2014 Fishing Reports

December 31, 2014 ——————————————————————-

As 2014 comes to a close we thank everyone who shared their fishing reports and hope all the readers of those reports found them usefully and enjoyable.
The management and staff at Fisherman’s Headquarters wish everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year in 2015!

Received: Dec 31, 2014 12:27 PM Subject: Tilefish

Left Monday at midnight on the Atlantic Star out of Wildwood Crest, NJ. Returned last night at 7 PM.

It was a BRUTAL Trip! 6 to 8′ steady and cresting seas. 20 knot winds. Snow, sleet, cold. My son Nick and I caught 4 nice tilefish, 3 golden, and one blueline. We added two nice sea bass, but that portion of the trip was very slow. Had to fish through a lot of dogfish to get the tilefish. Quite a task when hand cranking in 400 feet of water. Quick drift had us using 3 to 4 pounds of lead to be near the bottom. Glad we went, Nick was dying to get a golden, so mission accomplished.

The pair of golden tilefish, were around 7 to 8 pounders.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674December 28, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Saturday afternoon Mark Jackstadt stopped in the shop to let us know his trip aboard the Doris Mae IV was fantastic. He reported limiting out on Sea Bass up to 5-lbs. Mark said there was a variety of other fish caught; Ling, Monkfish and Pollock up to 25-lbs.

To make a reservation on the Doris Mae IV for an offshore Sea Bass trip please call Cindy at (609) 494-7468. Since the season closes at the end of this month the last trips will be 11pm on Sunday night 12/28, Monday night 12/29 and Tuesday 12/30/2014. The fare is $170.00. Double check with Cindy ASAP to confirm dates and availability.

Reminder, if you like these offshore Sea Bass trips December is the only month Sea Bass will be in season, it is closed for the months of January and February 2015. Doris Mae IV offshore Sea Bass trips are limited to 38 people. Everyone gets a bunk which is included in the fare. It is recommended that you bring a blanket(s) or sleeping bag and pillow. Reservations are required for all trips. To make a reservation you must call ahead to check for availability. The deposit is the full amount of the fare which is required to hold your spot. Check-in is 1 hour before departure time. Boarding time is 9pm and check-in time is 10pm.

~ FishHead.Greg

December 21, 2014 ——————————————————————-

A limited amount of Green Crabs and Whole Clams are in stock.

A limited amount of the new Grundens Balder Foul Weather (Rainwear) are still in stock. It’s the most popular series of rain gear for Christmas 2014. All sizes won’t be in stock for long. If you don’t see want you desire, please ask… we may have what you want in our stockroom or warehouse.

Yes, we also offer an unlimited amount of Gift Certificates for Any Value.

12:00 Noon

The offshore giant sea bass fishing has been great! We’ve had lots of customers in the shop gearing up and taking advantage of this great fishery. Now is the time to get in on the action. Historically December, January and February are great months; however, the season will be closed January and February.

The offshore wrecks have been offering limit catches of jumbo sea bass as well as some big porgies, cod, pollock, ling, white hake and bluefish.

Jim Perkins reported fishing offshore with Captain and Doctor Andy Wurst of Barnegat Animal Clinic. Perkins reported the four man crew literally hammered big sea bass on hammered diamond jigs, limiting out in two hours.

The Doris Mae IV has been sailing out of Barnegat Light almost daily and doing great!
Anyone looking to fish the Doris Mae IV should make a reservation ASAP by phoning Cindy at 609-494-7468. $170 Fare View… www.dorismae.com/index.html

December 20, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Dec 20, 2014 1:14 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Happy Holidays – Reel Reaction Charters

First, I would like to wish all of my clients Happy Holidays – it was a great season and we look forward to getting out together again in 2015. I made a year in review video – so enjoy.www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RktSIgwQ8w

Over the past several weeks, I have been asked by George Poveromo (Saltwater Sportsman Magazine) and Jim Hutchinson (Recreational Fishing Alliance) to do a few seminars in NJ for the 2015 season so hopefully you can come out and make one of those events.

Saltwater Sportsmen Seminar Series hosted by George Poveromo
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 – 9am to 3pm @ Linwood Country Club
Details & Ticket Info: www.nationalseminarseries.com/

Atlantic City Boat Show (AC Convention Center) ~ Sunday, February 8, 2015 ~ 11am-12pm
“Fluking for Success” – 1hr fluke seminar; Details: www.acboatshow.com/

NJ Boat Show (Edison Convention Center) ~ Saturday, February 21, 2015 ~ 12:30pm-1:30pm
“Fluking for Success” – 1hr fluke seminar; Details: www.jerseyboatexpo.com/index1_ed.html

Again, have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

December 17, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Captain Mike Greene of Lucky Stripes Charters is on the big striped bass down in Virginia. Lucky Stripes has the big bass wired year around. He gave us heads up that he has been catching and releasing monster trophy cows! Yesterday he had them up to 53-lbs and today up to 54-lbs. All released to spawn and fight another day.

From the LBI based fisherman…

Captain Stew Hitcher on the Pez Machine stopped in the shop yesterday with some long fin tuna stakes. He reported having a fair trip. He said some boats fishing further south were catching bluefin, mostly shorts.

Yesterday, South Philly Fred reported having a blast hammering bass at the winter hold over. He said the afternoon bite was good fishing rubber.

Today, store regular Shappy reported catching a dozen before blowing up his rod on cast. He had a hang up on the back cast.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Dec 17, 2014 8:25 AM Subject: Report – Barnegat High School 6th Annual Fisherman’s Fleamarket

“It was another successful year”. This year we had over 400 people attend our 6th Annual Fisherman’s Fleamarket on Saturday December 13, 2014 looking for good deals on fishing equipment. Attendees of the event received either a issue of On The Water magazine or The Fisherman magazine. We had a wide range of vendors this year from fishing rods/tackle, clothing, to fossilized shark tooth jewelry and nautical-theme homemade chocolates including local tackle shops Fisherman’s Headquarters (Ship Bottom, NJ) and American Sportsman (Manahawkin, NJ). The event ended up raising over $4000 for the students of the Barnegat Fishing Club. The money will be used in a variety of ways from running future fishing trips, club scholarships, purchasing of club gear, and also for running next year’s show. Thanks again to building/district administration and buildings/grounds crews for their help in the prep for the show. A huge thanks to all who attended and of course our vendors who make it possible. We will start planning our show for next year (December 12, 2015).. The students are proud of their club and it shows by how much they worked to make the event run smoothly. Great job!

To all, Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

~ Capt. Brett Taylor – BHS Fishing Club [ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709 ]

December 13, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Help Barnegat High School Fishing Club
What: 6th Annual Fisherman’s Fleamarket
When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Barnegat High School, 180 Bengal Blvd, Barnegat, NJ 08005
Why: The Barnegat High School Fishing Club will host the 6th Annual Fisherman’s Fleamarket on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9am to 1pm at Barnegat High School. We have vendors bringing tons of different fishing gear, clothing, etc to the event. We even have a few fishing-related vendors such as shark-tooth jewelry and local home-made chocolates. Admission is $4 with door prizes every 15-minutes, and all proceeds go directly to the students of the club to help run our fishing trips, scholarships, food bank donations, etc. The club provides a unique opportunity to students of Barnegat High school to get involved in a “different” way and possibly learn or seed a lifelong passion for fishing and the outdoors”.

December 10, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Dec 10, 2014 10:37 AM Subject: NW Winds… Every Day!!! Last Hurrah for Our Striper Trips

This is it. I was going to pull the boat out this week but the forecast is too good to pass up. 30 to 45 degree air temps and more importantly a stiff NW wind….every day!! Thurs through Monday have a NW winds forecast. This is our best wind for fishing activity and calm seas.

Are there any stripers out there to catch? I have no idea. We just came out of some wicked weather combined with fewer boats fishing, there is not much in the way of reports. Only one way to find out.

Open Boat Trips:
Thurs and Fri, Dec. 11 and 12, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Sat, Sun, and Mon, Dec. 13, 14, and 15, 7AM to 1PM
Call to reserve a spot. $160 person. 3 people max. All fish are shared.
Any of these days are also available for your own private charter.

Good chance of running into some bluefin tuna on these late season trips, too. Catching them is another story. I will be packing the right rods and tackle but I still haven’t gotten one to eat. Exciting to see them crashing the surface. I’m going to keep at it until I get one hooked up. If any of these days I just listed have light velocity winds we could go looking a little further offshore for them if that is something you want to experience. Usually 7 to 8 miles is all we have to run off. You can still see land. It is possible to combine a few hours of tuna hunting and then some striper fishing.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

December 8, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Dec 8, 2014 8:10 AM Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing

2014: Looking Back on A Season to Remember!

Just a few highlights:
– Caught and Released Our First Great White Shark!
– Nearly $200k in Tournament Wins
– More Bigeyes Caught Than Any Other Charter Boat
– More Swordfish Caught Than Any Other Charter Boat
– More 5+LB Fluke Than the Last 5 years Combined

While these put a smile on our faces, we acknowledge that none of them could have been accomplished without you. Thank you!

Looking forward, we’ll soon be making the long trip south to Stuart, Florida, where we will again be spending January, February and March.

This year we’ll offer several trips including sailfish trips, swordfish trips, overnight Bahamas trips, and customized long-range Bahamas trips.

Please contact me for more information.

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner Pez Machine Sportfishing 609.287.5136

December 5, 2014 ——————————————————————-

It’s not over till that fat lady sings! Even though the surf tournament is over, there’s anglers fishing. Some have switch over to the light tackle bayside tactics while others are finishing out the surf season season. Some are targeting with bait and other with lures. Store staffer Blake reported today, “The beach has been empty. No one is fishing but I’m having lots of fun bucktailing. My last outing I had over well over a dozen bites and a half dozen released bass. All schoolie up to ~25 inches. This evening South Philly Fred hit the surf right at dark for a couple casts. He picked one bass on a soft plastic. We also heard about a couple shorts on clam in the morning hours.

November 30, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Fisherman’s Headquarters – Thanksgiving Weekend Sale
5-Day Sale runs from November 26th to November 30th “SALE ENDS TODAY !”

50% OFF Most Sunglasses (All Calcutta, All Salt Life, All Ocean Waves and Select Costa)
30% OFF Most Clothing, T-Shirts & Hoodies (Excludes Guy Cotton, Grundens & StormR)
20% OFF All Plugs
20% OFF Fly Tying Supplies
15% OFF All Rods & All Reels
Even Lower SPECIAL PRICING on Select “In-Stock Only” Rods & Reels
15% OFF All Knives & Pliers
10% OFF All Foul Weather Gear plus Gloves and Boots (Includes All Guy Cotton, Grundens & StormR)

– Limited to In-Store Sales Only
– Certain Items may be Limited to In-Stock Only
– Cannot be combined with any other offer
– All Sales are Final

There’s something for everyone, so stop in and shop! “SALE ENDS TODAY !”

60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic – aka “The Derby”
The 8 week fall surf fishing tournament runs October 6th to November 30th.
The tournament will be powered by a new database to keep all anglers in the loop with timely data.
The bar has been raised with the hats… Jetty did a super job. Sign up and get yours before they are all gone
60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic – New Web Site
60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic – Press Release
60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic – Promo Ad
Don’t Forget the Additional Sign-Up at FHQ Only! – Fisherman’s Headquarters LBI SFC Striper Calcutta!

November 28, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Store staffer Yonnie was on the water this morning. He trolling off of IBSP and raised a couple striped bass on spoons. He reported, “White Tony Maja spoons are what we got ’em on. There were also some other boats catching striped bass on umbrella rigs.”

John Parzych has been fishing the morning hours off of the surf. He’s picking small striped bass on clam. He reported, “I’m moving around and fishing different structure. Some cuts have ’em. Nothing on bunker for me. All clam.”

We also have heard from anglers plugging. Nothing spectacular but there are schoolies around. Store staffer found linesiders up on the North-end of the island the other night bucktailing.

~ FishHead.Greg

November 27, 2014 ——————————————————————-

11:30 AM

We will be open today until 4 PM with limited staffing.


We are thankful for being blessed with all our family members and dear friends. The management and staff of Fisherman’s Headquarters wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the Holiday!

November 25, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 25, 2014 7:36 PM Subject: Thanksgiving Weekend Open Boat Stripers

Once this northeaster blows through tomorrow (Wed), the forecast is for west and NW winds. This should start leveling out the ocean as early as Thanksgiving Day. The striper fishing is still very good. Jigging and casting is providing some light tackle action with schoolie size striped bass but trolling is putting 15 to 20 pound fish in the boat. We will be bringing rods and gear to do it all. Casting, jigging, or trolling.

We will be running Open Boat trips Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon, Nov. 28, 29, 30, and Dec 1. Departing at 6:30 AM and returning at 12:30 PM each day. $160 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. Call to reserve a spot. Any of these dates can be chartered as well.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

Received: Nov 25, 2014 6:17 PM Subject: Fwd: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

This past weekend I finished the last of my fall sports obligations (finally), and on Sunday – I didn’t know how the conditions would be, so cancelled a charter with one of my north jersey clients – didn’t want them making the trip down for lousy conditions and possible confined bay trip. So when I asked Luke and wife Jennifer if they wanted to take a peak outside in the morning to look for bass (conditions permitting) – I got the green light. We checked the jetty, but it was unfishable with the tidal current and 3-5ft S/SE swell (5-7 sec apart). We decided to take a quick ride north and found some birds working with no other boats around – we ended with about 20 striped bass in 1.5-hours. Unfortunately, none of the bass reached the 28-in mark (all between 20-27.5 inches). Luke reeled in his first (20 inch) and his second-ever striped bass (27.5 in) – so proud! All fish were caught on drifted live bait and the S&S Flutterjig (sand eel pattern) jigged close to the bottom. Finally some fish taken on the jig – hopefully the influx of some different baitfish other than bunker will start the fall jigging for bass.

With another week of blowing winds – we are confined to the docks and will look to get out this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend if conditions permit. Currently, I have November 29th and 30th open in addition to some dates in December. We will target striped bass using a variety of methods – artificials, live bait, and trolling. If interested in open boat ($150 per person) – need 3 to run and all fish is split between anglers. If interested give me a ring (609-290-7709) or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com).

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving – enjoy your time with friends and family!!

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Nov 25, 2014 5:59 PM Subject: Beach Haven Charter Fishing Assoc

Thanksgiving is arriving in Beach Haven, but many of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are thinking of striped bass rather than turkey. While some of the captains have begun to prepare their boats and equipment for winter storage, others are still putting some nice striped bass in their fish boxes.

Mate Marlyn Graham reports the “Starfish” had to work pretty hard recently to find some fish, but they ultimately managed to put a pair of nice fish in the box. A pair of keepers, one 32-inches and the other 34-inches made for a successful fishing day.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” managed to put a pair of 32-inch stripers on board after losing another pair of fish before they could be netted. Captain Gary said that Sunday was tough fishing as he was unable to locate any bait.

As the fall moves on, the average size of the bass drops down, but there are still some large masses of fish to the north that will be passing through the Beach Haven area. If the weather cooperates, there should be decent striped bass fishing right on through the month of December.

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association want to go on the record as wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and the beginning of a great holiday season.

Additional information on the captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

12:00 Noon

Steve Taylor shared a recent report, “They’re still here! 15 to 25-lb class bass caught on the troll this past weekend off of LBI. Also dropped a number of bass. All on spoons and stretch 30’s.

Rick Zane’s stopped in the shop this morning and reported catching yesterday. He said there are small bass up at the rocks, “I caught a few schoolies bucktailing the Inlet.”

~ FishHead Greg

November 24, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 24, 2014 9:42 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

While today’s Gale has kept us tied to the dock it has been pretty much my only chance to update my fishing reports as I have spent much of November perusing and catching quality striped bass. Every year is different and this year is no exception as we have experienced some fantastic action with quality striped bass usually only seen in our spring fishery! The Fall fishing continues to provide fun and rewarding action with mostly limits of quality striped bass up to the 30lbs range. As of yesterday [Sunday] both shorts and keeper bass were on tap. The snag and drop action might be all over due to last weeks polar plunge which is keeping the schools of bunker deep and moving at warp speed but jigging, live spot and trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons have been serving us well and keeping the rods bent!

How long will this fishery last is anyone’s guess but the fish are here and so is plenty of bait, add moderating temperatures and we could see fishing into the holidays season!!

Remember holiday season is right around the corner and we have both gift certificates in any amount and Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters “swag” available for immediate shipping. Also remember that it is never too early to book your next trip for the 2015 fishing season aboard the Reel Fantasea. Please view latest fishing updates and photos on our Facebook page and hopefully like us and share with other enthusiastic angling friends and family.

From Mine to Yours, Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

November 23, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 23, 2014 9:16 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The fall bass run continues but the fish are running all over the place. What I mean is they are spread out, not concentrated in a school, when feeding on forage fish. The forage they are feeding on continues to a be big bunker, but not as often as in past weeks and juvenile weakfish. The baby weakies are in the 4-5” range. I did see some gulls pick up sand eels (more on that later). Saturday morning was a cold one. The Debbie M had to push away skim ice to make it out of the lagoon. With the Paul Dejohn party we ran up the beach to Ortley and quickly broke the ice with a short bass. I got to see a fin whale again so I take it there is still enough food around to satisfy their 2,000 to 4,000 lb. of fish a day diet. Using BKDs, diamond jigs (yes we caught fish jigging) and live spot we ended the day with 15 shorts and 2 bass over 20lb. Sunday was a different story with the Covine party. Once again we ran north and saw a fin whale but struggled and never saw a line sider come over the side of the Debbie M. Even with reliable intel from my Captain friends Bill of Moles Sportfishing, Brett of Reel Reaction, and Steve of Reel Fantasea I could not make it happen today. And Capt. Bill even gave me some secret plugs that he was catching on but we could not! Thanks guys! Ocean is cold, no higher than 49 off the beach. That may change for the better with the predicted NE wind this week. If it happens I think we will finally see what the fall run should be.

On the nature side: let’s talk sand eels, or should I say sand lance which is their correct name. What these fish lack in size they make up in numbers. They are a vital part of the North Atlantic food web. Feeding on plankton they themselves are then prey for fish, seabirds, and cetaceans. With a one to two year life span the total population of sand lance can go boom to bust in one year. During the summer the fry mature off shore at places like Barnegat Ridge where they are preyed upon by bluefish, tunas and the likes. Come late fall the urge to spawn takes them in towards the beach where they mate from sand bars out to deeper water. This often coincides with the southerly migration of bluefish and striped bass. When this happens we have our typical fall jig bite. Only time will tell if this is going to take place this year.

Check out my latest video. I spent some time editing the beginning and when viewed HD on a big TV it is pretty cool. www.youtube.com/watch?v=tblcxG0GnJA

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

November 22, 2014 ——————————————————————-

The recent cold snap has dropped the water temperature to below normal. Captain Stew on the Pez Machine reported, “Breaking the skim ice this morning. Bay temp was 40.8 and the incoming tide in the Inlet was 48.9 degrees.” Despite the chilly temps, “Two minutes of fishing yielded two fish in the boat!”

Captain David D. on the Hi Flier was on the water yesterday afternoon and found some bass in 30’ of water pulling spoons.

Yesterday there were a number of surf anglers in the shop scaling down. They reported striped bass and herring rolling on small bait right in on the beach but they wouldn’t touch anything. One customer said he was going down to 20-lb fluorocarbon leader and a super small fly for a teaser ahead of a metal.

This morning John P. posted a photo of a cubby linesider that he caught on the fly at first light. Fly fishing isn’t for everyone but it is an effective way to place the smallest of presentations right where the fish want it.

Around 1:30 pm this afternoon John Gonteski weighed in a nice 25-lb striped bass. John caught it trolling umbrella rigs around 10:30 am this morning just north of the Barnegat Inlet about a mile off shore. He reported catching 3 total; all were keeper size.

November 20, 2014 ——————————————————————-
Obituary – Dr. Stephen F. Wurst (1951 – 2014)

Dr. Stephen F. Wurst, 63, of Manahawkin, died Sunday, November 16, 2014 with his family by his side. Steve received his undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University in 1972. He was a lifetime alumnus who bled “blue and white.” Steve went on to receive his V.M.D. in 1977 from the University of Penn Veterinary School. In 1984 Steve established the Barnegat Animal Clinic. He was a highly respected advocate for the health and well-being of all animals, wild or domestic. He loved being on the water, truly passionate about saltwater fishing and sailing. In his spare time, he was also an avid craftsman of wood folkart.

The above is a excerpt from a notice published in the Asbury Park Press on Nov. 20, 2014 – See memorial service details and more at:

Steve was a dear friend of Fisherman’s Headquarters and to many others in our community. He was truly a great individual who made an effort to share his friendship with so many. Steve you will be and are deeply missed.

Received: Nov 20, 2014 9:28 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

The chilly weather has pushed a front of striped bass down to the Long Beach Island area, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been on hand to take advantage of it.

There are many large schools of bunker around, and these are the first places to look for the striped bass. Casting snag hooks into the schools results in fresh live bait to use for the striped bass. If this method does not produce action, then the captains will rig up some bunker spoons and cover a larger area looking for the striped bass. There are reports of some striped bass feeding on sand eels just to the north, and these should be providing some intense jigging action.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” had a three man charter recently and everyone caught fish. The largest fish was caught by Jerry which weighed in at 30-pounds and measured a fine 42-inches. Captain Gary found snagging and dropping to be the key method.

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” reports his fishing has been “on fire” the past two weeks. One charter limited out over the weekend in addition to using a bonus tag. All of the fish were caught on live bait. Another day on the weekend he reports fishing hard for two striped bass and two bluefish. Since it was a weekend day, he was forced to share the waters with “hundreds of boats.”

This striped bass action should continue well into December.

Additional information on the captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

November 19, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 19, 2014 11:06 AM Subject: Press Release – Barnegat High School Fishing Club

“The Barnegat High School Fishing club was aboard the Carolynn Ann III for a 4hr Striped Bass trip with close to 20 students participating in the trip. First and foremost – the upmost thanks to the crew of the Carolynn Ann III for putting us on fish and making the kids hot dogs during the afternoon trip. Nice job as always by the crew of the Carolynn Ann III.

Regarding the fish, we had multiple students come tight on striped bass from 10 to 27lbs, in addition to a few yellow-eyed monsters (aka bluefish) via snag n drop fishing. Cole DeAngelo (Sr.) and Nick DeGennaro (Jr.) tied for the heaviest fish on the boat, each catching stripers weighing 27lbs. Both students walked away with approximately $50-$60 in S&S bucktail products that were purchased by the fishing club thru our fundraised money. A great job by all members of the club. We will be shooting for a tautog/blackfish trip prior to our Thanksgiving break and will again provide an S&S bucktail prize for the winner of the biggest blackfish. Link to our trip’s pics: www.barnegatschools.com/Page/5531

Speaking of fundraisers – we will host our 6th Annual Fisherman’s Fleamarket which will occur on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9am to 1pm at Barnegat High School. We have vendors bringing tons of different fishing gear, clothing, etc to the event. We even have a few fishing-related vendors such as shark-tooth jewelry and local home-made chocolates. Admission is $4 with door prizes every 15-minutes, and all proceeds go directly to the students of the club to help run our fishing trips, scholarships, food bank donations, etc.

The club provides a unique opportunity to students of Barnegat High school to get involved in a “different” way and possibly learn or seed a lifelong passion for fishing and the outdoors”.

Capt. Brett Taylor
Barnegat High School Fishing Club Advisor

November 18, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 18, 2014 1:20 PM Subject: Open Boat Stripers

Fishing has been very good. Lots of big bluefish and 10 to 20 pound stripers. Snagging bunker and trolling bunker spoons has been providing most of the action. The life is spread out all along the coast right now. We are back in our Barnegat Bay slip again at Bob’s Bay Marina in Barnegat.

We will be running Open Boat the next three days, Wed, Thurs, and Fri, Nov 19, 20, and 21, 10AM to 4PM. Sat, Sun, and Mon, Nov. 22, 23, and 24, we will be sailing from 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM, also Open Boat. $160 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. So far the wind is forecasted to blow hard west every one of those days so it is time to get our fishing in. West winds mean calm seas and good fishing. If you are reading this close to one of our departure times, give a call, we might still have room. Phone or text is best.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

November 17, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:30 PM

Sorry no fishing report, just a bait update for those looking for live green crabs. We expect a delivery tomorrow, late morning or early afternoon.

November 16, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 16, 2014 9:31 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

As I write this report I don’t know what to put first, the season as it is now or the season how it should be now. Since this is a report I’ll start with that first. Four trips in three days so I have a lot to write about.

Still getting quality bass (20 – 30 lbs) on bunker while the inlet and back bay continue to produce as long as the current is not flowing at 2.5 – 3.0 mph. For me the morning bite has been best. Snag and dropping then staying with and drifting through the bunker pods has been working. Boat traffic has been extremely difficult to deal with. A few times the Debbie M felt like David going up against Goliath, except this time David kept backing away 😉

Thursday night Chris Doran with his son Evan tried their best at snagging and dropping but the bite never happened. Coming back they boxed a keeper drifting spot.

Friday morning the Ryan Miller from Philly party had to brave through some cold and windy conditions to hear the drags screaming as several 20 pound class bass peeled lined off the reel. Later that day Mike “The Tree Guy” went out. We ran up the beach to where we left then in the morning but once again the bite died. Coming back to the inlet we drifted spots for some drop and reel schoolie action on spots.

Saturday Chad Clark was out with his friend Dr. Nick. Working through chaos and bedlam that comes with a bunker bite on a Saturday during which time there is a bass tournament the duo quietly boxed their limit snag and drop style. We even went whale watching! Gotta love the fall NJ striper run.

Now on to how the season should be. Based on water temperature and the calendar we should be peaking on the jig bite with blue fish and bass. But we are not seeing that bite. I have never seen a fall bunker bite like this one that has been going on for almost two weeks now. The survival of a species is dependent on how well it can adapt to change. So is this fall a fluke or a sign of change. Only Mother Nature and Father Time know… On the nature side of things: the whale I saw this week is a Fin Whale. Fin whales are the second largest animal on earth. They are found worldwide and their only predator is a pack of killer whales.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

3:00 PM

This morning Rob Vallone weighed in a 18-lb bass. He caught it off of the Harvey Cedars surf on a plug in the morning’s darkness. Also fishing the Cedars surf in the early morning hours, Dennis S. caught a 18-lb 1-oz bass on bunker. He currently hold the lead for today.

November 15, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

We got word from some boat anglers that there was a good bite early and then another flurry in the afternoon. Rudy E. stopped by the shop this afternoon to pick up some reels parts. While here he reported a great early morning bite. His crew caught 11 bass on the snag and drop early in the morning then it was a slow day. Captain Stew on the Pez Machine reported the same.

Congrats to the Jason Marti aboard the Lucky Stripes. We got heads up they took the cake with a 44.2 pounder at the PBA Striper Tournament.

We did not see any weigh-ins today; however, we did get some reports. There were a couple fish caught on plugs (Daiwa SP Minnows) at sunset. Earlier in the day a customer stopped by and reported four short bass on clam, notta on bunker. Another angler said he followed a bunker pod for about an hour. “It stayed just outta reach. I kept pencil popping and walking with it and it slid down the beach but no bites.”

11:30 AM

Antony Ayers was fishing the surf this morning on the south end of the Island. He posted a photo of a bass this morning with a caption, “AJ’s first of the fall!”

Lots of anglers geared up in the shop yesterday for the PBA Striper Tournament. From the sounds of it there were some nice bass caught this morning. Ryan Dellane and Jimmy Nacion both posted a couple nice photos

November 14, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:30 PM

Yesterday and today there was a good push of fish in our local waters. Both surf and boat anglers capitalized on the bite. Usually by this time of year we have predator fish on small bait but so far this year they are on big bait, adult bunker.

Today, Stew on the Pez Machine reported a great day on the snag and drop.

Bill Ambrose reported yesterday, “Had six of these guys today. All within a stones throw of Old Barney. ” Bill was holding up a 2-30lb class beauty.

Captain David D from Hi-Flier Sportfishing stopped in yesterday afternoon and geared up on his way up to Barnegat Light. He fished with his son and the Barnegat High School Fishing Club aboard the Carolyn Ann. Dave reported, “It was an impressive trip! My son Nick boated a 22 and a 27 pound striper (on the Boga) within the first 30 minutes of fishing. The snag and drop was on fire. In the end there were eight nice bass on ice and some big blues. All off of the Island Beach Bathing Beach.”

Jean Schaum weighed in a 17-lb 2-oz bass that she caught off of the mid-island surf on bunker at about 5pm. Mike Sutton posted a photo of a 45″ bass on the sand last night. He caught it off of the surf in Harvey Cedars.

Received: Nov 14, 2014 6:20 AM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

Lately, the ocean bite has been either snag/drop fishing or trolling for bass – jigging for them has just not been effective due to the presence of adult bunker in our area. Currently, the bay is stacked with smaller fish in the 20-26in range with a few keepers in the mix – but mostly lots of “shorts” action.

I am getting word from other captains up north that there is more bass on the way down which were feeding on sand-eels. Hopefully these stay within the 3 mile line by the time they get to us to give our traditional fall jigging bass.

Meanwhile a few days ago, I had Fishhawks fishing club members (Don Whitehead and Bob Merkle of Bayville, NJ) on a 5.5-hr Striped bass (ocean) charter. We found bunker early in the trip, but unfortunately there weren’t any bass/blues on them. After an hour of pod jumping, we dropped out the trolling gear and trolled some areas that looked good. The fishhawks duo ended up hooking two nice bass – each being around 24 to 26-lbs on the Boga grip. After a few more hours of trolling with 2 knockdowns, we ended the trip drifting the backwater with live bait. Don released a short bass (24 in) on live spot. Great job by the pair – bringing in the wireline is definitely a bit of cardio-workout especially when there are 25-lb bass on the other end.

I do have some dates left open for either Striped Bass trips (Sat 11/15 afternoon only; Sun 11/23; Sun 11/30). Need something different? If these don’t work in your schedule, contact me and we may be able to work something out. Again, tackle/gear, rods/reels, ice, fish-cleaning, live bait, etc is included on every charter. We do not charge you extra for live-bait – it’s all included.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Sportfishing 609.290.7709

November 13, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:30 PM

We got word from the beach, today there were small bait pods popping up close to the beach from time to time. Both small and large bait was spread out from north end to mid-island. Last night store staffer Blake released two nice bass plugging. Today we has a couple weigh-ins. Courtland Foos checked in his bass here for the shop Fall Calcutta and then a few hours later a bigger fish came in…

Ed Youse stopped by the shop with a quality fish. He weighed in a 44.5″ 33-lb 2-oz bass that he caught off of the mid-island surf on bunker.

FHQ 2014 Fall Calcutta Leader Boards – Nov. 13th at 6pm

39-lb 09-oz Bill Bannon (0108) 10/30/14
33-lb 02-oz Ed Youse (0474) 11/13/14
25-lb 06-oz Courtland Foos (0815) 11/13/14
23-lb 09-oz Nick Sabatino (0175) 11/06/14
23-lb 07-oz Matt Gogojewicz (0160) 11/12/14

~ FishHead Greg

1:00 PM

Rage_KG (Kyle G.) reported on our Instagram page, “Two solid fish in two nights… a 35″ two nights ago and a 36″ last night. Wanted to see this girl swim away. Despite using a circle, she gut hooked herself.”

So far today Jessica Steele’s bass is leading the day. Her 19-lb 2-oz was checked in yesterday after 6pm so it’s in the books as a 11/13 tournament day fish.

November 12, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

Matt Gogojewicz stopped in the shop, picked up from fresh bunker and hit the mid-island surf. He stopped back about a half hour later with a nice striper that was flapping all over, 23-lb 7-oz. Shortly after Matt left we had another weight in. Jessica Steele checked in a 19-lb 2-oz bass that she caught off of the surf in Harvey Cedars on bunker.

1:00 PM

LBI Surf Fishing Classic Tournament News:

This morning Pete Kelly of Cedar Run weighed in a 36.25″ 17-lb 09-oz bass. Pete caught the linesider last night fishing bunker off of the North Beach surf. There were some bass caught yesterday that were checked in for the Derby. Check out the Live Results Page for more details.

Here is a list of the upcoming special prizes (now thru November 23rd) which are in addition to the prizes listed in the ones listed in the Tournament Rules/Prizes Brochure…

11/12 – Barry’s in Beach Haven offers a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick)
11/13 – Calabria’s Restaurant in North Beach Haven offers a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick, prize will go on till it is won)
11/14 – Buckalews in Beach Haven offers a Pizza to the angler under 18 that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 14th
Buckalews in Beach Haven offers a $20 gift certificate to the angler that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 14th
Barry’s in Beach Haven offers a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick)
11/15 – Jim Dobrowolski President and CEO of U.S.Facilities Inc. has donated $500 which will go to the angler that catches the largest blue fish today.
11/16 – Classic Special Prize in honor of Frank Panzone – $1000 Cash Award for the largest Striped Bass weighed in on Tournament Day Ending Nov. 16 in Honor of Frank Panzone.
2 Headlamps donated from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.
Sportfish Products is giving one of their lure bags with lures to someone that catches a fish this segment ending at 6pm tonight. (random pick)
11/17 – Buckalews in Beach Haven offers $20 gift certificate to the angler that catches the largest fish today.
11/19 – Barry’s in Beach Haven will be giving a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick)
11/20 – Calabria’s Restaurant in North Beach Haven has given a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick, prize will go on till it is won)
11/21 – Buckalews in Beach Haven offers a Pizza to the angler under 18 that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 21st
Buckalews in Beach Haven offers a $20 gift certificate to the angler that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 21st
Barry’s in Beach Haven offers a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick)
11/21-22 – CTS rods will give a rod valued at $400 to the angler that catches the largest fish during this 2 day period.
11/23 – 2 Headlamps donated from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.

Received: Nov 12, 2014 11:25 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

This is fall at the New Jersey shore, and that means the striped bass are on the scene. The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been bending rods with some of these big bass.

Captain Fran Verdi has gotten the “Francesca Marie” into the thick of the striped bass action. He made a trip out of Barnegat Inlet, and reports the action was worth the trip. He found the water filled with bunker along with many boats nagging and dropping bunker. Captain Fran made the decision to try drifting live spot around the bunker pods, and they produced in a big way. He made three drifts around three bunker pods and ended up with a 35-inch and a 40-inch bass. He says that “If you want to bass fish now is the time to go.”

After a long period of trials and tribulations, Captain Lindsey Fuller has the “June Bug” back in the water and ready to go. A long series of delays caused by Superstorm Sandy and difficulties with insurance companies kept the “June Bug” from time on the water. The final phase of the work was done at Viking in New Gretna, and Captain Lindsey termed the technicians there “real pros.” He is now putting the boat through its paces and getting acclimated to the brand new electronics.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

November 11, 2014 ——————————————————————-

6:15 PM

We had some fish weighed in this afternoon/evening… Two fishing buddies from Lancaster stopped in the shop on their way off of the island. Bart Keiser of weighed in a 22-lb 13-oz bass and his buddy Dave Costarell weighed in a 13-lb bass. They were bunker chunking the south end surf mid-day.

We got word from some customers in the store today that there was some good fishing on the boats. Some active bunker pods fired up and also some anglers caught on the troll.

Received: Nov 11, 2014 3:03 PM Subject: Not a good weekend… but the bite is back on now

We sailed Fri, Sat, and Sun this past weekend. It blew a gale NW Fri afternoon so we stayed close to the inlet (Manasquan) and hammered away at 10 to 15 pound bluefish on the bunker spoons. No striped bass in the mix. Saturday we ran down to Ortley, Lavallette, Island Beach… nothing. I was networked with five different captains from the Shrewsbury Rocks to Beach Haven and between the six of us we didn’t have a fish in the cooler. The radio echoed the same sentiment all day long. I even tried trolling the same area I had been catching those gator blues for a week by the inlet and not a touch. The writing was on the wall. One last ditch effort, we tried the live bait I brought out in the inlet and we caught 15 striped bass in seven drifts. The first drift was a triple an the next six drifts were all doubleheaders. All the fish were 22 to 26 inches except the last fish of the day was a 29″ fish with nice girth, a 10-pounder to save the day and mess up that nice clean ice in our cooler. Fast forward to Sunday, more nothingness all morning but “no worries” I told my guys, “I had a sure thing for Plan B”. Yeah… two hours on the exact same tide produced not even a runoff where we caught all those shorts just 24 hours earlier. Back to the dock with a zero.

Apparently the bite is back on though. I received multiple calls from friends who were out yesterday and today (Mon and Tues). Lots of 12 to 25 pound fish on live bunker. Anywhere from Point Pleasant down to Island Beach. From 10 to 60 feet of water. Could be just getting a few days off of that full moon we just had was all the difference. Our neighbors to the North still have big blues and bass and now these good size bass and bunker that we thought breezed through are either back or a new batch invaded. Who cares which? I’m not big on theories. I just want to catch them.

Running Open Boat tomorrow, Wed, Nov. 12 and Fri, Nov 14, 10 AM to 4 PM. $160 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. Best to call or text 732.330.5674

Also available Sun and Mon, Nov 16 and 17, for charter or Open Boat. Departing at 6AM returning at Noon. Same details as above.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

1:45 PM

Austin Pounds gave us heads up this morning that the tog bite is on. He said it was red hot this morning on the rocks. He reported catching two big ones and leaving them biting. We heard a few other strong reports from customer in the shop today. Get greenies and go! It is still one tog at 15″ but on November 16th it bumps up to six at 15″.

So far today there’s one fish in for the day… Dennis Stepien of Marlton checked in a 16-lb 1-oz bass that he caught off of the mid-island surf on bunker late last night.

November 10, 2014 ——————————————————————-

6:45 PM

We heard from customers in the shop this afternoon that some boats did good today. “There was a good bunker frenzy in the morning that quickly turned into madness.” One customer said, “We got on the troll and found fish.” Kevin S. from Pennsauken stopped by the shop a short while ago to weigh-in a nice linesider. He reported trolling off of IBSP this afternoon was productive. He caught 9 bass all in the twenty and thirty pound class.

Store staffer Max reported that his grandfather caught a 28-lb bass on live spot Sunday. He said it had 6 baby fluke and one spot in its belly.

11:45 AM

This morning Brian Schmidt of Manahawkin weighed in a 15-lb 12-oz bass that he caught earlier today fishing the morning’s darkness. Brian was plugging the surf on the northend surf.

Alyse Droge posted a photo of a 29″ bass that she caught last night off of the surf.

More reports daily of some small good eating species along the surf. We first reported on October 28th that James Jones got into a good bite of spotted hake off of the surf on bunker. Since then some anglers have targeted them with smaller hooks tipped with squid. Joe Handley reported, “I couldn’t get a bass bite all night. Targeted hake and caught twenty on tiny hooks with small pieces of squid. Guess what else eats tiny pieces of squid? I hooked and almost landed a near 20-lb bass on a tiny pompano rig. It straightened the hook like a pin! Fed the sharks ten bunker and the bass eats a piece of squid… go figure.”

George Gilbert gave us a boat report last night. We had a couple of keeper sized bass in the bay in Barnegat Light this morning (Sunday).

November 9, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 9, 2014 10:27 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The bass continued to come over the gunnels of the Debbie M, but where are the bluefish?

Wednesday we started outside for a magic hours trip and magic it was! Working in ocean gridlock off IBSP the evening started with the landing of two quality bass snag n drop style. Dan Siegel landed a 37.5 lb striped bass that night. After the sun was long gone we came inside to find a steady bite of bass on plugs, bucktails, and spots.

Saturday started with a nice plug bite in the inlet which turned into insanity but I am not talking about the fishing. The number of boats trying to fish the submerged north jetty was insane with insane boaters doing insane things. I am always amazed at the comprising positions some skippers at the helm get into just to catch fish. After another angler’s lure on the opposite side of the rocks got tangled with my plug and was cut off and kept cut I was out of there. I guess my secret plug is out of the plug bag. Finding serenity and bass in the bay we continued to land bass the rest of the tide.

Sunday morning started off with crowds once again but this time the bass were not cooperating as much and it took some searching or the right tide, I think it was the later. Staying about 4.0 miles west of the three mile line the Dan Burns party of Barnegat had a fun morning bassing. We had several doubles as boat after boat after boat ran past us. I wonder how they did 😉

Pretty busy this week with my next open date being Sunday the 16th.

Check out Part 2 of Trick or Treat Bass. Make sure you wait until the video is done playing. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDLMwSaYCVQ

~ Capt. Alex Majewski Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

Received: Nov 9, 2014 7:36 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

What a week – it started off midweek with bass blitzing bunker off IBSP, but the bite abruptly ended with the moon and was also hampered by the high pressure that built over our area. The weekend brought almost zero action in the ocean with schools of bunker in the vicinity, but no bass or blues in our area code. I’m hearing of more massive schools of bass up north – hopefully they get here soon to re-stabilize our ocean efforts.

First, I had Randy Brown, John Ferranto, Jamie Potpinka, and his son Justin Potpinka on a 5.5-hour ocean striped bass charter. We headed out early finding schools of bunker and diving gannets right away, but unfortunately no bass or even bluefish were on them. After scouting around and some trolling, we decided to head back inside to salvage the trip for bass. Jamie Potpinka and John Ferranto both hooked into short bass, while Justin finally boxed a keeper at 28-inches during one of the final drifts. The guys worked very hard, and by the other reports it was the same from Seaside to Harvey Cedars. The recent full moon and high pressure system definitely put a damper on the bass bite.

Next, I had Rob W. of Rutherford, Matt J. of East Brunswick, and Naveen Nirgudker of Summit, NJ on a 5 hour bay striped bass charter. The trio targeted striped bass with artificial and live-bait, but were primarily interested in catch-n-release. The trio ended the trip with 15 bass, keeping only 1 bass for the table. Naveen caught his first-ever striped bass, and he also caught the two biggest bass of the day with both being 29-inches in length. Most of the bass caught today ranged from 20 to 26-inches. Nice job by the guys – hope to see you in the future.

We can either target them in the bay (depending on tide) or ocean (depending on bite). As always, all tackle, gear, rods/reel, bait (spot), fish-cleaning, and ice are included on every trip. I do have some rare Saturday and Sunday dates available, so please give me a ring or book through the website.

Here’s the video link to our last bay trip – decent action for the amount of boat traffic.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Sportfishing 609.290.7709

4:30 PM

We just got a delivery in a fresh bunker.

This morning Joseph Ford weighed in a 29-lb 9-oz bass. He caught the bass off of the north end surf on bunker at about mid-night last night.

Yesterday Matt G. caught a 29″ red drum off of the mid-island surf on bunker. Unfortunately it was a bit over the slot regs of 18-27″. There’s still a $500 bounty for the first legal (slot) red drum that is caught for the derby. The NJ State regulations for Red Drum are one fish between 18-27″.

Paul Haertel reported yesterday that he didn’t find the bass in the boat so he tried togging. He came up with a 7.5-lber!

Received: Nov 9, 2014 3:56 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

This week was filled “mostly” with fun and excitement with quality striped bass action and a smattering of big slammer blues. We started with a solid mix of snag and drop [bunker] for striped bass and than mixing it up with some tackle busting slammer blues employing a variety of artificials on light spinning tackle! Limits of keepers have been the norm for most savvy anglers, while new comers have done well staying in the action with catch and release short stripers and a few keepers as well.

As the week progress we managed to keep the rods bending steadily with a mix of live bait [spot] and a variety of artificials on light spinning tackle. Unfortunately, we ended the week struggling to score only a few short stripers in extremely heavy boat traffic which had appeared to have taken it’s toll on the bass.

Presently we have been scoring our best action through out Barnegat Bay/inlet area as the migration gets warmed up and ready to put both angler and tackle to the test.

Wishing everyone fair winds a calms seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

November 8, 2014 ——————————————————————-

6:00 PM

Today was a slow day all around despite a big presence of anglers. Lots of beach buggies wizing around and boats running ‘n gunning Lake Atlantic. There was a big fleet out of BI both north and south; trolling, jigging and snagging. Unfortunately, not many fish pulled. Some local sharpies caught a couple fish but it wasn’t anything to write home about (or blast social media with). One local captain said the boat traffic was a damper but he still managed to raise a pair of bass.

John P gave us heads up that he caught one bass at first light off of the surf on bunker. He said it was slow but, “One positive, there was bunker close enough to snag but no predators on them. With all of this bait, it’s hard to believe we aren’t picking more bass and blues.”

One commercial fisherman was in the shop today buying a new set of Grundens slickers and fleece. While here he mentioned there was a big body of fish offshore. Maybe the hard westerly winds we had blew ’em off. Hopefully they’ll be chewing inshore and on the beach again soon. It’s bound to happen soon. Make sure you are there!

9:00 AM

Its prime time fall fishing here on LBI! This morning was chilly but it felt good to not have the wind cranking. The wind was a light westerly breeze and ocean is flat. Tomorrow and Monday look to be a couple more flawless fishing days.

Yesterday there were two fish check in for the Surf Derby. One before 6pm by Brian Dalton and one after 6pm by Francis Pons. Brian’s 12-lb 11-oz bass was caught on the south end surf on a plug. Francis’s 19-lb 3-oz bass was caught in Love ladies on bunker.

You’ve spoke and we listened! Lots of tournament anglers have asked for the bait and location of weighins to be listed on the Tournament Live Results Page. We made the customizations and the data is now displayed for all.

November 7, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:20 PM

Fresh bunker just arrived!

5:00 PM

John P. gave us heads up that he put some time in on the surf. I got one bass and one blue last night. Today I got two bass at first light on bunker.

Just a heads up we recently sold out of fresh bunker. We expect a delivery of freshies soon.

1:30 PM

Jason Hoch weighed in a nice pair of fish last night just before we closed up. One 20-lb 08-oz bass and a 14-lb bluefish. He caught both off of the Ship Bottom surf on bunker.

11:00 AM

Yesterday was a fish filled day! So far today no weigh ins. We’ll have to wait and see what today and this weekend brings. One this is for sure, the fish slid into our area and are here. We got word that there are more fish to our north (heading this way) but a much smaller class of fish. Looks like we have seen or will see very soon the best class of the 2014 fall run.

November 6, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

Well it’s safe to say it went off today. The fish made a strong showing on the beaches! Store staffer Joe said, “It felt good to finally get the line tight.” He caught three bass chunking off of the surf after work (morning shift) today.

Nick Sabatino caught a 23-lb 09-oz bass and a 11-lb 15-oz bluefish today off of the north end surf on bunker at about noon time.

Dan Procida of the LBI Fishing Club caught a 12-lb 06-oz bass and a 11-lb 03-oz bluefish on bunker on the north end of the Island this afternoon.

Tom Daly weighed in a 21-lb 05-oz bass that he caught at about 1pm on bunker on the north end surf.

Gary Deanley weighed in a 11-lb bluefish that he caught about 1:30pm on bunker on the north end surf.

Lance Bacchia weighed in a 39″ 21-lb 02-oz bass that he caught off of the mid-island surf on bunker at about 4pm.

Mike Tylor stopped in the show and reported catching a pair of bass on SP Minnows on the north end of the Island. Reese Beekler stopped in with her dad and pick up some bait. They were back shortly after with her first bass, a quality eater that went for a bunker chunk off of the mid-island surf.

2:30 PM

Recently boat anglers were doing great but yesterday it busted wide open. Phenomenal reports from lots of customers in the shop last night, all just off the water. One was Dave Werner who stopped by with a nice striped one. He reported on his Facebook, “What an amazing hour of fishing! Bass Blitz!” Store staffer Max was out and into fish too. He said it was fun fishing.

The last week or two I have had good fishing and all on big plugs. (See some reports below) Tuesday night I fished with South Philly Fred and store staffer Blake. We headed out late night and worked plugs in the rips. The bass were chewing, feeding on schools of large baby bunker. Most every fish were teen sized bass with fat filled bellies. Once again the linesiders wanted the NorthBar Bottle Darter more than any other lures we tossed. We caught a bunch of bass and lost count.

The nights leading up to last night were very good. Lots of fun, but last night was off the charts! One night it was corn cob mullet, next piles of spearing and herring, then big baby bunker and now big bunker mixed with baby bunker. The amount of bait here is spectacular and the population of bass is promising. Last night started off slow. We working hard to find a bite. About an hour of pounding plugs in the drizzle before we got our first bump, bite then bites. Blake was the first to get dialed in with once again a NorthBar Bottle Darter in all yellow also known as the Big Banana. Soon, it was a consistent bite for all of us. As the night progress, the tide filled in and it felt just like any other recent night. We were all tired, sore and stoke on hammering bass. Luckily we didn’t leave in a hurry. While tinkering around switching up plugs I had my light on in the water watching a big metal lip pikie plug swim. I was making some adjustments to the wire eye, tuning it so it would swim just right. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a push of bait by the boat. Then we smelled them, BUNKER! A couple minutes went by and then we heard them. Next thing we know it was bonkers. Big schools pushing all around and bass on the feed! This time a much larger class of fish. No schoolies in this mix, all quality 20+ pound bass with trophies mixed in.

The super calm conditions made the night time visual amazing. Acers of bunker schools podded up tight with bass corralling and crashing. It was like a late May/June spring time pod bite just at night. Incredible fishing to say the least. We caught them on monster plugs; three hook darters, monster pikies, big pencil poppers and also cheating, snag and swim. All of this mayhem and not another sole around for hours. What a difference between daytime and nighttime fishing.

~ FishHead Greg

1:30 PM

LBI Surf Fishing Classic Tournament News:

Jason Vogel of the Long Beach Island Fishing Club weighed in a 34.5″ 13-lb 10-oz bass. He caught it about 9 am on the north end of the Island on a plug.

Also, Steve Warren caught a 37.5″ 17-lb 15-oz bass on the north end on a plug this morning.

Received: Nov 6, 2014 12:29 PM Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been watching the striped bass migration slowly work its way south to the Long Beach Island area. In the past several days there has been an outstanding bite just outside Barnegat Inlet along with some serious action on the Harvey Cedars Lumps.

There have been some large pods of bunker north of Long Beach Island, some of which have been holding stripers up to 40-pounds. As a result, snag and drop with live bunker has been producing big fish. In addition, there has been some outstanding action with live spots in the ocean as the bass just cannot seem to leave them alone. When the schools of bait do not have fish under them, trolling bunker spoons has been the ticket to success.

There have been some decent catches of bass in Little Egg Inlet, the bay waters inside Holgate to the north of the inlet, and into Great Bay. The white water action in the inlet is starting to break open with both clams and bunker heads producing some nice fish. In the bay water the live spot have been producing fish in the daylight hours while live eels at night have been picking off the fish. There have been reports of bass to 40-pounds caught in the bay on eels.

It appears that the best action for striped bass this fall is just about ready to happen in the Beach Haven area. This is a good time to look into the availability of a charter on one of the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association which are located in the middle of the action. Complete information on the Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Nov 6, 2014 7:46 AM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The bass bite is on! Both in the bay and ocean with some quality fish. This evening’s (yesterday) trip started up the beach with snag and drop action. We had fish to over 30 pounds. When it turned dark we headed into the bay boxing two more keepers on plugs and throwing back several shorts that fell to both plugs and spot. I am booked Thursday and Friday but still have Saturday and Sunday open with the conditions looking good. Give me a call if you want to book a date while this fishing is on fire. Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

November 5, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 5, 2014 6:09 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Report

Today I had out MLB player/coach and presently color commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays Buck Martinez. We had a solid mix of snag and drop bite on quality striped bass and even more action in the way of artificial presentations. Quality bass and gator blues! The heavy boat traffic did seem to slow the bite down at times but moving around to find some quiet water seemed to work well for us.

I have 2 spots available for this Friday due to a last minute cancellation @ $150.00pp for 6hrs, all tackle and fish cleaning is provided. Come join the fun and meet new fish enthusiasts!

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

4:30 PM

Fished yesterday early. Didn’t go far from the Inlet. Went three from three on 20-30lb class bass livelining bunker. Nothing on the jig. ~ Pete D.

3:00 PM

Just got a call from our bunker boat, “Packs of bass and bunker up and down the beach. There’s some blues showing up and the doggies are here in big number. We put the twine on them (dogfish) and filled the boat today.”

2:00 PM

Matt I. stopped by the shop and checked in a 34″ 15-lb 14-oz bass this morning. He caught it last night on bunker off of the south end surf.

November 4, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Just got a fat batch of freshie bunker in.

We got word from John P that the Holgate entrance ramp was fixed up yesterday. The recent blow really chewed it up. He said that he broke the skunk with a nice schoolie bass.

One of our long time regular customers Howard stopped in the shop today to give us heads up he had a blast in the boat. “The bunker were solid outside the inlet.” There were nice bass in the 20-lb class and up on them! It sounds like the boat fishing was good today. Store Staffer Max said his father was out and got ’em good.

1:00 PM

There’s LOTS of spearing and baby bunker stacked up. Some mullet are still pushing down the beach. We heard talk about sandeels, squid and butterfish and the icing on the cake… the big baits are here to like adult bunker and sea herring. We just heard about some gator bluefish this morning. Hopefully they find the forage in tight to the beach and set off the fireworks.

The bass here in our waters. They are cruising the surf and Inlets but please don’t over look the bayside. From the north end to the south end and every nook and cranny in between there’s bass. Last night store staffer Matt fished the bayside with his buddy. They both got into ’em good. Matt reported catching about ten fish each on rubber shads and jigs, “Nothing big but fun fishing!” I had another fish filled night. Once again the MVP was the NorthBar Bottle Darter. It is amazing what this lure can do. The range of fish it attracts is second to none. Yes it is a big plastic lure that produces big fish but it also gets bites from the runts too. The bass I had last night ranged from schoolie runts to quality high teens. All on plugs with store staffer Joni. Yup I pulled him out of wood work and he dusted off his striped bass plugging gear. ~ FishHead Greg

LBI Surf Fishing Classic Tournament News:

Jason Baxter weighed in a 37″ 18-lb 13-oz bass at noon time today. He caught it off of the surf on the south end of the Island on bunker at about 7am.

Gordon Kirk caught a 34.5″ 13-lb 10-oz bass off of the surf yesterday evening at about 5:15pm on herring. He was fishing the south end of the Island.

Here is a list of the upcoming special prizes (now thru November 11th) which are in addition to the prizes listed in the ones listed in the Tournament Rules/Prizes Brochure…

11/04 – Pottery Fountain from The Hand Store in Beach Haven for an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick) Prize will go on till it is won.

11/06 – $25 Gift Certificate to Calabria’s Restaurant in North Beach Haven, random pick from all days catches. Prize will go on till it is won.

11/07 – Buckalaews in Beach Haven has donated a Pizza to the angler under 18 that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 7th.
Buckalaews in Beach Haven has donated a $20 gift certificate to the angler that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 7th.
Barry’s is Beach Haven will be giving a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick)

11/08 – $500 the largest bass and bluefish of the day! Jim Dobrowolski President and CEO of U.S.Facilities Inc. has donated $500 which will go to the angler that catches the largest bass today.
Jim has also donated another $500 and it will go to the angler that catches the largest blue fish today.

11/09 – 2 head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.

11/11 – The Merchantville Fishing Club in Honor of our Veterans has donated $50 to the bass closest to 11-11 and $50 to the bluefish closest to 11-11 caught today.
Largest bluefish caught today will get a 10.5 foot Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO)-Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated @ 3-8 ounces. Retail value is $200
In Recognition of our Veterans – American Sportsman has donated a 9 foot rod and 10 plugs that will go to the small bluefish entered today.

Received: Nov 4, 2014 10:37 AM Subject: Open Boat Stripers & Gators

Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6 , have really good forecasts. Westerly winds for both days. Sailing Open Boat at 11 a.m., returning at 5 p.m. each day. $160 person, 3 people max, all fish are shared. We have been fishing every day catching a mix of stripers and big bluefish. Trolling spoons has been the most productive but we are catching some fish snagging bunker and jigging. The “where” changes every day. Yesterday we caught fish at the Shrewsbury Rocks in the morning and Ortley Beach in the afternoon. Currently sailing from Manasquan inlet. Sat and Sun are already booked but I do have Mon, Nov 10 available for an AM departure. Call or text me for a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

November 3, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Another bass was checked in for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic aka the Derby… Joe Stankavage caught a 19-lb 03-oz bass off of the south end surf on bunker. He caught it late morning, about 10:30am.

Please note that we currently have fresh bunker but it isn’t the freshest. It’s good for fishing heads and tails. Boat are finally able to get back out so we expect a delivery tomorrow afternoon/evening. Until then heads and tails or clam.

2:00 PM

Finally the wind has let up and allowed anglers to fish like gentlemen. It was rough riding there for a couple days.

This morning we had a quality bass weighed in by Steve George of the Berkeley Striper Club. He checked in this 37″ 19-lb 14-oz bass that he caught on a lure late night off of the mid-island surf.

November 2, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Nov 2, 2014 5:57 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I can tell you first hand the inlet and bay bite is on! Thursday’s night trip had John Sinnicki and Chris DeCico out for a magic hour trip. Fishing through the sunset into the dark they boxed two keepers and threw several shorts back. John is 83 and severed our country during the Korean War. After that he spent a lot of time fishing but never caught a bass. Well I am happy to say that John was able to serve bass after catching his first keeper that night. Thanks John. Word from reliable sources is that I missed an epic bite on Friday. I was bummed out when I heard I missed witnessing hundreds of diving Gannets and humpback whales spraying bunker not that I missed the epic bite of 20-40 lb bass. I did fish the inlet and back bay Halloween night. Bass, from shorts to 31”, where to be had in several places. At some spots they were stacked thick. Drifting spots I quickly limited out and played C&R till it got dark. One of the bass I cleaned had seven 7-8” weakfish in its stomach. Here is Part 1 of the video I shot that night. I think you will enjoy this one www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCZcoCV-CpU

On the nature side of things: Friday’s show demonstrates the importance of managing fish not only for harvest but managing bait fish. Bunker play such a vital role in the food web. They are forage for not only fish, but birds like Ospreys and Eagles, and mammals from River Otters up the web to dolphins and some of the biggest animals on our plant, whales.

Still have some dates open to get in on this world class fishery. Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

Received: Nov 2, 2014 11:28 AM Subject: Fantastic Bass Action – First Full Boat Limit Of the Fall

It looks like our Fall fishing has gone into warp drive in the matter of days! Quality striped bass ranging from upper teens to 30, 40, to “?”lbs have made their present known in a big way on our local vast schools of bait parked along our beaches!

Veteran angler and regulars Jay Simmons, Ernie Rosenberg and Shawn Hawthorne teamed up for what turned out to be a memorable “Full Throttle” Halloween striper bite! Jay started the day coming tight with a solid mid 30lbs striped bass on light spinning tackle that was meant for a somewhat smaller class of fish, no matter as Jay’s angling skill and patience was rewarded accordingly as he iced the first keeper of day. Shawn was next with another quality striper on the artificials.

Moving back up to the top of our drift we found a huge school of bunker, out came the snag and drop rods and it was” light out fishing action” for the rest of the day. Every drift had us scoring singles, doubles and a couple [almost] triples hook ups on the live baits for the rest of the day. The guys not only managed their limit [ I even got mine] but also played catch and release for the rest of the day all the while watching surface striking stripers as they attacked the hapless bait schools. If that wasn’t entertaining enough, we also had huge feeding whales up close and personal all day long!

I still have a few dates left so don’t wait to get in on this exceptional fishing action!

Remember to join us on Face Book for latest reports and photos and hopefully “like us”.

Lastly with the holiday season right around the corner I have gift certificates and also Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters swag [ short tees, long sleeve tees, and hoodies] for angling enthusiast.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

October 31, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Oct 31, 2014 7:37 PM Subject: Got’em!

If you want to catch stripers……..you have to act…NOW! Epic fishing with 12 to 30 pound fish up off of Ortley Beach today. Sea condition was sporty in a stiff N/NE wind, so we stayed on the troll. Anywhere from 60 feet of water into 25 feet of water. Bunker spoons, bucktails, and a jumbo shad worked really good for us. Color didn’t seem to matter, they were hitting everything. Third day in a row of this kind of fishing. These fish are spread out from Monmouth Beach all the way down to Seaside. Snagging bunker is working, too. The party boats are catching pretty good on jigs so we might start putting more effort into that technique. However you guys want to catch them. It’s the size of the fish that is making this such an opportunity. All solid fish.

Sunday’s forecast is looking better now, a cranking NW wind, so we will be sailing another Open Boat this Sunday and Monday, November 2 and 3. Leaving the dock at 7AM and returning at 1 PM. $160 per person. Three people max, all fish are shared. NW makes everything good. Flattens out the ocean and activates the fish. The harder it blows, the flatter it gets, up to about a mile and a half off, then it gets sloppy. But all the action has been inside that mile and a half, so we are good to go.

Calling or texting is better than email if you would like a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

5:00 PM

Bunker is here!

4:30 PM – Happy Halloween

Our bunker delivery went much faster than expected. We just sold out. Don’t fret there are more freshies on the way! We expect to have a delivery by about 5pm this evening.

Today we had a pair of nice fish weighed in. This morning John Breitling of Medford weighed in a 44″ 33.25-lb bass he caught live lining eels in Little Egg Inlet. This afternoon Paul Galasso weighed in a 36-lb 11-oz bass that he caught trolling off of IBSP.

I was finishing up dinner when I got a call from my buddy Jeff, “Let’s go fishing!” I was gonna hit the brine late night but once he called my whole game plan changed. I’ve been putting in some serious hours pounding a couple spots. They’ve been productive but I decided it would be good to change it up. Jeff stopped at the shop and bought two new Northbar Bottledarters (to replace the ones he recently lost). I packed up two Plano boxes of plugs, grabbed my Lami and we headed north up to Jeff’s boat. We pushed off the dock and within minutes started fishing a couple rips. On his second cast Jeff was in! He then backed it up on his next cast. The bass were keyed in on and demanding the Northbar Bottledarter.

I couldn’t get in the zone and unfortunately the rip that was holding fish faded away as the current changed. We pounded the area trying a variety of lures but no takers. After a short while we regrouped and made a couple of adjustments. A short move or two later and we were back in the fish. This time it wasn’t short lived.

While unhooking and releasing fish the lights gave us the visibility to see what was actually going down around us. The striped bass had piles of corn cob mullet pinned up. They were thick and the bass were annihilating them! Jeff and I had this night time feeding frenzy for a solid one to two hours. When the moon set it turned off like a flip of a switch.

Night time corncob feed equals a night to remember with big plugs.

The water temp was 57-59 degrees, finally in the golden zone. We have a big blow coming and a cold snap Sunday night with forecasts calling for a low of 34 degrees. The fish poured into our area this past week and it is just getting better.

~ FishHead Greg

October 30, 2014 ——————————————————————-

4:45 PM

Bunker is here!

4:00 PM

Bunker is on its way. Got the call from the bunker boat and said they have our bait and will be to the shop in an hour or two.

Received: Oct 30, 2014 3:14 PM Subject: It’s on…

This is the “tip on a horse” kind of fishing we have all been waiting for. The near shore striper fishing is all lit up right now. Snagging bunker, jigging, and trolling. All size fish. Early and late hours of the day. Anywhere from Deal to Ortley Beach.

5 to 10 knot NE wind forecasted for tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 31, so this is a “hurry up” last minute Open Boat. Leaving the dock at Noon and fishing until 6 PM. (might be possible to leave at 11 AM, so please be flexible).

Currently sailing out of Manasquan Inlet so we could make the left or the right. $160 per person, 3 people max, all fish are shared. Better to call as I won’t be online much.

Also sailing Open Boat this Monday, Nov 3. leaving at 7AM, returning at 1 PM. Same info as above. Looks like after a hard NE and then N wind on Sat/Sun, Mon is supposed to have a heavy NW which usually lays the ocean out flatter and flats the day goes on. See you on board!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

1:00 PM

Bill Bannon does it again! He raised the bar he set yesterday. This time about ten pounds higher. This morning Bill weighed in a 39-lb 09-oz bass that he caught this morning on herring up on the north end.

Received: Oct 29, 2014 9:03 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

While still waiting for out front to explode, which it will any day now, I have had excellent success bassing both the inlet and back channels. Most of the fish are schoolie size but I have been boxing at least one keeper every trip. Lots of action with swimmers when the tide is right (usually incoming at sun rise or sun set). When not throwing lures I am dropping spot. Most spot equal a bass except when the blues move in. Ouch! Here is some video from the other morning.

I have one spot open for Thursday (10-30) 3-7 magic hour open boat (call for details) and some prime November dates open for guiding.

~ Capt. Alex Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

October 29, 2014 ——————————————————————-

4:30 PM

LBI Surf Fishing Classic Tournament News: Today Bill Bannon took the lead with his 29-lb 07-oz bass.

Here is a list of the upcoming special prizes (now thru November 11th) which are in addition to the prizes listed in the ones listed in the Tournament Rules/Prizes Brochure…

10/31 – $25 Iggy Geneva Memorial Award donated by Debbie Von Tronk, to be selected from the names of all if any bluefish today.

10/31 – $100 “Trick or Treat” Bass Prize, bass weighing closest to 18 lbs. 13 oz. Presented by Carl Gallagher in Memory of Bob Turanski, DMD

11/01 – Tsunami Air Wave Elite Series 11’ 2 piece rod donated by the Folsom corporation (random pick from those that caught a fish today.)

11/02 – 2 head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.
Sportfish Products one of our new sponsors this year is giving one of their lure bags with lures to someone at random that catches a fish this segment, ending 11/02 at 6pm.

11/04 – Pottery Fountain from The Hand Store in Beach Haven for an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick) Prize will go on till it is won.

11/06 – $25 Gift Certificate to Calabria’s Restaurant in North Beach Haven, random pick from all days catches. Prize will go on till it is won.

11/07 – Buckalaews in Beach Haven has donated a Pizza to the angler under 18 that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 7th.
Buckalaews in Beach Haven has donated a $20 gift certificate to the angler that catches the largest fish ending the week of Nov 7th.
Barry’s is Beach Haven will be giving a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick)

11/08 – $500 the largest bass and bluefish of the day! Jim Dobrowolski President and CEO of U.S.Facilities Inc. has donated $500 which will go to the angler that catches the largest bass today.
Jim has also donated another $500 and it will go to the angler that catches the largest blue fish today.

11/09 – 2 head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.

11/11 – The Merchantville Fishing Club in Honor of our Veterans has donated $50 to the bass closest to 11-11 and $50 to the bluefish closest to 11-11 caught today.
Largest bluefish caught today will get a 10.5 foot Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO)-Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated @ 3-8 ounces. Retail value is $200
In Recognition of our Veterans – American Sportsman has donated a 9 foot rod and 10 plugs that will go to the small bluefish entered today.

1:00 PM

This morning we had a pair of bass weighed in. Bill Bannon of West Creek took the lead in the Surf Derby with his 29-lb 07-oz weigh-in this morning. He caught the linesider at about 8 am off of the north end surf on bunker. We also has a 22-lb weighed in by an angler not in the Derby.

Received: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:46 AM Subject: BHCFA Fishing Report

The air temperatures have the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association believing that fall has actually arrived. The water temperatures, however, are a bit of a different story. The bay water temperatures in Little Egg Harbor and Great Bays have dropped into the 50’s, but the ocean water temperature still remains in the low 60’s.

The net result of this is a late arrival of striped bass from the north. There have been a few stirrings of bass over the past week which does have the captains thinking positive thoughts. Some bass are appearing in the bay waters and the white water of Little Egg Inlet. In addition, the surf anglers have begun to pick up a few bass on the beaches of Long Beach Island. The Sea Shell Club in Beach Haven held its annual Striped Bass Derby for boats last weekend and weighed in some 20 fish. One of these was a 37-pounder caught in the bay on clams. If there is one of these cows around, there should be more.

There is currently plenty of bait around with huge schools of spearing and rainfish to be found along with schools of peanut bunker. The mullet run seems to have run its course already. There are reports of bass being trolled up on bunker spoons to the north of Long Beach Island, and these fish should be on the Beach Haven radar very shortly. These bass are feeding on schools of mature bunker and will be prey for anglers live-lining bait and trolling spoons.

The inshore reefs are still holding very good numbers of black sea bass and porgies for bottom fishermen. Anglers fishing these reefs will experience excellent action even if the ratio of shorts to keepers is on the high side.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

October 28, 2014 ——————————————————————-

6:00 PM

Not much talk of fish in the shop today. Last night I caught a 20-lb 03-oz bass chunking the mid-island surf. First fish I harvested for the year. I can’t wait to cook some up and enjoy. ~ FishHead.Greg

6:00 AM

Yesterday James Jones posted a photo on our Facebook page of what looked like a baby cobia. He reported catching five of them off of the surf on bunker. Update:10/29/2014: Turns out after some conversation the species was determined to be spotted hake.

Congrats to the 18th Annual Sea Shell Striped Bass Winners!!! This year, Captain Mike Greene dominated the competition with his Lucky Stripes and angler Jason Marti. Here is a list of the top five fish:
1st – 39.00-lbs Lucky Stripes, Jason Marti
2nd – 37.15-lbs Time Flyer II, Bob Opperman
3rd – 36.65-lbs Lucky Stripes, Jason Marti
4th – 32.55-lbs Anthracite, James Ryan
5th – 31.85-lbs Lucky Stripes, Jason Marti

October 27, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

Dave Kreines fished the outgoing tide on the south end surf with mullet on one rod and a popper on another. He reported not a touch on either until, “As I retrieved the popper and drug it through the wash, I thought I snagged something until that snag pulled back! I caught a 26″ fluke that was as thick as any I have ever seen. Why does this only happen when the season is closed?”

Speaking of fluke, here is an update as well as a report from the past that we just pulled from out report Archive…

“August 4, 2014 9:00 PM – We had another monster FLUKE-ZILLA hit our scale today late in the day! Robert Davis of Bamber Lakes weighed in a 33″ 15.3-lb doormat fluke. He caught it spear fishing Barnegat Inlet today at 3:15pm. It looks like once the paperwork is submitted and verified this will top the state and world record. Congrats on an epic catch!!! Note one week earlier, Tim Fiordaliso weighed in a 14.55-lb speared fluke that topped the previous spear state record of 14.5-lbs by Brian Coen which was weighed in also at Fisherman’s Headquarters.” Finally today we got the official email from the state…

New State Record Fish – Spearfishing Category The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has officially certified the first entry into the new Spearfishing category in the State Record Fish Program.

Robert A. Davis of Bamber Lake speared the record fluke (summer flounder) on August 4, just five days following the initiation of the new Spearfishing category. The fish weighed in at 15 pounds 5 ounces which exceeded the minimum weight of 12 pounds. The fluke is also being recognized as a World Record by the International Underwater Sprearfishing Association. It’s the World’s Largest Summer Flounder (Fluke) Caught via Spear!

3:30 PM

Store staffer Matt went on the late night search last night and found some schoolies in the backwaters.

Yesterday I fished on my boat for 8 hours and caught 25 tog, a sea bass and a small bluefish. My friend Sean caught about twice as many tog as I did. We got back to the dock after dark and unloaded the boat. I cleaned up and then exercised for a 1/2 hour. After a shower and some dinner I went jetty fishing for 2.5 hours and caught three stripers up to 30″ How many young guns can keep up? ~Paul Haertel

11:30 AM

Dallas Tharp reported on our Facebook page yesterday, “Beautiful morning out front today! Only problem, no room to work! Beach was loaded with fisherman and nobody was catching from what I could see on both artificial or bait.”

Received: Monday, October 27, 2014 7:22 AM Subject: Fall Striped Bass Trips w/Available Dates

Another fall approaching and again all the signs point to strong fishing. There’s an abundance of sand eels around and the bass are starting to show up in better numbers with every cold night.

November is right around the corner which means it’s time to put on some hats and get out the jigs.

This year we will have two options for trips: 3/4 day (6 hours – $900) and Full Day (~8 hours – $1100). Both trips will leave at 6am unless arranged otherwise.

We have the following dates available (as I write this): 11/5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23.

Please contact me by phone at (609) 287-5136 to book your trip.

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

October 26, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:30 PM

Courtland Foos weighed in a 14-lb 04-oz bass for the Surf Derby at 1:15pm today. He caught the bass just after noon time off of the south end surf on bunker. He took the lead for the day and currently positioned to win the Fisherman’s Headquarters $100 Gift Certificate for Sunday’s Daily.

1:00 PM

We just received a fresh delivery of primo bunker and live clam.

LBI Surf Fishing Classic News: Congrats to Rob Vallone! He unofficially took this Saturday’s (October 25th) $500 cash prize as well as the Fisherman’s Headquarters $100 Gift Certificate with his 21-lb 04-oz bass.

Cody Shmutz caught a 34″ 12-lb 06-oz bass off of the mid-island surf this morning on bunker.

From the boat… One customer yesterday stopped in to get his Penn reel fixed. He just got off of the Miss Barnegat Light and had his reel destroyed by gator blues. He said the fishing was great. The boat sailed out to the Mud Hole and put all of the customers on big blues. They had ’em jigging and bait fishing.

Today is the final day of the Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby. As of last night Jason Marti aboard the Lucky Stripes had the lead with a 39-lb bass. He was followed by Bob Opperman’s 37.15-lb, and Kevin Kuziw’s 25.55-lb bass. Jason Marti also caught a 36.65-lb bass too. We’ll post the final results when we get them.

From the rocks… The tog bite at Barnegat Inlet is still very productive. On Saturday we had a couple customers report on their fishing from Friday. One said, Lots of fish but keepers are hard to find.”Another angler reported catching two quality rock monsters, “I had a four and a five pound fish yesterday as well as a bunch of shorts.”

Received: Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:50 AM Subject: Mayday! Mayday! Bass on Bunker!

Open Boat Stripers… Throwing the ropes tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 AM. We will be snagging and livelining bunker. There’s 15 to 30 pound fish. They caught them this morning and yesterday morning. Now we’re going to catch them tomorrow. Heavy west winds in the forecast so it will be a flat ocean. Sailing from Manasquan Inlet. $160 person. 3 people max. All fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

October 25, 2014 ——————————————————————-

4:00 PM

Chauncey Beekler weighed in a 27.85-lb striper this afternoon. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker. Please note that Chauncey is not in the Surf Tournament.

11:00 AM

Some anglers found fish but for me early to mid-October was very slow. Despite putting in two to three nights a week with some long hours I struck out on the surf. Some of my bayside haunts were the only place I could find a bite. Finally last night I had a pair of linesider on a black metal lip. It felt good to get the line tight with a fish that actually wanted to pull some drag.

It’s feeling more seasonable around here. The surf temperature finally dropped from the summer time warmth, currently 60-61 degrees. A nice body of fish moved in after the recent storm and anglers fishing LBI are catching on the surf and bayside on bait and lures. It’s the best push of bass since the mullet run. So far this weekend we have had a couple weigh ins and a number of reports. See the reports below for more details.

Store staffer Blake released a quality fish the other morning on a SP minnow. He said it slammed him right at the lip of the beach and put up a great fight. Store staffer Rob Vallone reported a couple small bass the other night and then last night he got a better fish which he weighed in for the Derby. Store staffer Steve-o caught three bass last night.

Christian Martin of Beach Haven Crest weighed in a 19-lb 15-oz bass this morning. He caught it plugging early this morning on the south end.

Rob Vallone weighed in a 21-lb 04-oz bass this morning. He caught it late last night on bunker.

~ FishHead Greg

October 24, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Fresh bunker and live surf clams just arrived. We’ve got a bunch but both are going fast. Best of luck to all the anglers fishing the Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby this weekend! Thanks for your business.

Jim Cambell weighed in a 38″ 18.35-lb bass this afternoon. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on clam at about 2pm.

12:30 PM

We are currently sold out of fresh bunker. We got word from our bunker boat that they are out and have our bait. We expect to have primos in later today.

12:00 PM

Finally some bass weigh-ins for the 60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic…

Francis Hettler of Doylestown, PA weighed in a 38″ 19-lb 14-oz bass today. He caught the fish at about 6:15am on bunker in Harvey Cedars.

Brian McAllister of Middletown, DE caught a 17-lb 10-oz bass last night at about 11:30pm. He caught it on bunker in Love Ladies.

October 23, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

The second fish of the Fall Surf Derby was caught today by Gary Bargiel of Stockholm, NJ. Gary landed a 37.5″ 20-lb bass on bunker in Harvey Cedars this evening.

October 22, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:30 PM

Blake Scholey posted a beautiful photo of a 42″ striped bass on our Facebook page today. He reported, “Geared up last night at Fisherman’s Headquarters and hopped on the boat. Landed with cow!” Blake told us that he caught it in the bay on live bait.

1:30 PM

Fished overnight Monday into Tuesday and saw solid action. The ride out was beautiful and then the wind switched. It blew harder than forecasts predicted. Luckily it blew itself out for the ride in. Presenting baits effectively took a lot of work throughout the night but we managed to work hard and catch fish.

We had mahi around the boat the entire night. After catching 16 between 8-15-lbs, we had enough. Had two shots at 80-lb yellowfin and capitalized on both. In between icing the yellowbirds we caught a 52″ swordfish. We also released a second swordfish later in the night. Every once and a while blue sharks would swim through. It kept us on our toes. We released a few of them and broke off a bunch more.

Looks like we have a weather window at the beginning of next week! If you are interested in fishing offshore get in touch.

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

Received: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:22 AM Subject: BHCFA Fishing Report

Despite some brisk winds and ocean swells, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association were very pleased to see the season for black sea bass re-open. Trips to the local artificial reefs and inshore wrecks were very productive ones with large numbers of sea bass and porgies in evidence along with several other varieties of fish.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing began a trip recently in the Mullica River drifting live baits for striped bass. There had been reports of bass being taken in the river both by trolling Stretch lures and drifting live eels. Captain Gary came up empty handed and decided to head out into the ocean despite some rough conditions. That turned out to be the right move as his party ended up with some very nice porgies between 12 and 18 inches in length. They also caught a decent amount of sea bass and kept two of them for dinner.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” booked last weekend for Eric Burr and a bachelor party of 11 members. Despite the rough seas, the group wanted to brave the conditions and was glad they did. Their first stop was a wreck about 7-miles out which showed fish on the fish finder but with little interest in biting. A couple more wrecks were pretty much the same although they used 6 different baits which did catch a couple of porgies and some small sea bass. Captain Carl decided to try the Little Egg Reef, and that proved to be the right choice. They drifted until they had hits on all the rods and then anchored up tide of that spot. Within 5-minutes they had continuous action. The sea bass averaged one keeper for every three caught and reeled in a large number of porgies, which also had many throwbacks. In addition they boated some skates, dogfish, and then bluefish ranging from 6-ounces to 2-pounds. In addition, they noticed a large striped bass rolling on the top of the water. By the end of the trip they had a cooler filled with fish.

Captain Fran Verdi decided to take the “Francesca Marie” north looking for stripers. He trolled all the way from Long Beach Island to Seaside Heights. They ended the day with no bass but did manage to pick up some bluefish. Captain Fran said the water was still a warm 63-degrees. He anticipates this weekend as the turn-on time for the bass bite to start.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr

October 21, 2014 ———————————————————————-

6:30 PM

A little while back we received a delivery of fresh fat backs aka bunker. We’ll have some jewels for the evening and tomorrow.

Paul Galasso of the Village Harbour Fishing Club just weighed in 12.9-lb bluefish. He caught it today trolling out at the Mud Hole.

12:00 PM

LBI Surf Fishing Classic Tournament News:

The First Segment of the 60th Annual closed on Sunday October 19th at 6pm with out a fish. We are now currently in the Second Segment, October 19th 6:01pm to November 2nd at 6pm. Finally this morning the first fish of the 2014 Derby was weighed in. Congrats to John Campbell of the LBI Fishing Club. He caught a 42″ 23-lb 13-oz bass chunking bunker this morning on the north end of the Island.

Here is a list of the upcoming special prizes which are in addition to the prizes listed in the ones listed in the Tournament Rules/Prizes Brochure…

10/22 – John Lewis (friend of the tournament) has donated a 1/2 day charter on his boat Insatiable. The person that catches the largest bass today wins this charter.

10/24 – $25 gift certificate to Barrys Do Me A Flavor goes to an angler that catches a fish today.

The largest fish caught this week ending on Oct 24th wins a $20 gift certificate to Buckalews and the largest fish by a caught by a angler under 18 wins a pizza from Buckalews.

10/25 – $500 cash award for the largest striper weighed in today.

$25 Tom Geneva Memorial Award: Winner to be selected at random from the names of all anglers entering stripped bass today.

10/26 – 2 head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.

10/28 – TFO Tuesday 10.5 foot Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO)-Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated @ 3-8 ounces. Retail value is $200 will be given to the largest blue fish caught today. If prize is not won it will go to the next day till we have a winner. Toughest rod in the surf for one of the toughest fish in the surf. ****Only one TFO rod per angler

10/31 – $25 Iggy Geneva Memorial Award: Winner to be selected from the names of all catching bluefish today.
$100 “Trick or Treat” Bass Prize for a bass entered today weighing closest to 18 lbs. 13 oz. Presented by Carl Gallagher in Memory of Bob Turanski, DMD

11/01 – Tsunami Air Wave Elite Series 11’ 2 piece rod donated by the Folsom corporation (random pick from those that caught a fish today.

11-02 – 2 head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.

October 20, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

This afternoon we got word that some of the party boats did good on the water today. Sea bass fishing was good on the inshore wrecks. They were also some triggerfish caught in the mix.

Received: Monday, October 20, 2014 12:54 PM Subject: Open 6th Annual BHS Fisherman’s Flea Market

Barnegat High School’s 6th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market will be on Saturday December 13, 2014 from 9am to 1pm at the Barnegat High School. The school is located at 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Last year there was close to 500 in attendance. The club gave out $750 in scholarships to graduating seniors. Please come out and help support our fishing club by attending the Fleamarket. All proceeds go towards the students involved in the fishing club.

Come reel in some holiday deals! NEW, USED, CUSTOM, ANTIQUE, RODS, REELS, LURES, COLLECTIBLES AND MUCH MORE!! There are always door prizes every half hour (lures, tackle, rods/reels, passes for headboat, etc)

$4.00 Admission, Kids 12 and under FREE

11:30 AM

Ryan Dellane stopped in the shop yesterday and picked up some bait on his way to the surf. He reported, “Blowfish all night off of the beach on BUNKER chunks. Got a baker’s dozen for the dinner table. Never got them on chunks before. Apparently they are still around.”

Tog fishing is still very good at Barnegat Inlet. It has been on fire for well over a month.

We got word from our bunker boat yesterday that there are some big gorilla blues stacked out at the Mudhole. It would be nice to see them pile up on the beach. With this blow coming anything can happen. Now that we had this cold snap last night maybe some bass will show up.

NJ’s Sea Bass season re-opened this past weekend on Saturday, October 18th. It’s currently 15 fish with a minimum size of 12.5 inches until December 31st. Sorry no reports yet. Gonzalo and the wind kept most boats at the dock this weekend.

~ FishHead Greg

October 19, 2014 ———————————————————————-

10:00 AM

We just got our live surf clams and live bloods delivery.

October 18, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

We had a lots of customers in the shop over the early part of this weekend…

One gentleman reported great tog fishing at Barnegat Inlet. He said, “I went through a couple dozen green crabs weeding through a bunch of shorts. I managed two keeper sized tog. I took home one for the table. It’s a good thing I played by the rules. While packing up the truck I was stopped and checked by Fish and Game. It was a quick friendly thing for me but not the next guy he checked. Turns out as I was pulling away Fish and Game had guy with a few too many. He had them spread out on his tailgate measuring everyone. Fortunately they are enforcing! It is good to see they are cracking down.”

Another customer reported a slow day in the boat fishing off of IBSP, “We got the skunk. Trolled all over, not a touch.”

So far Friday and Saturday have not offered anglers too much off of the surf. We heard lots of anglers talk about poor fishing, lots of garbage fish. The best we heard was a couple kingfish and some blues. Hopefully the weather coming changes things for the better.

On the weather front, we currently have a westerly wind which groomed the swell from Hurricane Gonzalo. Sunday the swell will linger and slowly fade as it is blown out by the stiff westerlies. Sunday night looks like a cold one, forecast low of 38 degrees. The couple days of westerly winds (Sunday-Monday) will be nice for a change. It seems like we have had every other wind direction for quite some time. Unfortunately it will not settle in for long. We’ve got a possible Nor’easter setting up. Right now models are showing an area of low pressure which gets sandwiched between a big dip in the northern jet stream and the northward moving subtropical jet. A high looks to be set up over Canada which will squeeze the pressure gradient producing lots of wind. The sub tropical jet stream will put lots of rain into the mix. Basically Wednesday and Thursday will be a bit sporty. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this will be the start of some fall fishing. Gonna have to wait and see what happens.

~ FishHead Greg

October 17, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:39 PM Subject: Open Boat Striper

Heavy west wind is finally going to allow us to get out this Sat, Sun, and Mon. I never thought I would get to say that again. We’ve had most of the last four weeks blown out. There are 30 pound class stripers being taken. Trolling bunker spoons is the most productive, so that is the plan. If we encounter any birds or castable fish, be it school bass or gator blues, we will switch over to spinning rods and jig rods in a heartbeat. The only bunker snagging fishing that was working was out near the three mile line and although the hard west wind is going to give us a nice flat ocean on the trolling grounds, the ocean is going to get rough a few miles offshore. I’m only putting this out there so you don’t wind up on a boat trolling all day when you really want to jig or cast. I love using light tackle as much as anyone but not if it’s not producing yet. Very soon it’s going to be the thing to do, but right now there’s a good chance at boating a few of these bigger bass.

We are sailing out of Manasquan Inlet for the month of October. Running Open Boat trips this Sat, Sun, and Mon, Oct 18, 19, and 20. 7AM to 3PM. $175 person. 3 people max, all fish are shared. Same dates are also available to charter.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

11:30 AM

Live Surf Clams Just Arrived. We expect fresh bunker later today.

Received: Friday, October 17, 2014 9:26 AM Subject: ASFMC Striped Bass Advisory Panel

Al Ristori and Lou Bassano represented New Jersey sympathies at the Striped Bass Advisory Panel meeting this week in Baltimore…Al provides his take below:

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Advisory Panel met Wednesday in Baltimore to provide advice to the ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board that will be deciding on recreational and commercial restrictions later this month incorporated in Draft Addendum IV to Amendment 6 of the Striped Bass Management Plan in order to deal with falling catches and the decrease in spawning stock biomass (SSB). Ex-state Senator Lou Bassano (R-Union),sponsor of the Striped Bass Gamefish Law, and I are the N.J. recreational advisers. As usual, the commercial advisers insisted everything was just fine and there was no need for any decreases in harvest. On the other hand, most recreational representatives were cautious about the numbers presented and favored a one-year reduction to bring the SSB up — rather than the three-year alternatives. A single bass at 28 or 32 inches found the greatest support, but Bassano noted the importance of a second bass to the party and charter boat fleets. A slot option that provides a 28-to-34-inch bass plus a “trophy” of 36 inches or more would probably be better for them. Check my daily blog at nj.com/shore/blogs/fishing for more information about that meeting.

~ Jim Hutchinson, Jr., Managing Director, Recreational Fishing Alliance

October 15, 2014 ——————————————————————–

4:00 PM

Captain Joe of Deep Blue Sportfishing just gave us a ring. He was on the water this morning with a charter. They found some quality bass again on the troll, one at 25-lbs and one at 35-lbs!!!He mentioned the turns were working had on small bait.

Received: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:47 AM Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

The seasons of the year wait for no man, and that is true for the fall of 2014 and its effect on the summer fishing action. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are putting away the gear needed for the summer species and turning their attentions toward what is hoped to be an exciting fall on the water.

Captain Bob Gerkens and First Mate Dante Soriente of the “Hot Tuna” just made their final trip of the year to the Hudson Canyon hoping to get in on more of the excellent tuna action they had experienced before terrible weather conditions had cancelled 14 straight trips. This final trip produced little action, and conversations with other captains out there revealed more of the same. Both the night fishing and daytime trolls were slow with only a couple of fish being caught. The “Hot Tuna” had a wahoo break-off along with a few mahi-mahi in the boat. There are hopes that there might be a bite later closer inshore on mako sharks and bluefin tuna.

The first keeper striped bass are starting to show up with a few fish in the 30-pound class being picked up trolling bunker spoons and Stretch lures. Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” says he has gotten a large order of spot in, and they are sitting in his pens waiting to be fed to some hungry striped bass. Captain Fran also plans to get in on some black sea bass action on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs when the season re-opens on October 18.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr

October 14, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Paul Lindsey stopped by this afternoon. He reported catching lots of small kingfish off of the mid-island surf on Fishbites. He did manage a couple nice ones with his biggest about a pound and a half.

Here is a list of the upcoming LBI Surf Fishing Classic Special Prizes from now thru October 22nd:

$500 for the largest striper caught today. If there is no bass caught prize will go to the next day till it is won.
A head lamp donated from Princeton Tec will go to the first fish caught.

Tuesday Oct 14th – $200 to the bass closest to 17 pounds in Memory of A.D. Fillman. This is given by The Long Beach Township Retired and Former Officers lunch group that Don was a part of. If there is no bass caught on this date the prize will go to next year. October 14th is the date that Don caught a 17 pound bass.

TFO Tuesday – 10’6” Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO) Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated 3-8 ounces, retail value $200. Is awarded to the largest bluefish caught today. If prize is not won it will go to the next day till we have a winner. “Toughest rod in the surf for one of the toughest fish in the surf. **”Only one TFO rod per angler***

Friday Oct 17th – $100 cash to the women with a bass closest to 14 pounds. This prize is given in Memory of Jean Fillman by her family. $25 gift certificate to Barrys Do Me A Flavor goes to an angler that catches a fish today.

The largest fish caught this week ending on Oct 17th wins a $20 gift certificate to Buckalews and the largest fish by a caught by a angler under 18 wins a pizza from Buckalews.

Standard Weekend Prizes for bass and blues as describe in the tournament Rules/Prizes Brochure

Sunday Oct 19th – $500 cash to the largest bass caught today donated by Jim D. President and CEO of U.S. Facilities Inc and a friend of the Classic. $500 cash to the largest blue caught today donated by Jim D. President and CEO of U.S. Facilities Inc and a friend of the Classic. Two head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.

A lure bag from Sportfishing Products to an angler that has caught a fish in this segment. (random pick)

Wednesday Oct 22nd – John Lewis (friend of the tournament) has donated a 1/2 day charter on his boat Insatiable. The person that catches the largest bass today wins this charter.

October 13, 2014 ——————————————————————-

8:20 AM

Might need some extra lead sinkers this week. This morning we’ve got a small medium size groundswell in the water from Tropical Storm Fay. Currently 2-3-4 foot. The south easterly swell is expected to fill in and peak tonight. The winds look to swing south/southeast for a few days and then late in the week a new groundswell shows from Tropical Storm Gonzalo. There’s potential for some bigger surf from Gonzalo next weekend. Time to break out the heaviers!

Yesterday afternoon Fisherman’s Headquarters Alumni Ken Austin stopped in on his way off of the Island. He reported lots of small blues off of the surf. A couple other customer reported small blues as well as “lots of garbage.” There’s skates and doggies.

Captain Joe gave us heads up that he found a bass again yesterday. [See 10/11/14 post below] He trolled up a bite on a spoon, unfortunately the hook pulled. Nothing special but still a noteworthy report for boat anglers.

October 11, 2014 ———————————————————————

4:30 PM – More talk of classy striped bass in our local waters!

Justin and Jason Marti started their fall season off right! They both got beautiful trophy bass. Take a look at our Facebook page. It’s that time… the bait has been here and the weather is sour. The fish just showed up… Fish On!

12:30 PM

I spoke with Captain Joe of Deep Blue Sportfishing this morning. He reported, “Lots of schoolie bass up to 29″ on live mullet. It has been good. Yesterday morning was slow so we took a look around outside. Went out and found some life along the beach. We marked bait and fish. It was very calm and the bunker were schooled up on top, tails out flipping. There were also turns working on small bait with a lot of micro size false albacore moving super fast on them. These albies were the perfect size pitch baits for offshore. We sent a Mann’s Stretch Plug down in 45′ of water. It didn’t take long and we were hooked up with a quality fish, this 38-lb striper! It has been a few months without striper tacos so we greased it. Another boat fishing close by released a bass they raised casting and retrieving lures.”

We’ve heard reports of anglers targeting the false albacore yesterday casting metal and also on the fly. There’s weakfish and small blues mixed in with them. I saw a photo of really nice size weakies that was caught in the mix.

~ FishHead Greg

October 10, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

Tomorrow morning is the LBIFT kick off seminar. There will be some great door prizes and give away raffle. You must be present to win! Rain or shine: 9am at the Chamber across from the shop. Then shortly the seminar will begin inside at the Ship Bottom Fire Hall (21st and Central). Weather permitting there will be a hands on beach demo.

The surf fishing along LBI is progressing. Even though it’s almost mid-October we are still in the “late summer” phase. The surf is loaded with small blues and fluke. There are kingfish and the occasional striped bass. There’s all sorts of bait in our local waters; mullet, spearing, baby bunker, adult bunker, baby blowfish, herring, squid and spot. Just coming down on the backside of the moon, we’ve got a couple day blow coming. This might be the start of a real run.

We got word today that there was a morning bite in the boat on the troll. Some boats had quality fish. We had one customer in the shop who was purchasing a new cooler to ice down a striped one. He reported fishing north out of Barnegat Inlet about a mile off of the beach. He said the troll was slow however, “We came across a pile of bait and started casting lures. We had bass up to 40 inches.” Another report came from customer who showed a photo of a 20+ pound bass. He said it went for a deep diver on the troll.

Store staffer Blake got into a fun sunset session on the surf. He had small blues crushing plugs on top.

Store Staffer Kevin reported getting into more bayside linesiders today on SP Minnows. There’s bass in the backwaters moving on bait.

The tog bite was on again today. The Barnegat Inlet is stacked with the white chins.

Returning home from a trip at the edge, Douglas Marshall of South Hampton NJ stopped by the shop with a 25.2-lb Mahi. He caught a bunch of mahi and the boat also had two tuna it out at the Toms.

7:00 AM

The $500 bounty is still out for the first qualifying striped bass in the LBI Surf Fishing Classic. Please understand that if two or more bass are weighed in on that day the largest takes to money.

Here is a list of some other Prizes that are up for grabs…
– Today, Friday October 10th: $25 Gift Certificate to Barry’s Do Me A Flavor, Picked at Random
– Weekend Striped Bass Prizes: (Every Saturday & Sunday) $100 Fisherman’s Headquarters Gift Certificates to the Heaviest Striped Bass
– Weekend Bluefish Prizes: $50 Cash to the Heaviest Bluefish
– This Sunday, October 12th: Princeton Tec Head Lamps, Picked at Random one for bass, one for bluefish

October 9, 2014 ——————————————————————-

8:00 PM

We got word today that there was a new special prize just added to the LBI Surf Fishing Classic… On October 19th there will be two big money cash prizes awarded: $500 to the largest striped bass and $500 to the largest bluefish!

Late in the day we got a delivery of fresh bunker. Once again the early birds will have freshies. There’s no telling how long the supply will last. We expect more Friday evening.

8:45 AM

Blake S. of Manahawkin geared up at the shop and hit the Inlet yesterday afternoon. He reported back.” Consistent tog bite as the tide was coming in if you could get to the bottom before getting covered in grass. Small blues everywhere and tons of bait pushed up against the rocks.”

A small delivery of fresh bunker arrived late in the day yesterday. At the time of this post it is almost sold out. We are also low on surf clams. We expect more bunker and clams later today.

Just a reminder this weekend is the LBIFT kick off seminar. There will be some great door prizes and give away raffle. You must be present to win!
October 8, 2014 ——————————————————————-

11:45 AM

Lots of tog on the chew! Store staffer Steve-o got in on the bite again yesterday. He reported catching a number of tog with four keeper size white chins. Steve-o said, “You don’t have to go for far if you don’t want. They are stacked all along the Inlet. Bayside, by the Light and the whole stretch out.” Load up with greenies and go. There’s lots of small blowfish so bring enough bait.

We expect fresh bunker later today.

Received: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:11 PM Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

Fall weather has officially arrived for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter fishing Association. Cool nights have dropped the bay water temperatures some seven degrees and a few degrees also in the ocean. As long as the vast schools of bait remain inshore, this should hasten the arrival of striped bass and big bluefish from the north.

Boaters are already drifting live eels in the bay looking for bass as well as fishing plugs along the sod banks. While reports have been scarce so far, this should start to pick up very soon.

The negative of the past couple of weeks continues to be the strong winds that make trips into the ocean difficult to say the least. As a matter of fact, there was even a tornado warning for the Long Beach Island area last night.

Once the winds drop, the trips to the offshore canyons for tuna will resume. When calm days are found, the fish will be there. The inshore wreck and reef trips will be popular as of October 18 when the black sea bass season reopens until the end of the year. With a 15-fish per day limit and many large fish around, this fishing should be good. Blackfish are still only one per day until November 16 when the daily limit increases to 6.

Captain Tim Knorr of the boat “William Knorr” just shared a bottom fishing report from a few weeks ago. Fishing at a wreck close to the Barnegat Reef, his group caught 5 jumbo keeper fluke with the smallest at 24-inches using large brown Gulp baits. At one point they caught a double header of juvenile mahi-mahi and another double header with a mahi and a bluefish. They fished the entire day on just one wreck. The anglers consisted of Captain Tim, his son Steve, and Eric Zak.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr

October 7, 2014 ——————————————————————-

11:30 AM

A short while ago we got a fresh delivery of live surf clams For those looking to bait fish the surf, clams will be the best way to stay away from the little yellow eye monsters in search of a the linesiders.

8:30 AM

The traffic lights are blinking! Boy does it feel good to finally be able to get around the island in a timely fashion.

Stephen P. reported catching a nice bass off of the surf yesterday, “7 inches short on the $500 bass yesterday. At least the fish are here!” The $500 Prize will roll over until a qualifying bass is caught. On that day, if two or more bass are caught, the largest fish will take the cash.

Yesterday after work, store staffer Steve-o strapped on his Korkers and hit the Barnegat Inlet Jetty. He stopped back at the shop in the late afternoon and said the bite was on. His biggest was a thick fat lipped 5-lb tog!

Received: Monday, October 06, 2014 7:03 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

With another week of wind and a not-so-nice low pressure system that worked it’s way up the coast – it left us at the dock for most of the week. Regarding the fishing front – some weakfish and shortie stripers have been showing up at the usual bayside locales – soft plastics or small bucktails would be the way to go. Prior to the arrival of the fall stripers, we will be sailing for a few different options: blowfish/kingfish in the backwater (depending on reports), or light-tackle bluefish/stripers (resident fish – mostly shorts) on artificials. October is always the month with a slight lull in the action until the mass migration begins. If I have a chance to sneak out front, I will give an updated report.

On all of of our striped bass charters, we will have live-bait included with the charter – some charters charge you for live-bait – we do not. As always we use only high quality tackle, and all is included (bait, reel/rod, tackle, ice, fish-cleaning, etc). We have a few trips booked in October and November – Book your striped bass/bluefish trip now.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

October 6, 2014 ——————————————————————-

2:00 PM

Green crabs came in a few hours back. Lots of happy customers gearing up to get in on the bite at the Barnegat Inlet. We expect more fresh bunker later today.

Francis Pons from the Little Bite of Italy in Surf City stopped in this afternoon to re-spool one of his reels. While here he told us that he caught three kingfish off the surf this morning. He buddy had a couple small blues.

9:45 AM

The tog are snapping! John Del Sordo posted a photo yesterday of a nice tog. He reported fishing through the Eagles game to catch a keeper. He got it.

We got a report from a customer in the shop this morning who said he had blues on just about every cast yesterday fishing metal and meat (bunker and mullet). Hopefully some of the gorillas that are up in the New York waters will slide down our way cause the ones here are still small.

There’s lots of schoolie bass around on the surf and in the bay. Yesterday Store staffer Kevin bragged of a linesider double header. They were thick and chewing. He showed a photo for proof, one on the SP Minnow and one on the teaser. This morning, store staffer Blake stopped in on his was off of the island after fishing. He reported catching a couple bass on plugs.

The season is closed but there are still fluke being caught. I talked with a customer yesterday who has been plugging the surf hard in the mornings. He said there are bass but, “I’m catching and releasing some quality keeper sized fluke on a regular basis.” It would be nice to have a surf fishing fluke seasons that lasted into October.


October 5, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Chowderfest Sunday is finally here and that means one thing… It’s fall fishing season here on LBI. Tomorrow morning kicks off the 60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic. We have 400 anglers registered so far for the 8 weeks of surf fishing fun!!!

Here is a list of the upcoming special prizes, Please see the Tournament Rules/Prizes Brochure for more details:
– Monday 6th: Largest bass $500, goes till it is won. First fish caught gets a Princeton Tec head lamp, goes till it is won.
– Friday 10th: $25 Gift Certificate to Barry’s Do Me A Flavor random pick
– Weekend $50 bluefish prize.
– Sat & Sun: Fisherman’s Headquarters Gift Certificates
– Sunday 12th: Princeton Tec Head Lamps one for bass, one blue random pick.
– Tuesday 14th: TFO Surf Rod for largest blue, goes on till won. Also $200 cash bass reward in Memory of Don Fillman from the police officers he lunched with. Closest to 17 pounds. If no fish no one wins.
– Friday 17th: $100 for a 14 pound bass caught by a women in Memory of Jean Fillman, also $ 25 gift certificate to Barry’s Do Me A Flavor random pick.

The past couple of weeks have been very mixed up with blow after blow. Talking to one of our bunker boat captains I learned that there were lots of fish stacked up; unfortunately not on the beach. He said, “There’s lots of life out at the Ridge. The bunker and croakers have the Ridge covered like a blanket. There’s kingfish and weakies in the mix too. We need this wind to swing around westerly and things need to settle down.” Fortunately it is exactly what happened. Yesterday early afternoon the rain stopped, front passed and in came sun and westerly winds. Today the surf fishing conditions were very nice. The water’s clean and there is a little bit of leftover easterly swell. The west winds took over yesterday afternoon. Monday looks to have light winds in the morning increasing through the day. Cold front expected Tuesday.

In preparation for the tournament, a customer came in to spool up with new line. He told us there were a few kingfish off of the north end surf on Fishbites. We got word in the shop that there were some bass on the mullet this morning at first light. The bass are chewing on the bayside too. A store staff member showed a photo of a double header. Yesterday at sunset he was fishing an SP Minnow with a teaser, two schoolie linesiders decided to piled on.

It’s game time! ~ FishHead.Greg

October 3, 2014 ——————————————————————-

3:45 PM

The reports from anglers using lures for Stripers early this morning at various beach spots was not positive. You need clean water and no grass with plugs. With dirty water use dark plugs or go to the extreme with very bright colors. Otherwise you may need to resort to live bait. We do know of one angler using shad bodies with weedless hooks that picked-up short Stripers on bayside. Sold Blackfish reports from the Barnegat Lighthouse rocks. Spotty reports on kingfish which are best caught from Southern-end of island using bloodworms. Small Bluefish at spots all along the island surf and bayside. Blowfish in the bay with solid reports around the BI to BB areas.

Received: Friday, October 03, 2014 12:24 PM Subject: Blowfish and Stripers

Tough forecast to read but this is how I see the next few days playing out.

Blowfish tomorrow (Sat, Oct 4). They’re here in numbers finally and plenty of good size ones in the mix. Sure the forecast says rain but who knows when it will start, if it really will, and how bad it will be. We”ll be anchored in the bay, how bad could it be? We could always run for cover to take an intermission and start again. The ocean is going to be rough so this is a way to get out fishing…..slicker up! Charter only on this one, not enough time to put together an Open Boat trip. Flexible on times but 7AM to Noon is a good slot. Sailing from our Barnegat marina.

Next up is Sunday, Oct 5. This is the fish day for outside. It is supposed to start blowing hard from the west Sat afternoon all the way through Sunday. This will lay the ocean right out to flat calm. I’m going to move the boat up to Manasquan Inlet Sat afternoon/evening so we can run north for stripers. I got a good report for fish on the troll. I know most of us would prefer to catch them on bait or jigs but the only boats that connected were trolling. Anything from shorts to 20 to 30 pound fish. I never have a problem saying where, or how, when it’s my report to give, but this one was given to me, so I really don’t have the right to say where until I catch them myself. Hoping to connect with stripers and maybe some big blues. Expect this to be a trolling trip. I do have a fun way of wirelining them, though, with short rods, only 150 ft of wireline, and a bucktail/pork rind combo. You hold the rod while we troll and jig the lure. It is a train wreck of a hit! This is “old school” 1970’s stuff but it still works. Open Boat 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM. $160 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. Leaving from our Manasquan Inlet marina.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

October 2, 2014 ——————————————————————-

We got heads up from Rick Zane’s that the Ship Bottom surf temperature yesterday was 69.2.

October 1, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Oct 1, 2014 10:04 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

The extended period of strong northeast winds finally ended last weekend with some typical fall weather arriving for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Unfortunately for those who bottom fish the inshore wrecks and reefs, the fluke season has ended and the black sea bass season will not be opening again for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, there were some other alternatives.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing decided to see what other fish might be found around the wrecks. He reports finding some “drop and reel” fishing with all the bluefish he wanted, some huge sea bass that had to be released, and all the banded rudderfish his anglers could catch. In addition they took home a big triggerfish.

After two weeks of postponing and canceling charters because of the winds at the canyons, Captain Bob Gerkens of the “Hot Tuna” finally found a weather window last Sunday. He and his crew headed out looking for tuna. However, the “Hot Tuna” and other boats fishing the southern canyons were unable to locate tuna while struggling with thick weed that made trolling a challenge. Mate Dante Soriente suggested they jig and chunk the various lobster pots on the canyon edges with light equipment to get some fish for the fish box. This resulted in a banner day of 34 mahi-mahi, some of which were over 20-pounds. The split charter crew consisted of Hot Tuna regulars Shawn Hawthorne, Chris Martin, Joe Damato, and Ryan and Al Parker.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

6:00 AM

Fresh Finger Mullet came in yesterday evening. They are still here!

September 30, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

We got a report from three regular customers this morning. They all said the kingfishing is fair. Not bad but not spectacular. One angler fishing live bloods said that he was catching two to one over the other angler was using Fish Bites.

Store staffer took a call from his buddy this afternoon. The caller busted his stones saying, “You missed it! The top of the tide was on fire. I caught 25 tog with four being keeper size.” The Barnegat Light Rocks are on!

We sold out of green crabs today; however, expecting a delivery tomorrow.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 29, 2014 ——————————————————————-

8:00 PM

Store staffer Blake gave us a call to share a report. He said, “The bass are snapping! Sunset today and yesterday were great. Nothing like Montauk but lots of fun. On both days they were all over my jointed red fin!”

September 28, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Sep 28, 2014 7:56 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

With the winds finally taking a break, I had repeat client Joe Lippincott and his wife Ruth of Allentown, PA on a 4-hr blowfish trip – their goal was to put some meat in the freezer. Joe and his wife Ruth are both accomplished at hunting and fishing, and have a variety of experience hunting and fishing in international locales from Canada to Africa. We fished a few different spots and chummed heavy for blowfish and kingfish – as the tide increased the bigger ones were definitely hungry. The husband and wife team piled in several dozen blowfish to 12-inches, 4 kingfish up to 17-inches, and a few other species. As always, it was a pleasure having Joe and Ruth aboard and looking forward to seeing them again. Nice job catching!!

All tackle, bait, rods/reels, ice and fish-cleaning is included on all of our charters. There are quite a few options over the next few weeks – in the back (blowfish/kingfish/1-4lb bluefish), jetty/inlet (striped bass – most are small / bluefish), or offshore (false albacore/bonita/etc). Generally October and November dates are for striped bass and bluefish – they will book up quickly as the fall run begins. If you are interested in booking a trip – please call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website: www.reelreactioncharters.com.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

2:00 PM

Click here for Results of Yesterday’s LBI Fishing Club’s 67th Annual World Series of Surf Fishing ASAC Tournament

12:00 Noon

Long Beach Island Fishing Club – ASAC Tournament hosted by the Long Beach Island Fishing Club, the 67th Annual World Series of Surf Fishing, was yesterday. With so many hardcore surf angling teams in town pounding the suds, one can clearly see from the tournament results exactly what’s cruising our waters. As soon as we get the results we will post them here.

We’ve had a number of requests in the shop, on the phone and via email so we set out to get our own temperature readings. Yesterday afternoon the Ship Bottom surf temperature was in the high 60’s. We got readings from 68-71 degrees. With the warm water, I’m shocked that the kingfishing is so slow. Over the past couple weeks we’ve had very few reports. I can’t wait to see the tournament results from yesterday for a clear indication of the current kingfish fishery in our local waters.

Store staffer Rob Vallone was down on the south end yesterday fishing Holgate. He reported lots of fluke and plenty of small blues. Rob caught 11 fluke (all shorts) on mullet fillets, whole mullet and small bucktails. Rob mentioned that there were SMALL kingfish in the wash. Let’s hope it’s a good sign! He said, “The blues are all over the place and biting on mullet and peanut bunker. In the evening they are hammering plugs too.”

There’s more guys driving the beach and finding the occasional bass at sunrise and sunset. A customer stopped in the shop yesterday to purchase some tackle for the fall run. While here he reported fishing the surf and catching the skunk. He mentioned that an angler right down the beach from him caught a keeper bass on cut bunker meant for blues.

Fluke season is officially closed. For the last hurrah, Martin and his son from from Allendale, NJ gave it their best shot yesterday. They moved around in the bay trying different areas. They managed one nice keeper.

We were afraid that the recent nor’east blow could be the end of the mullet run. Nothing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It wasn’t until late in the day Saturday that some guys spotted them. Don’t fret. There’s still lots of mullet in the bay and more on the Northern Jersey beaches that are heading down our way. We got a report from a guy who was cast netting off of the front beach this morning, “I netted a little mullet so far but I did get a 15″ fluke!”

~ Fish Head Greg

September 27, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

– Fresh Bunker available
– Surf Clams available
– Bay Clams available
– Eels available
– Bloodworms available

Fresh Mullet sold out – No word yet if more will be available

September 26, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Reminder: Due to high winds…
– Good chance no Fresh Bunker will be available.
– Once we sell out of our current stock of surf clams there will mostly likely be no deliveries until Sunday noon.
– As backup we are trying to get bay clams but even these will be at limited quantities.

1:45 PM

Just returned home from my annual Montauk excursion. Once again it was a great time living the dream with the crew in the lot. I had a great time fishing with all, especially my good buddies Blake, Pete, Fred and Darren. I was even lucky enough to score two phenomenal surfing swells. The fishing was very good for the duration of our time; bass, blues and albies. Daily we put in hard hours but were rewarded. Our only day that was a bust was when a the cranking westerly wind blew the fish out of casting range. Most bass were schoolies; however, I released a 40″ bass one night and a 36″ bass another night. We left the bass chewing in the blow. All those Jersey anglers gearing up at the shop the last couple of days will be into some fun!

Finally fall is here and the 60th Anniversary Surf Fishing Tournament is 10 days away! The recent gale (Wednesday/Thursday) put a ENE windswell in the water and currently there’s lots of white water off the surf. Target the surf and jetties in the mornings and evenings for the best opportunities for stripers.

Poppers and swimming plugs that imitate a mullet are choice. Recently the mullet run and abundance of other bait (baby bunker and spearing) has some fish on the chew. The blues are snapping! There’s plenty of one to two pound blues and some schoolie bass on the front beach, Inlet and bayside. There’s tons of snappers in the bay and also some weakies around the lights at night too. A couple customers reported blowfish in the bay.

Earlier in the week before the blow Ryan Dellane reported, “Stripers all night on Daiwa SP Minnows. What a great time!” He said that he caught them on Island’s bayside fishing some docks. There was recent talk in the shop about a couple bass taken off of the surf on clam and mullet.

The tog have turned on! The Barnegat Inlet jetty is producing. Numerous reports of keeper sized fish on LIVE GREEN CRAB! Triggerfish are still here too. Blowfish and small sea bass are present from time to time stealing bait as quick as it hit the water. Prepare accordingly.

Still lots of keeper fluke in the bay, inlet, surf and ocean. Unfortunately, September 27th is the last day of the season. The 2014 fluke season was a good one. There were a number of big doormats… two state records (spear fishing) hit our scales. Major bummer this gale cut the season short. It would have been nice to get in the last few days and the weekend. Oh well, until next year.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 26, 2014 12:35 PM Subject: Barnegat Ridge Open Boat

Before all this wind and awful weather, the Barnegat Ridge was looking very good with albacore, bonita, mahi, and a few bluefin tuna. My last trip there was Thurs, Sept 18 and we had a pair of 30″ and 32″ bluefin tuna along with some nice bonita. The water was blue and 70 degrees. After that, as most of you know, the wind blew hard N/NE, let’s see… EVERY SINGLE DAY! I finally hit a few tuna there and then I couldn’t get back. Most of the hard wind we have been getting lately has been from the northeast and that usually improves water quality and fishing. I can’t wait to get out and see what’s swimming there now. The forecast has the wind starting to diminish late Saturday, with light and variable winds thru Monday. I will run an Open Boat trip this Monday, Sept. 29 to Barnegat Ridge, 6AM to Noon, $160 per person, 3 people max, all fish are shared. Call me on my cell to reserve a spot.

After that, I am moving the boat to Manasquan Inlet for the month of October as I have for the last two seasons. I could access the Shrewsbury Rocks where the striper fishing starts earlier and it’s only 20 miles to the Mud Hole where we can target albacore and tuna on the good weather days. That’s where the boat will be from Oct 1 to Oct 31. I will have her back in Barnegat by Nov 1 where we will jump right into the striper fishing.

See you out there,

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

September 25, 2014 ——————————————————————-

8:30 PM

Due to high winds…
Once we sell out of the current stock of surf clams there will mostly likely be no deliveries until Sunday.
As backup we are trying to get bay clams but even this is not guaranteed right now.

September 24, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:30 PM

Finger Mullet are still along the front beach and various fish are feeding on them. However, this wind is helping these baits move along. Not sure how much longer finger mullet will remain in our area. When this wind slows down and the coming rains pass, then Friday we will know if these baits might be sticking around a little longer.

Received: Sep 24, 2014 10:33 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

Weather forecasts for the next couple of days look like winds and heavy rain will keep the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association at the dock. However, the weekend looks like it will be a good one weather-wise, and there are fish to be caught.

The summer flounder season will be closing for the year on Saturday, September 27. In addition, the black sea bass season is currently closed and will not re-open until October 18 when it will run until the end of the year.

Despite these closures, there is still quite a bit of very good fishing to be found. The BHCFA captains are taking family type parties out for fishing trips in the bay where there is an abundance of species to be found. By anchoring up and putting out a chum line, anglers can catch a myriad of fish including blowfish, croakers, kingfish, small bluefish, and many others.

The inlet and inshore waters are currently filled with schools of small, 1-3 pound, bluefish. These fish are hungry and great action on light tackle. Boats trolling the inshore waters and several miles out are also getting into some great action from false albacore, bonito, and even some small mahi-mahi.

Although weather conditions have not been ideal for offshore canyon trips, there are good numbers of tuna to be found there once things settle down, and the boats can make their way out there. There are also reports of some swordfish and good sized sharks being caught while chunking bait through the night.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 21, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

Mullet on the beach being pushed by bluefish with fluke and stripers also in the mix.

Word is that there are “Tons of blowfish in the bay” along with 1-lb Bluefish. Weakfish up to 2-lb at bridges, dike, structures… Spotty reports of keeper fluke also in the bay.

Matt Mercuro fished Barnegat Inlet both yesterday any today in the morning. Working the South-Side of the North Jetty with lures, mostly being popper lures, he scored on Striped Bass. Yesterday’s tally was 25 Stripers all being shorts. Today’s tally was 10 Stripers and 2 of these were keeper size.

September 19, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:00 PM

The wind needs to cooperate for both boat anglers and surf anglers.

The front beach surf has been producing a fairly steady bite on cocktail bluefish and short fluke. There’s certainly plenty of mullet in the surf and peanut bunker in the bay.

As for the bay, it has been mostly small bluefish and short fluke especially around the inlets… Along with the occasionally keeper fluke

If you want some excitement the reefs seem like the place to be. From AC reef to LE reef all the way out and up to the ridge. Fluke fishing is great with fish to 8-lbs and bag limits more common than not.

Received reports of small mahi from around the Rutgers buoys and lobster pot floats in the LE reef vicinity. Live mullet and peanuts tossed close in to the structure has been productive. Turning close in while trolling small spoons and such should also be effective.

~ Fish Head Scott

September 18, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Sep 18, 2014 8:04 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

This is always a love-hate time of year – hate that fluke season is ending, but love that stripers could be right around the corner. There are some options as fluke season comes to a dreaded close and we wait the arrival of the fall bluefish and striped bass run – bonita/false albacore offshore and striped bass/bluefish in the bay – most are smaller sized. I have also received word that there are some false albacore and bonita tight to the beaches, but the concentration is better offshore. If we can get a weather window we will run to target false albacore/bonita at the Barnegat Ridge and surrounding areas until the start of the fall striper run begins. Along with all required safety equipment, we also carry EPIRBs on all trips whether bay, inshore, or offshore – it’s a must when going offshore. Also t here has been some word of blowfish in the back – we can try if there is interest.

I had an afternoon weekday charter with Brian and Dawn Szucs of Princeton, NJ and Matt Renaldi and his girlfriend Jennifer Kertes of Piscataway, NJ. Our original plan was to hit the ocean for some flatties for a quick 3-4hr trip, but sporty ocean conditions kept us refined to the bay where the couples worked hard for some keeper fluke. Amongst the consistent 14-16” shorts, 2 keepers were boxed with Dawn Szucs catching the largest 22inches weighing close to 5lbs. All fish were caught on artificial and fresh bait combos. With fluke ending on Sept. 27, we try to get out and do our last push prior to the fluke season ending – ocean trips will have greater success as the fish are exiting our bays & inlets.

All tackle, bait, rods/reels, ice, fish-cleaning is included on all of our charters. We currently booking striper trips mid October through the 1st week of December. If you are interested in booking a trip – please call.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

September 17, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:30 AM

Store Staffer Blake headed out and hit the sunset session yesterday. He reported back that last night he got into some striped bass. He said, “My MVP was a 4″ Redfin! I was smoking them until one striped bass ripped a hook off. I spoke to a spear fisherman who was waking off the beach with a quality striped bass. He said there were large schools of striped bass pushing through the inlet.”

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 17, 2014 8:34 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

After a week’s worth of northeast winds making ocean fishing uncomfortable if not impossible, the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are optimistic that conditions are starting settling down for a return to the outstanding fishing occurring before the northeaster.

The inshore reefs were producing some fine catches of big fluke while schools of small bluefish in the inlet and inshore ocean waters made for good sport. The offshore canyons were giving up good catches of tuna as the normal good fall tuna bite was just getting underway.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig” Sportfishing had a party out to the Garden State South Reef before the winds started to blow and had “drop and reel” action. His party had 10 nice keepers to 26-inches along with many throwbacks that were just short of keeper size. He was using live peanut bunker. Once the winds started to blow, Captain Gary was forced to fish the bay due to the conditions and ended up with small sea bass, some bluefish, and some dogfish. He got out to the Garden State South Reef again over the weekend and found rough conditions but his group managed four nice fluke to take home along with many other close throwbacks.

Captain John Koegler had the “Star Fish” and a party of 4 out looking for fish inside the inlet with the unstable ocean conditions. As they neared the south end of Long Beach Island a bluefish jumped close to the boat. Out went the trolling tackle, and a great day was had by all as over 30 bluefish found the lures to be irresistible. The big surprise of the day was two of the fish put up much more of a fight than the others. After a lengthy tussle requiring the boat to be out of gear, they discovered why. Rather than being the suspected foul hooked blues, they were the first of the fall stripers who were feeding with the blues. This put an optimistic spin on the day’s fishing.

With only a week and a half left in the summer flounder season, time is running out for anglers to end the fluke season with some more fish fillets.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 16, 2014 ——————————————————————-

12:00 Noon

Cocktail Bluefish are still on the bait! The yellow eyes are crushing mullet and spearing. Lots of fun on topwater!

Got word from Ryan Dellane that he had more striped bass last night on plugs!

Joseph Mitchell posted yesterday, “Nice surprise less than a mile off the beach! Saw a bunch of falsies, bunker and even some flying fish. All less than a mile from the beach. Got some smaller blues too.”

6:00 AM

Store staffer Blake hit the surf after closing up the shop Sunday evening. He said the sunset session was fun, “On the first cast I got doubled up on the Guppy Pencil Popper. Not two but four yellow eyes piled on it. It was good right to dark. I was surprised to see so many anglers plugging the beach. I think most were fluke fishing.”

We got a report from Patrick who was vacationing on LBI last week. He reported catching a 3-4′ sand tiger shark off of the mid-island surf.

Fall are in the air; cool evenings, nights and mornings. It feels so good to be out of that hot and humid summertime air. The 60th Anniversary Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament is less than a month away. Be sure to join this year. There are lots of new cash prizes in addition to the traditional prize structure and as always the Fisherman’s Headquarters Striper Side-Bet Calcutta. For 2014, there will be three Special CASH DAYS: October 6th & October 25th – $500 for the largest striped bass, November 16th $1000 for the largest striped bass in honor of Frank Panzone. Prize money will roll over to the next day until there is a winner. Also there is a $100 bounty for the first legal red drum caught. For more details visit the LBISFC Tournament web site at: WWW.LBIFT.COM

The forecast looks to offer prime fishing conditions, lots of white water! First we have Hurricane Edouard. Although it is far offshore and will not be a threat to land, it is whipping up some surf. Expect forerunners to arrive at our beaches soon and peak Wednesday/Thursday.

Further out the models are showing a strong high pressure to build towards the end of the week and weekend. This high MIGHT interact with a low off of the south east coast and set up an easterly blow for a day or two. If this materializes we’ll see more wind and swell. A lot may change. We’ll have to wait and see.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 13, 2014 ——————————————————————-

8:00 PM

This afternoon, we received a report from and angler hooking up at the inlet area on Triggerfish. He reported three Triggerfish along with Striped Bass being present.

4:00 PM

We got our first fresh mullet delivery yesterday (Friday). The Mullet Run has begun! The recent full moon got things moving but we’ll have to wait and see what this current blow is going to do.

The ocean water is still very warm! It’s great for those surf anglers on the hunt for fluke during the day and sharks at night. But we have a long way to go until our fall striper run gets going. Until then there are plenty of resident bass here. Today Ryan Dellane stopped in the shop and reported catching three bass last night in the Inlet. Another customer Joe reported getting into some fun at the same spot earlier in the evening before dark. Joe caught bass on Daiwa SP minnows and Albies on the fly.

Bluefish are still biting. Go get ’em on lures or meat. Laura Compton reported on Facebook yesterday that she caught some blues off of the surf before sunset. Lots of anglers are getting into them on poppers at sunrise and sunset.

Store staffer Jon was on the water Thursday. He fished the Ridge and reported a great trip. “Good size fat Alberts and lots of Bonita! We lost count… All on drone spoons, feathers and crippled alewives. No bluefin but lots of life and good water. I’m sure there was mahi there but it was too rough so we didn’t stop and hit any hi-fliers.”

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 13, 2014 12:26 PM Subject: Open Boat Barnegat Ridge

Looks like there might be a break in the wind and weather this Monday, Sept 15. They are forecasting a 5 to 10 knot North wind which would mean a run to Barnegat Ridge is looking very good. If Monday morning comes, and the inlet or sea condition is not as nice as forecasted, I will have a box of shrimp ordered as Plan B. I am only accepting reservations from individuals who are flexible with this plan. Keep in mind that the only one who wants to get to the Ridge more than you guys is me! That area is alive with bonita, albacore, and who knows what else after all this easterly wind! But, as those of you who have fished with me already know, I do not sail in borderline or questionable sea conditions. 6 AM to Noon. $160 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. I am going to bring a pail of spearing so we can troll and bait fish the bonita and albies if conditions dictate. Call to reserve a spot.

Tomorrow, (Sun) is going to be a rough ocean but the bay is fishable if anyone wants to call for a charter.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

September 12, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Sep 12, 2014 9:49 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

I was able to make it out and finally do some fluke fishing with my father (Mike Taylor) prior to school starting – we fished some structure a ways out and ended with 4 nice keepers (8lbs, 6lbs, 5.5lbs, and one at 19.5″). Since school is back in session – we will be doing all of our charters on the weekends through December and there are some limited weekday afternoon trips until we are restricted by daylight.

It seems since school has started is hasn’t stopped blowing – almost a week of East / Northeast winds have continued to push the warm water in – only problem is that not many boats are making it out. Fluke will close in about another 10 days – we will look to try to target them if the weather holds for the following weekend – this weekend is a wash with strong E / NE / N winds.

All tackle, bait, rods/reels, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all of our charters. There are some weekends still open in October/November. If you are interested in booking a trip – please call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website: www.reelreactioncharters.com.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

6:00 PM

Just passing the first full moon of September and it’s official… Today, the Finger Mullet are in the surf. This means it should be prime time surf fishing for Fluke right now. Striped Bass and Bluefish will be pushing those baits also. Good time to work those small poppers. Game On!

Yes, we have Fresh Finger Mullet in stock.

September 10, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:00 PM

So I saw the pressure gradient setting up for a squeeze. With a cranking east or northeast wind in September there is one thing on my mind, MONTAUK! Blake and I packed up and hit the road late Saturday night. We arrived and hit the rocks on the north side at the Bluffs. Almost instantly we were in. Medium size bluefish (4-8lbs) were pushing spearing and a mix of other small bait right up to our feet. It was a blast pencil popping yellow eyes for our first session. It only got better from there.

Morning, evening and night were all very productive our entire time there (Sunday-Tuesday). We got into really good bucktailing on the south side and also a phenomenal bite on Daiwa SP Minnows and needlefish. Most Striped Bass were schoolie sized with a bunch of keeper size Stripers in the mix and then an occasional nicer fish. Blake took the honors with the biggest fish of the trip, 24-lbs on the Boga Grip.

We headed back last night and left the bass biting. Wish we could have stayed. Catching up with things here at the shop now before heading back to Montauk again next week.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 9, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Sep 9, 2014 8:27 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

With time running out on the summer flounder season on September 27, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are seeing some of their best fluke fishing of the year.

Captain Dave Kreines had a party out on the “Byte” Me for some bay and inlet fishing. They managed 10 short fluke and a few 1-2 pound bluefish. The big action of the day was two nice size cow-nose rays. Both of these big strong fish put up a good fight and were brought to the boat before being carefully unhooked and released.

Captain Gary Dugan on the “Irish Jig” fished the Garden State South recently and ended up with four nice fluke ranging from 18-24 inches. Another day he had seven keepers to 25-inches. He found the hot bait was live peanut bunker.

Captain George Finck of Sparetime Charters had a few charters this past week where he found the fishing to be good. He had Mike Gilligan and friends out to the reef and for a good catch of 35 fluke with four keepers up to 23-inches along with some bluefish. The charter even had fun bringing in two big skates which gave them a good fight. The ocean temperature was 78-degrees with waves of 1 to 2 foot which increased to 2 to 4 ft just before coming in.

Captain Fran Verdi had the John Cocca party out on the “ F rancesca Marie” for a four hour trip. The action was good and despite a 10-1 ratio of throwbacks to keepers, they managed 9 keeper fluke. They also h ad some sea bass and blues , but fluke ruled the day.

Captain Bob Gerkens had the “Hot Tuna” out for some daytime chunking for yellowfin tuna at a southern canyon. After hooking only a small mako shark on the chunk, Captain Bob made the move to switch to the troll. This move paid off as they found a good bite on long fin tuna in the 35 to 45 pound class on the troll. The charter party also caught a mahi-mahi to go with their tuna. Anglers included Scott Damiano, Dave Swarter, and John Clementson along with mate Brian Medford.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 8, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Shamong Joe gave us heads up that his new dock lighting is paying off. He reported, “Two fluke under the dock lights last night. I watched them swallow the hook. A 3-4 lb weakie was lurking . Spearing are thick and the snappers love them. On a mission next week with shrimp.”

Kevin Graham weighed in a 10 lb fluke today. He reported fishing the Miss Barnegat Light and catching a bunch of fish. He hooked 10 plus.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 7, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Sep 7, 2014 2:31 PM Subject: Shrimping

Anchored up in Meyers Hole today (Sun). No crew so I went solo. Caught two 3 to 4 pound weakies, three fluke (only 1 keeper), a bunch of jacks, and a sand shark in two hours. Pretty lively. Have room for two more people tomorrow (Mon) on our Open Boat leaving at 6AM. I’m sailing either way.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

September 6, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Still have the summertime trend; fluking is good, the brown sharking is consistent, the blues are cruising chasing bait. Fish bucktails with gulp or spearing for the flounder. Fish big meaty baits for sharks. Cast poppers or metal for the bluefish. Those that want to bait and wait should fish smaller chunks of bunker, mackerel or mullet.

Woody hung a 5-lb fluke yesterday afternoon. He reported an epic day ocean fluke fishing adding that the Barnegat Light Reef was hold fishing. Woody limited out with three fish over four pounds. All jigging bucktails tipped with squid and spearing.

A lady purchase a flat of bunker for crabbing yesterday. She reported that crabbing is good and sea bassing is even better! “Yesterday the Carolyn Ann hammered the sea bass and fluke.” Expect the fluke bite to continue. The sea bass fishing on the other hand will be over. Saturday September 6th is the last day until the season reopens on Saturday October 18th.

Store staffer Yoni stroked the mahi on Thursday. He reported heading out in search of some tuna. Unfortunately all the water he found was green and didn’t have much life. With Plan A a bust he switched over to Plan B, pot hopping. Joni said that every single pot they hit had numerous fish.

Jeff Warford headed out to the edge Thursday afternoon for an over-nighter. He fished the “parking lot” at the Hudson. Jeff reported a very productive trip, “We didn’t knock ’em dead but we were into fish most of the trip. We missed one bite at sunset on a spreader bar. It just didn’t come tight. Once deep into dark, the chunk bite started. First a bigeye tuna on a squid bait before midnight. It was about 135-lbs. Then some yellowfin. We went two for three on 60-lb yellowfin. During the night we also had a monster whale shark add some excitement. It came up along side the boat and tried to eat a sword light. In the morning we got on some quality tilefish. Caught a 39-lber and a 22-lber on squid. We headed back to the dock by about 10 am when the place turned into a zoo.” Jeff said he heard some guys day trolling longfin on bars and bally and also a couple blue marlin.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 5, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Sep 5, 2014 1:16 PM Subject: Open Boat Shrimping

The weather is sketchy for the next few days with some gusty winds and an uncomfortable ocean. We will be focusing on bay fishing. Targeting weakfish, fluke, blues and all the other species that want to enjoy our live grass shrimp buffett. I have gallons of live shrimp ordered for the next three days. Running Open Boat Sat, Sun, and Mon, Sept. 6, 7, and 8. 6AM to 11AM (back at the dock before any thunderstorms!) $140 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared.

Good way to beat the heat and enjoy some light tackle back bay fishing. Are there any weakfish? Yup. 3 to 4 pounders. Not in large numbers, but almost every visit we get a couple of these big fish along with a good amount of fluke. Of course you have to fish thru the sand sharks, sea robins, snappers, and new this year: bar jacks. They are in thick and although they have no food value they burn line off of our 6 pound outfits!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

September 3, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Date: Sep 3, 2014 2:12 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association battled some tough ocean conditions last week as tropical storm Cristobel passed by. By the time Labor Day weekend arrived, the seas were calm once again.

Fluke in the ocean around the artificial reef sites and inshore wrecks continue to dominate the fishing picture once again. Some boats managed to head offshore to the canyons for tuna, but found the action a bit slower than it had been. That bite should be improving very shortly as the lot fall season gets underway.

Other action close to Beach Haven includes a few surprises around the reefs. Some big cobia have been picked up along with some small mahi-mahi. There are plenty of small bluefish around in the ocean and the croakers have been making their presence known both around the reefs and closer to the beach. In the bay there is a strong bite on croakers, small sea bass, and some blowfish.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” fished several days over the weekend and found good numbers of fluke and bluefish along with some croakers in the mix. His party on Sunday had a nice catch of fluke but brought the makings of sushi, and they ate all of the fillets raw at the dock before they could make it home.

Captain Gary Dugan had a party out that managed to put four very nice fluke in the box. They were on the reef and fishing with peanut bunker. Their largest fish stretched out to a very nice 24-inches.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a party out during the rough seas from Cristobel, and the hardy crew managed to put four nice keeper fluke in the cooler.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 2, 2014 ——————————————————————-

3:00 PM

Hope everyone enjoyed their summer and the recent holiday, Labor Day. FINALLY! It’s the time of year so many wait for. Teachers and kid are back to school. Baseball is in the home stretch. Football season is underway. Best of all, the surfcasters have their beaches back and fall is right around the corner with the Fall Equinox September 22.

Holgate opened to four wheelers with permits yesterday, September 1st. We had a number of customers who drove down and fished. We got word that the beach is closed off before the point but still there is plenty of beach to drive and fish. Not sure when it will open completely. Just have to wait for the birds to head south. Store staffer Blake hit the south end surf last evening. He reported small blues on poppers.

Historically, August and early September offer Long Beach Island the year’s warmest surf water temperatures. With it becomes great fishing for warm water species like sharks and rays. There are some nice size brown sharks and rays still here. Expect both to stick around until the water temps drops. The fluke fishing is still good but the kingfish seem to be hit or miss. The small blues from snapper size to 1-3 pound cocktails are plentiful in the surf. Fish small poppers or metal for them. One angler this weekend reported catching two fluke on a Hopkins he was casting at blues busting bait. Small metal is a great choice for its castability and it will catch just about any species. Striped bass, bluefish, fluke, weakfish, false albacore, etc. Wait what false albacore!

A customer this weekend spoke about ALBIES! We could not confirm if it was surf, near shore or from the inshore grounds like the Ridge. None the less expect to see some footballs airing out on the bait any day?

Still plenty of resident striped bass in the bay, inlet and surf. As the transition from summer to fall progresses expect new arrivals..

Here is a fishing report from an angler this weekend who found blues and a bass… “I am 41 and have been fishing since I was about 7. Today was the best day I have ever had in the surf. I didn’t even catch a fish! My 9 year old caught a short striper and a 12″ bluefish. My 4 year old caught a 13″ blue. I know they aren’t huge or even something to brag about. But they were the first fish either had caught from the beach! Their smiles made it my best day fishing!” ~ Bill Hutton

On the bayside there are still fluke in the bay. We heard chatter in the shop about more blow fish. Nothing spectacular. Most are small but one customer showed a photo of a nice puffer. Crabbing is phenomenal!

It is prime time fishing on the inshore wrecks and reefs! We’ve got fluke season until September 27th and also the Sea Bass bag limit just bumped up to 15 fish until September 6th. Go get ’em while the gettin’s good!

~ Fish Head Gregeg

September 1, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Sep 1, 2014 10:06 AM Subject: Open Boat Barnegat Ridge

Sailing open boat tomorrow Tues, Sept 2, 6am to noon. We will be targeting bonita and mahi. Weather and sea conditions look great. We are going to troll and chum with spearing. The albacore are starting to show in the mix as well. $160 per person. 3 people max, all fish are shared. Calling me on my cell is better than email.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

August 31, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 31, 2014 3:20 PM Subject: Holgate

Holgate will be opening on Monday morning to 4 wheel drive vehicles with some restrictions until the birds fledge. Signs will be posted. No boats are allowed to be beached at this time.

~ Margaret, Jingles B&T – Beach haven

Received: Aug 31, 2014 12:40 PM Subject: Reel Reaction Sportfishing – Fishing Report

It is getting that time of year as the fluke have started to make their way to our inlets, inshore areas, and then finally will arrive to their offshore wintering habitat. As they move, they are feeding aggressively on a variety of baitfish. We have been targeting them in both the bay and ocean. As long as we do not get any tropical systems hitting our coast – fluking should continue to hold through the entire month of September.

This past week we ran both bay and ocean trips. First, we had Derek Bowen, his wife Christina, and two daughters Megan and Danielle of Short Hills, NJ on a 4-hr bay trip. The forecast was supposed to call for NE Winds, but it was dead west in the morning which made for some wind against tide scenarios. The family foursome worked hard and managed to catch close to 30 fluke including some sea bass and 1 lone sea robin. Megan and Danielle did a fantastic job, even combining to out-fish Mom and Dad. The upcoming third graded, Danielle, had the hot hand catching 15 fluke and also catching the only keeper, a solid 18+inch fluke that had some weight to it. Since the conditions were not conducive to our usual style – all fish were caught on live bait and fresh bait on our custom tied rigs.

Next, we had Jason Black of Short Hills, NJ and Mike Weinstein of Brooklyn, NY out on a 4-hr bay fluke trip. Both Duke University alumni worked hard at the fluke and we fished a variety of spots with the changing conditions. We finally found a couple of decent fish and Jason put a nice fluke close to 5-lbs in the boat. Along with Mike’s 18-inch fluke – he added another nice fluke close to 5-lbs. We used some bigger bait which cut down on the shorts but definitely increased the quality. This was Jason’s first time fishing in saltwater on a boat – awesome job by both.

On the ocean front, I had Chris Greer of Moorestown, NJ and his 11-yr old son Evan on a fluking trip prior to getting the hurricane swell. The drift was pretty good, but the fish were biting a little different – lots of short bites. We fished some of my choice snags and ended up with 4 keeper fluke, with two weighing five pounds. The S&S Rattletail was the ticket to the majority of the keepers tipped with live bait. Evan caught the biggest a solid 23.5-inch fish on one of our custom tied rigs. The father and son team did a great job and went home with a nice bag of meat.

We ended the week running a 4-hr fluke bay charter for Shelly Rapoport of South Orange, NJ and her 11-yr old son Owen Conway. The mom and son duo first mixed it up on some nice 2-5 pound bluefish, but the bite ended abruptly on the end of the tide. We switched over to fluke and worked multiple areas close to the inlet. The bite increased as the tide switched and the pair released quite a few short fluke. The bluefish popped up again, and it was back to the metals with Owen catching a few before they got into ultra-skinny water. Although no fluke above 18-inches were landed, Shelly and Owen had a great time catching blues and fluke.

With school starting this upcoming week, I will be looking to run afternoon trips (3-7pm) weekdays for the next month or two. I will be available for full trips weekends Sept through the 1st week of December. Striper trips have started already booking for the middle of October through December and historically November is generally the best month – we always bring offshore gear in case any pelagic species pop up and we hold all necessary permits. As with all of our charters – all tackle, rods/reels, gear, and fish-cleaning is included. If interested, give me a ring at 609-290-7709 or book through the website:www.reelreactioncharters.com.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

August 29, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Joe R. stopped in the shop yesterday afternoon after a fishing session. He reported lots of small fish in the inlet stealing bait; small blowfish, sea bass and snappers.


We’ve all experienced the Striped Bass decline. It’s time for action! Please take some time and give this blog post a good read…

Also please read the Draft Addendum IV asmfc.org/uploads/file/53f3cd5cStripedBassDraftAddendumIV_PublicComment.pdf which seeks to reduce striped bass mortality. ASMFC Hearings are set. Please attend and show your support for the Striped Bass.

Upcoming Local Meeting on September 4, 2014 7-9pm
Galloway Twp. Branch of the Atlantic Co. Library
306 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205

~ Fish Head Greg

August 27, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 27, 2014 10:31 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

The inshore artificial reefs and wrecks off Beach Haven continue to provide some great action for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The populations of fluke and black sea bass are large although most fish continue to be on the small side. Some other species are being caught there to make things interesting. There have been catches of nice triggerfish, porgies, ling cod, and even some stray mahi-mahi wandering around. In addition, some 1-2 pound bluefish always seem to make their way into the mix.

On a recent trip Captain John Lewis had four happy anglers out on the “Insatiable.” The group managed 55 sea bass, 18 fluke, a ling cod, and a bluefish. Although most of the fish were throwbacks, there were enough sea bass fillets to take home for a meal. Captain John says the good news is that the small sea bass and blow fish are now in the bay. That is a great way to get the kids started fishing with plenty of action.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” is urging his regular anglers to get their fluke action in before the season closes on September 27. He also notes that the sea bass daily limits will be going from the current 3 fish per day to 15 from September 1 to September 6. At that point the season is closed until October 18. He had a party out recently for some decent action on fluke and sea bass despite some choppy seas. He had some catch and release fishing on some small mahi.

The offshore tuna fishing action has been a bit iffy due to some large swells. The tropical storm Cristobel, which is expected to pass far offshore, will continue to have a negative effect on that action. When the boats did manage to get out, there were good catches of yellowfin tuna both trolling and on the day chunk along with some decent bigeye tuna trolling action.

Addition information on the Beach Haven Charter Fi9shing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

August 26, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Inshore, mid-range and offshore fishing has been great; however, the weather window is about to close. Tropical swell from Cristobal filters in Wednesday, maxes out early Thursday in the 5-8′ range, then fades out this upcoming holiday weekend. Once the swell subsides all we can do is hope the wind will stay down.

We got word the Hudson had an epic tuna bite Sunday into Monday. Word was plenty of yellowfin and “fill the boat bigeye bite!”

Mid-range fishing was very productive just inside of the Chicken Canyon. Yellowfin tuna were piled in there and on the feed. Reports were great for the past couple of weeks and lots of anglers took advantage. I got an invite and headed out early Tuesday morning. It was a short trip since half the crew had to get back to work at the shop at 1pm. Turns out most of the good water moved but their were tons of mackerel podded up and getting pushed on top. Unfortunately the predators didn’t want any poppers or stick baits. We had one 30-40 class yellowfin on the troll (spreaderbar). We also missed a couple bites that the hook didn’t catch. Lots of chatter of other boats getting in on the fun too.

There are fat albacore, skipjacks, bonita, mahi and barracuda here too. Adam Sherer recently speared a barracuda off one of the local buoys. These buoys and other floating objects have mahi too. Speaking of mahi… Eric Setzer posted on our Facebook page a couple photos of a small mahi that was caught off of the commercial dock in Barnegat Light.

Other land based fishing reports… Small blowfish made a big move into the inlet and bay! Numerous reports recently told of plentiful bodies of very small blowfish. They are not exactly table fare at their size but still lots of fun in the sun for kids. One customer reported fishing the inlet for tog and triggerfish, “I couldn’t keep a bait in the water. Switched over to a small hook and caught one after the other!” Another customer said he caught a bunch right off of his dock, north end lagoon.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 20, 2014 ——————————————————————-

11:00 AM

Bob from Maryland weighed in a beautiful 27″ 8lb 5oz fluke yesterday (Thursday). He caught it on a bucktail and teaser tipped with white Gulp! in Oyster Creek channel.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 20, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 20, 2014 4:41 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association just treated their junior mates to a reef fishing trip and pizza party after the fishing. Captains Vic Bertotti, John Koegler, Jimmy Zavacky, John Lewis, and Gary Dugan took over 20 eager anglers out for a successful day of catching black sea bass and fluke. All anglers caught fish. Zach Michot took top honors with his 2.86 pound fluke.

This day marked the culmination of 8 weeks of classes and hand-on activities for the youngsters covering a wide range of activities including cast nets, first aid, emergency training, safe boating, and much more. For some of these, this was their fourth summer of training, and they are ready to serve as mates.

In the past week the BHCFA captains have been fishing the reefs with their parties with occasional stops in the inlet to drift for fluke if the ocean waves get a little too intense. The action has been good on the Little Egg and Garden State South Reefs even if throwbacks continue to outnumber the keepers.

Captain John Koegler of the boat Pop’s Pride reports there is a huge mass of 1-2 pound bluefish anywhere from the Bell Buoy in Little Egg Inlet on out to a couple of miles. Trolling small metal lures seems to work best as the fish are not always marked by bird play.

The waters just inside the inlet are holding some large numbers of good sized croakers.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found by gong to www.BHCFS.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Aug 20, 2014 11:46 AM Subject: FR

There’s nothing better than walking to your fishing hole and smelling bunker. Yesterday evening, the bunker were thick – was hoping for larger bass, but I’m not complaining. Bass, needlefish and bunker on almost every cast and a beautiful sunset to top it off.

~ Tom Gordon

August 19, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 19, 2014 3:10 PM Subject: Bonita, Mahi, Stripers and Weakfish. Open Boat Trips

Some very interesting fishing going on right now. Just came out of a good stretch of trips. On every resent visit out to the inlet jetty we were connecting with stripers and blues on live grass shrimp. The bass are mostly 20 to 24 inches. Very few will measure the 28 inches necessary to make it in the cooler, but they scream line on the 10-pound spinning outfits. Also in the mix are houndfish and blackfish. Houndfish are 3 to 4 foot long looking like needlefish that put on quite a display when hooked. They tail walk and greyhound just like a billfish. We anchor up and chum with the shrimp into the jetty and drift back our shrimp baited hooks with no weights or terminal tackle other than a small swivel and occasionally a bobber. The tide is perfect the next couple of afternoons so I will be running open boat trips for this or Barnegat Ridge, whichever you guys want to do. I am also shrimping 3 to 4 pound weakfish in the bay. Not just once but 5 out of 6 trips now. I struck out yesterday (Mon) morning but got a big one that same afternoon. Catching a lot of 17 to 18 inch fluke while targeting the weakies and a few too many sand sharks. Going all the way down to the 6-pound rods for this action.

Barnegat Ridge is all lit up with bonita and mahi mahi right now. Besides the usual small chicken dolphin there are 10 to 20 pound bulls mixed in this year! Lots of sandeels and squid in the bellies of the bonita and mahi. Flatlined cedar plugs are the hottest lure for us right now. They are crushing everything in tight to the boat.

I am running Open Boat trips tomorrow, Wed Aug 20 and Thurs Aug 21. Noon to 6 PM. We could run to the Ridge or shrimp the inlet jetty and then shrimp the weakies in the bay. Whatever the charter wants to do. The forecast is mint, the wind will be 5 to 10 knots out of the east with no threat of storms. $160 person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. The boat is always available for charter on these dates, as well.

Beyond that, the only other two days I have available in August are this Saturday, Aug 23 and next Tues, Aug 26. I have both morning and afternoon trips available this Saturday. Tues would be Noon to 6. Charter or Open Boat.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

Received: Aug 19, 2014 8:09 AM Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing — Big Fish Happen

A successful month on the water has left me little time to keep all of you in the loop.

On Tuesday, July 22, the captain of another boat competing in the Beach Haven Tournament asked me what my plan was for the tournament that weekend. The candid and confident nature of my response, “Win”, must have shocked him because he rolled his eyes and laughed a smug laugh. Two days later, on Day 1 in the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club’s White Marlin Invitational, we weighed in a 228.5 pound bigeye. On Day 2 we had a blue marlin doubleheader, one of which we officially released placing us in a tie for first in the blue marlin division. After a nerve-wracking lay-day on Day 3, we ending up winning $72,560 for the heaviest tuna of the tournament for a crew of loyal customers and friends.

We then moved the boat to Ocean City, Maryland for the White Marlin Open. On Day 1, we landed a pair of 180 lb bigeyes that stayed on the leaderboard all week. Finally, on Day 5 of the tournament, we caught some yellowfin tuna before steaming home to collect our check for $96,094!

Want to catch your tournament-winning fish? Call today to secure your dates to fish the 2015 Ocean City Tuna Tournament and the 2015 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 with the Pez Machine!

In other news, tuna fishing in our local canyons has been spectacular and we look forward to getting back to the edge tomorrow. Call today to reserve some of our last remaining dates for September and October canyon trips!

We look forward to fishing with you soon and, remember, Big Fish Happen!

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

August 17, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:30 PM

Ryan Dellane gave us heads up last night that he was catching browns on the surf; “Rod wasn’t in the water for 5 minutes… into the browns. Two for two!”

~ Fish Head Greg

August 16, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:30 PM

We have a great summertime mix fishing LBI offshore, inshore, near-shore and from shore. The outstanding tasting summer flounder are a primary target. From the recent reports (listed below) one can summarize fluke are all around the Island; surf, inlet, bay and ocean. There’s strong numbers in the bay; however, the majority are shorts. The inlet had some quality fish and now the reefs are holding too. Staff member Steve’s recent doormat at the Garden State North is just one of many quality fish calling the structures home. Chatter in the shop confirms decent fishing at other artificial reef locations too.

Other species like bluefish, sea bass, triggerfish and tautog are here in good numbers. The resident striped bass and weakfish are best targeted in the tranquil dark. Store staffer Blake is still on ’em, bucktailing fish every night. There are also kingfish, coakers, blowfish and spot. Unfortunately the latter of the two are few and far between. From the photos I see posted on Facebook and Instagram the local Barnegat Bay crabbing is strong. Soak bunker and the blue claws should come chewing.

While not table fare the sharks and rays offer the best pull for near-shore/from-shore anglers. It’s a different story offshore. The tuna fishing has been very good. This year the transition from troll to chunk flipped earlier than in the past but, no one is complaining. Catching is the goal in fishing. The troll bite will go down hard this week with the 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic 500, August 17-22. Best of luck to all of our customers that are fishing it! This year more than others there are more ways to cash in on huge cash purses!

Here is a little word on our inshore fishing front based on a local commercial fisherman’s report, “Beautiful water stretching out inshore and along the beaches. Good clean water with lots of life! Small bait is everywhere including scattered bunker. There’s a couple big whales on small bait every morning.” He also reported life at the Barnegat Ridge, “It’s loaded with bait and bonito with the occasional football bluefin and mahi.”

Speaking of the Ridge, Captain David D. of Hi Flier Sportfishing has been on it and catching. A few days back David D. stopped in the shop to repair a couple rods. While here our Mylure trolling lures caught his eye. He knew right away the chrome plated precision machined heads dressed with flat mylar tinsel hair would be a fish catcher. He purchased a bunch and recently caught strong. Check out his reports! Yesterday Dave’s buddy Darrin stopped in and asked about them, “Where are the Mylures? I can’t let Dave out produce me. I need them.” It turns out they are into a hot and heavy bonito bite. The Mylure mini darts and super darts are hot catching lures out producing the traditional spoons, metals and feathers! Stop in and check ’em out.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 15, 2014 ——————————————————————-

3:00 PM

I surfed some great waves during the past couple of days. I can relay two things to everyone. One, the water is very warm which is absolutely perfect for fluke fishing and sharking the suds. Two, there is a ton of small bait with birds and bluefish on ’em. The blues I saw in the surf were small. We got word Barnegat Inlet has bluefish present. Seems like a daily bite. The ones cruising the Inlet range from small snappers to fun sized cocktails up to 5-lbs. They are hammering lures. Throw metal with light tackle and hang on!

Yesterday seven year old Reid Cooper of Medford Lakes weighed in a 3.2-lb fluke. He caught it off of the Beach Haven surf on a bucktail with gulp teaser. He gave us heads up after filleting and dissecting, the belly was full of sand crabs.

Store staffer Steve was out on the water yesterday afternoon with his buddy Howard. They fished the ocean, bucktailing one of the local reefs. Steve reported great fishing. He said, “We caught a bunch of fluke. Three nice keepers and a doormat.” Steve weighed in at the shop early this morning. It was 29″ and weighed 9.5-lbs. Today, we heard that the Doris Mae did good yesterday on one of the reefs also.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 14, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 14, 2014 11:05 AM Subject: Finally… Weakfish!

The “Hi Flier” ran 2 trips on Monday and one on Tuesday, had a good catch of 2 to 4 pound weakies, 18 to 22 inch fish on all three trips. We also had two monster blowfish in the mix, hoping that is the beginning of those as well. Monday’s trip started out with shrimping stripers, blues, and houndfish at the inlet jetty. We are still crushing the bonita at North Barnegat Ridge.

Sailing Open Boat trips this Sat, Sun, and Mon, Aug 16, 17, and 18 to Barnegat Ridge. 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM. $160 per person. 3 people max. We are also running a second trip on Saturday afternoon, Noon to 6 pm. All of these trips are capable of being charters instead of open boat trips. The times and targeted species are also flexible. The weather for Saturday looks really good and can easily be turned into an offshore tuna and mahi safari. The fishing is excellent right now for so many different things, let me know what you want to fish for and we will make it happen. My cell phone is always the best way to get me: 732.330.5674

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

August 13, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 13, 2014 9:32 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

Some outstanding catches by the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been accompanying a stretch of beautiful August weather in Beach Haven.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” hit the reefs on Saturday with John and Cindy MacDonald. Captain George said “the ocean was friendly.” They returned to the dock with a good catch of sea bass while also releasing many sea bass and short fluke. Captain George fished the reefs again on Sunday with the Esposito family. It was another beautiful day on the water, and they managed a couple of nice fluke and along with some sea bass. Short fish and sea robins and skates kept the anglers reeling in fish. On an overnight trip Captain George took the Ammerman and Lieb families to the canyon for some tuna fishing. They caught and released two white marlin, had two more break off, and caught many tuna. They released all the tuna except a couple for eating. There were many small tuna around, and pods of whales there that put on a show.

Captain Bob Gerkens and the “Hot Tuna” capped off a good week on Sunday as they limited out on yellowfin tuna with a total of 24 on a daytime chunking trip before heading in early. The largest was 80-pounds with several fish over 50. The split charter consisted of experienced anglers Chris Martin, Richard Brail, Dave Parhiaro, Kevin Brennan, Drew Colehower, and Adam Zakamarek. Dante Soriente worked the pit. Earlier in the week Captain Bob also reported on a successful canyon trip with the Jim Bruscia party.

The offshore tuna bite is as good as it gets right now.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

August 12, 2014 ——————————————————————-

After days of tranquil summer sunshine, the weather turned sour. A low pressure has been here but looks to be out of here early to mid day tomorrow. We have gusty south east winds whipping up the surf now. Tomorrow it swings westerly and is forecast to stay that way for the rest of the work week.

Today a pair of weigh-ins came in. First, Jerry S. weighed in a 3-lb 12-oz weakfish caught off of the north end surf. Jerry reported great fishing. He also had two keeper 19″ fluke among others. Then, Matt Keple weighed in a 5.75-lb fluke caught outside Barnegat Inlet on squid/spearing combo.

It’s Shark Week! Watching Discovery is great but why not get in on your own sharking in LINE ACTION? Locally speaking there’s lots of sharks and rays cruising the surf and in the bay. A number of anglers were in the shop gearing up last night before we closed. We got reports from a number of them: Ryan Dellane said, “Four brown sharks and a 60-lb cow nose ray. For all of the guys who get upset about sharking… all were successfully released unharmed.” Steve Taylor reported going three for four on the south end surf. “The one that broke off was a biggen. Wrapped up and frayed the 65-lb braided main line. Stan Drew reported releasing one cow nose ray off of the surf. Tyler Contento reported catching and using a snapper bluefish for bait. He then caught a cocktail bluefish, so it became bait. “I swam out a live bluefish and it paid off.” He posted a nice photo of a brown shark. AJ Rotondella reported releasing a monster 8′ sand tiger. It’s prime time in Jersey land based sharking. Get in on the fun while the water’s warm. We should have great fishing right into September.

Pete Dolly sent a short report yesterday, “Went one for four at the Lindy on the day time chunk. Had a 70-lb yellowfin. Nothing on the troll. It was like a parking lot. Loads of whales with 77 degree blue water.”

Last week and this past weekend I heard chatter about good day time chunking at the Lindy. Lots of customers geared up with fluorocarbon and hooks as well as flats of bait. I got an invite and jumped on it. We pushed off the dock at 4:30 pm on Sunday. On the cruise out Captain Jeff spoke to a number of passing boats on their way in. Some reported bad, some good and some great. One thing was a sure thing the weather was flawless. All we had to do was find the bite.

We arrived, got on the troll and found lots of life; whales, porpoise, bait. In 300 fathoms the sounder was reading 45′ of water. We pounded the area through sunset and into the dark. The monster full moon rise was an amazing sight to see offshore. A couple boats close by hooked up in the dark. One on the troll and one on the chunk. We assumed both hooked big eyes because each boat battled for awhile. After a good three hours on the troll we set up for chunking. Most of the night we had big marks but no bites despite chunking and jigging hard. We had nothing to show except a sleep deprived crew.

It was absolutely dead for us but we kept at it, even through the wee hours of the morning. Then like a flip of a light switch it was on. The bite was red hot! First small football yellowfin crashing chunks (butterfish) boat side. Then quality 50-70 class yellow birds took over. It started in the dark, an hour before first light and lasted through sunrise. As the sun rose the bite slowed. We kept in the game by chunking lots of bait. The more chunks we tossed the more tuna piled in. We also scaled down our tackle. Smaller hooks tied up with 40-50lb fluorocarbon leader was key. Once the sun got high the fish wouldn’t bite. They were still visible in our slick and boiling on top. Blake had a couple fish blow up on his popper but neither came tight. Another interesting visual was when the man in the blue suit showed up. One of the bigger fish Blake hooked up and after a good battle he had color then dead weight. The fish comes up with no tail. Next thing I know the biggest mako I’ve ever seen (3-400-lb class) comes up and bumps the boat. I fed it tuna belly and kept it around log enough for Jeff to deploy a shark rig. It hung around the boat for an hour or more but we never managed to hook it.

At 9 am, with the high sun, fish filled boxes and a tired crew we packed it up and headed in early. Thanks again Jeff for a memorable trip. It was a great time getting store staffer Oakley hooked on his first tuna.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 11, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River Delaware River – Philadelphia, PA, Aug 7 – 10, 2014
Click here for… Full Final Results: Pro Anglers

Top 10…

Total Weight
Cash Winnings ($)
Cash Bonus ($)
Total Winnings ($)
Michael Iaconelli
Chris Lane
Jason Christie
Kevin Short
Shaw Grigsby
Skeet Reese
Bill Lowen
Boyd Duckett
Scott Rook
Byron Velvick
August 10, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 10, 2014 10:50 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

We had a rough week with the unfortunate luck of finding some submerged Sandy debris with the lower unit in one of Barnegat Bay’s main channels, but fortunately it was only myself on the boat and no injuries were sustained other than some minor damage to the prop and lower unit that kept the vessel out of the water for a few days.

Once back in, we got right on the fish again with the Ryan Miller charter back out on their annual father-son trip – Ryan of Jersey City, dad George of Pompton Lakes, and brother Sean on Manhattan, NY. Last year George caught a fluke close to 9-lbs around the inlet – his 1st ever! This year the trio was back at it, and played with 2-4lb blues for the 1st hour boating close to 50 and keeping a bunch for the grill. Next, we hit some of the bay fluking areas and caught close to 50 fluke with 2 keepers (18″, 18″). The keepers fell for our custom-tied rigs tipped with local bait. There are a lot of fluke in the bay as they begin their migration to deeper waters, unfortunately the short to keeper ratios are very high – but it makes for steady and sometimes chaotic action. Great job by all!

Next, We fished our annual fluke tournament with my wife Jennifer Taylor and my father Mike Taylor for the Make-A-Wish Fluke Tournament ran by South Harbor Marine (Waretown, NJ). The staff at South Harbor does a hell of a job organizing and running the tournament – hats off to them!! Regarding the fishing, we fished some of the local wrecks and ended with 4 keepers (20, 21, 22, 24) and 1 nice sea bass. All fish we caught on S&S bucktails tipped with various baits – our two fish total was 8.4lbs. All in all it was a great time for a great cause – again hats off to South Harbor Marine and the various businesses that donated for the tournament. We’ll be at it again next year!

The last two weeks are prime time for ocean fluking with only two weeks until school – I will continue to run 7 days a week. Once the school year starts, we will run afternoon trips weather/daylight permitting and weekend trips awaiting the arrival of our fantastic fall fishery. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, and fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all charter trips. I do have some rare Saturday and Sunday dates available, so please give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Aug 10, 2014 10:01 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Way busy week. I did 5 charters and managed time to fish with a friend, and my wife Debbie. Now you know where the boat’s name Debbie M came from. Fluking is still solid in the bay, catching mostly shorts but by weeks end I managed to do better with icing down more keepers. For example; on Friday’s afternoon’s trip with Vinnie and his family from NY we boated two keepers and drop anther before the net got to it in under four hours. The ocean water pushing in Barnegat Bay at high tide is stellar. Crystal clear down to 10-12’ on some days. With the clear water I have been seeing a few large butterfly rays in the shallows behind Barnegat Inlet and have been able to watch fluke chase down our baits. Good stuff. On one trip I gave an effort shrimping weakfish at two of my back bay haunts and drew a blank. No way am I throwing in the towel and with good reason. Hope to tell you next week why.

Saturday I hopped on my friend Captain Jack Shea’s boat along with his friend George Selph and headed to the Ridge. Soon after setting out our 4 lines we were into screaming drags from Bonita. Pound for pound these speedsters fight harder than most fish their size. We loaded up the coolers with about 15 sushi grade fish before heading back around noon. You can see some of the action here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hxXVETShUE

On the nature side of things: most know that sharks, skates, and rays are cartilaginous, meaning they do not have bones But do you know the difference between a skate and a ray? The major difference between them is how they reproduce. Rays are live bearing (viviparous) while skates are egg laying (oviparous), releasing their eggs in hard rectangular cases sometimes called “mermaid´s purses” that you find washed up on the beach. Also, skates typically have a prominent dorsal fin while the dorsal fin is absent or greatly reduced in rays.

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

Received: Aug 10, 2014 7:28 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

I just returned from a week of vacation with the family for some fun in the sun on the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The fishing down there was pretty poor compared to our area but we all had fun skim boarding, boogie boarding and playing plenty of beach games.

Although today was my first day back in action I was pleasantly surprised to see how fantastic our waters temps and clarity are with over 30-ft of through the water visibility. With this water in place who knows what can show up on any given day.

Today, the Richard Thomas Party “started and ended” the short week mixing it up between both keeper and short sea bass, quality fluke and even a nice 5-6ft hammer head shark that was released after a skillful and successful “Battle Royall” performed by friend Walt.

Bluefish and schoolie stripers continue to offer up fast and furious action on light tackle especially early mornings and late afternoons for anyone interested.

Ocean fluking has really taken off with quality fluke working various wrecks and reefs. Today our keeper size to caught ratio was 3:5 with many missed fish as well.

Inshore pelagic species are a short jump and are serving up very consistent high speed trolling for bonito with even a few mahi spicing the catches as well.

I have a few dates still available in August [23,24, 31] and also evening dates as well. Remember to join us on face book view photos and latest reports and “like us”

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

1:45 PM

Today, Sunday is the final day of the Bassmaster Elite on the Delaware River, Philadelphia, PA (August 7-10th). It’s Philly’s first time hosting the tour event. Yesterday, after three days of fishing south Jersey pro angler Mike Iaconelli was the leader with his three day total weight of 37-lbs. Battling the Big-D’s full moon extreme tides, local knowledge is paramount! Ike reported to the Courier-Post, “(On Day 2) I went right to the best spot on that tide and caught ’em. I knew it was over as soon as the water came back up. I ran to another spot that is productive (on the flood). Got one.” Mike explained that he moved place to place to fish ahead of the tide rather than chasing it like Day 1. From 106 (Day 1) pros to 50 (Day 3, Saturday) and now only 12. The top 12 will battle today for the first prize of $100,000 in cash as well as the instant right of way qualification for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic World Championship. Ike is sitting pretty but still has to out perform the fierce competition. Yesterday, Ike was chased by Bill Lowen in second place at 30-lbs 7-oz and Scott Rook in third at 29-lb 10oz. Best of luck fishing the final day Ike!!! Weigh-in is at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing beginning at 3:15 pm. The event will air August 24th and 31st (8-9 am) on ESPN2.

Speaking of tournaments… The World’s Largest Billfish Tournament, Ocean City Maryland’s 41st Annual White Marlin Open took place August 4-8th. The five day tournament had 288 boats entered and about $2.77 million in prize money. Congratulations to the Manteao, NC based Dream Time, boat builder John Bayliss, who caught the only qualifying white marlin. The 78-lb White Marlin won almost $1.3 million. Also congrats to Stew and Crew on the Pez Machine! They earned another hefty payday. $96k for two bigeye tuna, a 180 and 178. All of the winning tuna were caught on day one. Talk about suspense!

We got some great reports on Saturday via Our Facebook Page:
– Steve Rupinski posted a photo of a mahi with a caption, “Little Surprise while fluke fishing a couple miles out of BI.”
– Kristi Reillo Cooper shared some info, “Baby bluefish blitz in Beach Haven today! Gulls went crazy and so did my seven year old!”
– Chris Potts posted some photos of eight keeper fluke with a caption, “A good day.”
– Laura Compton post a photo of a 4.7-lb flounder.
– Matt Scassero caught a cow nose ray off the surf Friday night. He posted a photo on our Facebook page asking for an id. He said it fought like a beast on his light tackle fluke setup, “Got it on a bucktail tipped with Gulp! looking for fluke.”

Saturday afternoon a call came in about a monster stargazer. The caller said he was going to stop in and see what it weighed. Kay Kwak hung a 4.15-lb fluke as well as a 11.1-lb gazer. He caught both drifting live bait (minnows) in Oyster Creek channel. It turns out that Kay’s gazer was two pounds short of Jim Ludt’s catch in 2000 off of Cape May, a 13-lb northern stargazer. Since then however the Stargazer category was retired and no longer included in the state’s program.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 9, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 9, 2014 5:08 PM Subject: Hi Flier Report Sat 8/9/14

We ran 30 miles offshore in search of tuna this morning but there was no bite. All the chatter on the radio was “what happened?” The same area that had been giving up fish all week suddenly was void of life. We hung in for about 2-1/2 hours before we had a meeting and decided to salvage this trip at the Barnegat Ridge. After a half-hour of trolling and more nothing a rod went off with our first bonita. We plugged away for two hours putting 15 nice bonita on ice. Back again tomorrow for more.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

12:00 Noon

The surf temps are warm and have been so for some time. This means fluking, sharking, kingfish and small blues. As summer progresses we should eventually see some spot and blowfish. Lots of customers asking, any reports will be shared.

This morning we got word that there are small bluefish off of the surf mid-island south. Two separate customers talked about them. One was happy, “They are lots of fun for the kids on a light rod.” The other was frustrated, “I’m burning through Gulp!”

Tyler Corbett caught a brown shark on the beach with a big crowd. He caught it on the south end of the island. Also Tyler Gray reported catching one in Holgate.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 8, 2014 ——————————————————————-

6:00 PM

Joe from Shamong gave us a heads up that he got into a great bluefish bite up at the inlet yesterday evening. Joe said, “Two to three pound bluefish blitz yesterday at 6 pm. All top water action! I had my young son Clayton there. I was handing pole after pole off. Fun stuff!”

We just received a heads up from a customer by the name of Brian. He said, “Today was a great day on the Carolyn Ann.” Both Brian and his son both had keeper fluke.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 8, 2014 10:54 AM Subject: TUNA!

Two (2) people signed on for our open boat tuna trip tomorrow, Saturday August 9. I have room for one (1) more. Have great intel on where tuna are. Only 28 mile run. It’s going to be a calm ocean and great weather. We are meeting at the dock at 4 am, returning by 2 pm sharp. The fare is $220. Call me on my cell to reserve that last spot at 732 330 5674.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

August 7, 2014 ——————————————————————-

1:45 PM

Anglers looking to fish the surf should target kingfish and fluke during the day. Those looking for more pull can up their tackle and target sharks and rays. This fishery is also very productive throughout the night hours.

Late in the day yesterday Pete Menges of Morrestown weighed in a nice weakfish that was 25.5″ long and weighed-in at 4-lbs 13-oz. He was targeting fluke on the south end surf with a jig head and white gulp.

The inlet funnels and holds a variety of species. The main target now is triggerfish, tog, bluefish and especially fluke. However, don’t over look striped bass. There is a very strong population of resident striped bass making their presence known both in the inlet and bay. One angler who was taking full advantage of the fishing opportunity is store staffer Blake. He has been on the striped bass bite. Stalking them every night and consistently into some great fun. We aren’t talking one here and one there. Blake is bucktailing good numbers of bass up to 30 inches. He said, “They are snapping hard on bait: small mullet, peanut bunker and spearing. These schoolie striped bass are on the feed!”

We saw a nice photo posted by Jay Speck after spearfishing the Inlet. His photo showed a quality fluke and a Jersey LOBSTER! Speaking of free-diving and spear fishing… Some monster fluke recently hit our scales. An official new spearfishing record by Tim Fiordaliso at 14.55-lbs and then a bigger fluke about a week later. Robert Davis’s 15.5-lb fluke topped it by almost a full pound. The documents were submitted. Once reviewed and confirmed it will take the title, Largest Summer Flounder (Fluke) Caught via Spear!

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 7, 2014 12:37 PM Subject: Report from surf city

Fishing the surf again this morning in Surf City yielded 6 fluke with one keeper. All on a white jig with white Gulp swimming mullet. Tight lines….

~ JY

August 6, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 6, 2014 10:08 PM Subject: Red Hot Bonita

Barnegat Ridge is on fire. Only 15 miles from our inlet it has blue water, not even blue-ish anymore, downright blue! 73 degree water temp, chick birds, flying fish, butterfish, sandeels, and loads of bonita! One of my favorite fish to pursue. These 2 to 5 pound torpedoes are great sport on light tackle and delicious to eat. Any way you prepare tuna you can also do bonita, including sashimi. We bring the soy and wasabi with us now. The key is to bleed them while they are still alive and then slush them in sea water with lots of ice. In the mix this past weekend we bagged a 48 inch 19 pound bull dolphin (mahi mahi) on the North Barnegat Ridge. That’s the biggest mahi the Hi Flier ever caught and it was Chris Lang from PA on the rod who did the honors. We also added 17 bonita on that trip. Sat and Sun were blowouts with the wacky weather but I kicked in Plan B on Sun with Pete Menges and his cousin Tim from MD. We picked up our batch of grass shrimp that I ordered as a backup in case we couldn’t get offshore and instead of using it locally where I have not been able to catch a weakfish we cruised all the way to Beach Haven where we got to 2 to 4 pound weakfish and short striped bass on the 6-pound test line. Today (Wed) I ran back out to the Ridge for an afternoon trip and we boated 25 bonita in just a few hours. Double and triple headers. Here’s some video: youtu.be/hqiuQGvZqts

We will be running an Open Boat trip this Sat, Aug 9, 6AM to Noon for bonita and more at the Barnegat Ridge. The weather looks great and if it stays that way we could push off further for tuna and mahi, as well. These decisions are sometimes made at the dock or at our first stop, the Barnegat Ridge. $160 per person for the Ridge, $220 if we run 30 to 40 mile range for bluefin tuna. The longer range trip will also run longer in duration, usually 8 to 9 hours instead of the 6 hour Ridge trip. 3 people max, all fish are shared.

Sun and Mon mornings, Aug 10 and 11 are booked, but both days have the afternoon trips available for either back bay or Barnegat Ridge fishing. I have two people interested in bay/inlet fluke and blues on Mon afternoon, if someone would like to be the third, it’s a go. If I get three new people that want to go beat up bonita offshore, we will do that. It’s a work in progress.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

Received: Aug 6, 2014 5:45 PM Subject: report

AM fishing yielded 7 fluke, all shorts from the surf in LBI. Largest was 17 inches. I was using a white jig and 4″ white swimming mullet.

~ JY

Received: Aug 6, 2014 8:39 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

The tuna bite for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continues to be top shelf provided the weather cooperates enough to allow the boats to make the trip out.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the boat “Hot Tuna” has been riding a streak of some pretty good tuna fishing. After one disappointing day last week in the southern bluefin areas in 30-40 fathom of water that only produced a mako on the troll, he headed offshore the next day to the canyons. He found the area marked by hundreds of pilot whales and free jumping yellowfin tuna chasing flying fish. His party was making their first ever offshore trip and did it well. They brought home 10 yellowfin tuna with three in the 70-pound class. They also caught and released half dozen others. A big eye tuna was also fought for about 15 minutes before it pulled the hook. The party consisted of the Cuff family from Switzerland and Beach Haven, and the Stackpale family from Mamaroneck, New York.

The inshore fluke and bluefish bite also continued to be very good even if it was tough to find keeper sized fluke. Captain Tim Knorr had the Decotiis party our on the “William Knorr,” and they had great action on throwback fluke along with a few keepers. They also boated 5 bluefish that bit on the fluke baits drifted on the bottom. The Marcalus party fished the Barnegat Reef for a nice catch of fluke and bluefish topped by a 27-inch fluke.

Captain Fran Verdi has been fishing the ocean for fluke on the “Francesca Marie” and has been putting keeper fluke in the box most trips. He has also had some good action on Taylor bluefish in the inlet.

The Ben Wilson family fished on the “StarFish” with Captain Vic Bertotti for a nice catch of fluke.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

August 5, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 5, 2014 9:40 AM Subject: report

Surf fishing has been hit or miss in Surf City. Two days ago I caught 2 shorts (17 and 15″), yesterday nothing with all the weed that was out there. Today I caught just one, but it was a nice 25″ 4-1/4 pound fluke that will be making an appearance at the dinner table tonight! All fish were on a white jig and 4″ white Gulp swimming mullet. Tight lines…

~ JY

August 4, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

We had another monster FLUKE-ZILLA hit our scale today late in the day! Robert Davis of Bamber Lakes weighed in this 33″ 15.3-lb doormat fluke. He caught it spear fishing Barnegat Inlet today at 3:15pm. It looks like one the paperwork is submitted and verified this will top the recent new state record. Congrats on an epic catch!!!

As all can see there are serious fluke in our local waters. We also have some other great fishing opportunities too. Robert and his spear buddies reported lots of tog and triggerfish.

9:00 AM

Dale Morrison stopped in the shop this Sunday afternoon with a tweaked handle on his Penn reel. I helped him out and got his reel back up and running. I noticed his reel was wet, salty and sandy. I questioned, “how’d you make out?” He answered, “There’s kingfish and some small sharks on the beach.” Here’s the report he gave me. “I caught a half dozen kingfish off of the south end surf today. I came up here to get my reel fixed. I also needed more live blood worms and some tackle.”

We finally heard about some positive crabbing reports. We got a post on our Facebook page asking, “How has the crabbing been this season so far?” My reply was some say horrible, some say good.”I have yet to hear a great report until now. Shawn Hawthorne just posted a photo of a wooden bushel basket three quarters full of quality blue claws. Then Dougie Pombo posted a photo of some live crabs in a bucket with a caption, “Two dozen, all OVER keeper size. Biggest was 6.25”. The Barnegat Bay Jimmies are chewing!

~ Fish Head Greg

August 3, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 3, 2014 7:59 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I was busy again fishing from the back bay to the inlet. Short fluke continue to dominate Barnegat Bay with some of them even shorter than last week! They are so cute fitting in the palm of your hand. Even with all the shorts, my trips this week have been able to bring home some fluke filets for dinner. Around Barnegat Inlet, 1-3 pound bluefish have been blitzing daily on spearing and small sand eels making for some light tackle screaming drags. It is always a blast watching blues, no matter what size, chase down a popper. Chris Doran and his son Evan got to experience this action first hand Thursday evening as well as some schoolie striper action at sunset. Friday I had three generations of Inacker’s aboard with the “duke of fluke”. They found inlet was jammed packed with small and very aggressive blues making fluking impossible. The blues were so aggressive you could not drift for fluke because they were biting off the rigs at the three-way swivels and sinkers. After several moves around we found a nice concentration of fluke to pick away at.

I personally got out a few times this week to cash in on the summer time bite of schoolie striped bass we have been having. Even with water temps in the 70’s I was able to land up to 9 bass in an outing after sun up. Follow this link to a short GoPro video I put together from some of the recent action www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gSj3DEonCA

On the nature side: Royal terns have starting showing back up along our beaches and in our back bays. These large terns have an interesting strategy when getting ready for winter. Many of them go through a post breeding dispersion where they may actually fly north of their southerly breeding grounds to feed before winter.

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

Received: Aug 2, 2014 11:05 PM Subject: JCAA Fluke Tournament Full Results

20th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament – Final Results – All Ports – August 2nd, 2014

Come to the Awards Ceremony at The Holiday Inn in Manahawkin
Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014.
Come early to register (4 PM to 7 PM).
Drawing starts promptly at 7:00 PM.

The 20th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament took place on August 2nd. Weather conditions were tough but some outstanding catches were made. The Tournament had 285 boats competing in 9 ports. The bad weather caused us to have the lowest number of entries which means the participating boats had the best chance ever to win a port prize. The 10 port prizes are listed below.

The largest fish weighed in was 11 lbs. and was caught by Roman Nelson from Matawan, NJ and weighed in at Sandy Hook. Tom Trembula of Cookstown, NJ had the smallest fish qualifying for a port prize weighing in at 2.10 lbs weighed in at the LBI port. All the winners from each port are listed below.

The Sandy Hook port had the largest fish and the largest average total weight.

This annual tournament provides funds to help the Jersey Coast Anglers Association continue its fight to protect the marine resource, fund summer flounder research and fight for the rights of the recreational angler. JCAA deals with many issues. Currently, we are fighting to get the pots off the reefs, seismic testing, fluke regionalization, sand mining of our offshore lumps and jetty notching.

The Holiday Inn in Manahawkin is the host for the 20th Annual Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament Gala Awards Ceremony. The Holiday Inn invites tournament entrants to come and enjoy their facilities both before and after the awards ceremony and the Holiday Inn will give 10 percent off your dinner bill for those who choose to eat there. You can meet JCAA Executive Board members and representatives from our sponsors.

This is your chance to win the boat, motor and trailer Grand Prize. In fact, 16 of the last 19 Grand Prize winners did not weigh in a qualifying port prize fish in the tournament. Someone from your boat must be present to win the Grand Prize and any of the dozens of great door prizes.

We want to thank all tournament participants and especially our sponsors for making the tournament a success. Our nationally known sponsors include West Marine, Interlux Yacht Paint, Costa Sunglasses, RJ Marine Service, The Fisherman Magazine, Yamaha, Canyon Reels and Boat U.S, The $1,200 First Place Port Prizes were sponsored by Fisherman’s Headquarters (for Long Beach Island), South Harbor Marina (for Barnegat Bay), Hoffman’s Marina (for Manasquan), Liberty Landing Marina (for Jersey City), and RJ Marine Service (for Cape May), and the remaining ports by the JCAA. Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament T-shirts and hats will be on sale as long as supplies last.

The JCAA Fluke Tournament GRAND PRIZE Registration will be at the Holiday Inn. Follow the signs to find the registration site. We will be in the Ballroom. Registration is between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. At least one person from your boat must be in attendance at the time of the drawing in order to win a prize. We expect a wonderful turnout. Please come early. Please bring your registration affidavit to save yourself time at the registration desk. There will be a cash bar in the room. All winning numbers will be announced in the ballroom. We will also be distributing the port prizes for those in attendance. The registration desk will issue one ticket which is good for both the Grand Prize and for the door prizes. We will also be holding a 50-50 raffle. We really appreciate both your participation and patience and are sure everyone will have a great time.

1st PLACE $1200

2014 JCAA Fluke Tournament Winners – HERE ARE THE PORT WINNERS FOR 2014 – * Denotes optional cash category

1. Jersey City

Entry Number
Steve Cherry *
Summit, NJ
Jack Gilligan
Carlstadt, NJ
Al Agostine Jr.
Wallington, NJ
Aldeino Pires
Harrison, NJ
Tony Gonzales
Bayonne, NJ
Richard Barba
Bayonne, NJ
Edward W. Shaefer
Ridgefield, NJ
Michael Choynowski
North Arlington, NJ
Daniel Cordano
Bayonne, NJ
Chuck Mitchell
Wantage, NJ

2. Sandy Hook

Entry Number
Nelson Roman *
Matawan, NJ
Robert Morrell Jr.
Port Monmouth, NJ
Anthony Francisco
Lebanon, NJ
John Debona
Brick, NJ
Charles Parker
Oceanport, NJ
Vincent Fallrion
Matawan, NJ
Cory Winant
Spotwood, NJ
Robert Porter
Sparta, NJ
James Hennessey
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Dennis Yerves
Middletown, NJ

3. Shark River Inlet

Entry Number
Tom Feher *
Nutley, NJ
Matt Sagen
Farmingdale, NJ
John Henry
East Winsor, NJ
Jeff Fuentes
Asbury Park, NJ
Lou Ottrando
Wall, NJ
Jay Stich
Penndel, PA
Andrew Duelivetz
South Hampton, NJ
Billy Mayfield
Manasquan, NJ


4. Manasquan River

Entry Number
Lou Derosa *
Toms River, NJ
Bob Murdza
Wall, NJ
Steve R. Materia
Hamiton, NJ
Jeff O’Hare
Burlington, NJ
Jim Faugno
Belmar, NJ
Ed Marut Jr.
Toms River, NJ
Jeffrey Nuel
Bordentown, NJ
Tom Mauro
Brielle, NJ


5. Barnegat Bay

Entry Number
John Zingis
Brick, NJ
George Golta
Waretown, NJ
Ray Slodowski
Toms River, NJ
Ray Pryce *
Forked River, NJ
Patrick Mickles
Mapleshade, NJ
Richard Pasko
Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Joe Atrashewski
Brick, NJ



6. Long Beach Island

Entry Number
William Hiros *
Birmingham, NJ
Dean Paolella
Surf City, NJ
Mark Keple
Manakawkin, NJ
Paul Schell
Barnegat, NJ
Peter Sivo
Middletown, NJ
John Racioppi
Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Don Hillegass Jr
Bradley Beach, NJ
Brian Cognigni
Burlington Twp, NJ
Tom Trembula
Cookstown, NJ

7. Great Bay

Entry Number
Walt Russell
Haines Port, NJ
Rick Sullivan *
Brownsmills, NJ
Robert Haines
South Hampton, NJ
Tom Siciliano
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Keith McCarty
Tuckerton, NJ
Vincent Torio
Colonia, NJ
Michael Klemm
Marlton, NJ
Craig Nelson
Chesterfield, NJ
Ed Pritsch
Tuckerton, NJ

8. Ocean City

Entry Number
Howard Hammerstedt
Milmay, NJ
Chris Murray
Northfield, NJ
Joe Krajick *
Marmora, NJ
William Roesberg
Cherry Hill, NJ
Brian Smith
Sewell, NJ
Carmen Roberto
Brigantine, NJ
Mark Saltlaua Sr.
Monroeville, NJ
Rick Folkeroth
York, PA
Bob Whiteside
Linwood, NJ
Tim Fitzick
Berlin, NJ

9. Cape May

Entry Number
William Laxton *
Audubond, NJ
Dave Fisher
Nantua, NJ
Gabe Davis
Riverside, MO

Kain Wentz
East Greenville, PA

Len Fennimore
Williamstown, NJ

Tony Mosloski
Essington, PA

Bill Whildon
Villas, NJ

Paul Decker
May Landing, NJ



August 2, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Port: Long Beach Island – Weigh Station: Fisherman’s Headquarters, Ship Bottom NJ

Entry Number
Registered Angler’s Name
Caught By Angler’s Name
Caught By Angler’s Hometown, State
Weight (lbs)
Length (in)
Hiros, William M.
Hiros, William M.
Birmingham, NJ
3:20 PM
Paolella, Dean
Paolella, Dean
Surf City, NJ
4:55 PM
Keple, Mark R.
Keple, Mark R.
Manahawkin, NJ
4:53 PM
Schell, Paul L.
Schell, Paul L.
Barnegat, NJ
4:57 PM
Sivo, Peter
Sivo, Peter
Middletown, NJ
4:49 PM
Racioppi, John
Racioppi, John
Lanoka Harbor, NJ
4:41 PM
Hillegass, Jr., Don A
Hillegass, Jr., Don A
Bradley Beach, NJ
4:40 PM
Cognigni, Brian
Cognigni, Brian
Burlington Twp, NJ
4:45 PM
Trembula, Tom
Trembula, Tom
Cookstown, NJ
1:44 PM
Received: Aug 2, 2014 12:47 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

Our ocean fluke fishery is starting to heat up and the water clarity and temps were amazing – nice 75F water within 3miles from shore. As the fluke begin to get set for their annual migration out of our bays – they will tend to congregate at inlet areas prior to exiting. Although the fluke to keeper ratios are very high, it makes for fun catching/releasing on light tackle and the occasional keeper mixed in. We have had some bluefish working early and late – in addition to some short stripers. Still very little word on the blowfish.

Early in the week, I had Fred Higginbotham of Morris Plains along with his two daughters Aidan and Alexis out on a 4-hr bay fluke charter. Although we had wind against tide conditions for a majority of the trip, the trio managed to pick a couple of keepers out of the relentless shorts. The S&S BigEye and Rattletail 1/2-oz bucktail was the key to the keeper fluke. This was the girls first-ever fishing trip on a boat – nice job! The fluke were 18″ and 19.5″.

Towards the end of the week, I had Mike Politis of Pearl River, NY, his 14yr. son Matt and his friends Joseph Rooney and James McKiernan on a 5hr ocean fluke charter. We headed out in a light south chop and arrived at the fluking grounds early. The water was very clean and we saw flying fish as little as 3 miles out. Our first two drifts produced 18.5″ and 20″ keepers, but unfortunately we had to head in due to some of the kids coming down with seasickness. We had to head in to calmer waters and ended up fishing the bay channels to produce some steady action on short fluke and could see the aggressive fish attacking the jigs.

Unfortunately the next two weeks are pretty much booked, but I have dates wide open from Aug 18th through Sept 1 (except for 8/23 booked). Some of the best inshore fluke occurs in these last two weeks of August and also may do nearshore trips for tuna/bonita weather permitting. If interested, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through website ( www.reelreactioncharters.com ) and all gear, tackle, bait, ice, and fish-cleaning, etc is included on all charter trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

11:00 AM

Capt Stew on the Pez machine reported a great overnighter Wednesday into Thursday. They came back to the dock with three big yellowfin, a 170-lb bigeye and 23 tilefish. He said it was a great trip. Stew and crew are heading south for the Ocean City White Marlin Open this weekend. Best of luck boys!

Matt of Souderton stopped in Thursday and asked what was going on. We set him up with shark rigs, fresh bunker, a couple teaser rigs and Gulp! He stopped back and said, “Thanks, you did us right. First cast off the surf I caught a fluke.” Matt said he also got a small brown shark at sun down.

Store staffer Blake has been doing the late night shuffle. He’s having a blast catching schoolie striped bass while light tackle bucktailing. He reported lots of bait in the lights; spearing, baby bunker and small mullet.

Hi Flier Sportfishing Capt. Dave D. was in the shop respooling a pair of Avet lever drags reels. While here he gave us heads up that his last trip to the Barnegat ridge was full of action. He said they are caught bonita and one quality mahi, about 20-lbs. That’s a super nice dorado for inshore!

~ Fish Head Greg

August 1, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Aug 1, 2014 4:57 PM Subject: 8/1 LBI Charters

Had 14 year old Tyler and his mom Heather out today. Started off fluking in the ocean. No good, so headed sea bassing. The water was 73 degrees and crystal clear 3 miles off the beach and too warm for wreckfishing. After 3 wrecks, 1 of which we didn’t catch a fish on we had 3 keepers. Took a shot and got lucky with multiple double headers for Tyler along with each angler catching 2 or 3 nice bug blue humpback sea bass. It wasn’t easy but we got our boat limit of 12.

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

Received: Aug 1, 2014 10:59 AM Subject: fishing report

Fishing off Surf CIty…
Fly casting with chartreuse and white Clouser minnow on a sinking line yielded 5 short fluke yesterday, so I decided to go with a spinning rod with a white jig and white 4″ swimming minnow Gulp today. I caught 16 fluke with 2 keepers!!! Banner day at the shore…

~ Jon Yenari

July 31, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

Brett Taylor reported yesterday, “I had Fred Higginbotham of Morris Plains along with his two daughters Aidan and Alexis out on a 4-hr bay fluke charter. Although we had wind against tide conditions for a majority of the trip, the trio managed to pick a couple of keepers out of the relentless shorts. This was the girls first-ever fishing trip on a boat. They did a nice job! The fluke were 18″ and 19.5″.”

Youth Fishing Tournament next Saturday August 9th from 9am-2pm. Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Surf Fishing Tournament presented by the LBI Fishing Club, ASAC for Kids, the Borough of Harvey Cedars, PBA and DARE. Registration at Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars 8-9am Rain or Shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

More reports of kingfish off of the surf today. One customer reported catching four off of the mid-island surf. It’s not a hot and heavy bite, but great news none the less. We love when customers come in to gear up with bait and tackle and then return back for more with a positive report. Unfortunately the customer didn’t want to leave his name. He was playing hooky from work today. Also off of the surf, consistent reports of big rays keep coming into the shop. Seems like this year they are cruising the surf, inlets and bays in larger quantities than last year.

Offshore/Inshore Report:

Joseph Mitchell reported a banner day yesterday. He post on his Facebook page… To say that yesterday’s trip was awesome is an understatement. Yesterday’s trip was EPIC. Left the dock at about 2:30 pm and had a beautiful 31 knot cruise out. Lines in at the spot we named “Carnage Hill” at 3:30 pm. Saw some funny looking water and thought that it was bait. Wrong. They were tuna. Right off the bat we get a triple hook up of fish from 33” to 35”. Kept the bigger one for the table and released the rest. Lines back out and we headed back over to the school. Now we have 3 guys on board, myself, my dad, and my friend Shawn who has never caught a tuna or been offshore until last weeks Ridge trip. So we swing back around and find the school. Hooked up again!! That was how the whole day went. Boat fish, lines back out, find the school, and hook up. I even got one to bite a popper!!! While searching around for the school, I was on the bow and dad in the pit with one line out. Sure enough, hooks up. Hooked up on the jig twice as well but with only our light mahi setups, it’s a good thing they came off. Every Time we would find the school you could see the tuna swimming below the boat and flashing just like a bunker school! Absolutely Incredible!! The tuna would hit anything. We had so many fish and bites that we didn’t even bother to put the lines in the flat line clips because we knew they would just get nailed again! With a nice fish in the box and a crew of tired and hungry guys we decided to start heading in at 5 pm. Overall we went 15 for 17 on bluefin up to 35”. Tagged 10 of them. Nice ride in except for the last 10 miles or so with 2-3’ chop which made it a little wet and bumpy. Overall an unforgettable day for my dad and I and one heck of a first tuna trip for my friend Shawn that I’m sure he will never forget.

Paul Haertel reported, “Jason Estelle shattered my boat record yesterday with a monster 36.9 lb cod. Jason also backed it up with a 17.35 lb cod. Bill Browne and Kyren Dooley each had 3 keeper cod and Kyren also caught a keeper Pollock. I brought up 2 keeper cod and a nice sea bass. I was very happy putting my friends on some nice fish.”

Jeff Barnhart reported the “No Limits” fished Saturday in the Beach Haven White Marlin Tournament and caught a 121.8 pound big eye. The crew reported a fantastic day with calm seas and the beautiful water, “No real temperature breaks in the 76 degree water but plenty of pilot whales and porpoises. Black and purple was the lure of choice midway back in the spread. We had a white come up on the same lure on the flat line but it did not come tight.” Photo: R.King, B.Percopo, J.Barnhart, D.Tepfer


~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 31, 2014 9:25 PM Subject: Old Barney Fluke and seabass

Fished Stafford Hook N Ladder tournament Saturday and just missed money at 4th place with a 4.22lb. fluke. Also had seabass to 20″ and some very large ling.

Yesterday had Joe, Jake, and Gabby Villa out for fluke. Put 2 keepers in box that measured 22″ and 23.5″. Both fluke caught on whole squid. Also caught a few keeper seabass on our teasers.

Only remaining dates in August are 13th for an open boat fluke trip ($125.00pp), August 20th, and August 23rd.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, “Bonnie Anne” 25′ Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, www.oldbarneycharters.com Phone 267-918-1746

Received: Jul 31, 2014 8:54 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had the Rogers family out this morning we caught 3 stripers and about 8 bluefish on plugs and then hit the barnegat light reef with white 6 ounce Jersey Bill buck tails (available at Fishheads) tipped with whole squid to get five keeper fluke the biggest at 25 inches and back at the dock before lunch.

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

Received: Jul 31, 2014 7:39 AM Subject: LBI Charters 7/30

Yesterday, had a marathon day on the water. First charter with Vince, Kevin, and Greg along with mates Kevin and Joseph left dock at 7 AM and we fished hard on our boat limit of 18 sea bass along with 20 ling. As we were preparing to leave the last wreck we were swarmed by a school of 5 to 6 foot brown sharks. There were literally 25 to 30 sharks swimming around us. We brought 6 boat side after long fights on light tackle and size 5 sea bass hooks only loosing 4, two of which spooled us and 2 that bit through the mono. The guys were whooped or we could’ve kept catching them. Never saw that many sharks at one time in all my years. Back at dock at 3 PM and turned around for a trip with Ed and his wife Cheryl. Slow picky fishing at best with 12 keeper sea bass and 2 ling boated before arriving back at the dock again at 8 PM. Fun but long day.

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

July 29, 2014 ——————————————————————-

5:00 PM

The local Barnegat Light party boats are on the meat! Both the Doris Mae IV and the Carolyn Ann III have reported ocean fluking is good. Lots of shorts with some nice quality fish in the mix with pool winners in the three and four pound range. One was just shy of five. With the ocean water temps, especially the bottom temperature finally getting back to normal and staying that way look forward to good fluke fishing inshore along the beaches, lumps and reefs.

The inlet rocks are still holding lots of triggerfish and some blackfish. The water has been super clear the past few days so spearfishing is prime.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 30, 2014 4:55 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are enjoying the good weather at the New Jersey shore and are finding some steady action in various locations.

Captain Tim Knorr had the James Herbster party on an 8-hour tuna trolling trip recently on his boat the “William Knorr.” They boated a 65-pound bluefin tuna south of the Chicken Canyon. One of the anglers in the party hooked another bluefin as big around as a beer keg that grabbed a lure just 20-feet from the stern. Unfortunately, the fish managed to slip the hook and was lost. The hot lures on this day were all small with dark colors. Captain Tim says this is a good time for an inshore trolling trip.

Captain John Koegler of the boat “Pop’s Pride” out of Beach Haven fished Little Egg Inlet and the bay waters just inside the inlet last weekend and found some huge numbers of fluke. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the fish were throwbacks. Captain John said that the massing of the fish there indicates they are on the verge of leaving the bay for the summer. He had a party of three adults and three youngsters aboard, and the constant action made for a very enjoyable day on the water. The anglers kept the mate and Captain John busy netting and releasing fish. The party did manage to put one 23-inch fish in the cooler to take home. The fluke was estimated to be almost 2-inches thick.

Captain John Lewis had the Bednar party on the “Insatiable” on out recently fluke fishing in the inlet. Although they only managed one keeper, they boated. 30 shorts for steady action. Captain John fished the “Big Dog” in the Beach Haven Marlin Tournament. While they did not put any fish on the board, they did find a good weed line Saturday near the end of fishing. They kept fishing and picked off a dozen mahi-mahi-all, of which were caught by 13 year old Hunter Burrows and 12 year old Jonathan Kelly. These two junior mates were dropping naked Ballyhoo back on circle hooks.

Additional information on the BHCFA can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 29, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 29, 2014 3:59 PM Subject: Open Boat Bonita/Tuna

We are heading out Thurs and Fri afternoons, July 31 and Aug 1, Noon to 6PM Open Boat Trips for bonita at Barnegat Ridge. I usually don’t run offshore in the afternoon but the weather looks great. No storm activity and light winds should make for a flat ocean. The bonita are there, I’ve been catching them as well as a few other captains I spoke with. We have to fish through the small bluefish that have also taken up residence there. The Ridge has beautiful blueish/green water right now and is loaded with small sandeels. Every fish we catch is gut loaded with them. With that kind of food available there is no telling what species could move in next. $160 per person, 3 people max, all fish are shared.

We will also be running Open Boat on Sat, Aug 2. 5AM to 2PM (or later) I am looking to push offshore a little farther on this one. Tuna and mahi are the quest. 30 to 40 mile range if the weather is mint, if not we will stick with the Ridge. So far, the long range forecast looks like we can run off on Sat. We will be armed with a trolling arsenal, as well as bait and jigs. I troll 20 class to keep it sporty with the school fish. If the bigger fish are around we have three 50 class outfits as well. $225 per person, 3 people max. All fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

11:00 AM

Gregg Grieve and Jon Velez both reported (sperately) that Barnegat Inlet is loaded with small blues.

Chucking the surf has been very good recently. Both sharks and rays are cruising the sand bars offering anglers lots of pulling fun. Any one who wants to see a quick video of a local spear fisherman with a brief yet startling sand tiger encounter should click over to our Facebook page.

Tyler Contento posted a reel deal photo of a monster butterfly ray that he caught last night. Also Hardy Wiedemann caught a good size sand tiger and a small brown shark. The night before last Ryan Dellane released one brown shark and one sand tiger. AJ Rotondella released a huge rough tail sting ray over the weekend. All of these reported above were successfully released once the hooks was removed.

This land based sharking (and ray fishing) isn’t a new thing by any means; however, it exploded with popularity in recent years. One must know the state regulations and fish responsibly. It’s lots of fun, but both sandbar (brown) sharks and sand tiger sharks are protected species that one can not possession.

~ Fish Head Greg

July 28, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Summer flounder fishing is very good. Fluke are plentiful in the bay, inlet and along the surf. Positive reports from the inshore wrecks are trickling in. Tim Fiordaliso of Mount Holley weighed in a 33″ 14.55-lb doormat this afternoon. He caught the monster fluke up on the north end of the island. Tim Brindley (commercial fisherman out of Barnegat Light) reported a monster fluke early this weekend. He said, “No official weight but well over 10-lbs.” Tim mentioned, “Our cold winter has moved the fluke biomass farther south this year.” He expects we’ll have a great August and September fluke fishery. Tim also reported that the Kathy Ann (commercial scallop trawler out of Barnegat Light) caught a very old giant anchor on their last trip.

With fluke fishing in its prime and still plenty more open season to go (closes September 27th) everyone is looking forward to New Jersey’s best fluke tournament. JCAA’s 20th Annual Fluke Tournament is this upcoming Saturday, August 2nd. We are happy to support the JCAA every year and honored to the “Long Beach Island” Port Weigh Station. Good luck to all of the anglers!

Speaking of tournaments… This past weekend was the 45th Annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational Tournament, the oldest marlin tournament in the country. Congratulations to the Grand Champions Viking 62, Captain Brian Komer and Angler Bob Shomo! They hung a pair of quality White Marlin and also released a number of White Marlin. Also a BIG Congratulations to the Pez Machine who won the tuna division! The Pez Machine caught their 228.5-lb big eye tuna on day one and it held the lead to the end. They also released one White one Blue Marlin. Congrats to the Jassste with their winning Mahi-Mahi (30-lb).

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 28, 2014 1:23 PM Subject: LBI Charters Update

Fished for fun Saturday with my fiance Jen. Had our sea bass limit in about 25 minutes with many shorts. Had Ed, Brock and Connor out Sunday. First plan was stay close due to rough seas and target blackfish and triggerfish. Boiling northerly tide into wind put a quick end to that. Finished trip in the bay where we caught 25 or 30 fluke but no keepers. Oh well we report the good with the bad. Open this weekend for wreck/fluke fishing or combo of the two.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 28, 2014 9:33 AM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

We are plugging stripers! Last week we caught 46 in four trips and an uncountable number of bluefish. Not a ton of keeper bass but they are mixed in. For the rest of the summer I will be running magic hour trips 5 to 830 pm on the weekdays $325 for up to 4 people.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli Laura Sportfishing 856-341-6562

July 27, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 27, 2014 5:27 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

This week was filled with fishing both on the water and in the classroom. In the classroom? Yes, you probably thought I was on summer vacation. I just finished instructing up my final class of “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” through the Barnegat Recreation Center. After two mornings in the classroom my students spent a morning fishing. Shaking off the salt, I was able to help all of my students land fish from the sweetwater of Ocean Acre’s Lake in Manahawkin. In addition, I was on the bay almost every day putting a beating on the fluke, albeit mostly shorts. 10 to 15 fish per hour seemed the norm when the tide was moving. The west side of the bay has settled into the upper 70’s to lower 80’s which will trigger a shift in the fluke population. The main body of fish should start shifting into the main channels and eastward behind the inlet looking for cooler water. With the calendar coming up towards the end of July it is time for me to start looking for weakfish in their summertime haunts. I will let you know how that works out.

Mother nature does not need a calendar to tell her July is wrapping up. Many adult shorebirds from the tundra region have been migrating through our area for a few weeks now. Some are staying around to fatten up before continuing their journey to the southern hemisphere in some cases. Local nesting terns (Least, Common, and Forester’s) are extremely busy bringing food back to their young. It has been fun watching them picking up shaken off minnows during fluke landings. Some seem conditioned to swoop by when they see you landing a fish knowing a free meal may soon be served.

Screaming drags…

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

Received: Jul 27, 2014 11:17 AM Subject: Reel Chaos fishing report…7/25/14

Today we had a great group of guys for a 6-hour inshore fishing trip; Dan, Arnal and Chris. Dan came up from VA to celebrate his brother Chris tying the knot. We left a little late, breaking Barnegat Inlet around 8:45. The Weather Service was calling for seas to be around 2 to 3ft. Looked to me they were more like 4 footers with a north wind which makes for a choppy sea. We headed out to some local reefs picking away at some small Fluke and Black Sea Bass. When I decided to make a move off the wrecks and find warmer water. Water temp was 71-degrees and fishing in about 55-ft of water, we were using killie & squid combos and spearing when we found the fish. From then on non stop action and mostly keeper fish. Big fish were being caught just on spearing alone. So stock up on spearing because they don’t last long on the hook. With 12 really nice fish in the box, largest topping scales at a little over 5-pounds the guys decided to go to catch and release. That’s when you know you have good people aboard. Thanks again guys.

We will be heading out again tomorrow, give us a call while the fishing is hot…

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, Reel Chaos Charters Forked River 201.788.3223

July 26, 2014 ——————————————————————-

12:45 PM

Dan DiPasquale gave us heads up… he found some kingfish, “I’m catching kingfish off of the surf on Gulp! while fishing for fluke.”

Another report from John Del Sordo, “I saw some blowfish caught on the south end bay-side.”

Joe from Shamong reported, “A buddy of mine installed underwater lighting on his dock. BINGO! There are spot, weakfish and crabs now calling it home.”

Doug Toback sent us a thank you this morning. He said, “Thanks for setting me up! The Avet reels you sold me are great. They are getting used… lots of sharks, tuna and tilefish. They are perfect for my wife and kids! The rods and reels are perfectly matched.”

~ Fish Head Greg
July 25, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

Received this report from angler fishing about 5-miles out of Barnegat Inlet, “Bunker, Blues, and Bonita! The water was 71 degrees and clean. There was a good body of bonita around the range buoy.”

We’ve had a lot of inshore/offshore anglers in the shop the past couple of days. Some fun fishing, others gearing up and participating in the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Invitational Tournament. We got word about a solid bluefin frenzy on the thirty line in the vicinity of the Triple Wrecks and the Chicken Canyon. As far as the edge… Captain Stew Hitchner hung a good bigeye tuna yesterday in the tournament 228-lb. Great work Stew and crew!

We had a customer in the shop today who reported catching blues and sharks off of the surf yesterday. Fresh bunker was his bait of choice. With the warm surf temperatures summer flounder and sharking has been consistent. There are blues occasionally and we are still hearing talk about striped bass.

Just today we had a customer say he and a buddy both caught spot off a bayside dock. Hopefully they move in thick soon.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 25, 2014 3:00 PM Subject: Surf report

Fished the incoming tide this morning in Loveladies using White 4” swimming mullet. Caught 6 shorts and 1 keeper @ 18”.

~ DvH

July 23, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 23, 2014 7:49 AM Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

This is a good time of the year for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association to be fishing at the Jersey shore. There are fish both inshore and offshore-it all depends on what the anglers want to catch.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the “Hot Tuna” continues to work the tuna at the 30 Fathom line. He had a “split” charter last weekend that picked up several yellowfin tuna topping out at 55-pounds as well as a “gaffer” mahi-mahi and some skipjack. His anglers included Joe Damato, Steve Smutnik, Matt Christensen, Jeff VanLiew, Alan Schulwite, and Rob N.

Captain Carl Sheppard took his boat, the “Star Fish” out looking for inshore tuna. After a two hour run to the fishing grounds they trolled a broad spread of lures and started getting strikes almost immediately. First a white marlin slapped the bait around but did not hook up. After difficulty hooking up with fish, they moved to another spot and were soon rewarded with a 47-pound yellowfin and then a 65-pound bluefin tuna.

The “Star Fish” fished inshore earlier last week with Captain Vic Bertotti and caught fluke and black sea bass along with some shark. The party boated one, and the other, about 9-foot long, broke off as it neared the boat.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” had a couple of parties over last weekend that ended up with fish in the cooler. One trip had numerous throwbacks with four nice fluke to 23-inches for dinner. Another charter had even more throwbacks, and four sea bass, one ling, and a 24-inch fluke in the box.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 22, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 22, 2014 7:36 PM Subject: Light Tackle Stripers and Blackfish

I am running an Open Boat trip Thursday afternoon, July 24, from 12:30PM to 6:30PM. We will start with a few hours of fluke and/or bluefish in the bay and inlet. By 4 PM the tide will be perfect for throwing shrimp at the inlet jetty for short stripers and all size blackfish with the 10 pound spinning rods. If you have never done this, it is something to see. Catching stripers and tog in the middle of the summer with just a hook baited with shrimp, no sinkers or terminal tackle. Every once in a while we catch a bass that measures 28″ or better but most are 20 to 26 inches, big enough to scream line off of the light spinning outfits. We do catch quite a few houndfish throughout the season too, when we use this technique. Houndfish are 36 to 40 inch needlefish that jump and greyhound like billfish when you set the hook.

$450 for the trip divided by however many people sign up. Three people max.

I also have an Open Boat to Barnegat Ridge for Bonita on Monday, July 28. 6AM to Noon. $160 per person. Three people max. All fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

Received: Jul 22, 2014 3:58 PM Subject: 7/22 LBI Charters Update

Celebrated my birthday spending the day w/ repeat customers Chris, J.J., Keenan and Jeff. The boys fished hard and boated 137 fish (yes they counted) with J.J edging out 11 year Keenan with high hook honors. The group put their boat limit of 18 keeper sea bass and 11 ling on a beautiful day off LBI.

Still have an openings for this weekend.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

July 21, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 21, 2014 9:45 AM Subject: Reel Chaos Crabbing Report July 20th

Reel Chaos had a family from PA that wanted to do some back bay crabbing. So we loaded up with our usual crabbing supplies drop lines, bunker, chicken backs, mackerel and we never leave home without some fishing poles and headed out to Barnegat Bay around 9am. With the bay being a little rough I headed towards Stouts Creek and anchored up in a sheltered cove. With 4 drop lines out and two poles tipped with spearing I knew with three children aboard ages 3 thru 10 we needed action fast. With lines in the water about 10 minutes the action started. It never seems to amaze me how excited children get over a crab. With over a dozen really nice blueclaws, a bunch of cocktail blues and even two nice sized weakfish. (That were released) Overall a fun day by all…Thanks Guys.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, Reel Chaos Charters Forked River 201.788.3223

Received: Jul 21, 2014 7:26 AM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing LLC

The fluke bite in the bay remains hot with lots of shorts and some keepers in the right places. I have not heard much on the blowfish front – even though I have had a-lot of client inquiries regarding this fishery. With the past NE/E winds, the ocean fluking should start to heat up and I will target some of my choice spots.

This past week I had the Joanne Sandler charter out on some bay fluking and most of these anglers had never fished before so it was fun seeing them catch their first Jersey fluke. Harvey Sher of Israel, Sam Salerfield, Howard Eisenberg, and Jeff Weinstein of Philadelphia, PA caught well over 55 fluke for the day. They had a great time catching with 2 to 4 anglers catching fluke at the same time – made for a hectic cockpit.

After the charter, I had the rare opportunity to fish with my wife Jennifer Taylor as we still had a good part of the tide. We fished for about 1hr and had a bunch of fluke with Jen boxing the biggest at over 6-lbs caught on a 3/8oz S&S BigEye bucktail. I had a bigger fish on but dropped it as I had to maneuver the vessel in a extremely narrow channel – that’s fishing.

We run 7-days a week and will start running inshore ocean fluke trips this upcoming week as the water is warming. We will continue to run bay fluke trips focusing our fishing around certain tides – we use quality light tackle gear on all of our trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, and fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all charter trips. I do have some rare Saturday and Sunday dates available, so please give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( www.reelreactioncharters.com ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

6:00 AM

Jimbo & Scotty have been on the fluke this weekend but they reported keepers are hard to come by. They caught ’em good both Saturday and Sunday off of the surf but no keepers. They said other anglers fishing near by pulled a few keeper sized fish.

Greg O’ reported a similar theme. He said, “I got the boys out on our first bayside fluke trip of the season on Saturday. They put the steel to 28 fluke but we couldn’t squeeze out a legal size fish. Bay water was chilly for this time of year.” They were bucktailing the bayside sod banks.

The surf water temp this weekend was great, mid-to-high 60’s. The onshore easterly flow has really helped. The low has moved off of the coast and will continue to gradually slide further away. We will start the week with an easterly windswell that will linger Monday and fade into Tuesday. It looks like Tuesday will have a nice weather window in the morning for inshore anglers looking to get out in the ocean. There should be some boats heading out to the 30 line for some bluefin and sharks. We heard over the weekend that a boat recently had a good mako bite. Seems kinda late but they are still around. It is prime time for the inshore bluefin fishing season. Get on it!

~ FishHead.Greg

July 20, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 20, 2014 9:10 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The weather has been unusually cool but the fluke fishing has been red hot! When wind and current are in sync the light tackle action is non-stop. At times two nets and two hands were not enough with three hook ups at once occurring several times this past week. The only downside is the number of keepers has been low some days. I have found fluke cooperating from the west side of the bay through the channels heading out Barnegat Inlet when conditions are right. For the kids on board I have been keeping smiles on their faces with the “old school” three-way rig and a minnow (aka the killie per North Jersey folks). Smiling kid Tyler Switaj landed a keeper. Some small bluefish have shown their yellow-eyes from tide to tide during the week and the crabbing remains very good.

I have been seeing lots of diamond back terrapins, our resident turtle of the tidal wetlands, during my outings on Barnegat Bay. Please remember to use turtle excluding devices when using commercial style crab pots in waterways less than 150’ wide at mean low water or in lagoons. It is sad to see a terrapin that drowned in a crab pot floating in a lagoon.

Screaming drags,

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

Received: Jul 20, 2014 7:27 PM Subject: 7/19 LBI Charters

Fished the bay for fluke for fun on Saturday for few hours on Saturday w/ crews from Bobbies and Vans boat rentals and my kids. I caught one 7 lbs 2 oz, Ash had one 4 lbs and Jack from Bobbies had one 3.5 lbs. Tried again in rain on Sunday and only couple throwbacks and bluefish. Open for wreck or fluke fishing both days next weekend.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 20, 2014 5:40 PM Subject: Fishing report

Fished with captain Kevin of Old Barney charters Thursday morning and had a good day with fluke and sea bass as well as catching a ling, fluke was 22.5-inches and sea bass were 12.5-inches and up. Earlier in the week I caught a 24-inch fluke to win the pool on the Miss Beach Haven. All fish caught on Gulp!

~ Matt

9:00 AM

Finally we heard about some action from the reefs! Ben Smith posted two picture on Facebook. One of two beautiful fluke and the other of four nice sea bass with a caption, “Killie/squid combo was the most productive bait for us yesterday on the reefs.”

Steve from Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters reported yesterday evening, “Friday was so-so with stripers, blues, fluke and blackfish. Saturday was better with a bit more of all, including a limit + of blackfish up to 6-lbs. All anglers scored a “Barnegat Bay Slam” [striper, fluke, bluefish] today. If we substituted a blackfish for a weakfish then all anglers would have scored a Barnegat Bay Grand Slam!” Light Tackle Fun!!!

We got word about an abundance of croakers in the bay. Wilbur K. reported fishing down by the “Stink House” aka the Old Fish Factory before the weekend. He reported, “Croakers everywhere! Some up to 15-inches. I kept three for the table.” This is a great sign. The spot, kingfish and blowfish should be with them or right behind ’em! With plenty of fluke and weakfish in the backwaters there are a variety of species to target.

The tog and triggerfish bite has been very good at the Barnegat Inlet. Our weekend delivery of live green crabs went super fast. Our next chance might not be until Tuesday for more green crabs.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 20, 2014 10:24 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

It felt good to back on the water this week after what seemed like an eternity in dry dock for mid season maintenance and freshening up.

Albeit water temps are on the rise from last weeks “polar zone” semi-cooler water temps are still in place making for some fun and cooperative blackfishing and schoolie striper action. Encounters with fluke, bluefish, houndfish and even triggerfish have also added to the mix as well.

The Frank Hetler Party started the week mixing it up with light tackle schoolie stripers, bluefish, blackfish and fluke action. We had to stay on the move to keep the rods bending but managed to keep the guys are their toes and engaged till trips end.

Regulars Jay Simmons and Karl Steffan were joined by returning angler Ken Greenwald for a bit more robust light tackle action with all aboard scoring a Barnegat Bay Slam on striper, bluefish, and fluke. If we could substitute blackfish for weakfish than all would have scored a Barnegat Bay Grand Slam!! The guys managed a limit+ of quality blackfish to 6-lbs, about 10 stripers, and few bluefish from 2-9lbs before ending the day catching and releasing fluke till trips end.

On vacation and don’t want to miss time with the family on the beach during the day but still want to find a small window to fish? I will be running “happy hour” 5pm-8pm trips through out the week for private or open boat. The evening action is very productive, fun and usually a bit more quite on the water. All bait, tackle, top quality rods, lures and fish cleaning is included! I also have this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 26th and 27th available for private or open charters.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

July 18, 2014 ——————————————————————-

8:00 PM

The Barnegat Ridge is full of life today… bluefish, bonita and mackerel. Water was 70 degrees and super clean.

Jeff Warford just got in from offshore. He fished with Hudson and went 3 for 6 on small yellowfin. He also caught a nice 50-lb class longfin tuna.

There was some chatter in the shop today about bluefin tuna on the 30 line out of Barnegat Inlet.

Store staffer Steve O hit the inlet today. He caught one 17″ tog and a bunch of triggerfish (more than a dozen). All on green crab. Steve reported seeing another angler catch a keeper fluke close by.

There are plenty of sandbar (aka brown sharks) around. The bay sharking has been good. Expect great fishing for the rest of the summer. Rob Rozek of Manahawkin was sharking the bay yesterday. He caught a nice sand tiger.

The surf temperature was 67 degrees this morning/afternoon up the street from the shop. Expect it to stay warm for some time.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 18, 2014 4:13 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Reel Fantasea has 2 spots left for this Saturday bay/inlet light tackle trip. We will be targeting Fluke, bluefish, schoolie stripers, blackfish and possibly more. All bait, tackle and fish cleaning included Please phone only to reserve as I will be on the water and not at the computer.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

July 17, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 17, 2014 11:40 AM Subject: Open Boat Trips

We have been catching a lot of fluke in the bay. Oyster Creek and Double Creek. Jigging leadheads and Gulp! Mostly under the 18″ minimum but there are enough 18 to 23 inch fish in the mix to make it interesting. The blues make an appearance on almost every trip. Two to three pounders, big enough to rip drag off of the 10 pound spinning gear. Some days they are in the inlet and more recently right in Oyster Creek Channel. A lot of bird play has been giving up their whereabouts. We have been throwing surface lures like poppers so every attack is visual.

I’ve tried three separate shrimping efforts in the last two weeks and I have not been able to hook a weakfish. That won’t deter us from trying again this weekend. No blowfish or kingfish yet for us either but it should be any minute

I am going to start running open boat trips to Barnegat Ridge starting with this Monday, July 21, 6AM to Noon. Sounds like good color and 72 degree water moved in there so it is time to pursue bonita and albacore. Not impossible that we could find bluefin tuna there, as well. $150 per person, 3 people max. All fish are shared. If the weather is mint and we decide to push off further offshore in search of tuna, it would be $200 per man. This will cover the additional fuel expense and we will also return a few hours later. So, flexible people only please.

I also have this Saturday afternoon, July 19 available for the bay 1PM to 6PM, either open boat or charter for fluke and bluefish.

I slid down to Key West a few weeks ago to fish the Marquesas as part of my ongoing 50th birthday celebration and connected with my first permit, a 20 pounder:

On the same trip here is my friend Steve Ondrof doing battle with a 150 pound Goliath Grouper: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyUvmM8KuLU

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

July 16, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 16, 2014 1:22 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding some very decent action in the ocean, both inshore and offshore. The artificial reefs and wrecks are producing nice catches of fluke, black sea bass, and ling. The boats heading offshore are getting into a good supply of tuna and other action.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the boat “Hot Tuna” had Bill Boseki of Manahawkin out for a tuna trip on Bill’s 70th birthday. The trip was a gift from his family, and was his first ever tuna trip. Bill started the day off when a fish hit while he was sitting in the fighting chair. After a 30-minute fight, he brought a 60-inch bluefin tuna to the boat. The fish was gaffed and weighed in at 114 pounds after being bled. John Howell later boated a 60-pound bluefin, and the rest of the crew took turns in fighting a feisty 53-inch bluefin which was released. Although the Hot Tuna’s Sunday bite was limited to bluefin tuna and some skipjack, Captain Bob said some of the other boats in the area also had yellowfin tuna.

After some bad weather forced the cancellation of several bluefin tuna trips last week for Captain John Lewis and the “Insatiable,” he found himself running the boat “Big Dog” for a friend as he took some Paramus fire fighters out canyon fishing. The ended the trip with 3 nice yellowfin tuna to 50-pounds along with 5 mahi-mahi. Captain John said the canyons seem to be coming alive with pods of bait, and the inshore grounds continue to have bluefin tuna roaming around.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters did several trips recently despite some poor weather. He fished the inlet and bay due to the incidents of fog and rain. Each trip his anglers managed to catch fish. Then when the weather finally cleared, he had the Patel and Mullarkey families out to the reef where they caught many fluke, black sea bass, and ling.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a group from Triangle Copy Center out on the “Reel Determined” to do some fluke fishing. The anglers caught over 40 fluke which included 6 keepers along with a few nice black sea bass. Mate Kyle Chudzinski did a great job on his first trip on the “Reel Determined.”

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 15, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

So the weather man scared everyone away for most of the day. The storms never came, YET. Right now it looks like we will see some boomers and rain around sunset and going into the late evening.

Scott Simpson stopped in the shop this afternnon to load up on Gulp!. He said that he smoke the fluke off the surf this morning with Jimbo! The water was a little chilly but they were on the chew. “We caught 40 fluke between the two of us. Only two were keepers. If it wasn’t for the beach bag checkers we would have stayed on longer. We started off early with chartreuse and then the bite switched over to white.”

Also received word that more striped bass are in the Inlet and hitting both plugs and live bait.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 15, 2014 7:07 PM Subject: June 14th and 15th Fishing reports… Reel Chaos Charters

We were out the last two days with a really nice family staying on the island visiting us from VA. With two small children aboard we elected to stay inside the bay and target Fluke and some Bluefish. Water temp was around 58 both days. We started our drift between BB and BI picking up some small fluke. We were using a killie and squid combo and also spearing and squid combo. I think the spearing combo out fished the killie 2 to 1. Most of our keeper fluke were caught on the out going tide. We fished the Barnegat Inlet one day using gulp pink fin-s and had 3 fluke over 3.5 pounds. We saw some birds working Oyster Creek and had a blast with some small blues. Overall we had a great time with alot of action. Thanks Guys… We still have dates available for private charters or open boats. Give us a call…

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, Reel Chaos Charters Forked River 201.788.3223

Received: Jul 15, 2014 6:15 PM Subject: Fishing report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing LLC

On Sunday, I had my son Luke out for a quick 2hr bay blast – we got on some fish early and worked small S&S BigEye bucktails with primo spearing to put two quality keepers (19, 20) in the boat. The highlight was Luke catching a 20-inch bluefish on the teaser with no help from Dad, which under Luke’s direction the fish went right to the grill on Sunday night. With the winds and forecasted storms, I moved my Monday and Tuesday trips this week. The bay fluke are biting when the water temps are cooler as expected during this time of year. With the ocean temps idling in the 60’s and expected East winds this week – we will start running ocean fluke trips the following week unless the bay bite is on fire – always give you the option. Unfortunately, the rest of this week (7/16,7/17,7/18) we’re booked, but have some dates available the upcoming weeks.

I will continuing running charter fishing trips 7 days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips next week and will focus on catching doormats. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide – we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. My blowfish clients will have to wait until I start hearing/seeing some better action. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Jul 15, 2014 1:53 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

This morning I had Scott, Horatio and Carter out for am early morning trip. We had 12 stripers on plugs 1 keeper and kept a dozen bluefish. All on SP minnows and bombers By nine am we were back at the dock. Friday morning I am open for a trip.

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

6:00 AM

The mid-island surf temp was 55 degrees yesterday morning.

Yesterday, we had some reports from customers…

One was a spear fisherman who was purchasing a new band for his gun as well as a new spear tip. He said that on Sunday morning there were bluefish and birds on top. Once he jumped in it was triggerfish everywhere.

Another customer in the shop was gearing up for another inshore bluefin trip. He picked up some trolling lures and jigs. While here he reported a good bite at the Claw a few days ago. Hopefully the bite will still be on the next weather window.

Good news for hardcore surf anglers! Van Staal is releasing the X-Series this fall (eta September). It will be the same reels that Van Staal is know for but with two major improvements. One, a new upgraded drag. Two, a new and improved oscillation system for excellent line lay. For the most part everything else will be the same. The X-Series will be $40 more than the standard VS Series. Keep an eye out for more new. Anyone looking to pre-order one please call the shop and ask for the VS Reel Tech.

~ FishHead.Greg

July 14, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 14, 2014 9:38 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – light tackle action, maintenance and new shirts!

Schoolie stripers, bluefish and a mix of keeper and short fluke have made up the bulk of light tackle action over the last couple weeks with few angler’s scoring a Barnegat Bay Slam! This past week was spent on much needed mid season maintenance that had us off the water.

This week we will be back in the action looking to add a bit more variety as the blackfish season reopens. Presently I have July 19 and 20 available for either open or private charters, Backbay , ocean, inlet all the above.

The new edition Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters tee shirts are a great success and are going fast for those who would like to purchase or view the new logo , reach us on face book and email, personal message or just do it the old fashion way and call – 609-290-1217 to buy for yourself or friends or family [ never to early to think about the holidays]

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: Jul 14, 2014 9:22 AM Subject: Kingfish in the Surf City….surf

Slow start to the early morning with a current that was ripping pretty good off the Surf City surf. Incoming started and it settled down…wound up with 7 kingfish once the changeover started . FishBites were the preferred bait.

~ Matt Bailey

Received: Jul 14, 2014 8:29 AM Subject: White Marlin Open, Open Boat Overnighters and Available Days

The White Marlin Open is right around the corner and we still have room for one person!

White Marlin Open — Don’t miss out!
The White Marlin Open is one of the finest tournaments in the world and we have room for one person.

The tournament is a “fish 3 out of 5 day” format; you get entry in the tournament and calcuttas and 3 days of fishing between August 4-8 for $4000.

Open Boat Trips:
We also have two groups on the schedule that are looking for more people on their overnighters: 7/18-19 & 8/23-24
We have room for 4 next Friday-Saturday (7/18-19), leaving at 10am and returning mid-day Saturday. It’s $700 per person with 6 people.
We have for 3 on a Saturday-Sunday trip August 23-24.
July & August — Available Days For Overnighters (as of 7/11):
7/21, 22, 29, 30, 31
8/12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28

Shoot me an email or give me a call to reserve your trip!

Hope the summer is treating you well!

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

July 13, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 13, 2014 8:40 PM Subject: Fluke report from week past

On Tuesday had the Jerry Cronin charter and Wednesday had the Pat St. George charter. The cold water slowed the bite but just bringing fluke, even though shorts, over the rail kept the kids happy on both trips. Inlet on incoming was 58. West side of the bay was 77. Fish were caught on 3/4oz. S&S Big eyes with gulp.

Thursday had John Galliano out for a wreck trip. We needed to move a couple times but got seabass and a couple ling.

Saturday’s Losey trip got us 2 keeper fluke and a couple seabass on BL reef. The warmer temps helped. The fluke measured 23.5” and 24” with the largest 4.5lb. Again both were caught on S&S rattles fished with minnows. I promised to report that 9 year old Ben caught 14 fish and 6 year old Jack caught 13 fish.

Booked Thursday and Friday with availability Saturday and Sunday.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, Old Barney Charters 267-918-1746

3:30 PM

This weekend we had strong reports of quality fluke fishing, sharking and some monster rays caught off of the surf. Today we had a customer in the shop with a report of kingfish. He said the action was good yesterday afternoon off of the mid-island surf.

We had a break with warmer water but the “cold” may be coming right back again! This morning the Ship Bottom surf temp was 65 degrees. Unfortunately the south wind is blowing. It will continue with stronger flow in the afternoons both today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Expect a developing wind swell along with another dreaded upwelling event. When the cold water pushes up on the beach look towards the bay for better fishing. Until then there are fishing opportunities along the entire stretch of Long Beach Island’s sand beaches. One good thing about this pattern we’ve had is there are still a surprising body of striped bass around.

~ FishHead.Greg

July 12, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

There was a Coast Gaurd Rescue this morning in the Barnegat Inlet. Here is what we learned. US Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light station received a call this morning. A 40′ vessel, the Shar-Kon out of Norfolk Virginia, was hung up on the submerged section of the Inlet’s North Jetty. There were six people on board. From the photos posted by the USCG Station Barnegat Light it looks like the group was out fishing. It is unclear if they were actively fishing or if they were in transit when the accident occurred. Not sure who was on the scene first but with the teamwork and co-operation of the USCG, NJ State Police and Sea Tow the vessel and crew were saved. There are 6 photos posted on the USCG Station Barnegat Light Facebook page.

Talking about boat accidents… Heard through the grapevine today that there was a boat accident on the parkway not far from Exit 63. We also got a call from someone who said they were looking to buy one outrigger. After talking to them, we learned that they lost one trailering over the causeway bridge. WOW!!! That could of been serious. Not sure if it came off and landed on the road or if it went over the rail.

On the fishing front…

Joseph Mitchell reported his fluke trip turned into a Barnegat Ridge trip. The Ridge trip turned into an inshore tuna trip. He said, “Flat Seas!! Two mackerel, a bonito and a bluefish. No tuna but fun on light tackle!” He reported a fun day yesterday too… “Nice 19-inch fluke and then went clamming. 52 clams and 6 bay scallops in a couple hours.”

Jeff Warford went out wreck fishing today and caught 15 sea bass and a few ling.

Kristi Reillo Cooper posted on our facebook page a photo of a big surf caught ray with a caption, “My biggest fight so far. It’s span was probably 4.5′ I’m 5’3″!” Sound like it gave you a run for your money!

~ FishHead.Greg

5:00 PM

Rob Vallone fished the surf this morning. He caught a pair of bluefish and two keeper fluke.

Today, the water temp is back up. It was 66 degrees and the sharks are back again! Big threshers and brown sharks were on the bait pods all morning. There were small bluefish all over the Barnegat Inlet area.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 12, 2014 2:33 PM Subject: 7/12 LBI Charters Update

Had repeat customers George 13 year old Gavin and 11 year old Matt out today for some bottom fishing. Lots of action with shorts and ended with our boat limit of 12 keepers. Switched it up after that took a shot that paid off and topped of the box with 26 ling.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

2:00 PM

Finally a break from the Southerly flow! The light onshore breeze the past couple of days has been great for a change. The surf water temps have started to climb. Yesterday the surf water temperature in Ship Bottom went from 60 degrees in the morning to 67 in the late afternoon. Today at 9 AM it was 65 degrees. These current water temps are much better for fluke fishing and sharking. Unfortunately we have a forecast with more southerly flow. Hopefully the temps don’t crash too hard again. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. It all depending on how hard it blows.

Fluke fishing in the bay is a great fishery to take advantage of right now. Recent chatter is lots of fluke in the bay hammering bucktails. The majority of the fish are shorts but there are quality fish in the mix. Check out Brett Taylors weigh-in from a couple days ago. The back bay waters have been productive both on the north end and south end of the island.

Jeff Warford just came back from a two day trip to the the edge. He reported decent fishing at the Hudson with very few boats around. Jeff said that a two hour heavy down pour at night was the only bad part of the trip. On the troll they had a big mahi and a yellowfin as well as one dropped white marlin. At night they had 8 sharks. Three of which were makos. Jeff raved about the quality tilefish bite, “Smallest was 15-lbs! Had ’em up to 40+lbs!” Jeff mentioned that some boats got into a good yellowfin bite on the troll from 11 AM to 1 PM yesterday. At the time they were full of tilefish, low on ice and headed towards home.

Local Notice to Mariners: The US Army Corp Dredge Currituck will be dredging the Barnegat Inlet from July 19-29.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 12, 2014 12:20 PM Subject: Mid-Island Surf Report 7-11

Hi – I fished around mid-island in the AM using minnows and bunker on my two rods and caught a few sand sharks and a skate (was trying to remember the junk fish slam – thinking something other than sea robin in the surf ’cause I never caught one in the surf). Another guy near me was trying for kingfish but no luck.

~ Frank H.

July 11, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 11, 2014 8:38 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

South, South, South – it’s been the wind lately and has definitely affected the fluke bite. You have to fish very hard to put keepers in the boat – meaning working the lure and checking it often. Lots of grass and weed to foul your baits – fluke are not vegetarians so you need to keep the baits clean. On the incoming I’m still reading low 50’s – which surely puts the kabosh on the fluke bite.

Early in the week, I had Nick Gennari and his son Michael on a 4-hr bay fluke trip – the two did a pretty good job jigging them up – unfortunately all of the fish were short. Again, same story a few in the 17.5 inch range, but still not legal to keep so back they go. We fished some of the usual spots but the key was to finding cleaner water – the bay water was pretty dirty. We tried for some blues in the inlet area, but the tide/swell made it too dangerous for safe fishing.

I had a chance to make a few drifts solo later that evening – I ended up with over a dozen short fluke and a nice 25.5-inch fish weighing 6.3-lbs. There are some keepers there, but you really have to work for them.

Later in the week, I had Eric Johnson of Yardley, PA and his son in-law Cesar Olmos of Yardley, PA fishing our backwaters. From the week of southwinds – the incoming water temps were a chilly 53-55F at the inlet – which made for some very thick fog. The duo threw soft plastics hoping for weakfish or striped bass, but could only muster a hit. So we headed to the fluke areas and the team jigged S&S BigEyes nailing close to 30 fluke with two fat keepers (18, 18) to show for their efforts. Again there are a lot of fish in the 17-1/2 to 17-3/4 range, but unfortunately all have to go back. Towards the end of the trip we were going to try to score with some cocktail blues, but unfortunately were chased in by thunderstorms.

I will be available to run charter fishing trips up to 7 days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips as the temps warm up. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide – we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website( www.reelreactioncharters.com ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Jul 11, 2014 9:00 AM Subject: White Marlin Open, Open Boat Overnighters and Available Days

White Marlin Open — Don’t miss out! The tournament is a “fish 3 out of 5 day” format; you get entry in the tournament and calcuttas and 3 days of fishing between August 4-8 for $4000. The White Marlin Open is one of the finest tournaments in the world and the Pez Machine Sportfishing has room for one more person!

Open Boat Trips:
We also have two groups on the schedule that are looking for more people on their overnighters: 7/18-19 & 8/23-24
We have room for 4 next Friday-Saturday (7/18-19), leaving at 10am and returning mid-day Saturday. It’s $700 per person with 6 people.
We have room for 3 on a Saturday-Sunday trip August 23-24.
July & August — Available Days For Overnighters (as of 7/11):
7/21, 22, 29, 30, 31
8/12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28

Send me an email or give me a call to reserve your trip! Hope the summer is treating you well!

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

July 10, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 10, 2014 6:12 PM Subject: surf report

More short fluke on the north end. Me and my boy caught 13 on bucktails and white gulp.

~ David vanH

Received: Jul 10, 2014 5:49 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing 7/10

Had Pete, Dave, Craig, and Joe out this morning. Pete iced an 19 pound striper on a live spot. Afterwards we tried to wreck fish and got chased in by the rain we still ended the day with a couple keeper sea bass and a porgy in addition to the nice striper.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli Laura Sportfishing 856-341-6562

Received: Jul 10, 2014 10:42 AM Subject: surf report

Fished the north end this morning. 3 short fluke on white gulp.

~ David vanH

6:00 AM

Yesterday, the mid island surf was frigid today! 53 degrees to be exact.

Brett Taylor weighed in this 6.3 pound fluke late in the day yesterday. He reported heading out fun fishing in the bay solo after a charter was over. He said there were lots of shorts earlier in the day. He kept at it and eventually hooked but lost a really good one. Finally he caught one. Bait of choice… Live spot.

Steve George posted a report on Facebook, “Had a blast last night light tackle back bay fishing. The fish were crushing the “forgotten lure” the BOMBER!” Steve posted a couple photos, one nice weakfish and one nice bass.

~ FishHead.Greg
July 9, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 9, 2014 2:37 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

Hurricane Arthur slowed the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association down a little, but once the winds and waves calmed down, their boats were out finding fish once again. Right now there is a very decent bite going on for fluke and black sea bass.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” out for wonderful Fourth of July. They fished Saturday afternoon and found good action for the young sons of the Gallagher family. The Little Egg Reef yielded only shorts, so they moved up to the Garden State South Reef where they found lots of black sea bass some good sized blue backed keepers. That night Captain Carl had a group out for an evening cruise to watch the various fireworks displays.

On Sunday morning Captain Carl found some large numbers of large black sea bass on the offshore wrecks. Many times as they reeled the sea bass to the surface they were followed by 3-4 pound bluefish. Captain Carl used this trip to break in three of the junior mates from the Association’s training program.

Captain George Finck of Sparetime Charters had the Steve Rulis party out fishing for fluke. They fished the inlet and bay waters and faced a 10-degree water temperature drop that slowed the bite down. The group did have constant action with a nice catch of fluke, mostly shorts, and a great many skates and sharks which were released.

Once Arthur passed by, Captain Bob Gerkens took the “Hot Tuna” to the 30 Fathom Line looking for bluefin tuna. The fish were not schooled tightly, but they had a steady pick of bluefin with only one double hookup. They ended the day with 10 bluefin boats and plenty of tuna steaks to go around. Captain Bob was assisted by mate Dante Soriente.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 8, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 8, 2014 4:30 PM Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing – Open Boat Overnighters This Weekend!

Not only is this weekend’s weather forecast beautiful, we’re running two open boat overnighters and have space on both.

Don’t be left at the dock! We’re leaving the dock at 8am Friday morning and should return Saturday between 10-11am. We’re also running 2pm Saturday and returning 4-5pm Sunday.

The plan is to troll until dark, run our first chunking trips at night and put the boat back on the troll in the morning. Shoot me an email or give me a call to reserve your spot! Thanks for reading! Hope to see you Friday!

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

Sunday, Steve George reported, “Pretty good morning fluking the surf. Consistent bite for about two hours after sunrise with hits or fish on just about every cast as the tide was dropping out.” There are still some bass around. Steve posted a photo of a linesider he caught on Friday morning (July 4th) before Arthur’s weather arrived.

Quality shark fishing going down! AJ Rotondella reported, “2014, The year of monster sand tigers! I conquered the rough surf and put another beast on the beach Friday night. 9′ on the nose with a 47.5″ girth estimated about 250-lbs. Unhooked, Tagged, Measured and Released.”

There’s fish in the inlet. We recently reported bluefish cruising the rock. They are still there and there’s other species present too. Dave Werner speared a Barnegat Bay Grand Slam recently. Two striped bass (14 & 18lbs), two fluke, one 25″ weakfish and one triggerfish in just 2-hours of diving.

~ FishHead.Greg

July 6, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jul 6, 2014 9:34 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Had a real exciting week on the water. Hooked up with nice mangrove snappers, a cuda, a bunch a jacks, and lost a decent snook. Oops, I forgot to say I was fishing the Dominican Republic. Right now DR is coming off the peak white marlin season and going into peak blue marlin season. As most of you know my heart lies in the shallows, not the deep. The number of charters available to fish the DR deep seemed endless but finding one to fish inside and along the reefs was hard to find. After searching I found a man by the name of Anders Bogebjerg of Palmera Fishing Charters who had what my wife and I were looking for. He manages offshore boats and a 24 Pathfinder and 24 Mako in his fleet. He hooked us up with one of his captains, Peco, and Anders personally came out as our guide. The fishing was decent but the guiding and conversations were excellent. It is this type of top notch service I always strive for with my clients both on and off the Debbie M. If you ever down DR and are interested in an inshore of offshore trip look him up. He was very honest with his reports and I highly recommend him. He can be found at palmerafishing.com/ And by the way Anders runs a travel agency and is very knowledgeable on DR, along with many other destinations.

Locally, crabbing is solid with some nice an full jimmies. Peanut bunker have already started showing up in the lagoons and creeks. The ones I saw netted were 3” or so and perfect size for fluke. This is one of the earliest showing of peanuts this size I have been witness to.

I will be chartering full time for the rest of the summer were not only do I specialize in back bay and inshore trips but specialize in kids. Speaking of kids, I will be instructing Hooked of Fishing-Not on Drugs at Barnegat’s Summer Camp. Session 1 is July 15-17 for Grades K-5 and Session 2 is July 22-24 for Grades 6-8. Each day runs from 9 AM till noon with the last day going to Ocean Acres Lake to catch some fish. Cost is $35. For more information you can contact Jean Broadbent @609-698-0800 x122. Screaming drags,

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

Date: Jul 6, 2014 8:31 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Today, Greg, Vince and Dylan were out for a morning sea bass trip. By 9:15 We had our limit plus seven ling.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli Laura Sportfishing 856-341-6562

July 4, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Enjoy Independence Day!

Received: Jul 4, 2014 5:40 PM Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing

Happy 4th of July! While we’re off to a bit of a wet and windy start, the rest of the holiday weekend looks fabulous and I hope everyone enjoys it.

I’ve had a surprising number of inquiries over the past several months about where my weekly fishing reports have been. Here’s the scoop. After eleven years of chartering full time, I made the decision this past winter to start cutting things back a little bit this year. So instead of the four or five charters a week that I’ve done in the past, this year I’ve been trying to limit it to just a couple of days a week. Add in a couple of personal fishing days most weeks and I’ve probably been on the water as much as always, just with a little different focus. But one of the casualties of cutting back has been the weekly fishing report email that I sent out every Sunday morning for the past ten years. Based on the requests for updates I’ve received, I’m going to try to bring that back, probably not weekly but at least a couple times a month.

OK, so how has fishing been so far this year and what are we looking forward to? I would call our spring striper season somewhat disappointing. We had a few good days, but not what we were expecting. Livelining around the bunker schools was inconsistent, and most days we had to resort to trolling wire line and Maja bunker spoons to put one or two fish on the boat. Seems like the main body of migrating fish passed our area well offshore for the second year in a row, hopefully not a trend. Back bay fluke fishing has been pretty decent this year. It hasn’t been crazy fishing, but most days have seen steady action with four or five keepers in the box. And some quality fish have been landed, including one that taped out to 28″ and quite a few fish in the 23-24″ range. As usual we’ve been fishing light and ultralight tackle for fluke, and this year has also seen the return of 40-50″ houndfish that are an absolute blast on light gear.

We’re going to continue bay fluke fishing as long as it holds up. For anyone that’s interested, I’m also planning to get in a couple trips next month out to Barnegat Ridge once the bonito start showing up. Add in some back bay bottom fishing (blowfish, kingfish, burrfish, snappers, weakfish, etc.) and we should have a full plate for the rest of the summer. Hope to see you all soon.

Until next time,

~ Capt. Jack Shea Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

Received: Jul 4, 2014 12:38 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

Early in the week I had a chance to fish with my wife Jennifer and son Luke. Although we got a late start in the morning, and we picked up 3 keepers to 22 inches fishing some of the smaller channels. The choice bait was 1/2oz Big Eye bucktail tipped with Berkley Gulp.

I had Julie Burstein and Mark Maben of Maplewood, NJ and their two boys (Ezekiel and Micah) out on a backbay fluke charter. We searched for keeper flatties in a couple of prime spots but could only muster fish to close to keeper length. This was the first time the family ever fished a bucktail and they quickly learned how to feel the bite. All in all the first-time flukers did a great job landing and releasing close to 45 flatties – if it was last years regulations we would have had 5 keepers in the box, but a slightly different story this year.

In between charters, I had a chance to fish solo for a few hours and ended with 2 keepers to 20 inches – it seems the fish are in small pockets spread out. You have to work really hard for them right now and change up your tactics to match want they want. And more importantly, you have to constantly monitor your lure from being fouled by eel grass/cabbage.

A pre-4th trip, I had a Mike Sella and his 15yr old son Mike Jr. from Montrose, Colorado out for a quick afternoon bay trip. The father and son team picked away at fluke and 4-6lb bluefish blitzing on spearing, but couldn’t boat any sizeable fluke. After about an hour into the trip, the south winds kicked up and increased to 20 knots with gusts to 25 based on USGS Barnegat Light weather station – making it next to impossible to keep the bait on the bottom. The pair still had a great time spending quality father and son time together.

With the tropical system that has gone past and a week of strong south winds that dropped the surf temps to the upper 50’s – the ocean fluking will take a little while to regain it’s already slow momentum – let’s hope for some NE winds in the next week or so to warm things up. The bay has lots of shorts with keepers mixed in – but have to contend with some of nature’s variables – water temps, winds, and tide.

I will be available to run charter fishing trips up to 7 days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips as the temps warm up. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide – we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( www.reelreactioncharters.com ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

July 3, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Jeff Warford stopped in the shop this afternoon. He fished this morning and found a couple fluke in the bay but nothing spectacular. He said the inlet was full of bluefish feeding on small bait. Sounds like a fun time light tackle plugging!

The current upwell has depressed the bite. What was phenomenal shark and fluke action off of the surf is now slow at best. The introduction of cooler water from the deep has sent fish searching for the warmer temps that are in the bay as well as a couple miles offshore. With the current south blow and small craft advisory in effect the bay is the only shot. Reports of some quality fluke fishing in the bay are keeping anglers optimistic. Yesterday, Dave Sikorski posted a photo of a 5-pound fluke. They are here!

Expect the surf temperatures to continue the drop. There’s no telling how low it will go. It will take some time before the surf rebounds.

~ FishHead.Greg

July 2, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Subject: Help Stop Barnegat Bay Ocean Blasting – Posted Since: Jun 27, 2014 9:00 AM


Help Stop Barnegat Bay Ocean Blasting – Attend the Emergency Town Hall Meeting

Your help and input is needed to stop the ocean seismic testing occurring off of the coast of New Jersey in July and August that will have devastating effects on fisheries resources. A Rutgers University study will shock waters with sound waves every 5 seconds, 24 hours a day for 30 days. These sound waves will not only affect the study area’s 230 square miles but hundreds of surrounding miles.

An emergency town hall meeting is being held next week, which is an opportunity for anglers like you to stop this harmful study from moving forward. KeepAmericaFishing™ encourages you to attend this meeting and speak out in opposition to this plan.

Wednesday July 2nd, 5 pm
Barnegat Light Fire Company
907 Central Avenue (corner of West 10th St.)
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
(609) 494-1280

The study will disturb thirty five species of fish that are vital to both the recreational and commercial industries, interrupt the peak sportfishing time of year and be located on top of prime recreational fishing areas. This Rutgers study will have negative direct and indirect effects to fish distribution, movement, migration and spawning.

Fish respond to high energy sound waves, like the ones that will be used in this study, altering catch rates and catch patterns.

Let your voice be heard. Attend this meeting and speak up!

~ KeepAmericaFishing – keepamericafishing.org

…MORE INFORMATION (pass on all this information to fellow anglers)…

This summer, Rutgers University scientists (backed with funding from the National Science Foundation) are planning to blast the ocean with sound pulses louder than the noise made when a jet engine takes off.

There’s no question that these sounds will have a terrible impact on all marine life from dolphins to whales to sea turtles. Plus, tourism at the Jersey Shore and the fishing industry will certainly be adversely affected.

Fisherman’s Headquarters staffers are signing the “Care2 Petition” telling New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi and President Obama to stop seismic testing off the New Jersey coast. Will you sign too? Here’s a link to the petition:


Thank you, Management and Staff at Fisherman’s Headquarters

Date: Jul 2, 2014 7:57 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

Warm weather, nice crowds, and good fishing are all arriving for the summer on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. The captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are enjoying the three aspects of summer.

Captain Tim Knorr of the charter boat “William Knorr” took Kevin Hollahan and his family of Minnesota out wreck fishing on Sunday, landing enough nice sized black sea bass to feed the entire family. The ladies out-caught the men even though the seas were a bit choppy for the first few hours. As the tide dropped the fishing was fierce, but as the tide slacked off, so did the action. There were a lot of shorts caught, but very few junk fish. For information on the William Knorr contact Capt. Tim Knorr, Phone: 609.848.4094

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters went wreck fishing with Jonathan Shafer, his father, and 4 friends. The winds were from the northeast at 20-knots so they returned to the inlet and bay to fish. They managed a good catch of fluke up to 23 inches, a bull-nose ray which was released, and numerous skates and sharks. For information on the 38′ Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig” Sportfishing reports his Saturday charter had a slow pick of fluke all day although they managed a couple of decent fish. On another trip he moved outside to the ocean where he found “drop and reel” wreck fishing. He anchored off three different wrecks and put a great catch of sea bass and blackfish together. He took about a dozen big sea bass home for the table and released the rest. For information on the 330 Wellcraft Coastal or 21′ Hydra-Sport CC contact Irish Jig Sportfishing by calling Capt Gary Dugan at 609.760.3717

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” reports that Captain Vic Bertotti ran the boat during the past week and had a good catch of black sea bass on the wrecks and lots of small fluke in the inlet mixed in with some keepers. Captain Carl ran the boat on Saturday for a good pick of keeper sea bass and one ling cod on the wrecks. On the way in he tried some fluke fishing and discovered lots of short fish. That night Captain Carl hosted a sunset cruise for a bachelorette party of a beautiful young lady, and he said it was the perfect way to end the day on the water. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Captain John Lewis ran the “Insatiable” to the 30-fathom line on Sunday and had a fun time with small bluefin tuna. They would hit 3-4 at a time. Most were shorts, and they lost quite a few in addition to releasing a half dozen. They did manage one keeper bluefin, a bull mahi-mahi, and a nice yellowfin tuna to round out the catch. On the way home they watched a humpback whale breach several times about 10 miles off the beach. For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 1, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Date: Jul 1, 2014 7:01 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters fishing report and new logo and shirts

Anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea mixed it up between both quality and short fluke, bluefish, schoolie stripers, keeper and short seabass, ling and throw back blackfish.

With last week’s strong Southwest winds predictably dropping the ocean temps overnight due to upwelling along the beach our local stripers responded favorably.

Bob Fillon wife Lisa and son Gregg from PA started there day scoring 7 stripers while working plastics around the inlet on light spinning tackle. Moving into the backbay they mixed it up between both short and keeper fluke till trips end.

The Wes party was up next facing strong North East winds that turned the inlet into a bit mess that sent us retreating to the back bay for mostly short fluke with only one 4-lbs fluke hitting the ice before the tide and bite died.

Regular Joe Franke was up next looking for some seabass action. The first few wrecks came up empty but as we continued to move around we started to find a few seabass and ling that hit the ice plus the guys caught and released a few nice back blackfish. Making our way back we ended the day with some scrappy bluefish action on the light spinning tackle.

I have July 5th and 6th available for private or open boat fishing .

This year I updated the old logo with a bit of a fun pirate flare hope you enjoy the new art work and emblem. The new shirts will be available in Black hoodie, Navy and White Long Sleeve, and short sleeve grey for anyone interested.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

June 30, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Date: Jun 30, 2014 7:57 PM Subject: 6/30 LBI Charters Update

Had Vince and his son Lou out today for some bottom fishing. Headed out around 7 and after a few small blues in inlet headed offshore. 1st spoke had decent shot of shorts and keepers and ended with 48 sea bass and 4 ling and home by 1:00 when the wind started blowing.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

June 29, 2014 ——————————————————————-

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Received: Jun 29, 2014 9:35 PM Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Update

On Saturday, Kevin and 10 year old Sophie were out. Picked away with Sophie leading the way. This short half-day trip landed 20 sea bass and a ling.

On Sunday, had family friends Glen and Bill along with Jamie and Angie. We picked away at some nice sea bass, a couple ling and some LARGE blackfish including 1 bill caught around 6-lbs and one I caught over 10-lbs. All released of course. Final tally 21 sea bass 2 ling and a porgy.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

4:00 PM

Brian Leary took the kids out on the barnegat bay today fluke fishing. They caught seven keepers with some of them going…3.25-lbs, 3.75-lbs, & 4-lbs. Caught using live minnows.

We got word in the shop today about sheepshead and triggerfish in the inlet. Some anglers and spear fisherman have found them in the rocks. One angler reported hammering them on green crabs.

~ FishHead.Greg

5:00 AM

Captain Stew on the Pez Machine reported having a good day sharking inshore on Saturday with the Azzato family. He said the birthday celebration was great and there were toothy critters to boot. Fishing five miles off of Long Beach Island, they released a pair of brown sharks and a great white shark. The white shark population might have boomed. In the past couple of weeks we have heard about a dozen+ separate catch and release reports. A number of them had photos to prove.

Speaking of sharking… Lots of reports of phenomenal brown sharks flowing into the shop. Anglers fishing off of the surf are getting into them every day. As long as the surf temperature stays warm the bite will be on. Look out for an upwell which will shut off the bite like a switch. Then look towards the bayside. The bay has already offered good sharking. Look for this fishery to progress as we get further into summer.

The bay fishing is very good! The fluke fishing is solid on both the north end and south end. The ICW and secondary thoroughfares are stacked up. There’s lots of shorts but also some quality fat flatties. There are also weakfish. Chet Bojarski posted two nice photos of beautiful tide runner he recently caught at in the dark.

Matt Brown and Basil Trujillo fished the bay Saturday. Afterwards they stopped by the shop and reported catching blowfish and some triggerfish.

The bay isn’t the only fluke fishery on LBI. The surf is still red hot. Scotty Simpson stopped in the shop to re-spool one of his reels. While here he talked about hammering the flatties off the surf. Scott said he caught 7 shorts on Gulp! in the morning. Another surf fluke report came from Ryan Warford and Lukas Robinson. They hit the mid island surf in the evening and smoked a dozen flatties with one nice size keeper.

~ FishHead.Greg

June 28, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 28, 2014 9:08 AM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

This week we were blessed with steady 10-15knot south winds followed by the movement of a front through our area – it put the fluke bite off a little bit. Early in the week I had a chance to boat some flatties with my 6yr son Luke and he fished bucktail without any help from Dad managing to catch 8 fluke – unfortunately the biggest was 17-3/4″ and all were promptly released. There are lots of shorts around right now – which make it great for kids – but you have to work really hard for keepers. My advice when fishing with kids is patience, patience, and patience – and make it fun for them.

Later in the week I had regular Bryan Ingraham, wife Rachel, and friend Rebecca Resnick along with their Colorado crew of four youngsters out on two back-to-back bay fluke trips. All of the kids (Emerson Ingraham 8-yr, Talia Kane 6-yr, Aviva Kane 8-yr, and Rowan Ingraham 6-yr) did a fantastic job at fishing and keeping the minnows happy. We fished both sides of the tide and had outgoing temps in the low 80’s while our incoming temps hit 59.2F. We played with bluefish early and boated some nice 3 to 6-lb bluefish blitzing on spearing. Although the conditions were tough (wind against tide) the crew managed to pick at the fluke with Rowan Ingraham (Age 6) picking up his first-ever keeper fluke. Rowan literally caught the fluke with out any help from his father – great job Rowan.

I am available to run charter fishing trips up to 7-days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips as the temps warm up. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide – we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

June 27, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 27, 2014 10:09 AM Subject: Surf Report

Fished the north end early Thursday morning. Incoming tide. 16 short fluke on white gulp. Biggest one was 17 1/2.

~ Davidt vanHorn

June 25, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 25, 2014 3:49 PM Subject: Open Boat Trips


Like to fish but your friends or family don’t and you don’t want to charter an entire boat by yourself. Well this might help… Beginning this July through September (the end of fluke season), I will be running open-boat trips out to the ocean reefs .

There has been enough interest to start open boat trips. These trips will give singles and small groups the opportunity to go fishing on a private charter at a fraction of the cost. The trip will last 6 hours (7am-1pm) and will be $135/angler. I will need a minimum of three anglers to run the trip. All bait and tackle will be provided. If interested, give us a call…

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, “Reel Chaos Charters”, www.fishreelchaos.com Forked River 201.788.3223

Received: Jun 25, 2014 1:32 PM Subject: Seismic Blasting to hurt LBI Fishery

I thought these links may be of interest… This could certainly affect the fishing off of Long Beach Island if it isn’t stopped.

Click to access Stop_Ocean_Blasting__Emergency_Town_Meeting_FINAL.pdf






~ Andrew S.

Received: Jun 25, 2014 8:12 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have recently been showing that there is excellent fishing in the bay waters around Beach Haven, on the inshore wrecks and reef sites, and offshore.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters took Joe Delago and his three sons out for a day on the bay. The weather cooperated as the anglers had a nice catch of fluke and bluefish with the largest fluke stretching out to a full 22-inches in length.

Captain Carl Sheppard reports that Captain Vic Bertotti ran the “Star Fish” and had some nice catches of black sea bass on the wrecks in addition to some nice fluke in the inlet. Captain Carl had a group on the “Star Fish” and found unlimited 3-pound bluefish in the inlet. Once the anglers tired of reeling in the feisty blues, they started drifting for fluke. There were quite a few short fluke with some big ones which produced fillet almost 2-inches thick. On Sunday the McIlvaine family from Philadelphia fished on the “Star Fish” and bailed the fluke. The youngest angler, only 5 months old, caught her first fluke on the trip.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the “Hot Tuna” had George Penna, Bob Lebevre, Pete Nork, Nick DiPano, and Dante Soriente out on a sharking trip with him. While chumming for sharks, this experienced crew caught two brown sharks and heard on the radio about a bluefin tuna bite about 20 miles away. Captain Bob decided to pick up and head that way. Almost immediately upon starting the troll, they were greeted with 7 rods going down. This turned out to be some big bluefish. In the same general location were schools of bluefin tuna, and in the 2.5 hours they worked that area they caught 11 bluefin and at least 30 large bluefish to 15-pounds.

Additional information on the association and its captains and boats can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

June 24, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 24, 2014 10:15 AM Subject: Reel Chaos Charter Fishing Report-6/23/14

Today we were out with a great family from Colorado, they were staying for a week on Long Beach Island. Breaking through Barnegat Inlet at around 7am we headed north towards the bathing beach. We were in search of some diving birds, to try our luck for some striped bass. Ran into some bunker which were snagged and dropped for a while, with no bass around a decision was made to hit some wrecks. Moving to the south, we were hitting the tires and some other popular places. The fish were located with no other boats around. Caught black sea bass and fluke for the rest of the trip.

“Reel Chaos” charters traveled over 75 miles throughout the day doing our best to put our customers on the fish. We thank Ron, Gagie and Jack for another great day.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, “Reel Chaos Charters”, www.fishreelchaos.com Forked River 201.788.3223

June 23, 2014 ——————————————————————-

7:00 PM

Today, while fishing the rocks of the Barnegat Lighthouse during outgoing tide at about 3 PM, Isaiah Pollitt landed a 3.3-lb 22-in Fluke using chunks of bunker.

Received: Jun 23, 2014 5:16 PM Subject: 6/23 LBI Charters

Doug, Rich, Jay and Brian fished with us today. Flat calm and hot to start before breeze picked up. We picked and plucked out 58 keepers comprised of 42 sea bass, 11 ling, 3 triggerfish and 2 porgies.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

11:30 AM

Summertime is here and the fishing on LBI is on point!

There are still striped bass here. Over the weekend Kyle and Joe Meckley of Marlton caught a pair of stripers with the bigger of the two stretching out to 40″ pulling the scale down at 21.5-lbs. Also Tom Gordan reported with a post on our Facebook page, “Great night with the striped ones. We had 30+ and lost count”. The majority of the quality spring run fish have slid north however there are still good fish here amongst the plentiful schoolies.

Right now the surf fishing for fluke is outstanding. The flatties are stacked in tight to the beach and chewing. There are not a of keepers but those that are fishing are finding a couple for the table. Bucktailing with a teaser is one of the most effective methods. Baits of choice: GULP! As well as spearing, live minnow, squid strip and mackerel fillet.

Also off the surf the brown sharking has been consistent. This year our water warmed much earlier than other years. Set up with a “ghetto shark rig” and a chunk of bunker. You’ll be hooked up in no time. These brownies have also made an appearance in the bay. Look for this catch and release only fishery to be strong right though the summer.

Offshore fishing is in it’s prime. Buckets of chum, flats of bait and cases of ballyhoo are flying out the door. Sharking as well as tuna fishing is good. We heard reports from local boat fishing down at the Wilmington and other boats fishing up at the Hudson. Both Captain Stew Hitchner on the Pez Machine and Captain Jeff Warford on the Tightlines just returned back from another productive trip to the edge. Both boats were fishing different areas and got into the fish. Gear up and go, it’s game time. Those looking for the hard to find white squids for bars, chains and dredges… we got ’em. We also just received a monster box from Joe Shute. So our Shute selection is second to none. We expect to have the Joe’s new Glow Shutes in soon.

~ FishHead.Greg

June 22, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 22, 2014 8:56 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Well looks like the bulk of bigger bass have continued their Northerly sojourn as this week we were not able to connect with those quality stripers as in weeks past. With that being said this week was a bit of a struggle on just about all fronts but we were still able to bend the rods with mostly blues and fluke.

For now blues, fluke, smaller striper and wreckfishing for sea bass, ling… will entertain anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea until the first waves of weakfish start to show up in our bays to add to the variety.

The Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters Angler of the Week was awarded to new comer Matt McDonald who landed quality fluke and blues.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: Jun 22, 2014 5:27 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I did not get on the water during the week due to obligations. My youngest graduated. I did get out both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday my wife and I fished for fluke. There was a strong north wind and fishing was slow. Sunday I ran solo and boxed a couple fluke to 21” and threw back about a dozen shorts. Not bad for two hours of fishing. With school out I am now chartering full time, so give me a call to hold a date for a fun day on the water!

Blue claws just went through a mating cycle so the big males are going to be hungry. Mating happens when the female shedder sheds her shell and becomes soft at which time the female flips over to mate. The male then holds onto to her until her shell hardens. Most people think shedding only happens around the full and new moons. While it does seem like shedding / mating activity increases around the moons, this is not the only time it occurs.

Screaming drags,

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

Received: Jun 22, 2014 2:47 PM Subject: LBI Charters Update

Ash and I headed out Saturday for fun as couldn’t resist 5 to 10 kts and seas 2 ft or less. Mustve been somewhere else as by 10 AM it was blowing and getting nasty out so we headed in with 20 sea bass and 2 ling. On Sunday had Sandy, Dan, Corey and Judy out. The group weeded through shorts and ended the day with 32 sea bass and 7 ling. Give a call or shoot an email. Capt Greg lbicharters.com

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

12:00 Noon

Al A. reported fishing the bay around Tuckerton yesterday in the boat, “I fought wind against tide drop shotting. I got bites keeping vertical.” Al caught about 25 fluke, “There was a lot of shorts but I managed 2 very nice fish for dinner on spearing and Gulp!. Great day on water.”

Joe from Shamong gave us heads up that he fished the surf on Friday afternoon. He reported patches of weed in the water. He battled through it and caught two shorts.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 22, 2014 9:10 AM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had Jerry T and company out yesterday. Although the stripers had cooperated all week we couldn’t come tight with any in the morning. So we moved on to wreck fishing and had a mix of 21 keeper seabass ling and porgy’s and back at the dock by lunchtime.

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

Received: Jun 22, 2014 6:02 AM Subject: Fwd: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Sportfishing

The bay fluking continues to heat up – but the key is to fish the right tide and to thoroughly work the right areas. There are a variety of bait species around and the fluke are gorging on pretty much everything.

In the beginning of the week, I had Ian Habich and his wife Tracey Habich of Little Egg, NJ on a afternoon bay fluke charter. We had to contend with the relentless south wind with some gusts approaching 15-20knots based on the USGS Barnegat Light weather station – but the duo jigged some prime locations and they landed close to 30 fluke with 3 keepers to 5.5-lbs (18, 18.5, 24-inches) and a lone 20-inch bluefish on S&S Big Eye bucktails tipped with Gulp. This was Ian and Tracey’s first time sticking to bucktailiing and they were both impressed by the ferocity of the strikes, especially Ian’s 5-lb fluke. We ended the trip attempting to find blowfish and fight daylight. It may be a few more weeks until the blowfish become thick enough to target .

Later in the week, I had Joe Cummings of Allentown, PA and his father Jim out on a 4-hr afternoon fluke trip. We hit the tide just right and the father and son team fished hard to put 6 keepers to 5-lbs (18″, 18″, 18.5″, 21″, 22″, 23.5″) in the box. The pair only boated 20 fluke, but their short to keeper ratio was about 3 to 1. Again, the S&S Big Eye bucktail fished with various artificial and natural baits was the trick. Interestingly, the fluke spit up an assortment of forage species (spearing, grass shrimp, baby fluke, crabs, shrimp, and what looked like baby butterfish). Great job by the father and son team!

With school finally out of session until September, I will be available to run charter fishing trips up to 7 days a week (weather permitting). With the spring run bass bite almost finished – the main target will be fluke and there are opportunities to catch a few bluefish with light-tackle. Most trips trips will be in the bay right now – until the ocean fluking gets started. We use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

June 21, 2014 ——————————————————————-

12:00 Noon

Welcome Summer 2014! We all look forward to phenomenal fishing. Thanks and good bye to Spring 2014. You offered great times.

It looks like Ship Bottom was just North of this mornings rains. If current forecast is correct, rains should miss Ship Bottom and skies should clear this afternoon.


The water is warm and there are lots of species here and more are coming. We just got word about a houndfish as well as a kingfish.

John P. was on the fluke this morning. He caught a dozen shorts and one 21″ keeper. All on Gulp! John also caught a nice brown shark off of the surf last night.

Yesterday a customer reported releasing a baby thresher shark off of the mid-island surf. He reported breaking off and loosing a couple good fighting fish and then finally landing one. A report from the night before from Phil U, “Caught a brown shark on a green super strike darter.” This isn’t a common occurrence but when the sharks are thick and on the feed anything can happen!


Brett Taylor stopped in the shop yesterday before a four hour charter. He picked up some Gulp! and some other tackle. Later in the day he reported catching the tide just right, “We had a 3 to 1 keeper ratio, in total 6 keepers up to 5-lbs.” Brett said there was smorgasbord of forage spit up and in the bellies of the fluke, “Spearing, Grass Shrimp, Manta Shrimp, Baby Fluke, Crabs, and Baby Butterfish!”

Sonny S. stopped in the shop yesterday to gear up for another day of sharking. He reported releasing a small-medium sized Great White (shark). He said that it fought like a beast all the way to the boat, “I thought I had bubba!”

~ FishHead.Greg

June 19, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 19, 2014 6:32 PM Subject: Barnegat High School Fishing Club

Reporting on the events we ran in June. What a terrific job all of the high school fishing clubs (Southern-1st, Lacey, Barnegat, and MATES) did at this year’s surf-fishing tournament. Although Barnegat High School Fishing Club only placed third, the kids had a great time and all of the teams caught fish.

In addition to the surf-fishing competition, Barnegat High School Fishing Club also does the Helping Hands Fishing Day at Ocean Acres Lake in Manahawkin. This is a day of fishing toward the end of the school year incorporating our regular education students of the fishing club and our high school multiple-disabled students. It’s a beautiful event that is coordinated by fishing club advisor me (Brett Taylor), physical education teacher Gregory Oravets, and special education teacher Melissa Pomphrey. It gives the opportunity for handicap students to fish and fishing club students to help out, followed by burgers and hot dogs to end the day. We are very proud of the students and staff for helping out and running this annual event.

A huge THANKS to both Fisherman Headquarters (Ship Bottom, NJ) and Creekside Outfitters (Waretown, NJ) for donating bait & tackle to our surf fishing team and also for donating bait for our Helping Hands fishing day. We are very thankful and fortunate to have businesses this these in our community who donate to the kids year after year without any questions – we would like to thank both Greg Cudnik (Fishermans HQ) and Liza Martin (Creekside Outfitters) for their generosity.

~ Brett Taylor – Fishing Club advisor – Barnegat High School

10:00 AM

June is a great month for fishing LBI! There are great fishing opportunities all around the island. There are still plenty of striped bass here in our local waters but fishing can be slow once the sun is high. Bunker pods are also still around so a feeding frenzy couple pop up at anytime. In the warmer temperatures (both air and water) expect fishing to be best in the late afternoon, night and early mornings.

Our two biggest summer time surf fisheries are off to a great start! One being fluke fishing and the other shark fishing. We have had plenty of fluke reports some very good. Look back at our reports to see specifics. As far as sharking the surf it is happening and only going to get better. Ryan Dellane put some time in on the surf Tuesday night. He reported lots of big doggies as well as FIVE brown sharks. He said, “It was a fun night!”

The time is now for a Barnegat Bay Slam and better yet Grand Slam! The fluke, bluefish, striped bass and weakfish in the bay are waiting. As spring transitions into summer even more species will join the party. Look for kingfish, blowfish and spot to make an appearance. Until then the main thorofares, flats and open waters will have phenomenal fishing opportunities. Target the schoolie bass and blues with lures like small poppers and swimming plugs as well as metals. Bounce bucktails to entice the fluke to bite. Store staffer Steve-O fished Tuesday and caught a 22″ fluke on the bay side bucktailing with Gulp!.

The inshore and offshore fishing has been great. Check out all of the reports below! It’s prime time shark season and also the offshore fishing out at the edge is lighting up! Captain Stew Hitchner on the Pez Machine is on a roll this year. He has been crushing the fish. Here is a short report from his most recent trip… “Our Monday/Tuesday over nighter was a good one! We caught ten yellowfin tuna between 40-55 lbs. We released seven bluefin tuna and we caught all of the grey and golden tile fish you wanted.”

~ FishHead.Greg

June 18, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 18, 2014 9:34 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

Both the inshore and offshore waters surrounding Long Beach Island are offering a wealth of fishing opportunities for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The fluke fishing in the waters of Little Egg Harbor Bay and Great Bay are producing not only good numbers of summer flounder, but a much higher percentage of fish are over four pounds than has been seen in recent years. Waters which have been producing big fluke include the Middle Grounds, the ICW, Marshelder Channel, and Great Bay waters from the old fish factory through the clam stakes. Also providing action in the bay waters are some feisty 3-5 pound bluefish that have the knack of showing up practically anywhere. Boats have been finding them near the inlet early in the morning before the heavier boat traffic arrives.

The striped bass action in the ocean has slowed somewhat, but there is a lot of bunker around, and stripers can often be found around these pods of bait fish. Right now the best bet for the BHCFA has been trolling bunker spoons and looking for signs of fish on the machine. At times big bluefish and even thresher sharks will attack the bunker spoons.

The inshore wrecks and artificial reefs are producing some good numbers of black sea bass along with some ling, blackfish, and even some cod. Captains with their own numbers for pieces of structure have found some very nice fish.

The canyons have already come alive and recent trips offshore have resulted in catches of big eye tuna, yellowfin, and some bluefin. This is a good time to fish offshore as the weather is usually better than the fall, and there are not as many boats.

The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will begin its Junior Mates Program on Thursday, June 26, at the Beach Haven Maritime Museum. This summer long learning experience is open to any youngsters over the ages 13 and over who would like to have the chance to learn more about fishing. Information on this program and the BHCFA in general can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 18, 2014 6:20 AM Subject: Surf Fishing Report

Fished LBI surf last night for 3-4 hours caught close too 20 smooth dogs no striped bass.

~ Fred Soper – Buterick Bulkheading

June 16, 2014 ——————————————————————-

3:30 PM

Bill from Indian Mills, NJ weighed in a 22.5-lb Striped Bass today. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker.

Received: Jun 16, 2014 8:45 AM Subject: Fathers Day w LBI Charters

Had Corey, JR, John and Steve out bottom fishing today. Started local due to strong NW winds. Caught plenty of out of season blackfish with JR catching a 12lbish fish of a lifetime and another around 8 lbs. Wind finally laid down and we headed offshore to a very slow pick. Guys fished long and hard for 22 keeper sea bass 10 ling 3 big porgies and a triggerfish. If interested in charter, please give a call or email us.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

June 15, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:30 PM

Happy Father’s Day! Hope everyone got loaded up with Fisherman’s Headquarters swag. We sold an amazing amount of gift certificates, t-shirt and tackle. It seemed the popular tackle presents were organization themed like Plano and Flambeau boxes and bags. Family members know that anglers have lots of tackle and it looks like they want it all organized, hint, hint.

We got a report from a customer yesterday who witnessed another angler land a 20-lb class cobia off of the surf. It was caught before sunset on a bunker head.

Fluke Fishing Reports: Sean Carey reported, “A quick trip in the bay on Saturday. One short and a nice 4-lb keeper. Caught dinner on a bucktail with a 5-inch grub.” Joseph Mitchell reported, “Two blues, three short fluke and two keepers up to 23″, 3.8-lbs.”

The near shore sharking is on fire! The threshers are still on the pods as well as the inshore reefs/wrecks. Yesterday (Saturday) there were a bunch of threshers boated. Ryan Dellane got a 239-lb thresher on a snagged bunker about 2 miles off the beach. Rob Zuschnitt landed a 247 pounder. Dave Bentley aboard the ReBait reported catching a 217-lb thresher shark. He was fishing the Striper Shootout Striper tournament and hooked the fish on a Maja Bunker Spoon! Dave said, “I thought it was bottom at first. No Striper could pull like that. Then I knew.”

Here is the 7th Annual 2014 High Point Vol Fire Co. Striper Shootout Official Results…

$2000 1st Place Captain – Wildcard, Chris Merlch, 51.1-lb
$1000 2nd Place Captain – Angler Management, Angelo Taormina, 31.05-lb
$500 3rd Place Captain – Fluke U 2, John Maxwell, 16.8-lb

Jr. Angler: Jake Kline 3.55-lb Bluefish

There were 48 boats registered, 8 striped bass weighed in and 8 bluefish. First place was won by Chris Merlch with a 51.1-lb bass!

Calcutta Winners:

High Hook: Two Heaviest
$2450 70% – Fluke U 2, 25.95 & 16.8-lbs
$1050 30% – Angler Management, 31.05-lb (one fish)

HPVFC Calcutta: Closest to 19.37-lbs
$1500 Fluke U 2, 16.8-lb bass

“Yellow Eye” Bluefish Calcutta
$1800 Team CTS, Wayne Price, 11.6-lbs

I fished with Captain Jeff Warford aboad the Tightlines out of High Bar Harbor Saturday. We pushed out east early in some lumpy conditions. We set up for sharking just inside the 30-fathom line. The sea surface temp was a little warm 67-68 but the bottom structure looked good. At the end of our first drift we had an acrobat in a blue suit show up. The toothy critter took down the long bait, a whole mackerel. Once he realized I had him hooked, the show began. First with a leaping head shake! Then a flip followed by a grey hounding dash across from one to four o’clock. It wasn’t over yet. After a short battle the mako was boat side and Captain Jeff sunk a harpoon dart “hole shot” right through the upper gills and out the middle of the pec’ fins. It went crazy! Straight up in the air while Jeff wrangled it from the dart line. We all got to see the show and received a soaking. The whole fight should be on the t-top mounted GoPro. We ended up getting one other mako that was released boat side a couple hours later. It was a great trip. Another boat fishing nearby also found action. They landed a mako and lost a bigger one boat side when it got tangled up in the chum pot. They also released some brown sharks.

It’s prime time for sharking. Chum ’em up!

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 15, 2014 9:14 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Full moon boon or bust?

Again mid week started in brisk Easterly winds that lead to cancellations but as the weather “moderated” we found ourselves working North of the inlet looking to intercept more migrating trophy stripers on live bunker.

Reel Fantasea Fearsome Foursome was out yet again looking to add their season tally of trophy stripers. Regulars Jay Simmons, Ernie Rosenberg, Shawn Hawthorne and Karl Staffan were out to start the week in easterly swells and fog. With plenty of bunker on hand , snagging was not problem but the bass seemed to be suffering from a severe case of “bunker over indulgence” or “full moon hangover” either way the guys worked hard and stayed focused as strikes were few and far between. “Bass Master” a.k.a Jay Simmons was first to come tight with a epic visual surface strike on live bunker that turned into a freight train that produced this years largest striper that pushed the scale down down to 42lbs! Karl Steffan a.k.a. ” “The Maestro” was up next with a strike that seemingly ran toward the boat and could not be “brought tight” and ending quickly there after with a much mangled bait. After shifting around from school to school of bunker we ended the day with a brisk bluefish bite before trips end.

I have this Thursday June 19th available for private or open boat for anyone interested in stripers, blues, fluke or seabass fishing or even better a combo of all the above! Please remember to join us on face book to view photos and latest reports and hopefully “like us”. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: Jun 15, 2014 6:48 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I have been on the bay a lot this past week. Mid-week I had recently married Lauren and Jarred Halverson from Philly for a magic hour trip. The wind was relentless out of the north east but the blues did not care. The honeymooners picked up a bunch of blues to 10-pounds. Friday evening I had a family out from central PA. We picked away at the blues to five pounds until the slime grass became unmanageable. After a couple of moves and a switch of the tide it was hard to keep two rods in at once. We were covered up with blues until sunset. Father’s Day I had the Ron Olson crew out. We worked hard and could not find a blue in the back or inlet. Guess the bluefish were also enjoying the day. Switching over to fluke we managed to box 1 nice keeper which I topped off with a dozen nice Jimmies from my crab pots for a nice Father’s Day diner. Crabbing is definitely picking up.

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

Received: Jun 15, 2014 10:24 AM Subject: Last Night

Stopped in last night to grab some bunker and hit the surf. Mung wasn’t as bas it has been, but still there though. Slow night for striped bass, but I did land a 22-pound Cobia. Thought it was worth a mention.

~ Shawn Taylor

Received: Jun 15, 2014 7:18 AM Subject: June 14- Reel Chaos fishing report

We were out Saturday hitting the Striped Bass with some great guys from PA. We left out of Barnegat Inlet around 8am, it was a beautiful day although the ocean had 4 footers it was no challenge for our new 28ft Regulator. We started the day by trolling north along Island Beach State Park in about 35 to 40-ft of water. It was slow pickins. We trolled up to about the bathing beach when we decided to move out to deeper water. We were in about 55-ft when things picked up, unfortunately it was not the fish we were looking for, we ran into some nice sized Bluefish. The guys had a blast. We were marking a lot of bunker but could not find the striped bass. So we decided to hit some wrecks. What started out as a slow day, quickly turned into a good productive day. We did real good hitting a few wrecks, coming home with some nice Black Sea Bass, Bluefish and Fluke. We were using clam and the old killie and squid combo never let us down. Thanks guys for a great day. Give us a call, we still have some dates available. Sorry, we are already booked for the Mako Mania.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, “Bottom Line”, www.fishbottomline.com Forked River 201.788.3223

June 14, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

Al Asplint reported, “My nephew and I hit the beach this morning, north-end, five fluke that were 19 to 21-inch fish. Used small AVA 005’s and small 3/4-oz Crippled Herring with gulp for a tail. Very nice morning caught one on the fly rod also. We really had a great 3-hrs of fishing”

June 13, 2014 ——————————————————————-

9:00 PM

The store has been slamming all day with anglers and shoppers for Father’s Day. Anyone looking for that last minute gift, we’ve got lots to choose from.

Patrick Schuler got a quality bass off the surf last night. He posted a photo on our Facebook page. Check it out! I plan to be out there on Saturday well before daybreak.

Today we got reports that some brown sharks are here. We heard of a couple in the bay and surf. We also heard from an angler who reported good amounts of fluke and blues in the bay at mid-island.



Jason DelPalazzo stopped in the shop yesterday afternoon and had us repair his broke rod tip. Once done, he picked up a bag of fresh bunker and this the surf. Jason has been in the lead by just a couple ounces for the Simply Bassin’ Surf Tournament with his 32-lb 13-oz Striped Bass but last night he caught a larger fish and upped his lead. Today, Jason DelPalazzo weighed-in a 39-lb 00-oz Striped Bass that he caught last night while fishing the North-end using bunker. This keeps Jason in the lead for both the Simply Bassin’ and FHQ Side-Bet. Congratulations to Jason.

Received: Friday, June 13, 2014 9:11 AM Subject: Threshers, Makos, Yellowfins, Bluefins, Bigeyes, OH MY!!

What an explosive start to the 2014 Canyon Season for Pez Machine Sportfishing! In our first three canyon overnighters we’ve boated (and/or released) 3 Makos, 35+ Blue Sharks, 21 Tilefish, 28 Yellowfins, 8 Bluefins to 180 pounds, and 4 Bigeyes to 220 pounds. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings!

Not surprisingly, with the great fishing offshore we’re booking up fast but we do have the following days available in June: 6/15, 16, 26, 27. We also have an opportunity for two anglers to get in on the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, MD. It’s a “fish “3 out of 5 days” format with the fishing days being August 4th-8th. This is the super bowl of fishing so contact me directly to discuss.

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

June 12, 2014 ——————————————————————-

8:00 PM

Peter Porporino stopped in the shop this afternoon. He asked about some local information and more specifically fly fishing. Peter dug through our fly box and picked out a handful of gems. He grabbed a tide chart and headed out. A couple hours later Pete swung back into the shop and reported loosing a nice fish on a red and white clouser. Pete said it took him deep into his backing. There are still plenty of bass and blues in the bay to keep your line tight. Pete mentioned on his previous outing he released a nice weakfish on the fly.




Yesterday Rob Vallone stopped in the shop in the afternoon and picked up a fat bag of fresh bunker. He headed up to the surf and gave it his best shot. Unfortunately no striped bass. All blues and doggies. I headed out after finishing up work (~10-11pm) and beat the water hard for hours with plugs. Hooked two striped bass. One on a Super Strike Rattling Swimmer and one on a Daiwa SP Minnow. Both were skinny schoolies that were about 10-pound class fish.


The Pez Machine is off to an great start this year hammering fish offshore. Last night Captain Stew and Crew hit the dock, returning home from an overnighter and he had plenty to report again. “We caught 10 yellowfin (6 released), 6 bluefin (4 released) and 2 bigeyes! The bluefin that were boxed were 45” and an over that weighed in at 180-lbs. The bigeyes were both 120-130 pounds.When asked what the hot lure or bait was Stew said, “Spreader bars and ballyhoo were the ticket!”

Anyone want to get out and fish the deep?
Give Stew a call to book a charter or send Stew an email to be added to his email list for open boat charters: Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56′ Core Sound, phone: 609.287.5136, email: Stew@pezmachine.com


June 11, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 11, 2014 10:20 PM Subject: Open Boat Stripers

We ran outside Monday morning Andy found the big bass 4 miles north of the inlet in 25 feet of water. They were blowing up bunker on the surface. We went 6 for 9, keeping 3 and releasing 3. They ranged from 25 to 38 pounds. On the way home we stopped in Oyster Creek channel to throw poppers at 3 to 5 pound blues and they were crashing our lures. A blast on 10 pound spinning gear.

We will be running open boat trips on Friday, June 13 in the afternoon from 1 pm to 7 pm. Also on Saturday, June 14, 1 pm to 7 pm, and two trips on Monday, June 16, 6 am to noon, and 1 pm to 7 pm. We will be targeting
big bass on bunker as long as the ocean is nice. The long range forecast looks good so far. If the ocean is questionable we will fish the bay for blues and fluke. We sometimes save an hour of our time to do this on the way home even on the nice days. Three people max, $150 per person, all fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

11:30 AM

The local striped bass fishing has very good. I feel we have experienced the prime peak and now will have a waning trend. There is still time left for those how have not got in on the action. The boats are catching quality bass mostly by live lining. Some days spooning has been productive too.

Off of the surf, anglers fishing bait find many different species latching on. A little extra bait would be a good idea. The bass are here but so are the blues, doggies, skates, rays and sharks (sand tigers and browns). Yesterday offered some great fishing weather and fish. We received word on two quality bass among others. Jean Deery Schaum had a nice bass last night at about 8pm Also a number of quality striped bass were recently weighed-in for the Simply Bassing Surf Tournament… a 32-11 by Andrew Lapteff, a 28-05 by Ken Maxwell and a 26-09 by Marty Supsie.

Here is two reports from earlier in the week from anglers who fished offshore…

Captain Jeff Warford aboard the Tightlines pushed offshore early Sunday morning. He reported later that day, “Had an epic day offshore today. Two bigeye tuna (150lb class), 2 yellowfin and 20 tilefish. We arrived at 100 fathooms at 6am and by 8:30am the wolf pack was in the spread and two came tight.”

Captain Stew Hitchner on the Pez Machine fished the same day but in a different area (much further north from the area Jeff fished). Stew reported, “Our first make-up trip of the season was a huge success! We ended up with 12 yellowfisn, 2 bluefin, 21 tilefish, 9 blue sharks and 2 bigeyes!”

The canyon fishing is hot and the season has just begun. For those that are gearing up to fish the next weather window we’ve got what you need. Lots of Joe Shutes in stock, premium Bait Master Ballyhoo, lots of shell squids in the popular colors like green, rainbow, blue/white and black/purple as well as the super hot white and lipstick! We’ve also have premade bars and daisies. Need to re-spool? We’ve got enough Momoi line to circle the globe.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 11, 2014 7:43 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

Last weekend was finally one with nice weather in Beach Haven, and the fishing responded in a positive way for anglers and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association.

The back bay summer flounder action has been some of the best in years as it seems like most of not all of the customary hotspots are producing some nice fish. Most of the time the ratio of keepers to throwbacks has been higher than in recent years, and 4-5 pounders are no longer a rarity.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” tried trolling in front of Long Beach Island just off the beach with Frank Smith and friend looking for some big striped bass. About 11:00 am the wind and seas picked up so with no sign of any bass. They made a move to try the calmer bay waters to see if there were any fluke or bluefish around. The fluke seemed to have lockjaw, but they found some feisty bluefish to provide some action. Captain George took his grandson Will and friend Nick down to Great Bay drifting for fluke. They had a nice catch of fluke and the boys also enjoyed the action on skates and sand sharks.

The striped bass action off Beach Haven has been up and down. One day there will be pods of bunker with big, hungry bass under them. The next day there seems to be no sign of bass. Most of the captains have been trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons in order to cover more ground as they look for the bass.

The wreck and artificial reef action has been steady with a nice pick of black sea bass along with ling, some cod, and a few blackfish.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at its website at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

June 9, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Date: Jun 9, 2014 7:33 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Quality striped bass from 25 to 40-lbs on the snag and drop, bluefish in the 2 to 6-lb range, Feeding whales and thresher sharks were the cast of characters that entertained most ocean going anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea this week! Dense schools of bunker have made the striped bass selective on when, where and how they will feed but when the “stars align” the size of the and quality of striped bass are hard to beat!

The Bill Sauer party started the week welcomed by brisk NE winds and rain. Upon arriving to the grounds, after snagging a bunker Bill was first to come tight on a freight train that quickly started empting the line from his reel. After a spirited battle Bill slid the first 38lber into the Box. Slowly moving back into position Bill again snag another bunker and again came tight with another quality 35-lb striper! Friend Steve Toal was next to come tight with yet another quality striped bass that pushed the scale down to 40-lbs! Shawn Allison was next up to come tight with yet another quality striped bass that pushed the scale down “only” to 25-lbs. Although the weather was a bit feisty the striper action and breaching whales feeding on the vast bunker schools more than made for a great day out on the water!!

Next up was the Zack Derstine Party for a 3 hour back bay trip that resulted in a quick hook up with a big bluefish that ended at the boat when the big bruiser bit through the leader. As the tide slowed to a crawl the skated moved in. Although we moved around looking for some more action and tide in the short time window we had but we seemed to be in a perpetual slack tide until clock ran out.

The Fearsome Foursome starring regulars Jay Simmons, Shawn Hawthorne, Karl Staffan and Ernie Rosenberg were out looking for more quality striped bass action, Ernie was quick to come tight on a nice mid 30-lb striper that made the box. Again after a quick start we found ourselves moving around from school to school with obvious striper presents that were not in a feeding mood possibly arriving on the tail end of the morning feeding binge.

The week ended in what could only be described as one of the year’s most memorable so far with fantastic weather and flat calm seas, solid striped bass action, and whales and a thresher shark putting on a great show visual aerial show. Open boat with Jay Simmons, Chris Simmons, Ken Greenwald and Chris Mendel started out stopping on the first school of bunker that had a thresher shark putting on an awesome display with his serpent like tail . Regular Jay Simmons was first on the board with a nice 32-lb striper that made the box. New comer Ken Greenwald was next up when his live bunker was inhaled by another solid 38-lb striped bass. New comer Chris Mendel was next up next scoring his biggest striper and another sold forty pound fish . After boxing that, the 40-lb bass Chris Mendel was again tight with another drag burning fish that ended early when the lines crossed releasing his catch too early. Ken Greenwald ended the day putting another quality striped bass into the cooler before trips end.

I have a couple date still left in June [19,22,27,29] for anyone that would like a shot at some the biggest stripers of the 2014 season. Join us on face book to view latest fishing reports, photos and videos and hopefully “like us”

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: Jun 9, 2014 1:59 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

On Saturday, I had the Jon B party out on the troll for striped bass they went 1 for 2 on stripers with a 28 pounder. Then using clams, hit a wreck for a mix of 16 keeper seabass and ling.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli Laura Sportfishing 856-341-6562

June 8, 2014 ——————————————————————-

Received: Jun 8, 2014 9:03 PM Subject: Old Barney Charters Stripers and Seabass

On Saturday, had returning charter of Joe Villa, Brian and Stephanie Coyle, and Karl Schmidt out for stripers. Could not find an active pod so we went on the troll. Brian boated the first on a white Maja spoon that weighed in at 38-lb. Brian’s daughter Stephanie would not be outdone and bested dad with her first ever striper, a 39-lb. on the same spoon. The fish taped out at 44” and 45”. Before returning to the dock, we managed a nice keeper fluke inside on an S&S bucktail.

Sunday, had out Bob, his son Rob, and his father-in-law Jack for stripers to celebrate Bob’s 60th birthday. Bunker were scattered and the bass were illusive for us. Did hear of one active pod mid-morning off the bathing beach. We decided to hit a wreck before going in and worked our way to a dozen keeper seabass to 18” and a couple ling.

Next Saturday I am fishing the Harvey Cedars Striper Shootout which is always a fun tournament and Sunday I am booked. Two more weeks of school, and then I will be turning my attention to fluke, wreck fishing, and blowfishing for the kids.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt Old Barney Charters 267-918-1746

Received: Jun 8, 2014 3:50 PM Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Update

Fished for fun with Ash on Saturday. Had our limit of 30 sea bass and 6 ling. One sea bass was 5-lbs and currently leads the Beach n Boat tournament. You should sign up if you are coming out with us as next 4 places are currently held by a customer that fished with us on opening day. On Sunday had Brian and Ray out. They won the trip at a charity event and went to work boxing 22 sea bass and a ling in a half of day with many shorts. Give a call or shoot an email.

~ Capt Greg Carr LBI Charters 631.300.6413

Received: Jun 8, 2014 1:09 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Made it out several times this week and stayed with what has been keeping the drags screaming… bluefish in the backbay. This is one of the best spring runs I have seen for bigger blues in the bay in several years. The bay temperatures have made it to above 70 degrees and is approaching the mid-70s. With these warmer temps the blues have been fighting hard and doing some great aerial acrobatics in an effort to shake the hook. The slime grass seems to have peaked which makes fishing difficult for the short term but it also means it will be going away soon along with the no see ’ems. With school winding down I will be “full time” on the bay after June 20th. Looking forward to seeing my regulars hop on board the Debbie M and I am always excited to meet new people. And as an educator I always try to do an excellent job with kids.

On the nature side of things, baby birds are hatching all over the place. If you find what you think is an abandoned fledgling just leave it alone. The parents are likely close by but waiting for you to leave so then can tend to their baby.

~ Capt. Alex Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

11:00 AM

Fished dead low bumping Spro Bucktails n Gulp on the mid-island bayside area. Managed to catch 6 fluke in an hour but none for the ice.

~ Shamong Joe

Received: Jun 8, 2014 9:55 AM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

The ocean striped bass are becoming an “on again / off again” bite. Just have to be in the right place at the right time when their ready to eat. The fluke bite in the bay is heating up as the water warms and we had some readings close to 74F – the only problem is the amount of “snot” grass in the bay. The trick to finding biting fluke is finding clean water – the bite drops off dramatically as the water gets fouled up.

Over the weekend, I had Matt Windover of Norristown, PA and buddies Francesco Deno and Charles Jacu on a striped bass charter. We ran as far as Mantaloking looking for feeding bass and fished bunker pod after bunker pod from the beach to the 3 mile line, but unfortunately the bass weren’t cooperating. So we headed in and got the guys on some nice bluefish action for the remainder of the trip with rough inlet conditions.

I had the opportunity to be chartered by radio personality Tom P of “Rack and Fin radio” 97.3 FM for the RFA Bass River Fluke Tournament and had Denise Marie Theiler, Stan Gola of S&S Bucktails, along with my wife Jennifer Taylor. We fished very hard for 10 hours for the heaviest two fluke, hitting all of my choice spots, and put 5 fish in the boat. Stan Gola landed both big fish on the S&S Big Eye bucktail putting a 5.04 lb and a 5.50 lb fluke in the box with a total team weight of 10.54. This was good enough for 4th place out of a field of 60 boats, though we missed second by a quarter of a pound. The “snot” grass and relentless wind with tide and against tide made for challenging fishing – but the crew did a fantastic job.

Now is the time for backbay fluking especially using light-tackle – we will be running bay fluke trips until the ocean temps start warming up for ocean fluking. We use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. June and July fluke dates are filling up, and after June 20th (when school out) – I will run charters – 7 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips. I do have one day available the next two weekends and if interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( www.reelreactioncharters.com ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

June 7, 2014 ———————————————————————

2:30 PM

Mike Greene and Laura Breuer had a good morning on the bunker pods. Captain Mike did a great job of putting Laura on the fish. She caught her first ever striped bass which was a 30-lb class fish and then she topped that with a 48-lb cow. Mike said early in the morning the bunker were grey hounding. The bass had the bunker circled up with no where to go but up.

Yesterday Steve Kowalski reported a 38″ 20-lb bass off of the south end surf on bait.


Lots of fluke off the beach and and bay. Plus, the quality striped bass are still here both off the beach and on the boat. The bunker pod fishing this morning was very good. I’m sure we’ll have some weighins later in the day.

Rob Vallone released a striped bass this morning. He was chunking bunker off the surf.

Nick Quinn weighed in a 3-lb 8-oz fluke. He was bucktailing the mid-island surf with Gulp!. He reported catching a few shorts and one other keeper.

Daniel from Tennessee weighed in a 24″ 5-lb 12-oz fluke. He caught it on a live minnow drifting the Middle Grounds.

Also fishing the Middle Grounds this morning was David Sikorski who caught a half dozen fluke with keepers at 22, 21 and 18 inches. Dave caught ’em all on a jighead rigged with a Gulp!

June 6, 2014 ———————————————————————

6:00 PM

Today, Ryan Sackowitz landed a 38.5-lb Striped Bass while snagged and dropping bunker off the Island Beach State Park ocean waters at around Noon.

Received: Jun 6, 2014 1:21 PM Subject: Striped Bass in North Beach Haven

38″ 20-pound striper off the beach in North Beach Haven around 7 PM yesterday on a big bunker chunk. Got the fresh bunker from Fisherman’s Headquarters.


June 5, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Jun 5, 2014 1:21 PM Subject: Surf report

I went out this morning from 10AM to Noon and fished the mid island surf on the low incoming tide. I managed to land three keeper fluke while bucktailing for bass. Two of the fluke were 18.5 inches and the last one was 21. There was a lot of nice white water washing over the bars that looked promising but no bass or blues although I talked to one guy who walked off the beach as I was arriving with a 29-inch bass he got on clams.

~ Anthony C Calderaro

June 4, 2014 ———————————————————————

9:00 PM

Fishing is prime time right now here on LBI. Come out an enjoy this beautiful weekend we have coming up. The bass, blues and fluke have the island surrounded and are on the chew!!! Lots of positive fishing reports from customer! The surf, bay and ocean all have fish.

Mike Greene reported another epic day on the pods. Expect the bite to continue with the westerly winds in the forecast Friday and Saturday mornings.

The bite on the beach was off the hook last night. Chunkers fishing the northend, mid-island and the south-end were all into fish. There were some doggies and bluefish in the mix. Lots of guys ran out of bunker before the bite ended. The bass are also eating clam. Cody and Josh weighed in a 23.9-lb striper that they caught off of the mid-island surf on clam. We also got word from a couple guys that bass are chewing lures too.

There are plenty if blues around still. The yellow eyes are offering lots of leader chewing fun. These racers are cruising the surf, inlet and bay.

Fluke fishing is off to a phenomenal start. Both the surf and bay have offered great fishing. Some areas even deep in the bay have quality fluke. Today Bobby Erickson fished the mid-island bay in his kayak. He bagged two beautiful summer flounder both on Gulp! Swim Mullet. One was 4.3 and 3.35 pounds.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 4, 2014 6:59 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Open Boat Stripers !

The weekends forecast looks fantastic! I have 2 spots available for this Sunday [6th] live lining/snag and drop striped bass. All tackle/rods/filleting are included. $150.00pp. Big quality stripers are here ! Come on and enjoy the day aboard the Reel Fantasea!!

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

10:00 AM – New Simply Bassing & Side-Bat Leader!!!

Jason DelPalazzo just moved into the lead (from 7th, 26-lb 03-oz) with a 44″ 32-lb 13-oz bass. He caught it last night at about 8pm bunker chunking.

Steve G. and his buddy gave us heads up that they caught a pair of quality bass off of the surf last night.

Received: Jun 4, 2014 7:54 AM Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

Variety continues to be the theme of fishing in the Beach Haven area, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been on hand to take full advantage.

A sampling of recent trips by some of the captains of the BHCFA reflects this variety. Captain Carl Sheppard sailed recently on the “Star Fish” with a party looking to do some bottom fishing on some of the inshore artificial reefs and wrecks. Despite a strong northeast wind, Captain Carl was able to find a nice pick of larger than usual black sea bass. The surface water temperature measured in at 64-degrees. Captain Carl took advantage of the beautiful weather last Sunday to refinish the deck of the “Star Fish.”

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” fished Great Bay last weekend and found the bite to be very strong. On Saturday, he managed to put seven fluke in the cooler that ranged in size from 18.5 to 26-inches. In addition, his fishermen released many more short fish. On Sunday, his party got a late start and managed about a dozen short fish with several close to the mark and one 20-inch flattie to take home.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” is currently delivering a boat from the Florida Keys up to the north but expects to be fishing here very shortly. In his absence, Captain John reports his mate Ryan Schramm fished north of Beach Haven over the weekend and picked up a nice 30-pound striped bass.

With the air temperatures currently running below normal, this pattern of species variety should stick around for a while yet.

Complete information on the boats and captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 3, 2014 10:59 PM Subject: Striper & Bay Fishing

We had some good trips and some not-so-good trips over the past few days. Saturday was awful. Wind really blew and I turned the boat around after only a half mile cruise from the inlet. Came back in the bay and struggled to catch a short fluke and a bluefish in some windy conditions. Sunday morning I had Jeff Boyer, Fred Baker, and Brian Jacobson aboard who collectively caught a 34, 38, and 40 pound striper trolling Tony Maja #4 white spoons off of Island Beach State Park. Thanks to Capt. Steve Purul on the Reel Fantasea who called us in on the action as soon as they boated one of the big stripers. Here’s the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE0UgI7RDZo I went right back to the same location with my afternoon charter with high hopes and we caught nothing for two and a half hours. I took them back in the bay where twins Jake and Zach Milone did battle with a bunch of small bluefish on the troll between BB and the 40 Buoy, the only place that allowed us to troll due to all of the “slime” everywhere else. Back out Monday morning and could not a buy a fish from the inlet to Lavallette. We did get some “blow ups” from bluefish on our poppers at the top of Oyster Creek Channel on the way home and I did eventually subdue a nice 5 pounder before releasing him.

What should you take away from all of this? Just keep going. The only way to see those big fish days are to get out now. We still have all of June with this fishery and now is when it gets interesting. The snag bite heats up and the troll keeps producing. The bass start crashing the bunker at the surface. You could wait and see how everyone does or you can get out there and let them read about your trip. This is the west/northwest pattern we have been waiting for coming up this weekend. Calm seas make for easier bunker spotting. We will run wherever we have to. I have no north to south limits. My boat can run for two days when she is topped with fuel….so pack a lunch! Also there has been some interest in mixing things up with an early morning effort for the big stripers and then an hour or more of light tackle blues and/or fluke in the bay. Majority rules, so whatever you guys would like to do, it’s always best to discuss it beforehand to make sure we are putting people with similar agendas together on the same trips.

Running Open Boat this Friday, June 6, 1PM to 7PM. Saturday is already double booked morning and afternoon. Sunday, the morning is booked and I have been informed by my family not to book an afternoon/evening trip as alas,…it is my 50th birthday and I am taking the rest of the day off. I will be running Open Boat again on Monday, June 9, 6AM to Noon and 1PM to 7PM. $150 per man, 3 people max, all fish are shared.

Calling me on my cell is the best way to make a reservation.

See you on board.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

June 3, 2014 ———————————————————————

4:30 PM

Captain Mike Greene of Luckey Stripes Charters just weighed in a 50″ 49.1 pound Striped Bass. He caught it in the boat this afternoon fishing live bunker. Mike said he was into the fish good today with very little other boat traffic. He said he released about 30 quality Striped Bass all on live bait.

3:00 PM

This morning we had a pair of nice bass weighed in…
– Pete Menges of Moorestown weighed in a 39″ 20-lb 13-oz bass. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker.
– Ted Johnson of Beach Haven weighed in a 21-lb bass that he caught last night on a white darter.

There is lots of bluefish still present. They are all along the beaches and are also plentiful in the bay. Today we heard some bluefish on the beach. One angler was in the shopping getting more bait. He said, “I caught three blues.” Also two customers reported a solid bluefish bite last evening/night on bunker chunks. One guy said, “Every cast!” Anglers chunking bunker at night are getting covered up in the toothy yellow eyed monster. Also night chunkers are catching sand tigers. There was one reported to us about a week or two back but now they are much more frequent. Working the night shift, Ed Bunnell and Brian Schmidt chunked the beach last night. They reported releasing one 44″ bass and a sand tiger.

Yesterday Ryan Sherwood of the Berkeley Striper Club weighed in a 41″ 29-ln 01-oz bass. Also Greg O’Connell weighed in a 28-lb 07-oz 43″ bass putting him in 4th place and Nick Sabatino weighed in a 28-lb 05-oz 42″ bass putting him in 5th place in the Simple Bassing Surf Fishing Tournament.

~ FishHead.Greg

June 2, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Jun 2, 2014 8:31 PM Subject: Sunday June 1st fishing report

Today we had two great guys aboard Paul and Brian for a father son trip. Since it was Brian`s first fishing trip they elected to try one of our 4-hour family bay trips. We left the dock around 7am and headed out into Barnegat Bay. As soon as we left Forked River we saw birds working near the BI and immediately started hooking up with some nice Bluefish using the pink Fin-S. When the action slowed down we headed near Double Creek Channel, to about 4 to 5ft of water where we hit some small Fluke using red and white bucktails. Lots of action and good fun on ultra light tackle.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann Reel Chaos Charters 201.788.3223

June 1, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Jun 1, 2014 8:51 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

With the start of June, the light tackle action in the backbay continues to be excellent. Today’s trip is a prime example. The Pincus charter started by welcoming the sun by only being able to keep two to three rods in the water. Blues from 2-5 pounds covered up our baits providing non-stop action. Blues where not the only thing on the menu. Joe Cannon of Mt Laurel pulled in a nice keeper bass. On the change of the tide we switched over the fluke and boxed a nice keeper ending the day with a Barnegat Bay slam (striper, bluefish, and fluke) of keepers.

~ Capt. Alex Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

7:30 PM

Tom Bellucci weighed in a 34-lb 10-oz bass that he caught in the boat today trolling a Mann’s Stretch 30. We also had a couple other trolling reports from boat anglers.

Received: Jun 1, 2014 7:15 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

The week started off with tough weather conditions with persistent North East winds that resulted in a mix of results from solid to poor fishing success. The Moose Hurely party started the week looking for some quality striped bass action but with a small craft advisory in effect which turned the inlet white with breakers we found our selves stuck in the bay for some action with bluefish as plan “B”. Regulars Jay Simmons, Shawn Hawthorne ,Karl Staffan sr. and Karl jr., were up next hoping for a repeat of last weeks quality striped bass action. Locating bunker schools after the Ne winds had subsided was challenging, snagging mid to lower water column sparsely packed schools are almost impossible so up on the troll we went. Deploying the spoons provided no relief as we watched striped bass pass under the boat on the sonar seemingly indifferent to our offerings. Back up plan “B” was once again implemented to get the light tackle spinning rods bending with ever cooperative bluefish to round out the day but not before both Karl sr. and Karl jr scored a couple of bass with Karl Jr. icing one before trips end. Andy Niznic and Walter Maier joined forces for the most tight lipped fishing of the season. Exhausting all avenues and possibilities even the ever cooperative bluefish seemed to “Diss” us except for a few missed hits and one bluefish before trips end. The Tim McWilliams party ended the week with fast out of the gate action with quality striped bass within minutes of deploying the spoons. Unfortunately the persistent NE winds from prior days had produced large easterly ground swell that didn’t play well with the crew ending our time abruptly but not before icing a quality bass in the mid thirty pound range, back in the more tranquil reaches of the bay the guys had very consistent action with hard fighting, drag burning blues until trips end. P.S. Remember to join us on Face Book to view photos and hopefully “like us”. I have next Sunday June 8th for anyone interested in bay/inlet/wreck…….combo of the above.

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: Jun 1, 2014 6:51 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

Towards the end of this week the striped bass had a serious case of lockjaw with the NE high pressure system that made it’s way through our coast. On Friday afternoon, I had Tom Walsh and Matthew Roberts out for a afternoon striped bass trip. Based on earlier reports from another charter captain in the area – the bite was not happening early, and proved the same for the afternoon. We trolled for hours pulling both yellow/chart and white Maja’s on wireline – but went home without a touch. The highlight of the trip was seeing a pristine humpback whale about a mile from the inlet. We worked some lures in the back and had limited success on bluefish.

With the non-existent bass bite and rough ocean conditions, Sunday’s charter of Brian Cunningham (Hillsdale, NJ), son Sean Cunningham, and friends Rohan Mazumdar and Mark Janett of Stanford, Connecticut opted for backbay fluking. The team fished the tide hard with S&S BigEye bucktails in skinny water and boxed 4 keeper flatties up to 5lbs (25.5″, 23″, 22″, 20″). Mark Janett (pic attached) caught the biggest and could literally see the fluke hit the offering as his drag began to scream. Newbie Rohan Mazumdar boated 2 of the keepers as it was his first ever fishing experience – awesome job Rohan.

Now that fluke fishing in our backwaters has started to heat up, and I will begin targeting fluke in the back for upcoming trips. We use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. June and July fluke dates have started to fill up and after June 20th (school out) – I will run charters – 5 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters 609.290.7709

Received: Jun 1, 2014 3:59 PM Subject: Room for one

Caught three big stripers this morning trolling white Maja bunker spoons in 60 feet of water off of IBSP. 34, 38. and 40 pounds. Going back tomorrow for more. I have one spot open. First call gets the spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

11:50 AM

We opened up the shop today to our first June 30-pounder Striped Bass. Early this morning Jason Hoch weighed in a 43.75″ 30-lb 07-oz bass. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker last night. Time of catch was mid-night. This catch puts Jason into 3rd place for both the Simple Bassing and the FHQ Striper Side-Bet.

Jason is one of the Southern Regional Fishing Club’s Advisors. He reported that the club had a phenomenal 6th Annual Battle on the Beach! (High School Fishing Tournament) this past Thursday afternoon. “It was the best action in the history of the Tournament. Lots of Striped Bass and Bluefish were caught by all teams.” Fisherman’s Headquarters staffers and Southern Regional team members Zach W. and Oakley S. both caught Striped Bass and Matt S. got a good size Bluefish to help their team take the win! Southern’s win solidifies them as a force to recon with, winning five out of the six years. Lacey took second, followed by Barnegat and then MATES.

Yesterday we had a pair of bass weighed in from surf anglers. Kevin Laverty caught a 35.5″ 14-lb 12-oz bass off of the south end surf at 7:30am which was caught using bunker. Fred Soper caught a 38″ bass at about 8am on the mid-island surf. This 21-lb 12-oz Striped Bass went for clam.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: May 31, 2014 7:25 PM Subject: Reports from Greg

Guess what? I think a large number of the people who populate your store are just guys like me… we surf fish! I appreciate the information from all the guys with boats to hire but really appreciate the reports from Greg! More from him is much appreciated! ~ Cal, Surf City.


Thanks for the email. I am happy you enjoy my reports. I try to share information here (on the shop’s fishing report page) for all anglers benefit. We have a large cliental that I would estimate is half beach and half boat. There is also a large group that fish both. We post any and all reports that customers/anglers send to us.. We ask that SURF ANGLERS, PLEASE SEND MORE!!! Both good and bad!!! We have many customers in the shop and who ask about fishing with local captains. We also have a lot of local captains who patronize our shop. Posting their reports help other boat anglers as well as provide information to anglers who want to get on a charter without booking months in advance. These boat reports are also very helpful to surf angler to know what’s swimming by. For the most part, what I see and hear in the shop is that boat anglers are much more willing to share information. There is more room to move around so it makes sense. We do have anglers in the shop that provide beach intel but most want to keep their information quite. The last thing someone wants to do is work hard, find a bite and then leak it to the world. It’s unfair and only hurt themselves. For this reason we do not provide pin point catch reports. General locations such as north-end, mid-island and south-end are used to help share where a fish was caught.

Finding a good productive spot to fish is half the fun for me. But access for me is easier because I live on the island. I scout spots as much as possible and then fish them to discover what it has to offer. I am not ashamed to say I had a couple dozen skunked out nights this Spring. Some back to back but I kept hot on the hunt. I fished many sleepless nights, whole tides (six hours straight) and iron man two tides session trying to find fish. I picked at fish on occasion and also got into some phenomenal fishing too. Most nights solo. I am also proud to say that I had three consecutive great nights around the full moon in May. There was a two hour section of the tide that I found and followed. It had quality bass up to 26-lbs stacked up and on the feed. Once the tide slide into sunrise it was over. I lost ’em. Those three nights made it all worth it and gave me the motivation to go back on the hunt to find ’em again. Fishing can be fun. Fishing can be relaxing. Fishing can be hard work. Everyone has busy lives. I know life’s obligations like work and family time needs attention. Just remember a fish picture or a report doesn’t detail the hard work and dedication that the angler might or might not have put in. Some say fishing is luck. I beg to differ.

Tight Lines,

May 31, 2014 ———————————————————————

7:00 AM

The shop is rocking this morning. Lots of anglers heading out to take advantage of the beautiful day and great fishing. If we get any reports we’ll post ’em.

I spent some time fishing early this morning. I got one 16-lb bass just before gray light bucktailing. Once the light poked it turned into a bluefish bonanza. They were small but stacked up thick. I called it quits once the dolphins showed up to the party. ~FishHead.Greg

May 30, 2014 ———————————————————————

3:00 PM

We had a nice gator bluefish weighed in by an angler named George. He was chunking the surf with bunker. A couple reports in the shop about other blues and bass on the beach.

Simply Bassing Update: We had three quality bass weighed in this morning that were caught last night off of the surf on bunker. The biggest was from Cortland Foos who had a 31-lb 5-oz bass. His fish put him into second place right on the heels of Rob Vallone’s. Jason DelPalazzo had a 26-lb 3-oz bass which put him into fourth place (3rd place in Striper Side-Bet). Mike Copeland had a 25-lb 15-oz bass which put him in fifth place.

7:30 AM

No recent weigh-ins here at the shop, but it isn’t for a lack of fish. There’s plenty to get the line tight. There are bass and bluefish on the beach. It is prime time spring fishing here on LBI.

I had a lot of fun fishing yesterday afternoon. I had a “blast” bucktailing fish with the swell. There were lots of blues crashing bait and also some schoolie bass mixed in. I hit a quick the morning session today and released one bass about 14-lbs.

The surf this morning is clean with a beautiful 3-4′ easterly groundswell. It has some power so a little extra lead couldn’t hurt.

~ Fishhead.Greg

We got an email from Stew on the Pez Machine….

Pez Machine Sportfishing — Beachfront’s Hot and Canyons Ready to Explode!

Memorial Day Weekend on Long Beach Island is typically an exciting time and this year was no different. The striped bass have taken up residence within the bunker pods, threshers are being sighted, and the canyons are coming alive!

Not only did Memorial Day Weekend mark the unofficial start of summer, it also saw our first overnighter to the canyon! It was a short trip so the catch numbers don’t appropriately reflect the quality of the tuna fishing but we ended up 6 for 8 on 40-50 pound yellowfins, 2 for 4 on makos (boated a 225 pounder!) and released over 25 blue sharks. The sharking was some of the best action I’ve seen which bodes well for the upcoming months. And the main body of yellowfins to the south we’ve got a lot of action heading our way!

I’ll leave you with two of the more popular trips we offer (in addition to spring striper trips). Keep in mind it’s not everything (Stripers, Fluking, Bluefins, etc) so if you don’t see what you’re looking for give me a call or shoot over an email; if we don’t have a trip that works we’ll customize for your specific needs.

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 609.287.5136

May 29, 2014 ———————————————————————

9:30 AM

Just got word in from numerous customers… “Lots of blues on the beach in Ship Bottom!” Sounds like they are 3-5 pound class and want lures and bait.

Received: May 29, 2014 6:57 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

Memorial Weekend greeted the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association with beautiful weather, and a wide variety of fish were available to make fishing trips productive. Although a nor’easter has hit this week, the upcoming weekend in Beach Haven promises to be a nice one.

Captain John Koegler had a party out of “Pop’s Pride” on a back bay trip and found some nice striped bass and black drumfish. On Sunday afternoon Captain John took the “Starfish” out in the ocean looking for stripers to no avail. He finished the day up on the Garden State South Reef where he caught mostly spiny dogfish up to 37-inches along with some smaller sea bass. Captain Carl Sheppard will be skippering the “Starfish” now and says the fishing is just getting started.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig” Sportfishing opened the fluke season in Great Bay where he reports he had to weed through a bunch of small fish but did manage to put 2 fat fish in the cooler. The next day he went out for drumfish, and despite finding no drum, he managed some nice fluke, bluefish, and nonstop big dogfish. Captain Gary had two trips on Sunday. In the morning his charter put 5 nice fluke in the box, and his night drumfish trip resulted in a 50-pound black drum.

Captain Dave Kreines had Jim Anderson and son Larry out on the “Byte Me” for a post-Memorial Day of fluking. They fished Great Bay using Gulp and spearing for bait. They picked up three keepers to 23-inches along with about a dozen shorts. They also had action on skates and dogfish making it a fun day topped by a fish dinner.

Captain Bob Gerkens brought his boat “Hot Tuna” back to Beach Haven from Morehead City last week, a “50 hour canyon fishing trip” as Bob calls it. In the southern canyons a number of nice Mahi were caught of which 4 were gaffers. They also caught some blackfin tuna and released a 4-foot mako.He reports that he reached a nice warm eddy of water in a more northern canyon which is regularly fished out of Beach Haven. They found schools of both bluefin and yellowfin which they worked until dark. Three former US Marines from North Carolina crewed and fished on the trip north. This might be a good time to look into an offshore charter before the crowds start sailing to the canyons.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 28, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: May 28, 2014 4:43 PM Subject: Mad Ludwig on the Bluefish

With ocean temps right at 60 degrees, Mad Ludwig ran out of LE and north to the Red Tower off Beach Haven this past Sunday on the first fishing trip of the season. Tons of sea life and clean water out there. Light winds and an easterly 3 ft swell. Very nice day for trolling dark colored feathers behind an 8 ounce weight at about 6 knots. Angler Brittany Hyland using light stand up gear, and with help from her spotter Ludwig, boated two nice blues in short order. Here she is on YouTube: Mad Ludwig Bluefish: youtu.be/pslmf_fpK1I ~ Capt Bernie Hyland

Received: May 28, 2014 9:51 AM Subject: AM Fishing

Ideal conditions this a.m. Northeast wind, clean and white water. Landed 25 lb bass and several small blues all on bunker chunks. ~ Paul Bandini

May 27, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: May 26, 2014 8:51 PM Subject: Memorial Day Stripers

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all that made the ultimate sacrifice.

This weekend was all about family and friends! Saturday’s short, early morning trip boated a nice 30lb. bass live lining bunker off IBSP and we were back before 9am for family activities. The fish inhaled the bunker and tore drag for a solid minute before John Figaniak could slow it down.

Sunday I had my 4 year old son, Eric, out for a father/son fluking trip. We only managed shorts but there was some great learning happening and we did manage to fish some new areas that look promising.
Monday we were back on the bass. The mission was to get Bonnie Anne (my wife) her first ever striper. We succeeded and she got a fat 36lb. striper while trolling a stretch in 55ft. of water of bathing beach. Check out the video on you tube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b-U_iTS_4Y

My only remaining dates in upcoming weekends are Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 8th. Get in on this fantastic fishing!

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, Old Barney Charters 267.918.1746

May 26, 2014 ———————————————————————

7:30 PM

Fishing the bay has produces a variety for anglers. There are lots of blues around. The fluke are plentiful and there are still bass in the back waters. We got word that blowfish are here in good numbers too.

The land based fishing on LBI is in its prime! There are quality bass here and the bluefish are also offering lots of fun! The surf, bay and inlet are all producing. Al Asplint reported getting into some fun in the inlet on the rocks, “It went off at inlet this morning everyone was catching for about twenty minutes it was cheating all on Ava’s no tail 007 for me but just about any thing metal worked I had fish too about 8 lbs kept two about 2 to 3 lbs for dinner stuff them with crab meat mmmmmm caught 9 all together saw few flounder caught both keepers on bait nice morning then boats blowing by then it stopped.”

We got some phenminal early season reports from the edge. Before the weekend word on the street is the Spencer was stacked with fish. Now it sounds like the there are fish in the Toms. Jim Perkins pushed offshore and found lots of life. He reported tuna and sharks, “One bluefin 65 lbs and one mako 110 lbs !!! 64 to 69 temp brake in the Toms. Had 3 on but came unbuttoned on the troll and the mako on the chunk along with a couple blue sharks up to 200 lbs.”

Ryan and Avery Ocone a brother /sister fishing team along with thier father Jason’s assistance caught their 1st keeper striped bass this AM in the mid island surf on bunker.

11:45 AM

We just got a fresh bunker delivery. There’s some primo fat backs here for your chunking pleasure! Our clam stock is low. More will arrive tomorrow at some point in the day.

John Parzych weighed in a 23-lb 13-oz 40″ bass this morning. He caught it off of the surf on bunker at about 6am.

Ryan Sherwood put a post of a nice bass on our Facebook page this morning, “Fished the south end of the Island last night with some pretty good action. Here’s a CPR photo for the On the Water catch and release. Fish hit a sassy shad and pulled the boga to 22-lbs. I need to sign up for the tourney. Things are heating up!”

A couple more reports of keeper fluke off of the surf this morning.

Received: May 26, 2014 10:44 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial day weekend with family and friends while giving thanks for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Last weeks fishing was a roller coaster ride with both weather and fishing. Thunderstorms and fog greeted mid week anglers with more moderating weather settling in for the remainder of the week.

The Jay Simmons party was first up facing persistent thunderstorms to our North that had kept us somewhat penned Southward. And if the weather wasn’t enough to deal with the guys went 0 for 4 with bass before ending the day a bit early due to water logged anglers.

The Bill Sauer Party was next up with slightly improving weather conditions but not much better results before a severe thunderstorm warming had us running for the barn.

The Fearsome Foursome were up next with regulars Jay Simmons, Shawn Hawthorne, Karl Steffon and Ernie Rosenberg in morning fog. The “Mighty Thorne” was first to come tight with a beautiful 40lbs bass which hit the ice. As soon as he was back in the action and snagged another bunker again Shawn came tight with yet another large 38lbs bass. Ernie was up next scoring his first fish of the day that pulled the scale down to 35lbs. Karl was up next rearing back on another bass before the hook pulled. Again Shawn was tight with another bass before the hooked pulled ending the battle too early. Jay came tight with a respectable 18lbs bass before closing out the morning with bass. Moving back toward the inlet the guys ended the day with light tackle bluefish action with Karl scoring a 10lb gator before trips end.

The Andrew Reenstra party was up next in some chaotic tournament conditions and a brisk North wind that that proved challenging at best for the new comers to snag bunker. The guys went 0 for 2 on bass before ending the day with just a smattering of light tackle bluefish action.

The Bill Cohen Party was up next for what turned out to be a fruitless search of the Atlantic ocean for bunker which were thick as could be just hours earlier in the day. The troll didn’t provided any better results which had us back at the inlet to close out the day with reliable light tackle bluefish action.

The Dave Cammarata family was greeted with beautiful weather and calm seas to welcome new angler Christina Cammarata . Patience was the key to success as the recorder showed thick schools of bunker had striped bass swimming lazily along with them. Dave [ Dad] was first to come tight with a freight train run off that regretfully ended shortly after when the hook pulled. Christina battled through some prior sea sickness to not only score the first bass of the day but her first bass ever that pulled the scale down to 38lbs!!! Way to go Christina!! Family friend John was up next to end the day with his biggest and another 36lbs.

The John Del Virginia family ended the week looking to bring 9yr old son out for some feisty bluefish action. We no sooner had our first bait in the water and it was game on with bluefish form 3-12lbs. Everyone got in on the NON STOP light tackle action until trips end.

Remember to join us on Facebook to view latest fishing reports, photos and reports and “like us”. I have Thursday and Saturday available for Private of Open Boat for those who would a chance at catching some of the biggest striped bass of the season! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: May 26, 2014 9:56 AM Subject: A few spots open for big stripers

The Hi Flier has been tied to the dock as our family spends every Memorial Day weekend camping in Virginia. We are back in NJ now and ready to resume the hunt for bunker and big stripers. I have two spots open on tomorrow afternoon’s open boat trip, Tues May 27, 1pm to 7 pm. Also the afternoon of Sat June 1 is available, as well as the morning and afternoon trips on Monday June 2.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

Received: May 25, 2014 9:18 PM Subject: 5/25 LBI Charters

Had Andy, Chris, Steve and the Saltman out today for a followup to their trip Tuesday. Guys fished hard weeded through some dogfish, shorts and out of season blackfish to box 55 nice keeper sea bass.

~ Capt. Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

Received: May 25, 2014 7:53 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

With the fluke season opening on Friday (May 23rd), I had a chance to fish for a couple of hours with my 6 year old son Luke on Saturday afternoon – it was a slow, steady pick with two keepers 18.5″ and 19″. The fish had bulging bellies of mantis shrimp. Sunday morning’s charter celebrated Tom Duralek Sr., and brother-in-law Adam Italiano’s birthdays along with Tom Duralek, the crew started with snag/drop bunker dunkin with no-takers – so it was time for the troll. We trolled Maja spoons and ended up putting a beautiful 43″- 33lb striped bass in the boat. 10 minutes later we had the reel screaming, but the fish came undone. It was a slower day with trollers seeming to take most of the fish. June and July fluke dates are started to fill up and after June 20th (school out) – I will run charters – 5 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters 609.290.7709

Received: May 25, 2014 7:31 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Did what I did best this holiday weekend, I stayed away from the crowds in the bay and had my clients signing the blues. Some of these fish are in the 10-12 pound class. It has been several years since I consistently found blues this big in the bay. Both days we landed 20 or more fish with the key factors being water temperature and slime grass. The choppers are feeding best mid-way through the outgoing water with 62 degrees and above when they go on the feed. As far as the slime grass when it pushes throw it can make a spot unfishable within minutes. The blues are spread out through all my fishing areas, including behind the inlet, west side and the flats in between. The attached pic if of Alex Mo from yesterday’s trip. We did manage to squeak out a few short fluke.

~ Capt. Alex, Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

Received: May 25, 2014 7:14 PM Subject: Deep Blue – Awesome Fishing Report Sunday

Kicking Bass and Taking Names!!!! – Limits of Trophy Stripers!

Boy, what a day!! Beautiful weather and plenty of huge stripers for the BIG EYES. Had 6 people aboard today and caught our limit of bass (12) up to 45lbs. We had 4 on at once!!! All bites were on the troll. Smallest fish was 25lbs and most were in the 32-38lb range! EPIC!!! I heard some guys were complaining that the fishing was slow, but not for us!!! Hey sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield! Even Granny was hauling in huge stripers!!!

We need 5 more guys for a OPEN BOAT CANYON FISHING TRIP. $500 per man. We are looking to head out Thursday or Friday depending on the weather. Reports are great with Yellowfin Tuna and Bluefin Tuna being our targets. But who knows when that 400lb mako shark comes to crash your spread! The fish are there, why aren’t you?

~ Capt. Joe Giafaglione, Deep Blue Sportfishing 609.781.0507

May 25, 2014 ———————————————————————

2:30 PM

We had two forty class bass weighed in from the boat… On the left is the Leary’s (father and son) and on the right is Pete Dolly. We also had one bass in the high 30’s weighed in.

Joe Carrino of Brant Beach checked in this 22″ fluke this morning. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on Gulp! Joe said, “I caught a short on my first cast. Then I had to work for this one. Another anglers fishing close by caught a nice blue3fish on bunker.”

Jean Deery Schaum reported on our Facebook page, “Two blues and Two Bass… Fun day at the beach!”

We heard about great fluke fishing in the bay from a number of different customers. Some from Barnegat Bay and some from the Great area.

Also we got word about some sharks. One anglers caught and released a sand tiger off of the surf chunking bunker. Another report came from an angler fishing live bunker. He had a thresher take the bait and put on a show before snapping off.

May 24, 2014 ———————————————————————

2:15 PM

Fluke season opens with a bang! Yesterday’s beautiful five and a half pound fluke weigh in from Russell Short was a surprise. We heard from numerous anglers catching the flatties plugging for bass but we didn’t expect a doormat. Nick Quinn gave us heads up… “Fluke fishing was hot today (yesterday) in the bay. Came away with well over 30 shorts and two keepers.” Nick told us that he was bucktailing the bay up on the north end. He said, ” Most of the fish were 12-20″ but there were a couple bigger ones in the mix.”

Received: May 23, 2014 9:37 PM Subject: Deep Blue Fishing Report 5/23

Friday Morning Stripers and Evening Fluke! It was an early bite this morning for the bass. We had Larry, Jason, Gregg, hooked up just minutes from the inlet. First rod to go off was the Stretch on one of our new Shimano Terez rods paired with a Daiwa Saltist. That fish pulled the hook before we got into the fight. Next up was Larry and he had a hard bite on the spoon and it was fish on! Unfortunately that fish shook the hook out of its mouth. We trolled up to the north and had a fat 35-lb bass inhale a spoon and Gregg was all over it. Hats off to Gregg on his personal best striper! It was a long time coming for him! After a bit more trolling, Jason hooked up into a sweet 32-lb bass on a stretch with the Terez Rod and brought him in like a pro. The bite shut down after 9am for us. We heard of a better bite up by Seaside. All in all a good day on the water with friends and everyone went home with a nice bag of delicious striper meat.

Fluke season is here! I took the flats boat and managed 10 throwbacks in an hour or so. Saw 2 keepers caught next to me. Gulp baits.

Canyon fishing has been very good. There is a massive eddy out there with warm water pushed up into 70 fathoms in some canyons. Reports of Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, and Mako Sharks are coming in. Most Yellowfins were in the 60 lb class. One boat had 7 yellowfin, 2 bluefin and 2 mako sharks!!! Guys had them on poppers in the morning! Now is the time to go! Call me to get a standby list for open boat charters.

~ Capt. Joe Giafaglione, Deep Blue Sportfishing 609.781.0507

May 23, 2014 ———————————————————————

9:00 PM

Lots of quality fish were caught today in the boats. It looks like the anglers fishing the LBI Cup tomorrow will have some great fishing. Dana Bielicki weighed in a 47″ 41-lb bass that she caught in the boat today. We also had a ton of anglers report classy fish on both livelining and plugging the pods as well as trolling.

Ryan Short weighed in this 5.5-lb fluke that he caught off of the surf!

We had a surf angler weigh in a bass and he asked if we could fillet it for him. This is what his belly was stacked with… SAND FLEAS!!!

10:30 AM

We got word that the boat fishing is off the hook this morning!!!! Right on time. It seems every year Memorial Day weekend offers some of the year’s best striped bass fishing. Enjoy!

Received: May 22, 2014 10:21 PM Subject: Stripers

Had Pete Menges and Tom Altman out yesterday afternoon (Wed). We ran just north of the Bathing Beach and found some casually flipping bunker. Minutes after snagging a few baits Pete’s Cabo 80 was screaming, 200 yards non-stop against full drag, didn’t even think this was a bass, I was waiting to get bit off by a thresher shark. While Pete was doing battle, Tom’s bunker is getting crashed on the surface by a second big bass, but that fish is lost after a short time. All the while, a huge finback whale is surfacing and full breaching just offshore of us. It was a very surreal 10 minutes and I got most of it on video:www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxYY7YewKpw Trolling spoons and snagging are both producing 25 to 40 pound fish. It’s a great time of year!

I just added an afternoon open boat for the Tuesday after Memorial Day, Sept. 27, 1 PM to 7PM, $150 per man, 3 people max, all fish are shared. I also have Sun and Mon, June 1 and 2 available for charter or open boat. We will be sailing two trips a day on Sat, Sun, and Mon’s. See you out there,

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

May 22, 2014 ———————————————————————

9:00 PM

Scott L. reported pluggin’ some bass off of the beach on SP minnows. He also reported catching a nice fluke! Opening Day for Summer Flounder is tomorrow, May 23rd! Today we got our first delivery of live minnow. There aren’t many so early bird gets the worm!

Russell Short fished the north end surf this afternoon. He reported catching bass, blues and this 27″ weakfish. He caught most of his fish on metal (Kastmaster) but also got a couple fish on a yellow Bomber.

Rick Wieland of Ship Bottom stopped in the shop late this morning and said, “No fish for me… What’s the deal?” I was surprised because Rick is a long time mid-island surf angler. It has been bonkers this past week. I assumed he was in on the action. We talked and I sent him on his way. Late in the day he stopped back right as we were closing up. This time with a sense of urgency, “You put me on the fish! Quick, unlock the door . I’m out of bait.” I was stoked to hear Rick and his buddy caught some fish, bass and blues.

Captain Jeff Warford fishing with his uncle Mark and cousin Lukas today. They were stopped by the Coast Gaurd hauling out the Inlet at about 5:30am. They told ’em, “Slow no wake!” Boy, they are gonna have their work cut out this summer. After the morning storms the trio got into quality bass. Jeff said there are lots of bunker. We caught live lining bunker and trolling. Our biggest bass was on the troll. Went for a white bunker spoon.” There’s nice bass on both snag and drop as well as trolling. It’s game time!

Received: May 22, 2014 1:04 PM Subject: BHCFA Report May 22

Memorial Day weekend is arriving in Beach Haven for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Usually this is the unofficial start of summer, but thanks to the cool water temperatures, the current bite is more of a spring one.

Black sea bass came back in season on Monday, May 19, and summer flounder are legal once again on Friday, May 23. The big catching news however, revolves around the presence of large numbers of bluefish in all sizes. The bays are filled with schools of 1-3 pound blues racing all over. Little Egg and Beach Haven Inlets have 1-5 pounders. When you get into the ocean, the big choppers can get up to 12 pounds or more.

Pound for pound, there are few fish that can match the fight of a bluefish. Blues less than 5 pounds that have been bled and chilled make for good table fare if eaten fresh.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing was out looking for striped bass but encountered “blues, blues, and more blues.” He reports that he also encountered a couple of dozen big dogfish in the bay. While these are catch and release, big dogfish give a nice fight and often become airborne to add excitement to the fight. Captain Gary reports that he has not yet given up on the stripers and will also be pursuing black drumfish as well as some fluke.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

11:30 AM

Pete Menges stopped in the shop yesterday and picked up a new pair of Grundens Bib Pants. This morning he posted a photo of a really nice bass on our Facebook page with a comment, “Thanks for the new Grundens!” The boat fishing has been phenomenal. There has been classy bass both on the troll and on the bunker pods.

The Inlet fishing has been very good, actually on fire every afternoon. It has been going on a days, well over a week now. Here is a report from Kevin Strikler… “Lots of blues 3-5lbs with occasional larger. Bass mixed in too.” Kevin weighed in an 11-lb 4-oz bluefish yesterday. He caught it off of the rocks on a Tsuanmi school bus talking popper.

The mid-island surf offered a great bite yesterday. See 11:50AM report below. Kyle stopped back into the shop for a third time to pick up more fresh bunker and this time he weighed in a 25-lb bass.

Received: May 22, 2014 5:41 AM Subject: Reel Reaction Charters

NOAA’s forecast for Sunday looks great – light west winds with seas 2-3ft. I had a last minute cancellation, I still have May 25th or May 26th open. If your interested, contact me.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters 609.290.7709

May 21, 2014 ———————————————————————

11:50 AM

Just In… Kyle (think he is or was the manager at Ron Jon’s) just stopped back for his second round of bait. He said the action is hot right now, mid-island surf not far from the shop. “Right now the blues are on bunker!”

11:00 AM

Just had a customer in the shop who reported having some fun in the sun yesterday. He reported catching two bass and one bluefish off of the mid-island surf on bunker and clam.

May 20, 2014 ———————————————————————

8:00 PM

Ten year old Rachel Short caught this striper on her first cast today. She was casting metal off of the north end surf.

Received: May 20, 2014 3:48 PM Subject: 5/20 LBI Charters

Everything was a duplicate today. Stiff, cool west wind, little bumpy ride out and oh yeah boat limit of 60 sea bass and a single cod by Chris and Andy. Only difference today is we were done by 10. Played catch and release with some blackfish in the shallows before heading in.

~ Capt. Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

11:45 AM

Here are three reports we received from customers who were buying bait and tackle earlier today…

Paul Presto of the LBI Fishing Club reported catching a 15-lb drum on clam and a 36″ bass on bunker. Paul was fishing the mid-island surf yesterday morning.

Steve N. stopped in for some wire and circle hooks. He reported a nice bluefish bite off of the surf yesterday on chunks.

A fellow by the name of Linton said he had some fun with the blues on the bayside yesterday around mid-day. He was chunking bunker.

Received: May 20, 2014 10:47 AM Subject: Reel Reaction Fishing Charters Fishing Report

May is the month of fishing possibilities, and with family/HS coaching obligations out of the way – we’re ready. Weekly afternoon trips will start next week. I did have a chance to check out the Striped Bass scene and my father (Mike) ended up putting a beautiful 44″ 35lb Striped bass in the boat – his personal best.The fish was caught in the morning and went for a white Maja spoon trolled off Barnegat Light. The morning bite has been a little slow, but from what I heard the afternoon bite has been much better. Most of the bait has been scattered, so trolling has been the means of putting them in the box.

Reminder, fluke opens this Friday 5/23 (5 fish @ 18inches) – that’s another option. And I have the last of my spring seminars tonight (Free to Public) at Shooter’s Sporting Center in off Exit 58 GSP (5/20/14 @ 7pm to 8pm) on backbay, inlet, and ocean fluke tactics. I don’t spot-burn, but general locations and tactics will be discussed.

Regarding trips, I will start running afternoon trips next week (3pm to 7pm? or 8pm?) and have some weekend dates left for either Striped Bass (ocean) or Backbay (fluke, bluefish, blowfish) in May. June and July fluke dates are started to fill up and after June 20th (school out) – I will run charters 7 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters 609.290.7709

7:00 AM

Get into the phenomenal fishing LBI has to offer. The weather is great and fish are here. Keep your eyes up! The lights are on!!!

Received: May 19, 2014 9:05 PM Subject: Old Barney Charters Fishing Report

Got out for first trip of the year on a shakedown run and boated a 33# that stretched out to 40”. Fish was caught in 45ft. off BB and went for a red headed Mann’s stretch on an umbrella. Trolled spoons but didn’t get a touch on them. Bait was spread out with the occasional tight bait ball. Weekends are my only option until school is out towards end of June. Last weekend of May and beginning weekends of June are open. Stripers, seabass, fluke, blowfish are all options. Check us out and hope to see you aboard this year.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, Old Barney Charters 267.918.1746

Received: May 19, 2014 7:04 PM Subject: LBI Charters

Headed out for sea bass opener with Vince and Steve along with Kev playing hookie from school. Boys went to work and put a boat limit of 60 sea bass in the boat by 11 with the largest going 4.5 lbs. Add in a cod and 6 or 8 3 to 6 lb blackfish that had to go back and we are off to a good start.

~ Capt. Greg Carr, LBI Charters 631.300.6413

May 19, 2014 ———————————————————————

2:00 PM

We just ran out of bunker and five minutes later one of today’s deliveries show up. Freshies in the box!

Another great day weather wise. No weigh-ins here at the shop as of yet. It is worth saying it again. Yesterday and for that matter the entire weekend was fishy. The boats smoked ’em off of IBSP and the anglers fishing the bay and surf were into ’em.

This morning store staffer Steve-o helped out a customer gearing up for the surf. Steve-o gave him heads, “(up that) the mid-island surf has produced and would be a great choice. No need to drive the whole island.” We got a call back, “Tell the bearded guy behind the counter thanks! He pointed me in the right direction. I got a 36″ bass on clam not far from the shop.”

Yesterday John and Mike Bonner fished the mid-island surf with clam. Two stripers and two drum!

We got word from a customer that there are fluke in the wash. He plugging (caught and released) 5 nice size fluke yesterday morning off of the surf.

The easterly long period ground swell that I spoke about on May 17th report is here. It is pulsing and offer great white water with very clean conditions.

Received: May 19, 2014 9:04 AM Subject: Blues are here

Blues on the surf this past weekend. Medium size but I caught a few, mainly on clam, mid island. Couple of blow fish as well. Comin’ down for Memorial day weekend, look’n’ for some rod bendin’ on the surf ! ~ Robert Gernert

May 18, 2014 ———————————————————————

8:30 PM

Today was a great day. Phenomenal weather topped off with lots of fish that were on the chew! Both the boat anglers and surf anglers got into fish. There was a morning bite. There was an afternoon bite and there was a beutiful sunset with a bite. Great fishing on LBI!

Matt Perilli caught his first keeper bass today. He caught it off of the mid-island surf this morning on clam. He also reported catching a couple other shorts. We had a bunch of other weigh ins today but it was so crazy in the shop the notes got mixed up and lost in the shuffle. Apologies to those anglers that are looking for the names.

Rudy Egbert weighed in a 47.5″ 42.25-lb bass this afternoon. He caught it trolling off of Island Beach State Park. He said he caught a couple other classy bass.

Joe Handley stopped in as we were closing up. He picked up some bait and gave us heads up about last night. He said, “After a 61 hour work week I was looking striper fishing. I took out six people, five first timers and four young women to give it a try. My goal was to help them find some fish and get a new generation of surf rats pointed in the right direction.” Point them in the right direction he did!!! Joe got em into fish. Denise from Mantua caught her first ever striped bass, a 45″ linesider on bunker! Joe also reported other bass, one on a NorthBar plug.

Received: May 18, 2014 8:17 PM Subject: Quality Stripers on Spoons…

Mid weeks weather was a bit on the nasty side with wind driven rain and cool temps but by the end of the week things moderated nicely and the fish responded accordingly. The backbay continues to offer light tackle opportunities for blues [2-10lbs] and schoolie bass while the ocean is finally offering up quality striped bass [40+lbs] both on the troll and live bait [when thick enough to snag].

As with previous years when the schools of bunker were too thin to snag we have continues to employ and score with Tony Maja Bunker Spoons and Rods. Both Green and white #4 spoons have served us well and continue to do so.

Fluke and seabass season opens up and we will be adding that to our “Things to do” list for those interested. Remember to join us on face book for latest reports and photos.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: May 18, 2014 5:45 PM Subject: Big Stripers

It’s on! That’s the report. If you’re reading this, you need to react. We all caught them today. This morning we hooked four and boated none. All on bunker spoons. Sounds awful I know, it was, but I was able to convince, OK, beg my afternoon trip to go out and try instead of our planned bay trip. We bagged a 25 , 30, and 35 pounder in just two hours of trolling and all was right with the world again. We decked the biggest one and ran
back to the bay to crush 3 to 4 pound blues on topwaters and 10 pound spinning gear. Outside all the action was 5 to 7 miles north of the inlet in 60 feet of water pulling white and chartreuse Maja spoons. I have one spot left on tomorrow’s (Mon) open boat, 6am to noon and now with the wide open afternoon bite for two days in a row, I am adding an afternoon trip 1pm to 7pm tomorrow (Mon), Wed, and Thurs. $150 per person, 3 people max. Wind and sea conditions look good for the whole stretch. If you want to catch 25 to 40 plus pound stripers. …go now!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

Received: May 18, 2014 4:25 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Made it out for my first trip of the season today. Started out chasing weakies in their spring time haunts to no available. The recent heavy rains may have turned off the bite due to the influx of a lot of fresh water into the bay. Switching over to bluefish we were not disappointed, which is an understatement. Blues from 2 to 8 pounds were eager to smash topwater plugs in the shallows. Three feet of water, light tackle and an 8 pound blue is about as topnotch action as you can get. In those shallow flats blues have no were to run but out! Here is a photo of Dave Werner from Manahawkin with one of the blues he landed. Fluke season opens the Friday the 23th. With fluke no coming into the mix the backbay action is only going to get better with a backbay Grand Slam (striper, blue, weakfish, and fluke) now within reach. I am going to grab it, how about you? Still have
a few weekend dates available this month and as always available for afternoon / evening trips.

~ Capt. Alex, Lighthouse Sportfishing 609.548.2511

3:00 PM

It has been crazy in the shop today. Lots of customers and lots of reports. Wish we could list them all but there were far too many. It’s a good thing we have here right now.

Robert Balaszow of Southampton weighed in a 17.1-lb bass and Vince Zoppina weighed in a 35.5″ 14.05-lb bass. Both were caught off of the mid-island surf.

10:00 AM

Lots of talk about great fishing in the shop so far this weekend. The fish have the island circled up. There are still quality drum here in the bay from mid-island to the south end as well as Great Bay. One report came in yesterday from an angler who fished the ICW in Beach Haven. He reported chumming clam for bass, “Caught one nice drum about 20-lbs and two bass.” We have also had guys asking for bushels of clam. Please call ahead to reserve. Bluefish are scattered around the bay. They are as far deep as the causeway bridges. Yesterday we had a “gram’r” post a photo on our Instagram page with a caption, “Bluefish thanks to the fresh bunker from Fisherman’s Headquarters.” The blues are cruising the inlet and offering creepers lots of fun.

Plentiful surf action! The past week has been phenomenal. Expect it to continue!

Father and son team Robert and Brandon Page of Browns Mills caught this morning. They weighed in a pair of bass from the mid-island surf on bunker. One 32″ 11.5-lbs and one 37″ 16.8-lbs.

Sign Up for Simply Bassin’ Surf Tournament and try your luck at catching some dinner and winning some cash for a side dish.

It is that time of year again. Speed limits have been reduced and any day the lights along Long Beach Boulevard will be turned on. Word on the street is May 19th. Pay attention and use caution when approaching all intersections. Way too many drivers blow through the lights stuck in the winter time tunnel vision no light mind set.

May 17, 2014 ———————————————————————

9:00 PM

Just before closing we got a delivery of today’s live surf clam catch. The early birds in the morning will have premium fresh bunker and live clams. It is going to be a really nice day. Go get ’em!

Mike Sutton posted on our Facebook page earlier today, “Blues are in!!! Get’m while there hot!!!”

Received: May 17, 2014 7:11 PM Subject: Deep Blue Sportfishing Report

The Trophy Stripers Are Here NOW!!!

What a Day!!! Went 4 for 5 on Stripers up to 35lbs 8oz!!! We were fishing on our Custom 45′ Hatteras trolling out of Barnegat Inlet. The fish were 29lbs, 32 lbs, 34lbs and 35lbs. We pulled off another slob near the boat. The bunker were thick the other day, but the rain and giant swell has scattered the masses a bit. Also, there are some SLAMMER BLUEFISH around up to 20lbs. Had some good marks but hooked all the stripers with the sounder screen barren. On a side note, WE ARE CURRENTLY IN 1ST PLACE FOR THE NJ BEACH AND BOAT TOURNAMENT. The Bass are here. Why are you sitting at home wondering when is a good time to go on a STRIPER CHARTER? The time is now and we are available all of next week! www.DeepBlueSportfishing.com or call Capt. Joe at 609-781-0507 to get in on the action!

~ Capt. Joe Giafaglione, Deep Blue Sportfishing 609.781.0507

Received: May 17, 2014 6:48 PM Subject: Bay Blues and Open Boat Stripers

Fished the bay today as planned. Caught nothing with the fresh clams and chum on the blowfish grounds, tried two spots without a hit. Switched over to blues and got into them all day. Two to four pounders trolling plugs on the 10 pound spinning rods between the BB and BI buoys. Tried casting them for a little while and we had some blow up on our poppers but it wasn’t consistent so we went back to trolling and the rods kept bending. Anchored up this afternoon in Oyster Creek for a little while with the clams and had a screaming runoff and hookup on what was either a nice bass or big bluefish but pulled the hook early in the battle.

I was scanning six different channels on the VHF and there was a good amount of chatter on an afternoon bite that was happening up off the Bathing Beach with good size bass and more big blues. I still have room on tomorrow’s (Sun) open boat striper and blues trip as well as one spot on Monday’s. Both trips will be out in the ocean pursuing big bass and blues on bunker spoons and snagging bunker. See earlier post for details.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

5:30 PM

Earlier today, Joe Lallo weighed in a 13.5-lb bluefish. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker.

Just a heads up, most bait and weigh surf anglers reported back that certain spots needed 8-10+ oz to hold. The groundswell is still pulsing in but will ease. So far today we received two deliveries of bunker. They are plentiful and primo right now! Currently we are low on live shell clam; however, we expect a delivery before we close tonight.

9:00 AM

It was fun and rewarding fishing the weather! Hopefully you got in on the action. So many anglers hit the surf to take advantage of the full moon and the first real stretch of “fishing weather” this spring run. The buzz in the shop has been bass and blues in the wash. One angler stated, “I released about a hundred pounds of striped bass the other night.” As everyone can see from the reports below, the bite turned on a number of days back. It is mid-May and it’s prime time spring fishing here on Long Beach Island. Get out and enjoy the water!

The front finally crept east and cleared out. Expect the light westerly this morning to pick up to a nice breeze. There’s a east-southeast groundswell in the water dumping on the sandbars. The buoy read 6 foot at 7am. The swell will be strongest early and slowly fading to about 2-3′ on Sunday. Monday expect a pulse of longer period easterly swell with a possible slight increase in size. With it expect phenomenal white water and clean surf. Bring extra lead. Pleasant weather with westerly winds in the forecast for the remainder of the weekend and into the early week. Fish On!

May 16, 2014 ———————————————————————

11:00 AM

Steve George of the Berkley Striper Club checked in a nice 40.5″ 26.5-lb bass this morning. He caught it on an SP Minnow fishing the mid-island surf last night.

Chris C. hit the surf yesterday. He reported back to us a short while ago, ” Three bluefish. Got one on my first cast. No stripers.”

We got a report emailed in from Jeff Fiedeldey. He fished yesterday evening, “Lots of 8-10 pound blues at the inlet by the light house – a few small stripers too.”

~ Jeff Fiedeldey 5/15 6:00 P.M.

Received: May 15, 2014 7:10 PM Subject: Fishing

Looking to get out this Sat, Sun, and Mon, May 17, 18, and 19. There were lots of gator blues up at the Bathing Beach before the recent weather prevented us from getting back. I know of two good size bass on the bunker spoons in the mix, as well, not on our boat, but in the same fleet. It looks like the wind finally comes around to the west on Saturday, but I think it will take most of the day to lay down that heave from the south/southeast. So, we will fish the bay on Saturday. She’s coming around to the northwest for Sunday and Monday, our best fishing wind for both action and flat water, so we will look to get out in the ocean for stripers and blues. I’m going to pack some lighter conventionals in case we feel like tackling some of those big bluefish on lighter gear.

Beyond, these three days coming up, the only other May date I have available is Tues, May 27, the day after Memorial Day. Saturday, May 17 will be a 6 hour bay trip, 6AM to Noon. I will be stocked with fresh clams, sandworms, and chum logs looking for kingfish and blowfish on the west side of the bay. We will also throw poppers on the flats for blues and soft plastics in the channels for weakies. We could also go on the drift with some sandworms for schoolie stripers and weaks. We’re going to do a little bit of everything to try and bend the rods. Sunday and Monday, May 18 and 19, if the weather stays true to the forecast, we will be heading out the inlet cruising up the beach looking for bunker, stripers, and blues. We will be armed with the bunker spoon rods as well as snagging gear. 6AM to Noon.

All trips limited to 3 people. $150 per person. Everything is provided. Call to reserve a spot. These dates are also available for your own private charter. See you out there~

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

May 15, 2014 ———————————————————————

3:00 PM

Eric Johnson of Surf City caught a nice fish today! It’s the first forty we have heard about from the surf. Eric gave the report to store staffer Steve-o with a text message and a photo. The photo clearly showed its size but it wasn’t the best lighting/quality so we opted not to post. Eric’s fish was 43-lbs!!! He caught it off of the surf on bunker.

Received: May 15, 2014 1:28 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been getting a taste of the developing fishing season, but recognize the best fishing should be arriving any day soon.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” spent some time on the waters of Great Bay recently looking for striped bass. He reports the water was calm but his thermometer registered only 52-degrees. That was enough to chill off the striper bite, but he managed to put together a nice catch of feisty bluefish. Captain Gary says they took a few of the blues home for fresh fish on the grill. He also noted a few boats drifting live eels in his area but says none of them managed to pick up any bass.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports the boat is now in the water and will be in Beach Haven by this weekend to do some fishing. He passed along the word that his mate Ryan Schramm and fishing friend Sean found some nice black drum in the bay as well as some short striped bass on Mother’s Day. They were fishing in the waters off Beach Haven in about 6-feet of water.

The captains are putting together the final touches on the curriculum for the 2014 Junior Mates Program. There are some new twists this year including a special sponsorship from Berkley Fishing. Berkley will be donating quite a few fishing supplies to the junior mates as they progress through the course.

The program runs for several weeks and covers a wealth of material necessary for a mate to learn. The youngsters will learn many facts about fishing and especially how to become a qualified mate. Interested candidates ages 13 and older are welcome to register. Complete information and registrations forms on the Junior Mates Program can be found at the association’s website at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

9:00 AM

This morning we had a weigh in from Bill of Manahawkin. He checked in a 32″ 13lb bass that he caught off of the surf on clam.

Yesterday, Terry Griffith of Little Egg weighed in this 46.75″ 37.85-lb bass. He caught it off of the surf on the south end of the island on clam. Terry said, “Luckily I had my drag set right. It bit and took off like a freight train. I got it into the break a couple times but it kept pulling. It was a great 15-20 minute fight.

Received: May 14, 2014 8:49 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – 2 Spots Open for Thursday Afternoon

Who wants to fish this afternoon?

Hi Folks,
I have 2 spots open for tomorrow Thursday afternoon 3-8pm. We will be targeting bass, blues and weakfish with artificials and bait all on light spinning tackle! Join and meet new friends other enthusiastic anglers for some well deserved time out on the brine! All rods, tackle, bait and fish cleaning included. Call only 609-290-1217 $120.00pp.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

May 14, 2014 ———————————————————————

11:00 AM

Last night Rob Vallone chunked the surf. He reported lots of wind and white water with a heavy sweep. He said there was lots of grass but he weeded through it and got some fish. Three blues and a quality bass. “Great fight! I happy I had my VS275!” Robbie hung the bass at the shop this morning checking it in for the Simply Bassin’ Surf Tournament, 31-lbs 14-oz. See photo. He is the current leader.

New VS Power Grip Knobs are in. Most all pre-orders shipped yesterday. Any one looking to upgrade a handle knob on their VS reel (with fit some other reels with a slight modification) can order online. Any question? Call or email to the shop.

I spent some time yesterday meeting with the guys from Shimano. We looked at some new products that are coming out very soon. I’m stoked that Shimano will soon release a new “surf system” aka rod and reel that is application specific tailored to surf fishing anglers. It is all due out this June. So keep your eyes peeled.
We’ll have the full line of rods and reels as well as a shop demo combo that anyone can take out and try for themselves. If you want to know a little more about the rods and reels please read on…

I am excited to say that I was contacted a couple years back by a Shimano engineer who said he was coming to the northest to fish and study the market. I know he traveled all around the northeast to learn what we demand and how each area requires somewhat different features. While here we talked about rods and reels.
His English wasn’t the best but more that enough for us to communicate effectively. We hashed out the good and the bad and I pointed out what I’d like to see. He left me with a proto-type and said, “Fish! Get wet! Get sandy! Don’t wash! Send back to me.” And I did. That night I was into small-medium size blues on just about
every cast on SP’s. The tide slacked and I caught a teen size bass but the bite died with the turn of the tide. A couple other trips during my field test period produced fish and I put the reel to work. When the date came to send back the reel I was kind of bummed but happy to know eventually the production model would come. I
gave my input and from what I saw yesterday they listened. The reel had/has a great drag capability with very good range. The radical drag curve took a little getting used to. It also had/has optimal gearing for fast line pickup in windy and heavy current conditions as well as cranking power to beat fish in big water. I would have
liked to slammed a big fish but its didn’t happen. Three unique feature that stood out: it was light weight, had a tall yet shallow long cast spool design which allows the line to shed freely throughout every cast and a slow oscillation that puts down an amazing line lay. Both of these are for the utmost casting distance, which is a
theme for the system. The reel I field tested ended up being an Ultegra… Basically a modified the Aero Technium (coming soon to the USA too at $739.99) which is a stand out distance carp fishing reel in the European market. From what I am told they just made a couple of changes after feed back from their pro-staff and field testers in the north east. The Ultegra is an affordable reel at $209.99 for the 10k size and $189.99 for the 5.5k size. They also offer the 5.5k size with the CI4+ construction for the most lightweight approach (15.9oz), $319.99.

The system isn’t complete without Shimano’s new addition of an updated Tiralejo Surf Series. I was a big fan of the old Tiralejos. Their action was phenomenal offering great fishability and effortless casting with good recovery and distance. Lots of guys complained that they were a little on the heavy side but they were super
durable. The Tiralejos had the power to stop classy fish without folding over like a noodle. Shimano’s Tiralejo surf rod series was the first production rod (that I know of) on the market that utilized Fuji’s LC concept guides and now their new updated Tiralejo Surf Rods for 2014 will be the first production rods on the market that (I
know of) utilizing Fuji’s ground breaking KR Concept PROPERLY. Properly is the key here. You’ll find these rods are laid out right (with Fuji BKWAG’s, K Frame, “A” for Alconite Rings) and in turn allow the blanks performance to shine unhindered, casting cast like a dream. I was bombing lures with very little effort. The 10’6″
shoots an SP minnow and the 12′ rockets a big NorthBar Pencil effortlessly a county mile. The 11′ conventional prototype was also casting bombs matched up with a Tranx. I can’t wait to get a hold of the 9’6″ when it is released. Anglers will find a full range (9’6″,10’6″, 11′ 12′) of Shimano Tiralejo rods with power and tapers
specifically what surfcaster’s demand. Shimano’s new blank construction utilizes a unique layup for obscene casting distance potential, increased hoop strength and power while still offering great sensitivity. The simple sleek build is classy and stealth. These rods all have the ability to compete with the best rods in the world and
quite frankly might out compete both performance and affordability. With a rock solid warranty and dependable availability (that Shimano is known around the world for) these rods will be something all surfcaster’s should take a look at. I’m looking forward to hooking some fish on these once they hit the shop. All of the rods retail at
$299.99. We expect the rods and reels to arrive in about a month or less.

~ Fishhead.Greg

May 13, 2014 ———————————————————————

3:45 PM

Fresh bunker just arrived!

3:30 PM

Eric Richardson of Mt. Holly weighed in this good eating striper today. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on clam.

2:45 PM

Bait Update: Despite the wind one clam boat went out this morning. We got the call early saying no clams but it turns out we got ’em. We have a good supply of premium juicers in the shell and expect our stock to last into tomorrow. As far as bunker… we wait. Still have a couple primos left from yesterday’s catch but they’ll be gone soon.

9:00 AM

Store staffer Steve-o fished yesterday afternoon after work. He reported back that he smashed the blues, one after the other on lures. We also got another great report from an angler who requested to stay anonymous. He said, “It was on! Had fish almost every cast. All racer blues chomping hard. It was epic!”

A customer was in the shop this morning who reported catching some quality weakfish on the bayside. He said the classic bubblegum Fin-s is the ticket.

There’s plenty of fish to catch with lures; bass, blues and weakfish… but for the bait guys unfortunately our current bait situation is weak. The outlook doesn’t look good with the cranking north-northeasterly wind right now . This morning the clam boats did not go out. Our fresh bunker delivery yesterday is still holding but will run out sometime today. We hope to see more soon. FYI this will be the only report today.

May 12, 2014 ———————————————————————

6:30 PM

We just got a small fresh load of premium bunker but unfortunately we ran out of fresh clam. We expect to have more clams tomorrow around mid-day.

Jeff Warford and store staffer Blake headed back out today to where Jeff left ’em bitting yesterday. This time they went prepared to have lots of fun. Popping rods and top water lures were the weapon of choice. Blake reported having a blast with classy bluefish smashing poppers all around the boat. He also mentioned that there was lots of bunker! Blake reported some water temperature readings, “Inlet 55, Beach 52, Further off where we slammed the blues 55-56 degrees.”

We heard through the grapevine that some blues hit the beach today. No photos or weigh ins.

Received: May 12, 2014 4:47 PM Subject: Reel Reaction Fishing Report

The bite that was starting to materialize prior to the heavy rains we received last week – has resumed. The change in salinity from the influx of rainwater into the bays and runoff generally will shut the bite for a few days until the salinity levels equalize. The late night bite bayside have produced striped bass and weakfish. The other night I fished from land and bailed a fat 19″ and 21″ weakfish that both took some drag – fish caught on bucktail (pink) tipped with pink Berkley gulp worked slow, and close to the bottom.

I will be wrapping up the last of my seminars for the spring: May 20th 7-8pm @ Shooter’s Sporting Center, and June 13th 7:30-8:30pm @ Village Harbor Fishing Club. The seminars will focus on tactics for targeting fluke in the bays, inlets, and ocean.

On a charter note, and believe me I’m chomping at the bit to get out. My responsibilities as a high school athletic coach are coming to a close as the team nears the end of our season (May 20th). With that – Fishing takes priority!! I will be looking to get out for some afternoon trips 3-7? or 3-8? for some back-bay action or even take a run at some ocean stripers. Once the school year ends, I will be running trips 7 days a week (morning or afternoon) until September. I still have the last weekend in May available, and once fluke season opens on May 23 we will start to target fluke as another option. So if your interested give me a ring (609-290-7709) or book through the website (www.reelreactioncharters.com). Again, bait, tackle, and gear included on all of our chartered trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Sportfishing 609.290.7709

11:30 AM

We got word yesterday from boat guys fishing the ocean side. One report came from a guy (Mark) who trolled off of the beach IBSP. He caught a nice 22″ fluke on a white bunker spoon in 55 foot of water. Mark reported also catching a pair of 7-8lb bluefish but no bass. Mark said the water temp was 57 degrees. Another boat report came from Jeff Warford. He was out on the water yesterday doing the same thing as Mark, trolling in search of bass. Jeff reported searching along the beach. He found lots of bait but no linesiders. He decided to take a cruise further offshore and look for shark bait aka bluefish for the upcoming tournaments. He said, “Lots of life 3-6 miles off! Bunker, whales and gator bluefish. Jeff trolled up blues from 5-12lbs until his arms fell of. Jeff said it was an epic solo trip. He reported that on his way in is saw black drum tailing in the bay.

Store staffer Blake hit the bayside after work yesterday. He fished poppers into the sunset and had some fun. Blake reported catching some treble tweaking racer blues.

Kristi Reillo Cooper post (on our Facebook page) a photo of a surf caught bluefish yesterday.

Jean Deery Schaum followed up with another report from her action yesterday. She said she enjoyed the beautiful day yesterday catching bluefish and blowfish. Good to know the puffers are still up there.

May 11, 2014 ———————————————————————

4:00 PM

Steve and Andrew just stopped in the shop to re-up their precious metal supply. While here they gave us a run down on their day went today. They said, “Started off the day on the surf. It was dead. Not a touch on bunker or clam. After a couple hours we picked up and moved to the Inlet. We roped the blues up their. All on metal. Non stop fish from 2-5-lbs for acouple hours!”

We received a couple nice posts on our shop’s Facebook page today… One was from Jean Deery Schaum who posted, “My first of the season… 32″ blue!” The other was from Laura Compton who posted,”Bluefish on LBI 11-lbs 33″, caught on bunker yesterday” Thanks ladies for the photo and post! Keep up the catching!!!

John Trotto posted on our Facebook page yesterday, “Left my fishing bag in the lot by the South Jetty Inlet. Please message me if anyone finds it. All I want back is my eyeglasses. Thanks If any one has it please send us an email or give us a phone call. We will reach out to John if the finder doesn’t go onto Facebook. Thanks

Received: May 11, 2014 1:19 PM Subject: May 11 Report

Got some bunker from the shop this morning and caught a 26” blue. Few missed hits as well. Waiting out dead low then going back at it. ~ William N.

12:00 PM

Another load of fresh bunker arrived about an hour ago. Not sure how long it is going to last. So act fast.

Store staffer Rob reported chunking last night. He said he was covered up in spiny dog fish. He managed one bluefish.

8:30 AM

The early birds rejoiced. Unfortunately the bunker went really fast. Expecting more bunker by mid day.

Received: May 11, 2014 7:40 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – First Barnegat Bay Slam Scored!!!

Thunder storms, dense morning fog and finally mild temps greeted us at the dock this week but regardless of the weather conditions anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea managed a mix of schoolie stripers , first of the year bluefish and some the best early season quality weakfishing that we have seen in years! The first couple Barnegat Bay Slam were also scored by anglers as well. Here is a photo of a nice weakfish caught in the “mountains of” Barnegat bay.

Steve Perich form Hershey Pa. started the week delayed by a fast moving thunderstorm. Leaving the dock shortly after the storms had past off we went to our first stop where Steve managed some striped bass action upon arrival. Moving over toward the inlet no sooner did the bait hit the bottom and were into fish for the next 1 hour before the bite shut down and ending our day.

The Jeff Hayes Party was up next in thick “morning fog” that lasted all day to enjoy a mix of stripers, blues and quality weakfish in the 3-7lbs range. Before trips the guys scored our first of the season Barnegat Bay slams!!!

The Daryle Marion party was up next scoring more beautiful quality weakfish and a smattering of topwater bluefish action before trips end.

The action should only get better from here as we finally have a moderating weather pattern in place! I have this Thursday 15th and Friday 16th afternoon – [ 3-8pm] available for open or private charters for anyone interested in getting in on the action.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

May 10, 2014 ———————————————————————

7:30 PM

Just a short while ago we sold out of fresh bunker. Don’t fret! We expect a delivery tonight. The early birds will have primos!

A customer just stopped in and was bummed we sold of fresh meat (bunker). He said he was into 5-6-lb blues all day in the surf. He reported hammering the blues on cut bunker and catching blowfish on clam. No bass.

4:00 PM

Don Schroetter of Ship Bottom just weighed in a 17.35-lb bass. He caught if a short while ago off of the mid-island surf on clam.

FYI Grunden’s new series for 2014, the Balder is in! The Balder series is set to be one of the best selling garments this year!! Stop by and check out the amazing set of rain gear.

2:00 PM

Just in… a fresh load of live surf clams, live eels as well as blood and sand worms.

7:30 AM

Plenty of fish on the beach! Mostly schoolie shorts but there are nice keeper bass being caught. Also in the mix… a couple Bluefish, Kingfish and Blowfish.

First fish was weighed in yesterday for the Simply Bassin’ Spring Surf Tournament. The angler was George Konowal of the LBI Fishing Club. His 40″ bass weighed in at 19-lbs 01-oz. This morning store stafferSteve Wolfschmidt checked in the second bass, a 19-lbs 5-oz. Both fish were caught on bunker.

Ryan D. and Matt B. stopped in yesterday on their way to the surf. Ryan sent a message that he caught a striped one on a Rapala shortly after wetting his line.

Al Asplint hit the surf yesterday. He reported lots of fish in tight to the beach. Also caught three kingfish and a blow fish. He said, “Lots of subtle hits.You gotta scale down the hook size and hold the rod.”

Jeff Warford stroked ’em again yesterday. He said it was super calm, very foggy and the bass were on the chew. Again it was all topwater and soft baits. All schoolie bass, no weakfish, no bluefish.

May 9, 2014 ———————————————————————

5:30 PM

Fresh Bunker is here!

4:30 PM

Just got the call… Fresh Bunker is on its way here now. We should have them in less than one hour.

12:00 PM – Nice Day for Fishing!!!

It started off with very light onshore wind with a foggy over cast sky. Now at noon the flag is still limp and the bay is a sheet of glass. I’m sure the flats are going off! The small 2-3′ SE swell offers a little white water for the surf guys. Can’t ask for better fishing conditions. So far this morning we have had a lot of anglers getting live surf clams before heading up to the surf. A few guys reported about their last outing. The general theme was schoolie bass. There was talk again of acouple bluefish and blowfish by different customers.

Yesterday before hitting the bay in the late afternoon, Jeff Warford stopped in the shop. While here he met Dave from Tormentor Tackle. Dave hooked em up with a neck gator. Dave said, “Take your pick. Just do me a favor. Wear it and catch fish! You’ll love it.” Jeff picked the pink camo and said thanks to Daves. About an hour later Jeff emailed this photo.

Jeff said, “The Tourmentor Neck Gator is great. It keeps the wind and sun off your face. It was nasty on the bay and the gator was clutch. It kept me warm. It was a life saver because I would have froze without it.” Jeff reported finding a good pack of fish and picking off a number of bass on topwater poppers and soft baits. He said the bite was hot but short lived mostly due to the hard wind and chop. “We moved around and found some more life but nothing special. Targeting the schoolie bass on light tackle is blast.” There is weakfish in the mix to so your in for a surprise!

May 8, 2014 ———————————————————————

2:00 PM

Live clams here, but no fresh bunker until mid to late day tomorrow.

10:15 AM

We expect live clams later today.

As reported on our fishing report yesterday (as it was happening) there was a really good bite off of the surf. Shawn Hawthorne gave us heads up with a call and then followed up today with a report and pictures. Shawn reported catching almost 40 bass and blues in a few hours yesterday afternoon/evening, “We had fish biting like mad dogs until we ran out of bait!” It all went down on the mid-island surf with clam and worm. Here is two photos from yesterday, one is Dennis Reed with a “yellow eye” (bluefish) and the other is a doubled up high-low rig.

Received: May 8, 2014 9:05 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are now booking charters and “open boat” trips for a variety of fish both in the inshore ocean waters and in the bay. Early in the fishing season many anglers may not be ready to book a full charter. With an “open boat” trip, the fishermen pay on an individual basis and will be part of a party with other enthusiastic anglers. It is a great way to cut the expenses and still get a great day on the water.

Over the past several days both the striped bass and black drumfish have finally responded to the rising water temperatures. Both bass and drum are being caught in the waters just inside Little Egg Inlet and up to the mouth of the Mullica River in the Graveling Point area. In these areas the preferred method of fishing so far has been putting out a healthy slick of clam chum and fishing with fresh clams on the hooks. Circle hooks are advised for this fishing at this point due to the high numbers of undersized bass that are around. Most of the drumfish have been in the 20-30 pound range but some have been boated that were close to 50-pounds. There are bluefish scattered around the bay also with some showing up in the clam chum and others being caught by boats trolling small spoons in the area of the Middle Grounds. There are pods of bunker in the ocean waters close to the beaches of Long Beach Island, but there do not seem to be any bass under them. The bass that have been caught thus far in the ocean have been caught while trolling with bunker spoons and umbrella rigs.

Additional information on the association and its captains and boats can be found at www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 7, 2014 ———————————————————————

5:30 PM

And it is on! It really feels like fishing season now. Phone is blowing up bait is flying and fish are hitting the scales.

James Jones of Mt. Holley weighed in a 34″ 12-lb 9-oz bass. He reported catching the linesider on clam. He said that he also dropped a fish and released a short.

Shortly after James weighed in we got a call asking what time we were open until (7pm). The caller said he had a fish was its way. It turns out it was a beautiful bass…

Todd Avery of the Merchantville Fishing Club weighed in a 40.5″ 26-lb 10oz striper. Todd reported heading out looking for some blues with bunker. He obviously found something much larger!

Shawn Hawthorne gave us a courtesy call… “I’m up on the mid-island beach and I’m into fish! There is a good bite going down. Doubled up on hi/lo rigs with clam!”

3:30 PM

Like many of us, I am waiting for the classy spring run. But I’m putting my time in now and taking full advantage of what early season fishing has to offer. The biggin’s will show up soon but until then the bay is full of life! I’ve had a blast the last few evening/night. Small bass but lots of action light tackle plugging style. ~ Fish Head Greg

Received: May 7, 2014 2:48 PM Subject: Deep Blue Fishing Report – Hot Striper Bite!!!

Stripers are snappin’, 9 Keepers to 25lbs!!!| I took the Flats Boat to Raritan Bay yesterday looking for the bunker schools. I got there a bit late to find any signs of bunker and went out with 2 trolling plugs. I didn’t even get the second rod out and BAM! a 22lb Bass was bending my rod in half! By myself, I managed 9 Stripers between 18 and 25lbs! I missed/pulled off at least as many as I caught. It has been non-stop action with the mornings and evenings providing a slightly better bite. We are now chartering the “Big Eyes II” out of Keyport/Atlantic Highlands for striped bass! We will be trailering the boat up there until the bass bite picks up out of Barnegat Light. BOOK YOUR STRIPER TRIP NOW!!!

~ Capt. Joseph Giafaglione, Deep Blue Fishing, 609-781-0507

Received: May 7, 2014 11:55 AM Subject: Bass On The Beach

I caught a 29″ bass at 11:30 this morning in Beach Haven. I was using clam and bunker on a hi/lo. It took the bunker! ~ Rob Papile

May 6, 2014 ———————————————————————

Lots of anglers taking advantage of the beautiful day. Only report we had back was from an angler who got some clams earlier in the day. He stopped back to scale down his hooks and load up with more clam. He said, “lots of small light hits and bait stealing. I’m going back to get those blowfish.” He’ll have a tasty dinner!

May 5, 2014 ———————————————————————

Blowfish in the surf today! An angler visiting the shop gave us a strong report of blowfish on the surf. He said his son was catching them good on clam. Another report came from Alyse D. who caught one on clam while targeting stripers.

~ Fish Head Greg

May 4, 2014 ———————————————————————

With the warm up in the ocean temps there has been lots of scrabbling to get boats prepared and in the water. Larry Mears prepped early and it paid off. Larry stopped in the shop today and shared information about fishing this morning report. He said Lake Atlantic had no visible signs of life, “No birds and not a mark all day.” However Larry is (and has been on three consecutive trips) hooking into quality striped bass trolling bunker spoons. Unfortunately he reported lots of dropped fish, “They are shaking the hook boat side.”

Not much to report from the surf. The only reports we heard today were talks about skates on bait.

~ Fish Head Greg

May 3, 2014 ———————————————————————

9:00 PM

Today, we received one report of a Striped Bass caught on clam. Lots of anglers visited the shop today, gearing up and taking advantage of the beautiful day. Some anglers loaded up with bait and hit the beaches fishing. We await receiving results.

The swell dropped out and the water cleaned up. The surf was crystal clear today. We heard the surf temp was 51 degrees.

One customer reported heading out on a boat trolling. He found some bunker but no striped bass. Any Day Now!

Ted Johnson gave us a heads up. He caught a pair of Striped Bass last night fishing the ICW down on the South-end of the island.

Just a reminder Simply Bassing has started! Tournament runs from Saturday, May 3th, 2014 to Sunday, June 29th 2014. Pre-Register ASAP for Simply Bassing and the FHQ Side Bet before catching a fish.

For all 2014 Tournament Details visit… fishing_report.home.comcast.net/~fishing_report/tournaments.htm

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: May 3, 2014 1:01 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

It’s definitely time!! The water has warmed to the mid 50’s in the bay, with warmer temps near the Forked River Power Plant. There has been a bite on schoolie striped bass just about everywhere, in fact prior to our soaking this past week, we had a couple of nights with numbers of striped bass totaling double digits, all bass around 21″. Most bass fell for float rigs tipped with sandworms, or bucktails tipped with twister tails worked very slow.

I will be wrapping up the last of my seminars for the spring: May 9th 6-8pm @ Creekside Outfitters, May 20th 7-8pm @ Shooter’s Sporting Center, and June 13th 7:30-8:30pm @ Village Harbor Fishing Club. The seminars will focus on tactics for targeting fluke in the bays and oceans. All seminars are free.

The big stripers are on their way and with the weather forecasted for next week – it should start to break open at anytime. Live-lining, throwing plugs, and trolling spoons will be the way to go once the big ones arrive. I do have some Striper dates open, and have already started booking Fluke trips through June, so if your interested give me a ring or book through the website ( www.reelreactioncharters.com ). Again, all bait, tackle, and gear provided on all chartered trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

May 2, 2014 ———————————————————————

7:30 PM

Today we had a 3-4’+ fading swell coming out of the south, southeast. The wind was light westerly early but picked up and swung to a gusty south blow mid day. It faded out this late afternoon into evening and is currently very light. Expect light winds tonight and tomorrow morning and then 5-10 for tomorrow day. There might be a breezy south afternoon sea breeze. The forecast are calling for the present swell to linger around. They are still calling 2-3′ plus tomorrow. With all of that being said I would expect 4 to possible 6oz sinkers to hold. Certain spots could require more some less.

We have been slammed all day with a lot of anglers heading out, unfortunately we have not heard back. What I can say is that the surf temps warmed up a couple degree after this recent blow. Things are looking good.

Today our suppliers of surf clams and fresh bunker did well. Both have just recently come off the boats and are both already on display in the store.

~ Fish Head Greg

May 1, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: May 1, 2014 8:33 PM Subject: Open Boat Combo Trips

The “Hi Flier” is in the water and ready to start fishing. Is there anything to catch? I don’t know, but according to the calendar it’s definitely time to be trying. Any info I have to offer would just be recycled reports that I read in the same place most of you read. I like it better when I can tell you what we caught, but we have to start somewhere I guess.

The ocean water temp jumped a few degrees during this past week to finally squeak past the 50 degree mark. That combined with a mint forecast for this upcoming Sat, Sun, and Mon has motivated me to run some open boat combo trips. I ordered a flat of sandworms and two bushels of clams. The forecast is for mild temps and west winds to lay out the sea condition. The plan is to start the early morning outside on Saturday trolling bunker spoons off of Island Beach. I have not heard of any fish there yet, but with the jump in water temp, this could be the weekend it starts. After that, we head back in to the bay to try casting soft plastics and drifting sandworms for weakfish. I have heard of more than a few nice weakies taken already. We could also try casting topwaters for the blues that are supposed to be here on the flats in the back bay.

This is far from a “tip on a horse” and more like “looking for a few good men and women” to pioneer some reports.

The success of the ocean effort on Saturday will dictate the strategy for Sunday and Monday. If the troll delivers, we will be right back again each morning. If there was no life, we will jump right into the weakfish effort in the early morning and then switch to topwater blues after that.

Where do the clams fit in to all of this? Personally, I only fish the high water slack and the first few hours of outgoing tide. I am not saying that is the only time to catch them, lots of guys like the incoming, but for me, it has to be rolling out. This Sat, Sun, and Mon the time to be anchored up in the area I like to fish in Oyster Creek is 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM respectively. Those trips will be ending around 5 or 6 PM, so being that I can’t have a 6 AM start and 6 PM finish for the same trip, I will be running separate afternoon trips in the bay for clamming stripers and casting weakies and blues. How is the clamming stripers going? No idea. My gut tells me this is going to deliver, though. Just feels right.

We will be loaded with trolling gear, bait, casting lures, and too many rods. We’re gon’na catch something… I think.

Sat, May 3:
6AM to Noon. Ocean trolling for big stripers, casting weakies and blues in the bay.
1PM to 6PM. Anchored up clamming for stripers in the bay, casting weakies and blues in the bay.

Sun, May 4:
6AM to Noon. ?? Depends on Saturday’s ocean success. Either way we will be combining the weakies and blues in the bay.
1PM to 6PM. Anchored up clamming for stripers in the bay, casting weakies and blues in the bay.

Mon, May 5:
6AM to Noon. ?? Depends on Saturday’s and Sunday’s ocean success. Either way we will be combining the weakies and blues in the bay.
1PM to 6PM. Anchored up clamming for stripers in the bay, casting weakies and blues in the bay.

6 Hour Trip $150 per person, 3 people max
5 Hour Trip $135 per person, 3 people max

Call me on my cell to reserve a spot. Hope to see you on board.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

Received: May 1, 2014 8:37 AM Subject: BHCFAReport

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are making the final touches on their boats and gear as the 2014 fishing season gets ready to get rolling.

As the air and water temperatures in the Beach Haven area slowly start to rise, the fishing action is equally slow in picking up. Over the past week there has been a definite uptick in the striped bass action with more and more keeper bass being landed on a daily basis. A few bluefish are making their way into the mix and some very nice black drumfish have been landed. In addition, some anglers with the know-how are picking up some “tiderunner” weakfish.

The BHCFA recently welcomed its newest member, Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing”. Captain Gary berths his two boats on the mainland in the Tuckerton area, but regularly picks up anglers and parties on Long Beach Island for his trips. Captain Gary reports some small stripers caught off Graveling Point while anchored in 6-7 feet of water. He says the ticket is clam for bait with plenty of chum in the water to stir up interest. With the influx in the drumfish, he adds that he may be targeting them this weekend in addition to the linesiders. For information on the 330 Wellcraft Coastal or 21′ Hydra-Sport CC contact Irish Jig Sportfishing by calling Capt Gary Dugan at 609.760.3717

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports he has been working hard on getting his boat back into its slip at Morrison’s Marina in Beach Haven. Weather has been a factor in slowing his work schedule down. He has been tracking a warm water eddy far to the east in the ocean that is moving toward Beach Haven at a rate of about 60 nautical miles per week. He is hoping that this movement could result in the possibility of an early tuna bite off Beach Haven. 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 www.BHCFA.org

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

April 30, 2014 ———————————————————————

4:30 PM

Simply Bassin’ registration forms just came in so sign-ups have begun. The surf only tournament starts May 3rd. Remember to signup for the Fisherman’s Headquarters Striper Side-Bet (additional $10, 100% payout)! For more details: 2014 Simply Bassing as well as 2014 Striper Side Bet.

April 29, 2014 ———————————————————————

5:30 PM

It’s that time of year again for surf fishing on LBI !

Long Beach Island’s Simply Bassin’ Surf Fishing Tournament begins on May 3rd (00:00:01AM). The 8 week striper surf tournament will end on June 29th at noon time (12:00:00 PM). Registration will begin on May 2nd, possibly sooner. We are awaiting our printer to finish up the registrations forms. They are expected this week. Fisherman’s Headquarters will once again offer the Striper Side-Bet to the largest bass weighed in at FHQ. Last year’s grand prize winner was Paul Haertel who took home an additional $600 in Side-Bet winnings.

Yesterday, I hit the bay with Jeff and Blake aboard the Hewes Redfisher. It was the last trip before the Hewes makes its annual trip south to the flats of Florida. We had to make this trip count and it did. Fishing started off slow. After covering a lot of ground with a bunch of casts we raised some bass in 57 degree water. There was action on top water but nothing like our past trips. The All Black Stillwater Smack-It popper was MVP. It out produced with the low light overcast sky. There was a section of time where fishing poppers was difficult due to grass. I switched over to a pink soft-bait rigged weedless on an Owner Beast hook and it was good to me. It fished perfectly in the shallow water shedding any and all grass. Best of all, a number of bass wanted it. Late in the day, Blake released a nice weakfish that went for his pink Fin-S jig. A couple buddies fishing the same area released a few weakfish too. The recent back bay fishing has been a lot of fun. We’ve now got a blow for a couple days but the weekend forecast outlook is great.

A lot of anglers have put in time to take advantage of the Tautog bite before the season closure (4 fish April 1- April 30th). The mad rush came on like gangbusters! It seemed like a ton of green crabs and bags of clams. Today we heard some news back… Brett Lutz fished out in 80′ of water yesterday. He caught 6 tog up to 14.82-lbs and three cod. All on clam. There are also tog in the rocks along the Inlet jetty. Adam Sherer and a couple buddies speared a number of nice blackfish yesterday. Adam reported that they aren’t stacked up but there are some nice ones hiding in the holes.

~ Fish Head Greg

3:45 PM

Yesterday there was an onshore breeze with 2-3′ surf. Anglers were holding bottom with 3-oz pyramid sinkers. Today the wind is cranking 20+kts and the buoy jumped up to 8′. It is sloppy up there. With this being said the required weight changes day to day, tide to tide and even hour to hour and can be spot dependant. Also someone fishing the exact same spot might be fishing more or less weigh than an angler fishing close by. For example I might fish 4-oz with a clam on one rod but on my other rod I might fish 8-oz with a chunk of bunker.

As far as bait… clam would be a first choice off of the surf right now. If fishing the bay clam or bloodworm… bloodworm will get the bite quicker but you have a good chance at drum with clam. As per our recent surf reports, most of the striped bass fishing action off of the surf has been on clam.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 28, 2014 ———————————————————————

1:30 PM

Received a call from a customer who wanted to share this morning’s report… “I caught a lot of short stripers on the outgoing tide on the north end of the Island. Also caught a couple of weakfish at the bottom of the tide”

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Apr 28, 2014 11:55 AM Subject: Saltwater Fishing Regulation Information: Summer Flounder/Black Sea Bass

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is notifying anglers of Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass recreational regulations changes approved by the NJ Marine Fisheries Council earlier this month. For 2014 season and limit information please see www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2014/marineregs14.htm on the Division’s website.

Anglers should also note that the 2014 Marine Digest is now available on the Division’s website and at coastal bait and marine stores. To view the Digest in PDF format or in an interactive version on the publisher’s site visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar14.htm. Please note that the Summer Flounder season dates on page 12 of the Digest are incorrect and should be May 23 – Sept 27. The dates are correct elsewhere in the Digest.

Saltwater anglers are also reminded they must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program prior to fishing in 2014. Registrations expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed annually. Anglers who registered in 2013 should renew now at www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov/. Enjoy your fishing!


Received: Apr 28, 2014 9:34 AM Subject: fishing report

Tons of black fish from the Carolyn Ann III. The pool winner was a 10.6 pounder. I was out there smacking them anywhere from 3 to 6 pounds on Sunday.

~ ML

7:00 AM

Got word yesterday that work is underway on the Barnegat Inlets North Jetty. This should be an interesting spring and summer navigating and fishing the Inlet.

Last night, Blake and I hit a sunset session and scored! We had a bunch of schoolie bass on poppers. My MVP was once again the Stillwater Smack-It Jr. I love light tackle top water fishing the shallows. I live for the boils, v-wake follows and acrobatic strikes. There are some beautiful weakfish here too! There were a number of quality tiderunners caught yesterday afternoon and the bite went right into sunset. Unfortunately I only had bass but I hope to be out again looking for the fang’d critters tonight.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 27, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Apr 27, 2014 8:33 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Stripers, Weakfish, Blackfish and Blue Claw crabs!

Although the weather continues to be a bit cooler than what we have grown accustomed to over the last few years the season continues it’s ever so slow progression forward.

This week schoolie striped bass were joined by a few nice tide runner weakfish as well as few nice blackfish. Also the first out of the mud blue claw crabs have found their way into my freshly baited and short soaked crab pots for a long awaited tasty meal of fresh steamed Old Bay Crabs. Mmm mmm good!

The action is still a bit slow for my liking but the last few days have showed a definitive up tick with tide runner weakfish that we have not seen in years. Weakfish in 3-8lbs range were scored on every outing this week.

I am ever hopeful that this upcoming week we will see our first non resident bluefish and stripers joining in the light tackle action for anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea .

Angler of the week was Frank Hetler from Pa. who scored 6 stripers and a beautiful 29″ weakfish all within a 5 hour backbay trip with brother Joe who also scored both striped bass and a nice 5lbs blackfish. Regular Jay Simmons was runner up scoring both striped bass and a nice weakfish.

Remember to join us on face book to view photos and latest reports and hopefully “Like Us”. Also, I have changed my email address to reelfantaseafishing@gmail.com for trip availability and latest information.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

5:00 PM

Kaz stopped in this morning and got some live clams and green crabs. He returned this afternoon with this report. “Fished the bayside with clam. Released a pair of short striped bass. Also fished the Inlet rocks where a pair of short tog were released. Another angler who was in the area caught a keeper.”

9:30 AM

Rob Vallone fished the surf incoming tide yesterday afternoon. He reported a lot of action on clam, “Released 6 bass up to 26″. Use 4/0 bait holder hooks, sharpen ’em up and hold your rod. I caught but also missed a bunch of hits. The bass are on the beach. Other anglers were catching too. One caught 8 bass and another had a handful with one being 17-lbs”.

April 26, 2014 ———————————————————————

7:00 PM

Store staffer Blake just headed out to check the water temps. Up the street from the shop the surf temp in the wash is 50 degrees. Down the street from the shop at the bay the water temp is 58 degrees. It’s game time!

Ted Schmutz came in this afternoon stoked up for more clams. “The bite is on! I just left the beach with a nice one. Heading back now.” Ted weighed in this 22-lb 2-oz Striped Bass that he just caught off of the mid-island surf on clam.

Another customer reported catching some “rats” in the bay earlier today. He said the crowd was insane so he hit the surf. He came back and said, “There’s bass on the beach. I caught two, one short and one keeper.”

1:00 PM

The weather has been great lately but the wind has been an issue. Finally it quit. Today was the first of many fresh bunker deliveries to come for this season. It’s time to start chunking.

Word in the shop today was weakfish. A couple different customer report catching some tide runners. They are here!

We also got word from Bill Heade. He sent us a report on our Facebook page. He wrote, “Thanks for the great clams and bloods. Back bay fishing is heating up. I caught 15 bass in 2-1/2 hours of fishing. I also saw three drum caught as well. Stop sitting on the couch guys, the bite is going off.”

April 24, 2014 ———————————————————————

2:00 PM

The water temp is right for tog and they are in the rocks around Barnegat Inlet; however, not many anglers are providing reports. I did get word of a recent 8-lb tog that was caught at the Manasquan Inlet. We have anglers who travel from Philadelphia daily and fish Barnegat Inlet hard using green crabs but results are being kept confidential by these anglers. Currently we have green crabs and expect to have them in stock for the weekend.

As far as striped bass… The surf in progressing. Still slow for this time of year but reports are trickling in. If you want to hit the surf it wouldn’t be a bad choice but just know that the skunked factor is high. I would suggest looking towards the bayside of the Island or Mystic Islands area. Graveling Point has plenty of fish. Please note that the Island’s bayside is most productive at night with lures but anglers do catch on bait during the day. There are a number of public access points on the southend – Morrison’s area, and also some sod banks, Mid island – the bridges, numerous street ends and the Ship Bottom bayside pier and on the north end the wooden walkway at the condos and the Dike.

April 23, 2014 ———————————————————————

Reminder : Tell your fellow anglers…

This evening, NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Russ Allen will be the speaker at a public forum In Manahawkin on striped bass management on Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by the Recreational Fishing Alliance’s New Jersey Chapter, this free event will feature an overview of the latest Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) striped bass assessment results, current coastwide stock status, New Jersey’s survey results and potential ASMFC management actions. The forum will be held at the Holiday Inn of Manahawkin on the south side of Route 72, approximately 1 mile east of the Garden State Parkway, Exit 63. Admission is free.
Address: Holiday Inn, 151 Route 72 East, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Phone: (609) 481-6100

The event is designed as an open forum for those with a direct interest in the future of striped bass management along the coast, including individual saltwater anglers, for-hire captains and members of the recreational tackle community. It will offer attendees a unique glimpse at what fisheries managers discussed at the ASMFC Striped Bass Board’s February meeting.

ASMFC will take up the striped bass discussion again at their spring meetings in Alexandria, VA, which begin on May 12. In response, the public will be asked to comment on a series of management options this summer which are designed to meet conservation goals and targets for Atlantic Coast striped bass stocks; any changes to the recreational or commercial sector are expected to be implemented for the 2015 calendar year.

The bay is full of good fishing opportunities and the surf is progressing.

Between working, lots of yard work and prepping boats for the season I’ve been fishing very little. I really don’t need to explain. I’m sure many are in the same “boat”. But, finally I found the time to dip a boat in the drink and fish. With very light wind I decided to use the Hewes Redfisher Skiff. With my dad heading to Florida for is annually fishing trip in a couple weeks, I though it was a perfect time to get it running and iron out any wrinkles.

Monday, April 21, 2014 – Blake (store staff) and I geared up and headed out late in the day (about 5pm-ish). We started off hitting the flats where fair clarity 55 degree water greeted us. The water had a slight tint (~3′ of visibility) and was loaded with big jellyfish. No grass so we worked the area for about a half hour. We knew there had to be fish roaming the area. With no sign of life we didn’t want to waste anytime as it was getting late in the day.

Next, we made a move to the west side of the bay where we found some scattered birds that were picking in 62 degree water. Within the first couple of casts I had a beautiful striped bass tail slap my Stillwater Smack-It Popper right in my face. It was game on into dark! Lots of swirls, boils and hook ups on poppers, swimmers and soft baits. Mostly small striped bass in the mix but there were some quality linesiders that showed bigger blow-ups but none came tight.

It turns out we stumbled upon a large patch of worms; possibly cinder worms. They were mostly thin 4-6″ long, some went to 8″+ with a pinkish hue. They all swarmed with a corkscrew wiggle releasing a trail of sperm. It was an amazing sight to see and it was only us on the Hewes, the birds and bass. There were a couple other boats in the area but they didn’t realize what was going down around us.

Thanks to the Minn Kota Riptide I-Pilot Trolling Motor and the Talon Shallow Water Anchor, we worked the area up, down, back and forth. The whole time right where we wanted to be all super easy and stealthy. It was great. Can’t wait to do some shallow water fluking in the back bay fishing machine.

More Fish… In the shop we’ve got word from many different customers.

Ray Sullivan had a pair of bass off of the surf on Monday fishing clam and worm.

Tom Jackson was inquiring about a new cooler rack for his Jeep. While in the shop he shared info that he has been catching a lot of small striped bass. He said that since most of the bass are very small he switch over to using kingfish rigs. His bite to hookup ratio significantly improved.

Chris Bender has been on the striped bass for weeks and still is. He is worming hard.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 21, 2014 ———————————————————————

We received word that some small blues have showed up in the bay. One report came from an angler who was plugging the bayside on the North-end. Another came from an angler fishing Great Bay. With striped bass, drum, blues and weakfish present our spring fishery is shaping up.

April 20, 2014 ———————————————————————

Happy Easter!

Tom V. was in getting bait yesterday afternoon. He reported hooking lots of small striped bass on bloods and not many guys fishing today. Tom mentioned that you got to get the bait out as far as possible and hold your rod. Lots of small, soft, quick hits.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 19, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Apr 19, 2014 6:56 PM Subject: LBI Charters

Kev and I headed out for some fun this AM but we had to turn around due to a huge swell. We worried what the inlet would be like on the outgoing tide at time of return. Headed back out for boat ride around 4 PM, had 10 clams aboard and the inlet was fine. Anchored up close to home telling Kev he wouldn’t get a bite. Well he put 3 keeper blackfish and 1 throwback in the boat in about 45 minutes of fishing when we ran out of bait. So its time give a call or send an email and let’s get going by April 30th while season is open.

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

April 18, 2014 ———————————————————————

5:00 PM

Pete from Beach Haven West stopped in the shop earlier today and shared a report. Pete fished in the bay yesterday with clam and nailed a 50-lb class black drum. Pete said the belly was stacked with bay scallops. We have also heard of a couple caught down in the Mystic Islands area. Expect this fishery to be very productive for a moon phase or two, possibly longer but don’t count on it.

If your boats is ready to rock, find a nice channel edge and anchor up. Chum some clam and lay a tongue back and wait.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 16, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Apr 16, 2014 11:11 AM Subject: Striped Bass Management Forum April 23

NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Russ Allen will be the speaker at a public forum In Manahawkin on striped bass management on Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by the Recreational Fishing Alliance’s New Jersey Chapter, this free event will feature an overview of the latest Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) striped bass assessment results, current coastwide stock status, New Jersey’s survey results and potential ASMFC management actions.

The event is designed as an open forum for those with a direct interest in the future of striped bass management along the coast, including individual saltwater anglers, for-hire captains and members of the recreational tackle community. It will offer attendees a unique glimpse at what fisheries managers discussed at the ASMFC Striped Bass Board’s February meeting.

ASMFC will take up the striped bass discussion again at their spring meetings in Alexandria, VA, which begin on May 12. In response, the public will be asked to comment on a series of management options this summer which are designed to meet conservation goals and targets for Atlantic Coast striped bass stocks; any changes to the recreational or commercial sector are expected to be implemented for the 2015 calendar year.

The forum will be held at the Holiday Inn of Manahawkin on the south side of Route 72, approximately 1 mile east of the Garden State Parkway, Exit 63. Admission is free.

April 15, 2014 ———————————————————————

7:00 PM

Bob Pianetti fished aboard the Doris Mae IV this past weekend. He stopped by the shop once back on land and weighed in this 11.1 pound blackfish. Want to head out and target blackfish, cod, ling, porgies, pollock? Check with the Doris Mae for their fishing schedule.

A rainy day is here after a stretch of great weather. The warm temperatures and lots of sun helped to pick things up. The water temps are creeping up and fishing in progressing. Just yesterday we heard of a couple bass on the islands bayside at night as well as a couple small bluefish in the bay. Finally we are getting word of fish at locations other than the early season hot spots even though those spots are still top producers. Those looking to creep the rocks have blackfish to target. Green crabs will get a quick bite from feisty tog hanging in the rocks.

We have had a lot of customer in gearing up and getting bait; unfortunately not many direct reports to share. A couple of the anglers in the shop talking about catching specifically requested to keep their catches off the report. One thing is for sure there are fish to catch. One angler who said he was happy to share was Tom Bentlif. Tom report yesterday, “On Sunday I fished (Mystic Islands area for) a couple hours during the incoming tide. Three short bass, one perch and two eels all on worms.

For those looking for reports other than the LBI area… There is plenty of bass and shad in the Delaware. The bass bite really turned on about 10 days ago and was very strong right up until last night. We’ll have to wait and see what the rain does. Jeff Warford headed out on a Turkey Hunt in Virginia this weekend but before leaving he smoked the shad in the river. He said it was non stop action.

Any readers looking to share a report whether good or bad please send us an email or give us a call.

Received: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:12 PM Subject: LBI Charters Update

To say this has been a long, cold winter is an understatement, but finally, the Kev n’ Ash will be launched this week. I am hoping to do a reconnaissance mission this weekend, well that is if the winds lay down enough to let me get offshore. Going to see if we can get any cod/blackfish bites within reasonable range of home. Either way, blackfish season with 4 fish per person ends April 30th, so if you’re itching to get out like I am, give us a call or send us an email and get out before blackfish season closes. Also, sea bass season opens May 19th, so book a prime date now to get first crack at these bottom dwellers. Capt Greg 631-300-6413 www.lbicharters.com

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

April 5, 2014 ———————————————————————

4:00 PM


The NJMFC met on Thursday April 3rd and unanimously voted in favor of the following new 2014 regulations for Sea Bass and Summer Flounder (aka Fluke).

Black Sea Bass:
Size Limit:
12-1/2″ Minimum Length
Open Season Dates and Maximum Daily Limits:
05/19/14 – 06/30/14, 15 Fish
07/01/14 -08/31/14, 3 Fish
09/01/14 – 09/06/14, 15 Fish
10/18/14 – 12/31/14, 15 Fish

Summer Flounder (aka Fluke):
Open season 05/23/14 – 09/27/14 with 18″ Minimum Length and 5 fish Maximum daily limit.
We received word about a special pilot program that would allow 2 fluke at 16″ to be kept by shore based anglers at Island Beach State Park ONLY. This program is an experiment and could possibly expand further next year. JCAA, NJBBA and NJSFSC all supported the concept but also requested that it be expanded to include a couple other areas particularly in southern New Jersey this year as well. Time will tell.

Thanks to Paul Haertel President of the JCAA for all of the above info!


The recent warm days have got everything moving! Anglers are gearing up and more boats are going in the water. For those who want to shake the dust off, there are fish to catch both from land and the boat. Target the early season hot spots with bait like live bloodworm and clam. These baits spark an appetite because they are easy to acquire and digest. The local striped bass are small schoolies so scale down hooks to match the bait and fish. There is no need for 8/0 hooks and bunker chunks, YET!!! Those days are right around the corner. Some anglers opt to go with slow moving artificial lures. In that case fish using small jigs (bucktails), little swimmers and soft plastics.

Before the bass blow up on the bunker there is a ton of fun bass fishing the shallow back water sod banks and flats as well as rivers and creeks. We’ve received lots of calls asking about the tog bite as well as the winter flounder. Sorry we don’t have any first hand reports yet. They are both prime target species right now. Traditionally Black Drum and Bluefish should be here soon (a couple weeks) as they follow Boston Mackerel moving into our area around Easter time. Striped Bass will be chewing off the surf at any time now. Even though we’ve had lots of sun, my recent surf sessions proved the surf temperatures were still very cold. It warmed up a few weeks back but dropped back down. My best “feel” tells me about 40 degrees. If I can, I will make a couple casts with a thermometer and report back soon. There might be a couple in the suds if you want to try the sand.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 2, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Apr 2, 2014 9:53 AM Subject: Sedge Island Fishing Experience Deadline Extended

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has a few remaining openings for the Sedge Island Fishing Experience and has extended the application deadline to April 21. The program will be June 26-29 for students going into grades 8 and 9 this fall. The Sedge Island Fishing Experience will engage students in different fishing techniques from the back bay to the surf.

Students will stay at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. Living a conservation lifestyle, students will learn about the importance of New Jersey’s estuaries as well as the role each student has in conserving our natural resources.

No fishing experience is required; those who have grown up fishing are also welcome to attend and will benefit from and enjoy this unique experience.

The cost is $475 and includes all meals, lodging, bait, tackle and equipment. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of students needing financial help. More information, including the application form, can be found at www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer14.htm or by contacting Karen Byrne at karen.byrne@dep.state.nj.us or 609-748-4347.
March 30, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 30, 2014 5:42 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Last weeks catches consisted of 5 bass for 2 trips. This week 2 trips scored over 20 schoolie bass in half the time!

We’re still not catching anything close to being a keeper but the rods did bend with much more frequency and the sonar displayed more bait and hence more bass!

This springs calendar is filling up quickly for those interested in jumping aboard the Reel Fantasea for either private or open boat charters, joining and meeting new friends and enthusiastic anglers.

I have 1spot open for next Friday’s Open Boat April 4th 10am-3pm. All bait, tackle and rods are included.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

Received: Mar 29, 2014 9:28 PM Subject: Reel Reaction Charters Update

Well, winter is officially past us and it is the time to start thinking about getting back to my second home – the water. It has been a very busy winter – I have completed close to a dozen fishing articles for The Fisherman and On The Water magazines for this upcoming year, and will present the last of my scheduled seminars before fishing charters start up. This upcoming Saturday (April 5, 2014), I will be a featured as a guest on “The Rack and Fin Radio” on ESPN radio 97.3 FM from 8am-9am, which can also be heard online at: 973espn.com/show/rack-n-fin-radio-with-tom-p/. My segment will be on early season striped bass fishing and will focus on techniques used in Barnegat Bay – so hopefully you can listen in.

I have to finish up some last minute maintenance checks and bottom painting, but I’m planning to have the boat splashed by the 2nd or 3rd week of April and will start running trips. Lastly, a big thanks to Akzo Nobel, maker of Interlux Paints out of Union, NJ on their gracious sponsorship for us this season and future seasons.

Looking forward to seeing all of my clients for another successful year on the water.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Mar 29, 2014 9:22 PM Subject: 2013 Fishing Highlights Video

With all the fisheries issues going on it was hard for me to find time to do this but I finally got it done. My 2013 Fishing Highlights Video – www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4y5fWn-ykw&feature=youtube_gdata

Paul Haertel, President, JCAA

March 28, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 28, 2014 5:05 PM Subject: Fluke and Sea bass Update 3-27-14

Fluke and Sea bass Regulation Update 3/27/14

There will be a special meeting of the NJMFC that will be held at 4 PM on Thursday, April 3rd at the Stafford Township Municipal building located at 260 East Bay Av., Manahawkin. Regulations for both fluke and sea bass will be decided at that meeting following public comment. All concerned fishermen are encouraged to voice their opinions at this meeting.

Option 1 – 18” size limit, 5 fish bag limit, season May 17th – September 21st

Option 2 – 18” size limit, 5 fish bag limit, season May 23rd – September 27th

There was another advisors meeting on 3/27/14. Regarding fluke there were no changes in the options being considered. The majority of advisors favored option 2 but I sensed that there was also considerable support for option 1. I believe that either option has a good chance of being adopted. I think whichever one has the most public support at the upcoming NJMFC meeting will be the one that is chosen.

There is also the possibility of a special 16” size limit for shore based fishermen at Island Beach State Park. This is a proposed pilot program that could be expanded to other areas next year. This possible option is being developed further and may be explained at the meeting on 4/3. However, if it moves forward, it will not be voted on until the council’s May meeting

Regarding sea bass there were a couple new options developed pertaining to the split bag season. One in particular garnered unanimous support. This new option is as follows:

12 ½” size limit, 15 fish bag limit from 5/19 – 6/30, 3 fish bag limit from 7/1 – 8/31, 15 fish bag limit from 9/1 – 9/6 and a 15 fish bag limit from 10/18 – 12/31. There were 7 other options that were considered and at least a couple of them will be presented at the meeting on 4/3. I don’t want to speculate on which ones they might be but I will let you know once they are finalized by the council.

~ Paul Haertel, President JCAA

Received: Mar 28, 2014 3:51 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

There seems to be the possibility that some fish have moved into our area even though the water is still cold. The fishing last week saw little if any visible signs of fish. Even with the most recent snow fall early this week there is a definitive uptick in both action and signs of fish!

The scouting trip today found nice pockets of bass in the 14-22″ range schooled up and on the feed with each drift providing lots of hits and hook ups on the light tackle! I will be running an open boat trip this Sunday for these feisty early season schoolies for anyone looking to enjoy some time out of the house and on the water!

If interested please pass along email addresses to receive weekly fishing reports and photos to reelfantaseafishing@gmail.com and “like us” on Facebook

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

March 27, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 27, 2014 3:20 PM Subject: Fishing Flea Markets

The Hi Flier is not fishing yet but we are hosting three fishing flea markets over the next two weekends, if you get a chance, check them out:

PATCHOGUE FISHING FLEA MARKET – Saturday, March 29, 9 AM to 3 PM
St. Josephs College, 155 W. Roe Blvd, Patchogue, NY 11772
Admission $5, Kids 12 & Under FREE
Spend a Day with Crazy Alberto Knie. New, used, and antique. Rods, reels, lures, tackle, nautical, boating. Door prizes, refreshments.
Vendors $40 for 8′ space. 732-330-5674 www.hiflier.com .

Pinelands Regional Junior High School, 590 Nugentown Rd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
$4 admission. Kids 12 and under FREE
Vendors $35 for 8′ space. 732-330-5674 www.hiflier.com

Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
$4 admission. Kids 12 and under FREE.
Vendors $30 for 8′ space. 732-330-5674 www.hiflier.com

If you have excess tackle or fishing gear to sell off, call your fishing buddy, share a table, and sell some stuff!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing 732.330.5674

March 23, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 23, 2014 8:27 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – First trips

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 2014 fishing season is officially under way and even though the action is slow we still managed to score a few bass on every trip so far. Just being out on the water and catching a few fish still helps alleviate the severe case of cabin fever.

First trip of the year had none other than the dynamic duo of Jay Simmons and Ernie Rosenberg out looking for some early season action. Our first drift had encouraging signs with the first double header of stripers scored by Jay and I. Unfortunately that was as good as it got as we moved from spot to spot with only a few missed hits the rest of the day. Still better than a goose egg any day!

Next trip saw Steve Amato and Keith McCarthy with similar but slightly better results as our first drift saw all three of us getting bit but only one of us [me] coming tight with a release. The next drift produced more of the same with a few more hits but with Steve coming tight with a bass for a quick release. The next drift was similar with another release before the meager bite grinded to a complete halt.

(Photo to Follow)

I wish the report was better but catching a few fish after this long winter felt great just to be back out on the brine!

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217

March 18, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 18, 2014 10:49 AM Subject: BHCFA Report

The calendar says that Spring is near even if the weather does not. The continuing wintry weather has not kept the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association from getting ready for the 2014 fishing season. Some of these captains have passed along accounts of their winter activities.

Captain John Lewis will be berthing the “Insatiable” at Morrison’s Marina this summer. He has been busy over the past several weeks spending time at various boating and fishing shows spreading the word about Beach Haven fishing opportunities. For information on the 38′ Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Captain Lindsay Fuller has outfitted the “June Bug” with a new suite of electronics and is still upgrading some items left over from Hurricane Sandy. That includes a new enclosure and a rebuilt fighting chair. For information on the 41′ “June Bug” contact Capt. Lindsay Fuller, 609.685.2839

Captain Carl Sheppard has been spending the past several weeks getting the “Star Fish” tiptop. Items such as zincs, paining, zincs, polishing, and paining have been done in anticipation of its annual Coast Guard inspection in March. The “Star Fish” is licensed for 19 anglers and Captain Carl hopes to be fishing by mid-April. For information on the 40′ Custom “Star Fish” for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Captain George Finck reports he is well along with the maintenance on “Sparetime Charters”. He has been communicating with some of his customers and is looking forward to an outstanding 2014 fishing season. For information on the 38′ Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Captain John Koegler of “Pop’s Pride” has been working on the curriculum for the highly popular Junior Mate’s Program which is administered every summer. This program is for teenagers who have thoughts of learning more about fishing and perhaps becoming mates on fishing boats. For information on the 38′ Sport Fisherman “Pop’s Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349

Complete information on the Junior Mate’s Program along with complete information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.fishbeachhaven.com

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

March 17, 2014 ———————————————————————

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has cancelled tonight’s meeting of the Atlantic Coast Shellfish Council due to inclement weather. The next meeting is scheduled for April 21.

March 14, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 14, 2014 9:00 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Update

Hope everyone is healthy and ready to fish! If you have not heard from me in a while it is with good reason. My hard drive crashed and burned, taking with it all information which has since been recovered. I started working on the “Debbie M” getting her ready for the spring run, that is if spring ever arrives. Planning on splashing in around mid-April. Spent the winter with my family, teaching, chasing birds and helping my mother-in-law move to Barnegat. Let you know how that works out 😉

Today I saw my first osprey of the year successfully pull dinner out of a local lake. A sure sign of spring. With the upcoming full moon we my see the first waves of river herring move up local creeks to spawn. Even with the fishery shut down I still plan on chasing them to get some underwater video of their migration. Their spawning run is a true natural history event to witness.

I also looked back at my pictures from last season and put together a video montage which I think truly captures what I do with a lot of kids I take out, enjoying Barnegat Bay and having fun. It can be viewed here…

Truly looking forward to having families out again this season for some screaming drags and smiling faces.

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

Received: Mar 14, 2014 12:55 PM Subject: Fluke and Sea Bass Regulation Update 3-13-14

Fluke and Sea Bass Regulation Update – 3/13/14

On 03/13/2014, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council (ASMFC) held a special conference call pertaining to fluke and sea bass. The purpose of this call was to discuss and approve management options for the various regions as well as proposed regulatory options for each state. Regarding fluke, New Jersey came out of this as well as could be hoped for considering that we are now in a region with New York and Connecticut. Specifically, New Jersey’s representatives, Tom Fote (ASMFC) and Tom Baum (NJ Bureau of Marine Fisheries – NJBMF) argued successfully that we should have a 128 day season and a 5 fish bag limit. There were those who favored a shorter season and/or a 4 fish bag limit. The 18″ size limit had previously been approved by all three states in our region. The motion that passed also included two additional provisions. One is that of the 128 day season, no more than 45 days may be during the wave 3 period (May-June). That means that New Jersey’s season will begin no sooner than 5/17. We also could begin the season later than that date so that it could be extended further into September, but no later than 9/30. The majority of those in attendance at New Jersey’s advisory meeting on 02/27/2014 favored a later start so that the season could be extended further into September. In part that is due to the fact that the season for sea bass will be closed then and with the limit of only one blackfish during that same time, there will be little else for the inshore fishermen to fish for.

The second provision that was approved by the ASMFC is one that would allow a 16″ size limit for fluke caught by shore-based anglers in specific areas. However, these areas would have to be properly monitored. Connecticut already has this special regulation in effect and it is now up to New Jersey and New York to develop similar regulations if they wish to do so.

In regard to sea bass, the ASMFC approved options for each region along with various regulatory options for each state. Not much has changed since my last report except that the ASMFC based their decision on the mandated 7% cut set by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). However, the ASMFC also will be writing a letter to NMFS requesting that the reduction be less than 7%. The 7% cut was in part due to projected wave 6 data (November – December). However, the wave 6 data that recently came out showed that we harvested less fish than had been projected. Therefore, we might be able to cut back by as little as 3.2%. That would mean that our season could be lengthened by a couple of days.

At the advisors meeting on 02/27/2014, a number of options regarding sea bass were considered and a couple new ones were suggested that the NJBMF developed and were since approved by the ASMFC. It is certain that we will have a season that begins on 05/19/2014 with a 12 ½” size limit. We also know that the season will be closed from 09/18/2014 or sooner through 10/17/2014 or later. There is a strong possibility that the season could be closed by early to mid–August if the bag limit remains high. The options that were on the table at the meeting included those with 12, 15 or 20 fish bag limits. I suggested that the bag limit be reduced to 3-5 fish in July so that the season could be further extended into August or even September. One of the additional options that was approved for consideration is a 15 fish bag limit from 05/19/2014 – 06/30/2014, a 5 fish bag limit from 07/01/2014 – 08/27/2014 and a 15 fish bag limit from 10/18/2014 – 12/31/2014. The season will be closed in federal waters from 09/18/204 – 10/17/2014 so it makes little sense to develop any options that would allow us to fish in state waters only during that time.

The list of various options pertaining to both fluke and sea bass will be coming out soon. Those interested in commenting are encouraged to do so at a special NJMFC council meeting where regulations for both species are expected to be adopted. This meeting will held at the Stafford Township Municipal Building, 260 Bay Ave, Manahawkin NJ 08050 on 04/03/2014 at 4 PM.

~ Paul Haertel, President JCAA

March 10, 2014 ———————————————————————

8:00 AM

A limited quantity of Bloodworms and Whole Bay Clams are in stock.

Stan Britton stopped in the shop a couple of weeks back and geared up in preparation for his trip down to Louisiana targeting Redfish. Here is his report… “To our friends at Fisherman Headquarters, Rick Verblaauw and I went to Louisiana to fly fish for some Louisiana Redfish. In spite of the weather charter Captain Jason Davis was able to put us on tailing Reds in 6-12” of water. If you like a small personal guide service who is also a great Cajun cook contact Jason at 801-819-4711. His website is www.thefishingcamp.com . See you guys at the store next weekend.” (photos)

~ Fish Head Greg

March 7, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 6, 2014 11:32 PM Subject: Fluke & Sea Bass Update 3-6-14

At the NJ Bureau of Marine Fisheries (NJBMF) meeting on 3/6/14 the council voted in favor of a winter flounder season that will extend from 3/1 to 12/31. However, the regulation has to be written, reviewed and then signed by the DEP Commissioner before it becomes law. The winter flounder season is currently scheduled to open on 3/23 and it is doubtful that the Commissioner will sign it before that date. However, if he does so, the NJBMF will promptly announce the earlier opening. The bag and size limits will remain the same, 2 fish at 12”.

Regarding fluke not much has changed since I last gave an update on 2/28. Various options that I previously mentioned are being considered. However, there is a conference call scheduled for 3/14 between representatives from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and each of the three states in our region. After that call, the final options expected to become available for public comment.

Regarding sea bass, the option I suggested to have a split season bag limit was developed by the NJBMF and approved by the ASMFC. Other options are being considered as well. However, the NJMFC has scheduled a special council meeting to finalize both our fluke and sea bass regulations for this year. The public is invited to attend and give input. The meeting will be held at the Stafford Township Municipal Building, 260 Bay Ave, Manahawkin NJ 08050 on 04/03/2014 at 4 PM .

~ Paul Haertel, President, Jersey Coast Angler Association (JCAA)

March 6, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Mar 6, 2014 10:05 AM Subject: Winter Flounder

Currently the 2013 regulations for winter flounder are still in effect. However, the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Commission is expected to approve a year round season at their meeting today, March 6th. Once they do so, it will not become law until it is signed off on by the DEP commissioner. Sometimes that takes a while. It is possible that he could sign it sooner than 3/23 but this is unknown. If he does not sign it right away, the season will open on 3/23 and will then remain open the rest of the year. The size limit will remain at 12″ with a 2 fish bag limit.

~ Paul Haertel, President, Jersey Coast Angler Association (JCAA)

Received: Mar 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM Subject: HOT REPORT! BLUEFINS ARE HERE!

Hot report! Bluefins are here!!

I took this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday to get the boat back up to Wanchese, NC. So the boat is sitting where it will spend the month of March. Like last year, we’ll be calling Broad Creek marina home and hope to see a repeat of the last couple of springs.

These fish are probably where the term “tackle buster” originated so please discuss your tackle ahead of time with me.

Looking to tangle with giants? We have the following dates available in March for Bluefin Tuna in North Carolina: 3/14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31. Please contact me by phone at (609) 287-5136 orStew@pezmachine.com for more information about a trip down south.

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

March 2, 2014 ———————————————————————

19th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Fisherman’s Flea Market

March 2, 2014 – 9am to 2pm
Admission: $4.00 (Children under 10 admitted free)

Toms River Intermediate School North
150 Intermediate North Way
Toms River, NJ 08753

A portion of the proceeds go to several area charities
Over 60 Tables of new, used, antique & custom fishing tackle
Freshwater & Saltwater Tackle
Door Prizes
Food & Refreshments

…See you there!

February 28, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Feb 28, 2014 3:11 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

My time has been split between boat shows, fishing seminars and browsing local tackle shops. I keep looking at the extended forecast and the pages of the calendar and waiting for a break in this endless scenarios of “Polar vortex’s” and snow storm after snow storm. Is there light at the end of this frozen tunnel?

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters will back at it sometime around mid-March for those looking to relieve the affects of cabin fever. Last year we open our season with fantastic light tackle catch and release striper action with over 90 stripers caught in 5-hrs for 4 anglers. That doesn’t mean I expect a repeat of the same action but for those who need to just get out of the house and get a rod back in your hand while allowing the clean salt air to fill your head instead of the “same old same moldy air” than come on… let’s get to it! Presently I am targeting March 16th as the first day back in the water if the weather allows.

IMPORTANT! – I have recently changed cable/internet providers and have lost all my email contacts! If you had enjoyed receiving weekly fishing reports and photos or would like to join our weekly fishing reports please email me at reelfantaseafishing@gmail.com . Please advise fishing friends and family of this as well. Wishing for warmer temps and NO MORE SNOW!

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters 609.290.1217
Received: Feb 28, 2014 2:34 PM Subject: Fluke and Sea Bass Update 02-28-14

Fluke and Sea Bass Update 02-28-14

The fluke and sea bass regulations are still up in the air but here is what we know at this point.

The NJ Bureau of Marine Fisheries (NJBMF) is working feverishly while trying to develop regulations that will best serve our fishermen. However, their hands are tied by the regionalization plan that was forced upon us by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The NJBMF is working with the ASMFC and the other states in our region to resolve this matter. Regarding fluke, we know that Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are all in the same region and therefore must have the same size, bag limit and season length.

However, each state is allowed to select the exact dates for their seasons. We also know that it is virtually certain that the size limit will be 18” but there is now a possibility that there could be either a 4 or 5 fish bag limit. Research has shown that the harvest for our region would not be too much different with either a 4 or 5 fish limit. Therefore, it seems possible that even with a 5 fish limit, our region would be projected to stay under the quota. Season length is another issue that is being discussed. Addendum XXV approved a 128 day season but there are other factors in play and a 119 day season is being considered as well.

However, at the advisors meeting on 02/27/14, we received some clues of what our fluke season might look like. A number of proposals were discussed and there was a consensus that we wanted to extend the season as far into September as possible. In part, that is due to the fact that sea bass season will be closed by 09/18/14 or sooner. At that time of year we are only allowed to keep one blackfish so if the fluke season is also closed, there will be little for inshore fishermen to fish for. Options that were favored by the advisors would have the season open on 05/17/14 or 05/23/14 and extend through either 09/21/14 or 09/27/14. Another option in play would have the season beginning on 05/23/14 and ending on 09/18/14. Traditionally, our fluke regulations are set at the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council meeting in March but we do not know if this will be resolved by then. There may have to be a special council meeting in April if the proposed regulations are not ready to be voted on by their March 6th meeting.

Regarding sea bass the news is not good. We are in a region with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. The region over fished its quota last year and depending on which data is used, the entire region will have to cut back by either 3% or 7%. Each region is given a quota and each state within the region is given a target quota to assist in developing their regulations. In 2013 New York harvested 125% of their target, Connecticut harvested 150% of their target but New Jersey harvested only 61% of its target. New Jersey did its job in setting stringent regulations so that we did not exceed our quota but we still have to cut back by either 3 or 7%. It is unfair and hard to believe but that is the way it is under this regional plan, the states that exceed their targets are rewarded while the states that under fish their target are penalized. I can only imagine how the regional fluke plan is going to work out.

At the advisors meeting a number of options regarding sea bass were considered and a couple new ones were suggested that the NJBMF will try to develop and receive approval for from the ASMFC. It seems certain that we will have a season that begins on 05/19/14 with a 12-½” size limit. We also know that the season will be closed from 09/18/14 or sooner through 10/17/14 or later. There is a strong possibility that the season could be closed by early to mid-August if the bag limit remains high. The options that were on the table at the meeting included those with 12, 15 or 20 fish bag limits. I suggested that the bag limit be reduced to 3-5 fish in July so that the season could be further extended into August or even September. The majority of advisors agreed with me on this as it would enable fluke fishermen to spice their catch with sea bass during the late season. The NJMFB agreed to develop this proposal but it is uncertain if the ASMFC will approve it.

The next meeting of the NJMFC will be held at 4 PM on March 6th 2014 at the Galloway Twp. Branch of the Atlantic County Library, 306 Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway, NJ. 08205. It is uncertain if the fluke and sea bass regulations will be voted on at this meeting. However, a proposal to open the winter flounder season year round is expected to be considered. The size limit and bag limit will remain the same, 2 fish at 12”.

~ Paul Haertel, President JCAA

February 24, 2014 ———————————————————————

This weekend Spring was in the air. It felt great to thaw in the mild temps. Unfortunately it was only a little shot. The cold is back but winter is almost over! The Spring season (March 20th) is less than a month away. Next weekend (Saturday March 1st) Striped Bass fishing in the rivers and bays opens. There are plenty of stripers in our local backwaters to get your line tight. Stop in the shop and ask for details if you want to get in on the fun action.

Anticipation was high for Surf Day this year and Jersey Shore Surfcasters (JSS) definitely exceeded all expectations! Surf Day 2014 was phenomenal. The perfectly organized event had a record crowd. Thanks to the club and club members for the help getting all of our inventory and displays in and out of the show. We pulled in early with a U-Haul stacked with surf gear from A to Z. We got set up and by 8:30am when the show doors opened the surf crowd crashed our table like striped bass on bunker! They purchased everything from surf tops, plugs bags, books and pliers to treble hooks, plugs and reels. I spoke to lots of surfcasters from around all around the northeast. The majority of the crowd was from NJ and NY but I talked to many from DE, PA, CT, RI, MA and one angler was from New Hampshire! One of the early birds told me he was in line to get in the door at 4am and get this… he wasn’t the first in line. Lots of guys wanted first dibs on the limited hard to find plugs. Dmag, GRS and Super Strike were on the top of most lists.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to leave the booth to walk around and check out the entire show. Every year I am bummed that I can’t attend the seminar presentations. However I know they were great this year just like years past because lots of guys came to our booth afterwards raving about the info and wanted to gear-up with new items they just learned about.

Thanks to all that stopped and shopped at our booth! I know lots of surfcasters were stoked with our selection. It is a full year away, but I am already looking forward to next years. Until then there’s lots of fish to get into. We wish everyone a great 2014 Spring Run!

Best of Luck, FishHead.Greg

February 22, 2014 ———————————————————————

Hope to see you at Brookdale Community College for Surf Day 2014…

SURF DAY 2014 – “A day dedicated to the surfcaster.”

Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Admission: $10.00 (Children under 10 admitted free)

Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road,
Lincroft, New Jersey 07738

Surf Day is at the Warner Student Life Center so once at Brookdale CC find Warner Student Life Center – Lots 6 and 7

Surf Day is sponsored by the Jersey Shore Surfcasters (JSS), 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. Plug builders, factory representatives, tackle shops and much more will be there. A cafeteria available as well. Every child under 10 is free and all kids get something from the JSS.

More info can be found at jerseyshoresurfcasters.com/
Directions: jerseyshoresurfcasters.com/DIRECTIONS_TO_SURF_DAY.html

February 18, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Feb 17, 2014 8:00 PM Subject: Fishing Report – Reel Reaction Charters

We through half of February – so the countdown is on and so is the cabin-fever. I plan on having the vessel in the water prior to April 1st. I know it’s a long way off with all of the snow we have received, but I have started booking for the 2014 fishing season and already received reservations for prime fluke dates in July and August. We offer two locations for pickups/dropoffs for clients – Waretown or Barnegat Light.

I will be performing a 1-hour seminar along with a Q&A session at the Jersey Boat and Expo show at the Edison Convention Center on Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 5:30pm. The seminar will be feature a powerpoint presentation on fluke tactics from the backbay to inshore ocean – tackle, tides, techniques will be discussed. Pure Fishing “Berkley Gulp” has graciously provided bags of Gulp for the first 75 in the seminar, in addition S&S bucktails have also provided a door prize given to one lucky individual. The boat show runs from Thursday through Sunday ( www.jerseyboatexpo.com ).

If interested in booking a charter for the upcoming 2014 season, you can either call 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( www.reelreactioncharters.com ). Let’s get through winter and hope to see you on the water soon.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709
February 8, 2014 ———————————————————————

Thanks to the NJBBA (New Jersey Beach Buggy Association) for holding another great fishing flea market. It was a great time. I know a lot of customers were stoked to see us there and get some great deals on fishing tackle. Just a reminder next weekend is the Southern Regional Fishing Flea Market. It is always a great show too. Don’t miss out.

So I got back to the shop and was shocked at how busy we were. Lots of customers that were passing by on the Parkway (going to or from the AC Boat Show) decided to stop in. We outfitted a number of guys with new rod and reel combos for this upcoming striped bass, wreck fishing, shark and tuna season. There is still some time left so take advantage of our rod and reel sale. It will be the best pricing of 2014 guaranteed!

Mike D. stopped in the shop and asked for a package of frozen clam. I was interested to hear where he was heading. He said, “To the surf!” He went on saying, “Last week my buddy was so board that he soaked some clam off of the surf. He caught a nice keeper bass. When he gave me the report I decided to go and also give it a try. Before the storm on Tuesday I caught a short bass on clam in the same spot, mid-island.

It’s crazy to hear there are still bass with these cold water temps. Seems like we always have a couple stragglers roaming around. It would be nice to know what was in their bellies. Maybe sandeels are keeping them here for the winter.

~ Fish Head Greg

February 4, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: Feb 4, 2014 7:02 PM Subject: Re: 2014 Fluke Regulations – Today’s ASMFC meeting

It is interesting to note that on page 8 of the addendum, it implied that the season would be from 5/1-9/30. I never bothered to count the days until today but that season would come to a total of 153 days. Yet under the two regional options on page 12 we would have either a 128 or 135 day season. Now we know that the option with the 128 season was chosen. Therefore, I anticipate that since the NJMFC does its best to have the season open on weekends that we will end up with a season from 5/10-9/14 or from 5/17-9/21.

Not good news today but Tom Fote and a couple others did their best in presenting New Jersey’s case.
Below is an article I wrote on what occurred.

2014 Fluke Regulations

At today’s meeting, the ASMFC voted in favor of regionalized management for fluke in effect reallocating some of New Jersey’s fluke quota and giving it to New York. Further, of the two regionalization plans being considered, they chose the worse one for New Jersey. Under the adopted plan, New Jersey will be in a region with New York and Connecticut. Under this plan we will have a 4 fish bag limit at 18” with a 128 day season. The NJMFC will now only be able to decide when the season will begin and when it will end. Under this plan New Jersey is only projected to harvest 906,348 fluke. If the other regional option had been chosen New Jersey would have had a 135 day season with a projected harvest of 947,337 fluke.

Further the ASMFC disregarded the will of the public. Hearings were held in various states and there was a public comment period where the vast majority of the public opposed the regionalized plans. Additionally, the ASMFC claimed they wanted to have similar sized regulations between bordering states but all they did was shift the problem. Last year New York had a 19” size limit and New Jersey had a 17-½” size limit despite the fact that they were fishing similar waters. This year both New York and New Jersey will have an 18” size limit. However, Delaware will have a 16” size limit. How is that fair for our boats out of Cape May that fish similar waters?

The little bit of good news today was that the ASMFC voted not to have a closed season on winter flounder. Now we just have to wait for the NJMFC to adopt that measure.

The ASMFC also voted in favor of ad hoc regional measures for sea bass as we had last year.

I am hopeful that since New Jersey under fished its target quota that we might be able to have a somewhat longer season this year but that remains to be seen.

~ Paul Haertel, President JCAA

January 15, 2014 ———————————————————————

Received: January 15, 2014 From: Pez Machine Sportfishing

Pez Machine Sportfishing

I hope everyone was able to enjoy their holiday season with family and friends! As you may know, the boat is currently in Stuart, Florida and will be through February. From there, the boat will spend March fishing for bluefins in North Carolina.

After our 6 day trip to Florida we got situated in the slip and then we popped out the inlet to fish a half day for sailfish. In 4.5 hours of fishing we went 5 for 7 on sails and boated 4 gaffer dolphin. Not bad for being less than 10 miles from the inlet!! We have plenty of dates available for world class swordfishing, sailfishing or bottom fishing. To my surprise, we have the following dates open in February in Florida:

2/3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25.

I’d like to take a moment to look not too far beyond that to what March has to offer in North Carolina on the Bluefin tuna front. Like last year, we’ll be calling Broad Creek marina home in March and hope to see a repeat of the last couple of springs. If March bluefinning is like it was in New Jersey the first week of December I can guarantee some sore arms, legs and backs. These fish are probably where the term “tackle buster” originated so please discuss your tackle ahead of time with me. In my opinion, you need a minimum of 500 yards of 100 pound test and at least 25 pounds of drag for jigging/popping. We have the following dates available in March for Bluefin Tuna in North Carolina:

3/7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 30, 31.

Please contact me by phone at (609) 287-5136 or Stew@pezmachine.com for more information about a trip down south. Thank you.

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

8:00 PM

Rob Vallone stopped in the shop today just as we were closing. He needed to buy some lead, hooks and a new pair of fleece Glacier Gloves. While here he reported having a good day fishing aboard the Ocean Explorer out of Belmar. Robbie weighed in a 12-lb 3-oz tog. Robbie said, “I fished today in the Pea Soup fog aboard the Ocean Exploer. caught the pool winning tog as well as another two keepers. One was about three pounds and the other one was about five pounds. All on white leggers. I tried fishing clam for some ling but no luck. I’m going again tomorrow.”

Sounds like the bite has been good. We saw on Facebook that Capt. Jeff Crilley caught a 27″ 17.6-lb togzilla today among a bunch of other quality blackfish.

Give the party boats a call!!!

PS: Any one who want to see a picture of Robbie’s tog check it out on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/fishermans.headquarters/posts/628885020480196?notif_t=like

~ Fish Head Greg

January 9, 2014 ———————————————————————-

Received: Jan 11, 2014 8:40 PM Subject: JCAA Alert – fluke Hearing


Please support Options 1 and 2

The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding addendum XXV 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:
Kirby Rootes-Murdy
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1050 North Highland Street, Suite 200A-N
Arlington, VA 22201

Fax: (703) 842-0741
Email: krootes-murdy@asmfc.org
Phone: (703) 842-0740

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

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association represents approximately 75 clubs throughout our state. We appreciate this opportunity to comment on Draft Addendum XXV to the summer flounder, scup and black sea bass fishery management plan.

Regarding summer flounder in section 3.1 we support option 1: Status Quo: Coastwide or Conservation Equivalency. We believe that the state-by-state measures under the conservation equivalency are the fairest way to divide the quota. While quotas are, in fact, based on harvest estimates for a single year (1998), there was sound reasoning for this. When the Management Board first considered how to equitably allocate the quota, and, thus, the conservation burden among its member states, it spent considerable time in analyzing various time periods. After much discussion it was agreed by the states that the single year of 1998 was the most representative and fairest.

Additionally, state-by-state measures allow our state to be flexible in setting regulations. Our state is often divided between back bays and southern New Jersey fishermen preferring an earlier shorter season with a smaller size limit and central and northern New Jersey fishermen preferring a later and longer season with a higher size limit. State-by-state measures allow the public to have input and the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council considers all of this before voting on the compromise they feel meets the needs of the majority of our fishermen. We would lose this flexibility under any regional plan.

We also support Option 2: Utilization of Additional RHL. This option would allow New Jersey and other states facing a reduction to not to have as severe a cut. This worked out well last year in that it allowed New Jersey to extend its season and allowed New York to lower their size limit. Though New Jersey was granted an extra 88,000 fish which should have been more than ample to extend our season by 11 days, the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council chose to only extend the season by 8 days. That was because the Council justifiably does not trust the numbers generated by the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistical Survey (MRFSS) or Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). The Council’s concerns were confirmed again in 2013 by the distorted MRIP numbers that were changed several times.

We are strongly opposed to any mandatory regionalization plan as described in option 3. The existing FMP allows for states to voluntarily combine their quotas with neighboring states, i.e., regionalize, yet none have done so. While we sympathize with the tougher regulations that our fellow fishermen in New York have, we are concerned that regionalization may result in some of New Jersey’s target quota being reallocated to New York. Most likely, any regionalized plan would result in New York’s regulations being liberalized at the expense of New Jersey’s regulations being made more stringent. Further, under the adaptive regional approach outlined in option 3, if a region was to over fish, that region would be penalized the following year. If we opted to go back to conservation equivalency the following year “the technical committee will use the harvest from 2014 to predict the harvest in 2015 and compare that to the 2015 state harvest target (derived from the state’s 1998 based portion of the 2015 RHL). If a state’s predicted harvest is higher than the target, the state must adjust their regulations to constrain harvest to the 2015 target.” It is almost a certainty that with relaxed regulations, New York would harvest far more fish in 2014 than in 2013. Then New York would be forced to make draconian cuts in 2015.

We also suggest that New York or anyone else develop a plan that shows how each state would benefit from a regional plan and then it could be considered. More specifically, pertaining to the stated problem in section 2.1., we would like to see studies showing how the distribution, abundance, and size composition of fluke as well as the abundance and distribution of fluke anglers along the coast have changed over the years.

Addendum XXV suggests that under a regional approach we might have an 18″ size limit with a 4 fish bag limit and a season from May 1st – September 30th. However, that is based on the current MRIP numbers that might change yet again. We also believe that these potential regulations would cause New York to significantly overfish their target quota which would negatively impact the entire region the following year. Consider the fact that in 2013, New York overfished its quota with a 19″ size limit. For a regionalized plan to work, any region with New York in it would have to receive a substantially higher quota than the sum of what each state in that region would receive under state-by-state measures. Again, any regionalization plan should be voluntary and it should be mutually beneficial to all the states within a particular region.

We also question why you would consider making a small state like Massachusetts its own region. They should be in a region with other states. If any state should be its own region, it should be New Jersey because we account for the most fluke. There are also vast differences in the times and sizes of fluke that are available in different parts of our state.

NJ has the most fluke and the most fluke fishermen. A higher percentage of our fishing trips target fluke than any other state. Still we are forced to have a shorter season than almost all the other states. In many of the more recent years our traditional early spring and late fall fishing has been taken away from us while other states are open year round. How is that fair?

We would also like to point out that the commercial quota is divided up on a state-by-state basis. It is simply the fairest way to do things whether it applies to commercial or recreational fishermen.

Regarding sea bass, we believe that they should be managed on a state-by-state basis through conservation equivalency as well. Since that is not an option, regarding section 3.2, we reluctantly support option 1: Status Quo We are aware that over fishing has occurred in many years but believe this is due to an unrealistically low RHL. We also do not agree with the fact that the overall coastal quota is being reduced due to over fishing that occurred in Massachusetts state waters.

~ Paul Haertel : Jersey Coast Anglers Association

January 9, 2014 ———————————————————————-

NOTICE: Bluefin Tuna Bulletin from the RFA and KeepAmericaFishing : Only 24-hours for you to reply…

From: RFA…

The RFA has a bulletin www.joinrfa.org/2014/01/162013-longliners-nmfs-join-fight-against-anglers encouraging comment to NMFS to stop a plan from moving forward that would hand over recreational bluefin quota to the longline sector to accommodate for their bycatch mortality.

Jim Donofrio and John Depersenaire have also worked up a petition together with the American Bluefin Tuna Association (ABTA) which can be found at amendment7.wordpress.com. RFA grassroots response has worked in the past – and hopefully it works again with bluefin.

From: KeepAmericaFishing…

Help Stop Unnecessary Bluefin Tuna Mortality. Management changes could significantly reduce waste of this iconic sport fish.

For almost a century, bluefin tuna have been one of the most important big-game species sought by recreational fishermen. However, the development of a lucrative commercial industry, largely catering to the demand for sushi in Japan, has contributed to significant declines of this now-threatened species.

Bluefin tuna are often inadvertently caught on longlines – an indiscriminate commercial fishing practice that employs thousands of baited hooks on fishing lines that stretch for many miles. Pelagic longlines regularly exceed their Atlantic bluefin tuna quota. In 2012, the fishery threw back dead 239.5 metric tons of bluefin tuna, representing nearly 25 percent of the overall U.S. quota. New regulations currently under consideration by federal fishery managers by and large make significant strides to boost bluefin conservation in the U.S. and would benefit other pelagic species hit hard by longlining including marlin, sailfish and swordfish. However, it’s critical that managers don’t take action to unnecessarily punish recreational anglers for the offenses of longliners. To help insure that positive steps are made with bluefin tuna while avoiding punitive measures for anglers, America’s saltwater anglers need to speak up on these important proposed management changes.

To make your voice heard, simply visit the official comment page on Atlantic HMS Amendment 7 ( www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0101-0791 ). Provided below is a sample comment letter you can copy and paste into the comment form….

As one of America’s 60 million anglers, I am submitting comments regarding changes currently under consideration for Atlantic HMS Amendment 7. The options that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering have the potential to significantly improve not only bluefin tuna stocks but also many other highly prized sportfish including marlin, sailfish and swordfish in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Catch-and-release fishing for tunas, billfish and swordfish has proven to be hugely popular when stocks of these fish are healthy and allocated in a manner that makes economic sense and conservation sense.

Offshore recreational fishing for species like bluefin tuna has a significant economic impact on many coastal communities throughout the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, but these opportunities are dependent on healthy and abundant fisheries. You have the opportunity to improve the sustainability of many important large pelagic fish stocks and I urge you to seize the opportunity by strengthening and in some cases modifying the actions you are considering.

Allocating fish from the angling sector to the longlining sector does not make sense and is not supported by any socio-economic analysis. It is completely unfair and nonsensical to punish recreational anglers for the bycatch offenses committed by longliners.

I support the creation of the new seasonal longlining restricted areas in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast, but these areas should be substantially larger than what is proposed. To meet the bycatch reduction targets needed to protect bluefin tuna when they are spawning, the closure should include the entire Gulf of Mexico and the length of time for these closures must be increased to include March through May. Do not reopen areas in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico currently closed to longlining. The benefits of these conservation zones are well documented. An annual bluefin catch cap should absolutely be instituted and the improved at-sea monitoring under consideration should be implemented. NOAA has a major opportunity before it to change management of bluefin and by extension other highly prized sportfish. Please consider my perspective in your final decisions.

…Every comment counts and has an impact. Thank you for doing your part to help improve the management and health of the iconic bluefin tuna.

January 3, 2014 ———————————————————————-

Received: Jan 2, 2014 7:06 PM Subject: NJ Saltwater Registry

Just a reminder, you need to renew your NJ saltwater registry for 2014.

To do so go to:


Then scroll down and click on “Access current year”

Enter requested info.

Click on your ID number

Click on renew

In case you were not previously registered you may also complete your initial registration at this same link.
The registry is free and there is an explanation as to who needs to register in the web site.

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