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Sat July 4th
We wish everybody a Happy and Safe 4th.
This morning the ocean is 73 and we have an air temp of 71. Winds at this time are from the ESE at 8-13. It is a cloudy morning and know if we will see a sunrise.
Damian caught his 20 inch fluke from the street end on squid.
Steve caught this shark on the incoming tide on bunker Friday morning in Beach Haven.
Ed had a good time catching 5 sharks on the beach on the beginning of the outgoing tide. He caught sand sharks and brown shark. Reminder you can not keep brown sharks.
Fri July 3rd
It looks like the Holiday has started early for a lot of people. We would like to wish everybody a safe and happy extended weekend.
Please listen to the lifeguards and becareful of rip currents.
This morning the rain is out of here. The air temp is 68 with the wind from the NNW at 4. The ocean temp is 70.
It is one of those mornings where you get to see the moon setting and the sun coming up. Get out and enjoy the day.
Thurs July 2nd
We have some threatening looking skies and a chance of showers today. It is 74 degrees and we have a ENE wind at 6. Ocean temp is 69.
A lot of talk about sharks in the shop. Talk about people getting attacked in the Carolinas and about about the blue colored shark Dan caught from the beach. Was it a mako or was it a blue shark?
High tide has had surf anglers hooking up and breaking off some of the visitors we now have in our waters. Make sure you do not have your drags set to tight, your sand spike is in the sand good and that your not fishing with old line. Make sure you pay attention to your rod as it could be gone in a split second if one of these larger sharks or cow nose rays pick up your rigs.
Fluke fishing in the bay has been slower this week but we still have seen some nice keepers coming from the inlet.
We have had a few boats out for inshore bluefins with some sucess trolling ballyhoo. The weather is something offshore anglers have been keeping their eye on this week as it seems to be changing almost hourly.
We would like to thank everyone that fished in Simply Bassing this year.Here is the Final Leader Board - Simply Bassing 2015 Winners
1st 47 lbs 02 oz Ryan Sherwood
2nd 42 lbs 01 oz Martin Supsi
3rd 37 lbs 03 oz Patrick Olson
4th 36 lbs 08 oz Robert Vallone
Wed July 1st
It is cloudy this morning with a few sprinkles. The showers look to out of here soon for now. Winds are from the WSW at 4-7. Ocean temps are back up there and are 73 this morning.
Mike caught this 7-6 fluke this morning in the Middle Grounds. He caught his fish on a Spro bucktail tipped with chartreuse gulp.
It looks like it was a good thing that Dad went fishing.
Jeff sends us this picture of his Dad with his 25" 6 lb. flutke
We also have this report from Joe. Dad caught 2 fish the biggest at 24.5in weight 5lb 8 oz.
Tues June 30th
Rip current warnings in effect again this morning so swim near the guards and heed the warnings.
It is 71 this morning and we have a south wind at 6 mph. Ocean temp is 71.
Seems to have been a quite day on the beach yesterday. A few fluke, skates and dogfish. Boaters continue to catch fluke in the intercoastal and in the inlet.
It took the 2 of them (Larry and Paul) but they managed to catch this 13-7 bass off the beach in Beach Haven this am on bunker.
Mon June 29th
Breezy but beautiful morning. Temps in the low 70s and winds are from the west at 10-17. Hopefully enough wind to keep the flies away. Ocean temps are 69.
Simply Bassing is over and it looks like there are no changes over the last week. The list of winners will be published in the next few days.
Sun June 28th
Sorry for the late report as it has been a busy day for me. How about that wind and rain last night. Today we have a wind in a different direction as it is blowing from the west at 11 and gusting.
The ocean temp is 71. Rip currents and undertow is bad again today so please swim near a guard and heed their warnings.
Weather conditions slowed things down yesterday but fluke anglers were able to get some time in yesterday morning on the beach and in the bay. The bay seems to be heating up some what with the amount of fluke being caught but the ratio of keepers is down. If you get lucky on the beach the ratio seems to be better.
The last few days have not been ocean friendly for boaters but on Thursday anglers caught fluke and sea bass on LE Reef. There were also alot of bunker and sharks there that anglers were having fun trying to catch. With better ocean conditions the bunker guy will be out trying to catch some fresh bunker for us on Monday.
Sat June 27th
The good news is that it is not raining. The wind is blowing from the ESE at 7-13 and the ocean is 71.
It was nice to hear about some nice sized bluefish caught from the surf yesterday. We also had some good reports on fluke coming from the waterway yesterday.
Sad news to pass along today. They say good die young well that certainly is the case with Larry Nemeth. Larry was a very active member of Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. For those of you that have fished their White Marlin Tournament Larry was the one that hoisted your big fish out of the boat. He was also active in the Kids Fish N Fun. Larry loved the kids and they loved him. Our condelences to his family. Larry will be very much missed by many.
Fri June 26th
The overnight rain is almost out of here as of 6 am. The wind is from the ENE at 7 and it is 66 degrees. The ocean temp is 71 this morning.
The best bet for fishing this week has been for fluke. In the boat and on the surf.
This morning anglers caught bluefish up to 8 pounds from the beach. Brown sharks and some black rays are also being caught from the surf.
Jeff, Matt, Carter, Cheyne and I had a fun trip in the bay the last couple of hours of the incoming tide Friday afternoon. We used your high low fluke rigs with white gulp & minnows. 2 keepers (20" and 18") and a few shorts. Scott
Thurs June 25th
It was a day late because of the weather but they did it. Congrats to Southern Regionals class of 2015. It always bring back memories seeing the graduates from my and my kids Alma Mater.
A lot of boaters taking advantage of the weather today and have headed offshore for tuna or sharks.
The wind is lite from the NE and it is in the high 70s this morning. Ocean temp is 67. A few anglers fished the high tide late afternoon in the bay for fluke. Overall there seems to be less fish in our bay but the ratio of keepers is higher.
Dave K caught this 4-8 fish late afternoon and it was still alive at 6 weighed I weighed it.
The best bet on the surf this week has been trying for fluke.
Wed June 24th
What a wild night!
Those winds must have been over 70 mph. Lots of lightening and lots of sirens. I headed into work early this morning to pick up debris and was pleasantly suprised how clean the streets were. I did come to work and found no power. The Electric Co. was replacing a pole that was topped off last night. From what I understand there is a least one other down pole in Beach Haven.
I have never seen a sunset like we had last night. The talk about red sky at night well we had that and more.
It is 68 this morning and we have a NW wind at 8. Ocean temp is 68.
What a great shot Linda was able to shoot and we thank her for the report. When you told Mike to go up to the to the beach and catch a brown shark, you didn’t say he’d be able to use his hands
Tues June 23
It is a warm start to the morning but we do have a breeze. It is 76 this morning with a SW wind at 8-14. The ocean temps have rebounded and are over 70 again.
Lot of shorts is what we heard yesterday from boaters fishing the inlet but if they did get a keeper it was a 20-24 inch fish. Surf anglers were into a lot of skates yesterday but were happy that the grass was gone.
Our instore Spring Striper Contest is over with Marc winning the pot with his 18 -4 bass he caught on June 14. We still have our year end contest going on that you can join at any time.
Mon June 22nd
I hope you all had a good Fathers Day. It was great seeing all the Dads going fishing with their kids yesterday.
It sure was a hot one yesterday but the west wind sure cooled the ocean off. It is like someone threw ice cubes in it causing it to drop to 64. That should slow down the brown shark fishing for a few days. Some nice fluke were caught yesterday in our intercoastal and we are starting to get reports of keeper fluke from the reefs.
Sun June 21st
Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there. It is hard for some especially those that recently lost your Dad but memories are a great thing . This year we have a lot of new Dads celebrating their first year as a Dad enjoy your day.
We have a wet start to the day but this looks to be out of here soon. It is 73 and so is the ocean this morning. Winds are from the west at 9.
Once again today there is a new leader in Simply Bassing with a 47 - 2 bass. Ryan S caught this on the north end. There is certainly a trend showing this Spring with the bigger bass on the north end of the island. Is it beach replenishment ? I don't know but we all know that there has been a lot of shifting sand on this end so far this year. What ever it is it has not hurt the the amount of sharks being caught from the surf including numerous brown sharks. Yesterday also had more fluke caught from the surf.
We all know that fish have tails and that was for sure yesterday. Some of the hot spots for fluking are no longer but there are some new hot spots with 3 to 5 pound fluke caught yesterday afternoon in out bay. Mixed reports from the canyon to as there are smaller tuna where the big eyes once were but we all know how quickly that can change.
Sat June 20th
Graduations, wedding and Fathers Day keep June a busy month for a lot of people. We can help with some ideas for Dad or if you are undecided we have Jingles gift cards.
It is 71 here at the beach this morning with a ENE wind at 3-9. The ocean temp is pushing 72.
The warmer ocean temps have some more of our warmer water species in the area.Trigger fish are appearing along with cow nose rays and a few brown sharks.
Fri June 19th
The overnight showers are out of here and it is a nice morning. It is 71 with a lite wind from the WNW. The ocean is 69.
New 2nd place fish in Simply Bassing with a 37-3 by Pat O.
We are starting to get some reports of crabbing from the street end overnight traps. Crabs are starting to get bigger and more abundant.
The surf was a mixed bag yesterday with fluke, black drum, stripers, bluefish and sharks. The weather kept some from going but those that did had a good day.
Larger rays are moving into the area with anglers getting a thrill with screaming drags.
The bay continues to have some good catches of fluke with some bluefish near the inlet.
The offshore forecast looks good at this point for shark fishing and tuna fishing today and tomorrow. We have plenty of chum and ballyhoo in stock.
Thurs June 18th
It looks like it is not over until it is over. This morning Marty S. weighed in a 42-1 bass and took over 1st place in Simply Bassing.
Rainy start to the day. Air temp is 63 and we have a SSE wind at 7. The ocean is 69.
Surf fisherman yesterday saw less dogfish and more bluefish along with fluke.
Wed June 17th
Change in the wind this morning. North wind at 7 and the air temp is 71. Ocean temp this morning is 66.
Surf fisherman are still catching a lot of dogfish with an occasional bluefish or bass.
Fluke fishing is hit or miss but the tides helps.Some are saying they are not catching a lot but they are seeing more keepers in what they catch.
Tues June 16th
It is foggy here at the beach this morning. Becareful driving.
The air temp is 69 with no wind and the ocean is 67. The heavy rains that we were suppose to get yesterday never happened here but once again there are threats for later today.
Trying to stay away from the sharks Mark was throwing a hopkins this morning and caught this hound fish.
Mon June 15th
Our instore contest has a 18-4 bass in the lead. Mark caught his fish last evening in Beach Haven. Contest ends 6/22.
Yesterday had to rank up there in one of the top 10 days of the year. I don't care if you were on the water, in the water or near the water it was great. Ocean temps hit 70 which had a lot of people in the water. Today looks like a different story with thunderstorms off and on. It is 68 this morning with a SW wind at 3 and the ocean is 66.
With the warmer ocean temps yesterday morning was the first really good report of fluke from the surf. The begining of the outgoing tide near many of the jetties in town had fluke. Bucktails with a teaser and gulp where the hot combo for a lot of anglers. This is the same combo that has been popular for a lot of years. For those of you that do not like all the casting try live minnows with a fishfinder. Small bluefish were also in the surf along with all the dogfish and skates that we have had lately.
Bluefish to 10 pounds were once again in the inlet and just south of the inlet.
How many fluke do you have to catch to get a keeper? It seems to depend on where you are fishing. Some areas are like 15 -1 where as others are 6-1. Lots of action in Great Bay for shorts but there are some 24 inch fish being caught too.
The offshore anglers had great weather and with the flat ocean could get offshore fast and home fast too. Yellowfins and bigeyes are now making more of a presence in the canyons. I have not heard of any inshore bluefins yet but it is time.
Makos, blue sharks and threshers were caught by anglers in search of makos. It seems everyone has their special spot but well known ones for sharks are the Star, the Fingers, 25 Fathom Lump, and Lempkes.
Sun June 14th
Beautiful morning with temps in the low 70s and no wind. The ocean temp is 66 this am. With the good weather forecast more boats are headed offshore today either for tuna or shark fishing.
Things inshore and from the surf are about the same. A lot of short fluke in the bay but also some nice keepers.
Some bigger bluefish were found outside the inlet yesterday with one boat finding a 13 pounder to take the lead in one of the contests yesterday. Stripers were what they were after with not to many caught but the ones they caught were big. I understand there were 4 caught in the High Point Contest yesterday with one being 52 pounds and the other 51. The other two were caught by one boat.
Surf fisherman caught a lot of dogfish but had a good time doing it. There were a couple of small blues too and some short fluke. A couple of large bass were caught yesterday and entered into Simply Bassing. These fish weighed 36 and 35 pounds and caught on bunker and a lure.
Sat June 13th
It is 76 this morning at 5 am and the water temp is 63. Winds are from WNW at 7.
Sharks and skates and short fluke were the words repeated yesterday morning. The short fluke came from boaters and everyone caught sharks and skates. The evening tide was more productive for keeper fluke in the bay.
There are a few striper contest going on today for the boaters. It will be interesting to see what they find. Good luck to all fishing in them.
Fri June 12th
We are starting out at 71 at 6 am. There is little to no wind from SW. The ocean temp is 62.
We are now on our regular store hours that we will have thru the summer.
Our instore striper contest is still going on and we are still waiting for an entry into this contest that ends on June 22nd.
There have been some bass caught this week up to 40 inches from the surf but they were not in the contest. Yesterday had surf anglers catching a lot of big dogfish along with a few bluefish.
Fluke fisherman continue to catch as long as they do not have to much wind. Middle Grounds, the interrcoastal around Morrisons and clam stakes are good places to try.
Fresh bunker is available this morning along with live minnows. We will have surf clams later this morning.
It is a warm morning with temps in the high 60s already. The ocean temp is 65 and the winds are from the SW at 6.
I bet if you fished yesterday morning for fluke you are back out this morning. Most anglers had a couple of keepers to take home fishing right near their docks. There were also some 2 pound bluefish caught in the bay.
It has been great getting reports from our vacationers that have been catching fish off the beach including stripers.
Wed June 10th
Nice start to the day with no wind and an air temp of 66. The ocean temp is 64 this am. High tide on the beach will be at 3:13 this afternoon and low tide at 9:08 this am.
We thank Jim for this picture this morning and his fishing report.
View this morning abut 7 AM from. at Spray Beach
Beach. Saw a guy catch a legal flounder here last night on a spoon/teaser rig.
Mid tides in to mid tide out had some fisherman catching from the surf yesterday. Conditions improved thru out the day where as you did not need 8 and 10 ounces to hold bottom. Several bass from 22 inches to 39 inches were caught near the store on clams and on bunker. Bluefish did a run thru with several anglers getting cut off. Brad shows us not only are there some 28 inch blue fish around there are still some of the larger ones around too. This one was caught in Holgate.
Improved conditions also had fisherman doing an afternoon trip with sucess. A few of them were back out for the early tide this morning and once again caught fluke and some bluefish.
Tues June 9th
It looks like we weathered the storm okay last night or it looks more like we missed it. Seems we had a few raindrops I do not see any wind damage.
This morning it is 65 with a SSW wind at 9-15. The ocean temp this morning is 64.
We had a few fishing reports yesterday with the wind conditions fluking conditions not the nicest for the drift. We did have a few reports from the surf including a couple of nice size bass and some bluefish on the incoming tide.
Sun/ Mon June 7-8
It was a beautiful thing seeing the sunshine and blue skies. It has been awhile since we have seen it. The warmer day also help warm up the water temps to 62. With the improving conditions it had a lot more people out fishing and we had more reports of fish.
The surf had its share of sharks and skates but there were also some blue fish and some bass. It was nice to see a scattering of bass caught from the surf. Simply Bassing had a new 2nd place fish entered so remember this contest is not over till the end of June so there is plenty of time to enter.The bass were caught up and down the beaches with fish being to small to bass to 30 pounds. Salted clams, and bunker where baits of choice for the bass plus a few taken on SP Minnows.
There are some nice fluke being caught also such as this almost 6 pounder caught by Connor J. Sunday morning in our bay. Bucktails, gulp and minnows are all good to use for these fluke.
It seems like most of the usually fluke spots are producing as long as you find warmer water. The bay temp is starting to climb back up after dropping into the low 50s last week.
Wreck fisherman also had some limited catches again this week along with cod and ling. We did not hear much about striped bass from the boats. We did have reports of those traveling above Seaside but had no luck.
Sat June 6th
I don't know where this wind came from this morning but I'll take it. WNW at 3 but predicted to be NE 5-10. Air temp is 59 and the ocean is 60.
Low tide this am is 5:25 am on the beach and high is 11: 26 am.
Some positive news from the surf yesterday was of some short bass caught on salted clams right after high tide. These fish were 22 and 24 inches and caught south of the dredge in the Dunes.
It was nice last night finally seeing a flat bay. Pluggers found some 1-3 pound bluefish and a few short bass.
Fri June 5th
A little misty this morning but things seem to be improving. Air temps are warmer this morning at 59 and the ocean is pushing 60 once again. Looking ahead things are going to start to warm up now just to get rid of some of this wind.
We have a few anglers try to fish but had a hard time holding bottom yesterday. Some are now switching it up and just using heavy bucktails. Boaters found themselves with a fast drift and had to use a sea anchor.
Thurs June 4th
We are stuck in a rut with this weather. The good news is that the ocean temp is up a little. It is another chilly day with a chance of showers and the wind is from the ENE at 10 to 18. They say the improvement is on the way with some warmer temps.
There have been a couple of fish weighed in to Simply Bassing thru this weather which we know northeast is a good wind to fish for them you just have dress for it and to be able to hold bottom otherwise walk your sinker down the beach. Right now there is a 31 pounder leading the group of 4. There is still plenty of time enter a fish just make sure you sign up and pay your 20 dollars.
Sad news today about the passing of Ralph Stewart. Ralph owned the boat Southern Lady whose home port is Shelter Harbor. Ralph and his crew were known to bring many big fish back to the dock. I understand the the Southern Lady is flying all their flags today in Ralphs honor. Ralph will be missed in this fishing community. Our condolences to his family.
Wed June 3rd
I do have to admit that I turned the heat on when I went home last night to get the dampness out of the house. I bet I was not not the only one that did this.
This morning it is still chilly and it still wind but no rain right now. The ocean is 54 and we have an air temp of 55. Winds are from the ENE at 10-22.
As soon as the weather breaks our bunker man will be back out in the ocean hunting for bait for us.
This time of the year is prime time for stripers and now more boats are ready for offshore. Tuna fish has been good so far and now more are shark fishing. We have chum and baits in stock along with rigs for shark fishing.
Tues June 2nd
It is a little misty, a bit chilly and it is windy this morning with winds from the NE at 12-22. Ocean temp and the air are the same at 55.
Yesterday turned out to be a nicer day than most of us expected. Heavy rains in the am and then a beautiful warm afternoon. Some anglers decided to do some fishing. Boaters stayed close to home as there are fluke there and anglers that went to the beach felt like they were not far from home.
Mon June 1st
It took all night for the rain to get to us and once it did you could hear it.
Ocean temp is 56 and we have a outherly wind at 9. Air temp is in the low 60s.
Surf fishing this weekend was about sharks, skates, cold water, fog and late yesterday afternoon a lot of wind. Fluke fishing in the bay is improving but all this rain may set it back a day or so and wreck fisherman did well after finally being able to fish for sea bass.
Sun May 31st
It is a warm muggy morning with winds from the SSW 8 -13. The ocean is a chilly 55.
We are starting to see some changes in the fishing. The once non stop bluefish is becoming dog fish in different sizes. Lots of times when striper fishing you have to fish thru the dogs to catch a bass. Does that mean we still may see some bass?
The 4th generation of Southwick's is having a great time catching fish this year. Richie has caught striped bass, 10 pound bluefish and now today he has his 1st keeper fluke. He caught his 2-4 fluke on a minnow.
Tyler found himself a little bass yesterday while in the boat along some bluefish.
We did hear of some good fluke fishing yesterday with some small blue fish mixed in. Anglers finally got a nice day to fish the bay. We had some report of blow fish on the docks.
Wreck fisherman that worked at it had good catches with near limit or limits of sea bass. In addition they had ling and some cod.
It was nice to see king fish caught to the south of us from the surf. Seeing these you have ro fiqure there were no big blues in the area.
Sat May 30th
Foggy start to the morning but the weather forcast has improved over night. The rain is suppose to hold off untill later on Sunday and right now the winds are not what they have been in the last few days.
This morning it is 66 degrees and the wind is from the SW at 6. The ocean temp is 57.
Winds this week kept most boaters in but yesterday some took advantage of the weather. We have very few reports of fluke in the bay but bluefish are being caught. In the bay there are 1-3 pounders taking fluke baits and in the inlet 12 pounders loving SP minnows and poppers. Yesterday a few boats went for Sea Bass which they had more throw backs than keepers. Canyon forecast was good and once again some good catches of tuna came back to the dock.
Last evening on the top of the tide we heard of some small blues and small bass on the surf.
Fri May 2 9th
Red sky in the morning. It is 62 this morning and winds are from the ENE 7-14. The ocean is 54. We had a few rain drops last night but they seemed to be very spotty here.
Spring time blue fish seemed to have made a return. Yes the 1-2 pounders that we normally see this time of the year are in the bay.
Thurs May 28th
Fresh bunker is now available!
This SW wind has killed the ocean temps. From 67 in the bay to 54 on the beach to 47 off the beach. We need a change in the wind.
It looks like tomorrow we may get a short period of easterly wind which should help with the temps. It will also make for a nice day fishing in the bay and decent for surf casters.
Rich S. who puts a lot of time in on the beach reported than he finally caught his first keeper of the year yesterday at high tide. It was just 28 inches but Rich reports it was a beauty.
Mike sent us this picture of a 26.5in beauty he caught in the LE Inlet on live minnow over the weekend.
Wed May 27th
Once again this morning we have a SW wind at 10 and once again it is predicted to be stronger later in the day. These winds have dropped the ocean temp to 55. It is 60 degrees this am.
Sea Bass season opens today.
Over the past weekend Steve celebratedhis birthday. Not only did he celebrate his birthday but he caught his 1st keeper striper on his birthday. His method was to put his bait in the kayak to get it out there and they fish from the beach. This method resulted in his 32 pound bass.
Here is how he sums up his weekend. Lots of great fishing in Holgate over the weekend. The bass was caught on Saturday on the incoming tide: 46" and 32lbs. The following day my nephew Colin, my brother in law glen and I caught more blues than we could keep. Colin who is four helped me reel a few in. Steve
Tues May 26th
It looks like a ghost town on the island this am. What a nice weather weekend it was. It was a little cool and breezy at times but overall a nice weekend.
This morning it is 62 with an ocean temp of 60. We still have this SW wind at 8-15.
It appears the Bob the "fluke whisper guy" has passed his touch on to his daughter. Nichole shared her picture of her 18 inch fluke from the surf with us. I told her we all miss her dad and think of him often. Bob had the touch.
Mon May 25th
We would like to wish everybody a safe and Happy Memorial Day. It was great to see many of you for the first time this weekend and we thank you for your continued support and business.
Max had a good day on the beach. He had a 30 inch blue and his first keeper bass that was 36in. He caught his fish on bunker in Beach Haven on the incoming tide.
Andrew & I caught the last part of the outgoing tide this morning on his boat the Anchorman - there were big schools of bluefish. We caught them with Ava jigs earlier, then bunker chunks at slack tide. We landed about 8 or so...here are a couple of our bigger ones.
Walt J. with his 43-3 bass caught on live bunker north of BL.
We are open today from 6-6. Fresh bunker, surf clams, live minnows, are available.
Another nice bass weighing 32 pounds was taken in Holgate. Steve caught his fish by taking his bunker out in a kayak and then fishing from the beach. It was his first keeper and caught on his birthday. What a present for him.
The winds this morning are from the southwest at 5 - 11. The air temp is 62 and the ocean is 62 also.
If today is anything like yesterday try and get out before the winds pick up .Once the winds came up it made it for not such a nice day in the bay. Earlier in the day Great Bay had anglers catching short fluke with a few keepers. Blue fish are still in the inlet. Surf anglers had a decent day when the tide was a few hours in. Big blue fish had a lot of anglers needing more bait or lures. By high tide the wind came up and you needed some heavy weight to hold.
Sun May 24th
i Late day update. It was a beautiful morning with little to no wind. Ocean temp 60.
Yesterday it was a day for the boaters to catch fish as surf anglers watched.Today surf anglers got eaten up by crabs early this morning but as the tide started in the bluefish came in with it. By 10 am anglers up and down the beach were catching big bluefish on bait and on metal. In most cases you needed a long cast to reach them. This afternoon as the wind picked up it shut it down from what it had been . There were several 26 bass caught today on bait.
Bluefish on the beach today were large just like this 15 pounder that Connor caught in the boat.
Sat May 23rd
Store hours today are 5:30 am till 7 pm.
How about that sunset last night. What a red sky it made and usually an indication of a hot day to come.
Charlie on the right told me " Im not in the tournament" as he showed me his very lively 46 in bass that he caught at high tide from the surf. His bass weighed 32-7.
We had a 5-1 fluke wieghed in this morning that was caught aboard the ABC. Mark caught his fish in one of his favorite spots in out bay.
It is 54 this morning and the ocean is almost 60. The wind is from the north at 9-15. The wind will be changing later today to the west which should flatten things down.
The bluefish did not cooperate yesterday as they have in the past but anglers that used poppers had better sucess.
We are hearing of more small bass being caught on clams. Few are keepers but anglers that are tired of blues want to try something different are having fun with these fish.
If you are not having any sucess on the surf try throwing some lures.
Fri May 22nd
We are upen 5:30 am till 8 pm
Fluke season is open. 5 fish@18in. We still have gift certificates from California Grill so the 1st legal fluke we see will get one for $25.
We have a winner. Pat P. brought us a 4 pound fluke he caught off the surf on white gulp. Pat wins a $25 gift certificate for bringing in his fish. Pat also caught several bluefish on poppers today.
Low tide fish this evening for Kalli. Her fish weighed 22 pounds and was caught on bunker in North Beach Haven.
It is a chilly start to this Memorial weekend. It is 52 this am with a wind from the NW at 11. The ocean temp is 58.
Conditions are not the nicest for our bay fishermen this morning but with this wind the beach will be okay.
Thurs May 21st
Artie W. with his 7-12 weakfish that he caught off the dock on metal this afternoon.
We are open today from 7-6. Our store hours are changing and we will be open at 5:30 am on Friday and Saturday.
John L. with a bass he caught off of Island Beach 50ft north end. He was live linging and jigging. More and more bass are showing for the boat fisherman north and south of us. Finding the bunker is key if not trolling bunker spoons is catching fish.
The surf is still more blues than bass with yesterday day break and high water having anglers catching on bunker. Our instore contest still does not have a bass entered. It is only 10 bucks to enter with the contest ending on 6/22. This is for surf bass only.
They are calling for a chance of rain this afternoon.The ocean temp is back up to 59 and winds are predicted to be from the ESE at 5-10.
Are you ready for fluke season? So many people are looking forward to it. What color gulp will the fish like on Friday?
Wed May 20th
It is a feel good morning. Nice NNW breeze at 10 has chased the humidity out of here. The air temp is 60 and the ocean is 59 this am.
Our store hours are 7 - 1 today. We have fresh bunker this morning along with surf clams.
Yesterday was another good day with bluefish on the surf. High tide and the change was productive for anglers. Despite the fog boaters did find some bass to the south and north using bunker spoons or the snag and drop method.
Simply Bassing finally has a bass entered by Nick S. weighing 22-10. Memorial weekend is usually prime time for bass in our area. It looks like they had some nice ones caught just to the south of us yesterday.
Tues May 19th
Foggy start to the day. It is 62 degrees with a SSW wind at 5. Ocean temp is 57.
How many ways do you know how to cook bluefish?
Bluefish are still here with a few bass being caught but most of them seem to be in the dark from the surf. Boaters are trolling some to the north but I am not hearing much on this end.
This weekend is the LBI Cup sponsored by Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. Last year boaters found some nice fish off Beach Haven.
Mon May 18th
Interesting weekend but heck so far it has been an interesting spring. So many blue fish. Where have they been all these years?
Offshore fishing is red hot with yellow fin and blue fin. I personally have not had fresh tuna in the month of May caught from a local boat. Reports of great temp. breaks out there on Friday along with all kinds of life and fish.
Everyone wants to catch a striper from the beach right now but they have been few and far between. Are the blue fish keeping them away? I think any bass would be afraid of this blue fish .
Those that fish the Fall Classic know the name Dobrowolski. Jim was very generous last fall and donated $1000 to go to prizes. Well this fish is not Jims but belongs to his bride Ellie. Here is Ellie with her 17 pound bluefish. I loved the video of the catch.
Big catch in our inlet and one too big for my scale. Steven and Maria Thompson from Holgate caught this 76 pound black drum caught on bunker.
Surf fishing for the blues was much quieter on Sunday than the day before but the afternoon did have some bluefish caught. Several people remarked how much colder the ocean felt on Sunday. One bass that was caught last night was a 10 pounder by Mark after putting in a long day. I know I saw him at 6 am and he caught it a 10 pm. He is one of many that had been into the bluefish the day before.
Sun May 17th
Air temp 66 this morning with a SW wind at 5-9. The ocean temp is 56.
Not only was it a good morning for fishing it was a good afternoon and evening. Once again bluefish ruled the day. One thing I saw today was some smaller blues being caught in the bay . Once again off the public dock tailor size blues where being caught. Bait of choice mostly bunker *** lure of choice almost anything but metals and poppers are the main ones.
Shari was one of the ones with one of the larger bluefish last night.
Luke was one of the lucky ones to have a 13 pound bass to put on the scale. He caught this on a SP Minnow.
Lots of bluefish! Jake above with one of many they trolled in the inlet. Jim on the right had a 15 pounder he caught in Beach Haven.
Kevin got in on the afternoon bite having a ball catching his fish on bunker.
Caught 10 blues from 3-6pm using bunker purchased around 2pm! Great afternoon. Largest was 7 pounds, 26" The 2 anglers above had another good day.
Jay sends us this picture. Today Big Fish Marty Mannion and I hammered the blue fish in the little egg inlet. Big fish all day. We crushed them on Avas,
Sat May 16th
** Report of a 10.5 Tica rod lost to a fish. Rod has a bailess reel on it. If found angler would love to have it back.
It is a cloudy start to the day. The air temp is 59 and the ocean 57. The wind is from the SSW at 8.
Will today be a repeat of yesterday?
Low tide had anglers walking out to the bar and anglers caught fish after fish on plugs. Incoming tide brought lots of fish to the beach including some keeper bass. The bass were caught on clams and bunker plus if you like to plug there were fish on poppers and metals.
It is nice seeing some of those that read this report being in the report.
Jared with his 14 pounder that he caught last night on a bunker head. This is his first keeper. He wins a gift certificate to California Grill for showing us his fish.
Tom landed this 35 incher using clams.
Jim had a 36 in appox.15 pound blue that he relaeased.
Not only did the surf angler have a great afternoon the boaters had a good morning with bass and bluefish. Snag and dropped worked for a lot of bass yesterday in the 20- 50 foot of water range. Seems to be a lot of 20 pound class fish caught. Once you were out of the bass you were back in the bluefish.
Fri May 15th
Fresh bunker around 2.
This morning it is 56 degrees and the ocean is 55. The winds are from the WSW at 5.
Once again last night it was a decent bite with the blues on the beach. It was not the numbers you had last week but they are still here.
Reports of bass off our beach today with anglers doing the snag and drop method. We also had a report of some bass caught on bunker spoons up north.
We are hearing of more bass being caught including a few shorts caught on metal and teasers.
Laura shared her picture with us of her 33 inch 12 pound bass caught from the surf.
Thurs May 14th
Speed limits have been changed on the Blvd and the lights will follow soon. Acme Market opening date is May 22.
Matching numbers this morning with the air and the water at 51.The winds are from the north at 11.
The winds of yesterday gave us a blow out tide in the morning and the only fish I heard of where at first light.
Wed May 13th
Store hours today are 7 - 1
We do have fresh bunker this am.
Another change in the weather today. There is something about that 80 to 60. I woke up and it was like shut the window. It is 61 this am and the winds are from the NNW at 15. I do not know if this is right but they are saying the ocean temp is 50. If that is correct that west wind really chilled things off.
The catch on the beach seemed to be slower yesterday than what it has been. It was more common for me to hear I caught one other than I caught 10. After work hours seemed to be the best yesterday on the beach and in the inlet.
Tues May 12th
We are now open 7 days a week but right now store hours on Wed. are 7-1.
Holy smokes what happend this morning you can actually see acrosss the street plus more.
It is 68 this morning and muggy. The wind is from the WSW at 9. The ocean temp has dropped to 57.
Yesterday was another good day with the blue fish in the bay and on the beach. The beach had a little different pattern yesterday with a lot of fish caught on have tides and more stripers caught. Still many short bass but we are now hearing of just keepers.
Looks like a little fishing before school this am. James' first try this season. 5:45am this morning.
Mon May 11th
Yes we do have fresh bunker this am.
Bob and Barbara are the winners of the 4th gift certificate from California Grill with their 29 inch bass and a 33 inch blue fish.
It is warm overnight with the air temp at 59. The ocean has hit 60. We have a SSW wind at 10 and yes it is still foggy.
Everyone wants to know how long will these blue fish be here. Well that is a good question and it is anyones guess to how long. It is great watching the excitement of the kids with these fish.
Yesterday I told a 9 year old to make sure he held on to the rod so the fish didn't grab it out of his hand and he informed me he was strong and could pick up his brother that weighed 69 pounds. I wonder how he made out with the blue fish.
The fog made it tough again for boaters but those that went did well in the lower part of the bay. The crew of the " No Name" brought this 14 pounder to the scale.
Talk about kids I think Todd A. gets as excited about catching blue fish as any kid. He has had a great season so far fishing the bayside.
With all the blue fish along the beach and in the bay striper fishing has been slow. There have been a few caught with most of them being undersize. Bigger bass are offshore so it is time for boaters to get there bunker spoons and umbrella rigs ready for when you get the chance to get out in the ocean.
Simply Bassing is bass free so far so don't forget to throw your 20 bucks in and see if you can get in the top 4 to win some money.
Sun May 10th
Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there.
Another foggy morning with the air temp at 57 and the ocean is 59. There is no wind this am.
Boaters were cautious yesterday with the fog with some waiting till the early morning fog burnt off some. Lots of bluefish near the inlet and we heard of some bass being trolled on bunker spoons.
We did not weigh a bass yesterday but we did hear of small bass caught on the surf and we did see a lot of blue fish.
Once again the beach was good with some areas being what anglers called on fire. It is nice to see anglers having a good time with them but also releasing them. One angler had a fluke over 19 inches on a bunker chunk. Off course Rocco released it but it was good to hear of them in the surf. May 22 is the opening of the season for them.
The biggest blue we have seen this year is the one that Ed sent us the picture of. Seeing fish of this size now I can only imagine what they will be like if they return this fall. Today was fierce on our street again for the third day in a row .My tally was 15 blues ,half on metal half on bunker. My personal best was the picture I'm sending you 20.5 pounds which I revived and released back into the surf.
There are many people that have never experienced fishing like it is right now especially our younger generation and they are having a ball.
Some more of yesterdays catches. George started our morning out with a pair of 9 pounders caught a low tide Friday night.
Jim also had a low tide fish Sat. night.
Taylor sent us this picture and report. I was in earlier and bought some SP minnows here is what I caught.
It was good to see the Hart family hit the beach with Ron and Ron Sr. with fish. Dad had the bigger fish with a 16 pounder.
Sat May 9th
Another foggy start to the day. Air temp is 59 and the ocean is 56. I was surprised to see the wind blowing from the ENE at 5-10 this morning when they were calling for variable so it looks like some heavier sinkers for the surfcasters.
Tomorrow is Mothers Day and there are a lot of ladies out there that fish. If you need a gift idea stop in and we will help you out.
Bluefish action continues to be strong in the inlet and on the surf. High tide seems to start the action on the beach with blue fish getting bigger every day.
Fri May 8th
It is a foggy start to the day. The kind of weather boaters are not crazy about but weather surfcasters like. This morning it is 57 with no wind and the ocean is 57.
Yesterday was a day about tails. With the bluefish on top of the water you can see a couple of inches if their tales sticking out and you can see the school of fish. A neat thing to see.
Bayside anglers got into the fish yesterday before the surf casters. They reported catching bigger fish but not as many.
Yesterday for the surf fishermen it was about timing. Several anglers that fished early got skunked but going back for the high tide and the out going was incrediable with reports of over 20 fish pushing 19 pounds. Metals were popular with these bluefish yesterday along with bait.
There are Simply Bassing sized fish around so make sure you sign up. Bill sent us this report.Been nailin fish from here on lbi. Always read your report and wanted to contribute. Incoming tide as the sun went down in beach haven. 42" and 25lbs
Our 2nd California Grill winner is a person with her first bass. Kim with her 20-9 bass that was caught last night at high tide on a bunker head in Spray Beach. This fish was so hungry that it hit another bunker head and got broke off and then Kim this one and it had the other broke off leader in it. Congrats Kim.
Thurs May 7th
This morning it is 53 degrees and the wind is from ENE at 3. Ocean temp is 54.
Joann and Mike decided to come down for the day to fish. They were surprised how cool it is here with the Marine layer we have today but they warmed up quickly when they got into these 8-10 pound blues on the outgoing tide. It sounds like these bluefish are up and down the beach again today taking plugs, metal and bait.
Reminder Simply Bassing has started and this year the top 4 fish are in the money. If you have not signed up yet now is the time as more stripers are starting to show up. There have been a few caught that would have qualified.
Lots of bluefish still around in the bay and on the surf. Bait or luress are working to catch them.
Tues May 5th
Fresh bunker and surf clams today. We are open 7 - 5 today.
Catch and release for this 7+a weakfish caught by C.J. last night in the bay. Amazing how they like pink.
Looks like this 18-5 bass was not afraid of the dredging that is going on in Ship Bottom.
Harold brought the first bass we have touched to our scale today. He caught this fish on clams around high tide plus he released another bass around 36 inches.
Harold received a $25 gift certificate to California Grill but he told me he will be eating striper tonight.
Todd A. kept 2 of the many bluefish he caught this mornings on the bay side of the island. He weighed a 10-8 and the 10-15 that he is holding. We have other reports of 30-32 inch bluefish caught this morning from the surf.
It is 57 this am with an ocean temp of 56. The winds are from the SW at 4 - 10.
For those that have been asking our good friend Peter Rabbit is home from the hospital and hopefully will be back in shape for the 1st day of fluke season.
I do not have as many fishing reports this morning just because there were not as many fishing.
The good news is that the ocean is cleaning up and all the grass that was there on Sunday was gone. Anglers caught a few small bass in the am and a couple of blues.
Bayside action from land came in waves. A few fish would be caught then you had to wait awhile. Boaters had no problem catching. Right now you can catch blue fish using your favorite lure such as metal, popper, redfin, SP bullet of bait such as bunker.
Here are a few pictures from Sunday showing a keeper bass on the Bounty Hunter and Tom C sends us a picture of a bayside hook-up.
Mon May 4th
It is 54 this morning and so it the ocean. The wind is from the SSW at 4.
Will it be another bluefish day?
If you are fishing today you will probably have more room to fish than you did yesterday. I did hear of several stripers from the surf yesterday but all undersize.
I still have not had a striper on my scale but we did have a few bluefish on Sunday.
Dexter had good fishing between Holgate and Beach Haven,
John found this one in Great Bay.
Ryan caught this 14 pounder at Ship Bottom boat ramp.
Mount Holly is where this angler is from that caught his limit on the bayside.
Gary caught this 9 pounder at the public dock in Beach Haven. There was a unnamed person running up and down the dock netting fish for everyone.
Sam caught this 5-9 blue on bunker at a street end in Holgate.
Sun May 3rd
It is 49 this am with a SW wind at 4. Ocean temp is 52.
Yesterday morning when I walked out of the house it smelled fishy but is seems that odor was coming from an algae that was on the beach. After having such a good week fishing on the beach that seemed to slow the catching down on the incoming tide. Talking with anglers south of us they did not have this on their beach. I heard of a few short bass taken in the morning but some anglers headed elsewhere to find fish.
Yesterday morning and into the afternoon anglers found all the bluefish they wanted fishing street ends on the bayside. We had reports from behind the Acme Supermarket south. Yesterday was Tims 11th birthday and he caught this 22 incher from the public dock.
The incoming tide was more sucessfull on the beach with all the bluefish you wanted. Anglers reported catching all they wanted and being tired out from catching. It has been so long since we had bluefish like this they also remarked they forgot how hard they fought.
Boat anglers had a good day also with the bluefish. You could troll them, cast to them or bait fish in the bay, inlet or back bay. Reed J. caught a 30 pound drum while anchored near Graveling Point. Ben S. in center of picture caught a 16 pound bluefish while trolling bunker spoons off of Beach Haven.
After years of no bluefish to speak of it is great to see them here like they are now. With the weather staying the same most of the week they may stay here for awhile.
Sat May 2nd
Fresh bunker this morning.
Algea on the beach seems to have slowed the bite down here this morning on the south end but street end anglers are catching bluefish on bait and metal. Just find a street where you have good access near the channel.
Ryan said he had a blast catching blues on the bay side. Anything he threw worked for him including SP Minnows for this almost 10 pounder.
Winds have dropped out some during the night. Small craft advisories are up untill 12.
This morning it is 46 degrees with the wind from the northeast at 7-15. The ocean temp is 50
I do not have much to report from yesterday as the angry ocean kept most bait fishermen away.I did here if some bluefish caught from the rocks last evening.
Fri May 1st
It is a bit breezy this morning with wind from the NE at 17 and gusty. The air temp this morning is 48 and the ocean is 52.
Areas that were catching bluefish on the bayside sound like they have slowed down some.
Yesterday had to be one of the best days on the surf here on the south end so far this year. Incoming, outgoing did not matter for the bluefish and the bass. Bass were caught in the morning and afternoon and the same with the bluefish. Bluefish were not the monsters but did measure out to 33 inches and the bass still short but some were 27 inches. Clams, bunker and lures all caught fish blues fish. Most of the bass I heard of where on class except an occasional bass on a lure.
I am sure you will be able to fish this morning but take some heavy sinkers with you.
Mon 6:00 - 6:00
Tues 6:00 - 6:00
Wed 6:00 - 6:00
Thurs 6:00 - 6:00
Fri 6:00 - 8:00
Sat 5:30 - 7:00
Sun 6:00 - 3:00
Squid boxed- pre-cut plain and scent and large trolling squids
Flats of Mackeral
This year we are having an in store surf fishing contest starting April 10 - June 22 with an 10 dollar entry fee. Largest bass takes all. In addition there is one that runs from April 10 - Dec 12 with all monies going to the largest bass.
Store Surf Fishing Contest Bass
4/10 - 6/22 $10 entry fee Leading bass 18-4 caught by Mark 6/14
4/10-12/12 $10 entry fee
( none entered )
This years prizes will be given to the top 4
Simply Bassing Winners
1st place $1000
Ryan S. 47-2
2nd place $500
Marty S.. 42-1
3rd place $300
Pat O V.... 37-3
4th place $ 200
**** Based on 100 entries.