57.4 Pound Bass Caught

Art of Ship Bottom fished the mid-island surf late this afternoon. His first bait got taken by a trophy striped bass.

Art said, “I hit the surf not far from my house. There was a good section of water with a nice rip. I casted out my first bait and put it right in the zone. Minutes later I was hooked up. After a nice long battle both the fish and I were beat.” Art brought the bass over to the shop and checked it in for a weight. It weighed it in, 57.4 pounds 51.75″ length with a 30″ girth. A fish of a lifetime and one of the largest ever weighed in at the shop.

Through out the day today we got other positive reports from the surf. Both bass and blues on bunker. One angler reported getting some fish on metal off the surf. It’s late May and the new moon is upon us. The big bass are here! It’s time to go fish!!!

LBI Fishing Report May 23rd

The Fishing Musician Rick W of Ship Bottom just stopped by with a 35″ striped bass. Rick got it late morning fishing the mid-island surf. It went for a bunker chunk. Rick said, “No Grass!” That’s awesome news because the past couple of tides have been grassed out.

Recently store staffer Nick D found some blues off the surf on both bait and lures. Others in the shop reported the same.

Drew Knapp reported his after work session yesterday went exactly according to plan! “Three blues for dinner and shark bait.”

Chet Kosarek sharred this report, “Fished the rocks at Barnegat Inlet Saturday. Saw one small blue caught on a white bucktail. Sunday was weedy. Caught nothing and saw nothing. There were a bunch of boats fishing boats by the dredge spoil islands behind Barnegat Inlet. No one seemed to be catching although the fish finder marked some fish.”
White Bucktails Here!

The traffic lights are on! Drive with caution and stay alert.

The LBI Cup hosted by the Beach Haven Marlin Tuna Club is Saturday May 27th. For more details go to www.LBICUP.com

The Striper Shootout hosted by High Point Vol Fire Co is Saturday June 10th Go to www.HPVFC.com for more details

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters – Bass, blues, Fluke and Seabass!!

The anglers aboard Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters continue to enjoy solid light tackle action with a mix of bass and blues with certain tides working better for each species.

Savvy bass aficionados with the”right touch” and “good students” have scored well on light tackle with stripers ranging 27-32″ employing a variety of artificial  lures [ some scoring double digits] while blues have been hard to avoid at times.Larger bass into the 30lbs + ranges have fallen victim to Tony Maja spoons trolled on his custom rods on wire line and live bunker snag and drop.
Add the opening of both fluke and seabass seasons by mid to late week things are about to get very interesting for those who like more variety!
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Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters
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LBI Fishing Report May 21st

Hard onshore winds have dominated the past two days but anglers got out and fished. No spectacular reports but anglers are catching both on the beach and boat.

Here’s some reports from customers…

Adam McPherson from Buck County, PA reported a good time fishing the inlet yesterday. He said the blues were chewing plugs all afternoon.

Ed Sisson sent in this report, “Yesterday was non-stop off the south end surf. 13 blues up to 32 inches, 1 flounder, a couple of sharks all within two hours. Tried plugs and metal but no takers. They only wanted the meat! Only bunker was working for me.

Pat Schaefer from Levitown, PA got a 16lb 2oz striped bass off of the mid-island surf on bunker. He caught it fishing the late night shift.

Kevin Worthington and John Wilson of Orefield, PA fished the night shift too. Kevin got a nine pound bluefish and John got four (various sized) blues. It was best at the top of incoming. All on fresh bunker.

Just a heads up we just got in a fresh delivery of bunker so there are primos here for the anglers that want to chunk. We also have live eels and live minnows. There’s no telling when more clams will arrive.

Beach Haven Charter Fishing Report

By Jim Hutchinson Sr.

As spring finally starts to arrive, the fishing action in the Beach Haven area continues to heat up. Several captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting their time in on the water and coming up with some positive results.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” usually will pull the plug when weather conditions make it too uncomfortable for his anglers. On a recent trip, he termed it “like an episode of Deadliest Catch.” The group had to take the trip that day or no trip at all. Captain Gary managed to find some protected areas of Great Bay and provided them with some action on big bluefish.

Captain Tom Masterson had a great day on the bay with the Pat Lavanga party aboard Captain Carl Sheppard’s “Starfish” with bluefish being the request of the day. The group had some great action catching 15 big bluefish trolling Rebels and spoons between the inlet and Great Bay.

Captain Matt Curtis of “Olbarney Guide Service” reports “crummy” weather slowing action down a bit but when he can get out he has managed a good mix of keeper striped bass and black drum to 35-pounds in the bay. Outside the inlets, he hears the striped bass bite is underway a little north of Beach Haven with 30-40-pound bass taking Mojos and spoons. Last Sunday he had a bay trip that had non-stop action on big dog fish and plenty of blues along with a 50-pound drum that was released. He managed to pick up one 28-inch striper that made its way into the fish box.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky of the “Reel Determined” and Captain Ray Lopez of the “Miss Liane” will be donating their time on June 3 to participate in a fishing event for “Project Healing Waters.” Sponsored by the Holiday Beach Club in Waretown, this is a day of fishing for injured veterans. Both captains are to be commended for their efforts to pay back to those who have served our country.

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


Quality Striped Bass Here Now

For the most part the local troll bite has been quality with some really nice fish coming up. We’ve got the spring’s largest fish here now!!! Go fish! Randy Townsend got a good one on the troll yesterday. He was working the waters off IBSP when this large striped bass ate a Tony Maja #4 two-tone green bunker spoon.

Reports from this morning were slow; however, Jeff Warford went out this afternoon and found them. He got a good one among others pulling spoons.

Looks like another wave of bluefish flooded our area. Yesterday afternoon we got some great reports of medium to large size blues. The racers are in the bay, inlet and the surf. We got positive reports from the mid-bay yesterday and the Inlet late in the day. The surf was good in the afternoon too on both bait and lures. Blake and I went out for a couple hours last night looking for bass, only pulled blues. I pushed back out in the morning and went on the search but couldn’t find bass. Stumbled on some small packs of bunker deep. Snagged a couple but no takers. Ended up trolling around for an hour or so then resorted to Plan B, the Inlet. Hammered the blues on lures. Among the mediums, I managed to get a couple good size teen gators fishing an extra large pencil popper. The schools of blues racing around the popper and the hooked fish was cool.

They are here! Ed Sisson was recently fishing the surf and had his bunker chunk inhaled by a 22″ fluke. It must have hurt to let it go! 

On the fluke front, we’ve got a lot of emails and calls asking about the fluke regulations. After this past weeks fluke meeting, the NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin approved, the measures for NJ’s recreational summer flounder fishery. There’s only one speed bump or potential brick wall, the Commerce Department, but a little birdie says they aren’t planning on stopping it. So here it is, as confirmed via email from the NJ Fish & Wildlife email…

The 2017 NJ Summer Flounder “Fluke” Recreational Regulations…

For all NJ coastal waters:
18-inch minimum size limit
3-fish possession limit
Open season May 25 through September 5

For Delaware Bay and tributaries:
17-inch minimum size limit
3-fish possession limit
Open season May 25 through September 5

For Island Beach State Park (Shore Mode only)
16-inch minimum size limit
2-fish possession limit
Open season May 25 through September 5

LBI Fishing Report May 18, 2017

The Jersey coast is alive with bass and blues showing daily in the ocean and bay. The recent south winds did not offer perfect conditions but anglers worked through it and produced catching quality bass and bluefish. They are being caught from both the beach and the boat. We anticipate this to continue with prime time Jersey Shore fishing the next four weeks. Here’s some recent reports…

The surf has blues and bass cruising the suds. Anglers are catching fishing bait and lures. The bass seem to be getting larger (upper 40″ range) and the blues seem to be getting smaller but there are some racers mixed in. Sloane Endick got this bass of the LBI surf recently.

Store staffer Kelley went out after work yesterday and found some life in the dark. He locked into a good size bluefish on a NorthBar Bottle Darter.
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Store staffer Dan D plugged for a couple hours in the evening. He found some bass plugging. He reported, “Who needs a boat when you can smoke them on the beach… persistence pays off. My exploring trip paid off big time.” Here’s his biggest.


The troll bite has been a slow pick but at times there’s signs of greatness. A couple have picked up fish live-lining too. Dan Rosetto got this one on the troll yesterday. He reported, “There’s bunker around. By the by weekend the snag might be good, if there isn’t 1000 boats blowing them apart.” We got a nice bunker delivery yesterday from our local gill net boat and news from them was sweet and sour. “Lots of bunker patches stretched along LBI and IBSP. There was an active whale the other day. The reduction fleet seine boats are actively working and pounding the bait.” Let’s hope they meet their quota quickly, skip town and there’s some bunkers left for the bass to set up and feed on.

Jeff Warford went out on the bay for an afternoon-evening session yesterday. He reported the blues were thick and active. “They were good size ones and lots of them chewing hard! We crushed them on plugs.” I was stoked to hear Jeffie got out and had a safe and successful trip. Our last outing wasn’t. Getting hooked while on the dock loading up puts a damper on a trip really quick. Thanks to Dr. Todd for the emergency help!!!

Eight year old Wyatt Spalding weighed in a 11.36 pound bluefish yesterday.


A local angler Tom shared this report, “I fished the inlet and it was kind of a dud. Not the usual elbow to elbow lineup and only a small handful of fish to be had. This certainly has not been the epic season as it’s been the past few years. None the less the weather was perfect and the smell of salty air makes it all good.”