Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 7/10/2019

Barnegat Bay has warmed up into the upper 70’s deg F. Still has a way to go. Some years I’ve recorded temps in the mid 80’s F. The ocean along the surf for the most part in in the low to mid 70’s F. But don’t let the surface temp fool you as there is colder water closer to the bottom. Five days ago I had readings around 58 F coming over the north jetty towards the end of incoming. One good day of hard south winds will be sure to coll things off.

With the bay heating up, so is the fluking. Tons of shorts to bend rods and enough keepers in the mix if you work the right tides. Below are summer regulars over years, Justin and Alex S from Ohio.  Have not had any luck with the resident bass lately, but then again I have not fishded for them in the wee hours of the morning. Still tons of blues around. In and around the inlet is holding the smaller ones with the five pound + fish holding closer to structure.

I ran my first “off the beach sharking” trip yesterday. We fished off the beach, but the sharks seemed to be elsewhere. Been doing these trip for a few years playing catch & release with brown sharks in the 40-60 lb range and this is the first time I’ve been skunked. Hey but that why some say they call it fishing, not catching.

With so much variety (fluke, bluefish, blowfish, off the beach sharking and now ridge trips for bonito, spanish macks and false albacore) in our local water I truly can personalize a trip that is right for you or your family.

Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex
609-548-2511

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Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 7/1/19

Hope you all enjoy your Fourth of July! Fluking in the bay has definitely been on the upswing, however, with the recent NW winds traditional drifting was not the way to go. Power drifting, aka slow trolling, is the way to go when the wind is up to much or you are faced with wind against tide. The resident bass has been hard to come even with live bait like bunker or Atlantic thread herring (threadfin: pic below). Thread herring, say what? Thread herring occasionally come up to NJ waters. Last time I saw them in good numbers off our coast had to be about 10 years ago. They are a primo live bait in Florida and run around 7”-8”. If you see something on the surface that you think are bunker and you can’t snag one to save your life they are likely threadfins. You can’t snag or cast net them. The best method is a Sabiki rig. You need a good livewell to keep them happy. Still lots of blues around although Saturday’s trip was slow on the bluefish front. Sunday’s trip land a bunch in the 5-6 lb. range.

Have dates open and I always personalize your trip, so give me a call to get out fishing.

Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex
609-548-2511

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Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 6/23/2019

Blues, fluke, schoolies bass, and now some bonito in the mix. Been on the water 5 of the last 7 days. The light tackle action is pretty much stellar. Saturday morning just outside the inlet there were hundreds of porpoises. Check out my fishing report video here: June 23, 2019 Fishing Report  to see some of the pods of porpoise we encountered. I have no problem taking a break from fishing to hang with some marine mammals. If you like my video please subscribe/share.

I have some open dates this week, so give me a call if you want to get in on the action. Also, I will be back at guiding kayak ecotours tours this week. These tours are a great way to learn about the Barnegat Bay ecosystems.

Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex

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Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 6/13/19

All the blues you want from 2-4 lb with some bigger ones. Schoolie bass still around in decent numbers. Fluking soso.

Check out my latest fishing/report video for more details and video of bluefish blitzes. Please subscribed to my channel if you like my videos.

Video fishing/report

Next open date is Sunday and then more open dates after that. Contact me and I’ll hook u up!

Scream Drags,

Capt. Alex
609-548-2511

Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 5/20/19

The spring run is going at full throttle. If you have not been in on the world-class action you are missing out BIG time! Bass from schoolies to over 30” have been going on the feed during the right tide stage around the inlet and back bay. The best thing about it is, often artificials like Bass Kandy Delights (BKDs) are effective. Out front bass from 30 to 50 + have been falling to trolled spoons and Mojo’s. Some boats are scoring well, while others draw a blank. Hey, that’s fishing. Have not heard of any hot snag n drop action but the water may have to increase a degree or two for that action to materialize. Blues are reigning supreme from the back through the inlet and out front. Nothing like seeing a 10-pound blues smash a popper in a few feet of water. If that does make your heart skip a beat, I don’t know what will. Fluke fishing opens Friday. Look for outgoing warmer water that is free of slime for the best early season action. This time of year I kick it old school with a three-way rig and killie north of Barnegat Inlet and a minnow south. LOL The cold ocean water coming in on the flood will give most flatties lockjaw. I actually have some openings for this holiday weekend so give me a call to get in on one of the best overall springs runs in a few years. And don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel Fishing Barnegat Bay  and subscribe with the fishing season in full swing, I will be actively adding timely video fishing reports and videos of some of the fishing action

Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex
609-548-2511
Lighthouse Sportfishing