2013 Fishing Reports

December 25, 2013 ———————————————————————-

The Management and Staff of Fisherman’s Headquarters wishes everyone time to enjoy the blessings of a Very Merry Christmas with your families.

We sincerely thank everyone for their support this year and wish you… All the Best in the New Year!

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

~ Team Fish Head

 

December 24, 2013 ———————————————————————-

The store will be open today Christmas Eve until 4 PM and Closed on Christmas Day.

Received: Dec 24, 2013 12:40 PM    Subject: Happy Holidays from Reel Reaction Sportfishing

First and foremost, I would like to thank all of my clients for a terrific 2013 season and wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year. I hope to see all of you back on the water next season, including some of my regulars that weren’t able to get out due to scheduling, weather, etc.

Speaking of next season, I have been asked to present at the Jersey Boat Expo which is held at the NJ Convention and Expo center in Edison, New Jersey. The one-hour seminar will focus on Fluking tactics for the Bay and Ocean and will be on Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – for details check out: http://jerseyboatexpo.com. So hopefully some of you can make it up there to get away from the winter cabin fever.

After the new year, I will begin to service rods & reels that need attention, start tying fluke rigs and teasers for 2014 season, and rigging up for the spring striped bass run. The anticipated date for the vessel to be back in the water is April 1st, 2014.

Here is a video highlight of 2013 charters that I worked up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAB8FQzHkE

Wishing everyone a very Healthy New Year,

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

December 23, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Dec 23, 2013 9:28 AM   Subject: Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Hearings

The following is a news release from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission:

States Schedule Public Hearings on Draft Addendum XXV
Addendum Seeks Input on Management Options for 2014 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fisheries

Arlington, VA – The Atlantic coast states of Massachusetts through Virginia have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum XXV to the Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plans. The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled hearings follow.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
January 13, 2014 at 7 PM
Ocean County Administration Building
Public Hearing Room 119
101 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, New Jersey
Contact: Tom Baum at 609.748.2020

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
January 16, 2014 at 5 PM
Bourne Fire Station #3, Meeting Room
53 Meetinghouse Lane
Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts
Contact: Nichola Meserve at 617.626.1531

Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife
January 15, 2014 at 6 PM
University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium
South Ferry Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Contact: Jason McNamee at 401.423.1943

Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection
January 14, 2014 at 7 PM
Marine Headquarters
Boating Education Center, Building 3
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Contact: David Simpson at 860.434.6043

New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
January 14, 2014 at 6 PM
Bureau of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, New York
Contact: Steve Heins at 631.444.0435

Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
January 10, 2014 at 6 PM
DNREC Auditorium
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware
Contact: John Clark at 302.739.9108

Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
January 9, 2014 at 5 PM
Ocean Pines Library
11107 Cathell Road
Berlin, Maryland
Contact: Steve Doctor at 410.213.1431

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
January 8, 2014 at 6 PM
2600 Washington Avenue
4th Floor Conference Room
Newport News, Virginia
Contact: Rob O’Reilly at 757.247.2247

Draft Addendum XXV proposes management approaches for the 2014 summer flounder and black sea bass recreational fisheries. For summer flounder, the Draft Addendum includes options that allow for management measures by region and the sharing of unused quota – both with the intent of providing more equity in recreational harvest opportunities along the coast. The specific regions being considered are (1) Massachusetts; Rhode Island through New Jersey; Delaware through Virginia; and North Carolina and (2) Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Connecticut through New Jersey; Delaware through Virginia; and North Carolina.

The Draft Addendum was initiated to address a growing concern that current summer flounder management measures (as established under the Fishery Management Plan) are not providing recreational fishermen along the coast with equitable harvest opportunities to the resource. Those measures, involving state-specific recreational management measures under conservation equivalency are increasingly being viewed as problematic due to several factors. These factors include: reliance upon recreational harvest estimates for a single year (1998) as the basis for individual state targets; a change in the abundance of the resource; and changes in the socio-economic characteristics of the fishery. The impact of the management program seemed to affect New York the most, with a 21” size limit (by 2009) and a short season including mid-season closure. In 2013, with a fully recovered stock, New York’s minimum size (19”) was at least one inch higher than any other state, one and a half inches higher than its bordering states.

The Draft Addendum proposes a more flexible and equitable conservation approach that allows the management program to adjust to past, current, and future changes to the resource and the fishery. The biological characteristics of the summer flounder have changed with the restoration of this stock. In particular, there has been a substantial expansion in the size and age composition, with greater overall abundance and increased numbers of larger fish.

The Draft Addendum also proposes two options for the 2014 black sea bass recreational fishery (1) coastwide measures (currently proposed at 13” TL minimum size, a 5 fish possession limit, and a season from June 1 to September 30) or (2) the continued use of management measures by northern (MA – NJ) and southern regions (DE – NC). The regional management approach has been used since 2011 and offers some advantages over coastwide regulations, which can disproportionately impact states within the management unit. Specifically, regional measures can address geographic differences in the stock (size, abundance and seasonality) while maintaining the consistent application of management measures by neighboring states.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum XXV, either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The Draft Addendum is available on the Commission website on the Public Input page at http://www.asmfc.org/about-us/public-input. It can also be accessed directly athttp://www.asmfc.org/files/PublicInput/SF_BSB_DraftAddendumXXV_PublicComment_Dec2013.pdf. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on January 24, 2014 and should be forwarded to…
Kirby Rootes-Murdy
Fishery Management Plan Coordinator
1050 N. Highland St.
Suite 200 A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
703.842.0741 (fax) or via e-mail at krootes-murdy@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Addendum XXV).
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The above information was provided by…
Tina Berger
Director of Communications
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
703.842.0740
tberger@asmfc.org
http://www.asmfc.org

December 22, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Dec 22, 2013 10:46 AM Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing

I just wanted to wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe New Year. As I sit back and reflect upon this past year, I again realize just how fortunate I am to have been given the opportunity to spend so much quality time on the water with my fishing friends both new and old. Thank you all for giving me that opportunity.

As many of you are aware, our fall fishing this year was somewhat limited due to a medical issue that needed immediate attention. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers directed our way, they meant a lot to us during a difficult time. I’m pleased to report that those issues seem to be behind us and we’re already anxiously looking forward to getting the boat back in the water.

Have a great holiday, and we’ll see you in the Spring!

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

December 21, 2013 ———————————————————————-

A few days ago, Mike Greene of the Luckey Stripes purchased the last of our live eels for the year in preparation for heading south to fish the Chesapeake Bay. He just sent us a message, “Your eels worked! 58.05 pounder for J-Bird (Jason Marty) on tournament day!”

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Dec 20, 2013 10:47 PM Subject: Latest on Fluke

More Stringent Fluke Regulations Loom on the Horizon By Paul Haertel

Just when it seemed that New Jersey had dodged a bullet aimed at significantly reducing our recreational fluke catch, things have changed once again. The preliminary MRIP figures had shown that we over fished our quota by approximately 47% and that did not even include the wave 5 data (September-October). Under the state conservation equivalency format that we have been utilizing since 2001, each state is given a quota. Each state is then allowed to develop regulations pertaining to size, possession and season limits. After years when the quota is exceeded, regulations must be made more stringent the following year. Therefore, had the preliminary MRIP numbers been allowed to stand, draconian measures would have had to be taken in 2014.

The good news was that the wave 4 data (July-August) was recently revised. More specifically, the wave 4 data was changed from 1,159,303 to 730,086 fish, which resulted in a reduction of 429,217 fish. That was welcome news but even more recently, the MRIP numbers were also revised for wave 3 (May-June). Unfortunately they showed an increase from 279,658 fish to 337,983 fish which is an increase of 58,325 fish. Further, the preliminary wave 5 data (September-October) was just released on 12/16 and it shows that an additional 129,388 fluke were harvested. That makes our total harvest for the year 1,197,457 fish. Our original quota was for 977,998 fish but ASMF later approved an extra 88,000 fish so our total quota for the year ended up being 1,065,998 fish. That makes us 131,459 fish over our quota which equates to having over fished our quota by approximately 12.3%. That would not be too bad except for the fact that the overall coast wide quota is being reduced by about 8%. That means that if we continue to use conservation equivalency and the MRIP numbers do not change yet again, we are looking at a cut of close to 21%. Under this scenario I anticipate that the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council would develop various options for the public to consider. Most likely there will once again be a battle between those who prefer a shorter season so the size limit can remain at 17.5” and those who favor a longer season with an 18” size limit.

Under this scenario there is also a possibility that the ASMFC could approve some extra fish for us in 2014 once all the states have set their regulations as they did in 2013.

It is also possible that the NJMFC could use data from our own state’s recreational saltwater angler survey to develop more favorable regulations.

Of course all of the above assumes that fluke will be managed the same way as they have been in the past and we are not changed to a regional approach. New York’s Senator Charles Schumer has introduced the “Fluke Fairness Act” which would result in New Jersey being placed in a region with New York and other states. Further the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council has now developed addendum XXV to the Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The addendum also includes options for regionalization and again New Jersey would be placed in a region with New York and other states. The end result would most likely be that New York’s regulations would become more lenient and New Jersey’s more stringent. Still all options should be considered. Those interested in reviewing the addendum which also addresses managerial options for sea bass may do so by going to: http://www.asmfc.org/files/PublicInput/SF_BSB_DraftAddendumXXV_PublicComment_Dec2013.pdf
There is plenty of time to review the addendum though it contains various options that may be somewhat difficult to understand. However, no decision on any of these options will be made until the ASMFC meets in early February.

Public Comment Process and Proposed Timeline

At the December 2013 Commission meeting, the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board approved a motion to initiate the development of an addendum to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass. The addendum will address the recreational management of the Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass FMP. The Board is developing recreational management options for Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass. This draft addendum presents background on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) management of summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass; the addendum process and
timeline; and a statement of the problem. This document also provides options of management for public consideration and comment. The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding this document at any time during the public comment period. The final date comments will be accepted is January 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. You may submit public comment in one or more of the following ways:

1. Attend public hearings in your state or jurisdiction.

2. Refer comments to your state’s members on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board or Advisory Panel, if applicable.

3. Mail, fax or email written comment to the following address:

Mail: Kirby Rootes-Murdy Email: krootes-murdy@asmfc.org

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Phone: (703) 842-0740
1050 North Highland Street, Suite 200A-N Fax: (703) 842-0741
Arlington, VA 22201

Draft – A public hearing will be held on the addendum as listed below:

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
January 13, 2014 at 7 PM
Ocean County Administration Building
Public Hearing Room 119
101 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, New Jersey
Contact: Tom Baum at 609.748.2020

It is with deepest sorrow but with fond memories that we make the following post…

DAVID J. SHEPANSKI Sr. – Obituary

SHEPANSKI, DAVID J. SR. 60 – of Tuckerton, died on Thursday December 19, 2013 at his home. Dave was born in Chester, PA and formerly of Ship Bottom and West Creek before moving to Tuckerton in 2007. He had been employed by Marine-Max of Brant Beach for 25 years. Dave had attended St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Brant Beach; he was an avid fisherman who enjoyed woodworking, music and surfing. Dave was predeceased by his parents, Stanley in 1989 and Mary in 2002. Surviving are his children, Amanda DeMartino of Manahawkin and David Jr. of West Creek; his grandchildren, Dante DeMartino, Katelyn Shepanski and Amber Shepanski; his sister, Terry Ficoturo of West Chester, PA; and his brother, Sonny of Concordville, PA. Cremation was private and under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Ship Bottom. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either the Recreational Fishing Alliance PO Box 3080 New Gretna, NJ 08224 or Southern Ocean Medical Center 1140 Route 72 Manahawkin, NJ 08050 in Dave’s memory.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on…
Saturday January 4, 2014
from 10am until the time of the Memorial Mass at 11am at
St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
4700 Long Beach Blvd.
Brant Beach, NJ 08008

Published in The Press of Atlantic City on Dec. 24, 2013
Link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressofatlanticcity/obituary.aspx?n=david-j-shepanski&pid=168719184&fhid=27033

…Dave, your cheerful personality brightened many a day here at the store. You were loved and will be missed and remembered by us all at Fisherman’s Headquarters.
~ Stan & Greg

December 19, 2013 ———————————————————————-

The five day forecast is looking nice! Temperature wise the weather man is calling for above average, possibly record high temperatures this weekend. Take advantage and wet a line. There’s a good chance you’ll find a schoolie or two. There has been “hear say” of some small bass on the beach. Plugging is the best bet, e.g. sp minnow, small needlefish, metal with a teaser.

Here is some positive intel… Yesterday Matt Cook posted on Facebook a picture of a nice bass with a caption, “Got 10 at the beach”. He didn’t mention what beach but from the picture the sun was up and a blurple Bomber was in the bass’s mouth.

Check out Dave Henn’s 23.3-lb tog!!! http://www.njsaltwaterfisherman.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=573:dave-henn-233lbs-tog&catid=50:catch-of-the-week&Itemid=234

Anyone looking to target big bluefin tuna jigging, casting popper and trolling (last resort) off of North Carolina’s Outter Banks this March???  I just got word from Captain Stew Hitchner of the Pez Machine that he is almost booked solid. BUT… he saved a block of premium dates (late March) for me. Out of the block, half of the days are full leaving a few with open spots for 1-4 anglers a day. It is $450 per angler per day to fish. That includes a 20% tip for the captain and the mate. There are NO OTHER “hidden” FEES like some boats that tell you once back at the dock, “there’s a fuel surcharge and oh ya it’s $X per pound for the fish cleaning station boyz, no way around it.” You do not need to bring any fishing tackle. There will be top of the line jigging, popping and trolling gear for everyone to use

It is going to be a great time! If you are interested send an email to the shop asking for more info with the subject “OBX Bluefin Tuna”. Please provide your name, email address and phone number.

To get you in the mood… Here is a link to a short YouTube video from one of the days last year. Store staffer Joni going to work on a 130 in the gunnel. Unfortunately the jig bite was dead that day but we still hammer them on the troll.

~FishHead.Greg

December 14, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Barnegat High School 5th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market
Saturday December 14, 2013  –  from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Barnegat High School, 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat, NJ 08005

“Reel in some Holiday Deals!”

NEW * USED * CUSTOM * ANTIQUE * RODS * REELS * LURES * COLLECTIBLES AND MUCH MORE!!
Door Prizes – Every half hour (lures, tackle, rods/reels, passes for headboat, etc)
$4.00 Admission, Kids 12 and under FREE

Last year there were close to 500 in attendance and $500 in scholarships were generated for graduating seniors.

Please come out and help support our fishing club by attending the flea market. All proceeds go towards the students involved in the fishing club.

Vendors wanted, limited space. For information call: Capt. Brett Taylor (609) 290-7709 or email: btaylor@barnegatschools.com

Fisherman’s Headquarters was there.

December 12, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Dec 12, 2013 5:13 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Wrap w/ recap

That’s a wrap! As per usual this time of year is bitter sweat as I am always a bit somber about pulling the Reel Fantasea for the season but on the other hand I always look forward to enjoying and spending the holidays with family and friends.

2013 Season Recap

Anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea started 2013 back in early March with some of the best light tackle schoolie striped bass action we have ever had with the opening day seeing 90+ catch and release bass for a 4 man crew! As we progressed into Late March and April anglers added bluefish, redfish, blackfish and weakfish to the cast of characters.

As the season continued to mature into late April and May we started seeing bigger keeper bass taking up residence in our backbay and inlet with the best action being scored on live bait with a few of my sharpies doing quit well with the artificials.

Mid to late May we started to see our first wave of trophy striped bass, scored most reliably on Tony Maja Custom Bunker Spoons as bunker schools were hard to locate and even harder to obtain via snag and drop. Unfortunately as soon as our trophy spring striper run started so did a hard and relentless Southwest wind that took our optimum ocean temps of mid fifties and sent them into a steep dive with temps plummeting into the forties in short order. Bluefish continued their ravenous rampage through out the bay and inlet keeping the rods bending, drags singing and anglers smiling while employing the light spinning tackle.

Thankfully some of the best wreck fishing for Sea Bass was ready to fill the void with limits of both fantastic quality and quantity. The wrecks that we fished had sea bass 20-40ft thick off the bottom! It was just a matter of baiting up and sending the offerings down and reel your dinner back up to the surface! Freezer filling was on order for most folks that could keep up the with the fast pace.

As the season wore into July and August we started seeing our summer vacationing families introduce their own lil’ guppies to the fun and excitement of fishing. The back bay variety saw fantastic light action with trips seeing a mix of bluefish, stripers, fluke, weakfish, blowfish, kingfish, croakers, spot, shark, blackfish… and more. While the inshore reefs and wrecks had some of the best quality fluke that we have seen in long long time.

September and October had us still targeting resident stripers ,bluefish , blackfish and a surprising amount of nice black drum… while waiting for the first wave of migrating stripers and bluefish. Vast schools of spike weakfish took up residence just off the inlet to add to the variety well into late October and early November.

The calendar no sooner turned it’s page to November and as if on cue we were into the thick of the “Fall Run”. Although this fall run things were somehow different than years past as we witnessed countless free jumping schools of stripers that seemingly were reluctant to respond to any of our traditional methods . Sight casting directly into the “anticipated fray” with a variety of offerings seemed to be our best and most productive way for our anglers limits. As the run picked up it’s tempo the only thing that slowed us down was some of the tenacious weather that got between us and the stripers. When we could run the beaches unabated we scored very consistently with stripers and big bluefish. This isn’t to say that limits were as sure as the 2011 fall run but anglers did score quality and quantity on most outings. By late November signs were pointing to an early end to the run as if overnight we went from all keepers to a mix of shorts and keepers than finally all shorts.

December the fishing and the weather continued it’s downward spiral as snow, wind and freezing temps conspired against us leading to the earliest haul out in years ending our 2013 season promptly. Certainly the catching isn’t over as there is still plenty of shorts and even a few keepers around when conditions cooperate for the committed few but for now I will be enjoying the holiday season before prepping for the 2014 season.

Once again I am honored to have been invited back to be part of TV host and chief editor of Saltwater Sportsman Magazine George Poveromo’s Saltwater Sportsman National Seminars Serieshttp://www.nationalseminarseries.com/locations.php as a faculty member. The series will be locally held at Long Branch Middle School on Saturday January 25th. This is a great way to rid your self of cabin fever and have a great chance of winning great prizes as well.

I would like to extend a sincere Thank YOU to all who have fished aboard the Reel Fantasea this year. I find myself truly blessed and grateful to not only meet and fish with so many new friends but also many returning old friends as well!

Wishing everyone a Blessed, Happy, & Healthy Holiday Season,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

December 8, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Bill Effing from Bensalem PA stopped in over the weekend and picked up a new Shimano Trinidad and some tackle. He fished aboard the Doris Mae IV on their deep water sea bass and cod trip. Bill reported catching thirteen juicy seabass, a couple ling and pollock, plus one cod and a gator bluefish He said he’ll be back out next weekend.

~ Fish Head Greg

December 5, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Store staffer Blake has been plugging the surf for a few nights and catching short Striped Bass. However last night he did a little better by catching and releasing a 30″ Striped Bass on a Daiwa SP Minnow. A fellow angler with him who was also using the SP’s hooked up with three (3) short Striped Bass.

Received: Dec 5, 2013 11:37 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

It is starting to look like the 2013 fishing season in Beach Haven waters for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is coming to an end. After waiting for many weeks for the striped bass to arrive, a sudden drop in air and water temperatures put the brakes on what was a nice 2-week run on stripers. As a result most of the area captains are putting their boats away for the winter and thinking about the 2014 fishing season already.

Captain John Lewis returned to chartering fulltime on the “Insatiable” this year after several years of splitting his time between chartering and running a boat for a private individual. Captain John declared this year as a decent one after Hurricane Sandy and a poor spring got things off to a slow start.

Captain Lindsay Fuller is keeping the “June Bug” in Forked River for the first time this year after many years in North Carolina.

Captain John Koegler has run the “Pop’s Pride” up the Delaware River to a spot above Philadelphia close to his winter home where he can keep a close eye on the craft.

Captain Fran Verdi had the “Francesca Marie” out fishing for stripers right to the point that they stopped biting completely. He says that he intends to have the “Francesca Marie” ready for the start of striper season in March, 2014.

At this time the captains and crews of all of the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Association wish to wish everyone a healthy and enjoyable holiday season and great start to the New Year.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

December 3, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Joe Hartman called in a great report late in the day. He said, “smashed the bass at sunset!” As the sun dropped and right into dark the bite was on. He caught a number of bass on bunker up to 42 inches. Quality bass!

Store staffer Blake G. has been putting a lot of time in off the beach and has been catching. This morning he had three on but only successfully released one. The others shook the hooks on his needlefish.

~ Fish Head Greg

December 2, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Dec 2, 2013 6:51 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Last week started with an all star cast and fishing celebrity “A” list which stared Tony Maja aka Mr. Bunker Spoon & EZ outrodder and Gary Caputi of Salt Water Magazine’s and the man who wrote the book on “Striped Bass Fishing” for a quick but frigid start of the day while employing our light tackle tactics. The first stop had both veterans doubled up with quality striped bass on the light stuff with both fish providing drag burning fun and excitement. Both Tony and Gary continued to exhibit their veteran fishing skills landing their limit + catch and release until trips end.

The Village Harbor Fishing Club was back out this week to find much improved weather conditions but only to find the bass more scattered and reluctant than the prior week. A slow start didn’t keep us from locating a significant body of fish that seemingly had already indulged earlier in the morning. As we continued to work over the school of striped bass the guys did manage a couple of quality striped bass and a few short bass before the school scattered and could no longer be located.

A mid week storm system with high winds kept us tied to the dock for a couple of days.

Next up was the Bill Cohen party out on “Black Friday” to find a cold but much improved weather conditions. All aboard worked hard but could only manage a 1/2 dozen short stripers before the bell.

The Tony Maffie Party was up next in brisk and frigid Northeast winds that seemed to scatter the schools of striped bass and seemingly putting the fish off the bite. The guys worked hard to no avail and with the sea conditions less than desirable we mutually called it a day early.

The Pete Westervelt crew ended the week in much better weather and sea conditions enjoying solid light tackle action with 20+ short striped bass. No keepers were scored but the guys enjoyed their day catching their first stripers ever.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

December 1, 2013 ———————————————————————-

LBI Fall Tournaments…

Fall 2013 59th Annual LONG BEACH ISLAND SURF FISHING CLASSIC (LBISFC) “THE LBI DERBY”
– October 7th to December 1st, 2013
– NO BOAT TOURNAMENT
– Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic (LBISFC)
Website is located at http://www.lbift.com/
Weigh-in Log is located at http://www.visitlbiregion.com/fish/index.cfm?action=viewResults

Fisherman’s Headquarters Fall Classic Calcutta Side-Bet
– The Fall Classic  & Fisherman’s Headquarters Calcutta run concurrently

The 6th Annual Freehold Fishing Flea Market is today, Sunday, December 1st from 9am to 3pm.
It’s at the Park Avenue Elementary School located at 280 Park Avenue in Freehold, NJ 07728.
Admission is $4, kids 12 and under are free. It will be a great place to find all sort of fishing tackle.
We will have a couple tables there with some great deals. Come check it out! Hope to see you there.

November 29, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Bill Ambrose fished Friday morning in the boat off of LBI. Bill landed this 30-lber and a 20-lb class striped bass also. He caught both bass on the troll off of the north end of the Island.

Scott Simpson reported catching one bass in the morning off of the surf while plugging.

~ Fish Head Greg

November 28, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Happy Thanksgiving Day! On Thanksgiving Day Fisherman’s Headquarters will only be open for the 1st shift, which is from 5:30 AM to 1PM. There will be no second shift.

Yesterday was a great day for surfing but not so nice to be fishing. There was a solid ground swell pumping. Add in the rain and you can understand why most anglers stayed at home or work. Although there were far less than perfect conditions John P. put some time in and was rewarded. John reported having a great day off of the surf on the north end of the Island. “I fished first light but it was dead. No birds or signs of life. I took a pounding from the heavy shore break and surge from the swell. I was beat up but kept at it. After a couple hours the wind stopped and then switched westerly. Like someone flipped the switch. It was ON! The birds and bait stacked up on the beach. The sand eels were washing up at my feet. I was also snagging them on the retrieve. From 7:30 to 9am I caught 10 bass. Then the birds moved on and it slowed down to random bites. By noon I caught 15 bass all together, with two keepers.” John said the only thing he could effectively use in the rough water was a 3oz metal which he fished with a teaser. He described working the edge of a deep bowl which had a great white water on the side of it. Best of all John said, “There was no one else around! I had it all to myself”

Store staffer Joe C. hit the mid-island surf yesterday morning before work. Joe said he didn’t have a touch, “The water looked great. I was holding with 8 oz but no takers

Received: Nov 28, 2013 12:45 AM Subject: Open Boat Stripers

Excellent striper fishing along Island Beach State Park. Catching them in 25 to 35 feet of water and then out in 60 feet of water. Sometimes just a few hours separates which zone is offering the better fishing so you have to monitor both.

Casting soft plastics like Fin-S which are working well especially when the bird play heats up and you see the bass surfacing Traditional diamond jigs and Avas are catching some fish when the deep readings are good. Trolling is always working. Sandeel umbrella rigs are doing the best for us.

There are a few “just short” fish in the mix but for the most part, it’s an excellent average size this Fall. A lot of 12 to 18 pound fish.

We will be running Open Boat Trips this Saturday, Nov. 30 and Monday, Dec. 2. Departing at 6:30 AM and returning at 12:30 PM. $150 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. It’s best to call me on the cell to reserve a spot 732.330.5674.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

November 27, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Nov 27, 2013 9:13 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Last week started with Village Harbor Fishing Club alumni staring Bill Dapney, Joe Filice, Dave Spendeiss and Jim Blendine greeted with a brisk North wind rather than the more favorable predicted Northwest wind. Flocks of diving hungry gannets and assorted other gulls were encountered as we made our way up the beach finding just a few scattered fish marks on the sonar amongst vast schools of bait. As we continued to work our way North we stopped on our first promising location to have Joe Filice to be the first VHFC member to come tight and ice a nice upper teen/lower twenty pound class striped bass. From there the rest of the guys joined in mixing it up between quality stripers and a couple of big blues till trips end. New comer to fall striped bass action found Jim scoring not only his striped bass ever but also scoring the days largest striped bass! Way to go Jim!

Next up was the Bill Sauer party facing another unpredicted even stiffer NNE wind with rough and building 4-6ft+ sea condition making the deck difficult and a bit unsafe for conditions at best. Taking the safer route we worked our way back to the inlet to find not much going on and mutually agreeing on a early return.

Still Breezy but much calmer conditions found brothers Frank and Joe Hettler scoring their limit of quality stripers and than playing catch and release till trips end.

Next up was regulars Jay Simmons, Karl Steffan, Ernie Rosenberg and Shawn Hawthorne joining forces for a quick start icing 3-4 stripers till the bite ground to an even faster halt. The crew remained patient as we methodically worked our way around schools of bait and diving gulls through the rest of the late morning and early afternoon until we found a large body of stripers that were laying on the bottom being reveled by the help of diving gulls. From there the guys closed out the day topping off the cooler and than played catch and release until heavy boat traffic put the striped bass off the bite at the bell.

The Jeff Hayes party ended the week with the crew working hard to put 4 quality striped bass into the cooler while employing live bait.

Sundays frigid NW Gale lead to a cancelation due to wicked weather conditions.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Nov 27, 2013 2:42 PM   Subject: Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report

The 2013 fishing season for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is slowly starting to wind down with a sizeable presence of striped bass just off the beaches. As some captains are proceeding with plans to put their boats away for the winter, other captains are squeezing out some last fishing days out of the year.

Captain John Koegler on “Pop’s Pride” had his final trip and boated 3 nice striped bass from 38 to 44-inches. He found the bass were on top and tough to catch. He used some old rubber eel plastics he had that were green and brown and they worked. He was plagued by spiny dogfish when fishing on the bottom. He is taking his boat to the Philadelphia area up the Delaware River by water until spring which is near his winter home.

Captains Carl Sheppard and Jimmy Zavasky fished for stripers last weekend on the “Star Fish” out of Morrison’s Marina. They found the fishing was best on a slow troll. They passed over many large schools of bait, some stretching from top to bottom of the sounder’s screen. Some of the schools had Gannets working them. Captain Carl did find scattered large stripers and occasional big blues from the red tower off Beach Haven north to the twin water towers in Surf City. His fishing was best with umbrella rigs trolled at depths between 30-50 feet. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” reports that after the impending northeast storm passes, he will be making some “open boat” trips over the Thanksgiving weekend. The bass are still here and he anticipates some good action. He will be either trolling or jigging. He predicts that once the ocean water hits 44-degrees the fish will be on the move south. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

November 26, 2013 ———————————————————————-

1:15 PM

We opened up with just a little bit of fresh bunker left. It went fast. Fortunate we got a call from our bunker boat letting us know they are on the bunker. We expect the delivery before dark today.

Right now the wind is dead and the ocean is flat. It has been a beautiful morning but it will not stay that way. We have an area of low pressure tracking this way which is forecasted to roll in and intensify tonight. The storm is full of heavy rain and gusty winds. There’s a gale warning in effect this evening through Wednesday night. The storm is forecasted to rapidly exit so it should be out of here by Thanksgiving Day. Turkey Day looks to offer westerly winds and mostly sunny skies with an easing S/SSE swell. Now onto the fishing report…

Josh Goldman stopped in the shop this morning after an all nighter fishing the beach. He reported catching this morning on the south end, “Half dozen schoolie bass plugging with an SP Minnow.”

Team Hobie’s Bob Neuweiler of New Gretna stopped in shortly after we opened this morning. He asked, “Right (south) or left (north)?” With yesterday’s weigh-in from Rich as well as some other shop chatter all coming out of Harvey Cedars I replied, “Left or let a coil (flip) decided.” Bob took my advise and hit the Harvey Cedars surf right at first light. He said, “I walked over the dunes and checked it out first. I did not see birds but there were some interesting slicks that caught my eye. I did not feel like driving around to chase birds (original game plan) so I geared, launched my Hobie kayak and went on the HUNT!!! I found a pile of bass right on the back side of the sandbar very close to the beach near the slicks.” Bob went on to tell me he hammer the bass on swimming plugs as the tide pushed in. Bob kept his two and said he was going to brine and smoke both of them today in preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Bob said the water temperature was 43-45 degrees.

Check out Bob’s YouTube Channel SpinFisherBob

~FishHead.Greg

November 25, 2013 ———————————————————————-

8:30 PM

We had one weigh in off of the surf today. Rich Ehala checked in a 32″ 12-lb 12-oz striped bass that he caught off of the mid-island surf on clam. Through out the day we heard from other anglers too. One reported catching two bass about 28″ this morning on a Hopkins metal with a teaser.

We’ve had a number of calls and a couple emails asking about out hours on Thanksgiving Day.  We will open like a usual weekday morning at 5:30am; however, we will be closing early at 1pm so all staff can enjoy the afternoon and evening with their families. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2013 ———————————————————————-

3:00 PM

Cold conditions today but surprisingly there were a lot of anglers fishing and catching.

John Parzak reported an icy early morning session. Line guides were iced up but stripers were caught.

Mike Pomykacz of Williamstown, NJ landed a 19.6-lb 36.25″ striped bass.

1:30 PM

Jason Vogel of Norristown, PA weighed-in an 18-lb 8-oz (36″x19″) Striped Bass for the LBISFC that was caught on a lure while fishing Harvey Cedars last night.

November 23, 2013 ———————————————————————-

5:15 PM

A load of fresh bunker has been delivered. Typical primo baits. Bundle up and get ready for action. The bite was on today. We had a number of weigh-ins and lots of anglers in the shop with positive chatter. When the bunker was delivered we got word that the bait and fish are still stacked up. The bunker man said there were lots of stripers, big blues and massive piles of bait today.

Thirteen year old Cameron Conard was the stand out today with his 36.3-lb striped bass. Cameron caught the 46″ bass last night around mid-night on bunker. Note Cameron is not registered in the Derby.

Mark and Todd Dayter of Philly weighed in a pair of bass (15.85-lb and a 16.55-lb) today. They caught them off of the mid-island surf on clam just before high tide.

Get your tuna popping gear out! The bluefin have been blowing up. For the past 2-3 weeks there has been lots of sightings not far from shore. There has been some anglers getting in on the action and hooking up.  We received a firm report of one that was boated by Andy Worst. Your best bet is to troll Joe Shutes Lures baited with ballyhoo way back or if you find them put a popper, stick bait or soft bait in front of their face.

1:00 PM

Dan Garby of Warwick, NY weighed-in a 20-lb 14.4-oz (37-1/2″x21-1/2″) Striped Bass that was caught on metal while fishing Barnegat Light this morning.

Bill Lipman of Marlton, NJ weighed-in an 18-lb 2.4-oz (36″x21″) Striped Bass that was caught on a plug while fishing Barnegat Light this morning.

12:45 PM

Finally I shook the skunk! I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’ve put in time but just have not got a bite. Wrong places at the wrong times? Right places wrong time/tide? This morning I started off missing a good smack in the dark. It was within my first dozen cast on a wooden needlefish. Unfortunately I could not get another for awhile. As the light crept out, the birds got active and eventually there was a big flock playing with bait right in tight. Bass were visually feeding but they didn’t want my offerings. I cycled through a couple different lures (not easy to do so with gloved hands that are numb) and finally found what one bass wanted, a small sandeel imitation softbait. I only managed the one before the activity slid off. The sun was at the eye burn level so I called it at about 8AM.

There were a number of other anglers fishing the area. I’d estimate that I saw about a half dozen bass. There were also a couple small cocktail blues that were going for some angler’s teaser. Speaking of a teaser… Yesterday morning Jim McMinamin caught a beauty on his teaser plugging. It was a fat 22-lb bass. There’s still some quality fish around. I also heard in the shop yesterday some talk about a couple 30-lb class fish in the boats.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Nov 23, 2013 8:51 AM Subject: Fishing Report Reel Reaction Sportfishing

I had Mike Sicilia and his son James out for a morning bass charter – it was game on early. We chased schools of bass for half the morning jigging with AVA’s and Flutter-jigs, but soft plastics took the keepers. As we approached the 3-mile line range, we had to regrettably turn away from a nice school of bass working the surface. So it was back to searching, jigging, and trolling for more bass. We trolled bucktails “Montauk style” and pulled umbrella rigs but could only muster 12-18lb monster bluefish. The father and son team ended the day with 2 nice stripers and a bunch of bluefish, only keeping a few for the table. We “christened” another angler with James getting his first-ever Striped Bass.

I had regular Mark Miller (Elkton, Md), his son Adam, and nephew Andrew out an afternoon striped bass charter – we worked hard fishing the beach to the 3-mile line, but could only muster bluefish and sundial flounder by both trolling umbrella rigs (tubes & sand-eels) and jigging, as the stripers had lock-jaw. We did have a run-off on live spot off IBSP – fish didn’t take the spot – most likely a short bass. There was a morning bite, but the afternoon was a super-slow pick. We did see the US Coast Guard in Barnegat Light with stripers laid on the CG dock – evidently they nailed recreational boats fishing over the 3-mile line – this carries a federal fine of $100 per fish and state fine of $250 per fish. Make sure you are within the 3-mile limit.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

November 22, 2013 ———————————————————————-

3:00 PM

Fresh bunker delivery just came in. The bunker man reported that there were some scattered bird plays with bass and blues under them.

So far, yesterday was the most active weigh in day of the Derby. Hopefully it is a sign of good days ahead. Customers in the shop reported nothing today but others reported a fish or two.

Scott S. reported that for him this morning was slow in the boat. He said there were a lot of boats. Most everyone was spread out and the jigging just wasn’t happening. Scott said that trolling was the best bet to pick away at the fish. “Yesterday was a different story. We were hammering the bass right up on the beach in 10′ of water.”

10:00 AM

Greg O’Connell posted on facebook last night… “Good to see LBI coming to life and getting a little night bite going. Even if only small fish… 28-33″ bass.”

9:30 AM

John H. just weighed in a 16-lb 37″ bass. He caught it mid-island surf on a deadly dick this morning.

~ Fish Head Greg

November 21, 2013 ———————————————————————-

3:30 PM

Fresh Bunker is in stock.

3:00 PM

There’s some fish on the beach. Early morning wasn’t much but the bite turned on late morning and early afternoon on bait. One customer by the name of Don called and shared a report of two fish. We also had two weigh-ins. Stan Steinberg weighed in a 14-lb 8-oz bass at 1pm today. He caught it off of the Brant Beach Surf on bunker. Shortly after Stan left Nick Sabatino stopped by with a weigh-in. He caught a 18-lb 9-oz bass on bunker in Beach Haven.

Al Waldron reported on our Facebook page yesterday…. “Although we are lazy old fisherman… we caught as many stripers and blues as we could in 35-50 feet of water about 2miles off of Beach Haven and north today Up to 23 pounds. Some big blues mixed in. Live spot and anything that looks like a sand eel worked the best. The big fish had 40+ sandeels in its belly and still tried to eat a live spot. The sky was full of thousands of birds. The sandeels were so thick that some birds were just sitting in the water scooping them into their beaks (never saw that before). A huge 25’+ whale decided to pop up next to the boat to make the day even more interesting. Life is good.”

~ Fish Head Greg

1:30 PM

Nick Sabatino of Shamong, NJ weighed in an 18-lb 9-oz (37-1/4″x19-1/2″) Striped Bass for the LBISFC and FHQ Side-Bet that he caught in Beach Haven using bunker.

1:00 PM

Just got a call from a customer Don. He called to give us heads up that there he found a pair of bass on the beach. He just landed two bass on bait on the south end. One 31″ and one over 34″. He said he might stop in to weigh in one later.

Stan Steinberg of Warrington, PA weighed in a 14-lb 8-oz (34-1/2″x18″) Striped Bass for the LBISFC that he caught in Brant Beach using bunker.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:44 PM   Subject: Open Boat Stripers

The wind is going hard northwest for the next three or four days! Finally. It’s going to be a nice ocean and it should be excellent fishing. Only one way to find out.

The bass are in full swing. When the ocean lets us get out, the fish are there for the taking. We have been catching them casting soft plastics, jigging metal, and trolling. Anything from 27 inch fish to 18 pounders are in the mix. We are using 10 pound spinning outfits when casting and these fish smoke some drag on these light outfits. If the birds aren’t working and casting or jigging isn’t working then we have a meeting about trolling. That works every day, but I always let you guys decide and majority rules.

Running Open Boat tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 22, 11 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Nov. 24, 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM. $150 per person. 3 person max. All fish are shared. Please call, don’t email to reserve a spot or inquire about anything. We have everything. Just bring whatever you want to eat and drink, we have the rest. If you have a favorite rod, bring it.

Here’s Herman Diaz with his striper from Sunday.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

November 20, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Nick English weighed in a 16-lb 4oz bass this morning. He caught it off of the Harvey Cedars surf on a AVA jig. We also got word of other bass on the north end surf.

Todd L was in the shop this morning purchasing a Van Staal reel. He reported catching as well as his father in-law and a couple other anglers in the area.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Nov 20, 2013 10:15 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The striped bass have finally arrived in Beach Haven, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are in the midst of the action.

After many weeks of hearing of hot fishing to the north, the striper bite arrived off Long Beach Island with a vengeance over the past couple of weeks. These fish are now a short ride from the inlet and are being caught by trolling, jigging, and live lining spot.

Captain Jimmy Zavasky and mate Pat took the “Star Fish” out and found the stripers abundant. The bass were up on top and chasing bait as Chris Bertuccini of Woolwich Township and his friends hit pay dirt. According to Captain Carl Sheppard “If you jigged on the bottom you caught nothing but doggies, while up on top the fish ate anything that looked like an eel.” The party on the “Star Fish” boated 13 bass with 10 keepers in the box. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” had a couple of successful striper trips. Linda Swartz and her 10 year old son Michael and her work partner had good luck in the rain. Michael showed himself up to the task as he caught his first striper. The party returned with two nice bass. The next trip was with Ross Alber and friends. Despite a heavy fog, fish were caught. One 16 year old caught his first striper to go with another fish of about 20-pounds. Two more stripers spit the hook at the boat which were also about 20-pounders. For information on the 38′ Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” has had several trips where he managed to find limit catches for his anglers along with enough throwbacks to tire them out. Most of his good catches were with live spot in close to the beach. His anglers brought bonus tags so they could take an extra fish home for the freezer. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Since there is so much bait in the water off Long Beach Island, there is no reason why this hot bite will not last for a few weeks.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

November 19, 2013 ———————————————————————-

There’s a bluefish on the board! Bill Montrey caught a 12 pounder on bunker in Harvey Cedars this morning.

There were also other fish caught. Tom Valerio had a good morning today. He weighed in a 17-lb 12-oz bass that he caught on bunker. While here Tom said he lost a good fighting bluefish and he also tagged and released a 30″ bass.

We got a fresh bait delivery today. There’s some primo bunkers here. The bunker boys said, “There is a big mass of fish still parked right off the beach. Tomorrow’s Easterly (North-East predicted) winds could put them on the beach.”

Howard and Brandon stopped in the shop today. He reported great tog fishing in the Inlet on Sunday… 20 tog with 9 keepers including a 6 and a 7 pound white chinner.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Nov 19, 2013 7:27 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Bass Slamboree

Quality striped bass from mid teens to the low twenty pound range continue to fill limits for anglers aboard the “Reel Fantasea”. Weather has been somewhat of an obstacle of late but when the elements aren’t against us we are into the thick of quality bass!

Last week a last minute cancellation filled quickly with Paul DeJohn, Dan Pileggi and Steve Seckinger for an open boat charter with all aboard scoring their limits of stripers to 20+lbs with plenty of catch and release of more bass and blues until trips end.

Fridays regulars with Jay Simmons , Ernie Rosenberg, Shawn Hawthorne, and Bill Weller had more of the same solid bass and bluefish action with all scoring their limits of striped bass and playing catch and release until trips end.

Saturday we got an early jump with regulars Jay Simmons, Ernie Rosenberg , Kevin Rust and new comer Walt Maier scoring our limit of striped bass quickly before heavy weekend/tournament boat traffic slowed the bite to a pick.

Sunday’s Trip had the Dave Cammarata Party finding themselves 1 striper short of a full boat limit + some shorts before dense fog made it difficult to stay with and relocate the fish before our limit could be scored before time ran out and safe navigating took precedence.

Monday had us pinned inside the bay due to hazardous inlet conditions for the Ryan Coleman Party. We were greeted with big ominous swells on the incoming tide which foretold the reality of a dangerous outgoing tide return. Remaining safely inside the bay the guys worked hard to no avail. Returning to the inlet to recheck the outgoing tide revealed the reality of the dangerous condition with standing 6-10ft breakers at the mouth of the inlet.

Please visit us on Face Book and view photos and hopefully “like us”. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Nov 19, 2013 1:36 PM   Subject: Red Drum

I caught a 25” Red Drum at low tide on Saturday the 16th, off the beach in Loveladies from out on a sand bar on bunker.

~ Crowe, John

November 18, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Nov 18, 2013 10:22 PM    Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The fall run has finally taken off with lightning speed and with that the question out of the inlet is: Do I run North? Do I run South? Or do I go straight out? No matter which way I have turned, or not turned, my plan has been working well within a few miles of the lighthouse. After the midweek influx of bass eager to take plastics and live bait, I saw hungry, mean, hard fighting bluefish enter the scene Sunday. Most of them were in the 6-10 pound range while the bass hitting the deck of the Debbie M have been mostly keepers to 20 pounds. Right now the bass do not seem to be tightly schooled so my best plan of attack has been to use the birds to guide me to the general location of actively feeding fish and then drift the area while fishing and looking at the fish finder. If I read fish from time to time I stay. While drifting I have been throwing soft plastics and dropping down live spot with equal success. Ocean temps are still in the low 50s so there is a lot more to this run before the fat lady sings!

Here is yet some more fishing video from this weekend to enjoy… http://youtu.be/HimmNvdSego

Screaming drags

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Date: Nov 18, 2013 7:54 PM   Subject: Fishing Report

Greg,

In response to the inquiry regarding the difference between Island Beach and LBI I can agree with you on the angle of projection into the ocean of each differing shore line. I can also give the following report .

Friday morning 4.30 am to 6.30 AM fished beach on Island Beach @ Seaside Park south of amusement pier. Had two stripers swim by me but did not get a bite of any kind.

Drove down to LBI and hit Harvey Cedars and Beach Haven. Again nothing.

Saturday in the light rain, ran boated out to the Harvey Cedars Lump along with all the other boats and picked up a nice 34 ” striper and two blues that where in the 15-16 pound range. All fish were filled with SAND EELS. Picked them up on the troll with red and white stretch 25s.

~ MM

Received: Monday, November 18, 2013 11:07 AM    Subject: Fishing Reports

Can anyone answer why the fishing in Island Beach State Park (IBSP) is so great and at Long Beach Island (LBI) it is so terrible. Betty and Nicks show fish after fish being caught at IBSP and on LBI almost nothing. the tournament is 40 days old and hundreds of people fishing and there are only 18 fish caught. boo hoo. So much time and effort for so little reward. Just wondering. Thanks

~ Art Manion

Reply…

I can’t provide an exact reason but I can speculate on facts. Island Beach State Park is an easterly facing beach, much like all of the Northern Jersey coast. Long Beach Island is the northern most beach in New Jersey that has a more southerly facing angle. It is the beginning of the transitions where the coast begins to cut back in. For example Atlantic City faces much more south the LBI. The reason why I detail this is because of a number of things. Mainly bathymetry and water temperature. Sometimes the water temps off of IBSP and LBI differ, often significantly. The bathymetry would be my guess to the main answer to your question “why is the fishing in ibsp so great and at lbi it is terrible”. Both IBSP and LBI have drastically different bottom contours. Also the more lines in the water the more fish that are likely to be caught. There’s a lot more anglers fishing IBSP than LBI right now.

Another thing that should be noted is sand eels are a unique forage. Most bait migrate in and out of the bays/estuaries and then up and down the coast. Sand eels are different. They are bottom dwelling sand burrowers. Sand eels move deep to shallow, shallow to deep. Sure they move north to south up or down the coast to some extent but from what I have read bodies of sandeels do not migrate the coast like mullet, bunker, mackerel, etc. This is one reason that the middle of Long Island’s South Shore striper sandeel bite was on fire for over a month this fall. I drove up four separate times and had phenomenal 4-6 hours sessions of non-stop fish. The fish seemed to move on and New Jersey has seen a major influx of these fish. The commercial boats just reported to us that a major mass of bass moved into our area this weekend. They are on the water everyday actively fishing with high end electronics. They know more about what’s in the area than anyone.

My personal feeling is this… There are and there has been bait and fish here. I know that because I’ve caught well when I’ve had the time to fish. Our biggest bass of the year showed up on time at the end of October unfortunately not nearly the quantity that we all would have likes. That stock is WAY down. Then the “run” begun to show behind the first wave; however, so did a huge mass of ferocious dogfish that stacked up on our beaches. I believe that local bass and new bass moving into our area at this time chose to hang further off where there was plenty of bait and not the same heated feeding competition. These dogfish I speak of were caught in large numbers by the local gill netters that usually catch these further offshore. Boat fishing has been great both north and south of Barnegat Inlet. When will the bass hit our beaches in full force? It’s anyone’s guess.

My outlook for the rest of November is good. We have plenty of fishing ahead of us so I feel the fat lady isn’t even thinking about singing yet. Our epic 2011 bite didn’t get rolling until about this time of year and it went strong through mid-December.

~ Fish Head Greg

11:45 AM

With to tog limit increase green crabs and white leggers were in high demand. We ordered a bunch but it wasn’t enough. Unfortunately we will not get more greenies until Tuesday mid-day.

Yesterday was a great day with light winds a very mild temperatures. For boat anglers, the fog made navigation difficult at times. We heard from one customer who said he caught five bass on the troll.

Now today we have a beautiful day with lots of sun. The southwesterly wind just started blowing within the hour. There was one bass weighed in on the south end today for the LBI Surf Fishing Tournament buy Dave Kendall of Reading, PA. Dave caught a 19-lb 5-oz bass on a bunker chunk about 8 am down in Holgate.

November 17, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Nov 17, 2013 5:37 PM   Subject: Laura sport fishing 11/17

Big Jon and company had their five man striper limit today on umbrella rigs and sand eel imitation soft plastics. Action started slow but between 8:30 and 10:30 AM it was game on with 7 shorts and plenty on blues.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562

November 16, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Nov 16, 2013 8:19 PM    Subject: 11/16 LBI Charters Report

Headed out with Cullen, Brian, Brian and Greg for opening day of blackfish. We put in a long day had bites from 30 foot to 80 foot. Couple spots started to come alive with keepers and shorts and then would just stop. Ended day with 17 keeper blackfish along with 14 keeper sea bass.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Nov 16, 2013 2:14 PM   Subject: 11/16/13 report

Today, a buddy of mine brought me trolling outside Barnegat Inlet. 11 stripers with most being keeper size and one hookup was a double header. It was a solid day of fishing.

~ William Newnam Jr

Received: Nov 16, 2013 11:06 AM   Subject: First Bass

This morning, Sarah Filice of Surf City, NJ and Southern Regional High School weighed in her first striper at 16-lbs even. It was caught on a bucktail off the bathing beach at IBSP.

~ Brian Roddy

November 15, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Tautog (Blackfish) limit goes up from 1 fish to 6 fish tomorrow.

9:00 PM

Shamong Joe n Boyz hammered the striped bass today. Joe fished aboard a private boat and trolled up the striped bass.He reported, “The bite is on bro! 26 bass by 11:00 AM. The Black Umbrellas killed it!”

6:00 PM

Jack Wolfberg of Fort Washington brought a 10-lb 7-oz tog today. He caught it aboard his private boat fishing off of Beach Haven. This tog was weighed-in for the Fisherman Magazine Dream Boat Fishing Challenge.

Fresh bunker just arrived. The bunker man said a large mass of bass moved into the area. He said, “The fish made a big push south today. There is lots of bass and blues here. We caught all of the bunker off of the north end of the Island, not far from the Inlet. There were bass and blues on the bait.”

~Fish Head Greg

1:00 PM

Yesterday Bill Figley of the Village Harbour Fishing Club weighed in a 12-lb 8-oz bluefish. He caught it aboard the “UNO” off of Seaside.

Mr. Vallone called up the shop today and shared a report, “Out on the boat this morning we found fish (striped bass and bluefish) right outside the Barnegat Inlet. As the morning went on, the fish slid south. There were a lot of boats on them and everyone was catching. This is day four of a great boat bite. Things are looking good for this weekend’s PBA Striper Tournament!”

Now if only an epic surf bite would materialize. We’ve had customers in the shop buying needlefish plugs, metals and teasers. Some report catching but others speak of trouble finding bass. We’ve received a lot of calls asking, “Is the fall over?” There are fish in the suds to be had but not the quantity the boats are into. That could change any day! Keep in mind the 2011 fall bonkers sandeel bite blew up in mid-November and was strong through mid-December. It was cold but the fishing was smoking. We’ve got a lot of fishing ahead of us.

~Fish Head Greg

Date: Nov 15, 2013 7:05 PM   Subject: Reel Reaction Sportfishing

I had Paul Covine and Greg Oravets of Manahawkin, NJ on a bang-em up bass trip – the team had their seven fish limit (bonus tag used) with 2 hours to spare in the trip – we continued to play catch-n-release. Jigging AVA’s and the deadly S&S Sandeel Flutter-jig, along with live-lining spot accounted for most of the striped ones. Greg’s 20-lb bass was caught on an AVA retrieved on the surface, while Paul got top honors with a beautiful 22-lb bass that fell for the S&S Smiling Bill with pork worked “Montauk style”. Paul had never caught a keeper Striped Bass before – well he was officially “christened” with a bass in the teens and a twenty pounder. Great job by all! The bass are HERE and the bite is ON.

I’m booked solid this weekend and also next Saturday (11/23), but I do have next Sunday open (11/24). If interested, please give me a ring (609-290-7709) or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com ). All bait, tackle, gear, ice, etc are provided on every trip.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Nov 15, 2013 12:52 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing

RED HOT striper bite. The bass bite is amazing. It finally broke wide open for us during the last two days for light tackle jigging action. Most fish are keepers in the low 30” range. I have the next two days open for private or open boat. Gota go, fish on!

Capt. Alex LightHouseSportfishing.com Barnegat, NJ 609-548-2511

November 13, 2013 ———————————————————————-

6:45 PM

Sounds like today was a great day in the boats. Read the “Pez Machine” Report below.

~ Fish Head Greg

1:30 PM

We got word again this morning of piles of sand eels but only a couple striped bass being caught. Those anglers reaching out to the backside of the bar are getting it done. Needlefish and softbaits are the ticket. One of these days it’s going to break open. This weekend might be the time!

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM    Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing Event

After weeks of watching fish roll on the surface the jig bite broke wide open today!

Today was to be a maintenance day for the “Pez Machine”… engine oil, gear oil, filters, belts, impellers, etc. It was exciting stuff. We were in a mechanical groove until the “Doris Mae IV” backed into the slip at 10:15. They limited out. And work became a little tougher…

Then, dockmate “The Hunter” backed into the slip at 11:45. They also limited out and let a bunch more go.

Fortunately for us, the engines, gears and generator all had fresh oil and filters. So three of us jumped into the center console and headed out the inlet. It didn’t take long to locate the fish and shortly afterwards we were fighting triple headers. In 50 minutes of fishing we caught and released 22 stripers.. Not a bad lunch hour! The best part is that there are still plenty of fish way to the north.

We still have the following dates available in November: 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28 (AM only)

Give me a shout to get out fishing.

Sincerely,

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56′ Core Sound, 609.287.5136

Received: Nov 13, 2013 7:43 PM   Subject: Open Boat Stripers

Fished four days in a row this past Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon. Had six nice bass on Friday, 12 to 22 pounds on jigs and trolling umbrella rigs and Maja #4 white bunker spoons. Only one fish on Sat. Four nice fish on the troll Sunday including my son Nick’s new personal best, a 30-pounder (Ok, 29.4 really) but we’re calling him 30, here’s the video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC6cSHeL73I

Back on Monday for two more fish, one just short and one 14-pounder, both on the troll. All caught up off of Lavallette in 65 to 70 feet of water, mostly trolling sandeel umbrella rigs. Water temp is still 54 degrees, so we should still have plenty of time left. Monday was a pretty good day for the fleet, just not us. My custom umbrella rigs have been kicking it this Fall, but not Monday. We got schooled by the guys dragging red or black Niners.

Heard some good reports from the party boats north of our inlet jigging fish, so looking forward to some casting and jigging this weekend. Maybe some live spot fishing in the inlet and bay, too.

The “Hi-Flier” is running an Open Boat this Sat and Sun, Nov. 16 and 17, 6:30 AM departure. Targeting Stripers along the coast, in the inlet, or in the bay. Casting, jigging, trolling, livelining, whatever it takes. We’ll have it all. We can do a 6 hour trip or an 8 hour trip. I’ll leave it up to you guys. $150 per man for the 6 hour, $200 for the 8 hour. 3 person max. All fish are shared.

Call to reserve a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Nov 12, 2013 11:23 PM   Subject: No 2014 Jan/Feb Sea Bass Season

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but NOAA has decided that recreational fishing for sea bass in federal waters for January and February of 2014 will be prohibited.

~ Paul Haertel : Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Berkley Striper Club

Received: Nov 13, 2013 8:47 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The striped bass fishing in the Beach Haven area continues to be frustrating for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The water temperatures are finally down where they should be and there is plenty of bait around, but very few bass. There is currently the largest run of sand eels in memory so the bass will hang around when they do arrive.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” has been running a few trips a week with anglers chasing the stripers. He has found that he must run to the north to find any trace of bass despite the enormous amounts of bait in our area of the ocean. He has been finding most of his fish on the troll with his top fish being a nice 30-pounder caught on an umbrella lure. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Captain John Lewis who runs “Insatiable” Sportfishing has also been finding the fishing to be hit and miss. He has been making trips both to the north of Long Beach Island and even south off Brigantine trying to find bass. Last Saturday he took the Dougherty party north of Barnegat Inlet looking for the fish after hearing some good reports of stripers and jumbo bluefish being caught during the week. Captain John said it looked like every boat in New Jersey was also fishing in that area. He trolled up to Ortley beach without a touch, and only heard of a few bass and blues being caught. As the “Insatiable” trolled south for home one of the bunker spoon rods went down. 14 year old Fitz was the only angler with the patience to stay in the cockpit and he was rewarded with a nice 20-pound striper. For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

November 12, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Nov 12, 2013 7:23 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Last minute cancellation!

We have been scoring quality bass up to 34lbs and bluefish around 20lbs all on Penn Battle 4000 light spinning tackle combos for the last couple of weeks and it just keeps getting better! I have 2 spots available for this Thursday, Nov. 14th and I have this Saturday, Nov. 16th available for private or open boat charter. The action has been sight casting to breaking and swirling stripers and blues which is a flat out BLAST! We only troll when all else fails. Come join in on the fun! Call only to reserve 609-290-1217

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

November 10, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Mike Sorrentino of Browns Mills, NJ stopped by the shop today, late in the afternoon. He pulled our scale with a 20-lb striped bass. Mike reported fishing today aboard the Doris Mae IV. He said that most anglers were jigging and without luck he switched over to a plug. He found out that the Bomber Long A is what they wanted!

Ben and Kristy stopped in the shop. While here they reported catching a bunch of herring off of the surf. Ben also said that there were piles of sandeels along the mid-island surf, “There were big black clouds of them in the water. They were washing up on the beach at our feet.”

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Nov 10, 2013 8:08 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

This past week anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea scored both Quality Striped bass to 30+lbs and huge bluefish to 20lbs while employing well suited light spinning tackle to maximize both sport and fun! Although limits of striped bass have been scored regularly amongst anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea it wasn’t always easy by any means. Patients and persistence was the key .

To keep anglers engaged and maximize entertainment… jigging and sight casting to swirling and breaking fish has been our means to connecting with both bass and blues. Trolling is always a possibility when all else fails or if the fish are found to be spread out but fortunately we have not needed to fall back to plan “B”.

The week started with the Intuitive Surgical Group headed up by Mike Hodgkiss, Garth Little, Rob Richardson and Keith Schmid started fast out of the gate under a bird play just North of the inlet scoring loads of huge bluefish till arm weary. As the guys continued to catch those big slammers they were able to add 3 nice quality bass to 20+lbs in the cooler before the fish went off the bite.

Regulars Jay Simmons, Justine Simmons [ PA State Representative], Karl Steffan, and Ernie Rosenberg started the day picking away at huge bluefish on the light spinning tackle. Working under the biggest bird play so far this Fall the guys scored a Full Boat limit of bass and loads of bruiser bluefish!

The Tony Maffie Party ended the week with a solid early bite with more fantastic Fall action with both quality striped bass to 30+lbs and teen size bluefish before trips end.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Nov 10, 2013 9:48 AM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

After a good run of big bluefish with some striped bass mixed in earlier in the week it was tough fishing Thursday thru Saturday. I logged a lot of hours and nautical miles on both the bay and ocean those three days, that’s right the Debbie M was in the ocean ;), and only had one keeper striped bass to show for it. To say the least it was very frustrating. With the calendar creeping into the second week of November finding bass and bluefish should not be difficult to non-existent. As always this time of year I run and gun fish in the ocean and go to plans B and C (fishing the inlet and back bay) as needed or for a change of pace. All of these plans have not consistently paid off this year as they should be doing. The ocean water temperature still remains in the upper 50’s and the water looks gorgeous. The bay is in the lower 50’s and is very clear. There is a myriad of bait stacked off our beaches which includes: sandeels; squid; peanut bunker; adult bunker; hickory shad; butterfish; and rainfish. The birds have been having a feast on all of this bait and some days the flocks stretch for miles. With the best fishing yet to come, bait pens are full of live spots, and new line on every fall reel I will be back at it this week refusing to go the plan D, the local fish market!

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

November 9, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Received: Nov 9, 2013 9:22 PM    Subject: Reel Reaction Sportfishing

I had Dave Colwell, Scott Dean, and Shaun Webster of Cherry Hill, NJ out on an early Saturday charter. We fished a variety spots and had to turn and burn to catch the bite. The trio was game for all tactics – jigging, live-lining, and trolling. I had them jigging AVA’s, bucktails, Bkd’s, and S&S Flutterjigs in which we boated every bait species in the atlantic: adult bunker, herring, mackerel, snapper bluefish, sundial flounder, and squid. But the S&S flutter jig (sandeel color) proved it’s weight with Scott hooking up on two beautiful Striped Bass (35″, 32″), and the trio landed a third (36″) on the troll (umbrella rig). The key to jigging the bass is to keep it very close to the bottom – all of the bass had bellies full on sand-eels and we’re caught in 60+ feet of water.

Currently, I have one opening for charter on Sunday 11/17/13 and a few spots open the rest of the month. If interested, please call 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( http://www.reelreactioncharters.com ). All bait, tackle, rods/reel, ice are provided on every charter.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

November 8, 2013 ———————————————————————-

There were some fish on the beach this morning. Let’s hope it continues throughout the weekend. Cortland Foos caught a 22-lb bass on bunker on the mid-island surf. Also, there were bass caught on needlefish lures. John P caught a schoolie on a yellow super strike needlefish. We received a report from an angler who fished bait last night and was covered up in dogfish.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Nov 8, 2013 6:20 PM    Subject: Stripers

Awesome fishing today. Had my two boys, their Uncle Hubie and Mark Machonis of Manahawkin. We jigged and trolled 10 to 20 pound stripers under birds off of Island Beach and Seaside Pier for three hours. The hottest lure was just a plain Ava 37 with no tail. Either vertical jigging or dropping it to the bottom and then reeling it back fast halfway up and then dropping it back to the bottom.

Back out tomorrow (Sat) with a full boat. Still have room Sun and Mon on our Open Boat trips. West wind forecast for both days. It’s going to be good.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Nov 8, 2013 8:01 AM   Subject: Fishing report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

I had Tom Duralek out on a late, midweek trip to scout for striped bass and try out a new “old” trolling technique. The bass were either finicky or just couldn’t compete with the ravaging bluefish. We ended up landing too many blues to count and some sore arms – jigging, trolling, bucktailing, soft-plastics – you name – they ate it. We had one decent runoff on live-spot that was probably a bass – all of the scales were stripped aka bass bite – otherwise it was bluefish, bluefish, bluefish. Sizes ranged from 12lb to 20lb, with the biggest close to 40″. Note – all fish were released and most spit up sand-eels.

I have a few dates open, please call 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com). All bait, tackle, etc is provided on every trip.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

November 7, 2013 ———————————————————————-

3:00 PM

A customer stopped in after getting off the boat today. He reported fishing aboard the Doris Mae this morning and catching. He said there was a good fun bite. Both bass and blues as well as some weakfish.

Shop friend Don stopped in today and said that he has been picking some bass. “No keepers for me yet but there are bass if you work for them.” He reported, “The Super Strike yellow needle has been good to me. The other night it was the purple bullet.”

Received: Nov 7, 2013 8:16 AM   Subject: Beach Haven Charter Fishing Assoc Report

After several weeks of anticipation it seems that striped bass are finally in reach of the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Anglers in the Long Beach Island area had begun to tire of hearing noteworthy catches from the north while their fishing was just a pick.

Fish are showing up south of Barnegat Inlet in some sizeable numbers, and these fish are big fish. The bulk of the striped bass are ranging from 15-30 pounds and there are big numbers of 15-pound bluefish in the mix.

These fish have been trolled up in deeper water just inside the 3-mile line, but in the past couple of days some hot action has been reported closer to shore on some of the lumps off Harvey Cedars, Ship Bottom, and Brant Beach.

Captain Fran Verdi on the boat “Francesca Marie” had a group out recently, and they headed North of Barnegat Inlet to see what they could troll up. They managed to boat one very nice 28-pound striped bass along with some sizeable bluefish. Captain Fran plans some more of these trips but hopes to find the fish a little closer to home. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

November 6, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Late in the day yesterday we had a couple weigh-ins…

Scott Simpson of Hainesport weighed in a 16-lb 8-oz 36″ bass for the Derby. He caught the bass off of the Beach Haven surf on bunker at about 5pm.

George Gilbert stopped by with a pair of bass. He reported, ” I fished for about an hour before sunset outside of Barnegat Inlet. Caught three bass and lost several others on swimming plugs.” George said the bass were up on top and wanted Red Fins!

Fishermen visiting the shop today said the bite was good early this morning. The word has been… “soft baits!” The Tsunami Sand Eels have been a very popular choice. Don’t forget the Red Gills “Originals” and Red Gill “EVO” which are excellent Sand Eel imitators.

Received: Nov 6, 2013 5:49 PM   Subject: Open Boat Stripers

Our last day of fishing was this past Saturday and we struck out. The only comfort in that was the common report of “zero”s on the radio. They caught them on Wed and Thurs before out trip and then again on Sun after our trip. We were there for the day they didn’t bite. It happens.

It sounds like the boats who have been making it out these last few days in the sloppy south have been rewarded with some good size fish.

The wind is going to take a west angle starting Thurs afternoon and then staying west, southwest, mostly northwest. This is it. Flat seas and the migration is on. You don’t want to miss this stretch.

We will be running Open Boat Saturday, Nov. 9, Sunday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 11, 6AM to Noon. 3 people max. $150 person. All fish are shared. Also available to charter those afternoons on the same dates.

We will be armed to the teeth to put fish in the boat. Jigging, trolling, whatever it takes. Make sure you’re there when we avenge our “zero”!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Nov 6, 2013 5:01 PM   Subject: 11/6 Report

Headed out for fun with Kev and nephews Alex and Austin today. Started jigging and caught handful of big blues and a 15 lb striper for Kev. Fish were on top and tough to catch. From there headed wreck fishing. Plenty of life and lots of throwbacks. Had our 4 man limit of blackfish, 35 keeper sea bass, and a porgy. Felt good to fish again after a long spell stuck on land. Few dates left this fall so give a call.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

November 4, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Yes, Fresh Bunker and Whole Surf Clams are in stock.

November 3, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Rudy Egbert weighed in a 34-lb 13-oz Striped Bass today for the Beach and Boat Tournament. He caught it trolling off of Island Beach State Park on a Maja Spoon. Rudy said he caught two bass and two bluefish.

November 2, 2013 ———————————————————————

Received: Nov 2, 2013 8:02 AM   Subject: Reel Reaction Sportfishing

I had my AVET reels spooled and ready to go for my fall striper trips. The nice thing about AVET is that their products are MADE IN THE USA!

Midweek, I had the pleasure of being invited by Stan Gola, owner of S&S bucktails, along with Capt. Joe Ryan to do some Striped Bass fishing. Stan wanted to try out some new lures and also show us a different technique for bass. Well, it was fish on!! We ended up catching our limit of 6 Striped Bass on Stan’s technique using the S&S bucktail – all of the bass were in the 25-35lb range, with the biggest taping out to 46 inches. I will be trying out Stan’s technique in our waters, and it should yield similar results.

I’m booked on Thursday 11/7, but have some openings the following weekend (Friday 11/8, Saturday 11/9, and Sunday 11/10); Open boat will be $125 per person including spot, need 2 to run (max 3). All tackle is provided.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

November 1, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Sarah Collins weighed in her first keeper striped bass yesterday, 8-lbs 8-oz. She caught it off of the surf on a AVA jig.

October 31, 2013 ———————————————————————-

9:00 PM

Bill Figley of the Village Harbour Fishing Club weighed in a 20-lb 2-oz bass that he caught off of Seaside Heights.

1:45 PM

A Blue Cabelas Fisherman Series gear bag was found in Barnegat Light close to Viking Village. It looked like it fell off a vehicle exiting Viking Village. Email the shop at info@fishermansheadquarters.com to claim possession and we will notify finder with loser info.

1:15 PM

Wayne from Mill Creek reported catching on the boat this AM. He trolled up two 42″ and two 36″ Striped Bass on Maja Spoons and Sandeel Umbrella rigs.

12:00 Noon

My plan was to replay the my all night shuffle of yesterday; however the first alarm didn’t raise me. Fortunately the second alarm did. I got a late start but better late then never. It took me about an hour to get tuned in. Once I did, it was a consistent bite that turned sporadic until a pair of blaring headlights put a damper on it. About 1/2 hour later I released my last bass of the night/morning and then only had one bump after that. All schoolie bass on the same wooden needle.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:30 PM Subject: Back in Barnegat….and so are the Stripers!

I just moved the Hi Flier back to Bob’s Bay Marina in Barnegat this afternoon. I spent the last few weeks fishing out of Manasquan Inlet chasing bass and big blues. It worked out well and I will probably do it again next season.

Locally my phone and email has been lighting up with reports of stripers up and down Island Beach.

Open Boat trips this Sunday, Nov. 3 and Monday, Nov. 4. 6AM to Noon. $150 per man. 3 person max. All fish are shared. Call, don’t email to reserve a spot.

Here we go! It’s going to be an interesting two months. Can’t wait. We are ready to troll bunker spoons, umbrella rigs, and single tube lures. Cast soft plastics. Jig metal. Liveline spots. It’s a great time of year.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Oct 31, 2013 8:38 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – 1 Striper short of a 4 man limit!

After a couple of weeks mixing it up between mostly short, a few keeper stripers and pretty solid blackfishing we finally got our first crack at some quality migrating stripers to 25lbs!

Flocks of birds have been ever present all along the coast/inlet revealing only the vast amounts of small bay anchovy, sand eels and other assorted bait fish being assaulted by small weakfish and bluefish not much larger than their prey.

We started the day trolling Tony Maja #4 white and green spoon which scored our first stripers but with visible swirling and free jumping stripers we decided to break out the lighter spinning gear for a bit more “hands on” experience. A precise cast was the ticket to connecting with these finicky bass with any kind of regularity but proved both visually exciting , entertaining and at times a bit challenging.

Remember to join us on face book to view photos and hopefully “like us” and “share”

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Oct 31, 2013 6:51 AM   Subject: Red Men Striper Tournament this weekend

Steve from Tuckerton Bait and Tackle is reminding everyone that the Red Men Striped Bass (and bluefish) tournament is this weekend. Captain’s meeting is tonight, 7 PM, at the Red Men Lodge, 145 W Main St, Tuckerton 08087. Entry fee is $60 per boat and one member of the boat must be present tonight. Tuckerton Bait and Tackle the official weigh station is located at 338 S Green St., Tuckerton NJ Phone: 609-294-8365

~ Steve, TBT

October 30, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

6:00 PM

Rich Belli just stopped in the shop to get a wire line rod tip repair. He reported fishing up off of IBSP today outside the fleet in 60′ of water. He caught three bass, two 20 class linesiders. He was trolling white spoons and also a shad rig. Both caught. Rich said there was lots of bait and scattered birds. He mentioned that there were bass on top for a while. Rich also reported trolling up 5 bass on Monday.

We had a customer in the shop who said he was on the fish. He picked up a pack of Slug-Gos and some lead heads and ran out the door.

We heard more chatter today about redfish. The puppy drum have been and still are around it numbers.

Boat anglers reported large pods of squid off of Island Beach.

12:00 Noon

I headed out last night for an all nighter. I started out at the first location without a touch. After 3-4 hours I made a move to the bayside where I have had light tackle fun with small game (hickory shad, spike weakfish, schoolie bass). It was good to get my line tight. About a half hour I changed it up and cruised the beach. Eventually the five and drive, stop and go, search was successful but it took awhile to get tuned in. Every plug I fished was raking sand fleas until the 24-7 needle. The 24-7 Lures wooden needle fish was the ticket! Three bass released with the opportunity for about seven or eight until it died out. The bites were there but I dropped them or just didn’t connect.

I was happy and didn’t expect more but since light was only another couple hours I decided to fish first light. Not a touch. Frisky birds and a couple whales gorging on bait but no bumps for me. It looked super fishy so maybe other anglers picked up something. Hopefully the day bite will turn on soon. Until then I’ll be lurking late.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Oct 30, 2013 5:27 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Yesterday afternoon had a after school / magic hour trip. Started in some real nice white water around the inlet where we quickly scored two quality short bass on plugs. Also several hits and dropped fish. This fish were very white ocean fish which probably just arrived. Thinking it was going to be epic we then beat the water with artificals and live bait to no avail. Ocean water 58 bay is 52. Fish are better responding right now around the top of tide than cooler bay water on during the heart of the ebb.

Almost forgot I have open (off due to NJEA convention) next Thursday and Friday Nov 6 & 7. Also have some other prime dates. Contact me if interested in running and gunning outside and fishing the inlet and back. Don’t miss some of the best action the north east has to offer.

Of course I have some new video to show 😉 This is from a trip last week which we got into a decent bite of both keepers and shorts on live spot.

Screaming drags

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Oct 30, 2013 8:12 AM   Subject: Report

Fly fishing picking up back in the bay. Three shorts last night, two this morning. Nothing with any size has showed up yet.

~ JJ

Received: Oct 30, 2013 7:10 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

Beach Haven is starting to see the arrival of the big striped bass from the north, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are ready to get in on some of the action.

After a warm fall, the water temperatures have finally gotten into the 50’s and with each degree drop, the bass action gets closer. The Sea Shell Motel in Beach Haven held its annual Striped Bass Tournament last weekend, and quite a few big bass were entered topped by a 40-pounder. Right now the bulk of the fish are being caught on the troll, but the fish should be coming closer to shore in a matter of days.

The tuna bite is still strong in the offshore canyons, and when boats are able to make the trip out, they have been doing very well. The Hudson Canyon is especially hot right now.

Although fluke and black sea bass are not in season, the inshore wrecks and reefs are still giving up some good numbers of porgies, blackfish, ling, and even some tinker mackerel. The 2013 fishing season is far from being over.
Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

October 29, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

With the fall being a time of transition everyday offers an opportunity. Every day is different and changing. The water temperatures are slowly dropping and currently is the prime time for quality striped bass. The Halloween doggies (dogfish) are here! They moved in yesterday and were ferocious. Might want to bring extra bait if going for a chunking session. Word from our bunker boat is some big blues slid into our area. We expect to see the first bluefish of the Fall Derby!

Yesterday bunker were in tight to the surf on the north end of the island. There were some quality bass caught on them. Word was it was a snagged bunker and big pencil poppers bite. But with all the sand eels that have been around don’t forget to try a needle fish lure.

This morning we had a pair of quality striped bass weighed in by Brian Schmidt of Manahawkin. He hung a 31-lb 2-oz and a 22-lb 2-oz striped bass, both caught in Harvey Cedars on bunker. Brain took the lead in both the LBISFC Derby and FHQ Calcutta.

Zach Howes posted a picture of a puppy drum on our Facebook page today. He caught off of the surf. There’s been a few others caught.

~ Fish Head Greg

October 28, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

2:30 PM

We got word that the beach was dead this morning. The ocean is like a lake. The forecast is calling for the wind to shift NE tonight and tomorrow. Maybe it’ll turn on! The bass are here and there are some very good quality ones too. Last night Rob Vallone caught this 30-lb 1-oz 42.25″ bass off of the North End surf on a plug. He weighed it in this morning for the LBI Surf Fishing Tournament and our Shop Side-Bet Calcutta. Rob said it went for a Tom White metal lip swimmer.
The Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby this weekend was won by the Outcast with anglers Sean Kelly’s 42.9-lb bass. Angler Paul Riker aboard Rebait got second place with a 39.75-lber and Jim Anderson aboard the Haakon took third with a 36.85-lber. Click here to see the Sea Shell’s 2013 Striped Bass Derby’s Final Weigh-In Report. Most fish were caught trolling off of Island Beach State Park.

Over the weekend, we had a nice black fish weighed in from one of the mates on the Carloyn Ann. It was 3-lbs 4-oz. A very nice size for a land caught tog! The tog fishing up at the Barnegat Light Inlet is still very good.

Yesterday morning store staffer Blake found a couple bass. He teased them up at first light with a white pencil popper. Also yesterday, John P. caught this puppy drum on a bunker chunk. We’ve heard chatter about red drum. There have been a couple caught around town.

Louis Fudali of Toms River posted on our Facebook yesterday… “As of 10/27/13 I would say the fall run of Bass will not happen just like last year/1 here 1 there that’s it /Do not look at the reports/they want you to believe it’s happening/ They should be on the beach 10 hr’s a day”

Our reply, ” Louis, We finally just got our first serious cold snap. We are going to have a late season. The water just dropped below 60 (some spots are still at 60) for the first time of the fall season. There’s lots of fish here, unfortunately most are schoolies. We have had customers with 20 and 30 fish nights some back to back and tripled up nights. I’d say that’s consistent. There’s fish to catch. The meat of our season is Halloween to Thanksgiving. Don’t give up and write it off just yet. Soaking baits off the surf… You might be waiting there awhile for a bite. But there are fish at night and low light. Look around especially around back. You’ll be rewarded. – FishHead.Greg

12:30 PM

This morning Rob Vallone weighed in a 30-lb 1-oz (42-1/4″ L x 24″ G) Striped Bass for the LBI Surf Classic and Fisherman’s Headquarters Striper Side-Bet. He caught the bass last night on a plug in Loveladies.

Received: Oct 28, 2013 4:14 PM   Subject: dogdaymonday

If you could sell Spiny Dogfish, I could have made a small fortune today. Nothing but these doggies from Holgate to LE reef to Harvey lump and tight to the beach. Nice day for a cruise. I could not even find a skate.

Nothing on the troll with stretch 25’s.

~ MM

October 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Kevin Wong weighed in this 41.05-lb striped bass earlier today for the Forked River Tuna Club’s Striped Bass Tournament. His 49.25″ long bass struck a Blue/White Mann’s Stretch deep diving trolling plug off of Island Beach State Park. The only other fish of his day was a DOGFISH!

Rudy Egberts weighed in this 31-lb 9-oz bass today. He caught it trolling off of Lavallette in 60′ of water on a bunker spoon.

The surf was slow. Only report we received was from Stu P. He reported a fluke on a SP Minnow. Stu added that it may have been a slow day on the beach but it was a nice day to enjoy.

~ Fish Head Greg

October 25, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:00 PM

This morning Jake weighed in this 35-lb 13-oz bass. He caught it off of the north end surf on a plug early this morning. For those who know Jake he is a long time surfcaster who strictly fishes plugs. Unfortunately he is not registered in the Tournament.

For some time now the mass run of fish have been feeding in the Bight. Many local anglers have made the trek north and scored. Areas off of northern Jersey beaches and western Long Island beaches have had phenomenal fishing. Today there was a big change. We got word that the mass (made up of of bass, blues, bird and bait) has made its first slide south of Manasquan Inlet today. There is no telling when they’ll be here, hopefully soon! Make sure your here and on it when it turns on.

This word came from our bunker boat captain who is on the water just about everyday. He told us that the local waters are loaded with bait. He said there are piles of sand eels, lots of jumbo spot, still some croakers, large schools of baby spike weakfish, small blues and massive amounts of silver butterfish mixed in with the bunker schools. He said the mass run is still north of us but he expects it to rage our way at any time!

~ Fish Head Greg

October 24, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

3:00 PM

The Barnegat Inlet is offering the island’s best fishing. The tog bite has been great from well over a month and it is still going strong.

Sorry there’s not much on the striped bass surf fishing to report on today. The beach is quiet and has been for some time now. We spoke to a couple anglers who fished today and also in the bad weather yesterday. The reports were all dismal. A couple fish have been caught, however, the bass are few and far between. With the recent cold snap we are finally seeing the temperature drop that should flip the switch. Every year we get the biggest bass of the fall around the end of October. Got to have your line wet to catch ’em!

FYI: Beach Buggy Access at Coast Ave was closed off today. Thanks to Matt G. for the info. Not sure why or when it will be open. It was very soft and torn up.

Good Luck to all of the anglers fishing the Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby this weekend! We are loaded with all baits; however, it is a great idea to call ahead and reserve your needs.

October 23, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Oct 23, 2013 9:25 PM   Subject: Stripers and Big Blues

I moved the Hi Flier north to this inlet to get closer to the fish and it has paid off. Our first two trips sailed from our current location in Manasquan Inlet this Sunday and Monday. On Sunday we trolled four keeper bass of 28″, 18 pounds, 24 pounds, and 26 pounds for Phil Falato, Mike Blasetti, and my son Nick. Here’s Nick finishing off his new personal best 26 pound striper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ2rKmGUoBQ All the fish were taken on my own custom umbrella rigs trolled on wire line at the Shrewsbury Rocks. On Monday we returned to those grounds and found big flocks of birds and fish busting on the surface. We diamond jigged 16 to 19 pound bluefish for three hours. These are the biggest kind of blues and they are a workout.

We will be sailing out of Manasquan for at least another week and maybe two, depending on when things heat up further south. The boat is chartered for Sunday, so we will be running Open Boat trips this Saturday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 28. 7 AM to 3 PM. $200 per person. 3 person max. All fish are shared. We will be ready to cast, jig, and troll both stripers and blues.

Last Wednesday night I took my two boys, Nick, 15, and Max, 12, on the Gambler out of Pt. Pleasant for an overnight canyon tuna trip. After a slow night of fishing, we had a wide open bite on 35 to 40 pound longfin tuna that lasted for hours. We had seven between us and the boys each added a mahi mahi. Awesome boat, awesome crew. Here’s Max doing battle with a 37 pound longfin that ate a bait he pitched on a spinning rod for a mahi mahi. http://youtu.be/aX0HLUNIc3k It was a pretty big spinner, my Cabo 80, and he handled it like a champ.

Pics: (Photos Coming)

Stripers: Phil Falato (red hat) of Green Lane, PA, Mike Blasseti of Lansdale, PA, and first mate Nicholas DeGennaro (NY Yankee hat) of Barnegat, NJ.
Tuna: Max DeGennaro (blue sweatshirt) with his 37 pound longfin tuna.
Tuna: Nick DeGennaro (green sweatshirt) with his 37 pound longfin tuna.
Striper: Nick DeGennaro holding his 26 pound striper

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Oct 23, 2013 4:15 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

While the striped bass and big bluefish have yet to make their appearances as far south as Beach Haven, some of the local captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have managed to keep busy catching a variety of fish.

Captain John Koegler of the “Pop’s Pride” tried a trip looking to troll up some bonito and some false albacore. He managed to boat a half dozen nice sized bonito, but saw no sign of false albacore. Since the bonito taste much better than the albacore, he had a happy crew. On the way back in he stopped and tried some bottom fishing. He said that he was very surprised to hook up with a goodly number of tinker mackerel. Although the fish were too small to keep, Captain John said he found the mackerel presence to be a positive sign. For information on the 38′ Sport Fisherman “Pop’s Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Starfish” took out a party put together by Mark Giunta of Somerdale, NJ. They left Morrison’s Marina and headed out to the 15 fathom line looking for bonito. They trolled with little luck until south of Atlantic City when they started running into bait balls, some of which stretched from the bottom almost to the top of the water column. As they went over one bait ball, a rod which was running about 30-feet down had a light hit. As the fisherman started to pull the fish in, the rod went double and the line started screaming out. All other lines were pulled in and Captain Carl backed the boat back to the fish. With the light tackle it took some 40-minutes to get the fish to the boat. It took two gaffs and three strong men to bring a 61-inch thresher shark up high enough to attach a tail rope. The shark weighed close to 150 pounds and had a tail length of 58-inches. The group then caught some bonito on other bait balls before trying some bottom fishing on some nearby wrecks. There large black sea bass were caught which unfortunately were out of season along with some porgies and tinker mackerel. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

For additional information the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association, go to the Association’s website at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

October 22, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Oct 22, 2013 8:11 PM Subject: Report

Still slow going but I caught my first 2 bass of the fall… and on a plug.

Fished last night mid island from 9-11:30 PM. Fished plugs and dead sticked bunker heads. Nothing.

Same spot this morning (10/22) from 5-10:30 AM. Plugs and bunker. Nothing until 7 AM. Saw a splash 3-feet from the shoreline. Walked over and threw a BM spin. Fish on! 26″ striped bass. Released and scanned the water. Saw another splash and threw the plug. Another fish on. This one was about a 29″ striped bass. I didn’t see, but assume they were chasing sandeels (saw a dead one washed up on the beach a little earlier). Other than that, it was dead. Not many guys out there.

Hopefully back out next week after a cold spell. Tight lines!

~ Jim C.

October 20, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

The surf was unseasonably slow leading up to the recent full moon. However, now on the downside our fall run is about to tee off! Over the weekend, two anglers spoke about a great full moon weakfish night bite off of the surf.

The Surf Derby weigh-ins are picking up and the catch reports are much more frequent. We have received word from customers over the weekend catching bass not only on bait like clams, bunker, mullet but also on lures. The amount of sandeels present locally is a key ingredient for a phenomenal bite. Slender good casting lures are the ticket. Opt for Rapala Max Rap lures, Daiwa SP Minnow Lures, AVA, AOK and Deadly Dick metals or Super Strike Needlefish!

Out front, the boat fishing should blow up any day! The fishing up north has been great but close to home hasn’t been nearly as productive. We heard that some of the boats trolling are picking fish. With all of the sandeels, it’s best to troll umbrella rigs. But stretch plugs and spoons are also catching. We had a pair of classy bass weighed in from guys trolling spoons.

~ Fish Head Greg

Date: Oct 20, 2013 9:44 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

With the consistent action I have had with bluefish around the inlet the last few months, never could I have imagined that a live bait with a circle hook piercing would stand a chance of keeping its tail for more than a minute when dropped to the bottom. Well that is what has been happening. Short bass with a keeper here and there has been the norm since things finally settled down from the recent nor’easter. The blues have taken a temporary leave of absence allowing bass more than enough eating room at the table. And yes the table is set! The ocean temperature refuses to drop below 63 while the bay has been the same. All of this is about to change with the weather pattern predicted this week. Look for cooler temperatures and more consistent northwesterly winds to bring the first waves of migrating striped bass and more bluefish to our area. The concentration of bait off our beaches right now is amazing and once mother nature aligns all of the before mentioned variables she will ring the dinner bell for our fall run the begin. On a recent trip with Andy Bedlingmaier we released a few bass with Berkley Striper Club tags in them. Here is a link to a video of one of the tag and releases:

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

October 19, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Today, Bob Haines of Delran and Brian Martin of Brownsville were out fishing off of Seaside Heights. They caught some nice striped bass trolling chartreuse Tony Maja spoons in 60 foot of water. One was 28-lbs and the other was 23-lbs.

Received: Oct 19, 2013 9:59 AM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

I have been busy planning/prepping for the Barnegat High School’s 5th Annual Fisherman’s fleamarket (December 14, 2013) – it’s always the second Saturday in December. Tables are booking up quickly. Again all proceeds go towards the fishing club, and this has no affiliation with Reel Reaction Sportfishing. I just like to pump it up for bigger attendance each year – last year we topped 500. So mark it on your calendars, and try to get there. If interested, contact me at my school email: btaylor@barnegatschools.com

Fall is finally around the corner – cooler nights started to heat up our local fishing action. The blackfish bite has been steady around the inlet area with some bigger fish to 6-lbs in the mix. The key is to find them on the right tide. Green crabs, asian crabs, and fiddlers have been the ticket. I was able to fish on Columbus Day, and we could only muster fish to 14.5″, but the action was steady – better on the incoming. I tried out the S&S bucktail’s (red wine color) at a couple bay locations in the dark and bailed striped ones to 22-inches. The fish fell for the bucktail tipped with pork rind. Out front is still in the holding pattern with water temps in the mid 60’s, we are awaiting cooler water and the ARRIVAL. There are some striped bass being caught along the inlet rocks on artificials, live spot, or eel.

I have two slots open next weekend (Saturday or Sunday), and will run open-boat at $135 per person – this does include live spot. Open boat trips – need at least 2 to run (max 3). If interested call (609-290-7709) or book via http://www.reelreactioncharters.com.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

October 17, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

1:15 PM

October 17th Holgate Update… Still Bad news, the Federal Shut is over but Holgate remains closed due to erosion. Because of previous Fed closure maintenance was not possible. We hope to hear of improvements soon.

11:45 AM

Yes, Fresh Bunker and Fresh Surf Clams are in stock.

10:00 AM

There were lots of dolphin playing in the surf this morning mid-island. There has been bait present up there and it’s good to see someone found it. We’d all much rather it be Striped Bass but hey it’s a show to watch.

Yesterday was a big disappointment. With all of the anglers fishing only very few Striped Bass are being weighed in! Someone forgot to tell the Striped Bass that we all were coming.

Yesterday evening John Stravalle weighed in a 7-lb 9-oz black drum. He caught it off of the north end surf on clam at about 6 PM. Sorry the picture that was taken did not come out.

~ Fish Head Greg

October 16, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:45 PM

Yes, Fresh Bunker is in stock.
However, Whole Surf Clams and Chowder Clams are currently Sold Out.

2:30 PM

I headed out late night last night and put some time in plugging the surf. I drove on mid-island and worked north. After about two hours I got my first hit on a SP Minnow. Realizing the bass were out on the backside of the bar I switch over to a black Super Strike Needle and was in. The bite lasted 20 minutes, three small schoolie bass. Unfortunately the fish moved and I couldn’t follow/find. I ended up fishing another couple hours. Eventually I met up with South Philly Fred and head up to the Inlet. The conditions were perfect but not much was happening. Fred released two small bass; one went for his popper and the other couldn’t resist his bucktail. I got the skunk that session!

Another report from the surf… Store staffer Joni bait fished last night off of the surf. He reported two small bass in the wee-hours of the morning on bunker.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Oct 16, 2013 4:11 PM   Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

After a full week of strong, gusty northeast winds accompanied by extremely high tides, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel as far as the weather.

Now it is up to the fish to cooperate. Both summer flounder and black sea bass seasons are now closed. The attention of most anglers in the Long Beach Island area is now getting focused on the arrival of striped bass and big bluefish.

Right now the water temperatures are a bit warm for the onslaught of the stripers with most areas measuring around 62-degrees. The weather forecast for the next several days is calling for evening temperatures in the 40’s which should drop the water temperature into more favorable ranges. By the middle of next week, the nighttime lows are expected to be in the 30’s.

Captain John Koegler of the boat “Pop’s Pride” mentioned that on some of his trips prior to the northeaster he had seen quite a few large sand eels in the stomachs of the fish he was catching. This should be good news for anglers who like to jig for stripers on the inshore lumps.

There are several striped bass tournaments coming up in the near future in the southern Ocean County area, and some of the BHCFA captains will be participating in most of them.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be obtained at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

October 15, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Rick Zane shared a report with us. He was casting lures earlier today off of the surf and caught two shorts on a Deadly Dick on the incoming tide. Nothing on the popper that he was using. Word is the striped bass are on the sand eels. Last couple fillet jobs have shown bass bellies stacked full of fresh sand eels. As Rick did… break out the metal and needle fish! Also consider Red Gills.

This afternoon Courtland Foos weighed-in a 22-lb 12-oz Striped Bass that he caught on bunker while fishing in Beach Haven.

As of 3 PM this afternoon all designated Long Beach Township 4-wheel drive entrances should be open. Holgate Wildlife is still closed as per Government shutdown.

This morning George Green weighed in a 19-lb 10-oz Striped Bass for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic that he caught in Barnegat Light using a bucktail.

Received: Oct 15, 2013 8:53 PM   Subject: Fwd: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Last weeks Nor’easter kept us tied [more like chained] to the dock except for Friday’s short and uneventful scouting session in 30kt+ wind driven rain that had me back at the dock in less than 2-1/2 hours. The bay and inlet waters were whipped up into a turbid frenzy making it difficult to get a handle on the progression of our season but things are looking up!

Latest “intel” has things [striper activity] starting to happen! All the elements are aligned, waxing lunar cycle, tide, weather and wind direction! The 2013 fall season is upon us and it is “go for launch”! I will be running Thursday, Friday and Sunday trips to intercept and engage any and all striper activity. Live bait and artificials will be employed on light spinning and conventional tackle. Thursday and Friday are available , Sunday I have 1 spot still available .

The last few years has had solid striper activity by mid October and this year looks like it history could be repeating itself. Need a minimum of 3 anglers $125.00pp. Don’t wait for the “fishing reports” be the “fishing reports”!!!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

October 14, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

8:00 PM

Jason Marty weighed in the 42-lb Striper Bass before we closed tonight. He caught two schoolie striped bass on a small Yo-Zuri swimming plug and then this bucket mouth. He said it took him about 20 minutes to get it in on his ultra light outfit.

10:00 AM

The wind some what died out. Just a light breeze right now.

Don Roberts took advantage of the great fishing conditions this morning and capitalized. Don weighted-in a 36.5″ Striped Bass for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic (aka Derby) that pulled to 16-lbs 7-oz. He caught it off of the Barnegat Light surf on a plug.

Reminder: Black Sea Bass closes after today (10/14/13) until it reopening again 11/01/13 to 12/31/13.

October 13, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

This wind just keeps on howling. It slightly subsided today but it doesn’t look to be dying until mid week. There is plenty of bait around, the bass are here and the conditions are right. Last night after work store staffer Oakley went plugging and picked off a schoolie Striped Bass.

Reminder: Black Sea Bass closes after tomorrow (10/14/13) until it reopening again 11/01/13 to 12/31/13.

I just returned home from my annual October 5-day trip to Montauk with friends. We fished every and all night. Slept most of the days, grilling and chilling and had a great time. All week the wind was cranking, the white water was rolling and the striped bass were super charged. There was a ton of bait. On just about every session a variety of bait was present. Big corn cob mullet, finger mullet, sandeels, spearing, and bunker. One of the gut hooked striped bass had three just eaten spot in it’s belly so they are there too. The parking lot was empty all week and very few anglers were fishing. But once Friday came along, the trucks started trickling in and by midday the lot was packed. At that point I decided it was my time to go home. All in all, most every fishing session that I undertook was loaded with fish. Long story short… The fishing was phenomenal and that’s an understatement.

~ Fish Head Greg

October 12, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Oct 12, 2013 11:29 AM   Subject: Old School Stripers, Blues, and Tuna

I’m moving the Hi Flier north to Manasquan Inlet for the last two weeks of October. I will be running Open Boat trips Sat, Sun, and Mon’s Oct. 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28.

We will be targeting bluefin tuna in the Mud Hole and stripers and bluefish at Shrewsbury Rocks. The weather and sea condition will dictate where we fish and what we target. These will be all day trips, 6AM to 2 PM (at least). It will only be 20 miles to the deepest part of the Mud Hole from this inlet. If the forecast looks good and the ocean is flat, we will run offshore to pursue bluefin tuna. Trolling, jigging, chunking, live bait fishing… we will try it all. These could be anywhere from 20 to 50 pound fish and I will bring every class tackle for any size fish we might encounter. I also have a pair of 130 class rods rigged and ready in case we mark a Giant Bluefin. We have everything it takes to bring one back. All the fish we catch on our trips belong to you guys except a Giant. On the outside chance that we were to hook one, you guys get to do battle and get a full refund of your fare, but the fish belongs to the boat.

If the wind is from the west or even better, northwest, blowing hard enough to keep us from going offshore, it will be a flat ocean along the beach, so we will make a left and run the 18 miles north to Shrewsbury Rocks. The stripers and big gator blues have already started cooperating there. I plan on doing some wireline trolling as well as jigging. The kind of wireline fishing I’m talking about is fun, though. WHAT?? You read that right, fun, wireline, and trolling all in the same sentence! Everyone in my family owns a pair of these “jigsticks”. They are short and stocky 5-1/2′ fiberglass rods. We use Daiwa Sealine 50 H reels spooled with Dacron backing, 150 feet of #30 pound Monel wireline, 25 feet of #50 pound monofilament tied to a 2 ounce white bucktail tipped with a red or yellow strip of Uncle Josh pork rind. You let it all out while trolling at slow speed until the swivel connecting the wire to the Dacron hits the water. Then you sweep the rod with long sharp strokes. This is why the rods are not long and flexible, the stiff rod makes the lure jump. Start with the rod tip at the transom and sweep the rod until it is even with your shoulder. It has to be sharp enough to make the lure “hop”, not “slide” through the water. They eat it when your rod is at the transom causing the lure to fall and you feel the hookup as you sweep forward. It is a train wreck of a hit. Stripers and big bluefish are both suckers for this presentation. Further North, in the New England states, this is very popular with parachute jigs and a similar technique, but I grew up doing this bucktailing through the 1970’s. Sometimes two trips a day to Monmouth Beach and the Shrewsbury Rocks just to do this on my dad’s 23-ft. Sea Ray. He would have me jig a handheld line up the middle, an even scarier hit! He wouldn’t stop the boat unless all three guys were hooked up. Mostly 10 to 15 pound bass and 10 to 18 pound gator bluefish doing this. Much more fun than cranking 300 feet of wire and an umbrella rig, though I’m not against doing that if we need some fish in the box. I always have everything on board, just in case.

It’s going to be an interesting six days of fishing. Sat, Sun, and Mon’s Oct. 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28. $200 per person, 6AM to 2 PM. Three people max. All fish are shared. The same dates are also available for your private charter.

Give me a call if you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot. The boat will be back in Barnegat for November 1 to chase stripers along the beach and in the bay.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

October 9, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Oct 9, 2013 4:57 PM   Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

True fall fishing has not arrived in Beach Haven, despite the anticipation of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Although there is quite a bit of bait in the nearby waters, the temperatures remain too high for the striped bass and big bluefish that make fall exciting. A large northeast storm is poised to hit the New Jersey coast, and that might spark some movement of the fish.

Meanwhile, a couple of boats had some very good wreck fishing days recently.

Captain Tim Knorr had the “F/V William Knorr” out to two inshore wrecks in 75-feet of water and filled the box with porgies, sea bass, blowfish, and trigger fish. They also set up on several of the larger wrecks on the Barnegat Reef and did well there also. Captain Tim said the action was red hot for a 2-1/2 hour stretch during the incoming tide when it was almost impossible to get the baits to the bottom without getting bit almost immediately. The action later in the day as the tide turned and headed back out was also better than normal. After the morning run, they actually headed back in for more bait because the bait that usually lasts an entire day was gone in 3 hours. The anglers included the captain, his son and his first mate.

Captain John Lewis had the Newbern party out on the “Insatiable” to the reefs for a spectacular day of fishing. They brought home keeper sea bass, porgies, and large blowfish while also catching over 60 short sea bass in non-stop action.

Captain John Koegler had a group on the “Pop’s Pride” fishing about 9 miles outside Little Egg Inlet for a day of trolling. They managed to catch 30 false albacore and 23 bonito. Captain John said it was good, steady action, and he was surprised at the large number of bonito they caught. He termed it one of his best days on these fish.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

October 8, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

8:00 AM

The cold front pushed through yesterday and brought the area nice cool temperatures. The weekly forecast calls for northeast winds. All of the pieces of the fall puzzle are coming together. We just need the surf temperature to drop some more. Last time I surfed I was in trunks still. It was in the high 60’s. I got word yesterday that it was 66 degrees.

October 7, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

2:30 PM

Last night was a great time at the Shell! The sold out concert started with the Billy Walton Band who opened up with a bang. They rocked and had some horns that set off their sound. Everyone in the band was phenomenal. Chris Harford and the Band Of Changes were up next and they were also great. Then it was Mickey and Friends. Fans came from all around and they weren’t disappointed. Thanks to all of the bands that played, all of the anglers and music lovers that came out to have a good time and especially Tom Hughes at the Shell.

Congrats to the 2013 Chowderfest Kings.

It’s finally here…. October 7th….  The 2013 59th Annual LONG BEACH ISLAND SURF FISHING CLASSIC is underway. The lights along Long Beach Blvd and Central Ave are beginning to be set to flash. Now it really feels like fall.

This past weekend was the Governors Surf Tournament on Island Beach State Park. Jason D. gave us a report. He said, “It was a slow day for this year’s tournament. Foggy, overcast skies seemed to keep the masses away, but those in attendance were greeted by a calm surf. Not many catches overall, but there were some bluefish, kingfish, and a few blackfish caught. Just enough to get some prizes handed out. An 18-19″ bluefish took the cup as the winner of the 2013 Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. Better days are coming.”

Received: Oct 6, 2013 11:41 PM Subject: Fishing Report

Saturday produced a late morning departure from the marina on top of the tide. Heading out through Little Egg Inlet in the thick soup produced some adventure. Thank goodness for radar. I always marvel at the idiots running along in fog with no lights and no radar. Just that trusty GPS plotter that gives them enough confidence to be dangerous. Sure enough, just as we passed #2 heading east, here comes a fool on plane in a 24 foot walk around headed west (in bound) with a Cabo Flybridge heading north cutting across our bow at the same time. And we have less than 1/4 mile visibility! Nowhere to go, so we had to come to an abrupt stop in the channel to avoid a collision. Obviously neither skipper gave a thought to who might be out there or the fact that they were not where they should be. Back under way, we next encountered a tug with barge in tow mid way between LE and the wreck buoy. Odd place for a tug and barge, since they usually stay farther off. Again, good radar plot and lookouts to stay safe, and we gave him plenty of room. Reminder to those encountering a tug and barge – NEVER – NEVER – attempt to cross behind the tug and ahead of the barge. You are likely to snag the tow cable. If you see a tug in fog, assume he has a tow behind him if you lack radar to prove otherwise.

Water temps out to the wreck buoy were a solid 66 degrees, so we stuck to the plan and headed east to a spot north of AC Ridge that I call the Bonito Box (because that’s where we always find them). As we continued east, the water gradually warmed up to 69 degrees and the fog evaporated. Plenty of sunshine and blue water, but most of the bait was hanging down deep, balled up tight. Just the same, we set up for the troll and within seconds of having the fourth line set, we had a double run off. Two nice Bonitos. As I reset the second line, and we bumped up the throttles, WAHM! The port side bird rig disappeared, throttled back down to fight that fish, and two more lines took off screaming. This time it was two more Bonitos and a feisty Little Tuny that went about 15 pounds. And that’s how the next hour went, one Bonito after another. Radio chatter indicated similar Bonito action on the AC Ridge.

The weapon of choice continues to be the deadly Williamson 4″ feather. Just can’t beat that lure, since it does such a great job of replicating a mullet or sardine, especially when you run it behind a trolling sinker, which makes it appear as one mullet following another. Keep them in tight, right in the wash as the Bonito will come right to the transom.

Tight Lines!

Capt Bernie Hyland, Mad Ludwig

Received: Oct 6, 2013 7:50 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

It was a foggy and unseasonably warm weekend on Barnegat Bay. Over the years there are two things I have learned about fishing in the fog: safety first; and fish often turn on. The later was again proven both days when schoolie bass took advantage of the continued low light conditions and put the feed bags on! It was double digit bass to 25” on poppers, swimmers and live bait as they gorge on rainfish often in only inches of water in the back bay. Surface strikes were spectacular with some of the bass slamming the poppers with the tails. On Saturday I found one location that also included brown pelicans feeding. How many times in NJ do you get to fish a bass blitz in shorts while pelican feed in the mayham? Here is some footage from that morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpqUHOKa_5s  I also found 4-5 pound blues cooperating around the inlet. A quick run along the beach had my fish finder lighting up with spike weakfish literally paving the bottom (picture attached). I marked them for over ½ mile. There are still snappers to BIG snappers in the tidal creeks along with young of the year weakfish (juveniles that hatched recently). These creeks are also holding a nice supply of peanut bunker and I found it easy to make bait before every trip.

Oh, to answer last week’s question: do blue crabs like natural (bluefish) or un-natural (chicken)? The answer is bluefish with a ratio of 2.5:1.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Oct 6, 2013 7:18 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – 5 Barnegat Bay Slams!!!

Much of the last week was spent getting the Reel Fantasea ready for the rigors of her Fall season marathon of fishing. Rods and reels are ready and the live bait pens are fully stocked with choice striper baits as well. By late Thursday Oct 3rd the Reel Fantasea was back in the water and ready for some fun for the following day.

Friday mornings trip had the returning Josh Forsythe party finding a modest mix of stripers, blues , weakfish, croakers and blackfish to play with. The guys started the day picking away at stripers and blues on light tackle. After the bite slowed we moved off the beach to find a vast bird play with schools of spike weakfish that responded well to teasers above our jigs, It wasn’t the hottest action but the guys did manage to work hard with Steve Littleson scoring his 1st Barnegat Bay Slam before trips end!

Friday afternoon had regulars Jay Simmons and Karl Steffan who were joined by friend Kurt. The first few stops found little action until we moved off the beach again looking for the vast schools of weakfish that we had earlier in the day to find non stop action with spike weakfish and croakers. After spending just enough time for the tide change we were back in the inlet area to find the stripers and bluefish much more cooperative with all aboard scoring 4 Barnegat Bay Slams [ including me] before trips end.

The extended weather forecast is for a cooler weather trend by mid week and this should certainly get the fishing ramped up as night time temps will be in the 40’s. I have this Thursday available for open boat or private charter. We be targeting all of the above with both live bait and artificials while employing light tackle tactics.

Please remember to join us on face book to view latest fishing reports and photos and hopefully “like us”.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

October 6, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

3:30 PM

Store staffer Steve-o came in today to work and reported catching a nice weakfish.  We also got word from Ryan Purul that the tog fishing up at the rocks is great.

9:30 AM

So far this morning we have been slammed . Lotta anglers heading up to the rocks for tog and also hitting the beach looking for bass/blues/kingfish.  Store staffer Matt S. hit the surf yesterday after work. He reported this morning he had one blowup on a popper but it didn’t come tight.

Fished the northern end of the Island the other evening. The ocean was fairly calm but there were patches of “nervous” water real close in. Wasn’t sure what the bait fish were. Had an AVA tied on with a teaser. Soon found out what the fish were feeding on. First cast into the nervous water and bango. Nice fat 12 pound bass on the beach on the AVA. Also had couple of emaciated bluefish on the teaser. Saw couple of sandeels on the beach so blues and bass are on them. Also saw lot of bunker real close flipping in the wash. So it looks like eels and bunker from here on. ~ Paul Bandini

Received: Oct 6, 2013 6:48 AM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

As some may know, I’m a teacher and advisor for the Barnegat High School fishing club. On Friday, I had 26 students out on the Carolyn Ann III for an afterschool trip. Gina gave me word that the sea bass has been pretty much non-existent, so instead we ended up fishing for weakfish and croakers. The kids had a blast hooking up with 15 keeper weakfish to 17 inches and tons of croakers. Justin Gulduldick was the “pool” winner with a nice weakfish – he won a rod & reel and BHS fishing club shirt. Thanks again to the crew of the Carolynn Ann III for a great time.

I was able to get out with my father for a nearshore trip to an area between the Mud hole and Glory hole – NOAA definitely botched the forecast that morning, but we still made the 38 mile run out in choppy seas. We ended the day with a nice 35″ mahi-mahi that went for a live-spot. We also had a tuna on for 15 minutes, but lost him when the hook popped. A 8-9ft blue shark came into our slick and proceeded to try to taste the swim platform and engine.

Closer to home fishing in the inlet area is producing small bluefish and small stripers, but we are still waiting for the fall run to materialize. Bayside is still producing spot at a slower pace and blowfish.

If interested in booking a charter, please call me on the cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website it goes directly to my blackberry.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

October 5, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

6:00 PM

Ed K was in the shop a little while ago. He reported a couple small bass of the surf this morning. Ed said he heard word of sand eels but no visual signs.  Ed mentioned there were albies busting at first light.

12:00 PM

Yesterday evening Bill Bousant stopped in and reported raising one bass on a popper at sunset off of the mid-island surf. He also reported small blues were present. While here at the shop he picked up and flat of bait in preparation for the edge. He geared up and head for the deep in search of tuna.

Tomorrow is the big day! Chowder Fest and then to the Shell for the Long Beach Island Benefit Concert. It’s sold out!!!

October 4, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:30 PM

Unfortunately no afternoon word from anyone. If we get a report we’ll share.

10:45 AM – Live Bloodworms expected in a couple hours

Late in the day yesterday we received a little fresh bunker and also a couple bags of some really big surf clams. At the time of this post both are still in stock. We are expecting more clams as well as bunker later today. When talking with our bunker man he reported there were some weakfish out there mixed in with the catch. Speaking of weakfish… the bayside bite continues. Store staffer Steve-o has been doing very well at night with Gulp! Jerk Shads on a small lead head jig. He reported catching three nice one recently.

Our bunker man also brought in some beautiful butterfish. He said there was a lot out there. The butters that were here went fast. All of the offshore guys gearing up gobbled them up. Our flats of frozen bait is also going fast too. Anyone looking for flats of bait for chunking  (butterfish, sardines and anchovies) please call ahead and reserve as soon as possible. We do not expect another delivery this season.

Received: Oct 3, 2013 8:09 PM Subject: Old Barney Charters Fall Stripers

With school back in session, trips are limited to weekends. Warmer temperatures are bound to subside and give way to cooler ocean temps. Boat and rod maintenance is done. Spot pens are filled and now we are just waiting. The following are the only dates remaining for fall stripers: 10/26, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17. I will post as open boat if not booked as dates approach.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” , Old Barney Charters, 267.918.1746

October 3, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:30 PM

We just got word from a local angler. He told us that he plugged the mid-island surf Tuesday evening… three bass between 26-28″ on a yellow Bomber. Not too shabby!

Received: Oct 2, 2013 2:34 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

Right now is a bit of a holding pattern for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association as they await the arrival of the striped bass and the big bluefish that mark the beginning of the traditional New Jersey fall fishing season. There is still some top-notch offshore big game fishing to be had for tuna, mahi-mahi, and even some swordfish, but poor weather recently has made trips to the offshore canyons a bit dicey. The inshore fishery for summer flounder ended a week ago, and black sea bass season re-opened which does fill a bit of a void there. Strong northeast winds last weekend, however, even put the damper on the trips to the inshore artificial reefs. Captain Fran Verdi did manage to make one or two trips with the “Francesca Marie” after sea bass and did put some nice keepers into the fish box. The high seas made fishing a bit uncomfortable as well as hampering efforts to locate the boat exactly over the structure that he wanted to fish. With more favorable weather forecast in the near future, Captain Fran has plans to put his anglers on some good sea bass action. Meanwhile the cool evenings have slowly lowered the area water temperatures and brought a very large amount of baitfish around. There are huge schools of finger mullet and peanut bunker everywhere. When the bluefish and stripers arrive from the north and find this bait, the fall action should break wide open. Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

October 2, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Fishing Rod Sale! We have a load of fishing rods on sale throughout the weekend. Ranging from inshore light tackle to offshore big game, there’s a rod to fill that spot in anyone’s incomplete quiver. Stop by and check out the sale rack in the front of the shop and be sure to ask about the bins full of discounted rods in the back. The discounts range from 20-50% off last year’s retail price. There’s rods from Shimano, Penn, Star and many other top name brands. Check ’em out!

We expect some fresh bunker later today. Clams, Green Crabs and Live Bloods will be here tomorrow. Sorry this will be the only fishing report post today.

10:00 AM – New Moon This Weekend!

We had a very good consistent striped bass bite a week or two back. The weather first turned chilly and bait was on the move. Lots of anglers had success off of the front beaches and the inlets with lures. Poppers at sunrise was the ticket but also swimmers caught especially after dark. Next thing you know, we hit this lull. A couple fish here and a couple fish there. Finally yesterday late in the day we received word of some bass on plugs. The customer didn’t report where but he said it was a good bite that lasted until dark. One thing is for sure the angler was not fishing Holgate. With the government shut down the refuge is locked up tight. Now that we are on the dark side of the moon I have hopes for some better striper action. New Moon is Saturday.

~ FishHead.Greg

Surf Fishing Seminar is next Saturday, October 12, 2013. See yesterday’s post below for more details.

October 1, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:45 PM

Finally all of the front beach are open to beach buddies. It’s almost that time… The LBI Surf Fishing Classic starts in less than one week.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 is the FREE Surfcasting Seminar. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce on 9th St. in Ship Bottom for door prizes, coffee, and bagels, then join us at the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co. No.1 Station on 21st St. and Central Ave. where Team Mullet, a local fishing club, will share their knowledge of surf fishing equipment, casting, bait, driving a 4×4 vehicle on the beach, and much more. Weather permitting, we will then go to the 9th St. Ship Bottom beach for hands-on instruction. Bring a folding chair for your comfort on the beach. There’s a prize drawing at the end of the Fire House segment of the seminar. You must be present to win. Pre-registration is required for this free seminar. To register call the Chamber of Commerce 609 494-7211×100 or 800 292-6372×100.

Received: Oct 1, 2013 1:25 PM Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing

There’s still time left in this year’s canyon season! Not only is there still time, we have 2 available spots on a 36-hour canyon trip this weekend! We’re leaving the dock at midnight on Friday night and returning at noon on Sunday(10/6). I know it’s last minute but I know someone is hungry for another fight. It’s $750 per person for the last two spots — let’s make it happen. Thanks and stay tuned for an email about the upcoming striper season.

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56′ Core Sound, 609.287.5136

10:00 AM

Attention any and all surf fishing anglers. The 59th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic this year is going to be the best year ever! There are lots of prizes like every other year. But what makes this year over the top is the two big cash prizes: $1000 to the biggest striped bass on October 16th and $500 to the biggest striped bass on November 16th.

Everyone who purchased tickets early for the Derby Benefit Concert are happy they did because the event is sold out. There might be a couple tickets floating around but not here. It’s going to be a great show. See you all there.

The New Jersey Beach Buddy Association’s Annual Holgate Beach Clean Up has been canceled due to the government shut down. Amazing… Please Spread the Word. ~ Greg O’Connell

September 30, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

1:00 PM

We’ve recently received numerous reports of the elusive rainbow fanged ones. There are weakfish at night on the north end, mid-island and south end’s bayside. Still the same along the surf, bay and inlet…. Tog bite is on fire. Still blowfish and spot in the bay. Blues and occasional bass long the front beach and Inlets.

Received: Sep 29, 2013 8:14 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

This weekend’s “dry” nor’easter did what nor’easters usually do, turn the bite on. I fished several times this week, as well as Saturday and Sunday, and have found both the Barnegat Bay and ocean temps around 65. Some nicer blues started showing up ready to torture my light tackle gear. Check out this picture from Saturday of Dave Werner with one of the better blues hanging around right now. After tiring out on blues, Dave and I worked several back bays spots but drew a blank on the bass. Sunday was a different story. Both blues and bass cooperated for the Ken Higgins and I. Not only did we find fish in the whitewater around the inlet [check out some of this action in my latest video: http://youtu.be/jXCD9_zOs5E ]but we found them in some of the more protected spots of the bay. Ken and I found some locations in the bay holding short bass eager to chew on almost every drift on the falling tide. It was lots of fun just and a great way to start the fall bass season. I then managed to go out crabbing with my son Garrett to test his question for a scientific method project: Do blue crabs prefer natural bait (bluefish) over unnatural bait (chicken)? Crabbing was very good and he now has enough data to support his hypothesis for the project. So which do you think crabs prefer???????

Screaming Drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

September 29, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Tog fishing is still very good. Anglers are loading up on green crabs and having fun catching the bucktoothed blackies. The kingfish and small blues are the primary species off of the front beach. One can see they dominate the surf right now from the ASAC Tournament results listed below. We have had a number of calls about red drum regulations… Red Drum – One fish 18-27″. The NJ saltwater Marine Digest states, “18” minimum length with a harvest possession limit at one not greater than 27 inches.”

We received some information on the 67th World Series of Surf Fishing Tournament (ASAC) that was held by the Long Beach Island Fishing Club on Saturday September 28th. There were 60 teams made up of 286 anglers who caught 203 fish. There were also 17 individual anglers not fishing on an team. All together there were 210 fish caught in the Tournament made up of 106 kingfish, 96 bluefish, two red drum, one weakfish and a few other species.

Team Results: 1st Team CTS with 14 fish for 175 points, 2nd SURF-n-LAND-A with 12 fish for 148 points, 3rd South Jersey Surfcasters-B with 10 fish for 140.75 points, 4th AngleSea-A with 12 fish for 139 points, 5th Merchantville Fishing Club-B with 9 fish for 132.75 points.

In the Men’s Division the largest fish win went to George Anbriel on Team Virginia Beach Anglers-B for a 23.5″ red drum followed by Jeff Smith on Barrington Rod and Reel with a 21.5″ red drum, then a four way tie in 3rd between John Jones, Dave Hysek, Dom Savasta and Dave McVeigh with 18.5″ bluefish. Most fish award was won by Dante Soriente of Team CTS with 8 kingfish totaling 96 inches, followed by John Jones of the South Jersey Surfcasters-B with two kingfish and two bluefish totaling 58.5 points, then John Grome of the South Jersey Surfcasters-A with four bluefish totaling 57.75 points.

In the Woman’s Division the largest fish win went to Lynda Graves on the NJ Beach Buggy Ass. for a 20.5″ bluefish that was followed by (Women’s Surf Fishing Club-A) Arlene Perkowski’s 14.25″ kingfish and (Women’s Surf Fishing Club-A) Susan Boehret’s 13.75″ kingfish. The most fish awar was won by Susan Boehret with 4 kingfish for 48.5 points, followed by Arlene Perkowski with two kingfish for 27.75 points and then a third place tie between Dawn Hennhaffer (Misfits) and Andrea Tambruino (Women’s Surf Fishing Club-A) both with two kingfish totaling 24.5 points.

In the Youth Division Ant Krieg of South Jersey Surfcasters-B won with a 14.25″ kingfish. The largest fish award went to Chase Kephart of the Brigantine Sharks with a 17.25″ bluefish. Chase also won the most fish award with three bluefish for 48.5 points.

12:00 PM – Some Fresh Mullet and Baby Bunker Just Arrived, Expecting Fresh Bunker Later Today

I caught a really big sheepshead, possible state record but didn’t check the record weight until getting home after releasing the fish. NJ State record is only 17lbs and this fish was pretty close if not larger. Hope to be back sometime with a similar one to weigh in.  ~ Joe Slezak

Brian R. stopped in in today to pick up new Penn SSV and a rod we re-built for him. While here he shared his morning fishing report. He said that he was up on the mid-island surf for sunrise. He caught three fluke on mullet and cut bunker as well as a kingfish on clam. He said that 6oz of lead was needed to hold and there were lots of small jellyfish.

Yesterday Barrington Rod and Reel’s Jeff Smith from Barington, NJ caught this 21.5″ (about 4-lbs) puppy red drum off of the mid-island surf on bloodworms.

So here is the offical report from Jason H, one of the Southern Regional Fishing Club Advisers, “Thirty students from the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club were on board for the first boat trip of the school year, on Friday, Sept. 27. We went out on the Carolyn Ann III, and as always, the captain and crew brought smiles and laughter to the kids who were able take part in this wreck fishing trip. Eddie Oriolt caught the top fish of the day, a 4.5-lb. black sea bass that earned him an SRHS Fishing Club sweatshirt. In total we had about eight keeper sea bass, six or so northern puffers, and four porgy. The kids also caught numerous throwbacks, and the action was steady as we fished within sight of land during a moderate northeast wind. The boat is expecting sea bassing to only improve as the ocean bottom water temperatures decrease. The kids did a great job and we are all looking forward to the next trip.

Received: Sep 29, 2013 9:32 AM Subject: Plan B – Big Weakfish

It looks like the weather forecast has changed to a hard northeast wind for Monday. 10 to 15 knots gusting to 20. That will keep us from running to Barnegat Ridge. The good news is we will still be fishing. I’ve been fishing a new area trying to catch spots for my bait pen and stumbled on to some 20-26 inch weakfish. I also caught an 8 pound puppy drum there. Monday, Sept. 30th, will now be a 7:00am to Noon open boat trip in the bay. $135.00 per person, 3 person max. I am loaded for bear with shedder crabs and a whole flat of sandworms.

The wind is going west/northwest for the rest of the week which will lay the ocean right out to flat calm. We will run open boat Tues., Oct 1st, Wed., Oct. 2nd and Thurs. Oct. 3rd, noon to 5 or 6pm for either bonita and albies at Barnegat Ridge or weakies in the bay. I’ll leave it up to you guys. Fishing inside and outside is hot right now.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Sep 29, 2013 5:29 AM Subject: Fishing Reports – Reels Reaction Sportfishing

Fluke season has officially ended – we ended the season with over 120 keepers. 77 of our keepers were over 20 inches, and the largest fluke of the season was over 9lbs caught by George Miller in Barnegat Inlet. It was a great fluke season and I would like to thank all of my clients and look forward to seeing you during next year’s fluke season. Some of you I may see for the Fall run of Striped Bass which is at it’s beginning stages. I have been able to do some personal fishing and have scored with small striped bass (resident fish) and weakfish to 23 inches during late night. Most were caught on the Berkley Gulp 5in jerk shads (color: pink shine & punk prawn) with a 3/8oz jighead. During the week, I was on a online talk-radio show on Fall Striped Bass Fishing- Redneck Pride Outdoors with a panel of 4 industry professionals – here is a link to the show. (http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-129592/TS-787071.mp3).

I have one weekend left in October, but have some choice dates in November through the first week of December open for Striped Bass. All equipment, tackle, bait (spot/eels), ice, etc is included on all of our charters. If interested, give me a ring on the cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com) – all internet bookings go directly to my Blackberry.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

September 28, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

11:00 AM

More Mullet is here!

Joe M. stopped in this morning and said the blowfish numbers are slowing down but he is still chumming them up and catching with clam, mid-island bay.  It sounds like they are making their move out. Get some before they are gone.

Pete U. has been in the shop gearing up. The other day he purchased a couple of Super Strike poppers in white and blue over white to match the mullet. He has been on the front beach for sunset and sunrise the past couple of days. He reports, ” Consistent bite at both low light conditions. 2-5lb blues and schoolie to mid teen bass feeding on mullet each session. Lots of top water fun! Fish are very aggressive sometimes taking the popper right at my feet. Hope the bite continues. Can’t beat a LBI sunrise in a sweatshirt and shorts combined with some top water action.”

6:30 AM

We opened at 3am this and since we’ve been slammer. Bait has been flying. Sorry we are now sold out of both baby bunker and fresh mullet. Good Luck to all of the anglers fishing today! Yesterday we didn’t hear of any bass. With the wind blowing and the surf churning we were expecting more. There are plenty of small blues. You bunker boat dropped of a small fresh batch of bunker late yesterday. They reported that there are lots of big spot and croakers close to the beach.

Ship Bottom Surf City and Beach Haven’s town beaches are open to 4×4 beach buggies with permit. On Tuesday October 1st, all of Long Beach Township’s beaches will open. until then only the Holgate Wildlife Refuge is open for LBT Buggy Permit Holders.

Yesterday the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club fished opening day of Sea Bass aboard the Carolyn Ann. We heard from one student who said the fishing was good. He reported some keeper sea bass, some porgys and blowfish. When we get an official report we’ll post it.

September 27, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:15 PM

It’s game time! Ship Bottom’s beach will open to 4x4s tomorrow. Get you beach permits. Surf City opened last Saturday. The rest of the beaches will be October 1st.

Good Luck to all of the surf anglers fishing tomorrow’s tournament held by the LBI Fishing Club. We appreciate all of your business. We currently have a strong supply of bloodworms and fresh mullet however, with how busy it has been there’s no telling when it might run out. We expect a fresh bunker delivery some time today. Once here act fast it’s gonna go quick!

9:00 AM – We will be open at 4am on Saturday morning for the LBI Fishing Club’s surf tournament.

Rick Wieland of Ship Bottom was in yesterday and said he was going to look for some weakfish. He stopped in this morning and reported catching on Bubblegun Fin-S. His biggest was a fat 24 incher. He said he was heading back for a another crack at them today.

Received: Sep 26, 2013 6:06 PM Subject: Open Boat Barnegat Ridge

This Sunday, Sept 29 and Monday, Sept 30 look like mild easterly winds and a nice ocean. We will sail Open Boat 6AM to Noon for bonita and albacore at Barnegat Ridge. It,s only 15 miles or 45 minutes from the inlet. I”ll bring the light spinning rods to mix it up once we put some bonita in the cooler. $160 per man. 3 person max. All fish are shared. All bonita go in the cooler. They make awesome sashimi or you can prepare it just like seared ahi. I even have some soy sauce in the cooler if the mood strikes us.

It’s best to call as I will be on the water not online.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

September 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:00 PM – We will be open at 4am on Saturday morning for the LBI Fishing Club’s surf tournament.

The 67th Annual “World Series of Surf Fishing Tournament” is this Saturday September 28th. It is both a team and individual competition, held by the Long Beach Island Fishing Club. Registration will be held from 5:30am to 6:30am at the club house in Harvey Cedars (6 East Cape May Ave, Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008). Fishing time is 7-9:30am and 10-12:30pm. Entrance Fee is $60 per team and $15 per individual. Food will be served at the club after fishing, followed by the awards ceremony and numerous door prizes (some donated by us here at Fisherman’s Headquarters).

9:00 AM – Expecting more bloods later today

The tog bite is still red hot. We have been selling a ton of live green crabs and everyone we hear back from says good things. We also continue to get more reports of bass. One customer this morning reported catching two shorts last night on the bayside. The blowfish on the bayside as well as blues and kingfish along the front beach rounds out the action offering plenty to target.

Received: Sep 26, 2012 5:03 AM   Subject: the blues 9/26

My son Ryan caught 6 blues yesterday in Surf City between 5 and 7pm on fresh mullet, up to 16 in. By the way, he loves the fresh braid u guys put on his Penn.

~ D.Reardon

Received: Sep 26, 2013 12:21 AM Subject: Last Day Flukeathon Report

I ran a flukeathon on the last day of the season and was joined by 3 of my friends. We left my dock at 6:30 Am and did not get back to my dock until a little after dark. We concentrated on offshore wrecks and between us we managed to catch a bunch of shorts and 11 keepers. However, those included a 6.1 lb one that I caught and a 9.05 lb. one that is pictured below that was caught by Jeff Crilly. We need to thank the ASMFC for granting us the bonus quota that allowed us to extend our season. We also need to than the NJMFC for approving the 8 extra days. Lastly we need to thank the JCAA, NJOA, NJBBA and other groups that urged the council to extend the season. We would never have had this great day if it was not for their combined effort nor would have that 17 lb. fluke have been caught last week at Flynn’s Knoll. The fall fluking is definitely better than in the spring and I am hopeful that more people will get involved and support a later season again next year.
~ Paul Haertel, 2nd VP JCAA

Received: Sep 25, 2013 6:03 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Open Boat Sept 27th

Open boat for Friday – Targeting – Stripers, blues, black drum, Blackfish……..more. We continue to score well with nice black drum [ some trips seeing double digit numbers!] added to the variety of the usual suspects while employing only light tackle to enhance the sport and flat out fun that anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea have gotten used to enjoying!! The back bay variety spot, croaker, blowfish, kingfish ………and more, is in it’s wind down stage but more sportier species have taken up the bite and are more than willing to entertain both novice and veteran anglers. Friday weather looks great with sunny skies and winds forecasted for light from the East ,Northeast and for those who don’t know that equates to the “spark to the powder keg”!!!! Open Boat Friday – 6am – 11am and 1pm -6pm. All bait and tackle is included. Limited to 4 anglers per trip $150.00pp. Come join the fun and meet new enthusiastic anglers/friends to fish with!!! Please respond via cell only as I will be fishing and not by the computer the next couple of days. In the event that we fill both trips we will add seabass/ wreck fishing to the target list [weather permitting] as it opens that day as well!!!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

September 25, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

3:00 PM

I hit the beach early this morning for a little bit before work. I released one schoolie bass before the sun poked. A little while I later released a bluefish. Bass was on a small metal lip and the blue was on a popper. Store staffer Blake fished the beach elsewhere (we didn’t fish together) and had some blues too. ~FishHead.Greg

A customer in the shop buying fresh bunker and mullet reported lots of small blues in the surf. He said yesterday was great fun on light tackle.

A regular local customer stopped in the shop and raved on the blowfish bite today. He said the mid-island bay is stacked thick with them.

Received: Sep 25, 2013 8:35 AM Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

The attentions of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will now be focused on other species with the 2013 summer flounder now officially closed in New Jersey. With the weather pretty much cooperating, the final days of the fluke season went well. Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” put his largest fluke of the season in the box when Dave Sikorski of Manahawkin and the Village Harbor Fishing Club boated a 7.95 pound doormat. Verdi already has trips booked for black sea bass trips when the season opens on Friday, September 27. After a couple of months of no fishing pressure, he expects the sea bass to be hungry.

Captain Carl Sheppard took a party of 10 anglers offshore last weekend and stopped first at a depth of 80-feet and found a fine collection of large black bass. Since the season was closed, he moved on out to the 100-foot line and found a mix of false albacore and bonito on the troll. Those sporty fish provide a very fast first run and a good tussle for their size. Later in the day he hooked up with a 4-foot mahi-mahi.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 24, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

10:45 AM

So it has finally come, the last day to catch fluke. One could say it was a great fluke season. We all could have used a little bit better beach bite but it was very good at times. Well with fluke almost behind us one must look at what’s happening. There are two major points of interest. TOG & BASS!!! Both are red hot. The tog bite up at the Inlet rocks has been consistent and strong for weeks. Get in on it! The bass fishing is on! One can say they aren’t here yet but those will miss out on great fishing. We have had a bunch of customers over the past two week buying live eels. Finally last night someone asked them, “So what’s the deal? Are you guys catching?” They gave us the nod and a smile. Yesterday evening South Philly Fred stopped in the shop and showed us some lures he’s  He headed up to the surf and got into fish right away. He reported, “My first cast, blowup but didn’t come tight. Just about every cast after that I was hooked up right into dark. All on poppers! These were quality feeding bass. Biggest was about 20-lbs.”  We also got a call this morning from Scott Harrison this morning. He shared a good report, “I caught a 43-lb bass and a 31″ and a 28″.” He said he was going to email a picture to us. They are here!!! Let’s go fish!!!!!

September 23, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:45 PM

We just received a delivery of fresh mullet.

We got word that there was a red drum caught off of the south end surf this weekend.

1:00 PM

Early this morning we had a customer stop in for some fresh line. He reported just coming off of the north end beach and said that he just broke off a good size fish on a bunker head.

Received: Sep 22, 2013 5:45 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The start of fall truly signals a big transition in our local fisheries. Fluke season ends on the 24th while sea bass opens back up on the 27th. Speaking of fluke I released a bunch of shorts this week while targeting bass and blues around the inlet. Even managed a keeper. No problem finding practically non-stop light tackle action on blues to four pounds. At times I am getting them on poppers which is always a blast. Managed two short bass before sun up Sunday morning. Reliable intel is saying that big blues have arrived in northern waters along with a wave of migrating bass. Crabbing still remains decent and some just went through a shed on the recent full moon. Most of the crabs are jam packed with meat. It always seems like the interest in blue crabs goes down when September starts. This is not because of a lack of crabs just check out the picture. Still have some fall dates open including after school / magical hour specials.

Screaming Drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Sep 22, 2013 3:14 PM Subject: 3 Bloodworms => 3 Bass

Not sure if you guys care, but I figure I would report back on my last outing. I stopped in last night (Saturday) for some bait to fish the South Jetty and surf around the inlet. The ocean was unfishable due to the wind and rough surf generated by the impending storm, so we moved inland to the Bulkhead next to Barnegat Lighthouse. I picked up 3 Bloodworms “just in case”, and slip-floated these on a No. 4 Gamakatsu Baitholder hook right out in front of the Bulkhead at various depths and got 3 short (20+) bass between 10PM and 11PM as the rain started. The recent full moon likely helped as the 5ft High Tide brought them right up to the wall. So in short, those 3 bloodworms saved the night. Thanks! ~ Erik

Thanks for the report Erik! We greatly appreciate any and all reports. To all anglers/readers… please pass on both positive and negative reports.  Include the some info like Who, What, When, Where. We don’t really want exact locations. Just a general report to help others. Thanks

September 22, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

1:00 PM

Here is a picture of Will’s 16-lb bass that he weighed in on Friday. Mid-Island, Plug

Received: Sep 22, 2013 9:12 AM Subject: Fishing Reports – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

With the annual maintenance completed – we were able to get out and had some family fun (wife-Jennifer and son-Luke) with keeper fluke on some far offshore wrecks, then jumped around pots about 17miles offshore to pick mahi-mahi to 20inches and some small rudderfish with 1/4oz bucktails tipped with spearing. It was Luke’s first trip that far out. With the fluke season ending, all of the gear is ready for the fall action – weakfish, bluefish, and striped bass. The inlet rocks have been holding small stripers and 2-4lb bluefish for consistent action, while the jetty jumpers have been banging up the tog. Currently, our spot pens are filled to capacity and we’re booking striped bass/bluefish trips for October and November – we’re planning on sailing through the 1st week of December. If interested in booking a trip – we will customize a trip to your liking, call my cell (609)-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

9:00 AM – FALL is HERE!

Gary from Manahawkin was gearing up at the shop yesterday for the fall. He purchased some new tackle (Quantum Cabo, SP Minnow and our exclusive bull nose pliers) and hit the mid-island surf not far from the shop. He stopped back in to report he caught a schoolie bass on a Sardine SP.

FYI: the new and long awaited Sinking SP models came in on Friday. We sold a bunch of them so far. Any one who doesn’t have one in their plug back is missing out on a super effective great casting lure. Stop in and check them out!

September 21, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Sep 21, 2013 9:04 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Drum Role Please!

Add another species to the list of variety that has entertained anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea this week as solid numbers of 8-15lbs black drum have been add to the list of light tackle fun! If not familiar with this species they are powerfully dogged in their battle and pull a significant amount of drag once hooked!

Add rapid direction changes and these bull dogs are challenging, fun and great table fair! Tons of bluefish are also raging through out the bay and although bass are present they seemed to be very selective or the just too slow to in reaction time compared to the faster bluefish.

Open Boat Sunday Sept 22 – 6-11am – Targeting striped bass, bluefish, black drum, weakfish, blackfish,……more. $125.00 pp . Call only as I will not be at my computer 609-290-1217. The fishing continues to be fantastic on all front so come and join the fun!!!!! Here’s some pictures.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

8:00 AM

Thanks to Mike Sheppard, WOMD and Long Port Media for calling this morning and putting me on the air. Here are some notes that I typed up last night so I’d be prepared.

Fall is here! (well officially tomorrow, Sunday September 22nd) We are just coming off of the Harvest Moon on Thursday and the mullet run is in full swing! The recent chilly nights have set the mood. I have high hopes for the downside of the moon. I just made my rounds to all of the local police stations to get my 4×4 Beach Buggy Permits. Holgate has been open for a few weeks now and there’s a lot of anglers heading down having fun. Long Beach Township’s Front Beaches as well as Harvey Cedars will open October 1st. Surf City opens their beaches on the 3rd Saturday of September, that’s today September 21. Ship Bottom opens their beaches on the last Saturday of September, the 28th.

We’ve got a cold front approaching that will move through with a surge of much cooler air early week. From what I saw the forecasted low for here on LBI Monday is 47 degrees [Sunday low of 49, Monday low of 47, Tuesday low of 51 and Wednesday low of 56] The winds early week are forecasted to be northerly. There’s a ton of bait around! And they are moving. For weeks now the mullet and baby bunker have been are sliding through the inlets and along the front beaches. Any day it’s gonna break open. My buddies Fred and Darren got into a good bite a few days back. They had bass crushing poppers right into dark. The surf temperature yesterday morning up the street from the shop was 67 degrees. The bass are here. We had a 16-lb bass weighed in yesterday morning. Also a number of customers reporting catching here and there. It’s getting better everyday. Fluke Season is winding down but still very good. Late season can be some of the best fishing of the year. I heard yesterday that some anglers were catching some fluke on the south end, on live or strips of mullet. There is also small blues too. Kingfish has been spotty. Some days we hear good reports, other days nothing.

Inlet: I’ve got three letters word, TOG!!! They are biting like mad dogs. Store staffer Steve-o has been saucing ‘em. He also reports that there lots of other anglers catching good numbers. Steve says, “The bite has been on just about everyday. Yesterday I weeded out a keeper amongst a lot of shorts. There were four keepers caught next me. Today I managed three keepers, released two. Again non stop action but a lot of shorts.

Inshore: Fluke Season’s Last Hurrah! Last day of Fluke Season is Tuesday Sept 24th & Then Sea Bass Season Opens Friday 27th. Yesterday Dave Sikorski of Manahawkin and Village Harbour Fishing Club checked in a 26” fluke that weighed 7.95-lbs. He was out bucktailing one of the reefs with Captain Fran Verdi aboard the Francesca Marie. On Gulp! Al Asplint (FHQ Alumni) fished yesterday and had great day on the water with his friend John Cooper on the Garden State South. They had fluke up to 5 lbs. Al reported, “All very nice healthy fish. Also all the bluefish you could catch. Mullet Strips was by far the best bait of the day. It was a beautiful day on the water. Water was super clear and there was lots of sea life.

Offshore: Lots of boats headed out the past couple of days. We’ve been slammed with guys gearing up. Lotts of ballyhoo, butterfish, sardines and anchovies. The Barnegat Ridges have had life, albies and bonita. Yesterday Dean Paolella of Springfeild weighed in a 55-lb dressed yellowfin tuna. He fished aboard the Doris Mae IV on one of their 30 hour Canyon trips. Dean mentioned that the fishing was good. He caught the yellowbird jigging. He said other anglers were catching too. There were some tuna caught on the chunk, including a 200-lb big eye. Dean also said there was a bunch of Mahi. Captain Stew Hitchner on the Pez Machine has been doing great offshore. All of August and September has been strong. Right now there is good numbers of longfin and quality size yellowfin. A couple trips ago Stew’s crew boated their largest big eye of the season, a 275-lber. Stew’s also catching some swords and expects it to improve on the downside of this moon. Right now there’s the transition from troll to chunk. Usually late September and October offers quality chunking. Captain Jeff Warford on the “TightLines” just got back in from offshore last night. Jeff Warford just returned from a great trip. He said he had caught some big yellowfin and a load of Mahi. They also loaded up on tilefish and put his new Daiwa Dendoh reel to work. Jeff mentioned that he was fishing the Hudson. 100 square Had fish on the troll and chunk.

Bay: Still a lot of spot and blowfish

LBI SURF FISHING CLASSIC: Registration is underway. So far the numbers are strong. This year is the 59th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic… 8 weeks of great surf fishing fun. [October 7th to December 1st ] This year we are kicking off the tournament with a sold out Benefit Concert at the Sea Shell in Beach Haven on October 6th (many should know the location, it’s where the Sea Shell Striped Bass Boat Derby is held every October, this year 17th Annual, Tom Hughes) featuring Mickey former guitarist from Ween. There’s going to be some really nice items there to raise some money. Definitely some fishing tackle and there’s been talk of a Fender Guitar. I also hear about some sports memorabilia! There’s a signed puck and a poster by Mr Hockey himself Gordie Howe. I also heard about a few things signed by a few Eagles players. Rumor has it there is a helmet signed by (QB) Michael Vick, a football signed by (RB) Shady McCoy and a mini helmet signed by (WR) DeSean Jackson.

With the tournament there’s lots of things to talk about… one thing that all should know. On October 16th there is a $1000 special prize for the largest striped bass. Then on November 16th there is a $500 special prize for the largest striped bass. Both prizes are in memory of Frank Panzone one of the founding fathers of the tournament who passed last November. Also this year the surf tournament is loaded with great prizes aside from the daily, weekly, segments and grand prizes like some high end surf rods from Lamiglas, CTS, Centruy, and Tsunami.

September 20, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Tomorrow September 21st the Forked River Tuna Club is having a flea market at 18 Bay Ave in Forked River, no entry fee.

7:00 PM

Jeff Warford just returned from an offshore overnighter. He reported having a great trip. He said he had caught some big yellowfin and a load of Mahi.  They also loaded up on tilefish and put his new Daiwa Dendoh reel to work. Jeff mentioned that he was fishing the Hudson.

Laura Compton of Holgate stopped in the shop a little while ago. She reported catching a 28″ striper on a kingfish rig.

5:00 PM

Today has been a beautiful day and we’ve had some great reports…

This morning a surf angler stopped in and weighed a 16-lb bass. He said he was going to email us a report with his name but it hasn’t come yet. From what he told us at the time he caught it on a plug mid-island.

Steve-o has been saucing the tog. He has been on the bite everyday. Yesterday he managed to catch his one keeper. He said there were four keepers caught next to him. Today he caught three keepers, released two. He said there were lots of shorts that kept the action interesting. “I’m fishing the small green crabs whole and cutting the bigger ones in half. Non Stop action!” Steve-o reported, “I’m heading back!”

Dave Sikorski of Manahawkin and Village Harbour Fishing Club checked in a 26” fluke that weighed 7.95-lbs. He was out fishing one of the reefs with Captain Fran Verdi aboard the Francesca Marie today bucktailing with Gulp!

We have been getting a lot of phone calls asking for the LBI Surf Water Temperature. I measured 67 degree today up the street from the shop.

Dean Paolella of Springfeild was on the most recent 30 hour Canyon trip aboard the Doris Mae IV. Dean stopped by after leaving the boat to weigh and fillet a nice 54.75-lb (dressed) yellowfin tuna. Dean mentioned that the fishing was good. He caught his yellowbird jigging and other anglers were catching too. There were some tuna caught on the chunk, including a 200-lb big eye. Dean also said there was a bunch of Mahi.

September 19, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Sep 19, 2013 2:39 PM Subject: Bonita and Albacore Open Boat Trips

We are still hammering away at big bonita and albacore at Barnegat Ridge. Both the North and South Barnegat Ridges are giving up fish. 70 degree blue-ish water and lots of bait. Mostly sandeels. We are trolling our small 20 class conventionals and then once we find a productive spot, we put some 10 pound spinning rods in the spread with either a jap feather or a spearing hooked through the lips. You hold these rods instead of using the rod holders so you feel the violent hit when it occurs. A lot of times this one doesn’t get hit until one of the traditional lures gets whacked first, then as I slow the boat down, the other lures do a slow sink and that’s when you wind up with multiple fish on. If you watch the wake right behind the boat you can see the fish crash the lure. Small 5 inch cedar plugs and little squid daisy chains are providing most of the action for us.

Sailing Open Boat to Barnegat Ridge: Saturday Sept 21, 6AM to Noon, and Monday Sept 23, 6AM to Noon. $160 per person. 3 person max. All fish are shared.
Call to reserve a spot. My cell below is the best way to reach me.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

1:30 PM

A customer was just in the shop a little bit ago. He reported his father caught a 12-b bass off the surf this morning. He was a popper fishing mid-island.

11:30 AM

Store staffer Matt was out fishing recently. He gave us heads up last night that he got on a great bite. He reported catching about a dozen tog up to 6-lbs, 16 blowfish, some blues and one trigger fish. All on green crab.

Store staffer Steve-O reports the tog bite is still on! He said that the incoming tide is best with the clean ocean water, “Yesterday was great. Everyone was catching good numbers of quality fish. A couple nice keepers to be had.”

September 18, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:30 PM

We just got a delivery of fresh bunker. Also we received some fresh baby bunker too.

Lotta tog being caught up on the rocks. Yesterday was good and today has been stellar. GREEN CRABS!!!

Received: Sep 18, 2013 10:39 AM Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

The summer flounder season in New Jersey will be closing on Tuesday, September 23, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association look like they will be catching fluke right up to that date.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” has been running “open-boat” trips to the inshore artificial reefs recently and returning with filled coolers of fluke on every trip. The fluke are plentiful and fat.

Captain John Lewis took the Swartz family out to the reefs last Sunday for a day of good fluke action. All five anglers on board caught fluke as well as black sea bass which had to be released. Seven year old Mike took top honors with 21and 23 inch fluke. One day when it was too windy to go outside for fluke, he kept so he kept the Osterhage party in the bay and where they enjoyed catching blowfish, kingfish, sea bass and other bay critters in a fun afternoon.

Another day Captain John went canyon fishing for Dan Allen’s birthday present from his wife. They found the whales and squid but the big eye tuna had moved. They did get some medium sized yellow fin tuna while having a great time in the ocean.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

9:00 AM

Board Short Blow Out! 30% Shorts from Aftco, Fathom Offshore and Salt Life. Stop in and get a couple pairs of fresh boardies for this year or next.

September 17, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

12:10 PM

The live bait is here! Any one looking to target tog? The jetty is loaded with them and we have the crabs.

10:00 AM

We are waiting on the live bait delivery still. Live Green Crabs for the jonsing tog anglers and live bloods and sandworms for the kingfish anglers and also those stocking up their spot pens.

The cranking winds last night shifting NE today will surly stir things up. Forecast is calling a light NE wind tomorrow so we’ve got great fishing weather. Speaking of great fishing weather, we will have amazing white water along the front beaches to charge up the bass and kick them into high gear. Tropical Storm Humberto regenerated yesterday. It’s was out in the middle of the Atlantic but it still has generated swell for us of the past few days. Long period swell energy is heading this way; showing today, lingering a couple days and easing over the weekend. Today there’s a NE wind chop masking it; however tomorrow and Thursday it will offer a beautiful spaced out white water for surf anglers.

South Philly Fred reported getting into an epic early season Jersey blitz yesterday at sunset with his buddy Darren and a couple others. He said it will be one he’ll always remember. “SOOO MUCH MULLET!!!! Couldn’t keep count how many bass I caught. Both on small poppers and windchaters.” Here is a picture of one of Darren’s bass that took a plug deep. Got one for the dinner table.Most of the time we get mullet pushing with some blues and the bass are no where to be found. Other years (like this year) the bass are on the mullet.

Received: Sep 17, 2013 6:47 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – It’s Starting!

Both keeper and short bass joined in the light tackle action this week as water temps continued their downward trend. Tons of feisty bluefish, weakfish, blowfish, kingfish , spot, croaker …..and more round out the rest of the variety. The crowds have all but given up on our coastal waters with even the weekend traffic being light but the fishing remains excellent for all species. Vast and multiple bird plays have been in easy eyesight of the inlet with mostly ravenous bluefish but weakfish, stripers, bonito and false albies are all possibilities. This week look to encounter all species and more for those wanting either a private charter or to join other’s aboard The Reel Fantasea on an open boat for some early fall fun!!! Thursday and Friday are either Open [ $125.00pp] or private charter. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

September 16, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

1:00 PM

We expect live bloodworms, live sandworms and live green crabs tomorrow late morning/afternoon.

Hank Wright weighed in a nice fluke yesterday for the Beach and Boat Tournament. Here’s a picture of Hank’s 27″ 7-lb 15-oz fluke.

11:00 AM

There were footballs flying yesterday morning long before the Sunday games. Yesterday, we received two separate reports late in the day of albies from surf anglers. Unfortunately, neither were able to hook up. They were just out of casting range. Store staffer Blake fished the North End surf in the morning. He said that he had one bass blowup on his Super Strike Little Neck Popper but it never came tight. Blake mentioned that there were “footballs flying” out a ways. A customer was in the shop talking with a staff member. He told about a kingfish bite that was a steady pick and then when on to say, “There were birds in the distance. It also looked like landmines were going off, but it was too far to reach.” Must have been the same pod of albies that Blake saw. Now is prime time albie season. When hitting the beach, don’t forget a small good casting metal.

Chester B stopped in the shop this morning and sharred a report. “Yesterday I caught 30 tog on live greenies and last night I caught a 3-lb weakfish on a soft plastic.”

Received: Sep 16, 2013 4:31 AM Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

Good morning,
The fluking remains hot at most of the area reefs and the action in the backbay continues to be steady with blowfish, croakers, spot, weakfish etc. Offshore has action on albacore, bonita, and bluefish while trolling clark spoons. The inlets are holding bluefish and stripers, especially with the lowered temps from the blast of south winds we received. During the week, we have been loaded up the spot pens for the upcoming striper season and was able to get some 15-22inch weakfish on soft plastics. I had to cancel this Sat. inshore fluke trip due to the wind/sea conditions, so will use the time to complete some required maintenance. I have next weekend open for the last weekend for fluke – will plan on fishing heavily structured areas and we will bucktail when the drift permits. Again, all tackle, S&S bucktails/Spro bucktails, bait, gear, ice, etc. provided on all of our charters. Regarding striped bass trips, I have a few open dates in October and some dates in November. Once the weather starts to change, the dates usually start booking up quickly. If interested in booking, book through website (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call my cell (609-290-7709).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

Received: Sep 15, 2013 5:00 PM   Subject: LBI Charters

No charters this weekend, so with the beautiful weather today I made a solo trip for 4 hours of fluking. I fished a hunch and it paid off. Fished a small wreck in 90 feet of water, made 2 drifts nothing. Took a shot and anchored on the spot. Casting Spros and gulp around the edge I had 2 hours of non-stop fishing catching 30 fluke or so and 4 keepers. Couldn’t get the 5th before having to head in. Of concern was the lack of sea bass. I caught 1! Figured there would be loads of them on this spot, so hopefully that changes by the 27th. Give a call or send an email.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters – “Kev n’ Ash”  631.300.6413

September 15, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

2:30 PM

The brisk morning felt great. Everyday we get closer to prime time. The 59th Annual LBI Fishing Classic is right around the corner. The hats and registrations are here and Sign-ups have begun! Stop in, Sign Up and don’t forget to join our Striper Side-Bet. Just a heads up, the LBI Benefit Concert is almost sold out if not sold out already. Anyone looking for a tick should do so ASAP. The tickets we were given to sell are long gone, so don’t look here.

Last night South Philly Fred was in town. He stopped in the shop and then headed out. He gave us a call to say he was on the fish. He reported making a detour when he saw birds as he was driving up the boulevard. Fred said he caught two bass on three casts and then the birds, bait and fish moved up the beach and dispersed. He mentioned that the bass were feeding on a large school of mullet and the SP minnow was the ticket. Fred picked up and headed down to his original destination, the Inlet rocks where he caught one good size keeper bass on a windcheater. Fred said, “There’s plenty of bass in the local waters. Don’t wait till it breaks wide open and miss some of the best fishing. The temperatures are still warm, but the bass are here!”

Store Staffer Max hit the bay this morning before swinging into work. He chummed clam and baited with live worms to raise a variety of species. First and foremost, he collected spot to stock up his bait pen for the fall run. He caught a lot of blowfish and snapper blues as well as a couple small weakfish and big rays.

Tim Parker and his two daughters Charlotte and Ava had a fun day off of the mid-island surf yesterday. They reported catching kingfish and spot (16 fish all together) on live bloodworms and frozen mullet. They picked up more worms today and are gonna give it another go.

For those angler looking for live green crabs, we apologize. We are currently sold out of green crabs. We had what we expected to be more than enough to get us through the weekend; however, due to un expected demand we sold out this morning. We expect a delivery on Tuesday the 17th. The tog bite has been phenomenal at the Inlet.

FYI: There’s 9 days left till Tuesday September 24th when the summer flounder aka fluke season closes (closes at 12:01 AM on September 25th). Make the most out of the 8 day extension which was approved by the ASMFC at their July 11th meeting. The inshore wrecks and reefs are still smoking hot. There is also plenty of fluke still balling out of the inlet and long the front beaches.

Three days after the Fluke Season closes the Black Sea Bass season re-opens on Friday, September 27th and will run through October 14th. It will be closed for a short period of time and then reopen on November 1 and remain open for the rest of the year (December 31st).

~ Fish Head Greg

September 14, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Jack Wilson of Barnegat stopped in the shop this afternoon after fishing the mid-island surf. He reported going though a frozen package of mullet in no time. He then switched to metal and kept catching. “Lots of small blues in the surf!” Jack said.

Scott Simpson said he could not find a keeper fluke this morning. He caught some shorts and had fun enjoying the beautiful day.

Steve-O was on the tog again yesterday. He hammered them. This time he caught a 5-lb keeper. Steve reported that other anglers were catching too.

Yesterday, I spent a time in the water surfing. It was some of the best swell I can remember in awhile. Clean and somewhat warm (too bad the upwelling dropped the water temps). The reason I report is because there was a lot of bait present. There were pods of mullet (good size one) and there were bass and blues. At one point there was a big frenzy that blew up; birds, bait and fish.

Weakfish reported on bayside in Beach Haven last night. Also reports of nice sized tog along the sod banks around the area of the Old Coast Guard Station at the end of seven bridges road.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 12, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Sep 12, 2013 9:49 PM Subject: Live Grass Shrimping the Bay – Bonita at Barnegat Ridge

We are catching weakfish and a variety of other fish in the bay on the live grass shrimp. Mostly 14 to 16 inch fish with a few bigger ones in the mix. The usual suspects are there too: hickory shad, snappers, spots, blowfish, fluke and more. Always a variety when throwing the shrimp.

Barnegat Ridge has been lit up with lots of bonita and a few false albacore. Most of the bonita are big, 3 to 6 pounds. There are also some 1 to 2 pounders in the mix, so we are just releasing those. Once in a while the rod doubles over screaming with a false albacore. We troll 20-lb class conventional outfits until we find them, then we reel in a few of those and replace them with 10-pound spinning rods. That’s when the fun starts. Bonita are great sport on light tackle and delicious to eat.

The Hi Flier will be running Open Boat trips this Sat, Sun, and Mon, Sept. 14, 15, and 16.

Sat, Sept. 14: Live Grass Shrimp in the Bay 6AM to 11AM $135 per person, 3 people max
Sun, Sept. 15: Barnegat Ridge Bonita and Albacore 6AM to Noon $160 per man, 3 people max
Mon, Sept.16: Barnegat Ridge Bonita and Albacore 6AM to Noon $160 per man, 3 people max

If you would like to reserve a spot, my cell is the best way to reach me.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Sep 12, 2013 9:04 AM   Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

None of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are complaining about the fishing action around Beach Haven. Take advantage of the red hot bite going on. With fall weather becoming iffy as time goes by and the summer flounder season closing on September 24, this is the time to go fishing.

The tuna action along both the inshore 25-fathom line and offshore continues to be awesome. Captain Bob Gerkens and mate Dante Soriente on the “Hot Tuna” have been raising bluefin tuna along the 25-fathom line consistently. A recent trip resulted in 6 bluefin in the 60-90 pound range caught on the troll along with a couple of mahi and some skipjack tuna. A short period of chunking and jigging produced several hookups, but no fish to the boat. Captain Bob says he will continue the inshore runs into the fall if the fish remain and notes that reports indicate the some yellowfin tuna are starting to move back into the inshore waters as well.

Captain John Lewis on the “Insatiable” had the Helias/Walzak party out last weekend for bluefin along the 20-fathom line. Despite an abundance of other boats, they had a double hook-up right after the lines went out. To their surprise they landed two yellowfin tuna. There was a steady pick of false albacore along with yellowfin and mahi all day. The bluefin did not show until late in the day. Captain John says there is agreed bigeye tuna bite in the canyons but the crowds on the weekend make it difficult. He advises the best results are during the week when the traffic is lighter.

Captain Carl Sheppard took his family out to the Little Egg Reef last weekend on the “Starfish” and put together an impressive catch of keeper fluke. On a 4-hour trip they caught 46 fluke of which 9 were keepers weighing from 4-9 pounds. Hagen Sniffen of Long Valley, NJ, caught the largest fish, a doormat weighing 8-pounds. Also in the mix were some keeper sea bass which is a good indication of what to look forward to when that season opens in a few weeks.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 10, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Thanks to Gabrielle, a SE groundswell is in the local waters. It will continue to fill in and build throughout today/tonight. The gusty south winds that are honking right now have cooled off the surf water temperature. A cold front will pass this evening and the winds will shift westerly after midnight. With it comes a taste of fall! Much cooler less humid air will be here for the weekend. Friday and Saturday are forecasted to be sunny. With the swell there should be some great white water to fish.

I returned home from Montauk on Tuesday. I fished up there with Blake (Store Staff), Pete U. and Fred (South Philly Fred). There were plenty of fish but not a lot of anglers fishing. When we arrived everyone said the fishing was dead but we got into some great fishing. Pencil popping bluefish on the north side was a blast during the day, especially the bottom of the outgoing tide. And every night we were into bass on the south side. Most of the bass were small schoolies but there were a number of bass released in the teens and a couple in the twenties. Blake caught and released the biggest fish of the trip, a 37-lber (on Boga Grip) which went for his Daiwa SP Minnow. I had a blast fishing the Montauk surf for a week and can’t wait to get back up there. Thanks to the crew (new and old) for your hospitality, great cooking and lots of laughs.

Now back catching up on the home front, I hear good things. Holgate is open! I can’t wait to get down there. The surf fishing has been good for fluke and there’s an occasional bluefish. Unfortunately, no word of bass off of the surf. Laura (store staff) fished yesterday afternoon on the bayside and caught a nice size schoolie bass on a peanut bunker. Steve-O (store staff) tog fished the Barnegat Inlet Rocks yesterday and said it was good. He caught 30 tog but no keepers. Steve-O reported another angler caught two keepers, one that was about 5-lbs. He headed out today after work. We’ll report how he makes out when we hear.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 10, 2013 2:21 PM   Subject: Surf report -mid island

Went down at high tide this morning and things were quiet. Used 6″ mullet on a mullet rig. After about an hour, got a huge hit and landed a 25″ fluke! That jetty has produced some real doormats this summer. Picked up a 26″ fluke two weeks ago in that same spot. No blues or stripers seen yet but the big fluke are still around..

~ Tom from Beach Haven Park

September 9, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Date: Sep 9, 2013 7:07 AM   Subject: Fwd: Reel Fantasea fishing Charters

What an awesome summer of fishing fun it has been! Unfortunately some of our summer visitors have returned to their daily grind, vacating the best weather and fishing of the remaining summer season! Although more elbow room on both surf and brine isn’t necessarily a bad thing right? .

Presently the backbay is choked with tons of bait like; peanut bunker, mullet, spot, spearing, bay anchovy… and more which should present some of the best Fall migration fishing action found anywhere as proven year after year!

The back bay/inlet light tackle action remains fantastic with tons of action within minutes of leaving the dock with an array of species! Tenacious 2-6lbs drag burning bluefish continue to be as easy as a cast away on a multiple of presentations with poppers being the most entertaining and fun with visual surface strikes! The blues have been so ravenous and competitive that two fish on one multi hook popper/plug has been a norm.

The back bay is jammed packed with a myriad of species such as kingfish, spot, croaker, blowfish, weakfish, … and more. Even the old timers have been impressed!

Inshore wreck/rocks present excellent opportunity for blackfish, porgies, triggerfish, and catch and release sea bass which is closed until Sept 27th.

The offshore ridges and lumps have been set afire with drag scorching species such as false albies, bonitos …and more on the troll, jig and chumming with spearing! Their inshore migration has historically presented some heart pumping visual excitement to the delight of the sight caster enthusiasts!

Inshore backbay/inlet, wreck//offshore? Combine all the above! I have Thursday 2pm-7pm available for private or open boat and Friday morning 6am -11am for anyone looking for light tackle excitement. Open Boat $125.00pp.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Sep 9, 2013 8:28 PM    Subject: Little Tuny Time

Saturday afternoon provided some reel smoking action southeast of Little Egg Inlet in 75 feet of water. Surface temps hung at 72.3 degrees average and tons of baitfish were balled up midway in the water column. We set up a four line spread, with two lines just beneath the surface with 8 ounce trolling weights followed by Williamson 3″ feathers, and two bird rigs. They were set back 50 feet behind the boat. The bird rigs were set on the third wave, and had my favorite deadly Williamson blue/white 3″ feather on the port side, and a gold and pink squid daisy chain on starboard.

Hardly got set up when we nailed a Bonito on the starboard flat line. As I was boating that fish, the other three lines took off almost simultaneously in a maddening scream that was hard to believe – like which line should I grab first before we get spooled! So after cranking down the drag on the two heavier tuna sticks, I brought in the first of three Little Tuny. Threw two in the box (my black lab loves eating them) and set back up. Got back to the helm on the bridge, bumped her back up to 7 knots, and looked over my shoulder in time to watch that gold and pink daisy chain come under brutal attack. Four gold squid, with a pink guy on the end. That fish attacked it four times before he nailed it and dragged the whole rig, bird and all, straight down. I was sure I had a bluefin or yellowfin because of the aggressive attack, but… another vicious Little Tuny! And so went the afternoon. Got a Golds Gym workout at sea with standup gear, a couple nice Bonitos, and some dog food. What a blast!

~ Capt. Bernie Hyland “Mad Ludwig” Beach Haven

September 8, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Sep 8, 2013 10:55 AM  Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

What beautiful weather! I took advantage of it yesterday to run out to Barnegat Ridge with regular weekend guest George Selph to see what kind of marine life we’d find, and were rewarded with a cooler full of tasty Atlantic Bonito. The best part was that they were hitting small jigs that we dropped down on 8 pound test spinning outfits, making each and every one of them feel like a trophy fish. Not much variety for us (other than a lone skipjack tuna that somehow found us) but I did hear radio reports of a few false albacore and blues being caught a little to the north of us so it looks like the Ridges are coming to life for September. The fish we cleaned back at the dock were loaded with sand eels which should keep the fish around for a while.

Plenty of mid week dates open through September. Time to take advantage of the best weather month of the year.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

Received: Sep 8, 2013 3:38 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 9/7 and 9/8 Updates

Had Helene and Jim out on a beautiful Saturday. We had plenty of action with Jim boating a nice 21 inch fish, Helene capturing a keeper and numerous shorts, Capt Greg with 2 keepers including a 5-lber and well finally Ash who caught her limit. Headed back out solo in the afternoon and fished locally and I had 4 keepers in a couple hours.

On Sunday had Allie, Megan, Steve, Adam and Don out. Started off locally with 3 keepers in 2 drifts with some pretty bouncy conditions. After dropping off 3 of our 5 guests due to sudden illness, headed back out where we fishes yesterday and put 3 more nice keepers in the box including Don’s 21 incher. Open both days next weekend for my last weekend of fluke fishing trip 2013.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

September 7, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Sep 7, 2013 11:41 AM   Subject: Bonita and Albies Offshore – Weakies and more in the Bay.

Clobbered the bonita yesterday at Barnegat Ridge. Good size ones, 3 to 5 pound fish. We trolled up 20 bonita and 2 flase albacore. All on 20-class conventional tackle and 10-pound spinning rods. Cedar plugs, feathers, and daisy chains were all producing in every position, flatlines in tight to the prop wash, as well as way backs. I had my guys hold the light spinning rods with Jap feathers right behind the motors and they were getting crushed. The ratio of bonita is heavily favored to just a few false albacore which makes for some nice Ziplocks of these delicious fish. You can prepare bonita the same way you eat tuna. The false albacore are not good table fare, but are great sport on light tackle. The confusion about which species is which and what one is good to eat comes in from our neighbors to the South. Somewhere around the Carolinas and further south, they call false albacore, bonito.

The bay is still giving up a good amount of all different size weakfish as well as the assorted mixed bag.

I am booked through Sunday but I am offering two trips on Monday. 6AM to Noon we will sail Open Boat to Barnegat Ridge. Then 1 PM to 6PM in the bay with the live grass shrimp for weakfish and more. $150 per for the Ridge, $135 for the Shrimping, 3 people max, all fish are shared. If the ocean is too rough for the Ridge in the morning, we will fish the bay. Conversely, if it is calm all day, we can run the afternoon trip out offshore, as well. It is a flexible float plan and we are always ready to roll with the best option depending on sea conditions. If you want to charter either of these slots or any other day, you can. Phone is best as I am rarely on the computer.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Sep 7, 2013 7:28 PM   Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

With school starting, I will mostly be running trips on the weekends with a few afternoons mixed in. Afternoon trips will focus on working inlets and some of the backbay areas for bluefish, weakfish, etc.

I have been hitting the bay hard and earlier in the week I had my son out for some backbay action afterschool. We boated a variety of species including: spot, sea bass, croakers, and weakfish. Our pens are filling up in preparation for the striped bass run – I still have some October and November dates available.

Later in the week, I had the Duralek charter (Tom Sr. and Tom Jr.) of Toms River, NJ on a 5-hr Ocean Fluking bonanza with beautiful sea conditions. I had the father and son team working S&S Rattletail jigs tipped with combinations of Gulp and strip baits. The team ended with 10 keepers to 7-lbs, with Tom Jr. topping has father’s 25-in 6-lb with a 26-in 7-lb whopper. Some of the choice spots are holding some real quality fish right now, but you have to work for them. Bucktails have consistently been outproducing dragging strip baits. Most fish have been in the 65-ft range close to rocky structure. If interested in booking a trip, call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website http://www.reelreactioncharters.com

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

September 5, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Sep 5, 2013 6:21 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Labor Day Rundown

Had trips each day over the Labor Day weekend. The hard southwest wind dictated where we could fish each day but we still ended up with action all 3 days. First up were repeat customers Ben, Brad, Graham, John, and their grandfather. Fished the inlet for a bit catching throwback fluke and sea bass. Headed to a local snag and despite a sporty ocean had plenty of action with blackfish, porgies, small sea bass, and blowfish. Next up were repeat customers Adam, Joe, and Mike. The group had a repeat of day before. Caught short fluke and a bluefish in the inlet then headed out into a little nicer ocean and caught blackfish including 3 keepers. Finally, had Michele, Theo, Marcus. and Chris out on Lab or day for some ocean fluking. Plenty of action with about 30 fish landed despite cold water and decent swell. Booked this weekend but still open for sea bass opening weekend on 9/28 and 9/29 so give me a call or email.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

September 4, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:30 PM

Fisherman’s Headquarters is sold out of out allotment of Dean Ween LBI Classic Benefit Concert Tickets. There may be a few tickets still available at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven, Surf City Bait and Tackle, or Panzone’s Pizza in Surf City. Tickets will be gone soon, so don’t delay your purchase. To all who purchased tickets, thank you for your support.

Plenty of Inlet Action! Lots of blues and a strong number of bass are present. The quantity and quality should improve weekly. There are also fluke and tog among other species to keep things interesting

Front beach surf fluke fishing is good. Store Staffer Steve-O was on the beach yesterday. He reported slamming the flattys in some cuts. He said that most were short but he did manage a pair of keepers.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 4, 2013 7:05 AM    Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend. Excellent light tackle opportunities remain the “norm” as the bay and inlet continue to be jammed packed with variety as well as quantities of fish. I do have a couple of spots open for Friday morning [ 6-11am] and afternoon[ 1-6pm] for anyone looking to join in the light tackle fun! All bait and tackle included. We will be targeting everything that swims for both variety and fun! $125.00pp.

The calendar for the “Fall Run” is filling up faster than ever before and I only have a few dates left in November so reserve your date today for some of the best striped bass, blackfish , slammer bluefish, sea bass… and more found anywhere!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609-290-1217

Received: Sep 4, 2013 4:55 PM   Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

The late summer tuna bite has become red hot as anticipated for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The only obstacle to very good catches right now has been occasional stints of poor weather conditions.

The “Hot Tuna” with Captain Bob Gerkens and mate Dante Soriente continues to work the inshore tuna bite, with the best day being Labor Day with some 19 bluefin tuna caught up to 100-pounds, with all but 4 over 47 inches. The fish were mostly caught on the troll, but there were also hookups on the chunk and jig as well. The tired crew on Labor Day consisted of Albi Jordan, Chris Martin, Chris Johnson, Jim Murray, and Kurt Lustig. A trip two days earlier in sloppy weather for Captain Bob did not produce any tuna, but 4 mahi.

Captain Tim Knorr had the “F/V William Knorr” out in the Carteret Canyon on an overnight trip recently after receiving sea temperature charts that were very promising. The overnight chunking action was slow but they boated a nice 9-foot Thresher around 2am. They trolled and boated mahi on the first day and on the way back in ran into some skipjack and more mahi. The Thresher was grilled with Teriyaki marinade and was worth the trip despite the lack of tuna. One of Captain Tim’s half day trips wanted to do some reef fishing, and on they had to release 4 of the nicest sea bass he has seen in a while. They boated 3 fluke from 21 to 26 inches along with 21 short fluke.

Captain John Lewis on the “Insatiable” had an offshore trip and after several hours of hunting found the bluefin tuna. They caught seven, released five, and kept two. Another day he had the Dewey party out for John’s birthday in the bay and had a relaxing morning catching blowfish, kingfish, spot and a constant procession of small black sea bass. Captain John is telling all fishermen that this time of the year is the best time in the Beach Haven area for fishing. He is advising all anglers that now is the time to catch tuna whether inshore for bluefin or the canyons for bigeye and yellowfin. He adds the September marlin bite is also starting.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 3, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

3:15 PM

UPDATE LBTPD: HOLGATE WILDLIFE REFUGE OPEN TO BEACH BUGGY W/PERMIT AS OF 09/07/2013 FRONT BEACHES OPEN AS OF 10/01/2013. PERMITS ARE SOLD AT LONG BEACH TWP PD

3:00 PM

A mom stopped in the shop just before noon time today to pick up a package of spearing. She reported, “The kids are catching Snapper & Fluke down at the bayside”.

Today, Margaret from Jingles Bait & Tackle passed on some good news. At this Friday’s Long Beach Township meeting Mayor Mancini is expected to officially open the Holgate (Wildlife Area) starting Saturday, September 7th to 4-wheel drive vehicle access. If this is confirmed, then access passes will go on sale at the Township Police Station. All 4-wheel access to other Long Beach Township front beaches should be opened October 1st, 2013 but access may be limited by conditions in some areas. We await the official confirmation being released on Friday.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 3, 2013 9:13 PM   Subject: Bonita and Albacore!

Finally! Blue water, Bonita, and Albacore have invaded Barnegat Ridge in numbers.

Running Open Boat trips this Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6 in the afternoons to Barnegat Ridge. Noon to 6PM. $150 per man. 3 person max.

Saturday, Sept. 7, we will run an Open Boat live grass shrimp trip for weakfish and a bunch of other species on ultralite tackle, 1PM to 6PM. $135 per man. 3 person max.

Monday, Sept. 9, is available for charter or open boat. We will see what the weather looks like as we get closer and decide what kind of fishing would be best.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

September 2, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

John P stopped in the shop earlier today. He shared this report, “Walked out Holgate, fished cuts and pockets for fluke not every spot had fish but some were loaded hooked 30+ fish Saturday. 20″ being my largest and saw a 24″ caught. Everybody was catching using a gulp and spearing combo. Caught 20 fish today before the rain started. Nice to be out there. Warn everybody to have their registration card. The Feds were checking but I don’t think they were handing out tickets.”

Jim Venito of Mount Laurel weighed in this 6.45-lb fluke over the weekend. He caught it fishing the Garden State North Reef.

Fluke fishing has been phenominal on both the Barnegat Light Reel and the Garden State North. Get in on the fun while the season is still open.

More Info/Report for 8/31 1:00 PM post…

Father and son Albert and Lou DiTommaso of Beach Haven West fished the mid-island bayside a few days back. They anchorded up and chummed clam on the edge of a hump. Lou reported, “As you know when chumming holes in the bay, many different species show up. Blues, kingfish, puffers, sea bass, oyster crackers, short stripers and weakies too.” There’s a lot of species in the bay to catch. “Al caught this drum on a high-low rig with clam on a light tackle setup. It put him through the paces, Haha. Definitely one to remeber!” Here is a link to a picture of Al’s drum.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 2, 2013 9:46 PM   Subject: Spot in the Surf

Decided to have some fun with the Spot at high tide on Saturday off 3rd Street in Beach Haven. Headed to the beach with light spinning gear, a sabiki rig, 2 ounce round sinker, and fish bites. The Spots were right in the foam and breakers, which presented a challenge to distinguish the bite from the breakers pounding the line. Lots of fun with several caught and released. I even saved an old female herring gull that was thrashing about in the surf. She was entangled in some mono that I carefully removed before releasing her too.

Back at the boat, the conversation turned to the need for a new catch flag or two. With all the tuna and mahi flags we let go fly out there, we decided it just makes too much sense to also have a Spot flag and maybe a Seagull flag, too!

Tight Lines!

~ Capt Bernie, Mad Ludwig

Received: Sep 1, 2013 7:52 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Saturday’s hard southerly did what they usually do, drop the water temperature. I read 62 degrees today coming in the inlet at the top of the tide. The bay has been stable in the mid-70s for many days now. Even with that the bait in the marshes and lagoons is getting anxious. It has been easy to fill up my live well with peanut bunker and mullet when needed. You just need to be on them before the sun is up. My recent trips have had great success battling bluefish on light tackle to four pounds and chumming up the myriad of species (blowfish, spot, croakers, juvenile sea bass, porgies, kingfish, snappers, etc.) in Barnegat Bay right now. On one trip in which we targeted fluke we boxed 1 keeper out of the 50 plus landed. Then two days later when not targeting them we caught only 1 fluke, which was a nice keeper, go figure. Smooth dogfish have shown up in good numbers. Attached is a picture of 11 year James Hirschberg holding a doggie. (Photo to Follow) Speaking of sharks below is a link to a video I shot of a shark release during the Robertson charter this week.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Aug 31, 2013 3:26 PM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Hope everyone’s enjoying this fine holiday weekend. Looks like we’ve got some nice weather here for the unofficial last weekend of the summer season.

We’ve had a busy week now that the boat is back in the water and things have returned to normal. On Monday I had Chip Harter along with son John and son-in-law Mike out on his annual summer fluke excursion. After picking away at a few shorts in tough wind against tide conditions, a quick trip to the inlet put the guys on blitzing 4-5 pound bluefish before we rounded out the day by anchoring up in the back bay for a couple hours of non-stop action on fat blowfish and kingfish. Tuesday brought Jerry Bailey down from Monroe NY with grandson Daniel specifically for blowfish, and the guys proceeded to fill the large cooler with fat puffers and some of the biggest croakers I’ve seen in a long time. Several of the croakers were almost four pounds! Add in a mixture of kingfish, spot, snappers, sea bass, porgies and burrfish and it was five hours of fishing mayhem. Yesterday I decided to sneak out for a couple hours myself, and came back in with a couple dozen tasty blowfish for the missus and I to enjoy. Today was back to fluke fishing with regular George Selph, but the hard SSW wind and sporty seas all morning left us with nothing but a couple shorts and a few blues to show for it.

As is normal, September is a slow month for us with vacations mostly over and kids back in school. But the weather is generally beautiful and the fishing can be good, so if you’ve got the itch to get out there before we start getting ready for fall stripers we’ve got plenty of open dates still available this month.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632


Don’t let saltwater sit in your reel all winter. Reels should be serviced before going into winter hibernation. Otherwise, salt will take its toll.

Fisherman’s Headquarters offers on site reel (and rod) repair for manufacturers models that we sell.

Fisherman’s Headquarters has been a Penn Reel Warranty & Service Center for years.

Now, Fisherman’s Headquarters has also become a certified Van Staal Reel Warranty & Service Center. All of the special tooling to completely disassemble and reassemble Van Staal reels including bearings, seals and the complex Van Staal “transmission” are on site.

 

August 31, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

1:00 PM

Labor Day Weekend Fishing Rod Sale! We have a load of fishing rods on sale throughout the weekend. Ranging from inshore light tackle to offshore big game, there’s a rod to fill that spot in anyone’s incomplete quiver. Stop by and check out the sale rack in the front of the shop and be sure to ask about the bins full of discounted rods in the back. The discounts range from 20-50% off last year’s retail price. There’s rods from Shimano, Penn, Star and many other top name brands. Check ’em out!

So Labor Day Weekend is finally here! The summer was great and now fall is right around the corner. The onshore flow and cool weather really give a feel of the fall transition. There’s bait stacked up, but before it breaks open we have plenty of “summertime” fishing to get done.

There’s lots of species to catch! Fluke fishing has been great. There’s still plenty of quality fish the bay. We heard a rumor of a 8-lb fluke caught in the bay (ICW) down on the south end. The Barnegat Inlet has offered great fishing for both boat and land based anglers. The ocean wrecks and reef sites are also still producing. Step up to 5 and 6″ baits to weed out the smaller fish. They are a bunch of doormat waiting for a snack. With the big Spro Bucktails in short supply (we’ve got some but Spro can’t keep up with the jigs) the classic chrome balls have been a popular substitute. They worked years ago and they are still hot lures.

Spot are still here in good numbers. Get in on the fun and fill up your live bait pens for the fall. Spot are one of the best live baits for targeting striped bass. Crabbing is also good. Hit one of the local crabbing piers or bulkheads early to get a spot. The bayside crabbing spots are going to be packed. It might be a better idea to rent a boat and have an area away from the crowd.

Lou DiTommaso posted a picture on our facebook page this morning a puppy drum (black drum)! The picture’s caption, “My pops getting it done! Mid-Island bayside chumming clam.” The puppy drum have been around for weeks. There’s been anglers catching from the bayside docks as well as in boats. Target these fish with clam or crab.

The surf has been a little bit quiet but we expect it to improve. Target fluke close to the jetty scattered throughout the island. There’s also kingfish around. Unfortunately we haven’t had consistent stellar reports. A couple customers will report catching but others report goose eggs. There are also small bluefish present. Maybe one of these days we’ll see some more classy yellow eyes. Everyone’s been waiting all summer for them.

The rocks up at the Lighthouse Park offer variety. Take your pick. Cast and retrieve bucktails slowly on the bottom for fluke. Cast small metal to bluefish cruising in and out the Inlet with the tides. Fish green crabs in the rocks for tog. Triggerfish, the occasional sheepshead, bergall, and baby sea bass (sea bass season is closed until 09/27/13) will keep it interesting. You have to work at it but there’s plenty of striped bass to be caught too. Not many biting, but they are present. A spear-fisherman who was in the shop today re-rigging is spear reported plenty of striped bass in the area. He mentioned shooting a 37″ striped one on his last outing.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 31, 2013 6:48 AM Subject: Reel Reaction Charters Report

If your going to go fluking your best bet is to head outside when the conditions permit it – otherwise bay and inlet action are producing very high ratios (40 shorts to 1 keeper). There still is plenty of variety in the backbay areas – blowfish, weakfish, kingfish, etc.

I had Michelle Lambros of Kuwait, her two sons (Andreas, Elias) and their friend Ryan McKenna of Princeton, NJ on a 4-hr back-bay blowfish extravaganza. The family saw lots of action and variety of seven different species of fish (smooth dogfish, bluefish, spot, sea robin, sea bass, kingfish, and blowfish). They iced over 50 blowfish and a half dozen kingfish. A few spot were kept by the Capt. for fall striper baits. Andreas was the high hook catching the most amount of fish – he had the hot spot right next to the chum pot. Clam chum logs from Fisherman Headquarters (Ship Bottom, NJ) and white chum logs from Bobbies Boats (Barnegat Light, NJ) were used. (Top Part of Picture is Andreas holding a huge blowfish)

Next was regular Mark Miller (Elkton, MD), his sister Julie Adams and her husband Ken Adams of Newark, DE out for a 5HR Ocean Fluke charter. We took our time to get out to the fluking grounds in rough ocean conditions with some 5-6 footers mixed in. It was drop and reel fishing for the better half of the trip until the wind changed hard south and the fluke bite came to a halt. The crew ended the trip with 5 keepers to 4lbs, with Ken being the heavy hook. Mark and Julie tried out the captain’s recommended bucktailing technique and scored with 3 keepers. They used the S&S white Rattletail tipped with Gulp (Pink Shine) and squid. (Bottom Part of Picture is Ken Adams, Mark Miller, and Julie Adams)

Since school is set to begin and I have the responsibility of teaching America’s youth the concepts of Chemistry – I will run trips mostly weekends with an occasional afternoon trip mixed in (Fluke ends Sept. 24), and then the change to bluefish, weakfish, and striped bass for the fall. October/November is prime time for striped bass and bluefish so weekend dates tend to book up fast. If interested in booking, you can call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com) it goes directly to my phone.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

August 29, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

South Philly Fred stopped in the shop yesterday to pick up some AquaSeal and a couple fresh plug for the fall run. After the shop Fred hit the Inlet for a couple hours and found some fish. He reported, “Good Early Season Action! Missed two and landed on (released) 26″ on a rubber shad.” Any ‘grammers out there? Follow South Philly Fred on Instagram @southphillyfred

There’s been plenty of fish hanging on the rock so get out and dig your cleats in. Also kingfish and fluke reports dribble in. Brownies still chewing and our Ghetto Shark rigs are flying out the door.

We are looking forward to Long Beach Townships Town Hall Meeting which is scheduled for September 6th. It is our hope that they will come to a conclusion on Holgate 4×4 Access then, possibly earlier. Any more information that we learn about 4×4 beach access we’ll post.

Just a heads up the Fall Derby Benefit Concert is comign up quick and is almost sold out. To the best of our knowledge more than 3/4 of the tickets have been sold. We only have about a dozen left at the shop. Get yours before they are gone!

~ Fish Head Greg

August 28, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Aug 28, 2013 3:35 PM    Subject: BHCFA Report

The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continue to find fish in both offshore and inshore waters which include the artificial reef sites and the bay.

The boat “Pop’s Pride” with Captain John Koegler had four fluke trips recently. On three of the trips his anglers fished the Little Egg Reef and caught keeper fish on every trip along with lots of fluke and black sea bass releases. On one trip when the wind was just too strong to fish in the ocean, his group had a surprise trip in the bay where they had a great catch of blowfish in the first two hours of the half-day trip. The rest of the day was spent drifting for fluke where there was a large number of short fluke along with one keeper. The action was fast and furious the entire time of the trip.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the boat “Hot Tuna” along with first mate Dante Soriente continues to work the inshore yellowfin tuna bite while looking for large bluefin in the same general areas. Although nasty weather forced one cancellation, Captain Bob put together a split charter on another day that resulted in 4 yellowfin up to 45-pounds. The big excitement of the day was “the one that got away.” Late in the day the center rigger, which was fishing an 80 wide international reel, started stripping line, and the crew moved as quickly as possible to clear the other lines so they could do an aggressive back down on the fish. The reel was almost stripped of its line when the lines were cleared, but just as the back down started, another boat in the area moved across the line and cut it. Based upon Captain Bob’s experience with giant bluefin tuna in North Carolina, he suspects that it was a 500 pound or more giant. The only other possibility was a blue marlin in the same weight class that elected not to do its more traditional jumps.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

August 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Aug 26, 2013 6:17 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Tons of light tackle fun continues to entertain both novice and veteran anglers with plenty of variety. Last week anglers aboard the “Reel Fantasea’ continue to bend rods within minutes of leaving the dock with multiple species such as weakfish, bluefish, fluke, croaker, spot, kingfish, blowfish, sharks and more!

Weakfish action continues to be red hot when fished at the right tide stage in various haunts, grass shrimping has been serving us well while jigging has just started to show signs of life of late.

Hard fighting 1-4lbs Bluefish have provided excellent and reliable rod bending action on a regular basis and seemed to cooperate whenever we target them on light spinning tackle.

Although a few keeper fluke still remain in the bay the main body of larger keepers continue to head to their Easterly wintering grounds offshore.

The back bay variety also continues to be fantastic and keep everyone VERY busy with drop and reel fishing! Blowfish, kingfish, spot, croakers and weakfish provide the bulk of the action but there is almost always a few surprise species thrown into the mix as well.

This constant and consistent fishing plays very well for introducing both young and old new comers as we are catching 50-100+ fish almost every trip!

I do currently have this Thursday morning 7am – 12pm available for anyone looking for either private or open boat. As always remember to join us on Face Book and to view photos and hopefully “like us”!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

August 25, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Tommy M. stopped in the shop and request some custom shark rigs. Lots of anglers love our “Ghetto Shark Rigs” with the “J” hook but other anglers are also using circle hooks and other variations. While at the shop Tommy reported releasing two big brown sharks last night off of the mid-island surf. He also said there was a beastly cow nose ray released.

Another customer who was in the shop earlier in the day talked about the bay. He reported, “The (mid-island) bay has a lot going on. There’s a variety of species I’ve been catching with some friends and family. We’ve caught lots of snapper blues, spot, croakers, baby sea bass and a couple small black drum. There’s also small dogfish and sea robins too. We’re using clam, squid, spearing and small pieces of fresh bunker.”

While out surfing this morning up the street from the shop, I was in the middle of a feeding frenzy. Two to three pound bluefish were crashing two separate small schools of mullet. There was also spearing present that the birds were picking. The active feed went on for a solid ten minutes before sliding up the beach a bit and then off. It was a nice hint of things to come.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 24, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Lots of angler reported getting beat up out in the ocean. What yesterday looked like a great forecast turned into a mean ride. The wind was blowing early and didn’t let up much. One thing was for sure… The wind provided a great drift for anglers.

Weigh-ins started off slow but by the afternoon weigh-ins started poured in. Looking at the JCAA LBI Port Log for today (see below), a lot of fish were over 3-lbs.

In general anglers reported great catch counts in both the bay, inlet and ocean.

A customer stopped in the shop today and report a good croaker bite in the Middle Grounds.

We also got word from FHQ Alumni Eddy B that there’s good fluke action off of the surf. He caught a couple both yesterday morning and today in the morning.

Bob Wood of Beach Haven West stopped in the shop this evening and reported recently catching a nice 80-lb wahoo. Bob was fishing aboard the Melanie Ann II. Another anglers caught a nice mahi on the same trip. Photo

Saturday, August 24, 2013 – Jack Wolfberg from Fort Washington, PA took 1st Place for the JCAA 2013 Long Beach Island Port Prize with his 8.94-lb Fluke.
Jack caught his fish at the Garden State Reefs using Squid and 6-ounces to hold bottom.

The “Top 10″ in the JCAA 2013 Long Beach Island Port will be awarded prizes. All full list of today’s Port LBI weigh-ins are as follows.

PORT LOG – 2013 JCAA FLUKE TOURNAMENT – 08/24/2013

Port: Long Beach Island – Weigh Station: Fisherman’s Headquarters, Ship Bottom, NJ

Place
Entry Number
Registered Angler’s Name
Caught By
Hometown
Weight (lbs)
Length (in)
Time
1
321
Wolfberg, Jack
Wolfberg, Jack
Fort Washington, PA
8.94
28-3/4″
3:55 PM
2
129
Hillman, Lorenzo V.
Hillman, Barbara
Bordentown, NJ
5.56
24-3/8″
2:19 PM
3
168
Trembula, Tom
Luker, Mark
Browns Mills, NJ
4.98
23″
2:27 PM
4
83
Cataldo, Larry J.
Cataldo, Larry J.
Manahawkin, NJ
4.90
24″
4:08 PM
5
329
Cognigni, Brain
Cognigni, Brain
Burlington, NJ
4.74
23-1/4″
3:49 PM
6
124
Paolella, Dean
Paolella, Dean
Springfield, NJ
4.14
21-1/4″
4:29 PM
7
277
Rust, Edward A.
Rust, Edward A.
Cherry Hill, NJ
3.38
20-3/8″
4:04 PM
8
208
Burns, Jack
Burns, Jack
Clark, NJ
3.18
21-5/8″
2:30 PM
9
93
Schell, Paul L
Hunning, Greg
Waretown, NJ
3.18
21″
4:20 PM
10
220
Fircha Jr., Joseph
Fircha Jr., Joseph
Barnegat, NJ
2.88
20-3/8″
4:16 PM
11
22
Gaydula, Robert V.
Cook, Kevin
Surf City, NJ
2.74
20″
2:16 PM
12
279
Montagano, Tim S.
Montagano, Tim S.
Manahawkin, NJ
2.64
19-3/4″
3:39 PM
13
207
Scholl, Anthony V
Scholl, Hazel
Philadelphia, PA
2.58
19-1/4″
5:00 PM
14
4
Turi, Paul E.
Madaio, Bob
Manahawkin, NJ
2.52
18-7/8″
2:12 PM
15
214
Percopo, Craig
Percopo, Craig

2.48
19-1/4″
4:01 PM
16
109
Chiolan, Steven N.
Chiolan, Steven N.
Willingboro, NJ
2.48
19-1/4″
4:39 PM
17
271
Mazzocchi Sr., Peter
Federico, Jason
Randolf, NJ
2.44
19-1/4″
4:12 PM
18
261
Butler, Jim C.
Butler, Jim C.
Marlton, NJ
2.42
19-3/8″
4:26 PM
19
179
Williams, Dave
DePalma, Vito
Manchester, NJ
2.30
18-3/4″
4:32 PM
20
254
Witczak, Chris J.
Witczak, Chris J.
Leola, PA
1.98
17-7/8″
3:42 PM
21
177
Dahl, Karl E.
Geddes, Bill
Bayville, NJ
1.98
17-3/4″
3:36 PM
22
263
Tropeano, John
Tropeano, John
Eastampton, NJ
1.90
18-5/8″
4:43 PM
23
262
Kern, Michael
Kern, Michael
Barnegat, NJ
1.90
17-3/4″
4:23 PM
Received: Aug 24, 2013 7:13 AM   Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

Most of the keepers have made the move out to the inshore haunts and structures, but a few stranglers still remain in the bay/inlet. If your going to target the inlet, try to fish as close to the base of the inlet rocks as possible – this is where the keepers are hanging out. Fresh spearing, live peanut bunker, or live snappers is the ticket to bigger keepers.

First up was the Andrew Ead charter with Christine (mom), and their son Jayden for a 4-hour bay and inlet trip. We started off working some birds for cocktail blues, which provided great action for the family. Jayden loved casting and retrieving for these ravenous eaters. The family boxed a quick dozen for the table, then played catch and release. Although the family was unable to box any keepers, the trio caught well over 50 shorts with the biggest being around 16.5″. The family had a great time catching fish.

Next up was the Ryan Miller charter with George (dad), and friend Jarred from North Jersey for a 4-hr bay and inlet trip. The conditions were a little sporty early with Northerly wind gusts approaching 20 knots. The team worked bluefish for the 1st half of the trip with fall blitzing conditions in the inlet area. Most of the fluke were in the 20 inch range providing great light-tackle action. The trio then worked for fluke during the last two hours of the trip – lots of shorts with the 2 biggest at 17.25”. But “Sea Robin” George picked up a nice doormat during the last drift of the trip. The fish taped out slightly over 9-lbs on the Boga Grip scale and was close to 28″. This was George’s first-ever fluke trip – it will be hard to repeat that fish. All fluke were caught on our custom-tied fluke rigs tipped with freshly seined spearing.

I have some availability this upcoming week (Aug 26-Aug 31). If interested please call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( http://www.reelreactioncharters.com ) – bookings go directly to my phone.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

August 23, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:00 PM

A lot of customers coming through the door today gearing up for the JCAA. Tomorrow looks to be a great day. The wind forecast is calling for a great drift in the ocean. We continue to get stellar reports from fluke anglers fishing the bay, inlet and ocean. Take you pick and hit it hard. There’s some serious fun to be had. Good luck to all of the anglers!

12:30 PM

We got a call this morning asking about the regulations on cobia… FYI: 2 fish over 37″ inches. From what we gathered the caller caught one (or possibly more) fishing off of the rocks in the Inlet.

August 22, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Mike Debetta weighed in a pair of fluke today for the Forked River Tuna Club’s Fluke Tournament. Mike reported catching a half dozen keepers, his biggest was 5.58-lbs trailed a 5.04-lb flatty too.

August 21, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

REMINDER – August 24, 2013 –  2013 JCAA 19th Annual Fluke Tournament
It’s now after August 17th so the entry sign-up fee is $150. For a sign-up form, please visit… http://www.jcaa.org/tourney/FlukeForm.pdf

REMINDER – August 23, 2013 – Due to maintenance operations, the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program will be unavailable from 4:30 pm to approximately 9:00 pm on Friday, August 23, 2013. Anglers who have not yet registered and plan to fish this weekend should register now to avoid the shutdown. For information and to register, visit http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov/ on the NJ DEP website.

Received: August 21, 2013, 4:45:02 PM EDT   Subject: Old Barney Charters Fishing Reports

Fished Stafford Hook N’ Ladder Fluke Tournament on Saturday. Weighed in a fish just topping 3-lbs. Found a great ocean bite on structure in 75-ft. of water. These fish would touch only pink Gulp!. Only the pink gulp worked.

Sunday and Monday were in the bay for pufferfish and we are finding some great kingfish bites. These hard fighting fish are great to eat! Tried fluking for a little on Tuesday and were rewarded with a 3.6-lb. fatty near inlet on a plain minnow. So, there are still fluke in the bay!

Tuesday had returning Kornfeld charter out for puffers and kings. They left with bags full of fillets and made some memories with the kids that will last a lifetime.

We are booked up to the time I head back for school. I have Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend open for ocean or bay fluke, puffers and kings, or weakfish.

Check out pictures on our website and FB page.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

Received: Aug 21, 2013 9:47 AM    Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been spending some time recently on family trips to the inshore artificial reefs where they are finding very steady action.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” had a group out recently for some fluke fishing when they managed to catch some very nice black sea bass. Unfortunately all of the sea bass had to be returned to the water as the season is currently closed. On another trip he had the Sterling family out for a fantastic morning catching a combination of blowfish, kingfish, sand sharks and small sea bass. Youngsters Charlie and Conner had a ball with non-stop action. Captain John has some plans in the works for some tuna trips. For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Captain Lindsay Fuller on the “June Bug” has had some family trips out to the inshore artificial reefs looking for fluke. The Wilker family was out fishing as a send-off to the oldest son Chris who is going into the US Marines. They caught and released some nice sea bass along with some nice concentrations of fluke but all were too short to keep. Captain Lindsay made an adjustment in their drift and promptly picked up two nice keeper fluke about 19-inches in length. Captain Lindsey had the Fabrizzi group out for a half day trip and although keepers were hard to come by, the young boys on the boat had a ball with the non-stop action. For information on the 41′ “June Bug” contact Capt. Lindsay Fuller, 609.685.2839

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” reports the flounder fish has been good recently with keeper fish going in the box on every trip. He is fishing in the Mid-Atlantic 500 this week in Cape May. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Aug 20, 2013 10:48 PM    Subject: Micro Mahi at LE Inlet

On Saturday afternoon the crew of the “Mad Ludwig” left the dock at noon and decided to troll on the back end of the low tide between LE buoy and the Garden State South. Dozens of bottle nosed dolphin were cruising the end of the wash where the clean water started. About two miles Northeast of LE buoy we decided to set back a pattern of four lines and immediately picked up a Micro Mahi Mahi. It slammed a deadly Williamson blue and white 3″ feather that I have been using for two seasons now, trolled behind an 8 oz trolling sinker. Two minutes later another Mahi nailed a second blue and white feather trolled short behind a bird rig. While they were certainly no challenge for our tuna sticks and 30 VSWs, the trade off was a little fun without spending $1500 in fuel to run far offshore. This is two summers in a row that we have caught chicken dolphin (aka Micro Mahi) close inshore.

~ Bernie Hyland, “Mad Ludwig”

August 20, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Aug 20, 2013 9:20 PM   Subject: Grass Shrimping is Red Hot!

The last couple of days on the water have been red hot with the live grass shrimp. Weakies on the east and west side of the bay. We had every size from shorts to 22 inch fish. They are averaging 12 to 15 inches and are a lot of fun on the 6 pound ultralites. Lots of other species in the mix as usual. Our jetty shrimping trips couldn’t be any better. Constant hookups with small stripers, 2 pound blues, a few houndfish, crazy big porgies, and tog. The tog are mostly under the 15 inch mark, but we had a pair of 17 inchers go in the cooler on yesterday’s trip.

We hit the Barnegat Ridge on Saturday and it wasn’t great but we did manage 4 bonita on the troll. They hit small squid chains and cedar plugs. The bonita we cut open had sandeels in them and when that bait is at the Ridge, things can heat up any minute with any number of species. Good looking water, too, blueish green, 70 degrees.

Monday morning I returned in hopes of more but we only caught one Spanish Mackerel. A big 24-incher that crushed my way back cedar plug. Lots of bait readings at the Ridge, so I will continue to try. Then we came inside and hammered the weakies on the shrimp. Photos

We will be running Open Boat trips for Weakfish and more:
Thurs. Aug 22, 1 PM to 6 PM
Mon. Aug 26, 6AM to 11 AM and Noon to 5PM
Tues. Aug 27,1 PM to 6PM

These dates are also available for charter. Open Boat trips are $135 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared.

Our next available date beyond these is not until Tues, Sept. 3.

It is always best to call me on my cell with any questions or to reserve a spot as I am not online very often.

Hope to see you on board.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

August 18, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Cobia are here! Andrew Croft speared a 38-lbs 2-oz Cobia today. He stopped by with some buddies and a stacked cooler of fish. They had tog up to 5-lbs and sheepshead up to 9-lbs.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 18, 2013 11:51 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

We’ve been off the water for most of the past two weeks, first out of state for a few days at a family wedding in the Mid-West and most recently with some boat issues caused by an unidentified submerged object in the bay. When we did make it out, back bay fishing was holding up pretty well for fluke and a wide variety of other species.

Prior to heading out of state, I had Suzanne Lane out with her dad Bob and friend John on their annual mid-summer fluke expedition with 60-70 fluke coming over the side from the inlet area. They were followed up on Wednesday by Lou Pochettino bringing out son Dave and grandsons Alex and Mackie, combining to swing another five to six dozen over the side before the tide change slowed things down. The ratio of shorts to keepers is getting larger as it usually does this time of year, but the action is steady and we are still seeing enough keepers to send folks home with a nice fat bag of filets. This past Wednesday I had Carlisle PA’s Mario Novi accompanied by Captain Gary Sacks from Ocean City, MD out on what turned out to be a fruitless fluke run in 20-25 knot winds. Switching to plan B rather than fighting the wind, the guys proceeded to load the box with a back bay mixture of blowfish, spot and kingfish (plus a few snappers and striped burrfish) before heading back in.

We’ll be concentrating on doing a little reel maintenance and getting ready for fall for the next few days but with any luck, the boat repairs should be complete and we’ll be back in the water by the end of the week.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

Received: Aug 18, 2013 6:24 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Still having light tackle fun aboard the Debbie M. The biggest noticeable change since my last report is the recent finicky nature of the weakfish bite. Some days it’s on and some days it is off but I think I just may have an explanation for why it has been off. We often think the weakfish spawn in Barnegat Bay occurred in the spring when we historically saw numbers of big tiderunners. While this is true, it is only partially true. Weakfish are known to spawn from April to October. Additionally, they are extremely fast growers, attaining sexual maturity at age 2 when they are a whopping length of 12-13”. Oh, what about my explanation. Over the last month while cleaning weakfish I have seen the eggs and milt (fish sperm) mature and get bigger and bigger. I suspect that the weakfish are setting up to spawn in the near future. Once spawned out we should see an incredible weakfish bite. Some really big blowfish have been landed recently. Attached is a picture of 9 year old Luke Phillips from Pittsburg with a puffzilla.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

August 17, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

REMINDER: August 24, 2013 –  2013 JCAA 19th Annual Fluke Tournament
Entry sign-up fee is $120 on or before August 17th. After August 17th the entry sign-up fee goes up to $150. For sign-up form visit http://www.jcaa.org/tourney/FlukeForm.pdf .
Please remind your fellow anglers. JCAA needs your support! This would a great way to say thank you to JCAA for all the hard work that they do for all New Jersey anglers.

10:00 PM

The surf shark bite was slow for awhile but it’s back on. Matt Brown stopped in today and picked up some fresh bunker. He came back in about an hour later for more and said, “Five sharks and I’m heading back!” Matt mentioned he was fishing the mid-island surf. Another customer came in just before closing time and picked up a bunch of fresh bunker. He said, “I’m saucing the sharks!”

Shortly after Matt left an angler came in and said he has been catching fluke off of the mid-island surf. The angler, also told us that he caught three fluke yesterday bucktailing.

We received a mid-island bayside report also. There’s a bunch of small sharks with small black drum mixed in. Also catching weakfish, snapper blues, kingfish and spot. There’s a smorgasbord of species to keep the line tight. Target the extensive array with bloodworms, clam and/or squid.

There are still plenty of quality and quantity in the bay too. Mike DeBetta stopped in the shop today with a 7-lb 5-oz fluke that he weighed-in for the Forked River Tuna Club Fluke Tournament. Mike reported catching three keepers (biggest was his 7-lber) as well as 6 shorts this morning. Mike said he was fishing live peanut bunker in Double Creek Channel.

The fluke are sliding out to their favorite ocean structure. During this transition the Inlet is a great place to fish because the body of fish bottle neck and condense in the small straight. Both the drifting boats and anglers casting from the rocks are catching. Today, Sophie Bordynowski was fishing up on the rocks. She caught and weighed in a 7-lb fluke that bit on a Gulp! tipped bucktail. Bryan and Sean Kahl of Ship Bottom drifted the inlet today and caught on ham and eggs (squid and minnow). Their biggest was 3.9-lbs. Brain Coen was in the shop today and reported the Barnegat Light Inlet has lots of life, “It’s like sea world!” He was diving and saw a variety of species, some local and some tropical. There’s lots of nice triggerfish, sheepshead, tog, sea bass, small striped bass and bluefish. The Inlet water is crystal clear and full of life.

Fred Imhof weighed in some fish today for the Forked River Tuna Tournament. Fred checked in a 2.54-lb fluke and a 5.8-lb bluefish. Fred said he caught the bluefish in the Inlet on a live spot and he also mentioned there’s a bunch of rudderfish at the Bell Buoy.

Jeff Warford was out drifting today with his friend Margot. He reported, “There was a great drift and a lot of fish are stacked up.” Another customer reported that the BL Reef was quite for him today. He reported, “Wednesday we crushed them and today it was terrible. A couple shorts and a lot of skates and sea robins.”

The Stafford Vol Fire Co. Fluke Tourney was today and here are the results…
FLUKE:
1st Place 6.68-lbs 26” by Wayne King winning $1800
2nd Place 6.08-lbs 24.5” by Joe Ryan winning $800.
BLUEFISH:
The biggest bluefish 1.74-lbs 16” was caught by Larry Leary winning $400.

Sophie Bordynowski from Southampton caught this monster fluke off of the Barnegat Light Rocks on a bucktail with gulp.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 17, 2013 3:12 PM Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

The fluking has been off the charts when the conditions permit. They are holding in the usual August hotspots – fish close to structure and also try areas of depth changes. We bucktail when the drift is slow, and drag rigs when the drift increases. The quality fish have been there, just have to work for them.

I had Bob Cipolla from East Brunswick, NJ and son Chris out for their annual father & son fluke mix-it-up before Chris heads back to Penn State University to complete his senior year. Although the drifting conditions were nonexistent, the team managed to box 5 keeper fluke to 7-lbs. The S&S bucktail proved it’s weight by catching the two biggest keepers at 23.5″ and 25.5″. It’s always a competition between the father and son duo, with Chris topping Dad for the second straight year with a 25.5in 7-lb fluke. Coincidentally, Chris won the father and son competition last year by catching a 7-pounder. Next year is redemption for Bob.

Photos

Next up was the Stuart Siberski charter up from Newark, Delaware for their annual ocean charter. Unfortunately the conditions were a little sporty – we couldn’t fish where we have been targeting due to the sea conditions. So we had to play it safe and fish some areas around the BLR. I had to do everything to slow down our baits – open all the windows, use a sea anchor, etc – let’s just say the conditions were less than optimal. The Siberski crew (Stuart Sr, Stuart Jr., Sean, and Kaitlyn) were still able to box two keeper flatties and several dinner-table bluefish.

Later in the week, I had a chance to scout some new areas and fish with dad for our second fluking trip this year in less than a week. We bucktailed several different areas and my father (Michael Taylor) actually outfished me on this trip: 5 keepers to 2 keepers. It made for a slightly quiet ride back to the dock on my part, but still had a great day on the water. The size of the fluke were slightly off from what we were recently boxing – we ended the day with seven keepers to 5-lbs and the sizes were (23″, 22″, 20″, 20″, 19″, 18″, 18″).

The week of August 19-23 is booked solid, but I have some dates available 8/26 to 8/30. If interested in catching some of these quality flatties, call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website:www.reelreactioncharters.com .

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters ~ 609-290-7709

August 16, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Attention Fluke Fisherman tomorrow is the 4th Annual Stafford Vol. Fire Co. Hook-N-Ladder Fluke Tournament Saturday 17, 2013. The Captain’s Meeting is tonight at Dutchman’s Inn (on the outgoing causeway) at 7pm. Fishing on Saturday from 6am to 2pm, Weigh-In 2pm to 4pm and then Hook N’ Hog BBQ & Beer at 5pm at the Firehouse. Don’t miss out on a great time!

Fluke can be found at all of the local ocean reef sites: BL Reef, GS North, GS South and LE Reef. There are some quality fish mixed it with some shorts and very aggressive sea bass (too bad the season is closed) and croakers. Work the nook and crannies of the reef sites and you’ll be rewarded with a fatty flatty like Jake Speer and his 9.6-lbs doormat on August 10th.

I was out Thursday morning with store staffer Bucktail Blake aboard the Tight Lines with Captain Jeff. We headed out early and the wind provided a beautiful drift. We were into fish but as the morning progressed the wind slowed and so did the drift (as well as our productivity). We stopped at 11am and headed into the dock. Together we had three nice keepers. Jeff had the biggest, a 25″ fluke. My biggest was 21.5″. Blake didn’t get any quality but he had the high hook with quantity. In the mix, I also caught and released a nice seabass of about 2.5-lbs. Speaking of seabass… The last trip out with Jeff (on 8/12) I was forced to release my personal best seabass, a 22-incher that was 4.5-lbs on the Boga Grip hand scale.

For me Gulp! is always a good choice but make sure you also have some meat. I’ve done best with mackerel strips as well as bunker strips (try it before you knock it) this season.

Captain Jeff Warford with two nice keepers.

Jean Deery Schaum posted a picture of a tiggerfish on our facebook page. She caught it up in Barnegat Light.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 16, 2013 11:09 AM   Subject: Surf report mid island

After several weeks of so-so results in the surf, I decided to go and net some spearing in the bay and change strategies. Had been using white Gulp with spotty results. Big improvement all this week… picked up 10 Fluke on Wednesday (all 13-16 inches) and two keepers 18-1/2 and 19-1/2 on Thursday at high tide. Water is warm and crystal clear but you need to find a jetty that isn’t loaded with sand from Sandy… a few are starting to develop nice drop off’s and holes now.

Today I got a 26″ approx 7.5-lb fluke on my second cast using spearing.

~ Tom from BHP

August 15, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Aug 15, 2013 6:52   PM Subject: 8/15 AM LBI Charters Report

Had John and Bob out for a 4 hour fluke trip today. Fish were feeding when we started with numerous throwbacks and 3 keeper fluke boated. Also kept 3 small bluefish and caught a handful of small croakers. About 2 hours into the fish just shut off on us but the guys enjoyed hundreds of dolphins putting on an aerial show like Sea World. Weather could not have been nicer.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

August 14, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Aug 14, 2013 1:07 PM   Subject: Stripers, blues, weaks, and more.

We had some good trips, a few great trips, and some not so great. The weakfish are there but depending on the day whether or not we get small ones or nice ones. They are ranging in size from 12 to 22 inches. The variety of other species are there all the time. We catch eight to ten different species on almost every trip while chumming with live grass shrimp. Weakfish, fluke, snapper blues, spots, croaker, blowfish, hickory shad, sand sharks, sea bass (juvenile), burrfish (porcupine puffers), sea robins, kingfish and more. Meyer’s Hole and the west side of the bay behind Barnegat and Waretown are providing the best action for us in 8 to 9 feet of water. We use the 6 pound spinning rods to keep it sporty. That’s how our bay trips are going. Lots of action, but sometimes the fillet bag is light.

Shrimping out on the inlet jetty is another story. Those trips have been excellent. Lots of stripers, 20 to 26 inch fish on 10 pound spinning tackle. We are also using the live grass shrimp out there, as well. These short stripers scream line off these light outfits when you set the hook. No sinkers. Just drift back a baited hook to the rocks and hold on! Sometimes we even use a bobber. Also in the mix are huge dinner plate size porgies, a few tog (blackfish), and too many 2 pound blues. We did manage one keeper bass on Saturday’s trip as Jim Soch slugged it out with a 31 inch, 13 pound striper mixed in with the others. An August keeper! We don’t catch many that measure over the 28 inch legal mark, but it does happen.

We are running open boat Friday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons to shrimp the inlet jetty for stripers and more, Noon to 5 PM on Friday, Aug 16, 1 to 6 PM on Sunday, Aug 18, and 2PM to 7PM on Monday, Aug 19. We usually wind up with an extra hour of fishing before or after the jetty effort, so we will most likely fluke during that time. $135 per man. 3 people max. All fish are shared.

Call me to reserve a spot rather than email as I am rarely on the computer.

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Nicholas DeGennaro with a 20 inch weakfish from this past Wednesday, Aug 7
Stuart Lombardi with a big porgy caught shrimping the inlet jetty on Saturday, Aug 10
Jim Soch with his 31 inch, 13 pound striper caught shrimping the jetty Saturday, Aug 10
Our catch that we kept Saturday morning, Aug 10, striper, porgies, weakfish, blues, croaker and bluefish. An interesting fillet bag.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Aug 14, 2013 2:43 PM   Subject: BHCFA weekly report

The big news on the Beach Haven fishing scene has been the very solid tuna fishing bite both in the canyons and in some instances closer to shore.

On Sunday Captain Bob Gerkens and mate Dante Soriente of the “Hot Tuna” discovered that the yellowfin tuna had moved inshore. They had planned on another inshore bluefin tuna trip with a charter that included some anglers from past successful bluefin runs. However, they were all pleasantly surprised by yellowfin that had moved into an area that had been holding only bluefin for several weeks. In a relatively short fishing time, 4 yellowfin up to 55lbs were boated. Capt. Bob indicates he expects the yellowfin to remain inshore for the remainder of the season if the bait and weather cooperate.

Captain John Koegler of the “Pop’s Pride” had an interesting experience when he had a charter fluke fishing around the wreck of the Miller Barge. He caught three fluke from the actual top of the barge and the fish were rust colored. He has caught fluke in the area of the barge, but this was the first time he had actually caught fish from the deck. The rust colored appearance of the fish indicates their skin pigment was gathering color from the sunken metal boat.

The inshore fluke fishing on the Garden State South and Little Egg Reefs has been good the past week with some limit catches being reported.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

August 13, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM   Subject: FW: don.bob.jeff.8.12.13

The No Limits fishing team of Bob Percopo, Jeff Barnhart and Don Tepfer headed to the Canyons Monday for a day troll. They returned with two nice yellowfin and a wahoo while trolling the Lindenkohl Canyon in 75 degree water and flat calm seas. The lure of choice for the day was Green Machine daisy chains from Fisherman’s headquarters trolled behind birds way back in the spread.

Photo caption: L-R Bob Percopo, Jeff Barnhart, Don Tepfer

~ Jeffrey E. Barnhart

Received: Aug 13, 2013 10:24 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Not much changed with fluking around the inlet, bottom fishing the bay for species such as blowfish, spots, and kingfish, and fluking and bluefish (to 8 pounds) around the inlet. I canceled Tuesday’s trip but before I started working on an ark, I motored up into the marshes to check on the buildup of bait. I found a decent amount of mullet and plenty of peanut bunker in the 4-5” range. These make for great fluke and weakfish baits. Also got to watch snappers, herons, egrets and terns feasting on sheepshead minnows that were pouring out of one of Barnegat’s impoundments.

For those not familiar with sheepshead minnows they are a very important part of not only Barnegat Bay’s food chain but many of our estuaries. They are a chubby little minnow with a body about half as big as its length. They like to feed on decaying plants and animals as well as plankton. Literature says they can attain a length of 3” but I have not seen them bigger than 1.5”.

I am out on the water Wednesday but if you want to have some light tackle fun I have Thursday, possibly Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I am booked Mon – Fri the week of the Aug 19th.

Fish on,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

August 12, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Aug 12, 2013 9:22 PM    Subject: Old Barney Charters Fluke, Puffers, and Kingfish

Today had first time charter Scott and Stacy Brennan of New York out for fluke. Lack of drift at BL reef kept us moving and sticking close to structure. Ended the day with 6 species of fish and the pair put a nice pair of fluke in the box, with Stacy’s 19.5 inch fluke edging Scott’s by millimeter!

Sunday was a family day. Took brother-in-law, sister, mother-in-law, wife, sister-in-law, son and nephews out for puffers. We had a blast catching puffers and kingfish. The kingfish were some of the nicest I’ve seen from the bay. Sean Crogran, visiting from Boston, had the nicest kingfish of the day!

Fishing the Stafford Hook N Ladder Fluke Tournament Saturday and only have Monday, August 19th open before I head back for school beginning last week of August. I will be fishing for fluke and weakfish on weekends into September and then booking for stripers from mid October thru November, on weekends. Hope you can make it out with us.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

August 11, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

August 11, 2013 – Store Staffer Zach W was offshore a few days ago, They got into some bluyefin and mahi at the Chicken. It was a beutiful day as the picture shows, Lake Atlantic!

Received: Aug 11, 2013 8:52 PM   Subject: Fwd: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

The back bay/inlet light tackle action continues to be good to excellent with a host of characters such as feisty bluefish, weakfish, fluke [ short] , blowfish, spot, sand sharks, king fish , croaker, ……. and more. Tidal stage will dictate which species to target but when it aligns up favorability , the light tackle fishing has been on fire with some trips seeing 100 + fish in a 5-hr session!

The main body of keeper fluke have made their way out the inlet and will continue their Easterly migration from here on till season close. Deep water jigging has produced nice catches of keeper fluke to 5-lbs for both young and old.

Feisty bluefish ranging in size from 1-8lbs continue to provide fast and furious light tackle fun on both live and artificial baits putting smiles on anglers faces while testing both skill and tackle!

Weakfish have been exhibiting a “tidal” preference on which to feed and so when the tide is “sweet” they are very cooperative but when it’s not to their liking they are as tight lipped as a kid eating a spoonful of broccoli. Chumming and baiting with grass shrimp has been the go to method for the trout. When conditions are right the baits no sooner hit the water and it’s game on for these hard hitting magnificent sparklers!

For the first time since the month of March, stripers have eluded us over the last week or so but there is a change in the air already. The days have already started to shorten as the sun starts it’s sojourn to the Sothern hemisphere and the day and nighttime temps have receded to a more modest range and water temps reflecting the inevitable cooling down. This week I think we will be “kicking some bass” again on the light stuff.

The back bay variety/mix bag is just plain old fun. Veteran and novice alike continue to have a blast with very consist action from blowfish, spot, kingfish, weakfish,… and more. The variety plays well for those who like to mix it up between species . The mornings and early afternoon have been the hot time slot for the blowfish but the remaining species don’t seem to be so solar regulated as the rest.

With the days already shortening and some morning lows in the fifties it want be long till our fantastic fall season is underway so make sure to reserve your preferred date today aboard “Reel Fantasea” Fishing Charters! Remember to join us on Face Book for the latest reports and photos and hopefully “like us”!

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Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Aug 11, 2013 6:25 PM   Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

This week has been a week of variety, with the ocean trips producing much better quality fish.

First up, was the Peter AuBuchon charter from Philadelphia, PA out on a 4-hr backbay variety trip – we had bluefish, fluke, blowfish, sea robins, and even a lone skate showed up. It was early action on the bluefish in the morning and then we hit the fluke inside the inlet for the remaining hours. The dad (Peter) and daughter (Maria) team boxed 2 solid keepers (20in and 18in) and 5 dinner-table bluefish.

Midweek, I had Mike Taylor (Dad) down for a father and son fluking outing – in an effort to scout some areas for my upcoming ocean charters we hit some choice areas outside. All the fish were in 55-58ft of water and fell for the S&S Rattletail jig and Spro bucktails tipped with Gulp. We ended the day boxing 8 keepers to close to 7-lbs. The size of the keepers were: 17.5, 18, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25-inches. My father caught the biggest at 6.5-lb and was weighed in at Fisherman’s HQ.

On Sunday, I had the Jason Packard charter out. It was father (Jason), son (Chris), and grandfather team out for some Barnegat Light ocean flatties – we hit’em pretty good dealing with a relentless North wind. The ended the day with 7 keepers to 8-lbs – we only had one keeper that was 18.5″, the rest of the keepers were all above 22-23″, with the biggest taping out over 26″. It was a nice day for quality fish.

This week I’m booked solid but I have a few openings the following week (Aug 18-25). If interested in catching some of these quality flatties, call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website:www.reelreactioncharters.com.

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~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

August 10, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

August 10, 2013 – Shamong Joe reported, “My buddy’s boy, Jake Speer, got this one today at the tires. 9.6lb

August 9, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

August 10, 2013 – Shamong Joe reported, “My buddy’s boy, Jake Speer, got this one today at the tires. 9.6lb

Please Help support the 59th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic Tournament

– LBI Surf Fishing Classic Benefit Concert
– A benefit concert to support the 59th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic
– Special Guest the Billy Walton Band among others
– Go there after your Sunday at the “LBI Chowder Fest”
– Tickets go on sale Friday, 07/26/2013

Dean Ween & Friends Concert
Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Sea Shell Club, Beach Haven, NJ
10 South Atlantic Ave 5-9pm
Tickets are $ 25

It should be a night you won’t want to miss – Mark your calendar and tell your friends!

PRESS RELEASE – August 9, 2013
2013 – 59th Annual Long Beach Island (LBI) Surf Fishing Classic

LBI SURF CLASSIC BENEFIT CONCERT IN BEACH HAVEN, NJ
DEAN WEEN & BILLY WALTON TO PERFORM OCTOBER 6TH
Contact Jim Hutchinson 888-564-6732

August 9, 2013 – On Sunday, October 6th from 5-9 p.m., acclaimed guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo (Ween, Moistboyz) will perform a special benefit concert in support of the Long Beach Island (LBI) Surf Fishing Classic. Mr Melchiondo will perform his own songs, as well as sets with legendary singer songwriter Chris Harford and the Moistboyz.

The backing band will feature Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) as well as many more of the area’s top musicians and also some surprise guests! Also featured is local favorite and Southside Johnny lead guitarist, Billy Walton and his Billy Walton Band. The benefit show will be held at the Sea Shell Club and Resort on the Beach at Centre Street and Atlantic Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ.

Billed as Dean Ween & Friends, the concert will not only boast four hours of world class rock, but will feature unique auction items from the music, sports and fishing industries, including a Fender Stratocaster guitar, rod and reel outfits from Shimano, a custom rod by CTS Rods, signed Gordie Howe merchandise, as well as several fishing charters donated by area fishing guides.

“The island is a very special place to me and winning the derby was a dream of mine for many years. The devastation that Sandy had on the Island was heartbreaking to me and this is my chance to give something back to a place that is very dear to my heart. The Island is a magical place in the fall, it was the setting for some of the best work that Ween ever recorded as well as my fondest childhood memories. Fall on LBI without the Derby is unthinkable to me and I hope that anyone else that has ever been touched by LBI in a similar way would come out to this concert and show their support.”
– Mickey Melchiondo

A charter boat Captain and fishing guide himself, Mickey Melchiondo has been fishing the LBI beaches since childhood, and returns every season to enjoy the outstanding action with bluefish and striped bass. His band, Ween famously recorded their album The Mollusk while staying at a rented beach house in Holgate back in 1995. Melchiondo also recently filmed a pilot episode of a television reality show with Les Claypool of the band Primus that features a combination of fishing and rock and roll. The show is currently being shopped to major cable networks.

Since 1955, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), with generous support from the local business community, has run the tournament as a way to help extend the beachfront tourism season while bringing in anglers from all over the region to compete in this fall tradition. Regrettably, the 58th annual event in 2012 was cut short by Superstorm Sandy, which in turn has forced the Chamber to step back on its responsibilities with the tournament. The Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic committee has undergone revamping and overhaul in recent months, as local business owners and anglers have united to salvage the longstanding tradition.

Melchiondo says, “Sandy may have been very cruel to LBI, but it also brought out the best in a lot of people as well. The Island is still showing some scars but the Derby is a very important part of the healing process and it is essential that it continues uninterrupted this year and forever. My fishing schedule has me on the water 4 or 5 days a week and yet I still sign up every year and take time to come down and still hope to win it! The best I’ve managed in the past were some daily prizes for biggest fish but I’m not done yet!”

The 59th consecutive LBI Surf Fishing Classic is set to kick off for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Monday, October 7th, which makes the October 6th event with Dean Ween & Friends a unique celebration of sorts for anglers and music fans alike. It also takes place soon after the commencement of the 2013 Chowderfest Classic, giving locals and visitors alike a place to ‘hang’ while the weekend traffic thins out!

The concert is a 21-yrs old and over event, being held at the Sea Shell Club, which is on the beach in Beach Haven.
Tickets are just $25 apiece and in short supply at…
– Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven
– Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom (Sold Out as of 09/04/13)
– Surf City Bait and Tackle
– Panzone’s Pizza in Surf City
Tickets are also available online at http://www.mickeysfishing.com .

August 8, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Bunker is expected before closing. It depending on the traffic.

Jeff Warford recently did some wreck fishing mid week about 10 miles offshore. He reported catching a cooler load of black sea bass on clam. Unfortunately the season is now closed.

The bay is producing some great fishing for fluke and also weakfish.

Store staffer Max has been fluking hard every morning. He reported lots of fluke Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning however not a ton of keepers. Max said, “Had 4 on Monday, 3 on Tuesday and 1 keeper on Wednesday. There has been a lot of boats and everyone is catching using Gulp!, spearing and peanut bunker.”

Matt K had a great morning shrimping up the weakfish. He said it was an epic morning. There’s a lot of shrimp and a lot of weakfish.
Crabbing is also very good. A customer came in yesterday and picked up a couple crab hand lines, a net and a pack of mullet. Yes mullet, not bunker. Today he stopped back and reported catching some nice crabs as well as a fluke!

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 8, 2013 9:15 PM  Subject: Old Barney Charters Ocean/Bay Fluking

On Tuesday morning, took Peter Brown out to weakfish and caught fish steady to 19in. at Meyers Hole. Moved outside and boxed a nice 20 in. fluke along Island Beach on a bucktail with gulp!

On Wednesday, took returning Texan charter Scott Rutherford, wife Becca, sons Joey and Michael, and brother in law Dennis out for fluke and blowfish. Fished bathing beach of Island Beach and put 2 keeper fluke in the box. Moved inside for incoming and boxed 2 more keeper fluke for a total of 4 nice flatties for the day. Moved to the west side and caught blowfish until the group was satisfied for the dinner table. High hook this year goes to 13 year old Joey, boating 2 keeper fluke, his fair share of shorts and plenty of puffers.

Booked Saturday and Tuesday. If looking to get in on the fluke, blowfish, or weakfish bite, give us a call or email and we can set up a trip.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

August 7, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Yesterday afternoon, Brent Blanchard and son Spencer, Adam Nolan and Bob Dubois stopped by the shop with a nice size big eye tuna. They reported running out to the Hudson Canyon and said they had a great day, 3 yellowfin and 2 big eye on the troll. (Photo)

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 7, 2013 7:22 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The action on the weakfish has been consistent but some days you have to keep it on perspective. What I mean is after several trips of 15 -20 weakfish an hour I felt that landing over a dozen in two hours targeting them was bad. That morning we had no current to effectively disperse the chum and had to chum heavy and often to get the attention of the pretty ones (weakfish). Blues in the 1-4 pound range have been popping up around and in front of the inlet so have some metals handy! Fluking in and directly behind the inlet as well as Double Creek has been nothing but stellar but the short to keeper ratio is running around 20-30:1 with shorts taking a demanding lead. Live snappers have been the ticket for me putting keepers in the box. Check out my latest video of what happens to a live lined snapper.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAHrKNPzduU

I had one reliable report of nice sized croakers covering the bottom north of the inlet. If hitting the LBI surf it might be worth to try for them from dusk through dark when they like to move into the surf zone. Right now I have Saturday morning and evening, as well as Sunday morning. Also have some days open the week of August 12. Since trips are customized I will concentrate on one species or mix it up for more variety.

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Aug 7, 2013 5:49 PM Subject: Weekly BHCFA Fishing Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been reporting some outstanding results from bay fishing, inshore ocean action, and a couple of offshore trips for tuna.

Captain John Koegler of the boat “Pop’s Pride” had a party out fishing in the bay last weekend, and they mugged the blowfish. He said the trip was enjoyable as the anglers caught a wide selection of fish including a couple of 2-pound bluefish. They also reeled in quite a few very small sea robins and black sea bass. He said the bluefish were the first he has caught in the bay for quite a while, and he hopes it means something in the future. He tried one drift along the ICW at the end of the trip and brought 10 fluke to the boat with one of them a keeper. Captain John followed this up with a trip on Monday resulting in 32 big blowfish in the box and an equal number of smaller ones released plus intense action on sea robins and other small fish. He was fishing in the bay near the inlet. For information on the 38′ Sport Fisherman “Pop’s Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” had the Kline family out recently, and they had plenty of action with fluke fish the inshore artificial reefs. The next day the Solomon family fished with Captain John, and they too had a decent catch but the fluke seemed to be spread out more. Saturday’s fish were in a more concentrated location. The calm seas and good visibility made for beautiful trips on the water. For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Captain Jimmy Zavacky of the “Reel Determined” had the Washington clan out for a bottom fishing trip in the ocean, and they ended up with a fish box filled with 9 keeper black sea bass and 1 keeper fluke. He took the Kolb family and friends offshore where they boated 7 bluefin tuna along with 1 yellowfin. The next day he headed back out on a bluefin trip and caught 3 more bluefin with an early return to the dock as they had their limit. For information on the 36′ Runaway “Reel Determined” contact Capt. Jimmy Zavacky, Phone: 609.915.2498

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Aug 7, 2013 4:59 PM Subject: Coming Soon – BSC and JCAA Fluke Tournaments

Please consider participating and forward this information to your fishing friends.

August 24, 2013 – Is the date for the 19th Annual Jersey Coast Anglers Association Fluke Tournament; 10 ports from Sandy Hook to Cape May, $1200. cash first place prize for each port. Quality merchandise prizes for 2nd – 10th place for each port from Penn Reels, Shakespeare, Berkley Gulp Bait, Spiderwire, Costa, Minn Kota, West Marine, Nor’East Saltwater, Interlux Paint and Yukon/Igloo Coolers. The Grand Prize will be $5000.-$10,000. cash depending on the number of entrants over 500. All entrants who attend the awards ceremony at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City on September 6th will be eligible to win even if they do not catch a fish. Early entry fee of $120. per boat if paid by 08/17/13. After that date the entry fee is $150. per boat. For complete details visit http://www.jcaa.org or call (732) 506-6565.

August 24 to September 3, 2013 – Are the dates for the Berkeley Striper Club Fluke Tournament; Boat categories for largest fluke and total weight of 3 fluke and a surf/shore category for largest fluke. Cash prizes for 1st to 3rd place for each category with a 2/3 payout. Weigh-in stations from Long Branch to Brigantine. $30 per person for each boat category or enter both for $50, surf/shore category $20 per person. See Ray and Grumpy’s to enter the big fluke Calcutta. Benefits our Fisheries Defense and Youth Education funds. For more info. visit http://www.berkeleystriperclub.org or call Paul at (973) 943-8201.

Thank you,

~ Paul Haertel : Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Berkley Striper Club

Received: Aug 6, 2013 9:25 PM Subject: Light Tackle Grass Shrimp Trips

It’s been an interesting few days of fishing. I ran to Barnegat Ridge on Saturday and it was not good. Everything looked good. Blue-ish green water, 70 degrees, porpoise, good readings, but… a bazillion one pound bluefish. I was up to 7.5 knots and they were still chomping on my newly rigged tuna lures. Arrgh! I never mind bluefish when I am inshore, but they are no consolation when we are looking for tuna, bonita, albacore, mahi, even skipjacks are more welcome. It’s not about edibility, it’s a presence of mind. Any of the bluewater fish make it a successful effort. I am by no means giving up on it, though. The game changes all the time out there. A week is an eternity in what might be.

In the bay, we are having OK days and excellent days. Some days we have to really work at putting a catch together and some days offer a mad dog bite. 12 to 20 inch weakfish, 10 to 20 inch fluke, jumbo sized blowfish, a few 12 to 15 inch kingfish, big spots, a few big croakers… every day, not always all of those species, but most. Chumming with live grass shrimp is producing the best for us. Meyer’s Hole and the west side of Barnegat Bay are both producing. Between the blowfish, the weakies, and a few keeper fluke, we are putting together a Ziplock to send customers home with as well as lots of action on six pound tackle with a bunch of different species. Here’s some video of a few weakies we had on Sunday’s grass shrimp trip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx6Oqfdg0FI

Out at the inlet jetty, we are using the same live grass shrimp technique to catch 20 to 26 inch stripers ( I had a 27″ on Wed) and 36 to 40 inch houndfish (a really big needlefish). Check out my son Max doing battle with a houndfish from Wednesday’s trip to the jetty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roquYeeL9aA . This trip has to be scheduled as per the tide. There’s only one 2 hour window each day to hit it right. A blast with the 10 pound rods. No sinkers, just freelining a hook with shrimp. We usually bag a few tog (blackfish) doing this but so far it’s been all stripers and houndfish.

Here are some Open Boat trips coming up: Thursday, Aug. 8 and Friday, August 9 Live Grass Shrimp Weakfish and Mixed Bag Fishing, 1 PM to 6 PM. We’ll try it all. Saturday, August 10, 6AM to 11AM same trip, only it has the potential to shrimp the jetty and the bay if everyone wants, as the tide we need happens during our trip. Thurs and Fri trips are $135 per, Sat is $150, as we will be throwing an entire second batch of live grass shrimp at the jetty. If we stay in the bay, it will be $135. Three people max on the open boats. All fish are shared. Any of the Open Boat dates are always available for charter, as well. Either way, it is best to call instead of email, as I am rarely on the computer.

Attached Pics:
1. Max DeGennaro (with rod) and his brother Nick holding Max’s 40″ houndfish.
2. Same houndfish closeup, check out those teeth.
3. Jonathan Hopkins with a nice weakfish caught on light tackle chumming with live grass shrimp.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

August 5, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Nick Haws (9yrs old) caught his first keeper fluke today drifting off of Island Beach State Park 2.45 lbs

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 5, 2013 8:55 PM   Subject: Old Barney Charters Bay Medley

Jamie and Roseanne Scoli with daughters Sage, Sammy and friend were out for a “Day on the Bay” charter. Began with a steady pick of some of the biggest blowfish I’ve seen this year on the west side of the bay. Fluking in Oyster Creek was only producing shorts for us, so we moved to the inlet and picked up a couple keeper fluke on the outgoing tide. Spro with gulp were the hot bite. Ended by picking up some blue claws to round out the group’s day.

Weakfishing tomorrow. Wednesday and Friday are booked this week. I have Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday open next week.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

August 4, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

The Osisek brothers from Pottstown are catching! Two Skillfull Anglers Awards in two days. Yesterday Mason’s fluke pulled our scale over the 7-lb NJ Skillful Angler Junior Catagory Minimum with his 7-lb 8-oz fluke. Today Mason’s younger brother Mark stopped in the shop with a beautiful black sea bass which weighed 4.04-lbs. Mason said we caught it about three miles outside of the Barnegat Inlet on a bucktail tipped with squid. He also mentioned they caught a keeper fluke and some other sea bass.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 4, 2013 4:45 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 8/4

Had family friends Walt, Harvey, Dan and 10 year old Iggy out today for our last day of sea bass fishing until September 27th. We got off to a slow start with only a couple keepers on the first stop. Got bailed out a bit on our last spot including Walts 3.5 lb humpback sea bass. Ocean was beatiful and we ended with 40 keeper sea bass, 1 ling and 1 keeper blackfish. Fluke fishing until mid-September with some blackfishing mixed in. Open Sat 8/10.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Aug 4, 2013 4:07 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Fish on! I honestly heard those two words echoed across the deck of the Debbie M over a hundred times this weekend. As discussed, or should I say predicted 😉 last week the weakfish turned on. Multiple double hook ups and even a triple or two or??? The fish ranged from spikes to 22” with most fish coming in around 15-16”. This a light tackle enthusiasts dream especially when the better weaks scream line off reels spooled with only 6 pound test line. Give me a call if you want to get in on the hot weakfish bite. Check out my latest Go Pro video highlighting Saturday’s weakfish trip:

Weakfishing Barnegat Bay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee4NOniqkJQ

Blow fishing is still steady with plenty of spots mixed in. Fluke bite was good inside with the top of the tide producing the most consistent action.

On the nature side of things the laughing gulls are have starting to lose their black heads telling us summer will be winding down in a few weeks. Laughing gulls are what is considered a three year gull in that it takes them three years to reach maturity and attain a black head. The black head in only donned for the breeding season.

Screaming Drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Aug 4, 2013 10:36 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

The bay and inlet continued to produce some fine fishing this past week, and all signs point toward this continuing to be the case for the next couple of weeks. The bay and ocean waters cooled down a bit this week and while that’s not good news for swimmers, it will help slow down the fluke exodus from the bay a bit. Weakfish have started to appear in decent numbers to join the fluke, sea bass, spot, kingfish, snappers and blowfish that have been keeping rods bent for the past few weeks.

This was a quiet week for me with two unexpected charter cancellations, but we did make it out twice and had pretty decent fishing both times. On Monday’s trip I had the Hoffman brothers (Mike, Steve and David) out on their annual vacation fluke expedition, with the guys landing three dozen or so from Oyster Creek and boxing four of the largest for their evening fish fry.

Friday I had a hankering for some tasty blowfish morsels, boxing a couple dozen larger specimens for our dinner table in two hours. Several dozen spot and a couple fat kingfish spiced up the catch. I may have to do that again this week.

Between charters and family commitments I’m pretty well booked up for the next few weeks, but I do still have August 24th (Saturday) and 28th (Wednesday) available before the summer draws to a close.

Until next week,

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

Received: Aug 4, 2013 11:31 AM   Subject: Reel Reaction Charters

I had the Jon Yenari charter out on a back bay combo trip. Jon is an accomplished fly fisherman from Sarasota, FL, and he had his family out for a 4hr Barnegat Bay blast (wife – Karen and daughters Lauren (12), and Sage (10). The girls did a wonderful job on the trip and obviously Jon and Karen have taught them well. The girls baited their own hooks, caught’em, and threw them in the box. Unfortunately, only the short fluke were cooperating as we worked a variety of areas around the inlet for 3 hours. It was then time for a switch for some Barnegat Bay blowfish, with the Florida team boxing close to 50 in an hour with most of the puffers around 7-8 inches.

With a late cancellation, I had the opportunity to take my son with me on a offshore fluking trip – Luke and I ended the morning trip boxing 7 keepers to 5lbs. Luke got to reel some of these deepwater fluke up. Whether it’s charters or having my family out on fishing trips – words can not describe the smile on a child’s face catching a fish. Maybe it’s the reason we, as anglers enjoy fishing so much – it brings us all back to the moment of our first fish. Still remember catching sunnies with dad at 5yrs old.

I have 2 trips booked next week, which leaves some days open. I highly recommend ocean fluking trips, as alot of the fluke have started their annual migration out of our coastal bays/inlets into deeper water. If the weather holds, we will also might have trips available for bonita/bluefin via high-speed trolling.

If interested, give me a ring (609)-290-7709 or book through the website ( http://www.reelreactioncharters.com ) – the website goes directly to my phone. As on all of our charters, we only use the highest quality tackle, and everything is provided: Spro bucktails, S&S bucktails, Gulp, Bait, Ice, etc. Bobbies Boats, South Harbor Marine, and Fisherman Headquarters is where all of our baits are purchased – so check them out.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

August 3, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:45 PM

August is Prime Time for Fluke Fishing!

Oakley, Jason and Rick were out fluke fishing the BL Inlet this morning before the rain. Oakley reported, “Fishing was good but mostly shorts. Rick got a nice 23.5″ keeper.”

Devin Beale of Berlin stopped in to weight a fluke he caught in Oyster Creek Channel. It was a 23″ 4.5-lb fatty flatty.

Mark had a great day drifting outside around the Barnegat Light Reef area today. He caught a bunch of throwback fluke, three good keepers and a nice keeper sea bass. Mark pulled our scale down with his biggest, a 26-1/4″ 7-lb 2-oz fluke that he caught on Gulp!

Mason from Pottstown weighed in a nice 25-3/4″ 7-lb 8-oz fluke. He caught it on a live minnow drifting Oyster Creek Channel.

We received a nice delivery of fresh bunker late yesterday however it’s going fast. Just a heads up if you need some for tonight get it now before it’s gone. FYI: Sharking is still going off!

~ Fish Head Greg

August 2, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Aug 2, 2013 5:30 PM   Subject: LBI Charters

Max, Will, Jack, Ryan, Daryll and Bill were aboard the “Kev n’ Ash” today for more sea bass fishing. Most spots had life and they did a great job putting 46 keeper sea bass and 1 keeper blackfish in the boat along with 100 plus shorts. We are booked for remainder of sea bass season then we will turn our attention to fluke and blackfish.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

August 1, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

A customer who was in the shop today loading up with more FishBites reported slamming the spot that were stacked up in the mid-island surf. He caught a bunch before the rain came through and chased him off the beach. There have been some snappers caught both in the surf and in the bay. Crabbing has also been good.

During the last week of July the shark bite has been red hot off of the surf. The surf temperatures have been consistently warm. With this south blow (on Thursday), lets hope the water didn’t upwell too much and chase ’em out. The bay was really happening and still is productive. But it seems that the majority have spawned during the full moon late in July and have made there move outside cruising the beach. Look for this fishery to continue throughout August and into September. When the surf temps are cold target them in the bay or further off of the beach and when the water is warm they will be right in the surf. Please remember it is illegal to keep sandbar sharks aka brown sharks. They must be released unharmed ASAP.

Still bluefin at around-a-bout 50-miles off BL, generally speaking the 30-fathom line. We had a number of customers in the shop Monday and Tuesday gearing up. Word was that it was not as hot as it was the prior week but still plenty of fish on the jig and a couple on the troll. There was talk of quality fish pushing 100-lbs.

I saw schools of mullet v-waking in the bay the other day. Early this week there was also a bunch of bait in the surf. All good signs of a great fall ahead.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 1, 2013 2:43 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 8/1

Had 10 year old Matt, 12 year old Gavin, George and George, Sr. out today for some sea bassing. Weather cut trip short but the boys picked through plenty of life and put 30 keeper sea bass in the boat in just 4 hours. Fun trip with good guys. Next opening is 8/10 and we will be fluking and/or blackfishing as sea bass closes on 8/8.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

July 31, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

We have been getting a lot of requests for information on surf fishing for sharks. Here is one of my replies that provides a brief summary…

Sharks fishing is most productive after dusk; however they can be caught during the day. Popular baits are fresh bunker as well as live eels. Live eels may be the most productive. Use a 9/0 or 10/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hook attached to about 1-1/2-feet of #11 ( 140-lb ) single strand camo wire leader which is terminated to a quality 2/0 (225#) barrel swivel. In addition add a heavy 80-lb mono shock leader. Shock leader length is long enough to make as least three wraps around the spool when casting. This shock leader is also used to take the beating that the sharks body and tail will apply. If you don’t want the shock leader, you will still want to add a heavy leader that’s about 6-feet long to take the line abuse.

Stop in the shop and we’ll give you a hand gearing up. We do have “Specialty Shark Rigs” available especially for this purpose that are very affordable. You just need to add the Heavy Mono Leader.

Please Note: Brown Sharks are protected and No Possession is Allowed… Brown Sharks are not to be targeted and must be released unharmed!

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 31, 2013 9:03 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The summer flounder action in the Beach Haven area is starting to come together for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. When you combine that inshore action with some torrid offshore catches, you can say the best fishing of the summer has arrived. The fluke are making their annual migratory move from the bay waters into the ocean, and that means the inshore structure including the artificial reefs are starting to give up some big fish.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” was Canyon fishing with Jerry Gambino, Tom, Tom Jr., and Tim Baggs recently. They encountered smooth waters and some fine action at the offshore canyons. The highlight of the trip was a 150-bigeye tuna accompanied by a nice catch of smaller yellowfin tuna.

Captain John Lewis of the boat “Insatiable” recently had the Delia brothers out flounder fishing in the ICW. Captain John report s constant action, but the fish were undersized. The waters closer to the inlet, however, have been producing some larger fluke. He had the Freedman family out and 8-year old Caroline taught here big brothers how the fishing works. She not only got the most keepers but also boated a sea robin the size of a small dog. Captain John reports the off shore fishing continues to improve with yellowfin, bluefin, and bigeye tuna all now within reasonable range of Little Egg Inlet. There are also some wahoo, white and blue marlin, and mahi-mahi in the mix.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” has found a good variety of keeper fish at the inshore reefs including black sea bass, ling, and fluke.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 30, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Store staffer, Kevin caught this 24″ doormat fluke at the ramp. Kevin said, “It was my largest fluke from their so far this year.”

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 30, 2013 9:05 PM   Subject: Stripers, Fluke, Weakfish, and Houndfish!

The fishing has been awesome. The last few days have given up more keeper fluke for us than any stretch so far. All on the leadheads and white Gulp swimming mullet. Drifting at the top of Oyster Creek all the way to the inlet. A steady catch of 18 to 20 inch fish are making it into the cooler with a bunch of 10″ to “just unders” providing a lot of action in between keepers.

Every other time I anchor up and chum with live grass shrimp for the weakfish, we catch them. Today’s visit to Meyer’s Hole was a “full on” bite of 1 to 2 pound fish that scream line on our six pound spinners. Baited hooks or jigs tipped with shrimp were both working. We are also catching a mix of hickory shad, spots, snapper blues, blowfish, and short fluke.

I had a charter on board Monday morning for what was to be my first Barnegat Ridge trip but six foot cresting breakers at the Monument of Barnegat Inlet kept us from passing into what was a nice flat ocean. The outgoing tide collided with the incoming southeast swell and that’s what happens. Fortunately I always hedge my bets and order a batch of live grass shrimp in case we need a Plan B…and we did. After a lackluster effort of shrimping on the west side of the bay, I took a look at the tide chart and as luck would have it, it was prime to shrimp the ocean side of the jetty. I picked up a second shot of shrimp and made a run through the now flat calm inlet. We set up shop and these guys had a blast with non-stop action on 20 to 24 inch stripers and 36 to 40 inch houndfish. We also got spooled by an unknown fish that made one continuous medium speed run. My best guess would be a cow nosed ray.

I am running an Open Boat on Fri, Aug 2, 1PM to 6PM. We will start out shrimping the jetty and then finish up with either fluking or shrimping weakies. $150 per man, up from our usual $135 as I am ordering a second shot of live grass shrimp for our weakfish effort after the jetty. I throw aggressively and I never want to try and ration one batch of bait into two efforts. Sat, Aug 3, we will run offshore to Barnegat Ridge for whatever we can find: bonita, albacore, mahi. 6AM to Noon, $150 per man. Mon, Aug 5, Noon to 5 PM, weakies and fluke, $135 per man. 3 people max on all Open Boats. All fish are shared. I provide everything.

Call to book, don’t email, I’ll be on the water.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jul 29, 2013 7:44 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Both new comers and regulars continue to have a blast with the light tackle mixed variety that Barnegat Bay/Inlet continues to provide for anglers aboard the “Reel Fantasea”.

Friday morning’s open boat trip for Herman Diaz, brother in law Rod, Bill Crouch and son Aiden were greeted a vast bird play that had visual bluefish blitzing all around the boat. The inlet conditions were a bit sporty from the previous days brisk North East winds but the blue seemed only more aggressive in the rough conditions. From start to finish the guys were locked up tight and having a blast with bluefish ranging in 1-4lbs on light spinning tackle. Moving around to the back bay we found only a modest pick on fluke that had us only stopping briefly to continue further around back to mix it up with non stop action with blowfish, spot and a couple of weakfish till trips end.

Next up was regulars Jay Simmons, and Shawn Hawthorne who were joined by Tony Martucci and Carmine James with more solid light tackle inlet action. The guys were tight instantly with mostly bluefish until both Jay and Shawn added to the mix both landing 2 stripers. A brief stop on the fluking grounds had Tony icing a nice 22″ fluke before we moved to the back bay looking for more variety. The first stop had a surprisingly modest bite on the mixed bag , although it turned out to be the best action as moving around only had us running from the fish.

Josh Forsythe, Jeff Hager and Steve Littleson were up next tangling with bluefish from 1-9lb range and a solo striper on the light stuff. Continuing to add the variety we moved around to the back bay for a solid hit on a mix of blowfish, spot and croakers before trips end.

This week I will be running afternoon 3 1/2hr light tackle inlet specials on both Thursday and Friday – 3-6pm [ the sweet spot of the tide] for anyone looking for some fun light tackle action with bluefish and stripers action. $100.00pp – great way to learn new techniques and meet new fishing friends.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

July 28, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Bruce A. Derites of Pittstown, NJ weighed in this 4.1-lb sea bass yesterday. He caught it bottom fishing the AC reef.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 28, 2013 10:22 PM    Subject: Old Barney Charters Midsummer Fluke and Puffers

Returned from a family vacation anxious to get out on the water in search of fluke. I went out solo on Wednesday and boated 3 keeper fluke to 22 in. All fluke took white teasers with pearl gulp close to the inlet channels.

Thursday’s trip was the Pinto group that won this donated trip for a benefit of a former student of mine recently diagnosed with Leukemia. I tried getting them out, but the strong northerly winds hindered our efforts. Quickly, I ended the trip and set a date to bring them back.

Friday’s late afternoon departure trip saw 5 ladies looking to have fun on the water. We first tried fluking, but only managed shorts. The ladies wanted to move to the blowfish, and we quickly filled the cooler. For two of these women, this was the first time they were ever fishing.

Saturday’s trip had Bill Davis, his daughter, Jen, and granddaughter, Sydney. Again, keeper fluke were evading us. Very close, but we couldn’t work up a keeper. We moved to the west side of the bay for blowfish and they left happy with bags of tasty blowfish.

The boat is open for charter Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. I am running an open boat for a fluke/weakfish combo on Friday. $100pp for a 6 hour trip and boat leaves at 630am.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

Received: Jul 28, 2013 4:58 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 7/28

Another day, another decent day of wreck fishing off LBI. Had Tom and his father Mike out today. Much better anchoring conditions than what we’ve been experiencing. Had a chance to fish today also and landed the largest sea bass at 3.5 lbs. Better keeper ratio today and the guys ended up with 49 sea bass, 9 ling and 2 blackfish.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 28, 2013 11:54 AM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Variety continues to be the spice of life, or should I say fishing, and on Barnegat Bay. Blowfishing remains solid and fun times for the kids. Speaking of blowfish, my youngest son Garrett and I were featured in the front page story on blowfishing in Friday’s Asbury Park Press (APP) fishing section ( see APP article Fun & Tasty – Blowfish ).

The early week’s hot fluke bite cooled off a little after Thursday’s NE blow. Saturday it did show some signs of rebound. Good news is there are still some fluke deep in the bay. Sunday morning I landed a 21’ fat keeper on the west side while targeting weakfish. Weakfish are in the bay now and looking back at the last 10 years of records I have kept this should be the week it blows open. Ocean temperature has settled in the low to mid s 70’s while the bay went down about 8 or 9 degree to 75.

On the nature note side of things, fall bird migration, both south and north (did I say north?) is underway and has been taking place for about a month now. Adult shorebirds, such as several sandpipers species, are the first to head south. They leave their young in areas such as the tundra to feed and grow up before heading south. From a survival point of view it is not a bad plan in that the young do not have to compete with adults for the food supplies but trade off mom and dad’s protection. Some species of birds, such as royal terns now in our area, undergo a post-breeding dispersion in which they venture north to feed before winter.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jul 28, 2013 10:19 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

The back bay and inlet continued to produce extraordinary numbers of fluke this week, but there were signs of this fishery beginning to slow down by the weekend. We’ll have to wait and see what the next few days bring.

As reported last time, we started the week on Sunday with regular George Selph banging well over 100 fluke including six that came home for dinner.

Monday saw the vacationing Viggiano brothers (Chris, Mike, John and son in law Joe) hooking an amazing 150-180 fluke up to 21″ before heading in with the fish still biting.

Wednesday I had Matt and Dan Kelleher aboard adding 120+ hookup to their count (including eight fat ones in the box) despite a slow start while we waited for the tide to change.

But yesterday with George Selph back looking for a repeat performance the fish were either gone or had a serious case of lockjaw as only 15-18 fish were landed, all shorts. Was this a lingering effect of the strong northeast blow we had on Thursday or did the fish just move out? Hard to believe they all moved out that quickly, but only time will tell.

I had an unexpected cancellation for this Thursday (8/1) and still have a couple days open at the end of August for anyone looking to get in a summer trip.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

July 27, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 27, 2013 2:41 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 7/27 Report

Had Stacey and Ron out today for some sea bass fishing on their 23rd wedding anniversary. All spots had life but small fish needed to be weeded through. Ended day with 34 keeper sea bass and a bluefish. Sea bass season ends 8/8 and we will start targeting fluke. Give a call or request a charter on our website.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, http://www.lbicharters.com Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 27, 2013 11:38 AM   Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

Another busy week for us – the fluking in the Barnegat Bay area has been amazing. The quality of the fish this year is astounding – lots of nice fish being boxed. The key is to fish the incoming tidal currents with the cooler ocean water. This is my favorite time of year as I will be targeting some of the inshore spots that harbor these jumbo size flatties as the they move out.

Mark Miller of Elkton, MD and Travis Davis of Elkton, MD meet these fluke on their way out. And boy, did we meet them. The team ended the 4 hour trip with 9 keeper fluke, with the biggest taping out over 6 lbs. Travis was out for his first-ever fluking, and ended up be the high and heavy hook catching the most and the biggest fluke. Great job to Mark and Travis – look forward to seeing you again. All fish were caught on our custom bay bucktail rigs.

Unfortunately during midweek, I had to pull the boat to upgrade one of my high definition transducers – but thankfully Lowrance sent the part up quickly and the boat is back in the water.

Thursday’s blow was a wash and ended in a cancellation.

This upcoming week I have 3 trips booked (bay and ocean) and have 2 openings available.

This week’s The Fisherman Magazine cover photo has wife holding 5 and 6lb fluke caught in Barnegat Bay – I also authored an article which may help you put more fish in the box.

There is word that the tuna/bonita bite has picked up, so if weather/sea permitting we may be sailing offshore. We have all required safety gear in addition to EPIRB, RADAR, GPS, VHF/GPS radio – safety is upmost concern when traveling offshore. If interested in a bay, ocean trip, or offshore trip – please book through the website ( http://www.reelreactioncharters.com ) it goes directly to my phone or give me a call on my cell (609)-290-7709.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

July 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Tickets went on sale today for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Benefit Concert at the Shell. Dean Ween & Friends are going to jam Sunday October 6th at the Sea Shell Club in Beach Haven 5-9pm. This is formal kick off for support of the 2013 59th Annual Fall Fishing Derby with a load of fun. Mark your calendar now. It is going to be a night you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $ 25. You may YouTube “Ween” as well as the Billy Walton Band to get a feel of what the night will be like.

So far today we have had anglers using Gulp for fluke fishing, bloodworms for kingfish and bunker for crabbing. The bay is loaded with spot and blowfish so get in on the fun. There are plenty of fluke in the bay, inlet and surf. There’s also still a lot of big rays and brown sharks present that will get your drags screaming.

The 44th Annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational in underway. From what I heard only 43 boats signed up this year. I guess you can contribute the lack of participation to a number of things but mostly the weather and sea conditions. Only 23 fishing Thursday Day One. A number of boat headed out and turned around. A couple boats that pushed on decided to head in to Cape May because the conditions were too rough to risk getting back up to LBI. It sounds like about 20 boats fishing today. Most everyone will be fishing tomorrow. So far there’s some fish on the board. We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

Too bad the offshore forecast isn’t better because the bluefin tuna have been stacked up about 50 mile out of Barnegat Light. I got the invite to fish on Wednesday with Capt Matt K. and Jeff W. We headed out and got into the bluefin shortly after arriving at the grounds. Lots of life out there! Rays, dolphin, bait balls, bluefish and most importantly bluefin. There were slicks all over and fish where stacked up. There was a consistent troll bite on Joe Shutes/Ballyhoo Combo and Cedar Plugs and a very good jig bite when we got on top of them. We could only see about a dozen boats fishing the area but every one had double digit fish counts. Our first and last fish were the biggest with a number of schoolie footballs mixed in between. All together I think we caught and released about 15 bluefins ranging from about 25-65lbs maybe one pushed a little more.

It’s also unfortunate that the forcast is sour. Hopefully the bluefins remain around for the rest of the summer.

Received: Jul 26, 2013 5:01 AM   Subject: Open Boat Trips

Based on weather and participation I am going to make tomorrow’s (Sat) Open Boat trip a bay trip instead of the Barnegat Ridge. We will be grass shrimping weakies and drifting fluke. 6AM to 11 AM. Also, I have one spot open on Monday, July 29 afternoon trip, 1 PM to 6 PM, weakies and fluke. Please call, instead of email to reserve a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jul 26, 2013 7:21 AM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Fluking behind Barnegat Inlet remains excellent with some impressive totals being put together. All methods seems to be working (minnows, strips, GULP!, etc.) I had a cancellation for tomorrow so I am putting together an Open Boat – Sleep In and Catch the Tide Trip to get in on the amazing fluke bite we are having. I have two spots left open for Saturday 7/27. Cost is $100 pp. and we leave at 9 AM. I am sailing late to maximize fishing the best water possible.

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jul 25, 2013 6:36 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had Mark and Blanca out for an evening trip yesterday, it was some of the hottest fishing I have ever had! In 2 hours we put 35 Bluefish in the box up to 9 pounds and caught 26 Stripers mostly schoolies but one 29 incher mixed in, all fish were on artificials.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562 http://www.laurasportfishing.net

2013 Simply Bassing Final Results
– Based on 161 total Sign-Ups
– Prizes being distributed at location where weighed-in

*Location
Place
Name
Lbs
Ozs
Reg#
Prize
FHQ
1
Haertel, Paul
40
10
039
$858.67
FHQ
2
Olson, Patrick
39
1
278
$686.93
SCBT
3
Vallone, Robert
39
0
022
$515.20
Jingles
4
Smith, Ben
33
6
154
$429.33
Jingles
5
Phillips, Patrick
32
1
182
$343.47
FHQ
6
Matteo, Nick
31
2
172
$171.73
FHQ
7
Warren, Steve
29
6
281
$128.80
FHQ
8
DelPalazzo, Jason
26
11
062
$85.87

Total…
$3,220.00

*Location…
FHQ – Fisherman’s Headquarters, Ship Bottom
Jingles – Jingles Bait & Tackle, Beach Haven
SCBT – Surf City Bait & Tackle, Surf City
2013 Fisherman’s Headquarters (Fish Head) Spring Calcutta Final Results
– 1st Place Grand Prize Based on 60 total Sign-Up at $10 each

Place
Name
Lbs
Ozs
Reg#
Prize
1
Haertel, Paul
40
10
039
$600 Grand Prize
2
Vallone, Robert
39
0
022
$100 Fish Head Gift Certificate
3
DelPalazzo, Jason
26
11
062
$50 Fish Head Gift Certificate
July 25, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 25, 2013 4:54 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

1 spot left for Friday Open Boat trip – 5hr back bay/inlet 2-7pm. Targeting Stripers, weakfish, bluefish, fluke ……and more. We will be grass shrimping at the end of the trip for weakfish and mixed variety. All bait and tackle included and fish cleaned at the end $120.00pp. Cooler temps and N NE breeze plays well for us tomorrow . Come and meet new friends have some fun! Please call only as I will be out on the water.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Please Help support the 59th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic Tournament

– LBI Surf Fishing Classic Benefit Concert
– A benefit concert to support the 59th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic
– Special Guest the Billy Walton Band among others
– Go there after your Sunday at the “LBI Chowder Fest”
– Tickets go on sale Friday, 07/26/2013

Dean Ween & Friends Concert
Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Sea Shell Club, Beach Haven, NJ
10 South Atlantic Ave 5-9pm
Tickets are $ 25

It should be a night you won’t want to miss – Mark your calendar and tell your friends!

July 24, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 23, 2013 9:51 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Even in last week’s searing heat Anglers aboard the “Reel Fantasea” continued to score well with stripers, bluefish, fluke, and even a couple of weakfish. Finishing up in the back bay with a mixed bag of blowfish, king fish, burrfish [porcupine fish], sea robins, spot and more for greater variety.

Brothers Frank and Joe Hettler started their day fast out of the gate having a blast doubled up with schoolie stripers on light spinning tackle! After catching 1/2 dozen or so stripers, bluefish from 2-9lbs joined the party making for some more fantastic drag burning light tackle action! Moving to the West both Frank and Joe jump on a productive fluke bite that had Frank and Joe consistently connecting with flatties, icing a nice 4.5lbs fluke. At this point with Joe scoring 4 Barnegat Bay Slams and Frank scoring 3 all in one trip [stripers, bluefish and fluke] we were determined to add the last piece of the puzzle – weakfish! Moving further around to the back bay both Frank and Joe continued to mix it up between blowfish, spot and finally 1 weakfish that had Joe scoring not only his first weakfish ever but a coveted Barnegat Bay Grand Slam and 3 slams!! Way to go Joe!!

Next up was regulars Jay and Chris Simmons with both of Chris’s sons KC and Jack joining in the evening outing. The guys started the afternoon with a hot mixed variety bite in a stiff SW wind. After filling their cooler with enough tasty blowfish off we went looking to add to the mix. Strong winds combined with the incoming tide aligned to foil any attempt for any drifting for fluke so off we went in search for more stripers and bluefish action. With the first well placed cast it was game on with a robust striper and bluefish bite for all aboard until trips end!

Jifeng Zhang, Pengiu Shan and Yunka Wang were out finding a 3-5ft SW swell making for challenging condition on the sea bassing grounds .The sea bass were stacked 10-15ft high around sections of the wrecks and action was very consistent with both keeper and short sea bass but staying persistent and vigilant weeding through the mix of short and keeper was a challenge to endurance in the searing heat. Although the crew did manage to put some keepers on ice it wasn’t the fishing that we were used to seeing.

I do have this Friday, July 26th morning and afternoon available for back bay/inlet or ocean or combination of all for anybody looking to join the action.

Reel Fantasea Photos

Remember to visit us on face book and view photos and hopefully “like us”.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

July 23, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

11:30 AM

Paco Wagner posted a photo on our facebook page of a nice resident striped bass. Paco reported catching the teen size bass at the Barnegat Inlet on a white bucktail.https://www.facebook.com/fishermans.headquarters

6:00 AM

Blake and Pete had some great fluke fishing yesterday afternoon off of the south end surf. Blake reported they caught two nice keepers and a bunch of shorts on lead head bucktails tipped with white Gulp!. He said there are also rays, spot and kingfish present.

Fluke fishing has been phenomenal in the bay! An angler reported renting a boat at Polly’s and slamming the fluke. He said the fishing was great drifting the ICW not far from the dock. They had a bunch of flatties with some good size keepers.

The brown sharking season is in its prime. The reports off of the surf have been slow but the south-end bay is stacked. Some quality toothy ones were caught and released recently and some broke off and got away. Get in on the fun while the getting is good!

Anglers fishing the Inlet rocks on the north-end have been catching! Along with the fluke and small bluefish reports we received reports of triggerfish and also sheepshead.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 23, 2013 1:57 PM   Subject: Grass Shrimping Weakies!

Finally! I was able to buy my first batches of live grass shrimp on this past Friday and Saturday. Friday’s batch yielded only some short fluke, spots, and croakers in Meyer’s Hole. Saturday morning I headed over to the west side of the bay behind mainland Barnegat with a fresh batch of shrimp and hammered the weakfish. Everything from 10-inch to 22-inch fish. Baited hooks under bobbers were the ticket. Each day we have been mixing in fluke fishing and that is still producing keepers up to 24 inches on the jig and Gulp!. White swimming mullet on 3/8 oz. leadheads has been working well for us. The channels closer to the inlet on incoming water has been the best. Still getting as many blowfish as we want to clean with a few kingfish mixed in over by the BI Buoy.

This coming Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26 we will be running open boat afternoon trips. 1 PM to 6 PM. Chumming with live grass shrimp, if available, and it appears that it will be for the season now. We will target weakfish and the variety of species that usually invade the shrimp slick. Our arsenal is six pound spinning tackle so every fish is a battle. Depending on popular opinion we could also catch some blowfish or drift for fluke. On Saturday, July 27, we will be running our first open boat trip to Barnegat Ridge for bonita and albacore, 6AM to Noon . Are they there? No idea, it’s our first run. I know that the water cleaned up to a nice color and it’s at a good temp, so it is time to put out the trolling spread. The bay trips are $135 per person, the Ridge trip is $150 per person. Three people max. All fish are shared. Any of these dates are available for your private charter, as well.

Grass shrimping weakies and trolling the Ridge…..Finally, all is right with the world!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jul 23, 2013 7:46 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

After a bit of a slow start to the fishing scene in Beach Haven, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding fish both in close to the beach and offshore.

Captain John Koegler of the boat “Pop’s Pride” reports that inside the northern canyons, some 40-miles offshore, there is some of the best bluefin tuna fishing of the past decade. Although the boat limit is one bluefin per boat, Captain John points out it only takes one fish over 60-pounds to provide enough meat for all on board. In addition he has heard of mahi-mahi being reported around fish pot markers and debris just 10-miles from shore. Boats sharking the 20-fathom line have been plagued with monster bluefish over 36-inches long. These bluefish have fed on squid and sand eels, and as a result seem to taste better than usual.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the “Hot Tuna” found some of that hot bluefin tuna bite recently. Starting at the Lempke where he found bluefish, he continued to search until noon when he got into the bluefin. Within the next 3.5 hours his anglers had nonstop action hooking over 30 bluefin tuna and 30 monster bluefish. They caught fish both on the troll and jig. The largest tuna hooked up, estimated at 60-pounds, was attacked by sharks before they could get it to the boat. Assisting Captain Bob was expert mate Dante Soriente.

Captain Tim Knorr of the “F/V William Knorr” took the Evan Krause party out to the Barnegat Light Reef recently on an 8-hour trip. The trip was interrupted when they had to return to the dock to drop a couple of sick anglers off. Captain Tim ran back quickly for a successful trip. Despite the down time and a slow drift the 4 remaining anglers managed to put a decent catch of keeper fluke in the box. The Fish were caught on Squid, Spearing and Sea Robin Strips. There were many short fluke caught but not a single black sea bass. They saw large schools of bunker around them all day on the water.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” has been fishing at the Garden State South Reef site. He took Ed and Kevin Malavarca and Tom Grebenstein out on a beautiful day weather wise with a calm ocean. With a water temperature of 69-degrees the men had a good trip with a lot of fish caught. A total of 38 fish were caught with 10 nice black sea bass taken home for dinner.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 21, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 21, 2013 9:18 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had Greg M his son and some buddies out on the “Laura” for a day of inshore fishing. They hooked 1 Bluefish, 3 Stripers, 40+Tautog, a Triggerfish, 7 Porgy’s plus some Sea Bass mixed in, all this before lunch! During the weekday’s I can run an evening trip 6-9 pm for your choice of Fluke, Tog, Stripers or Bluefish. Weekends are 6 hour trips.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562

Received: Jul 21, 2013 4:54 PM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Hope everyone survived all the heat this past week. It wasn’t even pleasant out on the water, but hopefully we’ll get a break over the next few days.

The fluke bite around the inlet area has really picked up, a sure sign that the huge body of fish we had in the bay has finally started to move towards the open water of the ocean. Not a surprise, it happens every year once the bay heats up into the 80’s. The ocean water did chill down a bit today, so all we can do is hope that the migration slows down a bit and we’ll continue to have good fishing in the bay for a couple more weeks.

Friday, I had Tele Sudhakar along with his wife Mindi and son Andy out, celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary by going fishing! Fortunately the fluke cooperated, with 40-50 fluke coming over the side topped by Tele’s 7.8 pound monster that inhaled one of our custom teasers. Making the catch even more noteworthy is that while fishing was something they had long wanted to try, this was actually their first time ever out fishing. What a way to start! With six fish in the box, we headed in early to escape the heat when the bite died off mid-morning.

Today, I had regular George Selph out on one of my rare Sunday excursions, and the fish started coming over the side within a minute of shutting off the engine. When we finally packed it in to get away from the ugly weekend boat traffic, well over 100 fish had been landed and six fine flatties were in the box ready for the cutting table.

We’re going to stick with the bay fluke for as long as they hang around, but blowfishing in the back has continued to be on fire and will serve as our backup plan for days when the tide isn’t right for fluke.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

Received: Jul 21, 2013 4:34 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Update

Had Vince, Joe, Harley, and Mike out today. Started off fluking in the bay. Plenty of fish but no keepers for us so offshore we went. Had much better conditions and fishing was good. Ended day with 55 keeper sea bass including Vinces largest weighing in just over 4.5 lbs, 15 ling, a keeper fluke and a keeper pollock. Call or email to book. Sea bass closes 8/8!

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 21, 2013 2:40 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Blowfishing continues to be excellent on the west side of Barnegat Bay. Attached is picture from recent trip with Carly Pierson from Newton, PA with a nice puffer.

Fluking has been on fire! I’m starting to see 8-10 fish per hour and lots of keepers in the mix. These Fluke were stacked up in the channels and around the inlet with incoming to the beginning of outgoing water being the more productive. I will start shrimping for weakfish this week. If it’s as good as last year when many fish were in the 20 – 25″ range on every trip, you won’t want to miss out on the action. With over 30 years of shrimping experience I have this fishery down to a science. With the hot fluke bite we have now and weakfishing starting up, give me a call if you want to get in on the action. Attached is picture from recent trip with Howard Hawk from Washington with two of the many fluke he caught.

Photos from the above two charters.

Wishing everyone screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

July 20, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 20, 2013 9:20 AM  Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

It has been pretty hot – both the weather and the fishing this past week. Lots of options available in the bay, but we have been working the ocean depths for some bigger fish. The recent North/Northeast winds warmed up the ocean temps considerably and are making for some nice action on the bottom-dwelling fluke.

I had Eric Johnson, Joe Swerk, and Cesar Olvmos of Newtown PA out for an Ocean Fluke trip – we had to deal with morning thick fog and lack of wind, but after some moving around we found some nice fluke mixed with sea bass. The crew ended with 3 Keeper Fluke and 8 Keeper Sea Bass.

Next, we had Ralph Salermo, his son Giovanni (8yrs old), and friend Matt Piro (13yrs old) for an early morning beat the heat Barnegat Bay fluke trip. Even though all of the conditions were against us (wrong tide, dirty water, etc) – we ended we 4 keeper fluke to 5lbs. Giovanni had the largest fluke of the day measuring close to 23″ and a tad over 5lbs.

Later in the week, I had Matt Bailey of Allentown PA with his son Jay (13 yrs old) and daughter Madison (13yrs old) out for an ocean fluking trip. The father-son-daughter team ended the day with 4 Keeper fluke (22″, 22″, 22.5″, 23.5″) and 7 Keeper Sea Bass to 18″. Jay Bailey was the heavy hooker with a quality 23.5″ fluke close to 6lbs. Dad ended up bucktailing two 22″ fluke with the S&S rattletail bucktail – color of choice (sea robin).

Photos from the above three charters.

Our bay trips will focus closer to the inlet where the body of fluke have started to move, while the ocean trips will be at some of our choice locales. I have 2 openings this week and a couple next week – if interested give me a ring on the cell (609)-290-7709 or book through the website ( http://www.reelreactioncharters.com ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

July 19, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Best bet for surf fishing right now would be to target fluke by working a bucktailing. Cast out and work the bottom by retrieving ever so slowly. The size of the lead head bucktail will depend on location and conditions. It can also change as the tide picks up or slacks. Most of the time 1/2oz – 1.5oz bucktails (White or Chartreuse) tipped with Berkley Gulp swimming mullet in colors chartreuse or white. Some anglers prefer adding Gulp shrimp in the new penny color.

There are a variety of other consistent local fisheries to keep an anglers rod bent. Along with the fluke the surf has kingfish to offer during the days. There have also been resident striped bass too but most have been shorts.

Mornings and late day are best when the lifeguards aren’t on watch and there’s less swimmers. After dark there’s plenty of dogfish that will keep lines tight as well as brown sharks and rays.

The bay is full of blowfish and spot as well as weakfish and kingfish.

The inlet has small blues and a mix of what the bay and surf has.

~ Fish Head Greg

Offshore Fisherman… Yes, “SevenStrand (7Strand) Lures” are no longer being manufactured. We have a limited amount of the real “Original 7-Strand Green Machines” in stock. Only the MG1100M-13 Mini Psychobead 9″ Mini Green Machine Rigged and D1100-13 Deep Psychobead 12″ Green Machine UnRigged remain. Get them before they are all gone. Pass the info along to fellow anglers. In the “Original Tuna Clone Style Series Lures”  we have a very limited quantity remaining.

Received: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 PM   Subject: Blues, Fluke, Blowfish Open Boat

Bay fishing is excellent right now. Every trip we are casting lures to 2 to 5 pound bluefish at the inlet jetty. Then we move further inside to Oyster Creek Channel for some fluke fishing. Quality not quantity has been the trend here. We cover a lot of ground for a few fluke, but those fish are 18 to 24 inches. Great fight on light tackle. When they get this big, they are a handful on the 10 pound spinning rods. Then we bounce over to the west side of the bay for big blowfish in numbers. We have been catching some nice kingfish while targeting the puffers. In all of these spots we are seeing and catching cow nosed rays. We have also hooked a few houndfish since the water warmed up. If you have not seen one, they are a needlefish, a yardstick long! Great light tackle action everywhere we go. A very diverse 5 hour trip.

I will be running open boat mixed bag trips this Sat, July 20, 11AM to 4PM and Sun, July 21, 6AM to 11 AM. $135 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. Everything is provided.

Please call me, don’t email me, I will be on the water.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

July 18, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 18, 2013 1:07 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Lots of blowfish around, attached is picture of 9-year old Nikki D. Fluking still good and they are starting to stack up in the channels and around the inlet and incoming water seems to becoming more productive. I am booked through Sunday but have some openings next week. I plan on starting to shrimp for weakfish next week. If as good as last year (many fish in the 20 – 25″ range on every trip) you don’t want to miss out on the action to give me a call if interested. With over 30 years shrimping experience I have this fishery down to a science. I will post open boat trips soon. Call /text me or shot me an e-mail if you are looking for an private trip or would like to get on my open boat contact list.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jul 18, 2013 5:31 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 7/18 Update

Danielle, Dan, Ian and Doug out today on the “Kev n’ Ash” for some wreck fishing. We put 44 sea bass, 5 ling and a single blackfish in the box. Ian led the way with the largest sea bass. Fun day on a relatively cool, flat calm ocean. Call or email us.

~ ~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413Capt Greg LBI Charters lbicharters.com

July 17, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Date: Jul 17, 2013 7:45 AM   Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

The hot days of summer have finally arrived in Beach Haven, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been catching more fish as the water temperatures climb.

Captain John Koegler of the “Pop’s Pride” had a party out recently in the ocean wreck fishing and they found hot action with over 60 fish brought to the boat. There were 14 black sea bass large enough to take home along with a 4.5 pound ling. On the way back to the dock they did a couple of drifts in the ocean that resulted in several fluke including one keeper. Captain John says there is still a layer of cold water on the bottom, and he has heard of some good catches of cod at some of the deeper water wrecks. For information on the 38′ Sport Fisherman “Pop’s Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349

Captain Tim Knorr on the “William Knorr” had the Kevin Shinn party out recently where they were met with 3-5 foot seas. Despite the rocky conditions, they caught several fluke including two keepers, one keeper sea bass, two nice bluefish, and picked up a hound fish in Barnegat Inlet. For information on the William Knorr contact Capt. Tim Knorr, Phone: 609.848.4094

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” reports he has been fishing in the bay due to the cold waters. Both the Swartz and Katz families went out with Captain George and found good action on fluke, skates, and sea robins. The Rich Huss party went home with a nice dinner of fluke and also released some small sea bass and sand sharks. For information on the 38′ Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Captain John Lewis had the Budraitis family on the bay on his boat “Insatiable” last weekend. After a foggy start to the day, the sun came out and made for one of the best weather days of the year. They had a pick of fluke as well as the usual sand sharks and skates, keeping everyone busy. The ladies out fished the men on this trip.For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 16, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 16, 2013 7:08 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – July 18th available

The back bay and inlet continue to be a light tackle enthusiast dream with not only solid action but a fun mixed variety of species and with last weeks North East wind putting our ocean water temp back into the normal range the bluefish are back and joining the stripers attacking our artificial lures.

Thunderstorms or more accurately the threat of thunderstorms lead to me to get caught up on some needed maintenance on the Reel Fantasea. Back in the water and into solid action we continued to find the bay and inlet loaded with bluefish, blowfish, fluke, kingfish, spot, stripers… plus more.

Ocean wrecks continue to offer up excellent sea bass action and with water temps coming back up the fluke bite should heat up as well around the wrecks.

A last minute cancellation has opened up this Thursday July 18th for either private or open boat charter, back bay, inlet, ocean? All the above and have a blast mixing it up between a variety of species! Come join the fun!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jul 16, 2013 7:22 AM   Subject: 7/15 LBI Charters Report

Had two trips today.

Started off with Jeff, Jake, JJ and Keenan fishing local. Goal was simple bend some rods. Was nice on water with stiff west wind to start. Kids and dad had fun catching 35 fish of multiple species including sea bass, porgies (to 3 lbs) and blackfish (all released).

Next up were repeat customers Vince, Louis and Cam for some sea bass. Despite horrible anchoring conditions with tide into the wind the group had 28 nice sea bass at the end of the trip. Couple weeks left in sea bass season give a call or shoot an email.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

July 14, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 14, 2013 5:30 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Sunday 7/14

Aaron, Ben, Arnold, and Gary were out today on the “Kev n’ Ash” for some bottom fishing. They picked and plucked away on each spot at keepers and throwbacks. Ended the day with 43 keeper sea bass with Gary catching the largest sea bass. Added a ling and a keeper pollock Had a 5-foot shark swim up on us but it didn’t want to place. Great day with fun group of guys!

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 14, 2013 10:50 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

We were back at it this week after taking a week off over the 4th of July. While there are still plenty of fish to be had, things do seem to be starting to settle back into a normal mid-summer pattern as the bay waters continue to warm up. The back bay continues to give up some nice fluke to anglers working the flats, but the anticipated move into the channels has clearly gotten started and will get more of our attention over the next few weeks. Blowfishing is absolutely on fire, with catches limited only by how many of those tasty morsels you’re willing to clean, with occasional kingfish and spot mixed in to spice things up. I was a little disappointed not to see any weakfish this week, but hopefully we can start targeting them pretty soon.

Atlanta’s John Olsen was back on Tuesday with the grandkids on their annual fluke outing, and the kids managed to put 40+ fluke in the boat with a handful of fat keepers up to 22″ in the box before heading in for surfing lessons.

North Jerseyans Jim Wysocki and buddy Joe came out on Friday, only to be were greeted by unexpectedly strong NE winds and a 2-3 foot bay chop that made fluke fishing difficult at best. With that only producing a few shorts, a decision was made to drop the hook and give bottom fishing a try and mayhem broke loose almost immediately with blowfish coming over the rails before the chum had even started to defrost. I couldn’t even guess at how many were caught over the next hour and a half, but there were three dozen of the largest ones in the box when we got back to the dock.

Max Berger was back yesterday with son Andrew, nephew Theo and buddy Seth on what turned out to be a slow morning in the fog fishing the flats. A late move towards the inlet managed to put a few flatties on board by the time we headed back to the dock.

With the ocean water still being pretty cold, I expect to be fishing primarily in the bay for the next couple of weeks. I’ve still got a couple of openings this month for anyone interested.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632
Received: Jul 14, 2013 10:06 AM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Almost every day this week the “Debbie M” was out fishing Barnegat Bay with a boat load of kids. From short to keeper fluke and big blowfish to big spot the children hooked many fish while getting hooked on fishing themselves. I had out families from Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania and even New Jersey. Attached are some of the many pictures I took this week. (Pictures to Follow) The late week northeast wind pushed the ocean water temperature above the 60 degree mark for the first time in over 3 weeks. As of this writhing the ocean has even gone above 70! Bay temperatures slid down to the mid-seventies but look for a sharp increase with this weeks predicted heat wave. Fluking remained the same with most keepers being over the 20” mark and blowfishing is still good to excellent with many jumbos hitting the coolers. As we usually do this time of year we are seeing other species, such as spot and striped burrfish, infiltrate Barnegat Bay. Now is a great time to take the kids fishing. As a teacher and certified instructor of Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs I have specialized in taking kids out fishing for ten years, so give me a call if you are interested in getting you child, or yourself, hooked on fishing!

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jul 13, 2013 11:01 PM   Subject: Monday Afternoon Open Boat Trip– Blowfish, Fluke, Kingfish, Weakfish, Bluefish

I just added a second trip for this Monday, July 15. Departing at 12:30 PM and returning at 5:30 PM. We will try it all… Blowfish, Weakfish and Kingfish anchored up on the west side of the bay with the ultralite rods. Then we will head over to the inlet side for some fluke and bluefish.

One guy signed on already. We have room for two more. Please phone to reserve a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

July 13, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 13, 2013 8:56 AM    Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

Backbay fishing has lots of options – Fluke, Blowfish, Kingfish, even some Weakfish. Fishing the tide and wind conditions will help to put keepers over rail and in the pail. Even though the incoming water has been icy cold – it seems that the fluke are enjoying the break from the 80’s in the bay. I have been finding them in the 70-76F range, just working the channel edges and following the temperature break. I had Dr. Micheal Nocito out on a 4hr Backbay Fluke trip – we caught a lot of fish and boated 2 keepers. Unfortunately, we lost a real nice fish while fishing a off-the-beaten track channel. But the Doc was happy with some “meat” to take home.

Later in the week, I had Joe Lippincott and his buddy Terence McConlogue out on a 4hr blowfish bonanza. Joe and Terrence boated close to 200 blowfish, along with a dozen kingfish to 19inches, 2 short fluke (17in, 16in), and a lone sea robin. The guys were great company and had a great time on the bay blowfish bonanza. (Picture to Follow)

I was also able to sneak out with my wife and son to enjoy some quality family time. We ended up boating 4 keepers to 22 inches, then enjoyed swimming in the 80F bay water.

I’m booked through this weekend and the early part of next week – but I have openings on Thursday and Friday. With the ocean water warming, I’m running inshore fluke trips to some of my choice spots. If interested, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website http://www.reelreactioncharters.com – no deposit required.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

July 12, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 11, 2013 9:54 PM   Subject: NJMFC Extends Recreational Summer Flounder Season

NJMFC Extends Recreational Summer Flounder Season

On 7/11/13 the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council voted in favor of extending the recreational summer flounder season by 8 days. The season had been slated to close on 9/16 but will now continue through 9/24. The meeting was well attended by the public and the council listened attentively while members of the public voiced their opinions. There had been three options on the table that would have extended the season by either six or eleven days or none at all. Representatives from the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, NJ State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Jersey Coast Anglers Association were amongst those who spoke in favor of extending the season by eleven days. Though a clear majority favored that option, other groups and individuals urged the council to take a more conservative approach and increase the season by only six days. Additionally, those on the fluke advisory panel had also recommended increasing the season by only six days. Previously the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had approved an additional bonus quota of 88,000 fish that would have allowed the NJMFC to extend the season by up to eleven days. Ultimately, Councilwoman Eleanor Bochenek made somewhat of a surprise motion to extend the season by eight days, an option that had not been on the table. Many of those in attendance applauded as her motion passed by a narrow 5-4 margin.

~ Paul Haertel : Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Berkley Striper Club

July 11, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 11, 2013 8:29 PM   Subject: Blowfish, Fluke, Weakfish, and Bluefish

As much as I am waiting for some easterly wind to improve the offshore fishing, I can’t complain about the bay fishing that has been going strong since the season started.

We are catching as many big… no, HUGE… Blowfish as we want on any given trip. Anchored up near the BI Buoy in 6 to 8 feet of water using clams. In the mix we are catching a few kingfish from 10 to 16 inches, some spots, and a few burrfish (porcupine puffers). Lots of action on ultralite tackle. We are also packing some shedder crabs in the cooler and we have been rewarded with some nice weakfish on the same grounds when we use this bait tipped on a 1/8 ounce jighead using a retrieve I call “lolly-gagging”. Give the bait a good long cast, lift the rod painfully slow until it is all the way vertical, lower the tip to the water, and then take a few turns on the reel just to pick up the slack enough to get tight to the lure again. Repeat. This will cause the lure to pop in and out of the eelgrass. We’re not catching a lot of weakfish, but a couple each trip is starting to be the norm when we make the effort to target them.

The fluke are definitely worth some of our time each trip just because of the size this year. Instead of catching 30 shorts and one or no keepers like years past, we are catching a lot less numbers but quality size fish from 18 to 24 inches. Jigging with 3/8 oz. leadheads and 4″ white Gulp Swimming Mullet is working well for us.

We’ve been casting soft plastics at the North Inlet jetty and connecting with lots of 2 to 5 pound bluefish. We are also catching some 20 to 26 inch stripers in the mix, but not on every visit. There is an occasional 28 to 30 inch bass that makes it into the cooler, as well. This fishing is a blast on the 10 pound spinning rods.

All Good Stuff! Action, light tackle, and a fillet bag to take home.

I am booked pretty heavy, but I have an opening this Saturday, July 13, 6AM to Noon. We will try for it all. Weakfish, fluke, blues, stripers and blowfish if you want to. I’ll bring all the gear and we can make decisions as the day goes on. $150 per man. Three people max. All fish are shared.

Please call, don’t email me. I will be on the water.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

July 10, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 10, 2013 4:55 PM   Subject: Alert – NJMFC Meeting 7/11/13

ALERT – NJMFC Meeting 7/11/13 TODAY!

The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) will decide whether or not to extend our fluke season at their upcoming meeting on 7/11/13. The meeting will be held at 4PM at the Galloway Twp. Public Library located at 306 East Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway, N.J.. Public comment will be accepted at the meeting prior to their decision being made.

The three options being considered will be…
– Not to extend the season
– Extend it by 6 days
– Extend it by the full 11 days that were approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMF)

In the past the council has shown that they do listen attentively to the public and will usually choose the option that the majority favors even if that option is not the council’s “preferred option”. Therefore, if you are interested in having our fluke season extended it is important to attend this meeting and voice your opinion. The council likes to listen to a diverse group of stakeholders before making their decision. Therefore, it is important to have individuals as well as representatives from various clubs, organizations, tackle stores, charter and party boats in attendance.

~ Paul Haertel : Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Berkley Striper Club

The Z-Wing Downrigger weight is coming back! After a few years of not being available the Z-Wing is back in production and will be in stock at Fisherman’s Headquarters by July 18th. More info to follow.

Received: Jul 10, 2013 10:02 AM    Subject: BHCFA Report

Unsteady weather continues to make fishing in the Beach Haven area an inconsistent situation for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” has been fishing the bay recently and has found keeper fluke, along with many smooth dog fish. On Saturday Captain Carl ran off to the 30-fathom line in the ocean. At the 20-fathom line the “Star Fish” and her party found plenty of black sea bass. When they reached the 30-fathom line some very big bluefish bit on their baits, and black tip sharks bit on the bluefish. It all made for an exciting day. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” had the Burger and Bednar parties out for some bay fishing. Both trips yielded some fluke and spot but no blowfish. At this point Captain John says he is hoping the wind changes direction so he can get out offshore for some bluefin and bigeye tuna. In the meantime he also took the Finklestien party out for a trip around Long Beach Island. The group enjoyed seeing the bay front homes as well as the entire ocean front. The trip was highlighted with some great photos of Barnegat Light and a waterfront tour of Viking Village. For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Captain John Koegler of “Pop’s Pride” is also lamenting the recent poor weather and looking forward to less winds and rising water temperatures in the ocean. Current reports put the ocean temperature at 56-degrees which is very low for mid-July. With the winds making things rough in the ocean and excess rain runoff making bay waters murky, he reports he has had to work hard for his fish. For information on the 38′ Sport Fisherman “Pop’s Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349

The bluefish bite recently has been slow in the ocean, but just over the past few days there have been some good catches of big bluefish much further offshore than normal.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Fish Head Greg’s ICAST 2013 New Product Showcase Report

LINK TO PHOTOS: https://picasaweb.google.com/fishhead.greg/ICAST2013?authuser=0&feat=directlink

So far the annual tackle show known as ICAST has been great! Super hot and dry here in Las Vegas but what can one expect for a desert in the summertime. The hotel (Mandalay Bay) was packed with fans and fighters for this past weekend’s UFC162 fight at the MGM Grand. Now for what I’ve been waiting for…

ICAST’s New Product Showcase was Tuesday (07/09/13) evening! It was a great preview of the fishing tackle industry’s best innovations. There were lots of products. Some stood out and others not so much. Here’s what caught my eye!

The Troll-Pro was on display! For all of those anglers that have not seen the footage that these GoPro trolling mounts please do yourself a favor and search “troll pro” on youtube. Amazing stuff!

Grundens had a few garments on display; the Fogbow Sweatshirt (already in stock at the shop), the Nightwatch Insulated Puffy Jacket and the Balder Bib and Jacket. They are all new but the one that really stands out is the Balder. It is a new series from Grundens (Made in Portugal) that features their fully waterproof PVC material. A new cut enhances mobility and ventilation; while special poly cotton twill backed fabric improves comfort. The bibs have reinforced leg cuffs and the jacket has an elongated back panel for protection when reaching and bending, neoprene cuffs, visor hood with drawstring and both the jacket and bib have reflective accents for improved safety on deck. Each Retail About $150.

Everyone already knows about Shimano’s SWB. Some models have been on tackle shop shelves. We sold through a couple shipments already. Shimano will more than likely take the Best of Show in Saltwater Reel category. So what else is there?

In addition to the Tatula, Daiwa showed the ISLA a high performance spinning reel that incorporates Daiwa’s revolutionary Magseal tech, Zaion carbon composite air rotor (light and strong), 9 Ball bearing plus roller bearing, machines handle with textures soft touch grip. The ISLA looks to be ready for big game battle with its very solid smooth feel and its carbon drag. Surprisingly affordable compared to the competition and technology it offers. Available in High 5.7:1 and Bull 4.3:1 Retail $700-900

Van Staal VM275 is just like Van Staal’s VM150 but bigger.

Release Reel showed off the SURF which is in their SG series (now available in left hand retrieve) with a magnetic cast control and hard black anodized treatment. Retail $299. They also showed their LG (Large Game) which hold 500yds of 65lb braid, is 21 ounces and boasts a 40lb+ drag. Retail $ 399.

There were so many rods, too many to list all of the nice ones. Some from the big names… St.Croix Legend Xtreme Inshore (All White) and the G.Loomis NRX were very nice. It seemed like the split grip trend is here to stay for awhile. Batson Ent. showed some really nice reel seats that were all classy and ergonomic. There were two that had a soft touch feel to them. A surf rod from Phoenix looked and felt really nice SX1208.

Tsunami Airwave elite had a great action and great build with X-flock grip with Fuji K-guides and a Fuji seat. The TSAWESS1062MH was the rod I felt out, rated 10’6″ rated 1-3.5oz. It’s a perfect rod for surfcasting the Northeast with lures.

As far as fishing equipment goes there were lots of coolers, knives, small tools, lures and soft bait but none of them pumped out at me. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough.

Wild River had on display their Nomad XP back pack. It’s a technical back pack that is stacked with features like non-corrosive zipper hardware, lots of pockets and lots of tackle box tray capacity. Best of all, the tackle bag is designed to recharge all of your personal electronic devices like your phone, camera or mp3 player via USB. The backpack has pockets that hold mobile devices and also charge them via UBS (mini, micro) and 30-Pin Apple. The icing on the cake is the bag’s optional “Clip-On” solar panel to recharge and its LED light system so you can find what you need after dark. Retail $200.

Berkley showed off their fold up fishing cart. Great for surf and pier anglers and it will also help boaters who have to tote their gear to and from the boat. Efficiently manage and transport all of your fishing gear with Berkley’s Fishing Carts.

Power Pro Zero-Impact is a new braid from Power Pro. It has black termination zones that are gradually tapered to achieve maximum knot strength. What they say is, “Simply tie your knot on one of the black market termination zones and the knot strength is typically 100% to the straight line strength.” I’ve never had an issue with knot strength but I guess anglers were asking so they now offer it.

Glacier Glove showed their new Guide Glove which is designed to protect from cold with its 2mm neoprene and hand abuse with its two layer synthetic palm design. Retail $35.

The Plano 3700 Guide Series Tackle Box is a really sweet tackle management piece of gear. It holds 3700 boxes and has one quick access box which is secured with elastic ties on a molded top. There are also other pockets and compartments as well as a waterproof base. Retail $80.

Braid’s Monster Fighting Belt is a new carbon fiber fish fighting belt that is ready for big game abuse. It feels like a tank and is going to be the ultimate jigging and popping fighting belt. It has a nice waffled rubber back to keep the belt in position where it needs to be during the fight. It also has a nice heavy duty strap and comes with a nylon/fish net mesh bag. Retail $125.

Rapala’s Digital Scale and Fish Gripper is stainless steel fish landing and weighing combo tool. It has an easy to read digital screen and a 600 hour run time which is powered by two AAA batteries. Retail $60.

Talon showed their new 12′ shallow water anchor. It’s the deepest reaching one on the market. It’s still low in height because they designed it with a three stage deployment. It also has a couple modes for different bottoms (hard sand, rocky, silted, soft and muddy)

SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Boards) and Kayaks are blowing up big time in the fishing industry. Each year there are more and more. Once upon a time kayakers had to purchase and DIY modify now there are fishing kayaks decked out ready to go. Some unique SUP’s that are designed for fishing and a couple that are blow ups so they can be folded down for storage and transport. They are surprisingly hard and rigid when pumped up.

StormR is releasing some new gear. Their Typhoon and Stryker gloves were great but StormR upped the bar… Their new Cast and Torque gloves are sure to please surf casters. These gloves look just like the other models just with Kevlar tipped index and thumbs. Also from StormR the Stealth, Swell and Surf Top. The Surf Top is a semi-dry top with a neo neck big Velcro waist and wrist adjustments. It also has a big pocket and liquid welded seems. StormR is also offering Real Tree camo for the hunters!

So that’s it for now.

On a side note, there was a beautiful yet ire sunset this evening here in Vegas. The smoke clouds from the nearby blazing forest fire are creeping over the mountain range that lines the area.

July 9, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 9, 2013 5:27 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Update

Well after a couple weeks off enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean with the family we are back at it this weekend targeting sea bass and/or fluke. I have 2 bushels of fresh clams on order and am looking forward to finding some fish to eat them! Booked Sunday and Monday. Still open Sat 7/13, Sat 7/20 and Sun 7/21. Call or email to book.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

July 8, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 8, 2013 9:31 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Another solid week of fishing fun and action for anglers aboard the “Reel Fantasea”. The back bay and inlet continue to reward and entertain both young and old with both variety and quantity. Stripers ranging in size from 22-28″ have provided solid light tackle excitement for both novice and expert. Bluefish surprisingly seemed to have completely disappeared from our area almost overnight or have a severe case of lock jaw which can change overnight.

Fluke also continue to provide action for those looking to add them to the list. Weakfish were another no show this week but that could also change overnight. The back bay continues to offer a variety mixed bag with jumbo blowfish, kingfish, spot….more.

Dave Cammarta was joined by son Dave jr. and friend John Barton starting their day scoring 12 stripers all on light tackle spinning outfits while employing artificials. Dave sr. earned “hot rod” honors scoring 7 stripers while new comer John managed to ice one nice 29″ keeper striper before moving around to the back bay where the guys ended the day having more fun with ravenous blowfish.

Next up was the Ryan Coleman, son Tanner and Ryan’s brother Russ starting there 3 hour afternoon trip with more crazy blowfish action. With more than enough blowfish in the cooler we broke out the spinning tackle to score 4 stripers before trips end.

We ended the week with new comers Ashwani Thaman and son Akil and Carmine James who were looking for more of the same mix. It didn’t take long as the first cast came tight with a feisty striper. Carmine quickly developed the touch to score and earn “hot rod” honors with 1/2 dozen stripers before moving around to the back bay where the guys had a nice mix of blowfish, kingfish and spot.

Don’t forget to join us on Face Book to view photos, get latest reports and hopefully “like us” and “share” us with friends and family

1 spot available for Thursday 2-7pm – back bay /inlet mix – $125.00pp

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jul 8, 2013 10:34 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing Weekend Report

Fishing was great this weekend Sunday’s trip had 35 keeper seabass and a trio of ling. Three of the guys had never been fishing before and after a quick tutorial they were quickly adding fish to the box. Shorts were numerous and the charter easily caught 100 fish total! Call to book.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562 http://www.laurasportfishing.net

Received: Jul 8, 2013 9:50 AM   Subject: Lighthouse Sporfishing Report

Temperature continues to remain the key factor in fishing Barnegat Bay. Incoming water is in the mid-50s while the west side of the bay is in the low 80, over a 25 degree swing. The colder water is keeping stripers (mostly shorts) chewing on prime real estate. The fluking remains the same with the bite sometimes short and sweet when fishing favorable water temperature (not too cold and not to hot). Blowfishing remains excellent with the run being the best in many years. Weakfish are starting to show up in enough numbers to target. Based on reliable intel, I made a “first-light” trip this morning boating several weakfish in the 14 to 17” range. An excellent sign! Attached is a picture of Jason Mikula with a keeper fluke. Jason, his dad Jay and girlfriend Tori made it down for their annual trip. This was an exciting trip with the group battling and subduing three cow nosed in the 20-40 pound class on medium light tackle. Fireworks were not the only exploding this week as one of the rays blew up one of my reels. Give me a call and either pick a target species or target a Barnegat Bay grand slam because the bay is alive.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

July 7, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

12:00 Noon

Scott S. weighed-in a 16.4-lb Striped Bass that he caught Mid Island this morning using a leadhead bucktail tipped with Gulp.

Received: Jul 7, 2013 9:25 PM   Subject: Summer Blowfish and Fluke Heat Up!

Busy week on the water. The west side of the bay continues to produce quality blowfish! Anchor with a chum pot, 1/0 hooks with a dropper and let the fun begin. Exciting action for the kids and great tasting fillets for freezer.

The Tim Connelly charter chose to target fluke in place of puffers. Tim, John, Craig, and Sandra worked hard to boat 4 nice keepers to 22-inches. The catch to keeper ratio was 4:1. There was no one area producing better than the other. Water temps ranged from 80 on the west side of bay to a chilly 65 at the inlet. West side of the bay, inlet area, double creek, and High Bar are all produced keepers. Incoming was better than outgoing. Chartreuse gulp was the bait of choice.

Hope everyone had a great 4th with family and friends. We are filling dates quick for end of July and August fluke and weakfish. Call or email for availability.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

July 6, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 6, 2013 6:55 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Friday morning I had 3 anglers aboard the “Reel Fantasea” score 12 stripers 23-27″ for some fun light tackle action +1 keeper and tons of blowfish all within 5hrs! In the afternoon we had similar results with both bass and blowfish.

I have 1 spot left open for Sunday morning 7:30am-12:30pm looking to do more of the same light tackle fun $125.00pp. Please call if you want to come and join the fun!

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

July 5, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 5, 2013 10:52 AM   Subject: Open Boat Blowfish and Fluke Trips

Hammered the blowfish yesterday by the 42 and BI Buoys. Big puffers this year and lots of them. We also had two kingfish in the mix and some spots. We went on the drift for some fluke and it took a while to find some fish, but we did get a 17-1/4″ and a 20″ at our last spot in Double Creek Channel to top off our cooler. Jigheads with 3″ white Gulp swimming mullet caught the fluke.

The “Hi Flier” is running an Open Boat Saturday, 6AM to 11AM and added an afternoon trip on Sunday, Noon to 5PM. There is one guy signed up for Monday, so there is room on that one for two more, 6AM to 11 AM.

Don’t email me, I won’t see it. Please telephone me.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

July 4, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jul 4, 2013 9:17 PM   Subject: Reel Reaction Charters (1st week of July)

Although the conditions haven’t been ideal, the fish have been cooperating. Fluke are spread out in their usual midsummer haunts, but consider working channel edges and deeper water as the bay temperatures reach 80 degrees. A couple hours of incoming are producing some nice bites. Blowfish, Kingfish, and even a few decent sized Weakfish (5lbs+) have showed up. The Fluke should start moving towards the inlet areas and once these ocean temps warm inshore fluking should start to heat up. I had the Joe Tonetti charter out fishing a combo back bay trip – we ended with a couple keeper fluke to 22 inches and over 70 blowfish. Joe Tonetti and his future brother-in-law Chris Daalder gave the trip to their Dads as a belated Father’s day gift. Later in the week, I had the Jim Crines charter out fishing strictly for backbay fluke – the father (Jim) and son (Shane) team had to work for them. We worked a lot of areas, combating the never-ending south wind to produce 4 nice flatties with the biggest close to 4lbs.

I have a few dates open this upcoming week – we can do back bay combo trips, straight bay fluke trips – no difference in price just less time fluking. Price includes everything – bait, tackle, rod/reel, fish-cleaning, etc. Also once the ocean temps warm up – I’ll start running inshore fluke trips to primo areas that usually hold decent sized flatties.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

July 3, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

The surf has been cold for this time of year due to the consistent south winds; however, there are fish to catch.

Kingfish and fluke are two species to target. Plenty of these have been and continue to be caught off of the mid-island surf. Use Bloodworms; Live, freeze dried or imitation Fish-Bites. There are also still Striped Bass around that have been taking clams, bunker or live eels.

As far as holding bottom… You really don’t need to when fishing for kingfish and fluke. Cast and slowly stay tight. Move around and find where they are holding. The swell is going to fade out through the late week and weekend. If chunking for bass, in order to hold bottom, you might need 5, 6 or more ounces of lead in certain spots and tides.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 3, 2013 6:40 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

The “Reel Fantasea” is available this Sunday July 7th 7am-12pm and next Thursday 11th 2pm – 7pm afternoon. Presently the back bay/inlet action is very productive and varied. Action and table fare with species such as Stripers, Bluefish, Fluke (aka summer flounder), Weakfish, Kingfish, Blowfish (which are very entertaining for the kids as they are actually very cute and aggressive “to the hook” and delicious to eat) plus more. All bait, tackle, lures, top of the line rods and reels, and fish cleaning are included. Book private or join other enthusiastic anglers and have some “REEL” fun! Last trip we had over 100 fish in 5 hours!

Remember to join us on face book and get la test fishing reports and photos and hopefully “like us”.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jul 2, 2013 10:16 PM   Subject: Blowfish and Fluke Open Boat Combo Trips

I had Steve Seckinger with his two boys, Patrick, Owen and niece Jessie aboard Saturday for a mixed bag effort. We struck out on the blowfish….seriously? We’ve been slamming them every day and I can’t catch these kids one puffer. Jessie did put the boots to a nice size ray we boated and released. Steve added a kingfish to the cooler. We caught a few short fluke and then we caught a nice drift at the top of Oyster Creek Channel where Patrick nailed a 19 and 23 inch fluke that saved our trip and gave a nice boost to the fillet bag. Thank you Patrick. Picture (to follow) , from left to right: Steve, Owen, Jessie, and Patrick.

Sunday I had some friends aboard and we were cut short by the approaching storms. We anchored behind mainland Barnegat so that if the weather came up we had a short ride to the dock. We landed right on some blowfish. Here’s a short video clip of Myles Mancini with one of 31 we caught in an hour and a half before the storms rolled in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20K-_CZXGrk

Monday we left early with George Buchanan and friends Norman and Jose’. We rocked the puffers right away by the 42 Buoy. Three dozen in an hour and a half. I brought some shedder crab with us and I was throwing a 6 pound ultralite with a 1/8 oz. jighead tipped with some crab when I got slammed. I handed the rod off right away to George and 15 minutes later he finessed a 24 inch, 4 pound weakfish to the net. Here’s the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZrtTet8f_c
We went back to blowfishing and bailed them heavy by the BI Buoy. Good size puffers this season. Delicious!

We will be running 5 hour open boat Blowfish and Fluke combo trips. Sat, Sun, and Mon, July 6, 7, and 8. 6AM to 11AM. $135 per person. 3 person max on open boats. These dates are also available for charter. Everything is provided. Call to reserve a spot: 732.330.5674. We are starting to catch some good size kingfish and weakfish in the mix, too.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jul 3, 2013 11:14 AM    Subject: BHCFA Report

The tropical type weather that has been afflicting the Beach Haven area has put a temporary damper on the fishing activities of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Hot humid weather with almost daily thunderstorms accompanied by high winds has made fishing a chancy proposition lately.

What makes the weather even more annoying is that there is a nice variety of fish available at the current time. To start with, the black sea bass bite on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs has been nothing short of sensational. In addition, there are still a few striped bass being taken in the ocean.

Farther off shore, the canyon bite for tuna was just taking off while the shark catches closer to shore were marked by some big makos and threshers in addition to many blue sharks.

In the bay waters, the number of fluke being caught has dropped, but the number of good sized fish has remained constant. In addition there is an increasing number of weakfish being caught every day. These fish are ranging from 16-25 inches in length.

The night time shark fishery in the bay has snuck up on everyone. All of a sudden there are quite a few sharks around, mostly brown sharks. Some of these are well over 50-pounds and make up in fight what they lack in table fare.

As the 4th of July arrives and the weather finally breaks, look for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association to be leading the pack with some outstanding fish catches.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.BHCFA.com

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 1, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

2:00 PM

Minnows are in stock.

Staffer Rob V. reported hammering the kingfish yesterday afternoon on live bloods. He said the bite was on from 3-7pm. About 30 kingfish, kept 7 good size ones. Mid-island surf.

Joe from Shamong and (his son) Clay had a great morning off of the surf today. Their biggest was a 22″ flatty. “Seven fluke this morning with two keepers off of the mid-island surf” Joe said, “All weekend was great. Bucktails and Gulp!”

~ Fish Head Greg

Date: Jul 1, 2013 7:05 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

With a thunderstorm forecast for everyday we played things safe and found good to excellent action all within the safe confines of the bay and inlet this past week. Stripers , bluefish, fluke, weakfish ,kingfish, and tons blowfish have provided the bulk of the light tackle action last week .

Most of the Stripers are between the 24-27″ range but some savvy angler’s have been able to sneak a presentation past all the smaller bass and blues to score keeper Striped Bass to 30″, Bluefish have been ranging in size from 2-9lbs and have provided fantastic drag burning excitement on our light spinning tackle, zzzzzzz!

Fluke have also provided action with both keeper and short fish for those looking to target them and add them to the mix. Nice 25″ weakfish was the big news as we did score with might be the “first of the season” summer run trout. Finally, kingfish and tons of big blowfish have invaded the bays in huge numbers making for unbelievable cooler filling action. The fine table fare that these tasty fish provide warrant targeting them.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

June 30, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Small craft advisory is in effect through Tuesday afternoon. The southeasterly swell continues and eases early week but the south/southwest wind looks to be the trend still for a number of days.

It’s a bummer! There were some great offshore reports flowing. We recently heard word of quality bluefin that were boated by boats fishing out of the state’s southern ports. Hopefully these brutes slide up the line and park closer to our home waters for our next weather window. We’ll have to wait and see… they might be here now.

The surf water temperature is still cold. It has been a number of days now with the south wind and upwell. For the most part it has actually improved the surf action. We continue to get positive report of striped bass present. Two separate customers today (Sunday) reported bass on fresh bunker chunks in the morning. We also continue to hear customers report kingfish on live bloods.

Store staffer Rob Vallone caught a beautiful 3-lb fluke off of the mid-island surf this morning on a swing hook bucktail with a teaser tipped with Gulp!. We have had a number of reports of fun surf fluke action both mid-island and North. Bucktailing is the way to go.

Jeff Warford was out on the water today (back bay) with the family. “We hammered the blowfish!” Jeff said, “Clam chum and small hooks tipped with squid. We also caught some fluke. There’s some really nice fat flatties here with shorties mixed in.”

Just a heads up… We recently received a restocking shipment of Joe Shute’s in a variety of sizes in the hot colors. These lures have been red hot for a number of years now. If you haven’t been turned on to them yet, try them out on your next trip offshore. Also just received a restocking from Fathom Offshore, both top notch clothing and a wide assortment of beautiful lures. Almost forgot… Laceration Lures will be here any day! Stop in and check ’em out!

~ Fish Head Greg

Spring 2013 – 12th Annual Simply Bassing ended today
Spring 2013 – FHQ Spring Striper Side Bet ended today
– May 4th to June 30th, 2013
– NO BOAT TOURNAMENT

2013 Simply Bassing Final Results – Ended June 30, 2013
– Based on 161 total Sign-Ups
– Prizes being distributed at location where weighed-in

*Location
Place
Name
Lbs
Ozs
Reg#
Prize
FHQ
1
Haertel, Paul
40
10
039
$858.67
FHQ
2
Olson, Patrick
39
1
278
$686.93
SCBT
3
Vallone, Robert
39
0
022
$515.20
Jingles
4
Smith, Ben
33
6
154
$429.33
Jingles
5
Phillips, Patrick
32
1
182
$343.47
FHQ
6
Matteo, Nick
31
2
172
$171.73
FHQ
7
Warren, Steve
29
6
281
$128.80
FHQ
8
DelPalazzo, Jason
26
11
062
$85.87

Total…
$3,220.00

*Location…
FHQ – Fisherman’s Headquarters, Ship Bottom
Jingles – Jingles Bait & Tackle, Beach Haven
SCBT – Surf City Bait & Tackle, Surf City
Unofficial – 2013 Simply Bassing & Fisherman’s Headquarters (Fish Head) Side-Bet Weigh-In Log

Reg#
Simply Bassing Position
Fish Head Side-Bet Position
Name First
Name Last
Lbs
Ozs
Length (in)
Girth (in)
Date Caught
Time Caught
Bait
Location
Fish Head Side-Bet
Weighed-In At
039
1
1
Paul
Haertel
40
10
48.125
25.5
20130529
1:30
Bunker
Barnegat Light
Yes
Fish Head
278
2

Patrick
Olson
39
1
44
25.5
20130616
22:30
Bunker
Loveladies
No
Fish Head
022
3
2
Robert
Vallone
39
0
46.125
24.25
20130527
5:00
Bunker
Barnegat Light
Yes
Fish Head & SCB&T
154
4

Ben
Smith
33
6
45.75
23
20130525
7:15
Bunker
Beach Haven
No
Jingles
182
5

Patrick
Phillips
32
1
44.5
22.5
20130524
6:30
Bunker
Beach Haven Park
No
Jingles
172
6

Nick
Matteo
31
2
45.5
23
20130511
11:15
Bunker
Ship Bottom
No
Fish Head
281
7

Steve
Warren
29
6
41
24.5
20130522
16:30
Bunker
Ship Bottom
No
Fish Head
062
8
3
Jason
DelPalazzo
26
11
39.25
23
20130518
21:30
Bunker
Barnegat Light
Yes
Fish Head
192

Jim
Chirip
26
9
41.25
21.5
20130524
6:30
Bunker
Beach Haven
No
Jingles
186

Richard
Steeves
22
4
39.75
19.5
20130525
8:00
Clam
Beach Haven
No
Jingles
154

Ben
Smith
21
11
39
20.5
20130524
10:00
Bunker
Beach Haven
No
Jingles
023

Chris
Bender
21
11
38
21
20130526
23:00
Clam
Brant Beach
Yes
Fish Head
022

Robert
Vallone
20
3
38
20
20130505
19:30
Bunker
Harvey Cedars
Yes
Fish Head
012

John
Parzych
19
8
39
19.5
20130518
6:00
Bucktail
Barnegat Light
Yes
Fish Head
021

William
Vasey
19
2
37.75
20
20130524
17:30
Clam
Spray Beach
Yes
Jingles Only
071

Gerard
Ladzinski
17
15
37.5
19
20130621
4:30
Bunker
Barnegat Light
Yes
Fish Head
034

Ryan
Sherwood
17
9
37
19
20130603
23::00
Bucktail
Barnegat Light
Yes
Fish Head
154

Ben
Smith
17
3
36.5
18.5
20130505
9:30
Clam
Holgate Bayside
No
Jingles
050

Craig
Kelly
16
15
36.25
18
20130524
1:00
Bunker
Ship Bottom
No
Fish Head
278

Pat
Olson
16
13
35.75
19
20130519
3:45
Bunker
Harvey Cedars
No
Jingles
189

William F
Becker
16
9
26.25
18
20130522
6:30
Bunker
Beach Haven Park
No
Jingles
014

Don
Roberts
16
9
36.5
19
20130526
23:00
Bunker
Ship Bottom
Yes
Fish Head
028

John
Mason
16
8
34.75
19.5
20130506
18:00
Clam
Spray Beach
No
Fish Head
031

Joe
Handley
16
8
34.5
19.5
20130513
22:30
Bunker
Surf City
Yes
Fish Head & Jingles 16-4
004

John
Bonner
14
15
34.25
18
20130527
7:30
Bunker
Beach Haven Terrace
Yes
Fish Head
047

Jason
Vogel
14
12
32
18.5
20130515
3:30
Plug
Barnegat Light
Yes
Fish Head
009

Ryan
Fredrickson
14
7
34
18.5
20130510
22:30
Bunker
Harvey Cedars
Yes
Fish Head
181

Andrew
Shalfz
13
13
34.25
17.5
20130516
12:30
Clam
Holgate
No
Jingles
048

Alyse
Droge
11
13
33
16.5
20130516
11:45
Bunker
Beach Haven
Yes
Fish Head
150

Richard
Sherman
10
10
32.5
15.5
20130510
8:30
Bunker
Spray Beach
No
Jingles
148

Rico
Saraullo
10
9
32.5
15.5
20130514
12:00
Clam
Holgate
No
Jingles
Received: Jun 30, 2013 6:58 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Seems like everything remained the same since last week’s report (fluking, blowfishing, weather pattern, south wind, cold ocean… etc). Fluke are still my primary target with shorts still out numbering keepers, however, many of the keepers are quality fish that are easily exceeding the 20” mark. Filets from one of these fish can practically feed a family! The fish are spread out over Barnegat Bay and can be found anywhere from the skinny waters of the flats to the deep cuts of the channels. Once the bay warms up a little more the fluke will start making a move towards the inlet. As the fluke move towards the inlet I am hoping to see more weakfish moving into the bay.

The picture is from today’s trip with Julian White on the left and Greg Toufayan from Saddle River on the right.

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jun 30, 2013 10:42 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

It was a busy week despite the sometimes brutal heat and constant threat of thunderstorms, but the back bay continued to provide steady action on the fluke grounds and bags of tasty filets for everyone to take home.

Chesterfield’s Mike Smith was first up on Monday with buddies Tom and Dave, their catch highlighted by Mike’s 24″ weakfish and Dave successfully landing an 18-20 pound cow nose ray on ultralight tackle that had him down to the spool several times before he was finally subdued.

Steve Mastej came out on Wednesday with the family, boxing four fat flatties before switching to blowfish for a little diversity and fun for the kids.

Narberth PA’s Max Berger was back on Friday with son Andrew and nephew Theo, with Max celebrating his birthday by topping the catch with a fat 27″ flattie that fell for one of our custom teasers in four feet of water.

Rounding out the week on Saturday was Philadelphian George Graf and his two boys, boxing five to 23″ before the wind chased us in late morning.

While the bay is starting to warm up, the ocean is still pretty cold so I think our back bay fluke action should continue to hold for a while. As I said last week, the action isn’t red hot but it is steady and there are some quality fish to be had. Add in the occasional weakfish, super abundant blowfish and the opportunity to tangle with a large ray on ultralight tackle and you’ve got the recipe for some fun fishing within minutes of the dock.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

June 28, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 28, 2013 9:28 PM Subject: Report

Happy to see the bass are still here. Caught a 9lb, 33″ striped bass on a Daiwa SP Minnow around 8:45 tonight, mid island. On 2nd cast, the fish hit about 5 feet from shoreline.

~ Jim C

Received: Jun 28, 2013 8:20 PM Subject: Old Barney Charters

We haven’t been out the past month due to personal family issues. Sometimes, there are more important things than fishing. Now, ready to turn our attention again to the water, and get back to fishing. We are getting good reports of blowfish in the back bays and fluke with certain tides. The bay fluke will only be getting better in the next several weeks. When the ocean cooperates, sea bass are abundant on the wrecks. We charter again starting July 2nd for fluke, sea bass, blowfish, and soon the weakfish!! Check our website, or look for us on Facebook for open boats, or give us a call to charter the boat.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

Received: Jun 28, 2013 6:25 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The weather has warmed up in Beach Haven and so has the reef fishing. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are reporting some very nice trips on the inshore wrecks and artificial reef sites.

George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” had a great reef fishing trip with Chuck Faith from California and his friend Randy Bryant. With a water temperature of 69.6-degrees, they found steady action on 18 black sea bass along with 9 sea robins and a shark also released which were all released. Another day Captain George had Dennis and Nicole Kelly along with family out to the reef fishing. The day produced good action with an array of fluke, black sea bass, bluefish, and skates caught. For information on the 38′ Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” out in the ocean bottom fishing several days recently. His angler Rosie DeBarberie of Clifton Heights, PA noted, “I never literally dropped my line so many times to reel in fish right away.“ One day produced over 200 fish of assorted species followed by another great trip the next day. He found the best sea bass fishing in the shallower waters. Captain Carl noted that there are still ling if you fish the deeper waters, and when you bring the fish up, they feel as if they had been on ice. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

June 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 27, 2013 9:53 PM    Subject: Bay Activity

I wanted to check in with a bay report and see if you’ve heard anything similar. Mid-island, only a few miles from the Manahawkin Bridge, I’m catching a ton of spot in my crab traps. In past years, we’ve caught a few randomly – but never this many. Plus one trap had a 2.5 foot dogfish in it. I’m also seeing lots of little fish (probably blues) jumping. A seagull picked up a fish that had to be 10-inches. Late evening – I’m also seeing birds working. I’ve never seen something like this in late June in this part of the bay. Back at the dock however – no minnows in the trap. I wonder if something larger is eating them all.

I never fish around here – I always head to the Middle Grounds or towards the inlets for flounder/blues/weaks. But all this activity has got me wondering if bigger fish are this far from the inlets.

I’m also thinking that with so many damaged homes – there might be 30-40% less population and activity on the island and therefore in the bay water. So perhaps there is far less pressure on the bay from people.

Just curious what might be right out there locally….

~ Dan

Police Advisory: Beach Replenishment

The beach replenishment project planned for Surf City is ahead of schedule. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company is in the process of moving their equipment for the project to the N.4th Street beach. The project will begin within the next day or two. Please use caution and stay away from equipment.

Received: Jun 26, 2013 11:50 PM   Subject: Open Boat Fluke, Blowfish, Kingfish and more Fri-Sat-Sun

What do you do when the wind is forecasted to blow hard south with threats of storms? You play it safe and fish the bay. If the sky starts rumbling we are always ten minutes from somewhere safe. The bay is not a bad option these days either. We are on the blowfish. Big ones and lots of ’em! Here’s a few minutes of our trip on Monday afternoon in a hard south wind right before a severe storm chased us back to the dock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrm-teBmiSg . We are also catching 14 to 16 inch kingfish in the mix while pursuing the puffers. We use 6 pound ultralite outfits for these fish and if you never caught a kingfish on light tackle, it is something to see. They scream line off the reel. Before or after this fishing, we have been drifting for fluke and catching a decent amount of 18 to over 20 inch fish in anywhere from 4 to 10 feet of water. We catch them every trip but never in the same place twice it seems. We have to make the rounds, try a bunch of places and then we get on some patches of fish. Jigging with 3/8 oz. leadheads tipped with Gulp! has been very effective. On the incoming tides we have been casting the inlet jetty with soft plastics and poppers for 2 to 4 pound bluefish and mostly short stripers with a few 28 to 30 inchers mixed in. You got to love our bay. Stripers, blues, fluke, blowfish, kingfish…..and this is Plan B?!

Sailing open this Friday, 1 PM to 6 PM, Saturday 6 AM to 11 AM, and Sunday 6 AM to 11 AM and again Noon to 5PM. $135 per person. Limited to three people. Everything is included. All fish are shared. I will clean everything but the blowfish. You have to take them whole. They’re not hard to clean but the numbers of them can make it impossible for me to stay on schedule.

Call my cell if you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot 732.330.5674. It is the best way to reach me as I am rarely on the computer.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

June 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 26, 2013 5:01 PM    Subject: Reel Reaction Fishing Report

It’s been a pretty busy week – school is officially out – which means I will be doing a lot of fishing.

To start off the week – I ran an afternoon boat trip for fluke and had Tom Duralek out catching some of our back bay flatties on bucktails. Unfortunately, the trip was short-lived due to a nasty afternoon thunderstorm which had the radio antenna and rods singing in the holders. Tom was able to put two nice 20″ fluke in the box prior to our “lightening” departure. Later in the week, I had the Bryan Ingraham charter all the way from Colorado – booked for 2 days – rotating children on both trips. The first trip yielded a dismal fluke bite due to poor conditions (wind / snot grass), but we ended the first trip bailing Barnegat Bay blowfish. Rowan Ingraham (age 5) and Talia Kane (age 5) caught their first ever blowfish. Trip 2 offered better conditions with a variety of species cooperating – fluke, kingfish, blowfish, and bluefish. Emerson Ingraham (age 7) and Aviva Kane (age 7) also caught their first-ever fluke, blowfish, and kingfish. The parents and kids did a great job – hats off to them.

I do have some dates available for our summertime fluke via bay or inshore – if interested give me a ring on my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website – http://www.reelreactioncharters.com .

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

6:00 AM

Jeff Warford was in the shop on Tuesday evening gearing up for a combo tuna/shark trip on Wednesday. While getting things he needed he raved on the back bay blowfishing. He fished the west side of the bay mid day on Tuesday and caught a cooler load of blowtoads! Jeff reported a number of other boats pulled up and anchored nearby where he was setup. He said everyone was catching.

~ Fish Head Greg

June 25, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

10:30 AM

Don Ingram was in the shop over the past weekend. On his way out he said, “I’ll let you know how I make out.”. Here’s his report, “On Saturday, I went out on the Carolyn Ann for sea bass. Laura and I ended up with six keepers total and a handful throwbacks. With no wind nor drift, fishing was slow. We could not anchor but the captain worked hard for us.

With the beautiful weather this past weekend a lot of boats pushed offshore. We got word there was some action! A couple local boats made the trek south where some nice tuna were boated. One customer reported a great bite in the Baltimore. He said there were some big eye and some good size yellowfin. The shark fishing has also been great. Some size-able makos topped the leader board of Mako Mania and Mako Fever. Still lots of blue sharks to weed through.

Bayside fishing has been great offering fluke, blowfish, bluefish and weakfish. Crabbing has been good at the local docks/crabbing piers and under the bridges. The rays and brown sharks are also here in good numbers. AJ R. fished the bayside and released a nice size brown shark the other night. We also got word from another customer that the toothy critters were chewing. Gear up with some straight wire and some bunker chunks.

The front beach surf is still very productive, you just have to work around the lifeguards and swimmers. There are still plenty of striped bass around but there’s lots of skates and doggies to weed through. We had a great kingfish bite but it might have slowed due to the recent chill in the water. There were some great unseasonably warm surf temperatures for about a week or more. Hopefully it returns. With southerly wind in the forecast don’t hold your breath. The fluke are still present off of the sand and the surf fluking fishery should be great all summer long. Store staffer Joe C has been catching and reported finally getting his first keeper recently.

~ Fish Head Greg

June 24, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Date: Jun 24, 2013 4:11 PM   Subject: Fishing Report

Maybe others will learn from my mistake:

Thought I had the best of both worlds last Sunday morning … high tide; fluke hitting on the bucktail rod; bluefish and, hopefully, a bass on the other pole that was sand-spiked and baited with fresh bunker.

Had just lost a nice flounder in the wash that was caught on a Spro bucktail and Gulp! combo when beach-walker Ed Lassiter of Barnegat Light came running up: “Your pole just jettisoned out of the spike! It’s has to be right out in front of you.” He then asked me to hold his binoculars as he began repeatedly diving and scouring the bottom.

To no avail. It was not the best, but it was the best I ever had: Penn Torque rod and Sargus reel. And now it’s somewhere off the beach at 12th Street, Barnegat Light, where it was towed by a big ray — or something else.

Should you hear in the beach chatter of anyone snagging it, I’d gladly offer a reward. Also some advice to others: double check that drag and sand spike, and NEVER take your eyes off any pole.

Also, be very thankful for locals like Mr. Lassiter, who not only tried his damnedest to help someone he didn’t even know, but vowed to come back at low tide that day and try his luck casting with a bunker snag.

Very dumb person meets very nice person – the only good thing that came out of that morning.

~ Terry Brady

June 23, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 23, 2013 7:55 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I concentrated on fluke in the back bay this week. Between an ocean upwelling dropping the ocean water temperature to the upper 50s and the bay being off color, the bite slowed. This morning’s trip with the Voorhees family from NY State yielded several keeper fluke with the biggest one going 21”. That nice flattie was landed by 12 year-old Jason Narde and was the first fluke he ever caught. Way to go Jason! The so called “super moon” gave the crabs super lock jaw, or would that be lock claw as they are doubling up and shedding.

Although I have been fishing Barnegat Bay and the near shore waters outside of Barnegat Inlet for over 30 years, this year I am proudly celebrating my 10th anniversary of Lighthouse Sportfishing. Thank you to all who have shared in the screaming drags over the years.

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jun 23, 2013 6:12 PM   Subject: Monday, June 24 Open Boat Tomorrow–Stripers, Fluke, Blowfish

Tomorrow we will start at the inlet jetty casting lures for stripers and blues. Most of the bass we are catching there are 25 to 30 inches with some 2 to 4 pound bluefish in the mix. It should be good with the incoming tide early in the morning. From there we will move around the bay drifting for fluke. That fishing has been giving up some quality fish for us as well. Some throwbacks but a good amount of 18 to 22 inch fluke mixed in. All while jigging leadheads tipped with Gulp. Finally, we will go on the anchor to chum up some blowfish and any other fish that are attracted to our clam chum.

6AM to Noon. $150 per person. One person on board already, room for two more. Please call me on my cell if you would like to join us. 732.330.5674

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jun 23, 2013 4:20 PM   Subject: 6/23 Report

Had Sandy, Danny, Maddey and Josh out today for some bottom fishing. Beautiful day off LBI today. The family went to work and put 44 keeper sea bass and a ling in the boat along with a half a dozen or so nice blackfish all of which were released including Sandy’s fish that weighed around 9-lbs. Taking a few weeks off to go on a cruise with my family and will be back at it on July 13th and 14th so give a call or shoot an email.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jun 23, 2013 9:49 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

The weather finally cut us a break toward the end of the week, and gave us a couple of absolutely beautiful days to probe the back bay for fluke. In fact it was almost too nice, with no breeze and power drifting needed to keep covering ground. Slime weed is a bit of a problem right now, but the fluke are there for those that persist in fishing through it. Jim and Gene Karamen, along with Jim’s daughter Christina and husband Vince, were out for their annual summer fluke trip on Friday with the catch topped by Jim’s 21″ flattie that inhaled one of our custom teasers. George Selph came out again yesterday, landing a summer mix of fluke to 22″, bluefish, a nice fat weakfish in the 5-6# class, and two cownose rays in the 25-30# class on ultralight tackle.

I wouldn’t call the fishing red hot, but there’s enough action to keep everyone engaged and rewarded back at the dock with fat bags of fresh fish dinners. We’ll probably stick with the back bay fluke fishing for the next couple of weeks, unless the weakfish start showing up widely enough that we can target them specifically.

Until next week,

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

June 22, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 22, 2013 7:46 PM    Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had the Dave P. group our for a fantastic Sea Bass charter. They had; 45 Keeper Sea Bass, 2 Ling, 1 Porgy and all in about 2 hours. We left them biting and hit the jetty for action with bluefish to switch things up and still made it back to the dock in time for lunch. To join us on a future trip, please call to book.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562 http://www.laurasportfishing.net

June 21, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

This morning at around 4:30 AM, Gerard Ladzinski of Moorestown, NJ caught a 17-lb 15-oz (37.5″ x 19″) Striped Bass in the Barnegat Light surf using a bunker head for bait.

June 20, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Dylan Fisher caught his first striped bass ever today. He was fishing the Ship Bottom surf with fresh bunker.

Received: Jun 20, 2013 5:55 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

With June 2013 being one of the wettest June’s on record, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are looking forward to a surge in the area fishing now that the sun is making itself known again.

Captain John Koegler had a family out fishing recently on a trip which was a combination Father’s Day and birthday present from wife Anna. At first the bite on black sea bass was a slow one that lasted about two hours. Suddenly, the bite turned on as all anglers on board started bringing doubleheader after doubleheader to the surface on every drop. Anna herself caught the largest sea bass of the trip. The trip resulted in enough fish fillets for several meals.

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” reports black sea bass fishing has been good one day and slow the next day. Mondays trip it was slow with keepers but there was a lot of action on small fish. On Tuesday’s four-hour trip he hit five wrecks. He picked fish for the first hour and had nice action for three hours with a box full of keepers.

The BHCFA began its Junior Mates Educational Program on Thursday, June 20. This 9-week program is designed to teach the skills a young man or woman needs to be a mate on a charger boat. All youngsters 13 and above are eligible for the course. Although one class has been held, interested teenagers can still sign up for this year’s course. Information can be found at the BHCFAS’s website at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com or by calling Captain John Koegler at 609-290-3349.

Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.BHCFA.com or by calling 877-524-2423.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 20, 2013 2:30 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 6/20 Report

Andy and his godson Matt (aka Anthony) were out for a day of sea bass fishing. First 2 spots had plenty of fish but had to pick through the shorts. Last spot had better keeper ratio, looked like we were headed for another boat limit but fell 7 short when the wind came on into the tide making it tough to sit still on the wreck. So we ended with 73 keeper sea bass and 1 ling on a beautiful day of fishing off Long Beach Island! Still have opening for this Saturday.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

June 19, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Jason Parkerson and girlfriend Chrissy fished the Barnegat Light area this evening using bucktails. At about 7:30 PM Jason landed a 6-lb 8-oz 29′ Weakfish and weighed it in at the shop. It was a beauty.

Late this afternoon, Ron Hayden of Cherry Hill weighed-in a 19-lb 8-ox 35.5″ x 20″ striped Bass that he caught in North Beach Haven at about 4:30 PM.

June 17, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

This morning, Patrick Olson weighed-in a 39-lb 1-oz 44″x25.5″ Striped Bass for the Simply Bassing Tournament that was caught in Loveladies last night while using bunker for bait.

June 16, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Landfall : The Eyes of Sandy – A Film for Sandy Relief – Sunday, June 16th

JETTY will have the world premiere of the film “Landfall: The Eyes of Sandy” presented in two showings (3pm & 6pm) at The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences on Sunday, June 16th! Prepare for some wine & cheese, radical auction items and a full-length documentary about how our community rallied to overcome a devastating and historic storm (and how we are continuing to do so)! Tickets for both the showings are still available, but won’t be for long. Visit jettylife.com , or the Foundation for hard copy tickets. This is an event not to be missed!

View the Official Trailer which offers a glimpse into JETTY’s first feature length film. Go ahead, watch it.

Order 3PM Showing Ticket

Order 6PM Showing Ticket

The afternoon, Branden Schmidt of Riverside, NJ weighed-in a 14-lb 6-oz 36″x19″ Striped Bass that he caught on 6th Street in Beach Haven.

Received: Jun 16, 2013 2:49 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

First off I would like to wish everyone a happy Father’s Day. Weather continues to be problematic for fishing. Still plenty of fluke and small blues in the bay. The fluke are spread pretty well with both the channels and flats producing. Stripers are still in some of their regular haunts as proven by myself Saturday morning. In the first half hour of sun up I boated six bass (two keepers and four shorts). All of these fish fell to soft plastics. What was likely the first crab shed of the year occurred during the last new moon. Crabbing is off the a decent start with some of them being nice size Jimmies. I am predicting another good run of weakfish this summer. My last day of school is this Thursday so I will being running trips daily and late afternoons / evenings and still have some prime dates open. Give me a call or shoot me an e-mail if interested.

Screaming Drags

~ Capt. Alex,”Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jun 16, 2013 1:27 PM Subject: 6/16

Had Pete out for a solo trip today. Also brought a couple family members out to fish to help Pete fill his freezer. So my daughter Ash and fiancée Jen joined us for a day of bottom fishing. It was game on from the beginning and home by 11 AM with 80 keeper sea bass. Doesn’t get any better! Check us out at http://www.lbicharters.com and like us on Facebook.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

Received: Jun 16, 2013 11:29 AM Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Weather again continued to be a problem this week, leading to two trips being outright canceled and Monday’s trip being cut short due to a deadly mix of wind, slime grass and a minor mechanical issue. We did spend several hours on Saturday’s trip trolling our favorite Maja spoons out front, but I’m beginning to think that our trophy bass fishery is over for this spring as the still cool inshore water seems to be keeping the main body of fish outside the three mile line and it’s getting near time for the fish to be headed north. A quick run back into the bay for fluke late Saturday morning got the skunk off the boat for Bill and Ann Staples, with Bill’s 22″ flattie topping the catch.

There are still a few fish being taken from the jetties and along the beach so we’re not going to put away our bass tackle yet, but we’ll be starting to make the switch over to fluke and weakfish this week unless something dramatically changes. I still have a couple of openings in July and plenty of mid-week dates in August for anyone interested in a summer outing.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

10:00 AM

Yes, fresh bunker and clams are in stock.

June 15, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 15, 2013 6:19 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 6/15 Report

Had seasoned anglers Brad and his 9-year old son Ben along with new anglers Stacey and Bob and their 2 kids Joey and Izzy out for a 3.5-hour sea bass trip. The kids did great and battled tough conditions of wind and tide and caught 36 keeper sea bass in no time (with multiple double headers). Ben did battle with 3 large sand sharks which made him shark boy by the end of the trip. Flat calm ocean and the new fisherman did well putting some nice sea bass in the box!

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

5:30 PM

Bloodworms are in stock.

Received: Jun 15, 2013 8:04 AM   Subject: Reel Reaction Fishing Report

A great evening in the bay last night – the winds died down and went light out of the west. Drifted multiple areas until we found a nice body of fish – worked it through dusk. The last one hit at 8:20pm and was 21in fish. Ended the evening with 4 keepers (23.5, 21, 18in, 17.5in) – the biomass of mantis shrimp this year must be astounding. Every fluke had a belly full of mantis shrimp and we had both live and dead ones all over the deck. Bucktails and gulp were the ticket. Dad has “booked” me for Sunday, so this weekend is filled. I have multiple midweek afternoon trips (4-5 hours) available next week dependent on the weather – so call if interested and have one trip available for this upcoming weekend.

Also school is officially out 6/20, and I will be sailing up to 7 days a week starting this Friday (6/21) until September (9/3).

If interested in booking a full charter or availability of open-boat, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website – http://www.reelreactioncharters.com.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

June 14, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Jay Simmons stopped in the shop and said, “The kingfish are in!” He bought the last of our live bloods.

Right now we are currently out of live bloodworms. We hope to get some in soon (maybe tomorrow or Sunday). Until then as a substitute we offer; DynaBait Freeze Dried Bloodworms, FishBite Bag O’Worms , and Berkley Gulp! Bloodworms.

June 13, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

8:00 PM

Lots of blues have been stacked in the inlet. There has also been a good striped bass bite on live bait as well as bucktails.

More positive reports of fluke in the bay.

Sharking is in prime time and the tournaments are lined up.

Yesterday the conditions were great even though the forecast wasn’t calling for the best. Nothing spectacular but we had some fun. Started off with a small mako release. Then a big brown shark. After a long lull we released a good size blue shark.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jun 13, 2013 4:25 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

One of the big events of the year for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will begin on Thursday, June 20. On that night the annual Junior Mates Program will begin. The 9 week program is designed to teach the skills a young man or woman needs to be a mate on a charter boat.

Every year an eager group of youngsters ages 13 and above goes through the detailed course learning about fishing. Most of the activities are hands-on. Each class is 2 hours long and takes place at the Maritime Museum in Beach Haven. There are currently openings for this year’s course and information can be found at the BHCFAS’s website at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com Information on signing up can also be obtained by calling Captain John Koegler at 609-290-3349.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports that his boat is booked for Father’s Day with his son and granddaughters for a day of fishing to celebrate the big day. After that trip Captain John plans to investigate the good reports he has heard on canyon fishing, sea bass and fluke on the wrecks, mako sharks along the 20-30 fathom lines, and loads of blowfish in the bay. Blowfish are a great way to introduce youngsters to fishing. Captain Carl Sheppard reports he has been finding some black sea bass on the offshore wrecks. He is optimistic that the dogfish shark numbers seem to be decreasing. He says there are still some large blackfish on the wrecks but that season is currently closed. He has been getting his anglers some hectic action on 1-3 pound bluefish around the inlet and Grassy Channel.

Captain Bob Gerkens reports he has returned the “Hot Tuna” to Beach Haven after its winter sojourn in North Carolina. The trip north along the continental shelf was turned into a 48 hour tune-up fishing trip for Capt. Bob, Benjamin Peterson of Jacksonville, NC, Wayne Smith, and Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable.” The meat catch included 12 blackfin tuna, 6 mahi-mahi, a yellowfin tuna and one amberjack. A black tip shark and additional blackfin tuna were released.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.BHCFA.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 13, 2013 4:05 PM   Subject: LBI Charters

Well despite less than favorable conditions on what seems to be an every other day occurrence with rain and wind, we continue to put together excellent catches of nice sea bass on our wreck trips. This fishing has been excellent this spring and has shown no signs of letting up. The weather for the weekend looks good at this point and we have both Saturday and Sunday open at this point, so why not take Dad out for Father’s Day and fill his freezer with sea bass! Capt. Greg lbicharters.com

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

June 12, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

11:30 AM

Yes, live minnows are in stock.
Yes, fresh bunker and clams are in stock.

Received: Jun 12, 2013 10:58 AM    Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

In general the conditions have been sporadic with windy days followed by narrow window good days, but the bay is full with dinner size flatties – fish those edges and work those channels. Most of the fish that we have been getting have bellies filled with baby calico crabs, grass shrimp, and some bigger sized fish that could not be identified. Fish are hitting on the moving tides, so timing is important. My wife and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary with a fluke sortie, and then an evening out without the little one. We ended the day with a couple of keepers all ranging from 3 to 5 lbs – bucktails were the ticket. If interested in a weekday afternoon fluke trips or weekend trips, I have open boat or full charters available. Starting June 21st, I will be running trips 7 days a week. If interested in booking a full charter or availability of open-boat, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website – http://www.reelreactioncharters.com

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Jun 12, 2013 12:36 AM    Subject: Report

Yesterday evening around 9 PM caught 9-lb, 33-inch striped bass on a Daiwa SP Minnow fishing the North-end.

~ Jim C.

June 11, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

6:15 PM

Received: Jun 11, 2013 5:57 PM   Subject: Afternoon Bass Hunt Tomorrow (Wed)

Northwest and west wind forecast for tomorrow so we are running an open boat for a 1PM to 7PM bunker and striper hunt. Two guys on board already looking for a third. $150 per man, all fish are shared.

Call if you want to go, don’t email, no enough time. Thanks.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

1:30 PM

Fresh batch of surf clams and bloodworms arrived this afternoon.

Surf angler, Louis, weighed in a 17-pound 4-oz striped bass this morning. He was fishing the mid-island surf.

We got a shark report from Capt Brian Cartlidge. He reported fishing about 35 miles offshore on Sunday. He said there was no drift but still managed to get a few bites. They released two small makos and four blue sharks.

Word on the street is that the bluefin action has fired up. Hopefully there will be more reported after the next weather window opens up.

June 10, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 10, 2013 8:46 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

The back bay, inlet and ocean continue to reward anglers aboard Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters with both fantastic action and plenty of fresh “catch of the day” for dinner and add more than enough for the freezer! Stripers, bluefish, and fluke are our main targets in the back bay and inlet while the ocean wreck fishing has been red hot for jumbo sea bass!

Presently the sea bass fishing has been some of the best I have ever seen in both numbers and size! These abundant and ravenous sea bass are hitting our baits before the sinker hits the bottom! Double header keepers have been very common making limits almost “too easy”. Readings on the Sonar have the schools of sea bass 10-30′ thick!

Keeper and short stripers are also available when we can sneak a presentation or bait past all the bluefish that continue to be everywhere. Fluke fishing is also off to a strong start with quantity and quality for those looking for those add them to the mix.

Remember to join us on Face Book to view photos and hopefully “like us”.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

1:30 PM

Joe from Shamong shared a report with us this morning. He said yesterday’s high tide off of the mid-island surf was productive. He caught 9 fluke, 2 being keepers on Gulp!

Joe C (store staff) enjoyed the great day yesterday baiting and wading the surf. He caught two blues about 5-lbs on bunker. Joe mentioned that an angler fishing nearby him landed a 36″ bass on bunker.

~ Fish Head Greg

June 9, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 9, 2013 9:41 PM   Subject: Berkeley Striper Club Spring Tournament Final Results

The week long Berkeley Striper Club Spring Tournament concluded yesterday. Eight-five surf casters including some of the best in the state competed. Fishing was a little slow but steady throughout the week. Most people had to work hard for their fish as there were not many opportunities to catch fish breaking in bunker. All the money raised will be donated to organizations that protect or enhance our recreational fisheries. Here are the final results.

2013 BSC Spring Tournament Final Standings

Striped Bass
1.) Zoltan Egyed 39 lbs. 4 oz.
2.) Chris Buchta 36 lbs. 8 oz.
3.) Steve George 34 lbs. 6 oz.
4.) Dennis Burlingame 32 lbs. 6 oz.
5.) Shell E. Caris 30 lbs. 4 oz.
6.) Robert Campi 26 lbs. 8 oz.
7.) Ryan Sherwood 25 lbs.
8.) Brian Mejia 24 lbs. 14 oz.
9.) Paul Haertel 16 lbs. 14 oz.
10.) Eric Green 14 lbs. 14 oz.
11.) Scott Pullen 14 lbs. 7 oz.
12.) John Salato 14 lbs. 3 oz.
13.) Rick Raub 13 lbs. 6 oz.
14.) Tim Trass 12 lbs. 14 oz.
15.) George Strathern 12 lbs. 10 oz.
16.) Chris Smith 11 lbs. 12 oz.
17.) Bob Schwarz 9 lbs. 2 oz.
18.) Rich Schultz 8 lbs. 10 oz.
19.) Jim Puha 8 lbs. 9 oz.
20.) Open – drawing won by Don Worth

Bluefish
1.) Eric Green 17 lbs. 8 oz.
2.) John Gillis 13 lbs. 13 oz.
3.) Scott Pullen 12 lbs. 3 oz.
4.) George Strathern 10 lbs. 7 oz.
5.) John Pulaski 8 lbs. 10 oz.
6.) Dennis Callan 7 lbs. 10 oz.
7.) Jose Estrada 7 lbs. 4 oz.
8.) Zoltan Egyed 5 lbs. 13 oz.
9.) Rick Raub 5 lbs. 12 oz.
10.) Ryan Guerrette 5 lbs. 3 oz.
11.) Tim Molchan 5 lbs. 2 oz.
12.) John Salato 4 lbs. 13 oz.
13.) Chris Buchta 3 lbs. 14 oz.
14.) Robert Campi 3 lbs. 8 oz.
15.) Tim Burden 3 lbs. 4 oz.
16.) Joe Barbie 2 lbs. 14 oz.
17.) Tom Basile 2 lbs. 12 oz.
18.) Ryan Sherwood 2 lbs. 8 oz. (weighed in first)
19.) Paul Haertel 2 lbs. 8 oz
20.) Joy Callan 1 lb. 14 oz.

Cash Categories
$25 Striped Bass (16 entrants – 3 places)
1st – Zoltan Egyed 39 lbs. 4 oz. $133.
2nd – Chris Buchta 36 lbs. 8 oz. $80.
3rd – Robert Campi 26 lbs. 8 oz. $54.
$50 Striped Bass (8 entrants – 1 place)
1st – Zoltan Egyed 39 lbs. 4 oz. $267.
$25 Bluefish ( 13 entrants – 2 places)
1st – Eric Green 17 lbs. 8 oz. $130.
2nd – Scott Pullen 12 lbs. 3 oz. $87.
$50 Bluefish (8 entrants – 1 place)
1st. – Eric Green $267.

Thank you to all who entered!

Paul Haertel BSC Tournament Director

Received: Jun 9, 2013 4:53 PM   Subject: LBI Charters

Headed out bottom fishing again today. Ocean was calm with a 4-ft ground swell. Tough anchoring conditions but didn’t stop us from putting our boat limit of 100 nice sea bass in the boat. Plus added a few ling. This action won’t last like this so give a call.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

4:45 PM

As most may know there has been a lull in the surf striped bass action, mostly due to the cold water upwell. During this time the warmer water areas like the bay and inlet have produced.

Finally the surf temps have jumped up. The light wind today and yesterday as well as the swell (which is still lingering) has allowed the warm surface water to push up into the surf zone. This water is also crystal clear. Expect the fluke bite to be on and with the recent new moon the trophy striper fishing should turn on again.

We received a small delivery of fresh bunker late this morning and we expect another late today.

Bret Taylor from the Village Harbor Fishing Club weighed-in a 4.1-lb Fluke that he caught on the North-end bayside while bucktailing.

Kaia McDonough of Ship Bottom weighed-in a beautiful fluke that was caught Mid-island bayside. Kaia weighed in a 21.75″ 3.75-lb fluke.

1:45 PM

William Browne Jr. was in earlier today for a $500 Fisherman’s Headquarters Shopping Spree which was one of the many winning prizes for JCAA 2013 Hi-Rollers Raffle. A Shimano CT400B was his top pick and along with that he choose fishing lines and terminal tackle from Berkley, Gamakatsu, Momoi, Sea Striker, Spro, and Triple Fish. All top quality choices.

Don’t forget, this year the 2013 JCAA 19th Annual Fluke Tournament is scheduled for August 24, 2013.

Received: Jun 9, 2013 10:34 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Thunderstorms early in the week and “NJ’s Tropical Storm Andrea” at the end of the week kept us in for most of the week, but we did get out on Wednesday with Bill Ruskowski who along with pals Joe and Dan put together a fine example of the early summer Barnegat Bay fishery. When our original plan to anchor up with clams for striped bass was thwarted by a nasty wind against tide condition, a quick switch to back bay fluking produced a steady pick over the next three hours with nine flatties to 22″ in the box while we waited out the change in tide. Switching back to our original plan produced non-stop action on 2-4 pound bluefish plus one 32″ striped bass that managed to get to our baits before the swarming bluefish did. The bass was filled with fresh adult bunker, so it would appear they’re still coming into the bay from outside. A quick solo run on Thursday before the winds cranked up put some nice fresh flounder dinners on our table as well, showing that Wednesday’s action wasn’t just a “fluke”.

Until next week,

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632 barnegatbayfishing@att.net

June 7, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 7, 2013 9:45 PM   Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

Although there are a lot of choices of fish to target in Beach Haven, the action has not been as consistent as everyone would like. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are still working to find their groove.

“Sparetime Charters” with Captain George Finck was out fishing a few days ago with the Tim Nickles group. The action was fast and furious on the wrecks as the anglers had drop and reel action on black sea bass. There were throwbacks in the mix but they managed to take a goodly amount of fillets home for dinner. They also caught and released a nice blackfish which unfortunately was out of season. For information on the 38′ Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” has had a couple of trips for sea bass with pretty much the same results as Captain Finck. Captain Fran is spending his time fishing on the wrecks and reefs and drifting for fluke. Right now the striper bite is slow in the area. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be obtained on the internet at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 7, 2013 3:24 PM   Subject: One Spot for Sunday

I wish I had something to report, but like most I have been struggling with this relentless South and South-East wind.

She’s going hard West starting tomorrow morning and through Sunday. That should flatten out the ocean as well as ignite the fishing again.

The “Hi Flier” is chartered for Saturday and Monday, but I am running an open boat on Sunday and there is one spot available if someone wants to jump in with us.

Please phone me, don’t email, I’ll be on the water. Thanks.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674
Received: Jun 7, 2013 6:33 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Update

We continue to put together limit catches of nice sea bass with a few ling and other bottom dwellers. Sunday looks great with light winds and seas. Give us a call and take advantage of this good fishing to put some of these excellent eating fish in the freezer.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

June 5, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Bill Heade hit the mid-island surf today after work. He stopped in at about 6pm with a nice 21.3-lb bass. He said it went for a bunker head at about 5pm.

Jeff Warford and Matt K. pushed off in search of some sharks. Jeff reported fishing about 30 miles off in some ugly green 63 degree water. They released a dozen blue sharks and two small makos.

Received: Jun 5, 2013 3:33 PM    Subject: LBI Charters

Had Chris and Andy out today for a day of bottom fishing. The minute we came tight on the anchor the guys started processing nice sea bass. In a few short hours we had our boat limit of 60 fish along with 5 ling including Chris’s 4-lber. Awesome day on water so we decided to play catch and release blackfish up to 5-lbs before calling it a day. Andy’s had a nice double header. Give a call or shoot us and email.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

Received: Jun 5, 2013 5:06 PM    Subject: Finally

It’s been a frustrating struggle but I finally got the skunk off the beach with my first bass of the spring! 15-lb, 32″. Pregnant female with a huge belly. 6pm last night on a chunk on the north end. Also caught a 42-44″ sand tiger. First time catching one of those!

~ Jim C.

June 4, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:00 PM

Yes, fresh bunker and clams are in stock.

Ryan Sherwood landed a 17-lb 9-oz 37′ x 19″ Striped Bass using a bucktail jig while fishing in Barnegat Light yesterday evening at about 11 PM

Received: Jun 4, 2013 2:34 PM    Subject: Reel Reaction Sportfishing Report

It’s been one busy week. Between our 20+mph winds and my work responsibilities, fishing the salt has taken somewhat of a backseat. Luckily I was able to sneak out for a couple hours on Sunday and boxed a couple of nice fluke before being blasted by the south winds. The caught to keeper size ratio was about 7 to 1, while we working the backwater. When your in the bay and have to power drift and have a sea anchor out – you know its windy. I’m looking forward to getting the chartering season going since the school year has officially started to wind down and my extracurricular activities have stopped. I will be running open boat / charter trips for fluke in the afternoons and full charter/open trips on the weekend. Once the temps start warming up outside – I’ll be looking to run inshore fluke trips to box some of the bigger flatties – but right now it’s a bay thing. Looking forward to calmer winds.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

June 2, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 2, 2013 4:14 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters Report

Whether fishing the back bay, inlet or ocean the action continues to be red hot for anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea. Bluefish of all sizes are on a blitzing rampage and are seemingly everywhere in our area making for some fantastic light tackle surface action almost all day long. Our local wrecks are absolutely jammed packed with beautiful sea bass making for “drop and reel” action with some of the tasty fish that swim and with an 80% keeper ratio, filling limits has been only a matter of angler interest or endurance!

Albeit stripers action was a bit more “hit or miss” but limits on some trips were still filled by anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea. Why hit or miss? Possibly do in part to the more abundant and aggressive bluefish. Fishing the right location and tidal stage did help to some degree but at times even the “right tidal stage” wasn’t enough to keep those marauding razor toothed battling bluefish off the hook.

Opportunities abound for some fantastic fishing, it just a matter of “what/where/how do I want to fish”. Sea bass, bluefish, striper, fluke,… all of the above? No problem! Presently I have June 7th available for private or open charter. Also I hope you will join us and like us on Face Book for photos and latest fishing report updates.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

June 1, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Jun 1, 2013 6:32 PM    Subject: LBI Charters 6/1 Report

Had Evan, Casey, Joe, and Sean out today for a day of sea bass fishing. We got out on water early to beat the wind. By 9 AM we had over 40 keepers in the boat. Ended the day offshore with 62 keeper sea bass and 1 bonus keeper fluke. Made stop on beach when wind picked up and the guys played catch and release with blackfish. Open dates next weekend so visit out website or give a buzz.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

3:00 PM

It’s June and there are some are prime opportunities to take advantage of. The fishing bay has been great, offering both striped bass and bluefish among other species. The beach, inlet and bay are full of fish. We heard chatter that some bunker pods started busting open with striped bass on them. The snag hooks are selling fast so some already got wind of it. Hopefully this heat wave will keep the action hot!

Today:

This morning, Steve George of Barnegat, NJ weighed-in a 34-lb 6-oz 44″ Striped Bass off of the mid-island surf on an SP Minnow.

Yesterday:

Joe C stopped in the shop and reported releasing a black drum off of the mid-island surf.

Austin Pounds and his buddy stopped in with some nice surf caught fluke. They reported catching on the mid-island surf. Get in on the action.

Jeff Warford took his boat out for an afternoon mission up on the North end. He reported catching a nice bass on live bait before the bluefish moved in, forcing him to switch over to bucktails. Jeff said he put a hurting on the small bluefish. He mentioned the inlet was 57 degrees on the outgoing tide.

May 31, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

10th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Spring Tournament – 5/31/13 – 6/8/13
Merchandise prizes valued at over $10,000. plus cash categories
1st – 20th place for striped bass and 1st – 20th place for bluefish
Fishing from surf/shore in all NJ waters – NO BOATS
Cash and Merchandise Categories – enter for as little as $15
Benefits organizations that protect or enhance our fisheries.
For info. call Paul at (973) 943-8201 or visit http://www.berkeleystriperclub.org
Must be registered by tonight 9 PM Friday, 05/31/2013 and may do so at Fisherman’s Headquarters

9:30 PM

NEW Savage Gear Manic Prey lures are in stock… Savage, “Lures with An Attitude”…
The Savage MP-145-BM Manic Prey (Sinking) 5-3/4” 1.33oz “chunky” hard bait lures are now in stock. Made with 3X strong hooks, X-strong split-rings, through-wire construction and long cast weight system. Creates a wobble and flash that entices predators to strike. Seven (7) colors; Blue Mackerel, Chartreuse Mackerel, Deep Purple, Dirty Silver, Glow Belly, Green Mackerel and Ghost.

Received: May 31, 2013 9:16 PM    Subject: Laura Sportfishing 5/29 Seabass

I had Jon, Josh and Brian out Thursday for a Sea Bass sortie. Action was drop and reel with 50 keepers to finish the morning! There is plenty of Sea Bass around and the Bluefish have invaded Barnegat Bay. Give me a call for open dates.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562 http://www.laurasportfishing.net

Date: May 31, 2013 5:31 PM   Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

What a difference a week makes. Now that some warmer weather and calmer winds have arrived, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding things more to their liking.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” had to abort a couple of his fishing trips due to the weather. Recently he has been able to get back on the bite as he is finding some good action on back bay fluke and sea bass on the nearby ocean wrecks and reefs. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Captain John Koegler had the “Star Fish” out for a day of bottom fishing in the ocean. He reported the black sea bass action was a bit spotty, but his group caught enough keepers to provide dinner for all. Captain John said he was surprised to catch a few sea bass that were smaller than 6-inches. Usually these small sea bass do not show until the end of the summer. On his way out he was shocked to see a wide ocean break in the exact center of the Little Egg Inlet marked channel. He had no trouble running around the break but believes a boater, especially in small boat, might encounter some danger if not aware of this break. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591 or 38′ Sport Fisherman “Pop’s Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349

The fluke bite in Great Bay is steady with many more throwbacks than keepers. Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.BHCFA.com or by calling 877-524-2423.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

1:30 PM

Yes, fresh bunker and clams are in stock.

Received: May 31, 2013 10:36 AM   Subject: Surf Tourney

5th Annual Southern Regional High School Surf Fishing Tournament

“The Battle on the Beach”
Results:
1st Southern Regional HS – 5 fish, totaling 77 ½ inches
2nd MATES- 3 fish, 31 ½ inches
3rd Barnegat – 2 fish, 29 ½ inches
4th Lacy – 1 fish, 18 inches

Highlights:
Over 40 young anglers from 4 high schools came out to fish.
Mostly fluke were caught, including 3 keepers.
Southern Regional 9th grader Jordan Malandro caught the largest fish. She landed a nice 20 inch fluke.
Jordan Malandro’s keeper fluke put Southern in an early lead.
A few small blues were caught as well as a few kingfish.

This is Southern Regional High School’s 4th win.

Additional Info:
• 4 teams:
Southern Regional HS, Advisors: Bob MacMaster & Jason Hoch
Barnegat High School, Advisor Brett Taylor
Lacy High School, Advisors Jerry Muermann & Terry Stuart
MATES, Advisor Dave Werner
• Assisted by the Barnegat Light Heavers. They are the judges and measure all fish. Bob Massa helps to organize it.

• Supported by (donations of bait, tackle, etc.)
Fisherman’s Headquarters
Surf City Bait and Tackle
Tony’s Bait and Tackle
• Village Harbor Fishing Club provides a large trophy which goes to the winning team’s school for the year. The VHFC also pays to have it engraved each year for the winning team.

~ Bob MacMaster

May 30, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 30, 2013 1:44 PM   Subject: Report

I fished the North-end last night and caught two Striped Bass.

~ Paul H.

1:00 PM

Yes, fresh bunker and clams are in stock.

May 29, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:00 PM

The following Striped Bass was weighed-in today for the 2013 Simply Bassing Tournament – It’s not too late to sign up!
Paul Haertel 40-lb 10-oz 48.125″ x 25.5″ caught at 1:30AM this morning on Bunker in Barnegat Light (New leader for both the Simply Bassing and Fish Head Side-Bet tournaments)

1:00 PM

Yes, fresh bunker and clams are in stock. Don’t forget the sun tanning lotion!

May 27, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 27, 2013 7:21 PM    Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend which by not only kick starting our Summer season but also enjoying time with family and friends and remembering those who have gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can all do so, God Bless our troops and America!

Last weeks strong South West winds sent our ocean temps crashing down to a bone chilling 47 degrees not only creating thick fog but also scattering bait and pushing the big stripers offshore to follow the warmer water. Fortunately the back bay/inlet’s warmer temps continues to offer good to excellent action with both stripers up to 18lbs+ and bluefish to 2-9lbs on both natural and artificial baits. With air temps looking to soar into the nineties by mid week and beyond I am looking for the ocean temps climb back into the a more favorable mid to upper fifty range to get back after those big stripers .

Wish everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: May 27, 2013 7:43 PM    Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

After finally ridding the Debbie M of some gremlins she is up and running. Inside the bay bluefish in the 1-4 pound range are easy to find on light tackle. Poppers which usually allow for amazing visual strikes are working great earlier and later in the day. Once the sun gets high I have picked them up on BKDs. Plenty of bass from ranging from shorts to 30” or more readily taking clam. When they turn on the bite is often solid. With the Debbie M back up and running I am once again booking weekend and afternoon/evening trips until my school year ends when I will be available 7 days a week.

Screaming drags again!

~ Capt. Alex, “Debbie M”, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: May 27, 2013 7:57 PM    Subject: Report

Fishing in the wind this weekend. Fished middle island surf on the fly rod. Bunch of blues and short bass for the most part but landed a few keepers, one being my biggest bass ever on a fly rod on a peanut bunker pattern with lots of flash on it. Did not weigh or measure but it was a big fish to land on an 8wt. Was not using too heavy of a line and guessing fish hit near top water. Caught the fish at dead low tide but the storm pushed lots of water into a hole I would hit normally during high tide.

~ Mark M.

Received: May 27, 2013 5:23 PM Subject: LBI Charters

Fished for freezer today… beautiful weather. Limited out with 80 keeper sea bass by 9 AM and in dock by 9:45. Again, it was a beautiful day on the water. Have openings for next weekend.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

2:00 PM

Fresh Bunker and clams are in stock.

12:50 PM

Fresh clams are in stock. Fresh bunker is anticipated to arrive at around 2PM.

The following Striped Bass were weighed-in this morning for the 2013 Simply Bassing Tournament – It’s not too late to sign up!
Robert Vallone 39-lb 0-oz 46.125″ x 24.25″ 5AM this morning on Bunker and caught in Barnegat Light
Don Roberts 16-lb 9-oz 36.5″ x 19″ 11PM yesterday evening on Bunker and caught in Ship Bottom
John Bonner 14-lb 15-oz 34.25″ x 18″ 7:30AM this morning on Bunker and caught in Beach Haven Terrace
Chris Bender 21-lb 11-oz 38″ x 21″ 11PM yesterday evening on Clam and caught in Brant Beach

11:00 AM

Al Asplint of Manahawkin weighed in an 19-lb 9-oz Striped Bass. He was fishing the mid-island surf this morning with bunker.
May 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

7:30 PM

Sold out of fresh clam and very little bunker remaining.

Received: May 26, 2013 10:09 AM Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Hope everyone’s having a good Memorial Day weekend. The weather is looking better each day, and should be ideal by tomorrow for celebrating outdoors and remembering those who have given so much for us.

Wind and fog through much of last week conspired to keep us largely tied to the dock, but we did get out Wednesday with Pennsylvania’s Max Berger and his buddy Mark for a morning back bay expedition. Fishing in the bay continued to be hot, with 3-5 pound bluefish slamming poppers in the early hours and clams producing steady action on striped bass to 30″ (and of course more blues) after the tide swung around.

We’ll be back on the water tomorrow and Wednesday, looking to find a few more of the trophy striped bass that are traveling through our area. We’ll probably continue with the stripers until mid-June before switching over to fluke and weakfish for the summer. June 10th and 13th are still available for anyone interested.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, 26′ Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

1:20 PM

Yes, fresh bunker is here.

Noon

Sorry we are out of fresh bunker. Greg has more in his truck right now and if not delayed the bunker should be here before 1:30 this afternoon.

May 25, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

8:00 PM

Sorry we are out of fresh bunker. With the recent gale the local boats haven’t been able to get out and catch. We have our fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Lotta nice fish off of the surf today. With the west wind kicking the surf is beat down flat. The morning tide produced a lot of bass from all along the Island’s beaches. Hopefully tomorrow morning produces the same and more!

The recent south wind blow upwelled the surf and the water is still chilly but the bass don’t mind. Expect the surf temperature to rebound soon.

Finally the weather and wind is going to pass through and a warming trend will come. A Bermuda high is forecast to set up. It’s the recipe for the Lake Atlantic summer time pattern. Nice weather in this week’s forecast. Hopefully these pods will start busting and maybe stack up on the beach. There will also be a number of boats pushing offshore in search of tuna and sharks. It’s time!

~ Fish Head Greg

Steve Taylor caught this 27lb 2oz Striped Bass off of the mid-island this morning on bunker.

Received: Saturday, May 25, 2013 5:46 PM    Subject: LBI Charters

This Spring weather has been tough. Still haven’t made it to the sea bass grounds. That will change on Monday as its going to be beautiful! Running open boat or available for charter. Open boat is $100 per person up to 4 and we will be sea bass fishing. Just finished shucking 2 bushels of fresh clams from Fishermans Headquarters so give a call or shoot us an email!

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

1:15 PM

Jessica was fishing bunker off of the mid-island surf this morning. She caught a great bass. Here is a picture with her 19-lb 1-oz.

11:00 AM

The following fish were caught and weighed-in today for the 2013 Simply Bassing Tournament – It’s not too late to sign up!

Ben Smith takes the lead with a 33-lb 6-oz 45.75″ 23″ caught at 7:15AM on bunker in Beach Haven. Ben raised the bar!
Richard Steeves 22-lb 4-oz 39.75″ 19.5″ caught at 8:00AM using clam in Beach Haven

Lenny weighed in a beautiful 32-pound Striped Bass! He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker. Lenny said he saw 3 other Striped Bass caught next to him.

~ Fish Head Greg

May 24, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 24, 2013 9:03 PM   Subject: Weekly BHCFA report

The weather reports for the Beach Haven area do not look good for Memorial Day Weekend. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are looking at the weather forecasts and wondering if they will be able to get some productive fishing in. Any ocean fishing is certainly out for a day or so. There is some possibility of bay action.

Captain John Koegler on “Pop’s Pride” had a party out a few days ago, and they found great action while fishing in Great Bay. The group had a total of 45 fluke with several keepers. In addition they hooked up with a dozen feisty bluefish. For information on the 38′ Sport Fisherman “Pop’s Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349

Captain Carl Sheppard on the “Star Fish” had two striped bass parties out recently. His morning group boated four keepers while the afternoon crew added another three. He battled the elements last Sunday for some bottom fishing in the ocean on the first day of the black sea bass season. Despite strong winds and currents they managed to boat several nice sea bass along with one codfish. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

The one positive about the sudden cool weather is that it should help to keep the striped bass around longer than usual.

Additional information about the captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

7:15 PM

This afternoon, William Vasey weighed-in a 19-lb 2-oz (37-3/4″x 20″) Striped Bass at Jingles for the 2013 Simply Bassing Tournament that he caught at about 5:30PM using Clam in the Spray Beach surf. This fish is currently in 8th Place for the Simply Bassing Tournament and in 4th Place for the FHQ Side-Bet.

PHOTOS FOR OLD REPORTS:

May 22, 2013 – Steve Warren weighed in this 29-lb 6-oz bass that he caught off of the mid-island surf on bunker.
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May 18, 2013 – Jason DelPalazzo took the lead in the 2013 FHQ Striper Side-Bet with this 26-lb 11-oz bass. He caught it off of the Barnegat Light surf on bunker.
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5:30 PM

Yes, fresh bunker, clams and live eels are in stock.

This morning offered some nice conditions off of the surf. Light winds and a good amount of swell and white water. The front passed as forecast and the westerlies filled in. Right now the swell is still present but the winds are grooming and knocking it down. Hopefully this rain will pass.

Robbie Vallone chunked some bunker off of the surf this morning. He released five shorts and reported holding with 8oz of lead.

We also received report from an angler who said he caught a pair of cocktail blues on the bayside on bunker.

Scott B weighed in a nice Striped Bass that he caught off of the North-end today. He got this 18-lb 3-oz bass on a metal.

~ Fish Head Greg

2:00 PM

The following fish were caught and weighed-in today for the 2013 Simply Bassing Tournament – It’s not too late to sign up!

Patrick Phillips 32-lb 1-oz 44.5″x22.5″ caught at 6:30AM using bunker in Beach Haven Park (A new 1st Place leader)
Jim Chirip 26-lb 9-oz 41.25″x 21.5″ caught at 6:30AM using bunker in Beach Haven
Craig Kelly 16-lb 15oz 36.25″x18″ caught at  1:00AM using bunker in Ship Bottom

May 23, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 23, 2013 2:45 PM Subject: Stripers inside and out.

We are catching 20 to 40-pound stripers trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons in 60 feet of water off of the Bathing Beach at Island Beach State Park. Here is Doug Mantz finishing up a 38-pounder, one of four big fish he and Jackie Jacob had Saturday morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0nfQV1yVJE&feature=youtu.be

When the wind blew hard Sun and Mon, we kicked in Plan B and went on the anchor with clams in Oyster Creek channel where it collides with Double Creek channel. Sunday Jeff Milone was on board with his two 12 year old boys, Jake and Zach who boated a 16-pounder and a 26-incher. Monday the Steve Seckinger group had a 13-pounder and a 25-incher. Both days saw a good amount of bluefish on the clam. Monday we went to the west side of the bay and threw poppers for at the blues in shallow water to top off the trip. They were tearing them up, 2 to 5 pound fish mostly. Photos

My next available day is Tuesday, May 28th. It is an open boat with two people booked and room for one more. Then Thursday and Friday, May 30th and 31st, we will be running open boat trips in the afternoon from 1 PM to 7PM. Sat., June 1 and Sun., June 2 the boat is available for charter or open boat, sailing 6AM to Noon, 3 person maximum on any of the open boat trips. I will bring the bunker spoon rods but we will always be on the hunt for pods of bunker to snag and liveline.

I will be away without computer access from right now through Monday, so if you email me I won’t get it. If you are interested in joining in on any of these dates, call me on my cell 732.330.5674.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: May 23, 2013 11:51 AM   Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

Took a buddy fishing after work – only had a narrow 2 hour window to fish due to a prior obligation – tried some of the favorite early season spots – ended with a nice, fat 21-in fluke and shorts. Very tough conditions – snot grass, 15+ knot winds, and a cold incoming tide. Speaking about early season fluke – I was on 97.3 ESPN radio “Rack and Fin” show last weekend and was asked by ESPN host Tom P. to do a seminar on Early Season Fluke Tactics at the Sportsmen’s Center in Bordentown-NJ. The seminar will be on Wednesday – May 29 (7pm – 9pm) – it is a free seminar and will feature door prizes, etc.

Striped Bass fishing has been pretty good with most of the fish being caught on trolling Maja bunker spoons out front or anchoring up in the bay. This week should warm up the bay waters to elevate the fluke’s activity – the key is to fish the outgoing with the warmer water draining. I do have some trips available for striped bass and/or fluke for the upcoming weekends or weekday afternoons – if interested give me a shout. I will be targeting fluke on the falling tides during the next couple of weekends and weekday afternoons, and starting June 21 – I will run charters/open-boat trips 7 days a week until Labor Day. See you out there. http://www.reelreactioncharters.com

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

6:00 AM

Yes, fresh bunker will be in stock at opening time.

May 22, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

3:00 PM

South Philly Fred put some time in off of the surf early this week. He reported, “I started off my session with a nice weakfish and then a striper. I finished off the trifecta with a racer bluefish at the end.”

Date: May 22, 2013 2:37 PM   Subject: Fwd: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Hammered the Striped Bass and Bluefish all morning long! I Have 1 spot left for 8:30- 2:30 tomorrow [ Thursday a.m.] . No worries on the weather as we caught all fish within the safe confines of the bay and inlet!

Best Regards,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

1:00 PM

Today, Joe, Nate and Mike fished off Ship Bottom surf and weighed-in to 2 nice striped bass over 15-pounds each. Fish were caught on bunker.

6:00 AM

Yes, fresh bunker and clams will be in stock at opening time.

Received: May 21, 2013 9:31 PM   Subject: Fishing Report

This past Saturday 5/18 I brought my girlfriend to the island hoping to help her catch her first striper. we came by the shop, loaded up on bait and hit the beach. We each caught a few blues on bunker and finally her rod doubled over and with my help we landed a 30″ fat striper. Guys down the beach caught a pair about the same size a few minutes before. Awesome day.

~ WN

May 21, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

6:00 AM

Yes, fresh bunker and clams will be in stock at opening time.

May 20, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 20, 2013 6:53 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

No doubt that the big trophy stripers are in town and with ideal water temps and an abundance of bunker along our beaches we are poised for some excellent action. That is not to say that limits of trophy bass were easy to come by for us but opportunities to do so picked up momentum as the week progressed.

Patience and persistence was key to success for anglers looking to score with the big bass. Trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons , “snag and drop” and casting big wooden plugs have produced results with the troll getting the nod for the most reliable success for now.

Solid light tackle action continues to be had for anglers looking to our back bays for loads of bluefish and both keeper and short stripers on artificial and natural bait . With Sea Bass and Fluke season now open, the variety that anglers can target is now even more exciting. It’s fun and freezer stuffin’ time!

I have a couple of spots for Thursday 6am-12pm and 2:30pm – 8:30pm – both trips will be on the hunt for those big cow! Bunker schools “snag and drop” , trolling and casting big wooden plugs will be used as opportunities arise $150pp. Come join and meet new friends and other enthusiastic anglers!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

May 19, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

– Black Sea Bass; season begins today Sunday, May 19th with a 12-1/2″ minimum size and a 20 fish bag limit.

Received: May 19, 2013 5:19 PM   Subject: Bass, blues, and fluke

The Stuart Swartz charter stuck out the less than desirable ocean conditions to pick up a 27-lb striped bass on a White Maja #4 off the Island Beach bathing beach area this morning. Ended the morning by clamming the outgoing tide in the bay.

Also had our first keeper fluke of the season that was caught by Skip Markacs. The fluke was 18.5-inch. We also had 3-lb. bluefish. John Coleman’s 27-in striped bass was just a bit shy of making it. Other short striper baas were caught using clam baits as well.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

Received: May 19, 2013 11:25 AM    Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

The big bass are finally here! What started to come together at the end of last week turned into a pretty consistent showing of trophy striped bass off Island Beach State Park all week long. So far the bite has been primarily a trolling one, with green and white #4 Maja spoons leading the way, but the old “snag & drop” technique was also showing signs of life at the end of the week as the bass were starting to key in on the bunker schools along the beach.

We started the week on Monday with Jim “Smitty” Smith bringing Janna Moore and his son Mike out, the trip highlighted by Mike landing a mid-twenties linesider that was also his first ever striped bass. Team Smitty returned for a rematch on Tuesday that resulted in personal bests for all three, with Smitty and Mike both besting 40 pounds and Janna topping 35. David Volk was up from Florida on Friday with a local buddy Tom Majesky, with Tom’s 38 pound fish of a lifetime leading the way. Friday we opted to stay inside with Charlie Bedaro, who brought friends Theresa, Gerry and Erin out to celebrate Erin’s birthday. Non-stop bluefish action made it difficult to get to the bass with baits being inhaled by 3-9 pound blues as soon as they hit the water, but five were boated topped by birthday girl Erin’s 31″ fish. All-in-all a pretty good week.

With the trophy fish action in the ocean picking up and the non-stop bay action on blues and stripers reaching its peak, we’ve got something to eagerly anticipate on all but the worst weather days. Add in that fluke also opened up this weekend, and you’ll understand why this is my favorite time of year.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

May 18, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

– Fluke; season begins today Saturday, May 18th with a 17-1/2″ minimum size and a 5 fish bag limit.

8:15 PM

Boat Reports:

Lots of anglers continue to rave about the great striper fishing. Trolling seems to be the most consistent producer but there have been many reports of anglers getting into to hot snag and drop action. One reported over two dozen fish on the pods one morning this weekend. Most anglers are breaking the inlet and heading north however there has been some activity to the south too. Look around and you’ll be rewarded with a bass and bunker bonanza all to yourself. Nothing better this time of year than fishing an active pod solo.

Jason Hall (with Team Atlas Reel Deal) of Glenn Ridge weighed in a 47″ 44-lb 11-oz today for the On The Water Striper Cup’s boat division. Another angler who was fishing on the boat reported an amazing bunker pod crashing whale spectacular. He said the fishing was good and the whale show was even better.
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Surf Reports:

Ken Lallo caught his biggest striped bass ever today. It was 37″ long and weighed in at 19lb-11oz. Ken reported that he caught it about two hours into the outgoing tide on a bunker head. Ken said he was fishing the mid-island surf.
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Joe Lallo of Cinnaminson caught this 11lb 7oz bass off of the mid-island surf this morning. He said his bait of choice was bunker.
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John Parzych weighed in this bass today that he caught last night on the north end of the island.
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Tom Nitting from Stafford caught this 14lb 5oz bass off of the north end surf this morning on bunker. Tom stopped in the other day with a nice bass. He said when sharpening his knife a little slip sent him to the ER for a number of stitches. But that didn’t stop him. He was in the shop the next day digging in the bunker cooler with a taped up hand with a latex glove ready for battle on the beach. Tom reported, ” I had blues, skates and sharks as well as this keeper.”
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Bill and Ryan Staudenmayer from Pipersville, Pa hit the surf with bunker and were rewarded with this 11-lb bass.
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Old Pictures & Report

Thursday 5/16/13

Alyse stopped in with a nice 11 pound bass. She caught it off of the mid-island surf on a bunker chunk.
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Wednesday 5-15

Mike Greene entered this 40.20 lbs bass in for the On The Water Striper Cup. He caught it on a live bunker off of IBSP
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8:00 PM

Mike Cantera weighed-in a 35.6-lb (47″) Striped Bass that was caught on the troll using a bunker spoon.

4:00 PM

Jason Hall of Glenn Ridge, NJ from the Atlas Reels Team “Reel Deal” weighed-in a 44-lb 11-oz (47″) Striped Bass that he caught from a boat for the “On The Water” Striper Cup Tournament.

Bill and Ryan Staudenmayer from Pipersville, PA weighed-in an 11-lb Striped Bass (photo to follow) that was caught on bunker today.

John Parzych weighed-in a 19-lb 8-oz Striped Bass this morning that he caught at 6AM in Barnegat Light using a bucktail jig.

Yes, Fresh bunker and clams are in stock.

May 16, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

9:00 PM

More bunker will be in stock when we open at 6 AM tomorrow morning (Friday).

7:30 PM

Fred Bakley from Hammonton, NJ weighed-in an 18-lb 12-oz (41.5″) Striped Bass that he caught around 5:30 PM while fishing using clam in Harvey Cedars.

Received: May 16, 2013 5:33    PM Subject: Sea Bass Opener

Just had charter cancel on us for opening day of sea bass on 5/19. Should be very good fishing and may see a few codfish so if you want to go fill your freezer with these excellent eating fish, give a call or send us an email.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

3:30 PM

Andrew Shalfz weighed-in a 13-lb 13-oz Striped Bass for the Simply Bassing Tournament that he caught just after noon time using clam in the Holgate surf.

2:15 PM

Alyse Droge weighed-in a 11-lb 13-oz Striped Bass for the Simply Bassing Tournament that she caught just before noon time using bunker in the Beach Haven surf.

Received: May 16, 2013 7:27 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The good news around Beach Haven is the continued presence of striped bass in the bay and inlet waters. Some catches of larger bass, 50-plus pounds, just north of Long Beach Island, bodes well for those big spring bass for ocean anglers trolling and jigging with live bunker. In addition to the bass, the bay is loaded with bluefish and a goodly number of weakfish

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are also looking forward to the beginning of the summer flounder and black sea bass seasons.

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” reports finding good action on those stripers and bluefish in the bay in addition to some black drumfish. He ran an open boat trip recently where he had two keeper bass and another 7 throwbacks. They also boated 10 bluefish, three of which were kept for the dinner table. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Captain Bob Gerkens of the “Hot Tuna” wants his loyal anglers to know that final Hurricane Sandy repairs are being completed in North Carolina and he should have his boat back in New Jersey later this month. For information on the 38′ Blackfin Sport Fisherman “Hot Tuna” contact Capt. Bob Gerkens, Phone: 609.384.0877

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.BHCFA.com .

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 15, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Photo of a nice Striped Bass caught by Joe Carrino.

Received: May 15, 2013 9:36 PM    Subject: Open Boat Stripers Thurs, Fri, and Sun

My open boat sailed this afternoon with two guys in spite of the dismal forecast… 20 to 30 knots of south! Yecch! Turns out it was a stiff 15 to 20 but the seas had not come up very much so we left the inlet at 2 PM to give it a try and with the wind and seas on our back it was fine. I did a quick 180 degree turn just to see what we were in for on the way back and that wasn’t too bad either so we continued on in what was a 2 to 3 ft. chop. Arrived at the Bathing Beach, put the Maja spoons out and 10 minutes in…BAM! the white spoon gets whacked by a 32-pounder for Gene Linder. A few more hours of trolling, no more bites, and we decide to head in. Caught a few small blues in the bay before heading back to the dock.

Tomorrow (Thurs) and then Friday are going to be beautiful with mild west and northwest winds predicted. Flat seas and big stripers. I already have one guy for Thursday and one for Friday, but I need at least two guys to sail. Both of these trips leave at Noon with a 6 PM return. I am also running an open boat on Sunday, May 19 from 6AM to Noon.

Right now all of the action is on the bunker spoons but every day we bring the snagging rods ready to liveline. The fish we cut open today had a big bunker in his belly.

These are the biggest fish of the season, all 25 to 40 pounders.

Hope to see you on board.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: May 15, 2013 9:36 PM    Subject: Bass on the troll

Had regular John Figaniak and his co-worker Scott out Tuesday for a quick afternoon trip. Scott caught his first ever striper. 34-lbs at IBSP in 40-ft of water on the troll. Rods are set up. Just need the bass to start feeding on them and it should be game on. Running open boat Saturday afternoon. Boat leaves at 4pm. $100 pp. Booked Sunday.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, http://www.oldbarneycharters.com

2:30 PM

More fresh bunker is here.

12:00 Noon

We had two more striped bass weighed in from off the surf this morning.  Joe L and Joe C both weighed in good eating size fish.  They both caught them off of the mid-island surf on clam.

11:00 AM

At 3:30 AM, Jason Vogel used a plug to land a 14-lb 12-oz Striped Bass in the Barnegat Light surf.

Received: May 15, 2013 8:41 AM    Subject: Evening of 5/14

Had my wife Breezy out yesterday evening for “Date Night” and trolled off of Island Beach State Park. She landed her first ever striper. Tipped my Boga at 32-lbs.

~ Jon S

May 14, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

For such a beautiful day, so far we only had one report off of the surf… Tom Nitting of Stafford weighed in a 17-lb striped bass. HE stopped in the shop to pick up fresh bait. While here he said, “My last trip out I got my first bass of the year. Now I’m looking for a keeper.” HE was back just a couple hours later with a nice eating fish. Tom reported catching it off of the north end on bunker at about 2pm. Tom said skates and blues kept him busy up there.

We had some really big bass weighed in today!

First, Howard Clark weighed in a 45-lb striped bass today. He reported trolling out in 60′ off of IBSP. His bass wanted the Mann’s Stretch 30!

Then, pulling our scale down was one of the biggest striped bass we have seen in a long while, a 56-lb 3-oz striped bass caught by Amanda Nutt of Barnegat Light. The monster had a big head but was was surprisingly very skinny. It taped out at 55″ long, 28-1/4″ girth and it had a 13″ tail fan. Amanda was fishing with Captain (and father) Kenny Nutt aboard the Striper. They caught fish today trolling bunker spoons off of IBSP.

~ Fish Head Greg

Stopped in FHQ Sunday evening for some fresh bunks and of course a quick recon on what’s been going on. The shop was buzzing! They stayed open well past closing to help all the anglers re-supplying bait because the beach bite was hot. Bucktail Blake had that look on his face, the one that says get out there and fish it’s ON. I worked the sand and the back pretty hard. The bass in the back were there but it was hard to get them to hit plugs. The bass on the beach made up for it! I had 3 bass: 25lbs, 20lbs,14lbs. They were all quickly weighed on the boga and off they went (released). There were a bunch of blues to 8-lbs mixed in. I think I would have had more bass on the night tide but it was hard to sort through the skates and monster dogfish. Keep up the good work guys and thanks always for your help. Here is a picture of the healthy big girl fought like a freight train!

~ Pete U.

Received: May 14, 2013 4:30 PM    Subject: Sea Bass Opener

We’ve been playing catch and release with blackfish the last few weeks. Plenty of action and fun fishing with fish to 12 lbs. There are stripers in the bay and ocean and Sunday marks the opening day of our sea bass season. We are chartered in th AM but will be running a special open boat afternoon trip from 2 PM to 6 PM. Fare is 100 per person up to 4 people. My last trips in the deeper water a few weeks back saw some very nice sea bass that had to be released, they won’t be so lucky this time! Still have openings Memorial Day weekend. Give a call for a full boat charter or for open boat on the 19th.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

May 13, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 13, 2013 9:44 PM   Subject: Caught 3 Nice Stripers Today

Got ’em! Threw the ropes at 6:45 AM this morning (Monday). Out Barnegat Inlet, made a left, ran as far as the Bathing Beach before we put the lines out in 60 to 65 feet of water. Went three for three over the next few hours with 34, 30, and 22 pound stripers going in the cooler. All on Tony Maja bunker spoons. Two on white, and the third on the chartreuse. The big number 4 spoons. We were using 300 feet of wireline. Not great readings but a steady showing of big single marks. The fish had porgies, a ling, and some big croakers in their bellies when I cut them at the dock. The water temperature is still only 51/52 so hopefully this is just the beginning.

Here is Fred Edwards of Tuckerton with our first fish of the day, a 34 pounder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3c0wj1zCKs&feature=youtu.be

Here is Brian Ewan of Barnegat with our second fish, a 30 pound bass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzqODhkBYBY

The picture is left to right, today’s crew: Steve Ondrof of Rockaway, NJ with 22lb., Brian Ewan of Barnegat, NJ with 30 lb., and Fred Edwards of Tuckerton, NJ with 34 lb..

I will be running open boat afternoon trips this Wed, Thurs, and Fri, May 15, 16, and 17. Noon to 6 PM trolling for these trophy stripers and always on the hunt for the bunker pods. There are some bunker around, but nobody seems to be catching any bass on them so we are concentrating on the troll until these big fish collide with the bait pods. When that happens, things get even more interesting. But for now, if you want to catch 20 to 40 pound bass and you’re OK with trolling, now would be a good time to jump on board. $150 per person, 3 passenger max, all fish are shared, everything is provided. Call to reserve a spot.

I only have two charter dates left for May: Sunday May 19 and Monday May 20. If these dates are not booked in a few days, I will announce them as open boat trips, as well. I already have one guy who wants to sign up for the Monday trip.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: May 13, 2013 7:04 AM   Subject: Fwd: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

The bay is absolutely filled with 2-8lbs bluefish that are willing to attack anything that is presented to them! Bay and inlet stripers are also on hand if you can get a presentation or bait past those aggressive bluefish. The “Big” news is the bigger bass [ 20-40lbs class fish] have finally arrived and are responding well to Tony Maja bunker spoons!

Schools of bunker are also thick along the beaches and the snag and drop bite should be going off very soon if it hasn’t already! The weather and wind appears to be favorable for the rest of the week and I can’t wait to get back out there!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609-290-1217

May 12, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 12, 2013 3:54 PM   Subject: Today’s Report

Fished the Holgate surf for 4 hours with no luck. Dolphin pods were everywhere but no luck. We used both bunker chunks and clams.

~ PD

Received: May 12, 2013 1:09 PM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Weather again kept us pretty close to the dock this week, a bit frustrating when we’re getting right into the prime time for trophy striped bass along the beachfront in this area. We did manage to get one bayside trip in this week with Wayne Pollack, son Joachim, and Mike Skurecki (Sr. & Jr.) putting a beating on bay 3-5 pound bluefish on light tackle poppers and swim baits. Lots of fun with steady bent rods most of the morning until we finally had enough and headed in a little early. I did get reports of a few big bass making an appearance on Friday for the guys that were trolling Maja spoons, so they are starting to show up right on schedule and all we need is for the weather to start cooperating. We’re booked pretty solid for the next couple of weeks, the bunker spoons are ready to go and the big nets are aboard the boat. Time to go fishing!

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

11:45 AM

With the beautiful weather and westerly wind lots of anglers are fishing. But so far today, we have not heard back from many anglers. When we get more reports we will post them. All we heard was from Joe R. and John C. They stopped in the shop and reported a blue and a skate on the south end surf.

Adis from Gear-Up Surfcasting stopped in this morning and set us up as a dealer. We now stock an amazing line of surfcasting products. Stop in to check out any of the products. We have them all in stock! 4 tube, 3-tube, 2-tube plug bags as well as a variety of pouches and accessories.

May 11, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 11, 2013 9:20 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing Striper Report

The Cow bass have arrived! I had Brian W and his family out Friday for some trolling and we picked two 34-pound, one 25-pound and two 17-pound striped bass. If you have been waiting for the big fish to show up… they are here!

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562 http://www.laurasportfishing.net

9:00 PM

Vinnie Pena fished the 16th Street front beach in Ship Bottom using bunker and landed a 27-lb (40-1/2″L x 23-1/2″G) Striped Bass plus another that was 12-lbs (32″L x 15-1/1″G).

8:30 PM

The bass fishing as well as the bluefishing has been great. The bay has steadily produced and some days have been stellar. Reports keep coming in of anglers catching. Artificials and bait are both working. Some anglers are anchored up clamming and other are bucktailing the channels. Todd Luyber stopped in the shop today and showed us a couple great pictures of an amazing sunrise bite he got in on a couple days ago in the bay. He had a really nice fat bass and a big yellow eye (bluefish).

The backside of this new moon had put the first big bass of the spring on our scales. We are in the prime time! Yesterday, Rudy’s (boat striped bass) was just shy of 50 pounds, 47-12. Today, Nick Matteo weighed in a 31-lb 2-oz striped bass that took the lead in the Simply Bassing Surf Tournament. Jerry Junod and Jack McLaughlin fished in the rain today aboard the Striper today with Captain Kenny Nut. They both both landed 40-lb class striped bass. Jack had a 40-lb 10-oz and Jerry had a 39-lb 6-oz.They were trolling spoons in the rain off of IBSP.

7:00 PM

John Parzych fished the surf today. He caught one keeper sized bass on clam early in the morning. He soon got fed up with the bait stealers and scaled down his hook size. With the smaller hooks and clam he put a hurt on the blowfish.

1:45 PM

Nick Mateo weigh-in a 31-lb 2-oz Striped Bass that was caught in Ship Bottom using bunker at 11:15AM.

10:15 AM

Bill and Paul had a nice striped bass this morning… 13-pounds on bunker mid-island.

Joe C. had some fish off of the beach this morning, a 31″ striped bass among lots of blues. Mid-island surf using bait.

9:30 AM

Ryan Fredrickson weighed-in a 14-lb 7-oz Striped Bass that he caught last night using bunker while fishing the Cedars.

Date: May 11, 2013 8:50 AM Subject: Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

Our 1st unofficial trip for the 2013 season proved successful. Unofficial because it was personal, not a charter. With my wife, son, and mom – we headed out in the late afternoon to fish a rising tide. By the time that I put the second rod out – we were hooked up. Jennifer Taylor (wife) caught her first ever striped bass which was released at 26-inches. Cathy Taylor (mom) also caught her first ever Striped bass – a nice, healthy 35-inch striped bass that was kept for the table. Two additional striped bass were caught (27inch and 33inch). Not too bad for a spur of the moment trip. We were anchored and clamming up striped bass – the bass were on the feed ahead of the weather change.

We’re currently booking trips – striped bass/bluefish. Fluking is my specialty, with the fluke season opening on May 18th – dates start filling up. So book now! If you would like to book a trip – call my cell phone 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Date: May 11, 2013 7:43 AM   Subject: Monday, May 13 Open Boat Stripers

I took two people out yesterday afternoon (Fri) for a bay trip. I tried clamming the stripers in Oyster Creek and Double Creek, three places, two and half hours without a hit. No problem, “I know where we can go get some action with bluefish” so I took them over to the outflow of Oyster Creek where the blues have been stacked every day… Yeah, not today. Desperate to catch these guys anything I put two plugs out on the light spinning rods and we trolled some 2 to 3 pound blues by the BB Buoy. Not a good report, I know, but while I was on my tour of the bay, the whole time I was listening to multiple boats catching big stripers on the troll of of IBSP. This is what I have been waiting for. This was the silver lining to an otherwise dismal afternoon.

I sat today (Sat) out because of the unstable weather, but I have a full boat tomorrow (Sun) and now I will be running an open boat or charter on this Monday, May 13. The wind is coming around to the west/northwest and the big stripers are here. That is a winning combination.

I will also be running trips this Tues thru Fri, May 14 thru May 17, in the afternoon targeting these same fish, Noon to 6 PM. Please call for more info.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

May 10, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 10, 2013 11:37 PM   Subject: 5/10/13 surf report

Fished out front today, up and down the island, starting around 7AM. Used bunker and clam. Got a fat 29 inch bass at 9AM on bunker, a 20″ blue at 10AM on bunker, a 21″ blue at 4PM on bunker and a 23″ striper at 4:30PM on clam. Got my bait stripped by blues throughout the day. Also scouted a few bay locations with no luck outback.

~ Andy

9:30 PM

Ray, AJ, and Nico from North Hanover – NJ fished Ship Bottom surf this evening to about 7:00 PM. They caught Bluefish weighing from 2-lbs to almost 4-lbs.

Russ M. caught a 11-lb 10-oz Striped Bass at about 7:30 PM using bunker.

7:30 PM

Rudy Egberts just stopped in with a 47-lb 12-oz bass. He had 5 bass while trolling today. Rudy said most of his striped bass were on Blue Water Candy trolling rigs and one was on a Maja Chartreuse Spoon.

12:45 PM

Clams and bunker are both in stock

Received: May 10, 2013 10:36 AM Subject: Fishing Report

Back out in the bay this morning with the fly rod. Lost the morning tide. Water pretty much slack. Managed one short bass then work got in the way.

~ JJ

May 8, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: May 9, 2013 8:19 AM    Subject: Fishing Report

Late start this morning. No gas in boat. Fly fished north end bayside from 6 – 7:30AM. Two small bass on first two casts then it shut down. Fished flats with fly poppers and had a few swipes in shallow water but no takers.

~ JJ

May 8, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Keith Weidenhof fished yesterday on the bayside. He reported lots of action on bunker and clams until he ran out of bait, ” No Bass but a bunch of blowfish and bluefish. Also a gaint sea robin.” Keith added, “The new Daiwa Mad Dragon rod is super nice… light yet powerful. It casts like a dream and it is very sensitive to feel the bite. They are a blast to fish.”
Carlos Santiago of Manahawkin weighed in a 14-lb 5-oz bass yesterday. He was fishing mid-island with clam.

Received: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 8:02 PM   Subject: BHCFA Fishing Report

Some of the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association found large numbers of very hungry bluefish in the bay waters. The black drumfish action also increased while the winds seemed to slow the striped bass bit At times, anglers had difficulty getting through the hungry bluefish to get to the stripers.

Captain Carl Sheppard has had the “Star Fish” been out fishing a couple times in the back bay waters using clam chasing striped bass. His most recent trip in strong winds resulted in four nice bluefish in addition to a couple of good runoffs, one of which seemed to be a large bass. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Captain Fran Verdi took Brian Leary and his father out over the weekend on the “Francesca Marie” and they found plenty of bluefish along with drum. Mr. Leary Sr. caught his first drum ever, a nice 25-pounder. Captain Fran will be fishing for bass, drum and bluefish for the next week or so until the summer flounder and black sea bass seasons open. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” reports he is running a little behind due to getting his house back together from Hurricane Sandy. All his attention is on his boat now which should be up and running in a week or so. For information on the 38′ Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: May 8, 2013 5:40 PM Subject: Open Boat Stripers and Blues

Got out fishing Monday with friends Nick Honachefsky and Sean Reilly. The ocean was still rough so we opted for the bay. The morning tide was perfect for clamming so I grabbed a bunch of fresh clams and got on the anchor by 7:30 AM for the start of the outgoing tide. We sat sideways to the anchor line in Oyster Creek Channel for 45 minutes without a hit before the tide starting winning and then we started chumming. The first few raps were small bluefish that spit our hooks out at the surface. A few minutes later Nick sets up on a fish that puts a nice bend in the rod and soon after we net a 14 pounder to break the ice. Sean gets the next hit and after feeding it back to him a few times, he hooks a fish that doubles the rod and dumps line… then the hook pulled. Ouch! We caught another short striper and then headed over to the west side of the bay for Plan B to try and catch weakfish and bluefish on the spinning rods. We fished at the outflow of the nuclear plant where the water temp spiked to 62 degrees. No weakies, but non-stop action with 2 to 3 pound blues on 10 pound spinning tackle. We were throwing Fin-S and BKD soft plastics. We did that for about two hours and left them biting.

I am going to run Open Boat Trips this Sat, May 11 and Sun, May 12. I will try to get out to the ocean, but if it is too rough, I will be packing plenty of fresh clams to anchor up and fish for them in the bay. If everyone is game, we will mix in some light tackle casting for the bluefish. Times of departure and duration of the trips are flexible. It will be at least 6 hours in duration, but it depends on whether or not we can get out the inlet as to when we should start our trip. If we are going to fish the bay for stripers, I would like to be anchored at a very specific time to catch the tide I have the most confidence in: the high water slack and the first few hours of outgoing. For the area I am fishing, that would be Noon on Sat and 1 PM on Sun. That means we would start around 9AM each day and wrap up around 3 PM. Starting with the light tackle blues first and then setting up on the anchor for the bass last. If the forecast looks OK for the ocean, then we would meet at 6AM and get back around Noon, or later, or much later,… until I find some fish! If you fished with me before, you know I have no north or south boundaries. Topped with fuel, my Sea Cat can run for two full days… so pack some rations! We will be looking for bunker or birds.

The cost is $150 per person. Limited to three passengers. Everything is provided. All fish are shared. Call to reserve a spot.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674 http://www.hiflier.com

Received: May 8, 2013 3:42 PM   Subject: Please Report Atlantic Sturgeon Interactions

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public to assist in gathering data on Atlantic sturgeon by reporting any interactions with the fish. Interactions may include accidentally catching a sturgeon while fishing, seeing a sturgeon washed up on a beach, or even watching a swimming sturgeon.

Research on this species has recently gained significance because of it being listed as a federally endangered species in 2012 and the upcoming Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission stock assessment. In response the division is increasing effort to collect more information on this species.

The public’s help is appreciated. For information on how to provide an interaction report and photos, as well as links for more information about this species, seehttp://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2013/sturgeon_reporting.htm on the division’s website.

Received: May 8, 2013 8:19 AM   Subject: Fishing Report

Back out fly fishing North end bay-side from 5-7 AM. Thought I was going to get chased out by the lightning but it skirted the area. Three bass, all on chartreuse Half & Halfs. One small, one 24″ and rounded off the morning with a nice 32″ bass. Had me 50 yards into backing. Love this snotty weather.

~JJ

May 7, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:15 PM

More fresh bunker is in stock.

Received: May 7, 2013 3:12 PM   Subject: Last Chance to Provide Input On Electronic Reporting of Fisheries Landings

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding commercial and recreational fishermen, seafood dealers and harvesters to participate in an Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) survey, which has been developed to better understand the marine fishing community’s views on electronic harvest reporting systems. The ACCSP is a cooperative state-federal program to design, implement and conduct marine fisheries statistics data collection programs and to integrate those data into a single data management system that will meet the needs of fishery managers, scientists and fishermen. Information from this survey will be used during a workshop in the fall of 2013 that is being held to develop recommendations on how to improve new and existing electronic reporting systems, which will be shared with fishermen and fishery management agencies.

Please take a few minutes to provide your input on electronic reporting options. All information is held strictly confidential. Go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACCSP_ereporting to begin the survey.

Received: May 7, 2013 8:41 AM Subject: Fishing Report

Fly fished North-end bayside from 5 to 7:30 this morning. Six bass, one 30″, one 32″. All on chartreuse Half & Half’s.

~JJ

Received: May 7, 2013 7:24 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters Keeper Stripers! Open boat Thursday and Friday

With only one exception last week’s steady North East winds didn’t keep anglers from catching tons of bluefish and a few nice keeper stripers aboard the Reel Fantasea. With “Small Craft Advisory” well in place for most, if not all of the week we found ourselves keeping to the back bay. Luckily Barnegat Bay’s safe confines kept us well protected and catching fish!

Thursday’s open boat found regulars Jay Simmons and Karl Steffan joined by Ken Purzycki starting off the week battling moderate NE 10-15mph winds and loads of cooperative bluefish all trip long.

Next up was the Fred Gockely party to battle 20-30+mph winds and tons of bluefish. Fred got a bait passed all the voracious bluefish and scored a nice keeper striper before trips end.

Friday evening open boat had regular Jay Simmons back again to be wind tested with Bill Cohen and new comer’s Steve and Ryan Gross. The trip started off slowly and didn’t get much better from there as we only landed a few bluefish and one out of two keeper stripers.

Regular Joe Franke and Clan closed out the week with more fantastic bluefish action and a keeper striper in cold, cloudy, and blustery conditions. The guys endured punishing weather and were rewarded with hot action throughout the morning.

I have Thursday 6am – 11am available for private or open boat and 2 spots for this Thursday and Friday evening open boat trip 3-8pm. All bait and tackle and fish cleaning is included – $100.00pp.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas and warmer weather!

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

May 6, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

9:00 PM

Terry S. stopped in the shop yesterday and reported bass on the bayside on clam. Terry got a quality fish, 23-lbs 13-oz.

Bill Bousant gave us heads up yesterday about how his weekend went. Bill reported, “On Sunday I caught two bass and five bluefish up to 11-lbs.” He also said that his girlfriend caught her first striper ever off of the beach. She also caught as 5-lb bluefish. Bell mentioned that the bass were on clam and the blues were on bunker.

9:00 AM

Fisherman’s Hq alumni Rob Vallone weighed in a 38″ 20-lb 3-oz bass this morning. He was fishing Harvey Cedars last night with bunker. The time of catch was at 7:30pm. Rob currently leads the Simply Bassin Tournament.

I rolled out of bed early this morning and thought it’s a bunker-ie day. I hardly ever fish bait but for some odd reason I felt like chunking. Geared up and had my line in the water at about 4:30. I casted out my second chunk and the rod was doubled over within a minute. After a nice fight I released the bass. It taped out at 39.75″ bass maybe about 18-20 pounds. Next chunk…another bass 29″ and then the blues took over. After 8 2-4lbers yellow eyes I called it. Fun early morning session, all on bunker.

~Fishhead.Greg

May 5, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

8:00 PM

Tanzin Rain from West Deptford fished the bayside mid-island today and was hot on the fish. He reported releasing a beautiful tiderunner, one fluke about 22″ as well as a dozen bluefish. All on frozen bunker.

Don I. sent in this fishing report… “Fished Saturday mid-island from 2:30 to 7pm. The bluefish were ravenous on the beach. Myself and two buddies caught 10 bluefish. We also caught a pair of huge skates. The bluefish were 3-5lbs and they wanted bunker chunks. Also had 4 short stripers on clam. Not bad for the 1st outing of the season.”

Date: May 5, 2013 5:28 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had Bob B and friends out for some Bay Striper fishing Sunday. Action was off the hook they limited out on bass from 28- 34 inches caught 13 total in about 3.5 hours. All action was on clams on the outgoing tide.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli “Laura”, 23′ Parker SE 856-341-6562 http://www.laurasportfishing.net

5:00 PM

Fresh bunker is in stock

Received: May 5, 2013 4:08 PM Subject: Today’s fishing report

Today, caught 9 bluefish in Ship Bottom on bunker. All bluefish were about the same size and no striped bass.

Also attached are pictures of my Grandson’s first freshwater trout fishing trip during April’s opening day. (Pictures to follow)

Al Asplint

2:30 PM

John Parzych reported 8 bluefish up to 10-lbs and two striped bass. Bluefish were caught on bunker and the striped bass were caught on clam while fishing the bayside area of Holgate.

A 37″ striped bass was caught next to him by Ben Smith which was weighed in for the LBI Simply Bassing fishing tournament.

12:00 AM

Bunker is sold out. More fresh clams are now in stock.

Received: May 5, 2013 11:04 AM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Bluefish, bluefish and MORE bluefish was the main story around here this week. The persistent hard east winds that have blown pretty steadily since last weekend put a bit of a damper on striped bass fishing, with most of the successes going to surf rats dunking clams or fresh bunker along the ocean front. But the back bay water temperatures are just about perfect for striped bass right now, so we gave clams a try on the outgoing on Thursday expecting to find hungry striped bass waiting for us in a few of our usual spots. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your perspective) what we found were non-stop bluefish that inhaled our clam baits almost as soon as they were in the water. Most of the blues were of the 3-5 pound variety, but a couple of larger 7-8 pounders came aboard as well. Were there striped bass there? I think so, but they were no match for the hordes of bluefish that immediately gobbled up everything we dropped down. A quick stop on the flats before heading back in produced more of the same on poppers, so they seem to be spread out pretty much across the bay right now.

Looks like this wind is going to be with us for a few more days, but hopefully we can get back outside later in the week. If not, we’ll go with the flow and have fun with bluefish until conditions improve for striped bass.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, “Rambunctious”, Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

10:00 AM – Blues off of the surf!!!

Fisherman’s Hq alumni Rob Vallone bunker chunked first light this morning off the surf. He said it was blowing good up there and the fish were present and feeding. Rob caught one 35″ bass as well as a dozen+ blues in the 2-5lb range.

As far as bait goes we still have some bunker. Clams are almost getting low, but we expect another delivery today so no need to worry. Still waiting on eels. It might be another week or two.

6:00 AM – We have a little bit of premium fresh bunker

Frank Foley II of Philadelphia shared a great report with us from yesterday… “I caught about ten bluefish up to 4-pounds, two blowfish and a skate off of the north-end surf on clam. The bizarre catch of the day; however, was this double-header blackfish bite. Off the sand beach… fantastic! Too bad the season is closed.”

May 4, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

9:00 PM

What a great weekend it has been so far. The weather has been favorable, the fishing is phenomenal and it’s only getting better. We are looking forward to another beautiful day tomorrow.

Elliot Lasky stopped in the shop this evening and reported blues and smooth dogs (dog fish aka sand sharks) off of the north end surf on bunker. He was in getting more bait for tomorrow. John Parzych fished the surf all day today. He reported, “There’s lots of blues in the surf.” Steve-O (store staffer) hit the surf today in the afternoon. He caught a nice striped bass and four bluefish. Steve-O was fishing bunker and clam. He said the first two hours of the incoming tide produced best.

1:30 PM

All colors of the Daiwa SP Minnow are in stock including the Mother of Pearl! It’s been a long time coming but it has finally been released and it’s here. >>>>http://www.fishermansheadquarters.com/lures_daiwa-sp-minnow.htm

East winds are in the forecast for the foreseeable future offering great surf fishing conditions. A moderate swell with plenty of white water to charge up the bass. With high pressure in control we have several more days of dry weather forecasted. The 2013 Simply Bassing contest started today! We have had a lot of signups and almost all of the anglers are also joining our FHQ Side-Bet.

Ryan Folsom gave us this recent report, “The bass are hitting on fresh clams hung on top and bottom rigs. Not a touch on bunker.” Ryan said he caught a number of bass off of the surf today.

The surf is churned up so it looks like the bass are in the wash shuffling through shells looking for the sweet clam. We got them! Also expecting some bunker late today, likely after we close so the early birds might have a fresh surprise. Until then frozen bunker and mullet will work wonders on the bass and blues.

9:00 AM – Simply Bassing Is On!

Late in the day yesterday we got a small delivery of fresh bunker. After the morning rush it has dwindled down but more remains.  First come first serve. We might get some more late today but it’s a marginal chance at best.

Store staffer Kevin got this striper off of his dock on the bayside last night.

May 3, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Chet gave just us heads up, “Nice bass ~15-lbs+ on clam, bayside.”

3:00 PM

Scott Weiskittel called up the shop and reported releasing a 4-lb fluke off of the mid-island surf today. He caught it on a fresh frozen bunker chunk.

Another customer James called and reported getting into the blues off the surf. He said, “6 blues off of the surf!”  James got all his blues of fresh frozen bunker.

Are fingers are still crossed for a fresh bunker delivery. We’ll have to wait and see if it shows.

8:45 AM

Right now the bunker is in high demand.  We have had a number of calls out for the past couple of days; however, yesterday’s didn’t show. We anticipate a delivery later today. Until then our fresh frozen (gillnet or cast net caught) will do. Plenty of quality fish have been taken on it over the years and now isn’t any different. It’s a whole lot better than purse seined crab bait.

Sea Bass Regulations – 12.5″ size limit, 20 fish bag limit, seasons 5/19-8/8, 9/27-10/14 and 11/1-12/31. The council will consider extending our fluke season by up to 11 days at their July meeting. Hopefully, they will approve that so there will be no gap from when fluke season ends until sea bass season reopens.

South Philly Fred went on a scouting mission last night. He reported hooking up with one fish. Unfortunately he lost it at his feet.

May 2, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

1:00 PM

Joe Maccia stopped in the shop this morning to get some fresh bait. While here he reported fishing the bay yesterday in his boat; a 60-lb drum, a 29″ bass and a 32″ bass. All on clam.

7:30 AM

Store staffer Ted enjoyed the beautiful weather yesterday in his kayak. Ted reported, “The blowfish are here in the ICW. I also caught some bass.”

Received: May 3, 2013 1:04 AM   Subject: Sea Bass Regulations Set

As expected the NJMFC set the sea bass regulations as follows: 12.5″ size limit, 20 fish bag limit, seasons 5/19-8/8, 9/27-10/14 and 11/1-12/31.

The council will consider extending our fluke season by up to 11 days at their July meeting. Hopefully, they will approve that so there will be no gap from when fluke season ends until sea bass season reopens.

~ Paul Haertel – Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Berkley Striper Club

Received: May 2, 2013 4:15 PM    Subject: Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report

Some captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are putting their boats in the water while some have already been putting fish in the coolers for some satisfied anglers. Now that warm weather appears to be around for good, the fishing in the Beach Haven area has begun to turn on. The striped bass population is increasing practically on a daily basis. The throwback sized fish still outnumber the keepers, but many anglers are returning to dock with their share of fishing dinners. These fish are off the beach, in the inlet, and scattered around the bay waters. Once the water temperatures got above 50-degrees, ravenous bluefish appeared. The first blues to arrive ranged from 3-8 pounds, and now some smaller ones are making their presence known. Drumfish have been gobbling up clams intended for stripers, especially in the Great Bay and Grassy Channel areas. Finally, there have been some tiderunner weakfish caught, mainly at night on artificial lures.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” has been fishing for 4 weeks. He slammed the blackfish on the inshore wrecks until the season ended and now is concentrating on striped bass, blues, and drumfish. For information on the 27′ May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970

Captain John Lewis on the “Insatiable” is just about ready to go in the water. He reports he has been watching a warm water eddy that is slowly making its way toward the coast. He is hoping for some early season hot tuna fishing just like the past few years. For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” is in the water and ready for another season. He has had the boat inspected and conducted safety drills for the captain and crew to meet the Coast Guard’s exacting standards. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.259

Captain Lindsay Fuller reports the “June Bug” is still at her winter quarters in North Carolina and will be getting a late start of the fishing season. A delay by mechanics in working on the boat’s electronics has put things behind schedule. Once everything is perfect, Captain Lindsay will be heading back to Beach Haven for his share of the action. For information on the 41′ “June Bug” contact Capt. Lindsay Fuller, 609.685.2839

Complete information on the boats and captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.fishbeachhaven.com

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 1, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

10:30 AM

Mid-town LBI was on lock down yesterday with police and news crews welcoming Gov. Chris Christie. He flew in at the EJ School a couple blocks away from the shop and then held a town hall meeting with a packed crowd at the St.Francis Community Center. He spoke about the recovery and rebuilding.

The tog season closed with a bang! A pair of customer reported an amazing day yesterday with their biggest about 5-6lbs. They both caught their limit and released a number a quality blackfish. All of their fish bit on salted clam. We have been out of live green crabs since the weekend, it’s all they had.

Frank Folley fished with buddies Kyle yesterday and they caught some fish off of the beach bait fishing. Frank said, “There’s more stripes in the surf than in a heard of zebras” We had bass and blues on bunker fishing the north end surf.

We have some beautiful fishing weather in the forecast: light to moderate persistent onshore winds with a combo of small long period swell. It should last all week and into the weekend. Expect 3’+ surf during this time so remember to bring enough lead.

~FishHead.Greg

Received: May 1, 2013 7:03AM  Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Friday Open Boat – 2 Spots Available

Hi Folks,

I have 2 spots left for Friday Afternoon 3-8pm light tackle back bay – cost is $100.00pp. We will be targeting stripers, weakfish and bluefish with light tackle employing both artificial and live/fresh bait !

Best Regards,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

April 30, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:00 PM

Joey U. weighed in a beautiful bass yesterday which he caught off of the surf. Before leaving the shop he loaded up on fresh bunker. After finishing some work on his house, he hit the surf again and fishing the incoming tide. He was into more action right out of the gate. Bass and blues on bunker chunks!

The local surf fishing has been consistent and it continues to improve. With the spring surf tournament, Simply Bassing kicking off this weekend, things are going to get interesting.

Received: April 29, 2013 4:15PM  Subject: Hi Flier New Location

Hey everybody, I put the boat in the water this past weekend and will start fishing this Sat, Sun and Mon (May 4th, 5th, 6th). Monday is already booked as a charter, so Sat and Sun are available for charter or I will announce them as open boat trips as we draw closer to the weekend.

My availability will be somewhat reduced this season as I have started a new job on land that I will be at Tues thru Fri. I will be running trips every Sat, Sun, and Mon.

Our old marina was wiped out in the storm, so we are now docked at Bob’s Bay Marina, just one driveway earlier on the same side of Bay Ave.

Hope to see you all soon.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

April 29, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:00 PM

Joe Utschig just stopped by and tipped our scale with this 40″ 23-lb 1-oz bass. Joe reported catching two other bass as well as a pair of blues. Joe said that he was fishing bunker chunks this morning.

11:00 AM

Matt Chicc posted a picture of a nice weakfish on our Facebook page this morning. It looks like it was caught last night; however, no report was given. They have been here. Get on the search before they are gone.

This past weekend South Philly Fred went on a horse back ride adventure and fly fished some private streams in central PA. Fred reported, “The caddis hatch went off and I was smoking them on dry flies.”

Todd Luyber posted on our Facebook page a picture of him and his son with a nice striped bass. He reported, “Sunday, we also got some shorts and a fluke. Great morning with my boy and my dad. Nothing better than 3 generations spending a few hours fishing together.”

Here is a few other reports from the surf yesterday:
– Dale Sutton caught one keeper size bass. He reported an angler next to him landed a 30″ bass.
– Pete Figueroa of the BL Heavers hit the surf and had all shorts on the north end on bunker and clam.
– Matt Merritt fished with his son and his friends they reported a 9-lber and a 12.5-lber striped bass at mid-island.

Received: April 29, 2013 6:35 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

This week the Reel Fantasea saw more variety and the first Barnegat Bay Slam (Stripers, Weakfish & Bluefish) being scored 2x’s in a single 4 hour trip!

Jeff Hayes and Frank Hetler teamed up earlier this week mixing it up between back bay and wreck fishing, The day started off slow for the guys in the back bay so off we went looking for some blackfish to play with it. Our first stop we had steady action on both keeper and short blackfish. At times our baits were getting bit even before the sinker reach the bottom. We managed to hit a couple more snags with the same mix of shorts and keeper before ending the day in the back bay with modest bluefish action.

Sunday evening I had a chance to scout out a few spots that had a very exciting mix of stripers, bluefish and some of the biggest weakfish that I have ever seen! Scouring 2 Barnegat Bay Slams in a 4-hour trip all by myself on light tackle was a blast!

This week has a couples spots open for both Thursday 6am -12pm and Friday 6am-12pm and 3pm – 8pm. With the present back bay action in place we will at least incorporate more of this solid light tackle action unless the striper migration shows more encouraging signs in the way of bigger striped bass.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

April 28, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:30 PM

Alex and Alex from King of Prussia just came in with 2 keeper bass. The bigger of the two was 11.8-lbs. Both were caught on bunker in the Ship Botttom surf.

Chris Bender caught this 28-lb black drum last night. He reported that the bite was good clamming. 9 bass, one blue and one drum. Southend bay, all on clam.

12:30 PM

Great weather and great fishing made LBI the place to be this weekend. LBI is Alive!!! What beautiful days we had. More reports of drum, blues and bass continue to come in. There has been consistent action with all three species in the bay. Mike Macintyre reported quality drum fishing. They are getting bigger too. The bayside of Ship Bottom and Surf City has been best with clam being the bait of choice. Another customer said the flats were producing blues and bass. Over the weekend there was an influx of bluefish in the bay. As far as the surf there has been more consistent keeper size fish.

Eddy Bunnel (FHQ Alumni) stopped in the shop early in the weekend and picked up some clams and clam bellies. He reported back to us today saying, ” We had some short bass and a bunch of blues chunking bunker and clams. Couldn’t get away from the blues. We fished the south end bay on the outgoing tide.

Joe Handley stopped in the shop over this weekend and reported great fishing. First it was quality weakfish before the moon and then an amazing night of striped bass on the moon. Joe said on his Facebook page, “EPIC LBI Surfcasting!” He went on informing, “If you are a fisherman/woman I sure hope you fished on Friday (April 26th) night. Between 7-9pm stripers to 43″. I released by biggest of the night, it was 27-lbs. He said there were a lot of fish in the area.” Here is a picture of one of Joe’s bass.

With quality fish in the area surf anglers should remember that the spring surf fishing tournament, 2013 Simply Bassing is right around the corner. Registrations has begun, so stop in and get signed up. This year’s 12th Annual Simply Bassing Surf Fishing Tournament is on from May 4th to June 30. Sign-Up is $20 for more details: 12th Annual Simply Bassing Surf Tournament  We are also we are holding our Simply Bassing Side-Bet. Once signed up for Simply Bassing it’s an additional $10. First prize (biggest striper weighed in at the shop) gets the 100% payout (50 anglers = $500 payout). Second Place gets a $100 Store Gift Certificate and Third gets a $50 Store Gift Certificate. Don’t miss out! All it takes is one good bite.

While on the topic of surf tournaments and side-bets… Congrats to all of the winners of our 2012 Fall Derby Striper Calcutta/Side-Bet:
1st Place – 28-lb 14-oz – Rob Vallone – $1,570 Side-Bet Pot 100% Pay Out
2nd Place – 20-lb 08-oz – Jason Baxter – $100 Fisherman’s HQ Store Gift Certificate
3rd Place – 15-lb 12-oz – Andrew Lapteff Jr. – $50 Fisherman’s HQ Store Gift Certificate
as well as the winners of our 2012 Sandy Extension:
1st Place – 12-lb 06-oz – Rob Vallone – Van Staal VS200B {Only fished weighed in that qualified. 34″ minimum} Here is a picture of when (April 14th) Rob was awarded the Van Staal VS200 by Greg.
2nd-15th Place was raffled off. There were amazing prizes donated by very generous company’s. Please support them! There were: Top of the line rods and reels from brands like Penn, Atlas, Fin-nor and Star… Fishing lures Tsunami and Calcutta and AOK Tackle who also kindly added items like shirts, beanies and some reel bag in addition to the AOK T-Hex Lures… Clothing from Guy Cotten… Keepalive Bait Livewell… MAK Surfcasting 4 Tube Plug Bag and much more. All of the 15 winners were contacted; however, not all have picked up their prizes. If your name is Andrew Lapteff, Gary Evans, Matt Onofrio, Randy Rosenlsercee, Jay Mann, Jack Mcelvarr or Philip Demarco please contact Greg here at the shop (if you didn’t already) to pick up your prize(s). Thanks

*** Attention All 2012 Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic (Fall Derby) Registered Anglers ***
LBI Surf Fishing Classic 2012 participants did not receive full value for their registration in the Classic, therefore, the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee c/o Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce is offering two options for the settlement of the fees collected:
1) Support the tournament by donating registration fee to the LBI Surf Fishing Classic
2) Refund Pro-rated Registration Fee
More Details on the 2012 LBI Surf Fishing Classic Refunds. The tournament committee needs a reply from every angler with their choice, as soon as possible. Thank you.

10:00 AM

Bass and blues continue in the surf!  Yesterday surf fishing reports…
– Kenny Turner emailed us this picture. Kenny is a regular in the shop and has been putting a lot of time in. He has been producing some quality fish like this.
– Jason Spisak and Rick Pumphrey fished the surf and each had a fish. Jason caught a 31″ bass and Rick got a bluefish.
– Toly K. caught five shorts and one 29″ keeper size bass.

Received: April 28, 2013 9:43AM  Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing Report

Hello All,

Looks like all the pieces are starting to come together right on schedule for an excellent spring fishing season. The first run of bluefish appeared in the bay this week and while that’s fun by itself, it’s also usually a sign that the back bay striper bite should be starting within the next two weeks. We gave it a shot with clams yesterday hoping for some early arrivals, but either they weren’t around or the still cold (46-48 degree) water on the incoming had them huddled up for warmth someplace else. With the bay now in the mid-50’s, I’m guessing the outgoing would have produced very different results and hope to verify that this coming week.

The cool ocean water is still making it tough for fishing the bunker schools or trolling bunker spoons, but reports from up north are starting to get exciting and it’s not going to be long before the ocean warms up a bit and we can start targeting those spring trophy bass that we’ve come to anxiously await each May and June. I’ll be running a reduced schedule this season, but still have a few open dates in early June for stripers or back bay fluke.

Until next week.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters  609.698.3632

April 27, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:20 PM

Just got a good delivery of fresh clams. Any one looking for live clams individually, by the dozen or by the bushel stop by or give us a call.

We also received another delivery of fresh bunker.

10:00 AM

A customer came in this morning, picked up some clam and said, “I’ll let you know how I make out.” Well he was back in to get more clams and told us there’s shorts in the surf. Mid-island, clam!

Right now our clam stock is out. We expect a delivery of fresh surf clams by about 2pm. We are a also expected some fresh bunker later today.

Received: April 27, 2013 8:10 PM    Subject: LBI Charters Update

Had Brian, Brian, Cullin and Mark out today to do some blackfishing. Picky fishing on most spots until one spot saved the day with our boat limit of 28 blackfish to 6 lbs. 12-year old Cullin lead the way with the 2 largest blackfish. Added a keeper cod and about ten or so sea bass that will be keepers in a few weeks.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters  631.300.6413

April 26, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

9:00 PM

Early this morning (Friday, April 26th) witnessed April’s beautiful Pink Moon. It was an amazing sight seeing the huge moon, ironically very pink in hue, slowly setting as I plugged. As the moon set, the sun rose. There was a point in time where both were right on the horizon. The light show was fantastic! Wish I had a camera. I also wish I got a bite. Ha! This was the first time that I can remember experiencing the Pink Moon so close, big and PINK.

It seems the Pink Moon also known as the Fish Moon to coastal Indian tribes has marked the beginning to our spring. For the most part fishing has been good to us local anglers. Right now it’s better than ever. The bass, blues, drum, weakfish and fluke! Ok, the ocean striper bite isn’t blowing up but it’s going to break wide open soon. Good things come to those who wait. Be ready!

~FishHead.Greg

Steve-o was just in the shop just before closing time. He said, “Dude! I’ve been doing great!” I caught one short bass, one bluefish and missed a good knockdown that was more than likely a drum. Rod went over hard. Chester was fishing too. He caught one keeper size bass and dropped a drum.”

One of our bunker guys was out netting this morning. He said, “The bass and weakfish are here. There are also doggies mixed in. There’s a good amount of bunker and also there are butterfish mixed in. The water temperature was 48.8 degrees.”

6:00 PM – Another load of fresh bunker just came

We just received our second delivery today. We will have primo bunkers for the weekend!

Store staffer Ted is enjoying the day in the kayak. He reported, “The fluke are hitting more than the bass! Getting them on CLAM!” Ted’s fishing the bayside on the southend.” Check out this picture of one of Ted’s fluke.

4:15 PM

We got our fresh bunker just a little while ago. It should last through the day. Availability tomorrow morning is questionable. We got the livewell tanks up running last week and the water was finally just right. We just got our first delivery of live minnows for our fresh water customers (that have been demanding the killies). We’ll have live eels as soon as we can get them.

So far today we have spoke to a number of customers.  There was talk of a couple bass yesterday mid-island/north on small bunker chunks and clam. We also got word from a customer who was out in the boat. He said the bass bite was dead but the tog bite was on!  We also heard of some fun bluefish action on the flats.

10:30 AM

We are expecting another delivery of fresh clams and also more live bloods in a couple of hours. Also we got word from our bunker man… should have another small delivery late today.

With the beautiful weather it’s time to break out the fishing gear and wet a line if you haven’t already. Sandy did a number on local sheds and garages where fishing tackle hibernates over the winter. Any one in need of rod and/or reel service should drop off their gear as soon as possible. We expect to be backed up if reels keep coming in like they have been. So far so good, so get in line before it’s too long.

Yesterday Steve-o said he finished (see report below, was posted at 7pm but the info via word of mouth from Steve was provided a couple hours earlier) the day with 4 drum. He said, “We had a good bite until 6:30-7pm. The guy next to me had a nice fish, about 20lb maybe and one puppy.”

Yesterday we also got word from Randy Townsend. He was on the bay and reported short bass at the bottom of the tide on clam. He said the bite turned off as the tide came in the water went from 56 to 48 degree in three hours.

Received: April 26, 2013 11:26 AM   Subject: Hi Flier Launched for the 2013 Season

The Hi Flier was just launched yesterday. We are running open boat this Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and April 28th. Ocean Stripers, Bay Bluefish, or both. Call for details.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: April 25, 2013 10:11 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing 4/25

Had John B back for more tog action today! It is a shame the season closes on Tuesday because we iced our 5 man limit + 2 for the captain in about 4 hours. It was drop and reel with tons of shorts coming over the rails in addition to the keepers. All action was on fresh clams. Call for availability!

~ Capt. Mark Finelli,  Laura Sportfishing  856-341-6562

April 25, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

7:00 PM

A small delivery a primo fresh bunker arrived about an hour ago. It is going fast, but we should have some in the morning time. Our fingers are crossed more will come tomorrow.

Steve-o (store staff) hit the bayside this afternoon after work. He reported, “Got a puppy drum about 10-lbs. I wasn’t paying attention and missed two other good hits.” Steve mentioned that he was fishing the bayside mid-island with clam.

3:45 PM

Tog fishing up at the Inlet has been good. We’ve been selling lots of green crabs over the past weeks; however, haven’t heard much until recently. Yesterday Bills tog was a wake up! There’s a quality fishery right under our noses that can be targeted out of the boat and from land based anglers. One customer today said his last outing he limited out. Sounds like they were hungry and wanted green crabs. Currently the tautog aka tog aka blackfish regulations are 4 fish at 15″. Take note the tog season closes April 30 so time is running out. It will be closed until July 17th when it opens at one fish.

While on the topic of fishing regulations… Our local black drum fishery is in prime time, 3 fish at 16″. Although there haven’t been reports and weigh-ins, traditionally mid-late April through May offer phenomenal drum fishing. Also, the summer flounder aka fluke season is coming up fast, 5 fish at 17.5″ starting May 18th. We already had a report (April 20th) of one so there are some present.  Can’t wait for some fat flatty action.

1:30 PM – Expecting Fresh Bunker Later Today

Live surf clams arrived about an hour ago. We also expect a small delivery of fresh bunker later today.

9:00 AM – Fresh Clams expected around noon time, maybe sooner.

Just a heads up striped bass boat anglers…
The Beach Haven Marlin Tuna Club is hosting their 9th Annual LBI Cup soon. It’s a month away! May 24-25th Every year the club puts on a great tournament and there’s always some great fish caught. Its position could not be better for a striped bass tournament in our area. For more details, LBICUP.com

Just a heads up striped bass surfcasters…
The 12th Annual Simply Bassing LBI Surf Fishing Tournament is right around the corner, May 4th to June 30th. 8 weeks of great striped bass fishing! $20 registration fee.

April 24, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

5:00 PM – Fresh Clams are expected tomorrow.

Bill Figley of the Village Harbour Fishing Club stopped by at about 4pm today with a nice tog, just a hair off of 8lbs, 7.98-lbs.  Bill was fishing the Inlet today aboard the UNO. He reported catching one bass, one bluefish and about 10 blackfish, all of the action was on clam. He said the water swing from 47-49 degrees with the tide.

With the blow the other day and the residual swell today, the clam boats didn’t get out. Our stock ran low throughout the day and was out about an hour ago. We expect another delivery tomorrow. Hopefully sooner than later.

One of our long time local bunker boat captains has been tagging sturgeon (electric transmitters) for the state. He told us that when he was first assigned the job, it was thought that there weren’t many sturgeon. He proved that wrong. In the past 5 years he has tagged about 600 of the illusive prehistoric species. All big adults, smallest about 60-lbs and most averaging 150+lbs. Because of his hard work, dedication to fisheries management and experience on the water, he has made it possible for the deployment of the acoustic receivers, talked about below. This same captain has attended many fisheries meetings over the years and should be applauded by all recreation fisherman who purchase fresh bunker from us. There was recent action (a quota put in effect) with a 20% cut across the board, limited access and they wanted to close the season on October 1st. This would have left autumn surf anglers chunking frozen bunker. This captain protected the interests of recreation fisherman especially those who demand fresh bunker in our fall striper season. From what we were told the bunker stocks along the eastern seaboard are down especially in the Chesapeake Bay; however, our local stock here in New Jersey and New York is very good. It has been said that action now against the reduction fleet (big purse seiners, brail boats and pump boats) is essential to protect the resources.

Received: April 24, 2013 2:44 PM   Subject: Atlantic Sturgeon Research Acoustic Receivers Deployed in Delaware Bay

For a second year, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has deployed 18 acoustic receivers in Delaware Bay to track migration patterns of Atlantic sturgeon. With the endangered species listing of Atlantic sturgeon, effective April 6, 2012, research on this species has gained significance.

Those fishing inshore waters may encounter white buoys marking the receivers which are set at water depths generally less than 20 feet. Buoys are labeled “NJDEP Research” and should be avoided.

For more information on the research and buoy location, as well as photos of the buoys and a receiver, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2013/sturgeon_research13.htm on the division’s website.

~ NJ DEP Fish & Wildlife

3:00 PM

I went for a surf this morning. Lots of fun. There were some gannets present on the prowl.  The water temperature dropped significantly. ~ FishHead.Greg

Received: April 24, 2013 12:25 AM   Subject:  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – 2 spots available for Friday

Finally! Fridays weather looks great! 2 Spots still available – Combo Trip – Ocean and bay – Start off looking for stripers, live bait, jig and or troll. Then inshore Blackfish, and finally light tackle topwater flats back bay! $150.00 pp.

~ Capt. Steve Purul,  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

7:30 AM

It’s nice to be back to more settled weather. What a beautiful morning.

New 2013 SaltLife Gear is here! If you are looking for some fresh t-shirt for the spring/summer stop in as soon as possible to check it out and garrantee your favorite style in your size. We just received three monster boxes and are expecting another delivery with board shorts in about a month. Salt Life T-shirt, Hats, Belts and Koozies, and more!

April 23, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

6:15 PM

Mike Macintyre took a break from the Sandy cleanup and wet a line. He was in the shop getting clams and worms. About 15 minutes later he swung back in for more bloodworms. He said, “Already got a handful of bass. One keeper. All on worms. We are fishing the bayside, mid-island.”

Earlier today Alex Dagostino stopped in with this beautiful 24lb bass that he caught on clam. Allen put his time in when most wouldn’t think about fishing. It was blowing and raining. He reported catching the fish on the bayside. We are not 100% sure if it was north-end or mid-island, could have been south-end.

The wind just swung around and is now westerly. The ocean is being groomed and the surf looks great.

9:15 AM

After a great stretch of weather and fishing, we have been served a couple day blow. Yesterday it really blew hard but some anglers fished. Two anglers stopped in and reported trying to fish the surf. They asked us for a recommendation and we suggested fishing the bay because there’s some protection from the wind and there’s fish. The blow continues today with a small craft advisory (which has been) in effect. From then on out, sun is in the forecast. High pressure is anticipated for the weekend, so it should be a nice one.

Received: April 23, 2013 7:33 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Update

Blackfishing continues to be solid when the winds aren’t blowing! Kev and I had 21 keeper sized fish and numerous throwbacks last week. Largest fish was around 7 lbs. Also had 3 codfish with one being keeper sized. Sailing open boat Saturday April 27th. $125 per person up to 4 people. 7 AM departure.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters  631.300.6413

Received: April 22, 2013 6:05 PM   Subject: Fishing Report

Saw you Sunday afternoon in the shop when I was there to pick up bait etc. Fished Sunday evening mid island bayside and had a mad dog striper bite for about 45 minutes on bloodworms. Ended up keeping two fish about 12lbs. apiece amongst the numerous throwbacks. Seems some bigger fish have finally shown up. (Note this was emailed in. This report was also posted on Sunday April 21st via word of mouth report in the shop)

~ Steve Taylor, Burlington

April 22, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

3:15 PM

Chris Bender and his buddy Andrew fished this morning in the bay down south. They reported it was a beautiful morning and the action was red hot! They caught 5 bass and 15 blues on clams and bunker.

12:15 PM

Fresh Clams and Green Crabs are here!

10:30 AM – Fresh Clams are expected around noon-1pm today

Jean Schaum reported on our Face Book page, “They are back (stripers)!!!” Picture to follow soon

Received: April 22, 2013 9:15 AM   Subject: Fishing Report

I enjoyed a great weekend! Caught a few blues, 23 & 21 inches on the surf mid island. Also caught one bass,  wasn’t a keeper. All on bunker. Looking forward to coming down over Mother’s Day weekend, se you then!

~ Robert Gernert

Received: April 22, 2013 6:51:56 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Stripers, Red Drum & Bluefish!

Barnegat Bay continues to offer light tackle action with striped bass for anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea this week. And if that weren’t reason enough to wet a line anglers aboard have also scored keeper red drum and bluefish as well! Yes RED drum! Here’s some pictures.

The week started with regular Kevin Rust , Wayne Hopkins and Tom Breeland out for some light tackle fun. The guys started their day picking away at stripers on the first few drifts. The next drift produced a nice red drum for Wayne, from there the guys landed 3 more reds securing a limit of red drum ranging in size from 18-21! The guys ended the day picking away at a few more bass before ending their day.

Next up was regulars Jay Simmons, Karl Steffan and Shawn Hawthorne out in cloudy, rainy, foggy and very windy conditions [30mph +] looking to capitalize on more light tackle action. The first stop of the afternoon started off slowly before Shawn came tight with a very visible top  water strike even in the windy conditions. Our next location we found the bass much more cooperative and had multiple fish on almost every drift for the rest of the afternoon until the strong SSW wind started tipping the 40mph which ended our day a few minutes early.

Wayne Hopkins was back out again bringing his son Jonathan , also joining was new comer John Barret and son Patrick for a very cold start with temps in low 30’s brrrr. The guys scored not only striped bass but also both youths scored our season’s first couple of bluefish! The overnight cold temps seemed to temper the action a bit but the guys did manage 8 bass and 2 blues on the light tackle before ending the day.

I do have 3 spots available for April 25 and 4 spots for private charter for 26th , bigger bass are moving in and the troll bite is taking off and we will look to encounter them if the weather allows [ ocean] , if not the back bay has remained a solid light tackle option as a back up plan! I am also planning to hit a few wreck for some blackfish if conditions are favorable.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul,  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: April 21, 2013 6:52 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing 4/20 Report

I had Jon B and his buddies out on Saturday for a first trip of the year. We were able to pick 3 keeper bass and a short on clams in the bay we also missed a few. The action was where it should be a bite about every 20 minutes. For John Jr. it was his first striper and it was a keeper! After which we headed out to the ocean and iced 12 tog from 15 – 18 inches. Here’s a picture. I have some open dates available in May so feel free to call.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli,  Laura Sportfishing  856-341-6562

April 21, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:30 PM

Rob Vallone fished this morning up on the north end surf. He reported double digit shorts on clam.

Steve Taylor stopped in and reported, “Lots of fish in the bay. I did great with live worms.”

10:00 AM

Recently Gene Wanckel, Anthony Ziegler and Andrew Michael reported on our Face Book page. Gene said he fished Grassy Channel on Friday before the storm and did good on bluefish, “Breaking off mono leaders!” Anthony was fishing Barnegat Bay and reported catching a ~5lb bluefish on Friday. Andrew gave us a quick report saying, “A couple of shorts on clam, 17″ out back (bay), 26″ out front (surf).”

April 20, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

4:30 PM – Ship Bottom Surf Temperature is 50.5 Degrees

Store Staffer Blake headed up the street to get a water temperature reading. Blake said, “I made acouple casts with the thermometer. It was reading 50-51 degrees. The ocean looked nice, really fishy. Good white water with the swell from the recent blow. I made a couple casts with a small bucktail. Second cast, WA-MO! The old yellow eyed chomper.” Here is a picture of Blake’s bluefish, just minutes after catching it and minutes before filleting it.

We got word from a customer who took a ride up the beach this morning in the boat. Found some birds and marked lots of bait but didn’t find hungry bass. He reported the water temperature was mid to high 40’s.

2:30 PM

Bill Bassant (FHQ Alumni) stopped in the shop and reported catching today, “I fished down south on the bayside, no luck. Then moved over to the oceanside. Caught two little stripers and a nice fat FLUKE.”Check out this picture of Bill and his fluke that he released.

There more good word… Bluefish on the mid-island surf!!!  Allen Magrini was walking the surf this today casting lures, notta. He saw two anglers bait fishing and asked they how they were making out. It turns out they had a few 4-5-lb bluefish on the sand. The action was about 10am this morning, mid-island surf on bunker.

11:30 AM

Our spring fishery in progressing! There’s been weakfish, bluefish and puppy drum caught. Sounds like they made a move into the bay with the little blow we just had.  With the upcoming moon expect this to continue to progress.

Jay Simmons was in the shop last night. He said fishing with Capt Steve Purul was great, “Lots of light tackle fun. Released a number of puppy drum.” They are smoking the schoolie bass.

After talking to some customers in the shop we learned there was a couple really good days had by a few boat anglers in the ocean. There was talk during the week, but most wrote it off as rumor. We have confirmed that classy bass were gorging on bait. “The gannets will show you where. There is herring and bunker present. Bucktails, Big Slab Metal Spoons and Rubber Shads!” The one angler said.

Received: April 20, 2013 7:02 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Open Boat Tomorrow

Open Boat Back Bay Stripers Sunday April 21st – 7am-12pm. We continue to do well with light tackle stripers and even a few red drum are making the mix! [ yes, Red drum] . All bait and tackle is included- $100.00 – call only 609-290-1217

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: April 19, 2013 11:53 PM   Subject: Update on Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations

Below is the article I just finished writing for the upcoming JCAA newsletter.

Good News for Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations
By Paul Haertel
On 4/17/13 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved option 2 of section 3.0 of Draft Addendum XXIV to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) and the Berkeley Striper Club (BSC) were two of only three organizations to submit comments on this matter. They supported option two while the other group from Virginia opposed it. Option 2 allows the projected underage of fluke caught along the east coast to be utilized by New Jersey and New York as these were the only two states that had been forced to further restrict their recreational fluke regulations this year. New York will be allowed to reduce its size limit from 19 ½” to 19” and New Jersey will be allowed to extend its season by up to 11 days. Our season is currently scheduled to close on 9/16 but the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) could vote to extend our season though 9/27. The fish that both states have been allocated are considered bonus fish that will be added to each states quota.

While the passage of an extended season might seem like a slam dunk to some, it is not a sure thing. The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council held an advisors meeting on sea bass on 4/18. During this meeting some time was devoted to talking about fluke and a couple advisors and council members expressed concerns about allowing the fluke season to be extended. Therefore, it was decided that the NJMFC would schedule another advisors meeting for fluke and that the council would consider any proposed change to our fluke regulations at their July meeting. Ultimately our council could decide not to utilize any of the fish and leave our season as is or they could choose to utilize all of them and extend our season by the full 11 days. However it is also possible that they could utilize some of the fish and extend our season by just a few days.

The ASMFC also reviewed and approved new data that will allow states in the northern area, including New Jersey to reduce their recreational sea bass catch by 24 % rather than the 32% that had previously mandated. This will allow us to keep our size limit at 12 ½” rather than having to increase the size limit to 13” which was likely prior to the latest liberalization. The majority of advisors and council members present favored the option for sea bass that would maintain a 12 1/2″ size limit, reduce the bag limit to 20 from 25 and have seasons from 5/19-8/8, 9/27-10/14 and 11/1-12/31. That will result in an open season of 161 days, 30 less than we had last year. Numerous other options were also discussed and some will be made available to the public in the near future. The sea bass regulations are expected to be set at the May 2nd meeting of the NJMFC. Those interested are encouraged to attend and give their opinions.

The only problem now as I see it, is that if our fluke season ends on 9/16 and the sea bass season is closed until 9/27, there will be little for inshore fishermen to fish for inshore during those 11 days. Anyone interested in having our fluke season extended should come to the NJMFC meetings and urge our council members to add these additional days to our season. Both of the upcoming NJMFC meetings are scheduled to begin at 4 PM and will be held at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library, 306 East Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway, NJ 08205. Again, the sea bass regulations are expected to be set at the meeting on 5/2, while new fluke regulations might be considered at the meeting on 7/11.

~ Paul Haertel – Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Berkley Striper Club

April 19, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

1:00 PM

Bunker is here!

11:30 AM

Surf Clams just arrived!  We got a call they our bunker man has bait for us. We expect fresh bunker to be in the shop by about 1pm.

9:00 AM

Chet B. stopped in the shop yesterday. He reported two bass on the bayside on bait.

Last night after we closed up the shop Blake and I joined South Philly Fred (SPF) for some fun fishing. SPF hooked up on his second cast of the night and only couple minutes later I was tight on an SP Minnow.  Both fish were quality, 15+lbs. Check out a picture of Fred’s first fish of the night.

FHQ alumni Sam W. fished out of Hatteras, NC the day before yesterday. He reported one yellowfin and several gaffer mahi. He also jigged some amberjacks while trying for blackfin.

~FishHead.Greg

April 18, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

6:00 PM

A customer stopped in the shop a little bit ago and dropped off a rod for repair. While here he reported fishing with Captain Eddy on the Hunter out of Barnegat Light. Today they caught a bunch of black fish and cod on clam. It sounds like the bite was good!

Another customer was buying clams and said, “This is going to be my second time out. My first session of the year was full of small fish action, all on clam off of the north end surf. Also this afternoon we received word from an angler who released a 34″ bass off the mid-island surf this morning on clam.

9:00 AM

Store staffer Ted fished the bayside last night with clam and worm. He caught one keeper size bass and a few shorts. Ted also reported one customer that stopped in the shop this morning caught a pair of shorts off of the mid-island surf yesterday on clam.

April 17, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: April 17, 2013 7:07 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Open Boat

The Stripers are here and the bite is on! Couple of spots still available for Thursday 4/17 Open Boat Stripers 5hrs backbay – $100.00pp 7am-12pm. Call only to reserve 609-290-1217

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

April 15, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Apr 15, 2013 8:28 AM   Subject: Saturday striper

Wanted to comment on mid-island beach striped bass fishing. You had a report from Jones and Adrian landing 5 shorts. I think I was fishing just up the beach from them on Saturday afternoon and saw them land a few of them. I fished for about 2 hours and landed 1 short at 22” and also had one other hit but did not hook it. I was using clams. So the fish are there. We were the only ones in sight fishing off the beach. Time to get back out there.

~ Mike Zakutansky

April 14, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

3:00 PM

Lots more reports of bass on the bayside throughout the stretch of the Island’s west side. Word on the street is there’s some drum showing up too. We had a number of requests for surf clam bushels and finally they are in.

Store staffer Steve fished last night and reported several stripers up to keeper size, all on clam.

A customer was out yesterday running his boat. Headed up to IBSP and pulled some spoons but didn’t have any luck. He reported the water temperature was 47 degrees. Any day now…

2:00 AM

Finally numerous positive reports of bass on the beach. The surf temps are in the mid to upper 40’s (44-47 degrees) and with the warmer days the spring season is here! Before you know it, the big bass run will be on.

Jones and Adrian stopped in the shop three times yesterday. Each time for bait and tackle. The duo slammed the bass off of the mid-island surf! 5 shorts on clam and bunker today.

We finalized the results of our Fall Striper Side-Bet as well as our Sandy Extension. Congrats to all of the winners! All of the winning anglers got calls today from me notifying a prize is here for pick up. While making calls I got some fishing reports… Jay Trinter of Waretown shared a reported, “7 bass up to 26″ on clam, lost a couple too. Heading back out again.” Steve Taylor of Burlington shared, “Caught two small bass”.

Another report came from a customer was walking the beach enjoying the day. While walking the sand, he stopped and spoke with an angler. He got word of a couple short bass.

Just so everyone knows our current clam situation. The gnarly storm that rolled through Thursday night put a hold on the clam harvesting. We never got our Friday’s delivery. We expected Friday’s to show up saturday but it never came. We should have a load of fresh bivalves today hopefully before noon. Time will tell.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Apr 14, 2013 1:37 PM Subject: Fwd: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

As if on cue with last weeks laughing gulls arriving so does the first signs of migrating stripers this week! With only one exception both weather and fishing continued to improve and provide more fun light tackle striped bass action this week. No doubt that more ocean migrating stripers are moving into the back bay as evident with some bigger bass arriving with hitchhiking sea lice.

Sea lice are a natural ocean occurring exterior “house keeper” who basically are like little beneficial cleaning machines that keep their host clean a free of more harmful parasites. They also indicate newly arriving fish to our area as only ocean fish seem to wear them for a short while after entering into our back bay.

This week we will be fishing our normal 5-hr back bay trips adding not only more time but more locations to explore and intercept those arriving stripers!

Employing both artificial and natural baits will be our plan to mix it up and have fun. I have room on both Thursday and Friday for either open boat or private charters for anyone who would like to join the fun. Remember to join us on face book and “like us” and view photos.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Apr 14, 2013 1:34 AM   Subject: Report

Saturday evening, Mid-Island Bayside about 10:30 PM… landed 1 Striper at 29-1/4″ on clam.

~ Matt S.

April 13, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Apr 13, 2013 8:20 PM   Subject: LBI Charters

Well the Kev n Ash is finally in the water after marina damage keeping us on land way too long! Well Kev and I headed out today to see if we couldn’t get a couple bites. With the cold water and big swell didn’t expect much. Well, we caught 61 blackfish retaining our limit of 8 and releasing numerous other keepers. We also ended up with 12 codfish, 4 being keepers and a 10-lb blackfish. Here is a picture on Kev.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters  631.300.6413

April 11, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Day before yesterday South Philly Fred took a break from work and got out of the heat. He caught a nice speckle trout (Sea Trout) among some other hook ups.

With the recent warmer temperatures our spring fishery is getting better by the day. There’s been talk in the shop of some great bass activity. We are getting reports of fish throughout the bay. In the past few days, the Tuckerton area has had a consistent bite of small bass. We haven’t heard of any quality fish but they are here. Deep in the bay anglers are picking late night.

Staffer Steve fished the bayside on the south end yesterday. He reported some schoolie bass were around.

~ Fish Head Greg

A message from the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife…

With recreational fishing and boating season upon us, the Christie Administration has released a “Jersey Shore Open for Boating” fact sheet and flier to educate the public on having a safe time on the water.   Waterways in some areas may be very different than before Superstorm Sandy, and boaters need to be aware of obstacles and adjust their speed accordingly for safety.

The DEP has posted two documents and a new webpage for boaters pertaining to Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath:
– Frequently Asked Questions for Boaters – http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/faq-boaters.pdf
– Jersey Shore-Open for Boating Flyer – http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/waterways-open-boater-flyer.pdf
– Sandy Waterway Debris Resources – http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/wwdebris.htm

The DEP continues to monitor water quality along the entire coastline, with all test results meeting recreational use standards.  All recreational use advisories have now been lifted across the state..

Additionally, the DEP will continue to work with the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as county and local health agencies, to ensure protection of water quality and the safety of the public now and into the summer season. Recreational bathing beaches will be thoroughly monitored, with any closings posted on the DEP’s website at http://www.njbeaches.org/ .

More information can be found in the DEP news release at http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2013/13_0034.htm .

April 9, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Just got off the phone with the Product Manager at Penn. The rumor on the street is confirmed! The Penn Z 704 (bailed) and 706 (bail-less) will be re-released and retail at $200. Penn dug out the old tooling and will manufacture these reels just like a decade ago… In the USA with the same materials; stainless pinion and brass main gear.

We would really like to see the addition of a second anti-reverse (add a one way roller bearing onto the male shaft of the main gear) but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. Penn’s goal is to please all of the “Old Schoolers” that love the Z’s. Expect to see these reels hit our shelves this fall.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 8, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Blake and I connected the boat & trailer this morning and headed up to the north end of the island. At the Barnegat Light boat ramp, we were welcomed with a front end loader and a chain with a sign saying CLOSED. Oops! That’s the hard way to find out there are ramp repairs going down. It didn’t stop us. We headed back down to mid-island and used Surf City’s ramp on Division street. After a nice ride up the bay we hit the flats and put a couple hours in. Not a touch or follow so we made a couple moves and scouted around. We found hungry schoolie stripers on the west side of the bay which got our lines tight. Seems like they were hitting in waves. We’d get two or three and then it would be dead for about 15 minutes at which time another round of a couple hits would start. This went on for a few cycles. Hopefully with this warmer weather the action will break open. It was great getting the line wet and I hope you have time to do the same!

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Apr 8, 2013 6:40 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Report

The cold weather pattern that has held our area in “late winter mode” rather than “early spring mode” has loosened it’s grip ever so slightly allowing the back bay water temps to again inch it’s way toward the 50 degree mark. This week also welcomed more and more newly arriving laughing gulls back to our area which have always been a reliable prognosticator of arriving migrating striped bass and bluefish and with the warming trend forecast for this up coming week who knows how quickly things can develop.

Albeit all the good signs were there with slightly increasing water temps, this week was a bit slower in catch and release action with stripers. The bites were constant but it seemed as though connecting or staying connected was a bit more challenging for most anglers. The readings of fish on the sonar also seemed to vary from one day to the next as the fish appeared to be more on the move [ warmer temps ?] . Solid readings in one area on one day would have you in a game of hind and seek the next day.

Another positive note this week was the landing of our first keeper striper at 29-1/2 inches which after a quick picture was returned safely to the water to play again another day. We will continue running both private and open boat specials this week for those looking to get out and bend a rod!

3 spots available for Thursday – 3 -7pm = $75.00pp, Friday – a.m. available only – 8am-12pm, Sunday – Open

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

April 6, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Apr 6, 2013 8:35 AM    Subject: Cape May Fishing Flea Market

I have not splashed the Hi Flier yet, May 1 is always our target date, so I look forward to contributing some reports soon.

I am hosting the Cape May Fishing Flea Market tomorrow, Sunday, April 7 from 9AM to 3 PM at the Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette St, Cape May. $4 admission, Kids 12 & Under FREE. Our biggest floor ever will be displayed this year, there are over 80 tables sold and still a few left. If anyone has any tackle that they would like to sell an 8-ft space is only $30, so call your fishing buddies, share a a space, blow out some of that excess tackle and then buy some more! Two FREE seminars at the show this year: 10 AM Capt. Harvey Yenkinson on Deep Water Fluking and 11:30 AM Capt. Darren Dorris on Mid-Range Tuna. A room full of new, used, and antique fishing tackle. Boating and nautical items. Everything fishing. Door prizes every hour including our Noon Grand Prize, a one year membership to Sea Tow. Hope to see you there.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

April 5, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

Received: Apr 5, 2013 11:42 AM Subject: “Kev n’ Ash” 2013 Season

The Kev n’ Ash will be back in the water on April 12th following the repairs of our dock from Hurricane Sandy. Fishing will start on April 13th. It’s a little bit of a late start, but the dock issue has kept us at dry dock. We’ll try blackfishing, maybe there will be a couple of cod around, or we’ll target the stripers. Any way you slice it, it will be nice to get back on the water. Give a call or shoot us an email if you want to get in some Spring fishing.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters  631.300.6413

April 4, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

2:15 PM

This afternoon John Lyszczarz of the Village Harbour Fishing Club stopped in the shop and shared a fishing report. John fished the bay aboard the Seabona this morning. They caught four winter flounder on live bloodworms. John mentioned the water temp where they were fishing was 43.5 degrees.

Received: Apr 4, 2013 7:02 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Friday’s weather forecast is for a sunny afternoon with a high of 60. I have 2 spot left for an open boat 2-6pm light tackle striper at $75.00.pp. All bait,tackle,rods are included. C’mon and enjoy the weather and have some laughes and meet enthusiastic anglers and destress for a few hours.

April 3, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

The LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee is revitalizing their efforts for 2013, expanding the board, soliciting volunteers and seeking financial donations to make this island tradition stronger than ever. The LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee in partnership with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the dates for the 59th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic….
The eight week “Classic” begins on Monday, October 7 and continues to Sunday, December 1, 2013. We are excited for another fantastic fishing season on Long Beach Island.
…More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Date: Apr 3, 2013 7:57 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Update

Hope everyone had a safe and healthy winter season. If seems hard to believe but this year marks my 35th year fishing the water in and around Barnegat Bay and Inlet. I started prepping the Debbie M for another amazing season. I look forward to seeing many of you back on board and hope to meet lots of new faces. As usual I will soon be starting with bass and blues on the inside. As many of you know watching bass and blues smash poppers in only a few feet of water is enough to shake off the winter blues. When the bite is on out front I will also be chasing the big girls as they gorge on bunker. Fluke will always be in the mix to make for excellent light tackle action as well as table fare. After last summer’s strong showing of quality weakfish I am keeping my fingers crossed for a run of spring tide runners. Last summer I saw more weakfish 25″ or better come over the rails than I have in a very long time. Looking forward to an amazing spring so give me a call to get in on the action.

Screaming Drags!

~ Capt. Alex, Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

April 2, 2013 ————————————————————————————-

2:15 PM

Jason Parkerson reported on our Facebook page today, “My girlfriend and I made our first trip down to the shore yesterday (Monday). We caught some schoolie stripers in the back bay. We also lost a few nice ones. They were loving the bloodworms.”

March 30, 2013 ——————————————————————————–

During this holiday of renewal we wish everyone a Happy Easter!

The retail store will be closing at 1PM today. Thank you.

Received: Mar 31, 2013 9:00 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Another great week of catch and release light tackle schoolie striper action was had by those aboard the Reel Fantasea this week! Anglers aboard continued their season rampage with sporty stripers to put our total of catch and release stripers over 300 in just the month of March!

Again this is strictly a light tackle catch and release event as most fish are ranging from 10-24″ with consistent” hot rod” bending action throughout the trip! These trips lend themselves well to novice and veterans as we are catching fish within seconds of arrival. Also a great way to introduce kids to the sport as the bites are non stop keeping them engaged and entertained.

Winter flounder also continue to spice our catch and be a viable option for those who want to sample that fishery. Switching back and forth from bass to flounder is simply and easy depending on the angler’s desires.

With the weather finally starting to warm and the bays water temperature “spiking” to a season high of 45 degrees the action should continue to get even better as resident fish become more active and are joined by Northerly migrating fish.

I will be running trips Thursday 2-6pm, Friday 8 am-12pm , 2-6pm – and Sunday 8am-12pm for those looking to get in on the light tackle action.

Private and Open Boat available – Bring friends and family for a private charter or meet new friends on a open boat, either way isn’t time to have some fun and go fishing? Remember to join us on Face Book to view photos and hopefully “like us”.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 30, 2013 ————————————————————————–

Sorry, no clams until next week. We do have a very limited amount of Fresh Bunker.
Yes, bloodworms are in stock.

Finally some Spring like weather. With the warmer temperatures it is really feeling like Spring. It’s great to get outside and get things going. Especially this year, everyone has a long list of things “to do” in preparation of the fishing season that is already here. Get the boat and/or tackle ready! Last year at this time we had all kinds of things going on… perch, winter flounder, bass, blues and drum. There’s fish locally you just need to know where to look to find them. Stop in the shop and we’ll put you on the fish. It hasn’t broken wide open yet. BUT! You got to have your line wet to be in the game. Last spring we had an epic bite early. Don’t miss out.
No reports off of the front beach today. Just a reminder, last year Rob Vallone caught a keeper bass off of the surf on April 2nd. The surf temperature was also 8 degrees warmer then too. The year’s first batch of fresh bunker arrived today.

Joe Posch stopped in the shop today to get a new pair of Costa Sunglasses. While here Joe said he took his boat out for a ride in the southern bay yesterday. He reported that the water temperature was 44 degrees in the Great Bay area. He fished for a little while and released one bass which bit on clam.

There is and there has been plenty of fish over the winter to keep the die hards happy. Among many others, South Philly Fred and Pete have been putting up consistent catches on every outing. Also store staffer Blake has been into fish this entire year so far. He has been catching all winter and he’s not stopping now that Spring is in the air. Thursday, Fred and Pete got their lines tight. They reported phenomenal action, releasing a few dozen bass. Fred said all of their fish wanted Daiwa lures (SP’s, DS’s and DC’s). Pete went again Friday and had a blast with small bass. He got ’em again on small plastic and rubber lures.

March 28, 2013 ———————————————————————-

Published on Mar 27, 2013

Check out the video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjQ_dGfZeDQ

OBX, NC Oregon Inlet Bluefin Tuna fishing aboard the Pez Machine with Capt. Stew Hitchner. This video was shot in mid-March 2013 with John W. being the angler and Brian C. the mate on the harpoon. This tuna was 71″ and one of many fish caught by the crew on this day. It was caught trolling a ballyhoo with a Joe Shute rigged up on a Shimano Tiagra 130 Reel mounted on a Custom Calstar RT80 with Winthrop Roller guides.

Received: Mar 28, 2013 4:15 PM   Subject: Shellfish Beds In Southern Barnegat Bay to Reopen

NJ Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an Administrative Order reopening additional shellfish beds in the southern portion of Barnegat Bay, effective at sunrise (6:46 a.m.) on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Commissioner Martin signed the order following water monitoring and tissue sampling that found no issues with contamination from bacteria or viruses as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The beds had been closed since October 29 as a precaution in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in New Jersey.

March 26, 2013 —————————————————————–

Received: Mar 26, 2013 9:19 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Thursday and Friday’s weather looks great! 3 Spots still available for Thursday and 1 spot is still available for Friday. 2-6 PM light tackle stripers [winter flounder is an option] . $75.00 pp. All tackle/bait/rods/etc… included!

It’s time to get out and enjoy some fishing and outdoors fun in the sun!

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 24, 2013 —————————————————————

Received: Mar 24, 2013 7:30 PM    Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Another week of cold temps and solid light tackle catch and release action with schoolie stripers. This week anglers aboard Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters brought our season total of catch and release stripers to over 200 in just 4 trips!

Regulars Joe Franke and Kevin Rust teamed up for more solid light tackle striper action despite cold and windy 20-30mph condition the guys tallied over 40 stripers with me adding to the count from time to time.

Next up was regular Karl Steffan and crew who were greeted by diminishing weather condition with building easterly winds and bone chilling temperatures . Although this was our slowest trip of the year the guys still managed 31 stripers and without even targeting them 2 winter flounder. New comer Gary was high hook landing 16 stripers! This was the first time that Gary’s caught Stripers… he never caught stripers before!

At this time our area is under a winter storm warning but fortunately a warming trend is immediately forecasted on the other side of this system and unless privately booked the Reel Fantasea will continue to be running open boats on both Thursday and Friday of this week. Stripers ? Winter Flounder ? Both ? Come join the fun! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 23, 2013 ————————————————————–

The 2013 Winter Flounder season opened today with a 12″ minimum length and 2 fish possession limit. Season ends after May 21, 2013.

This afternoon, staff member Steve W. caught two Winter Flounder and five short Striped Bass on bloodworms.

March 20, 2013 ———————————————————-

Kenny from Mystic Island picked-up clams yesterday afternoon and tried fishing mid-island. Yesterday’s results were one short striper at 22″. He’s going out again today.

Received: Mar 19, 2013 9:22 PM    Subject: Beach Haven Beach Buggy Access

The Borough of Beach Haven will not be allowing beach buggy access to it’s beaches for the 2013 Spring season. With the continuing weather systems creating northeast wind patterns we continue to lose much of what we repair. As of now there is still equipment working on the beaches trying to repair the dune system, however without any vegetation or fencing the dunes that are being created are extremely fragile.

All of Beach Haven’s beaches are open for walk on access to anyone who is looking to surf fish, however you may find that your “favorite” spot on any given day may have limited access if that area is being worked on.
The Borough of Beach Haven will likely be looking for volunteers to help plant the dunes in the fall, anyone that would like to be added to the list of people that will be contacted for this project please contact the Beach Haven Public Works Department at publicworks@beachhaven-nj.gov and provide a contact number. This project should help add some stability to the dune system and hopefully help provide for the long term access to the Borough’s beaches.

~ George Gilbert, Beach Haven Dept of Public Works Superintendent

March 17, 2013 ———————————————————-

Received: Mar 17, 2013 10:04 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

“Old Man Winter” continues to let his presents be known in the way of wind, wintry precipitation mix and cooler than desired day time highs. Fortunately nobody told the robust resident schoollie population as we continued another solid week of catch and release with all anglers catching into the double digits!

Anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea on Friday’s Open Boat trip in under 4 hours tallied another 50+ stripers. This brings our young season’s total of catch and release stripers to over 130. That in just 2 trips! High hook this week was new comer Bill Cohen with a solid 17 stripers before trips end. Both novice and veterans are into fish with in seconds of arrival and deployment of our light spinning tackle techniques. All aboard continue to agree that the solid light tackle action was a great way to start their season and rid themselves of cabin fever.

Winter flounder season opens March 23rd and can be easily added to these early season outings for those interested in both striper and flounder combo trips. The weather maybe chilly but the catching is HOT so dress warm and come join the fun!

Next Open Boat – Friday March 22nd [back bay stripers] and Sunday March 24th [stripers and flounder]. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Mar 17, 2013 9:20 AM   Subject: Trip on Friday ,March 16th

Last weeks Striper bonanza on Reel Fantasea charters brought me back for more light tackle action this past Friday. Captain Steve Purul did not disappoint! We caught 50 + schoolie Stripers in under 4 hours in a stiff 20 mph SE wind. That’s 130 + Stripers in less than a week fishing aboard the Reel Fantasea.

~ Jay Simmons

Angler, Ray, asked, “are the Long Beach Island (LBI) beaches open to beach buggies?”

At this time we do not have positive information to provide. We are being told the beaches are closed to vehicles. Local towns have been contacted but no firm information about any Spring openings for 4×4 beach access.

Please continue to call the towns and ask about 4×4 beach access. All anglers need to be contacting the various towns to let officials know that anglers want to fish and drive their beaches. Hopefully receiving calls may open up a few minds to 4×4 beach buggy access if it is possible. Our 4×4 beach access resources need to be incorporated into management plans.

If the beaches are being worked on, then it’s understandable 4×4 beach access will need to be denied in those areas. If access road are not available then 4×4 beach access will need to be denied in those areas also.

~ Fish Head Stan

March 13, 2013 ————————————————————–

Received: Mar 13, 2013 8:29 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – 1 spot left for Friday 2-6 PM

I have 1 spot left for this Friday’s back bay light tackle striped bass trip (2-6 PM). Come join and meet new friends and other enthusiastic anglers! On our last trip we had a legitimate 80+ schoolies!

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 12, 2013 ————————————————————

Received: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:15 PM Subject: Fishing Report-ReelFantasea Trip on March 10th

Went on a four hour tour with Captain Steve Purul aboard the Reel Fantesea this past Sunday. We fished the Bay from 2:00 till 6:00 PM landing 80 + Stripers…YES, 80+… that’s not a typo. These were small slot fish but on light tackle it made for an OUTSTANDING start to the 2013 fishing season.

The fish are there and craving bloodworms. The Stripers were gobbling them up!

~ Jay Simmons

March 11, 2013 ————————————————————–

Received: Mar 11, 2013 7:20 PM    Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Our Best Season Opener Ever!

With Old Man Winter exhaling (hopefully) his last breath this past week I found myself putting the final touches on the Reel Fantasea while rolling around in an all day snow fall. Hopes were high to have her ready for her 2013 season launch for Sunday’s (March 10) first “March Madness” trip, and ready we were, but even more ready was the cooperative resident schoolie striper population!

Sunday’s season opener featured an all star cast of regulars headed up by Joe Franke, The Simmons’s brothers, Jay a.k.a, “The Bass Master”, Chris Simmons, son KC, and last but certainly not least Karl Steffan, a.k.a “The Maestro”. Karl also took “Hot Rod” honors as he single handed released 28 stripers in just 4 hours!

The Reel Fantasea’s bottom paint was hardly even wet before we were netting our first schoolie striper of the year! From there the guys were doubled up and continued to tally 80+ schoolie stripers in 4 hours! Every drift the guys connected with 3-6 stripers on light spinning tackle! This is without question our best season opener ever! Although we didn’t land any fish close to the 28″ minimum size, even this salty veteran crew had a blast with the hot action.

This light tackle action is strictly for those looking to rid themselves of cabin fever and kick off the 2013 fishing season with some very consistent schoolie striper action! Come on and join the fun on a Open or Private Charter for “March Madness” . I have Thursday and Friday available for either private or open boat this week 7am – 11am and 2:30pm and 6:30pm. Prime Dates remain for both Spring backbay/inlet and Live Bunker Trophy Striper fishing. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 7, 2013 ————————————————————-

Received: Mar 7, 2013 8:18 PM Subject: 2013 Fluke Regulations Set

The NJMFC voted unanimously in favor of a 2013 Recreational Fluke season that will begin on May 18th and end on September 16th, with a 17-1/2″ size limit and a five fish bag limit. The groups I represented at the meeting supported a longer season or at least one that extended the season further into the Fall. However, the vast majority of those who spoke favored the option that was chosen. However, there is still a little ray of hope that the season might be extended further. After all states have set their regulations, the ASMFC will review them. If they determine that the regulations are likely to result in a coast wide underage of the quota they may allow New Jersey and New York to liberalize their regulations somewhat. New Jersey and New York were the only two states who were forced to take a reduction due to overfishing their quotas last year. If the ASMFC does allow us to liberalize somewhat the NJMFC may do so by adding a few days to the end of our season. However, there was some concern by council members that doing so could cause us to exceed our quota. I pointed out that we are more likely to under fish our quota this year because there will be far less participation. This is due to all the marinas, boats and coastal homes that were damaged or lost due to Hurricane Sandy. If we are given the option to liberalize further, the NJMFC will consider doing so at their next meeting on May 2nd.

The NJBMF is still working on the sea bass options for this year. They are expected to be ready sometime in the near future. The regulations will then be set at the NJMFC meeting on May 2nd.

~ Paul Haertel

March 4, 2013 ———————————————————–

WAKE UP!

Received: Mar 4, 2013 5:34 PM    Subject: Info “2013 Fluke Regulation Options” from Paul Haertel

Below are the options that were just released today followed by my comments.

Regardless if you agree with me or not, it is important to attend the Council meeting and voice your opinions. The fluke regulations are going to be voted on by the Council immediately after the public comment period. The meeting will be held at 4PM on 3/7 at the Galloway Township Library on Jimmie Leeds Rd. in Absecon.

Galloway Township Library
306 E Jimmie Leeds Road
Galloway, NJ 08205
(609) 652-2352
http://www.atlanticlibrary.org/branches/galloway/index.asp#directions

Option
Size Max
Limit
Season
# days
2012
17.5″
5
5/5-9/28
147
# 1
17.5″
5
5/11-9/4
117
# 2
17.5″
5
5/18-9/16
122
# 3
17.5″
5
5/24-9/22
122
# 4
18″
5
5/25-10/2
131
# 5
18″
5
5/18-9/26
132
# 6
18″
5
5/1-9/12
135
The Committee preferred Option # 2

In 2012 the option that was favored by the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council Fluke Committee Members was for a 170 day season with an 8 fish bag limit and an 18” size limit. However, a slight majority of the public spoke in favor of reducing the season to 147 days with a bag limit of only 5 fish so that the size limit could be lowered to 17.5”.

The commercial representatives, who outnumber the recreational representatives on the Council then made a motion to favor that alternative and it became law despite the fact that our recreational representatives voted against it.

I attended the advisors meeting last week the NJMFC committee now favors reducing last years season length an additional 25 days. I spoke in favor of increasing the size limit to 18” so that we could have a longer season but I was in the minority. The option I liked best would have been for a season that ran from 5/4-9/29 with an 18” size limit and a 5 fish bag limit. That would have resulted in a 149 day season. Despite the fact that this option was approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council, it was removed from the list of those that will make it to the public hearing. This is due to concerns from the majority of advisors and council members present that a season that long might result in us exceeding our quota.

The majority of those at the advisors meeting were in favor of keeping the size limit at 17.5” with a bag limit of 5. Most favored the option that would do that while keeping the season open though 9/22. However, some representatives who were mostly from the southern part of the State or back bay fishermen requested an earlier opening to the season. There is also a possibility that after all the states have set their regulations, the ASMFC might allow New York and New Jersey to further relax their regulations if there appears that there might me a coast wide estimated underage. Most advisors spoke against utilizing it if it became available for fear of it causing us to exceed our quota. I urged the council to take a least partial advantage of it if it becomes available. I mentioned that we are more likely to underfish our quota this year as there will be far less participation. This is due to the fact that many of our marinas, private boats and coastal homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The Council’s preferred option is for a season from 5/18-9/16. It will be hard to change that unless a big majority of us show up at the Council meeting to support a longer season or at least one that extends the season further into September. It should be noted that in prior years that we would have had to give up 2-3 days in May to gain one day in September. This year their statistics show that it would be a one for one swap.

I also asked if there could be any options could be developed that would allow us to return to an 8 fish bag limit. I was told that there was insufficient data to increase the bag limit this year with any of the options. I then requested that data be gathered so that we might be able to increase the bag limit in the future.

Below are some of the points that I made in support of the longer season. I intend to bring them up again at the Council meeting:

1.) Having a longer season is most beneficial for our various fisheries. When the fluke season is closed many fishermen are forced to target other species such as stripers, sea bass, and blackfish. This may put undue pressure on these species as well as others and cause us to exceed our quotas for some of them. We urge you to consider the effects that a shorter season for one species may have on other species.

2.) It is imperative that we have a fluke season that will extend well into the fall because the other species that we normally fish for then will be closed. More specifically, blackfish will either be closed or there may be a limit of just one. Compounding the issue further it the fact that fishing for sea bass is expected to be closed from 10/15 to 11/1. In recent years stripers have not been arriving in force until November so if the fluke season is not open further into the fall there will be virtually nothing for surfcasters and inshore fishermen to fish for. If there is nothing to fish for in our state at that time, some of us will fish in others states or not fish at all. It is particularly important for surfcasters to be able to fish for fluke late into the fall as many of us believe that our best chance of catching a couple keepers occurs during the fall mullet run.

3.) The fall is a time when many of those who target doormats have a good chance at success. The big fish have fattened up over the summer and are on the feed as they stop at wrecks and rough spots as they migrate offshore. As is the case with surf fishermen, this traditional fishery has been taken away from the trophy fishermen in some recent years.

4.) A longer season is better for the economy simply because it gives everyone regardless of whether they are surfcasters, private boaters or charter and party boat fishermen more days to fish. For example consider the impact it might have on tackle stores, who cater to surf fishermen, if their customers are left with nothing to fish for in the early fall. This is particularly true this year as shore area businesses struggle to recover from the hurricane.

5.) Weather is more of a factor when the seasons are shorter. A sustained period of bad weather can be disastrous during a shortened season. A longer season provides everyone with more of an opportunity to reschedule trips that had been cancelled due to bad weather.

6.) A 17.5″ – 18” fluke is really hard to catch. I was out on the water many days last year and in fact logged in numerous fluke trips for the NJ volunteer anglers survey. I might have caught 5 or 6 fluke between 17.5” and 18” the entire season. Giving up many additional days of fishing just to be able to keep an occasional 17.5” to 18” fluke is not worth it.

Regardless if you agree with me or not, it is important to attend the Council meeting and voice your opinions. The fluke regulations are going to be voted on by the Council immediately after the public comment period. The meeting will be held at 4PM on 3/7 at the Galloway Township Library on Jimmie Leeds Rd. in Absecon.

Galloway Township Library
306 E Jimmie Leeds Road
Galloway, NJ 08205
(609) 652-2352
http://www.atlanticlibrary.org/branches/galloway/index.asp#directions

I’m hoping to see everyone there.

Paul Haertel
2nd VP JCAA
NJOA representative
Berleley Striper Club member
NJBBA member

March 3, 2013 ———————————————————-

Received: Mar 3, 2013 1:39 PM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing

Hello All,

Hope everyone has been enjoying this relatively mild winter. It’s hard to believe that it’s March already, but next week we’ll be bumping the clocks ahead and before you know it spring will be upon us. And that means the fishing season is right around the corner!

We’ll be getting the boat ready over the next few weeks, and I’m looking towards a 2013 launch around the 1st of April. While my off season tax work will keep me pretty busy on weekdays until the middle of the month, we’ll be watching to see if the exceptional bass fishing we had in early April last year repeats itself in 2013. If it does, we’ll be running weekend trips to get out there and get in on the action whenever the weather permits. We’ll be resuming our regular weekday fishing schedule around April 27th.

Plenty of good dates are still available, but they go fast once the bite gets started so now’s the time to lock in the dates for those spring striper trips you’ve been thinking about all winter. Give me a call or shoot me an email and we’ll get them in the book. Hope to see you soon.

~ Capt. Jack Shea, Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters  609.698.3632

March 1, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Received : Mar 1, 2013 6:29 AM   Subject: Reel Reaction Charters

It’s March 1st – Striped Bass time. Although the boat is dry docked, I’m currently prepping for the spring striped bass season and plan on having the boat in the water in by April 1st to target our bay striped bass. Once the warms up a bit, these bass can be caught light tackle setups with surface poppers, soft plastics, etc. I’m also in the process of converting most of my conventional striped bass and fluke reels to new AVET reels which are MADE IN THE USA and very durable. All bait and tackle is provided on all charters and we only use the highest quality tackle.

Check out our website for charter rates, and you can book a trip through it. After June 18, I’ll will be running trips daily. Will everyone Good Luck fishing in 2013.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709 reelreaction@gmail.com

March 1, 2013 is Opening Day for Striped Bass on the bayside. (There was No Closure on the Ocean-side out to 3nm)

February 24, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Date: Feb 24, 2013 5:42 PM    Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – March Madness

With March 1st just a few days away and Spring just right around the corner, it’s time to get back to what I love to do the most FISH! This Winter has not been the mild Winter of last with temperatures in the annoying range most of the time [mid to upper 30’s] too warm to snow and too cold to get anything done on the Reel Fantasea [maintenance, wax or paint]. As the sun claws it’s way back into our Northern hemisphere, surely a warming trend can only be around the next bend. Although I am shooting for a launch date for March 1st the weather trend does not look conducive to be ready until the following week. We will be targeting those resident schoolie stripers that have wintered over in our area, this is strictly a light tackle event as most fish will range in the 22-26″ in size but a great way to get back on the brine and rid yourself of the dreaded cabin fever. Keepers are always a possibility!

March Madness – Again this year I will be running a March Madness Special for these resident stripers – Last years we had solid action with double digit striper catches along with winter flounder, and even a few stray bluefish and speckled trout to round out the action [Yes in March!]

This year I am excited to add the latest in fish finding electronic technology to the Reel Fantasea in the way of Lowrance’s Gen2 Structure Scan and completely revamping our conventional tackle to Penn’s new Squall reels and Legion rods! Both are sure to enhance your fishing experience aboard the Reel Fantasea!

Don’t forget to reserve your exciting light tackle Spring topwater striper and bluefish bay trips or go for that striper of a lifetime with our Spring Ocean Bunker Snagging Trophy Striper trips! Better yet go for them both and don’t miss out on the action!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217 captsteve@reelfantaseafishing.com

February 23, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

2013 SURF DAY – “A day dedicated to the surfcaster.”

DATE: Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Brookdale Community College
ADDRESS: 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738 (Surf Day is at the Warner Student Life Center)
ADMISSION: $10.00, Every child under 10 is free. All kids get something from the Jersey Shore Surfcasters (JSS)
SURF DAY WEB PAGE: http://jssfishingclubsurfday.com/Surf_Day.html Surf Day is sponsored by the Jersey Shore Surfcasters, it is a day strictly for those with surfcasting interests. If you want to get a full dose of surfcasting to help you through the winter doldrums, here it is! Surf Day offers high quality seminars and workshops throughout the day, visit SURF DAY web page for directions and to see “Who Is Coming” with profiles of the speakers. Plug builders, factory representatives, tackle shops and much more will be there. A cafeteria is available. The Jersey Shore Surfcasters is a group of surfcasters that focus on catching striped bass from the surf using one of the many techniques used for catching stripers. Please come in and look around. Surf Day is a day dedicated to the surfcaster. The Jersey Shore Surfcasters Fishing Club puts together a SURF DAY loaded with seminars and workshops with the surf fisherman in mind.
…Fisherman’s Headquarters Staff will see you there!

February 22, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

The day that surfcasters from all over the northeast love is almost finally here. Surf Day 2013 is tomorrow. We are all packed up and ready to rock and roll. We will have a large selection of everything a surfcaster needs to get their job done: rods, reels, lures galore and much more! Come out and enjoy the show and learn from all of the sharpies who will present informational seminars on a variety of surfcasting topics!

Ray Smith of Beach Haven stopped in the shop today after fishing to purchase a new Dexter Knife sharpener. Ray reported great fishing aboard the Doris Mae IV. He said that he limited out on sea bass with his biggest pushing 5-lbs. He reported that there were a lot of smaller fish that kept the action non stop. Ray mentioned that. Squid and clam were the best baits. He also said that there were not many other fish caught other than sea bass. “One cod, one porgy that I saw. No garbage fish! It was a great trip.”

~ Fish Head Greg

February 21, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Date: Feb 21, 2013 10:49 PM Subject: Sea bass and fluke regulation update

Sea Bass and Fluke Regulations Update
By Paul Haertel 2nd VP JCAA

Sea Bass – As we go to press we received a little bit of good news regarding sea bass. On 2/14/13 the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) voted to accept the recommendation of their Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) to increase the Allowable Biological Catch (ABC) to 5.5 million pounds. This is an increase of 1 million pounds from what was initially approved. The ABC will be split with 51% going to the recreational sector and 49% to the commercial sector. However, we are still going to end up with more stringent regulations than last year as the increase will not cover the overage that occurred in the recreational sector last year. Still, regulations are expected to be much better than the draconian measures that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) was set to consider at their upcoming meeting on 2/21/13. The various proposals included reductions for New Jersey that ranged from approximately 44-53%. At their upcoming meeting, the ASMFC will discuss various state by state and regional options but with the increase in the harvest limit the reductions will no longer be as severe. Once one of the options is approved it will be up to the individual states or regions to develop regulations that comply with that option. The New Jersey representatives to the ASMFC will work closely with the New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries (NJBMF) in attempting to have the best possible options and regulations approved for our state. On 2/26/13, the NJBMF will hold an advisors meeting before the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) is expected to finalize our regulations at their March 7th meeting.

I listened in on the sea bass portion of ASMFC webinar today. The commission voted for option 4 of Addendum XXIII which is for Ad Hoc Regional Measures. They also approved the 1 million pound increase that the MAMFC previously approved. Our state will now be in the region with the states to our north. This will result in New Jersey and the other northern states having to develop regulations intended to reduce their catch by about 32-34%. The exact reduction percentage will be calculated within the next few days after which the States will have to come up with proposals that meet the mandated reduction. This may take time and therefore it is unknown if our State will have any proposed regulations approved by the ASMFC in time for the advisors meeting. The size limit is expected to remain at 12 ½” but the bag limit may be reduced. Our season will be shortened significantly and I anticipate that we will have a lengthy mid-season closure. Though that is no good, it would likely allow sea bass season to be open after the fluke season closes. At least that would give inshore fishermen something to fish for as not many stripers will have arrived and the limit on blackfish at that time of the year will probably be only one.

Fluke – New Jersey has been forced to take approximately a 15% reduction from the recreational quota it had last year. This is due to a cut in the overall coast wide quota and the fact that New Jersey slightly exceeded its quota last year. This may very well renew the battle that we had last year when commercial representatives on the NJMFC overruled the standing motion recommended by the advisors and the council’s recreational representatives. That resulted in a shorter season with a 17 ½” size limit and a 5 fish bag limit rather than a longer season with an 18” size limit and 8 fish bag limit that the vast majority of Jersey Coast Anglers Association member clubs favored. The NJBMF has recently developed a number of preliminary options for this year including those with varying seasons and size limits. However, all have the same 5 fish bag limit that we had last year. Unfortunately, at this time no options are being considered to return the bag limit to 8 fish as there is insufficient data to increase the bag limit when increasing the size limit. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association pointed out last year that it was not a good idea to give up a portion of the bag limit unless it is absolutely necessary. While a 5 fish bag limit is really not all that bad, most fishermen would not want to reduce it any further. This could become a problem if we exceed our quota this year. Therefore, this year’s battle will be between those preferring a shorter season with a size limit of 17 ½” and those who prefer a longer season with an 18” size limit. Last year, even with the 17 ½” size limit, we had a season that lasted 147 days. This year if we keep the size limit at 17 ½” we will be forced to reduce the season to 117-122 days. On the other hand if we raise the size limit to 18” we will probably be able to have a season ranging from 131-149 days. Below are some of the preliminary options being considered. Some of these may be modified or deleted and others will be discussed as well at the advisors meeting on 2/26/13. Ultimately though, only a few options will be chosen for the public to have input on at the NJMFC meeting on March 7th. The meeting will begin at 4:00 PM and is will take place at the Galloway Township Library on Jimmie Leeds Rd. in Absecon. The regulations will be set immediately after the public comment portion of the meeting. Therefore, those interested are encouraged to attend and give their opinions.

The 2012 season had a 5 fish bag limit at 17 ½” and ran from 5/5 – 9/28 for a total of 147 days.
Below are just a few of the preliminary proposals being considered for this year. All have a 5 fish bag limit.

17 ½” with a season from 5/11 – 9/4 for a total of 117 days
17 ½” with a season from 5/18 – 9/16 for a total of 122 days
17 ½” with a season from 5/24 – 9/22 for a total of 122 days
18” with a season from 5/25 – 10/2 for a total of 131 days
18” with a season from 5/2 – 9/12 for a total of 135 day
18” with a season from 5/4 – 9/29 for a total of 149 days

Though I did not listen in on the fluke portion of the ASMFC meeting I have been told that there is a chance that New Jersey may not have to reduce by 15%. However, this will be dependant on what other states do. The way I understand it, is that if their regulations are conservative enough to ensure that their quotas are not likely to be exceeded then New Jersey might not have to reduce by 15%. There is even a possibility that we could have the same regulations as last year. However, all this will take time so it is unlikely that we will know for sure by the advisors meeting or even the NJMFC meeting.

~ Paul Haertel 2nd VP JCAA

February 16, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

2013 Southern Regional High School Fishing Flea Market

DATE: Saturday, February 16th, 2013
TIME: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Southern Regional Middle School Cafeteria
ADDRESS: 75 Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
ADMISSION: $4.00 donation, kids under 12 are free
Contact: Bob MacMaster
Email: rmacmaster@srsd.net
Phone: 609.597.9481 ext 2256
SRHS FISHING FLEA MARKET WEB PAGE: http://www.srsd.net/showInformation.aspx?id=761 This fundraiser offsets the cost of fishing club events including several inshore trips for bluefish, stripers & sea bass, surf fishing trips, meetings, seminars and instruction, and our annual offshore canyon trip for tuna and swordfish. The SRHS fishing club provides a truly unique experience for young anglers. Over 90 tables of new and used fishing equipment.
DIRECTIONS: GSP to exit 63, Route 72 east/LBI. Take Route 72 East approx 2 miles to Route 9 north. Continue on 9 approx 2 miles. Turn left on to Cedar Bridge Road. The Middle School is approx 1/4 mi ahead on the left.

…Fisherman’s Headquarters Staff was there! We were glad to see so many anglers come out to support such a good cause. The students thank you.

~ Fish Head Greg

February 15, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Received: Feb 15, 2013 11:06 AM Subject: Cabin Fever Update

Made 2 offshore sea bass trips with my son Kevin over the past few weeks.

Fished on the Doris Mae IV, and it was lock and load sea bass fishing with all big fish. We also caught quite a few 3-5 lb bluefish and my son Kev had 2 ling during the night. Kev and I limited out quickly sea bass just after sunrise.

Last week we headed out on the Big Jamaica out of Brielle. While fishing was slower than Doris Mae IV trip which was double headers as fast as you hit the bottom, we once again easily limited out on large sea bass, and we also limited out on 2-4 lb porgies. Just awesome fishing!

We are heading out again tonight (Friday) out of Wildwood to beat cabin fever!

With regards to LBI Charters, I’m hoping to have the boat in the water by mid-March and start off blackfishing/striper fishing, and maybe a few cod?! Hopefully NMF will give us a sea bass season inshore, but regardless, now is the time to start booking trips on the Kev n’ Ash for 2013.

~ Capt Greg Carr, “Kev n’ Ash”, 25′ Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413 http://www.lbicharters.com

February 11, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Received: Feb 11, 2013 9:48 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

Although Hurricane Sandy inflicted terrible damages on Long Beach Island and other areas of southern Ocean County, the residents and business owners have been working feverishly to get things back to normal. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are among those who have worked hard and now declare they are ready, willing, and able for the 2013 fishing season to start. As an association, the captains will be making their presence knows at various fishing flea markets and fishing and boating shows.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports his boat suffered no damage from the storm, and his dock, the Beach Haven Yacht Club Marina, is well on its way to being completely repaired. Captain John will be representing the Association at the various shows this winter and is excited about his new website http://www.insatiablesportfishing.net . For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980 Email: captjohn22@comcast.net

Captain Bob Gerkens reports he is having the damages his boat, “Hot Tuna” repaired in the south which are currently about half completed. He regrets that he is missing out on the giant bluefin tuna this winter but is excited about his New Jersey charters this summer. For information on the 38′ Blackfin Sport Fisherman “Hot Tuna” contact Capt. Bob Gerkens, Phone: 609.384.0877, email: HotTunaBoat@yahoo.com

Captain Lindsay Fuller’s boat, “June Bug” fortunately escaped the storm with little damage, but is spending the winter in Manteo, North Carolina as usual. It will undergo its usual refurbishing and make some offshore trips while down there. Captain Lindsay will have the “June Bug” back in New Jersey ready to go in May. For information on the 41′ “June Bug” contact Capt. Lindsay Fuller, 609.685.2839, email:CaptLindsay@Fish-JuneBug.com

Captain Tim Knorr reports his boat, the “William Knorr” was high and dry when Sandy hit and is looking better than ever. After freshening up the gel coat and doing some painting, the remaining maintenance was completed, and the boat is now ready to go. Captain Time reports he has updated his website http://www.LongBeachIslandCharterboat.com with no price increases or fuel surcharges. Once again the “William Knorr” will be running out of Forked River with customer pickups in Barnegat Light. For information on the William Knorr contact Capt. Tim Knorr, Phone: 609.848.4094

Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” survived the storm in good shape with only some cosmetic damage when another boat broke free and rubbed against her. He is waiting for some extended warm weather to apply the gel coat and anticipates an April launch with fishing to start soon after that. Once again the “Star Fish” will call Morrison’s Marina home. Upcoming plans for Captain Carl include the annual Coast Guard inspection, a multi-page safety check list, and live safety drills for the captain and crew. Captain Carl adds that he is excited about the state dredging the channels and eliminating any debris in the water from Hurricane Sandy. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591, cfsheppard@aol.com

Information on the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be viewed at… http://www.fishbeachhaven.com/our-boats

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

January 28, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Over the weekend Chris Bender went out on the Doris Mae IV with a friend. Chris reported awesome drop and reel fishing, “We were fishing deep water with heavy weight. With so many fish consistently hitting you had to take a break. The boat was comfortably full and everyone was catching really nice sized sea bass, bluefish and a couple porgies. All on clam, no blackfish. Everyone limited out!”

January 27, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Saturday, we had a great experience at the NJ Beach Buggy Association Fishing Flea Market. It was an amazing show packed full of anglers. Thanks NJBBA! We hope to be back next year.

Captain Stew Hitchner reported a very successful seminar on Saturday. He’s looking forward to getting the lines wet soon. Anyone looking to get in on the Winter North Carolina Blue Fin bite? Give Stew a call! There are still some prime time dates available. Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56′ Core Sound, phone: 609.287.5136 email: Stew@pezmachine.com

~ Fish Head Greg

January 26, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

2013 4th Annual New Jersey Beach Buggy Association (NJBBA) Flea Market

DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2013
TIME: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Elks Lodge #1875
ADDRESS: 600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753
ADMISSION: Adults $3.00 Kids under 12: Free
NJBBA WEB PAGE: http://www.njbba.org/club-flea%20market.html
DIRECTIONS: Parkway exit 82 East, Route 37 east for 2 miles, turn right on Clifton Ave., continue 4 blocks to Elks on left, corner of Washington Street and Clifton Ave.
CONTACT: Dave Paulick email – basshawg@njbba.org  or Pete D’Alessio email – spinnjig@aol.com
…Fisherman’s Headquarters Staff was there! We had a great time speaking to old and new friends. Thanks for helping the NJBBA!

January 19, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

5:30 PM

Andrew Moody stopped in to buy a Daiwa Saltist Lever Drag reel and a pair of XtraTuff Boots after a great trip aboard the Dorris Mae IV. Andrew reported… “Heading out last night on for a Sea Bass trip aboard the Doris Mae IV. We hammered the fish! Had fish at night and all day. It was a full boat and everyone limited out. No cod or pollock but there were a lot of ling and sea bass. Those were good sized sea bass with a lot weighing-in at 5 to 6lbs.

~ FishHead Greg

January 1, 2013 ———————————————————————————————–

Jimbo Mac kicked off the New Year right on the sand! He hit the mid-island surf with his brother and they had bass action on teasers.

Happy New Year!

We are closed today and will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday January 2, 2013 at about 6 AM.

The management and staff of Fisherman’s Headquarters thank you for you support in 2012 and wish everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year in 2013!