Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

The bay fishing has been good in terms of action with catches over 70 fish for 4hrs, but in terms of keepers we are picking at them catching 1 to 3 fish per trip.  The Ocean is getting better, as I ran one ocean trip and a few scout trips with my family to put up to 4 keepers plus some nice Sea Bass in the boat in a few hours.  Unless seasickness is an issue, I would start recommend hitting the ocean as you have better chances of catching keepers.  I’m starting to see the characteristic bites of the Northern Puffer aka “Blowfish” on our artificial baits, it may be time to start targeting them for kids.

Here’s the rundown of the past few trips:

Early in the week, I had new client Dave Samuelson and his son James from upstate NY on a 4hr Bay & Inlet Fluke charter. It’s been a tough go of late in terms of finding keepers, but Dave landed a solid 19.5in Fluke on the 1st drop. The duo had to pick through 30 more shorts, before finding another 18.5 inch Fluke. All fish were landed on the bucktails tipped with natural bait.  In the afternoon, I had new clients Marc Schessel with his son-in-law Ted Dembowski and 7 year old grandson Nash. This trip was not so much about getting keepers, but putting Nash on some fish. We jigged bucktails in a variety of areas to catch over 40 fish with 1 keeper at 19.5in. Nash learned quickly and ended up catching 15 all by himself! Great job and he’s already looking forward to next year!

Next, I had our first ocean exploratory trip with return client Matt Windover and his father-in-law Steve Sims boxing a solid 6-plus pound flattie amongst over a dozen short Fluke, short Sea Bass, and Sea Robin. In the afternoon, I had Mark Centerione and two kids (Natalie & Mark) on a 4hour bay trip. It was very windy and made for challenging conditions, but the kids did great for their first ever Fluke charter and 9yr old Mark ended up putting a solid 20-inch Fluke in the box with over 15 caught for the trio.

With some actual down time on Saturday – I took Luke and my parents out to a few of my favorite wrecks to scout around – it wasn’t lights out, but we did put a few in the boat. Luke caught the 1st on the 1st drop, and we picked at short Fluke, short Sea Bass, and Ling. We boxed two keeper Fluke (21 in and 19in), 2 Sea Bass, and a Ling. It was an awesome day on the water, with a solid T-storm coming through the inlet!!

On Sunday, I had new clients Zeb DiVittorio of Texas, William Hibray, and Andy Weeks of New Jersey on a 4hr Bay/Inlet trip. We worked a variety of areas to find close to 20 shorts with 3 keepers as the crew was using bigger baits to put keepers in the box. All were jigging bucktails with natural bait.  In the afternoon, after Sunday’s morning charter I went with my wife Jen and son Luke to a few different snags. We ended up putting 4 keeper Fluke to 23.5 inches and 3 nice Sea Bass to 18 inches. Jen was happy as she caught her limit of Fluke and Sea Bass!

Monday, I had new client Lou Sigillo, his three kids (Emily, Matt, Johnny) and Emily’s boyfriend Billy Lowen of Beach Haven West. Lou wanted to learn a little about fishing the bay as they are new to fishing. We fished a few different areas and they ended releasing 71 Fluke, while boxing 3 keepers and Matt’s 1st ever Bluefish. All fish were caught on bucktails.

We have been busy to say the least, but it’s great being on the water!

We are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters – Fluke

We have been hitting a lot of bay spots to catch 20 to 50 fish per trip with clients keeping 1 to 4 keepers for the table.  It’s imperative that you keep your bucktail moving through the bite prior to setting the hook.  It takes a few misses to get the hang of it!  This past week I had from age 7 to 75 fishing for back-bay fluke and the 7yr old learned to bucktail catching 15 by himself!!  Most of the keepers have been in ultra skinny water and sometimes we have to run over a few bars to get to the “good” areas.

We had a few notable catches this week from first time keeper Fluke for anglers to anglers learning how to bucktail.  12yr old Kathryn Viccaro smacked a 27inch, 7lb Fluke caught on a bucktail in 4-5 feet .  Great job!!

I’m stacked with trips this week and next week, but I’m willing to run doubles on my single-booked days and triples on my double-booked days.

We are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

 

 

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

I have been running 7 days a week with quite a few double-charter days, so I haven’t been able to keep up with the Fish HQ reports.  We have been concentrating our efforts in the bay, but I will start running ocean trips in the next week or two.  The bay fishing has been averaging anywhere between 20 to 35 fish per trip and keeper numbers ranging from 1 to 5 per trip.  We have scored some 5, 6, and 8 pound fish.  The key has been finding biting fish, which at times is a little challenging.  But you just have to grind it out!  Check out all of our detailed fishing reports: http://www.reelreactioncharters.com/blog/

We are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

 

Reel Reaction Charters – Last minute cancellation – Sunday morning (5am to 9am)

I have a rare opening this weekend (Sunday 7/8 – 5am to 9am) and we would target backbay Fluke with decent tide.  I’m willing to run either full charter or open-boat, but need 3 to run for openboat ($130 per person).  All tackle/bait/artificial baits, rods/reels, etc are included.  If interested, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or email:  reelreaction@gmail.com

Capt. Brett Taylor – Reel Reaction Sportfishing LLC. www.reelreactioncharters.com

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

The weather has been absolutely fantastic for July so far, although there is still a 20 degree swing from the incoming ocean water compared to ultra warm bay waters.  We are still targeting some skinny water areas are are scoring 1 to 5 keepers per trip with 20 to 50 throwbacks.  This past week we ran 7 charters in 4 days, so it’s been very busy to say the least.  I going to try to run out to a few of my favorite snags this upcoming week to see if there is “charter-able” life out there for Ocean Fluke.  But right now, it’s a-lot of working the bay areas.  The rundown of the week’s trips are after the pics.

We are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

Here’s a quick rundown of our most recent trips:

I had return client Matt Windover, his brother Michael, and friend Charles Jack on a 5hr Bay/Inlet Fluke trip. We had some decent conditions today, but had to work a ton of locations to put something together. We finally found a few spots that had actively feeding keepers. The trio boxed 5 keepers (21, 20, 19, 18.25, 18) to round out the day. The guys did a great job fishing as they really worked for those fish!!

I had Stanley Gola of S&S bucktails with his son Junior, and two step-son’s Nick and Mike. Nick is home for a week from the Marines, so they wanted to get out and fish as a family. Thank you for your service Nick – be safe brother!! Stanley Junior struck first with a solid 22 inch Fluke, and we worked a less that perfect tide to box two other fish at 19 inches each. An awesome day and the foursome worked the S&S Bigeye hard in a less-than-optimal tide. 3 keepers for the S&S crew!!

My second of the trip of the day had new client James Guerin, Cassie Guerin, Ben Burtt, and Rod Guerin out for an afternoon bay/inlet charter. It was definitely hot out there today. We started working some very shallow areas and the group worked S&S Bigeyes to release a couple of shorts and they missed a few keepers as the fish came off at the surface. We kept at it, and Rod put a nice 6 pounder in the boat. The crew had lots of action, but could only muster one quality keeper. Nice job for their 1st ever time bucktailing!!

In the morning, I had new client Rich Sanborn of Levittown, PA with his two son’s Sean and Ryan. Sean is home for a week from the United States Navy – so thank you Sean for your dedicated service to our country!! We worked quite a few areas with the S&S Bigeye bucktail and the trio boated over 30 Fluke with 4 keepers (24, 21.5, 19.5, 18). Ryan was the heavy hook catching the 5.5 pound 24 inch on a white Bigeye bucktail. Nice job!

In the afternoon, I had Ali Gurko, her brother Vince and Corey Cordell on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. Vince served his country in United States Army for 4 years – thank you for your service. We worked some of the same areas, but had wind against tide which made for tough bites. The trio worked hard and jigged the S&S Bigeye over some shallow areas. Vince scored a solid 24.5 inch Fluke on the bucktail and then Corey nailed a solid 23-incher, followed by an 18in on the last drift.

On July 4th, I had return client Dave Rowan, his daughter Ashley Coleman, and her two boys Dylan and Andrew. This trip was more about putting the two young boys on fish, and keepers were a bonus. We worked quite a few areas and found a nice bite for the boys. The foursome boated over 30 fish with 2 nice keepers (21in, 22in) caught by Ashley. Dylan and Andrew caught their first Fluke in Barnegat Bay which is much more important than the keepers. Great job boys!!

Yesterday I had new clients Steve Meyer and his son Blake on a 4hr Bay/Inlet Fluke trip. We had good wind conditions in the morning, but a tough tide. The father and son team worked hard jigging the S&S Bigeye to find over 25 fish, but only one 19.5 inch keeper.

In the afternoon, I had new clients Eric Schoenfeld and his two boys Finn and Dylan on a 4hr Bay/Inlet trip. This time we had good tide, but horrible winds at 20 knots against the tide for the duration of the trip. The trio worked very hard to pull over 50 short Fluke over the rail (5 of shorts were between 17.5 and 17.75) and managed 2 keepers at 20.5 and 19.5 inches.   A nice job in tough conditions.

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

We have been very busy on the water as I’m literally out almost everyday going for bay and inlet Fluke.  We will eventually start running Ocean Fluke trips once some of my choice snags start producing, more on this in a couple of weeks.  We were cancelled today due to the weather which will allow me to get some 100hr maintenance completed and some re-rigging.  The Fluking is getting better as we put a nice 8 pound doormat in the boat this past week!  Here is this week’s rundown:

I had return client Tom McGough of Harrisburg, PA, his wife Kristen, Andy McGough of Philadelphia, and James McGough of Altoona on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. Cool, Windy, and Fall-like for June. It was a very tough day as the wind was blowing NE close to 20 and we had wind against tide in most locations. We moved a lot to find biting fish, but the foursome only managed a little over 20 shorts with 1 nice keeper at 22 inches. Even the inlet/jetty was tough rough to work for Bluefish. Tough day on the water, but at least the rods bent!!

Early in the week, I had return client Ian Habich and his friend Christian Gruber on a 4hr Bay/Inlet trip. We worked the first hour and a half throwing soft plastics around the Barnegat Inlet. Both anglers got bit off by Bluefish, before finding hookups on short Striped Bass. The bass were promptly released after a quick pic. We fished the remaining trip looking for keeper Fluke, in which we found close to 20 shorts with 3 being 17 7/8! Another few weeks and they’ll be keepers! Tough day on the keeper front, but we’ll be back at it again!

I had new client and Village Harbor Fishing Club member Bill Dodd of Beach Haven West and his son-in-law Eric on a 4hr Bay/Inlet Fluke trip. We worked quite a few areas with the duo releasing 40 Fluke while keeping two nice 22 inches for the table. The pink S&S Bigeye bucktail did the trick for the keepers! Again, it has been a little sporadic for the keepers to bite and the temperature definitely makes a big difference. A great morning on the water!

I had return client Ellington “Duke” Smith of Delaware with his grandson Marcus and girlfriend Jasmine on a 4hr Bay/Inlet Fluke trip. We had very tough conditions as it was blowing a steady 15-20 knots, and I had to power drift in most locations. We moved around a lot today to find a few biting fish in each spot. The trio caught close to 15 Fluke and 4 nice keepers (28in, 22.5in, 22in, 18.5 inches). We missed another one boat-side when it shook the bucktail. The S&S Bigeye was the key again with the 8 pounder inhaling it! Jasmine caught her 1st ever Fluke bucktailing, so congrats!!

We are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

 

Last Minute Opening – Tuesday June 26

I had a last minute cancellation for tomorrow, Tuesday June 26th.  I’m willing to run open boat ($125 per person – need 3) or charter.  The rest of the week is booked solid.  All tackle, bait, ice, Gulp, fish-cleaning is included.  We would be targeting Fluke and have decent tides – I’m willing to go 5am to 9am or 6am to 10am.  If interested give me a text or call, 609-290-7709.

Capt. Brett Taylor – Reel Reaction Sportfishing – www.reelreactioncharters.com

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

With lesser tidal current, the backbay Fluke fishing is definitely start to improve, but we still have to contend with slime grass and close to 20 degree temperature swings.  The key has been to finding cleaner water and you can really do some damage when the wind is close to calm.  We have been averaging 20 to over 35 fish per trip and the keepers are varying 1 to 5 depending on the winds.  With the end of the school year and finals, I got a little behind on my reports (too many to list here), so check them out on our website (www.reelreactioncharters.com), click on reports.  I’m out of school and I’m running charters 7 days a week through September 1st.

We are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report Barnegat Bay

The Fluke bite has been a little off due to very cold incoming temperatures in addition to cooler than average air temperatures.  It seems most have been hitting jigs that have been slowly jigged or even dead-sticked.  The bite should get better as it begins to get warmer.  There are Bluefish around the back and near the inlet, but they are hitting on specific tides.

This past week I had Matt Odalen and his wife Chris along with his parents William and Mary on a 4hr bay & inlet charter. With rough conditions at the jetty, we opted to go for Fluke in the backwaters. It was extremely tough drifting conditions with steady 20 knot winds and higher gusts, but the crew did manage to catch close to 15 Fluke with a lone keeper to 21 inches.

 

Next, I had Ryan Hathcock and Cole Danielson on a 4hr bay & inlet charter and we had very good conditions in terms of wind and tide. We worked close to 10 different areas in the backwaters on both the east and west sides of Barnegat Bay. The duo had well over 20 fish for the trip with only one keeper at 22 inches, but we did have a few that almost taped to 18 inches.

With a last minute rescheduling due to potential unsettled weather/winds, I took my father out for 2 hours prior to the winds in the late morning.  We worked some old and new areas, and had over 25 fish in about 2 1/2 hours. The incoming water was 58F so we had to find some spots that were 6-8 degrees warmer. We ended up icing a nice 23 inch and 19.5 inch Fluke on the S&S Bigeye.

I will be running weekday charters (3pm to 7/8pm) until school gets finished on June 21st, then we are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report Barnegat Light

There are definitely Fluke in the backwaters, but they are biting a little sporadic as I have picked up a few at some of my choice holes.  But then they shut off rather quickly, the good news is that it should only pick up as we head into June.  We did not sail on Sunday due to the 25-30knot E/NE winds, we will be back at it during the week and weekend.  I do have weekday afternoons available for backbay Fluke and this week looks pretty good.

This past weekend I had return client Erik Hansen of Doylestown with his two buddies, Rodger Gensec and Michael Miele. We started working the backwaters for Fluke and the trio caught over 25 shorts with 4 keepers to 23 inches. We lost a nice fish boat side that was estimated at 26-28 inches (7-8 pounds). We finished the trip working the jetty with fresh bait for Striped Bass and the guys caught 3 Stripers to 26.5 inches. A great day on the water!!

Next, I had return client Mike Galindo out on a 4hr Fluke/Striped Bass charter with his two boys, Bennet and Mason. We worked the backwaters first and I would’ve thought the Fluke bite would’ve been better, but it was a tough bite today. The trio ended with one solid 22 inch keeper amongst the 20+ shorts. All the Fluke were caught on bucktails. We ended the trip fishing the Barnegat Inlet to release a 23-inch Striped Bass and Bluefish to 24 inches. We had a few run-offs that were mostly likely short bass. Tough day, but the guys still hit a Barnegat Bay slam (Bluefish, Striped Bass, Fluke).

I will be running weekday charters (3pm to 7/8pm) until school gets done on June 21st, then we are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709.   As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

Capt. Brett Taylor ~ www.reelreactioncharters.com ~ Call or Text: 609-290-7709