Captain Steve has been fishing our local waters since the age of nine when he purchased his first boat, that was back in 1974. Since then a "few" years have past and his passion for fishing has grown even more ! From Barnegat Bay, inlet and it's offshore waters of Long beach Island N.J. Captain Steve has spent more time on the water than most other captains perfecting and honing his salty skills to provide the most fish catching enjoyment and knowledge to both novice and veteran anglers alike. Captain Steve has grown up fishing these local waters. His knowledge of fishing has been sought by magazines, papers, fishing clubs, boat shows and is also a veteran faculty member of George Poveromo's "National Seminar Series" as well as being Featured on NBC sports George Poveromo's "World Of Salt Water Fishing" . If a fish catching outing is what your looking for than look no further ! Your enjoyment and safety will always be the our focus for a memorable experience!
Hi Folks,Presently the back bay and near shore waters are brimming with bait such as bunker, mullet, spearing, bay anchovies and a vast array of juvenile of other species! This will surely keep any newly arriving migrating species on hand for extended stays before continuing their southern sojourn providing excellent opportunities for anglers everywhere. As the summer starts to wind down I can’t help to look back at all the fun the 2019 fishing summer season has brought our anglers with tons of light tackle action with not only the usual cast of characters [ stripers, blues, fluke and weakfish] but the fun and excitement of every day being a surprise from any number of possibilities. Inshore saw a surprising amount of southern speedsters in the way of bonito, Spanish Mackerel, cobia, just to name a few!! The bay is loaded with a variety of species such as blowfish, king fish, seabass, porgies, puppy drum….. which lends itself well for both young and experienced anglers looking for non stop action. There’s tons of action ahead between now and as we approach the Mecca of the season “The Fall Migration” . The last few years has been outstanding for sight casting to blistering speedsters such as False albacore aka Albies, aka fat alberts, aka Little tunny . I call them just flat out fun!! Combining speed, power and keen eye sight make these worthy adversaries for even the most experienced angler. This is actually one of my favorite catch and release fish to target with light spinning tackle , There’s nothing that makes your reel drag scream louder and harder than these blistering fast dragsters!! We are once again part of the striper bonus program which allows our anglers to keep an additional striper of 24 – 27.9999″ along with larger bass.
Don’t forget to reserve your fall fishing date[s] today!
Bay, Inlet, inshore, mid shore and offshore remains on Fire depending on your quarry !! The bay is providing excellent light tackle opportunities with a variety of species such as blowfish [ excellent eating] , snappers, fluke, and weakfish just to name a few! Bay fishing is high action and is a great way to introduce young anglers into fishing. The inlet has been providing excellent opportunities for slightly larger and sportier denizens such as stripers, bluefish, blackfish, trigger fish, and even a few surprises from Spanish mackerel and bonito from time to time. The inshore and midshore grounds are offering even more surprises on a daily basis with a host of characters such as both spanish and king mackerel, bonito, cobia, bluefish, bluefin, mahi mahi, and a variety of sharks to test tackle and anglers skills!! Larger vessels capable of reaching the Offshore grounds have seen some of the best it’s been in years [ possibly ever] . Tuna, mahi, billfish have been readily available for the big game enthusiast!! I have a last minute cancellation for tomorrow [8/4] morning for the light tackle enthusiast looking for some fun !! I also a a couple of happy hour trips available this week 5pm – 8pm for those who want a day on the beach with the family and then get out for some quick light tackle action!! Lastly – Its never to early to reserve your fall fishing date[s] as we are booking up fast!! Wishing everyone calm seas and fair winds,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217
I know it’s been awhile but I’ve had no chance to get caught up with reports as it seems as though I’m on the water more than I’m on dry land! This summer season continues to offer excellent opportunities for the light tackle enthusiast! Stripers , blues, fluke, Spanish Mackerel and Atlantic bonito have been entertaining and exciting anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea while employing light spinning tackle! Exciting sight casting to surface breaking southern speedsters [ Macks and bones] has been rewarding in both sport and table fair as both are excellent sashimi ,bbq, ,fried,grilled…. Stripers and blues are still offering excellent sport with most trips seeing 12-20 stripers per trip once techniques are coached, practiced and executed properly and even a couple still hitting the ice! Blues ranging in size from 1-6lbs also have been testing our tackle and angler skills . Fluke round out the catching but it’s been hard to pull away from all the more exciting action and sport! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609-290-1217
Schoolie stripers [ 15-26″], Bluefish [ 2-9lbs] and Fluke [ 12-17.999″] have been the main cast of characters providing excellent light spinning tackle opportunities for all trips within the safe confines of the bay regardless of how bumpy the big pond is! Most trips are seeing a mix of 25-40 of all the above species once our anglers are up to speed with a quick instructional coaching. Wreck fishing has also provided excellent drop and reel fishing with sea bass and ling offering some of the finest table fare available!! Whether the safe confines of the bay/inlet or open expanses of the ocean for a combination trip is your ideal salt water quest we can squeeze in as much of the all the above ! I have this Saturday afternoon available for anyone looking to jump out for some fun light tackle inshore action! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217
Plenty of light tackle action and fun for both novice and veteran anglers looking to score schoolie stripers , blues and fluke all within the safe confines of Barnegat bay earning a Barnegat Bay Slam! Seabass and ling have been abundant for some fun and rewarding drop and reel style fishing on wrecks along the coast , entertaining all skill level of anglers and also providing some of the best fillets found anywhere!
Thick schools of schoolie striped bass ranging in sizes from 15-26″ continue to offer savvy anglers with the right touch some fantastic spinning tackle fun! Bluefish from 2lbs to 10lbs have been testing both our tackle and our anglers skills with drag torturing excitement! Fluke fishing rounds out the cast of characters for those looking for a little bit of everything. I have this Sunday June 9th for back bay, inlet, ocean or combination of all the above ! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217
It’s been a while since I had enough time to sit by the lap top to tap out a report but here it goes – Fishing has been fantastic! End of report!!Seriously, striped bass, bluefish, seabass and fluke are providing excellent light tackle opportunities for everyone seeking this gamsters. Artificial , fresh and live baits are all working depending on a few factors that will dictate which tactic we employ. I have this Saturday afternoon/evening [ June 1] available for a 3 or 4 hour for some fantastic light tackle action! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217
Striped bass continue to offer up fun light tackle action while employing artificial presentations ! Now add bluefish while employing both artificial and or fresh chunk baits it’s a recipe for light tackle fun!
I have this Saturday morning and afternoon available for light tackle enthusiast looking for some exciting opportunities!
The best striped bass catching of the season scored today [ May 1st} with both quality and quantity! Artificial lures continue to be our standards aboard the Reel Fantasea as there isn’t much more fun than experiencing and detecting the “hands on feel” of a subtle striper bite all the way to the hook set and rod bending fun experienced on light tackle! I’ve been on our local waters for just about a month contemplating relocating to the Raritan bay and it’s epic daily striper action but today calmed any undue worries as we found our selves deep into thick schools stripers through out many locations in the safe confines of Barnegat Bay! Best catches are made with close attention to technique and instructions with bass ranging in size from 22′ -34″ with the bulk falling somewhere in the middle. Every year I come across rafts of floating living inflated blow fish at the surface . This year was no exception . I can only surmise these early arrivals are chased to the surface [ predator fish – bass and blues ?] and gulp air to inflate to avoid consumption leaving them haplessly floating at the surface to only have gulls playing tug-a war[?] but who knows . You could do this for 3 lifetimes and still not unlock all the secrets and mysteries. I have a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning [ private only] and 1 spot for Sunday afternoon available for anyone interested in jumping out for some light tackle fun. Keep in mind we are fishing in the bay and weather is not an issue unless you don’t have rain gear. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217
This weeks striped bass action continued to tick upwards with a nicer volume of both bigger and even keeper bass in the mix enticed mainly via artificial lures on light spinning tackle! It wasn’t rod bending action from start to finish but when we found ’em it was pretty solid action with multiple bass on at the same time! Saturday’s winds approaching 40kts wasn’t easy by any means but we still managed a few before trips end. Veteran and novice anglers [ 9 years old] scored stripers with just a few minutes of coaching and tweaking skills and techniques before unleashing them with a party of 4 all scoring their first striper ever! I will continue to run happy hour special trips 5-8pm dring the week for those looking for a quick jump out on the action. By reservations only. I have May 5th afternoon and May 6th morning available for anyone interested in bay, inlet or ocean trips. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217
Keeper striped bass! are starting to show up in the mix to add a little more take home value to the light tackle action on hand. Bluefish shouldn’t be far behind .Presently we are employing all artificials on light spinning tackle for the most excitement and drag burning fun! Saturday’s forecast has a robust West wind but we are fortunate with the lay of the land locally as this usually really gets the action going [ West is Best!!] and also flattens the ocean waters situated tight to the beach. We will likely be utilizing a combination artificial and fresh chunk baits.
I have a few spots still open for Satuday and Sunday mornings and afternoon. This is the weekend that blows the action wide open!! Don’t read the fishing report , be the fishing report!! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,Captain Steve PurulReel Fantasea Fishing Charters609-290-1217