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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.
Thurs April 30th
For those that have been asking the Marine Digests are now in store.
This morning was a pleasant surprise for a few anglers on the beach. Rocco fished clams in the Holgate area and had 3 short bass where as George fished bunker in Beach Haven and caught and missed bluefish. George showed me one he kept that went about 4 pounds.
It is hard to believe tomorrow is the 1st of May and I still have not seen a keeper. Lots of shorts and some big bluefish but we are still waiting to give some California Grill gift certificates away to a keeper bass.
Ocean temp is 52 and it is another nice day. Looks like some wind tomorrow but after that it should be a nice weekend.
This weekend kicks off Simply Bassing so make sure you sign up for this Spring Surf Contest.
Wed April 29th
Looks like a nice day ahead. Ocean temp is 51 this am and we have a NW wind at 7. Air temp at 5 am is 52.
Tues April 28th
The ocean is 50 this morning which matches the air temp. We have a NW wind at 10 and gusty. Small craft warnings are in effect till noon. High tide is 4:56 pm today.
One of my blackfish sharpies that fishes the northend told me yesterday that things have not been red hot wiih the tog. He has only seena couple of keepers when he has been up there. He is sure they are there but just not biting. He also said that there were a few bluefish there also yesterday but not like Sunday.
The front beach had a few anglers and a few fish yesterday. Some nice eating size bluefish and short bass. We still have not had a keeper in store so we still have California Grill gift certificates to give away.
Mon April 27th
It is 46 this morning and there is a WNW wind at 5 - 10. Ocean temp is 49.
Depends on where you were fishing yesterday on how good it was. Bluefish are the big talk right now because of the amount and the size. We do not have a lot of them on the front beach here but the inlets and the bays have some big ones. Some of the bay areas saw some blitzs yesterday.
Ken caught this almost keeper and a big blue fish in our bay just before dark. His blue was caught on bunker but there are a lot of blues being caught on plugs and metal.
There are a lot of small bass being caught from the surf I mean some like 12 inches.
Butch reported a great weekend with his biggest at 5 pounds (a short). He said that already he has caught more this year than he did last year. Shari had a great weekend and caught her first bass ever on her new rod. Her bass was a short also. She had also been on a charter on Saturday and caught the only blue on the boat.
Sun April 26th
At 4 am it is 46 with the winds still from the wnw at 6. Winds are predicted to be NE today at 10-15. Ocean temp is 48.
It was a chilly start to the day yesterday but that did not stop some boat anglers getting out. It looked like a morning of layers. The est action today for small bass, drum and bluefish was around Graveling Point and Pebble Beach area. Clams and bloodworms have been the best for the bass, clams and clam chum for the drum and small metals on the bluefish. Closer to home some small bass with a few keepers have been caught in out bay on bucktails and on clams.
Simply Bassing starts next Saturday. Sign ups are in store now so don't forget to sign up for this annual Spring Tournament.
Surf anglers were pleasantly surprised how nice it was on the beach this morning. The westerly wind had the ocean flat and the dunes protected them from the lite wind we had. The afternoon had the wind changing and cooling things off. With the low tide early in the day anglers seemed to hold off till later for the incoming tide. Bluefish are now also in the surf but not in the numbers like they are in the bay.
Sat April 25th
Somebody slowed the wind down.
This morning the wind WNW at 8. Air temp is 40 and the water is 48.
Increased reports of bass and bluefish being caught but we are still waiting for a keeper.
Fri April 24th
Fresh bunker will be available later today.
It is not a keeper but it is Colins first bass!
What happened to Spring Time? It is 40 this morning and we have a NW wind at 12 gusting to 20. Ocean temp is 48 this am.
Fish are being caught but there are not many anglers fishing. What we do hear from some that go is they are catching nothing or that they caught several shorts. Clams and bloodworms seem to be the best bet for them. More bluefish are showing up in the bay and inlets.
Thurs April 23rd
Store is open till 12 today.
I am still waiting to give away a $25 gift certificate from California Grill to a keeper bass that is caugrht from LBI.
My days are getting numbered by that I mean having a day off. Yesterday was a nice start to the day and I got to do some outdoor things which was nice to do on Earth Day. I wish fishing had been in the schedule for the day but by the time everything was done the sky was looking pretty ominous ending my outdoor plans. The winds picked up and once again seemed to be pushing that 50 mph range. How about that sky last night?
Ocean temp hit 51 yesterday and with the temp in the ocean that high you know the bay has to been bluefish warm.
Last year we saw some big bluefish early in the season in the bay with anglers having a good time catching them on bait and plugs. They last couple of nights have also been better for catching small bass. This is a good fishing for early risers or if you can't sleep.
*** I would like to thank those that expressed their thoughts and memories to on Tuesday. Memories are a great thing and I thank you for sharing in mine.
Tues April 21st
Happy Birthday to Mike and what a great present he got. Mike wanted to catch a striper and he was going to go where ever the stripers were. He was fishing on the Little Hawk out of Atlantic Highlands and there was great striper action. Mike caught this fat one, 18 pounds, 35 inches, and two other keepers, and we probably had at least a dozen 26” shorts.
Conditions are looking much better today. Gone are those easterly winds that blew over 40mph yesterday and gone is the rain. The ocean is 49 today. Because of the weather things were quiet yesterday morning but by evening people were out trying for some bass in the bay.
This is the time of the year when we see a lot of bass in the bay. Not all keepers but a lot of fun on lite tackle. Small bass on bucktail and we are selling bloods and clams for the bass. Conditions should be better today also for trying for drum around Graveling Point and Grassey Channel.
When this day comes around every year I think about all the things that we two did share
It makes me happy and it makes me sad. But that you were in my life at all makes me very glad
It is hard to believe it has been 19 years today since Jingles passed away and the last night of his life he had his favorite meal to eat which was fresh asparagus and striped bass. Unfortunately he did not catch his dinner but a good friend made sure he had his striped bass dinner. I sure hope there are stripers in heaven and asparagus.
Mon April 20th
By the sound of the ocean you are going to need some heavier sinkers which was also the case yesterday afternoon. By the afternoon you were better off fishing the bayside.
We are hearing more reports of black drum being caught in the bay. They say we may get a break in this rain today for awhile and then more tonight.
It looks like another record is going to fall. Mr Jenkins caught a 28 inch long, 8 lbs, 11 oz. Atlantic Croaker in Virginia.The fish easily tops the current state record of 5 lbs, 13 oz which stood for 15 years.
Sun April 19th
We have not seen one yet. That is a keeper bass. Once again short bass with numerous shorts being caught in the boat. Drum fish are making a decent appearance also. Jean with a 23 incher.
Our bait supply is low this morning so get in early if you want clams, bunker or bloodworms. You have a good tide early with the incoming tide.
The water temp did hit 50 again yesterday with it now back down to 48. Today will not be as warm as yesterday but it will still start out nice. Winds will be picking up today out of the northeast to 20.
Sat April 18th
Fresh bunker, surf clams and bloodworms are all available this morning.
You could not ask for a nicer morning. No wind, the bay is flat and it is 57. Ocean temp is 47. If you have been waiting to uncover the boat today is the day.
More reports of shorts in our area yesterday but some keepers on IBSP and a report of a 30 pound drum from Brigantine. Last year we did not hear of many drum but what a great fight and what a great eat if you catch the smaller ones.
We are still waiting to see a keeper bass and have California Grill gift certificates for anyone that shows us their local bass.
Fri April 17th
The warmer weather is getting more people outside and with that there is an increase of fisherman and reports of short bass.
This morning we have some rain but it will be out of here for the weekend. Ocean temps are going up and it is 49 this am.
*** A new pending State Record Black Fish was caught yesterday 4/17. Frank LaMorte weighed a 25.37 tog in at Jims Bait and Tackle in Cape May,
Thurs April 16th
Hope everyone tool care of those taxes. I am one of those that always sends it in the last day. I have had it done for months but there is just something about sending it in when you have to pay them.
Yesterday I got the opportunity to speak when the NBC Channel 10 news crew was here to do the piece about Little Egg Inlet. I do not know if it will help but I know having it on national tv will make more people aware and hopefully we will get some help.
I spoke about how the condition of the inlet effects my business and how it effects other business's on the south end of LBI. When the boaters do not come here because they are afraid to use to inlet it affects many of us including the marinas. I am seeing boaters that are normally docked here moving their boats to the north end and boaters that use to come here on vacation going else where. Some of this sand maybe there because of Sandy and more maybe added when beach replenishment starts.
We are still in the recovery from Sandy as most of you can see by just looking around at all the construction of new homes and of homes being raised.
We need to do what ever it takes to fix this problem so people don't leave LBI. Fishing and boating have always been an important part of this island.
Tues April 14th
They say rain is on it way but for now it is 50 degrees with the wind from the SSW at 15. Ocean temp is 48.
Scotts Bait and Tackle is finally reporting the first keeper bass from Graveling Point. It was just a little over the 28 inches but after all the short fish they have had over there finally a keeper.
We are still waiting to see a keeper and to get our contest going and also to give away some gift certificates to California Grill.
Mon April 13th
It was a weekend when we saw more shorts. Not only were there people on street wearing them we had people catching them.
Today looks like another nice one so maybe today will be the day we see a keeper. We have instore give aways for local caught bass.
The ocean temp has hit 46 and we will have southerly winds today from 10-20.
Warmer weather brought out more fisher people and more fish.
Last weekend brought a lot of bunker but no bass to go with them but this weekend the bunker were not there in abundance but there were fish. Stripers were caught from the surf, bayside and inland. Locally I still have not heard of a keeper.
Jean sent us this picture and told us he had 3 hits and this short. As you can see this is on the bayside but there are some internet pictures around of short bass caught in the surf also.
Sat April 11th
Sad new to report this morning about the passing of Bruce Hoagland. Bruce and his wife Pat owned Bruce and Pat's in Surf City for many years. Pat and I had just spoke the other day about how many years we have know each other. She told me that it went back to the days when Jingles worked at Koseffs. My condolences to Pat and her family.
It is a warm morning. It is 50 at 4am with a west wind at 2. Water temp is 42.
Store hours have changed and we will be adding more shortly.
Will today be the day? We are looking to see your keeper bass. I know of a few local spots where there maybe a keeper. It sure is time to have a keeper caught from the shores of LBI.
Fri April 10th
The weather has not been great this week but it has not stopped things from happening. More bait is on the move and more stripers have been caught in the rivers.
This maybe the weekend for a keeper to win a California Grill prize.
The weather looks to be improving for the weekend but I do not think we will see any 70 degrees here at the beach.
I was thinking this week about how much fishing has changed. Twenty five years ago I had no web page, facebook or cell phone to get a call or read about what they were catching on the web. The main source is a buddy told you what he caught a few days later or you read about what people were catching in the newspaper.
Twenty five years ago boats were gearing up this weekend to catch mackeral. Income tax time use to be peak time here on LBI. Depending on the water temp they could be here for up to 6 weeks. Sometimes when anglers were jigging and they got deep enough they might catch a striper. As the water warmed you then caught mackeral with their tails bite off --thus telling you the bluefish are here.
Those days are gone and now we seem to have a bunker run and then we start to see more bass being caught. In the last 10 years there have been at least 5 times that I can remember that the bunker have run along the beach like they did last weekend. I remember one year catching bluefish on metal on income tax day from the surf.
We have also lost the winter flounder fishery that we once had. Those fish maybe there but few fish for them any more.
This will be an interesting year with beach replenishment going on but I know that people will go fishing and hopefully it is a good year for everyone.
Time to go fishing!
Wed April 8th
Couple of real nice days and now a couple of lousy ones. I did see 46 for a water temp but this morning it is 44. This NE wind may drive it up again.
I literally have been flat on my back for the last few days. What ever hit me hit like a ton on bricks affecting all my muscles.
Thanks to your emails and pictures you have kept me up to date on the fishing front. It was a great surprise to see Owens picture with his 23 inch bass (released) he caught in Holgate on bloodworms.
More report of washed up bunker from Gussie and Tyler which spanned from Holgate to Brant Beach. Early on Saturday a lot of thei bunker was alive and washing up alive also people where also snagging it which had us thinking there is something out there that they are trying to get away from. Dolphins, whales, bluefish or I do not know what. That bunker we saw coming down the beach since Friday is now in the inlets and now in the bay.
Sun April 5th
Store hours are 8 - 1 today
The winds have backed off overnight and are now from the SW at 10. The air temp and the ocean match at 44.
Exciting day for those on the beach yesterday ( read below). There for awhile I thought I might see the first bass from the surf. It sounds like the bunker were from Harvey Cedars thru Holgate. Now what was chewing them up. It is always good to have bait around because it usually brings fish and there is usually something that makes that bait beach itself.
Today should be a good day again at Graveling Point. The southerly winds are when you want to be there. Grab some worms and enjoy the day.
Happy Easter everyone.
Sat April 4th
It has benn a crazy day on the surf today. Early morning had birds and bait. Bait trapped against the jetties and bait washing up on the beach. Anglers were able to snag bunker with avas and bucktails but I did not hear of any fish caught. Kids were throwing the bunker back in the ocean and some kept a bucket full for crab bait.
In this picture that Ronald sent us it certainly looks like something was chewing on this bunker.
Ron reports lots of 8-12 " bait fish being driven into the surf just north of Spray Beach Inn. Some bitten~ gulls feasting! There's something big out there! Time to make sure your gear is ready for Spring Fishing
April showers with March winds this morning but temps are mild. It is 51 this am with a NNW wind at 14 to 24. April showers are almost out of here for today.Ocean temp is 43.
Several good reports yesterday from Graveling Point where the water is now 50. I do not know if they have had a keeper over there yet but it sounds like some good action on some 18 inchers.
Fri April 3rd
So far this morning it is a good Friday. April Showers are predicted for today at times but for right now it is 48 degrees with a wind from the SW at 7+ and the ocean is 42.
The Striped Bass Tournament Committee met again this week and we are fine tuning things for this years Fall Tournament. I can tell you that it starts on Oct.10th this year. What effect beach replenishment will have on it I don't know but the tournament is going on like always.
Simply Bassing the Spring Tournament will be starting in less than a month (May 2) with a few changes in it. This year with all the changes in the striper rules it will be the top 4 fish that take home monies. Sign-up will be in shops within the next 2 weeks.
Thurs April 2nd
I hope you get some time to spend outdoors today. Ocean temp is 42 and it is in the upper 40s already here at the beach.
Once again this year we are Hooked -Up with California Grill in "Show Me your Bass". California Grill is known for its "Chowder" but they also have a great selection of other foods.
Our good friend Steve is giving out (10) $25 gift certificates to the first 10 people that show us their bass. This bass may be caught ocean side, bayside or in a boat that docks on LBI. Just bring your fish in and show it to us here at Jingles. Good Luck!!
Wed April 1st
I am glad to turn the page on the month. For the second year in a row there was very little striper action in March.
It was a wet month starting out with snow and ice and locally ending with rain. The ocean temps have increased with the ocean now hitting 42.
Black fish season opens today.
Easter weekend coming up which usually brings a lot of homeowners back to the beach. A lot more resturants are showing signs of opening. With more people hitting the beach will be able to see if there are some bass on the beach.
Mon March 30th
Still waiting for the first keeper bass from LBI or Graveling Point. We are hearing of more keepers coming from the rivers.
This morning it is gray day and we have had rain and snow flurries. The winds are from the WSW at 8+ and the ocean is 41.
We are getting down to the last days of Holgate Wilderness area being open to vehicles for a while. Here are a few shots of it from this morning. Thanks to TC for pictures.
Plenty of sand near the entrance.
One of the few narrow spots.
This is one of everybodies favorite shots but nicer on a sunny day.
Erosion on the backside has this pole sticking out.
Everybody is curious on what the inlet looks like. Hard to tell on this cloudy day but there seems to be water around the end of Holgate and there is white water today off the beach.
Sun March 29th
It is a cold Palm Sunday morning with temps below freezing and winds from the NE gusting to 12. The ocean temp has dropped to 39.9 but with warmer temps this week it should pop back up.
No bass to report yesterday but there are folks trying.
The town was fairly busy yesterday with some making their first trip down for the year. I am sure they were quite surprised about how much construction is going on. The Acme Super Market seemed to make a lot of progress this week and is now taking applications for jobs.
Sat March 28th
In like a lion and out like a lamb is what they say about March. That lamb better get here quick as we are running out of days.
Here we are with another weekend and below normal temps. It is 35 this am with the winds from the NNW 15-22. Ocean temp is 41.There seems to appear to be a warming trend during the week.
One fish report that I have from a reliable source is from Bill. Been to Graveling Point a couple of times so far this season. Only shorts but had a couple of good hits. The first keeper should be coming anytime now! Bill
Weather is a big factor right now in hearing about more fish. A few years ago at this time of the year there were a lot of trucks fishing the beach. Despite the cold --anglers would use the truck to block the wind or even sit in the truck and watch their rods. This year there seems to be just a few trying their luck.
Speaking of trucks reminder that Holgate Wildlife closes to vehicles on April 1st.
Mon 7:00 - 5:00
Tues 7:00 - 5:00
Wed 7:00 - 1:00
Thurs 7:00 - 5:00
Fri 6:00 - 8:00
Sat 5:30 - 7:00
Sun 6:00 - 4:00
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
( none entered )
4/10-12/12 $10 entry fee
( none entered )
This years prizes will be given to the top 4
Time to sign-up for
1st place $1000
Rob V. 29- 14
2nd place $500
Steve W. 24-12
3rd place $300
Nick S. 22-10
4th place $ 200
**** Based on 100 entries.