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Check out the surf on the surf cam. Click surf! This cam is located in Beach Haven.
Sat March 8th
We are back and what a nice day to open. It is in the mid 30s this morning with a lite west wind. Amazing when we get a day with temps in the 40s that it feels so good. After this winter I think everyone is ready to get out of the house. Ocean temp is 38.
Don't forget to change your clocks tonight.
Thurs March 6th
It is time to come out of hibernations.
Starting on Saturday we will be open on weekends plus a few days.
It is another chilly day with temps below freezing. The wind is from the northeast and the ocean is still below 40. It looks nice to see a warming tread for the weekend.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of the Marine Fisheries meeting today. Unfortunately I have 3 different thing to attend today so I will not be making the meeting. I will let you know as soon as I find out.
Mon March 3rd
The good news is that we are not getting 14 inches of snow but we do have snow on the beach.
At 11 am it is 18 degrees with a north wind at 14.
Around 9 am New Jersey News reported that Manahawkin was the highest amount of snow at 4 inches.
I would like to thank Jack for this video showing our storm. Click snow to watch.
Depending where you measure we have anything from an inch to maybe 8. The snow has gotten stronger after daylight. Picture is courtesy of Aloha Ric showing us Bay Village this am.
Yesterday was the calm before the storm but you would have thought it was a summer day with the crowd at the Acme stocking up.
Thursday is the meeting at the Galloway Township Library to finalize fluke regulations. It is my understanding that they are talking about raising the size for blue claw crabs also this year.
Sat March 1st
Here we are at the 1st of March the traditional opening of striper season. If your looking for one you better find some warm water.
The weatherman is not painting a pretty picture for the weather and if he is right we may have some snow here at the beach. So far we have been lucky and for us mostly rain.
We are anxious to get back to work and get the season started but for right now we are holding off. Today and tomorrow look pretty. My bet is the grocery stories will be very busy as people prep for this storm.
Wed Feb 26th
It is another winter like day today with a few snow flurries.
We got spoiled last weekend with the warmer weather but this weekend it looks like some unsettled weather again.
It is hard to believe that the traditional opening of striper season is on Saturday and I am sure there will be anglers giving the normal early season areas a try.
We will be opening in a few weeks and I hope by then we are feeling more like springtime.
Fri Feb 21st
What a day yesterday was. I would like it if the whole winter was like that. Looks like a nice weekend ahead with some warmer weather so you should be able to get outside and get rid of some of that cabin fever. For those of you inland it should melt some of your snow.
Tide charts are in so I know opening time is getting closer.
Received this note yesterday Last Friday I flew down to palm to visit mom and dad,looked up
Capt ' Vic..convinced him to go fishing. Good day with liveees,2 sails 1 king 2 dolphin it was 7 years ago...my last trip down.
Fri Feb 14th
A weekend ,Valentines Day plus a full moon.
Wishing everybody a Happy Valentines Day.
Once again we were lucky here at the shore. Some overnight snowed melted off quickly today leaving us a nice day but windy. Yesterday high tides and winds gusting to around 50 did cause a little beach erosion but for the most part we are in good shape.
Busy weekend with Southern Regional High Schools Fishing Flea Market on Saturday and the Beach Haven Firemans Dinner from 12 to 8 on Saturday.
Thurs Feb 13th
What started out as snow for us here at the shore late evening turned to rain fairly quickly washing away what fell.
This storm will effect so many people so please be careful. As they say if you don't have to drive don't but we know that is not possible as so many have jobs they must get to.
At 2 am it is 35 degrees with the wind from the NNE and is gusting to 22. I hope this wind does not cause to much beach erosion.
Tues Feb 11th
Jetty Repair info from NJ DEP Press Release issued today:
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONTRACT ISSUED FOR JETTY REPAIR AT ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK
WORK TO STABILIZE SUPERSTORM SANDY-DAMAGED JETTY TO BEGIN THIS MONTH
(14/P10) TRENTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District has awarded a contract for the repair of the north jetty at Barnegat Inlet, which protects the southern tip of state-owned Island Beach State Park in Ocean County, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
The contract was awarded to Agate Construction Company of Clermont in Cape May County for $7.6 million to repair approximately 740 feet of the jetty on the north side of the inlet that was battered by Superstorm Sandy. The project is expected to begin later this month and be completed by the fall.
"This project will bring much-needed stabilization of the jetty at Island Beach State Park, and should be the final piece of the post-storm restoration of our state park, which the Christie Administration has been fully committed to since Superstorm Sandy," DEP Commissioner Martin said. "This is part of the overall coastal repair and restoration effort along the entire New Jersey coast being done by the Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the DEP, that will result in a more resilient state shoreline."
Superstorm Sandy caused the displacement of stone along a 740-foot portion of the north jetty that borders Island Beach State Park's shoreline. The repair work will involve rebuilding the cross-section of the jetty using existing capstone, supplemented with additional capstone, corestone, slushed concrete and stone-filled mattresses.
During the project, all mobile sport fishing access points will remain open to permit holders. But the beach area adjacent and to the north of the jetty will be closed for the duration of the project.
"While we recognize the jetty is a popular fishing destination, it is imperative that the jetty area be closed to all go park-goers for their own safety during this project," said Mark Texel, State Park Director for the DEP. "Ultimately, we will have a stronger jetty that will best serve Barnegat Inlet and the south end of our park, and jetty fishing can resume."
The Barnegat Inlet north jetty was first constructed in 1940 and raised in elevation in 1974. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the inlet last July. The inlet requires dredging to provide a safe and reliable navigation channel for the U.S. Coast Guard and a large fishing fleet consisting of full-time commercial, charter and recreational vessels.
Shaped by storms and tides, Island Beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the ocean and Barnegat Bay. It is one of New Jersey's last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem and is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast.
For more on Island Beach State Park, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html
For more information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District, visit: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/
Mon Feb 10th
A little snow over night but all in all the weather looks a little warmer this week. I don't know of many people that haven't had enough of this winter.
I went to the Atlantic City boat show last week and just doing that has you thinking about warmer weather. It also has you dreaming about so great boats too. Now if you could get one boat to do all you like to do it would be great. It is not always easy going crabbing in a 40 some foot boat.
The annual Beach Haven Firemans Dinner is Saturday. For me this has always been a tradition. My parents in the 30s use to drive down from Phila for this event. To my Mom she always said when we got to this dinner that the winter for the most part was over. It is a great dinner and the monies go for a great cause. I can not praise the firemen enough for the work that they do. Please support them.
This week we got what I think is lousy news about this years fluke fishing. We have been grouped with Conn. and New York in the size. This year is will be 4 fish at 18 inches.
At one time New York was 20 inches and had been brought down to 19 last year now 18.
It is hard to believe that we overfished fluke last year that we got this ruling. We all know that there were not as many boats in local waters here last year as some were not replaced after Sandy or folks were to busy with their homes to put the boat in the water. We also know that fishing on the beach was not very productive as far as fluke also so how did we catch more?
To our south Delaware whose size had been 17 inches with no closed season 4 fish is now 16 inches.
I don't know what happened here for New Jersey but if was for the better what they did to us. We are still waiting on dates.
It would be really nice if they would sit down and look what they have done and reconsider.
Wed Feb 5th
Rain again here at the shore.
Yesterday the ASMFC met and are trying to balance out catches of fluke among the states. We are grouped with New York and Conn.
What they have come up with is 4 fluke @18 inches for the State of New Jersey. The dates have not been set as of yet but we are suppose to get 128 days. Now it will be up to the State to set the dates.
Tues Feb 4th
No snow here! Rain for us which washed away almost all the snow we had on the ground and also thawed the bay out more.
It is below freezing this morning so watch out for icy roads.
We have some discontinued reels on sale. Shimano Baitrunners BTR 6000D and 8000D either one for 145.00. We also have a couple of 310 and 320 GT2s left also. Price is 68.00 each.
If you are interested drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Freight is included in price
Here are a couple of things to do this weekend to help shake off some cabin fever. Looks like Saturdays weather maybe okay before the next round of snow.
Atlantic City boat show is this week and it looks like the weather will be good for that show.
NJBBA will have their Flea Market on Sat Feb 8th from 8 - 1 at the Elks Lodge 1875 located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River.
Sat Feb 1st
I love turning the page on Jan. It makes me feel that we are getting there as Feb. is a short month and I have the Firemens Dinner to look forward to on Feb 15th.
It is a nice morning with the temps above freezing is allowing some thawing in the bay which has some ice flows going out the inlets.
I hope you enjoy the weekend as it looks nice.
Wed Jan 29th
How often do we all say we want the weathermans job. Last week they predicted 6 to 12 and we got 3 inches of snow. Last nights 1-3 is 6+. It looks like we need to double it or cut it in half to get it right.
The snow last night was a light fluffy one. It was beautiful and glistened like diamonds on the ground.
Looks like another warming trend coming for a few days. Maybe that will thaw the bay out some.
Jan 28th 2014
A little bit of a heat wave this morning!
I for one will not be sorry to see January over with. I am not a cold weather person so this has not been one of my favorite months. What the cold has done has made us get a lot of work done to the house that needed to be done.
We have gotten lucky with the snow here. The 6 - 12 inches from the other day turned out to be maybe three. The main thing about snow on LBI is that there is not a lot of cars riding on the road to help make the treatment they put down to make it work especially on a weekend when there are no work trucks going over it.
Saturday brought us some strong winds which cause some beach erosion on some beaches. This pick is from Paul M. in Holgate.
Looking forward to warmer weather. Stay healthy.
Jan 14th 2014
It is hard to believe that this month is going by so quickly. We have seen all kinds of weather. We have had record setting cold to almost record setting heat. We have had our share of snow that has been short lived and some heavy rains that have helped to wash away the snow. When we had our coldest weather is was very wind which kept the bay from freezing at that time but once the wind stopped we did have some ice in the bay. For right now it is ice free.
The record cold has brought problems to some homes this winter with the pipes breaking. If you leave your heat and water on it is not a bad idea to turn up the temp a little bit.
Lots of construction still going on as more houses are getting raised or some new ones being built.
People are suprised when they see me in the Acme that I am not south for the winter. Sandy has dictated my plans as we continue to repair like many others are still doing. Projects are coming along well despite a little set back with the flu which definitlely put a stop to thing for awhile but now it is back on track.
Jan 1st 2014
I would like to thank everyone for all their support last year.
Last year I thought of myself as a survivor and we did survive with your help .This year as we go forward hopefully everything will continue to get better for everyone as we watch our island rebuild from one of the worst storms it has every had.
Wishing you a Happy and Save New Years and looking forward to seeing you in 2014.
Wed Dec 25th
Cold start to this morning but with the exctiment of the day it will warm the 22 degrees up. The wind is from the NNW at 12.
We would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas.
Mon Dec 23rd
The store is open to 3 today and it will be our last day till sometime in March.
A lot of people have asked if we are headed south and I wish I could say yes as I am not a lover of cold weather but we will be right here on LBI. As so many others my home was also effected from Sandy and most of the work in the last year was consentrated on the store to bring that back of life now it is time to give some life to the bottom floor of my home.
The ocean is back up to 45 and the air is 54. I do not think any records were broke here yesterday as customers told us it was 20 degrees warmer on the other side of the bridge and we were in the upper 50s here.
Yesterday Caitlyn Harris was in to pick up her Classic Prize. With no juvenile fish caught names were pick at random.
Yesterday also brought a surprise visit from Matt Shapiro.Matt was a recipent of a scholarship given from the Surf Classic a few years back.Matt has moved to Wisconsin for work and keeps busy chopping firewood to keep his 3 fireplaces.
Matt waited to he got back here to make the announcement that Ali and he are expecting their first child in May
Sat Dec 21st
Store hours are 8-4 today.
First day of winter! I hope winter stays like this. It is 48 this am with a SW wind at 12. Ocean temp is 42.
There is a lot of Holiday traveling happening as people are headed home or to their relatives. Be careful as you travel.
It is getting time for all of the people that put off their Christmas shopping to get started (crunch time) on this last weekend before Christmas.
My gift idea for today is a new rod or reel or a combo. There are a lot of inexpenpesive combos for those that are just getting started or for those that would like to get someone started. We have combos in all sizes from someone fishing from a bulkhead, in a boat or from the surf.
Final Winners of the 59th LBI Surf Fishing Classic
$1000 Grand Prize Winner Bass: #225 Brian Schmidt, Manahawkin NJ, 31.13 lbs.
$1000 Grand Prize Winner Blue: #262 Bill Montrey, Manahawkin NJ, 12 lbs.
SEGMENT 1: OCT 7 TO OCT 20
$400 Bass Segment Leader
#893 Courtland Foos, Wilmington DE
$125 Bass Week 1 Leader
#806 Russell J. Denton II, Beach Haven NJ
$125 Bass Week 2 Leader
#106 George Green, Surf City NJ
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 1
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 2
$400 Bluefish Segment 1 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 1 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 2 Leader
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 1
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 2
SEGMENT 2: OCT 21 TO NOV 3
$400 Bass Segment 2 Leader
#129 Robbie Valone, LEH NJ
$125 Bass Week 3 Leader
$125 Bass Week 4 Leader
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 3
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 4
$400 Bluefish Segment 2 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 3 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 4 Leader
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 3
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 4
SEGMENT 3: NOV 4 TO NOV 17
$400 Bass Segment 3 Leader
#889 Joseph Guarini, Beach Haven NJ
$125 Bass Week 5 Leader
#27 Thomas Anderson, Jeffersonville PA
$125 Bass Week 6 Leader
#827 Nick Frungillo, Beach Haven NJ
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 5
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 6
$400 Bluefish Segment 3 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 5 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 6 Leader
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 5
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 6
SEGMENT 4: NOV 18 TO DEC 1
$400 Bass Segment 4 Leader
#348 Michael Kane, Doylestown PA
$125 Bass Week 7 Leader
#1035 Tom Watson, Orwigsburg PA
$125 Bass Week 8 Leader
#40 Jack Donnelly, Phila PA
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 7
$100 Bass Juvenile Leader Wk 8
$400 Bluefish Segment 4 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 7 Leader
$125 Bluefish Week 8 Leader
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 7
$100 Bluefish Juvenile Leader Wk 8
LADIES' DIVISION LEADERS (age 19 and older)
$150 Heaviest bass entered by a woman
$150 Heaviest blue entered by a woman
SENIOR DIVISION LEADERS (age 62 and older)
$150 Heaviest bass entered by a senior
#889 Joseph Guarini, Beach Haven NJ
$150 Heaviest blue entered by a senior
#262 Bill Montrey, Manahawkin NJ
NO WINNER for the Harold Coates Memorial Award: $100 Gift Certificate to Surf City Bait & Tackle Shop, Surf City, for the heaviest bass entered on the last weekend of the Tournament (11/30 to 12/1/13). Presented by Marie Coates, St Rita Hotel, 127 Engleside Ave, Beach Haven, 492-9192, StRitaHotel.com
PLAQUE FOR THE HEAVIEST BASS: #225 Brian Schmidt, Manahawkin NJ, 31.13 lbs.
PLAQUE FOR THE HEAVIEST BLUE: #262 Bill Montrey, Manahawkin NJ, 12 lbs
$250 PAUL L. O’CONNELL MEMORIAL PRIZE for the bass closest to 23 lb. 12 oz. won by #827, Nick Frungillo for his 23 lb. 10 oz. bass
$250 PAUL L. O’CONNELL MEMORIAL PRIZE for the blue closest to 14 lb. 2 oz won by #262 Bill Montrey for his 12 lb
Fri Dec 20th
Store hours are 8-4 today.
Nice morning with the air temp at 43 and the ocean is 42. The wind is lite from the SSW.
No fish to report as more anglers are busy with the Holidays. With the warmer weather we may have a couple out there giving it a try for a Christmas bass.
Gift idea for the day. If your fisherman is a surf fisherman waders are a nice idea. For the boater a new minnow bucket or minnow trap are a nice gift.
Tues Dec 17th
We are open till 2 today.
No snow or rain here this am. It is a cloudy morning with the air temp at 38, ESE wind at 15 and the ocean is 40
Lots of lottery talk this mornining. Good luck tonight!
Our last day to be open will be Monday Dec.23rd. My gift idea for today is stocking stuffers.
Pack of hooks, snap swivels, fish finders are all great little this to stu
Mon Dec 16th
We are open today till 4.
Cold morning with the west wind blowing. The ocean is 42 and the air is 29.
This weekend will be are last weekend open till Spring so if you have not done so yet drop your reels off for a tune up so they will be ready in the Spring.
The days are ticking down to Christmas. We found over the last weekend more people calling for gift cards as they could not get down to purchase one. So if you are in need of one just give us a call.
Sun Dec 15th
We are open till 2 today.
It is hard to belive that overnight we had air temps in the 50s. This morning it is 36 with a breezy west wind at 15 plus. The ocean is 42.
My gift idea for today is not for everyone but if that certain someone uses bally hoo as a bait pick him up a Joe Shutes. He will love it and it will make him think of summer and being offshore again.
A lot of people have been asking about the snow owls in Holgate and asking if it is common. Common no but we have had them from time to time. A friend who studies them sent me this about them.
Scientists are not certain why the owls have migrated in such numbers. However, many animals in northern regions follow a boom-and-bust population cycle. For example, lemmings quickly grow in numbers when there is abundant vegetation. A boom in the population of lemmings provides abundant food for snowy owls. However, the lemmings soon eat much of the available food, and their numbers plunge. Then, there are not enough lemmings to support the large number of snowy owls. These conditions may cause snowy owls to fly farther south than usual in search of alternate food sources
Sat Dec 14th
Store hours are 8 to 4 today.
It looks like it will be all rain for us but for others that will be in the mix be careful out there today. It is 36 this morning with a NE wind at 5. Ocean is 41.
My gift idea for the day is a seine net. Great gift for kids including big kids. It is a very educational thing as you never know what you will get. Fun catching your own bait or just for learning. On occasion even a sea horse gets caught while seining.
Fri Dec 13th
We are open till 4 today.
It is the day that the ocean water is below 40. It is 29 this morning and we have a west wind at 9. The ocean is 39.
Friday the 13th!
A day of superstitions that falls in a month with so many traditions. Black cats crossing your path to the family going out to get the Christmas tree.
My gift idea today is not something you can buy but something people love to get. The gift of yourself. Help a neighbor or take them to the store. Spend time with your parents, grandparents, or kids. Make memories that you will not forget.
Thurs Dec 12th
Store hours are 8-2 today.
Not much to talk about as far as fishing as for most it is getting to cold or they are busy with the holidays. This time of year fishing shifts more to fresh water or for some people getting on one of the party boats.
This morning it is cold.It is in the low 20s with a northerly wind around 10. The ocean is 44.
My gift idea today is a cooler. Igloo coolers are a great cooler that hold ice for a long period of time. If you are not using it for fishing this time of the year you can use it for extra food or drinks for your holiday parties.
Tues Dec 10th
They are calling for a snowy winter well winter is not here yet and this is the 2nd time in 3 days.
This morning it is in the low 30s and the wind is from the west at 10. The ocean is 45. It has been rain/ sleet/snow. Dropping temps overnight will not be melting what is on the ground tonight.
Yesterday is the first day in a while that someone did not report catching or not catching. If you are still catching let us know.
My gift idea for today is a beach cart. We carry two sizes priced at 159.95 and 197.95.
Drive safe and be careful.
Mon Dec 9th
We are open till 4 today.
Yesterdays winter wonderland washed away overnight as the air temps rose into the mid 40s. The snow did a number on the ocean temp again pushing it down to 42. We have a SW wind around 10.
One unnamed angler who has been skunked for the last couple of weeks was determined to catch a bass yesterday after hearing how many had been caught during the week. He tried early in the morning and struck out. A few hours later he hit Harvey Cedars and got one 18 incher. After working his way up the island he finally got into some in Beach Haven. When he called me to give me this report he stated that he had caught 3 in five minutes and was have a good time catching fish in the snow.
My gift idea for the day is Plano Boxes. These clear boxes come in all sizes and help an angler or crafter get organized. From beads to lures there are sizes to fit ones needs.
Sun Dec 8th
We are open today till 2.
They are calling it a mixed bag as far as the weather goes but for the shore they are calling for rain and maybe some ice pellets. Please drive carefully.
This morning at 8 am it is 29 degees here at the beach with a NE wind about 5. The ocean temp is 44.
Shorts, shorts and more shorts on the beach. Yes stripers are still hitting the skinny metals. We had them in town this week but Joe from Peahala Park called to let us know he was catching them too.
My gift idea for today is Gulp. Everybody know somebody that fishes for fluke. Surf fishermen, boaters and off the dock they all use gulp. You can buy it by the pack, the new half-pint, pint or quart.
Sat Dec 7th
The rain is out of here this morning. It is 37 degrees and we have a NNW wind at 8. The ocean is 46.
Yesterday before the heavier rains came anglers were having a good time on the beach catching short bass. Here in town the outgoing tide had several anglers using Deadly Dicks with a teaser to catch bass to 25 inches. When boaters get the right weather they too are still catching bass to 20 pounds.
After going home in such lousy weather yesterday my gift idea for today is Foul Weather gear. We have a few pieces of breathables left that we have on sale. Jackets and pants are both available.
To put you in the Christmas spirt the Ship Bottom Christmas Parade is today and tonight Beach Haven has their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Fri Dec 6th
We are open today till 5pm.
A little drizzle this mochrning. The air iis 54 and we have a SW wind at 7. Ocean temp is 45. We done going to tackle shows for this year so now it is time to fiqure out where to put everything.
Gift idea for the day Tackle Box.
Thurs Dec 5th
Store hours are 8 -2 today.
Holgate is closed because of erosion. At this time I do not know what the plans are but I know people enjoy going down there this time of the year to clam. This year it has more of an attraction and that is the snow owls that are down there. We do not get these every year. I wonder if they only show when it is going to be a snowy winter?
Mild morning with some fog. Air temp is 48 and the water is 45 with little to no wind this am.
Take advantage of the day as it looks like a warm one ahead. Small craft warnings later with a chance of showers.
Tues Dec 3rd.
I have been informed that Don Fillman is in Doylestown hospital and can use some cheering up. His number is 609-661-5771. You can give him a call or text him as he would love to hear from his friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him as the doctors gets his problem straightened out.
Store hours are 8 till 2 today and we will be closed till 8 on Thursday. This will be a working day off as I will be at a tackle show buying for next year.
This morning at 7 am it is 42 and the ocean is 44. The wind is from the north at 7 and it is a cloudy morning.
We have received some new items that will be great Christmas presents as they are brand new and one being brought back into production. New for the year are the Penn Conflicts and we now have some in stock.Click above to check them out.
Something old has been brought back by Penn and made in the USA. The Penn 706 Z bailess is in stock along with the 704Z.
Mon Dec 2nd
Store hours are 8-4 today.
It is a cloudy but warm morning with little to no wind. The ocean is 43.
Each day we hear less and less noat chatter as more take their boats our for the year. There were talk of several shorts in the boats yesterday with an occasional keeper.
Classic is over as of 6 pm last night with no last minute weigh in to win the tournament. Several anglers stopped by to say good bye as they call it a year. Most seemed to call it a day by early afternoon to head home saying that if we if we had fish they would be back but with the lack of fish they are done for the year.
This weekend was a lot of good byes as we lose so many surf anglers and boaters.
Sun Dec 1st
Change in the month and a change in our hours. We will be open until December 23 being closed on Wednesdays.
We are open today till 2 and have a small amount of fresh bunker left.
The water continues to drop in temp and is 43 this morning. It is a nice day ahead and one of the warmer ones we have lately with little to no wind.
The last day of the 59th Classic today which ends at 6 pm. with still only one bluefish.
The crew of the Outcast stopped by last night to weigh a couple of fish with Jonathan (on the right) having a 25 pounder. When the boats find pockets of warmer water they seem to find fish.
Sat Nov 30th
Our bunker man was unable to locate any bunker for us yesterday and we blew threw the fresh clams that we brought in.
We do have the IQF bunker and salted clams available. Plenty of ava, aok. deadly dicks and teasers for the little bass on beach.
It is a starry lite morning with a little cresent moon. The air is 29 with a north wind at 9. The wind was suppose to be from the ENE but has not got there yet. The ocean is 43.
This week the bay temp dropped to 34 killing almost everybodys spots they had over board. Water temps have dropped fast this year.
Boater did not have an easy day with stripers yesterday but did mange a few. They found a birds and bait but cold water also.
Today is small shop Saturday.
As a small shop owner we appreciate your patronage. We try at all times to give you the best prices we can and also the best advice that we can so you can have the best chance to catch what ever fishies are around.
Fri Nov 29th
It is not bad out this morning. It is 32 no wind and the ocean is 45.
We are hoping to have fresh bunker today mean while we have fresh frozen and salted clams.
Today is one of those days like Easter Sunday that there is cars on the street when I come to work. Those early morning Black Friday shoppers and early morning fishermen.
I hope everyone had a great holiday. The island seemed quiet early afternoon and you could tell where the Holiday Feasts were being served. What a great holiday for friends and family.
After trying for weeks Steve finally got a fish to take home. This 31.75 incher fat bass weighed almost 14 pounds.
Wed Nov 27th
Already this morning temps are dropping. We were 60 overnight with SE winds to 40. I hope the winds overnight did not cause to much beach erosion overnight.
This morning the ocean is 46 and the air is 56. The wind is from the SW at 7. Very little rain at this time. Gale warnings are up.
It took a little longer for the boats to find the stripers but they did. We have some here off of Holgate to Brant Beach Lump.
At this time we do not know when we will be getting fresh bunker in. We had the chance to get it yesterday but that would not be fresh on Friday.
We will be closing early today but will reopen at 6 am on Friday.
On Thanksgiving I am one that likes to count my blessings and would always wonder if we would all be together next year. This year is no different. This year I have gas in my house that I can cook a dinner and have heat in my house.
Last year many were not in their homes as we were in the beginning stages of recovery.
This year there are still some that still are not back in their homes but there is so much reconstruction in my neighborhood. I know progress is being made.
Some will never be back but hopefully there will be new families here on LBI a place I love and call home.
I would like to wish my friends and extended Jingles family a Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for so many memeories.
Tues Nov 26th
I am glad the temps are going up and for us it will be a couple of inches of rain. I am not ready for 20-30 inches of snow. Way to early for that.
For those of you that are traveling be safe as these weather conditions deteriorate today.
This morning it is 39 degrees. We have a south wind at 6 and the ocean is 43.
Boats are taking advantage of this small weather window and are fishing in the ocean this morning.
Joe H stopped by yesterday and said what a season he had at Holgate Rip. One fish after another but not a keeper.
Mon Nov 25th
Dan (Slow-Mo) stopped by around noon to say what a great couple of hours Mike and himself had today. They fished in about 35 feet of water between Holgate and Beach Haven towers. They caught on Stretch plugs which I think is one of Dans' favorite. Their fish went to 30 pounds. Thanks for the report Dan.
The winds have backed off thru the night and at 3 am are blowing from the west at 6. It is 22 degrees and the ocean has dropped to 43.
There were a few brave people that hit the beach yesterday but other than a couple of short bass we had no reports.
The radio lacked any chatter of boaters but several boaters were in store restocking and hoping the wind will lay down so they can get one more trip before the boat comes out of the water. Saturdays weather had more boaters hugging the beach and they were able to catch some bass using shads instead of tube lures. They also snagged a few bunker.
We are now in the last week of the Classic with the past week being the best of the tournament so far with 25 fish entered. Still plenty of time to win.
Sun Nov 24th
How many of you got woke up at 1:30 am as the wind moved your outdoor furniture across the deck?
It is a cold and windy morning that has had wind gusts over 40 MPR. The ocean is 48 but I am sure these couple of cold nights will be dropping it down.
Once again the Classic saw 7 bass entered yesterday but we also know of more that were caught but non Classic fish. Over night Friday night had been a beautiful night and a lot of people fished. I doubt that was true last night.
Rich Bergman had a red drum yesterday which is the first one I have heard of here in the last couple of weeks. He also had a 18-4 bass to weigh in for the Classic.
Boaters yesterday found fish but the numbers did not sound like previous days. It could have been because so many were so tight to the beach because of the seas. As they ran off the worse it got.
Sat Nov 23rd
We are starting the day at 47 degrees with a WNW at 11 gusting to 22. The ocean is 49.
Dissapointing is the word I have for yesterday for surf fishing.
After a couple of days of major improvement from what we had it slow down again. More anglers hit the beach after seeing better reports. Two fish made it to the Classic scale with a few more non Classic caught.
Jack D with a 18-6 Classic bass caught on bunker in Holgate.
Unless you were out in the boat early yesterday you had to work harder for your fish. More talk of Stretch plugs yesterday and the 9ers umbrella rigs are the one lure you should have on the boat.
Fri Nov 22nd
Mild morning with a temp of 50. the ocean is 48 and there is little to no wind from the SSW.impr
Take advantage of the weather it doesn't look like it is going to last.
Yesterday saw 7 bass entered into the Classic. Will we see the streak continue? Not only did we have 7 weighed in there were more fish in the up to 34 inches caught yesterday and bass over 34 inches that were not in the Classic. The largest bass is still a over 31 pounds. The single bluefish that is line for a thousand dollars is 12 pounds. So far there are no womens, juveniles and student fish.
Fish are now spread out all along our beach and down toward Wreck Inlet. Jiggging and trolling were both working for bass and bluefish.
For those of us that are old enough we can remember where we were 50 years ago. Maybe on 11/22 you will catch a fish that you remember for a long time. Good luck.
Special Classic prizes for 11/22
Chowda from Country Kettle in Bay Village.
A lure and a hat from AOK Tackle
Fudge from Country Kettle in Bay Village.
One Special prize per fish.
Thurs Nov 21st
As of 12 o'clock we had had 3 bass on the scale. Two for the Classic. Non classic fish for Sergio with his 15 pounder caught on clams.
Tom W. has entered a 21-11 bass that was caught on bunker in Holgate. His bass had a big hump back that made it look like it crossed with a drum.
Donald D. weighed in a 15-15 caught in Beach Haven on bunker. George weighed a 19-8 bass (non tournament) that was caught on bunker.
Mild morning compared to yesterday. We are starting out in the mid 40 and the ocean is 48. The winds are a lot more comfortable today also with a SE at 5-10.
Boaters take advantage of this weather the next couple of days because come Saturday afternoon it is not looking pretty. Lots of avas, sand eel imitations, stretches, and 9ers umbrella rigs in stock.
For the first time since the Classic started this year there were 4 bass weighed in yesterday. Mike C. weighed in one that he caught in Brant Beach on bunker that made size. It would be nice if this was the beginning of some great days for the surf anglers.
Wed Nov 20th
Fresh bunker arrived after closing last night. With this wind today will we have fish?
It did not feel that cold when I walked out the door this morning but my car told me to be careful for ice. It is 32 at 6 am and the wind is from the NNW at 8. Ocean is 49.
Is yesterday the start of something for the surf fishermen? North of us IBSP had a great day but there water is a lot deeper off their beach. If this wind comes northeast like they are saying maybe it will push some of the fish into our beaches.
Tues Nov 19th
The first bluefish of the Classic has finally been entered. Congratulations to Bill Montrey. His fish was 12 pounds and caught on bunker.
Chillier and windy this morning. It is 44 this am and the wind is from the NW at 10 gusting to 18.Small craft warnings are up for NW winds 20-25 and gusts to 30. Seas 3-5 in a swell. Ocean is 51. Tomorrows winds are predicted to go NE. Will that push the stripers into the LBI surf?
Once again yesterday boaters caught bass. They are still heading north for best catches.
We do have reports of the bass coming closer to the beach which was the case yesterday at IBSP. Anglers caught more reported fish there yesterday than they have so far this year. Ava and teasers are the main lure for catching those fish.
Mon Nov 18th
We have made it thru the fog of yesterday the wind and the rain early this morning and now it is a nice a sunny Spring like feeling day. The ocean is back up to 51 the wind is from the SSW at 8 and the air is in the upper 50s.
Boats continued yesterday to catch bass although it was not easy with zero visibilty at time. The weather man blew it for some today as it is beautiful but the winds will be turning on later and chillier temps.
The LBI Surf Fishing Classic ended the 3rd segment at 6 pm last night. There was 1 fish entered last week with a total of 17 bass so far and no bluefish. This morning we had a Classic weigh-in to start the last segment. Dave K. weighed a 19-5 bass that was caught on bunker.
My friend Mike fished aboard Captain Georges "Spare Time" on Saturday and caught this striper and more. I can see this picture being a Christmas card.
Jingles Bait & Tackle has been selected for the 2012 Best of Beach Haven Award in the Fishing Bait & Tackle Manufacturers category by the Beach Haven Award Program.
NEW jERSEY BEACH BUGGY NEWS
HOLGATE BEACH CLEANUP (March 22).....
We're going to need a lot of volunteers. All interested persons should email or call me to register (email@example.com / 201-983-2300).
Breakfast (coffee/donuts) will be served in the morning and our infamous NJBBA hot dog lunch will follow.