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Product News

"HOT Item" Daiwa SP Minnow Bullet Lures
The Daiwa Salt Pro (SP) Minnow Bullet is a new lure from Daiwa specifically designed for striper bass fishing in the North East. The SP Bullet evolved from the SP Minnow, a super popular epic fish catching lure. The SP Bullet is a slender 6" lure just like the SP Minnow but the SP Bullet does not have a lip. The SP Bullet is part needlefish and part darter. This brand new design from Daiwa sinks level and has a tight "S" style swimming action. These Bullets are rigged right and ready to fish with a heavy 1.4mm through wire construction and 2/0 VMC Hooks right out of the package. Daiwa gave the SP Bullet the same internal long cast weight system that gives the SP Minnow its phenomenal casting ability. Even in windy conditions, the SP Bullet will live up to its name casting like a bullet! The SP Bullet are available in two models and 10 great colors: Sinking Model weighs in at 1-1/2 oz and the Fast Sinking Model weighs in at 2-1/8 oz.
Daiwa DSPM Bullet Lures - 6" - 1-1/2oz - SINKING
Daiwa DSPM Bullet Lures - 6" - 2-1/8oz - FAST SINKING
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"HOT Item" Daiwa DSPM15 "S-Sinking" and "F-Floating" Salt Pro Minnow lures are here!
Two new colors; "Golden" Bunker and "See-Thru Back" Spearing
Available in both floating and sinking models. These have been amazing fish catching lures. View all models and colors...
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"HOT Item" Shimano Shimano's 'Long Cast Surf System' - Reels and Rods...
These new Shimano reels have large diameter long stroke spools, along with Shimano’s new SuperSlow Oscillation feature, these new reels along with the new Tiralejo TRS Surf Spinning Rods gives anglers the long casting abilities to be within range, and the power to reel them in.
Shimano's Ultegra Spinning Reels; ULCI45500XSB, ULT5500XSC and ULT10000XSC
Shimano’s ‘Ultimate’ surf casting reel for both distance and power the Aero Technium ARTC10000XS
Shimano's Tiralejo TRS Surf Spinning Rods; TRS106MA, TRS110HA, and TRS120MHA

"HOT Item" Shimano SW Concept Series reels!...
The new Shimano SW series started last year when Shimano reintroduced the new Stella SWB series spinning reels. This year the Shimano SW Concept product line has been given broader choices with the introduction of the new Saragosa SW and Spheros SW (These new reels are sweet and NOT to be confused with the old models)...
Click to view the Shimano SaltWater Concept Spinning Reels

The "Little Football" of elastic bait thread is back!....
Tell your fellow anglers that the elastic footballs are in stock again at Fisherman's Headquarters...
Click to view Ghost Cocoon Elasticized Bait Thread w/ Dispenser Tube

 
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BAIT STATUS

Popular Bait Status:  May 29, 2015 6:00 PM
Key: = In Stock  = Quantity Low  = Sold Out
   Fresh Bait
 
Fresh Bunker
    CLAMS
  
Fresh Surf Clams in Shell
  Shucked & Salted Surf Clams
 
Fresh Bay Clams
 
Frozen Clams
  Frozen Ground Clam Chum
   LIVE BAIT
  Minnows
 
Eels
  Green Crabs (Not stocking until Sept when NJ Blackfish season reopens)
   WORMS
  Live Bloodworms
 
Live Sandworms
  Freeze Dried Bloodworms
  Freeze Dried Sandworms

... many other frozen baits and chums are in stock
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FISHING REPORT

Reminder...
Unless you are fishing on a chartered boat, ALL SALTWATER ANGLERS must register or renew federal registrations starting January 1st each year to fish any US Coastal Saltwaters

New Jersey anglers can register FOR FREE at
the FREE NJ State Saltwater Registry

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding saltwater anglers to participate in the fisheries management process through the NJ volunteer angler survey. The survey allows anglers to report both recreational marine fishing catches and just efforts to catch, which are both considered in the fisheries management process. Information on what anglers catch, and just as importantly don't catch, helps biologists better understand New Jersey's important marine fish stocks. Survey data provides valuable information necessary for informed management decisions and has been used to develop fishing regulations that increase recreational fishing opportunities. Become part of the marine fisheries management process by submitting your fishing trip information through the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACCSP_ereporting for submitting simple details or  http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/marinesurvey.htm for submitting more detailed information (NOTE: NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife claims all information is confidential.)

Anglers are starving for surf fishing reports, be they good or bad. Please share your results (not looking for exact spots) by sending reports to our email address fishingreports@fishermansheadquarters.com. Reports are greatly appreciated. After reading reports, if you contact any captain for a charter, please mention that you read their report on the Fisherman's Headquarters Fishing Report. Thank you

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project
     Link to the update page for Long Beach Island Beach Replenishment Work.
     Provides project information & street closures. Updated every couple of days.

New Striped Bass Regulations Notice: Now in effect: one fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater. The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) closed on May 1 and will remain closed until September 1, 2015. When it reopens on September 1, the SBBP regulations will be one fish 24" to less than 28". The order of fish harvested does not matter.

May 29, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

6:00 PM

Captain Mike Greene of Lucky Stripes Charters was on the water this morning and went three for four on big bass. His biggest was a 48 pounder!!! Mike said the water temp where he was fishing was 48-51 degrees. He mentioned that he has a lot of days booked but still has a couple prime dates available. Anyone looking to fish with Capt. Greene should give him a call as soon as possible. ~ Capt. Mike Greene  Lucky Stripes Charters  718.644.6087

Austin Pounds weighed in a 3-lb 3-oz sea bass for the Beach and Boat Tournament today. The fish was 19.5" long with a 13" girth.

Hop Sauce is tomorrow Saturday May 30 from 11 am-7pm at the Taylor Ave Waterfront in Beach Haven (between 9th Street and Taylor Ave west of Bay Village). $10 Entry Fee or $40 Beer Sampling Bracelets. Hop Sauce - A gathering of craft beer and spice enthusiasts! The second annual festival is open to all ages, inviting you to pair local fare with regional hot sauces, listen to original music and wash it down with a sampling from a variety of 20+ craft beers. Must be 21+ to sample craft beers/ ID checked at gate.

Here is some info from the NJDEP Fish and Wildlife: New Record Cunner Certified - For the second time this week and third time this month, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has officially certified a new state record saltwater fish. Jorge Antonio Costa of Philadelphia reeled in the newest record, a Cunner weighing 3 pounds, 2.4 ounces at 16.5" in length. For more information, including a photo of the new record fish, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2015/reccunner15.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife web site.

11:00 AM

Edward W. Cherry was born in Bridgeport, CT on March 12, 1935 to Thomas and Helen Cherry. Ed spent his childhood in Fairfield CT where he developed his lifelong passion for fishing. Ed moved with his family to Clifton in 1948 and attended high school at St. Peters Prep in Jersey City NJ where he played Varsity Football. Ed later studied at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1956 and then Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned a DDS.

At Marquette, he met Marilyn Puetz of Skokie, Illinois and they married in 1959 in Evanston, Il. Ed practiced dentistry in Oak Ridge (Milton), NJ from 1964 until his retirement in 1996. Ed served on the Board of Health for Jefferson Township and was a devoted fan of the Jefferson Township Falcon Football and Track teams for many years.

Ed spent his retirement in Manahawkin and then Waretown, NJ as well as winters in Englewood Florida. During his retirement he became known as one of the best weakfish fisherman in Barnegat Bay. He was a championship caliber recreational fisherman, winning or placing in numerous fishing tournaments during his retirement. Ed was a multiple honoree of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Skillful Angler Award Winners. Ed helped form the Village Harbor Fishing Club, was a Board Member of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Chairman JCAA striped bass committee, and advised on fishery conservation issues by representing New Jersey on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Atlantic Menhaden Advisory Panel, amongst others.

Ed is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn and their four sons and wives and children; Christopher and Carolyn Cherry of Chatham; James and Christina Cherry of Hillsborough; Timothy and Elin Cherry of Westfield; and Joseph and Ali Cherry of Metuchen; and 9 grandchildren, Lauren, T.J., Marissa, Madison, Margo, Andrew, Hannah, Jakob, Alex and Clifford Cherry, his brother, of Vero Beach, Fl.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 502 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Arrangements are by Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Edward Cherry to the Stripers Forever, PO BOX 2781, South Portland, ME 04116.

Received: May 29, 2015 9:05 AM   Subject: Plan B... Barnegat Bay!

What a mess! This south wind is relentless. After a long holiday weekend camping in VA, I was anxious to get out bass fishing. I ran out on Tuesday cruising the shoreline for bunker and trolling bunker spoons in the deeper water from IBSP to Mantaloking......nothing. The water temp was 44 degrees. We need some wind from the east, north, northeast, .......anything without an "s" in it to repair this situation. It doesn't take long either. Just a few days of easterly will get us back to where we need to be. Hopefully the striper fishing will pickup where it left off once the temp is right.

The good news is we can still go fishing. The bay is 64/65 degrees on the west side and the east side fluctuates with the tide. Here's the plan: I ordered a flat of sandworms to try drifting for weakfish in the local haunts where they could be. Are they here? I have no idea, but I know where to try. I also ordered a bushel of fresh clams to go anchor up in Double Creek and try my favorite tide for stripers. Also don't know if they are in the bay, as like most, I have been way too distracted with the bluefish run early in the season and more recently the big bass along the coast. I'm going to anchor up in my favorite spot on the high water slack, and sling clams until we get something going. We could also drift and jig for fluke as that season is now open. Some of the early season fish are good size. I always have the popper rods ready to throw at the small blues that have now replaced the gator blues in the bay.

I"ll tell you what, that's not a bad Plan B. Thank God for Barnegat Bay! We are going to try for weakfish, stripers, fluke, and blues and never break the inlet. Running Open Boat or charter starting tomorrow, Friday, May 29, 1PM to 7PM. Sat, Sun, and Mon, May, 30, 31 and June 1, 6AM to Noon. $150 per person. 3 people max. 1PM to 7PM charters also available Sat, Sun, and Mon.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

May 28, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

10:30 AM

The persistent southerly winds have upwelled large body of cold deep ocean water onto our beaches. The surf water temps were stable in the high 50's for quite some time. Now they have plummeted into the low 50's and keep creeping lower. The Barnegat Bay buoy (located at the BL Coast Gaurd Station) recorded a low of 48-49 degrees on this mornings incoming tide. This bouy shows ocean water temperatures during the incoming tide and bay water temperatures on the outgoing. The last outgoing tide last night was still above the 65 degree mark.

As a result, the fishing has suffered. The phenomenal bluefish bite and the striped bass action has shut down. We are still in the prime time spring fishing season/migration so the fish aren't gone completely. There's still lots more great fishing to be had. Hopefully the weather pattern will change and the southerly flow will let up. In the meantime, look around for the warmer water temperatures where fish will be much more active. The other night Blake and I smoked the bass fishing the bay. We caught 'em on bucktails and rubber shads. The bass ranged from schoolie to mid-thirty inch range. We both dropped quality fish too.

~FishHead.Greg

May 27, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

1:00 PM

It is with deep regret that we inform of the passing of Dr. Edward Cherry this evening. He was the greatest of men. Ed was a friend of anglers and of the fisheries as he represented so many, so well, so may years. Not may know of the time and hard work that he put into starting and supporting clubs and fisheries management. The fishing community has lost a valuable supporter.

On a personal level Ed was more than a friend. Perhaps brother is a better way to describe our relationship. Dear Ed, you have worked so hard to create so much that you can be proud of. May you rest in rest in peace knowing that you have done so much so well. I am so thankful for your friendship. You will be sadly missed.

~ Stan, Fisherman's Headquarters

Received: May 27, 2015 10:53 AM   Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

Memorial Weekend has come and gone on Long Beach Island, with the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association experiencing no difficulty finding an abundance and variety of fish for their anglers. Once again big bluefish dominated the action.

The “Star Fish” with Captain Carl Sheppard fished multiple days over the weekend and found big blues both days. Sometimes they just looked for screaming bird play, and other days they scored trolling blind. These blues are real tackle busters with the smallest around 10-pounds and the largest checking in at 16.5-pounds. One day Captain Carl tried the back bay waters looking for fluke but managed to find only one 20-inch keeper along with two shorts. He is looking for some spectacular fishing when the black sea bass opens this week.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” had Dane and Denise Hartmann along with Al Meyer in the ocean looking for some of those big yellow-eyed bluefish. They trolled up as many blues as they wanted to reel in. All of the action was trolling a variety of lures.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing” had a group out Saturday looking for a catch of fluke in Great Bay. The conditions of wind against the tide most of the day made establishing good drifts very difficult if not impossible. They managed a few shorts along with one 19-inch keeper. Captain Gary took his group to the inlet where they had a good time bailing monster bluefish that were feeding on peanut bunker. The blues were an exciting way to end the day.

It has been difficult to pinpoint exactly where the striped bass will be, but boats fishing in the ocean have been finding bass from Wreck Inlet to Seaside both by live lining snagged bunker and trolling bunker spoons. In addition, the opening of black sea bass season will spark wreck and reef fishing. The early bite for sea bass should be very strong.

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

May 26, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

4:00 PM

Bill Bousant reported fishing the surf yesterday. He caught 7 fluke up to 20" (the one keeper) and missed a handful in a short period of time. Bill said, "With the wind it was brutal up there but it was a good start to the season!"

Dave Werner posted a nice photo of a fluke with a caption "5 pounder flounder, first fluke of the season".

Lots of shark anglers got amped seeing Mary Lee cruise up the coast and hang around our local waters. Now it's time to go. Finally we got our first shark report. Marty Anderson was out fishing the 30 line in 60 degree water a few days ago. He reported lots of blue sharks. They managed to hook up with some feisty thresher sharks which went airing out. Marty said they broke off two and boated a 200+ pounder. Check out this photo of an acrobatic thresher!

I guess it is official!!! We just saw the email press release from the NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife on the NEW NJ STATE RECORD GRAY TILEFISH!!!

"Mark Milici of Doylestown, PA, made his way onto the NJ state record fish list recently by landing a 23 pound, 4 ounce Gray Tilefish. Mark was fishing off a boat when he reeled in the fish, eclipsing the previous record caught last year by 4 ounces." For those interested in more details you can scroll down and see the weigh-in report which was posted on the 9pm update on May 15th or click here for more information  Just a heads up, all of the paperwork has been complied and will be submitted soon to the IGFA. We will all have to wait and see how it goes.

9:30 AM

Lee and Steve from the Berkely Striper Club weighed in a pair of nice bass this morning. Steve checked in a 46.5" 36.5-lber that he caught on bunker and Lee had a 45" 34.6-lber that he caught on a Mag Darter.

Gary G. caught a 6-lb weakfish and a couple cocktail blues fishing the mid-island bay this past weekend.

Received: May 25, 2015 8:13 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

The bass are definitely here with narrow windows for snag-n-drop fishing, and a bunch caught trolling Maja's, but we will have to see how this week's south winds affect the bite. Meanwhile, the fluke season has officially began with the backwaters holding biting fluke on the right tide. It's always about finding the right water temp his time of year for a decent fluke bite.

Aside from some family obligations, I was able to get out for an afternoon 4-hr bay charter on Saturday. I had Patrick Scholes and his 6-yr old son Henry from Westchester, NY in the back for some flukin'. We did have the start of the outgoing tide, but stiff south-east winds made for several wind against tide scenarios. Henry was first to strike with a few throwbacks, but we found ourselves contending with a lot of snot grass. After a few moves, we finally found an area that showed signs of life, clean water, and higher water temps. Although the conditions were far less than optimal, Patrick connected on a nice 4-lb fluke that measured 22 inches on a S&S Bucktails Big Eye tipped with Gulp bait. There is nothing like jigging fluke in skinny water. Nice job by the father and son team.

I do have this Friday afternoon available (2:30 to 6:30pm OR 2:30 to 7:30pm), and Saturday morning available - if interested give me a ring or book through the website. Once the school year ends (June 19th), we will be running 7 days a week. As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - you just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction Sportfishing Charters  609.290.7709

Received: May 25, 2015 7:49 AM   Subject: Memorial Day Weekend

Spent the weekend with family. Fished for stripers a couple hours Sunday morning with no takers on spoons trolling off Lavallette. Decided to move to double creek for fluke. Managed 2 keepers with largest 24". Most fish were caught on minnows, some on gulp!, and many were spitting up grass shrimp. Trips booked next couple weekends with only open date 6/7.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt  Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

May 25, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

11:30 AM

Jim Perkins just got back from the edge. He reported no tuna at the Lindy for him and his buddies. Jim said they switched gear and targeted tilefish. They limited out with tiles up to 30-lbs.

Ryan Sherwood of Manahawkin weighed in 47" 43.05-lb bass this morning. He caught it off of the south end surf in the early morning hours on a Super Strike.

Received: May 25, 2015 10:03 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Memorial Day Report

Started off Friday in lots of wind with Eric and Eric Sr. Started off catching large blues in the inlet. Then tried snag and drop south of inlet. No bites. With the howling winds decided to try Fluking. Caught around 25 fish with 2 keepers to 4 lbs. Next up Kack and Andrew. Tried trolling spoons no good. Came back to inlet for every cast bluefishing. Last up Chris and Eric. Started catching blues but the boys wanted to try for a bass so made call to leave the fish and unfortunately the bass didn't bite well Sunday. Sea bass opens Wednesday and new boat will be here Saturday so shoot an email.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: May 25, 2015 9:27 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Blues, Bass & Special Guest... George Poveromo!!!

Pretty exciting week on many fronts beginning with the highlight of having the great opportunity and privilege to fish with Mr. Salt Water Sportsman contributing editor and TV host of George Poveromo"s World Of Saltwater Fishing, Mr. George Poveromo!! Fishing with George was a fantastic experience in many ways but mostly to find he is truly the real deal when it comes to fishing and just an all around great guy to fish with. He's enthusiasm and drive for fishing is second to none! Although the weather was challenging at times for both camera crew and anglers [ I and George] with dense fog, windy/bumpy conditions and rain we put together a solid show targeting topwater bluefish and then topped that off with George scoring a solid 30+lbs bass on the snag and drop! The TV shoot should air sometime in 2016 on NBC sports!! I don't want to give to much away so we'll just leave it at that.

Finding schools of bunker thick enough to snag have been key to success with some days they seem everywhere while the next day they are hard to come by. But the real key to success is not only finding the bunker but finding the "right school" with active feeding bass. Early morning or late afternoon seem to be the best window of opportunity to connect. Regulars Jay Simmons, Shawn Hawthorne, Ernie Rosenberg and Karl Steffan were out hoping to get in on the snag and drop bass action , unfortunately the schools of bunker were sparse at best with Ernie being the only one to put a nice 34lbs class bass into the cooler , a stop in the back bay had all on board scoring some fun top water action with 5- 10lbs blues before trips end. Next up was Ken Greenwald and crew who went 2 for 5 on the snag and drop putting a sweet 24lbs and 34lbs bass into the cooler before the bite shut down. Unfortunately we did end the week disappointingly for the Andy Peszka crew with only one knock down on the troll that came unbutton after the snag and drop produced no opportunities. Even the ever present and cooperative bluefish flipped us the fin seemingly no where to be found before heading for the barn.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: May 24, 2015 10:35 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

It’s that time of year when you don’t know which species you want to target. Big bass are showing on bunker schools along the beach along with big blues. There are still bass and blues in the bay to keep the rods bent and fluke season just opened on Friday. After a late cancellation for Saturday, I found my self trying to decide which species I wanted to target so I went with the one I wanted for dinner J, fluke. Worked some channels along flats the last of the outgoing tide to use the rise in temperature to my advantage. Ocean temperature is around 58 while Barnegat Bay is 64. That 6 degree temperature change often means a lot when it comes to early season fluke. Oh did I catch anything? During the last half hour of outgoing tide I boxed my 5 fish limit (attached picture). I also released 2 dozen shorts during the last two hours of outgoing. Biggest fish was 22” at 3.6 pounds. Not a bad Memorial Day meal. Crabbing is starting to pick up on the west side of the bay and some of the Jimmies are nice size. I like my crabs steamed but my wife likes garlic crabs. So garlic crabs it was. Sunday I took my wife fluking for the end of the outgoing tide. We did limit out like I did yesterday but we a lot of action and some keepers for the freezer.

On the nature side of thing: right now, thousands of Red Knots are gorging themselves on horseshoe crabs eggs along the NJ Delaware Bay shore. They just got here from an eight day flight from Argentina. Spending about two weeks to fatten up they will then fly north to the tundra to breed. There riming of their journey has coevolved with the reproduction of horseshoe crabs. Overharvesting of horseshoe crabs for eel bait and for their blue blood used in medicine has crashed their population by 70% over the last few years. These birds are being closely monitored as to their health and population size. Some of the tagged birds have flown the distance to the moon in their lifetime. Kind of crazy when you think about it as the average Red Knot weighs 4.8 ounces.

If you are looking to catch some fish but don’t know what to fish for give me a call as I still have days open.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

May 24, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

12:30 PM

This morning Jon Leshko caught a 21-lb 7-oz bass at sunrise. He was fishing bunker off of the mid-island surf.

Al Asplint sent us a photo and quick fluke report yesterday, "Caught these guys off Tuckerton on Gulp!"

May 23, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

4:30 PM

This after noon Dan P. check in a 30-lb bass for the On The Water Striper Cup. He was fishing off of IBSP trolling spoons this morning. Dan reported a couple bunker pods were present.

John P. stopped in the shop and restocked with fresh bunker. He reported a slow night last night; however, during the day today he got into the blues when the wind shifted onshore.

Linda Harris weighed in a bass last night, 11.5-lbs on bunker mid-island surf. She also caught a good size bluefish.

We weighed one fluke (4.1-lbs) in yesterday on opening day. The angler reported catching it down south near the Stink House. We also got a report from our long time friend Wilbor. He reported catching one short, "The wind was honkin' and the wave action was rough. One guy I talked to had seven shorts and one keeper." Another customer stopped in to buy some Gulp and reported, "During the week I was occasionally catching a fluke off of the surf fishing small pieces of bunker for blues. One day I had two. Now that the season is open, I'm going to target them."

May 22, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

3:00 PM - It went off today!!!

Lots of bass and even more bluefish. Too many weigh ins to list 'em all.

Pete U. checked in a 44-lb monster that inhaled a Super Strike Black/Purple Darter. Pete said, "I released two nice fish in the 20-lb range and then BOOM!!! Epic battle! It was hung up deep in the gills and the the fish had no chance. I tried for over an hour to revive it but it was hurt.

James Carriero of Garfield stopped by with a lively 37.25-lb 45-1/2" bass. He reported, "I wasn't on the beach for more than 15 minutes. On my third cast I was hooked up on a metal (Deadly Dick)! I lost my father about a month and a half ago... he sent this one my way!"

Larry O'Brian and Jimmy T. from Berline stopped in the shop and then were back a couple hours later with a 22-lb bass. Larry reported hooking up on clam fishing the mid-island surf, not far from the shop. Larry said I wish I got the next fish but it was too big. Right after landing the 22# another fish was hooked up but spooled 'em in no time.

Now is the time!!!

8:00 AM

Just had a pair of weigh-ins from the surf.

Steve George weighed in a 42-3/4" 29.25-lb bass that he caught on a plug. Lenny weighed in a 43" 29 pounder that he caught on a bunker chunk. Lenny said this morning at sunrise he dropped a fish on a bunker head and then stuck the one with a chunk.

It's officially fluke season and we already got a photo of a fluke!

After working all day on my birthday yesterday, I decided to pull an all nighter to get some fishing in. I tied up loose ends and headed out at about midnight. It wasn't long and I was in. I released a small bass about 10-12 pounds. A couple casts later I had another bite and this one felt like a much better size fish. Unfortunately after a couple runs the hook pulled. Major bummer! There was a lull for a half hour or so and then the bluefish invaded. It wasn't every cast but just about. It was a fun filled night ~FishHead.Greg

May 21, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

5:00 PM

Just a short while ago we got a batch of some primo bunker, fresh off of the boat. We expect deliveries daily all weekend. Stop in for some primos!

Store staffer Steve Wolfschmidt weighed in a 41" 24-lb 12-oz bass today. He caught it chunking bunker last night off of the surf. Steve-o is currently in second place for the Simply Bassing Surf Tournament. Click here for live results.

Rick W. from Ship Bottom was in the shop gearing up. He left and then was back about an hour later with a 40" 21-lb 12-oz bass that he caught off of surf on bunker.

Pete U. chunked the beach last night and got into the bluefish. He also plugged up two bass about 15-lbs.

Austin Pounds gave us heads up he was trolling today off of LBI. He released 6 fish up to 40-lbs all over 25-lbs and killed one for the table. He stopped in the shop with the 47.5" 39.60-lb and also checked it into the Beach and Boat Fishing Tournament.

Received: May 21, 2015 11:58 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The story this week for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is variety. Right now the captains are catching bluefish, striped bass, tuna, and drumfish while expecting fluke and black sea bass to be on the scene very shortly.

Captain Carl Sheppard had another bachelor party out fishing on the “Starfish” last weekend that maxed out the cooler on big bluefish. Captain Carl says the blues are being caught best slow trolling using Clark spoons and pony tails, although old fashioned rag mops worked well also Their big catch was snagging a line that resulted in an umbrella rig with 4 bluefish attached, all over 15-pounds. Both a net and a gaff were needed to bring the unusual catch into the boat. Captain Carl is looking forward to the start of fluke season as first indications are that they are around the bay and inlet in good numbers.

Captain Fran Verdi had the “Francesca Marie” out recently north of Barnegat Inlet trolling bunker spoons and managed to boat a 39-inch striper in addition to two other knockdowns that did not come tight. He too is looking forward to the start of fluke season as well as the upcoming sea bass segment next week. Captain Fran is also planning a trip to the tuna grounds in the very near future. With the number of bluefish and drumfish in the bay, he expects a very exciting month of June.

Captain Ray Lopez on the “Miss Liane” had Karl and son Pauli out catching bluefish all day in the bay, ocean, and inlet. Despite looking all over, no striped bass could be enticed to bite through the bluefish. Bob Stewart of Forked River changed the “Miss Liane’s” luck on another day as he reeled in a 42-inch bass. Once the bluefish slow down a little, Captain Ray expects his striper catches to increase.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky on the “Reel Determined” made a trip offshore and found a good temperature break. In addition to non-stop action on false albacore, his crew caught 6 bluefin tuna, tagging and releasing 4 while keeping 2 along with a nice yellowfin tuna.

Captain Tim Knorr reports that he has just about completed his upgrade projects on the “William Knorr.” He has added new AC in addition to an addition to the tuna tower to elevate the radar and VHF antennas, and to relocate the raft up onto the roof of the boat for better visibility and safety. He regrets his late start to the season, but is excited about the new upgrades. He will be on the water very shortly.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

10:30 AM

We got a report this morning from a customer who said he trolled up some big bass off of the south end of LBI. The bite is still very good off of IBSP. Expect bumper boats this weekend.

Ryan S. stopped in the shop on his way out to fish. He posted a night time photo of a linesider with a caption, "Small 16-lber and some blues... good start to this weekend!"

Yesterday Anthony and Jacob Laurence and Noah Graham stopped by geared up and hit the beach. On their way off they stopped back to give a report and weigh one in. Anthony caught a 16-lb 4-oz bass off of the mid-island surf on bunker. He is currently in third place in the Simply Bassing Surf Fishing Tournament and the Fisherman's Hq Side-Bet.

Kristi Reillo Cooper posted on our Facebook page, "A big thank you to the staffer this morning who helped me with my set up. I was flying solo and this girl caught a bluefish. South end on bunker two hours after high tide. It was a stunning day on the beach!"

Received: May 20, 2015 10:46 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

I fished Sunday with my wife and son and had blues on poppers and we probed some areas for fluke. Fluke season officially opens this Friday (May 22).

Midweek I had Executive Director of the American Fisheries Society, Dr. Doug Austen, with fellow industry experts' James Vasslides and John Balletts on a 5hr bay charter. We had the start of the outgoing tide with a heavy NW wind and fished the flats with Tsunami poppers in 4ft of water - definitely was not as "fishy" as the week prior. After moving to a clamming location and getting situated on the hook, we started clamming for striped bass, but became inundated with 3-8lb blues. The guys had a ball catching the blue bruisers on both clam and throwing S&S rock hoppers in the slick. The guys ended throwing poppers at a few different locations and had a couple of hook ups.

I have Sunday (May 24) available for Striped Bass (Ocean) or Fluke (Bay) charters - if interested give me a ring or book through the website. As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ice - you just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction Sportfishing Charters  609.290.7709

May 20, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

6:30 PM

I killed the blues in the Brant Beach surf. Ran out of bunker and then switched to metal. Landed 6 more. I could of had as many as I wanted. ~ Stan

Steve Thompson and Maria Pardo landed a 52", 76.5 lb black drum! They were fishing out of Little Egg Inlet targeting striped bass with bunker. They were catching blues like crazy and then the monster. They reported it took both of them to bring it up to the boat. 20 minutes each and then finally gaff it and got it over the side! We weighed it in at the Beach Haven Marlin Tuna Club and then used a saw-zall to assist in filleting. Steve and Maria said the ugly sea monster had scales the size of a potato chip. Largest fish we ever caught! What a rush!"

Capt Ken Nutt aboard the Striper out of Barnegat Light gave us a short report... "We were into the bass again today! The Chris Eastburn charter today went 10 for 10 spooning off of Island Beach." One of the angler Steve McClintock stopped by with his 44-lb 11-oz bass to weigh it in for the Fisherman Magazine Dream Boat Challenge.

9:30 AM  - Live Minnows & Eels Are Here!

Robbie Vallone weighed in a 41.5" 29-lb 12-oz bass. He caught it last night on bunker. He currently hold the lead in the Simply Bassing Surf Tournament and the Fishermans Hq Side-Bet.

We saw a photo post by Tyler Christensen of a nice bass on the beach with a caption, "First keeper of the season."

May 19, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 AM

We had a bass weighed in this morning. Nick Sabatino of Manahawkin weighed in a 38" 22-lb 10-oz striper for the the Simply Bassing Surf Tournament and the Fishermans Hq Side-Bet. He caught it last night on bunker.

I headed out this morning for a quick bass trip with Captain Adam and Dane Nugent. We headed up the beach but didn't find any life. Decided to head out into 60' of water and that's where we deployed the Maja spoons. Minutes into trolling one rod was doubled over. Shortly after another and then another. While the day was still young, we called it a day at 7am and headed into the dock. You couldn't tell from the pea soup fog, but there were other boats out and also catching. We spoke to Capt Ken Nutt and he had five bass at the time we were heading in. I'm sure he pulled some more after.

~FishHead.Greg

May 18, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

7:00 PM

Earlier today Phil and Christian from Manahawkin stopped in the shop with a pair of bass. They were pulling spoons off of IBSP and landed four bass from 26-32-lbs.

Capt. Ken Nutt was in the shop today. While here he reported quality bass fishing over the weekend. He said, "I fished Friday, Saturday and Sunday and plan to fish everyday this week. Friday we lost a good one, but managed to hammer the blues. Saturday we got a 25-lb bass snagging bunker and again had the blues. Sunday we went 2 for 3. Both were quality bass... one was 40 inches and the other was 45 inches. They are here and now is the time. If you want to go fishing give me a call." ~ Capt. Ken Nutt, STRIPER  609.618.0658

Received: May 18, 2015 3:04 PM   Subject: Open Boat Stripers and Blues Tomorrow (Tues) Afternoon

Bass fishing is starting to heat up. 25 to 40 pound fish in 55 to 65 feet of water from the Bathing Beach to Lavallette. Trolling bunker spoons is the best bet right now but we always bring the snagging rods just in case we happen upon some pods of bunker. Running Open Boat tomorrow (Tues) May 19. Departing at 1 PM, returning at 7 PM. $165 per person. 3 People max. All fish are shared. Going to run outside, make a left, head for the 60 foot range off of Island Beach State Park and put the spoons out. I will also bring the 10 pound spinning rods in case we feel like ending with an hour of blues on topwater lures in the bay. I like to be inside the inlet while it is still light out.

My next available day for charter or Open Boat would be Tues, May 26 (the day after Memorial Day) 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Also Thurs and Fri afternoons, May 28 and 29. Rates and details the same as above.

Here is a video one of my customers from Saturday shot with his cell phone, the fish was a 48", 35 pounder.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: May 18, 2015 11:56 AM   Subject: Blues, Blues, Blues

Went to the jetty down by the light yesterday (5/17), in Barnegat. Got there 2 hours before high tide and everyone said no hits for the previous hour plus. Did not even see a hit until an hour before high tide. Somebody turned on the switch. Everyone caught blues! And there were no small ones!  ~ Cal

11:00 AM

Fresh Clams just arrive!

9:30 AM

Fishing on LBI is great! The bay, inlet, surf, inshore and offshore are all productive. See reports below for more details.

Trolling spoons along the beaches has been the best method for targeting the quality bass that are here. Expect the bunker pod fishing to tee off soon. It has already happened but not on a consistent basis.

Rich Rolenc weighed in a 32-lb 2-oz bass yesterday. He caught in trolling a #4 Maja bunker sppon outside of Barnegat Inlet. It was his only fish of the day.

We had a customer in the shop this morning purchasing a new extra large bass landing net. He said that he folded his last one over the weekend catching quality bass.

Received: May 17, 2015 10:31 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Last day out was Saturday with the Galiardo boys from North Jersey. Knowing the blues were still around I decided to change it up and target bass in the bay. Kicking it semi-old school we went clamming for bass. Fishing away from the snot grass we picked through the blues to 10 pounds until it was 11 year old Harry’s turn. And wouldn’t you know after the drag started screaming he picked up the rod with a nice bass on the other side. He worked hard to land this 33 inch linesider (attached). The bass’ stomach contained a couple small winter flounder. These winter flounder are the young of the fish that spawned in the bay a few months ago. Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

May 17, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

10:45 AM

Matt Perilli caught a keeper striper on bunker this morning fishing the mid-island surf. He reported holding with 5-6oz of lead.

John P. gave us a report from the surf last night... "Bluefish bite was incredible tonight in Holgate. 16 blues up to 18-lbs. I hope the Guppy Pencil Popper Lure order shows up soon. I'm running low haha. This is nuts!!!"

We saw some nice photos on Instagram. Alyse Droge had a monster bluefish with a caption, "Might be the biggest blue I've had on the surf!" Ryan Curtis had a surf photo of a blue too, "First harvest of the year in Jersey."  Kristi Reillo Cooper posted a photo of her son on our Facebook page, "One of 6!!! Epic, Crazy, Making up for last year."

May 16, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

7:45 PM

More reports off of the surf!!! One angler who we outfitted yesterday with a new surf rod and reel came back today and showed us a photo. He said, "Thanks for everything! I'm back for more. The blues took everything I had. Cleaned me out!"

A customer Scott and his daughter caught an fished the mid-island surf this afternoon. They caught this 18.85-lb striper that went for bunker.

Here is a photo of Mark Milici's pending NJ State Record blueline tilefish that he weighed in last night.

Received: May 16, 2015 7:07 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 5/15 & 5/16

It continues... The Best Bay Bluefishing Ever!!! Fished for an hour and a half Friday night, over 30 fish. Fished early Saturday morning, 15 fish in less than an hour. Had Audrey, Eric and young Rachael out mid morning and not so good. Only 3 fish and lost the same. Back at it this evening. Back to visual strikes fish jumping and 4 on at a time.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

3:00 PM

Greene (Mike Greene) of Lucky Stripes Fishing Charters and his buddy stopped by the shop this afternoon with a pair of quality bass, both over thirty. Mike weighed one in for the On the Water Striper Cup, 36.95-lbs. Mike said yesterday and today was good fishing. It has begun!

Joe from Shamong gave us heads up that he caught fish off of the mid-island surf this morning. He said that he lost a good one in the wash, but nailed shorts and blues at the top of the tide.

The phenomenal reports from offshore keep trickling in. Still not many boats in the water but those that have went scored. Perkins (Jim) and Flagpole (Jim) fished with Johnny-O and absolutely smoked em!. The story goes like this.. They got out to the Spencer about 6pm last night. There was lots life in the cold water about 10-12 miles short. They tied up to a pot in 69-70 degree water and got on the chunk. There were lots of tinker mackerel. Released a two blue shark and killed a 150-lb mako. At sunrise they got up on the troll and picked up four yellowfin tune and one mahi. They took a short ride to the Lindy and found the mother load in 63-65 degree water...Bluefin crashing skippies on top!!! They pulled out the popping rods and destroyed em going 17 for 18 on aggressive 40-50-lb class bluefin. Epic Jersey bluefin popping!

1:30 PM

Sorry we didn't get a report up earlier. The shop was rocking. Words out that the fish are chewing! The bluefish are still around in great numbers and the striped bass fishing is getting better everyday.

Lenny gave us a repiort that he caught a couple fish off of the mid-island surf on bunker.

Tanek stopped by and reported saucing the bass and bluefish on big wood lures. He said the bite was on!

We are basically at the new moon phase for May (17th) and the next moon will be full June 2nd. Expect the year's biggest striped bass now and for the next four weeks. If you want your chance at a trophy get on the water and stay on it!

~FishHead.Greg

May 15, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

The south end surf went off today. As reported earlier our bunker boat said there were blues pushing bait on the south end. This same story was reiterated by numerous customers in the shop today while scrabbling for tackle and fresh bait. There were both blues and striped bass in the mix.

Right at closing time Mark Milici of Doylestown, PA stopped in the shop to check weight on a tilefish. It turns out Mark's 23-lb 4-oz blueline tilefish (grey tile) is a pending NJ State Record (23-lb 1-oz, Cheol Min Park, 2014) and possible an All Tackle IGFA Record (20-lb 8-oz, David Cohn, 2013). Mark reported having a great day fishing out at the Lindenkohl Canyon with his buddy aboard the Last Hooray. They had 40-lb class yellowfin on the troll and also were covered up in large skip jack for most of the day. Mark said that boats fishing the cold water were into lots of small bluefin tuna. They reported spending some time bottom fishing getting four golden tiles and eight bluelines, the largest being the one he brought to the shop. Mark said, "Thanks for the squid. The tilefish loved it!"

7:00 PM

Our bunker boat captain stopped in and delivered some fresh bunker this afternoon. He said this morning the bass had the bunker pushed right up on the beach. Finally what we have all waited for.... the spring bunker and bass bonanza!!! He reported that as the morning progressed they slid off into deeper water, 30-60'. He also said that the big blues were crashing bait on the south end off of the Red Tower (Beach Haven).

Dan D. of New Egypt stopped in the shop and weighed in a nice 38-lb 03-oz striper for the On The Water Magazine Striper Cup. He caught it on a green Tony Maja #4 bunker spoon trolling off of IBSP. They also caught a couple other bass too. Dan mentioned, "There wasn't much bait around. Also on the way in we stopped in the Inlet and had some fun with the blues. They were crashing on top!"

Received: May 15, 2015 5:50 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing 5/15

I had Ron and Paul out today. It was pretty slow on the troll but Ron got a nice 40lb striper on the snag and drop. I have some weekday evenings available for anyone trying to get out after work.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli  Laura Sportfishing  856-341-6562

11:30 AM

Not sure if you say yesterdays post about the push of weakfish. The visual "eyes on" report was verified. The proof is in the pudding. Lee from Manahawkin stopped by with a 27" 7-lb 4-oz weakfish. He caught it off of the surf on a bucktail.

The bluefish bite is still going strong. Some days are better than others. Instagramer ProDiver86 shared a photo of some blues with a caption "Slayed 'em Plugging in High Bar!"

Dan D. sent us a message that he caught a 47" bass in the boat this morning spooning.

Received: May 14, 2015 10:34 PM   Subject: Great White Passing Through

A 16 foot 3400 pound adult female Great White that has a transmitter tag passed LBI close inshore yesterday on her way to NY. Her name is Mary Lee and they have been tracking her for a longtime now. My guess is she is enjoying a daily feast of gator blues... Don't wade out too far into the surf for that next cast!!!  ~ Bernard J. Hyland, Capt, Mad Ludwig

Last Firday May 8th she stopped by the south end of LBI (who invited her to FishHead.Greg's wedding) and then took a ride north. Then yesterday she was back in town not far from the shop. As of 5:42am this morning Mary Lee was right off of the Cape May Beaches. Anyone looking to view the "Shark Tracker" should download the Ocearch app on your smartphone.

May 14, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

4:30 PM

The clams that came in earlier today went fast. Unfortunately we are sold out until tomorrow. We expect a delivery around mid-day.

11:00 AM - Live Eels & Surf Clams just arrived!

Still lots of great fishing here on LBI. The spring fishing kicked off with a bang and the historic bluefish bite continues; however, the other fisheries which are lurking in the shadows should not be forgotten. There are plenty of striped bass as well as weakfish and drum in our local waters. Yesterday we got word from a spearfisherman who report pods of schoolie bass and a massive push of weakfish!

Home Depot Rick was in the shop recently and reported lots of bluefish off of the mid-island surf. He said while targeting bass chunking he caught a 17" fluke!

May 13, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

10:30 AM

Hi Guys. Needlefish here. I came down on Thursday night in hopes to go fishing on my 21 foot sailfish but that did not happen since the lettering of my boat did not get finished up until that Wednesday. It was ok though I have my secondary Boat which is a 1986 Fisher. 15-1/2 foot bass boat that I renovated. I packed up my fishing gear and trolled around Surf City in the fog in the morning thinking the big blues were half way up the bay. No Luck so I packed up and went home for lunch, still itching to catch my first fish for the season. The real reason I went home was that my wife was due down by 12:00 . I off coerce called her to see were her TOA was. Thank God she told me that she was held up and won’t be down until about five. Hooray. I packed up and went down to Barnegat. I was a little nervous due to the dense fog and POS is a little small for that water but I have done it before. Thank God I did. The fishing was absolutely fabulous. I stayed away from the other boats and fished Myers’s Hole. I tied on a Buck tail Hopkins and through it out. BANG I got a hit. It was so fast that I did not expect it. The rest of the afternoon is history. I caught at least 10 Big blues. I release them all since I don’t eat Blue fish . What a great way to start the season. ~ Joseph Farrington

Received: May 12, 2015 10:16 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The song remains the same with screaming drag slammer blues in the shallow water of Barnegat Bay. We found the fish Sunday morning in the fog. Big 8-15 lb blues were finning in 4-5’. It was so cool. After beating a few on my with my Mojo stick I busted out the fly rod. It was flats style fishing as I targeted fining fish with the fly rod. After a couple technical difficulties ;) I hooked and landed a 10 pounder on the fly that I just tied the night before. This kind of action is every saltwater fly fishers dream. Here is a video of two of the blues I caught. Unfortunately I did not get to film the one of the fly, remember about those technical difficulties. Fluke season opens Friday, May 22nd. I am almost afraid to target them with so many BIG blues in the bay. It is that crazy. If you want to get in on the amazing run, call to book a trip. Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

Received: May 12, 2015 6:43 PM   Subject: BHCFA Fishing Report

Spring like weather has arrived in Beach Haven, and the fish are cooperating. The boats of the Bach Haven Charter Fishing Association are making their mark already.

Late April and May have been marked by one of the hottest bluefish runs in recent history. Huge “yellow eyes” are racing around the bay and Little Egg Inlet as well as just off the shores of Long Beach Island. The spring’s striped bass run has slacked off a bit as the stripers have retreated in the face of the bluefish. There are small bass to be found and larger fish will be arriving shortly. In addition, there has been a decent run of black drum fish in the waters of Great Bay.

Captain Carl Sheppard recently had a group of ladies out for a Friday evening sunset cruise on the “Starfish” with cocktails and snacks enjoying a crisp spring evening a beautiful setting sun.

On Saturday, the Starfish had the George Sodden party out on a fishing trip to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of one of their group. The boat headed due south for the bluefish blitz near the inlet. In 55-degree water their lures were attached by hungry blues. For several hours they had non-stop action on 10-15 pound bluefish. They left those bluefish looking for stripers but could not locate any keepers. They ended up with a few pan-sized bluefish for dinner.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been scoring on a few small bass along with some nice 25-pound black drum. Whenever he wants, he anchors up for torrid bluefish action in the Great Bay area.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky and the “Reel Determined” are in the water and ready to go. Captain Jimmy has plans for the big bluefish in the area as well as some solid striper action.
First mate Liane Lopez reports that the Miss Liane Sportfishing Charters and Captain Ray Lopez are in the water and ready for action. They too are looking forward to the bluefish and stripers while also thinking about the upcoming fluke season.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 12, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

1:00 PM

Captain Matt Curtis and George Penna headed out this morning aboard the Get Reel! and targeted bass trolling bunker spoons off the beach. They stopped in at about noon with a 38-lb bass. Their report was good! Three quality bass (released two) and consistent bluefish bite.

"The Blues were in town, mid island fishing was a blast beginning with Friday mid day at peak high tide & after. I hooked up with a few 30 inchers, missed a pile more in the surf with torn rigs just plain out of practice.
My buddy Doug did just as well with a few more to fillet! Monday however proved to be over as I couldn’t get a bite! Great seeing the gang at the FHQ. ~ Bobby G.

May 11, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

2:30 PM

The Long Beach Island surf has been producing both bass and blues! Local Austin Pounds and Glen Warfield (owner of the Holiday Snack Bar) just gave us an epic beach report, "Phenomenal day! We were into Linesiders and Chompers! We bought some SP Minnows from Fisherman's Headquarters and hit the surf. Within 15 minutes of casting, the tide changed and the fishing turned on. One after another we drilled the bass and blues. It was an all out blitz. Biggest bass was 27 inches and the biggest bluefish was about 14 pounds. Get some lures and hit the surf!" Yesterday, Kristi Reillo Cooper posted a photo on our Facebook page of her son on the surf with a big bluefish. She wrote, "His first big blue! Beach Haven surf on bunker"

Received: May 11, 2015 6:40 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Finally!!!

The historic Barnegat Bay bluefish fishery continued it's tirade with not only quantity but quality 5-14lbs drag burning, teeth mashing, tackle busting brutes! If that wasn't enough to get you excited about some light tackle action well than it looks like the big striped bass just crashed the party for those who were waiting for their arrival. It is mostly a bunker spoon troll thing going on the last few days but the season is finally out of low gear and things are coming together at warp speed!

I have this Wednesday May 16th 5-8pm and Friday May 18 available for private or Open charter- afternoon 3:30pm - 8:30pm Ocean trip , we will be targeting stripers first and finishing up with blue fish on the way in. All tackle, rods, and fish cleaning included - $150.00pp for Open boat.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: May 10, 2015 11:55 AM   Subject: LBI Charters 5/9

Now people may be getting tired of reading about it but in my 40 years on LBI I've never seen bluefishing like this in the bay and inlet. Fish are big hungry and full of bunker. Had 7 year old AJ and 6 year old Pierce and their dad out Saturday am for a quick trip. Non-stop action and back in the dock in an hour and a half with over 15 fish landed. Next up Alyssa Mike and Stephen for an afternoon trip. Slow start at slack rise but once ride started moving it was nonstop with 22 fish landed and countless lost. If you want blues go now don't wait!  Also have some prime dates open after sea bass opener on May 27.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: May 10, 2015 8:20 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

We're finally in after the long winter. We were booked for a 5hr Barnegat Bay Assault on the Bluefish by the Matt Windover Bachelor-Party Charter. Uncle Tom Barnett, Brother Michael Windover, Larry McShane, Matt, and future-father-in-law Steve Simms had an EPIC bite on Barnegat Bay bluefish. All of the blues weighed between 10-15lbs. At one point, we had 4, and 5 guys hooked up at the SAME TIME - it made for cockpit craziness. After non-stop action on topwater poppers, S&S Eel-Z's, and Daiwa SP Minnows, we made an 1 1/2hr attempt at clamming for some striped ones. But after two rogue bluefish run-offs, it was back to the adrenaline pumping bluefish action. The guys did one of the best jobs at managing the blues - to have 5 hooked up at once on a 23ft boat with no tangles is something to be said. We wish Matt and his bride-to-be the best of luck on their wedding day and future. To sum up the fishing right now - it is AMAZING. Recently, there has been word of big bass caught - mostly a bunker spoon trolling thing right now, until the pods and water temps hit the right mark.  Hopefully, the remnants of this tropical system don't screw things as the bass bite has just begun.

I do have a few dates available in the next coming weeks - Friday afternoon 5/15 (230-730pm), 5/16-Sat morning, and 5/17-Sunday morning. As always, we always use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ice - you just come and FISH. If interested, book though the website or call.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction Sportfishing Charters  609.290.7709

May 9, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

FISHING IS ON!!! The quality bass are here! Some beautiful linesiders hit our scales today! Check out our social media pages for photos... Instagram & Facebook

Ted Schmutz fished the mid-island surf this morning with bunker. On the incoming tide, he landed a 20 pound bass.

Two other bass came in too, both from the boat bunker spooning. Walter Michitsch caught a 47” 35-lb bass and David Steinmann caught a 44.5” 39-lb 4-oz bass.

The blues are still tearing up the bay, inlet and ocean. It’s been a month now full of bluefish mayhem of epic proportion. Hopefully everyone is enjoying! If not yet, now is the time to get in on the fun, Fish LBI!

Jeff Warford and Liz said the bluefish are snapping in the inlet! Jeff report, “The inlet is stacked up with blues! We fished all top water lures and had a blast. You could see much with the fog but everyone close by was hooked up.”

Dan D.reported, “I had a good bite today in the inlet on the incoming tide. Mainly on metal and bucktails. Lots of fun with great fighting fish!”

Shop regular Howard called and said the blues are podded up and feasting like piranhas in the bay. He said, “The bluefishing is great! I remember slamming them years ago but nothing like this. It has been consistent big fish trip after trip. My son and I are having a blast. Be careful with ‘em though, I got a treble hook in the hand the other day. It wasn’t fun.”

Shauna and Ben got into them (up to 16-lbs) mid-island. Mike C. and Mateo C. got ‘em up to 12-lbs hit.

For the offshore anglers… the picture perfect eddy that spun off the stream (Toms to Spencer) has offered plentiful pelagics. We heard through the grapevine that some boats filled up on yellowfin in no time flat. Some boats are getting into some great bluefin fishing. There aren’t many boats in the water but those who have fished had stella results. Gear up and get on it!

~FishHead.Greg

May 7, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: May 7, 2015 8:25 PM   Subject: Open Boat Blues Sat, Sun, Mon

The big gator bluefish are still terrorizing Barnegat Bay from Barnegat to Toms River. The fish range from 5 to 15 pounds. We are casting topwater lures like poppers and jerkbaits to get the most exciting hits. Most of the action is in 5 to 8 feet of water on the west side of the bay. Some of the most explosive surface action you have ever seen. Every day I wonder... "how much longer can they stay?" and so far the answer has been at least one more day.

Sailing Open Boat Trips Sat, Sun, and Mon, May 9, 10, and 11. $150 person, 3 people max. Two trips a day: 5:30 AM to 10:30 AM and Noon to 5PM (except Sunday is Mothers Day so only the morning trip that day). I haven't heard of any big stripers on bunker spoons yet, and I personally haven't tried, frankly, because this epic bluefish bite has been too good to pass up. I am going to pack the bunker spoon arsenal on board for this stretch in case we want to try a few hours of that. I'll leave it up to the charter group each day, if it's a nice ocean, we can try it. The water temp is right and the calendar says it's time.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

May 6, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: May 6, 2015 10:17 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I want to emphasize how historic the Barnegat Bay bluefish bite is. Over my 35-years on the bay and I have never seen it like this. We have not had fall bluefish runs as good in a decade or possibly two-decades. Here is a short video of Debbie M on the Debbie M catching a bay monster, hmmm maybe I should start a TV show with that name J. Debbie M Bluefishing... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xp7hRMv2oM&feature=youtu.be

Still have days open if you want to experience what may be once in lifetime bluefishing trip.

Extremely screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

Received: May 6, 2015 3:54 PM   Subject: New State Record Tautog

Frank LaMorte of Mount Laurel recently reeled in the new state record Tautog. The fish weighed 25 pounds, 5.92 ounces, eclipsing the 1998 record by 5.92 ounces. The fish measured 33" in length and had a girth of 23".

For more information, including a photo of the new record fish, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2015/rectautog15.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife web site.

~ NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife

May 5, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: May 5, 2015 9:52 PM     Subject: Open Boat Barnegat Bay Gator Blues Thursday Afternoon

Clobbered the big bluefish again today on the west side of Barnegat Bay. Big blues, 7 to 15-pounds are crushing our top water lures. Three to four fish at a time are visually competing for the lures on any given cast. Using 10-pound spinning gear. Two weeks momentum already and still going strong.

Sailing Open Boat or charter for these fish Thursday, May 7, 1 PM to 6 PM. $130 person, 3 people max. Everything provided. Call to reserve a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

5:45 PM

Todd Avery just stopped back in the shop after his fishing session at the Inlet. He caught a bunch of bluefish. His biggest was 35-3/4" a 15-pounders. All on SP Minnows and Ava jigs between 2:30 and 3:00 pm.

2:00 PM

As everyone knows the bluefish are here and have been for sometime. There are other species here too... striped bass, drum, weakfish and fluke. Trying to target them is a different story. Best of luck getting through the bluefish! At the right times fish slow and low and you'll find 'em.

For those who did not get the news, it's on! As per everyone (employee and customers) getting wet, "They are everywhere!" The epic yellow eye demon bluefish bonanza continues and they have us surrounded, crashing everything in our local waters. It has been a solid two weeks plus and there's no telling how long it will go.

The bay, the surf, the inlet, the north end, the south end and everywhere in between. It has been great and the fun continues. Non-stop gators!

Here is a couple name drops!

Kristi Reillo Cooper had big bluefish from the mid-island surf.

Last night, Austin Pounds was into some sizable bluefish! He caught 'em up to 42 inches that pulled 20-lbs on the Boga Grip scale.

Yesterday, Joe from Shamong stopped in the shop with his son Clay and scooped us some metal. Wait a second, shouldn't he be in school??? The father and son enjoyed the beautiful day on the water roping bluefish. They reported back a couple hours later. "Unreal, We beat 'em up."

We saw some photos posted by John Ny with Megan Lewis and Eric Reed. They smashed the bluefish in the bay! They caught about 60 between 'em. "Pure insanity!"

Store staffer Blake enjoyed his day off yesterday hammering the devils. Another wild consecutive day blasting blues off the surf!

~ FishHead.Greg

12:00 Noon

The New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters are as follows: One fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater.

The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) has changed. The Striped Bass Bonus Program is now closed and will remain closed until September 1, 2015. New permits will be automatically issued through the mail prior to that date. On September 1, 2015, the new Striped Bass Bonus Program regulations will be: One fish 24" to less than 28". Please note that the order of fish harvested does not matter. The Bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd or 3rd fish.

Please continue to check the Division's website for notice of fishing regulation changes. The following is the official report from NJDEP - Bureau of Marine Fisheries...

Received: May 5, 2015 8:44 AM   Subject: Striped Bass Regulation Changes

New regulations are in effect for striped bass: one fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater. The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) closed on May 1 and will remain closed until September 1, 2015. When it reopens on September 1, the SBBP regulations will be one fish 24" to less than 28". The order of fish harvested does not matter.

In addition, no person may take, attempt to take, or have in possession any striped bass from the following closed waters:
January 1 - February 28: All waters closed except the Atlantic Ocean from zero to three miles offshore.
April 1 - May 31: Delaware River and Bay and their tributaries closed from the upstream side of the Calhoun Street Bridge downstream to and including the Salem River and its tributaries.

Please see the Marine Digest for more information at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar15.htm.
SBBP information is available at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bonusbas.htm.

The striped bass regulatory changes are the result of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Striped Bass Management Board's requirement implementing a 25% harvest reduction from 2013 levels for 2015 recreational and commercial fisheries. After three public hearings and meetings with NJ's Striped Bass Advisory Committee and Marine Fisheries Council, the Council considered all input and decided on the above striped bass regulations for 2015.


For more information, please contact Heather Corbett of the Bureau of Marine Fisheries at 609-748-2020.

This week's Fisherman's Headquarters Fishing Report in the Fisherman Magazine...

"The best run I've seen in years. Bluefish to 10-pounds are from Barnegat Inlet down to Holgate, in the front and back, and they're hitting anything and everything," reported Steve from Fisherman's Headquarters. The last two hours of the outgoing are prime for the inlet and island beaches, with the first couple of the incoming the most productive in the mid-island bay area. White perch were gone, re-appeared earlier in the week now seem to have vanished again from the tidal creeks and lagoons in Beach Haven West. The winter flounder fishery is, for all intents and purposes done, but with this week's forecast of 70 to 80 degree temperatures, the crabs should be out and on the scramble for anything edible.

Received: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:13 AM   Subject: Big Blues

Fished south jetty yesterday afternoon after stopping in "Fish Heads" for some gear. Nailed big blues non-stop for about two hours. If you want big bluefish from the beach or jetty, now is the time. Epic fishing indeed!

~ Jim Gardner, Lansdale PA

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Received: May 4, 2015 6:46 PM Subject: 32" Striped Bass in Ship Bottom

Stephen Mohl and son Erich Mohl from West Chester, PA stopped by the shop to get bunker and clams and fished the rising tide this morning in Ship Bottom. Just about peak of high tide at around 10 am, caught a 32” striped bass - was the only fish or bite we had all day, but a nice one.

~ Steve M

Received:
May 4, 2015 9:21 AM   Subject: 5/2/15 "Reel Chaos" Fishing Report

Saturday we had a 4-hour bay trip with a dad and his 3 sons. What is a better day then spending time with your children on the water catching fish on the "Reel Chaos".

Left dock at around 8am and didn't have to go to far before we were marking fish. We were right in a bluefish blitz. Using small top water poppers we were catching bluefish in the 5 to 10 pound range. It was a blast. Most of our bigger fish were caught away from the fleet just south of Forked River. After we were done with the bluefish we went on the troll for some bass. After trolling around for a while we had two knock downs that turned out to be two small striped bass. It was a great time by all.

Bass are coming! Book now!

~ Capt. Tom Cormann Reel Chaos Charters  201.788.3223

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Received: May 3, 2015 5:57 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Historic Blue Fish Action!

Bluefish in the 5-15lbs range continue to be the main event in Barnegat Bay. Schools so thick they are visibly wrinkling the waters surface with their fins as far as the eye can see. In all my years fishing on the Barnegat Bay I have never witnessed such action or presents of any species!

How long will these fish stay depends on food source and water temps. Fishing is never a "sure thing or guarantee" but the last week or so must be about as good as it gets! I have always made an effort to back my fishing reports with photos but the action has been so torrid that taking pictures has been extremely difficult due to the extreme action, leaving little time to grab my camera.

Today, Sunday the action hit a new level when an angler aboard decided to experiment retrieving just a bare/plain hook "just to see". Well it didn't take more than a few cranks on the reel handle to find out "if it would work" within minutes everyone on board had to confirm for them selves that they too could catch these voracious yellow eyed brutes on just a plain hook!

Open boat and private charters will continue to be available for those who want to get in on this crazy action. Plus, I will be adding 3-hr evening trips 5-8pm Monday thru Thursday [$75.00 pp] and Fridays and Sundays will be available a.m. and p.m.

Remember to join us on Face Book to view photos and hopefully "like us" and "share" us

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: May 3, 2015 5:41 PM   Subject: Report

Fished Barnegat Inlet this afternoon the bluefish bite was epic! Monster bluefish to 18-lbs! Saw one fish caught 44-inches that was over 20-lbs! Must have been a hundred people with hundreds of fish caught, hot spot looked to be maybe 75-yards off the concrete walkway. Stripped reels, broken rods were everywhere! Metal seemed to work best, but they were hitting everything! What a blast. Tight lines.

~ Brian Dalton

Received: May 3, 2015 4:50 PM  Subject: Last few days

As others have said blue fishing is great all over. Thursday evening I fished mid-island surf with 8 blues in 90 min in the 5-8 lb range, all on bunker . Friday I tried same spot but there was a green algae slime all along the beachfront. No blues but 4 short stripers on bunker. They were all 15-17 in. At dusk headed to the fishing pier in ship bottom near the boat ramp. The pier was packed and I fished from the beach with 3 blues up to 9 lbs. Saturday off the south jetty the bite was unbelievable. Many rods were hooked all the time from when I got there at 11 until I left at 1:30 with the outgoing tide A hook up on virtually every cast on metal or plugs. People left when they got tired, maxed out, or ran out of rigs. Many broken lines. Fish ranged from 6-12 lbs. Nonstop action. Hope we have a great striper season

~ Mike Zakutansky

Received: May 3, 2015 4:49 PM   Subject: Old Barney Charters 5/2-5/3 Big Blues

First time out this year and got in on the fantastic bluefish action Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Big blues in inlet providing tons of fun for the kids and wife. We are beginning trips 5/8 with blues and stripers, and will run weekends til school's out in June, then we will run 7 days a week. Check out some of the videos on the website. Awesome opening to the season!

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt  Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

12:00 Noon

The bluefish bite continues! Marcos Ramirez caught this 12 pound 13 ounce bluefish this morning on metal. He caught about six fish and said there are a lot of blues cruising the inlet.

FYI. Photo posted to our Facebook page. Can link from there

Received: May 3, 2015 8:58 AM   Subject: It's Finally Time To Fish!

After what seemed like one of the longest winters in memory, things are finally looking a little better around here. Leaves are sprouting and flowers are blooming; it's time to fish!

Inshore, bluefish are thick and the main biomass of stripers won't be too far behind. We have dates left in late May targeting these.

On the offshore scene things are looking great. Both bluefin and yellowfin tuna have been caught recently by local boats fishing a 10+ degree temperature break. We start our offshore trips the first week of June.

Reservations are off to a great start so if you're going to book a trip, don't delay. Weekends are hard to come by well into July.

Here are two of the more popular trips we offer in addition to spring striper trips...

 - Threshers Along the Beach! (June)
"Near-Shore" Sharking targeting Thresher sharks has quickly become one of our most popular trips in June. These hard fighting sharks represent both a challenge for all ages and an introduction to big-game fishing for our younger anglers.

 - Overnight Canyon Adventures!
Early season in the canyons can often bring the best action of the year! Bluefin tuna, Yellowfin tuna, Mako sharks, Blue Sharks, Bigeye Tuna, Swordfish, and more!

In June and July our standard overnight trip combines two of my favorite targets: Sharks and Tuna! This year our standard "early season overnighter" will be up to 30 hours in length. Don't worry, if your arms are too tired from the action we'll bring you in early!

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.

Please contact me for more information.

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner  Pez Machine Sportfishing  609.287.5136

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Received: May 2, 2015 6:48 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 5/2

Sore arms on the "Kev n Ash" today. Plain and simple best bluefishing I've seen in 5-plus years. Big, mean, and hungry. All you want and then some. Visual strikes 15 to 20 fish following the fish that is hooked and all within a quarter mile of the dock. We will target blues and stripers until May 27.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: May 2, 2015 12:34 PM   Subject: Still Here....Big Bluefish in Barnegat Bay on Topwaters

This morning (Sat) was the best bluefish bite I have ever seen. 7 to 12-pound fish, actually one pushed 13-1/2 on the Boga Grip scale. They were destroying our surface lures for 5-hours! For every big bluefish that was hooked there were two or three more visually attacking the same lure. All in 5 to 7 feet of water on the west side of Barnegat Bay. Casting topwater lures on 10-pound spinning tackle. This bite is going on two weeks strong now. Insane fishing.

YouTube link from this morning's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx82Oq1Q8sQ&feature=youtu.be

Sailing Open Boat tomorrow, Sunday, May 3, I have all three spots open, and Monday, May 4, I have one spot open. 5AM to 10 AM each day. $150 per person. 3 people max.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

4:00 PM

Ryan Dellane reported just minutes ago that bluefish are thick at the Barnegat Inlet area again this afternoon. The blitz is on. Ryan Dellane also reported, "Absolute mayhem last night! I had an insane night of slaying bluefish on plugs. Caught over 30 bluefish up to 15 pounds in the bay last night. I got a bunch for shark bait and am looking forward to the shark season kicking off soon".

Instagramer Swagmattic (Matt S.) tagged us in a photo last night with the caption, "Gator bluefish in the bay, LBI".

10:00 AM

Yesterday afternoon, Bluefish to 8-lbs were at the mid-island bayside. Tom White and Steve Wolfschmidt both caught fish after fish.

Smaller Black Drum around 10-lbs are in local bayside waters and larger Black Drum to 30-lbs at Graveling Point. Clam baits have been working effectively for these.

Bluefish were also along the front-beach. We're surrounded by Bluefish.

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Received: May 1, 2015 10:16 PM   Subject: Report

4 shorts on clam and bunker on the North End, around the high tide. Tons of blues.

~ DRA

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9:00 PM

The blue-dogs are still here in full force. We had a customer come in late morning with a reel in shambles. It was absolutely destroyed from blitzing bluefish mayhem. After stepping up his game and purchasing an Penn SSV he went back and strong armed them.
 
Cody Schmutz posted a photo this afternoon of some good size bluefish in the sand. One had a metal in its mouth. His father stopped in the shop in the evening and said, "My son put a whipping on 'em!"

With the cranking northeast blow, I hit the beach for the last couple hours of light. Sure enough... lots of white water, birds frisky and charged up bluefish on a mission. They were feasting on top water and metal. The conditions were a bit challenging but so much fun. I'm looking forward to the next few days with an onshore flow into Saturday.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Apr 30, 2015 6:55 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - 1 spot left for Friday 330pm-830pm

Reel Fantasea has 1 spot left for Friday afternoon 3:30pm-8:30pm Light tackle 5-hr Back bay/inlet targeting Bluefish and stripers - $120.00pp.
2 spots available for Sunday 5:30am - 10:30am for the same.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Apr 30, 2015 1:01 AM    Subject: Open Boat Gator Blues Friday Afternoon, Sun and Mon Mornings

The Hi-Flier is going to chase the big bluefish that have been tearing up Barnegat Bay. After a break in the action Monday, we had 5 fish in 4 hours, they resurfaced further north in the bay. Same size, 7 to 12-pounders, and good numbers for the last two days. We will be armed with poppers and combing the bay until we get into them. Doesn't get much better on 10-pound spinning tackle in 5-feet of water throwing surface lures.

Sailing Open Boat Friday afternoon, May 1, 1PM to 6 PM, and also Sunday and Monday mornings, May 3 and 4, 5 AM to 10 AM. $150 per person. 3 people max. Last weekend we ran this same trip at $130 per person as the fish were only 3 miles from my marina. The last few days we've been running 10 to 11-miles each way so I am anticipating the extra fuel burn.

Call to reserve a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

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4:45 PM

Today at around noon, Dave Cannon was fishing 16th in Street Ship Bottom and hooked 2 schoolie sized striped bass using clam for bait.

Just got word from some ladies walking the surf line combing for shells in Ship Bottom who saw a bluefish of about 6-pounds beach itself while chasing bait. There's bait and blues in the Ship Bottom surf and no one was around to hook these bluefish on tackle.

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5:00 PM

At the South-end of Long Beach Island, Little Egg Inlet is a very important inlet and getting it dredged, properly marked with buoys and maintained is vital to the areas boating community. We've received a bunch of inquiries asking about the poor navigation/access situation with Little Egg Inlet. Meetings were held and there's more meetings to come. Still no answer or action. The information we have heard and dug up has been mixed. We are not the authority, so we have refrained from posting information.

Unfortunately the South-end inlet isn't the only issue. Up on the North-end, the main
thoroughfare (Oyster Creek Channel) that leads to Barnegat Inlet isn't in great shape. Double Creek Channel was shut down leaving Oyster Creek as the only link from southern Barnegat Bay to the Barnegat Inlet. Oyster Creek was recently dredged so large equipment could easily navigate for the North Jetty repair. Since then it is in need of more maintenance at the western entrance near buoy 40.

Jay Mann long time local, fisherman, blogger and editor from the Sand Paper wrote a few days ago on his blog... "UPDATE ON 40 BUOY AT OYSTER CREEK: It’s gonna be a real tough boating summer in that part of Barnegat Bay, per the USCG, whose Aids to Navigation vessel was thoroughly grounded just trying to get in there. It never made it in. The USCG is running ongoing mariner broadcasts/warnings about the shoaling near buoy 40. The Army Corps is fully aware, and dredging might be in the offing thereabouts. I believe that is a federally recognized waterway."

Still on the dredging topic... Equipment is on the beach up the street from the shop in Ship Bottm. The gear was recently moved in and the progress is under way for another beach replenishment on Long Beach Island. Ship Bottom is first and the work is scheduled to take all of May and hopefully not many days into June before moving south into Long Beach Township.

As far as a fishing report goes... Here's an update. We got a report that the inlet was slow this morning. Store staffer Blake said he had a blast fishing top water lures on the bay. Yesterday, Ryan Dellane hit the surf and caught a couple linesiders. Ryan was plugging and reported, "X-Rap plugs are crushing it!" The bunker colored Rapala is what they wanted.

The Simply Bassing Spring Striped Bass surf fishing tournament is a few days away! Sign up now. Fishing begins May 2nd.

~ FishHead.Greg

This week's Fisherman's Headquarters Fishing Report in the Fisherman Magazine...

"The beaches at Harvey Cedars and Loveladies are loaded with blues to 8-pounds and they're killing the school bus pattern SP Minnow, reported Steve from Fisherman's Headquarters. Schoolie stripers are rife around the Causeway Bridge, and while most are nailing bloodworms there are a few being caught with fresh clam. Black drum are being beaten at Holgate and at Graveling Point in Great Bay, and earlier in the week reports received of a few weakfish being caught at the mouth of Oyster Creek. The white hot Mill Creek white perch action has fizzled out."

Received: Apr 28, 2015 6:53 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters Report and Open Boat

Last week started with a bang but unfortunately an under estimation of weekend boat traffic and too late [7am] departure resulted in ending the week with a fizzle.

What only could be described as Epic Light Tackle Slammer Bluefish action which began last week with fish in the 5-12lbs range. We also continued to score schoolie stripers which have spiced our catches as well.

Sunday's late arrival caused us to move around the bay/inlet for a meager catch of bluefish while chunking bunker.

The next open will be Friday 5:30am - 10:30am, 3:30pm-8:30pm and Sunday 5:30am -10:30am. We will be targeting stripers, blues and hoping to encounter big spring tide runner weakfish. All bait, tackle, rods and fish cleaning included - $120.00pp

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

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Received: Apr 27, 2015 7:34 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Update

Fished for fun for a couple hours Saturday and Sunday. Ended with 4 keeper blackfish Saturday and 3 on Sunday with a dozen or so shorts each day. Too bad season closes this week as they are just starting to feed. Chasing bass and blues til sea bass opens May 27.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

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6:00 PM

As most know the bluefish invaded and have us surrounded! The gators showed up in full force early week and have continued through this weekend. The yellow-eyes are everywhere; bay, inlet and surf. Anglers are having a blast catching on lures and bait.

Store staffer Max hit the open bay this morning and reported slamming 'em every cast! "The bay is loaded with gators!"

Store staffer Oakley got into the blue late morning in the Inlet. He said the outgoing seemed to be the best.

Late morning, Andrew Parshall and son of Pine Beach stopped in the shop and picked up fresh bunker and clams. They headed out late morning and fished the bayside on the mainland. They reported hammering the blues on bunker chunks, "Everyone along the bank was into 'em!"

Another surf report said, "They are in the surf. I got one bass and a number of blues plugging the suds!"

Just a heads up on our bait stock. We sold out of bunker and clams. We expect fresh bunker sometime in the morning. Some whole bay clam are still in stock.

Store is closing for the day and I'm going fishing... See you out there!

~ FishHead Greg

Received: Apr 26, 2015 5:19 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had our first charter of the season today caught 8 keeper blackfish up to six pounds and about 30 shorts. Not bad for one stop we had to be back early. Think summer!

~ Capt. Mark Finelli  Laura Sportfishing  856-341-6562

Received: Apr 26, 2015 4:15 PM   Subject: Insane!! BIG BLUES on Surface Lures in the Bay

Hit them again this morning (Sunday) on the west side of Barnegat Bay. 7 to 12-pound gator bluefish. Teeth gnashing, head shaking, violent surface attacks on our surface lures. You see every hit. Multiple fish competing for your lure all the way to the boat. Sometimes getting you wet from the splash! Most of the morning two or three of our three anglers were all hooked up at the same time.

Nick DeGennaro had a big gator blue that all at once christened his new Van Staal, Lamiglass rod, and Verterbrae Lure, a new quadruple jointed darter .

Jude Feld of Neptune had his biggest fish ever, a slammer blue on a 10-pound spinning outfit.

Here is some video of this morning's mayhem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyOsW0DpLCU&feature=youtu.be

Still room for two more anglers tomorrow (Mon, Apr 27). Leaving at 4:30 AM returning at 9:30 AM.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Apr 26, 2015 9:50 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

The blues have invaded our local bays, but we're still waiting for the congregation of trophy class striped bass to arrive off our beaches. Or boat should be in the water early this week (4/27-5/2), and will be looking to get out this upcoming weekend targeting blues and bass in the back. I have the weekend of May 9/10 booked, but have some openings for the next few weekends in May/June.

Also, NEW for this year until school ends - I will be running Friday afternoon trips starting at 2:30pm and running to 7:30pm. Once the school year ends (June 19th), I will be running trips 7-days a week until the start of the school (Sept).

We offer very competitive rates and as always we provide the highest quality tackle (Penn, St. Croix, Quantum, etc), ice, bait/gulp, etc. Check out our website for details: www.reelreactioncharters.com. We have totally redesigned the website for 2015 and as always provide up-to-date fishing reports. If interested in booking a trip, either book through the website (goes directly to phone) or give me a call 609-290-7709.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

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Received: Apr 25, 2015 1:38 PM  Subject: Big Blues!!

The Hi Flier is in the water and ready to fish. I usually target May 1 as my start date but I was able to get in a little early this season. Some good size bluefish are on the West-side of Barnegat Bay. Two anglers were out this morning to try, and Holy Smokes were the fish they big! The biggest I have ever encountered in the bay. The Bluefish ranged from 5 to 10-pounds... and that's with no belly at all, which is the common body shape for these early season fish. They were crushing our poppers on the surface and then screaming line off our 10 pound spinning outfits. They have been there for at least 4 or 5 days now and you never know how long they will stay.

I will be running Charter or Open Boat the next two days for these fish. Sun, April 26 and Mon, April 27, 5:30 AM to 10:30 AM. $130 person, 3 people max. We will be targeting these big blues on light tackle. The best action is early and then it slows up. The action is worth the price of admission for the time it is on. This are mostly visual hookups. You see multiple fish competing and crashing your lure right at the boat.

The Hi-Flier website was upgraded during the off-season. If you would like to check it out please visit... www.hiflier.com

Hi-Flier charter rates increased this season. This is the first increase since 2007 and I was not able to hold off any longer.

   CURRENT HI-FLIER RATES

   5-hour Bay Vessel Charter Trip $450
   6-hour Bay/Ocean Vessel Charter Trip $500
   8-hour Vessel Charter Trip $700
   6-hour Open Boat Trip $165 per person (When available)

Looking forward to seeing everyone on board this season.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Apr 25, 2015 8:21 AM   Subject: Absolute bluefish inahilation! Topped off with some stripers!

Friday afternoon saw some of the best light tackle action for big bluefish that I have ever seen! All afternoon we were doubled, tripled and quaded up with drag burning big healthy bluefish while employing artificial baits, all strikes were very visible as multiple bluefish competed on almost every cast!

From there we ended the day tripling up on our first drift with striped bass and missing a few more on the next consecutive drifts!

Right now is the time for some of the best light tackle action found anywhere! One (1) more angler's spot remains open for tomorrow's (Sunday April 26th) 5-hr bay/inlet 7am -12pm trip. Cost is $120.00 pp, all bait and tackle and fish cleaning is is included. Call only to reserve as I won't be near a computer.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

7:00 AM

Rick Zane stopped in the shop Friday afternoon. While here he reported lots of bass down his way in Tuckerton. He said, "The weekends are crazy busy, but on the week days catching has been fun and there's room to stretch out."

Here's report from Ryan Dellane... "Quick report for you. I headed out straight from work and had a stellar evening with some friends. We slammed the bluefish for 4 hours straight. All of the fish ranged 6-12 pounds and wanted plugs over metal. We all had a blast ! The girls were into bluefish for their first time. It sure was fun. This spring is off to a great start with both bass and blues. You got'ta be willing to put the time in and find the fish. Its the most rewarding part of the game. Get out there!"

Sean Jackson reported catching a handful of blues Friday afternoon/evening. He mentioned another anglers fishing close by had a quality bass.

Simply Bassing kicks off next Saturday May 2nd, registration is underway. Make sure you ask to join the Fisherman's Headquarters Side-Bet for an extra $10.

~ FishHead Greg

April 24, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

5:30 PM

Yes, In Stock...

 - Fresh Bunker
 - Whole Surf Clams
 - Bloodworms
 - Sandworms

April 23, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

8:00 PM

Nolan Longstreet and his buddy Z-Man of Hamilton stopped in the shop as we were closing up. They raved on a two hour Inlet bite this evening. "Only a couple guys out on the jetty but they were all into 'em casting lures! We got over 20 of them on metal (Diamond Jig w/ Green Tail)."

~ FishHead Greg

5:00 PM

Late in the day yesterday, Ryan Dellane picked up some live bloodworms. His report, "Finally into some striped bass last night!" Ryan reported fishing the bay catching all shorts, but an angler close by caught a 33" bass.

~ FishHead Greg

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6:00 PM

Andy Wurst from the Barnegat Animal Clinic stopped in the shop today to pick up some offshore gear. While here he gave us heads up that he recently made a trek to the edge. They had a great trip going five for five on bluefin tuna up to 100-lbs and one for one on yellowfin tuna about 35-40-lbs. All on the troll.

The bluefish are here! Earlier today Gary Naylor stopped in and reported catching one off of the mid-island surf. This afternoon, Captain Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters headed out on the bay for a short session. He reported an hour filled with topwater bluefish fun! Steve said they were all health fat yellow-eyes in the 5-8lb range. Any one looking to hop on a boat give Steve a call 609-290-1217. See Capt. Steve's previous reports below.

~ FishHead Greg

Andy Wurst also has the following boat for sale...

1989 Blackfin 32’ Combi: 11’11” beam and 2’8” draft. Second owner since April 1999.

ENGINE & PARTICULARS:
 - Repowered with Cummins DR610 RX 370hp 6BTA reconditioned diesel motors October 2006. Hours: ~1575
 - New transmissions, shafts, struts and props in October 2006.
 - Jabsco oil change pump system
 - Rebuilt port transmission and new drive plate, serviced both engines after coolers and cooling systems. Motors cleaned and re-painted January 2015.
 - Avg fuel burn ~ 1 nm/gallon, Cruising ~22 kts at 2200 rpm.
 - Westerbeke 5kw generator 5/2000. Hours: 460
 - 330 gallon ¼” custom aluminum fuel tank 11/2010
 - SSI “tuna coffin” cooler. 35+ gallon live well. Good Automatic Windlass w/ 600’ marked line, chain and Kingston quickset anchor.
SAFETY:
 - Switlik 6 man life raft repacked in 5/2014.
 - EPIRB
 - Throwable life ring and PFDs
ELECTRONICS:
 - Raymarine E120, E80 (in tower), DSM 300, 1kw transducer
 - Icom 502 VHF radio, Simrad 55 VHF radio (in tower)
 - Raytheon R20XX raster scan radar (independent)
 - Simrad AP22 autopilot
 - Furuno GP-1850DF (GPS and FF)
 - Raytheon Nav 398 GPS/loran
 - Sitex 525 ADF (radio direction finder)
 - Battery charger
 - Remote spotlight
 - AM/FM radio/CD
GEAR:
Fighting chair and custom rod holder.


Very clean, well maintained, fishing machine, priced to sell; $85,000. Call Andy 609-713-6791.

Received: Apr 22, 2015 5:50 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Reels singing the blues!!

I just got back to the dock from a quick little recon trip and we had solid rod bending , reel screaming action today with big slammer blues in the 5-8lbs range today ! These were not your spring weary racer bluefish but healthy feisty powerful slammers!!

We are catching these brutes in the shallows which makes for awesome visual strikes and powerful "heading to the horizon" runs which is a light tackle enthusiast dream!

I have 2 spots available for this Friday evening 4-8 pm $100.00.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Apr 22, 2015 6:53 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Open Boat Friday

Last week found the action a little slower than expected with 7 Striped Bass on one trip and 2 Striped Bass on another trip. But things continue to progress as the back bay's water temps continue to claw their way out of the polar zone with the milder weather.

The first weakfish, bluefish and more striped bass have started to show in better numbers the last couple of days and should only get better from here. The first snag and drop action has been rumored as well!

We be running another Friday afternoon special open boat 4-8 with light tackle for all the above , $100.00 pp all bait, tackle, rods... included. Come on and join in, meet new fishing enthusiasts, and have some fun. 3 spots available.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

April 21, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

This week's Fisherman's Headquarters Fishing Report in the Fisherman Magazine...
"There has been an acceleration of Striped Bass action along the island sands, and although it's all about schoolies right now, the bigger fish should show any day. Clams and bunker chunks are enticing the linesiders, and it was a bivalve beat for the first black drum of the season. Bayside it's a bloodworm and plug game for the multitude of prowling shorts. The south end of the island is surrendering bloodworm-crazed winter flounder to 16 inches, and the Mill Creek white perch finally showed in force. The spineys are waxing grass shrimp, bloodworms and one inch twister grubs on a tiny jig head."

9:00 PM

The early season spots are consistent and other areas are picking up.

The mid-island bayside has produced stripers both during the day and at night.

This evening Terry and Sal Monachello of Manahawkin enjoyed the sunset fishing the bayside. They released one short bass that went for a bloodworm.

Last night Austin Pounds reported, "Lots of bait." He caught a 29" striper.

~ FishHead Greg

April 20, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 20, 2015 9:51 PM Subject: Fishing Report

Finally finished my video...
2014 Fishing Highlights of Paul Haertel
... hope you enjoy it.

~ Paul Haertel

Paul is truly a "Man for All Seasons" when it comes to fishing. Plus, Paul finds so much time to work for and promote the Jersey Coast Anglers Association and the Berkeley Striper Club. (He is most likely doing even more that we don't know about) Fisherman's Headquarters congratulates Paul on a year well done and wish him continued success in the future.

~FishHead.Stan

1:00 PM

Yesterday, Lenny stopped in the shop and purchase a chunking rod for the spring run. While here he showed us a photo of a nice drum he caught the previous night. Lenny said the bass were chewing too.

We also had weekend reports from a Beach Haven West residents that said the perch bite was good.

Any day, if not already, we'll have some weakfish and bluefish in our waters.

FYI...
The 14th Annual "Simply Bassing" Spring time striped bass surf fishing tournament is May 2 - June 27th.
Registration just started.
When signing up ask to join the Fisherman's Headquarters Striper Side-Bet.
The additional $10 purchase puts you in the game for more prizes.

~ FishHead Greg

April 19, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

What a SWEET day yesterday was! You could not ask for a better Saturday in April. Lots of anglers dusting off the gear and getting their line wet. We received a few reports today...

John Mendes posted had a nice Winter Flounder that he caught in the boat fishing the bay.

Jean Deery Schaum released a Striped Bass that she caught while fishing the bayside of Long Beach Island.

Store staffer Rob Vallone went fishing yesterday. He reported back, "I went 3 for 3 off the surf. All bass were in the 25-27" range. Incoming tide. On SANDWORMS!!!

~ FishHead Greg

Received: Apr 19, 2015 11:06 PM   Subject: Fishing report

Went out Saturday evening on the Bayside had a little bit of action on clams no hook up. Then hit the surf and hooked into to something that felt real nice fought it for about 5 minutes then lost it in the wash due to no light to see what I was doing but plenty of fish out there. It was beginning of out going tide. It's time to be out there!!!

~ Ken C.

April 18, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Bruce Hoagland Memorial Service
   April 18th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
   Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home
   12th St & Long Beach Blvd
   Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
   Masonic & Eastern Star Services at 2:30 PM

April 17, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

5:30 PM

John Herman stopped in the shop and purchased a new Quantum Smoke to match up with one of his "80 fishing rods" for this season. While here we caught up with recent happenings. John said he just got back from another phenomenal Bahamas fishing trip. He reported, "Fishing Andros Island is world class! This trip was about my 30th or 31st Andros excursion."

Chris Bender was in the shop loading up on whole clams. He reported, "The fishing has been great. There's lots of small bass chewing. I released one drum, so they are here too."

Another customer stopped in to spool up a pair of reel. While here he said, "I've been jammed with work but I'm looking forward to getting out this weekend. A friend of mine caught a 35" bass last night as well as two schoolies."

It's time to get your fish on!

~ FishHead Greg

April 14, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Mill Creek in Beach Haven West is the place to go for White Perch. If you don't have grass shrimp... no worries. They'll eat bloodworms and also hit the one inch Orange or Yellow twister tail grubs or 1" Berkley Gulp Jigging Grubs on a tiny jig head. If you want shrimp, Fisherman's Headquarters has the Fisher's Choice canned Shrimp which contains Shrimp enhanced with Excita-Scent. (Yea, it's the stuff Roland Martin recommends) These are soft baits to use and make casting difficult. They require patience to use but are very productive with that addition of the Excita-Scent. A lot of shrimp in each can but many will not be whole pieces. These are Grass or Sand Shrimp size. Catching White Perch is a lot of fun on ultra-light tackle. The bite can turn on and off like a light switch.

Graveling Point has been hot when using bloodworms and/or clams for Striped Bass to about 26-inches. These same size Stripers are in the Mullica River where it has been a bloodworm bite.

Winter flounder to 14-inches are being caught at the South-end of the island, with the area behind the ACME particularly productive, especially during the outgoing tide. Chumming and then baiting with bloods or clam strips will put a limit in the bucket. The same should be the case on the Northern-end of the Island. As mentioned above, the Fisher's Choice canned Shrimp which contains Shrimp enhanced with Excita-Scent can also be used as a hook bait.

Bay-Side Striped Bass are hitting slow moving plugs and also eating bloodworms. Along the island's beach front sands, it has been the very occasional Schoolie Striper being caught on clam baits.

April 13, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 13, 2015 9:10 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - The season continues to progress

Looks like the season continues to pick up momentum with a mix of encouraging signs. Firstly the first blue claws albeit undersize have found their way into my crab pots which were a welcoming sight before being returned back to the bay to do a lil' more molting.

As of today the first [that I have seen] laughing gulls have rode the warming Southerlies in today announcing their arrival with that wonder whimsical call.

Bunker are showing up in the back bay in thick schools all up and down the island. It won't be long before we're into the thick of things with the snag and drop [fingers crossed].

Lastly and most importantly the sonar continues to improve [and prove] it's promising "signs of life" which have been validated by continued improving action with only 1 exception this week. The slowest day was yesterday where we were only able to score 2 stripers before trips end.

We will be fishing this Friday for back bay light tackle stripers for the light tackle enthusiasts who would like to jump aboard for an afternoon of fun. New comers and veterans welcome.
Friday 4-8pm, all bait are tackle included.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

1:00 PM

What a beautiful weekend! Hopefully everyone got out to enjoy it. The early season spots are really ramping up.

One customer loaded up on bloodworms and reported catching three striped bass. He said, "During the same tide, another angler caught ten or twelve." All worming.

Store staffer Blake reported having a great night on Saturday releasing some chubby linesiders fishing slow moving lures.

Store staffer Robbie Vallone hit the surf after work on Sunday he caught one striped bass on bloodworm and missed another. It's good to hear there are stripers cruising the surf. This is the third front-beach fish that I heard about in the past couple of days.

~ FishHead Greg

April 11, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

We received news that Bruce Hoagland died today. He and his wife Pat were the owners of Bruce & Pat's Bait & Tackle which is now known as Surf City Bait & Tackle. We knew Bruce as a wonderful man who knew a lot and was open to share with so many.

To the Hoagland Family, we are sorry for your loss.

April 10, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 10, 2015 9:27 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - More solid light tackle action

Looks like things are starting to solidify nicely even after this weeks bone chilling weather. The last 2 trips we have continued to connect well with catch and release stripers with both trips seeing double digit numbers on light tackle! Today again we had a couple of doubles and even close to having our first tripe header!

This Sunday we will be fishing another open boat 3-7pm with all bait , tackle, rods ....included. Call to reserve 609-290-1217

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

April 8, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 8, 2015 1:41 PM   Subject: Bunker

Had bunker in the surf and on the beach on Monday and Tuesday in Surf City.

~ Annette

April 7, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Store Staffer Steve enjoyed his day off yesterday. He hooked three winter flounder up to 14" on bloodworms.

Lenny M. was in the shop this afternoon and said he got one short Stripers today and two yesterday. He was fishing one of the early season hot spots with bait. He mentioned it was busy with other anglers but whatelse do you expect for such a beautiful day. These early season spots are the best places to look. They've been productive for quite some time; however, expect other areas to slowly pick up as time goes on.

This past weekend I had a great surfing session and witnessed active birds. I thought I saw sea herring. Lots of silver, but another surfer said he saw a bunker in the wash. Just today a customer in the shop mentioned there were bunker in the inlet. View Mr. Mills video attached to April 6th report below.

~ FishHead.Greg

April 6, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 6, 2015 5:52 AM   Subject: Birds on Bait

Video of birds working the surf in Loveladies near Coast Easter Sunday 04/05/2015 afternoon. Stripers can’t be far behind! Birds_Loveladies_150405.MOV

~ Craig Mills

April 4, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 4, 2015 6:46 AM   Subject: Finally! We are catching!

The moderating weather definitely appears to have helped as our catch totals have improved dramatically and the sonar was lit up all day long with fish under the boat!

Good Friday turned out to be Great Friday as we had the first solid striped bass action of the 2015 season! Regular Jay Simmons was joined by returning angler Warren Adrian to tally up a respectable double digit striper action going 13 for 17 before trips end.

Every drift produced a bite or fish with even a few "doubled up" throughout the afternoon. For those suffering from cabin fever, it's time to get out and about and spend some time on the brine to cure what ails you!

Next Friday and Sunday I will be running more open boat spring light tackle action trips for anyone who is ready for some fun.

Happy Easter!

Remember to join us on face book to view photos and "like us".

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 31, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

 
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Received: Mar 31, 2015 8:01 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - slow start so far but........

With the weather appearing to be trending slightly milder hopes are high that things start to heat up on the fishing front. Continued and relentless cold temperatures have not helped waking resident striped bass from their hibernation as we have only scored 1 striped bass so far in 2 trips.

Cy Collins from PA scored our first striper of the season albeit a short sub legal bass that was released. It was hard earned and welcomed aboard for a quick photo before being returned back to the brine.

Finally this week the day temps have risen above the freezing mark and should get things moving and active.

I will be fishing this Friday April 3rd from 2:30 - 7:00 PM and looking to split time between both winter flounder and striped bass for anyone looking to enjoy some milder weather and "time on the brine" , all bait and tackle are provided . The cost is $100.00pp.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 27, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Mar 27, 2015 8:02 PM    Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

The prep work has begun for this upcoming season and I look to get the vessel in the water in the next few weeks. After the boat is splashed, we will start targeting striped bass in the back and eventually out front - followed by the arrival of the summer flounder (my personal favorite). We will be shooting more GoPro videos this year for our charters. We are looking forward to another great year.

On a side note, I am now an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) - thanks again to Nick Honeschefsky for sponsoring my membership and mentioning us in his April article Saltwater Sportsman magazine article. I have a few articles awaiting publication in The Fisherman Magazine and On The Water magazines for the 2015 season.

If interested in booking a charter for this upcoming season, book through the website: www.reelreactioncharters.com or give me a call or text (609-290-7709).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

March 15, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Mar 15, 2015 6:40 PM    Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Season Starter this Friday March 20th

Seems like an eternity since Barnegat Bay was back in it's more palatable liquid state but the ice has finally cleared and I am anxiously looking forward to this Friday's March 20th Season Opener.

The off season was spent repowering the Reel Fantasea with a fresh set of Honda outboards and it will be ready about mid week to target resident schoolie stripers on light tackle. Winter flounder are also a possibly as well. This is not a cooler filling trip but possibly a way to rid yourself of cabin fever and have some early season fun.

Dress warm and meet some new friends that are fishing enthusiasts. We will be fishing 2:30- 6:30pm, all tackle, rods and bait included. $100.00 per person. The best season opener we had was a catch of over 100 stripers by four anglers!

The 2015 calendar is filling fast so don't delay your booking. Reserve that preferred fishing date now. Stripers, Bluefish, Weakfish, Fluke, Wreck, Sea Bass, Blackfish, Inshore and Mid-Shore Pelagic.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

March 13, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Mar 13, 2015 3:55 PM   Subject: Spring Just Around the Corner

Getting warmer? It's time to start thinking about fishing.

Kev n Ash We will start our 2015 season the first weekend in April, weather permitting, and will start off looking for cod and blackfish (assuming the blackfish season opens April 1). We will start the season with the Kev n Ash, but expect delivery of the Kev n Ash II, a 2015 25' Steiger Craft (same boat, just newer) some time in mid-May (hopefully in time for opening day of sea bass season).

Contact us at www.lbicharters.com or 856-264-0318 if interested in booking a trip. Capt Greg

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856-264-0318

March 9, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Mar 9, 2015 1:59 PM

There have been several changes over the winter in the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The biggest change was a sad one for the Association with the passing of Captain John Koegler of the boat “Pop’s Pride.” Captain John was a founding father of the BHCFA and a fixture on the fishing scene in Beach Haven. His presence will be missed by all, especially those teenagers in the Junior Mates Program. This program had a special place in John’s heart.

Association President Captain Jimmy Zavacky reports the Association has added four new sponsors along with a new captain, Ray Lopez. Representatives of the Association have been on hand at four fishing flea markets in the area along with several boat shows including the Atlantic City Boat Show. Upcoming events include the Armed Forces Leisure and Travel Show at Lakehurst on March 17 and the Little Egg Harbor Fishing Flea Market on March 29.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” has been busy this winter speaking at the Atlantic City Boat Show and being active in the New Jersey chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. He is already making plans for some early season striped bass and black drum fishing expeditions.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” reports he is having a stainless steel shoe made for the boat’s keel. He is doing this as a double measure of protection for “Star Fish’s” keel. He is having the boat’s rugs replaced and the deck re-gel coated. He is utilizing the help of some of the members of the Junior Mates Program in making the boat shiny and ship-shape.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been putting time in at several boat and fishing shows trying to pick up some new strategies and techniques to use on the water. He reports that he has been fine tuning his shark fishing skills and plans to put them to good use.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” kept busy over the winter making boat deliveries to Florida and several other locations. His next trip will be to Mexico. Captain John is excited that he will have a new boat in 2015. He has purchased the “Slammer,” a 44-foot Henriques. He is installing new electronics, improving on the amenities, and will rename her.

Captain Ray Lopez has been upgrading many of the amenities on the “Miss Liane.” He has added a new Garmin plotter/fish finder along with new outriggers, cushions and trolling equipment. He and his first mate Liane are looking forward to their first year as members of the BHCFA.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

March 8, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Mar 8, 2015 9:21 AM

Hope all made it through the worst of winter OK. Now that it looks like weather may make a turn for the better and it's time to think fishing!

Here is a video pictorial of some of our 2014 highlights....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqecfAgHbQg&list=UUycH9YGk1LFUo6FKRm3T6fQ

Thank you to all who came out with us last year. We had a lot of return clients as well as many new fisherman and fisherkids. New for 2015 is my 200 hp Envinrude HO Etec engine. The Debbie M now cruises at a faster 35 Kts while being way more fuel efficient. I will now be offering back bay fly-fishing. Knowing the back bay as well as I do, along with the target species and forage I know, this is going to be a great option for trips. I also plan on doing Off the Beach Sharking. Using light tackle, these trip will target brown sharks within sight of the beach. Brown sharks are very good fighters and can average 40 – 60 pounds. And you never know what is going to show up like last year when I caught a 4’ mako. Hope to see you back on the Debbie M this season.

On the nature side of things:

Birds like the bald eagle are already on eggs set to hatch this month. The history of the bald eagle in NJ, and the Lower 48, is not a great one. The use of DDT almost had them on the brink of extinction. Even with DDT banned in the USA in 1972 it is still is found in our environment. Because off DDT, NJ had only one pair nest from 1970 through the early 1980’s. Thanks to the DDT ban and the efforts of the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife the population increased to 23 pairs in 2000. In 2014 the State was home to 175 known nests with 146 of them active.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

March 4, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

NOTICE - Marine Fisheries Council Meeting

The March 5, 2015 Marine Fisheries Council meeting has been postponed due to the anticipated winter storm. The meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. at the Stafford Twp. Municipal Building, 260 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

For more information, including the tentative agenda, visit...
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/mcnclmtg.htm#marine
...on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

Among other issues the following Regulatory Actions topics are on the agenda...

 • Striped Bass Bonus Program 2015 measures - Possible Action
 • Recreational Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass 2015 measures – Possible Action

February 22, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

20th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market - March 1st, 2015

   Where...
     
Toms River North Intermediate School
      150 Intermediate North Way
      Toms River, NJ 08753

   When...
     
Sunday, March 1st, 2015 Doors Open at 9 AM to 2 PM

   Admission fees...
      Admission $4. Children Under 10 admitted free

   - Over 60 Tables of new, used, antique & custom fishing tackle
   - Food & Refreshments

This will be the last show that Fisherman's Headquarters attends for Winter 2015.

Our prices will be insane!

We hope to see you there!

~ FishHead.Greg

February 21, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

2015 SURF DAY - by the Jersey Shore Surfcaster’s - February 21, 2015

   "A Day Dedicated to the Surfcaster"

   Where...
      Brookdale Community College
      765 Newman Springs Road
      Lincroft, New Jersey 07738

   When...
     
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

   Admission fees...
      Adults $10.00 Entry Fee. Kids under 10 Free

Over 70 of the industry’s top vendors and over a dozen seminar speakers providing the most advanced surf fishing techniques every surfcasters needs to know. Two (2) main seminar speakers will be ‘Crazy’ Alberto Knie and author John Skinner. Both presenters will be providing 90 minute seminars with extensive live Q&A sessions.

Giveaways and door prizes will continue as part of Surf Day as they are every year. Some great takeaway for some lucky winners will include a ZeeBaas Reel, Van Staal Pliers, Custom Built Century Rod, Flatlander Surfcasting Plug Bag, Custom Built Fiberstar Rod, MAK Surfcasting Plug Bag, Pelican Cooler, with over a dozen high end plugs.

Four (4) scheduled workshops to attend that will take place in the seminar rooms in order to get the most out of each workshop and provide plenty of space for attendees. The workshops will cover rigging and loading plugs, teaser tying, rod building and Beach Buggy 101, aka driving on the beach.

A kid-focused seminar that will be hosted by two JSS members Matt and Tim Risser. They’ll be bringing their ‘Kids First’ approach to the children with some great tips on becoming a surfcaster and at the same time providing the dads and moms with pointers on how to keep the kids interested and wanting to come back for more. Between the Kids Booth and the Seminar, each child will be given a free T-shirt and ticket to a Kid’s ONLY Raffle for a rod and reel combo along with a grab bag full of goodies. Included will also be a hands-on workshop to let the kids play with the fishing gear and try on waders to get them started and interested in the sport.

Strictly Surf with great seminars from Alberto Knie, John Skinner, DJ Muller, Bill Wetzel, among others. Don't miss out. It is well worth the $10 entry fee.

We hope to see you there!

~ FishHead.Greg

February 14, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Southern Regional High School Fishing Flea Market  -  Saturday, February 14th

Southern Regional’s annual fishing flea market is one of the largest fishing flea markets in Southern Ocean County

   Southern Regional High School Fishing Flea Market

   Where...
      Southern Regional Middle School - Cafeteria
      75 Cedar Bridge Rd.
      Manahawkin, NJ 08050

   When...
     
Saturday, February 14th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

   Admission fees...

      Adults $4 Entry Fee. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult

   -
New and used fishing gear and services will be available from vendors at over 100 tables
   - All proceeds benefit the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club
   - For additional show or vendor information contact Bob MacMaster, 609 597-9481 X2256, rmacmaster@srsd.net

We hope to see you there!

~ FishHead.Greg

January 23, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

3:00 AM

Fisherman's Headquarters and crew are rocking at the shop. We are very busy with the usual off season things. Lots of rod and reel repair/service in progress. Now is the time to drop off your tackle for routine maintenance. Remember Fisherman's Headquarters is both a Penn Reels and Van Staal Reel Factory Authorized Service, Warranty and Parts Center. We have a team of full time professional and experienced reel technicians and rod craftsman here to take care of your fishing rods and reels. We service all major brands of fishing reels. For those do it yourselfers, we stock an extra large inventory of reel parts as well as cleaners and lubricants specifically designed for fishing and use in harsh saltwater environment.

We are also gearing up for some of the last few fishing tackle shows of the year. Yes TACKLE not pickles and beef jerky.

This Saturday January 24, is the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association's Pete D'Alessio Memorial Fishing Flea Market. Stop on by the Elks Lodge 1875 at 600 Washington Street Toms River, NJ 08753... Doors open at 8am. In the past the show was held on days with light snow; however, stay tuned in case of a snow emergency cancellation.

A few more weeks down the pike will be one of the oldest and largest fishing flea markets in the area... The Southern Regional High School Fishing Flea Market is February 14th, 8am. $4 Admission. Then the following weekend...

The 9th Annual Surf Day hosted by the Jersey Shore Surfcaster is one month away! Saturday, February 21st at Brookdale Community College in Linecroft, NJ Doors open at 8:30am.
"A Day Dedicated to the Surfcaster" - Strictly Surf with great seminars from Alberto Knie, John Skinner, DJ Muller, Bill Wetzel, among others. Don't miss out. It is well worth the $10 entry fee

Then our last of the year will be on March 1. The 19th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market at the Toms River North Intermediate School at 150 Intermediate North Way in Toms River, NJ 08753. Admission $4 Doors open at 9am

We hope to see you there!

~ FishHead.Greg

January 20, 2015 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jan 19, 2015 7:50 PM Subject: JCAA Comments on Fluke Addendum

Please read and pass on to fellow anglers.

I encourage everyone to write letters or send emails to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

Mail comment letters to:
     Mr. Kirby Rootes-Murdy - FMP Coordinator
     Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
     1050 North Highland St.
     Suite 200 A-N
     Arlington, VA 22201

or email him at:
     krootes-murdy@asmfc.org

All comments must be submitted by 5:00 PM on 01/23/2015.  Stating your opinions is fine too, even if they differ from the Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) position. For those who agree with us and don't have the time to write extensive letters, it would help to just send a letter stating you as an individual or your club agree with the Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) comments which are as per the following JCAA letter...

JCAA Comments on Fluke Addendum XXVI - 2015

January 19th, 2015

Mr. Kirby Rootes-Murdy - FMP Coordinator
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1050 North Highland St.
Suite 200 A-N
Arlington, VA 22201

Dear Mr. Kirby Rootes-Murdy:

     For many years fluke were managed by state-by-state measures with conservation equivalency. Each state was given its own quota while being allowed to set their own regulations. In 2013 we still had state-by-state quotas but additionally, the ASMFC allowed the projected coastwide underage of fluke to be utilized. Ultimately New Jersey and New York shared this quota. It worked out well in that New Jersey was able to add additional days to its season while New York was able to reduce its size limit.
     However, in 2014 regionalization was forced upon us against the will of the vast majority of our fishermen, fishing groups and those who represented NJ on the commission. New Jersey’s anglers wanted to stay with state-by-state measures or be made its own region. However, despite that the ASMFC, via a conference call, made exceptions for Massachusetts and Rhode Island allowing them to be their own regions even though that option was not in the addendum. Why were they allowed to do that when NJ was not?
     New Jersey was forced into a region with Connecticut and New York. In part this was done because the fluke biomass has shifted further northward. However, even with New York's size limit being reduced to 18" from 19" while New Jersey's was increased from 17 1/2" to 18", New Jersey still caught far more fluke than New York. New Jersey has the most fluke, the most fluke fishermen and the highest percentage of fluke trips to overall fishing trips and yet regulations were adjusted so that New Jersey’s projected harvest was lower than some of its past quotas. It certainly seems that NJ should be allowed to be its own region.
     Another reason NJ was forced into regionalization was due to a disparity in the regulations in the Raritan Bay area where the commission deemed it was unfair for NJ anglers to have a 2” lower size limit than anglers from NY who were fishing in essentially the same waters. However, instead of correcting the problem all the commission did was to transfer the problem to Delaware Bay. In 2014 NJ anglers had to abide by an 18" size limit while DE anglers fishing the bay were allowed to keep fluke that were just 16". This was unfair to the anglers of southern NJ and many of our fishing businesses there lost revenue as people opted to fish out of DE instead.
     While you can say that with regionalization in 2014, we had a projected harvest for each state as opposed to quotas or target quotas, it certainly appears to be a reallocation of quota. It seems that a portion of New Jersey’s quota was reallocated to New York. Additionally though, fish from other states were also reallocated to our region. The projected harvest was substantially increased for Connecticut and New York while at the same time New Jersey’s projected harvest was decreased.
     Then low and behold the MRIP numbers came out and showed that New Jersey over fished its projected harvest but since Connecticut and New York under fished theirs, our region is Ok. The data also showed that the coastwide quota was slightly exceeded but that may be neutralized by a slight coastwide quota increase for 2015. Now, it appears that NJ is being forced to stay in the regionalization plan or face significant cuts under state-by-state measures. Still, it initially seemed that even with regionalization, NJ would come out of this OK as our region underfished its projected harvest. One would think that therefore, we would at least have very similar regulations to what we had in 2014. However, there are several options that would change the structure of the regions and rumor has it that New York is pushing for a 18.5" size limit so that our region's season could be extended to 153 days, 25 days more than last year. An increase of the size limit to more than 18” will not be tolerated by the vast majority of anglers in NJ. In fact the majority of anglers in NJ may prefer returning to a 17 ½” size limit.
     JCAA is on record as favoring state-by state measures with conservation equivalency. However, for 2015 we will only favor that option if it can be done without forcing us to have significantly stricter regulations. More specifically, we do not want a higher size limit, smaller bag limit or shorter season than we had in 2014.
     Therefore of the various regionalization plans, we favor Option 5A. It is the fairest option not only to NJ but to other states as well. This option would have Delaware Bay as its own region and it could act as a transitional area between regions to the north and south of it. Perhaps Delaware Bay could have a 17” size limit while the region to its south could have a 16” size limit and the region to the north of it could have an 18” size limit. A 1” difference between any regions is far more acceptable than a 2” difference. Having a neighboring region with any more than a 1” less restrictive size limit is totally unacceptable. Further having Delaware Bay as its own region should have minimal impact on the other regions. For example, if the option to split NJ in half were chosen, there would likely again be a 2” gap between the regions. This would pit northern NJ anglers against those in southern NJ. Northern NJ as well as other states within that region would then likely have to sacrifice fish to accommodate southern NJ.
     In closing we would like to urge the ASMFC to thoroughly review the pros and cons of each option and be as fair as possible to all the states. Lastly, we would like to thank you for allowing us to comment on this matter.


Sincerely,
Paul Haertel - President, JCAA
Cell (973) 943-8201 Home (973) 472-5630 E-mail – anglerpmh@aol.com


Thank You, Paul Haertel - President, JCAA

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"SUPER HOT NEW ITEM" Daiwa SP Minnow Bullet Lures
UPDATE - Daiwa DSPM Bullet Lures are all in stock
   Daiwa DSPM Bullet Lures - 6" - 1-1/2oz - SINKING
   Daiwa DSPM Bullet Lures - 6" - 2-1/8oz - FAST SINKING
Click to view Daiwa DSPMB15 Salt Pro Minnow Bullet Lures

UPDATE - The availability of MAK Angler Surf Bags is slowly but surely going to increase in 2015.

 

 

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NEW Lamiglas Infinity Surf Rods...
The Lamiglas Infinity Surf Series is a new series just released for 2013. Lamiglas wanted to make a rod to compete with some of the other high end rod manufacturers out there today. The Infinity Surf Series uses a 3M Powerlux resin to make a more sensitive, responsive, and higher modulus graphite rod. The rods are equipped with a reinforced carbon fiber butt section and a new grip design. The Fuji K-frame concept guide design is also used on these Infinity rods. Sweet!
We currently have three models in stock; 9’0” 1-3oz 2 piece, 10’0” 1-3 oz. 2 piece, and 11’0” 2-6 oz. 2 piece.

NEW Lamiglas Tri-Flex Graphite Rods...
The Tri-Flex Graphite Saltwater Series and Inshore Series are here for 2013. These rods still use Lamiglas’ Tri-Flex technology which uses three layers of materials combining fiberglass and graphite to make an affordable high performance rod. These rods are offered in models for light tuna jigging, heavy bottom fishing, or fishing small bucktails.
Tri-Flex Saltwater Series Conventional models in-stock; 5’6” 20-40lb, 7’0” 15-30 lb. 1-6 oz, and 7’6” 20-50 lb. 4-12 oz.z.
Tri-Flex Inshore Series Conventional models in-stock; 7’6” 20-50 lb. 6-16 oz., 7’0” 20-40 lb. 4-10 oz., 7’0” 15-30 lb. 3-6 oz., and 7’0” 8-20 lb. 1-4 oz.

New Penn CFT Conflict and Penn Pursuit II PURII spinning reels are in stock...
The Penn Conflict is a durable design with a silky smooth drag. The Conflict is designed to perform and engineered to last. The Conflict is the big brother to the popular Penn Battle models. The Pursuit II features a durable construction and smooth gear system at an affordable price. This reel features an ultra lightweight, corrosion-resistant graphite body and oiled-felt drag system.m.

NEW Savage Gear Manic Prey lures are in stock... Savage, "Lures with An Attitude"...
The Savage MP-145-BM Manic Prey (Sinking) 5-3/4" 1.33oz "chunky" hard bait lures are now in stock. Made with 3X strong hooks, X-strong split-rings, through-wire construction and long cast weight system. Creates a wobble and flash that entices predators to strike. Seven (7) colors; Blue Mackerel, Chartreuse Mackerel, Deep Purple, Dirty Silver, Glow Belly, Green Mackerel and Ghost.

NEW Sting-O G-Rods and an expanded Sting-O lure selection are now in stock plus more...

The Sting-O G-Rod Series of Jig'n and Pop'n rods in spinning and conventional plus the Sting-O PBJ jigs, Sea Thug, Pig Pen and Popster lures are in stock. We are also stocking the Sting-O Xander Gray Spreader Bar Troll'n Storage Bag.

NEW Quantum Cabo CSP-PTsD, Boca BSP-PTsD and now also the Smoke Inshore SL-PTs Inshore...
All Quantum PTs spinning reels feature Quantum's exclusive TiMag Salt bail system and a 1-piece performance tuned frame made from aluminum alloy. Quantum reduced the weight in the Smoke Inshore SL-PTs series by trimming weight off the reel frame and using carbon fiber for the rotor. Among the three models; the Cabo series is considered the strongest which also includes a ceramic main bearing, The Smoke series is the lightest with its thinner reel frame and use of carbon fiber for the rotor, and without compromising performance the Boca would be the most affordable.


NEW Accurate FX Boss Fury Single-Speed Single-Drag.....
The "RAW Look" Single-Speed Single-Drag Lever-Drag conventional reels. Made in the USA by Accurate with the same craftsmanship and quality components as the "BX Boss Extreme Double-Drag" series but in a simpler less expensive Single-Drag design. The frame is made from 6061-T6 billet aircraft aluminum for light weight and strength but in a "RAW Look" brushed aluminum finish . Features stainless steel gears, wet drag for smoothness, and an ergonomic rubber handle. Models; FX400X, FX500X, FX600NX and FX600X.

NEW XtraTuf II 22275G - 15" Full Rubber Coated, Full Neoprene Insulated Hi Boots...
The XtraTuf II 22275G Hi Boot is the ultimate insulated, waterproof and slip resistant boot. A superb boot for commercial and recreational fishing. The full rubber outer coating of boot protects the neoprene from snags. Offers protection for the most severe fishing, farm and work conditions.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HOT PRODUCT
Now in our Ship Bottom retail store

 

Penn SSV Spinning Reel
Penn SSV Reels

 

Daiwa SP Minnow Lures

Daiwa SP Minnows

Daiwa SP Bullet

 


MAK Surfcasting
Surf Bags
Coming Back
For 2015

 

Cordell Red Fin
Special Colors
Black
Chicken Scratch

 


Guy Cotten Raingear

 

MK4K4
LED Rod Tip Light
Red,Green or Blue

 


Red Gill
Original
plus new...
Weighted EVO
4" 1/8oz
7" 5/8oz

 

Tire Buddy III

 

Breakaway Sinkers

 

Grundens Foulweather Gear
Grundens Rainwear

 

Specials

 


Berkley Gulp

Owner ST76
5X Treble Hooks
Sz 3/0, 4/0 & 5/0
"The Extreme"

Spool up with...
Jerry Brown Hollow Core Spectra
or
Western Filament Tuf Line Guides Choice Hollow Core Spectrara
Big Game Fish Don't Stand a chance!



Calcutta Bait Trays
SPECIAL PRICING $24.99
 

 

 

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NEW "HOT Items" Troll-Master aftermarket replacement parts for Penn Fathom Master and Cannon Downriggers
For the 133C600SP or 133 600 now use Troll-Master PR-1001 Universal Fixed Mounting Base for Penn Downriggers (In Stock)
For the 622ASM now use Troll-Master AR-1021 Universal Downrigger Swivel base for Penn and Cannon Downriggers (In Stock)
For the 638 now use Troll-Master AN-1080 Downrigger Boom Extension Kit for Penn Downriggers (In Stock)
... Parts included in Troll-Master Kits above may vary from the original Penn Kits.
Click to view full details of Troll-Master products


Triple Fish Brand Name Will No Longer Be Used
Product once known as Triple Fish by Trik Fish will now simply be supplied as Trik Fish.
Leader lines available three ways; Clear Monofilament, Camo Monofilament, Clear Fluorocarbon.
Triple Fish Remaining Inventory
Trik Fish Product Listing


NEW "HOT Items" Bucket Grip - A replacement for the popular "Bucket Stop"
The Bucket Grip fits on the bottom of a standard 5-gallon bucket and you have a base that will keep the bucket from tipping, slipping or dripping during transport and use. Made of rubber, the Bucket Grip will not mark or scratch any surfaces. It also has excellent UV resistance so aging is not an issue. Plus the Bucket Grip also floats. “With waves and a rocking boat up to 30 degrees, the Bucket Grip will remain steady.” Add the Bucket Grip to your Bucket List!
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The Z-Wing Downrigger Weight Alternative is back!...
After years of not being available the Z-Wing is back in production and is in stock at Fisherman's Headquarters...
Click to view the Z-Wing Downrigger Weight Alternative

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GM 8' LONG BED VINYL COVER (GM Part# 20962149)
Fits; Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra 2500 HD, GMC Sierra 3500 HD
     GMC New List Price: $910.00  -  Typical New Online Retail Price: $669+ Freight
     WE HAVE ONE USED - WITH A HOLE IN IT - Still useable - Speak to Greg - As is $200


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Information on the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be viewed at... http://www.fishbeachhaven.com/our-boats

  For information on the 25' "Drop Off" contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970, or Email: fpvmdv@comcast.net   ) see below
For information on the 27' May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970, or Email: fpvmdv@comcast.net
For information on the 80' Miss Beach Haven< contact Capt. Frank Camarda, phone: (609) 978-9951, email: contact Capt. Frank Camarda, 609.978.9951 or Email: missbeachhaven@comcast.net
For information on the 29' "Compass Rose" contact Capt. Dave Wittenborn, 609.492.5271
For information on the 35' "Karen Ann II" contact Capt. Adam Nowalsky, 609.618.0366 (day), 609.652.1633 (even), or Email: captadam@karenannii.com
For information on the 41'
"June Bug" contact Capt. Lindsay Fuller, 609.685.2839, email: CaptLindsay@Fish-JuneBug.com
For information on the 38' Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877, email: Finck104@comcast.net
For information on the 38' Sport Fisherman “Pop's Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349
For information on the 40' Custom "Star Fish" for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591, cfsheppard@aol.com
For information on the 36' Runaway "Reel Determined" contact Capt. Jimmy Zavacky, Phone: 609.915.2498, reeldetermined@comcast.net

For information on the 38' Blackfin Sport Fisherman "Hot Tuna" contact Capt. Bob Gerkens, Phone: 609.384.0877, email: HotTunaBoat@yahoo.comhoo.com
For information on the 38' Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980 Email: captjohn22@comcast.net
For information on the 35' Duffy "Legal Limit"< contact Capt. T.J.Schwarzwalder, Phone: 609.405.4591, Email: legallimitcaptj@aol.com
For information on the 29' Luhrs "Sweet Baby" contact Capt. Dave Kreines, Phone: 215.813.8050 (cell), Email: dkreines@usa.net
For information on the William Knorr contact Capt. Tim Knorr, Phone: 609.848.4094
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, Email: irishjigsportfishing@comcast.net

~ Capt. Jack Shea  Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters  609.698.3632
~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217
~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674
~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511
~ Capt. Stew Hitchner  Pez Machine Sportfishing  609.287.5136
~ Capt. Bill Dubois  Reel Trouble  609.709.0226
~ Capt. Mike Greene  Lucky Stripes Charters  718.644.6087
~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709
~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt  Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746
~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318
~ Capt. Mark Finelli  Laura Sportfishing  856-341-6562

OLD N/G ~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Bottom Line", www.fishbottomline.com Forked River 201.788.3223
New 2015 Site ~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Reel Chaos Charters", 28' Regulator, Forked River 201.788.3223

 
Popular Bait Status:  December 8, 2014 8:30 PM
Key: + = In Stock  ~ = Quantity Low  x = Sold Out
   Fresh Bait
x
Fresh Bunker
    CLAMS
x
Surf Clams in Shell
+
Salted Shucked Clams
+
Frozen Clams
   LIVE BAIT
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Eels
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Green Crabs
   WORMS
x
Live Bloodworms
+ Freeze Dried Bloodworms
+ Freeze Dried Sandworms

... many other frozen baits and chums are in stock

Popular Bait Status: Posted Date / Time
Key: + = In Stock  ~ = Quantity Low  x = Sold Out

   FRESH BAIT
Salted Shucked Clams

   MULLET
Fresh Finger Mullet

  BUNKER

Fresh Bunker
Fresh Peanut Bunker

   CLAMS
Surf Clams in Shell
Bay Clams in Shell

   LIVE BAIT
Live Eels
Green Crabs
"White Legger" Crabs $8.00 per dozen - "White Legger" crabs may need to be special pre-ordered and prepaid at $45 per half-bushel. (Not always an in-store storage item) "White Legger" crabs are great bait for Blackfish. This will be a time sensitive availability and pick-up item. Even if you special order the availability will not be guaranteed!
Live Small Whelk (aka Conch) a Blackfish Bait. $3/lb (IC#386)IC#386)

WORMS

Live Bloodworms
Live Sandworms
Freeze Dried Bloodworms
Freeze Dried Sandworms

... Plenty of other frozen baits and chums are in stock

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