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Special Tournament Prizes
thru Nov 2 nd.
Wednesday Oct 22.
John Lewis (friend of the tournament) has donated a 1/2 day charter on his boat Insatiable. The person that catches the largest bass today wins this charter. (will go on till there is a winner)
10/24 $25 gift certificate to Barrys Do Me A Flavor goes to an angler that catches a fish today.
The largest fish caught this week ending on Oct 24th wins a $20 gift certificate to Buckalews and the largest fish by a caught by a angler under 18 wins a pizza from Buckalews.
10/25/ $500 cash award for the largest striper weighed in today.
The Tom Geneva Memorial Award.
$ 25.00 The winner to be selected from the names of all anglers entering stripped bass today.
10/26 $50.00 Gift Certificate to Calabria's will go to someone that catches a fish today.
2 head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.
10/28 TFO Tuesday 10.5 foot Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO)-Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated @ 3-8 ounces. Retail value is $200 will be given to the largest blue fish caught today. 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
10/31 The Iggy Geneva Memorial Award. $25.00 The winner to be selected from the names of all catching bluefish today.
The Iggy Geneva Memorial Award.
10/31 "Trick or Treat" Bass Prize. $100 for a bass entered today weighing closest to 18 lbs. 13 oz. Presented by Carl Gallagher in Memory of Bob Turanski, DMD
Nov 1st Tsunami Air Wave Elite Series 11’ 2 piece rod donated by the Folsom corporation (random pick from those that caught a fish today.
Nov 2nd 2 head lamps from Princeton Tec will be given away. One for a bass and one for a blue that is caught today.
*** TFO Tuesday 10.5 foot Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO)-Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated @ 3-8 ounces. Retail value is $200 will be given to the largest blue fish caught today. 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
Fri Oct 24th
Fresh bunker will be available this afternoon.
Ocean temp is 60 off Beach Haven.
There is much improvement in the weather this morning. Without the rain and the wind blowing 20+mph the 50 degrees does not feel bad. There are still small craft warnings up but right now the wind is from the NNW at 7-11. The ocean temp is in the lower 60s
Surf anglers did not have it easy yesterday if they wanted to fish as the northeast wind made some big drop offs on the beach. If you were fishing the incoming tide in the morning there was no place for you to go unless you jumped up the drop off. At times 10 ounces was not holding on the morning tide. Conditions got better as the day went on. It will be interesting to see how much the beach changed once again and if the small blue fish and king fish are still around.
The Classic did have another 20 pounder entered yesterday that was caught on the north end.
There are a lot of boat anglers getting prepared for the Shell Tournament. Some south end boats are moving their boats to the north end in hopes of finding some bass up there as some have been showing off of IBSP. They have been caught trolling and with the snag and drop method. We also have a good amount of anglers preparing to fish the bay with eels and clams.
So far this year there have not been that many stripers caught but that was also true when the LBI Cup was fished. This tournament should give us a good idea what is happening in the bay and the ocean.
We wish all tournament anglers good luck.
Thurs Oct 23rd
I do not know what it is that always brings the worst of the weather but the Sea Shell Tournament alway seems to do it. We alway have to worry if there will be bait available as the winds are always high and the boats can't get out but some how we alway get thru it.
Wet, cold, raw, windy, and miserable are just some of the words to describe the weather yesterday. This morning looks like a repeat except the wind is in a different direction. NW. Gale warnings are in effect till later today. Bay water is high and it looks like the ocean with the waves.
We did have some brave anglers out yesterday but there were no Classic fish weighed in.The half day charter given by John Lewis goes on till there is a winner.
Wed Oct 22nd
It was a stormy night and I bet it changed a few surf anglers plans that had planned to spend the night. Thunder and lightening and then the winds picked up.
This morning the winds are from the NNE at 15-25 with gale warnings in effect later today.Tides are a little above normal. Air temp is 57 and the ocean 64.
Finally the first fish was entered into the Classic and wins the $500 for the largest fish entered for the day. There are still a lot of great prizes left along with the regular Classic Prizes.
Tues Oct 21st
Fresh bunker is in the store.(2pm)
Finally a Classic fish.
Congratulations to John Campbell of the LBI Fishing Club for starting things off with your 23-13 bass that was caught on bunker this morning in Loveladies.
Mild morning with no wind. It is 60 this morning with little to no wind from the SW. Ocean temp is 64.
Not much news from the surf yesterday as we still are in wait to see the first fish entered into the Classic.There were not to many anglers that hit the beach but those that did had little to report. It seems like even the amount of skates they were catching slowed down.
The overnight fisherman had a better night fishing bayside with some bigger bass being caught.
Now that sea bass has opened we have several anglers going on the party boats as they tell us they had cabin fever waiting to go fishing and for now they will do this till the stripers arrive.
Special Classic Prize today
$500 for the largest bass and a TFO rod for the largest bluefish.
Mon Oct 20th
How do you like this weather? Chilly start to the day but the colder weather and the west winds have helped to get the water temps down and now we need the bait and the fish to move to our area. The bay has dropped into the 50s and the ocean the low 60s. The winds have dropped out from the 30 plus gusts that we had yesterday.
The first segment of the Classic is history and it may have made it into the history books of a segment with no fish entered. Now we get a chance to do it all over and see what we can do about getting some fish registered. So right now there is no big fish to beat for the Grand Prize we are waiting for you to enter a fish. The same $500 is there for the largest bass today along with the TFO rod for the largest bluefish of the day today. We still have a lot of Special Prizes to give away but we need some fish to give them too. Let hope the next 6 weeks goes better. Remember you can sign up at anytime but make it before you catch your trophy fish.
The 18th Annual Sea Shell Striper Tournament is this coming weekend and these angler are also wondering will there be any fish? We are now taking orders for bushels of clams and we need your order by Wednesday at 12 noon and then we cross our fingers like other years in hopes that the boats can get out to get them. We now have other anglers gearing up with lures to troll such as Stretch Plug, 9ers and S&S umbrella rigs. We have snag hooks in stock along with plenty of metal and bucktails to jig with. Make sure you check the line on your reels and if you need new get in and have them relined with braid, mono or wire.
Sun Oct 19th
Feels like fall for sure this morning. Blustery day with winds from the NW gusting in the 20s and the air temp in the low 50s. The ocean is still in the mid 60s.
Sea bass season opened yesterday with some of the larger boats making the trip. If the swells had not been there I am sure the catches would have been better but at least now there is another fish to fish for as we await the stripers to arrive. We also know of a few boats that tried for stripers in the bay and off the beach but only had reports of a few shorts on plugs in the bay and some shorts on spot in Barnegat Inlet.
Tonight at 6 pm ends the first segment of the Classic with still no fish entered. I can never remember a tournament starting as slow as this one but then again I can not remember a 2 month period with the weather that we have had. Since Labor Day the wind has been blowing every weekend.
If there is bass caught today it could be a big pay day for someone in the Classic. Oct 19th there is a Special $500 donated by Jim D., $500 for the largest bass plus it would win a segment prize. The largest bluefish today would also win $500 also donated by Jim D, it would win a TFO rod and a segment. Good luck to all 600 plus anglers fishing the tournament.
The surf yesterday overall was flat and you were able to hold with 5 ounces most of the day. Swells built as the day went on. The main problem for surf fishermen is trying to keep clams or bunker on the hook. You have to keep checking your bait as in a matter of minutes most have their bait cleaned off. The better hook up rate for catching is still mullet and mullet rigs for 20 inch bluefish. Good eats but not Classic sized fish.
People often ask me if I get upset talking about Jingles or my son Rick being that they are no longer with us . My answer is always no. I had a good life with Jingles and having Rick when I was so young I grew up with him and enjoyed doing a lot of different things with him.
Today would be Ricks 48th birthday and I know he is missed by his children, his family, his mom and many friends. Here he is pictured in happier times doing something he loved fishing. This fish was the winning striper of 50th year of the Classic. Happy Birthday Rick.
Sat Oct 18th
We are still waiting for the 1st Classic fish. It is hard to believe it is almost 2 weeks and not 1 34 inch bass has hit a tournament scale. $500 for the largest one today!
It is 64 this morning. The ocean is 66 and the winds are SW at 10-15.
Once again yesterday afternoon there were a lot of small bluefish caught from the surf. The ocean was flat with a swell but very fishable.
Fri Oct 17th
Finally a fish on the scale!
The stripes go the wrong way but it will eat good. Terry caught this 9-4 Sheepshead off the rocks in Barnegat Light. He said there were big swells and that the black fish bite was back on today.
The ocean is a warm 66 and the ocean is forecasted to have a swell as Gonzolo makes it was up and off the coast. The winds at 6 am are west at 8 -13 and the air is 60.
Still no Classic fish to report as we wait to give away some special prizes. The $500 is still waiting for some one with the largest bass today along with s TFO rod for the largest bluefish of the day. Today we also have a Memorial prize for Jean Fillman. $100 cash to the women with a bass closest to 14 pounds. This prize is given in Memory of Jean Fillman by her family. On Fridays we have a $25 gift certificate to Barrys Do Me A Flavor goes to an angler that catches a fish today. Special weekend prizes kick in today also.
Thurs Oct 16th
It is much nicer out at 10 am than what I expected. We had some downpours over night and early this morning but things are clearing now.
Ocean is still warm at 67 degrees and the air is 65. The winds are from the WSW at 6.
The weather report is showing colder temps come Sunday maybe that will make some bas move in. Once again yesterday blue fish were your best bet with mullet but we also have some big king fish around. Fish bites have been working for the kings.
Still no Classic fish!! Prizes are still waiting for the right fish.
***Word from Long Beach Township is that next week the Holgate parking lot will be closed but they will be re-routing the trucks to enter the beach
Wed Oct 15th
Warm morning with air temp of 68. Winds are from the SE at 13-20. Ocean temp is 66.
Small craft warnings in effect and we have some rain on the way later today into Thursday morning. We are starting to get a swell I imagine from Gonzalo as it makes its way up the coast. They expect this storm to be cat 4 on Wed.and to hit Bermuda on Friday but we all know things can change with a hurricane.
We are still waiting to hang a Classic fish on our scale. Question is what do you have to do to get a fish big enough to qualify. Blues to 3 pounds and bass to 31 inches along with king fish, skates and sharks. There is a lot of bait steal fish out there right now.
The $500 cash prize goes on along with the fishing rod for the largest bluefish of the day.
Sea bass season opens on the 18th.
Tues Oct 14th
South winds this morning at 7 -13. The air temp is 65 and the ocean is 64.
Will today be the day we get a fish on the scale? Still no bass of bluefish entered into the Classic. Specal prizes for bass today total $700 along with a rod valued at $200 for the largest blue fish.
I can report that there were bass over 30 pounds caught yesterday off of IBSP just about at the 3 mile mark. Snag and drop was the method by one boat that had 3 over 43 inches. Hopefully these fish will head south and west.
Mon Oct 13th
Cool start to the day. It is cloudy with temps in the low 60. Water temp is now 64 and the southerly winds forecasted it should continue to drop the water temps.
Some encouranging signs of bass yesterday as we heard of at least 8 keeper size caught from the surf. Still plenty of those small bluefish. If you want them fish mullet and mullet rigs. Most bass we heard of were caught on bunker and clams. Also a few good take downs on king fish heads.
We are still waiting for the right fish to pay them $500 but you must be in the Classic to win.
We are seeing a lot more boat fishermen gearing up for the bass. Lots eels being sold along with stretch plugs and 9ers. The bay has had some keeper bass on small poppers .
Sun Oct 12th
For some it is a long Holiday weekend with Columbus Day but in my household it has always been Jingles birthday. We met young and married young and unfortunately he died young. In this picture he is about 19.
The weathermen lied about the sun coming out yesterday but it is out today. Nice day 18 mile run starts at 10:30.
The wind is from the NNE at 8 and the air temp is 58. Ocean temp in the mid 60s.
We are still waiting on the first enty into the Classic.We are off to a surprisingly slow start and hopefully things will pick up soon. Still plenty of small blues in the surf and kings.
Sat Oct 11th
As off 4:30 pm we have no reports of weighable fish for the Classic. Today it was not from the lack of trying as there were a lot of fisherman out there fishing for that $500. Tomorrow at 6 pm ends the 1st week on the tournament.
Word from the beach is that you need 8 ounces to hold. Most catches were of small bluefish, sharks , and skates. Some beaches it is hard to keep bait on the hook if you are fishing bunker as the little bluefish are picking away at the bait.
It is a wet start to the morning with winds from the north-northeast at 10-17. Water temp is 65 and the air temp is 57.
First let me start by saying no one has won the $500 yet. No fish have been entered into the Classic as of 5 am this morning. Maybe the change in the weather will help make things happen.
A lot anglers are targeting king fish as we have a good showing of them in the surf here in town.Fish bites and blood worms for the kings with a few anglers catching 9-12 fish.
Here is a report I received from Debbie After reading your fishing reports I decided to respond with the following: I fished the beach just below engleside this past Monday - clam & mullet were cleaned off my hooks, with cut bunker chunks I landed a 14 inch fluke & tied into something big enough to break my 18 lb test line in the white water. We heard of several break offs this week with anglers using bigger baits which had anglers second guessing themselves if there baits were too big,
Rain or shine Surf Clinc goes on today and it is free. Door prizes, coffee, and some great tips about surf fishing present by members of the Surf Fishing Classic
Fri O.ct 10th
Winds are from the NNW this am at 5. Ocean temp is down a degree and is 65 this morning. The air temp is 55.
Will today be the day the first fish is entered into the Classic?
I am at the point when I get to work in the morning wondering if some one will be there with a weigh-in. We are trying to give some nice prizes away and still waiting to give the $500 prize to the biggest bass of the day but first we need one to be the biggest one. Today we also have a gift certificate from Barrys Do Me A Flavor to be given to some one that catches a fish. (random drawing). We have more business's giving as Buckalews now has given prizes for adults and the kids each week but we need fish.
Lots of theories and thoughts why there are no fish. Waters to warm, no bait in the water, they are still north, beach replenishment,to much grass, no ones fishing, people don't go fishing anymore they wait to read about fish on the internet or for their buddy to call them that he is catching, to flat to sunny etc.
We know your not going to catch them if you are not trying. Just think the Classic is offering $500 for the biggest bass today now that is worth fishing for if you have the time and like to fish. If you reading this my bet is you like to fish.
Small bluefish, sharks, and skates were the main catch of the day yesterday with reports of big fish jumping offshore. We do not know what they were but were reported as sharks, dolphin, and even looked like a billfish. They were large in size to 6 foot. My thoughts were of sturgeon which there use to be a lot of off our beaches.
A few boats that are tired of sitting at the dock took a boat ride yesterday to see what they saw in the ocean. Basically it was just that a boat ride. They reported no pods of bunker just a few small blue fish in our inlet.
Thurs Oct 9th
Fresh bunker has arrived 3:30pm
I am lucky that i have such great customers.
Today one of my customers walked in and said he wanted to donate a thousand dollars to the Classic.
Jim knows how important the Derby is to me and he wants to do something to help.
After some discussion we decided to to use his birthday October 19th as his Special Day.
On Sunday Oct. 19th the largest bass and the largest blue fish will both win an extra 500 dollars.
I would personally like to thank Jim Dobrowolski for his generous donation to the tournament. Jim is the President and CEO of U.S. Facilities.Inc.and has a home in Holgate.
As each day passes by we know we are getting closer to having a Classic bass hit the scale. After 3 days of the tournament there are no reported fish entered.
The sign ups for the tournament continue to be good and we have now hit 470 entries.
Will you be the one to catch a $500 fish or for that matter one that will win you $1000?
Full moon last night --- some love it and others think it is unlucky. One thing for sure is that you could see what you were doing last night.
After all the winds that we have had some beaches were very grassy yesterday . With the west wind it made conditions easier to fish and for the most part 3 to 4 ounces held bottom. I had 2 keeper stripers reported to me yesterday with the largest beening 30 inches. The bass are still mostly on poppers at sunrise and bucktails or small swimming plugs on the bayside. Several black drum made an appearance yesterday on the surf but they were in the 9-11 inch range and caught while kingfishing. Blue fish continue to bite with mullet being the bait of choice.
Wed Oct 8th
We are open till 2 pm today!
Fresh bunker, fresh shucked clams and frrozen mullet all available.
Interrupted sleep is a way to describe last night. No way if you live here did you sleep thru it. About 1 am the storms started and add a tornado warning to go with it. Wind and rain, thunder and lightening. A lot of things blew around so if you are out in the dark watch for debris. Lunar eclipse going on as I go to work.
This morning it is 66 and the ocean is 67. The winds have switched a little and they are WSW at 7 to 13. Small craft are still in effect.
Day 2 of the Classic is in the books with no fish entered. Once again several bluefish caught but not big enough.
Despite the wind yesterday anglers could hold bottom with 6 ounces mid island and the water was clean.
Yesterday I received a call from Paul Harris of NJ Beach Buggy. informed me that they still have corn cob size mullet on the front beach of Island Beach and that there has been bass caught to 25 pounds near the Goveners Mansion.
Paul also called me to talk about an incident that was reported and utubed about a truck speeding in Holgate. My first question was did they call the cops? In this age of cell phones everyone has one. Years ago with CB radios you had to find a bass station that would help you and then you did not know if they made the call.
That beach is important to a lot of people and if there are people down there violating the law they should be turned in.
If you see anybody doing something they should not be doing write down their plate # and call the police. 609 494-3322. Chief Bradley and Mayor Mancini know how important this beach is.
All beaches have a speed limit. Some people do not want to get involved. If some had called the police I am sure there would have been an officer waiting in the parking lot for this vehicle and at least check him for a permit. Usually if people are abusing the beach they do not have a permit and can be written up for that and could ban that vehicile from getting a permit. I know in the past repeat violaters have lost their permits.
Tues Oct 7th
I cut 5 minutes off my commute time this morning. Yes the traffic lights are blinking.
It is a dark morning with the wind from the SW at 12 gusting to 20. The air and the ocean are both 66.
Day one of the Classic is history with none of the 5 weigh-in stations reporting any qualifiers. The $500 dollar largest bass for the day prize goes on.
Yesterday morning several anglers caught stripers but nothing over 27 inches that we heard of. Poppers were the plug of choice with several anglers hooking up, several with swirls or they watched the bass just jump over their lure. Lots of small blues once again in the 15-20 inch range still eating mullet. A few kings and some fluke. We had no reports from the bay yesterday other than short bass. This morning a bayside angler reports grass.
Mon Oct 6th
We just received a small amount of fresh bunker.
As of 3 pm we have not heard of a fish that has been entered into the Classic. Tournament day ends at 6 pm so make sure you leave the beach in plenty of time if you have a fish to weight.
Air temp is 56 this morning. The wind is from the SW at 5 and the ocean is 66.
Today's tides on the beach are 6:26 am high and 12:48 pm low.
Howard's has been around for a long time and is a 3rd generation. Kevin and Laura do a great job.. Stefano’s is alway in the winners circle and Steve and Jane are known for their red and white chowder and have won contests in New England.
Store hours today are 6-6
Good luck to all anglers as we kick off the start of the 60th Classic.
The good news is that there are more fish around this year than last. Last year there was only 1 blue fish entered into this contest.
Plenty of fish but not big fish yet. I still have not heard of a 30 inch blue fish from the surf but I do know that there are boats catching them in the 12- 16 pound range. Most stripers have been undersized but I have heard of several that were 34 inches which is what you need to weigh in.
Classic Sign ups have hit the 400 mark which is a good number. We know that as people get here and take their vacations we hope to double that number.
Water temps are dropping (66) which is good to get the bait and fish moving. The ocean is still stirred up from the blow of last week making bunker still a little scarce and I have not seen any amount of fresh mullet since last Monday. Mullet season of 2014 maybe at an end.
More boaters are drifting eels in the bay and there are those that are using small poppers and scoring with small bass.
Sun Oct 5th
For some this is their last day on LBI and for others they are just coming into their season. Yes it is fishing time. Now we just need the fish to co-operate along with the weather. So far since Labor Day the weather has not been kind to the boaters. Every weekend it has blown the only difference was how hard.
Last night once again the tide was in the street with the evening tides beening higher than the morning tides. We are a few days shy of the full moon and with the northeast winds we have had it has been pushing the water into the bay and for those of you that did not know it comes up the sewers.
For those anglers driving on the beach Be careful as they are soft. Also anglers near the water there are a lot of soft spots and we all know people that have stepped in them and lost a boot.
Cooler temps should start moving the bait and the fish. The ocean is 68 and the west winds having feeling like fall.
Once again bluefish were the fish of the day with mullet working to catch these 15 to 20 inch fish.
Sat Oct 4th
The roads are wet at 5:30am but there is not really any rain yet. The winds are blowing from the SE at 11-21 and the ocean is 68. The puddles you see on the side off the road are salt water do not drive thru them High tide today is at 4:25 am on the beach and Low is 10:55 am. The tides run a few hours later on the bay and the winds can effect them also. Small craft warnings are in effect till late tonight. We will have a shift off in the winds when this front comes through later today.
Surf fishermen needed heavier sinkers to fish yesterday because of the currents and I am sure it will be the same for awhile today. King fish, small blue fish and more bass being caught. Anglers using smaller baits found it easier to hold bottom. Once again we were told of two short bass being caught on mullet heads. A couple of our regular anglers have told us that they have already caught more bass this year than they did all of last year. Sounds like a good sign of things to come.
Reminder the 60th Classic starts at 5 am on Monday. Our bait man is aware and will be trying his best in the weather window he gets to find us some fresh bunker.
Stop in today and sign up for the Classic and check out some of the new items for 2015. The new Abu Garcia 7000 Blue Yonder casting reel is in and an old again new again limited 6500 with the striper on the side plate is back. Penn is out with a new Battle called the Battle11 and we have the new 4000 in stock.
Fri Oct 3rd
Last night when I went home the boats were riding high at the docks, the tide was in the street and it was drizzling. I am so ready to see the sun.
This morning what little tide that was in the street is gone. It is still gray with the promise of sunshine. The wind is from the NNE at 4-7. Ocean is 68 and the air is 62.
The last few days have been gray and with some showers but there are fish being caught.
The ocean has been fishable for surfcasters and those fishing bayside. The bayside is still providing action on the blow fish and larger bluefish. For those plugging the banks in the evenings there are stripers but mostly shorts.
Surfcasters are starting to see more stripers mostly for those throwing lures in the white water. Metals have been providing good action working with a teaser for bass to 29 inches. Small blues are still eating mullet and bunker.
Thurs Oct 2nd
It is another gray morning with the promise of sun latter. What a strange sky we have had with a few showers thrown in. There is nothing wrong with fishing on a cloudy day. Some of the better stripers have been caught on days like this it is just that we need more moving in.
It is in the low 60s this morning with a north to north east wind. The ocean is still 69. Once again small craft warnings are up for hazardous seas making it hard for the bunker guys to do their job.
Big weekend ahead with Chowderfest and hopefully the weather forecast improves for them for Saturday. We all know fishermen do not mind fishing in the rain. If it is raining unlike last weekend it will give you some room on the beach to fish.
Don't forget to sign-up for the Classic!
Wed Oct 1st
The good news is that they raised the speed limit to 45.
We are only 5 days away from the start of the 60th Fall Surf Fishing Tournament and that is the day that the traffic lights get turned off.
Now for the bad news.
It is blowing again out of the northeast and small craft warnings are up till late Wednesday night but then again maybe it is not bad.
The last time we went thru a blow it finally brought the king fish to the beach. Maybe this time it will bring more bass.
The timing could not be better for the start of the tournament with the full moon on the 8th of October.
King fish were caught again yesterday in town and mid island. I have not heard of any coming out of Holgate. Holgate and most beaches are finding anglers catching blue fish and some sharks.
Our fresh mullet supply is very low this morning but we do have fresh bunker, surf clams and live eels.
We have a couple of new items that we thought might catch a fish or two. We have sand eel teaser rigs from Sportfishing Products. They are also giving away some of their products in a lure bag each segment of the Classic.
S&S Bucktails is one of our Silver Sponsors for the Classic and we have some of their Smiling Bill Bucktails and Eel-Z in stock.
Tues Sept 30th
It looks like we had a little rain overnight but for now it is out of here. It is 66 this morning with little to no wind out of the NE. The ocean is 69.
It took awhile for them to show up this year but we have more reports of king fish from the surf yesterday with some up to 15 inches caught on fish-bites. Still plenty of small blue fish around.
Mon Sept 29th
I do not think you could have asked for a nicer weekend weather wise than what we had. Great weather brought lots of people back to the island and the beaches were crowded. Even the boaters enjoyed a day in the bay yesterday with beaching their boats and enjoying the beach. The water temp is 70 which had a lot of people in for a swim. The winds are from the SW this morning at 5 and it is 66 degrees.
For the first time this year we did get a decent report of king fish caught in Beach Haven. The fish were caught around the top of the tide on fish bites. The largest of the dozen fish was 13 inches.
We did get a small amount of fresh mullet in yesterday and the blue fish are eating it up. Surf fishermen report catching one blue after another yesterday and yes they are still catching fluke now keeper size must go back. More stripers on lures in the dark around the jetties and this one that Colin caught (his first) he caught on a mullet head. His fish weighed 14 pounds and was caught in Brant Beach.
We are one week away from the start of the 60th Surf Classic. Colin's fish was 34 inches and on Oct 6th that maybe a 500 dollar fish if it is the biggest of the day.
Make sure you are signed up for this years fall Surf Tournament. Not bad for a 30 dollar investment.
More than likely there will be no tackle shops open at 5 am so you don't want to be on the beach fishing and catch a fish and not be in it so sign up now. The first fish caught in the tournament this year will win a head lamp from Princeton Tec. plus there are your daily prizesfor bluefish and bass.
If there is no bass caught the 1st day the 500 dollars will go on till some one has the largest bass. It could be the 1st day of maybe the third.
Sun Sept 28th
It was a nice day yesterday for this time of the year. Windy but nice.
Yesterday was the last day of fluke season and I can say it did not go out with a bang. Several anglers that tried to go outside had to turn back because of the seas and some that did go did not give great reports. We heard more of nice sized sea bass which you can not keep yet.
The small blue fish have returned to the surf with most anglers doing well with this little fish. We also heard of a couple of bass caught yesterday one on mullet and the other clams. So far the mullet have not returned and that could be it for the year as far as fresh.
Sat Sept 27th
When I left work last night what a beautiful night it was. The bay was flat and no wind. This morning at 5:30 it is 59 degrees and the wind is from the NNW at 7 and the ocean is 68. Looks like the weathermen made a wrong call (again) with their wind prediction but maybe when the sun comes up things will change.
Things were quiet on the beach yesterday and we had no reports of anything caught. So far no signs of mullet but hopefully that season is not over yet
Fri Sept 26th
At 5 pm winds are from the northeast at 9 and predicted to blow from the north tomorrow at 10 to 15 kt... seas are predicted to be 3-5 with a easterly swell at 8 seconds. We know a lot of folks want to fish for fluke for the last time this year and we will have live minnows in the morning.
So far today we have not heard of any fish from the surf today but anglers were able to hold bottom.
Our bait men are trying for mullet and the bait boats are waiting for the surf to settle down before looking for bunker. We will have it as soon as it is available to us.
There is no wind this morning. Small craft warnings are in effect through Sat evening. Air temp is 58 and the ocean is 68.
If I was to pick to have a day off it would not have been a day like yesterday. It was not a day to be outdoors and if you don't mind fishing in the rain I do not have a sinker heavy enough to hold.
Some of our beaches have gained some sand and like always some lost.
Will there still be mullet here?
As far as fresh bait we will have to wait till the boats get back out or our netters find some mullet. We have frozen clams, mullet and bunker and maybe live minnow for Saturday depending on the winds today.
The storm is moving out but I am sure it will take a day or so to settle down so we can see what the storm did to us fish wise.
The storm more or less killed the last of the fluke season for most boaters but for that matter almost every weekend since Labor Day it has been blowing. We can only hope it has got all the blowing out of its system and we will have a great striper season. Don't forget the time for public comment on striped bass is almost over. Tell them how you feel before it is too late.
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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Thurs Sept 25th
Just because I was not at work this morning does not mean I was not up at 4:30. It is a hard habit to break. Last night as I was sitting on the deck around 9 the rain was just starting and the wind was blowing. It was close to high tide and I could hear the waves crashing on the beach. My thought is let the beaches hold and don't cause a lot of erosion. I have always had respect for storms but since Sandy it is even more so. So much sand can be moved in a wave.
At 11 am it is still raining and the wind is from the NNE gusting to 20. The ocean temp is 68. There is some flooding in the normal spots.
One angler that is here on vacation and caught a few blue fish yesterday was determined to fish last night. I told him his best bet with this wind was a bucktail. Here is a note a picture I received from him. I caught a nice black drum off the surf yesterday. I was using the buck tail I purchased from you yesterday and a sand eel as a teaser. He bit the teaser, was a good fight. 19lbs 27in. At the end of the island right before sundown. (I was the guy that came in with my fiancé) Rich
Wed Sept 24th
I don't know if I can remember a September with so much northeast winds. This morning the wind is from the ENE at 12 gusting to 22. The oceanis 69 and the air temp is 66. This is the calm before what they say is coming.They are calling for rain later today and winds gusting to 35.
We are open today till 2 but we may shorten our hours tomorrow
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING
Back to fishing. A lot of people took advantage of the nice day yesterday. Small blues on the beach and some fluke. We are still waiting to hear of more stripers. People say they saw a lot of boats heading south as I would imagine they were taking advantage of the weather too as some of these folks are taking their boats to their winter homes to the south.
Tues Sept 23rd
It feels like we skipped a month It is 52 degrees here at the beach this morning. The wind is from the NNW at 7 and the ocean is 69.
Yesterdays wind kept most anglers from fishing in the bay but surf fishermen were once again catching small fluke with an occasional keeper and small blue fish.
Mon Sept 22 nd
Last day of summer!! Once again we have small craft warnings up. What a windy month it has been making it difficult for anglers to fish. All I can say is if you get the weather and the time take advantage of it because fluke fishing is great and there is only a few days left. Ocean reports are good from the reefs, inlet and in our bay. Jim Green did okay for himself with these 2 5 pounders taken in the bay.
We had reports from keepers at the Brick Pile and one boat with 4 keepers in our inlet. Marie and Dexter are my 2 that always go to the ridge for big blue fish but since Labor Day the weather has not co-operated. Today Marie picked out some gulp she like and it sure was lucky. She caught this 33 inch fluke in the inlet on her gulp.
Look at her foot in comparison to the fish.
Anglers are continuing to have fun catching weakfish up to 23 inches reported to us. They are using live bait, bucktails, gulp and twister tails.
The surf was quieter for some yesterday as the small blues are biting better on the incoming to full tide which were early or later in the day.
Winds this morning are from the WNW gusting to 15. The air is 67 and the ocean is 71.
Sun Sept 21st
Falls a coming but this morning we have a few showers and a lite wind out of the northeast. Water temp is 71.
Things were slower yesterday on the beach with the blue fish as the surf was still pretty rough.
Those that fished the bay found some larger blow fish. Fluke fishermen stayed in the bay because of ocean conditions till late afternoon. We are hearing of increased catches of some nice weakfish caught bayside during the dark hours.
Sat Sept 20th
Small craft warnings are in effect again this morning. The wind is from the SE at 7 gusting to 14. The air temp is 67 and the ocean is down a degree to 70.
The weather certainly has not be cooperating on the weekends for fisherman to get out in the ocean to fluke. Some of the larger party boats have been going but as far as private boats it seems you better take a day off during the week.
The ocean was rough yesterday but they caught blue fish from the surf. You will need some heavier sinkers today as I could hear the ocean when I walked outside this am but I am sure these hungry bluefish will still be around.
7 am. Jason was hoping for a few blue fish this morning on his diamond jig but he got a surprise with this 13 pound bass he caught from the surf.
Fri Sept 19th
Small craft advisories in effect at 9 am but at 6 am the winds are from the NE at 13 gusting to 23. Winds are predicted to be E and gusting to 25 before switching off to the SE and dropping out later today. The ocean temp is dropping in temp slowly and is 71 this am. Air temp is 66 here at the beach.
It was nice to see people take advantage of the weather yesterday and we had reports of keeper fluke from the beach and from the bay. One report of 2 keepers coming from the osprey area.
Bulkhead fisherman are reporting that the blow fish are increasing in size and big enough to clean for dinner.
Those that made it offshore are catching but it seems it is more of the charter boats and larger boats that are doing these trips now. Chunking and jigging seem to be the best method.
Surf fishermen are still having a good time catching small blues. If you are fishing the front beach today you are going to need some heavy sinkers. Those fishing the backside of Holgate will be okay with the NE wind.
Fri Sept 18th
Looks like we have a little weather window today and I am sure boats will take advantage of it. Monday when they got the chance to fluke some did so- so and others with their limits. Mostly 20 inch fish but some with a 25 incher.
The water temp is holding in the low 70s and there was a lot of activity once again in the ocean yesterday with the whales. Some could see them but most talked about see them spurt water. I am sure they got their fill off bunker out there yesterday.
Wed Sept 17th
Cool mornings warming up in the afternoon seems to be our weather pattern. This morning it is 61 with a north wind at 8. The ocean is 71.
Lots of bait around off the beach yesterday and fish chasing bait on to the beach in some locacations. Make sure you have some kind of metal with you if you are going to the beach. Blue fish were a little bigger yesterday with reports of several hitting the 3lb mark.
Tues Sept 16th
The wind is from the SSW at 6 and so far no rain. The air is 67 and the ocean 72.
A lot of boats headed out fluking yesterday and what we heard was a mixed report from LE and GSS. Lots of nice sea bass but no you can't keep them.
Bait was chased up on the beach yesterday by the blue fish but the blue fish continue to be on the small size. Holgate seems to have quite a few fluke but mostly throw back.
We are starting to hear of some small bass being taken on plugs during the dark.
Mon Sept 15th
Today most of our local beaches open to 4 wheel drive vehicles. Make sure you have your permits.
What a beautiful sunset last night. We are lucky here on the island that we see so many and no 2 ever seem the same.
This morning it is chilly one but like yesterday we will warm up. With the water temp in the low 70s are overnights are not as chilly as inland
We do not have much on a boating report other than from folks that were out on the Carolyn Anne and told us that there were a lot of fluke caught on the boat and it was nice out there. I know we have a few that are going to try in locally today. There are a few boats that are taking advantage of the break in the weather and are headed offshore to do some chunking.
This angler did not need a boat for this one. While fishing off his dock in Holgate for weakfish / stripers Carl caught this 5-12 fluke on a I know we have all heard the story about catching fluke at night. While fishing for weakfish / stripers last night Carl caught this 5-12 fluke on a Tsunami Holographic Shrimp at 11pm off his dock in Holgate.This angler did not need a boat for this one. While fishing off his dock in Holgate for weakfish / stripers Carl caught this 5-12 fluke on a Tsunami Holographic Shrimp at 11pm off his dock in Holgate. Who said you do not catch fluke at night?
The surf was alive again yesterday with small blue fish. Mullet seems to be the bait of choice where as anglers had to come back to restock their bait because of catching so many fish.
We are 3 week away from the start of the 60th LBI Surf Fishing Classic. There are some great prizes in to be given out this year. There are extra money prizes such as $500 for the largest bass on opening day. We have (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. 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. Sportfish Products is giving a lure bag filled with their lures to an angler that catches a fish in each segment. This prize will be a random pick from all that catch a fish in a 2 week period. Local business' are giving gift certificates. If you haven't signed up it is time before you forget of before you catch a prize winning fish.
Sun Sept 14th
Fall temps have arrived and with the winds it feels like it. With the temp drop it should certainly make the bait move. Temps this morning are in the 50s and winds at this time from the NW.
There is not much to report from yesterday as it seems those that tried to fish the beach had to give it up as they could not hold and boats that wanted to fish the ocean took a look and turned around.
If the wind stays to the west a little it will be possible to fish the beach.
Sat Sept 13th
Get out early before the rain gets here. The ocean is 74 this morning and the air is 69. Winds are from the east at 11. The bay should be fishable this morning also for those with 4 wheel drive Holgate Point should be alright too.
Right now the fish on the beach is bluefish or a better name for the size we have would be big snappers. It was great yesterday as anglers were able to hold bottom with 4 ounces and they were catching fish.
Thursday night we had the first fresh mullet of the season in the store. Yesterday it was a big hit as these little blue fish are loving it. Mullet rig and mullet has been the ticket for weeks and now with fresh around it is making for even better fishing. There have been several fluke caught on the mullet rigs with some being keepers.
Once the mullet come to town it is time to be prepared with your artifical lures. Poppers can imitate the mullet as it pushs the water and breaks the surface if fished properly. There are all kinds of poppers that you can use. Atoms are the first one that comes to my mind as the blue/ white plug has been around for years. Creek chubs are another old one. One is made of styrofoam and the other plastic. A good wooden popper is a Gibbs plug. This is another old stand by that has been around for years. You can fish these poppers with a teaser to if you like. The nice thing about catching a fish on a popper is a lot of times you see your fish jump on it. In the case of a bass he will come out of the water and open those gill plates oh boy what a site to see. Like I said there are a lot of poppers and these are just a few that we carry and they all do the job when the fish are here.
Another bait fish that is around right now is spearing. We do have a good supply right now of fresh and this is another bait these snappers will hit. The artifical that will work when these are here are your metals. Last Sunday was a prime example of the skinny metals catching fish when all the little bait fish hit the beach. Metals are another lure that a lot of people use with a teaser. Try to match your metal to the size of your bait. Such as a Gator looks more like a peanut bunker and a Deadly Dick more like a spearing or sand eel.
King fish are still scare and I still have not heard of a spot caught from the surf this year. We do have reports of several sand shark being caught on clams.
Fri Sept 12
Enuff with this wind. What way do you want it to blow? N, ENE. E, NNE we have it and had it long enough. We are still going to have these winds for awhile. We will not have any surf clams or fresh bunker this weekend but we do have fresh spearing and fresh mullet.
It is 69 degrees this morning and the ocean is 73. The wind is from the north at around 9.
Things are on the move. We have the first fresh mullet in the store which to me always means that the fish are starting to move. We all know the first of the mullet means the migration to the south has start. It has been a rough week wind wise for people to fish and finally yesterday with the change of the wind they were able to catch some of these bait fish.
Small blues and sand sharks sounded like the main catch yesterday from the surf with a few fluke. Bayside continues to produce tiny blowfish and sea bass, snappers and we are hearing of a few weakfish.
The derby committe met yesterday afternoon to go over the new data base that will be used this year to register anglers and their catches. You will be seeing a new format this year for weigh ins.
The beach is now open all the way down. That is great new especial with a northeast wind. Now just keep the grass out of there.
Thurs Sept 11th
Wed Sept 10th
We are open 6-2 today!
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
I don't know if I am getting use to them but the winds seem lighter this morning. The winds are from the NNE at 12-17. The air temp is 69 and the ocean 73.
They are saying we are going to have a change in the wind tomorrow but it looks to be short lived before it goes back to the N and NE direction again.
I know I have had enough of this wind and I am sure our vactioners have too. I am glad so many got in on the blitz on Sunday as many have never seen that before. Since then many are fishing bayside for blow fish.
Hopefully when things settle down we will see some mullet and some more blitzs.
We are busy getting ready for the fall. Rods have been arriving for fall fishing. If you need a rod to troll your bunker spoon we have it or if you need a surf rod to throw heavier sinkers we have it. Great rods to snag bunker or throw a lure are all in stock. We also have some great entry level combos.
More inventory is arriving daily along with some new items. We are waiting for the new 7000 ambassadeurs to arive and the 6500 stripers series is returning.(predicted Oct).
Tues Sept 9th
330 AM EDT TUE SEP 9 2014 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING
(pic.credit A. Anderson.15th Street)
Coastal flood advisory is in effect. Winds are from the ENE at 18 and gusting. The ocean is 72.
Looks like we are stuck in a rut with this wind this week. Lots of easterly and north east predicted all week. I am sure we will be seeing some beach erosion.
The ocean sure is not friendly for surf fishermen or boaters.
If you want to try to fish the beach get some heavy bucktails or some heavy metals.
Yesterday was replacement day for what people lost to the blue fish on Sunday. Those little blowfish are still really hungry at Morrisions. As tuff as that fish bites is they still get the white mess off the hook. Anglers using gulp over there are getting their tails bit off by the small bluefish. Spearing or metal will catch those little snappers for you.
Mon Sept 8th
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM EDT MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON
East north east winds are predicted for us for the next few days which as the day goes on make it harder for surf anglers to hold bottom. In additions we are getting close to full moon which usually makes for higher tides
.This morning it is 69 degrees and the wind is from the NE and 5. Ocean temp is 73.
We have a lot of our after Labor Day visitors here this week to fish and are surprised at the lack of king fish. With the winds they may have to fish bayside. They still are catching fluke near Morrisions so there is a chance of one from the street end along with snappers and blow fish.
Yesterday when many were home watching football we had a blitz of small blue fish hit the beach. Spearing with peanut bunker hit the beach along with blue fish to 3 pounds. Metal of all shapes was working to catch these fighters. One young angler reported catching 35 and also showed me where he got bit. Hopefully this is just one of many to come this fall.
The northeast wind usually makes the bay fishable for boats as long as it is not blowing to hard and was we saw all weekend there are still keeper fluke there. Also some reports of weakfish but not in the numbers of last year.
Sun Sept 7th
We certainly got that change in the weather they talked about. Today we have a wind mostly from the north blowing 10 to 15 and the air temp is 65. They are reporting the ocean temp as 86 and I hope that is some kind of type O or we will be cooking the fish before we catch them.
Early morning anglers yesterday trying to beat the heat and the predicted storms. Late afternoon brought us some dark clouds but no rain.
Who said there are no fish in the bay? Tanner J. with his 5.42 fluke that he caught right near Morrison's yesterday on the outgoing tide.
Johnathan and Bill showed us their catch from LE Reef.
Miss Beach Haven had a good day with several 5-8 pound fluke caught. The new pool leader on the boat for the year is Stan with his 8 pounder.
The surf remains a slow pick with a few keeper fluke on gulp or live minnows and some small bluefish. Anglers are still trying for kings with little luck.
Sat Sept 5th
At least there is a breeze to go with the 78 degrees this morning. The wind is from the SSW at 9 and the ocean is 79 degrees.
It has been a long time since I can remember the ocean being this warm here.
There is lots of bunker off our beach. Some pods have nothing in them, some blue fish 3-4 pounds and others sharks. Lots of life now we need some real fish to go with the bait. We also have whales off the beach including humpback out there ingesting the bunker. These are close enough that people on the beach are seeing them.
Good reports on fluke fishing in the ocean. Use those big bucktails with big gulp and jig. Last day for sea bass for awhile. Insatiable had 50 fish on their charter yesterday but just a few to bring home.
Still some great fluke fishing in the bay this late in the season. George and Dave gave us a report while in stocking up on spearing. They had 15 fish yesterday with 5 keepers. Spearing and gulp is their winning combo while fishing the muscle beds on the am high tide.
We are still waiting for king fish here on the surf. Some good reports to the south on them. Mean while we have big snappers and fluke. Most fluke are throw backs but surf anglers in Holgate are getting a few keepers. Still reports of brown sharks and cow nose rays from the surf.
If you are throwing metal for the bluefish trying letting it drag the bottom and retrieve slow you may pick up a fluke. Deadly Dicks have been doing well catching some of these fluke.
It sounds like what day of the week it was when you were in the canyon if you caught. Some days a slow pick with maybe a long fin or a yellow fin. Other days all you wanted. Reports of seeing a lot of white marlin.
Fri Sept 5th
Hard to believe it is 77 degrees at 5:30. Warm and muggy start to the day with a south wind at 5. Ocean temp is 77.
Surf anglers are reporting small blue fish and a lot of bit off tail of their gulp baits. Lots of bait was seen off the beach with fish jumping in it. Reports from boaters that were into the bait report a lot of bunker with bluefish in the 3 pound range in them.
Tomorrow is the last day for sea bass until Oct 18th. Bag limit tomorrow is 15 fish.
Thurs Sept 4th
Beautiful day for out door activities.
The ocean is 75 with a lite ENE wind.
On the beach, out in the boat, inshore or offshore the weather looks great. A few have gone to the canyon taking advantage of the weather. Surf report is small blue fish and short fluke. The bay still has anglers picking up keeper fluke.
Wed Sept 3rd
We do not normally sell used tackle in our store this year we happen to have some vintage rods and reels. As our customers have aged they have changed their ways of fishing.
We have rod and reel combos that include Penn #49 reels. For those that are not familiar with that one that is a reel made for wire. We have 1 Penn 20 international, 4 vintage 30 Penn internationals with Fenwick Rods. For those of you looking for heavier equipment we have custom rods with Penn 9/0 and 12/0s. All are priced to sell. Great opportunity for some one starting out. Stop in and check them out.
Store hours are 6-2 today.
Watch out for the yellow things today. Yes school buses.
Once again we were lucky with the rain coming overnight. It seems to have cleared a lot of the humidity out of here. It is 73 this morning and we have a WNW wind at 10. The ocean is 76.
It was hot yesterday to hot for many to stay out doors. Along with the heat there were the flies to put up with which cut some anglers fishing time down.
Reports we got were the same as we have been getting from surf anglers. Street end anglers reported less snapper and slow crabbing yesterday.
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.
Wed 6:30 - 2:00
Thurs. 6:30 - 5:30
Fri. 6:00 - 7:30
Sat. 5:30 - 7:00
Sun 6:00 - 4:00
60th LBI Surf Fishing Classic.
The "Derby" holds a lot of good times and great memories for me.
Jingles did not catch big fish but he caught a lot of fish. For those of you that did not know him he was a guy that threw small plugs and did not bait fish. He won the Derby for most fish and even went to court because someone thought he caught to many fish. That was when you had residents against non residents competing for prizes. He won a few weekly's but never the big one when it came to bass.
My kids grew up fishing in Holgate and at the age of 13 my son Rick won the 25th year of the tournament with a 19-9 bluefish that was caught on a black redfin at 5 in the morning and then got on the bus and went to school.
When weakfish were put in this tournament it was like this fish was put in for the O'Brien family. My youngest son Tooter at the age of 11 tied one year with Bert Harper with 2 weakfish over 14 pounds. Tooter lost out because of time of catch. Derby time was the time to be on the beach so for Ricks 21st birthday ( Oct 19th ) the party was on the beach.
It is hard to believe it has been 10 years since Rick won the 50th year of the Derby with his 41-7 bass that he caught at the end of his own street. I remember Rick saying to me how ironic to win the 25th and the 50th years of this tournament. Both of these fish hang proudly in the store.
Jingles passed away in 1996 and Rick in 2008 both of them way to early in their lives.
This year instead of giving a Memorial Award for each of them I am giving $500 in their honor to the angler that catches the 60th striped bass in this 60th year of this tournament.
When the time comes for the 60th fish if there are more than 1 fish that day it will go by time caught
I know if they were here today they would be out there on the beach fishing.
Good luck to all fishing the 60th year of this tournament.