Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Light Tackle Striped Bass remains on Fire!! Barnegat Bay Fishing Report 4/9/2017

Most anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea continue to score double digit numbers of striped bass  into the 20’s++  while boat/trip totals continue to flirt with triple digit numbers on a regular basis!! This puts our seasons’s striped bass catch and release total above 650-700 for this young 2017 fishing season!

Light tackle bass ranging in size of 10-20 inches is the norm but larger sizes up to 27″ range have started to make the mix as well. If that doesn’t get your angler juices flowing we have also landed the season’s first fluke and weakfish as well [ pretty sure we are the first charter boat in New Jersey to do this] .
We have been employing a heavy dose of artificial presentations while filling in the gaps with natural as well all on light spinning tackle. This Action is strictly [ for now] a light tackle enthusiast dream with fish on within minutes of leaving the dock which also plays well for the beginner and junior anglers.
With the forecast looking fantastic all week long and temps into the 70’s the action could possibly see more newly and bigger arriving quarry to target.
I will be offering a “Spring Break” happy hour special all week long 430-730pm + – for those looking for a quick fix of “fine time on the brine”!! All bait, tackle, rods, lures….. up to 4 anglers for a private charter is $350.00. Last 3hour angler seen 20+ striped bass catch and release total single handedly!
I also have Friday April 14th morning 630 am-1130 am and afternoon 130 pm – 630 pm available ffor open or private charter.
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
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Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – 71 stripers today!! and our first weakfish of the 2017 season!! Barnegat Bay Fishing Report 4/7/2017

After yesterday’s torrential down pours and wicked winds I wasn’t sure what if any effect it would have on our fishery for the next couple days , well it didn’t take too long to have that questioned answered!

Today [ Friday April 7th] anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea continued to produce it’s phenomenal catch and release numbers [ 71 bass ] of stripers but we also landed our first weakfish of the season as well!
With landing our first fluke just the other day and now our first weakfish along with the abundant schoolie striped bass population on hand we are only a bluefish away from scoring the first Barnegat Bay Grand Slam of the season!!
The fishery presently in place continues to be a light tackle enthusiast dream with fish responding to a variety of artificial and natural presentations on light spinning tackle.
I have both Sunday morning 6:30am-11:30am and 1pm -6pm for either private [5hrs private charter up to 4 anglers = $450.00 or or open boat charters $125.00pp] All rods, tackle,lures, bait and fun included !
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Capt. Steve Purul
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Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Striped bass, Fluke, Laughing Gulls!!

Barnegat Bay continues to provide solid light tackle striped bass action with fish from 10 -27 inches but I expect that we will be boxing our first keepers of the season any day now!IMG_2581
To further mark the season’s progression the first laughing gulls have made the Northerly Sojourn in to our area with their welcoming laughing call. I found over the years that these gulls will show up 10-14 days ahead of newly arriving stripers and blues into our area.Catch and release Fluke
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I have a few spots open for Friday April 7th 2pm-6pm , Sunday’s weather looks fantastic and I have both the morning and afternoon runs available for private or open charters.
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Capt. Steve Purul
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Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Barnegat Bay Light Tackle Striped bass!!

Barnegat Bay light tackle striped bass action continues to offer good to excellent action for all aboard the Reel Fantasea . Catch counts were a little less than last week but likely due to Fridays heavy rains and cold temps. By Sunday we were back “On ‘Em” with some nicer fish joining the mix providing some “Reel” drag burning excitement with fish approaching the 28″ keeper sizes.

Warming weather trends will also continue stoke the fires of newly arriving migrating stripers and blues as we progress into April,
I have April 7th Friday afternoon 2pm-6pm available for open or private charter and Sunday April 9th morning 6am -10am for those light tackle striper enthusiast.
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
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Reel Fantasea Fishing Report – Barnegat bay light tackle striped bass! Cold wind driven horizontal rain but no skunk.

Today’s open boat we managed to get out for the morning run to find less than desirable weather conditions with a cold wind driven rain. It was by no means the hot and fast action that has been the rule of late but the crew stuck it out long enough to manage about 10-12 schoolies before trips end. Going to give the weather a day to settle down and than back out for a double on Sunday!

Captain Steve Purul

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Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Open boat Friday! Morning or Afternoon?

I jumped out tonight for a quick solo scouting run to find not only the bass waiting and willing but the size of the bass starting to upgrade from the 10-20″ range to a bit more sportier 25″ range while also pulling the hook on bigger bass boat side!

Presently the abundant down sized version still out number the bigger fish but we are now looking at more variety in sizes which is always a good thing.
I have 2 spots still available for Friday morning [ 8am-12pm] and afternoon [2-6pm] for some fantastic light tackle action. We are employing light spinning tackle on a mix of both natural and artificials baits which have kept our anglers more than busy!!
Along with the bass we have solid schools of bunker in the bay which could explode with bigger fish at any time. For the bird lovers we also continue to see bald eagles continue to forage on both hapless bunker [ cool!] and even some smaller unfortunate bass [ boo!] as well. Oh did I mention Seals? Yes, Seals too ! They are also taking advantage of both species as well.
The fishing season is never long enough even if it starts on January 1st ! So C’mon and jump on an early season outing aboard the Reel Fantasea and join other light tackle enthusiast and meet new friends to kick off the 2017 fishing season!
Captain Steve Purul
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Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters! BassSlamboree!!

This week anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea continue to see catch and release numbers into the upper stratosphere with catches averaging 60-80 ++ per trip [ boat total]  with some hot handed savvy anglers scoring 30+ single handedly!

The shear abundance of these downsized bass plays well for both novice and veteran anglers adding instant and non stop action from start to finish for all aboard!!
With the weather trending milder and the days getting longer we should start to see newly arriving bass any day now to add for even greater excitement and fun!!
If catching fish and a bent rod is your passion than jump aboard the Reel Fantasea for some high action catch and release with early season stripers on light tackle!!
I have this Mach 31 Friday 8am- 12noon and 2pm – 6pm and April 2nd Sunday 7am- 11am available for either open or private charter.
Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
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Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters -only a couple open boat spot available.

Hi Folks,

I have 2 spots remaining for both Friday morning [8am-12noon]  and afternoon [2pm – 6pm] targeting local schoolie striped bass. If the weather holds [?] I will be sailing Sunday morning as well 7:30am – 11:30am. Fishing has been pretty robust for these scaled down stripers and loads of fun especially on the light tackle! Early Season
March Madness Special is $75.00pp or $350.00 per private charter for 4hrs with everything included!! Can’t afford a private charter? Jump aboard the Reel Fantasea and join other light tackle enthusiast on an open boat ” March Special” and get the 2017 fishing underway!!
C’mon join the Fun!
Captain Steve Purul
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After a stretch of cold nasty weather and even pulling the boat for a couple days due to the formidable forecast we were back out by Friday to find the stripers waiting for us.

The action [and the bass] was right where we left it , scoring multiple fish on most drifts with a constant bite to keep things fun and anglers on their toes was the rule. Catch and release was solidly into the double digits for most anglers while missed hits were +++ , to give you an idea of the action.
This is strictly a light tackle event with most stripers ranging in size from 10″ to 22″ so far but as we progress further into the Spring things tend to change at a rapid pace.
I do have a few spots open for this Friday morning [8am-12pm] and afternoon [2pm – 6pm] for the light tackle enthusiast looking to get out and join others and cure the cabin fever blues – $75.00 pp. all bait , tackle and rods included.
If you haven’t reserved your spring, summer or Fall back bay, inlet or ocean trip aboard Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters yet Don’t wait ! Book Today!! We specialize in light tackle action for stripers, blues, fluke, weakfish, and wreck fishing for seabass and tog.
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Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
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Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Hit The Ground Running!!

And away we go! Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters has hit the ground running with our first trip of the 2017 fishing season scoring over 30 stripers in just a quick 2 hour scouting session!

With most of the bass ranging in size from 12″ to 16″ cooler filling is out of the question but what they lack in size they surely make up for it in action!
Utilizing ultra light spinning tackle maximizes both fun and sport. Through out the evening we had multiple fish on with constant bites to keep things fun and entertaining .
The next morning the weather took a turn for the worse in the way of wind driven snow but we again found the bass more than willing to play catch and release.
Looks like we are in for a quick cold snap [ of course ] and then climbing back out of the basement by next week.
I have a couple spots open for this Sunday afternoon 12-4 – $75.00 pp for early season discount.
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Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
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