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"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...
Click to view Daiwa DSPM15 Salt Pro Minnows

"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

"HOT Item" 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

"HOT Item" New! Berkley GSNMS6.5 Gulp! Saltwater Nemesis in stock.
Hot on the heels of proven performers like the 7" Jerk Shad and 6" Grub comes the Gulp 6.5" Nemesis! The newest member of the Gulp range has been designed so anglers get the best of both worlds; the slim body profile of a Jerk Shad with the deadly action of a Curl Tail Grub. A new winning performance Gulp! bait from Berkley. The smaller body diameter matches up easier with popular hooks, jigs and bucktails used for Fluke and Striper.
 - In-stock Colors... Nuclear Chicken, New Penny and Pink Shine
 - Coming Soon... Chartreuse, Opening Night and Pearl White

"HOT Item" BOMBER Certified Depth Lures & Owner Hardware...
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03225622704 Bomber BSWCD30XBON A-Salt HD CD 8" 4oz Bonita 19.99
03225622709 Bomber BSWCD30XBS A-Salt HD CD 8" 4oz Baby Striper 19.99
03225622707 Bomber BSWCD30XSI04 A-Salt HD CD 8" 4oz SilverFlash/RedHead 19.99
03225622711 Bomber BSWCD30XSICH A-Salt HD CD 8" 4oz SilverFlash/ChrtBack 19.99
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05483109480 Owner 5196-044 HyperSplitRings #4 10/pk 50# Stainless Steel 4.99
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Popular Bait Status:  August 31, 2015 10:30 AM
Key: + = In Stock  ~ = Quantity Low  - = Sold Out
   Fresh Bait
+ Fresh Bunker
+ Fresh Surf Clams in Shell
+ Shucked & Salted Surf Clams
Fresh Bay Clams
Frozen Clams
+ Frozen Ground Clam Chum
+ Minnows
+ Eels
+ Green Crabs
+ Live Bloodworms
Live Sandworms (Flats of 10dz available by special prepaid advanced ordering only)
+ Freeze Dried Bloodworms
+ Freeze Dried Sandworms

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


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 for submitting simple details or 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 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.

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Black Drum:
   No Closed Season, 3 fish, 16"
   **Proposed size limit of 32 inches pending hearings**

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Black Sea Bass:
   07/01/15 - 07/31/15, 2 fish, 12.5"
   08/01/15 - 10/21/15, Temporarily Closed
   12/22/15 - 12/31/15, 15 fish, 12.5"

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Fluke (Summer Flounder):
   05/22/15 - 09/26/15, 5 fish, 18" min length
   On 09/27/15 and forward Season Closes for the year 2015

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Porgy (Scup):
   01/01/15 - 02/28/15, 50 fish, 9"
   03/01/15 - 06/30/15, Temporarily Closed
   07/01/15 - 12/31/15, 50 fish, 9"

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Red Drum (Redfish):
No Closed Season, 1 fish 18" to 27" Slot Limit

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Striped Bass:
   Atlantic Ocean 0-3nm from shore...
   No Closed Season, 1 fish 28" to < 43", 1 fish >/= 43"
   All other marine waters...
   03/01/15 - 12/31/15, 1 fish 28" to < 43", 1 fish >/= 43"
More Details on Revised Striped Bass Regulations:
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.

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Tautog (Blackfish):
   07/17/15 - 11/15/15, 1 fish, 15" min length
   11/16/15 - 12/31/15, 6 fish, 15" min length

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Weakfish:
   No Closed Season, 1 fish, 13" min length

2016 Fluke Reduction Click to Read The Fisherman Magazine's Full Report

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Received: Aug 31, 2015 7:22 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Uodate

Saturday we had Steve, Steve, Sydney, Miles, Jordan, Kenand Ellie out for a quick local ocean and bay trip. Goal was to bend some rods with the 4 young children so that's what we did with triggerfish, porgies, sea bass and short fluke. Fun trip. Sunday AM had Luke, Tom, Sienna, and Mark out to fluke in ocean. Enough bites to keep it interesting with 3 keepers to 21 inches and 15 or so shorts. Sunday PM had Glen, Beth and Jason out Stayed shallow due to howling south winds. Landed 7 triggers and an array of sea bass and porgies. Have openings most weekends through December.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

FAMILIES - KIDS - Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Contest [DEADLINE - Monday, August 31, 2015]
All photos must include the "Don't Get Hooked on Drugs" logo.
Logo was made available for download on this page since 8/21/15... 

New Jersey Online Fishing Tournament Encourages Children to Spend Quality Time with their Families

Taylor Lier, PDFNJ Media Coordinator, 201-916-1032,

New Jersey Online Fishing Tournament Encourages Children to Spend Quality Time with their Families

Millburn - The summer months are filled with warmer temperatures and plenty of opportunities for families to get outdoors and spend more valuable time together. As an effort to motivate families to spend time with their children to keep them off drugs, The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is holding the first “Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs” Online New Jersey Family Fishing Tournament. The contest will be from August 21 to August 30.

Angelo Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ said, “In the summertime, children are out of school leaving them with more free-time and more vulnerable to engage in drug use. This Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Fishing Tournament encourages families to get involved in some summertime fun. Spending more time with family is the best way to keep children from drugs and continue living drug-free.” According to Valente, kids who communicate regularly with their parents about their daily activities are 67 percent less likely to be involved in substance abuse than children who have little or no communication. “In a world where children constantly stay plugged into technology, a day of fishing will be a nice break and drive families to talk with one another more about their daily activities,” Valente said.

To participate in the contest, entrants must be 18 years of age or younger and be accompanied by a parent or guardian while fishing. While enjoying a fishing trip with family, take a picture of your family with a caught fish along with PDFNJ’s “Don’t’ Get Hooked” logo, and the hashtag #dontgethooked. Pictures can be posted by liking PDFNJ’s Facebook page at Drug-Free NJ or by following PDFNJ on Twitter and Instagram. The “Don’t Get Hooked” logo is available in a printable format to download or ensure the electronic version is in the photo.

All entries must be submitted no later than August 31, 2015. A winner will be selected at random on September 1, 2015 and will be eligible to win over $600 in cash prizes.

Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication. To date, more than $50 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception the Partnership has garnered over 46 Advertising and Public Relations Awards from National, Regional & Statewide Media Organizations.

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Received: Aug 30, 2015 7:03 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

It's been a busy week with trips. In the beginning of the week the fluking was slow, but the bite got better as we approached the full moon. We have been getting anywhere between 15 to 40 fish per outing. Fluke continue to be staging towards the Inlet. I did have a chance to fish myself (ocean) and was able to box a few - so they are definitely out there.

First up, we had return client Art Diebel and his three kids (Nell-15, Walter-13, and Bruce-10) on a 4hr Bay & Inlet trip. We had some challenging drift conditions and were able to catch over 20 fish, with 1 lone keeper (21 in) caught by his daughter Nell.

Next up was return client Jason Black of Short Hills, and Michael Weinstein of Brooklyn, NY on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. We started fluking, but the bite was less than optimal so we decided on hitting the breaking bluefish near the inlet. The two had a great time casting and hooking up with 2-5lb blues. We ended the trip fluking, but no keepers were to be had. Michael hooked into a huge cow-nose ray that took a good 15-20 minutes to bring boat-side.

Later in the week, I had return client Derek Bowen and his wife Christina, and daughters Megan and Dani on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. We started working some backchannels and had a decent bite until the current switched. With a quick move, the foursome were into the fluke again, but this time Megan connected on a nice 19.5in fluke. Not to be outdone, her younger sister boxed a fat 19 incher on live bait. The family caught close to 40 fluke for the day with 2 keepers, and some small sea bass, sea robins, and calico crabs.

And ending the week, I had Chris Reidy and his son Aidan of Cranford, NJ on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. We worked a variety of locations and it seemed that we always had wind against tide, so power-drifting was the mainstay. The pair managed to catch close to 30 fluke and two nice 19-inchers that made it home for the table, both caught by 10yr Aidan.

Since I go back to teaching this upcoming week, I only have available Thursday 9/3, Friday 9/4, Saturday 9/5, and will continue to book Friday afternoons and weekends through December. Fluke season ends the 24th of September, and I recommend Ocean Fluking for all fluke trips occurring this month as they are definitely pushing out into the ocean. I have already started booking fall striper trips - historically November is the best month. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come aboard and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

August 28, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

12:00 Noon

Yesterday our bunker boat delivered some fresh bunker. He also reported, "There's lots of croakers lined up along the beach. The king fish are mixed in with 'em as well as a few small blues and some weakfish."

~ FishHead.Greg

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Received: Thursday, August 27, 2015 1:38 PM   Subject: Surf Fishing

Hello guys, First, thank you for a great website, I look forward to seeing all the updates and newest gear. I am relatively new to surf fishing and wanted to know if you could help me out. I know LBI is a large area; I fished years ago near a few jetties (advice from your shop) along the beach but rumor has it they are no longer around. Any suggestions on which areas to fish generally for a few bites? All advice is greatly appreciated. Have a great day, tight lines, and thanks again!

~ Allison, Aaron David

We share today's rely to above from Greg...

As you mentioned Long Beach Island is large area. There's fishing opportunity on all sides. Because you mentioned surf fishing and jetties I will keep this information focused on such.

After years of beach fill projects nearly all of LBI's prized jetties for fishing and surfing are buried. The few that remain are great places to fish. The main jetty that I would suggest fishing is Barnegat Inlet's "South Jetty" located at the north end of LBI in the town of Barnegat Light. The Inlet offers great fishing almost all year long. Currently you have fluke stacked up as they migrate out of the bay. There's also a large population of resident schoolie sized striped bass that call the inlet home. The only other jetties are located on the south end of the Island. These are found from the south end of Beach Haven, into Holgate and right to the end of the Long Beach Boulevard where there is a public parking lot. These areas have produced fluke all summer long and have also been the area for some of the Island's best beach shark fishing. Please note that these jetties will be covered soon. The active beach fill project that started in Ship Bottom is working south in their direction.

Before closing I would like to mention, do not over look open beaches! The right beaches offer phenomenal fishing. Please note two things... One, not every beach (or street) is going to have structure or a fishy profile. Two, sand beaches change frequently depending on the wind and wave action. What was a great spot last month might not exist now. On the other hand a spot that didn't look fishy last month might have a new face after a storm.

There isn't one best spot all of the time. This time a year I suggest to start by going to an area that is most convenient or has less people (swimmers and tanners) which is not an easy task. Once there observe the beach, the waters and the water's edge from the highest vantage point possible (beach entrance dune peak, bench on beach, etc). Then walk the beach and fish or if bait-and-wait fishing set up and cast out.

Observing the beach is the key. You need to find the breaks in a stretch of beach where unique beach profiles can be found. That's where you want to fish. The features you should look for are... large sand bars near deeper water holes, rip currents and cuts in sand bars where water pulls away from the beach, troughs or sloughs "slews" of water running parallel to the beach, white water from waves spilling off into pockets of deeper water, areas where the shore break chewed out the sand at the water's edge creating a bowl and cliff. You'll notice that the water acts differently in these areas and that is why fish should be there.

Hopefully I helped point you in the right direction on your next trip as well as future fishing trips. Next time you are in the area stop by the shop and say hi. We can go over the topics in much more detail face to face with a couple of sketches or real beach.

~ FishHead.Greg

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

Posted August 25, 2015 - "Stan from Fisherman's Headquarters gave us several reports. He started with a report of some bluefish being caught along the oceanfront and at Barnegat Inlet. Some fluke are also being pulled from the wash and anglers fishing live mullet boated some good size flatfish over the weekend. Shark fishing remains good at Beach Haven in the evening on mackerel and cut bunker. Crabbing has been very good all over with some bigger crabs being caught as it gets later in the summer. School size bass are hitting in the bay along with some kingfish and weakfish. The top weigh-in at the store this past week was a 6-1/2-pound fluke caught by John Shuster while fishing on the Team High Voltage using a 4-inch Gulp."

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Received: Aug 26, 2015 8:27 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The 2015 Junior Mates class of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association ended its classes with the John Koegler Memorial fishing trip and party following at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. BHCFA president, Jimmy Zavacky was quick to praise Barry Baxter from Barry’s Do Me A Flavor for donating food for the party along with the Koegler family for donating prizes for the competing anglers. Eight junior mates weighed in fish ranging from the 12-ounce Boston Mackerel to the 5.48 pound fluke caught by Dylan Fisher.

Captain John Lewis reports the “Insatiable” had a great week both fishing parties and with the Junior Mates. Fluke fishing has improved greatly for Captain John in the last ten days bringing a lot of action with double digit releases and keepers up to 25". His Junior Mate Dylan Fisher won the John Koegler Memorial Junior Mate tournament with a flatty weighing in at 5.48 pounds. His second largest fish was 4.4 pounds. He is also starting to see some keeper sized blowfish in the bay.

Captain Ray Lopez had the Blake family out on the “Miss Liane” for a bay fluke fishing trip. Five year old Eli was the hit of the day when he caught his first three fluke ever. Another trip on the “Miss Liane” saw a group fishing several local reefs looking for big fluke. The group caught an assortment of fish including ling, jumbo sea bass, fluke, and even a squid. All were entertained watching the squid shoot its link while being netted. The group managed to box two 20-inch keeper fluke.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” out every day for the past week and experienced plenty of rods bending. Leading the charge were large black sea bass which had to all be released since their season is closed. A bachelor party last Saturday proved to be productive as the group caught almost 100 fish including some very large fluke and a nice trigger fish. A large shark also made an appearance, biting through one of the lines.

Additional Information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Received: Aug 25, 2015 5:45 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Still busy and on the water almost every day. Most recent charters where Saturday, Sunday and Monday. While some say a bad day a fishing is better than a good day at work, I say a bad day of fishing is made great when patterns are figured out. Consistent success on the water is often achieved by knowing the patterns of feeding for your target species. I often customize my start times based on this key local knowledge. This can be matching the hatch or in the bay knowing what cycle of tide fish are most actively feeding as well and where. Last week, the best pattern for fluking fishing was the last of incoming through outgoing and slowing only when the current started to peak. Well during the last three trips there was a departure from this pattern. Likely cause was poor visibility at the time of high tide since water temperature is not an issue (low to mid 70s). Even with that, the fluking has been decent but not the 10 fish an hour I had been seeing. The fluke are staging behind the inlet and starting to feed heavily on bay anchovies (aka rainfish) and spearing as they fatten up for their migration toward the Continental Shelf.

Leo Panagopulos from Brooklyn caught several short fluke yesterday. Also during the Panagopulos trip, Leo’s dad, Nick, landed a squid in Double Creek Channel. In over 35 years on the bay this a first for me. You know I will be researching the species and life history of the squid that hit the deck. This time of year we should be experiencing peak weakfishing in the backbay, with chumming shrimp the number one method of scoring. Part of my last two trips where spent chumming for weakfish but none where to be hooked.

On the bait scene: mullet are showing in the back marshes in good numbers. I have been able to net them for live bait on my trips before sun up. This time of year I like to target big fluke with big large live baits and I will go the extra mile trying to secure them for my clients. Peanut bunker are very scarce. Where I should be seeing nice schools this time of year to net I am not. I have only netted a few peanut bunker while throwing the net on mullet.

Still have some open days before back to school.

Screaming Drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

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6:00 PM

Anthony Lawrence reported...
"I geared up yesterday evening at Fisherman's Headquarters and then went with my 5-yr old son Jacob and nephew Myles to cast net live mullet and peanut bunker. After that we went fishing with the perpetual hope of landing a massive Striper. On what was to be my last cast for the night I almost got spooled. Rod was bent and palming my reel I fought this fish that was hooked on a 6/0 J Hook with 40-lb leader. Once landed it turned out to be a HUGE Sandbar Shark. The fish was released unharmed after a 15-min fight. Time for a new leader."

12:00 Noon

A number of anglers using live mullet did well off the Condo Bulkhead in Barnegat Light with keeper size Fluke. Boats drifting that same area and out the inlet are also scoring. Big baits are catching. (Keep in mind we now have the New! Berkley Gulp! Nemesis in stock in limited colors mentioned in detail in yesterday's report) Store staff Steve is going to give salted mackerel a try this afternoon. Barnegat Bay is providing action with Fluke, Weakfish, Blowfish and Bluefish. In most cases the fish are not large but they are plentiful. More than enough for multiple meals.

Anglers fishing the area around the end of Barnegat Inlet's South Jetty are being rewarded with Fluke and "at their feet" Blackfish (Tautog). Be careful the jetty can be a hazardous place.

Getting better reports of Kingfish. Even from the North End of the island.

Received: Aug 22, 2015 7:52 AM   Subject: Blowfish

Capt Mike Greene of Luckey Stripes Charters reporting another great Barnegat Bay charter for blowfish. We caught about 50 fish and only some of the bigger fish where kept for the creation of a great dinner.

~ Capt. Mike Greene  Lucky Stripes Charters  718.644.6087

Received: Aug 22, 2015 6:53 AM   Subject: Open Boat Sunday - Barnegat Ridge, Weakies... Both?

Beautiful weather for the next few days. Light and variable NE winds. Looks like the seas could be calm enough for a Barnegat Ridge exploration. I'm going to give it a try, if it's not a flat ocean, we are staying in the bay to target weakfish on live shrimp and light tackle. I am ordering a batch of shrimp as an insurance policy in case the seas are too rough or we are not catching at the Ridge. It only takes an hour out there to find out. If there's readings, birds, slicks, or hookups we stay. If it's lifeless or the water is ugly green we shoot back in the bay to salvage the trip with some light tackle action. Whoever signs on should be willing to do either.

Sunday and Monday, Aug 23 and 24, 7AM to 1PM. $175 person. 3 people max. All fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: August 21, 2015 at 7:31:21 PM   Subject: News release. ASA donates $10,000

New Jersey Anglers may in 2016 face a 30% Fluke (Summer Flounder) catch reduction based on questionable
science used by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council MAFMC if action is not taken starting now!

   FishAmerica Foundation Awards $10,000 to Support Summer Flounder (Fluke) Science

To help advance fisheries science and promote improved fishing access to summer flounder, the American Sportfishing Association has awarded $10,000 through the Fish America Foundation to support the Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF). The foundation’s grant will be leveraged with $50,000 in additional matching funds from other organizations and agencies.

“The FishAmerica Foundation is proud to support SSFFF on their initiative to advance fisheries science and promote improved fishing access to summer flounder for those who enjoy it and depend on its survival,” said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “The recent decision by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) to significantly cut the summer flounder recreational harvest in 2016 makes this all the more important.”

The SSFFF is working with scientists from Cornell, Rutgers and other universities, along with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), to develop a more comprehensive summer flounder model that more accurately portrays the size and composition of the fishery. Dr. Pat Sullivan from Cornell University is leading the effort on developing the new stock synthesis model, which he hopes will be ready for review by the summer flounder stock assessment scheduled for 2016. The new model, if accepted by NMFS, will lead to better, more accurate fisheries management.

“ASA has, from day one, been in the forefront of supporting this effort for better science, and on behalf of the SSFFF board, I extend my appreciation to the foundation,” said Nick Cicero, Sales Manager at the Tsunami Corporation. “With luck, this may be the start of a new way of dealing with NMFS and the beginning of a more cooperative relationship between user groups.”

As ASA’s research and conservation foundation, the FishAmerica Foundation empowers local communities to invest in improving sportfishing opportunities and habitat conservation through matching funding and volunteer support.

For additional information and to support FishAmerica Foundation research, please visit or contact Ruth Jackson, Grants Manager, (703) 519-9691, x247.

Or, visit and help Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF) directly at... ...No donation is too small.

~ Nick Cicero, Sales Manager at the Tsunami Corporation

August 21, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

6:30 PM

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Received: Aug 21, 2015 10:41 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing LLC

It's been another busy week on the water off Barnegat Light. It seems the fluke are getting closer and closer to the inlet, and making there way to the inshore normal inshore locations. There is an abundance of baitfish in the back: peanut bunker, spearing, and snapper bluefish, which should continue to hold some of the keeper-sized fluke. Try using the bigger baits for the keeper fluke as there are a bunch of smaller ones in the area. I have been getting word of weakfish being caught early, and also schoolie stripers are still around at the right temperatures, which may be option for early morning trips before changing over to fluke.

This past week was up and down due to wind and drift conditions putting 1 to 5 keepers in the box per trip.

First up was return client Michelle Lambros of Kuwait, her two sons Elias and Andreas, and her niece Shannon McKenna of Princeton, NJ on a 4 hr bay & inlet charter. We had a little wind to contend with, but worked some areas around the inlet with with bucktails and live-bait rigs. The family ended up with over 30 short fluke and 3 keepers (18, 19, 20in).

Next, was Sonya Matthews of Flemington, NJ along with her son Christian, and his friend Kevin Giles and Ben Ilvenna on a 4 hr bay & inlet charter. We had much windier and tougher drifting conditions than the previous trip. This most likely impacted our bait-lure presentations. The foursome still managed over 20 fish, but only 1 keeper (19 in). This was Ben's 1st ever keeper fluke, nice job!!

Later in the week I had Tim Murphy of Doylestown, PA and his son Kevin on a 4 hr bay & inlet charter with similar conditions as the day before, but the keeper fluke were much hungrier even in the windy conditions. We ended up using a drift sock in the bay for the majority of the trip, which helped Tim and Kevin put over 30 shorts in the boat along with 5 keepers for the table (21, 19, 18.5, 18.5, 18in). The bucktail tipped with live bait was the trick. Nice job by the father & son team.

I have just received a few demo rods from G. Loomis (Inshore Series E6X) to try on charters, so once I get the new reels (awaiting delivery) - I will get them strung and ready for charter use.

I have limited availability next week (8/23 - 8/29) prior to the start of school (Sept 3). Once school starts, I will be available Friday afternoons and Saturday/Sunday for charter. I have already started booking for fall striper trips - historically November is the best month. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come aboard and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

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Received: Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:22 AM   Subject: Weakfish

Another great weakfish morning today. Mapi Koz of Wantage NJ had a beautiful weakfish that pulled the weigh-scale to 3-lbs. She caught this fish using live grass shrimp aboard the Hi Flier. One to three pound fish on live grass shrimp using six pound spinning rods. Fishing the west side of the bay in eight feet of water with shrimp baited hooks under floats and casting 1/8 ounce jigheads tipped with shrimp. Again, it was a hot slick with some small blues, puppy drum, and sand sharks peppered in.

Room for one person on our Friday, Aug 21 afternoon Open Boat from Noon to 5 PM. Available Sunday and Monday, Aug 23 and 24, for charter or Open Boat.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

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Received: Aug 19, 2015 8:41 PM   Subject: Report

Plenty of blowfish in the bay behind Beach Haven. Fished for 1-1/2 hours this evening and had 17 keepers. You have to weed through a lot of tiny ones but there are enough bigger ones to make it worth the effort.

~ George & Laura Gilbert

Received: Aug 19, 2015 8:26 PM   Subject: Weakfish!

Crushed the weakfish today on the live grass shrimp. One to three pound fish on six pound spinning tackle. Anchored up in eight feet of water on the west side of the bay. Fishing shrimp baited hooks under floats and casting 1/8 ounce jigheads tipped with shrimp. Very hot slick. Also had some small blues, sand sharks, and puppy drum in the mix.

Have room for one person on our Friday Open Boat trip, Noon to 5 PM. Available Sunday and Monday for charter or Open Boat.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Aug 19, 2015 7:31 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are experiencing a steady improvement in the local summer flounder action. The inshore wrecks and reefs are providing increased numbers of keeper almost daily.

Captain John Lewis reports that his new boat, “Insatiable,” is performing well and was booked solid last week. He is seeing daily improvement in the inshore fluke fishing and was especially impressed with young Max Capatides boating a 23-inch beauty.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” has also been finding some nice fluke. He had the Beth Catania family out on the reef fishing, and their day was topped with a 24-inch flattie.

Captain Ray Lopez had a group made up of Bob Hass, Miss Fran, and Bill out for a day of fluke fishing on the “Miss Liane”. Despite catching a wide variety of fish off Island Beach State Park, they were unable to land any keepers. Another day he had father and son Andrew and Maxwell Goldman out to several inshore canyons looking for tuna. A beautiful day and plenty of signs of life, but they were unable to hook up. Even the lobster pots seemed devoid of mahi-mahi. Maxwell did land a nice sized bluefish on one of the flat lines.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a banner day on the “Reel Determined" recently with a total of 10 keepers. Another day his party caught 5 keepers with mackerel strips being the hot bait. On Sunday he had the Cocillano family who fished a half day trip and caught 4 keepers to 25-inches. At one point they landed three keepers within 5 minutes, all on Gulp.

The captains of the BHCFA participated in a memorial event last Sunday at the Little Egg Reef in honor of Captain John Koegler who passed away last winter. Flowers were placed on the water, and Captain John’s family was impressed with the love and respect shown toward John. His name will live on as the Junior Mates annual fishing trip will now be known as the John Koegler Memorial Fishing Tournament.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: August 19, 2015 2:20 PM   Subject: Fishing Report

Got some schoolie stripers on poppers before sun up today.

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

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Received: Aug 17, 2015 12:08 PM   Subject: Mixed Bag....and Weakfish!

Over the past few days I've been catching a few small weakfish, like 12 to 14 inch class, on the west side of the bay using shedder crab and grass shrimp. In the mix, we are catching sand sharks (some nice size), puppy drum (juvenile black drum), blowfish, burrfish (a huge spiny puffer), snapper blues and 1 pound bluefish, short fluke, and some other characters.

Today, though, was different, we had the mixed bag of species but the weakies were 16 to 22 inches! Legitimate 3 pounders. A blast on the 6 pound spinning rods that we were using. Three landed and dropped two more. We're calling it three hookups.

Available for charter this Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon Aug.18, 20, and 21.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

2015 NJ Marine (Salt Water) Regulations for Weakfish:
   No Closed Season, 1 fish, 13" min length

Date: Aug 17, 2015 8:18 AM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I have been on the water 6 of the last 7 days, during which time the Debbie M showed her true versatility as an all-around fishing machine. From clamming in 1 foot of water to trolling the edge of the 100 foot line the Debbie M was there this week.

Early in the week the residual effects of the dry nor’easter was still evident in water clarity. Ocean water was still a little cloudy which only slight slowed down the fluke bite. Ocean temperature along the beach is starting to drop with the southerlies while the bay will be going up to up to 85 or 86 with the predicted heat wave this week. Solid fluking the channels can be had with most of the fish falling short of the 18’ limit. However, enough keeper fluke hit the cooler the last three bay trips to make more than one meal. The fluke of the week came during the John Robertson of Manahawkin trip when his 16 year old son Joey landed a 5 pound fluke.

Thursday I went to the ridge in search of bonito with the Field’s. We trolled the north ridge and south ridge with only one hit. Water was clear and green with better water at the south. Minimal bait was seen on the fish finder while trolling. With the ridge dead we switched to plan B, off the beach sharking. Moving several miles inshore of the ridge we started chumming. Schools of chub mackerel were constantly feeding off our chum slick making an easy source of live shark bait. After offering to stay out longer due to the lack of action, the high rod went off. With over half of the spool of 30 lb mono gone I started chasing the shark down. Almost two hours later we released a 7’ dusky with a with an estimated weight of well over 100 lbs.

After harvesting 70 clams or so on Saturday, my wife Debbie M and I went fluking for a bit. In an hour and a half we boated over 30 fish with one coming home for dinner. After that is was a check of the crabs pots for some blue crabs to round off the menu. Man, do I love this time of year!

Crabbing has been really good off of Barnegat. I am now starting to see the first mummies of the season. These females have recently mated, matured from shedders and will disperse developed eggs next year. With the excellent fluking and crabbing action it is a great time to get your kids on the water as they are sure to have a positive experience and lasting memories.

Wishing You Screaming Drags...

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

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Received: Aug 16, 2015 2:18 PM   Subject: Old Barney Charters Fluke Report

Ocean fishing continues to produce nice fluke for us, with the keeper to catch ratio improving every day.

First up was Ginger, Heather, and kids Brandon (11), Emelyn (10), Isla (5) and Laird (3) out for a short inlet fluke trip. Isla landed the only keeper at 18.5" and Emelyn had a double header fluke on the bucktail and teaser - not bad for the first time ever fluking!

Next up was Dan Snead and daughter Emma who fished the bay, inlet and ocean. Dan landed the largest at 24", just making 5lbs. They added a 20" and 19" to the cooler before Emma had to head back for soccer tryouts. Emma was a sea bass master, catching 5 keeper sized that all went back of course.

Today (Sunday) Matt and nephew Austin hit the ocean for some fluke. They boxed 6 keepers at 24.5", 23", 20", 19", 19" and 18.5". The biggest fish went 5.25lbs. Nice day bucktailing flatties for the pair, especially considering it was only a 4 hour trip.

Only available dates remaining prior to school are 8/19, 8/20, 8/21 and 8/22. Weather looks good for the upcoming week. All tackle, bait, and fish cleaning provided.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

12:00 Noon

Capt Greene of the Luckey Stripes said the blowfish moved in and he got 'em good, "Had a quick 50 but lots of small ones that went back."

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9:00 PM

Angler John Shuster caught a 6.55-lb 28" Fluke while fishing with Captain Shap Belliea aboard the Team High Voltage II. They were using 4" Chartreuse Gulp in the Ocean off the South-end. This was one of 20 Fluke the boat hooked up.

Received: Aug 15, 2015 9:05 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

Well, it's been a busy few weeks with the weather cooperating and we are consistently getting fish on light tackle. Bucktailing the backwaters have accounted for most of the keepers, but you have to pick through the shorts.
We are seeing ratios anywhere between 10 to 20 shorts per 1 keeper. I have been booked solid for bay & inlet trips, but look to get outside and do some ocean fluking. It seems a lot of keepers (ocean side) coming from 40-65 ft depths north or south. With this upcoming week of predicted south winds, some of the resident bass may turn on with the influx of colder water. I haven't heard much on blowfish yet, but they should be here (bigger ones) any day.

Here's the rundown of our most recent trips:

8/10 - I had Mike Geddis and his two boys, Nate and Ethan of Upper Freehold on a 4hr Bay & Inlet trip targeting fluke. We started the trip jigging and dragging minnows, and Nate was first to get on the board landing a nice 20" fluke. With power-drifting conditions, Ethan landed a fat 19" fluke. We had at least 4-5 fish that approached the 18" mark, but were released to swim another day. The trio ended the trip with 30+ fluke and 2 keepers.

8/12 - I had return client Andy Ead of Watchung and his son Jaeden, along with Mark Matthews and his son Ryan Matthews of Berkley Heights on a 4-hr Bay & Inlet charter. The boys wanted blues, so we started the trip out working some bird action and they connected on a bunch. We left them biting and moved in the back to try for fluke. The conditions were not ideal, but the foursome managed to box 2 keeper fluke (18.5", 22") along with close to 20 shorts.

8/12 afternoon - I had Chris Pacione of Pittsburgh, PA and his two boys Enzo (age 6) and Leo (age 9) on an afternoon 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. We still had some challenging conditions with the wind and tide, but it improved as the trip went on. The father and son team managed to box two keeper fluke (19", 18.5") along with a couple of bluefish. This was the boys first trip on a boat, and they did an amazing job catching over 20 shorts fluke.

8/13 - I had Dave Ferris of Red Bank, Nj along with his two sons Jack and Nick on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. The trip was supposed to be a Barnegat Ridge trip, but with word of no-life the trio opted for a Bay & Inlet trip. We had some heavier winds which made for challenging drifting conditions for fluke, but the trio managed to catch close to 20 shorts with one 21.5" keeper and a few bluefish.

8/14 - I had return client Thomas Dillon and his son Tommy (aka "T") of Ramsey, NJ on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. The father-son team wanted to have some fun with blues before hitting the back to fluke. We got into a nice area that held aggressively feeding blues which were busting on the surface. The pair hooked up on close to 15 blues, before moving to the back to fluke. With good bucktailing conditions, the father-son team caught 30+ shorts and boxed three keepers (18", 18.5", 19.5").

8/14 afternoon - I had Mike Tuosto of North Brunswick along with his 3 grandchildren of Redford, VA (Robert, Lucas, and Rachel) on a 4hr Bay & Inlet Charter. We started catching right away with some remaining tide, and the foursome released close to 20 shorts. As the bite died, we worked over 7 different locations, but unfortunately the keepers were not cooperating. The grandkids want to catch some blues, so after a quick gear switch, we worked the inlet area for blues. The team hooked up with over a dozen and boxing a few for the grill.

I have a few days open next week (8/16-8/22) and the following week (8/23-8/29) prior to the start of school. Once school starts, I will be available Friday afternoons and Saturday/Sunday for charter. I have already started booking for fall striper trips - historically November is the best month. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come aboard and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709Capt. Brett Taylor

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The offshore surprise of the day was a 72 pound Cobia caught by George Gilbert about 7 miles offshore out of Beach Haven Inlet on a live bunker. George was just trying for a shark at the time... and he comes up with this.
Click to view - Wow! Congratulations George!
Plus on Facebook...

Received: Aug 14, 2015 7:50 AM Subject: 58th Annual Fluke Tournament - August 15th- 22nd

58th Annual Fluke Tournament starts tomorrow!
 - Captain's meeting is tonight at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:00pm.
 - Can't make the meeting? Don't worry, you can pay online with credit card!

Visit the Forked River Tuna Club website for upcoming tournaments, seminars, and fishing related events in our area... or 

~ Forked River Tuna Club - Tournament Committee

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

Posted August 11, 2015 - Blake from Fisherman's Headquarters points to the lower part of the bay for nighttime tussles with sand tigers and brown sharks but stresses the importance of chumming heavily. Fluke activity in the suds is fair when there's not heavy surf, and it's a jighead with a Gulp! Swimming Mullet or a bucktail with same that are nailing the flatfish. Along the south jetty at Barnegat Inlet it's a pick at short and keeper fluke and also tog and the occasional triggerfish. Green crab and clam are catching the latter pair. On the local reefs, it's the 5-inch Gulp! Swimming Mullet and the 6-inch Gulp! Grub that are putting fluke from 3 pounds to 6 pounds in the boxes. Crabbing continues to be excellent.

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Received: Aug 13, 2015 6:54 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

Although strong northeast winds made ocean fishing difficult recently, the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association found ways to put fish in the boats.

Captain John Lewis got a late start this fishing season due to purchasing and outfitting his new “Insatiable.” He finally was able to hit the g round running at the end of July and has been busy taking out families with children. His customers have been having a blast with a combination of fluke, sea bass, croakers, blowfish sea robins and the kids’ favorite, sand sharks. An oddity he caught last week was a fluke that was dark on both sides.

Captain Ray Lopez had the Souder party out on the “Miss Liane” for a half day of fluke fishing recently. Rough seas forced them inside to bay fishing where there was non-stop action. Along with the numerous shorts were two nice keepers. The next day the Panus party encountered the same type of rough seas and they also fished inside. The fluke bite was on the slow side but they caught a variety of fish highlighted by young Ryan’s snapper blue.

Captain Carl Sheppard also had to fish the “Star Fish” inside the inlet last weekend thanks to the strong northeast winds. One day they boated over 50 fish without one keeper in the mix. On Monday they got outside with the Callahan and Disco groups where they found a very nice mix of triggerfish and porgies. On Friday Captain Carl had the honor to be selected for a burial at sea of the ashes of both parents of the Schlatterer family. Following the ceremony the group spent time fishing in remembrance of their loved ones.

Captain George Finck reports being very busy over the past week with “Sparetime Charters.” His groups had plenty of action on local reefs and in the inlet catching anywhere from 20-60 fish a trip. They found out of season black sea bass, fluke and sand sharks making up their catch.

Captain Fran Verdi has been fishing the “Francesca Marie” practically every day. He say s is he is not happy over the black sea bass closure, and he has been finding up and down results for fluke. He expects the fluke action to hit its peak in late August and September.

Captain Dave Kreines had the Topche family out on the “Byte Me” for a bay trip. They young girls were thrilled with the sand sharks and 6 year old Mica caught a nice keeper fluke but was more excited with his first sea robin. The adults kept busy helping the enthused children.

The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will hold a regatta this Sunday, August 16, in memory of Captain John Koegler who passed away last winter. A caravan of boats will leave from Morrison's Marina in Beach Haven and lay a wreath and flowers in one of John's favorite fishing spots. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Captain Jimmy Zavacky at

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Received: Aug 12, 2015 7:41 PM   Subject: LBI charters update

Rough week with the dry northeaster this past weekend.

First up had Chris, Rachael, Audrey and Eric out on Sunday in the bay. Plenty of bites with around 40 fluke boated bit Chris had the only keeper.

Next up were Frank, Matt, Anthony, and Pat on Monday and we were once again confined to the bay. Landed 50 fish but once again only one keeper.

On Wednesday headed out with Heather, Brian and Tyler. Tried trigger fishing no good with brown water from the storm so into the bay we went. Group fished hard and landed 15 fish with 3 keepers and Heather leading the way with two of them. Finally had Bob, Chris and John out Wednesday afternoon. Tried blackfishing. Landed a dozen shorts and some sea bass that had to go back due to season being closed.

Back at it in 2 weeks open next Sunday the 23rd along with all weekends after that.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

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Received: Aug 10, 2015 8:34 AM    Subject: Old Barney Charters fluke report 8/10

The fluke continue to bite in numbers in the bay channels and around the inlet with shorts outnumbering keepers 15 to 1 on some days and even higher on other days. All fluke are coming on teasers fished above bucktails. Gulp! and live bait are all productive.

First up was Colleen Crogan and family. We fished the bay had managed lots of short. We ended the day with 2 keepers at 18.5".

Next up was fourth year returning charter Scott Rutherford and family from Texas. The group kept track and they caught 62 fluke. Of those 62 fluke, 4 taped out at legal size with their largest at 20".

Saturday's trip was cancelled due to weather.

Sunday, Jerry Gerth and family hammered the bay for fluke. There was tremendous boat traffic in the inlet area due to poor sea conditions. The group caught lots of fluke, but unfortunately none made the 18" length.

On all trips, we also caught blowfish although we were not targeting them. Many were some of the smallest blowfish I've ever seen. I did give the blowfishing a try on an off day and it was not productive. I thought for sure they were here in numbers.

I have no openings this upcoming week. August 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st are my last remaining dates before school starts 8/25. To reserve, email or call.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

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Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Contest Announced

All photos must include the "Don't Get Hooked on Drugs" logo.
Logo will be made available for download on this page on 8/21/15...

New Jersey Online Fishing Tournament Encourages Children to Spend Quality Time with their Families

Taylor Lier, PDFNJ Media Coordinator, 201-916-1032,

New Jersey Online Fishing Tournament Encourages Children to Spend Quality Time with their Families

Millburn - The summer months are filled with warmer temperatures and plenty of opportunities for families to get outdoors and spend more valuable time together. As an effort to motivate families to spend time with their children to keep them off drugs, The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is holding the first “Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs” Online New Jersey Family Fishing Tournament. The contest will be from August 21 to August 30.

Angelo Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ said, “In the summertime, children are out of school leaving them with more free-time and more vulnerable to engage in drug use. This Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Fishing Tournament encourages families to get involved in some summertime fun. Spending more time with family is the best way to keep children from drugs and continue living drug-free.” According to Valente, kids who communicate regularly with their parents about their daily activities are 67 percent less likely to be involved in substance abuse than children who have little or no communication. “In a world where children constantly stay plugged into technology, a day of fishing will be a nice break and drive families to talk with one another more about their daily activities,” Valente said.

To participate in the contest, entrants must be 18 years of age or younger and be accompanied by a parent or guardian while fishing. While enjoying a fishing trip with family, take a picture of your family with a caught fish along with PDFNJ’s “Don’t’ Get Hooked” logo, and the hashtag #dontgethooked. Pictures can be posted by liking PDFNJ’s Facebook page at Drug-Free NJ or by following PDFNJ on Twitter and Instagram. The “Don’t Get Hooked” logo is available in a printable format to download or ensure the electronic version is in the photo.

All entries must be submitted no later than August 31, 2015. A winner will be selected at random on September 1, 2015 and will be eligible to win over $600 in cash prizes.

Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication. To date, more than $50 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception the Partnership has garnered over 46 Advertising and Public Relations Awards from National, Regional & Statewide Media Organizations.

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Received: Aug 6, 2015 8:34 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The fishing in Beach Haven has been a mix of types of fish along with sizes including small fish, large fish, and some in between.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky has been keeping his boat the “Reel Determined” busy for the past week. He had a group out fishing in the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club’s annual White Marlin Invitational Tournament last weekend. He had one nice white marlin hooked up Friday afternoon but could not get it to the boat. His main excitement came from a 400-pound manta ray with an 8-foot wingspan that was hooked and brought to the boat.

Captain Ray Lopez had local Bob Stewart and Noah and Gabriel, a father and son team, out for a fun filled day of fluke fishing. Cool ocean temperatures slowed the bite at first, but they found warmer water in the inlet. Ten year old Gabriel caught his first keeper fluke.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the “Hot Tuna” reports the bigeye tuna bite is still on. An evening trip to a southern canyon produced three bigeyes ranging from 155 to 200 pounds. The charter was arranged by Nick Garofolo for his sons Nick, Scott, and Trevor. Each got to fight and land their first bigeye under the tutelage of mate Dante Soriente.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” reports his fluke bite over the past weekend was improving as he was seeing more fish on the ends of the lines. The big fish of the weekend was a 7-pounder caught by Gail Brandli who was fishing with the Beltram party. The only thing holding Captain Gary back at times has been slow drifts.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Starfish” and his party had a good time on Sunday when they found themselves in the midst of a school of spinner sharks which were jumping out of the water. The sharks ranged mostly from 3-5 feet in length with a couple a little larger. They had one hooked up and brought it to the side of the boat where they estimated it at 5.5 feet long.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Received: Aug 3, 2015 9:16 PM   Subject: Reports august 3rd pajama man

Miss Billy and Jane at the Ancient Mariner! Hit three keeper kingfish off the Sea Spray beach and a surprise monster blow fish or blow toad as they call them in the outer banks, all set free to mingle with seven thousand 12 inch dogfish caught putting smiles on all the under 3 foot children we passed them on to. Sunshine, smiles and oh yes sunburn, Love LBI... for 40 years.

~ Capt Ron R.

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Yes, we do have Bloodworms back in stock!

Jersey Coast Angler Association - JCAA's 21st Annual Fluke Tournament - August 1, 2015

Below are the preliminary results of the JCAA fluke tournament. Please let JCAA know if any corrections need to be made. It expect to be finalized by Monday night as data is being double checked. Congratulations to the winners and thank you for supporting JCAA. It looks like Dan Nykyforuk of Manchester was the big winner, sweeping his port's and the overall Calcuttas with his 10.72 lb. doormat. Dan will take home a total of $11,000 and a free mount of his fluke. Prizes will be presented to all the winners at our awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin on Wednesday, 08/12/2015.


~ Paul Haertel, President JCAA


2015 JCAA Fluke Tournament - PRELIMINARY RESULTS for WINNERS FOR 2015


* $50. Port Calcutta Winners

** $100. Port Calcuta Winners

*** $50 AND $100. Overall Calcutta





1. Jersey City








Entry Number




Mitchell, Chuck *

Wantage, NJ





Murphy, Thomas **

Bayonne, NJ





Kelly, Robert

Jersey City, NJ





Karp, Harvey

Kearny, NJ





Gonzales, Tony

Bayonne, NJ





Masso, Cody

Fairview, NJ





Cordano, Daniel

Bayonne, NJ





Radossi, Sergio

Ridgefield Park, NJ






















2. Sandy Hook








Entry Number




Nykyforuk, Dan  * ** ***

Manchester, NJ





Croker, Scott

East Hanover, NJ





Halley, Mike

Malvan, PA





Zastocki, Ron

Old Bridge, NJ





Moskal, Robert

Scotch Plains, NJ





Porter, Robert

Hanover, NJ





Van Winkle, Tom

Lang Horne, PA





Swartz, Dale

Pottstown, PA





Flood, John

Sparta, NJ





Salerno, Frank

Jefferson, NJ










3. Shark River Inlet








Entry Number




Kutiak, Craig * **

Jersey City, NJ





Henry, John

Robbinsville, NJ





Kwack, Steve






Inzetta, Mike

East Brunswick, NJ





Yaccarino, John

Jackson, NJ





Bolz, Lenny

Bordentown, NJ





Carr, Ed

Wall Twp, NJ





Temple, Chuck

North Hanover, NJ





Hoyer, Chris

Chesterfield, NJ





Olsen, Hans

Franklin Park, NJ
















4. Manasquan River








Entry Number




Murdza, Robert * **

Wall, NJ





Riccio, Mario

Brick, NJ





Catalano, John

Manahawkin, NJ





Eckhardt, Chuck

South Plainfield, NJ





Soloman, Rob

Milltown, NJ





Cunlitte, Tom

Manasquan, NJ





Pangaldi, Dave

Hamilton, NJ





Miktus, Jack

Brick, NJ





Spinella, Bob

Boonton, NJ





Kruss, Dave

Barnegat, NJ










5. Barnegat Bay








Entry Number




Schacht, Walter *

Beachwood, NJ





Blackburn, James

Toms River, NJ





Heath, Brian

Roselle Park, NJ





Pasko, Rich

Lanoka Harbor, NJ





Fraser, Colin

West Orange, NJ





Dooley, Kyren **

Forked River, NJ





Osbourne, Bob

Springfield, NJ





MonteForte, Mark

Barnegat, NJ





Farrell, Jack

Burlington, NJ





Itjen, Doug

Barnegat, NJ










6. Long Beach Island








Entry Number




Cliver, Keven

Sellersville, PA





Merlino, John **

Burlington, NJ





Paolella, Dean *

Springfield, NJ





Wolfberg, Jack

Fort Washington, PA





Costanzo, Nick

Jackson, NJ





Glover, Archie

Surf City, NJ





Meckley, Joseph

Marlton, NJ





McCarthy, Keith

Tuckerton, NJ





Phillips, Richard

South Hampton, NJ





Browne, William

Toms River, NJ










7. Great Bay








Entry Number




Muinos, Frank

Little Egg Harbor, NJ





Daunoras, Joseph *

Little Egg Harbor, NJ





Potts, Roger

Lanoka Harbor, NJ





Reese, Jeff

Mays Landing, NJ





Olswfski, Tony **

Florence, NJ





Hoffman, Pat

North Hanover, NJ





Hiott, William

Cinnaminson, NJ





Sullivian, Rick

Browns Mills, NJ





Kosty, Shannon

Philadelphia, PA





Quinlan, Larry

Linden, NJ










8. Ocean City








Entry Number




Burgess, Richard

Avalon, NJ





Smith, Brian *

Sewell, NJ





Fitzick, Tim

Somers Point, NJ





Sajtlava, Thomas

Monroeville, NJ





Hare, Kevin

Broomall, PA





Kasprzak, Francis

Collingswood, NJ


































9. Cape May








Entry Number




Slobodjian, George *

Aston, PA





McFarland, Jason **

Palerno, NJ





Steinberg, Howard

     , PA





Wentz, Kain

Pennsburg, PA





Prescott-Ezickson, Robert

Long Branch, NJ





Skipskipee, Greg

Berlin, NJ





Simcox, William

Northwales, PA




































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Received: Aug 2, 2015 8:11 PM  Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Anglers aboard the "Reel Fantasea" continue to see light tackle action with a sporty mix of schoolie stripers, bluefish and fluke. Barnegat Bay has yet to see anything in the way of "the backbay variety" that we have grown accustomed to seeing but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Sea Bass is now officially closed until October 22 but should be "ripe for the picking" by then. Some of the small rock piles and wrecks are holding a mix of keeper blackfish, trigger fish and porgies to add to some of the variety of the ocean species.

I do have a Friday morning available for anyone looking to get out on the brine for some fun light tackle rod bending action.

With the calendar turning the page to August our Fall season is not in the too far distant future.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Aug 2, 2015 4:16 PM Subject: Old Barney Charters 8/2 report

Fishing continues to remain hot in the bay channels on certain tides and along the ocean beaches. The fluke should soon begin to take up space around area wrecks and begin feeding heavily to make their trek out to their migrating grounds.

On Tuesday, Ed McGinnis of Ed's Lead returned for another charter with wife Cheryl to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary. Celebrate they did with a great mixed bag catch. They limited on sea bass to 18", 2 nice tog at 16", 2 ling, and 3 fluke to 23".

Wednesday, Ed was back again, this time with his sons Brock and Conner and friend Mike. The group worked hard but zero wind made for tough anchoring and a poor bite. The sea bass were small and the bite was slow. They added 3 nice sea bass and a couple ling. We headed to 40 ft. of water off the bathing beach but there was zero drift. Worked the channels near the lighthouse and added 2 fluke at 19" and 19.5".

On Saturday, fished the Stafford Hook n' Ladder fluke tournament with John Figaniak and Brett Taylor from Reel Reaction charters. We worked hard and ended the day with 7 keeper fluke to 21.5". Unfortunately, this did not place us in the fluke category. We did win the bluefish division with a 3-lb. bluefish caught in the inlet.

This upcoming week I am booked solid. The 2nd and 3rd weeks of August are my last before school begins and I do have availability for fluke and hopefully some bonito at the ridge once the water cleans up. All tackle, bait, ice, and fish cleaning available. Email or call to book.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

August 1, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Jersey Coast Angler Association - JCAA's 21st Annual Fluke Tournament - August 1, 2015
Register by 7/20/15 to have a shot at the *$25K cash prize - *Full JCAA Details at
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Port Log: Long Beach Island - Weigh Station: Fisherman's Headquarters...

Port: Long Beach Island - Weigh Station: Fisherman's Headquarters
Place Entry Number Registered Angler's Name Caught By Angler's Name Caught By Angler's Hometown, State Weight (lbs) Length (in)
1 255 Cliver, Kevin Cliver, Kevin Sellersville, PA 6.82 25.50
2 220 Hiros, William Merlino, John Burlington, NJ 5.90 25.50
3 77 Paolella, Dean Paolella, Dean Springfield, NJ  5.50 23.00
4 250 Wolfberg, Jack Wolfberg, Jack  Fort Washington, PA  5.30 25.00
5 190 Costanzo, George Costanzo, Nick Jackson, NJ  5.19 24.00
6 201 Glover, Archie  Glover, Archie  Surf City, NJ  4.70 22.50
7 275 Meckley, Joseph  Meckley, Joseph Marlton, NJ  4.66 23.50
8 157 McCarty, Keith McCarty, Keith Tuckerton, NJ  4.46 21.50
9 191 Phillips, Richard Phillips, Richard  South Hampton, NJ  4.35 24.00
10 67 Browne, William  Browne, William Toms River, NJ 3.84 21.00
11 112 Rust, Edward Rust, Brian Moorestown, NJ  3.75 21.25
12 184 Paetzold, Jeff Paetzold, Jeff New Lisbon, NJ  3.58 21.00
13 132 Keple, Mark Keple, Mark Manahawkin, NJ 2.95 20.00
14 233 Carey, Tim Carey, Tyler Lincroft, NJ 2.57 18.75

2:00 PM

We received our first angler's data for the JCAA Fluke Tournament at 12:58 PM from Kevin Cliver who weighed-in a 6.820# Fluke. Along with that he also had a 6.225# Fluke. The fish where caught on live bait while fishing Barnegat Bay areas.

Gee, I wonder if it was those live snappers that were used to land these fish... Read 12:00 Noon report below.

12:00 Noon

There are a lot shorts being caught in the ocean and back bay. They are being caught bucktailing and jigging with the bait choice being squid, spearing, gulp, or minnows. Some decent size fish being caught in the mix. Sharks are being caught off of the surf. The water temperature has dropped. Because of the cooler waters. There is not much to say in the way of Kingfish being caught. The South Jetty has produced a few Fluke and these were mostly shorts. Bucktails and teaser combo tipped with live minnows or gulp works. Some bluefish up to five pounds being caught were reported. Fisherman live lining snappers are catching nice size fluke. Cocktail blues up to two pounds being caught during first light and last light.

July 31, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Jersey Coast Angler Association - JCAA's 21st Annual Fluke Tournament - August 1, 2015

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association's (JCAA) fluke tournaments is this Saturday, 8/1. JCAA already has 242 entrants and have collected a total of over $16,000 for the various Calcutta's. Those interested may register up until mid-night on 7/31. Registrations are being accepted online at or by phone. Phone the office at 732-506-6565 or our tournament director, Paul Turl on his cell at 609-709-9215. Someone should be in our office until 9PM pre tournament. Good luck and thank you for your support. Please share this post.

~ Paul Haertel President, JCAA

Received: Jul 31, 2015 9:00 PM Subject: LBI charters 7/31

We ended the spring/summer sea bass season with more of the same. Boat limit of sea bass all big blue males for Kevin, Kevin, and David. Group added 9 ling a keeper tog and and a keeper cod before targeting triggerfish where they added 9 to the box and released another 4 or 5. Was a great sea bass season hate to see the closure but we will be back on them on October 22.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: Jul 31, 2015 12:06 PM Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

The fishing turned on this past week with a nice bite on fluke off IBSP, but there are still some fish inside. With the steady south winds we had a pocket of colder water-60F, and that turned on some of the resident striped bass on artificials. Regarding offshore, I heard from some other captains that you don’t hit clean water until about 40+ miles, so hopefully that changes to bring in some pelagic life to the Ridge.

This past week, I had Ellington Smith of Wilmington, DE and his grandson Jordan Gannon (age 10) of Las Vegas, NV on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter targeting blues and fluke. First, we worked the inlet for bluefish but only had two hookups which were lost by the rocks. We moved to some areas that have been holding fluke and fished the remaining time in these areas. The fluke were biting and I had both bucktailing with the S&S Bigeye, and young Jordan ending up putting 3 of the 4 keepers in the boat. Among the 15-20 shorts, the pair ended up with 4 keepers to 21.5 inches and 2 bluefish.

Next up, was John Cabala and his girlfriend Daidra Carsman of River Vale, NJ along with John's son Shane for a 4hr Bay and Inlet trip. Since the trip started in the afternoon, the south wind was cranking pretty good and only gave us a few viable locations to drift. We had to work a variety of locations to find biting fluke with the recent influx of cold water. We had a lot of short fluke, probably close to 25-30 and 1 lone keeper (18 inch) caught by Daidra working one of the back channels.

I had return client Pete Aubuchon of Philadelphia, PA along with his daughter Maria on a 4hr bay/inlet trip. We worked the inlet area throwing soft plastics and both went 5 for 9 on striped bass with the biggest being 26 inches. This was both Pete and Maria's 1st ever striped bass - awesome job!! Pete had a much larger bass (most likely keepable), but it became unbuttoned at the boat - with the lure still intact and no teeth marks (definitely bass). After the bite died out, we worked some prime spots for fluke and ending with close to 40 shorts and 3 keepers (18, 18.5, 19).

I have a 2 days open this upcoming week (Wed 8/5 & Thurs 8/6) for either bay, ocean, or can taylor the trip to suit your needs. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

July 30, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 30, 2015 10:29 AM   Subject: Open Boat Tomorrow (Fri) Afternoon/Evening

Sailing Open Boat tomorrow (Fri, July 31) afternoon/evening from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Pickup and dropoff at Barnegat Light on this one. I can give you specifics when you call. Targeting schoolie stripers, blackfish, and blues at the inlet jetty. We will be chumming with live grass shrimp for the bass and tog. No sinkers. Just a baited hook drifted back to the jetty with 10 pound spinning gear. If you have never tried this, it is something to see. Just about all of the stripers are 20 to 26 inches but every once in a while we find a legal one. The blackfish vary in size from 1 to 4 pounds. We can throw lures at the inlet blues while we are waiting for the tide to shape up for our shrimping. $150 person, three people max, all fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jul 30, 2015 7:44 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Update

Had Charlie and Yanek out on Tuesday. Started in the deep with only short sea bass and 5 ling. made a move and boat limit of 12 big sea bass and a keeper pollock were added to the box. On Wednesday had Peter, Alex, Annie, Keenan, and Nick out. Very good fishing with boat limit of 14 sea bass 2 blackfish and a keeper cod. Made a move inshore and added 4 keeper porgies and 8 triggerfish to the catch. Starting Saturday we will target fluke triggers and blackfish.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: Jul 29, 2015 11:25 PM   Subject: BHCFA Weekly report

The past week proved to be a successful one for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association with decent action both inshore and offshore.

The “Starfish” under Captains Vic Bertotti and Cark Sheppard has been catching fish on the inshore artificial reefs and wrecks. During the week Captain Vic has been catching keeper black sea bass and fluke on the reefs. Captain Carl tried trolling south through the Lobster Hole. They found the fishing slow and dropped down on a wreck for a nice load of sea bass. Another trip to a wreck resulted in 10 keeper sea bass to 17-inches.

Captain Bob Gerkens boated some world class golden tilefish on the “Hot Tuna.” A trip for inshore bluefin tuna did not produce and they headed to one of the Southern canyons experiencing an evening bite of bigeyes. His party picked up 20 mahi-mahi on light tackle near lobster pots before setting up for tile fishing on the canyon wall. The first tilefish was a nice 35-pound fish, and the second a monster 60-pounder. At dark they trolled for bigeyes and boated one fish, missing several others. The last fish of the night tired out all of the anglers until it was brought to the boat. It broke the rod and line at the boat and was estimated at 80-inches and 300-pounds.

Captain Ray Lopez had his daughter and junior mate Max Goldman out on the “Miss Liane” on a training trip to the reefs where they caught and released 75 short fish and brought home three nice fluke and a sea bass. Another day Captain Ray had the McTague party out. They managed two keeper fluke along with tons of short fish.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had the “Reel Determined” on a reef trip and picked up six keeper fluke and many throwbacks to keep the crew busy. The next day he took the boat to the canyons looking for bigeye tuna. After a smooth trip the afternoon bite was slow, but the evening action was hot. Bob Greiss boated a 223 pound tuna after a 50 minute fight. Later Steve Burrows managed to bring in a 143 pound tuna. In addition, the crew brought an 8-foot hammerhead shark to the boat which was released.

Captain Lindsay Fuller had the Forse family out on the “June Bug” for some wreck fishing south of Little Egg Inlet. They picked up a few short fluke before heading to the northwest corner of the Garden State South reef. After catching more shorts, 7-year-old Matt Forse boated a 22-inch fluke. Another day Captain Lindsay had the Simpson party out for some inshore trip. They managed short fluke, a small brown shark, and some sea robins.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters reports he had many trips this past week with good catches of sea bass and fluke. His anglers enjoyed the good weather and calm seas. Captain George was quick to praise his young fishermen citing 13-year-old Chris DeCarlo for outfishing the adults on his trip.

The Junior Mate Training class had an exciting class recently when US Coast Guard Petty Officer Ben Watson presented a program on water safety. Areas covered included “man overboard,” proper use of a radio in event of a problem, sea preparedness, and prevention of problems. Assisting was CG Auxiliary member Michael Cocciolillo.

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

~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 29, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 29, 2015 11:31 AM   Subject: Striped Bass Bonus Program Reopens September 1

The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) will reopen on September 1 and the Party/Charter Boat (PCBT) facet of the SBBP will be reinstated. Applications for individuals and PCBTs are currently being accepted.

For information and to apply for a permit visit on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's web site.

July 27, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 27, 2015 8:09 PM   Subject: Fishing Report from our first offshore run Saturday July 25

The Hi-Flier had a full Open Boat trip to Barnegat Ridge Saturday, July 25. We had John Mazzone from Wayne, Lenny Araneo of Barnegat, and Chris Sakoutis of Staten Island aboard. Ropes were thrown at 5 AM and we departing Bob's Bay Marina in Barnegat and throttled up for Barnegat Ridge North. When we arrived the water was ugly green so I didn't even put the lines out. We ran another 17 miles east to the Resor Wreck which also had poor quality water, no birds, no life, so we just kept trekking east. A few miles shy of the Atlantic Princess we saw the water turn one shade better, not great, but better. I started putting out the seven rod spread one at a time and in that short time the water turned blue. Like blue, blue! That alone raised morale and my adrenaline was through the roof. At least we were fishing now. Even if we don't catch, we're in the right water, dragging the right stuff. There were three scallop draggers working the area, chick birds hitting the water here and there, a few good readings, a sea turtle. A guy on the radio had just boated a good size bluefin and in an effort to help his buddy find him, he referenced the same scallop boats we were working! Things were looking good. Except, no hits. We worked the area over for a few hours without a touch. As we circled around, Lenny caught a glimpse of some surface action off the bow. We took a swing by what looked like small skippies or boohoo mackeral splashing and feeding. Just as the last lure passed the commotion, the 50W International up in my t-top holder was screaming line out. I only had two rods up there, a way back ballyhoo, and a rainbow spreader bar. From the sound of the runoff, I was sure a big bluefin had just inhaled the ballyhoo but when I went to grab the rod out of the tree it was the spreader bar that was on. Whatever, we'll take it. John grabbed the rod from me and went to work on this fish for 25 minutes. As the fish got near, I warned him about getting the rod out of the gimbal belt, as the fish will be deep and spiraling under the boat. But that didn't happen. Instead I saw the rainbow spreader bar streaking from one side of the boat to the other... on the surface! Now I'm thinking I've got to gaff this "green" (very much alive) tuna while he streaks by the boat, ...except as he gets close enough, it's not a tuna... It was a Wahoo! And not just any wahoo, it was massive. Lenny leadered him and I stuck this six foot long beast with a headshot. Lenny added gaff #2 and after a briefing with my crew about how dangerous this fish is to have onboard, a 93 pound wahoo hit the deck. One hit, one fish, turned our whole trip around.

Here's a few minutes of video as we land him that Chris shot on her IPAD. Sorry about the language and lack of composure, but I really wasn't expecting a Wahoo! :

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

The Fisherman Magazine By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.

Just when you thought fluke were going strong, significant new reductions are suddenly on the horizon.

Link to Article...

 - Page one gives the synopsis
 - Page two goes into detail on how we got here
 - Page three says where we can go from here

Please visit Save The Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF) at and if possible make a donation.

Please read and Pass On Info to fellow anglers - Thank you

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

Posting Date July 28, 2015 - "FishHead Greg from Fisherman's Headquarters points to the lower island surf for nocturnal encounters with brown, dusky and sand tiger sharks, with browns on the bayside behind Holgate. In the mix are B-52 cownose rays. Live eels and mackerel and bunker chunks on the store's Ghetto Shark Rig are being crushed. The Beach Haven public dock is a great access point, but Fishhead urges courtesy as it can get a bit crowded with after dark shark aficionados. Bayside fluking is spotty with keepers more prevalent in and around the inlet, and these are nailing bucktail/Gulp and jighead/Gulp presentations. Triggerfish are putting the dentition to clam and squid along the south jetty and there is the rare-but-there legal tog being derricked onto the rocks. Crabbing the bay and lagoons is very good."

July 26, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 26, 2015 4:02 PM   Subject: Old Barney Charters Report - Excellent Fluke Bite

Ocean fluke fishing is really heating up and we were in on the action along the beach this week.

On Monday had Dr. Newman, Izzy, and Max. The group managed 30+ fish in 3 hours of fishing, including a fat 23" and 18" fluke.

On Friday had Ed McGinnis and John Figaniak out for an open boat. We fished the ocean and had 40+ fluke, all biting bright colored Gulp!. Ended with 5 nice fluke that went 23", 23", 19", 18.5", and 18". Also added a cocktail blue and sea bass.

On Saturday had returning charter Kyle Smith, Anthony, Dave, and Mike out for another great day. Hit a wreck for an hour and had our limit of sea bass, 7 ling, and a nice tog. Came closer to beach to get on the great fluking and ended the day with 4 fluke that went 24", 22", 19.5", and 19". Many fish were just shy of the 18" mark.

This upcoming week I only have Wednesday available for charter and I have 2 spots left for a 5hr. open boat fluke/sea bass charter on Friday (last day for sea bass) - $100 pp. Call to reserve a spot.

Fishing looks to continue to stay good and now is time to get in on the action.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

July 25, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 25, 2015 8:01 PM   Subject: LBI Charters 7/25

Had an open boat trip with Vince, Cal, David and Kevin out today. Drop and reel fishing at its finest. Many double headers and size was very good. Cal had largest sea bass close to 4 lbs with the rest of the fish that we kept pushing 3 lbs. Added 2 keeper blackfish 11 ling and a short cod to out boat limit of 12 sea bass with many other keeper sized fish released.

Running another open boat trip Monday. Already have 2 so we are going. 125 per person leaving at 6:30 AM and returning around noon.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: Jul 25, 2015 8:18 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

The fluke in the back have been very picky and you have to work a lot of areas to find a keeper, it seems most are spread out among the short fluke. I did run to two reef sites this past week, but it was extremely slow on fluke. But that could change with the winds and based on my log books these areas should be popping with fluke this time of year. I heard a sputtering of reports of Bonita at the Ridge, but no real concentration or volume.

So here is the rundown for this past week’s trips:

I had Al Bidwell of Apalachin, NY, his son Brian, and family friends Peter and Laura Holbus on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. We started working the inlet for 1-5lb bluefish on artificials and we had them instantly with multiple hookups. Unfortunately, after a few drifts one of the group members got a little green and we had to head to the backwater leaving the blues biting, We moved from spot to spot picking away at the short fluke. Brian almost struck first bucktailing a nice fluke, but unfortunately lost it at the surface prior to netting the fish. Al bucktailed a nice 19.5 incher that made it’s way to the box. The crew did a great job and had an awesome morning on Barnegat Bay. Note: We also hooked into 3 rays that couldn’t be identified - only by nearly spooling our light-tackle setups.

Next up was return client Art Diebel, his two sons Bruce and Walter, and his daughter Nell on a 5hr Ocean Charter. We started fishing closer to shore and found fish right away boxing one 19inch fluke and a bunch of short fluke and skates. As I moved offshore, we saw a few pods of dolphins, chick birds, and even a pair of fin whales (possibly - hard to identify) - lots of sea life. We hit another area that was holding sea bass and fluke and our first drift produced 3 keeper sea bass and short fluke. We had to leave them biting with sea-sickness settling into one of the crew, and headed closer to shore, but ultimately had to move to the bay. The foursome caught and saw a wide variety of marine life today: possibly fin whales, common dolphins, bluefish, sea robin, skate, fluke, sea bass, triggerfish and cow-nose rays.

Later in the week, I had return client Bob Cipolla, his son Chris, and their family friend Chuck Kreiger who was up from Florida on vacation. We jigged a variety of locations within 2 reef sites. The crew put a limit of sea bass in the box, but could only muster short fluke just below the 18inch mark. They also picked up ling, and some short sea bass. Nice job with a great day on the water.

I was able to get out and do some personal fishing, and with a day off from running a boat I could concentrate on working the bucktail for some fluke. I fished with fellow Forked River Tuna Club member Paul Lenzo on his boat, and also with FRTC member Harry Boldt. We fished two primary locations offshore of IBSP and ended the day with 9 keeper fluke up to 5+lbs and 1 lone 15inch sea bass, and over 40 short fluke. Most of the keepers were caught on the S&S Rattletail jig tipped with Gulp and minnows. Great day on the water with both and thank you Paul.

I do have a few openings in the next couple of weeks, and are available for charter 7 days a week. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709. As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

6:00 AM

There are still sharks being caught off the surf. It will continue into September so there is plenty of time left. The best bet is to pay close attention to the water temperatures. If the surf is 70 degrees or above it will be or should be good. July 19th to the 22nd we had a small up well which took the surf water temps south of 70 degrees. Recently the surf temp has came back up and yesterday was at 69-70 degrees. Expect it to stay consistent for a day or two and then it might drop Sunday/Monday with the forecast south south/westerly winds.

Both brown sharks as well as sand tigers among others like duskies and rays like warm water. The sand tigers tends to like the coolest water out of all. If the water is cool/cold I strongly suggest looking to fish the bayside on the south end of the island, unless you absolutely want to target a sand tiger (then hit surf). There are a variety of places. The easiest access which can also hold a number of anglers is the Beach Haven public dock. Located on the bay at the end of Dock road between the Boat House restaurant and the Ketch Bar/Club. Please fish with respect. Most nights there will be others there. Everyone works together and has fun. If you are going to fish the surf it is suggested fishing the south end of the island as well. Head down to Beach Haven or Holgate and fish one of the beaches preferably with a good jetty and a nice section of water.

If you need help getting geared up stop in the shop and ask for a Ghetto shark rig. All you will need in addition is some 80-100# mono leader, a sinker slide, bait and a sinker. The short shot of wire on the Ghetto rig is for tooth protection. You'll need to tie on a 3-6' length of heavy mono leader for skin, fin and tail chafe protection. The sinker slide need to go onto the heavy leader. As far as bait we try our best to have fresh bunker in daily as well as live eels and frozen mackerel. Some anglers catch cocktail blues or use fish carcasses.

NOTE: Both the sandbar shark (aka brown shark) and sand tiger sharks are on the prohibited species list. Anglers can not possess. Technically they cannot be removed from the water and must be released before landed.

~ FishHead.Greg

July 24, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------


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11:00 AM

While fluke fishing isn't nearly what we would all like it to be right now, there are some quality fish around. Put in your time and reap the rewards. Chet puts in his fair share. Yesterday he got a good one! #FlukeFishing #FishLBI #FishermansHeadquarters...

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 24, 2015 8:54 AM Subject: July 23rd Fishing Report

We had a great day fishing by Barnegat Inlet on Thursday Morning. Started off fishing poppers by the submerged rocks on the north jetty and caught three 2 lb bluefish and a 26 inch striper. We then headed north and fished 35 – 40 feet of water and caught 30 fluke with two of them being keepers (21 and 23 inches).

~ Jason M Wilk

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Received: Jul 23, 2015 9:20 PM   Subject: Open Boat Barnegat Ridge

Not much to offer lately in the way of reports. The "Hi-Flier" has been laid up for repairs since Monday but I just got the phone call... she's ready! And so am I.

I haven't been to Barnegat Ridge yet this season and now we're going. The forecast is light and variable from the east. That is perfection for offshore. Pushes the clean water in, gives a little surface ripple to make the lures skip better, and then we have it on our tail for the ride home. Targeting bonita but always hopeful for more. The Ridge is full of surprises this time of year. Could be bluefin tuna, mahi, albacore, mahi mahi, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, and sometimes none of the above. We are going to give it our best and then make a report. I've got a good feeling about this one.

Running Open Boat Barnegat Ridge this Saturday, July 25, 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM. $170 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared.

Monday's weather is looking good, too. I will see how we do Saturday.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jul 23, 2015 7:57 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Bay fluking has been hard to figure out this year. Even with that, we are approaching the time when the bay fluke start congregating in the channels and bars closer to the inlet. And let me tell you when they get there they will have plenty of forage to feast on! Small spearing are in abundance around and backside of Barnegat Inlet. The fluke will also have a good number of snapper blues to feed on. Yesterday morning 3-4” snappers where all over the east side of the dike, out into the channel and holes. Live snappers are an awesome bait when targeting bigger fluke. This time of year I’ll spend the time catching them on Sabiki rigs during a trip which increases the chance of putting fish in the box.

Ocean fluking along IBSP has been heating up. It has been a few years since we had a real good ocean fluke fishery along the beach. Let’s hope this is the year. Small bluefish continue to pop up around the inlet. I like to use the smaller ones for strip bait and the larger ones for inshore shark bait.

Oh, speaking of sharking, I had another successful “Off the Beach” shark trip this morning. In a short time we caught and released 3 brown (sand bar) and 2 dusky to about 4 and a half feet. Yes, a dusky was caught on my boat manufactured by Dusky. Dusky sharks and brown sharks look very similar. The dusky differs from a brown by having a shorter dorsal fin and the posterior (rear) portion of its pectoral fin is forward of the anterior (front) of the dorsal fin.

Crabbing remains very good in my part of the bay.

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

Received: Jul 23, 2015 9:43 AM   Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

This is the time of the year for big game fishing for boats sailing out of Beach Haven. Some of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been doing well fishing offshore.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the "Hot Tuna" had a split charter of experienced anglers for a bigeye tuna evening-night troll at one of the southern canyons. They selected the night trip as the day troll has slowed. When they arrived in mid-afternoon they pulled some nice mahi-mahi from around some lobster pots on light tackle. They then geared up with the heavy tuna equipment. After a couple of hours of trolling they had a double hookup. A half hour later they had fish of 180 and 200 pounds in the boat. Capt Bob Gerkens was assisted by mate Dante Soriente and legendary bigeye fisherman Captain Mike Yocco of the boat “MJs.”

Captain Raymond Lopez and his daughter Liane of “Miss Liane Sportfishing” joined Captains Jimmy and Patrick Zavacky on the “Reel Determined” for an offshore trip to the canyons. The bite was slow in the morning but throughout the day they had three solid knockout downs. On the third one, Liane strapped on the fighting belt and took the rod. It was a team effort with Liane doing the reeling. She boated a beautiful 54-pound yellowfin tuna - her first. In addition to the tuna some small mahi were also caught.

The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will be holding a regatta on August 16 in memory of Captain John Koegler who passed away last winter. A caravan of boats will leave from Morrison's Marina in Beach Haven and lay a wreath and flowers in one of John's favorite fishing spots. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Captain Jimmy Zavacky at 

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 22, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Yesterday, the inlet was 58 degree on the incoming tide. A customer who purchased a new fishing rod reported, "The inlet was full of schoolies cocktail bluefish. We had a blast. It was great until I snapped my old fishing rod."

The surf temperature dropped a lot and it depressed what was a consistent shark bite. While there will be opportunity surf side (especially with sand tigers because they like slightly cooler water) those looking to get into the toothy critters should look towards the bayside.

Another customer who stopped in the shop yesterday reported that his wife and he were into to fluke pretty good. They were fishing the surf on the southern end of the island with bucktail and teaser rigs. "We had constant action, about 30 fish, 3 keepers."

Offshore the reports have been very good. On a recent trip aboard the PEZ Machine the report was phenomenal, "...caught two monster big eyes and a mako as well as some other catches."

Closer to home the inshore tuna bite is good too. Word is the bite turned on over the weekend at the Chicken Canyon and the waters inside of it. Forty to sixty pound class bluefin are feeding. The majority of the bite has been on the troll; however, with the amount of fish presently reported the chunk and jig/pop bite should be an option too.

~ FishHead.Greg

Date: Jul 22, 2015 7:27 AM   Subject: LBI Charters Special Open Boat Trip

I don't usually do open boats but will do one this Saturday 7/25. We will target sea bass ling and blackfish. Depending on time, may make a few drifts for fluke on way home. I have 2 confirmed already so the trip is a go. $125 per person up to 3 more people can go. 6 hour trip leaving at 7 AM. Call or text 856-264-0318.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

July 21, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Posting Date July 21, 2015 - "The island beaches have been pretty good for fluke during the last of the incoming to high tide, but most are shorts with a few keepers mixed in," informed a busy Blake from Fisherman's Headquarters, adding that if it's action you're after, load up with 3/8- to 3/4-ounce jig heads, half- to 3/4-ounce bucktails and the white and chartreuse Gulp! Swimming Mullets and peruse the sands. He advises the white as the teaser 10 inches above the jighead or bucktail. Beach sharking under the stars is hot, with bunker and mackerel chunks off the sand while in the lower bay at Beach Haven a live eel is the best deal for a brown shark. Crabbing throughout the bay is very good, and around the Dutchman's there are schoolie stripers to 26 inches whacking and smacking slowly worked 1/4- and 3/8-ounce bucktails.

Received: Jul 21, 2015 4:51 PM   Subject: 7/22 LBI Charters Updaye

Had Jeff, Tanya, Chris, JJ, and Keenan out today. Headed back offshore in a swell and dead still ocean. Group counted and caught over 200 fish putting boat limit of 12 large sea bass 11 ling and a nice keeper cod in the box. Open this weekend and all next week so give a buzz or shoot an email and let's go fishing.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: Jul 21, 2015 3:06 PM   Subject: Fwd: 7/20 Old Barney Charters report

Had Dr. Seth Newman, daughter Izzy and son Max out for an ocean fluke trip today. In 3 hours of fishing the trio managed 30+ fish including a fat 23" and an 18" fluke. Fish wanted a variety today - minnows, squid, and all colors of Gulp! worked. Availability Thursday, Friday, and Sunday of this week for charter.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

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Received: Jul 20, 2015 4:13 PM   Subject: Notice of Rule Proposal: Marine Fisheries

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing amendments to the rules governing the commercial blue crab fishery, the issuance of commercial crab pot and trot line licenses, the revocation and suspension of those licenses, and the nullification of reporting violations in limited circumstances with regard to suspension and revocation of those licenses. Proposed amendments also address various aspects of the blue crab, tautog, bluefish, black sea bass, and summer flounder fisheries.

For more information, including how to submit comments on the proposed changes, visit on the DEP Rules web site.

July 19, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

4:30 PM

Nick Quinn sent us this report, "I fished the north end surf this morning. Caught around two dozen fluke in a two hour session. Managed two keepers at 19" and 23" all catches were on on bucktails."

We had a couple customers in the shop who were just in the from the Edge and also others gearing up to head off soon. Word is still strong with reports of big eyes at the southern canyons. The Wilmington has offered plenty big eye tuna in the dark this season. Lots of boats are enjoying the daytime hours loading up on tilefish.

Yesterday we got word from our bunker boat captain that there are a couple bonita mixed in with the bunker schools. He said most days the bunker have been way off the beach, usually 5-10 miles out.

There are resident schoolie bass (15-24") and small blues chewing on spearing. Use small lures (slender metals) and bucktails to fool them to chew. Store staffer Nick said the inlet was boiling with bait. He has been getting in on the fun before swinging into work.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 19, 2015 3:54 PM   Subject: 7/18 LBI charters update

Had John, Steve, Pat and bachelor Shane out for a 4 hour trip today. Weeded through shorts and put boat limit of sea bass and 2 ling in the box. Plenty of bites but limits slow us down.

Give a buzz while we can still keep some sea bass before temporary closure on 08/01/15 until reopening 12/22/15.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

July 17, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Yes, Green Crabs are back in stock.

Received: Jul 17, 2015 5:32 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

We had some weather midweek, but we were able to make it out prior and got into some fluke action in the back. The bite has been slightly off this year, you need to work a lot of areas to find some keepers. It seems that the ocean bite is starting to take off and we might start probing some of our local snags for big doormats. The 2-5 lb bluefish have moved into the inlet area, and the sharking from the beach to the Ridge is off the hook.

This past week I had Steve Danastorg of Newtown PA, his son Ryan, and friends Nick Logue, Mike Reilly, and Chris Mahle on a 4 hr Bay and Inlet charter. Again, we had to work a variety of spots with the tide and finally we had very little wind to contend with. The group ended with 3 keeper fluke and one lone cocktail bluefish, among the short fluke and crabs. We had quite a few that were just shy of the 18 inch mark - hopefully anglers give them a chance to grow. Great job by the teenagers to get up early and fish!

Next up was return client Matt Bailey, his son Jay, daughter Madison, and their friend Damien Szlachta on a 4 hr bay and inlet charter. We started throwing artificials for bluefish and striped bass. We had all three kids hooked up on a bluefish a few times, and moved around to find a striper. We had one hook up most likely on a striper due to the soft plastic being untouched, but it became unbuttoned in the current. The crew kept some blues for surf shark bait and we left them biting as we moved to the back for fluke. Again, you had to move from spot to spot and had to weed through short fluke. The foursome ended up boating 2 keeper fluke. We had wind, sun, rain and the kids did a great job!

I do have a few openings in the next few weeks for bay or ocean fluking, inshore sharking, or Barnegat Ridge troll. We are available for charter 7 days a week. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( or call 609-290-7709. As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

July 16, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

6:00 PM

Nick Garcia (12 years old) from Montclair, NJ stroked 2 Short Fluke and 1 Croaker this morning around 9:00a.m. They hit the bayside hard mid-island. The Fluke were CHOMPING on Canadian Spearing.

Received: Jul 16, 2015 4:20 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Today’s trip was cancelled due to wind so I had time to edit my video from the off the beach shark trip on Monday. Had Derek Bonk from Toms River on board for some exciting action with brown sharks, aka sandbar sharks, just a few miles off of Loveladies. Once the sharks were lured to our chum the action was non-stop! We were able to get four boat side for quick releases. The largest one was about 6’. Not going to try to estimate the weight since I do my best to quickly release them. Video link attached with some of the action. Water temperature off the beach was 75-76 deg and very clear. Also, good news is that there are 1-5 pound blues around the inlet. Seems like they feeding mostly on incoming tide, but as you know that can change tomorrow. View...

On the nature side: fall shorebird migration is right on time. Several species of shorebirds are already leaving for their journey to far away breeding grounds for the fall/winter. Kind of a hard concept to grasp when some have not even had their summer vacations yet. No calendar for Mother Nature ;)

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

10:00 AM

On the front beach; rays, sharks and fluke have been the main action off the surf. Also receiving a few reports of cocktail Bluefish (1-2 lbs) showing up. When these bluefish are in a feeding frenzy you may need to consider wire leader surf rigs for these toothy critters. We do have Tide Rite rigs with floats that can help bring in these little brutes. Once caught, keep on ice immediately, then as soon as possible clean and cook (don't over cook) and you'll be surprised how tasty these fish can be.

Striper reports have been quiet with most local action being from the bayside on schoolie size fish.

In his report below notice that Captain Lindsay Fuller of the “June Bug” was shark fishing around the Barnegat Ridge ridge area and also had bonito in his chum slick. These bonito are good eating and fun to catch. When chumming, if you are targeting these bonito (or smaller bluefish) you may need to consider lighter mono leaders and go down on your hook size using small spearing for bait. With the mono leader and smaller hooks you might be cut off often and miss a few hits but the more natural presentation should increase the level of action on these sometimes very line shy fish.

Received: Jul 16, 2015 7:09 AM   Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting most of their attention on summer flounder and offshore game fish in the past week.

The “Miss Liane” with Captain Ray Lopez headed out to the canyons for her first offshore trip of the year. They left the dock shortly after midnight and had lines in the water by 5am. Two yellowfin tuna were caught within the first 45 minutes. They then picked up three nice mahi- mahi around some lobster pots and missed out on a big one. Later they had a white marlin in the spread but it would not take a bait. They observed many signs of life in the canyons including sharks and porpoises.

Captain Bob Gerkens and mate Dante Soriente had the “Hot Tuna” out on a split charter to the mid-canyons. The bite was a bit slow. A white marlin attacked three of the baits but did not hook up. Most of the action came late in the day during the return in at approximately 15 miles inside the canyon. A large school of skipjack tuna with small yellowfin tuna under them was moving quickly towards a northern canyon. The party threw plugs and jigs on light equipment each time the Hot Tuna reached the school which resulted in numerous fun hookups.

Captain Lindsay Fuller had the “June Bug” out for several inshore trips recently looking for bluefish, fluke, and black sea bass. The Durcalec party worked hard for some bluefish but had trouble finding any other than some cocktail blues. They even traveled to the Barnegat Ridge where they tried chumming but only managed some bonito in the slick along with a big brown shark. The Bourakas family fished the Little Egg Reef hard and found action on short sea bass and fluke and some sea robins. They also brought a big brown shark to the boat. They fished with fluke rigs and Ava jigs tipped with various baits, but spearing seemed to work the best.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” has been out several times this week. Tuesday he had the Spencer party out in the bay and inlet due to the threat of thunderstorms. They had a nice catch of fluke and lots of fun with a 20-pound bull nose ray

Captain Fran Verdi has been putting the hours on the “Francesca Marie” chasing fish. Captain Fran has had several fluke trips fishing wrecks and reefs close to shore and some in deeper water. The action has decent, but most of the fish have been throwbacks. He tried closer to home with the Pickert party and they put three keepers in the box. He made a trip on Sunday to the canyons looking for tuna. Leaving at 2 am, they had lines in the water at gray light. He saw signs of tuna and had a couple of big ones on but was unable to get the fish to the boat. They did hook up with a nice white marlin which they released. Captain Fran expects the ocean fluke bite to improve as the fish leave the bay waters on their annual migration.

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

~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jul 16, 2015 7:17 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - 1 spot open for Friday 17th

I have one spot available for tomorrow Friday 17th, we will be targeting - black fish, stripers [schoolies] bluefish and fluke.
All bait and tackle included - $150.00 6 hrs - 7am - 1pm. Call only to reserve - 609-290-1217.
~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

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Received: Jul 15, 2015 9:18 AM   Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing -- Big Fish Happen

Just a quick note to get the blood pumping with info on recent trips to the canyons.

Bigeye fishing and bottom fishing have been outstanding (17 boated bigeyes in last 7 trips!) and more yellowfins are starting to show up every day. It won't long until great catches are put together on the chunk.

If you're waiting to put a trip together in August you may have waited too long. We have the following available in August:

8/14-15 Overnighter
2 spots on our 8/10-11 Overnighter

September is filling up fast so reserve your trip now before your catch of a lifetime swims away!

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner  Pez Machine Sportfishing  609.287.5136

July 14, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

8:00 PM

Matt Polito tagged us in an Instagram post showing a handful of bluefish. His caption, " Bluefish blitz on LBI by Beach Haven." T he hash tags let is know he was fishing in the bay via boat.

4:00 PM

Austin Pounds gave us this solid report...

"Another great night... 3 sand tigers on the beach, 2 caught on the brand new Shimano and Penn Squall rod and reel setup I purchased and you spooled up for me. We got a 7' weighing about 180, an 8' weighing about 230-240 and then hooked into a massive 9'2" well over a respective 270 pounds. Had a 56 inch girth... Teeth were about 2-1/2 inches longs. The bluefish you gave me was the hot bait. Used a whole carcass and it worked wonders. I really appreciate it, made my night. Thanks!" View...

~ FishHead.Greg

July 13, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Posting Date to be July 14, 2015 - "Greg from the Fisherman's Headquarters told us fluke fishing off the beaches is starting to pick up on killie-squid combos fished on the top of the tide, especially when that tide occurs at sun up or in the early evening. Fluke fishing has also been good at Barnegat Inlet but you have to get through the shorts. Nick DeGennaro had a good pick of flatties off the beach on Saturday. As with most shops in the middle and lower part of the state we were told that brown and sand bar sharks are supplying some good fishing in the evenings off the beaches."

Received: Jul 13, 2015 9:25 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Sorry for the missing reports but I have been busy getting caught up on some maintenance and running trips in between. Presently we are in the mix of summer fishing with a normal cast of characters .

Bluefish, stripers and fluke are making up the bulk of our catches. Yes, a few stripers are still hitting the cooler. Bluefish ranging in sizes of 2-7 lbs have been bending the rods and testing the light tackle. Fluke have been mostly short but the numbers of catch and release have added to the variety.

Blackfish/tog reopens this Friday [17th] which will be added to our target species. I have this Friday AM and PM available for anyone looking to get out and get in on the action.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jul 13, 2015 9:42 PM   Subject: Old Barney Charters Report

We had a couple charters last week, one bay and one ocean. On Wednesday, 3rd year returning Pat St. George charter fished for fluke in the bay. Twins Rogan and Owen (8) and cousin Kira (7) worked for their fish and managed 1 keeper at 18.5". They also saw their uncle John fight a cow nose ray in the inlet for some time before releasing him boat side.

Saturday had returning Losey and Pullar charter out in the ocean for sea bass and fluke. Fishing was fast and Ben (10), Jack (8), and Julia (8) were reeling within seconds of being anchored up. We had many short sea bass in the mix but caught our limit of quality sea bass in no time and then decided to fluke (against the kids' advice because of how much fun they were having catching sea bass). We added a fat 22" fluke to the box and called it a day. We had several other shorts but overall fluking on GSN was a little slow.

On a side note, with the flat calm seas Sunday, I took my wife and boys (3 and 5) on a trip up to NYC to see the Statue of Liberty up close. Awesome ride along the beach and a memorable experience aboard The Bonnie Anne.

We are out a couple times this week with no remaining charter availability until next week. Call or email to book a trip. All tackle, bait, fish cleaning, and ice provided.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

Received: Jul 13, 2015 12:34 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Bay temperature has risen into its typical summer setting of the low 80s while the ocean is holding around the 70s. Fluking remains the same. You have to work at putting a catch together and the best results have been the end of incoming to the beginning of outgoing.

In between several charters last week I instructed a class of Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs to a bunch of 1st to 5th graders though the Barnegat Township Recreation Department. On the last day we fished a local lake and I am proud to say every young angler caught a fish! Since this is Barnegat I do depart slightly from the national curriculum in that I spend part of the time teaching about crabs and how to crab. Speaking about crabbing, it is good to very good. A 6 hour soak on my two crab pots yesterday yield 15 keeper jimmies.

This week I have scheduled my first Off the Beach Sharking Trip. What this involves is light tackle sharking for 40 pound plus sharks just outside the surf line to a few miles off the beach. As far as I know I am the only guide in the area presently offering this exciting fishing adventure. So contact me for details if this is something that interests you.

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

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Received: Jul 12, 2015 11:14 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

We had some wind after the Independence Day Holiday weekend. which with the lessening of the full moon tides, made for some challenging drifting and fishing conditions. It was a busy week with mostly bay trips targeting fluke. The blowfish are not here in good quantities and also the blues are too small to target, so as far as bay fishing - fluke are the best game in town. We will start targeting fluke in the ocean as the waters have warmed up enough and they should be hanging around my favorite areas.

This past week, I had John Laub of New York, NY, his 2 daughters Haley and Lindsay, and their Pop-Pop Pete Risolo on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. Again, the full moon's effects had a negative impact on the bite, but the 3 generations team was able to box to 2 keepers (18 and 19.5 inches). We had to work a lot of spots to finally find some fish that were cooperative. It's amazing how they can change from bait to bait in a given day. Great job on a tough day fishing.

Next up, was Tim and Lisa Frasier of Grosse Point, MI along with their teenage sons Jack and Anthony on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter. Well, it was windy with the South blowing at 10-15 knots with gusts to 21 knots. We did manage a pick of fish and boxed a nice, fat 20 inch fluke within the shadows of Old Barney. The family foursome did a great job in tough conditions.

Towards the end of the week I had Bob Rokas of Toms River and his two step-sons John and Jay Lewis of Waretown on a 4hr Bay & Inlet Charter. With the tide, we started towards the west side of the bay and picked at the fish using the S&S Roundhead jig tipped with Gulp and fresh bait. After working one of the channel edges, Jay scored on a beautiful 28 inch fluke which weighed close to 8 lbs. We make two more drifts over the same area, and Jay picks up a 29 inch fluke weighing over 9 lbs. We worked a few more areas and picked at the shorts and ending up picking up one more keeper at 19 inches. What an awesome day. Nice job!!

Last, I had returning client Andy Ead of Loveladies his son Jaiden, and Jaiden's friend Aaron Shih on an afternoon 4 hr Bay & Inlet Charter. After the 1st trip in the morning, I expected we would have some fish on the incoming in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I had to work hard just to find some fish that would bite. We worked close to 8 different areas, but all we could muster were short fluke, a few sea robins, crabs, and a cow-nose ray that nearing spooled the line. Great job by boys for catching their first fluke by jigging bucktails.

I do have a few openings this week and the following week for either bay or ocean fluking. We are available for charter 7 days a week. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

Received: Jul 12, 2015 4:16 PM Subject: LBI charters weekend update

On Saturday had Stacey, Amy, Mike along with help from Jen and Kev out. Headed deeper than we've been fishing looking for ling to supplement out limited sea bass limit. We did find a dozen ling to go with out boat limit of 12 sea bass but the size of the sea bass made this trip. We were releasing 3 lb sea bass. Headed back out for a shark trip on Sunday with Dave Alex along with Kev. Had a small mako grab a bait twice but didn't connect. No other bites.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

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Received: Jul 9, 2015 8:17 PM   Subject: Stripers or Barnegat Ridge

Room on our Saturday afternoon trip for one angler. Two people already signed up. We will be chumming with live grass shrimp for stripers. Most are under 28 inches but a few are taping out on the legal side. All are a blast on the 10 pound spinning gear with no sinkers or terminal tackle, just a baited hook. Noon to 5 PM. $150.

Sunday and Monday, July 12 and 13, are available for charter or Open Boat. Forecast looks great. Light wind and calm seas. Storms have all blown through. We could scout out Barnegat Ridge for any of the bluewater fish. There could be bonita or school bluefin tuna there but I haven't been there yet and I don't have any reports to go on. We would be going in blind but that's how reports are made. We could also stay inshore and chum the inlet jetty with shrimp for schoolie stripers.

Please call for more info.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

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Received: Jul 9, 2015 10:40 AM    Subject: 58th Annual Fluke Tournament

58th Annual Forked River Tuna Club (FRTC) Fluke Tournament
August 15th - 22nd, 2015  -  $10K High Stakes Grand Prize
$50 Entry Fee, Junior Anglers fish FREE with an Adult Entry

Captain's Meeting: Friday, August 04th at 7:30 PM
Location: FRTC Clubhouse, 18 Bay Ave, Forked River
Door Prizes, Calcatta's, 50/50, Sandwitches, Cash Bar

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Visit FRTC website for more details and information on upcoming tournaments, seminars, and fishing related events in our area.

Sign up online with a credit card at
or mail a check or pay at the captain's meeting on August 14th.

~ Forked River Tuna Club, Tournament Committee

Received: Jul 9, 2015 12:18 PM Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

The Fourth of July has passed, in Beach Haven the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are operating at full speed ahead with trips both inshore and offshore.

On the Fourth, the “Reel Determined” with Captains Jimmy Zavacky and Ray Lopez headed out to Little Egg Reef with two fathers and sons. They found good action on the reef and the inlet where they caught two keeper fluke in addition to over 20 shorts. The next day the “Reel Determined” fished a wreck 8 miles out where they picked up some keeper fluke and sea bass.

Captain Ray Lopez had his boat the “Miss Liane” out with model Ashley Hass and her father Bob for his birthday. There was non-stop action on fluke and a big sand shark.

Captain Fran Verdi also did some fluke fishing on the “Francesca Marie.” He found lots of short fluke in addition to a couple for the box each trip. Most of the keepers were in the 18-19 inch Captain Fran is expecting an uptick in the fluke action on the inshore reefs in the near future.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” reports finding big, out of season, blackfish on the wrecks in addition to some nice sea bass. He has been fishing in Great Bay and the Garden State South and Little Egg Reefs. One trip in Great Bay resulted in five keeper fluke and one bluefish.

Captain Carl Sheppard has been running up to two trips a day to the inshore reefs and finding a wide variety of fish. Besides the expected fluke and black sea bass, he has been finding a good number of triggerfish and even a 17-inch porgy. He reports seeing many signs of life including porpoises and sharks. One giant thresher leaped next to the boat with a sea bass in its mouth with a sinker hanging from it. Captain Carl had a shark fishing trip where they caught some good sized brown sharks. After catching the sharks the anglers picked up some keeper sea bass.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” has been reef fishing for fluke and sea bass. One day his trip with the Clearwater party was driven back into the inlet by some strong winds where they had a nice catch of fluke.

The “Hot Tuna” with Captain Bob Gerkens did a tuna run to a southern canyon where there had been a good bite of big eye tuna. Despite all signs of life, the tuna bite had slowed with over 60 boats fishing the area. Chris Martin of Trenton brought a white marlin to the boat and Scott Damiano picked up a mahi-mahi.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 8, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

Store staffer Nick D. had some fun this morning off the surf. He reported catching a few fluke and some blues bucktailing with Gulp!

We got another report from Austin Pounds, " Fluke are everywhere in the surf. I fished along the jetties and even just random holes on the beach and pulled keepers out of both. Limited out with biggest being a fat 23 along with 30 plus fish."

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 8, 2015 12:02 PM    Subject: JCAA Fluke Tournament - WIN $25K!!!

JCAA's 21st Annual Fluke Tournament - August 1, 2015

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Register by 7/20/15 to have a shot at the $25K cash prize for the largest fluke over 12 lbs. Also new this year are port and overall Calcuttas. Enter online or print an application at

Early Entry Fee $125 per Boat (up to 6 anglers) Late Entry Fee $150 (if postmarked after July 20th, 2015)

For additional info, call the JCAA Office at 732-506-6565
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Awards Ceremony - Wednesday August 12 - Starts at 7pm - Registration at 5pm
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~ Paul Haertel, President, JCAA

July 7, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 7, 2015 4:23 PM    Subject: LBI Charters July 4th

Started off the weekend on Friday shark fishing with Kevin, fellow charter captain Mark and his son babe. Fished for sea bass on the way offshore and had 8 fish in no time. Later 5 shark bites ended with landing two makos and one brown shark. Lost a bigger mako close to the boat.

Didn't fish Saturday or Sunday.

Headed out Monday AM with Aiden, Paul, Mark, Brian and Jerry along with Kevin. Boat limit of sea bass in 25 minutes. Played catch and release with short and keeper sized sea bass and added 2 ling. Made a move and added 4 triggers to the box. In the afternoon had Don, Dave, and Bob out. Well our boat limit was quick to say the least and then the bite died when a boiling northerly current picked up. Added a single porgy inshore to the box before calling it a day.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: Jul 7, 2015 10:52 AM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Last two days have been a blast!

Sunday, Dan and his 7-year old son Jake out and I couldn't get the hooks baited fasted enough kept 14 nice triggerfish and let some small ones go along with 6 keeper sea bass. We caught tons of short fluke,  sea bass, and porgy's that were released.

Monday, Grace, Brian and Alex were out for more of the same... 10 triggers and 2 sea bass were kept and again we let a ton of small fish go. We used fresh clam and small hooks for these guys.

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

July 6, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Posting Date to be July 7, 2015 - "The shark fishing along the beaches is on and I've had reports of good catching and releasing of sandbar sharks," reported FishHead Greg at Fisherman's Headquarters. Fluke fishing is good along the jetty at Barnegat Inlet with a few keepers in the mix with a lot of throwbacks. Store staffer Rob has been hammering away at the flatfish from his boat and from terra firm and reports good results with a bucktail teamed with a white Gulp! Swimming Mullet. The keeper to toss 'em ratio is 1:5. Rob says the outgoing tide is the best time. Bill B. and friend fluke fished the bay and caught keepers from 18-1/2 inches to 25-1/2 inches."

Received: Jul 6, 2015 9:32 PM Subject: Old Barney Charters 7/6 report

Fished with my family today and wanted to keep the action going so we hit a wreck. We had a great sea bass bite and put quality fish in the box, along with porgy, blues, and snagged some bunker for the crab traps. My nephew caught his first tog today - a 9lb. white chin! After explaining how it was out of season, we snapped a pic and back he went.

With school out and family vacation over, I will be back to trips 7 days a week. I made some upgrades to The Bonnie Anne this year, adding a custom starboard tackle station and adding Lowrance radar. All tackle, bait, and ice are included, all fish are cleaned, and trips can be customized however you would like.

Only remaining days this week for charter are Friday and Sunday. Check out our website and give us a call or send an email to book a trip.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

July 5, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

5:00 PM

Lenny just stopped in the shop with some Rita's Water Ice for the crew. He said, "They are catching 'em in the inlet. Charley got a nice keeper and I got a pair of fish (one keeper). There are a lot of shorts being caught too."

I enjoyed my morning scoring some great surfing waves. Super warm water and it was nice and clear. While up there I spoke to two anglers casting bucktails with Gulp. They each pulled a handful of shorts but no keepers.

Received: Jul 5, 2015 10:52 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Very busy week. Started off the week clamming with my wife and two friends. For those that don’t know, I was commercial clammer during summers while in college. Also did some tonging during the winter time. It is always great to jump back in the water and pull up a few dozen hard clams for dinner.

Wednesday, I had Tim Massett and his 10 year old son Jake out fluking. After a slow start we had a steady pick of fluke in Oyster Creek on the last of incoming tide. The team boxed three keepers all of which came within a few minutes of each other.

Thursday evening, regular Chris Doran was on board with his son Evan and friend Matt. We started the trip off fishing around the Waretown flats and Research Buoy for fluke. Fluking was slow on the last of outgoing tide but they managed to box one keeper. After that we switched over to try for bass and blues around the inlet. The crew worked hard in real nice conditions (end of flood, sun set, and white water) throwing BKDs, Savage plugs and fresh bait but could only connect with one blue. Great effort but even greater was having a father and son spending quality time together on the water.

Friday, I had on young 11-yr old Alex and Justin Switaj from Ohio for their third summer trip in a row with me. They usually come out with their granddad but this time their mom and dad joined them. Showing their parents they knew how to catch fluke they had fun catching and releasing shorts taking home one for dinner.

Saturday, the Galiardo party Rick and his son Harry, and his brother Chris with his two boys Gavin and Luke were out. The first half of the trip we tried for blowfish first on the west side of the bay with no success. Our clams baits were continually chewed apart by 2-3” puffers. Off the hook we fluked the last hour of incoming and found the bite was on. Although all but one were shorts the action was fast paced for brief period of time ending the trip with bang. Oh, that’s right it was the 4th of July.

This week I have Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons open as well as Saturday. The good thing is the tide is perfect for these afternoon / evening trips.

On the nature side: Have you ever seen a clam swim? I have and no it was not during the 70’s. It was in the 80’s while study invertebrate zoology. Our local hard clams are actually free swimmers equipped with cilia for prolusion for a very brief part of their life. And I mean very brief like a few days to maybe two weeks of a clams life. After that stage it metamorphoses into a juvenile clam at which time it settles to hopefully suitable bottom for what will be home the rest of its life.

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

Received: Jul 5, 2015 11:51 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

We have officially entered into summer with the July 4th weekend and it was nice to see a lot of people on the water fishing, especially when there are young ones enjoying our waters. This past week we had the first July full moon (July 1st) and we will have the second one July 31st, we will not see another 2 full moon month until May 2016. Unfortunately, the stronger than normal tidal currents caused by the full moon affect the fishing and it was evident this past week. You had to work really hard to find keepers that were biting. With the upcoming quarter moon and less current, it should put the fish on the feed.

Towards the beginning of the week, I had Eric Hanlon of Minnesota, his two sons Zack and Sam, and daughter Hannah on a 4-hr Bay & Inlet charter. Amazingly we worked a lot of the same areas that we worked on my previous trips with the same tide, bait, and drifts, but the keepers were less uncooperative - more releasing than keeping. We bucktailed a decent amount of fish, but the family foursome could only muster 1 keeper to 22 inches. This was the family's first saltwater fluke excursion.

Next up was Erika Szell of California, Alex Szell of Bensalem, PA and his buddy Jake D'Arcy of Bensalem also on a 4-hr Bay & Inlet charter. Erika booked the trip for the two 15-yr olds. This was their first-ever trip jigging bucktails for fluke. At first, it was a lot of strikes and missed attempts, but Alex and Jake gained confidence and started connecting on the strikes. The two caught close to 25 fluke, but only managed a lone 19-1/2 incher while jigging the S&S Bigeye bucktail tipped with live-bait.

Later in the week, I had Dennis Blondo II of Monroe, NJ and his 10yr old son Noah on a 4-hr Bay & Inlet charter with the target being fluke. We worked a variety of spots from the Barnegat Light inlet to the backwaters of Barnegat Bay and the duo caught close to 30 fluke with 2 keepers (19 in, 18 in). Great job by the father and son team.

On July 4th I had Doug Conn of Connecticut with his wife Paige, and two daughters Elena and Allison. This was the family's first time fishing for fluke. The bite was definitely off today with the stronger than normal tidal currents and steady 10-15knot winds - we had a pick of shorts with 1 keeper. We had a 2nd keeper boatside, but it became unhooked prior to netting, due to a brief moment of slack line. So it gets to live another day. Great job by the family.

This upcoming week I’m booked pretty solid, but I do have a few openings the following week. We are available for charter 7 days a week. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

July 4, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

We wish everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July!
Enjoy your entire Independence Day Weekend Holiday

Sonny Shepanski stopped in the shop this evening. He reported a great trip to the edge yesterday. He said the bite was on at the Wilmington. "We pushed off late in the day and pulled in about 8pm. We had a bite right away. Then another an hour later. Then another about an hour later. Headed in by midnight. All of the bites were on Joe Shute."

Plenty of fluke around so go get 'em!!!

Store staffer Rob Vallone has bee on the flatties. Some days he is fishing the ocean in the boat and other days targeting them from land. Rod reported doing well this morning. He fished the Inlet with white Gulp! on a bucktail. He mentioned other anglers catching on live and cut bait. Rob said, "It has been a 1:5 ration (keeper:shorts) with quality flatties in the mix. Outgoing tide has been best for me!

Bill B. reported fishing with his girl friend in BL yesterday. They caught about 15 short fluke. Bill said, "We ended up with 3 keepers. She caught one 18-1/2" fish and I ended up catching my personal best at 25-1/2" 7-lbs even. We also had one at 5-lbs too!"

July 2, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 2, 2015 12:06 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are getting into their summer fishing routines chasing fluke inshore and tuna and sharks further out.

The “Starfish” with Captains Carl Sheppard and Vic Bertotti has been fishing in the ocean looking for fluke and black sea bass. With the daily limit on sea bass dropping to 2 per day, the attention will now be on fluke. Adding to the action lately has been a large number of sand sharks on the bottom.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had the “Starfish” out with a crew of 8 on a sea safari. After a couple hours of slow action trolling they went to the 28 mile wreck and had 9 keeper sea bass with the largest at 15-inches.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters had his son Bill and grandson Will out for a day of bonding and fishing on the inshore reefs. In addition to a good time, they put together a good catch of sea bass and fluke.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has found the fluke action in Great Bay to be hot and cold. One day his anglers catch mostly shorts while other days they have been putting several keepers into the box. He also had a trip for some ocean bottom fishing where they picked up some large porgies and blackfish which had to be returned to the water. They managed to take home some sea bass fillets for dinner.

Captain Fran Verdi has been fishing the “Francesca Marie” in the ocean looking for a fluke bite. He found some small fluke along with some sea bass. He is hoping for the water temperatures to rise to spark the fluke bite. He is also planning some tuna runs.

Although weather kept Captain Bob Gerkens and the “Hot Tuna” from getting offshore this week, Captain Bob says he has some reliable reports that the bluefish tuna are in their usual spots. He plans some trips in the near future to troll up some of these fish.

Captain John Lewis reports his new “Insatiable” is now in the water and ready for action. He plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family and then be open for charters.

The Junior Mates Class began last week with 13 eager teenagers looking to learn more about fishing. This week’s class will feature Captain Michael Yocco of the tournament winning “MJ’S” speaking about canyon fishing. There are still a couple of openings in the class. Information and application forms can be obtained at the Association’s website

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

June 29, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

1:45 PM

Richie Weisz asked in recent email, "How's fishing at the Inlet been lately?" Reply...

The fluke fishing has been very good. Both land based anglers and boaters are and have been putting together good trips with some quality keepers. Last week we heard of (and reported) a couple of 4-lb+ fluke. There's bluefish as well as herring chasing small spearing. I'm sure the fluke are eating the same. There's still bass present too. The local free-divers/spear-fisherman recently reported striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, big tog (toutog/blackfish are out of season), small sea bass, triggerfish and sheepshead. I'd say the Inlet has been a smorgasbord of fishing opportunity.

Off the beach the fluke fishing has been good too. Store staffer Bucktail Blake headed out yesterday evening after closing up the shop. This morning on he way back out he reported catching a bunch of flatties before dark. They were hitting like mad dogs!

The shark fishing is on. We had numerous reports over the weekend of quality sandbar sharks being caught/released.

~ FishHead.Greg

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

Posting Date to be June 30, 2015 - "Actually, some pretty good fluke fishing going on along the South Jetty up at Barnegat Inlet with fish to 5 pounds being caught," observes Lou at Fisherman's Headquarters, advising the utilization of the bucktail/squid strip combination if keepers are part of the plan. Bayside, the calamari/killie combo and bucktail/Gulp! Swimming Mullet duo are scoring on throwback and legal length flatfish at the BB and BB buoys and also around the Fish Factory in Great Bay. Stripers? "Oh, there are a few still around," he says, and Ryan Sherwood from Manahawkin soaked a bunker chunk off a mid-island Beach Saturday morning to corral a 47-pound, 2-ounce cow. He was part of a linesider specialist cadre that released four more over 42 pounds. Bluefish out front and in the bay have been very spotty, but whenever and wherever they show, they eat... ravenously. These are from 2 pounds to 5 pounds and are all over metals and fresh bunker chunks. Blowfish are back and are putting the dentition to clam and squid strips. Heavy chumming is the rule. Along the South Jetty at Barnegat Inlet, the triggerfish have appeared, some at sizes to 3 pounds and over. Clam and squid are both making them happy.

Received: Jun 29, 2015 15:57 PM   Subject: Wed and Thurs Afternoon are Mixed Bag Fishing

We will be sailing Open Boat or charter this Wed and Thurs afternoons, July 1 and 2, Noon to 5 PM. Ocean, bay, or inlet, whatever it takes. Fluke and blues. We could also try for some schoolie bass. Light tackle action. $150 person. Call to reserve a spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jun 29, 2015 1:29 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Believe it or not I was out both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday morning there was a weather window which I took advantage off with my friend Dave Werner. With the NE wind and top of the tide we thought for sure we would have a great opportunity for some late June bass around the inlet. Water was clear, 68 degrees and the bass did not cooperated. At slack tide Dave jumped overboard with spear gun in hand to see if he could nail a bass for dinner. He worked both jetties hard but did not score. He saw tons of tog around both jettys and only a few 30” bass around the south jetty. Interesting how I caught bass a few days earlier at the same location but in which Dave did not see any. There was a big school of 3-5 pound blues tearing up small sand eels just outside the inlet.

Sunday I had the Mairo clan out from Cranford, NJ we started the trip out fluking the west side of the bay. On the first drift Deirdre landed a short which had us thinking the bite was on. We were wrong, after that the wind came up making drifting difficult and was only to scratch out a half dozen shorts. Switching over to fresh bunker chunks on the hook for bluefish the clan kept busy with clear nose skates and smooth dogfish but no bluefish. Fishermen always look for a reason as to why fishing is good one day and not the other. Saturday’s 3 inches of rain may have been the cause. Barnegat Bay being part of a watershed is sensitive to runoff from not only towns that are on the bay but places like Lakewood and Jackson. The amount of rain surely dropped the salinity of bay which is likely the cause for the fish not chewing. If not that it is luck, and being a scientist I don’t usually believe in luck.

On the nature side: Saturday I saw 3 Ruddy Turnstones (type of shorebird) on the south jetty. These birds nest during the summer in the artic and winter for the most part on the Caribbean Islands, as well the Central and South American coasts. So I am scratching my head as to why are they here on June 27. The answer could be they are early southerly migrants, late to their breeding grounds, or decided to stay on LBI for the summer.

Screaming Drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

June 28, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

2015 Simply Bassing Tournament ended today at 12 Noon - Click here for the Simply Bassing (Results may not be final yet)

Received: Jun 28, 2015 7:19 AM    Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

The back bay waters have a nice concentration of fish but they are spread out and you have to work multiple areas to put some fish in the box. The water temperatures make all the difference to getting keepers compared to getting shorts.
We have been targeting fluke in the back and have been coming up with some nice fish to 5 lbs. There are still grill-sized bluefish in the inlet area and can be easily caught with artificials. I know it has been a slightly slower pick in the ocean, but that should start heating up especially with the recent East winds. Blowfish are around, but I haven't heard enough to targeting them - but that could change any day.

First, I had Art Diebel of Allentown, NJ and his 10yr old son Bruce on a 4hr Bay/Inlet Charter looking for some fluke for Bruce's 1st time on a boat. Since we hit the water so early we tried one area for a stray weakfish, but struck out so we went back to the original plan. Well, they always say the "newbie" gets the good bite and Bruce was no exception. We worked a variety of spots early morning using S&S bucktails tipped with either Berkley Gulp or bait. The father & son team ended up with 6 keeper fluke with the biggest close to 4lbs.

Next, I had Bryan Ingraham of Colorado and his two boys Emerson and Rowan along with family friend Rebecca Resnick and her two daughters Aviva and Talia out on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. The Colorado families have been booking with my the last three years and it's neat to see the kids get older. We fished either our custom-tied rigs and S&S Bucktails​ jigs tipped with Gulp and/or fresh bait. After working a few areas, the crew did a great job by putting 7 keepers in the box with the biggest close to 5 lbs at 23.5in. The kids beat the adults by catching 4 keepers - great job and look forward to seeing them next year.

With school out, we are available for charter 7 days a week for the rest of the season until September 1st. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709 . As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

June 26, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

11: 00 AM

The trigger fish are here! Matt A. from Ship Bottom stopped by the shop right before we closed on Thursday and weighed in a 3.35-lb trigger fish that he speared this afternoon. Matt said there were a couple bass present and another diver speared a nice fluke and a weakfish.

Lots of sharks and some big rays. Austin Pounds got into some of the toothy ones and a a monster ray! He shared this report, "I've been into 'em. Yesterday (Thursday) and the previous night (Wednesday) were good. Plenty of brown sharks up to 75-lbs. I also had an epic two hour fight with a big ray. I caught a monster butterfly ray that tapped out a 7' wingspan. It weighed about 200-lbs.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 26, 2015 6:19 AM   Subject: 6/25 LBI Charters

In the AM had Justin, Tim, Scott and Rich out. Plenty of bites but loads of shorts. Ended day with 54 sea bass 11 ling and a 3 lb fluke. Headed back out for a quick 4 hour afternoon trip with Jacob, Jared, Chris and Ron.
More of the same with double headers flying but a ton of shorts. Ended with 40 sea bass a ling and a keeper codfish.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

June 25, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 25, 2015 8:25 AM    Subject: Adjusted BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association (BHCFA) have been busy on the water this past week.

Captain Dave Kreines of “Byte Me” Sportfishing had some spare time on his hands recently so he did a little drifting on the ICW behind Beach Haven and picked up a pair of short fluke and a 4-pounder. The next day he had a cancellation and drifted behind Holgate and boated a 4.5-pound fluke. Both days’ fishing was a total of 3 hours.

Captain Carl Sheppard on the “Starfish” has been doing well reef fishing for sea bass and some small fluke. His best catches have been south of the inlet. One day he had a crew of 12 from Bensalem, Pa., out and they totaled about 125 black sea bass along with a couple of short fluke. Jigs outperformed bait. Another day he had the Zinn family out and they picked up some sea bass and short fluke. When large swells made ocean fishing tough for the youngsters, he got them into calmer bay waters where they had fun with smooth dogfish.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a full crew on the “Reel Determined” which left the dock at midnight last Friday night for some offshore fishing. Offshore mate in training, Liane Lopez, was getting instruction from Captain Jimmy and Pat Zavacky. At first the bite was slow but eventually they found some yellowfin along with a missed big eye and a white marlin in the baits. Thirteen year old Teddy Janice picked up a very nice 17-pound mahi-mahi, and he and Liane caught their first yellowfin tuna. They reported plenty of life spotted in the canyon.

Captain Ray Lopez had the “Miss Liane” out last week for a day of fishing on the Barnegat Light Reef. They picked up three keeper fluke, one jumbo sea bass, and some feisty 2-4 pound bluefish near the inlet. The largest fluke was almost 24 inches and the sea bass was about 4.5 pounds.

Captain Bob Gerkens had his initial fishing run of the season on the “Hot Tuna” fishing the shark tournament at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club last Saturday. Although they caught no mako sharks they picked up a blue shark and hammerhead. Bob says he plans to start focusing on tuna the rest of the month.

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” was scheduled to have a fluke charter recently but it was canceled at the last minute. When he could find no one to fill the slot, he got up early and headed out on his own to the wrecks and fished in 80 feet of water, looking for Sea Bass. He got set up and had some nice action right away. He was able to put a Father’s Day dinner for eight in the box in no time. He plans to target sea bass one more weekend before switching over to ocean fluke fishing.

It is not too late to sign up for the Junior Mate's Program conducted by the BHCFA. It begins Thursday, June 25, at 7pm at the Maritime Museum in Beach Haven. Additional information on the Junior Mate's Program and on the captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson

June 24, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

8:00 PM

Chet B. just stopped in the shop. He reported fishing last night after the storm passed. He caught on nice brown shark and also had one run off. While here Chet mentioned that the fluke fishing up off the North-end of the Island has been great.

Today while fishing along the Barnegat Inlet area he caught a 4-lb fluke and the other day his buddy Charley got two beautiful doormats!

~ FishHead.Greg

2:30 PM

Don't have all the details but Gary Garafalo caught a 7-lb Fluke around the area of Barnegat Light.

Received: Jun 24, 2015 11:41 AM Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing

Just a quick update. We only have 3 trips available.

July has an afternoon half-day trip on the 5th, and overnighters on July 15-16 and July 16-17.

August is booked up as well but we do still have the following dates available for overnighters: August: 9-10, 10-11, 11-12, 14-15, 24-25, 25-26, 26-27

That's it before September -- Don't miss out!

We landed a beautiful Bluefin inshore of the canyons. Having some great tile fishing when the weather is right. On the shark scene many makos being caught along with a 150 pound thresher.

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

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner  Pez Machine Sportfishing  609.287.5136

Received: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 11:01 AM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

With school out my 10 week temporary retirement started. Been on the water 3 of the last four mornings. Fluking is settling into the start of summer pattern with fish spread out on bottom without structure on the west side of Barnegat Bay and maintaining ambush positions in and around the channels and bars. Shorts are definitely outnumbering keepers. The bay is in the mid 70’s + and the ocean was in the upper the upper 60s up until yesterday (Tuesday) when the brief south wind dropped it to 64. Taking advantage of this, I was out before sun up today fishing the beginning of outgoing tide behind and around the inlet. The inlet still has some monster blues around. I taped one out @ 36” before releasing the beast. Once away from them I did find some bass and boated three over 28” keeping a 34” fish for dinner and was back at the dock by 8.

This summer will be my 12th year guiding. I always look forward to my summer trips with returning families, some of which have been going out with me for close to a decade. Seeing little fishermen go from wearing a PDF on board to graduating high school is awesome. Speaking of little fisherman, I will be instructing Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs again this summer through the Barnegat Recreation Department. Classes are for K-5 and 6-8 grade. If interested in signing up your
child here is a link with the information...

Here is a link to my latest fishing video...

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

Received: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:26 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

What a great time of year, school's out so let the fishing begin. We still have some blues around especially the sod banks and inlet area, while the striper word has been nonexistent. The fluke are spread out in the back and it seems you either find them or you find mostly shorts. The usual spots have had fluke but not in the normal numbers as experienced in past years. One thing is for sure, you have to have the right tide and wind to make it happen - otherwise it's tough fishing.

This week I had Stan Balewitz of Edison, Hector Caraballo of Edison, and Michael Siessel of Bordentown, NJ out on a bay fluke charter. We worked spot after spot looking fluke and trying to find good water with the trio jigging bucktails the entire trip. Stan Balewitz picked up a thick 23" fluke weighing close to 5lbs, but unfortunately that was the only keeper fluke among over 30 short fluke, a lone bluefish, and a few sea robins. The rain may have played a factor in the bite being slightly off and it seems that the fluke are spread out. Overall, nice job by the guys.

I usually don't get to do a lot of personal fishing during the season, but I did find time to sneak out with my son Luke to spend some quality father & son time. For a few hours Luke and I worked a couple different spots, and released close to 25 shorts with 2 keepers. The keepers were caught on bucktails fished with minnows and Gulp. Luke was happy as he caught dinner for us that night.

A few days later I had returning charter clients Bryan Ingraham, wife Rachel, and their sons 9yr old Emerson and 7yr old Rowan on a 4hr bay & inlet charter. We started off working the inlet for some grillin' sized bluefish, but the inlet/ocean conditions became somewhat hazardous with the steady 15-20 knot winds and the ripping outgoing tide. We moved to the back working a variety of areas trying to find cleaner water with tough wind and tidal current conditions. The family had a great time in the tough fishing conditions with Emerson and Rowan catching their own bluefish and fluke. Unfortunately, the keeper fluke weren't cooperative. Great job by the family and kids!

With school out, we are available for charter 7 days a week for the rest of the season until September 1st. If interested in booking a charter, book through the website ( ) or call 609-290-7709. As always we use the highest quality gear and everything is included all gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE - it's "no worries" fishing. Just come and FISH.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

June 22, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

5:30 PM

Yesterday a customer (Lou) stopped in the shop and weighed in a 20-lb 15-oz striper. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker. Lou said that he had a couple run offs and a few bluefish too.

We got word today from an angler sharking the surf. Both brown sharks and baby bull sharks are chewing.

~ FishHead.Greg

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

Posting Date to be June 23, 2015 - "A nice striper is being weighed in right now," said a Sunday morning Scott at Fisherman's Headquarters, and store staffer Joe yelled that the weight of the Ship Bottom beach bass was 21 pounds. "Lou the Local" soaked meat o' menhaden to sand a First Day of Summer linesider. Overall the island suds have been spotty, with picks at metal molesting bluefish to 4 pounds, toss 'em and a few keeper fluke that are grabbing bucktail/Gulp!, short bass and the occasional legal length linesider. The inlet is alive with cocktail blues, with bucktail picking off the here-and-there flatfish. Bayside the crabbing is still only fair, but blowfish action is pretty good at the BB and BI buoys. "Get the chum going," he advises.

2015 Simply Bassing Leader Board - Final Results
1st 47 lbs 02 oz Ryan Sherwood $960
2nd 42 lbs 01 oz Martin Supsie $480
3rd 37 lbs 03 oz Patrick Olson $288
4th 36 lbs 08 oz Robert Vallone $192
Totals 96 Anglers @ $20 each = $1,920

June 21, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Happy Father's day to all the dad's.

Mark Guenther of Forked River weighed in a 9-lb sheepshead yesterday that he caught spearfishing.

Yesterday I got back from a great trip out fishing the edge (Wilmington Canyon). I got the invite from Captain Jeff aboard the No Limit (Bluerunner Sportfishing) and we pushed out of Barnegat Light on Wednesday afternoon. Each night we picked up one bigeye tuna at sunset and during the day time we were covered up in football size yellowfin tuna. We also had the occasional mahi when on the troll. We dedicated most of the daytime to bottom fishing and we hammered the tilefish (both grey and golden). I broke off a beast of a fish which we assume could have been a swordfish. All in all, I had a great time. We went three for three on bigeye and filled the boat with tilefish.

This is kinda old but better late then never… Tuesday, the night before I left Blake (store staffer) and I got into some great fishing. We both caught a quality bass (20-lbs+) as well as a few schoolies fishing plugs.

Now back I hear there were some quality bass here the past four of five days. Catching up talking to store staffer Rob Vallone he said that it was best around the new moon but there are a few quality bass still here. Rob mentioned, “There are a lot of dogfish here too. You have to weed through them to find the bass. Bring lots of bait because the dogs will tare you up! ”

Fluke fishing in the bay has been good and there are also fluke in the Inlet. There was a 7 pounder caught by an angler fishing off of the jetty. Other fishing talk I have heard... More fluke off of the surf, occasional weakfish (two by anglers bucktailing the surf in search of fluke) and the brown sharks are in! John P. and his daughter Gabby got into 'em good off of the surf this weekend. With the surf water temp in the mid 60’s and the bay in the mid 70’s expect them to hang around all summer. This is great hard pulling (catch and release only) fishing fun.

~ FishHead.Greg

June 20, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Another Big Striper came in again today. Ryan Sherwood of Manahawkin weighed-in a 47-lb 2-oz (28" x 52") Striped Bass that was caught Saturday in North Beach at 2:30 AM using bunker. The fish was weighed-in for the Simply Bassing Tournament and the Fish Head Calcutta.

Received: Jun 20, 2015 7:01 PM Subject: Harvey Cedars Fishing report

Caught a lot of dogfish on bunker in the surf last night around 11pm. Managed to hook one around 5ft.

~ Jake Poston

June 19, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 19, 2015 5:24 PM   Subject: 6/19 LBI Charters

Had Joe, Buzzy and Doug out today. Little swell to start the day and not greatest anchoring conditions but the boys picked away at keepers and shorts on their way to a boat limit of 60 sea bass and 9 ling.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

Received: Jun 19, 2015 3:42 PM   Subject: Surf Fishing Report

Did well today on the high tide with 6-8 pound bluefish and one striped bass at 30 inches on the front beach.Cut bunker was the choice.Will be back at it early tomorrow morning.

~ John Mury, Waretown

Received: Jun 19, 2015 11:00 AM Subject: Boaters Encouraged to Be Aware of Ecologically Sensitive Areas of Barnegat Bay

The NJDEP is reminding boaters to use caution while navigating ecologically sensitive areas of Barnegat Bay. The reduction of impacts from boats and personal watercraft within the bay's critical ecosystems is part of the Christie Administration's comprehensive plan to protect and restore the bay.

For more information on this important issue please see the DEP news release at


8:45 AM

More Big Stripers caught last night...

Patrick Olson of Philadelphia weighed-in a 37-lb 3-oz (25" x 45") Striped Bass for the Simply Bassing Tournament and The Fish Head Calcutta. He caught the fish last night at about 9:30 PM while fishing Loveladies using bunker.

Peter Kelly of Cedar Run weighed-in a 26-lb 3-oz (22-3/4" x 40-1/4") Striped Bass for the Simply Bassing Tournament. This fish was caught last night at 9:00 PM in Barnegat Light using bunker.

June 18, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 18, 2015 7:03 PM   Subject: Mayday! West Wind Striper Hunt Tomorrow!

New plan for tomorrow's (Friday's) Open Boat trip. They revamped the marine forecast to a mild west. One last shot at the ocean tomorrow before that south wind kicks in for the weekend. Departing at Noon and returning around 6 pm (maybe later). Out the inlet, making a left and running north. They have bass on bunker up there so we're headed up for an afternoon of snagging and live lining. Targeting big stripers. I always have the trolling gear on board too... only if we have to. Call me up to 10 pm tonight (Thurs) or up until "go time'' tomorrow to grab a spot on board.

BTW: The forecast has the wind blowing west again for Monday so we're running morning and afternoon departures.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

12:00 Noon

Some Big Striped Bass are being caught in the Long Beach Island Surf.

There is a new leader in the Simply Bassing Tournament...
Martin Supsie from Forked River weighed-in a Striped Bass that was 42-lb 1-oz with 46" x 27-1/2" dimensions. He caught the fish this morning at around 10:00 AM while fishing a bunker bait in Barnegat Light.

Received: Jun 18, 2015 11:38 AM    Subject: 46.45lb Striped Bass

Tried to send this report to Greg's phone but I know he's out tuna fishing so here you guys go...
"Caught a cow last night around 10 PM down on the South-side of the island on bunker. She gave me one heck of a fight. Every time she saw the beach she would take off. Twenty-five minute battle before she was on the beach. This is my personal best off the surf. Weighted it in at the Fish Head shop this morning when you guys first opened, and it was 46.45-lbs with a  length of 48" and girth of 27". This is the one Spring I don't sign up for the Simply Bassin Tournament and I get this cow. Oops!

~ Ryan Dellane

Received: Jun 18, 2015 6:42 AM   Subject: BHCFA Weekly Report

The theme this week for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is variety. The captains are scoring and getting excited about the fishing in the bay, in the ocean not too far from the inlet, and offshore.

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” made his first offshore trip of the year Sunday to the Wilmington Canyon. He arrived at 5am and had lines in the water 15 minutes later. He worked the East wall, the Tip, and the West Wall for about 4 hours with not even a touch. He made the decision to troll north looking in the flats and had the first bite of the day which turned into a nice 30-pound yellowfin tuna. He then trolled the 40 and 50 line where he found one more tuna in the 30-pound class. They then headed in and ended the day with a 40-pounder.

Another day Captain Fran fished wrecks in 80-feet of water and had steady action on black sea bass, blackfish, and ling. He moved to a wreck in 65-feet of water but most of the fish were out of season blackfish and short sea bass. He returned to deeper water and better action. The “Francesca Marie” ended the day with 22 sea bass and 4 big ling in the cooler. He estimates they threw back another 40 sea bass and all of the blackfish.

Captain George Finck had a crew out on the “Sparetime” fishing the reef. They had good action but all were shorts. He moved into the bay where they had a nice catch of bluefish. The next day he had the Rotelle family out to the reef with great weather and good action on fluke and sea bass. The boys were out fished by the female anglers, and the family went home with dinner.

Meanwhile, Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing reports fishing in the waters of Great Bay with loads of action on the fluke along with some very nice fish ending up in the box.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr

June 17, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 17, 2015 9:26 PM    Subject: Blues, Fluke, and Stripers

Still hammering away at the bluefish in the bay. Anything from 2 to 10 pounders on topwater lures in shallow water. Closest thing to flats fishing for us Jersey guys. Oyster Creek Channel and the inlet have been producing every day, both tides. Fluke fishing has been pretty good. Nice size fish are in the mix. We are jigging leadheads tipped with Gulp. White or chartreuse are both catching. We're catching some short stripers behind the sod banks, but not on every visit. I'm doing an equal number of strikeouts as I am connecting with those fish. I keep stocking the sandworms on board, though, because when we connect it is awesome. 20 to 24 inch fish on 10 pound spinning tackle. I keep threatening to anchor up and try the blowfish but I still haven't. Maybe this weekend.

Sailing Open Boat Friday and Saturday afternoons, June 19 and 20, 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Also Sunday, (be careful it's Fathers Day) June 21 we will run 6AM to 11AM to get you guys back in time to be celebrated. Monday, June 22 is an interesting day to watch according to the forecast. It's supposed to start with a west wind Sunday night and stay west all the way through Monday. That could be the day to go bunker hunting and looking for the big stripers. Started hearing some rumblings on that front from the boats to the north of us and that is well within our range. If the fish are there, we're going! Monday sailing 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM (or later if we wander north). Also again Monday afternoon 1PM to 7PM. 5 hour bay trips are $150 person. 6 hour ocean or ocean/bay combos are $165 person. All fish are shared. Charters also available for any of these days and times.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

10:00 AM

Here is a report from Austin Pounds, "Limited out with fluke yesterday night, biggest being 20-inches and the smallest being 18-inches. Numerous shorts and all were caught on the white bucktail with a teaser tipped with white gulp, fish are in the surf, gear up with the half ounce white bucktails and go!"

~ FishHead.Greg

June 16, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 16, 2015 6:13 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had Chuck, Joe and Sean out today. The fog kept us locked in the bay at first where we had 20 shorts and 1 keeper fluke on Gulp. Around 8am the fog started to clear out and after hitting two wrecks we had 26 keeper seabass to add to the box!

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

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

"June 16, 2015 - Joe from Fisherman's Headquarters has word of good to excellent blowfish action at the BI and BB buoys, but expect to chum heavily to get them in close. Squid strips and Fishbites are the deflators. Area lagoons and creeks and the bay's western side in particular are the blue claw boil. Bayside fluke are jumping ugly at bucktails tipped with the white or chartreuse Gulp! Swimming Mullet and also squid/killie and bucktail/squid. The cocktail blues racing through Barnegat Inlet are being sobered by metals and poppers. The island beachfront is surrendering some surprisingly big stripers. Robert Braack from Atco dragged in a linesider that put the mark at 35 pounds 13 ounces, and bass boss Rob Vallone brought in a Loveladies cow weighing 36-1/2 pounds."

Received: Jun 15, 2015 9:29 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Well the water temperatures finally started to settle down from last week’s wild swings. Ocean is in the low 60s and the bay is in the low 70s. There are still BIG bluefish hanging around the inlet as well as the backside of the inlet. I had the Anthony Conti crew from Ridgewood, NJ get into some of the action. My mission was to get Anthony’s 21-year old son, Matthew, his first fish. With the crew boxing two tasty fluke to 22” we then concentrated on bluefish. The bluefish did not let us down as the gang caught several that went from 7-11 pounds. There are still lots of schoolie stripers to play around with when the tide is right. Bucktails, BKDs, clam and sandworms have all been effective. Some days they are feeding even when the sun is bright. Sunday morning my wife Deb and I fluked off of Waretown. With absolutely no drift we power drifted and had steady action with shorts and one keeper for fish tacos. School ends this week so I will be guiding all week long through the summer. Trips are available anytime of the day. If you want to try something different this summer I will be doing off the beach sharking trips targeting brown sharks on light tackle. Talk about fun!

On the nature side: diamond back terrapins have been very active since the bay water warmed up. They are the only species of turtle worldwide that lives in brackish water, like Barnegat Bay.

Screaming Drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

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Received: Jun 15, 2015 6:51 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

During the last couple of weeks we have spent most of our time mixing it up between bay/inlet and ocean trips. The bay has offered up a mix of mostly bluefish, schoolie stripers and fluke, while the ocean has provided a good bounty of sea bass with a 50/50 keeper ratio . Cod , ling and catch and release tog have also spiced the catches.

At times the back bay has been stacked with schoolie bass but conditions must align ie, tide, temp and boat traffic to connect with these sporty light tackle dragsters.

This week started with a limit of quality sea bass for the Jay Simmons party who also scored a mix of blackfish [ catch and release] and bluefish that we ended the day with.

Next up was Joe Kinlin and son Tom who braved through stiff SW winds to score a mix of blue fish and a nice 34" striper in the back bay/inlet "Happy Hour" 3hr special.

Next up was the Ken Greenwald crew who scored another sweet catch of delicious quality sea bass and ling as well as catch and release cod and blackfish .

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WIshing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

June 14, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

3:00 PM

Another fluke report off of the surf... Rob Vallone caught a handful of fluke off of the south end surf. All healthy fish but no keepers.

Kristi Reillo Cooper posted on our Facebook page, "Thank you boys (staffers) for the help today with my sunglass purchase you rock!" She then posted two photos from the surf on bunker, one of a bluefish and one of a dog shark.

Dan Bush aboard the Sea Creature out of Tuckerton got a 11-lb fluke this morning. Dan got it on a bucktail tipped with squid drifting the bay area near Little Egg Inlet. He mentioned catching a 6 pound flatty yesterday as well as couple other keepers.

2:00 PM

Jason Marti from the High Point Vol. Fire Company gave us heads up that yesterday's Striper Shoot out was another great success! He reported, "Weighed-in a total of ten fish. These being five striped bass and five bluefish. There were a couple nice fish weighed-in and then we crushed it at the after party." Here are the results...

1st Place: $2000 - 52.2-lbs - Sweet Fox w/ Captain Mark Haley
2nd Place: $1000 - 50.1-lbs - Miss D3 w/ Captain Joe Ryan
3rd Place: $500 - 34.8-lbs - Get Reel w/ Captain John Martinelli

High Hook: Two heaviest combined striped bass, 70/30 Split
70% $1750 - Angler Management
30% $750 - Sweet Fox

HPVFC Calcutta: Closest to 19.37 (over or under)
$1250 - 22.6-lbs - Angler Management

Yellow Eye Bluefish Calcutta:
$1550 - 13.7-lbs - Anthracite

~ FishHead.Greg

11:00 AM

Another good size striped bass came yesterday afternoon from the surf. Peter Kapanzhi caught a 24-lb 10-oz bass off of the south-end surf on bunker at about 10am.

Fluke fishing is strong in the bay. We got some positive report from the back bay for the past couple of days. Shamong Joe and his son Clayton smoked the fluke yesterday. They found a nice body of good size ones, catching 14 total with 6 being keeper size. Joe said, "Last hour of outgoing was good with a bucktail and killie.

There are some fluke off of the surf too. Austin Pounds gave us a report yesterday evening. He fished with Jason Craig and they got into the flatties on white Gulp/bucktail and teaser. Two keepers up to 24" and ten shorts from 6pm to sunset on the south-end surf.

We had a ton of anglers in the shop yesterday gearing up to head offshore in search of sharks and tuna. The buckets of chum, flats of bait and packs of ballyhoo were running out of the freezer! The weather and seas finally let up and the reports have been great! Tuna reports from the Toms, Lindy and Spencer have been good. One customer in the shop reported hammering the yellowfin on the troll. He also mentioned a very good tilefish bite. Sharks reports have been good from the various sharking areas 5-30 miles out. Some customers are reporting lots of blue sharks but many are also getting into some good size makos and threshers. Sean Kenny hooked a 200-lb mako yesterday morning.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 13, 2015 9:04 PM   Subject: 6/13 LBI charters.

Has Chris and 13 year old Eric out today. Stayed local with plenty of bites. Boys put 33 keeper sea bass and a ling on a flat calm ocean.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

June 13, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

9:15 AM

The Big Striped Bass are around and we have Bunker and plenty of Daiwa SP Minnows for those of you that what to try and catch one. Read below...

8:10 AM Weigh-in

We now have a new Big Striped Bass weigh-in for the 2nd Place Position in the Simply Bassing Tournament and the FHQ Calcutta. This morning at about 6:15 AM, Robert Braack from Atco caught a 35-lb 13-oz 45" 24" Striped Bass while fishing Harvey Cedars using a lure.

7:08 AM Weigh-in

Robert Vallone from Little Egg Harbor did it again... this morning, another Big Striped Bass was weigh-in for the Simply Bassing Tournament. Last night at around 11:00 PM while fishing in Loveladies and using bunker Rob landed a 36-lb 8-oz 45-3/4" x 26-1/4" Striped Bass. That keeps him in 1st Place in the Simple Bassing and the FHQ Calcutta with this even bigger new fish. Very interesting is that as of very early this morning, if Rob could rank all the Striped Bass that he caught for this Spring's tournament he would have 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places. Rob puts a lot of time in fishing and his catches are showing that he knows what he's doing. Congratulation to Rob.

Received: Jun 13, 2015 7:30 AM    Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

The winds have finally let up and the waters have begun to warm back up especially with the heat and sun this past week. The fluke in the back are much more active then the past couple of weeks, but you still have to pick through the fish to find the ones over 18 in. The bay/inlet are still offering limited shots at bluefish and smaller sized stripers. Recently, I had Mike Sicilia and his three sons (Brian, James, and Michael) out on their 3rd annual father & son charter. The group usually does the ocean, but opted for a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter due to the colder ocean temps. We worked 5 different areas and ended up 4 keeper fluke up to 4 1/2lbs. The throwback to keeper ratio was probably around 7 to 1. James who swung & missed most of the trip finally connected with a grillin' sized bluefish on our last drift. The bigger fluke were caught on the Pearl White BigEye bucktails tipped with Berkley Gulp. Nice job by the crew. One of our drifts took us by an Osprey nest with the parent perched close to the nest - pretty cool

I have an one afternoon opening next week on Friday (June 19th), and we officially start running trips 7 days a week for the rest of the season until Sept 1st. If interested in a charter, book through the website ( or call 609-290-7709. 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  609.290.7709

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Received: Jun 12, 2015 6:26 PM Subject: LBI Charters Update

Had Andy and Chris out Wednesday bottom fishing. Ash helped the boys pick away all day at nice fish ending with boat limit of 60 keeper sea bass, 18 ling and a cod. Had Eric, Eric, and Bob out Friday for more of the same. Slow pick with more keepers than throwbacks. Along with help from Kev the boys boxed 58 sea bass, 4 ling and a cod.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

1:00 PM

Captain Mike Greene of the Lucky Stripes reported, "We lit it up today! Bass up to 44-lbs" Mike was fishing live bunker in the boat off of the beach.

Jim Perkins just gave us heads up he got in another successful offshore fishing trip. He fished with some friend out at the Lindy and got into the yellowfin tuna (12 up to 45-lbs) and some tilefish. They also caught a mako.

Reminder the High Point Tournament is tomorrow.

~ FishHead.Greg

June 11, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 11, 2015 4:43 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are smiling again as warm, decent weather has returned to Beach Haven. The winds have abated, the water temperatures are rising, and the fishing is on the upswing. Currently leading the hit parade are nice sized fluke in the bay waters and black sea bass on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs. In addition, there is still a good population of bluefish ranging from 1-10 pounds in the bay through the inlet and out into the ocean.

Captain Carl Sheppard had Mark Giunta of Somerdale and three friends out on the “Star Fish” in the face of a northeaster that never materialized. Two of the original party cancelled because of the forecast but the day proved to be beautiful. The black sea bass were present at a number of wrecks. The four anglers boated over 120 fish with a goodly number of keepers in the catch including a 21-inch fluke and the largest black bass of the year, an eighteen incher.

On another trip Captain Carl had 10 members of a local fishing club out looking for black sea bass on the “Star Fish.” Serving as mates were Liane and Nicholas from the BHCFA Junior Mates program along with Captain Vic Bertotti who finally returned from Florida. After a run to the south, they were fortunate to find wrecks loaded with sea bass. While their catch was over 160, only 18 qualified to end up in the cooler. The larger fish were all over 16". The best bait seemed to be bucktails with a long squid trailer. The water temperature finally registered over 60 degrees, and that seemed to have finally turned on the bite. There were a number of large sharks in the vicinity, and they saw one blue shark which must have been fully seven feet long swimming between schools of bunker.

Captain Jim Hutchinson Sr. fished his boat the “Clam Chaser” in the Recreational Fishing Alliance’s Fluke Fishing Tournament last weekend with his son Jim Jr. and grandson Alex Harris. Although they finished out of the money, they weighed in four nice fluke caught on yellow Gulp swimming mullets in the Middle Grounds off Beach Haven.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 11, 2015 6:30 AM   Subject: Pez Machine Canyon Reports - Hot Fishing!!

Two friends just called from the edge between midnight and 4am and said, "Get your yourself out here!"

Between the two boats they had 52 yellowfin and 2 bigeyes! Insane fishing.

Between now and the 15th of July "Pez Machine" will have very charter days open but we do have the following:

June 17th -- available for canyon day troll or sharking
June 25th-26th -- 3 spots available on open boat canyon overnighter
June 30th -- available for day troll or sharking
July 2nd-5th -- wide open
July 13th -- available for canyon day troll or inshore fluking

Look forward to hearing from you soon!

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner  Pez Machine Sportfishing  609.287.5136

June 10, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Shimano America has some new products coming soon.

A New Shimano Stradic is arriving this Summer... it's the Stradic ST-FK! For more details click...

Shimano also has new high end jigging and popping rods as well as other reels. One of those new reels coming to the USA market is one that I really like. It has been available only in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) for a while. This reel is basically a step-up from a Saragosa and more affordable than the Stella. Sorry can't drop the name or more details yet. Still another reel is a re-designed existing  smaller model series. It's going to be a sweet affordable spinning reel that will be great for Barnegat Bay fishing.

G.Loomis has a new inshore rod series coming and some really nice technical apparel.

Yes, New things are coming from Shimano America.... Keep your eyes and ears alert.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 10, 2015 9:56 PM   Subject: Todays Report

We ran north to the Seaside Piers for today's Open Boat trip with Bill Buckham and his daughter Liz of Lansdale, PA . We put out a pair of Maja bunker spoons and about an hour and a half into the troll, the green spoon got hammered. Liz grabbed the rod and 15 minutes later we decked a 38-1/2 pound striper. An hour later the center rod goes off hard and we dropped that fish after a short battle. Seemed to be another good fish considering how much line it dumped off the reel. We were in 60 to 65 feet of water. Good single fish marks. A few pods of bunker on the surface. Some more on the machine. Whales and porpoise throughout. Nice clean water, 61 degrees. We came back into the bay and added a 19 inch fluke on the drift along with a few shorts before we hit the dock.

Have one guy for tomorrow (Thurs) afternoon's trip, need at least one more to sail, can take up to two more. Short notice is OK. Have two people signed on for Friday afternoon, room for one more. Also running Sunday and Monday.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

June 8, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

"June 9, 2015 - Matt from Fisherman's Headquarters reported a sporadic striper bite along the Island sands, with fresh bunker chunks catching shorts and a few keepers along with a smattering of bluefish. From dusk into dark there are some bass being picked off with plugs from the jetty at Barnegat Light. Fluking in the bay is so-so with the squid/killie combo and bucktail/Gulp! putting some keepers in the coolers. Crabbing is just starting to get going in area lagoons and the bay."

Received: Jun 8, 2015 5:22 PM   Subject: Back Bay or Ocean

We fished the bay the last few days as the ocean forecast did not look great. As it turned out, the sea condition was not as bad as predicted, but the big stripers didn't cooperate for those who tried. The only fish I even heard of was trolled by Brian Ewan from my marina, trolling spoons off of Island Beach State Park on Sunday. Is it winding down, or over? Did they pass us up because of the arctic-like water temperature all last week? I doubt it. We still have plenty of time. June has always been a great month for snag and drop fishing as well as trolling spoons. We might not have them in our backyard as we would always hope but I'm ready to run. The plan is as always: Out the inlet, make a left and keep going until you find the bunker with the fish. Sometimes Island Beach, sometimes Lavallette, last year I had to run to Asbury Park and Deal some days to get into fish. Oh well! I have no north to south limits, only east. Topped off, we can run for two days. If you want to catch these big stripers... be ready. That wind is going W, SW, and NW. Going to be some flat ocean conditions coming up. Good bunker spotting water.

We did alright in Barnegat Bay over the weekend. Wasn't great, but we caught some fish. Saturday we had a bunch of short fluke and some bluefish on poppers. Sunday I had my old friends and Fisherman Magazine alumni on board, Mike Brullo, Nick Honachefsky, and Austin Perilli. After catching a lot of short fluke Austin Perilli of Brooklyn, NY asked for the net, I grabbed it and freaked when I saw what he so calmly called a "good fish" laying along the side of the boat, an 8.5-pounder that was caught on a jig in Barnegat Bay! Austin also added a 19" just to keep us in our place. Had a blast with those guys. Added a 20 inch fluke later in the afternoon along with some blues on poppers.

Sailing Open Boat or charter Wed, Thurs, Fri, June 10, 11, and 12. Noon to 6PM. Ocean or bay. Whatever you guys want to do. We have the weather finally. We could target the blues and fluke in the bay or go hunting for the big bass out front, or some of each.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Jun 8, 2015 7:11 AM   Subject: Old Barney Charters Weekend Report

Saturday, had the Kyle Smith charter out fluke fishing. They caught 40+ fish with 4 keepers to 21". All fish caught on the North-end drifting channel edges.

Sunday, had George Smajda charter. Fishing was a bit slower than Saturday but the group managed to catch a couple dozen fluke. The only keeper turned out to be the biggest fish of the weekend at 22".

All fish were caught using Gulp! that was matched with the lightest bucktail we could hold bottom with, or on a teaser above the bucktail.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, Old Barney Charters  267-918-1746

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5:30 PM

We had two nice bass weighed in this morning.

Riley Harris of Shamong weighed in a 37-1/2" 19-lb 3-oz bass. He caught it off of the Harvey Cedars surf on bunker at about 7:15 AM.

Chris Bender of Manahawkin weighed in a 42-1/4" 27-lb 9-oz bass. He caught it off of the Holgate surf using clam last night about 10:30 PM. Bender moved into second place in our side-bet.

Last night store staffer Blake found some bass on the chew. He reported catching more than a handful, "Most were schoolies, but one hit felt like a bigger class."

Captain Jeff Warford was out sharking again today. He had a great trip yesterday and an even better time today. Jeff reported, "Another great trip today with a great group of guys! This was a WaterProof/BlueRunner tutorial trip on a 25' Sea Hunt. We had lines in at 9am and we were cleaning the boat by 10:30. Got one 85" mako that was about 250+ pounder.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 7, 2015 10:45 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Even though the end of last week’s weather did not cooperate the fish did. Thursday and Friday were magic hour trips with Brian Farmer from Hotlanta, GA.

Thursday, we found somewhat places out of the wind to fish and scored big blues on poppers. Video link tell the story. After that we found some schoolie bass willing to take worms and BKDs for some light tackle action.

Friday evening after the fog rolled in the Debbie M went stealthy to find the sounder lite up with schoolie bass. The action was all on worms. It is nice to see a good number of shorts bass hanging out around the inlet and back this time of year.

Sunday I flew solo and departed from the expertise zone (some may call it conformity zone) and went looking the put a few sea bass on ice. With the wind and current light a few miles off the beach I drifted over some rough patches any put three nice fish in the cooler before heading in. During my travels I did read some schools of bunker in 50-60 feet of water. They were scattered and not very big.

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

Received: Jun 7, 2015 2:58 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Recap

Had Andrew and boys out in miserable weather Friday morning. Wind rain and cold. Fished a bluefish bite and we called it a day.

Next up had Chad, Ken, Dan and Jake out on Saturday. Weather ended up being better than predicted and group went to work putting 56 sea bass and a ling in the boat.

Sunday, had Jamie, Shannon, Scott and Brian out. Headed back offshore picked away at one location and found what we were looking for. Ended with 67 sea bass, a cod and a ling.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

11:20 AM

Ryan Dellane was on the bay today and shared this report, "Another successful day of fluking but a rainy morning to start. Fished the incoming tide and had to search for the warmer water. Found some warmer water in channels away from the inlet. Fished both bucktails with the white gulp swimming mullet and live minnows. Live big bait was the ticket and ended up with 14 shorts and one keeper at 19-inches.

Dan DiPasquale tagged us in a post on Instagram. The photo showed a quality summer flounder with a caption, "solid day of back bay angling #fluke, lbi #bucktails." Looks like Dan found some flatties in the bay and they were chewing jigs.

We got a report of some quality thresher sharks about 10 miles outside Barnegat Light. One of our bunker guys was in the shop today purchasing some new Dexter Knives. While here he reported his catching as well as another boat in the area.

Jeff Warford gave us a call at closing time and reported a very good day on the water. He reported 6 makos up to 150-lbs and five blue sharks. He fished 60-degree water about 35-miles out of Barnegat Inlet. It's go time. Look for a window and run.

We also got a report from a customer who sharked inshore/offshore Saturday. He reported getting into the makos. More details as we get them.

~ FishHead.Greg

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Received: Jun 6, 2015 11:47 PM   Subject: Fishing report

I caught a 28-inch striped bass in the surf in Harvey Cedars Saturday evening using bunker.

~ Rob Solomon

Received: Jun 6, 2015 9:31 AM    Subject: Last night catch

Last night's catches; 40" Striped Bass, 18" Summer Flounder. Caught in mid-island surf using bunker chunks on the incoming high tide.

~ Mike Commisso

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Received: June 5, 2015 2:32 PM   Subject: Blowout Weekend! ... still fishing though

Wow. Be careful what you wish for. We needed some easterly winds to correct all the damage a week of southerly winds did to our coastline, and man are we getting it. We are on day four of a heavy NE wind and there is no end in sight through the weekend. The bad news is all that wind is going to keep me and a lot of other captains from getting out the inlet. That ocean is very rough already and without some reciprocal direction of wind to knock it down it's going to stay jacked up for a few days at least. The good news is that this is exactly what we needed. The water temp should get back to the high 50's or higher and hopefully the bunker pods and big stripers will be up and down the coast. Keep an eye on the forecast for this week coming up. The long range has some W and NW coming our way. This could be our shot at an explosive few weeks of the big bass before they move on.

In the mean time, the Hi Flier will be fishing all weekend and Monday. Last week's bay effort turned up a bunch of 3 to 7 pound blues on poppers, some short and keeper fluke, and quite a few short stripers on light tackle. Not much for the cooler, I know, but good action. Running Open Boat trips tomorrow (Sat), Sun, and Mon, June 6, 7, and 8. Going to anchor up and try some blowfish, too. I'm loaded up with fresh clams, live sandworms, and Gulp! Let the wind blow, we'll go catch what we can. Sailing 6AM to 11AM, Noon to 6PM, each day, $130 per person. My cell is the best way to reach me 732.330.5674.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

11:00 AM

Yesterday evening Jason Delpalazzo weighed in a 23-lb 5-oz bass he caught off the surf chunking bunker. Jason now sits in third place in Simply Bassing and our side-bet.

Simply Bassing Live Results

Fisherman's Headquarters Spring Striper Side-Bet Standings:
1st   31-lb 02-oz  Rob Vallone
2nd  24-lb 12-oz  Steve Wolfschmidt
3rd   23-lb 05-oz  Jason Delpalazzo

Received: June 5, 2015 10:48 AM   Subject: Press Release - Barnegat High School Fishing Club

Thursday's conditions were rough with steady 10-15kt Northeast winds and some higher gusts, but four ocean county schools (Barnegat, Lacey, MATES, Southern Regional) participated in their annual surf fishing competition. The schools were led by fishing club advisors: Brett Taylor-Barnegat, Bob McMaster-Southern, Dave Werner-MATES, and Jason Muermann-Lacey. This is the seventh year for the competition which originally started between Barnegat and Southern in 2009. Village Harbor Fishing club donated a trophy for the 1st competition, and it is given and held by the winner each year, similar to the Stanley Cup in the NHL.

This year's competition was tough with only 1 fish amongst 40 participants (10 per team). Freshman Taylor Swisstack caught the tournament winning fish, a 29.5 inch Bluefish, putting Barnegat HS on the board. With the rough surf conditions (10-20mph winds and rain), it was the only fish caught and secured the victory. Final score: Barnegat-29.5, Southern-0, MATES-0, Lacey-0. This was Barnegat High School's second victory (2011, 2015) and the team will retain the trophy until next year's competition. Great job by all the kids and advisors in the tournament. A scholarship was also donated by the Long Beach Island Foundation to the winning team in the tournament.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Fisherman's Headquarters for donating bait for the tournament and also to the Barnegat Light Heavers for officiating the event.

Thanks, Advisor Brett Taylor

June 4, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

1:00 PM

After the long battle with the frigid upwelling, our local water temperature finally bounced back and stabilized over the past couple of days. Thanks to the persistent north/north-easterly flow that pushed the ocean's surface water on to the beach. It subsequently put the chilly upwelled water back where it belongs in the deep. What were 20+ degree water temperature swings with the tides are now about 5 degree fluxuations.  At the transition from May to June the Barnegat Bay Bouy recorded outgoing (bay temperature) water north of 70 degree and incoming tide (ocean temperatures) well below 50 degrees. That's a drastic swing!

Once things stabilized. The fishing picked up right where it left off. There were some great reports off of the surf Wednesday night and Thursday. The night's cloud covered "Strawberry" full moon offered some quality bass and better yet, the day time was productive too. A number of anglers reported a good northeast wind in your face and beautiful clean white water (no grass). Best of all active bass on bunker chunks! The bass were on the chew.

Some recent weigh-ins...Robbie Vallone's (in yesterday morning's report) 31-lb 2-oz, Patrick Olson's 22-lb 14-oz and Jason DelPalazzo's 20-lb 8-oz. All caught chunking bunker. Reports of other bass caught too. Nick A. caught a pair of bass in the mid 30" range last night. FYI there are bluefish and doggies in the mix to keep things interesting.

Positive report of schoolies off the bayside docks! Over the past few days some customers have looked to the ba side and found life. Store staffer Kevin has been plugging up some nice linesiders on the bayside. He reported recently catching a monster 36" bluefish. "I'm having a blast on light tackle. The Quantum Smoke has been singing!"

Last night I put in a couple hours and found some healthy bass chewing on plugs. I had a slow pick at 'em at the top of the tide. As soon as it slacked the bite died. I fished through the slack and called it a night. Not sure how many others were out, cause I didn't see any other lights. But for those that were, did you see a ton of horseshoe crabs? I lost count at 25 mating pairs. Horseshoe crabs gone wild! Must be the moon. I've never seen such an abundance of the ancient creatures. I guess it's a good sign.


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4:00 PM

Fresh bunker just arrived!

Received: June 3, 2015 10:44 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

Strong winds have been prevalent in the Beach Haven area for well over a week. First the winds were pretty much from the southwest and now they are howling from the northeast. When the captains of the Beach Haven Charter fishing Association are able to get some fishing in, they are finding a decent assortment of fish.

Captain Fran Verdi ran an “open boat” trip recently for his first wreck fishing trip of the season on the “Francesca Marie.” Sean Carey and Randy Ritz fished on wrecks in 65-80 feet of water. They found some outstanding blackfish action with many of the fish keeper-sized. Unfortunately, with the season closed, all of the blackfish went back in. They also found a decent bite on black sea bass and managed a nice amount of them. Captain Fran had the Mannix party out another day looking for striped bass to the north. He located some bait up in Ortley Beach but found no bass under them. Unless the bass make a sudden comeback, he plans on focusing on sea bass as well as fluke and tuna.

Captain Carl Sheppard had Irv and Muriel Stoops of Palmyra, NJ, out on the “Starfish” for a wreck fishing trip looking for black sea bass. He learned that the wrecks either had very few fish or were loaded with the sea bass. In just a couple hours of the fishing the pair of anglers caught over 40 bass, of which 15 were large blue backed fish.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig” Sportfishing braved the winds a couple of days seeking fluke in Great Bay waters. He reports that they had steady action with plenty of throwbacks and a few nice flatties making it to the cooler for dinner. There was also a mix of bluefish and smooth dogfish to keep the rods bent most of the time.

The renowned Junior Mate Program of the BHCFA is now accepting applications for its 2015 class. The first class will be on Thursday, June 25, at the Beach Haven Maritime Museum. This program is for teenagers looking to learn more about fishing and become competent to serve as mates on fishing boats. Captain John Lewis says there are some changes in the program this year that will make for some enjoyable evenings. One big night will be Thursday, July 2, when Captain Michael Yocco of the championship boat “MJ’s” will speak on canyon fishing. Complete information on the Junior Mates Program as well as the BHCFA can be found at

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

8:00 AM

Rob Vallone weighed in a 43.5" 31-lb 2-oz bass this morning. He caught it last night on bunker fishing Harvey Cedars. Rob currently holds the lead in the Simply Bassing Surf Tournament. Click here for the live results page.

June 2, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

12:45 PM

Fresh Bunker Is Here!

10:30 AM

Fresh bunker is expected about 12-1pm today.

Store staffer Blake enjoyed his day off yesterday. He reported catching a couple bass off of the surf on Super Strike lures.

Store staffer Kevin was having fun hooking schoolie bass in the bay until he hooked himself. Nothing a trip to the ER can't fix.

Sean Kenny gave us a boat report, "Went out sharking on Saturday looking for mako but got covered up in bluesharks. Caught nine all together. It was frustrating."

Received: June 2, 2015 7:18 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters Weekly Report

Last weeks sustain Southerly winds have wreak havoc on ocean temps dropping them from an ideal "bass" temp of 57-60 to a steep polar plunge of 46 degrees in the matter of a few days. With a more favorable Easterly wind pattern change forecasted over the next few days let's hope that'll get things back on track.

The Mike Burkhardt party started their day with more fun and exciting top water light tackle bluefish action . The guys were fast into an exciting visual early morning blitz when the sun's early morning rays had the schools of bluefish all lit up ! Within minutes of the dock we had rolling 5-10lbs bluefish on a shallow 3-4ft flat, drags screaming and rods bending from these brutes. Moving on we worked our way out to the striper grounds only to find ocean temps in the mid forties in close to the beach, moving out to the three mile line we found better water temps but no love . Back to the bay we ended the day fluking with only a few shorts before trips end.

The Tim McWilliams crew was up next opting to stick it out in the bay mixing it up with more fun light tackle action The guys had a solid morning not only with those big burly bluefish but also had solid action with stripers in the 22-26" range. At times we had multiple stripers on through the morning before the cold incoming tide shut the bite down.

I have this Friday afternoon 5pm-8pm happy hour special available for both striper and bluefish light tackle action. Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

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11:45 AM

The 8th Annual  "Striper Shootout" hosted by the High Point Vol. Fire Co. is Saturday, June 13, 2015. The all boat striped bass fishing tournament and fish fry is a great community event. Don't miss out on a great time! Captain's meeting is at the High Point Vol. Fire Company (West 80th Street in Harvey Cedars) on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7pm. For more information:

Received: May 31, 2015 10:38 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Typical for this time of year is when it gets hot on land the water temperature plummets as it did this week. As hot air over land rises it is displaced by cooler air sitting over the ocean. This is what causes our southerlies. While that is happening the surface of the ocean water is moving perpendicular, towards the east, of the wind. This causes the warmer surface water to be displaced (upwelled) by colder bottom water. Well this week this pattern caused to ocean to drop to sub 50 in some locations. Barnegat Bay has warmed up big time and is holding in the low 70s for the most part, maybe warmer in some places. What this means for fishing is that depending on where you fish you have to keep this in mind. Friday night’s Magic Hour Trip for Dereck Bonk of Toms River proved to be just that, magic. Sandworms dragged in the right place at the right time was effective for schoolie bass on light rods. After that I moved up onto the flats at dusk where blues in the 4 -10 pound range started rolling and splashing as they fed. Working poppers drew great visual strikes even with the sun long gone as our eyes adjusted on a glass calm night. Here is a picture of one of the many fish landed that night. Do you think you can figure out where I was fishing ;)

Sunday I took some time on the water to plot a bunch of changes that occurred during the winter. As this season progresses these will be some key areas I take my clients to get not only away from the crowds but on the fish! While doing that I came across an all-out drop and reel BIG bluefish (10 pound plus) assault at the mouth of Barnegat inlet. With the inland temps so high and ocean cold it was pretty foggy. The blues where feeding in the warmer bay water that was pouring out on tide’s ebbs. It was crazy fishing. Even the Miss BL was in on the action. Screaming Drags,

~ Capt. Alex Majewski  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

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1:30 PM

The hot topic is back again!  Paul Haertel of the Jersey Coast Angler's Association posted on our Facebook page...

Stop New Jersey’s Fishing Grounds from Getting Blasted!!! A proposed Rutgers University Seismic Study will sweep the ocean just off Long Beach Island. With blasts 250 decibels (100,000 times louder than a jet at take-off) every 5 seconds, 24 hours a day for 30 days fishing will be affected. Studies show that fish can be injured or scared off by seismic blasts. The study area and the affected fishing grounds: all inshore and offshore wrecks, the Fingers, Barnegat Ridge, the Lillian Wreck, 28 Mile Wreck and over 230 square miles of ocean will be directly impacted. The LOUD blasts will travel far beyond study impact zone. Everyone from Surfcasters to Back Bay Anglers to Offshore Fishermen will be impacted!

YOU CAN HELP!!! CONTACT RUTGERS PRESIDENT ROBERT BARCHI: 848-932-7454 and email the President today

TELL HIM TO STOP THIS SUMMER’S STUDY!!! For more information:

May 30, 2015 -----------------------------------------------------------------------

6:30 PM

Joseph Kieffer post on our Facebook page... Last night after hitting you guys up for some bunker and mullet, finally my first legal striper this year. In between all the sharks and skates we managed two blues and one bass.

Received: May 30, 2015 1:32 PM   Subject: Topwater Blues and Light Tackle Stripers

Excellent morning of fishing today. Birds and blues breaking water. We threw poppers at 5 to 10 pound bluefish for two hours before changing things up. Switched our focus to stripers and after striking out on the clams for an hour we switched over to the drift with worms and clobbered them. They were all 20 to 24 inch fish, but big enough to burn some drag on our 10 pound outfits. All in Oyster Creek.

Running Open Boat or Charter the next two days (Sun and Mon). They'll still be there and so will we. Boat is iced up, fueled up, cooler is loaded with bait.

Call to reserve a spot.  ~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

1:00 PM

Adam Aguiar weighed in a 37" 18-lb 5-oz striped bass today. He caught it early this morning off of the surf.

11:45 AM

Lenny was in the shop last night when we were closing preparing for a night surf session. He was back in this morning gearing up for another session. He reported nothing but garbage fish and blues last night.

Received: May 30, 2015 6:27 AM   Subject: 5/29 LBI Charters

After strong winds the first 2 days of sea bass season kept us at the dock we had a beautiful day on Friday. The fish cooperated too. Not lock and load fishing but good enough. Had our boat limit of 60 sea bass 5 keeper cod 2 ling another 10 or so throwback cod and some nice blackfish that had to go back. Taking today off to go pick up new boat.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  856.264.0318

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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 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.


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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    ~ 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

~ 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.


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!


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.

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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

~ 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!


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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...

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 on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife web site.

~ NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife

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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
SBBP information is available at

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:

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.






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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, 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 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.....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.nditions.





































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Penn SSV Spinning Reel
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Daiwa SP Minnow Lures

Daiwa SP Minnows

Daiwa SP Bullet


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Cordell Red Fin
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Guy Cotten Raingear


MK4 LED Rod Tip Lights
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Red Gill
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Weighted EVO
4" 1/8oz
7" 5/8oz


Tire Buddy III


Breakaway Sinkers


Grundens Foulweather Gear
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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.
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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...

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Information on the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be viewed at...

  For information on the 25' "Drop Off" contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970, or Email:   ) see below
For information on the 27' May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970, or Email:
For information on the 80' Miss Beach < contact Capt. Frank Camarda, phone: (609) 978-9951, email: contact Capt. Frank Camarda, 609.978.9951 or Email:
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:
For information on the 41'
"June Bug" contact Capt. Lindsay Fuller, 609.685.2839, email:
For information on the 38' Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877, email:
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 Custom "Star Fish" for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591,
For information on the 36' Runaway "Reel Determined& contact Capt. Jimmy Zavacky, Phone: 609.915.2498,

For information on the 38' Blackfin Sport Fisherman "Hot Tuna" contact Capt. Bob Gerkens, Phone: 609.384.0877, email:
For information on the 38' Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980 Email:
For information on the 35' Duffy "Legal Limit"< contact Capt. T.J.Schwarzwalder, Phone: 609.405.4591, Email:
For information on the 29' Luhrs "Sweet Baby" contact Capt. Dave Kreines, Phone: 215.813.8050 (cell), Email:
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:

~ 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 "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, 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", Forked River 201.788.3223
New 2015 Site ~ Capt. Tom Cormann, ""Reel Chaos Charters", 28' Regulator, Forked River 201.788.3223

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

~Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Popular Bait Status:  December 8, 2014 8:30 PM
Key: + = In Stock  ~ = Quantity Low  x = Sold Out
   Fresh Bait
Fresh Bunker
Surf Clams in Shell
Salted Shucked Clams
Frozen Clams
Green Crabs
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

Salted Shucked Clams

Fresh Finger Mullet


Fresh Bunker
Fresh Peanut Bunker

Surf Clams in Shell
Bay Clams in Shell

Live Eels
Green "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)#386)IC#386)


Live Bloodworms
Live Sandworms
Freeze Dried Bloodworms
Freeze Dried Sandworms

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




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