serving fisherman from 1976- 2016
Fluke 5 fish @ 18" - 5/22 - 9/26
1 fish 28" - 43 1 fish over 43"
Bonus tag - 1 over 28" until Aug. 31
***Bonus tag as of Sept. 1 - Dec 31 1 fish 24" - 28"
May 26 -June 30 -15 fish / 12.5"
July 1 - July 31 - 2 fish (by catch) / 12.5"
Oct. 22 - Dec. 31 - 15 fish / 12.5" On
2015 Fishing Review
As I look back on the year what a different year it has been. Early April had a lot of bunker on the beach with people picking them up for bait or throwing them back in the water. Anglers were casting and casting with no luck. A week later big bluefish arrived and I mean big bluefish. These bluefish stayed here for 6 weeks and you could catch them from the beach or you could catch them from the bayside. Many people that never threw plugs got in on the action and enjoyed catching fish this way. I made the comment that unless you were 40 years old you never saw action like this. It was great fishing and a Spring many will remember. Having the big blues here seemed to scare the stripers.
Fluke season was no where as good this year in the past few years for anglers fishing the bay. The fluke left the earlier than
they normal. Ocean fisherman got a longer season with them and for some they had a great year but once again Mother Nature cut it short.
Beach replenishment had a lot of surf anglers concerned on how the fishing was going to be as they watched the jetties and sandbar disappear. The summer was slow as there was a lack of kingfish, no spots or small bluefish to speak of. Brown sharks made their appearance early this year with anglers having a good time landing these sharks that are prohibited to keep. Anglers fishing for fluke had a good year especially those that fished near the dredge pipe from the replenishment.
Seabass fishing was dissapointed. With all the rules and requlations the last few years it is still slow. Summer time allowed
anglers to have one tog but as the year ends they can have 6. With the weather staying mild they are still doing well.
Offshore fishing was different. Lots of mahi not a lot of yellowfin and for some they had a Great year on big eye. More boats fishing for tile fish.
Holgate opens in September. Some small bluefish down there but not as many as there were on the front beaches. A few kingfish show up and no spots. Beach replenishment is finishing up in Beach Haven and a lot of fluke are being caught.
The dredge moves to Brant Beach area. Several northeast storms slow the work down in that area but the storms are eroding the areas that were replenished bringing back some sandbars and some nice cuts. Anglers that were concerned are now talking about how good their beach looks.
The Classic starts on October the 10 with a 34 pound bass being entered the first day from a replenished beach.
The Classic had the best year for bass since Sandy. Most fish came from Spray Beach to Harvey Cedars and caught on
bunker. The winning bass was caught on a lure.
Holgate (wildlife area) had very few fish which was surprising with all that are usually caught down there in the rip. Even the pluggers that normally do good had little success.
The biggest Classic fish we weighed was 6 year old Sam Adams bass that was caught in Spray Beach. This 41 pound bass was as big as him. His grand father Don was his coach thru it and what a great catch it was for the two of them. I hope you get to see his video.There were many doubters till they saw it. I don't know how many times I have heard thru the years that "my reel broke so I just backed up on the beach till the fish was in the wash and then walked down and picked it up". What a great relationship between them. I was glad I got to be involved with Sam and his fish.
Jim Corson found one of those bigger bluefish and had a 19 pounder to take top honors in the Classic catching it in a northeaster near where the replenishment was going on. Jim continued to catch fish there till he finally had to move because they are replenishing that beach.
Stripers, stripers and more stripers. What a fall we have had and are still having.
Boaters first traveled north to catch bass north of IBSP and fished them for weeks and then they started to move south. Around the dredge (Brant Beach) was a good area and off the Red Tower in 50 feet of water. Some days the fish were right off the beach. By Thanksgiving the fishing was good right outside our inlet. White, white, white. White shad 9ers rigs, white bunker
spoons, white mojos, white stretch plugs. Some days the fish were right on top so you cast top water plugs to them.
Boaters extended their stay in the water because of the fishing. There are still some big fish around but many have gone south and Cape May is going strong.
There are still bluefish being caught along with the bass and here we are at almost the 1st day of winter. Beach replenishment is finishing up at 106th Street and they will be done now for awhile. Start up date is mid March starting at 12th Street in Beach Haven and in Holgate working from both ends to meet in the middle.
Lots of theories on the fishing this year from beach repenishment and comments that the new regulations on bass are working.
As always I am looking forward to 2016.
61st LBI Classic
Oct 10th at 5 am is the start of a surf fishing tournament that started here on Long Beach Island 61 years ago.
It was 60 some years ago when some island business men got together to create what we now call the LBI Classic. This was formed to bring business to the island in the off season. Now a days the island has lots of events to draw people to the island in off season but this was the first one to do this. It is great that we can say it has been around for all this years.
In the beginning this tournament drew over 2000 anglers that fished our beaches. Now a days it has around 800 anglers. We need you support to keep this long running surf fishing contest going. For only 30 dollars you can fish in this Island Surf Classic for 8 weeks and get the chance to win some great prizes and money.
It has had good years as far as fish entered and it had lean years. It has changed with the times such as when there were no stripers around blue fish were added and at one time there were weakfish in this tournament.
To those of us that have been around a long time it is still the Derby. I am one of those.
I have been involved with this tournament since 1967 as a angler or as a weigh master and as a member of the Classic committee.
Being married to a fisherman (Jingles) fishing was a great way to spend time with him (or I didn't see him). The beach was also a good place to take the kids which they both enjoyed fishing.
My oldest son (Rick)won the 25th derby at the age of 13 with a 19-3 bluefish that he caught on a black red fin in the rip in Holgate. He was so proud of this fish and used it that Halloween as part of his fisherman's costume in the parade and won a prize. (we had kept the fish frozen for the taxidermist) My younger son (Tooter) had the touch like his dad at live lining and caught big weakfish. As a 10 year old got beat out by an ounce of a top fish with his 13 pounder.
Jingles and I fished together for 30 years. My best in the Derby was largest womens blue fish (17 -15 my personal best) a few years in the tournament and for Jingles a couple of segments in bass and weakfish and way back when they counted most fish weighed in by a resident he won that. Jingles only fished with plugs or with live bait. They could be catching 50 pound bass on bait and he did not matter to him as he had to catch his on a plug.
The 50th year was another special year in our family because once again the oldest (Rick) won with the largest bass in the tournament caught at the end of his own street on bunker.
The 56th year was an exciting year in the store as we weighed two bass over 50 pounds that year. Ray S. caught his 56 pounder on a nice day and Joe K. caught his 52 pounder on a day with rain and a northeast wind.
So here we are at the start of this 61st year and I can not wait to see what memories I get out of this tournament.
Good luck to all anglers and I hope I see you at the scale.
Terry Mc. 24-12
As. many of you know and especially those that use Little Egg Inlet we have a problem with shoaling. Last Spring there were several phone call placed and there was some moving around of buoys to try and make things better. Having the problem with the inlet is having an effect on the south end of the island. If people can not use this inlet they will not bring their boats and their families making for less people that patronize our businesses.
In December I once again wrote to our Congressman and this week received a phone call from one of his aides. Matthew is the person that I spoke with and it just so happens that he worked in a tackle shop at one time in his life. Little Egg Inlet is not important to the government as we do not have a commercial fleet that use.
We need your help to try and get something done to improve the navigation of this inlet. You can reach Matthew at 202-225-6572 and talk to him. Please do not be one of those people that said I should do something to help do something.
I do not know if what I am doing but at least I know I have tried.
Most of you know when I write I write from my heart and here is the last letter that I sent him.
Dec 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I have written to you before with a problem that concerns me which I believe now to be getting worse. The problem that I am talking about is the shoaling in Little Egg Inlet. The problem continues to worsen as the sand shift making it next to impossible for many boats to use this inlet. With less boats using it in hurts the economy here on LBI. For the first time in many years our marinas had empty slips. Some due to Sandy but many have moved because they can not move there boat thru our inlet.
The old inlet (unmarked) to the Beach Haven side of Little Egg has more water than the one that is mark. I am afraid as we go on with the beach restoration it is just going to put more sand in the inlet quite possible making it impassable.
I know that many of you were suppose to get together with Frank Camadra the owner of the Miss Beach Haven and take a look at this but the meeting did not happen.
I have spoken with Mayor Mancini about this and I know he has expressed his concern with the situation.
We all know it is about money and this inlet not being of commercial use like most others are but this is important to the economy of this island and its business.
I know when they do the restoration the Wilderness Area in Holgate is not including for the dredging and this is an area that is literally washing away and may one day see a new inlet cut thru it. People that use that beach would love it if some of the sand from the replenishment would fill that area in but I am afraid it will go in the inlet as it has been.
It would be great when they were dredging for beach replenishment if they could take some of the sand from this inlet area. I wonder if it has been the beach replenishment that has caused this problem to continue to get worse or Sandy. Is there any monies still available for things caused by Sandy that are available to take care of this situation?
I love this island and all that it has to offer and want to share it for all to enjoy and that includes the boating and fishing part that my parents came to do back in the 1930s.
Jingles Bait and Tackle. ******************************