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Received: Jul 21, 2014 9:45 AM   Subject: Reel Chaos Crabbing Report July 20th

Reel Chaos had a family from PA that wanted to do some back bay crabbing. So we loaded up with our usual crabbing supplies drop lines, bunker, chicken backs, mackerel and we never leave home without some fishing poles and headed out to Barnegat Bay around 9am. With the bay being a little rough I headed towards Stouts Creek and anchored up in a sheltered cove. With 4 drop lines out and two poles tipped with spearing I knew with three children aboard ages 3 thru 10 we needed action fast. With lines in the water about 10 minutes the action started. It never seems to amaze me how excited children get over a crab. With over a dozen really nice blueclaws, a bunch of cocktail blues and even two nice sized weakfish. (That were released) Overall a fun day by all...Thanks Guys.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Reel Chaos Charters",  Forked River 201.788.3223

Received: Jul 21, 2014 7:26 AM  Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing LLC

The fluke bite in the bay remains hot with lots of shorts and some keepers in the right places. I have not heard much on the blowfish front - even though I have had a-lot of client inquiries regarding this fishery. With the past NE/E winds, the ocean fluking should start to heat up and I will target some of my choice spots.

This past week I had the Joanne Sandler charter out on some bay fluking and most of these anglers had never fished before so it was fun seeing them catch their first Jersey fluke. Harvey Sher of Israel, Sam Salerfield, Howard Eisenberg, and Jeff Weinstein of Philadelphia, PA caught well over 55 fluke for the day. They had a great time catching with 2 to 4 anglers catching fluke at the same time - made for a hectic cockpit.

After the charter, I had the rare opportunity to fish with my wife Jennifer Taylor as we still had a good part of the tide. We fished for about 1hr and had a bunch of fluke with Jen boxing the biggest at over 6-lbs caught on a 3/8oz S&S BigEye bucktail. I had a bigger fish on but dropped it as I had to maneuver the vessel in a extremely narrow channel - that's fishing.

We run 7-days a week and will start running inshore ocean fluke trips this upcoming week as the water is warming. We will continue to run bay fluke trips focusing our fishing around certain tides - we use quality light tackle gear on all of our trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, and fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all charter trips. I do have some rare Saturday and Sunday dates available, so please give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

6:00 AM

Jimbo & Scotty have been on the fluke this weekend but they reported keepers are hard to come by. They caught 'em good both Saturday and Sunday off of the surf but no keepers. They said other anglers fishing near by pulled a few keeper sized fish.

Greg O' reported a similar theme. He said, "I got the boys out on our first bayside fluke trip of the season on Saturday. They put the steel to 28 fluke but we couldn't squeeze out a legal size fish. Bay water was chilly for this time of year." They were bucktailing the bayside sod banks.

The surf water temp this weekend was great, mid-to-high 60's. The onshore easterly flow has really helped. The low has moved off of the coast and will continue to gradually slide further away. We will start the week with an easterly windswell that will linger Monday and fade into Tuesday. It looks like Tuesday will have a nice weather window in the morning for inshore anglers looking to get out in the ocean. There should be some boats heading out to the 30 line for some bluefin and sharks. We heard over the weekend that a boat recently had a good mako bite. Seems kinda late but they are still around. It is prime time for the inshore bluefin fishing season. Get on it!

~ FishHead.Greg

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Received: Jul 20, 2014 9:10 PM    Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

The weather has been unusually cool but the fluke fishing has been red hot! When wind and current are in sync the light tackle action is non-stop. At times two nets and two hands were not enough with three hook ups at once occurring several times this past week. The only downside is the number of keepers has been low some days. I have found fluke cooperating from the west side of the bay through the channels heading out Barnegat Inlet when conditions are right. For the kids on board I have been keeping smiles on their faces with the “old school” three-way rig and a minnow (aka the killie per North Jersey folks). Smiling kid Tyler Switaj landed a keeper. Some small bluefish have shown their yellow-eyes from tide to tide during the week and the crabbing remains very good.

I have been seeing lots of diamond back terrapins, our resident turtle of the tidal wetlands, during my outings on Barnegat Bay. Please remember to use turtle excluding devices when using commercial style crab pots in waterways less than 150’ wide at mean low water or in lagoons. It is sad to see a terrapin that drowned in a crab pot floating in a lagoon.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,"Debbie M", Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jul 20, 2014 7:27 PM   Subject: 7/19 LBI Charters

Fished the bay for fluke for fun on Saturday for few hours on Saturday w/ crews from Bobbies and Vans boat rentals and my kids. I caught one 7 lbs 2 oz, Ash had one 4 lbs and Jack from Bobbies had one 3.5 lbs. Tried again in rain on Sunday and only couple throwbacks and bluefish. Open for wreck or fluke fishing both days next weekend.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 20, 2014 5:40 PM   Subject: Fishing report

Fished with captain Kevin of Old Barney charters Thursday morning and had a good day with fluke and sea bass as well as catching a ling, fluke was 22.5-inches and sea bass were 12.5-inches and up. Earlier in the week I caught a 24-inch fluke to win the pool on the Miss Beach Haven. All fish caught on Gulp!

~ Matt

9:00 AM

Finally we heard about some action from the reefs! Ben Smith posted two picture on Facebook. One of two beautiful fluke and the other of four nice sea bass with a caption, "Killie/squid combo was the most productive bait for us yesterday on the reefs."

Steve from Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters reported yesterday evening, "Friday was so-so with stripers, blues, fluke and blackfish. Saturday was better with a bit more of all, including a limit + of blackfish up to 6-lbs. All anglers scored a "Barnegat Bay Slam" [striper, fluke, bluefish] today. If we substituted a blackfish for a weakfish then all anglers would have scored a Barnegat Bay Grand Slam!" Light Tackle Fun!!!

We got word about an abundance of croakers in the bay. Wilbur K. reported fishing down by the "Stink House" aka the Old Fish Factory before the weekend. He reported, "Croakers everywhere! Some up to 15-inches. I kept three for the table." This is a great sign. The spot, kingfish and blowfish should be with them or right behind 'em! With plenty of fluke and weakfish in the backwaters there are a variety of species to target.

The tog and triggerfish bite has been very good at the Barnegat Inlet. Our weekend delivery of live green crabs went super fast. Our next chance might not be until Tuesday for more green crabs.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 20, 2014 10:24 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

It felt good to back on the water this week after what seemed like an eternity in dry dock for mid season maintenance and freshening up.

Albeit water temps are on the rise from last weeks "polar zone" semi-cooler water temps are still in place making for some fun and cooperative blackfishing and schoolie striper action. Encounters with fluke, bluefish, houndfish and even triggerfish have also added to the mix as well.

The Frank Hetler Party started the week mixing it up with light tackle schoolie stripers, bluefish, blackfish and fluke action. We had to stay on the move to keep the rods bending but managed to keep the guys are their toes and engaged till trips end.

Regulars Jay Simmons and Karl Steffan were joined by returning angler Ken Greenwald for a bit more robust light tackle action with all aboard scoring a Barnegat Bay Slam on striper, bluefish, and fluke. If we could substitute blackfish for weakfish than all would have scored a Barnegat Bay Grand Slam!! The guys managed a limit+ of quality blackfish to 6-lbs, about 10 stripers, and few bluefish from 2-9lbs before ending the day catching and releasing fluke till trips end.

On vacation and don't want to miss time with the family on the beach during the day but still want to find a small window to fish? I will be running "happy hour" 5pm-8pm trips through out the week for private or open boat. The evening action is very productive, fun and usually a bit more quite on the water. All bait, tackle, top quality rods, lures and fish cleaning is included! I also have this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 26th and 27th available for private or open charters.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

July 18, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

8:00 PM

The Barnegat Ridge is full of life today... bluefish, bonita and mackerel. Water was 70 degrees and super clean.

Jeff Warford just got in from offshore. He fished with Hudson and went 3 for 6 on small yellowfin. He also caught a nice 50-lb class longfin tuna.

There was some chatter in the shop today about bluefin tuna on the 30 line out of Barnegat Inlet.

Store staffer Steve O hit the inlet today. He caught one 17" tog and a bunch of triggerfish (more than a dozen). All on green crab. Steve reported seeing another angler catch a keeper fluke close by.

There are plenty of sandbar (aka brown sharks) around. The bay sharking has been good. Expect great fishing for the rest of the summer. Rob Rozek of Manahawkin was sharking the bay yesterday. He caught a nice sand tiger.

The surf temperature was 67 degrees this morning/afternoon up the street from the shop. Expect it to stay warm for some time.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 18, 2014 4:13 AM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Reel Fantasea has 2 spots left for this Saturday bay/inlet light tackle trip. We will be targeting Fluke, bluefish, schoolie stripers, blackfish and possibly more. All bait, tackle and fish cleaning included Please phone only to reserve as I will be on the water and not at the computer.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

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Received: Jul 17, 2014 11:40 AM   Subject: Open Boat Trips

We have been catching a lot of fluke in the bay. Oyster Creek and Double Creek. Jigging leadheads and Gulp! Mostly under the 18" minimum but there are enough 18 to 23 inch fish in the mix to make it interesting. The blues make an appearance on almost every trip. Two to three pounders, big enough to rip drag off of the 10 pound spinning gear. Some days they are in the inlet and more recently right in Oyster Creek Channel. A lot of bird play has been giving up their whereabouts. We have been throwing surface lures like poppers so every attack is visual.

I've tried three separate shrimping efforts in the last two weeks and I have not been able to hook a weakfish. That won't deter us from trying again this weekend. No blowfish or kingfish yet for us either but it should be any minute

I am going to start running open boat trips to Barnegat Ridge starting with this Monday, July 21, 6AM to Noon. Sounds like good color and 72 degree water moved in there so it is time to pursue bonita and albacore. Not impossible that we could find bluefin tuna there, as well. $150 per person, 3 people max. All fish are shared. If the weather is mint and we decide to push off further offshore in search of tuna, it would be $200 per man. This will cover the additional fuel expense and we will also return a few hours later. So, flexible people only please.

I also have this Saturday afternoon, July 19 available for the bay 1PM to 6PM, either open boat or charter for fluke and bluefish.

I slid down to Key West a few weeks ago to fish the Marquesas as part of my ongoing 50th birthday celebration and connected with my first permit, a 20 pounder:

On the same trip here is my friend Steve Ondrof doing battle with a 150 pound Goliath Grouper:

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

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Received: Jul 16, 2014 1:22 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding some very decent action in the ocean, both inshore and offshore. The artificial reefs and wrecks are producing nice catches of fluke, black sea bass, and ling. The boats heading offshore are getting into a good supply of tuna and other action.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the boat “Hot Tuna” had Bill Boseki of Manahawkin out for a tuna trip on Bill’s 70th birthday. The trip was a gift from his family, and was his first ever tuna trip. Bill started the day off when a fish hit while he was sitting in the fighting chair. After a 30-minute fight, he brought a 60-inch bluefin tuna to the boat. The fish was gaffed and weighed in at 114 pounds after being bled. John Howell later boated a 60-pound bluefin, and the rest of the crew took turns in fighting a feisty 53-inch bluefin which was released. Although the Hot Tuna's Sunday bite was limited to bluefin tuna and some skipjack, Captain Bob said some of the other boats in the area also had yellowfin tuna.

After some bad weather forced the cancellation of several bluefin tuna trips last week for Captain John Lewis and the “Insatiable,” he found himself running the boat “Big Dog” for a friend as he took some Paramus fire fighters out canyon fishing. The ended the trip with 3 nice yellowfin tuna to 50-pounds along with 5 mahi-mahi. Captain John said the canyons seem to be coming alive with pods of bait, and the inshore grounds continue to have bluefin tuna roaming around.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters did several trips recently despite some poor weather. He fished the inlet and bay due to the incidents of fog and rain. Each trip his anglers managed to catch fish. Then when the weather finally cleared, he had the Patel and Mullarkey families out to the reef where they caught many fluke, black sea bass, and ling.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a group from Triangle Copy Center out on the “Reel Determined” to do some fluke fishing. The anglers caught over 40 fluke which included 6 keepers along with a few nice black sea bass. Mate Kyle Chudzinski did a great job on his first trip on the “Reel Determined.”

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

July 15, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

7:00 PM

So the weather man scared everyone away for most of the day. The storms never came, YET. Right now it looks like we will see some boomers and rain around sunset and going into the late evening.

Scott Simpson stopped in the shop this afternnon to load up on Gulp!. He said that he smoke the fluke off the surf this morning with Jimbo! The water was a little chilly but they were on the chew. "We caught 40 fluke between the two of us. Only two were keepers. If it wasn't for the beach bag checkers we would have stayed on longer. We started off early with chartreuse and then the bite switched over to white."

Also received word that more striped bass are in the Inlet and hitting both plugs and live bait.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 15, 2014 7:07 PM   Subject: June 14th and 15th Fishing reports... Reel Chaos Charters

We were out the last two days with a really nice family staying on the island visiting us from VA. With two small children aboard we elected to stay inside the bay and target Fluke and some Bluefish. Water temp was around 58 both days. We started our drift between BB and BI picking up some small fluke. We were using a killie and squid combo and also spearing and squid combo. I think the spearing combo out fished the killie 2 to 1. Most of our keeper fluke were caught on the out going tide. We fished the Barnegat Inlet one day using gulp pink fin-s and had 3 fluke over 3.5 pounds. We saw some birds working Oyster Creek and had a blast with some small blues. Overall we had a great time with alot of action. Thanks Guys... We still have dates available for private charters or open boats. Give us a call...

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Reel Chaos Charters",  Forked River 201.788.3223

Received: Jul 15, 2014 6:15 PM   Subject: Fishing report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing LLC

On Sunday, I had my son Luke out for a quick 2hr bay blast - we got on some fish early and worked small S&S BigEye bucktails with primo spearing to put two quality keepers (19, 20) in the boat. The highlight was Luke catching a 20-inch bluefish on the teaser with no help from Dad, which under Luke's direction the fish went right to the grill on Sunday night. With the winds and forecasted storms, I moved my Monday and Tuesday trips this week. The bay fluke are biting when the water temps are cooler as expected during this time of year. With the ocean temps idling in the 60's and expected East winds this week - we will start running ocean fluke trips the following week unless the bay bite is on fire - always give you the option. Unfortunately, the rest of this week (7/16,7/17,7/18) we're booked, but have some dates available the upcoming weeks.

I will continuing running charter fishing trips 7 days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips next week and will focus on catching doormats. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide - we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. My blowfish clients will have to wait until I start hearing/seeing some better action. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website(

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Jul 15, 2014 1:53 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

This morning I had Scott, Horatio and Carter out for am early morning trip. We had 12 stripers on plugs 1 keeper and kept a dozen bluefish. All on SP minnows and bombers By nine am we were back at the dock. Friday morning I am open for a trip.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli "Laura", 23' Parker SE 856-341-6562

6:00 AM

The mid-island surf temp was 55 degrees yesterday morning.

Yesterday, we had some reports from customers...

One was a spear fisherman who was purchasing a new band for his gun as well as a new spear tip. He said that on Sunday morning there were bluefish and birds on top. Once he jumped in it was triggerfish everywhere.

Another customer in the shop was gearing up for another inshore bluefin trip. He picked up some trolling lures and jigs. While here he reported a good bite at the Claw a few days ago. Hopefully the bite will still be on the next weather window.

Good news for hardcore surf anglers! Van Staal is releasing the X-Series this fall (eta September). It will be the same reels that Van Staal is know for but with two major improvements. One, a new upgraded drag. Two, a new and improved oscillation system for excellent line lay. For the most part everything else will be the same. The X-Series will be $40 more than the standard VS Series. Keep an eye out for more new. Anyone looking to pre-order one please call the shop and ask for the VS Reel Tech.

~ FishHead.Greg

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Received: Jul 14, 2014 9:38 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - light tackle action, maintenance and new shirts!

Schoolie stripers, bluefish and a mix of keeper and short fluke have made up the bulk of light tackle action over the last couple weeks with few angler's scoring a Barnegat Bay Slam! This past week was spent on much needed mid season maintenance that had us off the water.

This week we will be back in the action looking to add a bit more variety as the blackfish season reopens. Presently I have July 19 and 20 available for either open or private charters, Backbay , ocean, inlet all the above.

The new edition Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters tee shirts are a great success and are going fast for those who would like to purchase or view the new logo , reach us on face book and email, personal message or just do it the old fashion way and call - 609-290-1217 to buy for yourself or friends or family [ never to early to think about the holidays]

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jul 14, 2014 9:22 AM   Subject: Kingfish in the Surf

Slow start to the early morning with a current that was ripping pretty good off the Surf City surf. Incoming started and it settled down...wound up with 7 kingfish once the changeover started . FishBites were the preferred bait.

~ Matt Bailey

Received: Jul 14, 2014 8:29 AM   Subject: White Marlin Open, Open Boat Overnighters and Available Days

The White Marlin Open is right around the corner and we still have room for one person!

White Marlin Open -- Don't miss out!
The White Marlin Open is one of the finest tournaments in the world and we have room for one person.

The tournament is a "fish 3 out of 5 day" format; you get entry in the tournament and calcuttas and 3 days of fishing between August 4-8 for $4000.

Open Boat Trips:
We also have two groups on the schedule that are looking for more people on their overnighters: 7/18-19 & 8/23-24
We have room for 4 next Friday-Saturday (7/18-19), leaving at 10am and returning mid-day Saturday. It's $700 per person with 6 people.
We have for 3 on a Saturday-Sunday trip August 23-24.
July & August -- Available Days For Overnighters (as of 7/11):
7/21, 22, 29, 30, 31
8/12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28

Shoot me an email or give me a call to reserve your trip!

Hope the summer is treating you well!

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56' Core Sound, 609.287.5136

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Received: Jul 13, 2014 8:40 PM   Subject: Fluke report from week past

On Tuesday had the Jerry Cronin charter and Wednesday had the Pat St. George charter. The cold water slowed the bite but just bringing fluke, even though shorts, over the rail kept the kids happy on both trips. Inlet on incoming was 58. West side of the bay was 77. Fish were caught on 3/4oz. S&S Big eyes with gulp.

Thursday had John Galliano out for a wreck trip. We needed to move a couple times but got seabass and a couple ling.

Saturday’s Losey trip got us 2 keeper fluke and a couple seabass on BL reef. The warmer temps helped. The fluke measured 23.5” and 24” with the largest 4.5lb. Again both were caught on S&S rattles fished with minnows. I promised to report that 9 year old Ben caught 14 fish and 6 year old Jack caught 13 fish.

Booked Thursday and Friday with availability Saturday and Sunday.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, Phone 267-918-1746

3:30 PM

This weekend we had strong reports of quality fluke fishing, sharking and some monster rays caught off of the surf. Today we had a customer in the shop with a report of kingfish. He said the action was good yesterday afternoon off of the mid-island surf.

We had a break with warmer water but the "cold" may be coming right back again! This morning the Ship Bottom surf temp was 65 degrees. Unfortunately the south wind is blowing. It will continue with stronger flow in the afternoons both today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Expect a developing wind swell along with another dreaded upwelling event. When the cold water pushes up on the beach look towards the bay for better fishing. Until then there are fishing opportunities along the entire stretch of Long Beach Island's sand beaches. One good thing about this pattern we've had is there are still a surprising body of striped bass around.

~ FishHead.Greg

July 12, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

There was a Coast Gaurd Rescue this morning in the Barnegat Inlet. Here is what we learned. US Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light station received a call this morning. A 40' vessel, the Shar-Kon out of Norfolk Virginia, was hung up on the submerged section of the Inlet's North Jetty. There were six people on board. From the photos posted by the USCG Station Barnegat Light it looks like the group was out fishing. It is unclear if they were actively fishing or if they were in transit when the accident occurred. Not sure who was on the scene first but with the teamwork and co-operation of the USCG, NJ State Police and Sea Tow the vessel and crew were saved. There are 6 photos posted on the USCG Station Barnegat Light Facebook page.

Talking about boat accidents... Heard through the grapevine today that there was a boat accident on the parkway not far from Exit 63. We also got a call from someone who said they were looking to buy one outrigger. After talking to them, we learned that they lost one trailering over the causeway bridge. WOW!!! That could of been serious. Not sure if it came off and landed on the road or if it went over the rail.

On the fishing front...

Joseph Mitchell reported his fluke trip turned into a Barnegat Ridge trip. The Ridge trip turned into an inshore tuna trip. He said, "Flat Seas!! Two mackerel, a bonito and a bluefish. No tuna but fun on light tackle!" He reported a fun day yesterday too... "Nice 19-inch fluke and then went clamming. 52 clams and 6 bay scallops in a couple hours."

Jeff Warford went out wreck fishing today and caught 15 sea bass and a few ling.

Kristi Reillo Cooper posted on our facebook page a photo of a big surf caught ray with a caption, "My biggest fight so far. It's span was probably 4.5' I'm 5'3"!" Sound like it gave you a run for your money!

~ FishHead.Greg

5:00 PM

Rob Vallone fished the surf this morning. He caught a pair of bluefish and two keeper fluke.

Today, the water temp is back up. It was 66 degrees and the sharks are back again!  Big threshers and brown sharks were on the bait pods all morning. There were small bluefish all over the Barnegat Inlet area.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 12, 2014 2:33 PM Subject: 7/12 LBI Charters Update

Had repeat customers George 13 year old Gavin and 11 year old Matt out today for some bottom fishing. Lots of action with shorts and ended with our boat limit of 12 keepers. Switched it up after that took a shot that paid off and topped of the box with 26 ling.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

2:00 PM

Finally a break from the Southerly flow! The light onshore breeze the past couple of days has been great for a change. The surf water temps have started to climb. Yesterday the surf water temperature in Ship Bottom went from 60 degrees in the morning to 67 in the late afternoon. Today at 9 AM it was 65 degrees. These current water temps are much better for fluke fishing and sharking. Unfortunately we have a forecast with more southerly flow. Hopefully the temps don't crash too hard again. We'll have to wait and see what happens. It all depending on how hard it blows.
Fluke fishing in the bay is a great fishery to take advantage of right now. Recent chatter is lots of fluke in the bay hammering bucktails. The majority of the fish are shorts but there are quality fish in the mix. Check out Brett Taylors weigh-in from a couple days ago. The back bay waters have been productive both on the north end and south end of the island.

Jeff Warford just came back from a two day trip to the the edge. He reported decent fishing at the Hudson with very few boats around. Jeff said that a two hour heavy down pour at night was the only bad part of the trip. On the troll they had a big mahi and a yellowfin as well as one dropped white marlin. At night they had 8 sharks. Three of which were makos. Jeff raved about the quality tilefish bite, "Smallest was 15-lbs! Had 'em up to 40+lbs!" Jeff mentioned that some boats got into a good yellowfin bite on the troll from 11 AM to 1 PM yesterday. At the time they were full of tilefish, low on ice and headed towards home.

Local Notice to Mariners: The US Army Corp Dredge Currituck will be dredging the Barnegat Inlet from July 19-29.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jul 12, 2014 12:20 PM Subject: Mid-Island Surf Report 7-11

Hi - I fished around mid-island in the AM using minnows and bunker on my two rods and caught a few sand sharks and a skate (was trying to remember the junk fish slam - thinking something other than sea robin in the surf 'cause I never caught one in the surf). Another guy near me was trying for kingfish but no luck.

~ Frank H.

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Received: Jul 11, 2014 8:38 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

South, South, South - it's been the wind lately and has definitely affected the fluke bite. You have to fish very hard to put keepers in the boat - meaning working the lure and checking it often. Lots of grass and weed to foul your baits - fluke are not vegetarians so you need to keep the baits clean. On the incoming I'm still reading low 50's - which surely puts the kabosh on the fluke bite.

Early in the week, I had Nick Gennari and his son Michael on a 4-hr bay fluke trip - the two did a pretty good job jigging them up - unfortunately all of the fish were short. Again, same story a few in the 17.5 inch range, but still not legal to keep so back they go. We fished some of the usual spots but the key was to finding cleaner water - the bay water was pretty dirty. We tried for some blues in the inlet area, but the tide/swell made it too dangerous for safe fishing.

I had a chance to make a few drifts solo later that evening - I ended up with over a dozen short fluke and a nice 25.5-inch fish weighing 6.3-lbs. There are some keepers there, but you really have to work for them.

Later in the week, I had Eric Johnson of Yardley, PA and his son in-law Cesar Olmos of Yardley, PA fishing our backwaters. From the week of southwinds - the incoming water temps were a chilly 53-55F at the inlet - which made for some very thick fog. The duo threw soft plastics hoping for weakfish or striped bass, but could only muster a hit. So we headed to the fluke areas and the team jigged S&S BigEyes nailing close to 30 fluke with two fat keepers (18, 18) to show for their efforts. Again there are a lot of fish in the 17-1/2 to 17-3/4 range, but unfortunately all have to go back. Towards the end of the trip we were going to try to score with some cocktail blues, but unfortunately were chased in by thunderstorms.

I will be available to run charter fishing trips up to 7 days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips as the temps warm up. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide - we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website( ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Jul 11, 2014 9:00 AM   Subject: White Marlin Open, Open Boat Overnighters and Available Days

White Marlin Open -- Don't miss out! The tournament is a "fish 3 out of 5 day" format; you get entry in the tournament and calcuttas and 3 days of fishing between August 4-8 for $4000. The White Marlin Open is one of the finest tournaments in the world and the Pez Machine Sportfishing has room for one more person!

Open Boat Trips:
We also have two groups on the schedule that are looking for more people on their overnighters: 7/18-19 & 8/23-24
We have room for 4 next Friday-Saturday (7/18-19), leaving at 10am and returning mid-day Saturday. It's $700 per person with 6 people.
We have room for 3 on a Saturday-Sunday trip August 23-24.
July & August -- Available Days For Overnighters (as of 7/11):
7/21, 22, 29, 30, 31
8/12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28

Send me an email or give me a call to reserve your trip! Hope the summer is treating you well!

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56' Core Sound, 609.287.5136

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Received: Jul 10, 2014 6:12 PM   Subject: surf report

More short fluke on the north end. Me and my boy caught 13 on bucktails and white gulp.

~ David vanH

Received: Jul 10, 2014 5:49 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing 7/10

Had Pete, Dave, Craig, and Joe out this morning. Pete iced an 19 pound striper on a live spot. Afterwards we tried to wreck fish and got chased in by the rain we still ended the day with a couple keeper sea bass and a porgy in addition to the nice striper.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli "Laura", 23' Parker SE 856-341-6562

Received: Jul 10, 2014 10:42 AM   Subject: surf report

Fished the north end this morning. 3 short fluke on white gulp.

~ David vanH

6:00 AM

Yesterday, the mid island surf was frigid today! 53 degrees to be exact.

Brett Taylor weighed in this 6.3 pound fluke late in the day yesterday. He reported heading out fun fishing in the bay solo after a charter was over. He said there were lots of shorts earlier in the day. He kept at it and eventually hooked but lost a really good one. Finally he caught one. Bait of choice... Live spot.

Steve George posted a report on Facebook, "Had a blast last night light tackle back bay fishing. The fish were crushing the "forgotten lure" the BOMBER!" Steve posted a couple photos, one nice weakfish and one nice bass.

~ FishHead.Greg

July 9, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jul 9, 2014 2:37 PM     Subject: BHCFA Report

Hurricane Arthur slowed the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association down a little, but once the winds and waves calmed down, their boats were out finding fish once again. Right now there is a very decent bite going on for fluke and black sea bass.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” out for wonderful Fourth of July. They fished Saturday afternoon and found good action for the young sons of the Gallagher family. The Little Egg Reef yielded only shorts, so they moved up to the Garden State South Reef where they found lots of black sea bass some good sized blue backed keepers. That night Captain Carl had a group out for an evening cruise to watch the various fireworks displays.

On Sunday morning Captain Carl found some large numbers of large black sea bass on the offshore wrecks. Many times as they reeled the sea bass to the surface they were followed by 3-4 pound bluefish. Captain Carl used this trip to break in three of the junior mates from the Association’s training program.

Captain George Finck of Sparetime Charters had the Steve Rulis party out fishing for fluke. They fished the inlet and bay waters and faced a 10-degree water temperature drop that slowed the bite down. The group did have constant action with a nice catch of fluke, mostly shorts, and a great many skates and sharks which were released.

Once Arthur passed by, Captain Bob Gerkens took the “Hot Tuna” to the 30 Fathom Line looking for bluefin tuna. The fish were not schooled tightly, but they had a steady pick of bluefin with only one double hookup. They ended the day with 10 bluefin boats and plenty of tuna steaks to go around. Captain Bob was assisted by mate Dante Soriente.

Additional information on the association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Received: Jul 8, 2014 4:30 PM Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing - Open Boat Overnighters This Weekend!

Not only is this weekend's weather forecast beautiful, we're running two open boat overnighters and have space on both.

Don't be left at the dock! We're leaving the dock at 8am Friday morning and should return Saturday between 10-11am. We're also running 2pm Saturday and returning 4-5pm Sunday.

The plan is to troll until dark, run our first chunking trips at night and put the boat back on the troll in the morning. Shoot me an email or give me a call to reserve your spot! Thanks for reading! Hope to see you Friday!

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56' Core Sound, 609.287.5136

Sunday, Steve George reported, "Pretty good morning fluking the surf. Consistent bite for about two hours after sunrise with hits or fish on just about every cast as the tide was dropping out." There are still some bass around. Steve posted a photo of a linesider he caught on Friday morning (July 4th) before Arthur's weather arrived.

Quality shark fishing going down! AJ Rotondella reported, "2014, The year of monster sand tigers! I conquered the rough surf and put another beast on the beach Friday night. 9' on the nose with a 47.5" girth estimated about 250-lbs. Unhooked, Tagged, Measured and Released."

There's fish in the inlet. We recently reported bluefish cruising the rock. They are still there and there's other species present too. Dave Werner speared a Barnegat Bay Grand Slam recently. Two striped bass (14 & 18lbs), two fluke, one 25" weakfish and one triggerfish in just 2-hours of diving.

~ FishHead.Greg

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Received: Jul 6, 2014 9:34 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Had a real exciting week on the water. Hooked up with nice mangrove snappers, a cuda, a bunch a jacks, and lost a decent snook. Oops, I forgot to say I was fishing the Dominican Republic. Right now DR is coming off the peak white marlin season and going into peak blue marlin season. As most of you know my heart lies in the shallows, not the deep. The number of charters available to fish the DR deep seemed endless but finding one to fish inside and along the reefs was hard to find. After searching I found a man by the name of Anders Bogebjerg of Palmera Fishing Charters who had what my wife and I were looking for. He manages offshore boats and a 24 Pathfinder and 24 Mako in his fleet. He hooked us up with one of his captains, Peco, and Anders personally came out as our guide. The fishing was decent but the guiding and conversations were excellent. It is this type of top notch service I always strive for with my clients both on and off the Debbie M. If you ever down DR and are interested in an inshore of offshore trip look him up. He was very honest with his reports and I highly recommend him. He can be found at  And by the way Anders runs a travel agency and is very knowledgeable on DR, along with many other destinations.

Locally, crabbing is solid with some nice an full jimmies. Peanut bunker have already started showing up in the lagoons and creeks. The ones I saw netted were 3” or so and perfect size for fluke. This is one of the earliest showing of peanuts this size I have been witness to.

I will be chartering full time for the rest of the summer were not only do I specialize in back bay and inshore trips but specialize in kids. Speaking of kids, I will be instructing Hooked of Fishing-Not on Drugs at Barnegat’s Summer Camp. Session 1 is July 15-17 for Grades K-5 and Session 2 is July 22-24 for Grades 6-8. Each day runs from 9 AM till noon with the last day going to Ocean Acres Lake to catch some fish. Cost is $35. For more information you can contact Jean Broadbent @609-698-0800 x122. Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,"Debbie M", Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Date: Jul 6, 2014 8:31 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Today, Greg, Vince and Dylan were out for a morning sea bass trip. By 9:15 We had our limit plus seven ling.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli "Laura", 23' Parker SE 856-341-6562

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Enjoy Independence Day!

Received: Jul 4, 2014 5:40 PM   Subject: Barnegat Bay Fishing

Happy 4th of July! While we're off to a bit of a wet and windy start, the rest of the holiday weekend looks fabulous and I hope everyone enjoys it.

I've had a surprising number of inquiries over the past several months about where my weekly fishing reports have been. Here's the scoop. After eleven years of chartering full time, I made the decision this past winter to start cutting things back a little bit this year. So instead of the four or five charters a week that I've done in the past, this year I've been trying to limit it to just a couple of days a week. Add in a couple of personal fishing days most weeks and I've probably been on the water as much as always, just with a little different focus. But one of the casualties of cutting back has been the weekly fishing report email that I sent out every Sunday morning for the past ten years. Based on the requests for updates I've received, I'm going to try to bring that back, probably not weekly but at least a couple times a month.

OK, so how has fishing been so far this year and what are we looking forward to? I would call our spring striper season somewhat disappointing. We had a few good days, but not what we were expecting. Livelining around the bunker schools was inconsistent, and most days we had to resort to trolling wire line and Maja bunker spoons to put one or two fish on the boat. Seems like the main body of migrating fish passed our area well offshore for the second year in a row, hopefully not a trend. Back bay fluke fishing has been pretty decent this year. It hasn't been crazy fishing, but most days have seen steady action with four or five keepers in the box. And some quality fish have been landed, including one that taped out to 28" and quite a few fish in the 23-24" range. As usual we've been fishing light and ultralight tackle for fluke, and this year has also seen the return of 40-50" houndfish that are an absolute blast on light gear.

We're going to continue bay fluke fishing as long as it holds up. For anyone that's interested, I'm also planning to get in a couple trips next month out to Barnegat Ridge once the bonito start showing up. Add in some back bay bottom fishing (blowfish, kingfish, burrfish, snappers, weakfish, etc.) and we should have a full plate for the rest of the summer. Hope to see you all soon.

Until next time,

~ Capt. Jack Shea, "Rambunctious", 26' Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632

Received: Jul 4, 2014 12:38 PM    Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

Early in the week I had a chance to fish with my wife Jennifer and son Luke. Although we got a late start in the morning, and we picked up 3 keepers to 22 inches fishing some of the smaller channels. The choice bait was 1/2oz Big Eye bucktail tipped with Berkley Gulp.

I had Julie Burstein and Mark Maben of Maplewood, NJ and their two boys (Ezekiel and Micah) out on a backbay fluke charter. We searched for keeper flatties in a couple of prime spots but could only muster fish to close to keeper length. This was the first time the family ever fished a bucktail and they quickly learned how to feel the bite. All in all the first-time flukers did a great job landing and releasing close to 45 flatties - if it was last years regulations we would have had 5 keepers in the box, but a slightly different story this year.

In between charters, I had a chance to fish solo for a few hours and ended with 2 keepers to 20 inches - it seems the fish are in small pockets spread out. You have to work really hard for them right now and change up your tactics to match want they want. And more importantly, you have to constantly monitor your lure from being fouled by eel grass/cabbage.

A pre-4th trip, I had a Mike Sella and his 15yr old son Mike Jr. from Montrose, Colorado out for a quick afternoon bay trip. The father and son team picked away at fluke and 4-6lb bluefish blitzing on spearing, but couldn't boat any sizeable fluke. After about an hour into the trip, the south winds kicked up and increased to 20 knots with gusts to 25 based on USGS Barnegat Light weather station - making it next to impossible to keep the bait on the bottom. The pair still had a great time spending quality father and son time together.

With the tropical system that has gone past and a week of strong south winds that dropped the surf temps to the upper 50's - the ocean fluking will take a little while to regain it's already slow momentum - let's hope for some NE winds in the next week or so to warm things up. The bay has lots of shorts with keepers mixed in - but have to contend with some of nature's variables - water temps, winds, and tide.

I will be available to run charter fishing trips up to 7 days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips as the temps warm up. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide - we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

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Jeff Warford stopped in the shop this afternoon. He fished this morning and found a couple fluke in the bay but nothing spectacular. He said the inlet was full of bluefish feeding on small bait. Sounds like a fun time light tackle plugging!

The current upwell has depressed the bite. What was phenomenal shark and fluke action off of the surf is now slow at best. The introduction of cooler water from the deep has sent fish searching for the warmer temps that are in the bay as well as a couple miles offshore. With the current south blow and small craft advisory in effect the bay is the only shot. Reports of some quality fluke fishing in the bay are keeping anglers optimistic. Yesterday, Dave Sikorski posted a photo of a 5-pound fluke. They are here!

Expect the surf temperatures to continue the drop. There's no telling how low it will go. It will take some time before the surf rebounds.

~ FishHead.Greg

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Subject: Help Stop Barnegat Bay Ocean Blasting - Posted Since: Jun 27, 2014 9:00 AM  


Help Stop Barnegat Bay Ocean Blasting - Attend the Emergency Town Hall Meeting

Your help and input is needed to stop the ocean seismic testing occurring off of the coast of New Jersey in July and August that will have devastating effects on fisheries resources. A Rutgers University study will shock waters with sound waves every 5 seconds, 24 hours a day for 30 days. These sound waves will not only affect the study area’s 230 square miles but hundreds of surrounding miles.

An emergency town hall meeting is being held next week, which is an opportunity for anglers like you to stop this harmful study from moving forward. KeepAmericaFishing™ encourages you to attend this meeting and speak out in opposition to this plan.

Wednesday July 2nd, 5 pm
   Barnegat Light Fire Company
   907 Central Avenue (corner of West 10th St.)
   Barnegat Light, NJ 08006

   (609) 494-1280

The study will disturb thirty five species of fish that are vital to both the recreational and commercial industries, interrupt the peak sportfishing time of year and be located on top of prime recreational fishing areas. This Rutgers study will have negative direct and indirect effects to fish distribution, movement, migration and spawning.

Fish respond to high energy sound waves, like the ones that will be used in this study, altering catch rates and catch patterns.

Let your voice be heard. Attend this meeting and speak up!

~ KeepAmericaFishing -

...MORE INFORMATION (pass on all this information to fellow anglers)...

This summer, Rutgers University scientists (backed with funding from the National Science Foundation) are planning to blast the ocean with sound pulses louder than the noise made when a jet engine takes off.

There's no question that these sounds will have a terrible impact on all marine life from dolphins to whales to sea turtles. Plus, tourism at the Jersey Shore and the fishing industry will certainly be adversely affected.

Fisherman's Headquarters staffers are signing the "Care2 Petition" telling New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi and President Obama to stop seismic testing off the New Jersey coast. Will you sign too? Here's a link to the petition:

Thank you, Management and Staff at Fisherman's Headquarters

Date: Jul 2, 2014 7:57 AM    Subject: BHCFA Report

Warm weather, nice crowds, and good fishing are all arriving for the summer on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. The captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are enjoying the three aspects of summer.

Captain Tim Knorr of the charter boat "William Knorr" took Kevin Hollahan and his family of Minnesota out wreck fishing on Sunday, landing enough nice sized black sea bass to feed the entire family. The ladies out-caught the men even though the seas were a bit choppy for the first few hours. As the tide dropped the fishing was fierce, but as the tide slacked off, so did the action. There were a lot of shorts caught, but very few junk fish. For information on the William Knorr contact Capt. Tim Knorr, Phone: 609.848.4094

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters went wreck fishing with Jonathan Shafer, his father, and 4 friends. The winds were from the northeast at 20-knots so they returned to the inlet and bay to fish. They managed a good catch of fluke up to 23 inches, a bull-nose ray which was released, and numerous skates and sharks. For information on the 38' Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig" Sportfishing reports his Saturday charter had a slow pick of fluke all day although they managed a couple of decent fish. On another trip he moved outside to the ocean where he found “drop and reel” wreck fishing. He anchored off three different wrecks and put a great catch of sea bass and blackfish together. He took about a dozen big sea bass home for the table and released the rest. 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

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” reports that Captain Vic Bertotti ran the boat during the past week and had a good catch of black sea bass on the wrecks and lots of small fluke in the inlet mixed in with some keepers. Captain Carl ran the boat on Saturday for a good pick of keeper sea bass and one ling cod on the wrecks. On the way in he tried some fluke fishing and discovered lots of short fish. That night Captain Carl hosted a sunset cruise for a bachelorette party of a beautiful young lady, and he said it was the perfect way to end the day on the water. For information on the 40' Custom "Star Fish" for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591

Captain John Lewis ran the “Insatiable” to the 30-fathom line on Sunday and had a fun time with small bluefin tuna. They would hit 3-4 at a time. Most were shorts, and they lost quite a few in addition to releasing a half dozen. They did manage one keeper bluefin, a bull mahi-mahi, and a nice yellowfin tuna to round out the catch. On the way home they watched a humpback whale breach several times about 10 miles off the beach. For information on the 38' Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Date: Jul 1, 2014 7:01 AM    Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters fishing report and new logo and shirts

Anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea mixed it up between both quality and short fluke, bluefish, schoolie stripers, keeper and short seabass, ling and throw back blackfish.

With last week's strong Southwest winds predictably dropping the ocean temps overnight due to upwelling along the beach our local stripers responded favorably.

Bob Fillon wife Lisa and son Gregg from PA started there day scoring 7 stripers while working plastics around the inlet on light spinning tackle. Moving into the backbay they mixed it up between both short and keeper fluke till trips end.

The Wes party was up next facing strong North East winds that turned the inlet into a bit mess that sent us retreating to the back bay for mostly short fluke with only one 4-lbs fluke hitting the ice before the tide and bite died.

Regular Joe Franke was up next looking for some seabass action. The first few wrecks came up empty but as we continued to move around we started to find a few seabass and ling that hit the ice plus the guys caught and released a few nice back blackfish. Making our way back we ended the day with some scrappy bluefish action on the light spinning tackle.

I have July 5th and 6th available for private or open boat fishing .

This year I updated the old logo with a bit of a fun pirate flare hope you enjoy the new art work and emblem. The new shirts will be available in Black hoodie, Navy and White Long Sleeve, and short sleeve grey for anyone interested.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

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Date: Jun 30, 2014 7:57 PM   Subject: 6/30 LBI Charters Update

Had Vince and his son Lou out today for some bottom fishing. Headed out around 7 and after a few small blues in inlet headed offshore. 1st spoke had decent shot of shorts and keepers and ended with 48 sea bass and 4 ling and home by 1:00 when the wind started blowing.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

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Received: Jun 29, 2014 9:35 PM Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Update

On Saturday, Kevin and 10 year old Sophie were out. Picked away with Sophie leading the way. This short half-day trip landed 20 sea bass and a ling.

On Sunday, had family friends Glen and Bill along with Jamie and Angie. We picked away at some nice sea bass, a couple ling and some LARGE blackfish including 1 bill caught around 6-lbs and one I caught over 10-lbs. All released of course. Final tally 21 sea bass 2 ling and a porgy. 

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

4:00 PM

Brian Leary took the kids out on the barnegat bay today fluke fishing. They caught seven keepers with some of them going...3.25-lbs, 3.75-lbs, & 4-lbs. Caught using live minnows.

We got word in the shop today about sheepshead and triggerfish in the inlet. Some anglers and spear fisherman have found them in the rocks. One angler reported hammering them on green crabs.

~ FishHead.Greg

5:00 AM

Captain Stew on the Pez Machine reported having a good day sharking inshore on Saturday with the Azzato family. He said the birthday celebration was great and there were toothy critters to boot. Fishing five miles off of Long Beach Island, they released a pair of brown sharks and a great white shark. The white shark population might have boomed. In the past couple of weeks we have heard about a dozen+ separate catch and release reports. A number of them had photos to prove.

Speaking of sharking... Lots of reports of phenomenal brown sharks flowing into the shop. Anglers fishing off of the surf are getting into them every day. As long as the surf temperature stays warm the bite will be on. Look out for an upwell which will shut off the bite like a switch. Then look towards the bayside. The bay has already offered good sharking. Look for this fishery to progress as we get further into summer.

The bay fishing is very good! The fluke fishing is solid on both the north end and south end. The ICW and secondary thoroughfares are stacked up. There's lots of shorts but also some quality fat flatties. There are also weakfish. Chet Bojarski posted two nice photos of beautiful tide runner he recently caught at in the dark.

Matt Brown and Basil Trujillo fished the bay Saturday. Afterwards they stopped by the shop and reported catching blowfish and some triggerfish.

The bay isn't the only fluke fishery on LBI. The surf is still red hot. Scotty Simpson stopped in the shop to re-spool one of his reels. While here he talked about hammering the flatties off the surf. Scott said he caught 7 shorts on Gulp! in the morning. Another surf fluke report came from Ryan Warford and Lukas Robinson. They hit the mid island surf in the evening and smoked a dozen flatties with one nice size keeper.

~ FishHead.Greg

June 28, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 28, 2014 9:08 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

This week we were blessed with steady 10-15knot south winds followed by the movement of a front through our area - it put the fluke bite off a little bit. Early in the week I had a chance to boat some flatties with my 6yr son Luke and he fished bucktail without any help from Dad managing to catch 8 fluke - unfortunately the biggest was 17-3/4" and all were promptly released. There are lots of shorts around right now - which make it great for kids - but you have to work really hard for keepers. My advice when fishing with kids is patience, patience, and patience - and make it fun for them.

Later in the week I had regular Bryan Ingraham, wife Rachel, and friend Rebecca Resnick along with their Colorado crew of four youngsters out on two back-to-back bay fluke trips. All of the kids (Emerson Ingraham 8-yr, Talia Kane 6-yr, Aviva Kane 8-yr, and Rowan Ingraham 6-yr) did a fantastic job at fishing and keeping the minnows happy. We fished both sides of the tide and had outgoing temps in the low 80's while our incoming temps hit 59.2F. We played with bluefish early and boated some nice 3 to 6-lb bluefish blitzing on spearing. Although the conditions were tough (wind against tide) the crew managed to pick at the fluke with Rowan Ingraham (Age 6) picking up his first-ever keeper fluke. Rowan literally caught the fluke with out any help from his father - great job Rowan.

I am available to run charter fishing trips up to 7-days a week (weather permitting) until September. We will start running our ocean fluke trips as the temps warm up. In the bay, our trips will focus on fishing around the tide - we use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

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Received: Jun 27, 2014 10:09 AM   Subject: Surf Report

Fished the north end early Thursday morning. Incoming tide. 16 short fluke on white gulp. Biggest one was 17 1/2.

~ Davidt vanHorn

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Received: Jun 25, 2014 3:49 PM   Subject: Open Boat Trips

Like to fish but your friends or family don't and you don't want to charter an entire boat by yourself. Well this might help... Beginning this July through September (the end of fluke season), I will be running open-boat trips out to the ocean reefs .

There has been enough interest to start open boat trips. These trips will give singles and small groups the opportunity to go fishing on a private charter at a fraction of the cost. The trip will last 6 hours (7am-1pm) and will be $135/angler. I will need a minimum of three anglers to run the trip. All bait and tackle will be provided. If interested, give us a call...

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Reel Chaos Charters",  Forked River 201.788.3223

Received: Jun 25, 2014 1:32 PM   Subject: Seismic Blasting to hurt LBI Fishery

I thought these links may be of interest... This could certainly affect the fishing off of Long Beach Island if it isn't stopped.

~ Andrew S.

Received: Jun 25, 2014 8:12 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have recently been showing that there is excellent fishing in the bay waters around Beach Haven, on the inshore wrecks and reef sites, and offshore.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters took Joe Delago and his three sons out for a day on the bay. The weather cooperated as the anglers had a nice catch of fluke and bluefish with the largest fluke stretching out to a full 22-inches in length.

Captain Carl Sheppard reports that Captain Vic Bertotti ran the “Star Fish” and had some nice catches of black sea bass on the wrecks in addition to some nice fluke in the inlet. Captain Carl had a group on the “Star Fish” and found unlimited 3-pound bluefish in the inlet. Once the anglers tired of reeling in the feisty blues, they started drifting for fluke. There were quite a few short fluke with some big ones which produced fillet almost 2-inches thick. On Sunday the McIlvaine family from Philadelphia fished on the “Star Fish” and bailed the fluke. The youngest angler, only 5 months old, caught her first fluke on the trip.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the “Hot Tuna” had George Penna, Bob Lebevre, Pete Nork, Nick DiPano, and Dante Soriente out on a sharking trip with him. While chumming for sharks, this experienced crew caught two brown sharks and heard on the radio about a bluefin tuna bite about 20 miles away. Captain Bob decided to pick up and head that way. Almost immediately upon starting the troll, they were greeted with 7 rods going down. This turned out to be some big bluefish. In the same general location were schools of bluefin tuna, and in the 2.5 hours they worked that area they caught 11 bluefin and at least 30 large bluefish to 15-pounds.

Additional information on the association and its captains and boats can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

June 24, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 24, 2014 10:15 AM   Subject: Reel Chaos Charter Fishing Report-6/23/14

Today we were out with a great family from Colorado, they were staying for a week on Long Beach Island. Breaking through Barnegat Inlet at around 7am we headed north towards the bathing beach. We were in search of some diving birds, to try our luck for some striped bass. Ran into some bunker which were snagged and dropped for a while, with no bass around a decision was made to hit some wrecks. Moving to the south, we were hitting the tires and some other popular places. The fish were located with no other boats around. Caught black sea bass and fluke for the rest of the trip.

"Reel Chaos" charters traveled over 75 miles throughout the day doing our best to put our customers on the fish. We thank Ron, Gagie and Jack for another great day.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Reel Chaos Charters", Forked River 201.788.3223

June 23, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

7:00 PM

Today, while fishing the rocks of the Barnegat Lighthouse during outgoing tide at about 3 PM, Isaiah Pollitt landed a 3.3-lb 22-in Fluke using chunks of bunker.

Received: Jun 23, 2014 5:16 PM   Subject: 6/23 LBI Charters

Doug, Rich, Jay and Brian fished with us today. Flat calm and hot to start before breeze picked up. We picked and plucked out 58 keepers comprised of 42 sea bass, 11 ling, 3 triggerfish and 2 porgies.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

11:30 AM

Summertime is here and the fishing on LBI is on point!

There are still striped bass here. Over the weekend Kyle and Joe Meckley of Marlton caught a pair of stripers with the bigger of the two stretching out to 40" pulling the scale down at 21.5-lbs. Also Tom Gordan reported with a post on our Facebook page, "Great night with the striped ones. We had 30+ and lost count". The majority of the quality spring run fish have slid north however there are still good fish here amongst the plentiful schoolies.

Right now the surf fishing for fluke is outstanding. The flatties are stacked in tight to the beach and chewing. There are not a of keepers but those that are fishing are finding a couple for the table. Bucktailing with a teaser is one of the most effective methods. Baits of choice: GULP! As well as spearing, live minnow, squid strip and mackerel fillet.

Also off the surf the brown sharking has been consistent. This year our water warmed much earlier than other years. Set up with a "ghetto shark rig" and a chunk of bunker. You'll be hooked up in no time. These brownies have also made an appearance in the bay. Look for this catch and release only fishery to be strong right though the summer.

Offshore fishing is in it's prime. Buckets of chum, flats of bait and cases of ballyhoo are flying out the door. Sharking as well as tuna fishing is good. We heard reports from local boat fishing down at the Wilmington and other boats fishing up at the Hudson. Both Captain Stew Hitchner on the Pez Machine and Captain Jeff Warford on the Tightlines just returned back from another productive trip to the edge. Both boats were fishing different areas and got into the fish. Gear up and go, it's game time. Those looking for the hard to find white squids for bars, chains and dredges... we got 'em. We also just received a monster box from Joe Shute. So our Shute selection is second to none. We expect to have the Joe's new Glow Shutes in soon.

~ FishHead.Greg

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Received: Jun 22, 2014 8:56 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Well looks like the bulk of bigger bass have continued their Northerly sojourn as this week we were not able to connect with those quality stripers as in weeks past. With that being said this week was a bit of a struggle on just about all fronts but we were still able to bend the rods with mostly blues and fluke.

For now blues, fluke, smaller striper and wreckfishing for sea bass, ling... will entertain anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea until the first waves of weakfish start to show up in our bays to add to the variety.

The Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters Angler of the Week was awarded to new comer Matt McDonald who landed quality fluke and blues.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jun 22, 2014 5:27 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I did not get on the water during the week due to obligations. My youngest graduated. I did get out both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday my wife and I fished for fluke. There was a strong north wind and fishing was slow. Sunday I ran solo and boxed a couple fluke to 21” and threw back about a dozen shorts. Not bad for two hours of fishing. With school out I am now chartering full time, so give me a call to hold a date for a fun day on the water!

Blue claws just went through a mating cycle so the big males are going to be hungry. Mating happens when the female shedder sheds her shell and becomes soft at which time the female flips over to mate. The male then holds onto to her until her shell hardens. Most people think shedding only happens around the full and new moons. While it does seem like shedding / mating activity increases around the moons, this is not the only time it occurs.

Screaming drags,

~ Capt. Alex,"Debbie M", Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jun 22, 2014 2:47 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Update

Ash and I headed out Saturday for fun as couldn't resist 5 to 10 kts and seas 2 ft or less. Mustve been somewhere else as by 10 AM it was blowing and getting nasty out so we headed in with 20 sea bass and 2 ling. On Sunday had Sandy, Dan, Corey and Judy out. The group weeded through shorts and ended the day with 32 sea bass and 7 ling. Give a call or shoot an email. Capt Greg

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

12:00 Noon

Al A. reported fishing the bay around Tuckerton yesterday in the boat, "I fought wind against tide drop shotting. I got bites keeping vertical." Al caught about 25 fluke, "There was a lot of shorts but I managed 2 very nice fish for dinner on spearing and Gulp!. Great day on water."

Joe from Shamong gave us heads up that he fished the surf on Friday afternoon. He reported patches of weed in the water. He battled through it and caught two shorts.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 22, 2014 9:10 AM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had Jerry T and company out yesterday. Although the stripers had cooperated all week we couldn't come tight with any in the morning. So we moved on to wreck fishing and had a mix of 21 keeper seabass ling and porgy's and back at the dock by lunchtime.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli "Laura", 23' Parker SE 856-341-6562

Received: Jun 22, 2014 6:02 AM Subject: Fwd: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

The bay fluking continues to heat up - but the key is to fish the right tide and to thoroughly work the right areas. There are a variety of bait species around and the fluke are gorging on pretty much everything.

In the beginning of the week, I had Ian Habich and his wife Tracey Habich of Little Egg, NJ on a afternoon bay fluke charter. We had to contend with the relentless south wind with some gusts approaching 15-20knots based on the USGS Barnegat Light weather station - but the duo jigged some prime locations and they landed close to 30 fluke with 3 keepers to 5.5-lbs (18, 18.5, 24-inches) and a lone 20-inch bluefish on S&S Big Eye bucktails tipped with Gulp. This was Ian and Tracey's first time sticking to bucktailiing and they were both impressed by the ferocity of the strikes, especially Ian's 5-lb fluke. We ended the trip attempting to find blowfish and fight daylight. It may be a few more weeks until the blowfish become thick enough to target .

Later in the week, I had Joe Cummings of Allentown, PA and his father Jim out on a 4-hr afternoon fluke trip. We hit the tide just right and the father and son team fished hard to put 6 keepers to 5-lbs (18", 18", 18.5", 21", 22", 23.5") in the box. The pair only boated 20 fluke, but their short to keeper ratio was about 3 to 1. Again, the S&S Big Eye bucktail fished with various artificial and natural baits was the trick. Interestingly, the fluke spit up an assortment of forage species (spearing, grass shrimp, baby fluke, crabs, shrimp, and what looked like baby butterfish). Great job by the father and son team!

With school finally out of session until September, I will be available to run charter fishing trips up to 7 days a week (weather permitting). With the spring run bass bite almost finished - the main target will be fluke and there are opportunities to catch a few bluefish with light-tackle. Most trips trips will be in the bay right now - until the ocean fluking gets started. We use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

June 21, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

12:00 Noon

Welcome Summer 2014! We all look forward to phenomenal fishing. Thanks and good bye to Spring 2014. You offered great times.

It looks like Ship Bottom was just North of this mornings rains. If current forecast is correct, rains should miss Ship Bottom and skies should clear this afternoon.


The water is warm and there are lots of species here and more are coming. We just got word about a houndfish as well as a kingfish.

John P. was on the fluke this morning. He caught a dozen shorts and one 21" keeper. All on Gulp! John also caught a nice brown shark off of the surf last night.

Yesterday a customer reported releasing a baby thresher shark off of the mid-island surf. He reported breaking off and loosing a couple good fighting fish and then finally landing one. A report from the night before from Phil U, "Caught a brown shark on a green super strike darter." This isn't a common occurrence but when the sharks are thick and on the feed anything can happen!


Brett Taylor stopped in the shop yesterday before a four hour charter. He picked up some Gulp! and some other tackle. Later in the day he reported catching the tide just right, "We had a 3 to 1 keeper ratio, in total 6 keepers up to 5-lbs." Brett said there was smorgasbord of forage spit up and in the bellies of the fluke, "Spearing, Grass Shrimp, Manta Shrimp, Baby Fluke, Crabs, and Baby Butterfish!"

Sonny S. stopped in the shop yesterday to gear up for another day of sharking. He reported releasing a small-medium sized Great White (shark). He said that it fought like a beast all the way to the boat, "I thought I had bubba!"

~ FishHead.Greg

June 19, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 19, 2014 6:32 PM Subject: Barnegat High School Fishing Club

Reporting on the events we ran in June. What a terrific job all of the high school fishing clubs (Southern-1st, Lacey, Barnegat, and MATES) did at this year's surf-fishing tournament. Although Barnegat High School Fishing Club only placed third, the kids had a great time and all of the teams caught fish.

In addition to the surf-fishing competition, Barnegat High School Fishing Club also does the Helping Hands Fishing Day at Ocean Acres Lake in Manahawkin. This is a day of fishing toward the end of the school year incorporating our regular education students of the fishing club and our high school multiple-disabled students. It's a beautiful event that is coordinated by fishing club advisor me (Brett Taylor), physical education teacher Gregory Oravets, and special education teacher Melissa Pomphrey. It gives the opportunity for handicap students to fish and fishing club students to help out, followed by burgers and hot dogs to end the day. We are very proud of the students and staff for helping out and running this annual event.

A huge THANKS to both Fisherman Headquarters (Ship Bottom, NJ) and Creekside Outfitters (Waretown, NJ) for donating bait & tackle to our surf fishing team and also for donating bait for our Helping Hands fishing day. We are very thankful and fortunate to have businesses this these in our community who donate to the kids year after year without any questions - we would like to thank both Greg Cudnik (Fishermans HQ) and Liza Martin (Creekside Outfitters) for their generosity.

~ Brett Taylor - Fishing Club advisor - Barnegat High School

10:00 AM

June is a great month for fishing LBI! There are great fishing opportunities all around the island. There are still plenty of striped bass here in our local waters but fishing can be slow once the sun is high. Bunker pods are also still around so a feeding frenzy couple pop up at anytime. In the warmer temperatures (both air and water) expect fishing to be best in the late afternoon, night and early mornings.

Our two biggest summer time surf fisheries are off to a great start! One being fluke fishing and the other shark fishing. We have had plenty of fluke reports some very good. Look back at our reports to see specifics. As far as sharking the surf it is happening and only going to get better. Ryan Dellane put some time in on the surf Tuesday night. He reported lots of big doggies as well as FIVE brown sharks. He said, "It was a fun night!"

The time is now for a Barnegat Bay Slam and better yet Grand Slam! The fluke, bluefish, striped bass and weakfish in the bay are waiting. As spring transitions into summer even more species will join the party. Look for kingfish, blowfish and spot to make an appearance. Until then the main thorofares, flats and open waters will have phenomenal fishing opportunities. Target the schoolie bass and blues with lures like small poppers and swimming plugs as well as metals. Bounce bucktails to entice the fluke to bite. Store staffer Steve-O fished Tuesday and caught a 22" fluke on the bay side bucktailing with Gulp!.

The inshore and offshore fishing has been great. Check out all of the reports below! It's prime time shark season and also the offshore fishing out at the edge is lighting up! Captain Stew Hitchner on the Pez Machine is on a roll this year. He has been crushing the fish. Here is a short report from his most recent trip... "Our Monday/Tuesday over nighter was a good one! We caught ten yellowfin tuna between 40-55 lbs. We released seven bluefin tuna and we caught all of the grey and golden tile fish you wanted."

~ FishHead.Greg

June 18, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 18, 2014 9:34 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

Both the inshore and offshore waters surrounding Long Beach Island are offering a wealth of fishing opportunities for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The fluke fishing in the waters of Little Egg Harbor Bay and Great Bay are producing not only good numbers of summer flounder, but a much higher percentage of fish are over four pounds than has been seen in recent years. Waters which have been producing big fluke include the Middle Grounds, the ICW, Marshelder Channel, and Great Bay waters from the old fish factory through the clam stakes. Also providing action in the bay waters are some feisty 3-5 pound bluefish that have the knack of showing up practically anywhere. Boats have been finding them near the inlet early in the morning before the heavier boat traffic arrives.

The striped bass action in the ocean has slowed somewhat, but there is a lot of bunker around, and stripers can often be found around these pods of bait fish. Right now the best bet for the BHCFA has been trolling bunker spoons and looking for signs of fish on the machine. At times big bluefish and even thresher sharks will attack the bunker spoons.

The inshore wrecks and artificial reefs are producing some good numbers of black sea bass along with some ling, blackfish, and even some cod. Captains with their own numbers for pieces of structure have found some very nice fish.

The canyons have already come alive and recent trips offshore have resulted in catches of big eye tuna, yellowfin, and some bluefin. This is a good time to fish offshore as the weather is usually better than the fall, and there are not as many boats.

The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will begin its Junior Mates Program on Thursday, June 26, at the Beach Haven Maritime Museum. This summer long learning experience is open to any youngsters over the ages 13 and over who would like to have the chance to learn more about fishing. Information on this program and the BHCFA in general can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 18, 2014 6:20 AM    Subject: Surf Fishing Report

Fished LBI surf last night for 3-4 hours caught close too 20 smooth dogs no striped bass.

~ Fred Soper - Buterick Bulkheading

June 16, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

3:30 PM

Bill from Indian Mills, NJ weighed in a 22.5-lb Striped Bass today. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker.

Received: Jun 16, 2014 8:45 AM   Subject: Fathers Day w LBI Charters

Had Corey, JR, John and Steve out bottom fishing today. Started local due to strong NW winds. Caught plenty of out of season blackfish with JR catching a 12lbish fish of a lifetime and another around 8 lbs. Wind finally laid down and we headed offshore to a very slow pick. Guys fished long and hard for 22 keeper sea bass 10 ling 3 big porgies and a triggerfish. If interested in charter, please give a call or email us.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

June 15, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

9:30 PM

Happy Father's Day! Hope everyone got loaded up with Fisherman's Headquarters swag. We sold an amazing amount of gift certificates, t-shirt and tackle. It seemed the popular tackle presents were organization themed like Plano and Flambeau boxes and bags. Family members know that anglers have lots of tackle and it looks like they want it all organized, hint, hint.

We got a report from a customer yesterday who witnessed another angler land a 20-lb class cobia off of the surf. It was caught before sunset on a bunker head.

Fluke Fishing Reports: Sean Carey reported, "A quick trip in the bay on Saturday. One short and a nice 4-lb keeper. Caught dinner on a bucktail with a 5-inch grub." Joseph Mitchell reported, "Two blues, three short fluke and two keepers up to 23", 3.8-lbs."

The near shore sharking is on fire! The threshers are still on the pods as well as the inshore reefs/wrecks. Yesterday (Saturday) there were a bunch of threshers boated. Ryan Dellane got a 239-lb thresher on a snagged bunker about 2 miles off the beach. Rob Zuschnitt landed a 247 pounder. Dave Bentley aboard the ReBait reported catching a 217-lb thresher shark. He was fishing the Striper Shootout Striper tournament and hooked the fish on a Maja Bunker Spoon! Dave said, "I thought it was bottom at first. No Striper could pull like that. Then I knew."

Here is the 7th Annual 2014 High Point Vol Fire Co. Striper Shootout Official Results...

$2000 1st Place Captain - Wildcard, Chris Merlch, 51.1-lb
$1000 2nd Place Captain - Angler Management, Angelo Taormina, 31.05-lb
$500 3rd Place Captain - Fluke U 2, John Maxwell, 16.8-lb

Jr. Angler: Jake Kline 3.55-lb Bluefish

There were 48 boats registered, 8 striped bass weighed in and 8 bluefish. First place was won by Chris Merlch with a 51.1-lb bass!

Calcutta Winners:

High Hook: Two Heaviest
$2450 70% - Fluke U 2, 25.95 & 16.8-lbs
$1050 30% - Angler Management, 31.05-lb (one fish)

HPVFC Calcutta: Closest to 19.37-lbs
$1500 Fluke U 2, 16.8-lb bass

"Yellow Eye" Bluefish Calcutta
$1800 Team CTS, Wayne Price, 11.6-lbs

I fished with Captain Jeff Warford aboad the Tightlines out of High Bar Harbor Saturday. We pushed out east early in some lumpy conditions. We set up for sharking just inside the 30-fathom line. The sea surface temp was a little warm 67-68 but the bottom structure looked good. At the end of our first drift we had an acrobat in a blue suit show up. The toothy critter took down the long bait, a whole mackerel. Once he realized I had him hooked, the show began. First with a leaping head shake! Then a flip followed by a grey hounding dash across from one to four o'clock. It wasn't over yet. After a short battle the mako was boat side and Captain Jeff sunk a harpoon dart "hole shot" right through the upper gills and out the middle of the pec' fins. It went crazy! Straight up in the air while Jeff wrangled it from the dart line. We all got to see the show and received a soaking. The whole fight should be on the t-top mounted GoPro. We ended up getting one other mako that was released boat side a couple hours later. It was a great trip. Another boat fishing nearby also found action. They landed a mako and lost a bigger one boat side when it got tangled up in the chum pot. They also released some brown sharks.

It's prime time for sharking. Chum 'em up!

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 15, 2014 9:14 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Full moon boon or bust?

Again mid week started in brisk Easterly winds that lead to cancellations but as the weather "moderated" we found ourselves working North of the inlet looking to intercept more migrating trophy stripers on live bunker.

Reel Fantasea Fearsome Foursome was out yet again looking to add their season tally of trophy stripers. Regulars Jay Simmons, Ernie Rosenberg, Shawn Hawthorne and Karl Staffan were out to start the week in easterly swells and fog. With plenty of bunker on hand , snagging was not problem but the bass seemed to be suffering from a severe case of "bunker over indulgence" or "full moon hangover" either way the guys worked hard and stayed focused as strikes were few and far between. "Bass Master" a.k.a Jay Simmons was first to come tight with a epic visual surface strike on live bunker that turned into a freight train that produced this years largest striper that pushed the scale down down to 42lbs! Karl Steffan a.k.a. " "The Maestro" was up next with a strike that seemingly ran toward the boat and could not be "brought tight" and ending quickly there after with a much mangled bait. After shifting around from school to school of bunker we ended the day with a brisk bluefish bite before trips end.

I have this Thursday June 19th available for private or open boat for anyone interested in stripers, blues, fluke or seabass fishing or even better a combo of all the above! Please remember to join us on face book to view photos and latest reports and hopefully "like us". Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jun 15, 2014 6:48 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I have been on the bay a lot this past week. Mid-week I had recently married Lauren and Jarred Halverson from Philly for a magic hour trip. The wind was relentless out of the north east but the blues did not care. The honeymooners picked up a bunch of blues to 10-pounds. Friday evening I had a family out from central PA. We picked away at the blues to five pounds until the slime grass became unmanageable. After a couple of moves and a switch of the tide it was hard to keep two rods in at once. We were covered up with blues until sunset. Father’s Day I had the Ron Olson crew out. We worked hard and could not find a blue in the back or inlet. Guess the bluefish were also enjoying the day. Switching over to fluke we managed to box 1 nice keeper which I topped off with a dozen nice Jimmies from my crab pots for a nice Father’s Day diner. Crabbing is definitely picking up.

~ Capt. Alex,"Debbie M", Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jun 15, 2014 10:24 AM Subject: Last Night

Stopped in last night to grab some bunker and hit the surf. Mung wasn't as bas it has been, but still there though. Slow night for striped bass, but I did land a 22-pound Cobia. Thought it was worth a mention.

~ Shawn Taylor

Received: Jun 15, 2014 7:18 AM   Subject: June 14- Reel Chaos fishing report

We were out Saturday hitting the Striped Bass with some great guys from PA. We left out of Barnegat Inlet around 8am, it was a beautiful day although the ocean had 4 footers it was no challenge for our new 28ft Regulator. We started the day by trolling north along Island Beach State Park in about 35 to 40-ft of water. It was slow pickins. We trolled up to about the bathing beach when we decided to move out to deeper water. We were in about 55-ft when things picked up, unfortunately it was not the fish we were looking for, we ran into some nice sized Bluefish. The guys had a blast. We were marking a lot of bunker but could not find the striped bass. So we decided to hit some wrecks. What started out as a slow day, quickly turned into a good productive day. We did real good hitting a few wrecks, coming home with some nice Black Sea Bass, Bluefish and Fluke. We were using clam and the old killie and squid combo never let us down. Thanks guys for a great day. Give us a call, we still have some dates available. Sorry, we are already booked for the Mako Mania.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Bottom Line", Forked River 201.788.3223

June 14, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

Al Asplint reported, "My nephew and I hit the beach this morning, north-end, five fluke that were 19 to 21-inch fish. Used small AVA 005's and small 3/4-oz Crippled Herring with gulp for a tail. Very nice morning caught one on the fly rod also. We really had a great 3-hrs of fishing"

June 13, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

The store has been slamming all day with anglers and shoppers for Father's Day. Anyone looking for that last minute gift, we've got lots to choose from.

Patrick Schuler got a quality bass off the surf last night. He posted a photo on our Facebook page. Check it out! I plan to be out there on Saturday well before daybreak.

Today we got reports that some brown sharks are here. We heard of a couple in the bay and surf. We also heard from an angler who reported good amounts of fluke and blues in the bay at mid-island.



Jason DelPalazzo stopped in the shop yesterday afternoon and had us repair his broke rod tip. Once done, he picked up a bag of fresh bunker and this the surf. Jason has been in the lead by just a couple ounces for the Simply Bassin' Surf Tournament with his 32-lb 13-oz Striped Bass but last night he caught a larger fish and upped his lead. Today, Jason DelPalazzo weighed-in a 39-lb 00-oz Striped Bass that he caught last night while fishing the North-end using bunker. This keeps Jason in the lead for both the Simply Bassin' and FHQ Side-Bet. Congratulations to Jason.

Received: Friday, June 13, 2014 9:11 AM   Subject: Threshers, Makos, Yellowfins, Bluefins, Bigeyes, OH MY!!

What an explosive start to the 2014 Canyon Season for Pez Machine Sportfishing! In our first three canyon overnighters we've boated (and/or released) 3 Makos, 35+ Blue Sharks, 21 Tilefish, 28 Yellowfins, 8 Bluefins to 180 pounds, and 4 Bigeyes to 220 pounds. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings!

Not surprisingly, with the great fishing offshore we're booking up fast but we do have the following days available in June: 6/15, 16, 26, 27. We also have an opportunity for two anglers to get in on the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, MD. It's a "fish "3 out of 5 days" format with the fishing days being August 4th-8th. This is the super bowl of fishing so contact me directly to discuss.

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56' Core Sound, 609.287.5136

June 12, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

8:00 PM

Peter Porporino stopped in the shop this afternoon. He asked about some local information and more specifically fly fishing. Peter dug through our fly box and picked out a handful of gems. He grabbed a tide chart and headed out. A couple hours later Pete swung back into the shop and reported loosing a nice fish on a red and white clouser. Pete said it took him deep into his backing. There are still plenty of bass and blues in the bay to keep your line tight. Pete mentioned on his previous outing he released a nice weakfish on the fly.




Yesterday Rob Vallone stopped in the shop in the afternoon and picked up a fat bag of fresh bunker. He headed up to the surf and gave it his best shot. Unfortunately no striped bass. All blues and doggies. I headed out after finishing up work (~10-11pm) and beat the water hard for hours with plugs. Hooked two striped bass. One on a Super Strike Rattling Swimmer and one on a Daiwa SP Minnow. Both were skinny schoolies that were about 10-pound class fish.


The Pez Machine is off to an great start this year hammering fish offshore. Last night Captain Stew and Crew hit the dock, returning home from an overnighter and he had plenty to report again. "We caught 10 yellowfin (6 released), 6 bluefin (4 released) and 2 bigeyes! The bluefin that were boxed were 45" and an over that weighed in at 180-lbs. The bigeyes were both 120-130 pounds.When asked what the hot lure or bait was Stew said, "Spreader bars and ballyhoo were the ticket!"

Anyone want to get out and fish the deep?
Give Stew a call to book a charter or send Stew an email to be added to his email list for open boat charters: Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56' Core Sound, phone: 609.287.5136, email:


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Received: Jun 11, 2014 10:20 PM   Subject: Open Boat Stripers

We ran outside Monday morning Andy found the big bass 4 miles north of the inlet in 25 feet of water. They were blowing up bunker on the surface. We went 6 for 9, keeping 3 and releasing 3. They ranged from 25 to 38 pounds. On the way home we stopped in Oyster Creek channel to throw poppers at 3 to 5 pound blues and they were crashing our lures. A blast on 10 pound spinning gear.

We will be running open boat trips on Friday, June 13 in the afternoon from 1 pm to 7 pm. Also on Saturday, June 14, 1 pm to 7 pm, and two trips on Monday, June 16, 6 am to noon, and 1 pm to 7 pm. We will be targeting
big bass on bunker as long as the ocean is nice. The long range forecast looks good so far. If the ocean is questionable we will fish the bay for blues and fluke. We sometimes save an hour of our time to do this on the way home even on the nice days. Three people max, $150 per person, all fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

11:30 AM

The local striped bass fishing has very good. I feel we have experienced the prime peak and now will have a waning trend. There is still time left for those how have not got in on the action. The boats are catching quality bass mostly by live lining. Some days spooning has been productive too.

Off of the surf, anglers fishing bait find many different species latching on. A little extra bait would be a good idea. The bass are here but so are the blues, doggies, skates, rays and sharks (sand tigers and browns). Yesterday offered some great fishing weather and fish. We received word on two quality bass among others. Jean Deery Schaum had a nice bass last night at about 8pm Also a number of quality striped bass were recently weighed-in for the Simply Bassing Surf Tournament... a 32-11 by Andrew Lapteff, a 28-05 by Ken Maxwell and a 26-09 by Marty Supsie.

Here is two reports from earlier in the week from anglers who fished offshore...

Captain Jeff Warford aboard the Tightlines pushed offshore early Sunday morning. He reported later that day, "Had an epic day offshore today. Two bigeye tuna (150lb class), 2 yellowfin and 20 tilefish. We arrived at 100 fathooms at 6am and by 8:30am the wolf pack was in the spread and two came tight."

Captain Stew Hitchner on the Pez Machine fished the same day but in a different area (much further north from the area Jeff fished). Stew reported, "Our first make-up trip of the season was a huge success! We ended up with 12 yellowfisn, 2 bluefin, 21 tilefish, 9 blue sharks and 2 bigeyes!"

The canyon fishing is hot and the season has just begun. For those that are gearing up to fish the next weather window we've got what you need. Lots of Joe Shutes in stock, premium Bait Master Ballyhoo, lots of shell squids in the popular colors like green, rainbow, blue/white and black/purple as well as the super hot white and lipstick! We've also have premade bars and daisies. Need to re-spool? We've got enough Momoi line to circle the globe.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 11, 2014 7:43 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

Last weekend was finally one with nice weather in Beach Haven, and the fishing responded in a positive way for anglers and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association.

The back bay summer flounder action has been some of the best in years as it seems like most of not all of the customary hotspots are producing some nice fish. Most of the time the ratio of keepers to throwbacks has been higher than in recent years, and 4-5 pounders are no longer a rarity.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” tried trolling in front of Long Beach Island just off the beach with Frank Smith and friend looking for some big striped bass. About 11:00 am the wind and seas picked up so with no sign of any bass. They made a move to try the calmer bay waters to see if there were any fluke or bluefish around. The fluke seemed to have lockjaw, but they found some feisty bluefish to provide some action. Captain George took his grandson Will and friend Nick down to Great Bay drifting for fluke. They had a nice catch of fluke and the boys also enjoyed the action on skates and sand sharks.

The striped bass action off Beach Haven has been up and down. One day there will be pods of bunker with big, hungry bass under them. The next day there seems to be no sign of bass. Most of the captains have been trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons in order to cover more ground as they look for the bass.

The wreck and artificial reef action has been steady with a nice pick of black sea bass along with ling, some cod, and a few blackfish.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Date: Jun 9, 2014 7:33 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Quality striped bass from 25 to 40-lbs on the snag and drop, bluefish in the 2 to 6-lb range, Feeding whales and thresher sharks were the cast of characters that entertained most ocean going anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea this week! Dense schools of bunker have made the striped bass selective on when, where and how they will feed but when the "stars align" the size of the and quality of striped bass are hard to beat!

The Bill Sauer party started the week welcomed by brisk NE winds and rain. Upon arriving to the grounds, after snagging a bunker Bill was first to come tight on a freight train that quickly started empting the line from his reel. After a spirited battle Bill slid the first 38lber into the Box. Slowly moving back into position Bill again snag another bunker and again came tight with another quality 35-lb striper! Friend Steve Toal was next to come tight with yet another quality striped bass that pushed the scale down to 40-lbs! Shawn Allison was next up to come tight with yet another quality striped bass that pushed the scale down "only" to 25-lbs. Although the weather was a bit feisty the striper action and breaching whales feeding on the vast bunker schools more than made for a great day out on the water!!

Next up was the Zack Derstine Party for a 3 hour back bay trip that resulted in a quick hook up with a big bluefish that ended at the boat when the big bruiser bit through the leader. As the tide slowed to a crawl the skated moved in. Although we moved around looking for some more action and tide in the short time window we had but we seemed to be in a perpetual slack tide until clock ran out.

The Fearsome Foursome starring regulars Jay Simmons, Shawn Hawthorne, Karl Staffan and Ernie Rosenberg were out looking for more quality striped bass action, Ernie was quick to come tight on a nice mid 30-lb striper that made the box. Again after a quick start we found ourselves moving around from school to school with obvious striper presents that were not in a feeding mood possibly arriving on the tail end of the morning feeding binge.

The week ended in what could only be described as one of the year's most memorable so far with fantastic weather and flat calm seas, solid striped bass action, and whales and a thresher shark putting on a great show visual aerial show. Open boat with Jay Simmons, Chris Simmons, Ken Greenwald and Chris Mendel started out stopping on the first school of bunker that had a thresher shark putting on an awesome display with his serpent like tail . Regular Jay Simmons was first on the board with a nice 32-lb striper that made the box. New comer Ken Greenwald was next up when his live bunker was inhaled by another solid 38-lb striped bass. New comer Chris Mendel was next up next scoring his biggest striper and another sold forty pound fish . After boxing that, the 40-lb bass Chris Mendel was again tight with another drag burning fish that ended early when the lines crossed releasing his catch too early. Ken Greenwald ended the day putting another quality striped bass into the cooler before trips end.

I have a couple date still left in June [19,22,27,29] for anyone that would like a shot at some the biggest stripers of the 2014 season. Join us on face book to view latest fishing reports, photos and videos and hopefully "like us"

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jun 9, 2014 1:59 PM   Subject: Laura Sportfishing

On Saturday, I had the Jon B party out on the troll for striped bass they went 1 for 2 on stripers with a 28 pounder. Then using clams, hit a wreck for a mix of 16 keeper seabass and ling.

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

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Received: Jun 8, 2014 9:03 PM   Subject: Old Barney Charters Stripers and Seabass

On Saturday, had returning charter of Joe Villa, Brian and Stephanie Coyle, and Karl Schmidt out for stripers. Could not find an active pod so we went on the troll. Brian boated the first on a white Maja spoon that weighed in at 38-lb. Brian’s daughter Stephanie would not be outdone and bested dad with her first ever striper, a 39-lb. on the same spoon. The fish taped out at 44” and 45”. Before returning to the dock, we managed a nice keeper fluke inside on an S&S bucktail.

Sunday, had out Bob, his son Rob, and his father-in-law Jack for stripers to celebrate Bob’s 60th birthday. Bunker were scattered and the bass were illusive for us. Did hear of one active pod mid-morning off the bathing beach. We decided to hit a wreck before going in and worked our way to a dozen keeper seabass to 18” and a couple ling.

Next Saturday I am fishing the Harvey Cedars Striper Shootout which is always a fun tournament and Sunday I am booked. Two more weeks of school, and then I will be turning my attention to fluke, wreck fishing, and blowfishing for the kids.

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

Received: Jun 8, 2014 3:50 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Weekend Update

Fished for fun with Ash on Saturday. Had our limit of 30 sea bass and 6 ling. One sea bass was 5-lbs and currently leads the Beach n Boat tournament. You should sign up if you are coming out with us as next 4 places are currently held by a customer that fished with us on opening day. On Sunday had Brian and Ray out. They won the trip at a charity event and went to work boxing 22 sea bass and a ling in a half of day with many shorts. Give a call or shoot an email.

~ Capt Greg Carr  LBI Charters  631.300.6413

Received: Jun 8, 2014 1:09 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Made it out several times this week and stayed with what has been keeping the drags screaming... bluefish in the backbay. This is one of the best spring runs I have seen for bigger blues in the bay in several years. The bay temperatures have made it to above 70 degrees and is approaching the mid-70s. With these warmer temps the blues have been fighting hard and doing some great aerial acrobatics in an effort to shake the hook. The slime grass seems to have peaked which makes fishing difficult for the short term but it also means it will be going away soon along with the no see 'ems. With school winding down I will be “full time” on the bay after June 20th. Looking forward to seeing my regulars hop on board the Debbie M and I am always excited to meet new people. And as an educator I always try to do an excellent job with kids.

On the nature side of things, baby birds are hatching all over the place. If you find what you think is an abandoned fledgling just leave it alone. The parents are likely close by but waiting for you to leave so then can tend to their baby.

~ Capt. Alex  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

11:00 AM

Fished dead low bumping Spro Bucktails n Gulp on the mid-island bayside area. Managed to catch 6 fluke in an hour but none for the ice.

~ Shamong Joe

Received: Jun 8, 2014 9:55 AM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

The ocean striped bass are becoming an "on again / off again" bite. Just have to be in the right place at the right time when their ready to eat. The fluke bite in the bay is heating up as the water warms and we had some readings close to 74F - the only problem is the amount of "snot" grass in the bay. The trick to finding biting fluke is finding clean water - the bite drops off dramatically as the water gets fouled up.

Over the weekend, I had Matt Windover of Norristown, PA and buddies Francesco Deno and Charles Jacu on a striped bass charter. We ran as far as Mantaloking looking for feeding bass and fished bunker pod after bunker pod from the beach to the 3 mile line, but unfortunately the bass weren't cooperating. So we headed in and got the guys on some nice bluefish action for the remainder of the trip with rough inlet conditions.

I had the opportunity to be chartered by radio personality Tom P of "Rack and Fin radio" 97.3 FM for the RFA Bass River Fluke Tournament and had Denise Marie Theiler, Stan Gola of S&S Bucktails, along with my wife Jennifer Taylor. We fished very hard for 10 hours for the heaviest two fluke, hitting all of my choice spots, and put 5 fish in the boat. Stan Gola landed both big fish on the S&S Big Eye bucktail putting a 5.04 lb and a 5.50 lb fluke in the box with a total team weight of 10.54. This was good enough for 4th place out of a field of 60 boats, though we missed second by a quarter of a pound. The "snot" grass and relentless wind with tide and against tide made for challenging fishing - but the crew did a fantastic job.

Now is the time for backbay fluking especially using light-tackle - we will be running bay fluke trips until the ocean temps start warming up for ocean fluking. We use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. June and July fluke dates are filling up, and after June 20th (when school out) - I will run charters - 7 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips. I do have one day available the next two weekends and if interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website ( ).

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction  609.290.7709

June 7, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

2:30 PM

Mike Greene and Laura Breuer had a good morning on the bunker pods. Captain Mike did a great job of putting Laura on the fish. She caught her first ever striped bass which was a 30-lb class fish and then she topped that with a 48-lb cow. Mike said early in the morning the bunker were grey hounding. The bass had the bunker circled up with no where to go but up.

Yesterday Steve Kowalski reported a 38" 20-lb bass off of the south end surf on bait.


Lots of fluke off the beach and and bay. Plus, the quality striped bass are still here both off the beach and on the boat. The bunker pod fishing this morning was very good. I'm sure we'll have some weighins later in the day.

Rob Vallone released a striped bass this morning. He was chunking bunker off the surf.

Nick Quinn weighed in a 3-lb 8-oz fluke. He was bucktailing the mid-island surf with Gulp!. He reported catching a few shorts and one other keeper.

Daniel from Tennessee weighed in a 24" 5-lb 12-oz fluke. He caught it on a live minnow drifting the Middle Grounds.

Also fishing the Middle Grounds this morning was David Sikorski who caught a half dozen fluke with keepers at 22, 21 and 18 inches. Dave caught 'em all on a jighead rigged with a Gulp!

June 6, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

6:00 PM

Today, Ryan Sackowitz landed a 38.5-lb Striped Bass while snagged and dropping bunker off the Island Beach State Park ocean waters at around Noon.

Received: Jun 6, 2014 1:21 PM   Subject: Striped Bass in North Beach Haven

38" 20-pound striper off the beach in North Beach Haven around 7 PM yesterday on a big bunker chunk. Got the fresh bunker from Fisherman's Headquarters.


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Received: Jun 5, 2014 1:21 PM   Subject: Surf report

I went out this morning from 10AM to Noon and fished the mid island surf on the low incoming tide. I managed to land three keeper fluke while bucktailing for bass. Two of the fluke were 18.5 inches and the last one was 21. There was a lot of nice white water washing over the bars that looked promising but no bass or blues although I talked to one guy who walked off the beach as I was arriving with a 29-inch bass he got on clams.

~ Anthony C Calderaro

June 4, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

Fishing is prime time right now here on LBI. Come out an enjoy this beautiful weekend we have coming up. The bass, blues and fluke have the island surrounded and are on the chew!!! Lots of positive fishing reports from customer! The surf, bay and ocean all have fish.

Mike Greene reported another epic day on the pods. Expect the bite to continue with the westerly winds in the forecast Friday and Saturday mornings.

The bite on the beach was off the hook last night. Chunkers fishing the northend, mid-island and the south-end were all into fish. There were some doggies and bluefish in the mix. Lots of guys ran out of bunker before the bite ended. The bass are also eating clam. Cody and Josh weighed in a 23.9-lb striper that they caught off of the mid-island surf on clam. We also got word from a couple guys that bass are chewing lures too.

There are plenty if blues around still. The yellow eyes are offering lots of leader chewing fun. These racers are cruising the surf, inlet and bay.

Fluke fishing is off to a phenomenal start. Both the surf and bay have offered great fishing. Some areas even deep in the bay have quality fluke. Today Bobby Erickson fished the mid-island bay in his kayak. He bagged two beautiful summer flounder both on Gulp! Swim Mullet. One was 4.3 and 3.35 pounds.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: Jun 4, 2014 6:59 PM Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Open Boat Stripers !

The weekends forecast looks fantastic! I have 2 spots available for this Sunday [6th] live lining/snag and drop striped bass. All tackle/rods/filleting are included. $150.00pp. Big quality stripers are here ! Come on and enjoy the day aboard the Reel Fantasea!!

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

10:00 AM - New Simply Bassing & Side-Bat Leader!!!

Jason DelPalazzo just moved into the lead (from 7th, 26-lb 03-oz) with a 44" 32-lb 13-oz bass. He caught it last night at about 8pm bunker chunking.

Steve G. and his buddy gave us heads up that they caught a pair of quality bass off of the surf last night.

Received: Jun 4, 2014 7:54 AM Subject: Weekly BHCFA Report

Variety continues to be the theme of fishing in the Beach Haven area, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been on hand to take full advantage.

A sampling of recent trips by some of the captains of the BHCFA reflects this variety. Captain Carl Sheppard sailed recently on the “Star Fish” with a party looking to do some bottom fishing on some of the inshore artificial reefs and wrecks. Despite a strong northeast wind, Captain Carl was able to find a nice pick of larger than usual black sea bass. The surface water temperature measured in at 64-degrees. Captain Carl took advantage of the beautiful weather last Sunday to refinish the deck of the “Star Fish.”

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” fished Great Bay last weekend and found the bite to be very strong. On Saturday, he managed to put seven fluke in the cooler that ranged in size from 18.5 to 26-inches. In addition, his fishermen released many more short fish. On Sunday, his party got a late start and managed about a dozen short fish with several close to the mark and one 20-inch flattie to take home.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” is currently delivering a boat from the Florida Keys up to the north but expects to be fishing here very shortly. In his absence, Captain John reports his mate Ryan Schramm fished north of Beach Haven over the weekend and picked up a nice 30-pound striped bass.

With the air temperatures currently running below normal, this pattern of species variety should stick around for a while yet.

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

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Jun 3, 2014 10:59 PM Subject: Striper & Bay Fishing

We had some good trips and some not-so-good trips over the past few days. Saturday was awful. Wind really blew and I turned the boat around after only a half mile cruise from the inlet. Came back in the bay and struggled to catch a short fluke and a bluefish in some windy conditions. Sunday morning I had Jeff Boyer, Fred Baker, and Brian Jacobson aboard who collectively caught a 34, 38, and 40 pound striper trolling Tony Maja #4 white spoons off of Island Beach State Park. Thanks to Capt. Steve Purul on the Reel Fantasea who called us in on the action as soon as they boated one of the big stripers. Here's the video: I went right back to the same location with my afternoon charter with high hopes and we caught nothing for two and a half hours. I took them back in the bay where twins Jake and Zach Milone did battle with a bunch of small bluefish on the troll between BB and the 40 Buoy, the only place that allowed us to troll due to all of the "slime" everywhere else. Back out Monday morning and could not a buy a fish from the inlet to Lavallette. We did get some "blow ups" from bluefish on our poppers at the top of Oyster Creek Channel on the way home and I did eventually subdue a nice 5 pounder before releasing him.

What should you take away from all of this? Just keep going. The only way to see those big fish days are to get out now. We still have all of June with this fishery and now is when it gets interesting. The snag bite heats up and the troll keeps producing. The bass start crashing the bunker at the surface. You could wait and see how everyone does or you can get out there and let them read about your trip. This is the west/northwest pattern we have been waiting for coming up this weekend. Calm seas make for easier bunker spotting. We will run wherever we have to. I have no north to south limits. My boat can run for two days when she is topped with pack a lunch! Also there has been some interest in mixing things up with an early morning effort for the big stripers and then an hour or more of light tackle blues and/or fluke in the bay. Majority rules, so whatever you guys would like to do, it's always best to discuss it beforehand to make sure we are putting people with similar agendas together on the same trips.

Running Open Boat this Friday, June 6, 1PM to 7PM. Saturday is already double booked morning and afternoon. Sunday, the morning is booked and I have been informed by my family not to book an afternoon/evening trip as alas, is my 50th birthday and I am taking the rest of the day off. I will be running Open Boat again on Monday, June 9, 6AM to Noon and 1PM to 7PM. $150 per man, 3 people max, all fish are shared.

Calling me on my cell is the best way to make a reservation.

See you on board.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

June 3, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

4:30 PM

Captain Mike Greene of Luckey Stripes Charters just weighed in a 50" 49.1 pound Striped Bass. He caught it in the boat this afternoon fishing live bunker. Mike said he was into the fish good today with very little other boat traffic. He said he released about 30 quality Striped Bass all on live bait.

3:00 PM

This morning we had a pair of nice bass weighed in...
  - Pete Menges of Moorestown weighed in a 39" 20-lb 13-oz bass. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker.
  - Ted Johnson of Beach Haven weighed in a 21-lb bass that he caught last night on a white darter.

There is lots of bluefish still present. They are all along the beaches and are also plentiful in the bay. Today we heard some bluefish on the beach. One angler was in the shopping getting more bait. He said, "I caught three blues."  Also two customers reported a solid bluefish bite last evening/night on bunker chunks. One guy said, "Every cast!" Anglers chunking bunker at night are getting covered up in the toothy yellow eyed monster. Also night chunkers are catching sand tigers. There was one reported to us about a week or two back but now they are much more frequent. Working the night shift,  Ed Bunnell and Brian Schmidt chunked the beach last night. They reported releasing one 44" bass and a sand tiger.

Yesterday Ryan Sherwood of the Berkeley Striper Club weighed in a 41" 29-ln 01-oz bass. Also Greg O'Connell weighed in a 28-lb 07-oz 43" bass putting him in 4th place and Nick Sabatino weighed in a 28-lb 05-oz 42" bass putting him in 5th place in the Simple Bassing Surf Fishing Tournament.

~ FishHead.Greg

June 2, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 2, 2014 8:31 PM Subject: Sunday June 1st fishing report

Today we had two great guys aboard Paul and Brian for a father son trip. Since it was Brian`s first fishing trip they elected to try one of our 4-hour family bay trips. We left the dock around 7am and headed out into Barnegat Bay. As soon as we left Forked River we saw birds working near the BI and immediately started hooking up with some nice Bluefish using the pink Fin-S. When the action slowed down we headed near Double Creek Channel, to about 4 to 5ft of water where we hit some small Fluke using red and white bucktails. Lots of action and good fun on ultra light tackle.

~ Capt. Tom Cormann  Reel Chaos Charters  201.788.3223

June 1, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Jun 1, 2014 8:51 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

With the start of June, the light tackle action in the backbay continues to be excellent. Today’s trip is a prime example. The Pincus charter started by welcoming the sun by only being able to keep two to three rods in the water. Blues from 2-5 pounds covered up our baits providing non-stop action. Blues where not the only thing on the menu. Joe Cannon of Mt Laurel pulled in a nice keeper bass. On the change of the tide we switched over the fluke and boxed a nice keeper ending the day with a Barnegat Bay slam (striper, bluefish, and fluke) of keepers.

~ Capt. Alex  Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

7:30 PM

Tom Bellucci weighed in a 34-lb 10-oz bass that he caught in the boat today trolling a Mann's Stretch 30. We also had a couple other trolling reports from boat anglers.

Received: Jun 1, 2014 7:15 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

The week started off with tough weather conditions with persistent North East winds that resulted in a mix of results from solid to poor fishing success. The Moose Hurely party started the week looking for some quality striped bass action but with a small craft advisory in effect which turned the inlet white with breakers we found our selves stuck in the bay for some action with bluefish as plan "B". Regulars Jay Simmons, Shawn Hawthorne ,Karl Staffan sr. and Karl jr., were up next hoping for a repeat of last weeks quality striped bass action. Locating bunker schools after the Ne winds had subsided was challenging, snagging mid to lower water column sparsely packed schools are almost impossible so up on the troll we went. Deploying the spoons provided no relief as we watched striped bass pass under the boat on the sonar seemingly indifferent to our offerings. Back up plan "B" was once again implemented to get the light tackle spinning rods bending with ever cooperative bluefish to round out the day but not before both Karl sr. and Karl jr scored a couple of bass with Karl Jr. icing one before trips end. Andy Niznic and Walter Maier joined forces for the most tight lipped fishing of the season. Exhausting all avenues and possibilities even the ever cooperative bluefish seemed to "Diss" us except for a few missed hits and one bluefish before trips end. The Tim McWilliams party ended the week with fast out of the gate action with quality striped bass within minutes of deploying the spoons. Unfortunately the persistent NE winds from prior days had produced large easterly ground swell that didn't play well with the crew ending our time abruptly but not before icing a quality bass in the mid thirty pound range, back in the more tranquil reaches of the bay the guys had very consistent action with hard fighting, drag burning blues until trips end. P.S. Remember to join us on Face Book to view photos and hopefully "like us". I have next Sunday June 8th for anyone interested in bay/inlet/wreck.......combo of the above.

~ Capt. Steve Purul  Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: Jun 1, 2014 6:51 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

Towards the end of this week the striped bass had a serious case of lockjaw with the NE high pressure system that made it's way through our coast. On Friday afternoon, I had Tom Walsh and Matthew Roberts out for a afternoon striped bass trip. Based on earlier reports from another charter captain in the area - the bite was not happening early, and proved the same for the afternoon. We trolled for hours pulling both yellow/chart and white Maja's on wireline - but went home without a touch. The highlight of the trip was seeing a pristine humpback whale about a mile from the inlet. We worked some lures in the back and had limited success on bluefish.

With the non-existent bass bite and rough ocean conditions, Sunday's charter of Brian Cunningham (Hillsdale, NJ), son Sean Cunningham, and friends Rohan Mazumdar and Mark Janett of Stanford, Connecticut opted for backbay fluking. The team fished the tide hard with S&S BigEye bucktails in skinny water and boxed 4 keeper flatties up to 5lbs (25.5", 23", 22", 20"). Mark Janett (pic attached) caught the biggest and could literally see the fluke hit the offering as his drag began to scream. Newbie Rohan Mazumdar boated 2 of the keepers as it was his first ever fishing experience - awesome job Rohan.

Now that fluke fishing in our backwaters has started to heat up, and I will begin targeting fluke in the back for upcoming trips. We use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. June and July fluke dates have started to fill up and after June 20th (school out) - I will run charters - 5 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor  Reel Reaction Charters  609.290.7709

Received: Jun 1, 2014 3:59 PM   Subject: Room for one

Caught three big stripers this morning trolling white Maja bunker spoons in 60 feet of water off of IBSP. 34, 38. and 40 pounds. Going back tomorrow for more. I have one spot open. First call gets the spot.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro  Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

11:50 AM

We opened up the shop today to our first June 30-pounder Striped Bass. Early this morning Jason Hoch weighed in a 43.75" 30-lb 07-oz bass. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker last night. Time of catch was mid-night. This catch puts Jason into 3rd place for both the Simple Bassing and the FHQ Striper Side-Bet.

Jason is one of the Southern Regional Fishing Club's Advisors. He reported that the club had a phenomenal 6th Annual Battle on the Beach! (High School Fishing Tournament) this past Thursday afternoon. "It was the best action in the history of the Tournament. Lots of Striped Bass and Bluefish were caught by all teams." Fisherman's Headquarters staffers and Southern Regional team members Zach W. and Oakley S. both caught Striped Bass and Matt S. got a good size Bluefish to help their team take the win! Southern's win solidifies them as a force to recon with, winning five out of the six years. Lacey took second, followed by Barnegat and then MATES.

Yesterday we had a pair of bass weighed in from surf anglers. Kevin Laverty caught a 35.5" 14-lb 12-oz bass off of the south end surf at 7:30am which was caught using bunker. Fred Soper caught a 38" bass at about 8am on the mid-island surf. This 21-lb 12-oz Striped Bass went for clam.

~ FishHead.Greg

Received: May 31, 2014 7:25 PM   Subject: Reports from Greg

Guess what? I think a large number of the people who populate your store are just guys like me... we surf fish! I appreciate the information from all the guys with boats to hire but really appreciate the reports from Greg! More from him is much appreciated! ~ Cal, Surf City.


Thanks for the email. I am happy you enjoy my reports. I try to share information here (on the shop's fishing report page) for all anglers benefit. We have a large cliental that I would estimate is half beach and half boat. There is also a large group that fish both. We post any and all reports that customers/anglers send to us.. We ask that SURF ANGLERS, PLEASE SEND MORE!!! Both good and bad!!! We have many customers in the shop and who ask about fishing with local captains. We also have a lot of local captains who patronize our shop. Posting their reports help other boat anglers as well as provide information to anglers who want to get on a charter without booking months in advance. These boat reports are also very helpful to surf angler to know what's swimming by.  For the most part, what I see and hear in the shop is that boat anglers are much more willing to share information. There is more room to move around so it makes sense. We do have anglers in the shop that provide beach intel but most want to keep their information quite. The last thing someone wants to do is work hard, find a bite and then leak it to the world. It's unfair and only hurt themselves. For this reason we do not provide pin point catch reports. General locations such as north-end, mid-island and south-end are used to help share where a fish was caught.

Finding a good productive spot to fish is half the fun for me. But access for me is easier because I live on the island. I scout spots as much as possible and then fish them to discover what it has to offer. I am not ashamed to say I had a couple dozen skunked out nights this Spring. Some back to back but I kept hot on the hunt. I fished many sleepless nights, whole tides (six hours straight) and iron man two tides session trying to find fish. I picked at fish on occasion and also got into some phenomenal fishing too. Most nights solo. I am also proud to say that I had three consecutive great nights around the full moon in May. There was a two hour section of the tide that I found and followed. It had quality bass up to 26-lbs stacked up and on the feed. Once the tide slide into sunrise it was over. I lost 'em. Those three nights made it all worth it and gave me the motivation to go back on the hunt to find 'em again. Fishing can be fun. Fishing can be relaxing. Fishing can be hard work. Everyone has busy lives. I know life's obligations like work and family time needs attention. Just remember a fish picture or a report doesn't detail the hard work and dedication that the angler might or might not have put in. Some say fishing is luck. I beg to differ.

Tight Lines,

May 31, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

7:00 AM

The shop is rocking this morning. Lots of anglers heading out to take advantage of the beautiful day and great fishing. If we get any reports we'll post 'em.

I spent some time fishing early this morning. I got one 16-lb bass just before gray light bucktailing. Once the light poked it turned into a bluefish bonanza. They were small but stacked up thick. I called it quits once the dolphins showed up to the party. ~FishHead.Greg

May 30, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

3:00 PM

We had a nice gator bluefish weighed in by an angler named George. He was chunking the surf with bunker. A couple reports in the shop about other blues and bass on the beach.

Simply Bassing Update: We had three quality bass weighed in this morning that were caught last night off of the surf on bunker. The biggest was from Cortland Foos who had a 31-lb 5-oz bass. His fish put him into second place right on the heels of Rob Vallone's. Jason DelPalazzo had a 26-lb 3-oz bass which put him into fourth place (3rd place in Striper Side-Bet). Mike Copeland had a 25-lb 15-oz bass which put him in fifth place.

7:30 AM

No recent weigh-ins here at the shop, but it isn't for a lack of fish. There's plenty to get the line tight. There are bass and bluefish on the beach. It is prime time spring fishing here on LBI.

I had a lot of fun fishing yesterday afternoon. I had a "blast" bucktailing fish with the swell. There were lots of blues crashing bait and also some schoolie bass mixed in. I hit a quick the morning session today and released one bass about 14-lbs.

The surf this morning is clean with a beautiful 3-4' easterly groundswell. It has some power so a little extra lead couldn't hurt.

~ Fishhead.Greg

We got an email from Stew on the Pez Machine....

Pez Machine Sportfishing -- Beachfront's Hot and Canyons Ready to Explode!

Memorial Day Weekend on Long Beach Island is typically an exciting time and this year was no different. The striped bass have taken up residence within the bunker pods, threshers are being sighted, and the canyons are coming alive!

Not only did Memorial Day Weekend mark the unofficial start of summer, it also saw our first overnighter to the canyon! It was a short trip so the catch numbers don't appropriately reflect the quality of the tuna fishing but we ended up 6 for 8 on 40-50 pound yellowfins, 2 for 4 on makos (boated a 225 pounder!) and released over 25 blue sharks. The sharking was some of the best action I've seen which bodes well for the upcoming months. And the main body of yellowfins to the south we've got a lot of action heading our way!

I'll leave you with two of the more popular trips we offer (in addition to spring striper trips). 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.

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing  609.287.5136

May 29, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

9:30 AM

Just got word in from numerous customers... "Lots of blues on the beach in Ship Bottom!" Sounds like they are 3-5 pound class and want lures and bait.

Received: May 29, 2014 6:57 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

Memorial Weekend greeted the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association with beautiful weather, and a wide variety of fish were available to make fishing trips productive. Although a nor’easter has hit this week, the upcoming weekend in Beach Haven promises to be a nice one.

Captain John Koegler had a party out of “Pop’s Pride” on a back bay trip and found some nice striped bass and black drumfish. On Sunday afternoon Captain John took the “Starfish” out in the ocean looking for stripers to no avail. He finished the day up on the Garden State South Reef where he caught mostly spiny dogfish up to 37-inches along with some smaller sea bass. Captain Carl Sheppard will be skippering the “Starfish” now and says the fishing is just getting started.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig” Sportfishing opened the fluke season in Great Bay where he reports he had to weed through a bunch of small fish but did manage to put 2 fat fish in the cooler. The next day he went out for drumfish, and despite finding no drum, he managed some nice fluke, bluefish, and nonstop big dogfish. Captain Gary had two trips on Sunday. In the morning his charter put 5 nice fluke in the box, and his night drumfish trip resulted in a 50-pound black drum.

Captain Dave Kreines had Jim Anderson and son Larry out on the “Byte Me” for a post-Memorial Day of fluking. They fished Great Bay using Gulp and spearing for bait. They picked up three keepers to 23-inches along with about a dozen shorts. They also had action on skates and dogfish making it a fun day topped by a fish dinner.

Captain Bob Gerkens brought his boat “Hot Tuna” back to Beach Haven from Morehead City last week, a “50 hour canyon fishing trip” as Bob calls it. In the southern canyons a number of nice Mahi were caught of which 4 were gaffers. They also caught some blackfin tuna and released a 4-foot mako.He reports that he reached a nice warm eddy of water in a more northern canyon which is regularly fished out of Beach Haven. They found schools of both bluefin and yellowfin which they worked until dark. Three former US Marines from North Carolina crewed and fished on the trip north. This might be a good time to look into an offshore charter before the crowds start sailing to the canyons.

Additional information on the association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Received: May 28, 2014 4:43 PM   Subject: Mad Ludwig on the Bluefish

With ocean temps right at 60 degrees, Mad Ludwig ran out of LE and north to the Red Tower off Beach Haven this past Sunday on the first fishing trip of the season. Tons of sea life and clean water out there. Light winds and an easterly 3 ft swell. Very nice day for trolling dark colored feathers behind an 8 ounce weight at about 6 knots. Angler Brittany Hyland using light stand up gear, and with help from her spotter Ludwig, boated two nice blues in short order. Here she is on YouTube: Mad Ludwig Bluefish:  ~ Capt Bernie Hyland

Received: May 28, 2014 9:51 AM   Subject: AM Fishing

Ideal conditions this a.m. Northeast wind, clean and white water. Landed 25 lb bass and several small blues all on bunker chunks. ~ Paul Bandini

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Received: May 26, 2014 8:51 PM   Subject: Memorial Day Stripers

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all that made the ultimate sacrifice.

This weekend was all about family and friends! Saturday’s short, early morning trip boated a nice 30lb. bass live lining bunker off IBSP and we were back before 9am for family activities. The fish inhaled the bunker and tore drag for a solid minute before John Figaniak could slow it down.

Sunday I had my 4 year old son, Eric, out for a father/son fluking trip. We only managed shorts but there was some great learning happening and we did manage to fish some new areas that look promising.
Monday we were back on the bass. The mission was to get Bonnie Anne (my wife) her first ever striper. We succeeded and she got a fat 36lb. striper while trolling a stretch in 55ft. of water of bathing beach. Check out the video on you tube.

My only remaining dates in upcoming weekends are Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 8th. Get in on this fantastic fishing!

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, Old Barney Charters  267.918.1746

May 26, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

7:30 PM

Fishing the bay has produces a variety for anglers. There are lots of blues around. The fluke are plentiful and there are still bass in the back waters. We got word that blowfish are here in good numbers too.

The land based fishing on LBI is in its prime! There are quality bass here and the bluefish are also offering lots of fun! The surf, bay and inlet are all producing. Al Asplint reported getting into some fun in the inlet on the rocks, "It went off at inlet this morning everyone was catching for about twenty minutes it was cheating all on Ava's no tail 007 for me but just about any thing metal worked I had fish too about 8 lbs kept two about 2 to 3 lbs for dinner stuff them with crab meat mmmmmm caught 9 all together saw few flounder caught both keepers on bait nice morning then boats blowing by then it stopped."

We got some phenminal early season reports from the edge. Before the weekend word on the street is the Spencer was stacked with fish. Now it sounds like the there are fish in the Toms. Jim Perkins pushed offshore and found lots of life. He reported tuna and sharks, "One bluefin 65 lbs and one mako 110 lbs !!! 64 to 69 temp brake in the Toms. Had 3 on but came unbuttoned on the troll and the mako on the chunk along with a couple blue sharks up to 200 lbs."

Ryan and Avery Ocone a brother /sister fishing team along with thier father Jason's assistance caught their 1st keeper striped bass this AM in the mid island surf on bunker.

11:45 AM

We just got a fresh bunker delivery. There's some primo fat backs here for your chunking pleasure! Our clam stock is low. More will arrive tomorrow at some point in the day.

John Parzych weighed in a 23-lb 13-oz 40" bass this morning. He caught it off of the surf on bunker at about 6am.

Ryan Sherwood put a post of a nice bass on our Facebook page this morning, "Fished the south end of the Island last night with some pretty good action. Here's a CPR photo for the On the Water catch and release. Fish hit a sassy shad and pulled the boga to 22-lbs. I need to sign up for the tourney. Things are heating up!"

A couple more reports of keeper fluke off of the surf this morning.

Received: May 26, 2014 10:44 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial day weekend with family and friends while giving thanks for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Last weeks fishing was a roller coaster ride with both weather and fishing. Thunderstorms and fog greeted mid week anglers with more moderating weather settling in for the remainder of the week.

The Jay Simmons party was first up facing persistent thunderstorms to our North that had kept us somewhat penned Southward. And if the weather wasn't enough to deal with the guys went 0 for 4 with bass before ending the day a bit early due to water logged anglers.

The Bill Sauer Party was next up with slightly improving weather conditions but not much better results before a severe thunderstorm warming had us running for the barn.

The Fearsome Foursome were up next with regulars Jay Simmons, Shawn Hawthorne, Karl Steffon and Ernie Rosenberg in morning fog. The "Mighty Thorne" was first to come tight with a beautiful 40lbs bass which hit the ice. As soon as he was back in the action and snagged another bunker again Shawn came tight with yet another large 38lbs bass. Ernie was up next scoring his first fish of the day that pulled the scale down to 35lbs. Karl was up next rearing back on another bass before the hook pulled. Again Shawn was tight with another bass before the hooked pulled ending the battle too early. Jay came tight with a respectable 18lbs bass before closing out the morning with bass. Moving back toward the inlet the guys ended the day with light tackle bluefish action with Karl scoring a 10lb gator before trips end.

The Andrew Reenstra party was up next in some chaotic tournament conditions and a brisk North wind that that proved challenging at best for the new comers to snag bunker. The guys went 0 for 2 on bass before ending the day with just a smattering of light tackle bluefish action.

The Bill Cohen Party was up next for what turned out to be a fruitless search of the Atlantic ocean for bunker which were thick as could be just hours earlier in the day. The troll didn't provided any better results which had us back at the inlet to close out the day with reliable light tackle bluefish action.

The Dave Cammarata family was greeted with beautiful weather and calm seas to welcome new angler Christina Cammarata . Patience was the key to success as the recorder showed thick schools of bunker had striped bass swimming lazily along with them. Dave [ Dad] was first to come tight with a freight train run off that regretfully ended shortly after when the hook pulled. Christina battled through some prior sea sickness to not only score the first bass of the day but her first bass ever that pulled the scale down to 38lbs!!! Way to go Christina!! Family friend John was up next to end the day with his biggest and another 36lbs.

The John Del Virginia family ended the week looking to bring 9yr old son out for some feisty bluefish action. We no sooner had our first bait in the water and it was game on with bluefish form 3-12lbs. Everyone got in on the NON STOP light tackle action until trips end.

Remember to join us on Facebook to view latest fishing reports, photos and reports and "like us". I have Thursday and Saturday available for Private of Open Boat for those who would a chance at catching some of the biggest striped bass of the season! Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: May 26, 2014 9:56 AM   Subject: A few spots open for big stripers

The Hi Flier has been tied to the dock as our family spends every Memorial Day weekend camping in Virginia. We are back in NJ now and ready to resume the hunt for bunker and big stripers. I have two spots open on tomorrow afternoon's open boat trip, Tues May 27, 1pm to 7 pm. Also the afternoon of Sat June 1 is available, as well as the morning and afternoon trips on Monday June 2.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: May 25, 2014 9:18 PM   Subject: 5/25 LBI Charters

Had Andy, Chris, Steve and the Saltman out today for a followup to their trip Tuesday. Guys fished hard weeded through some dogfish, shorts and out of season blackfish to box 55 nice keeper sea bass.

~ Capt. Greg Carr, LBI Charters  631.300.6413

Received: May 25, 2014 7:53 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

With the fluke season opening on Friday (May 23rd), I had a chance to fish for a couple of hours with my 6 year old son Luke on Saturday afternoon - it was a slow, steady pick with two keepers 18.5" and 19". The fish had bulging bellies of mantis shrimp. Sunday morning's charter celebrated Tom Duralek Sr., and brother-in-law Adam Italiano's birthdays along with Tom Duralek, the crew started with snag/drop bunker dunkin with no-takers - so it was time for the troll. We trolled Maja spoons and ended up putting a beautiful 43"- 33lb striped bass in the boat. 10 minutes later we had the reel screaming, but the fish came undone. It was a slower day with trollers seeming to take most of the fish. June and July fluke dates are started to fill up and after June 20th (school out) - I will run charters - 5 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters  609.290.7709

Received: May 25, 2014 7:31 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Did what I did best this holiday weekend, I stayed away from the crowds in the bay and had my clients signing the blues. Some of these fish are in the 10-12 pound class. It has been several years since I consistently found blues this big in the bay. Both days we landed 20 or more fish with the key factors being water temperature and slime grass. The choppers are feeding best mid-way through the outgoing water with 62 degrees and above when they go on the feed. As far as the slime grass when it pushes throw it can make a spot unfishable within minutes. The blues are spread out through all my fishing areas, including behind the inlet, west side and the flats in between. The attached pic if of Alex Mo from yesterday’s trip. We did manage to squeak out a few short fluke.

~ Capt. Alex, Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

Received: May 25, 2014 7:14 PM   Subject: Deep Blue - Awesome Fishing Report Sunday

Kicking Bass and Taking Names!!!! - Limits of Trophy Stripers!

Boy, what a day!! Beautiful weather and plenty of huge stripers for the BIG EYES. Had 6 people aboard today and caught our limit of bass (12) up to 45lbs. We had 4 on at once!!! All bites were on the troll. Smallest fish was 25lbs and most were in the 32-38lb range! EPIC!!! I heard some guys were complaining that the fishing was slow, but not for us!!! Hey sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield! Even Granny was hauling in huge stripers!!!

We need 5 more guys for a OPEN BOAT CANYON FISHING TRIP. $500 per man. We are looking to head out Thursday or Friday depending on the weather. Reports are great with Yellowfin Tuna and Bluefin Tuna being our targets. But who knows when that 400lb mako shark comes to crash your spread! The fish are there, why aren't you?

~ Capt. Joe Giafaglione, Deep Blue Sportfishing  609.781.0507

May 25, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

2:30 PM

We had two forty class bass weighed in from the boat... On the left is the Leary's (father and son) and on the right is Pete Dolly. We also had one bass in the high 30's weighed in.

Joe Carrino of Brant Beach checked in this 22" fluke this morning. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on Gulp! Joe said, "I caught a short on my first cast. Then I had to work for this one. Another anglers fishing close by caught a nice blue3fish on bunker."

Jean Deery Schaum reported on our Facebook page, "Two blues and Two Bass... Fun day at the beach!"

We heard about great fluke fishing in the bay from a number of different customers. Some from Barnegat Bay and some from the Great area.

Also we got word about some sharks. One anglers caught and released a sand tiger off of the surf chunking bunker. Another report came from an angler fishing live bunker. He had a thresher take the bait and put on a show before snapping off.

May 24, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

2:15 PM

Fluke season opens with a bang! Yesterday's beautiful five and a half pound fluke weigh in from Russell Short was a surprise. We heard from numerous anglers catching the flatties plugging for bass but we didn't expect a doormat.  Nick Quinn gave us heads up... "Fluke fishing was hot today (yesterday) in the bay. Came away with well over 30 shorts and two keepers." Nick told us that he was bucktailing the bay up on the north end. He said, " Most of the fish were 12-20" but there were a couple bigger ones in the mix."

Received: May 23, 2014 9:37 PM   Subject: Deep Blue Fishing Report 5/23

Friday Morning Stripers and Evening Fluke! It was an early bite this morning for the bass. We had Larry, Jason, Gregg, hooked up just minutes from the inlet. First rod to go off was the Stretch on one of our new Shimano Terez rods paired with a Daiwa Saltist. That fish pulled the hook before we got into the fight. Next up was Larry and he had a hard bite on the spoon and it was fish on! Unfortunately that fish shook the hook out of its mouth. We trolled up to the north and had a fat 35-lb bass inhale a spoon and Gregg was all over it. Hats off to Gregg on his personal best striper! It was a long time coming for him! After a bit more trolling, Jason hooked up into a sweet 32-lb bass on a stretch with the Terez Rod and brought him in like a pro. The bite shut down after 9am for us. We heard of a better bite up by Seaside. All in all a good day on the water with friends and everyone went home with a nice bag of delicious striper meat.

Fluke season is here! I took the flats boat and managed 10 throwbacks in an hour or so. Saw 2 keepers caught next to me. Gulp baits.

Canyon fishing has been very good. There is a massive eddy out there with warm water pushed up into 70 fathoms in some canyons. Reports of Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, and Mako Sharks are coming in. Most Yellowfins were in the 60 lb class. One boat had 7 yellowfin, 2 bluefin and 2 mako sharks!!! Guys had them on poppers in the morning! Now is the time to go! Call me to get a standby list for open boat charters.

~ Capt. Joe Giafaglione, Deep Blue Sportfishing  609.781.0507

May 23, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

Lots of quality fish were caught today in the boats. It looks like the anglers fishing the LBI Cup tomorrow will have some great fishing. Dana Bielicki weighed in a 47" 41-lb bass that she caught in the boat today. We also had a ton of anglers report classy fish on both livelining and plugging the pods as well as trolling.

Ryan Short weighed in this 5.5-lb fluke that he caught off of the surf!

We had a surf angler weigh in a bass and he asked if we could fillet it for him. This is what his belly was stacked with... SAND FLEAS!!!

10:30 AM

We got word that the boat fishing is off the hook this morning!!!! Right on time. It seems every year Memorial Day weekend offers some of the year's best striped bass fishing. Enjoy!

Received: May 22, 2014 10:21 PM   Subject: Stripers

Had Pete Menges and Tom Altman out yesterday afternoon (Wed). We ran just north of the Bathing Beach and found some casually flipping bunker. Minutes after snagging a few baits Pete's Cabo 80 was screaming, 200 yards non-stop against full drag, didn't even think this was a bass, I was waiting to get bit off by a thresher shark. While Pete was doing battle, Tom's bunker is getting crashed on the surface by a second big bass, but that fish is lost after a short time. All the while, a huge finback whale is surfacing and full breaching just offshore of us. It was a very surreal 10 minutes and I got most of it on video: Trolling spoons and snagging are both producing 25 to 40 pound fish. It's a great time of year!

I just added an afternoon open boat for the Tuesday after Memorial Day, Sept. 27, 1 PM to 7PM, $150 per man, 3 people max, all fish are shared. I also have Sun and Mon, June 1 and 2 available for charter or open boat. We will be sailing two trips a day on Sat, Sun, and Mon's. See you out there,

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

May 22, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

Scott L. reported pluggin' some bass off of the beach on SP minnows. He also reported catching a nice fluke! Opening Day for Summer Flounder is tomorrow, May 23rd! Today we got our first delivery of live minnow. There aren't many so early bird gets the worm!

Russell Short fished the north end surf this afternoon. He reported catching bass, blues and this 27" weakfish. He caught most of his fish on metal (Kastmaster) but also got a couple fish on a yellow Bomber.

Rick Wieland of Ship Bottom stopped in the shop late this morning and said, "No fish for me... What's the deal?" I was surprised because Rick is a long time mid-island surf angler. It has been bonkers this past week. I assumed he was in on the action. We talked and I sent him on his way. Late in the day he stopped back right as we were closing up. This time with a sense of urgency, "You put me on the fish! Quick, unlock the door . I'm out of bait." I was stoked to hear Rick and his buddy caught some fish, bass and blues.

Captain Jeff Warford fishing with his uncle Mark and cousin Lukas today. They were stopped by the Coast Gaurd hauling out the Inlet at about 5:30am. They told 'em, "Slow no wake!" Boy, they are gonna have their work cut out this summer. After the morning storms the trio got into quality bass. Jeff said there are lots of bunker. We caught live lining bunker and trolling. Our biggest bass was on the troll. Went for a white bunker spoon." There's nice bass on both snag and drop as well as trolling. It's game time!

Received: May 22, 2014 1:04 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report May 22

Memorial Day weekend is arriving in Beach Haven for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Usually this is the unofficial start of summer, but thanks to the cool water temperatures, the current bite is more of a spring one.

Black sea bass came back in season on Monday, May 19, and summer flounder are legal once again on Friday, May 23. The big catching news however, revolves around the presence of large numbers of bluefish in all sizes. The bays are filled with schools of 1-3 pound blues racing all over. Little Egg and Beach Haven Inlets have 1-5 pounders. When you get into the ocean, the big choppers can get up to 12 pounds or more.

Pound for pound, there are few fish that can match the fight of a bluefish. Blues less than 5 pounds that have been bled and chilled make for good table fare if eaten fresh.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing was out looking for striped bass but encountered “blues, blues, and more blues.” He reports that he also encountered a couple of dozen big dogfish in the bay. While these are catch and release, big dogfish give a nice fight and often become airborne to add excitement to the fight. Captain Gary reports that he has not yet given up on the stripers and will also be pursuing black drumfish as well as some fluke.

Additional information on the association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

11:30 AM

Pete Menges stopped in the shop yesterday and picked up a new pair of Grundens Bib Pants. This morning he posted a photo of a really nice bass on our Facebook page with a comment, "Thanks for the new Grundens!" The boat fishing has been phenomenal. There has been classy bass both on the troll and on the bunker pods.

The Inlet fishing has been very good, actually on fire every afternoon. It has been going on a days, well over a week now. Here is a report from Kevin Strikler...  "Lots of blues 3-5lbs with occasional larger. Bass mixed in too." Kevin weighed in an 11-lb 4-oz bluefish yesterday. He caught it off of the rocks on a Tsuanmi school bus talking popper.

The mid-island surf offered a great bite yesterday. See 11:50AM report below. Kyle stopped back into the shop for a third time to pick up more fresh bunker and this time he weighed in a 25-lb bass.

Received: May 22, 2014 5:41 AM   Subject: Reel Reaction Charters

NOAA's forecast for Sunday looks great - light west winds with seas 2-3ft. I had a last minute cancellation, I still have May 25th or May 26th open. If your interested, contact me.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters  609.290.7709

May 21, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

11:50 AM

Just In... Kyle (think he is or was the manager at Ron Jon's) just stopped back for his second round of bait. He said the action is hot right now, mid-island surf not far from the shop. "Right now the blues are on bunker!"

11:00 AM

Just had a customer in the shop who reported having some fun in the sun yesterday. He reported catching two bass and one bluefish off of the mid-island surf on bunker and clam.

May 20, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

8:00 PM

Ten year old Rachel Short caught this striper on her first cast today. She was casting metal off of the north end surf.

Received: May 20, 2014 3:48 PM   Subject: 5/20 LBI Charters

Everything was a duplicate today. Stiff, cool west wind, little bumpy ride out and oh yeah boat limit of 60 sea bass and a single cod by Chris and Andy. Only difference today is we were done by 10. Played catch and release with some blackfish in the shallows before heading in.

~ Capt. Greg Carr, LBI Charters  631.300.6413

11:45 AM

Here are three reports we received from customers who were buying bait and tackle earlier today...

Paul Presto of the LBI Fishing Club reported catching a 15-lb drum on clam and a 36" bass on bunker. Paul was fishing the mid-island surf  yesterday morning.

Steve N. stopped in for some wire and circle hooks. He reported a nice bluefish bite off of the surf yesterday on chunks.

A fellow by the name of Linton said he had some fun with the blues on the bayside yesterday around mid-day. He was chunking bunker.

Received: May 20, 2014 10:47 AM   Subject: Reel Reaction Fishing Charters Fishing Report

May is the month of fishing possibilities, and with family/HS coaching obligations out of the way - we're ready. Weekly afternoon trips will start next week. I did have a chance to check out the Striped Bass scene and my father (Mike) ended up putting a beautiful 44" 35lb Striped bass in the boat - his personal best.The fish was caught in the morning and went for a white Maja spoon trolled off Barnegat Light. The morning bite has been a little slow, but from what I heard the afternoon bite has been much better. Most of the bait has been scattered, so trolling has been the means of putting them in the box.

Reminder, fluke opens this Friday 5/23 (5 fish @ 18inches) - that's another option. And I have the last of my spring seminars tonight (Free to Public) at Shooter's Sporting Center in off Exit 58 GSP (5/20/14 @ 7pm to 8pm) on backbay, inlet, and ocean fluke tactics. I don't spot-burn, but general locations and tactics will be discussed.

Regarding trips, I will start running afternoon trips next week (3pm to 7pm? or 8pm?) and have some weekend dates left for either Striped Bass (ocean) or Backbay (fluke, bluefish, blowfish) in May. June and July fluke dates are started to fill up and after June 20th (school out) - I will run charters 7 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips. If interested in booking, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Charters  609.290.7709

7:00 AM

Get into the phenomenal fishing LBI has to offer. The weather is great and fish are here. Keep your eyes up! The lights are on!!!

Received: May 19, 2014 9:05 PM   Subject: Old Barney Charters Fishing Report

Got out for first trip of the year on a shakedown run and boated a 33# that stretched out to 40”. Fish was caught in 45ft. off BB and went for a red headed Mann’s stretch on an umbrella. Trolled spoons but didn’t get a touch on them. Bait was spread out with the occasional tight bait ball. Weekends are my only option until school is out towards end of June. Last weekend of May and beginning weekends of June are open. Stripers, seabass, fluke, blowfish are all options. Check us out and hope to see you aboard this year.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, Old Barney Charters  267.918.1746

Received: May 19, 2014 7:04 PM   Subject: LBI Charters

Headed out for sea bass opener with Vince and Steve along with Kev playing hookie from school. Boys went to work and put a boat limit of 60 sea bass in the boat by 11 with the largest going 4.5 lbs. Add in a cod and 6 or 8 3 to 6 lb blackfish that had to go back and we are off to a good start.

~ Capt. Greg Carr, LBI Charters  631.300.6413

May 19, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

2:00 PM

We just ran out of bunker and five minutes later one of today's deliveries show up. Freshies in the box!

Another great day weather wise. No weigh-ins here at the shop as of yet. It is worth saying it again. Yesterday and for that matter the entire weekend was fishy. The boats smoked 'em off of IBSP and the anglers fishing the bay and surf were into 'em.

This morning store staffer Steve-o helped out a customer gearing up for the surf. Steve-o gave him heads, "(up that) the mid-island surf has produced and would be a great choice. No need to drive the whole island." We got a call back, "Tell the bearded guy behind the counter thanks! He pointed me in the right direction. I got a 36" bass on clam not far from the shop."

Yesterday John and Mike Bonner fished the mid-island surf with clam. Two stripers and two drum!

We got word from a customer that there are fluke in the wash. He plugging (caught and released) 5 nice size fluke yesterday morning off of the surf.

The easterly long period ground swell that I spoke about on May 17th report is here. It is pulsing and offer great white water with very clean conditions.

Received: May 19, 2014 9:04 AM   Subject: Blues are here

Blues on the surf this past weekend. Medium size but I caught a few, mainly on clam, mid island. Couple of blow fish as well. Comin' down for Memorial day weekend, look'n' for some rod bendin' on the surf ! ~ Robert Gernert

May 18, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

8:30 PM

Today was a great day. Phenomenal weather topped off with lots of fish that were on the chew! Both the boat anglers and surf anglers got into fish. There was a morning bite. There was an afternoon bite and there was a beutiful sunset with a bite. Great fishing on LBI!

Matt Perilli caught his first keeper bass today. He caught it off of the mid-island surf this morning on clam. He also reported catching a couple other shorts. We had a bunch of other weigh ins today but it was so crazy in the shop the notes got mixed up and lost in the shuffle. Apologies to those anglers that are looking for the names.

Rudy Egbert weighed in a 47.5" 42.25-lb bass this afternoon. He caught it trolling off of Island Beach State Park. He said he caught a couple other classy bass.

Joe Handley stopped in as we were closing up. He picked up some bait and gave us heads up about last night. He said, "After a 61 hour work week I was looking striper fishing. I took out six people, five first timers and four young women to give it a try. My goal was to help them find some fish and get a new generation of surf rats pointed in the right direction." Point them in the right direction he did!!! Joe got em into fish. Denise from Mantua caught her first ever striped bass, a 45" linesider on bunker! Joe also reported other bass, one on a NorthBar plug.

Received: May 18, 2014 8:17 PM   Subject: Quality Stripers on Spoons...

Mid weeks weather was a bit on the nasty side with wind driven rain and cool temps but by the end of the week things moderated nicely and the fish responded accordingly. The backbay continues to offer light tackle opportunities for blues [2-10lbs] and schoolie bass while the ocean is finally offering up quality striped bass [40+lbs] both on the troll and live bait [when thick enough to snag].

As with previous years when the schools of bunker were too thin to snag we have continues to employ and score with Tony Maja Bunker Spoons and Rods. Both Green and white #4 spoons have served us well and continue to do so.

Fluke and seabass season opens up and we will be adding that to our "Things to do" list for those interested. Remember to join us on face book for latest reports and photos.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

Received: May 18, 2014 5:45 PM   Subject: Big Stripers

It's on! That's the report. If you're reading this, you need to react. We all caught them today. This morning we hooked four and boated none. All on bunker spoons. Sounds awful I know, it was, but I was able to convince, OK, beg my afternoon trip to go out and try instead of our planned bay trip. We bagged a 25 , 30, and 35 pounder in just two hours of trolling and all was right with the world again. We decked the biggest one and ran
back to the bay to crush 3 to 4 pound blues on topwaters and 10 pound spinning gear. Outside all the action was 5 to 7 miles north of the inlet in 60 feet of water pulling white and chartreuse Maja spoons. I have one spot left on tomorrow's (Mon) open boat, 6am to noon and now with the wide open afternoon bite for two days in a row, I am adding an afternoon trip 1pm to 7pm tomorrow (Mon), Wed, and Thurs. $150 per person, 3 people max. Wind and sea conditions look good for the whole stretch. If you want to catch 25 to 40 plus pound stripers. ...go now!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: May 18, 2014 4:25 PM   Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Made it out for my first trip of the season today. Started out chasing weakies in their spring time haunts to no available. The recent heavy rains may have turned off the bite due to the influx of a lot of fresh water into the bay. Switching over to bluefish we were not disappointed, which is an understatement. Blues from 2 to 8 pounds were eager to smash topwater plugs in the shallows. Three feet of water, light tackle and an 8 pound blue is about as topnotch action as you can get. In those shallow flats blues have no were to run but out! Here is a photo of Dave Werner from Manahawkin with one of the blues he landed. Fluke season opens the Friday the 23th. With fluke no coming into the mix the backbay action is only going to get better with a backbay Grand Slam (striper, blue, weakfish, and fluke) now within reach. I am going to grab it, how about you? Still have
a few weekend dates available this month and as always available for afternoon / evening trips.

~ Capt. Alex, Lighthouse Sportfishing  609.548.2511

3:00 PM

It has been crazy in the shop today. Lots of customers and lots of reports. Wish we could list them all but there were far too many. It's a good thing we have here right now.

Robert Balaszow of Southampton weighed in a 17.1-lb bass and Vince Zoppina weighed in a 35.5" 14.05-lb bass. Both were caught off of the mid-island surf.

10:00 AM

Lots of talk about great fishing in the shop so far this weekend. The fish have the island circled up. There are still quality drum here in the bay from mid-island to the south end as well as Great Bay. One report came in yesterday from an angler who fished the ICW in Beach Haven. He reported chumming clam for bass, "Caught one nice drum about 20-lbs and two bass." We have also had guys asking for bushels of clam. Please call ahead to reserve. Bluefish are scattered around the bay. They are as far deep as the causeway bridges. Yesterday we had a "gram'r" post a photo on our Instagram page with a caption, "Bluefish thanks to the fresh bunker from Fisherman's Headquarters." The blues are cruising the inlet and offering creepers lots of fun.

Plentiful surf action! The past week has been phenomenal. Expect it to continue!

Father and son team Robert and Brandon Page of Browns Mills caught this morning. They weighed in a pair of bass from the mid-island surf on bunker. One 32" 11.5-lbs and one 37" 16.8-lbs.

Sign Up for Simply Bassin' Surf Tournament and try your luck at catching some dinner and winning some cash for a side dish.

It is that time of year again. Speed limits have been reduced and any day the lights along Long Beach Boulevard will be turned on. Word on the street is May 19th. Pay attention and use caution when approaching all intersections. Way too many drivers blow through the lights stuck in the winter time tunnel vision no light mind set.

May 17, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

Just before closing we got a delivery of today's live surf clam catch. The early birds in the morning will have premium fresh bunker and live clams. It is going to be a really nice day. Go get 'em!

Mike Sutton posted on our Facebook page earlier today, "Blues are in!!! Get'm while there hot!!!"

Received: May 17, 2014 7:11 PM   Subject: Deep Blue Sportfishing Report

The Trophy Stripers Are Here NOW!!!

What a Day!!! Went 4 for 5 on Stripers up to 35lbs 8oz!!! We were fishing on our Custom 45' Hatteras trolling out of Barnegat Inlet. The fish were 29lbs, 32 lbs, 34lbs and 35lbs. We pulled off another slob near the boat. The bunker were thick the other day, but the rain and giant swell has scattered the masses a bit. Also, there are some SLAMMER BLUEFISH around up to 20lbs. Had some good marks but hooked all the stripers with the sounder screen barren. On a side note, WE ARE CURRENTLY IN 1ST PLACE FOR THE NJ BEACH AND BOAT TOURNAMENT. The Bass are here. Why are you sitting at home wondering when is a good time to go on a STRIPER CHARTER? The time is now and we are available all of next week! or call Capt. Joe at 609-781-0507 to get in on the action!

~ Capt. Joe Giafaglione, Deep Blue Sportfishing  609.781.0507

Received: May 17, 2014 6:48 PM   Subject: Bay Blues and Open Boat Stripers

Fished the bay today as planned. Caught nothing with the fresh clams and chum on the blowfish grounds, tried two spots without a hit. Switched over to blues and got into them all day. Two to four pounders trolling plugs on the 10 pound spinning rods between the BB and BI buoys. Tried casting them for a little while and we had some blow up on our poppers but it wasn't consistent so we went back to trolling and the rods kept bending. Anchored up this afternoon in Oyster Creek for a little while with the clams and had a screaming runoff and hookup on what was either a nice bass or big bluefish but pulled the hook early in the battle.

I was scanning six different channels on the VHF and there was a good amount of chatter on an afternoon bite that was happening up off the Bathing Beach with good size bass and more big blues. I still have room on tomorrow's (Sun) open boat striper and blues trip as well as one spot on Monday's. Both trips will be out in the ocean pursuing big bass and blues on bunker spoons and snagging bunker. See earlier post for details.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

5:30 PM

Earlier today, Joe Lallo weighed in a 13.5-lb bluefish. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on bunker.

Just a heads up, most bait and weigh surf anglers reported back that certain spots needed 8-10+ oz to hold. The groundswell is still pulsing in but will ease. So far today we received two deliveries of bunker. They are plentiful and primo right now! Currently we are low on live shell clam; however, we expect a delivery before we close tonight.

9:00 AM

It was fun and rewarding fishing the weather! Hopefully you got in on the action. So many anglers hit the surf to take advantage of the full moon and the first real stretch of "fishing weather" this spring run. The buzz in the shop has been bass and blues in the wash. One angler stated, "I released about a hundred pounds of striped bass the other night." As everyone can see from the reports below, the bite turned on a number of days back. It is mid-May and it's prime time spring fishing here on Long Beach Island. Get out and enjoy the water!

The front finally crept east and cleared out. Expect the light westerly this morning to pick up to a nice breeze. There's a east-southeast groundswell in the water dumping on the sandbars. The buoy read 6 foot at 7am. The swell will be strongest early and slowly fading to about 2-3' on Sunday. Monday expect a pulse of longer period easterly swell with a possible slight increase in size. With it expect phenomenal white water and clean surf. Bring extra lead. Pleasant weather with westerly winds in the forecast for the remainder of the weekend and into the early week. Fish On!

May 16, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

11:00 AM

Steve George of the Berkley Striper Club checked in a nice 40.5" 26.5-lb bass this morning. He caught it on an SP Minnow fishing the mid-island surf last night.

Chris C. hit the surf yesterday. He reported back to us a short while ago, " Three bluefish. Got one on my first cast. No stripers."

We got a report emailed in from Jeff Fiedeldey. He fished yesterday evening, "Lots of 8-10 pound blues at the inlet by the light house - a few small stripers too."

 ~ Jeff Fiedeldey 5/15 6:00 P.M.

Received: May 15, 2014 7:10 PM   Subject: Fishing

Looking to get out this Sat, Sun, and Mon, May 17, 18, and 19. There were lots of gator blues up at the Bathing Beach before the recent weather prevented us from getting back. I know of two good size bass on the bunker spoons in the mix, as well, not on our boat, but in the same fleet. It looks like the wind finally comes around to the west on Saturday, but I think it will take most of the day to lay down that heave from the south/southeast. So, we will fish the bay on Saturday. She's coming around to the northwest for Sunday and Monday, our best fishing wind for both action and flat water, so we will look to get out in the ocean for stripers and blues. I'm going to pack some lighter conventionals in case we feel like tackling some of those big bluefish on lighter gear.

Beyond, these three days coming up, the only other May date I have available is Tues, May 27, the day after Memorial Day. Saturday, May 17 will be a 6 hour bay trip, 6AM to Noon. I will be stocked with fresh clams, sandworms, and chum logs looking for kingfish and blowfish on the west side of the bay. We will also throw poppers on the flats for blues and soft plastics in the channels for weakies. We could also go on the drift with some sandworms for schoolie stripers and weaks. We're going to do a little bit of everything to try and bend the rods. Sunday and Monday, May 18 and 19, if the weather stays true to the forecast, we will be heading out the inlet cruising up the beach looking for bunker, stripers, and blues. We will be armed with the bunker spoon rods as well as snagging gear. 6AM to Noon.

All trips limited to 3 people. $150 per person. Everything is provided. Call to reserve a spot. These dates are also available for your own private charter. See you out there~

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

May 15, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

3:00 PM

Eric Johnson of Surf City caught a nice fish today! It's the first forty we have heard about from the surf. Eric gave the report to store staffer Steve-o with a text message and a photo. The photo clearly showed its size but it wasn't the best lighting/quality so we opted not to post. Eric's fish was 43-lbs!!! He caught it off of the surf on bunker.

Received: May 15, 2014 1:28 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been getting a taste of the developing fishing season, but recognize the best fishing should be arriving any day soon.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” spent some time on the waters of Great Bay recently looking for striped bass. He reports the water was calm but his thermometer registered only 52-degrees. That was enough to chill off the striper bite, but he managed to put together a nice catch of feisty bluefish. Captain Gary says they took a few of the blues home for fresh fish on the grill. He also noted a few boats drifting live eels in his area but says none of them managed to pick up any bass.

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports the boat is now in the water and will be in Beach Haven by this weekend to do some fishing. He passed along the word that his mate Ryan Schramm and fishing friend Sean found some nice black drum in the bay as well as some short striped bass on Mother’s Day. They were fishing in the waters off Beach Haven in about 6-feet of water.

The captains are putting together the final touches on the curriculum for the 2014 Junior Mates Program. There are some new twists this year including a special sponsorship from Berkley Fishing. Berkley will be donating quite a few fishing supplies to the junior mates as they progress through the course.

The program runs for several weeks and covers a wealth of material necessary for a mate to learn. The youngsters will learn many facts about fishing and especially how to become a qualified mate. Interested candidates ages 13 and older are welcome to register. Complete information and registrations forms on the Junior Mates Program can be found at the association’s website at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

9:00 AM

This morning we had a weigh in from Bill of Manahawkin. He checked in a 32" 13lb bass that he caught off of the surf on clam.

Yesterday, Terry Griffith of Little Egg weighed in this 46.75" 37.85-lb bass. He caught it off of the surf on the south end of the island on clam. Terry said, "Luckily I had my drag set right. It bit and took off like a freight train. I got it into the break a couple times but it kept pulling. It was a great 15-20 minute fight.

Received: May 14, 2014 8:49 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - 2 Spots Open for Thursday Afternoon

Who wants to fish this afternoon?

Hi Folks,
I have 2 spots open for tomorrow Thursday afternoon 3-8pm. We will be targeting bass, blues and weakfish with artificials and bait all on light spinning tackle! Join and meet new friends other enthusiastic anglers for some well deserved time out on the brine! All rods, tackle, bait and fish cleaning included. Call only 609-290-1217  $120.00pp.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

May 14, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

11:00 AM

Last night Rob Vallone chunked the surf. He reported lots of wind and white water with a heavy sweep. He said there was lots of grass but he weeded through it and got some fish. Three blues and a quality bass. "Great fight! I happy I had my VS275!" Robbie hung the bass at the shop this morning checking it in for the Simply Bassin' Surf Tournament, 31-lbs 14-oz. See photo. He is the current leader.

New VS Power Grip Knobs are in. Most all pre-orders shipped yesterday. Any one looking to upgrade a handle knob on their VS reel (with fit some other reels with a slight modification) can order online. Any question? Call or email to the shop.

I spent some time yesterday meeting with the guys from Shimano. We looked at some new products that are coming out very soon. I'm stoked that Shimano will soon release a new "surf system" aka rod and reel that is application specific tailored to surf fishing anglers. It is all due out this June. So keep your eyes peeled.
We'll have the full line of rods and reels as well as a shop demo combo that anyone can take out and try for themselves. If you want to know a little more about the rods and reels please read on...

I am excited to say that I was contacted a couple years back by a Shimano engineer who said he was coming to the northest to fish and study the market. I know he traveled all around the northeast to learn what we demand and how each area requires somewhat different features. While here we talked about rods and reels.
His English wasn't the best but more that enough for us to communicate effectively. We hashed out the good and the bad and I pointed out what I'd like to see. He left me with a proto-type and said, "Fish! Get wet! Get sandy! Don't wash! Send back to me." And I did. That night I was into small-medium size blues on just about
every cast on SP's. The tide slacked and I caught a teen size bass but the bite died with the turn of the tide. A couple other trips during my field test period produced fish and I put the reel to work. When the date came to send back the reel I was kind of bummed but happy to know eventually the production model would come. I
gave my input and from what I saw yesterday they listened. The reel had/has a great drag capability with very good range. The radical drag curve took a little getting used to. It also had/has optimal gearing for fast line pickup in windy and heavy current conditions as well as cranking power to beat fish in big water. I would have
liked to slammed a big fish but its didn't happen. Three unique feature that stood out: it was light weight, had a tall yet shallow long cast spool design which allows the line to shed freely throughout every cast and a slow oscillation that puts down an amazing line lay. Both of these are for the utmost casting distance, which is a
theme for the system. The reel I field tested ended up being an Ultegra... Basically a modified the Aero Technium (coming soon to the USA too at $739.99) which is a stand out distance carp fishing reel in the European market. From what I am told they just made a couple of changes after feed back from their pro-staff and field testers in the north east. The Ultegra is an affordable reel at $209.99 for the 10k size and $189.99 for the 5.5k size. They also offer the 5.5k size with the CI4+ construction for the most lightweight approach (15.9oz), $319.99.

The system isn't complete without Shimano's new addition of an updated Tiralejo Surf Series. I was a big fan of the old Tiralejos. Their action was phenomenal offering great fishability and effortless casting with good recovery and distance. Lots of guys complained that they were a little on the heavy side but they were super
durable. The Tiralejos had the power to stop classy fish without folding over like a noodle. Shimano's Tiralejo surf rod series was the first production rod (that I know of) on the market that utilized Fuji's LC concept guides and now their new updated Tiralejo Surf Rods for 2014 will be the first production rods on the market that (I
know of) utilizing Fuji's ground breaking KR Concept PROPERLY. Properly is the key here. You'll find these rods are laid out right (with Fuji BKWAG's, K Frame, "A" for Alconite Rings) and in turn allow the blanks performance to shine unhindered, casting cast like a dream. I was bombing lures with very little effort. The 10'6"
shoots an SP minnow and the 12' rockets a big NorthBar Pencil effortlessly a county mile. The 11' conventional prototype was also casting bombs matched up with a Tranx. I can't wait to get a hold of the 9'6" when it is released. Anglers will find a full range (9'6",10'6", 11' 12') of Shimano Tiralejo rods with power and tapers
specifically what surfcaster's demand. Shimano's new blank construction utilizes a unique layup for obscene casting distance potential, increased hoop strength and power while still offering great sensitivity. The simple sleek build is classy and stealth. These rods all have the ability to compete with the best rods in the world and
quite frankly might out compete both performance and affordability. With a rock solid warranty and dependable availability (that Shimano is known around the world for) these rods will be something all surfcaster's should take a look at. I'm looking forward to hooking some fish on these once they hit the shop. All of the rods retail at
$299.99. We expect the rods and reels to arrive in about a month or less.

~ Fishhead.Greg

May 13, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

3:45 PM

Fresh bunker just arrived!

3:30 PM

Eric Richardson of Mt. Holly weighed in this good eating striper today. He caught it off of the mid-island surf on clam.

2:45 PM

Bait Update: Despite the wind one clam boat went out this morning. We got the call early saying no clams but it turns out we got 'em. We have a good supply of premium juicers in the shell and expect our stock to last into tomorrow. As far as bunker... we wait. Still have a couple primos left from yesterday's catch but they'll be gone soon.

9:00 AM

Store staffer Steve-o fished yesterday afternoon after work. He reported back that he smashed the blues, one after the other on lures. We also got another great report from an angler who requested to stay anonymous. He said, "It was on! Had fish almost every cast. All racer blues chomping hard. It was epic!"

A customer was in the shop this morning who reported catching some quality weakfish on the bayside. He said the classic bubblegum Fin-s is the ticket.

There's plenty of fish to catch with lures; bass, blues and weakfish... but for the bait guys unfortunately our current bait situation is weak. The outlook doesn't look good with the cranking north-northeasterly wind right now . This morning the clam boats did not go out. Our fresh bunker delivery yesterday is still holding but will run out sometime today. We hope to see more soon. FYI this will be the only report today.

May 12, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

6:30 PM

We just got a small fresh load of premium bunker but unfortunately we ran out of fresh clam. We expect to have more clams tomorrow around mid-day.

Jeff Warford and store staffer Blake headed back out today to where Jeff left 'em bitting yesterday. This time they went prepared to have lots of fun. Popping rods and top water lures were the weapon of choice. Blake reported having a blast with classy bluefish smashing poppers all around the boat. He also mentioned that there was lots of bunker! Blake reported some water temperature readings, "Inlet 55, Beach 52, Further off where we  slammed the blues 55-56 degrees."

We heard through the grapevine that some blues hit the beach today. No photos or weigh ins.

Received: May 12, 2014 4:47 PM   Subject: Reel Reaction Fishing Report

The bite that was starting to materialize prior to the heavy rains we received last week - has resumed. The change in salinity from the influx of rainwater into the bays and runoff generally will shut the bite for a few days until the salinity levels equalize. The late night bite bayside have produced striped bass and weakfish. The other night I fished from land and bailed a fat 19" and 21" weakfish that both took some drag - fish caught on bucktail (pink) tipped with pink Berkley gulp worked slow, and close to the bottom.

I will be wrapping up the last of my seminars for the spring: May 20th 7-8pm @ Shooter's Sporting Center, and June 13th 7:30-8:30pm @ Village Harbor Fishing Club. The seminars will focus on tactics for targeting fluke in the bays, inlets, and ocean.

On a charter note, and believe me I'm chomping at the bit to get out. My responsibilities as a high school athletic coach are coming to a close as the team nears the end of our season (May 20th). With that - Fishing takes priority!! I will be looking to get out for some afternoon trips 3-7? or 3-8? for some back-bay action or even take a run at some ocean stripers. Once the school year ends, I will be running trips 7 days a week (morning or afternoon) until September. I still have the last weekend in May available, and once fluke season opens on May 23 we will start to target fluke as another option. So if your interested give me a ring (609-290-7709) or book through the website ( Again, bait, tackle, and gear included on all of our chartered trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Sportfishing 609.290.7709

11:30 AM

We got word yesterday from boat guys fishing the ocean side. One report came from a guy (Mark) who trolled off of the beach IBSP. He caught a nice 22" fluke on a white bunker spoon in 55 foot of water. Mark reported also catching a pair of 7-8lb bluefish but no bass. Mark said the water temp was 57 degrees. Another boat report came from Jeff Warford. He was out on the water yesterday doing the same thing as Mark, trolling in search of bass. Jeff reported searching along the beach. He found lots of bait but no linesiders. He decided to take a cruise further offshore and look for shark bait aka bluefish for the upcoming tournaments. He said, "Lots of life 3-6 miles off! Bunker, whales and gator bluefish. Jeff trolled up blues from 5-12lbs until his arms fell of. Jeff said it was an epic solo trip. He reported that on his way in is saw black drum tailing in the bay.

Store staffer Blake hit the bayside after work yesterday. He fished poppers into the sunset and had some fun. Blake reported catching some treble tweaking racer blues.

Kristi Reillo Cooper post (on our Facebook page) a photo of a surf caught bluefish yesterday.

Jean Deery Schaum followed up with another report from her action yesterday. She said she enjoyed the beautiful day yesterday catching bluefish and blowfish. Good to know the puffers are still up there.

May 11, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

4:00 PM

Steve and Andrew just stopped in the shop to re-up their precious metal supply. While here they gave us a run down on their day went today. They said, "Started off the day on the surf. It was dead. Not a touch on bunker or clam. After a couple hours we picked up and moved to the Inlet. We roped the blues up their. All on metal. Non stop fish from 2-5-lbs for acouple hours!"

We received a couple nice posts on our shop's Facebook page today... One was from Jean Deery Schaum who posted, "My first of the season... 32" blue!" The other was from Laura Compton who posted, "Bluefish on LBI 11-lbs 33", caught on bunker yesterday" Thanks ladies for the photo and post! Keep up the catching!!!

John Trotto posted on our Facebook page yesterday, "Left my fishing bag in the lot by the South Jetty Inlet. Please message me if anyone finds it. All I want back is my eyeglasses. Thanks If any one has it please send us an email or give us a phone call. We will reach out to John if the finder doesn't go onto Facebook. Thanks

Received: May 11, 2014 1:19 PM   Subject: May 11 Report

Got some bunker from the shop this morning and caught a 26" blue. Few missed hits as well. Waiting out dead low then going back at it. ~ William N.

12:00 PM

Another load of fresh bunker arrived about an hour ago. Not sure how long it is going to last. So act fast.

Store staffer Rob reported chunking last night. He said he was covered up in spiny dog fish. He managed one bluefish.

8:30 AM

The early birds rejoiced. Unfortunately the bunker went really fast. Expecting more bunker by mid day.

Received: May 11, 2014 7:40 AM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - First Barnegat Bay Slam Scored!!!

Thunder storms, dense morning fog and finally mild temps greeted us at the dock this week but regardless of the weather conditions anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea managed a mix of schoolie stripers , first of the year bluefish and some the best early season quality weakfishing that we have seen in years! The first couple Barnegat Bay Slam were also scored by anglers as well. Here is a photo of a nice weakfish caught in the "mountains of" Barnegat bay.

Steve Perich form Hershey Pa. started the week delayed by a fast moving thunderstorm. Leaving the dock shortly after the storms had past off we went to our first stop where Steve managed some striped bass action upon arrival. Moving over toward the inlet no sooner did the bait hit the bottom and were into fish for the next 1 hour before the bite shut down and ending our day.

The Jeff Hayes Party was up next in thick "morning fog" that lasted all day to enjoy a mix of stripers, blues and quality weakfish in the 3-7lbs range. Before trips the guys scored our first of the season Barnegat Bay slams!!!

The Daryle Marion party was up next scoring more beautiful quality weakfish and a smattering of topwater bluefish action before trips end.

The action should only get better from here as we finally have a moderating weather pattern in place! I have this Thursday 15th and Friday 16th afternoon - [ 3-8pm] available for open or private charters for anyone interested in getting in on the action.

Wishing everyone fair winds and calm seas,

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

May 10, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

7:30 PM

Just a short while ago we sold out of fresh bunker. Don't fret! We expect a delivery tonight. The early birds will have primos!

A customer just stopped in and was bummed we sold of fresh meat (bunker). He said he was into 5-6-lb blues all day in the surf. He reported hammering the blues on cut bunker and catching blowfish on clam. No bass.

4:00 PM

Don Schroetter of Ship Bottom just weighed in a 17.35-lb bass. He caught if a short while ago off of the mid-island surf on clam.

FYI Grunden's new series for 2014, the Balder is in! The Balder series is set to be one of the best selling garments this year!! Stop by and check out the amazing set of rain gear.

2:00 PM

Just in... a fresh load of live surf clams, live eels as well as blood and sand worms.

7:30 AM

Plenty of fish on the beach! Mostly schoolie shorts but there are nice keeper bass being caught. Also in the mix... a couple Bluefish, Kingfish and Blowfish.

First fish was weighed in yesterday for the Simply Bassin' Spring Surf Tournament. The angler was George Konowal of the LBI Fishing Club. His 40" bass weighed in at 19-lbs 01-oz. This morning store staffer Steve Wolfschmidt checked in the second bass, a 19-lbs 5-oz. Both fish were caught on bunker.

Ryan D. and Matt B. stopped in yesterday on their way to the surf. Ryan sent a message that he caught a striped one on a Rapala shortly after wetting his line.

Al Asplint hit the surf yesterday. He reported lots of fish in tight to the beach. Also caught three kingfish and a blow fish. He said, "Lots of subtle hits.You gotta scale down the hook size and hold the rod."

Jeff Warford stroked 'em again yesterday. He said it was super calm, very foggy and the bass were on the chew. Again it was all topwater and soft baits. All schoolie bass, no weakfish, no bluefish.

May 9, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

5:30 PM

Fresh Bunker is here!

4:30 PM

Just got the call... Fresh Bunker is on its way here now. We should have them in less than one hour.

12:00 PM - Nice Day for Fishing!!!

It started off with very light onshore wind with a foggy over cast sky. Now at noon the flag is still limp and the bay is a sheet of glass. I'm sure the flats are going off! The small 2-3' SE swell offers a little white water for the surf guys. Can't ask for better fishing conditions. So far this morning we have had a lot of anglers getting live surf clams before heading up to the surf. A few guys reported about their last outing. The general theme was schoolie bass. There was talk again of acouple bluefish and blowfish by different customers.

Yesterday before hitting the bay in the late afternoon, Jeff Warford stopped in the shop. While here he met Dave from Tormentor Tackle. Dave hooked em up with a neck gator. Dave said, "Take your pick. Just do me a favor. Wear it and catch fish! You'll love it." Jeff picked the pink camo and said thanks to Daves. About an hour later Jeff emailed this photo.

Jeff said, "The Tourmentor Neck Gator is great. It keeps the wind and sun off your face. It was nasty on the bay and the gator was clutch. It kept me warm. It was a life saver because I would have froze without it." Jeff reported finding a good pack of fish and picking off a number of bass on topwater poppers and soft baits. He said the bite was hot but short lived mostly due to the hard wind and chop. "We moved around and found some more life but nothing special. Targeting the schoolie bass on light tackle is blast." There is weakfish in the mix to so your in for a surprise!

May 8, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

2:00 PM

Live clams here, but no fresh bunker until mid to late day tomorrow.

10:15 AM

We expect live clams later today.

As reported on our fishing report yesterday (as it was happening) there was a really good bite off of the surf. Shawn Hawthorne gave us heads up with a call and then followed up today with a report and pictures. Shawn reported catching almost 40 bass and blues in a few hours yesterday afternoon/evening, “We had fish biting like mad dogs until we ran out of bait!” It all went down on the mid-island surf with clam and worm. Here is two photos from yesterday, one is Dennis Reed with a “yellow eye” (bluefish) and the other is a doubled up high-low rig.

Received: May 8, 2014 9:05 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are now booking charters and “open boat” trips for a variety of fish both in the inshore ocean waters and in the bay. Early in the fishing season many anglers may not be ready to book a full charter. With an “open boat” trip, the fishermen pay on an individual basis and will be part of a party with other enthusiastic anglers. It is a great way to cut the expenses and still get a great day on the water.

Over the past several days both the striped bass and black drumfish have finally responded to the rising water temperatures. Both bass and drum are being caught in the waters just inside Little Egg Inlet and up to the mouth of the Mullica River in the Graveling Point area. In these areas the preferred method of fishing so far has been putting out a healthy slick of clam chum and fishing with fresh clams on the hooks. Circle hooks are advised for this fishing at this point due to the high numbers of undersized bass that are around. Most of the drumfish have been in the 20-30 pound range but some have been boated that were close to 50-pounds. There are bluefish scattered around the bay also with some showing up in the clam chum and others being caught by boats trolling small spoons in the area of the Middle Grounds. There are pods of bunker in the ocean waters close to the beaches of Long Beach Island, but there do not seem to be any bass under them. The bass that have been caught thus far in the ocean have been caught while trolling with bunker spoons and umbrella rigs.

Additional information on the association and its captains and boats can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 7, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

5:30 PM

And it is on! It really feels like fishing season now. Phone is blowing up bait is flying and fish are hitting the scales.

James Jones of Mt. Holley weighed in a 34" 12-lb 9-oz bass. He reported catching the linesider on clam. He said that he also dropped a fish and released a short.

Shortly after James weighed in we got a call asking what time we were open until (7pm). The caller said he had a fish was its way. It turns out it was a beautiful bass...

Todd Avery of the Merchantville Fishing Club weighed in a 40.5" 26-lb 10oz striper. Todd reported heading out looking for some blues with bunker. He obviously found something much larger!

Shawn Hawthorne gave us a courtesy call... "I'm up on the mid-island beach and I'm into fish! There is a good bite going down. Doubled up on hi/lo rigs with clam!"

3:30 PM

Like many of us, I am waiting for the classy spring run. But I'm putting my time in now and taking full advantage of what early season fishing has to offer. The biggin's will show up soon but until then the bay is full of life! I've had a blast the last few evening/night. Small bass but lots of action light tackle plugging style.  ~ Fish Head Greg

Received: May 7, 2014 2:48 PM   Subject: Deep Blue Fishing Report - Hot Striper Bite!!!

Stripers are snappin', 9 Keepers to 25lbs!!!| I took the Flats Boat to Raritan Bay yesterday looking for the bunker schools. I got there a bit late to find any signs of bunker and went out with 2 trolling plugs. I didn't even get the second rod out and BAM! a 22lb Bass was bending my rod in half! By myself, I managed 9 Stripers between 18 and 25lbs! I missed/pulled off at least as many as I caught. It has been non-stop action with the mornings and evenings providing a slightly better bite. We are now chartering the "Big Eyes II" out of Keyport/Atlantic Highlands for striped bass! We will be trailering the boat up there until the bass bite picks up out of Barnegat Light. BOOK YOUR STRIPER TRIP NOW!!!

~ Capt. Joseph Giafaglione, Deep Blue Fishing, 609-781-0507

Received: May 7, 2014 11:55 AM   Subject: Bass On The Beach

I caught a 29" bass at 11:30 this morning in Beach Haven. I was using clam and bunker on a hi/lo. It took the bunker!  ~ Rob Papile

May 6, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Lots of anglers taking advantage of the beautiful day. Only report we had back was from an angler who got some clams earlier in the day. He stopped back to scale down his hooks and load up with more clam. He said, "lots of small light hits and bait stealing. I'm going back to get those blowfish." He'll have a tasty dinner!

May 5, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Blowfish in the surf today! An angler visiting the shop gave us a strong report of blowfish on the surf. He said his son was catching them good on clam. Another report came from Alyse D. who caught one on clam while targeting stripers.

~ Fish Head Greg

May 4, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

With the warm up in the ocean temps there has been lots of scrabbling to get boats prepared and in the water. Larry Mears prepped early and it paid off. Larry stopped in the shop today and shared information about fishing this morning report. He said Lake Atlantic had no visible signs of life, "No birds and not a mark all day." However Larry is (and has been on three consecutive trips) hooking into quality striped bass trolling bunker spoons. Unfortunately he reported lots of dropped fish, "They are shaking the hook boat side."

Not much to report from the surf. The only reports we heard today were talks about skates on bait.

~ Fish Head Greg

May 3, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

Today, we received one report of a Striped Bass caught on clam. Lots of anglers visited the shop today, gearing up and taking advantage of the beautiful day. Some anglers loaded up with bait and hit the beaches fishing. We await receiving results.

The swell dropped out and the water cleaned up. The surf was crystal clear today. We heard the surf temp was 51 degrees.

One customer reported heading out on a boat trolling. He found some bunker but no striped bass. Any Day Now!

Ted Johnson gave us a heads up. He caught a pair of Striped Bass last night fishing the ICW down on the South-end of the island.

Just a reminder Simply Bassing has started! Tournament runs from Saturday, May 3th, 2014 to Sunday, June 29th 2014. Pre-Register ASAP for Simply Bassing and the FHQ Side Bet before catching a fish.

For all 2014 Tournament Details visit...

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: May 3, 2014 1:01 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

It's definitely time!! The water has warmed to the mid 50's in the bay, with warmer temps near the Forked River Power Plant. There has been a bite on schoolie striped bass just about everywhere, in fact prior to our soaking this past week, we had a couple of nights with numbers of striped bass totaling double digits, all bass around 21". Most bass fell for float rigs tipped with sandworms, or bucktails tipped with twister tails worked very slow.

I will be wrapping up the last of my seminars for the spring: May 9th 6-8pm @ Creekside Outfitters, May 20th 7-8pm @ Shooter's Sporting Center, and June 13th 7:30-8:30pm @ Village Harbor Fishing Club. The seminars will focus on tactics for targeting fluke in the bays and oceans. All seminars are free.

The big stripers are on their way and with the weather forecasted for next week - it should start to break open at anytime. Live-lining, throwing plugs, and trolling spoons will be the way to go once the big ones arrive. I do have some Striper dates open, and have already started booking Fluke trips through June, so if your interested give me a ring or book through the website ( ). Again, all bait, tackle, and gear provided on all chartered trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

May 2, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

7:30 PM

Today we had a 3-4'+ fading swell coming out of the south, southeast. The wind was light westerly early but picked up and swung to a gusty south blow mid day. It faded out this late afternoon into evening and is currently very light. Expect light winds tonight and tomorrow morning and then 5-10 for tomorrow day. There might be a breezy south afternoon sea breeze. The forecast are calling for the present swell to linger around. They are still calling 2-3' plus tomorrow. With all of that being said I would expect 4 to possible 6oz sinkers to hold. Certain spots could require more some less.

We have been slammed all day with a lot of anglers heading out, unfortunately we have not heard back. What I can say is that the surf temps warmed up a couple degree after this recent blow. Things are looking good.

Today our suppliers of surf clams and fresh bunker did well. Both have just recently come off the boats and are both already on display in the store.

~ Fish Head Greg

May 1, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: May 1, 2014 8:33 PM   Subject: Open Boat Combo Trips

The "Hi Flier" is in the water and ready to start fishing. Is there anything to catch? I don't know, but according to the calendar it's definitely time to be trying. Any info I have to offer would just be recycled reports that I read in the same place most of you read. I like it better when I can tell you what we caught, but we have to start somewhere I guess.

The ocean water temp jumped a few degrees during this past week to finally squeak past the 50 degree mark. That combined with a mint forecast for this upcoming Sat, Sun, and Mon has motivated me to run some open boat combo trips. I ordered a flat of sandworms and two bushels of clams. The forecast is for mild temps and west winds to lay out the sea condition. The plan is to start the early morning outside on Saturday trolling bunker spoons off of Island Beach. I have not heard of any fish there yet, but with the jump in water temp, this could be the weekend it starts. After that, we head back in to the bay to try casting soft plastics and drifting sandworms for weakfish. I have heard of more than a few nice weakies taken already. We could also try casting topwaters for the blues that are supposed to be here on the flats in the back bay.

This is far from a "tip on a horse" and more like "looking for a few good men and women" to pioneer some reports.

The success of the ocean effort on Saturday will dictate the strategy for Sunday and Monday. If the troll delivers, we will be right back again each morning. If there was no life, we will jump right into the weakfish effort in the early morning and then switch to topwater blues after that.

Where do the clams fit in to all of this? Personally, I only fish the high water slack and the first few hours of outgoing tide. I am not saying that is the only time to catch them, lots of guys like the incoming, but for me, it has to be rolling out. This Sat, Sun, and Mon the time to be anchored up in the area I like to fish in Oyster Creek is 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM respectively. Those trips will be ending around 5 or 6 PM, so being that I can't have a 6 AM start and 6 PM finish for the same trip, I will be running separate afternoon trips in the bay for clamming stripers and casting weakies and blues. How is the clamming stripers going? No idea. My gut tells me this is going to deliver, though. Just feels right.

We will be loaded with trolling gear, bait, casting lures, and too many rods. We're gon'na catch something... I think.

Sat, May 3:
6AM to Noon. Ocean trolling for big stripers, casting weakies and blues in the bay.
1PM to 6PM. Anchored up clamming for stripers in the bay, casting weakies and blues in the bay.

Sun, May 4:
6AM to Noon. ?? Depends on Saturday's ocean success. Either way we will be combining the weakies and blues in the bay.
1PM to 6PM. Anchored up clamming for stripers in the bay, casting weakies and blues in the bay.

Mon, May 5:
6AM to Noon. ?? Depends on Saturday's and Sunday's ocean success. Either way we will be combining the weakies and blues in the bay.
1PM to 6PM. Anchored up clamming for stripers in the bay, casting weakies and blues in the bay.

6 Hour Trip $150 per person, 3 people max
5 Hour Trip $135 per person, 3 people max

Call me on my cell to reserve a spot. Hope to see you on board.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: May 1, 2014 8:37 AM   Subject: BHCFAReport

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are making the final touches on their boats and gear as the 2014 fishing season gets ready to get rolling.

As the air and water temperatures in the Beach Haven area slowly start to rise, the fishing action is equally slow in picking up. Over the past week there has been a definite uptick in the striped bass action with more and more keeper bass being landed on a daily basis. A few bluefish are making their way into the mix and some very nice black drumfish have been landed. In addition, some anglers with the know-how are picking up some “tiderunner” weakfish.

The BHCFA recently welcomed its newest member, Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig Sportfishing". Captain Gary berths his two boats on the mainland in the Tuckerton area, but regularly picks up anglers and parties on Long Beach Island for his trips. Captain Gary reports some small stripers caught off Graveling Point while anchored in 6-7 feet of water. He says the ticket is clam for bait with plenty of chum in the water to stir up interest. With the influx in the drumfish, he adds that he may be targeting them this weekend in addition to the linesiders. 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

Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports he has been working hard on getting his boat back into its slip at Morrison’s Marina in Beach Haven. Weather has been a factor in slowing his work schedule down. He has been tracking a warm water eddy far to the east in the ocean that is moving toward Beach Haven at a rate of about 60 nautical miles per week. He is hoping that this movement could result in the possibility of an early tuna bite off Beach Haven. For information on the 38' Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980

Additional information on the association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

April 30, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

4:30 PM

Simply Bassin' registration forms just came in so sign-ups have begun. The surf only tournament starts May 3rd. Remember to signup for the Fisherman's Headquarters Striper Side-Bet (additional $10, 100% payout)! For more details: 2014 Simply Bassing as well as 2014 Striper Side Bet.

April 29, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

5:30 PM

It's that time of year again for surf fishing on LBI !

Long Beach Island's Simply Bassin' Surf Fishing Tournament begins on May 3rd (00:00:01AM). The 8 week striper surf tournament will end on June 29th at noon time (12:00:00 PM). Registration will begin on May 2nd, possibly sooner. We are awaiting our printer to finish up the registrations forms. They are expected this week. Fisherman’s Headquarters will once again offer the Striper Side-Bet to the largest bass weighed in at FHQ. Last year's grand prize winner was Paul Haertel who took home an additional $600 in Side-Bet winnings.

Yesterday, I hit the bay with Jeff and Blake aboard the Hewes Redfisher. It was the last trip before the Hewes makes its annual trip south to the flats of Florida. We had to make this trip count and it did. Fishing started off slow. After covering a lot of ground with a bunch of casts we raised some bass in 57 degree water. There was action on top water but nothing like our past trips. The All Black Stillwater Smack-It popper was MVP. It out produced with the low light overcast sky. There was a section of time where fishing poppers was difficult due to grass. I switched over to a pink soft-bait rigged weedless on an Owner Beast hook and it was good to me. It fished perfectly in the shallow water shedding any and all grass. Best of all, a number of bass wanted it. Late in the day, Blake released a nice weakfish that went for his pink Fin-S jig. A couple buddies fishing the same area released a few weakfish too. The recent back bay fishing has been a lot of fun. We've now got a blow for a couple days but the weekend forecast outlook is great.

A lot of anglers have put in time to take advantage of the Tautog bite before the season closure (4 fish April 1- April 30th). The mad rush came on like gangbusters! It seemed like a ton of green crabs and bags of clams. Today we heard some news back... Brett Lutz fished out in 80' of water yesterday. He caught 6 tog up to 14.82-lbs and three cod. All on clam. There are also tog in the rocks along the Inlet jetty. Adam Sherer and a couple buddies speared a number of nice blackfish yesterday. Adam reported that they aren't stacked up but there are some nice ones hiding in the holes.

~ Fish Head Greg

3:45 PM

Yesterday there was an onshore breeze with 2-3' surf. Anglers were holding bottom with 3-oz pyramid sinkers. Today the wind is cranking 20+kts and the buoy jumped up to 8'. It is sloppy up there. With this being said the required weight changes day to day, tide to tide and even hour to hour and can be spot dependant. Also someone fishing the exact same spot might be fishing more or less weigh than an angler fishing close by. For example I might fish 4-oz with a clam on one rod but on my other rod I might fish 8-oz with a chunk of bunker.

As far as bait... clam would be a first choice off of the surf right now. If fishing the bay clam or bloodworm... bloodworm will get the bite quicker but you have a good chance at drum with clam. As per our recent surf reports, most of the striped bass fishing action off of the surf has been on clam.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 28, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

1:30 PM

Received a call from a customer who wanted to share this morning's report... "I caught a lot of short stripers on the outgoing tide on the north end of the Island. Also caught a couple of weakfish at the bottom of the tide"

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Apr 28, 2014 11:55 AM Subject: Saltwater Fishing Regulation Information: Summer Flounder/Black Sea Bass

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is notifying anglers of Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass recreational regulations changes approved by the NJ Marine Fisheries Council earlier this month. For 2014 season and limit information please see on the Division's website.

Anglers should also note that the 2014 Marine Digest is now available on the Division's website and at coastal bait and marine stores. To view the Digest in PDF format or in an interactive version on the publisher's site visit Please note that the Summer Flounder season dates on page 12 of the Digest are incorrect and should be May 23 - Sept 27. The dates are correct elsewhere in the Digest.

Saltwater anglers are also reminded they must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program prior to fishing in 2014. Registrations expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed annually. Anglers who registered in 2013 should renew now at Enjoy your fishing!


Received: Apr 28, 2014 9:34 AM Subject: fishing report

Tons of black fish from the Carolyn Ann III. The pool winner was a 10.6 pounder. I was out there smacking them anywhere from 3 to 6 pounds on Sunday.

~ ML

7:00 AM

Got word yesterday that work is underway on the Barnegat Inlets North Jetty. This should be an interesting spring and summer navigating and fishing the Inlet.

Last night, Blake and I hit a sunset session and scored! We had a bunch of schoolie bass on poppers. My MVP was once again the Stillwater Smack-It Jr. I love light tackle top water fishing the shallows. I live for the boils, v-wake follows and acrobatic strikes. There are some beautiful weakfish here too! There were a number of quality tiderunners caught yesterday afternoon and the bite went right into sunset. Unfortunately I only had bass but I hope to be out again looking for the fang'd critters tonight.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 27, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 27, 2014 8:33 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters - Stripers, Weakfish, Blackfish and Blue Claw crabs!

Although the weather continues to be a bit cooler than what we have grown accustomed to over the last few years the season continues it's ever so slow progression forward.

This week schoolie striped bass were joined by a few nice tide runner weakfish as well as few nice blackfish. Also the first out of the mud blue claw crabs have found their way into my freshly baited and short soaked crab pots for a long awaited tasty meal of fresh steamed Old Bay Crabs. Mmm mmm good!

The action is still a bit slow for my liking but the last few days have showed a definitive up tick with tide runner weakfish that we have not seen in years. Weakfish in 3-8lbs range were scored on every outing this week.

I am ever hopeful that this upcoming week we will see our first non resident bluefish and stripers joining in the light tackle action for anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea .

Angler of the week was Frank Hetler from Pa. who scored 6 stripers and a beautiful 29" weakfish all within a 5 hour backbay trip with brother Joe who also scored both striped bass and a nice 5lbs blackfish. Regular Jay Simmons was runner up scoring both striped bass and a nice weakfish.

Remember to join us on face book to view photos and latest reports and hopefully "Like Us". Also, I have changed my email address to for trip availability and latest information.

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

5:00 PM

Kaz stopped in this morning and got some live clams and green crabs. He returned this afternoon with this report. "Fished the bayside with clam. Released a pair of short striped bass. Also fished the Inlet rocks where a pair of short tog were released. Another angler who was in the area caught a keeper."

9:30 AM

Rob Vallone fished the surf incoming tide yesterday afternoon. He reported a lot of action on clam, "Released 6 bass up to 26". Use 4/0 bait holder hooks, sharpen 'em up and hold your rod. I caught but also missed a bunch of hits. The bass are on the beach. Other anglers were catching too. One caught 8 bass and another had a handful with one being 17-lbs".

April 26, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

7:00 PM

Store staffer Blake just headed out to check the water temps. Up the street from the shop the surf temp in the wash is 50 degrees. Down the street from the shop at the bay the water temp is 58 degrees. It's game time!

Ted Schmutz came in this afternoon stoked up for more clams. "The bite is on! I just left the beach with a nice one. Heading back now." Ted weighed in this 22-lb 2-oz Striped Bass that he just caught off of the mid-island surf on clam.

Another customer reported catching some "rats" in the bay earlier today. He said the crowd was insane so he hit the surf. He came back and said, "There's bass on the beach. I caught two, one short and one keeper."

1:00 PM

The weather has been great lately but the wind has been an issue. Finally it quit. Today was the first of many fresh bunker deliveries to come for this season. It's time to start chunking.

Word in the shop today was weakfish. A couple different customer report catching some tide runners. They are here!

We also got word from Bill Heade. He sent us a report on our Facebook page. He wrote, "Thanks for the great clams and bloods. Back bay fishing is heating up. I caught 15 bass in 2-1/2 hours of fishing. I also saw three drum caught as well. Stop sitting on the couch guys, the bite is going off."

April 24, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

2:00 PM

The water temp is right for tog and they are in the rocks around Barnegat Inlet; however, not many anglers are providing reports. I did get word of a recent 8-lb tog that was caught at the Manasquan Inlet. We have anglers who travel from Philadelphia daily and fish Barnegat Inlet hard using green crabs but results are being kept confidential by these anglers. Currently we have green crabs and expect to have them in stock for the weekend.

As far as striped bass... The surf in progressing. Still slow for this time of year but reports are trickling in. If you want to hit the surf it wouldn't be a bad choice but just know that the skunked factor is high. I would suggest looking towards the bayside of the Island or Mystic Islands area. Graveling Point has plenty of fish. Please note that the Island's bayside is most productive at night with lures but anglers do catch on bait during the day. There are a number of public access points on the southend - Morrison's area, and also some sod banks, Mid island - the bridges, numerous street ends and the Ship Bottom bayside pier and on the north end the wooden walkway at the condos and the Dike.

April 23, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Reminder : Tell your fellow anglers...

This evening, NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Russ Allen will be the speaker at a public forum In Manahawkin on striped bass management on Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by the Recreational Fishing Alliance's New Jersey Chapter, this free event will feature an overview of the latest Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) striped bass assessment results, current coastwide stock status, New Jersey's survey results and potential ASMFC management actions. The forum will be held at the Holiday Inn of Manahawkin on the south side of Route 72, approximately 1 mile east of the Garden State Parkway, Exit 63. Admission is free.
Address: Holiday Inn, 151 Route 72 East, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Phone: (609) 481-6100

The event is designed as an open forum for those with a direct interest in the future of striped bass management along the coast, including individual saltwater anglers, for-hire captains and members of the recreational tackle community. It will offer attendees a unique glimpse at what fisheries managers discussed at the ASMFC Striped Bass Board's February meeting.

ASMFC will take up the striped bass discussion again at their spring meetings in Alexandria, VA, which begin on May 12. In response, the public will be asked to comment on a series of management options this summer which are designed to meet conservation goals and targets for Atlantic Coast striped bass stocks; any changes to the recreational or commercial sector are expected to be implemented for the 2015 calendar year.

The bay is full of good fishing opportunities and the surf is progressing.

Between working, lots of yard work and prepping boats for the season I've been fishing very little. I really don't need to explain. I'm sure many are in the same "boat". But, finally I found the time to dip a boat in the drink and fish. With very light wind I decided to use the Hewes Redfisher Skiff. With my dad heading to Florida for is annually fishing trip in a couple weeks, I though it was a perfect time to get it running and iron out any wrinkles.

Monday, April 21, 2014 - Blake (store staff) and I geared up and headed out late in the day (about 5pm-ish). We started off hitting the flats where fair clarity 55 degree water greeted us. The water had a slight tint (~3' of visibility) and was loaded with big jellyfish. No grass so we worked the area for about a half hour. We knew there had to be fish roaming the area. With no sign of life we didn't want to waste anytime as it was getting late in the day.

Next, we made a move to the west side of the bay where we found some scattered birds that were picking in 62 degree water. Within the first couple of casts I had a beautiful striped bass tail slap my Stillwater Smack-It Popper right in my face. It was game on into dark! Lots of swirls, boils and hook ups on poppers, swimmers and soft baits. Mostly small striped bass in the mix but there were some quality linesiders that showed bigger blow-ups but none came tight.

It turns out we stumbled upon a large patch of worms; possibly cinder worms. They were mostly thin 4-6" long, some went to 8"+ with a pinkish hue. They all swarmed with a corkscrew wiggle releasing a trail of sperm. It was an amazing sight to see and it was only us on the Hewes, the birds and bass. There were a couple other boats in the area but they didn't realize what was going down around us.

Thanks to the Minn Kota Riptide I-Pilot Trolling Motor and the Talon Shallow Water Anchor, we worked the area up, down, back and forth. The whole time right where we wanted to be all super easy and stealthy. It was great. Can't wait to do some shallow water fluking in the back bay fishing machine.

More Fish... In the shop we've got word from many different customers.

Ray Sullivan had a pair of bass off of the surf on Monday fishing clam and worm.

Tom Jackson was inquiring about a new cooler rack for his Jeep. While in the shop he shared info that he has been catching a lot of small striped bass. He said that since most of the bass are very small he switch over to using kingfish rigs. His bite to hookup ratio significantly improved.

Chris Bender has been on the striped bass for weeks and still is. He is worming hard.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 21, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

We received word that some small blues have showed up in the bay. One report came from an angler who was plugging the bayside on the North-end. Another came from an angler fishing Great Bay. With striped bass, drum, blues and weakfish present our spring fishery is shaping up.

April 20, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Happy Easter!

Tom V. was in getting bait yesterday afternoon. He reported hooking lots of small striped bass on bloods and not many guys fishing today. Tom mentioned that you got to get the bait out as far as possible and hold your rod. Lots of small, soft, quick hits.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 19, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 19, 2014 6:56 PM   Subject: LBI Charters

Kev and I headed out for some fun this AM but we had to turn around due to a huge swell. We worried what the inlet would be like on the outgoing tide at time of return. Headed back out for boat ride around 4 PM, had 10 clams aboard and the inlet was fine. Anchored up close to home telling Kev he wouldn't get a bite. Well he put 3 keeper blackfish and 1 throwback in the boat in about 45 minutes of fishing when we ran out of bait. So its time give a call or send an email and let's get going by April 30th while season is open.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

April 18, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

5:00 PM

Pete from Beach Haven West stopped in the shop earlier today and shared a report. Pete fished in the bay yesterday with clam and nailed a 50-lb class black drum. Pete said the belly was stacked with bay scallops. We have also heard of a couple caught down in the Mystic Islands area. Expect this fishery to be very productive for a moon phase or two, possibly longer but don't count on it.

If your boats is ready to rock, find a nice channel edge and anchor up. Chum some clam and lay a tongue back and wait.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 16, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 16, 2014 11:11 AM   Subject: Striped Bass Management Forum April 23

NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Russ Allen will be the speaker at a public forum In Manahawkin on striped bass management on Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by the Recreational Fishing Alliance's New Jersey Chapter, this free event will feature an overview of the latest Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) striped bass assessment results, current coastwide stock status, New Jersey's survey results and potential ASMFC management actions.

The event is designed as an open forum for those with a direct interest in the future of striped bass management along the coast, including individual saltwater anglers, for-hire captains and members of the recreational tackle community. It will offer attendees a unique glimpse at what fisheries managers discussed at the ASMFC Striped Bass Board's February meeting.

ASMFC will take up the striped bass discussion again at their spring meetings in Alexandria, VA, which begin on May 12. In response, the public will be asked to comment on a series of management options this summer which are designed to meet conservation goals and targets for Atlantic Coast striped bass stocks; any changes to the recreational or commercial sector are expected to be implemented for the 2015 calendar year.

The forum will be held at the Holiday Inn of Manahawkin on the south side of Route 72, approximately 1 mile east of the Garden State Parkway, Exit 63. Admission is free.

April 15, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

7:00 PM

Bob Pianetti fished aboard the Doris Mae IV this past weekend. He stopped by the shop once back on land and weighed in this 11.1 pound blackfish. Want to head out and target blackfish, cod, ling, porgies, pollock? Check with the Doris Mae for their fishing schedule.

A rainy day is here after a stretch of great weather. The warm temperatures and lots of sun helped to pick things up. The water temps are creeping up and fishing in progressing. Just yesterday we heard of a couple bass on the islands bayside at night as well as a couple small bluefish in the bay. Finally we are getting word of fish at locations other than the early season hot spots even though those spots are still top producers. Those looking to creep the rocks have blackfish to target. Green crabs will get a quick bite from feisty tog hanging in the rocks.

We have had a lot of customer in gearing up and getting bait; unfortunately not many direct reports to share. A couple of the anglers in the shop talking about catching specifically requested to keep their catches off the report. One thing is for sure there are fish to catch. One angler who said he was happy to share was Tom Bentlif. Tom report yesterday, "On Sunday I fished (Mystic Islands area for) a couple hours during the incoming tide. Three short bass, one perch and two eels all on worms.

For those looking for reports other than the LBI area... There is plenty of bass and shad in the Delaware. The bass bite really turned on about 10 days ago and was very strong right up until last night. We'll have to wait and see what the rain does. Jeff Warford headed out on a Turkey Hunt in Virginia this weekend but before leaving he smoked the shad in the river. He said it was non stop action.

Any readers looking to share a report whether good or bad please send us an email or give us a call.

Received: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:12 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Update

To say this has been a long, cold winter is an understatement, but finally, the Kev n' Ash will be launched this week. I am hoping to do a reconnaissance mission this weekend, well that is if the winds lay down enough to let me get offshore. Going to see if we can get any cod/blackfish bites within reasonable range of home. Either way, blackfish season with 4 fish per person ends April 30th, so if you're itching to get out like I am, give us a call or send us an email and get out before blackfish season closes. Also, sea bass season opens May 19th, so book a prime date now to get first crack at these bottom dwellers. Capt Greg 631-300-6413

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

April 5, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

4:00 PM


The NJMFC met on Thursday April 3rd and unanimously voted in favor of the following new 2014 regulations for Sea Bass and Summer Flounder (aka Fluke).

Black Sea Bass:
Size Limit:
  12-1/2" Minimum Length
Open Season Dates and Maximum Daily Limits:
  05/19/14 - 06/30/14, 15 Fish
  07/01/14 -08/31/14, 3 Fish
  09/01/14 - 09/06/14, 15 Fish
  10/18/14 - 12/31/14, 15 Fish

Summer Flounder (aka Fluke):
Open season 05/23/14 - 09/27/14 with 18" Minimum Length and 5 fish Maximum daily limit.
We received word about a special pilot program that would allow 2 fluke at 16" to be kept by shore based anglers at Island Beach State Park ONLY. This program is an experiment and could possibly expand further next year. JCAA, NJBBA and NJSFSC all supported the concept but also requested that it be expanded to include a couple other areas particularly in southern New Jersey this year as well. Time will tell.

Thanks to Paul Haertel President of the JCAA for all of the above info!


The recent warm days have got everything moving! Anglers are gearing up and more boats are going in the water. For those who want to shake the dust off, there are fish to catch both from land and the boat. Target the early season hot spots with bait like live bloodworm and clam. These baits spark an appetite because they are easy to acquire and digest. The local striped bass are small schoolies so scale down hooks to match the bait and fish. There is no need for 8/0 hooks and bunker chunks, YET!!! Those days are right around the corner. Some anglers opt to go with slow moving artificial lures. In that case fish using small jigs (bucktails), little swimmers and soft plastics.

Before the bass blow up on the bunker there is a ton of fun bass fishing the shallow back water sod banks and flats as well as rivers and creeks. We've received lots of calls asking about the tog bite as well as the winter flounder. Sorry we don't have any first hand reports yet. They are both prime target species right now. Traditionally Black Drum and Bluefish should be here soon (a couple weeks) as they follow Boston Mackerel moving into our area around Easter time. Striped Bass will be chewing off the surf at any time now. Even though we've had lots of sun, my recent surf sessions proved the surf temperatures were still very cold. It warmed up a few weeks back but dropped back down. My best "feel" tells me about 40 degrees. If I can, I will make a couple casts with a thermometer and report back soon. There might be a couple in the suds if you want to try the sand.

~ Fish Head Greg

April 2, 2014 ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Apr 2, 2014 9:53 AM   Subject: Sedge Island Fishing Experience Deadline Extended

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has a few remaining openings for the Sedge Island Fishing Experience and has extended the application deadline to April 21. The program will be June 26-29 for students going into grades 8 and 9 this fall. The Sedge Island Fishing Experience will engage students in different fishing techniques from the back bay to the surf.

Students will stay at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. Living a conservation lifestyle, students will learn about the importance of New Jersey's estuaries as well as the role each student has in conserving our natural resources.

No fishing experience is required; those who have grown up fishing are also welcome to attend and will benefit from and enjoy this unique experience.

The cost is $475 and includes all meals, lodging, bait, tackle and equipment. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of students needing financial help. More information, including the application form, can be found at or by contacting Karen Byrne at or 609-748-4347.




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