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Thurs May 26th
Not only did it feel like summer here yesterday it looked like it too. Lots of people must be taking a looong weekend but I can't blame them because we have been waiting on this weather.
Ocean temp is 60 and yes there are a few people in swimming. Air temps have stated warm overnight staying in the 60s and the winds are from the SW.
It looks like a nice weekend ahead and there are fish biting. There are blue fish in the surf, in the bay, in the inlets and in the ocean.
Last evening we had a couple of anglers with their 1st blue fish and it is great seeing the kids catch fish. It is a great time to take your kids fishing right now because chances are good on catching one of these big blues that they will talk about for a long time.
Emma Southwick caught her 1st fish while out in the boat fishing with her family. Love this picture it looks like she is saying this is MY Fish. I am sure her brother coached her
Proud dad Charlie Potter sent us this picture of his son Aidens first slammer blue. 34 inches. So I guess about 12 lbs. Charlie reported it took him a while and eventually I had to put a hand on the rod but he got mostly on his own.
Bunker has been the bait of choice on the surf for the blue fish with some using it in the bay. Bunker spoons, stretch plugs and mojos are being trolled in 55 to 60 feet of water for best results with bass. Some anglers are doing snag and drop where as some anglers are trolling live bunker or eels.
Sea bass season opened on Monday and reports have been good. Reports on fluke have still been slow but this warmer weather should warm the bay improving the catch.
Wed May 25th
The Marine Digest are finally in store. Stop by and pick up your free copy along with a tide chart.
Sounds like a few 36-38 inch bass were caught from the surf this morning and more blue fish caught including Jims 16-11 that was caught in bunker in Beach Haven Terrace. There was a nice bird play in the bay with blue fish just around high tide this morning near Holgate Marina.
It is 59 this am with west wind at 4 Ocean temp is 58.
We have fresh bunker this morning and our bunker man is back out looking for more. We also have live minnows, surf clams, live eels and all kinds of frozen baits.
Blue fish and more blue fish.
Darrin M. plans for a bass did not work out but he this is the bigest blue fish he has every caught. He caught his 16-6 on bunker in North Beach Haven and also lost another blue fish.
The gnats are here so make sure you take bug spray with you.
We are still waiting to see a keeper fluke. Reports are slow coming from our bay other than blue fish.
Yesterday we had more anglers in changing up their rigging as they were tired of getting bit off and it seemed to work out for some of them last night. One report we received overnight was --- Big blues are really still here. Four big blues in 40 minutes tonight, all 34 - 36 inches and big fighters. All on bunker chunks.Rich.
Chris M. caught his largest to date in Beach Haven,
Chris R. here on vacation landed this 30 incher in North Beach Haven.
Tues May 24th
We have some showers this morning. Air temp is 58, ocean is 57 and wind is from the WNW at 2.
Sea bass open yesterday with the Carolyn Ann reporting it amazing and some with limit catches. Ocean conditions kept smaller boats in but those that went found fish.
Bluefish still are the main catch from surf anglers and anglers fishing near the inlet. Ken sent us this report and picture --- Had good night on beach...bunch of big blues!
Simply Bassing is still going on with no changes in the leader board. This little one had to go back and maybe someday it make it on the board.
Mon May 23th
It must be summer as the traffic lights go on today. They say that the temps will be going up this week too.
Winds are from the NE at 9 air temp is 59 and the ocean has dropped to 55.
Yesterday people had a hard time making up there mind about what to do. Some boaters decided to hit the beach instead of taking the boat out as the skies looked threatening.
Surfcasters had a decent bite with blue fish and bass on the morning incoming tide. There seems to be a lot of 18-20 pound bass around in the surf.
Boaters over the weekend found some bass with a lot of big fish being caught. There seem to be a lot of 43inch plus fish being caught with a few going over 50 inches. There is a lot of bunker around where boaters are trolling some live ones and having sucess. Blue fish are also taking the live bunker but more are getting bit off.
No great reports on fluke with some saying because the bay temps dropped so much.
Sun May 22nd
This weekend we have a few anglers that are here to fish. Mark and his buddies did well Friday night and Saturday morning and were back at it last night. His reports was as follows Weather didn't seem to matter much...still caught about 10 blues, 2 smaller stripers, and a few dogfish. The one blue pictured was 15 pounds.
Sat May 21st
We were able to make it thru the morning without the rain. We had a few anglers out trying for fluke and only had reports of shorts and blue fish on the fluke baits. Once again bunker outside the inlet with big bluefish. Rebait ( Dave B) fished the northend and landed a 46 in bass.
Surf anglers caught bass and bluefish during the night and before the rain Saturday morning on the front beaches. We understand that the BL Jetty had fish and was crowded.
Pete and his son had a great time on the beach staying out to 2 am catching dog fish, a 18 pound bass and numerous blues.
Mark was a happy angler with his catch. He reported one of his bluefish had 4 bunker heads in it.
Mike landed this big one in Ship Bottom.
So what are you fishing for today?
It looks like you may get a few hours in before the weather gets wet and windy so get out there.
It is cloudy with an air temp of 57 and the ocean is 58. Winds are lite from the ENE
It is the 1st day of fluke season with the limit the same as last year. You are allowed 5 fish at 18 inches. Are you going for stripers or are you after blue fish?
A lot of surf fisherman caught something yesterday and seemed happy with their day when they were back in for more bait. There are some big dog fish around (40 inches) a few bass from keeper to 20 pound and some nice blue fish in the surf on the outgoing and the high tide. Laura caught this 11 pounder in Holgate last night.
There were blue fish in the inlets yesterday too. A few anglers hit LE and the Fish Factory area after work to get in the action including Bob S. He christened his new boat Livin the Dream with this one.
We did weigh the one big bass from the boats yesterday but there were more caught any where from Holgate to IBSP. Bunker spoons, shad, and snag and drop were all working. Boaters working in the inlets or closer to the beach caught blue fish.
Fri May 20th
A lot of boats heading up the beach this morning as it is a beautiful day. The wind is from the north at 5, ocean temp is 57 and the air temp is 55. What a beautiful moon this morning.
Snag and drop was the method that Morgan used to catch his
51 pound 2 ounce bass that was 51 and a half inches long and
had a 28 and a half inch girth.
Morgan was fishing a half mile off of Holgate when he hooked into what he thought was a brown shark. It took him 45 minutes to land it and he was unable to revive his fish.
LE inlet and out front had a good showing of blue fish yesterday. Surf anglers had some bass and a few blues.
Thurs May 19th
Nice day ahead so get out and enjoy. Ocean temp is 55 and lite winds.
A couple of outgoing tide bass today. Rocco with a 9-9 caught in Holgate. His fish kicks off our instore contest.
Jim caught this 12-1 bass on his 1st cast in Spray Beach. Jim had been in earlier in the day and told us about all the blue fish in the LE inlet this am.
Saturday is looking pretty wet for the start of fluke season but we are ready. Live minnows are now in stock along with spearing, squid, gulp, bucktail and plenty of fluke rigs. If you are looking for a good rain coat our buddy Steve from California Grill told us his daughter is selling Grundens foul weather gear in the Sink and Swim Mens Wear shop. This is a new item for them this year.
Boaters are finding blue fish in our inlet and reporting a lot of bunker along the beach along with some whales and dolphin. You can troll these blue fish or do a snag a drop for bunker and catch.them and maybe a bass. There are some bass in them but more reports of bass off of Barnegat Inlet and north.
Our special blend of bunker chum is now in stock in 4 gallon buckets.This is specially ground for us and it gives a great slick.
We are either getting more blue fish in our area or more anglers as we are getting more localize reports. Holgate saw some action as Brad caught this blue down there.
Steve said he loves these new refurbished beaches. "You don't have to cast far and you have deep water" This 15-1 blue was caught on a bunker head. on the incoming tide. His other blue was released.
Jim sent us this picture of his big catch from Wednesday.
Wed May 18th
Live minnows now available.
Yes it is Wed and we are open. This is our 1st one of the year and we will be here till 3.
It is a cloudy morning out with lite NE wind and an air temp of 53 which matches the ocean temp.
It was nice hearing of some more blue fish on our front beaches yesterday around low tide. One angler stopped in and said he had gone up to the light with no luck but came back to his own beach and caught 6 in a 2 hours period. We do understand they did get some blue fish up at the light but it is all about the timing. Same thing with the boaters yesterday with the bass. Some did nothing and others had a great day.
Jim C. with a12-2 blue caught locally in the surf on the outgoing tide. Jim won the Bluefish part of the 61st LBI Classic.
We have a new Monafilment Recycling Bin outside This has been a project well thought out by Eagle Scout Bryan Janiszewski --- Life Scout Troop 65. We thank Bryan for letting us be a part of his project.
And now there are 4. Yes the 4 places of Simply Bassing have been filled with Ryan Fredrickson entering a 17-8 bass. What this now means is that unless you have a bass bigger than the 17-8 you do not have to bring it in for the contest and if you choose you may let it go.
Tues May 17th
Cloudy start to the day with an air temp of 58. There is little to no wind from the SW, ocean temp is 52.
The ocean is flat this morning so I am sure there will be a good amount of boats out after stripers.Still plenty of bluefish around with the inlets being the hot spot.
My mail this morning shows a new Simply Bassing fish that was caught at 10:30 last night on bunker. Matthew O was the angler on this 28-1 pounder that now has him in 1st place.
We do have fresh bunker this morning along with shucked surf clams and live eels.
Mon May 16th
Cool start to the day with temps at 45. The ocean is 54 and once again winds are from the WSW at 10. It will not be as windy as yesterday.
Several anglers that went to the jetty in BL said that they felt wind burnt from being up there. I also heard about all the fish they were being caught and how crowded it was. Some anglers said they did not like fishing shoulder to shoulder like that so they did not say. Here is a picture that is from the internet of one anglers catch. He must have really wanted these fish to put them in his car like this. I can only imagine what his car will smell like in a few days.
For those that fished on the beaches it was much slower than the action from the jetty. There are blue fish and stripers on the beach mostly on bait. We also heard of keeper size fluke from the surf.
No report from the boaters yesterday. We had several boaters in restocking what they lost with the blue fish. Last fall we sold a lot of white right now we are selling green bunker spoons and chartreuse mojos.
Sun May 15th
We were lucky that the rain held off to the end of the day. For those that got up early yesterday and headed to the beach they got to see a hump back whale cruising the beach. Boaters that were out Barnegat inlet early had a good chance to get into some big bass. Several bass over 40 pounds were caught with bunker spoons and mojos. Dave Bentley started his year off good with this bass.
Lots of bunker off of Beach Haven with a few bass in them. Late afternoon had big bluefish in the inlet with non stop action reported to us.
Today we took delivery of our new Monafilment Recycling Bin.
This has been a project well thought out by Eagle Scout Bryan Janiszewski --- Life Scout Troop 65.
We thank Bryan for letting us be a part of his project.
Beach Haven and Long Beach Township beaches close to 4 wheel drives on May 15th.
A few reports of some bass coming off the beach from Haven Beach, Beach Haven Park and Brant Beach. As the wind picked up on the incoming tide it seemed to turn the fish on today. Some of the areas that had been closed for replenishment have been open back up again as the project moves closer to 5th Street.
The Beiners stopped in and shared their pictures with us. They caught these 2 bass on bunker (released) this morning in Brant Beach at low tide just as the whale was passing by.
Windy day ahead but with the west wind it will have the ocean flat close to the beach and also make for a great cast for those fishing from the beach. Ocean temp is 55.
Sat May 14th
The overnight rains are out of here with a chance of some more rain later today. It is 58 degrees with a wind from WNW at 4 mph. Ocean temp is 55.
Blue fish are still here and are being caught on plugs and bait from tthe surf and in the inlet. There was a good bite in the back bay at high tide yesterday but you have to be there at the right. Bass fishing is picking up everyday on the beach and in the boats.
Fri the 13th of May
Are you superstititious or is it a lucky day for you?
Beautiful morning with no wind and it is warm. It is 58 with an ocean temp of 55. Chance of some showers later in the day.
Boaters were able to fish in the ocean yesterday and we had positive reports of bass 20 pounds plus from AC to IBSP. It is time to troll those mojos, bunker spoons and stretch plugs.
Change of plans for Ryan had him coming home with this 31pound + bass caught on a mojo off of IBSP. Ryan reported lots of fish and he also reported releasing a 50 pounder.
Thurs May 12th
There is little to no wind this am with an air temp of 63 and a water temp of 54.
We will now be open 7 days a week.
We have fresh bunker this am and are expecting clams later today.
Sounds like the bluefish bite slowed down somewhat yesterday in the inlet but we heard of increased catches of stripers on the beach. It would not surprise me that we will start to hear of more being trolled of the beach.
Tues May 10th
Cloudy, chance of showers, light northeast winds just perfect for fishing. It is 51 this am with an ocean temp of 55.
The more people that are out fishing the more reports we get good and bad and I thank you for your reports.
Three anglers fishing--- 3 fish caught all by the same angler. Jason caught 2 blue fish that were 10-12 pounds and this 15 pound bass all on bunker in Beach Haven Park.
Blue fish are still very active but it is still all about the timing. Anglers that had all they wanted on Sunday night at the light house jetty returned Monday morning and only had 1. We did have reports from other anglers that were there later in the day and did okay. Reports of more stripers showing on the front beaches but mostly shorts taking bunker and clams.
Boaters fishing our inlet are not having a lot of luck (yet) but back in the bay they are finding blue fish but again it is all about the tide.
Simply Bassing had its first bass entered yesterday by a tournament regular. Martin S. entered a 21-14 that was caught on bunker in Barnegat Light. Thats a nice fish to start this tournament off. If you have not joined now is the time as this contest runs to the end of June.
Mon May 9th
I hope everybodies Mom had a great Mothers Day. The weather turned out to be great and even felt more like summer by the end of the day.
A sure sign of Summer is that the speed limits are going to be lowered today on LBI and the traffic lights are going on this Friday the 13th.
Ocean temp has hit 55 and winds are from the SW at 10 plus with a high around 65 which is a nice improvement over last week.
Blue fish have been the big catch so far this year but this weekend we had a lot of people getting ready for fluke season which starts May 21st. Anglers were buying gulp, bucktails, lead heads, and minnow buckets.
We will be giving out a $25. gift certificate to California Grill to the 1st keeper fluke in the store. It can be caught from the surf or in the boat.
Sun May 8th
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there. Although I am the mothers of 2 sons that made me proud to be their mom I always think back to my own Mom on Mothers Day. Happy Mothers Day Mom I miss you.
Ocean temp is 54 with winds from the SW (finally something different than NE) and breezy today but with that wind we should see the temps moving up.
It is starting to feel like more like atypical May. The fog makes it feel like it is fishing time. I know I have had some of my best fishing on the beach in the fog. Some times being so foggy that you didn't know there was another person less than a half a block away from you.
Fishing conditions and catching did improve yesterday down this way. Surf fisherman could hold with 8 ounces or less on the outgoing tide and there was little to no grass. When you hear of bite offs you know there were fish there. Ron H. landed the fish above. Yesterdays blue fish were a real mix of sizes. Two pounders to fish over 17 pounds seemed to be in the mix. We also had some small bass reported to us that were caught at the top of the tide on clams.
Boaters have been looking on the south end to find blue fish with out having any hook ups and yesterday that changed too. Reports from Great Bay area, the inlet and off the dock at Morrisons were some areas where blue fish were found on the south end. It was not the non stop action that we had last year but it is a start.
Sat May 7th
Fresh bunker is in but all of our surf clams are gone.
It is 51 and cloudy this am with winds from the ENE at 6-12. Ocean temp is 53.
Ryan sends us this picture of a 29 inch blue fish he caught last night in bay on a bunker head. The best action has been near the bridge mainly because it has be tough to fish the surf. Poppers, bucktails and metals have been working to catch this fish also.
Fri May 6th
Winds are from the NE this am at 17 plus. Air temp is 48 and the water temp is 52. High tide on the beach is at 8:03 am. On the bayside the tides run approx. 1 to 3 hours later. Minor flooding this am with moderate for the evening tide.
We were able to get surf clams yesterday but things do not look good again today for boats to try for bunker. It looks like things will start to improve on Saturday.
Thurs May 5th
Tides are running a little high. It is a combination,of moon phase, these contast north east winds and the rain. Small craft warnings are in effect thru Friday night.
Ocean temp is 53 air temps are just around the 50 degree mark and winds are from the NE at 15 plus.
With weather conditions the way they are we do not know what the bait situation will be for the weekend but we are crossing our fingers. There is some predicted improvement in the weather as we get toward the weekend and I know I am looking forward to some warmer temps and drier days as this weather is killing my arthritis.
Yes there are fish in the area but the ocean is angry. Best shot for now will be in the inlet or in the bay. Jetties to the south of us are now producing some nice bass and the BL jetty has anglers catching blue fish. Best bet in BL is using lures with some weight such as avas or bucktail. In the bay (mid island) some days it is top water fishing with poppers on others metal is working for this 8 to 12 pound blues. Atlantic City jetties are now showing some nice bass so we should start to see some more action on our beaches as soon as it is fishable.
Tues May 3rd
It is 53 this morning with a matching water temp of 53. Winds are from NE at 10-17. The good news is that the rain that we have this morning may clear out of here this afternoon leaving us with a nice afternoon like we had yesterday.
With the change in winds yesterday in calmed the surf down making it more fishable but we did not hear anything back from there.
Mon May 2nd
Unsettled is the word the weather man is calling for the week. I like Outstanding better but we know there is nothing we can do about the weather.
Today does not look bad so try and get outdoors and enjoy it.
Warmer air temps today and winds from the southeast. Ocean temp is 52. Now if the grass would dissapear is would make the ocean more fishable.
The blue fish bite has slowed down since the water temps have dropped. The best action for them that we heard over the weekend was in the bay near the bridge and more so towards the mainland. ( warmer water?)
Reminder that the black fish season is CLOSED. Several anglers were in and told us that they saw people catching and keeping them today in BL.
Sun May 1st
They say April showers brings May flowers but around here May usually brings more fish. April fishing has been surprisingly good because of the early showing of blue fish.
Amazing how fishing has changed thru the years. Years ago we would start out with winter flounder, stripers, mackerel and then the bluefish would show when the water hit 54 and would be biting off the stripers tails. Now adays you are lucky if you catch a winter flouder in our area and mackerel --- they have not be here in the spring in over 20 years.
By later afternoon yesterday the sun came out the wind died down and it turned out to be a nice day. Today looks like a wet day with winds from the east at 5-15. Ocean temp is 53.
Early morning yesterday had ocean fishing anglers still using 8 ounces to hold bottom and they still were catching grass.
With more boats getting in the water we are starting to get more reports from the bay and inlet with anglers catching blue fish to 10 pounds near the bridges and fish over 15 pounds near the inlets. Once again yesterday there was some action at the lighthouse with metals, bucktails and poppers being used to catch the fish. Joe F. fished Barnegat bay yesterday and caught several blues in the 10 pound range on spoons.
Sat April 30th
Not much to report about fishing from yesterday. Several anglers gave it a try with no report sucess. The surf was rough and it took 8-10 ounces to hold plus there was weed. Anglers throwing plugs also told us that they had a hard time even throwing 2 ounce ones.
It is 48 again this morning with winds from the ENE at 8-15. Ocean temp is 51. Good luck to those trying to hit the ocean for the last day of tog.
Parade in town today as the Beach Haven Fire Co. has a housing. Their block party was canceled last year because of weather so today they are ready to party. Fire companies will be coming from all over so I am sure we will hear lots of sirens today.
Fri April 29th
We are in a little rut here with the weather. Another cool and overcast day. One thing about fish--- they are already wet.
We are hearing of more metal, bucktails and big poppers being used to catch these bluefish which some are now pushing 17 pounds. Don't forget your wire leaders.
Thurs April 28th
Mike chistened his new Tica Dolpin rod. First cast got him this bluefish.
What a change in the weather. When I left work on Tues it was 78. We had a wild thunderstorm and got to see a wonderful rainbow on Tuesday night.
Wednesday it was about 30 degrees cooler and a cloudy day which it looks like we are in for some more of it today. I have seen some great fishing days on overcast days.
Ocean temp has dropped to 53 and winds today are predicted to be ENE at 10+ which should warm it back up again.
Not much of a fishing report this morning as yesterday was a day off for me which will be coming to an end soon. I do know we had orders come in of S&S Rattletails, Shimano Rods and more 5 rod Portarod holders. Magic Tail Mojos will be in by the weekend.
Tues April 26th
Not bad out this morning but they say rain is on the way. Mid 60s with winds lite from the SW but will be picking up. Ocean temp is 55.
We are expecting surf clams in later this morning and we have fresh bunker and frozen mullet for the hungry blue fish.
Long and lead are these blue fish typical of Spring time ones that have not developed and shoulders to them but they still fight and yes teeth. You can use bait or cast lures for these fiesty fish.
Updated Dredging : April 25, 2016
•Locations of Beachfill Discharge: Liberty Island - Between Osborne Ave and Nelson Ave; Dodge Island - Between 11th and 12th Streets; Padre Island - Between 11th and 12th Streets
•Crossover Closures: Holgate - Nelson Ave; Laydown Area Parking Lot; Osborne Ave; Marshall Ave; Beach Haven - 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th
•Additional Info: The Liberty, Dodge and Padre Island are on site and conducting dredging and beachfill operations. The Liberty Island is scheduled to work in southern Beach Haven (line around Nelson and Holgate) while the Dodge and Padre are working in north Beach Haven (line around 12th/13th). And then the dredges will meet somewhere in between. Great Lakes expects Beach Haven to be complete by middle/late May timeframe.
Mon April 25th
First keeper bass on our scale. Mike wins the $25 gift card from California Grill. Mikes bass weighed 14-8 and was 31 inches. His fish was caught on bunker in Spray Beach. Congrats Mike.
Change in the winds today from what we had over the weekend. SSW at 10 plus this afternoon. Ocean temp is 54.
You can tell summer is coming as the boat storage yards are starting to look empty.
Changing tide in BL inlet and a pencil popper for these 2 blues.
Charlie P. kept these 2 (up to 10-8) for the smoker.
Last year we had a incrediable run of blue fish that started just about now. This year it started about 10 days ago. How long it will last this year is anyones guess but if you are not fishing yet it is time to start. Small stripers are around too with a keeper once in awhile. If you are fishing clams you have a chance of one of the black drums that are around.
Our beaches have change alot again this year. Last year many were pre beach replenishment then you went thru the fall with no jetties and wide beaches. Most of the restored beaches have lost that sand and now have their jetties back. With all the sand that has been washed out some of the beaches have no cuts. As I have told many of people thru the years " you have to read the beach" and in doing so it will help you catch fish. Take a walk down the beach at low tide so you can look for the cuts and holes and fiqure out where you should fish.
Sun April 24th
Busy morning and it has cleaned us out of surf clams and fresh bunker. We do have salted clams and fresh frozen bunker.
The driving pattern on the bridge has change and we understand that some of the new bridge is open. Please drive with care.
It took all day yesterday till we got to see the sun. Ocean temp is 54 and the ocean should be flat this am till the NE kicks in.
Location and timing is dictating what you are catching.
Dan told us first he caught a 26.5 inch bass and then the blue fish moved into Spray Beach before noon. Merdedith and her Dad had a few bite offs and landed these two.
The light house and BL inlet have more blue fish than the south end and mid island is showing us more bass (mostly shorts) and some black drum. There are a few blue fish in the mixed that they are catching on bunker and mullet. Change of the tide low or high seem to be the best times.
Jean sends us this picture of a 33 inch blue that was caught Harvey Cedars and was released.
Anglers targeting tog are doing well with some nice size fish and a few cod fish. When the weather and ocean allows it they are trying to get out there before tog closes the end of April.
Sat April 23rd
Simply Bassing starts April 30th so make sure you sign up for this today along with our instore bass contest.
The overnight rain seems to be out of here. It is 59 this morning with little to no wind this morning. Incoming tide with high tide at 9:24 on the beach.
Ocean temp is 54 prime temp for blue fish and the blue fish are here. Some areas are better than others with Barnegat Inlet having a better showing (so far ) than LE. Surf anglers are catching up and down the beaches but you have to put your time in.
Are you ready for these big blues? Make sure your reel is in working order and check you line. Make sure you have an assortment of metal, poppers. and bucktails along with wire leaders.
Reports we had from yesterday was that bunker was catching the blue fish better than lures. A lot of people go by the moon and now we are on the downside which should improve what fishery we now have.
A good source has told me that there are crabs (blue claws) around so bait up those pots and get them overboard.
We learned yesterday that Walt Johnson XYZ had a major heart attack last Saturday and has been in ICU all week. His son TJ has informed us that his dad is much better and was moved to a regular room on Friday and he says his dad will be back on the water this Spring striper fishing. We wish Walt the best and for a quick recovery.
Fri April 22nd
Its a keeper!!!
Norman caught himself a keeper at 28 inches that he released. His fish was caught just before dark on clams. There were also some shorts caught in the same area of Beach Haven Park.
It 56 this am with an ocean temp of 54. Winds are from the SW at 9-15 and high tide is at 8:48 am.
No bass for Rich this morning but he did catch this 35 inch blue fish in Spray Beach.
Just a few degrees in the water temp have more fish moving. Another report of a black drum in Beach Haven and of some bite offs in the surf. Some anglers are taking the drive to the light house for the blue fish in the inlet. Poppers, metal and bait are all working. Remember your wire for these 8 to 12 pound fish.
Thank everyone for their kind word about my retirement. I appreciate it very much. I would like very much to see someone else to suceed in this business.
The store is just about ready for the season. Our ballyhoo is expected anyday and as always we are receiving items in everyday. A new shipment of Northbars just came in along with some Gibbs poppers.
Thurs April 21st
In Memory of
Robert (Jingles) O'Brien
Oct 12, 1947 - April 21, 1996
Tues April 19th
First fish on our scale this year were these 2 tog caught by Jack Wolfberg for the Beach N Boat Contest. Usually Jack does not make it in to dark but he said fishing was good and was in early to weigh his 9-2 and 9-13 tog.
Another nice morning. Air temp is 56, winds from the WNW at 7 and the ocean is 50.
Reports of bluefish entering the inlets. We still have not seen a keeper bass.
Mon April 18th
Fresh bunker and Blood worms.
It looked like summer here at the beach with all the people around. It just did not feel like it with the air temp being 10 degrees plus cooler here than inland.
Today looks like the day to play hookie with warmer temps here and less wind. Ocean temp is 51 with variable winds today.
We are still waiting to see a keeper bass which I am sure will be any day now. Increased water temps and the nicer weather has more anglers out trying for stripers, blues and drum fish.
Sounds like boaters that tried for black fish did okay with keepers and a lot of throw backs.
Sun April 17th
Our surf clam and blood worm supply is low this morning.
Typical spring time here at the beach where as the air temps are much cooler than inland. Great to see blue skies this weekend. The nice weather brought more people out and had a lot of people working on their boats.
Another nice day ahead today. It is 45 this am with wind from the NE at 10. Ocean temp is 50.
Not much to report from the surf yesterday other than some grass but it was fishable.
Sat April 16th
Boy was that weatherman wrong with the forecast. There is no wind this morning but they are calling for NE 10-20. Air temp is 43 and the ocean is pushing 51.
Between May 4th and Mothers Day the bluefish show up in the surf. They seem to like 54 degrees for their water temp. Last year bluefish showed up early with some great action for weeks. Last years was an outstanding year for them as I had not seen anything like it in about 20 years.
Bluefish are now in our waters. At this time they are not in the numbers like last year. Several have been caught in the surf this week and probably as many lost. They are running about 6-11 pounds and are hitting on mullet and clams. Here is one report from yesterday No striper today but caught a 34" blue fish on bunker chunk on incoming tide. Will try again tomorrow. Rich S.
Fri April 15th
Lite NE wind this am at 6 with an air temp of 43. Ocean temp is 49. Predictions of warmer days this weekend but also of some winds.
Fresh bunker is available which is the 1st for us this season.
If you can't fish on the beach try the bayside as there is action there too. Report from the surf yesterday was a nice size bluefish on mullet. Boaters are reporting drum and small bass in the back bay.
Thurs April 14th
Chilly inland for some but not bad here for us. Having the sun out makes such a big difference. More folks around getting their boats ready for the water.
We are still waiting to see the 1st keeper bass from the surf. Internet is showing some nice pictures of fish. Will be this be the week for a keeper?.
We are expecting more bloodworms, surf clams and maybe fresh bunker for the weekend.
Simply Bassing time is getting closer. Don't forget to sign up for this Surf only contest. We also have our instore tournament too where as top bass from the surf takes all.
Ocean temp is 49 with NE winds around 10. Air temps will continue to increase the next few days but they are saying will see 60s along the beach.
Word has it that the dredge that is coming for the replenishment is having repairs in VA.
Mon 6 - 5
Tues 7 - 5
Wed 7 - 3
Thurs 7 - 5
Fri 6 - 8
Sat 5:30 - 7
Sun 6 - 5
FRESH AND LIVE
FROZEN ---------------------------- SALTED CLAMS
Store Surf Fishing
Leader 20-9 Ken N.
This year we are having an in store surf fishing contest and the largest bass takes all. There are 2 contests. One is a yearly contest and the other onr is for the Spring. The Year Contest runs from April 10 - Dec 4 with all monies going to the largest bass.and the Spring contest starts April 10 and ends on June 26th
Entry fee 10 dollars for each contest.
To all our customers;
The time has come for me to do some more fishing and in order to do that my work schedule has to change.
It has not been an easy decision but after 40 years Jingles Bait and Tackle is up for sale.
The sale includes the Real Estate (1 additional store downstairs plus 2 apartments upstairs / Business / Good Will / Shop Equipment. Inventory will be $ for $ at time of closing.
We know we will be here thru Dec.20, 2016 but what happens after that only time will tell.
For the last 40 years this business has been very good to me and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here.
I will miss it and all the great people I have met that now feel like my family. Thru the years I have watched many of you grow up, marry and in some cases I have met your children and they have played in the famous minnow tank.
Gift certificates and gift cards are a very big part of oor business. We sell them for all ocassions, doing a favor for someone, birthdays, prizes or just as a gift. For the last 40 years we have not put an expiration date on them because we knew we would be here but the time has come for us to call in all those cards and gift certificates by 12/20/16.
For now it is business as usually here at Jingles Bait and Tackle so bring on the fish.
Don't forget to redeem your gift cards by Dec 20, 2016.
If you are interested in any information on the property please contact Dave Bonanni.
85 ROUTE 33
MERCERVILLE, NJ 08619