on both trips.
Deep Water Sea Bass Fishing
Anglers are heading out to the deep hunting sea bass and getting in on drop and reel fishing. Nick Perello has been getting out and each trip is loading up! His most recent trip was was today. They limited out with all over 18″.
Earlier in the week Nick reported some big weakfish mixed in with the sea bass and porgies.
Another customer in the shop (local Manahawkin angler) fishing on the Voyager reported great fishing on his recent trips. “Lots of good sea bass jigging as well as weakfish in the 3-8# range. There’s also large bonita and some jumbo porgies. Everyone is limiting out on the boat. Some days I’m catching double and triple limits jigging. There’s lots of sand eels out there so the slender jigs are the way to go. Hands down the Nomand Streaker Jigs Are The Best!“
The weather has not been the best but fishing is surprisingly very good! Anglers are catching on the beach and in the boat. Here’s a short fishing report update for Friday the 13th, December 2019.
Juvenile striped bass continue in good numbers. Local anglers are catching matching the hatch…. think slender sand eels. Here a photo from Joe Medica “Epic night on the beach with bass and a crazy full moon!” Photo of Tyler Medica above.
It’s prime time tog fishing here! Store staffer Frezza was out Wednesday aboard the No Moores and got his personal best, 10.54# and fellow angler Johnny O got a 12.46#. Both were caught on Magcitail Tog Jigs baited with live crab. Here’s a photo of Dante from Magictails with a fat female that he caught and released this week.
Another good weekend of fishing the waters of Long Beach Island. Saturday started off sporty with stiff northerly blow but things settled down mid day and the second half was beautiful. Sunday followed it up being a flawless day. Those that got out and fished were rewarded. Small fish but don’t complain. It’s December… enjoy it while it lasts! Here’s the Long Beach Island Fishing Report Update.
On The Surf
The small bass action continues on the LBI surf offering great catch and release fun on light tackle. Finding a keeper size fish or better is a long shot but the consistent of action is awesome. Anglers fishing the same tackle as previously reported numerous time are getting it done.
Chris Masino post this photo and reported “Another Fun Night” fishing Sunday.
Sarge tagged us on a video releasing a bass on the surf Saturday. He said catch and release fishing has been fun.
Steve George shared a report on his Facebook page, “It’s been a great couple of weeks (day and night) tagging all these juvenile striped bass that have invaded the surf line. Hope they get a chance to double in size and return some migration data research to better understand these very important inshore fish. If they do the fishing can be very good again. We will See.”
LBI Surf Fishing Classic
This weekend concludes the LBI Surf Fishing Classic. Administration wise it will be wrapped up soon.
Looking back it was a slow year for quality size striped bass and there was a missing species. Not one bluefish! We know a good mass of striped bass hung around the three mile line and the deeper waters all fall. But where were the bluefish? This was not the year for bunker chunkers! The spiny dog fish ruled the suds and wreaked havoc on those soaking baits. It really shows with the top six biggest fish, none on bunker. Surfcasters shuffling their lures worked some magic and the night shift crew put together some good nights eeling. The North End of the Island was most productive early, mid and late season. As expected the largest and best fishing was late October and early November. In the end there was an influx of bass but nothing that would show for the tournament record purposes.
On The Boat
Last run of the year for Brendan Craig today. He reported, “We had doubles at sunrise. It was a good day.” Dave Werner was also out with a couple friends. He reported an “Epic December Bite” on lures.
Friday morning Tyler Wilk reported, “Fished out of BI this morning. Went north and caught shorts. Headed back south to Harvey Cedars Lump and trolled up several 25-29″ fish on umbrella rigs. Swell picked up and the bite died. ON the way in we hit a massive bird play and jigged up another keeper.”
The Miss Barnegat Light did good over the weekend but Sunday was their last trip of the year. “Lots of action! Fish lighter tackle and have a ball!”
The Ultimate Angler Experience
The First Ultimate Angler Experience went down on Saturday (12/7/19) and was a huge success. What a great group of guys! The conditions were sporty in the morning but as the day went on things settled down. For the intents and purposes, the fishing was good. Every stop/spot the tog were hungry and the first 20 minutes or so would be good. But it just wouldn’t last much longer. Fortunately the Captain kept moving and adjusting to keep us active with fish all day.
A couple anglers limited out with Crazy Fast Eddy being the high hook. Congrats to Johnny O, the big winner of the day! Not only did his big fish (right about 10 pounds) take home the pool, but he was one of the anglers who won 1 of the 7 rods and reels that were raffled off. Our wonderful and generous sponsors made it possible for everyone to win something; rods, reels, gift cards, fishing line, apparel, tackle. There were loads of giveaways!
Thanks to everyone who attended. We hope you enjoyed the whole experience. We already got some great feedback from anglers who loved the trip. We are already looking forward to the next Ultimate Angler Experience.
Huge Thanks to Swag (Matt Sorrentino) for coming up with the idea and making the event happen. Also a big thanks to Magictail’s Dante Soriente and Frank Mihalic for sharing some of the their knowledge accumulated over the years. All three of the short seminar talks (Matt, Dante, Frank) were great!
Thanks to the Captain and Crew of the Osprey NJ for hosting us. Also a special thank you to Daiwa’s Chris Shoplock and Jigging World’s Mike Kim for providing an incredible amount of products for everyone to demo on the boat. It was great sharing the rail and fishing with you guys! Also thanks to Cortland Line Co and The Fishermans Magazine!
Keep your eyes out on or social media page for some photos and video from the trip. We’ll be sharing periodically over the winter.
Great action packed weekend on the waters of Long Beach Island. The striped bass are here in full force and on the chew ahead of Sunday’s storm. Here’s the Fishing LBI Fishing Report for Sunday December 1, 2019.
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LBI Surf Fishing Report
Every year the beaches of LBI light up around the late November early December time frame. This year is no different. The past week has been the best run of fish all fall, quantity wise. Reports from the entire Island are decent however the North End’s beaches (North Beach to Barnegat Light) have been best. When all else fails… pull out a green tail AVA jig and cast it as fas as you can! It best be rigged with a teaser!!!
Here’s a couple reports from the fun action Saturday and Sunday morning before the weather.
“The school bite remans hot on the Central Jersey beaches. This morning (Sunday) stiff east winds to the face made the surf conditions ideal. There was a good early morning bite.” Dillon (@dillonl.fishing) stopped in the shop for a handful of AVA Jigs then reported back, “I caught several bass this morning on a diamond jig teaser combo.”
Shop regular Bill Heade stopped in for some teasers and chose the EZ Body Fish Head Sand Eel teasers. He reported, “Five on the teaser. Caught 15 all together. Today they were way way out! I needed to blast a 4oz AVA as hard and far as I could. It was hard to reach them.”
Blake Scholey enjoyed a “Saturday Sunset Rope Session” with bass on the beach. Blake said, “Everything was on metal. The best action was after the sun went down. All fish were in the 28″ range.”
Dogfish King Rick H. caught some bass last night on the bayside fishing soft plastics.
In The Boat
While most are pulling out or already wrapped up for the winter, there’s a select few that knows late season fishing can be the best! Whether it’s tog fishing or striped bass there’s a lot more left in the tank. We are looking forward to December fishing because there’s a lot more to go before the fat lady sings.
Congrats to Fish Head’s Ambassador Swagmattic… Saturday was the day he finally broke the ice and landed his first double digit tog. It was a long road with lots of fish just shy but he finally hung a true double digit back fish.
Are you looking to get out and fish for blackfish? Looking to learn some tog tactics from top tog anglers in a fun interactive setting? Now’s the time to jump aboard the Osprey (sails out of Atlantic City) and enjoy a day on the water fishing the Ultimate Angler Experience, learning and winning some great prizes. Ensure your spot on the trip next Saturday December 7th today… Sign Up Now!
We saw a push of slightly larger bass the past few days. Not saying a large class, just a bump up from the cookie cutter schoolies of what has been the recent run as of late.
Andrew Millz reported, “Insane fishing! Two and three on at a time on the troll. Some nicer fish on the jig too. Over 40 fish in two hours with fish up to 35 inches. All released.”
Ronnie Karchik posted had a great time. They found some bigger class of fish. Here’s a photo of his kid with one.
Here’s some reports from the Miss Barnegat Light
Sunday – “It was a little wet today but we had a good day early on with everyone getting bonus tag fish. We only had two fish over 28 inches. Lots of action with lots of fish released.”
Saturday – “Caught some today, but not what we’ve been catching. Still seeing plenty of fish on the sonar and rolling on the surface, but they weren’t easy to catch. However the fish caught today were bigger. Jig caught most of the fish today, with no color better than the next. We did have a few fish on Ron Z sand eels too.”
Friday – “Another god day of fishing. Read more than we caught but almost everyone had a fish to take home. A few late day drifts yielded some nice fish to 39 inches.
The waters of Long Beach Island are full of great fishing. From striped bass to tautog there’s spectacular fishing going down! Here’s LBI’s Thanksgiving Fishing Report for the evening of Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Striped Bass Fishing
Recent days were lights out fishing for most! Great reports from both boat and land based angler show there’s a large body of striped bass parked in our local waters. With the abundance of bait and water in the range of 48-50 degrees we expect good fishing right into December.
It’s been a top water spectacular with light winds the past few days. Anglers fishing sand eel imitations are fooling linesiders most productively.
LBI surf anglers are having a blast doing the same. Sunrise and sunset are best times to target; however some good late morning and afternoon bites went down. At times distance very important so metals are standouts. Be sure to fish a teaser!
The bottom fish bulldogs continue to chew! Theses thick, muscular bruisers are a ton of fun and the big ones will test your tackle.
All reports from customer are very good with regards to quantity and quality. Lots of boat limit reports. We hope everyone gets in on the great fishing before it’s brutally cold. But also!!!! Please fish responsibly as tog are slow growing and we can not let our recreation pressures gash the stock like we did the striped bass. This is too good to screw up. Do your part! Have fun catching. Keep a couple when the time is right and safely release the others.
Fish Head Charters
Tuesday – I fished with Fish Head Ambassador Swagmattic and store staffer Max. We got out early to hunt down tog. Our first stop produced a good consistent bite with a nice size range but nothing big. The largest was 5-6 pound range, but there was a number of them. After putting in a few hours then moved around. We found another good bite where some health fish were hiding. We caught some and lost one big one that was in a class al of it’s own. They don’t get that big for a reason!
Wednesday – I was up early and figured I had to go take advantage of the tranquil morning before the southerly blow. I’m so happy I did! I headed out solo for a dawn patrol with just a couple fly rods in hand. It turns out to be a day among days. Definitely by best fly fishing bite of the fall (since albies were all that this year this day really stands out). Lots of schoolie bass rolling on sand eels. I managed to push away from the fleet and found single bunker being played on by bigger bass in the 20-30# class range however I couldn’t get them to take even my biggest bunker flied. I must have had 10 follows right to the boat but none committed. I would of been much earlier to have an extra hand but it added to the mayhem and fun.
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This weekend was full of great fishing! Did you get out and enjoy?
Anglers working the water of Long Beach Island were rewarded with great catches. Both boat and land based anglers are consistently finding fish and having a fun time doing so. The abundance of striped bass in the local waters is promising that fishing will roll right into December.
Here’s The Fish Heads LBI Fishing Report Weekend Recap Tor Sunday November 24, 2019.
LBI Surf Fishing Report
The past few days have been good to the surf anglers fishing the beaches of LBI. Currently the LBI surf temperatures is in the 49-51 degree range.
“During the typical sand eel bite like we are seeing here in NJ you need to key in on the short limited times they are feeding to get in on the action (sunrise and sunset mostly).” Veteran surfcaster Steve George shares, “My favorite presentation fishing overnight in the dark are needlefish lures. But as you can see they are also very effective during the day.” Here’s a photo Steve tagged us in… small bass on slender lures, in this case a Super Strike Needle Fish Lure.
Tom Smith was on the beach with his son Tommy for an evening session. They landed four schoolies in less than an hour this evening on the North End surf. Tommy was stoked! Teaser and Daiwa SP Minnow was the ticket.
Miss Barnegat Light Fishing Info
Anglers aboard Saturday and Sunday were into fish. Here’s the report from the Miss BL, “Good days of fishing! On Saturday we picked at a mix of slots, shorts and a few over 28 inches. Sunday we had an awesome day. First picking then finding hungry ones. We had action for hours. There’s a good amount of fish within a short ride of the Inlet. Fishing looks goof for the foreseeable future.
Get To The Boat Early & Jump Aboard: Thanksgiving 6am-12noon, Black Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7am departures. If it’s blowing we are going because the fish are here.
Tautog Fishing LBI
Tog Fishing has been very good. Now with the regulations opened up to five fish per anglers there’s much more participation and pressure. What was easy pickings has turned back a couple clicks but still great fishing none the less. At the right pieces, at the right times, it’s fast and furious. Expect great tog fishing into the Holidays and beyond.
If you are looking to get in. on the action and need to gear up stop in. We are fully stocked up on rigs, jigs and all sorts of tog tackles. We also have top rods and reels ready to rock. Also we’ve got all of the cold weather fish essentials from boots, gloves and waterproof fishing apparel from Grundens and Guy Cotten the two best names in the game.
Jersey Ghost Hunting
What was once known as ghost hunting has turned into near shore bluefin fishing. You can’t call it ghost hunting if they are consistently seen and caught.
Below is a photo of Chris Degennaro with his son Ryan and an inshore bluefin tuna. Chris reported, “Well today was the cherry on top of what was a great season of fishing with family and friends. After several trips one of which we lost a heart breaker, finally landed the elusive fall bluefin. Just me and Ryan today. He helped clear lines, drove the boat while I was fighting the fish and helping me finish it off. While I was mentally prepared, I will say I got very lucky!”
Here’s another inshore bluefin photo from this weekend… “Red Man” Mark Haley.
Offshore Fishing Report
The offshore season is just about over but some anglers can’t quit. Nick Perello gave it go and shared this report, “We ran out of BI to the southern canyons for some daytime sword fishing. It was a very slow day but had a great time with friends. Two bites and caught one small but legal swordfish. We were pretty sure we were the only boat to run offshore from NJ.”
Fish Head Charters Update
The fishing continues on very good with lots of bass, lots of bait and lots of birds. Most days the screen is lit up with striped bass (and spiny dog fish) stacked like cord wood. They are feasting on sand eels making for prime time light tackle fishing. Some days the bass fishing has been silly good. Anyone looking to get in on fly fishing striped bass… Now is the time! You actually have the advantage being able to fish small presentations wth light line. There’s no better way to fool these sometimes spooky fish. Also the follows, eat and fight it just so much more fun.
My recent trips were focused on tog fishing. The bite has been very good and steady with limit catches on almost all trips. While we haven’t caught the large double digit fish that some are tugging up I know we soon will. Utilizing the Rhodan GPS Anchor we’ve been working prime structure and knocking on their doors.
Are you looking to get out and fish? Jump aboard Fish Head Charters and get in on the fun. The weather is getting cold but the fishing is red hot. Now’s the time to get in on the fun before the wicked winter kicks in. Whether it’s striped bass or tog (or a combo of both) there’s lots of light tackle fun to be had.
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Linda Lee Sportfishing Report
Saturday we had out the Drew crew and it was nothing short of epic striped bass fishing. We headed north 2 miles out of Barnegat Inlet and it was on birds working and plenty of boats. We caught 9 fish with 2 keepers there. The guys were looking for the meat. We got word of some bigger fish north of the wheel so we took the run. Once we got up there it was slow for an hour but then the tide turned we started getting double headers. With 4 whales working the bunker pods and bird action all afternoon it was prime time fall fishing. We managed to get 7 keepers and caught 16 fish. The guys were all stoked on a great day of fishing. Magictail mojo’s and the 9er Shad Umbrella Rigs did the trick all day.
I have November 30th and December 1st available if you’re looking to get out a fish. Give Captain Ryan a Call 609-276-8032