Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 7/26

The back door cold front has a persistent NE wind blowing. Not enough for a huge swell, but enough to make the ocean a little sporty for those venturing out. This wind will reinforce the warm beach front ocean temps for sure. Snuck out around the inlet with my friend Dave Werner before sunrise and we were on fish right away. We landed mostly blues in the 2-5 pound range but managed a few linesiders in the mix. One of the bass was invited to dinner if you know what I mean. The fish were willing to swipe at poppers at times which is always a blast. So willing were they that Dave caught two at once a popper (picture below). A true double header. After that, we came inside and had some solid fluke action for the time we fished. Did not box any but most were what I like to call “quality” shorts. Fish over 17” but below the size limit of 18”. We both ended the morning with a Barnegat Bay Slam (striper, bluefish, and fluke).

On the nature side of things: Seems like there are more than usual sponge crabs. Sponge crab refers to female blue claw crabs that are carrying eggs visible on the abdomen (bottom) of the carapace (shell). After mating the prior year, a female blue crab that has matured eggs (about a million) swims towards the ocean to drop them. Drifting the bays and oceans currents the larval blue crabs disperses over what is hopefully the correct environment needed for their survival. As for the female, it is the end of her life. Blue cabs females only lay eggs once in their lifetime. Sad but true. The summer fishing could not be any better than it is right now, well maybe if weakfish were part of the equation. A great fluke bite, bluefish pretty easy to find, and a few stripers in the mix. I still have some times open for this week if you want to get in on the action give me a call.

Screaming drags, Capt. Alex 609-548-2511


Fishing LBI Waters – Surf & Boat Fishing Report Update

Strong showing of summertime pan fish in the waters of LBI!

Fishing LBI is great! A recent wave of snapper blues arrived and tormenting the schools of spearing. Southern kingfish are and have been on the chew. We’ve also seen an uptick in weakfish and finally a couple blowfish. On top of that, fluke fishing reports are great!. Bluefish, tog, triggers and sheepshead are in the inlet too.

Local grom Grey Colston is stopping in daily load up on live boodworms and DynaBait freeze dried bloods. Grey reports lots of kings in the surf. “The past couple of days have been great on both live and freeze dried bloods! Some days we have fish on almost every cast. There’s lots of kingfish and snapper blues on the beach. Fish the low tide and walk out on the bar. You gotta reach out to them!” While Grey is fishing the Ship Bottom surf other kingfish and snapper surf reports have came in. Other areas mid-island as well as Beach Haven on the south end are producing. We can only assume they are up on the north end too. But no direct reports. Only talk about blues and fluke from the northern beaches.

Dynabait Freeze Dried Bloodworms

Busy traffic is something we all learn to deal with on LBI during the summer time. Whether on the beach, on the water or on the street traffic is part of daily life. Most of the time traffic on the water makes a bite tough. However the bay and Inlet fluke fishing around LBI has been solid with numerous reports of 4-6 pound fluke as well as a couple 9’s 10’s and a 12!!! With the abundance of bait (specifically spearing, peanut bunker and small snappers) we remind those who switch over to strictly artificial to rethink their game. Big fluke love bait and especially large baits! Whole squid and large mackerel strips are two classic big fish bait as well as peanut bunker, snappers and live spot.

Kyle Brewer was recently on the water drifting and dreaming around the Inlet, Dike and main thoroughfares. He reported good fishing and mentioned, “We got a bunch of shorts and some keepers. Saw a guy land a monster!” Josh Rice sent in this photo seen (below). Josh caught the 12 pound doormat bucktailing Barnegat Bay. Land based anglers fishing the rocks are picking some good fish.


Here’s Josh Rice with a 12 pound Barnegat Bay doormat!


AJ and the crew at Apex Anglers recently released this dusky shark off the surf.


It’s Shark Week and there’s no better way to enjoy the time then shark fishing. Sharking the surf and the bay is lots of fun and the bite is on! Sand tigers and brown sharks are consistently making their presence known however other species are around. AJ at Apex Anglers recently released a dusky. Our local bunker man said small black tips are here and there some threshers still around. Speaking of sharks… the ultimate sportfishing shark species, the mako gave a local boat a surprise. As reported on our last fishing report post (July 22nd) the crew aboard the Jenny Lee got a monster mako. Here’s a must read article on the catch from the Fisherman Magazine
(L to R) Here’s Austin, Paul and Cody with a recent sand tiger release.

 – Bluewater Fishing News – 

Captain Jeff Warford aboard the Reel Innovations stopped in for a case of premium select Baitmaster’s Ballyhoo. While here he reported the tuna fishing is good. We are mugging them on the troll and the chunk is heating up. Other good report came in from Research and Bluerunner Sportfishing. Here’s their spreads!
Recent crew aboard the Bluerunner. Nice haul!
Bill Tallman’s recent catch aboard the Research.
With the Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational this week lips are tight. Not many willing to share locations.


Captain Bernie Hyland aboard the Mad Ludwig sent in the report… Brittany Hyland landed her first bluefin tuna aboard the Mad Ludwig on Saturday. We were fishing at Lemkes Canyon. The 36″ 22.9 pound bluefin nailed a good old Green Machine trolled behind a bird rig way back at the end of the pattern.


 – Fishing LBI Tournament News –

  • Wednesday is Day 1 of the 48th Annual the Beach Haven Marlin Tuna Invitational. Best of luck to all the boats fishing and a huge thanks to all of the boats that geared up with top quality bait and tackle at Fish Head.
  • JCAA Fluke Tournament – On August 5th, 2017, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association will hold its 23rd Annual Fluke Tournament.
  • The Forked River Tuna Club Presents their 60th Annual Fluke Tournament.

Lighthouse Sportfishing Report 7/24

The fluke bite is about as good as it gets. With the bay temp. over 80 degrees, the fish are heading towards deeper holes and towards the inlet. And while on the move they are feeding aggressively. With no charters today I went fishing. I started this morning by limiting out on bluefish. Catching 15 bluefish in the form of snappers I filled my live-well in hopes of trading up on the snappers. What I mean by trading up is using the live snappers as bait for keeper fluke. Catching the last hour of incoming behind the inlet, the wind was against the tide making drifting difficult. Powering against the wind and with the current, I had to work for my first keeper. A nice 19” fluke hit the deck in no time. Once the current switched and the current and wind were in unison the drift was perfect. So perfect that I got my other two keeper fluke in three drifts. Not a bad morning on Barnegat Bay with a limit of both bluefish and fluke in under two hours. Not my best picture but here are my three fluke and what they were eating.For some strange reason I do not have many trips booked this week so if you want to get in on the fluke bite, chase big bluefish and schoolie bass or go after some hard fighting brown sharks give me a call.

Screaming drags, Capt. Alex 609-548-2511


Reel Fantasea Fishing Report – Barnegat bay, inlet and ocean fishing report 7/23/17

The surrounding waters of Barnegat inlet, bay and ocean continues to bring smiles and test skills of  both novice and veteran anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea while employing light tackle tactics! Rod bending action has been minutes away from departure with out new location of Barnegat Light,

Seabass, fluke, bluefish, porgies, blackfish, cod [ yes cod!] ……. etc continue to test and keep all aboard the Reel Fantasea entertained and engaged quickly within minutes of throwing the dock lines. No long boat rides for angler or family for  summer fun answering of “what’s for dinner” .
Big blues approaching teen size have continued to scorch our angle’rs drags with a mix of smaller blues. Fluke have been abundant as well but patience is required  to weed through the high volume of throw backs but jumbo flatties have been decked up tp 28″ approaching 9lbs for those willing to see stick it out.
Near shore snags and wrecks have offered up some more fine dinning in the way of seabass, porgies, blackfish and even a surprise keeper cod!
Presently I am up and out of the water for a little “TLC” till Wednesday to circumvent our early season start [ early March] but will be back at by Thursday to fully engage anything inshore to keep our anglers happy and having some summer time fun!
Thank You ! We are presently at full capacity for our Fall Striper Fishing but will try and add a few more available date to accommodate both new and loyal customer’s looking for some of the best East Coast fishing to be had along the Eastern seaboard!
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Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,
Captain Steve Purul
Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

illing to see stick it out.

Old Barney Charters Fluke Report

The fluke fishing is fantastic!  After taking a few day vacation with the family we are back on the water. We are hitting the bay, using bucktails in anywhere from 2.5-15ft. of water, and boxing flatties. Our last 3 trips combined had over 100 fish caught with 14 keeper fluke! Action is almost non-stop and now is the time to get out fishing!

Thursday I had Frank Mancini of Abington, PA with his son Dominic (11) and Perry DelRossi, also from Abington, with his sons Luke (11) and Jake (9) out for fluke. The group worked bucktails in the bay and boxed 4 keepers in addition to catching 40+ fish. Perry caught the largest at 21″, but 11-year-old Dominic stole the show with 2 keepers – his first ever! Luke also added a keep to the cooler.
Friday was a family fluke day with my kids Eric (7) and Owen (5), nephews Patrick (13) and Sean (11), and my mother in law. Owen stole the show boating 3 keepers up to 21″. 5 years old and limited out on fluke!! Millie added a 4th keeper to the box. We worked some new bucktail color combinations today and it paid off, catching 30+ fish in 3.5 hrs.

Saturday I had out regular charter Kyle Smith of Ridley, PA with friends Mike, Dave, and Gary. Usually, we first hit sea bass, but with the great fluke bite we went straight to the flatties. Good thing we did, because they put 6 in the box up to 21.5″. In previous trips, keeper fluke have eluded Mike, but not today. He added his 1st keeper to the box, followed by a 2nd, and a 3rd!  Kyle and Dave added other 3 keeps.

The bay fluke continues to be hot and ocean fluking should just get better from here to the end.  We have openings this week. Check us out on Facebook, our website, and call to book a trip.

Old Barney Charters – Captain Kevin Schmidt – 267-918-1746

Weekend LBI Fishing Report – July 22, 2017

The warm temperatures and free time of the summer months provide great opportunities for families to get outdoors and spend valuable time together on the water. In an effort to motivate parents and guardians to engage in fun fishing activities with their children and keep them away from drugs, the Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ is holding the 3rd Annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament. This year it is from August 4-13th. For more info to participate check out their website

The Ship Bottom surf temp today is 68 degrees. The warm waters are a comfy home to fluke and kingfish. They are in the suds. Both today (Saturday) and yesterday (Friday) customers purchasing live bloodworms gave the nod yes when asked if they are finding kings. The big blues that are around offer lots of fun too! The epicenter is the Inlet but some feisty yellow eyes are cruising the surf. Gary W. caught this 13 lbs. bluefish off of the Beach Haven surf a couple days ago. Gary got it on fresh Fish Head’s fresh bunker.

Gary W. caught this bluefish off of the surf on bunker.

Beach sharking continues to dominate the surf report.  Both brown sharks and sand tigers give anglers a run for their money and test their tackle. Long Beach Island’s summertime beach shark fishing is the ultimate land based big game fishing experience. It’s a ton of fun but please know these species are federally protected! Due to the restrictions both brown sharks and sand tigers have made a major come back. Know the rules! Both of these shark species (among some others) are prohibited to be possessed. They can not be killed! They can not be landed! It’s grey but simply put landing equals possession even if there is intent to release. Fish must remain in the water. That means do not drag them up the beach for a photo. Dry sand photos are a major no no. This will ruin it for everyone.

Sharking is prime time right now, through July and all of August. This fishing is best during low light and dark hours, making it a great way to spend a few hours at night. Store staffer Willie D shares this report, “Sharking off the beach is hot right now. Keys to success? Rig up right. No weak links. Bait up with mackerel, bunker or anything meaty with some stink. Be ready for a good bite and a solid fight. Stop in the shop if you need assistance getting geared up!”

I personally prefer to enjoy the summertime sharking via boat. Over the years (15+) I’ve had a blast with friend enjoying the summer nights on the bay this way. Now that I’m a licensed captain I’m running 1-3 man bay sharking charters. If interested in going, call the shop 609-494-5739 and ask for me, Greg. If not available leave your name and phone number.

Earlier in the week I was out a couple times and we had toothy ones both trips. One trip we had a consistent bite that lasted couple hours, right into slack low tide. Everyone got their turn to battle a brown or two. At one point we had a double header. We blew through hook baits, rigs and the super warm bay ate the chum quick. The next night a stiff southerly wind maked for poor wind against tide conditions. We battled through the challenge, managed to release one and missed a couple opportunities. More recently store alumni Joni was out with friend. They released three brownies.

Shop alumni Kenny U reported good tog fishing at the Inlet rocks. He mentioned the tiggers are plentiful too! For a number of weeks now, the area has big blues holding. Anglers are having a blast hooking them on lures from bucktails to poppers. The inlet also offers great fluke fishing as the flounder slide out of the bay and take on the near shore lumps and reefs.

Bluefish offer lots of fun for all age groups but especially for kids.

Fluke fishing is solid! Anglers bucktailing the bay’s channel edges are still catching and some occasional nice fish at that. As the season progresses other areas are heating up! New reports from the inlets and ocean are strong. The consistent warm ocean temps mean one thing for late July fluke fishing… it’s on!

Howard Clark was out on the water yesterday. His caught five fish 21-23″ and dropped an even bigger fluke boatside. Howard reported quality size fluke were on the chew and everyone was stacked with squid. It’s a great sign!

The Carolyn Ann III recently reported, “Nice improvement with an upswing in the fishing. We are seeing a good catch of sea bass along with keeper fluke coming over the rail! Hopefully this upward trend continues!!! Here’s a report from Jacob Bowles who was recently fishing aboard the CA3. “We got out to the fluke grounds,had a good drift and started off picking. Got an 18″ and worked through some sea robins. Landed a 23″ 4 pound fluke which took the pool.” When asked Jacob said he was catching fish on both Gulp and bait, “Both keepers were on bait.” Sometimes you have to give them some meat!

Jacob Bowles with his pool winning 23″ 4 pound fluke.

We tend to get 90% of our reports from anglers fishing Barnegat Bay and the north end of the Island however recently some positive reports came from the southend waters. Store staffer Willie said, “Fluke fishing on the south end of the Island is pretty good. Been a better mix of keeper size fish for anglers fishing the Gulp 4” Shrimp. Those have been the go to baits for some sharpies.

Sometimes you hear about the epic fishing and just have to pack up and go. Montauk is well known for quality striped bass and fluke fishing. The reports out of Montauk have been stellar to say the least! Zach Michot took a road trip to the East End and it was well worth it! Zach reported, “Jigged up 13 nice fluke and five jumbo sea bass. All on MagicTail Jigs. It was a great day on the water aboard the Miss Montauk.”

Clamming and crabbing are a great way to enjoy LBI’s beauty and beat the heat. Here’s a photo of Archie Coen clamming away.

Achie Coen is enjoying LBI’s salt life clamming Barnegat Bay.

For a large group of passionate anglers, bluewater fishing is a release from the summertime land life full off hustle, bustle, traffic and noise. Those hours on the high seas are where some of life’s best memories are made. Today the crew from Jenny Lee Sportfishing weighed in a monster mako at Hoffman’s Marina. It’s possibly a pending new state record, unofficial weight at 926 pounds.

Bluewater fishing has been strong! Stop in for premium Baitmaster Ballyhoo, super popular Joe Shute Lures and top quality spreader bars! We have all the essentials and more to get you geared up and into the bite. The mid-shore and offshore action continues. Anglers fishing 30-50 miles  off are into bluefin tuna on a routine basis. Some heavy weeds recently moved into a fishy area that was very productive. This makes for frustrating fishing but you never know what’s underneath. Most of the time these weedy areas have bait as well as mahi and whites. Some cobia were pulled.

Store staffer Willie Davis has a nice bluefin tuna he caught trolling the mid-shore tuna grounds

Lots of local boats are catching on the mid-shore grounds trolling bars as well as bally/shutes. It seems the larger class of bluefin that were around the past month or two might have push up out of out area. It seems a smaller class of fish are now present. Hopefully some nicer ones keep picking. Spreaderbars have been hot for these smaller class bluefin. Joe Shue trolling lures rigged up with a large or select ballyhoo is also a deadly trolling combo that tuna can not resist. Most run them on the long rigger, but some prefer them in the shotgun, way back. On the other hand there’s boats that stack the spread and run them in both positions. It seems like the bigger fish like to fall for the stealth way.

While we just got a skunk report sent in from an angler who fished the Hudson we also got an awesome report out of the same Canyon. Since it is a very large area they must have been fishing different sections. We were not told where in the Hud but we saw some solid photos of yellowfin tuna from the area.

Our current bait situation… We have fresh bunker, salted clam, live bloods, live eels and live minnow. We are low on green crab but expected on Monday. Baitmaster ballyhoo is in stock with all of the sizes from dink/peewee, small, medium, med/large, select and horse. We also have spanish mackerel, premium swordfish squid (5pk) and professionally pre-rigged ballyhoo.

Reel Reaction Charters – Fishing Report

I hate to bring attention to it, but the Barnegat Bay Fluke bite has been “flat-out amazing”.  We have been consistently catching over 40 Fluke per trip with keeper numbers ranging from 3 to 8 this past week.  I have been concentrating most of our efforts in shallow-water, but the fish are starting to move and I’m finding them in some of my honey holes.  Yes, there are Bluefish at the inlet, but with the Fluke bite this good – it is game on in the backwaters.  I will start running Ocean Fluke trips soon, but I’m not getting positive feedback and we will stay on the fish until the bite dies.

Here is this week’s rundown:

Amongst running charters almost everyday, I did a quick trip with my wife Jennifer and 9yr old son Luke  we caught over 20 Fluke with two nice keepers at 24 and 23 inches.  We only fished for about 2 hours, and it was non-stop action even in wind-against-tide conditions.

I had Eric Ebinger of Warrington, PA along with his son Chad and daughter Mackenzie on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. The trio wanted to concentrate their efforts on Fluke, so we opted out of the inlet Bluefish bite. We started working some shallow water areas at it was game on with the team boating over 45 Fluke with 7 keepers (24.5, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18.5, 18). Eric’s was the biggest at 24.5 inches, but a great job by all working the S&S Bigeye through the shallows.

Next, I had return clients Dan Unger of Ship Bottom, his son Danny, and Art Diebel of Jackson with his son Walter on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. With the Fluke bite pretty solid over the last few charters, we concentrated our efforts on the flatties. The crew caught and released over 40 Fluke, while keeping 5 solid ones for the table (24, 22, 21, 19, 18.5). We worked another shallow area with the white S&S BigEye bucktails – that’s what the keepers wanted!!

I had return client Mike Geddis and his two boys, Ethan and Nate, of Cream Ridge on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. We worked the same area, with the only difference being wind against tide conditions for the first hour or so. It didn’t matter in terms of numbers, as the trio still managed over 40 Fluke with 3 nice keepers (21.5, 19.5, 18). Great job by the boys!!

I had Juliann Jakeman of Waretown, her father Don Jakeman of Waretown, and her sister Dr. Allison Jakeman of Florida on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. Juliann and her sister booked the trip as a Father’s Day present, and Allison flew up specifically for the charter. We worked multiple areas in the bay and the trio had a ton of action catching and releasing over 50 Fluke, while keeping 8 for the table (23, 22.5, 22, 21, 19.5, 19, 18.5, 18). They did a great job and look forward to seeing them in November for Striped Bass!!

If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( or call/text 609-290-7709. As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE!  It’s “no worries” fishing.  Just come aboard and FISH.

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