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Check out the surf on the surf cam. Click surf! This cam is located in Beach Haven.
Thurs March 26th
Rainy morning with some warmer temps today. The ocean is 39.9 this morning.
Great article written about the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club by Carl Anderson. Karl grew up here on LBI and spent many hours fishing here. There are some pictures prodided by some well known names that he used in this article. What a great surprise to me to see my mother in the background in one of these pictures. See how many people you can recogize including Dr. Todd Schmoll in his younger years. Click here.
Mon March 23rd
Back to winter for the day. Temps are below freezing with a NE wind. Ocean temp is 39.
I would like to thank everyone that stopped in over the weekend as it feels good to be back to work. Heard some great fishing stories from the winter and hopefully soon we will have some good stories from here.
We are not open everyday yet but as soon as fishing picks up our hours will increase.
Sun March 22nd
It is 42 degrees this morning and we have a wind from the WNW at 7. The ocean temp is 38.
I would like to thank NJBBA and all that volunteered yesterday for the beach clean up. There were not as many volunteers as in other years but then again there was not as much beach. With the tide being high at 9 am it was impossible to get all the way down. Several of the volunteers also commented on the condition of the beach and how many cuts there are in it. Several also commented on what a same the beach replenishment is going to stop before it gets down there.
We have no local fish to report yet but we know as each day goes by we are getting closer to seeing some local action.
Sat March 21st
What a slushy, sloppy day it was when I went home yesterday. This morning it is 33 and there is no ice or snow.
Spring has arrived and it is clean up time. Not only is it time to clean up the yard it is time to get your fishing reel in shape for the spring. Make sure they are in working order before you go fishing. Is your reel frozen, stiff or squeaky then it is time to have it serviced and then fill it up with new line. We are all caught up with our winter work so drop them off for service.
Tide charts are in so stop in and pick yours up.
Fri March 20th
Looks like we are ending the winter with some snow this morning. The air temp is 36 with a SSE wind at 8. The ocean is almost 39 which is about the same as last year.
Don't forget the Holgate beach clean up tomorrow.
Wed March 18th
After such a nice day yesterday it is cold and blowing today.
There is an update on the beach replenishment with them now starting in Ship Bottom at 8th Street and going to 23ed Street starting in late April. This is suppose to take 35 days. For a full update on the repleninshment click here.
Tues March 17th
Mon March 16
You could not ask for a nicer day out today. It is in the 40s but with no wind it is really nice out. I would not be surprised if there were not a few taking the covers off their boats.
The bay looks to be thawed in most areas. Ocean temp today is still 36.
The only stripers we have heard of so far have come from the power plant but there is starting to be some action in the rivers. As each day passes by we are getting closer to some action in our local waters.
Store will be opening on Friday March 20th which is also the first day of Spring.
Sat March 14
Volunteers are needed for Sat March 21st as that is the date of the Annual NJBBA Holgate Beach Clean Up. Meet in the parking lot at Holgate at 8:30 for coffee and donuts.Bring gloves.
It is a rainy start to the day but this rain will probably get the rest of the snow off of the ground and continue to open up the bay.
It is 40 degrees this morning with the wind from the SSW at 10. Ocean temp is 37.
Sat March 7th
Yes we got 6 to 10 inches of snow and I was surprised how much melting it did yesterday despite temps under 32. It looks like a good stretch of weather so we should be thawed out and snow free by mid week.
Big news in the paper today of the changing of dates for beach replenishment. Starting date for 106 south is April 15th with the job being done by December in Holgate. The mayor says that no more than 4 blocks will be inaccesable at a time for no longer than a week. We all know this will have some impact on surf fishing but we also know the good it will do for the residents of LBI.
Click beach for the full report.
Don't forget tonight to spring forward.
Wed March 4th
Well here we go again with what might be the biggest snow storm of the winter. I hope they are wrong. Hopefully this will be the last storm of the winter. Storm warning.
The rain today should thaw out the bay as I am starting to see some big holes in the ice. Warmer temps this weekend should melt away whatever snow we get on Thursday.
Don't forget this weekend we change the clock which is a good sign that Spring is coming.
Sun March 1st
Here we are at the offical start of striper season and we are under a storm advisory.
The store is not open yet but will be in the next few weeks as I am holding off because of the weather we have had this winter. The bay is still frozen but this week with the rain that is predicted we may see it starting to thaw.
Last night as I returned to New Jersey there were flashing warnings telling you to be prepared for a winter storm.
We left Florida late Friday because of the rain that was predicted for Saturday and from what I heard they had 7 inches yesterday along with thunder. Seeing the weather to our south today I am glad that we drove straight thru from Savannah yesterday.
Yes vacation time is over after enjoying a month in Florida. It was great to get away from the cold temps. We did have 2 chilly days in Florida and some rain the day we left but most of the time we enjoyed warm days and it was great to be outside and not all bundled up.
I see this morning the Absecon Tackle has had a couple of bass into his shop from the Power Plant to claim his 1st bass o 2015. One fish was almost 30 pounds.
Wed Feb 25th
I wish I could bottle up some of this weather and bring it north. Yesterday it was 81 here where at home only 18. Now it is time to watch the weather to the north so we can have a weather free trip north. Snow and ice were reported in the Carolinas once again and today it looks like it will continue north.
There are a lot of anglers fishing here on the beach at Hutchinson Island were I have been lucky catching a few small fish but it is time to pack up the rods and send them home.
(could be LBI in the summer)
Sad news to pass on.
I am sorry to report the passing of John Koegler. John was the Captain of the charter boat Pops Pride.
John was one of the old school Captains. John was responsible for teaching many people (young and old) about fishing.
John was a charter member of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. John was also involved in the Mates Program which teaches young people that have and interest in boating and fishing. John also wrote many fishing columns for local papers.
John will be missed by many. Our condolences to his family
Fri Feb 20th
Record setting lows all over our country including here in Florida where I am this week. Lows in the 30s and they are opening up shelters for people to go to which is something hear about at home when it is 0.
It is amazing how bundled up people are at 60 degrees where as at home 60 would be a beautiful day. Today is was in the 50s with a NE wind that blew 20. Two days ago it was 80s and it will be 80 again in a couple of days.
Beach replenishment is going on down here too. They are taking sand from the inlet and putting on the beach. I so wish they would do this for us in our inlet.
Happy Valenitnes Day!
Feb Fri 13th
No winning lottery ticket here so no retirement for me.
Friday the 13th the day many hate and others love. Do you believe in all the stories of this day?
Don't forget to support our Fire Co this Sat as they serve up their annual turkey dinner. Weather always seems to be a factor with this dinner. I remember last year snow was expected that day. This year the day looks the same but at least it is predicted to be one of the warmer days of this latest cold spell but at least we are not in Boston or in North Carolina as their beaches are getting pounded by this storm. Rodanthe Pier lost the end around 2 this afternoon 2/12/2015
We can only hope this will be the end of this cold. Becareful driving as conditions seem to change quickly with the dropping temps.
Fri Feb 6
What an up and down week it has been with the temps. The only good thing is that as each day passes we are getting closer to Spring.
Thurs Jan 29th
The good news is that the days are getting longer. Now good thing is as each at 5 pm we stilloe.ings is closer to Spr by it day ghave daylight. We also got lucky with the snow storm. The 18 plus inches was maybe 3 at the most. We did have a little bit of tidal flooding but nothing over our norm.
Picture below is the Acme on our snowy day.
Sat Jan 24th
It is all rain here today. We did have a little snow on Wed. that did was short lived.
The Acme Supermarket it moving along and I am sure we all hope it will be done by summer. Firemans Dinner tickets came in the mail this week and for me that is a sign of Spring.
The Mayor has given some days for the start of the beach repenishment.
They will utilize 3 dredges and begin mobilization in late July 2015.
1st dredge will start in Loveladies mid August and proceed to 110th street.
2nd will start mid September at 110th street and proceed to Holgate.
3rd will start mid October in Holgate.
Everything will be completed by April 2016.
This will make for an interesting fall for the surf fisherman knowing that some beaches will be closed at times and we know we will have dirty water. At least when then are done we will have a beach.
Fri Jan 9th
It feels like a heat wave this morning. Yesterday morning when I woke up my therometer read 10 and this morning it is 20. Ocean temps have dropped below 40.
Sad news with the passing of the inventor of what we know as the red fin. The red fin was a lure that came to life in this area in the early 70s. I remember when they came in the little plastic boxes and sold for 99cents. People were very reluntant to by this new lure which looked like the rebel. To this day the 902 and 911 are still a hot lure to surf fishermen. Carl Richey (Cotton) Cordell was 86.
Last night the NJ Marine Council had their meeting and striped bass were on the agenda. I was unable to attend but Greg O'Connell passed on this information.
The council voted unanimously to support the following striped bass regulations in 2015.
They went with Option CE1 1 fish @28-43" .. &1 fish @>43"
A third fish will also more than likely be allow to be taken via a bonus tag program but debate and final decision on the program will be discussed over the next couple of meetings.
Tues Jan 6th
Snow on the beach! We thank Jack for his report. Click Beach.
Sat Jan 3rd
I hope everyone had a Happy and safe New Year. It is nice to see so many of our non year round people and overnigh guests return to LBI to enjoy the holiday. The ocean is 42 and there looks to be rain ahead later today with temps dropping to feel like winter time come Monday.
Last year I know I had mentioned numerous times that it was a year with so many changes in fishing and regulations and I guess this helped make the decision for the Doris Mae to retire. The Eble family has been around Barnegat Light for as long as I can remember and will be missed by many. For more about their decision click Boat.
Yesterday Friday Jan 2, angler Kenneth Westerfield caught what could become the new all-tackle IGFA record tautog (blackfish).
The fish was caught on Captain Kane Bounds’ Fish Bound out of Ocean City, Maryland and officially weighed at Sunset Marina in Ocean City at 28.8 pounds. If confirmed, it would top the current world record of 25 pounds, set in 1998 by Anthony Monica fishing out of Ocean City, New Jersey.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Wed Dec 31st
It is a cold morning with an aiir temp of 28, The winds are from the WNW at 9 and the ocean is 43.
It is time for out with the old and in with the new as we say good-bye to 2014.This is not a fishing report this is more of a my life report.
2014 saw a lot of changes here on LBI as we watched more houses come down, be raised up and new ones being built. As I write this there are several new modulars being set here on the south end. We watched the Acme be torn down in September and now we are watching in be rebuilt to be more modern and better than before.
Many of us have had many changes in our lives the last year some good and some not good. There are days that you don't think you can but with the help of friends (when you have no family)you can.
I love memories and New Years for me reminds me of being a kid and my mom with her cow bell and me with a pot lid and a wooden spoon greeting in New Years. Memories are a wonderful thing and for those of you that have lost people this last year always remember the good times that you shared with them.
In 2014 my life is getting back to normal for the most part with the last of Sandy repairs finally finished. For some they are still not done but hopefully they are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
Here is to a great 2015!!
Wed Dec 31st
Fri Dec 26th
This morning it is 42 with winds from the NW at 12. The ocean is 45.
Well it is the day after Christmas and I hope you all got what you wanted! Lots of games, clothes, skateboards, surfboards and fishing stuffs inder the tree. I guess it depends on where you live but for me it is the beachy things.
Some got surprised with a college acceptance, an engagement ring or the annoucement of a baby. There is just something about the balloons floating out of the box when your mother opens it and the look on her face. Surprise.
Congrats to all of you on your life changing announcements.
Now that I am not open everyday there will not be a daily report. If something interesting happens I will let you know but I just wanted to let you know that everything is okay.
Thurs Dec 25th
Jingles Bait and Tackle would like to wish you our extended family a Merry Christmas! We would also like to thank all of you for your support through out the year.
Thanks again, and enjoy the holidays.
Wed Dec 24th
Wet morning with some rain and some fog. It is 48 degrees with the wind from the ENE at 6 to 12. The ocean is 43. Tidal flooding warnings are in effect again this morning.
I hope you all have your shopping done so you can relax and enjoy the holiday with friends and family.
Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the lights, the decorations, the smell of the house between the food and the tree and if it snows on Christmas Eve it is even better as everything glitters. It doesn't look like any chance for snow this year but I will bet there will be some new bikes being rode in the warmer weather.
Friday 8 - 4
Sat 8 - 4
Sun 8 - 3
Mon 8 - 4