Today is opening day for NJ’s Fluke Season. We got some awesome reports. The theme is bucktailing the bay with Gulp.
Gulp! 4″ Swimming Mullet
Bill Figley and friends were out in the bay today. The three limited out and reported all nice fish.
Greg Sonday caught 15 fluke today bucktailing in the bay. The chartreuse bucktail was the hot lure. Greg’s largest was 23 inches.
Sea Bass opens May 26th with the bag limit 10 fish at 12.5″
We just got in a nice delivery of fresh primo bunkers.
2017 Tide Tables now available here! As of now, we do not have printed copies in hand yet. We are expecting them in the near future!
– M. Steadman
This stretch of fishing weather continues. The onshore winds are keeping surf anglers stoked and boat anglers on the fence. Some boat guys are getting out but it isn’t the blue bird days that the majority look for. When the fish are here you gotta go!
Chris Masino got a nice bass off of the surf last night.
Still lots of bluefish in the area; bay, inlet and surf.
Reports the surf is weedy in spots today. There’s some heavy turn action. Birds are picking. Dave Werner reported one bluefish.
Kevin Lorenz reported, “Finally got away from the blues!”
The big bass are here. The fish are on the bunker pods for the early morning bite and then the mid day troll gets them out in the deep. We bring it all and change up techniques as conditions dictate. The fish are all big, 25 to 40 plus pound bass. These are the biggest stripers of the season and the bite is in full swing. The bluefish are still in the inlet and bay to complement the action, as well. They are anywhere from 2 to 16 pounds and they are blasting our topwater lures.
Sailing Open Boat or Charter Friday May 26 Noon to 6PM, Sunday May 28 1PM to 7PM, and Monday (Memorial Day) May 29 6AM to Noon and again from 1PM to 7PM.
$175 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared, everything is provided. You can call right up until “Go time” to see if there’s room. Call to reserve a spot.
Capt Dave DeGennaro
Hi Flier Sportfishing
Sorry for the delay in reporting . Over the weekend I ran three trips in two days. The ocean was a little sporty so we stayed in the bay. Intel has it that the inlet is loaded with fish but I just could not safely fish it this weekend. Saturday morning the Ernie Dellheim crew from worked hard for the blues. Fish landed were 4 – 10 pounds and feisty. For part of the trip I fished in close proximity to my good friend Capt. Bill of Mole’s Charters, who had better success than us boxing thee bass and releasing five others. Nice job Bill! Anyone that has watched George Poveromo on TV might know that George always talks about how “subtle differences” can make or break of fishing trip. Not sure if Capt Bill was doing anything much different than I Saturday morning but Bill if you had a subtle difference, throw me a bone here buddy! The morning trip also released a nice 20″ fluke that fell to a dead stick bunker chunk on a 9/0 hook with a wire leader. Go figure, but it even gets better from there…..On the PM trip, the Pereni family was out and worked hard to put some fish on the deck as well as back in the water. Well…. on the same fluke slaying set up used on the AM tri p, they one upped the AM trip with a fat 6 pound fluke. Attached is a picture before it was released. I know where I’m fishing opening day of fluke season this week ;). Sunday I had a crew from Canada for a little fishing and eco-touring. Weeds were the word of the day but they did catch some fish and had a great time. I am available Sunday and Monday, Memorial Day. Just give me a call if you’re interested in booking one of those days.
Capt. Alex 609-548-2511 Lighthouse Sportfishing
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!!!
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