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I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful season and with out you it would not be possible.
It was great to see some of you for the first time since Sandy and it is nice that some of you are now getting back in to your homes.
We are now looking forward to the fall and in hopes of some great fall fishing.
Tues Sept 2nd
Store hours today are 6 -6.
You would think we were in the dog days of summer with the air temps and humidity. The last two days had to be the hottest of the summer and today looks to be right up there too.
The ocean is 78 degrees and the overnight temps stayed in the 70s. Wind today is going to be south east at 10- 15.
Anglers were happy to return to Holgate where they found a lot of fluke. Lots of shorts but there were some keepers. Minnows, spearing and gulp all baits of choice. Mullet rigs and mullet are the best choice for the small blue fish on the beach.
We would like to thank the RFA for providing this chart. Thursday evening is when they are having a meeting in Galloway to discuss what may happen as far as next years regulations for striped bass.
TFO has hooked up this year with the LBI Classic and they are providing some Special Prizes.
They are giving away (4) 10.5 foot Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO)-Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated @ 3-8 ounces. Retail value is $200
These rods will be given on TFO Tuesdays. Oct 14th, 28, Nov 11th and 25th are TFO days and will be given to the largest blue fish. If prize is not won it will go to the next day till we have a winner.
Toughest rod in the surf for one of the toughest fish in the surf.
****Only one TFO rod per angler
Remember you have to be in it to win it.
Mon Sept 1st
Happy Labor Day everyone!
We will be closing early today but resuming are normal hours on Tuesday.
Some things are returning to normal by that I mean Holgate re-opening to vehicles on Sept 1st. This morning LBT and US Fish and Wildlife will reopen the end of the island for acess . Last year this was delayed as far as vehicles because of Sandy.
Today they call the unofficial day last day of summer but it feels more like summer now than it did all summer. Hot and muggy. We were lucky that the rain held off till the night time hours but we did have some pretty windy conditions late in the day. There is a good chance again of showers again today. Winds are from the SE at 10 and the ocean is 75.
We have some very hungry blow fish in the bay. This little fish are even eating the mesh in the fish-bites but anglers are having a great time catching.
Sounds like some anglers had a good time fishing on the beach. Fishing a mullet rig and mullet you catch a small blue fish and while you are fighting that a brown shark comes along and is eating your blue fish. We got this report from several beach fishing fishermen yesterday along of a report of keeper fluke to 22 inches on the mullet rigs
Cindy passed this along to us telling us about her 2 keeper fluke 19 & 21 inches caught in the bay on white gulp..
Sun Aug 31st
So many comments on how warm the water was yesterday. The ocean is 75 and the people enjoyed going for a swim. The comment also was with the water so warm I guess we aren't going to catch any stripers.
Yesterday was a beautiful day and much warmer than I thought it was suppose to be. The winds stayed down till later in the afternoon giving many the chance to fish out in the ocean. Chicken Canyon was the target for some boats which I understand was not the hot bite which had been during the week. One of the lucky anglers to catch there was Jeff catching a 41 pound yellowfin on a pink Joe Shutes with a bally. Jeff also had a white marling on a blue illander with a bally.
The XYZ (Walt J. ) and we got this report from Jay. Got my first bonita and mahi-mahi today, Caught the bonita off the Barnegat Ridge and the 4 mahi next to driftwood on the way to the Chicken Canyon. Btw bonita was caught on the pink spreader bar Walt got from you.
Mark H. also fished the Chicken Canyon and said it was slow for them and knew of few fish there but caught bonita on the ridge on the way home.
Lots of shorts is what we heard from the ocean today but news closer inshore was of croakers and small blues off the beach.The croakers are finally showing in the ocean and we even heard of a couple of them caught in the surf late afternoon on clams. Bunker pods off the beach provided a lot of fun for some anglers by snagging the bunker and catching brown sharks but much to the suprise of one angler he caught a 5 foot hammerhead on his snagged bunker.
Blowfish were also a big hit today for the kids on the bayside. One father was suprised how aggresive they were and how they ate the fish bite. A lot of the kids want to catch a shark and we were sent this picture by one of these anglers. My little brother Sam caught a nice sized sand shark. 2 1/2 feet. He one on the left. Caught on bloodworms.
Peter Rabbit reported a good day in the bay with 3 keeper fluke on the mussel beds. It is nice to hear of so many nice sized fluke still being caught in the bay. We are also getting more reports of weakfish being caught on peanut bunker.
Sat Aug 30th
This morning it is 73 degrees with an ocean temp of 74. The wind is from the SSE at 4 mph.
Conditions on the surf were more favorable yesterday with anglers able to hold bottom. The bluefish were there with size being a little larger than before. We heard of more 18 to 24 inchers.
The ocean was not ocean friendly to all boaters yesterday morning. The inlet was nasty early in the day and as the wind dropped out conditions improved. Miss Beach Haven stayed inside yesterday and their pool winner was caught by Jimmy very close to where they dock. Still some nice keepers in the bay as we have seen all week. His fish weighed 5-8.
Fri Aug 29th
We would like to wish everybody a safe and happy holiday weekend.
It is 61 degrees here at the beach and we have a north wind at 6-14. The ocean is 74.
The hurricane has passed us by and made for a quite a swell on the beach. The surfers loved it but yesterday was not the best for boaters in the ocean. Between the swell one way and the current the other is was difficult conditions. Most of the week there have been boats fishing the reefs with sucess. On Sept 1st the sea bass limit goes back up till Sept 6 and then closes till Oct. 18th.
It was another good day for the street end fishermen as long as you do not mind catching small fish. Lots of small blow fish being caught and ( 4 inches ) and everybody wants to know where the big ones are. Speaking of small fish how about this 4 inch fluke that William caught in his crab trap. He sucessfully realeased it and went on to catch some big crabs. There really some nice size crabs being caught this year.
Late afternoon had the winds settling down some and the ocean calming somewhat giving surf anglers a better chance of holding bottom. Mullet rigs and mullet seem to be having the most sucess catching fish but we heard of a couple of kingfish.
We are still waiting on the official word from Mayor Mancini as far as the date for vehicles on Holgate. The LBT website is saying Sept 7th. Wildlife Management will be opening to walkers on Sept 1st.
Thurs Aug 28th
Life guards did a great job yesterday keeping people safe and it looks like they will be doing it again today. Another big swell day and rip currents. Swim near a guard.
Water is 75 this morning and there is a NW wind at 10. It is another fall like feeling day.
Speaking with our US Wildlife person Chris he has informed me that they plan to open Holgate early of Monday to coincide with the 6:30 am low tide. Chris told me he will be here. Make sure you have your 4 wheel drive permit and you have your fishing registration.** Some areas will be restricted for a little while longer.
We alll know people that do not take their boats in the ocean and stop fishing early but we still have keeper fluke in the bay as Denise showed us yesterday with these keepers.
There are still plenty of throw backs and people are catching small bluefish and croakers.
Classic sign-up are and we are ready to sign up for the 60th year of this tournament. We do not have our share of the hats but will have them soon and we will save yours. Don't forget to sign-up early.
Wed Aug 27th
Another nice day ahead and once again the water is warmer than the air this am. Water temp is 75 and the wind is lite from the ssw at 2.Air temp is 67.
Hurricane Cristobal is passing offshore giving us some swells but it of no threat to us. Swim where the guards are as there is a threat of rip currents today. I am sure the surfers will like today.
We had a break from the rough seas yesterday and surf fishermen caught bluefish once again on mullet. Those looking for king fish are having little success right now.
Several boats had keeper fluke in the inter coastal and a few went to the reefs reporting it being testy and then later in the afternoon a 4 foot swell. Bud sent us this picture from LE Reef and reported having a fun day. Looks like some nice sized sea bass in this picture knowing the fluke has to be at least 18 inches.
We are getting closer to Classic sign ups as the hats have arrived. We are waiting on the rules from the printer (this week they say) and then it will be sign up time.
Tue Aug 26th
As you can see from above it is getting close to time for Holgate to open. Much thanks to Mayor Mancini, Robert Parker ( Long Beach Township), Virginia and Chris ( U.S Wildlife Service) and to Mother Nature.
I personally work very hard to try to keep this beach open. Please do not abuse the privilege and obey the rules and respect other peoples property.. Thank you
Change in the wind this morning to the SE. It is 72 degrees with an ocean temp of 75 and the wind at 6.
The place to fish the last few days has been in the bay. The fish are not big but there are a lot of fish and people are having a good time. Lots and lots of small blow fish along with sea bass and snapper blues. We do have a couple of reports of some spots being caught in Holgate. This is the first that I have heard of this year.
One of the Jr. Mates ( Connor) was throwing his cast net off the dock and came up with this 3 inch squid in his net.
Conditions on the surf were still hard to hold yesterday with anglers having a hard time getting 6 ounces to stick. We have heard of a few small fluke from the surf.
Mon Aug 25th
Becareful of rip currents today!! Not all the beaches are guarded so becareful.
It will be a lot quieter morning in many households this morning as we have seen many of our college students leave us. For many freshmen this is their first week and for some of them in the southern schools they all ready have been in for a week.
We are still have the northeast winds which have not easy for surf casters or boaters wanting to be in the ocean.
We did have some very excited anglers today. Nothing better than a 4 year old describing to you about puffer fish and how he caught 30 of them. Young and old anglers both had a good day with sea bass and blow fish at the low tide on street ends. Some good areas are around Dock Street which is neat the Boat House. Plenty of parking, bathroom and fish cleaning area.
More anglers where out in the bay today where we did get reports of some keeper fluke, some pound and half blue fish and small blow fish. The blow fish this year are small and most are letting them go.
Sun Aug 24th
It is hard to belive it is August with the chilly temps. Last night it smelt like some one had their fireplace burning.
Small craft warnings will be lowered this morning but there will still be a swell in the ocean. Surf anglers are still going to need those heavy sinkers to hold bottom. The ocean is 75 and we have a northeast wind around 10.
I heard of more kingfish being caught yesterday than I have in the last week but not caught from the beach. They were caught bayside on street ends with low tide being the best time. After waiting all this time we heard of some double header catches with fish being 11 or so inches.
Anglers did get out in the bay yesterday and we had reports of small bluefish, sea bass, and short fluke with a few keepers. High tide and the change still being the best for the fluke in the bay.
Congratulations to MJs and crew with their 2nd place win in the Mid-Atlantic Tournament. Those guys have the knack for tuna. Conditions were not the best durning most of the tournament and they held on from their first day of fishing.
Beach Haven has lost one of their colorful people with the passing of Herman from Pollys Dock. Most people that ever rented a boat in Beach Haven met Herman and he was a person you did not forget. RIP Herman.
Sat Aug 23rd
One thing is for sure this morning and that is if you are fishing on the beach you are going to need more than 2 ounces to hold bottom and I bet there are not to many boats headed to the canyon.
Small craft warnings are in effect. The wind is from the ENE at 10 - 17 which is what was predicted. The air is 72 and the ocean 76.
If you are headed to the beach to fish take some 6 and 8 ounce sinkers with you. Reports continue to come in about the snapper size bluefish with some telling us they are getting bigger (23 inches). Brown sharks are still abundant along with the rays in this warm water.
They are predicting a few days of these winds so we can only hope that it is kind to the beaches. We are close to the time when the 4 wheel drive vehicles look forward to the opening of Holgate. So far everything is looking good for the September 1st date so cross your fingers as we go thru the next few days and tropical depression behind it.
Fri Aug 22nd
It is 69 degrees this morning and the rain seems to be out of here for now. It must have rained pretty hard as the streets are pretty flooded in spots. The ocean is 77 and the winds are from the ESE at 14.
There was a consistant bite on the beach yesterday of small bluefish. We also have a report of a cobia being caught on the beach.
A lot of commenting on how clear the ocean is this year.
With the water temps up there we are hearing of more trigger fish and mahi being caught in the ocean. Miss Beach Haven had 3 mahi caught on their boat yesterday.
Thurs Aug 21st
You could not ask for nicer weather than what we have had lately. It was a little warmer yesterday but it is summer.
There is a chance of showers today but meanwhile enjoy the day. The ocean is 75 and there is a lite SE wind.
The beach is still quiet for anglers except for small bluefish and some blitzing blues on metal. There is a lot of bait in the surf. Brown sharks are still being caught . Maybe with the northeast winds we are suppose to get over the weekend it will shake something up in the surf.
I will be adding some updates about the Fall Tournament in my reports as the rules are at the printers and we hope to have sign-ups in the stores early September. ***Don't forget to sign up early as opening day there is a Special Prize of 500 dollars for the largest bass. The first day runs from 5 am Oct 6th to 6 pm Oct 6th. If there are no bass it will go to the next day.
George (Peter Rabbit) had a great day fishing the bay yesterday having his limit of fluke to 26 inches. He is fishing the area of 110 and did well at the top of the tide with gulp and spearing. Usually he is good for 1 keeper a day but yesterday was a bonus day. It is nice to hear of keepers still in this area as there are a lot of folks that do not fish the inlet or ocean. We also had a angler with a 7 pounder around Tuckerton Channel area. The inlet is providing action with some nice sized croakers and a lot of throw back fluke and cow nose rays.
This year the Jr. Mates Program had one of the largest classes that they have had in quite a few years. It is good to see so many of our young people have an interest in becoming a mate. Some of the former mates have gone on to get their Captains licenses.
Wednesday was their last day of junior mate program and they went fishing .They had their own fishing tournament and fished on the Star Fish, Reel Determined, Irish Jig & Insatiable. They caught 6 keeper fluke and 7+- sea bass. Great day on the water. All with their certificates here.
Information and picture of their last day was provided by one of the proud fathers
Right now the weather does not look good for offshore this weekend but we do know that the yellowfin are still hungry and want a day time chunk. Fish Trap (Capt. Bob) returned to dock with 10 fish.
Wed Aug 20th
Cloudy and warm this morning. It is 75 this am and the ocean is 75. Wind is from the NE at 3.
More and more croakers showing in the inlet and I would not be surprised if they start showing on the surf.
I don't know if you would call it a blitz but anglers were running up and down the beach yesterday chasing pound bluefish.
Brown sharks are the fish that everbody are talking about. Mark caught this 60 inch one yesterday morning.
Tues Aug 19th
You can really start to notice now that the days are getting shorter. This morning it is 72 there is no wind and the ocean is 74. They are calling for a nice day.
We had some good reports of fluke yesterday with keepers coming from 112 south. People are happy with their catches with taking home dinner. One that was happy with his fluke was Tim. Tim shot this 8 pounder in the surf yesterday which gives us hope that there are keepers in the surf.
Chris D. weighed this 6-13 pound fluke this am. He caught this fish on Little Egg Reef yesterday.
To all our LBI surf fishing friends. Sad news this afternoon of the passing of Don Fillman.
I have known Don and his family for almost 50 years and can only say what a great man and friend he was to me and many others.He will be so missed by this community. Last fall he lost his wife and fishing partner Jean and I know the two of them will be together fishing again. Our condolences to the family.
Mon Aug 18th
Another fall like feeling morning and it has turned into a beautiful day. The ocean is warm at 75 and we have a south wind at 8.
Two weeks to Labor Day and hopefully the opening of Holgate to vlehicles. The beach looks good and we have to find out about the birds. It will be nice to get to the end of the island and fish for fluke. Maybe there will be more keepers there.
Peanut bunker are making a big showing in the bay and there is alot of bait in the surf today. Bunker have been off the beach with anglers snagging them and catching some brown shark.
Report of some croakers in the inlet along with small bluefish and fluke.
Sun Aug 17th
Cloudy morning with a small chance of showers today. It is in the low 70s this morning and we have a WSW wind at 8. The ocean is 75.
At first the kids seemed to be dissapointed not catching spots at the docks this year but what a great time they are having catching snappers which they did not have last year.
The beach yesterday also had its share of big snappers (15 inches) on metal and mullet. Some of our late night anglers are catching sharks such as the one Will caught. Will was ready to go home as he was getting tired but once this shark hit at 12:45 am it woke him up. Anglers are using bunker and mackeral for this fishing.
Sharks are more hitting better at high tide and the rays are getting hooked at low such as this one Ryan had this morning while fluke fishing. (Great fight on a small bucktail)
I have not spoken to Craig yet but he sent us this picture of their catch on the Big Dog.
I know the last few days there have been quite a few big eyes being caught and this looks like a nice sized one they have aboard.
Sat Aug 16th
Last night when I went home around 9 pm I think it was the heaviest traffic I have seen here on a Friday night.
It is hard to believe that there is only 2 more weekends to Labor Day. This morning at 5 am it is 66 degrees with a wind from the WNW at 8 and the ocean is 74.
The best fishing so far this year has been fluke fishing from the boat. Early season had those that fish the bay with high keeper ratio where now it is more throw backs but most will tell you it has been a great year, We are starting to see more keepers in the ocean along with some nice keeper sea bass and some trigger fish.
Surf fishing this summer is dissapointing. After a couple of great summers there is not a lot on the beach. There are no spots so far this year with few kingfish. Anglers that are bucktailing are picking up some fluke. Last week we did have small bluefish arrive and anglers are catching them with cut bait and metal. The cow nose rays have been a lot of fun for some anglers and some are fighting them for over an hour. Adolfo caught this one yesterday in Holgate.
Street end anglers are having a good time catching snappers, blowfish and seabass.
Fri Aug 15th
Another fall like feeling day. It is 62 this am and the wind is from the NNW at 9-15 and the ocean is 74.
Surf fisherman continue to catch small blue fish on mullet and metal and we have heard of some keeper fluke on the surf with one 22 incher caught on mullet. Cow nose rays are still giving some anglers a thrill. Brown sharks are being caught in the dark.
With this wind today it should be nice for the boaters out front as they are in search of bigger fluke.
Thurs Aug 14th
Yesterday was a drying out day and it took till afternoon for the water to get out of the street.
Today is another fall like feeling morning with a WNW wind at 8-12 and it is in the low 60s. The ocean is 74.
Yesterday was also a day for the surfers and they were loving the swells. We did have a couple of reports from the beach where one man was shocked that he actually caught a nice size king fish as ruff as it was. We also heard of some more bluefish on metal and a few short fluke from the beach.
By afternoon we had a few boats in for minnow to try the bay but did not have a report back. Bayside was seabass, blowfish and snappers.
I certainly would not have wanted to be offshore on Tuesday night with that storm but one of the last reports we have was from Bob O. that fished on the Fish Trap with Capt Bob on Monday. We said there were only about 25 boats there and that they did well catching 10 fish and they caught them chucking. * Sardines and butters are back in stock.
Wed Aug 13th
It is a late opening for me this morning as there is too much water for me to get in to work. Long Beach Blvd is flooded from Ohio Ave thru 12th Street the area I saw when I was out. Watch out for all the trash cans that blew around last night. See you in a few hours.
One thing is for sure and that is you don't have to water your flowers this morning. It is 74 degrees and the ocean is the same with a west wind about 8.
Tues Aug 12th
It is not here yet but it looks like we have some rain on the way today.
This morning the wind is from the SE at 16-21 and there are small craft warnings in effect. The air temp is 74 and the ocean is 76.
The warmer water has more of the warm water fish showing up in shore. Mahi mahi and triggers were around the research buoys yesterday.
We have reports of more blowfish showing in the bay but mostly they were on the small side. There are still good numbers of fluke in the bay and inlet.
Lots of cownose rays on the beach yesterday taking rigs. Today you are going to need a heavier sinker to fish on the beach.
Mon Aug 11th
Super Moon!!! We also had some super tides with the water having anglers backed up on the beach.
The ocean water is warm at 78 degrees and we have fish on the beach. It may not be the fish you want to catch but with the amount of cow nose rays in the surf it is hard not to have one on your line.
I will remind you again make sure you do not have a tight drag if your rod is in the spike. We had several reels in that went for a swim where the angler was lucky to get it back after diving in after it.
The full moon made a bright night and a good shark bite on the beach with anglers catching several browns. When we have all these rays here you know the browns will be around.
They may not be big but they have teeth and they are biting off the gulp tails as angers are trying for fluke. We heard all day what an expensive way to catch fluke. For those wanting the bluefish switch over to cut bait on small hooks or use metals with small hooks. One angler had success with his snapper popper on the surf catching 18 of these 10 to 20 inch blues.
One of the lucky ones to get his gulp past the blues was Ryon. He had 5 shorts in the am and then landed this 4-12 in the afternoon on pink gulp.
Ryon had a busy weekend having been in the Lindy the day before catching tuna. Like many he caught on the chunk only after they got away from the 100 or so boats that were there.
Boaters also had a lot of these little bluefish in the inlet and along the beach. Small spoons and feathers work well for these if you like to troll.
Sea bass fishing is starting to get better as there are some fish with size to them. Mike was the pool winner on Sunday on Miss Beach Haven. Bucktail with larger gulp have been working for those that like to jig these fish. For Mike it was 6 inch pink shine grubs.
Sun Aug 10th
Yesterday had to be a 10. What a beautiful day. Cool start to the day and warming up to be a very nice day.
Water temp is now 76 and the swimmers are liking it. Not only do the swimmers like but so do the cow nose rays. Tom caught this one from the beach on a minnow.
I know that these rays cost people a few rods and reels yesterday so make sure if it is the spike to leave your drag loose.
It was good to hear of a few more bluefish on the beach yesterday. They are small but are catchable. There were several bird plays off the beach with bait and these small blues. Some were able to hook up with metal others with mullet or even fish bites. Once again a few fluke were caught from the surf either a couple of hours after high or a few hours before high.
There was a lot of radio chatter about short fluke yesterday. Yes there are a lot of throw backs but when the day was done there were a lot of nice keepers caught too. Garden State South has been consistant especially with the anglers using big bucktail and big baits. Larger size gulp, whole squids or even mullet are working for these larger fish.
Everyone is still surprised with the size of the fluke in the bay with fish to 26 inches being caught from 110 marker south. Lots of action still in the bay but fish the tides.
***Pink this year had been a good color for your rigs or your bucktails.
Nice sized crabs being caught in the overnight traps along with some small blowfish. Bayside snappers to 10 inches with some people now using them live for fluke baits.
As I write this I have no reports yet from the offshore boats. I will have to wait to hear if the day time chunk bite in the canyons is still happening. It is unusual for it to be there were as we are normally hearing it from the inshore canyons. There are a lot of mackeral in the Lindy and the tuna were more interested in real bait this week.
Sat Aug 9th
Winds are from the WNW this morning at 10. The air temp is 68 and the ocean is almost 75.
Surf conditions were more favorable to fish yesterday as the swells and the current have died down. Chris caught this 20 incher from the surf on a gulp sandeel using a bucktail with a teaser.
Some excitement on the surf last night when a school of cownose rays when down the beach. Lots of people hooked up with what they thought was their fish of a lifetime.
The brown sharks in the surf seem to be liking the daylight hours better than the dark here on the south end. Taylor has been fishing daytime with success but nothing for him in the dark. This one was caught on the high tide last night.
Fri Aug 8th
My thoughts are with those in Hawaii as you go thru the next few days. May you all be safe!
With the cooler morning it feels like fall which make me think of stripers. The 60th Classic is this year. To keep up to date on happening in the tournament join them of facebook. Click here.
It is 66 degrees this am and the wind is from the NW at 8-13. The ocean is 74. Red sun this morning.
The fishing on the beach this week has been quiet with the current making it hard to hold most days. A few kings at best and a couple of brown sharks and rays.
Bayside now has street end crabbers catching 3-4 in blowfish in their traps. Some bigger snappers are also being caught.
Harry Schmidt from Abnington caught this 24 incher in the bay behind Holgate. 3 keepers and 40 throwbacks!
I am starting to hear of some 8-12 pound bluefish to our north but mean while we have some small ones in our inlet.
It is good to see some more fish showing up on the wrecks.Tom H. (Geraldine) fished in 50 some feet of water off AC today and had trigger fish, porgies and sea bass including the 5 1/2 pounder that Alex caught. Matt is holding the trigger fish.
Thurs Aug 7th
With the north west wind it feels like fall out there. It is 66 this morning and the wind is from the NW at 9. The ocean is 73.
The current will not be as strong today on the ocean as Bertha has passed by but you should still listen to the life guards. With the current yesterday it made it hard to fish the beach in the morning and some areas again had grass. This summer we seem to have had a lot of it on the beach.
So many shorts in the bay but there are big numbers of fluke still being caught. Try using some bigger baits for these fluke. Some anglers are using mullet to have a bigger bait on the hook and others are using 5 and 6 inch gulp baits. Those that made it out in the ocean yesterday are finding a mixed bag with fluke, sea bass, ling and sea robins. Heavy bucktails with teasers are working well out there for those jigging.
Yesterday was another day where a lot of people were crabbing. We have the big traps back in stock now.
Wed Aug 6th
This morning the wind is from the NNW at 9 and the humidity has dropped. It is 69 this morning and the ocean is 73. There is a swell on the ocean. Be aware of rip currents.
This spring they were catching blow fish on the beach as big as soccer balls but yesterday John caught one in the bay the size of a golf ball. So far this year we have not seen any numbers of blow fish on the south end.
Crabbing is improving and I am seeing some big crabs that the kids are catching off the docks. Several 6.5 inchers are being cooked.
Aiden caught this 18" out in the bay using minnows and squid strips.
Tues Aug 5th
Please becareful on the beach today as TS Bertha is passing by causing some rip current. Please listen to the life guards.
This morning the ocean is 71 and the air is the same. The wind is from the WSW at 2.
Some areas of the beach yesterday were very grassy but we did hear of a few small brown sharks being caught (under 20 pounds) The surf on the most part was quiet.
This summer seems to be the year you want a boat to fish the bay. So many anglers are saying what a great year they are having with out having to take their boat in the ocean.
These 1-3 pound bluefish were in our inlet last night at dark Keith and his family had over 30 in an hour. So far no report of these in the surf.
Nice fluke for Laura. She caught this 26 incher on gulp in the bay.
Mon Aug 4th
Foggy start to the day and it is cloudy. The water temp is back up to 70 this am and it is 70 degrees with a lite wind from the west.
Jeff's son didn't want to go this morning so Jeff went solo to the Resor Wreck and caught this 28 pound blue fin that was caught on a spreader bar. He also had all the bonita he wanted on clark spoons in the same area.
Despite the weather conditions over the weekend surf angler continued to catch fluke with most being short.
The guys in the boats continue to catch and there are still nice fish in the bay. Yesterday afternoon gave us a break in the weather and several angler took advantage of it as they showed us their catches. Keith told us that this (23 incher)is his fattest fish of the year that he caught at Little Sheepshead.
Joe caught a 24.5" 8 lbs and a 22.5" off minnows and squid strips in the bay today despite the weather. We had three keepers, caught a dozen shorts and a few blue fish.
Bob Shomo and crew hit that magic hour of the tide again and had 12 fish with 6 being keepers.
Sun Aug 3rd
Another rainy Sunday morning but it will be clearing up in a while to have some rain return later today. The clearing time should be around the good time to be fishing in the bay or in the inlet. This morning the ocean is 69 and the air is 67 and we have little to no wind.
What a day yesterday was. Early risers made it out in the ocean before the wind picked up around 8:30. Many that fished were fishing in tournament. Lots of radio chatter with checking out conditions. Most of what we heard in the am was a lot of throw backs but of a 28 inch fish.
Brian Mc. fished the surf before the wind and ended up with 1 keeper before the winds picked up to much. He also told me he had a double header on the beach yesterday also.
Our day was busy with people just getting here and seeing what everyone was catching where as others were off fishing on the bayside for snappers and crabbing.
Of course a big topic of conversation was the weather. Once person asked if this was the worse I had seen since Sandy. Another said I was here 4th of July and it was like this does it ever stop raining?
It looks like a nice week ahead and we wish all the local boats fishing Ocean City Tournament lots of luck.
Sat Aug 2nd
This is a good morning to sleep in. The rain has arrived and some spots on Bay Ave are close to being water covered all the way across the street. The tide in the bay will be low around 8:30 in the area of the store. In the dark it is hard to see the puddles. It will be a good idea to take Beach Ave. They say it is going to clear some this afternoon.
Small craft warnings are up for NE winds but right now there are winds from the east at 2. The air is 68 and so is the ocean.
Fri Aug 1st
There is a smell of fish in the air this morning. It makes me think that some bluefish found some bunker. I smelt it when I walked out the door at home but also when I got to work.
This morning it is 72 and humid. The wind is from the SW at 6 and the ocean is 68.
Yesterday had some more reports of kings from the beach with one angler catching a 20 inch striper on the worms.
Fluke fishermen are still catching but the keeper ratio is way down. Top of the tide and the change is still the best.
I knew the guy that had the 2 white marlin last week ( Bob Shomo) would be out there catching fluke again this week. Nice 7.16 pounder caught off Holgate. They had 11 fish 4 keepers.
The last couple of days canyon fishing has been the best we have seen in a while with a few big eyes and a good amount of yellow fins.
Thurs July 31st
The wind is from the SW this am at 5. Air temp is 67 and the ocean is 69. They are no painting a pretty picture for the weekend talking about downpours so get out and enjoy the day if you can.
Surf fisherman had to put up with saps yesterday or what appear to be broken up jellyfish. Having to clean them off of your line all the time does not make for enjoyable fluking. Reports from the next island south have them starting to catch good numbers of kings. I hope they are on their way here as they are good eating fish and fun to catch.
Fluke, fluke and more fluke. You have to catch a bunch to get a keeper. There are still some really nice fluke in the bay (24-26 inches) but there are so many throw backs.
Street end fishing (bayside) yesterday was a mixed bag with some keeper fluke, sea bass and snappers. We saw a lot of happy anglers that fished there.
Wed 6:00 - 2:00
Thurs. 6:00 - 6:00
Fri. 6:00 - 8:00
Sat. 5:30 - 7:00
Sun 6:00 - 4:00
HOLGATE OPENS 9/1
***Long Beach Township and US Fish and Wildlife will be opening the Wildlife area to Holgate on Monday morning. Make sure you have your permit and your fishing registration.
There will be some restricted areas at the end on the island until the birds are fledged which should happen soon. Signs are posted for the restricted area. NO boats are allowed to beach themselves on the back side of Holgate at this time.
Please be courteous when accessing the beach.
Reminder to keep noise down when accessing the beach at night and to use the parking lot as a drive-thru only.
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