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Special Tournament Prizes
thru Nov 30th
Jingles Bait and Tackle will give $500 cash in honor of Jingles and Rick O'Brien to the angler that catches the 60th bass in the 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.
Still from 11/11 Largest bluefish today will get a 10.5 foot Temple Forks Outfitters (TFO)-Gary Loomis Surf Rods rated @ 3-8 ounces. Retail value is $200. Toughest rod in the surf for one of the toughest fish in the surf.
****Only one TFO rod per angler. Only 1 per angler.This price goes on till won.
CTS rods will be giving a rod valued at $400 to the angler that catches the largest bass between 11/25 to 11/27th
Nov 24th till the end of tournament there will be a headlamp for Princeton Tec given away every day to someone that catches a fish..
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.
Toughest rod in the surf for one of the toughest fish in the surf.
****Only one TFO rod per angler.
Somebody that catches a fish today will win a $25 gift certificate from Barry's Do Me A Flavor.
Buckalews will be giving away a $20 gift certificate to the angler with the largest bass today.
Buckalews will be giving away a $20 gift certificate to the angler with the largest bass caught the week ending 11/28
Somebody that catches a fish today will win a $25 gift certificate from Barry's Do Me A Flavor.
Largest Bass entered over this 2 day period will win $500 cash donated by Jim D.
American Sportsman has donated a 9 foot rod and 10 plugs to be given away in recognition of Our Veterans for 11/11. This prize has not been won so we will now be giving this prize from American Sportsman to the smallest tournament sized fish caught by and angler under the age of 18 during this 2 day period.
Harold Coates Memorial Award. $100 Gift Certificate to Surf City Bait & Tackle Shop in Surf City, for the heaviest bass entered on the last weekend of Tournament. Present by Marie Coates, St Rita Hotel at 125 Engleside Ave in Beach Haven
End of tournament there will be a Lure Bag from Sportfishing Products. All anglers that caught a fish this segment are eligible
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends and we would like to wish you our extended family a very Happy Thanksgiving.
We will be open on Black Friday at 6:30 am until 6:00 pm. Don't miss out on our Black Friday in store specials.
Special pricing on selected lures, waders, boots, reels and cast nets thru 11/30.
Starting next week the shop will be reducing it's hours.
Wed Nov 26th
At 12 pm it is raining hard here at the beach. Tides are running a little bit above normal. Winds are from the north at 17-35. Air temp is 41.
There have been a few anglers on the beach this morning with several short bass and a keeper caught on clams.
Wet, warm. windy but not white here this am. It is 45 this morning and the winds are from the NE at 15-20 this am with a gale warning posted for today. Things are looking better wind wise for tomorrow with winds predicted to be NW 10-15.
For those of you that have to travel to be with family and friends have a safe trip.
The store will be open till at least 2. If you can not make it in on time to get bait you know our system give us a call before 2.
Reports of fish in the boat again yesterday with boats trolling. We had quite a few people take advantage of the day and fish the beach but we have nothing to report from the surf.
Tues Nov 25th
There is some fog this morning and with that it gives us some dampness. The wind machine has shut done for now and I can not hear the surf pounding this morning like it has been for the last day. It is 55 this am with a wind from the SW at 5. Ocean temp is 49.
Not mouch a fishing report from yesterday. The winds kept most boaters at dock and if you went to the beach you got sand blasted and found it hard to hold botttom.There is much improvement and I am sure there will be more anglers out.
Classic Special Prizes
Everyday till the end of tournament there will be a headlamp from Princeton Tec given away every day to someone that catches a fish..
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.
Toughest rod in the surf for one of the toughest fish in the surf.
****Only one TFO rod per angler.
Calabria's Resturant in North Beach Haven has given a $25 gift certificate to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick) Prize will go on till it is won.
CTS rods will be giving a rod valued at $400 to the angler that catches the largest bass during the 3 day period of Nov 25rd thru Nov 27th.
Mon Nov 24th
It is a warm rainy start to the week. They say this rain will end early this morning. The winds are from the SSW at 11 and gusty. Ocean temp is 47.
There were lots of good -byes over the weekend where many told us this was it for them. We also saw a lot of boats being trailored by the store where some other boaters told us one more week.
The last and final week of the Classic started at 6 pm last night. The tournament ends at 6 pm on Nov 30th. Make sure you leave the beach in order to make the 6 pm closing. There are 730 anglers with 47 bass entered and 7 bluefish.
Sun Nov 23rd
We are open till 2 today.
It is a much milder morning with air temps all ready at 40. Winds are from the SW at 11 and the ocean is 45. Gale warnings are predicted for later today.
It sounds like a mixed bag of weather this week from winds to maybe a record high to possibe snow. So get out fishing when you get the chance.
What a difference 50 to 60 feet off water is to fishing right now. Speaking with anglers thru out the day yesterday ones that fished from the beach caught nothing and anglers in the boat fishing that 50 some to 60 feet all caught fish. Once again the fish where caught on bunker spoons, umbrella rigs with shads and stretch plugs. So far these bass just do not want to come into our beach or for that matter alot of beaches have had this problem this year.
The bass are pretty well stretch out now with fish being caught from Point Pleasant down thru Cape May. Beach Haven boats no longer have to make the trip all the way north anymore as many saw yesterday as Miss Barnegat Light came south. We also heard of some decent catches from the boats off of the Brigantine area.
The Classic continues on till Nov. 30th and we are still hopeful that surfcasters will have a shot at some fish.
Sat Nov 22rd
We are open 6 - 6 today.
Another frosty morning.
It is 28 this morning with a wind out of WSW at 2. Ocean is 47 this am.
Charter boats and party boats had a good day with bass and bluefish north of us yesterday.
Local small boats had a rough time getting to deeper water early in the morning as the winds it made it rough if you were not tight to the beach. Those that did fish caught bass off of Beach Haven with fish to 25 pounds.
Boaters are getting an early start this morning before the winds pick up once again.
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON EST TODAY THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
Once again the surf had a quiet week. So far this week it has been very quiet for them.
We are finally hearing about sand eel in our area so that may change things.
Fri Nov 21st
Open today 6:30 am till 7:00 pm.
Fresh bunker is available along with shucked surf clams and live eels.
Another cold start to the day at 28. Winds are NW at 11 and the ocean is 48 .
So far this week there has been one bass entered into the Classic which was caught as we were going thru a storm that included a lot of wind and lightening. There were several legal bass caught just as the front went thru. Since then the air temps have been very cold with just a few anglers giving it a try. More anglers were out yesterday with the warmer temps and we heard of more shorts with bass at 16-25 inches caught on shad lures, bunker and clam.
The boats continue to catch bass and some blue fish. Umbrella rigs with shads, stretch plugs and bunker spoons are working well. Holgate to Spray Beach in 50 feet of water has been producing fish. Boats working north are also catching fish.
Thurs Nov 20th
The air temps have gone up over night putting us to 40. Winds are from the SW at 13+ and the ocean is down to 45.
Bait update **Our bunker guy is out and he has found bunker this morning so we should have some this afternoon. Our clam supplier has not had any boats out to have fresh in the shell so we will have fresh shucked clams this weekend.
We do not have much in the way of a fishing report other than there have been some short bass caught the last few days. Boats are seeing some big blues and some bass.
The Classic has not had any fish weighed in to it since Mondays storm but we are hoping to see more fish this week and give away some great Special Prizes.
Wed Nov 19th
We are open till 2 pm today.
The good news is that we do not live in Buffalo. The winds have died down but it is only 23 degrees outside. The winds are from west at 13-20. Ocean temp is 47.
Just a handful of fishermen in yesterday that were giving it a try. Most commented on how far you could cast. They said just throw the line up in the air and let the wind do the job. With the westerly wind you could throw over a lot of the bars where the current was strong and you needed heavier sinkers to hold.
Tues Nov 18th
It is 29 degrees at 9 am on its way to a high of 34. The ocean is 51. The winds are from the west gusting to 24 which is better than yesterday afternoon.
I do not know where you were yesterday afternoon but what a wild storm. We had winds gusting over 40 with rain coming down sideways and things flying thru the air. We had enough rain in North Beach Haven to flood the street over. Around 3:30 I received a phone call asking me if there was a blitz going on at the beach or did he just hit the fish in the head as the angler had caught a bass but left the beach when the lightening started. His fish was just a little to short for the Classic. The Classic did have one bass entered into it yesterday.
Mon Nov 17th
It maybe wet today but it looks like the best of the next few days. We all that the fish can't get any wetter.
Not as cold overnight with the air temp at 44 this am. Ocean temp is 50 and winds are NNE @12right now. GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
With the weather looking down right frigid we will be shortening our hours starting this evening. We are sorry if it causes you any inconvience.
So far this year sand eels have not made an appearance where as last year they were here and there were a lot of bass being caught on ava jigs and umbrella rigs with tubes. Surf anglers were catching a lot of short bass with deadly dicks and a teaser. Will we see these sand eels this year?
Again yesterday the surf had a lot of anglers that saw a lot of activity with whales, dolphin and even a seal but not a lot of fish. There was a winner in the bass part of the Classic.
With the colder weather setting in many boaters told us this is it we are done so by next weekend there will not be as many boats in the search of bass. Boats on Sunday found bluefish here on the south end and a few bass.
Sun Nov 16th
Store hours today 5:30 am to 4 pm.
It is like the fish run scared of the surf fishermen on the weekends. Plenty of them trying but not a lot of cooperation from the fish yesterday.
At this time the Classic has more fish entered than it did last year. There are 7 bluefish and 43 bass. Last year at the end of the tournament there were 42 bass and only 1 bluefish.
Today there is $500 for the largest bluefish in the Classic and $1000 to the largest bass weighed in by 6 pm tonight.
The boats are starting to see more action on the south end with fish trolled off of Holgate, Beach Haven and Spray Beach. Bunker Spoons and stretch plugs did a good job with boaters. Andrew and crew with their catch and Bill with his.
Sat Nov 15th
Good luck to all anglers today!
It is the first morning that I have seen frost. Then I get in my car and it tells me to becareful of maybe icy conditions. It is 31 at 5:15 am and the wind is from the NW at 9. The ocean took a big dip dropping to 51.
There was more of a presence of gannets in the area yesterday with more dinner size bass being caught along with a few non Classic sized bluefish.
Fri Nov 14th
$500 day on Saturday for the largest bluefish from the surf thanks to Jim B. Make sure you are signed up in the Classic.
Sunday there is $1000 for the largest bass in the Classic in Honor of Frank Panzone. For those of you that did not know Frank not only was he the owner of Panzone's Pizza but also the head of the Fishing Tournament for many years and today we honor him.
We have spoken to our bunker man and he has caught our next batch of bunker so we should be in good shape for tonight and tomorrow.
We are finally get some bass down here in our neighborhood. They are not Classic size but they are dinner sized.
Coldest morning so far here at 36. Wind is from the NW at 16-24 and the ocean is 53.
Once again the boat fishermen had a good day. Mostly from Brant Beach north to the Bathing Beach. Make sure you get your lures (bunker spoons, umbrella rigs) Deep unless you are doing snag and drop or live bait. Bunker are not always showing but when they are some are able to catching casting lures to them.
It was nice to see a couple of nice fish hit the Classic board yesterday. There were bunker off the beach yesterday in HC &LL and some anglers were able to plug some bass including Cortland F. that had a 25lber on a plug. Gannets made a big presence in Brant Beach yesterday keeping anglers in that area. Ed Y. caught a 33 lber in that area on bunker in the afternoon. Ed now has segment high with that fish.
Thurs Nov 13th
Fresh bunker came in yesterday and more is expected in later today along with surf clams.
With these colder mornings I wonder if we will make it thru the Classic without the outside hose freezing Usually we can make it to the last week of the tournament before that happens. It is time to find the warmer clothes and start layering.
Chilly morning but the next few look to be chiller and there is a lot of fishing going on this weekend. Stafford PBA Striped tournament and the Surf Classic has some big money prizes for Sat. and Sun.
The wind is from the northeast at 6 at 10 am. The ocean is now 54.
The northeast wind never happened yesterday and the south end is still dry on the most part as having many Classic sized fish.
Boat fishermen that braved the fog had fish and some 2 at a time. Maja bunker spoons and 9ers umbrella rigs with shads are catching fish but make sure you have your snag hooks with you. We are not hearing of any sand eels yet in our area. There were fish once again on Brant Beach lump and maybe this colder weather will push them more south. We are still hearing of fish being caught in the bay on eels everyday or night.
Wed Nov 12th
Picture above is yesterday but today you better have your radar. Foggy, misty, warm morning. The wind is from the NE at 2, air temp is 56 and so is the ocean.
It is Wednesday and we close at 2 today. Our bunker man is out catching out bait for tomorrow so will have fresh when we open.
There was a good showing of fish yesterday and the Surf Classic had 5 bass entered with the better catching on the lower tide.
Boaters also had a good day with ocean fishermen finding some fish closer to the south end. Brant Beach lumps had some fish all the way to IBSP bathing beach area. Make sure if you are making the trip you have every thing you need with you. Bunker spoons where effective yesterday along with your snag hooks and stretch plugs. Some anglers are using life spots.
Reminder of this weekends click on
Tues Nov 11th
I could hear the ocean as I walked out of the house this morning. It is damp with an air temp of 55 and the ocean is 55. SE wind at 2-4 going to NE 5-10 might be just what the surf fishermen need today.
There has been 1 bass entered into the Classic this morning.
There were a lot of nervous bunker yesterday that were showing themselves which provided some good action for the anglers that went far enought north. We are hearing of more fish starting to take shads but snag and drop and drifting spots is also working.
James M. sent us this picture this morning of a bass he caught off of IBSP.
Mon Nov 10th
Chuck got his first one of the season fishing clams in his favorite spot in the bay. His bass was a clean fish and weighed 14-4.
Snag and drop was the method used to catch this 27-8 bass today of off IBSP. Bud caught his fish while fishing on the XYZ.
Ocean temp is 54 and it is a cool start to the day. Winds are lite from the northwest.
The Classic is now into week 6 with 1 bass entered into it for yesterday. There are now 709 anglers with 6 bluefish and 28 bass entered. There are some great Special prizes coming up this week.
Yesterday once again had some surf anglers able to snag bunker in some locations but with no sucess. This week maybe a little more promising with talk of some easterly winds on Tuesday. Last Thurs when we had east we had some fish on the beach.
Yesterday I wrote about so many fishermen and boats and very few fish. Well one angler wants to know where I got my information. My information comes from you and what you tell me and what you don't tell me. There had to be over 400 anglers fishing this 18 miles of beach and not One fish that was caught from the surf was entered into the Classic. Hundreds of boats out trolling and jigging with no fish to speak of but this angler caught fish as did some others doing what he does. His type of fishing I think of being specialize in how you do it such as when years ago when people use to fish for weakfish. Here is his report.
*** Not from my doing but I understant there were even more boats there today which cut down on the amount of fish caught.
Sun Nov 9th
Mark Denitz with his 36-12 bass taken on a live eel at the change of the tide this morning near the 113 marker.
Dissapointing is the word for yesterday!!!
Plenty of anglers plenty of boats but very few fish. Lots of times when there are too many boats it effects the fishing and it sounded like you could walk from boat to boat so that makes it hard to fish. Some surf anglers were able to snag bunker and had bait in front of them but there were little to no hook ups other than dog fish. Its a new day today so we will see what it will bring.
Lite west wind water is 54 and a cloudy start to the day.
There were no bluefish caught yesterday to give the $500 away so it is now moved to Sat Nov.15 and the largest bluefish will win the money thanks to Jim.
Sat Nov 8th
The boats are out in numbers looking for bass from BI north. Lots of marks of bait but not any fish. The wind has switched to the WSW and there are ganets beating the water and bait showing itself. Lets hope this afternoon is better.
It is a starry moonlit morning with an air temp of 35. The winds have diminished some overnight and are NW at 6-11. The ocean is 55.
Big money day in the Classic. Thanks to Jim D. there will be $500 for the largest bass and $500 for the largest blue weighed in by 6 pm tonight. All ready this morning there is a bass entered weighing 19-3. Good luck and we hope we see you at the scale.
Yesterday had a lot of surf anglers up on the north end again looking for the fish that had been caught the day before. It was a case of you should have been here yesterday. One fish was weighed in from the south end that was caught on a plug.
Charlie sends us a picture of his hake that he was not expecting to catch. These are becoming more common in the surf this time of the year.
Fri Nov 7the
Super blow out tide today gave you a chance to find the holes.
Where did all the fish go? The flat ocean did not give much up so far today to surf anglers.
At 5:30 am it is 48 degrees and the wind is from the NW at 9. They say as the sun comes up so will the wind today so hang on to your hat. The water temp is 56 .
Lots of Classic news yesterday as finally a bluefish was entered into the contest. Not only one but 5 with the largest at 14 pounds. The north end came alive yesterday and by evening there were fish being caught in Ship Bottom.
Reminder tomorrow on November the 8th Jim D.is giving $500 for the largest bluefish and $500 for the largest bass caught today. There is a good chance it may be given away this time.
Thurs Nov 6th.
The fish that have been north of us are starting to move into our waters. About a dozen fish weighed in today for the Classic including bluefish and bass. All fish came mostly from Barnegat Light and Loveladies today.
Cloudy wet day ahead with temps in the 50s. The ocean is 56 and the winds from the southeast for now. Tomorrow looks like a windy day ahead but the weekend looks good.
Yesterday was another quiet day for our beach but once again IBSP and the the boats from Barnegat inlet did well and even had some bigger bluefish. We all keep wondering when is our turn.
A lot of boats from the south end have taken slips up in BL this year to get in on this fishery where as for the last week or so we have our own decent fishing in our bay.
For awhile now I have been writing about drifting eels in the inlet and the bay and about fish over 30 pound. Last night these fish were there again as report by Barry --- had Pearl St. Reed & His uncle Ralph out last night in bay and caught a 24lb.,35.5 & 39 lb. bass on eels.
Wed Nov 5th
Cloudy morning with a temp of 53. The winds are from the WSW at 6-11 and the ocean is 55.
Depending on who you talked to you got a fishing story yesterday. Lots of boats on the north end lots of bait some had fish and others caught or saw nothing but bait. For local surf anglers lots of crabs taking bait and a few small bass taking clams but all reported it was har
Tues Nov 4th
This morning we had a Classic weigh-in from Gordon K. He caught his 13-10 bass on herring at high tide last night.
We received an email from our friend Steve (California Grill) and it is good seeing him enjoying some well deserved time off.
Thanks for the rods! 2 Mahi. 150 miles northeast of Bermuda the other one was a good 30 lbs can't find pictures of that one yet !! Steve
It turned out to be a nice day yesterday as the winds laid down. The ocean was surprisingly clean after all the wind over the weekend.
This morning the wind is SW at 4-7 and it is 50 degrees. The ocean temp is around 55 with the bay almost 10 degrees cooler.
It was good to hear of fish yesterday and coming from different areas. IBSP area had boaters trolling stretch plugs for fish 17-19 pounds and spots caught for those in the inlet. On the south end anglers caught 30 pound bass in the rips and also plugged some shorts. The Classic added 2 new fish yesterday one caught on a plug in the dark and a 19 pounder taken at low tide in Beach Haven by Joe S. Joe told me he also lost 2 other fish on and lost.
Monday Nov 3rd
Holgate entrance has reopened.
I thought we had enough wind for the last 2 months but this weekend topped what we have had so far. Another Halloween Storm not quite but it was enough to put water in the street from flooding. Made the bay look like the ocean and the ocean look mighty mean.
I want to know where the big body of fish went that was off of Island Beach on Friday? Where did the colder water temp and the winds send them to. It would be great if we saw them on our side of the inlet.?
The winds and cooler temps got the surf and bay temps down to where we want them so now let the fishing begin. 55-56
The bunker that we got on Friday is all gone. I do not think the boats will get out to get any today.. We do have surf clams, fresh frozen bunker and live eels.
Looking at the beach yesterday it seems the cold and the wind kept most anglers at home but there seems to be some improvement in the next few days for some warmer weather and less wind.
The Classic is now 1/2 over and I hope the best half is to come. There are 656 anglers and 13 bass entered so far with 39-9 being the largest bass. There are still some great prizes to be won and some nice money prizes also in the next 4 weeks so it is not to late to sign up.
Sun Nov 2nd
Holgate entrance is CLOSED at this time. Plans are to work on it tomorrow. We will update when we get word it is open.
Another morning of high tides. I guess this guy does not realize this is salt water.
The winds have changed to the NNW at 19- 32 mph. The ocean has dropped to 55.
The weather yesterday kept a lot of people indoors and I bet there a lot of people that are glad that the Shell Tournament was not this week-end.
There were a few brave surf fishermen that hit the beach yesterday including Bob that caught this 15-5 bass on bunker while using 10 ounces fishing in Brant Beach.There was another Classic fish enter also yesterday from Brant Beach.
Sat Nov 1st
At 11:30 the winds are from the NNE at 18 to 29 and it is 46 degrees.
What is suppose low tide in the bay in our area still has water on the sidewalk. As the tide starts back in it sounds like we will be having conditions the same as this morning. If you have to go out use the beach road.
We have had anglers in that have been in that have bought bait and are going to try. So far no reports.
We are starting November off with a lot of wind and wind swept rain.
Winds are from the NNE at 19-29 and it is 51 degrees this morning at 5:30. The ocean temp is 59. Gale warnings are in effect.
If you don't have to go out this morning don't as the streets are quite flooded. Becareful driving the blvd. as some areas have a lot of water---- rain and tide. High tide was 3:07am this morning and a couple of hours later in the bay. Low tide will be at 9:37 am. High tide is 3:29 pm.
It sounded like you should have been there yesterday. Reports north of BL inlet were great for boaters and surf fishermen. Now if those fish would just come to our side of the inlet.
For those that were not in the search of stripers took advantage of the day and went wreck fishing. We had several good reports from anglers. Bud sent us this picture and told us his son Kurt, Brett and himself ended up with a cooler full.
Fri Oct 31st
At 12 pm the winds have switched to the NE at 5-13. Boats north of BL had bass this morning.Some with limited catches.
Glen is one of the anglers that had a limit on bass in the twenty pound range.. Fish were on the surface and taking lures.
The NE wind we are to have this morning is NW at 5. NE winds are suppose to increase thru out the day. This morning it is 43 degrees and the ocean is 60.
Classic news! New lead fish at 39-9 but the name is the same as the last leader. Bill B. He caught the fish at 9am in Barnegat Light on herring.
We have several anglers fishing last night as Southwick's Tournament is underway. We wish them all good luck. While talking with David Southwick last night he told me a boat came in there for fuel and showed them a picture of a bass over 40 pounds that was caught Thurs. David told him tell them to put it back its for their tournament. When asked where it was caught the person told him in the mouth.
Our bunker man is in search of bunker this morning.
Bass reports from north of us Asbury Park, Sandy Hook were good yesterday with fish caught in the boats and last evening surf caster did well on plugs. With the winds on the way maybe we will see some of that action down here. Get out the big plugs.
Thurs Oct 30th
The council has met and come up with regulations for 2015 striped bass. Their ruling is Option B which is 1 @ 28 coastal but allow each state to decide as long as they do it with conservation equivalent to reducing the catch by 25%. So we will have to wait longer to get the final ruling from our state.
What a sunrise we had yesterday. You talk about red sky in the am!!
Yesterday gave us a new leader in the Classic with a bass over 29 pounds caught in Barnegat Light on bunker. Still no bluefish are entered. There are some great Special Prizes coming up in the Classic (check list above) and we still have plenty of time till the contest is over.
We do know of several smaller bass taken on lures but not Classic sized. Small bluefish continue to want mullet and there are also some small king fish around.
Boat anglers also had small bluefish yesterday around the inlet and anglers fishing in the bay had a couple of bass but just keeper size or shorts is what we heard.
Ganets continue to make their presence along the beach front along with a lot of dolphins and a lot of small bait.
Take advantage of the weather today and tomorrow because they are not painting a pretty picture for winds on Saturday and Sunday. The winds on Saturday I think we keep most boaters thinking if they should go.
Ocean temp is 62 and winds today are predicted to be NW 10-15.
Wed Oct 29th
Southwest wind this morning at 7 gusting to 16. The ocean temp is up a few degrees at 62 and air temp is 63. Winds are suppose to go to the west as the day goes on.
Yesterday saw one 20 pound fish weighed into the Classic. The 20 pound fish was caught by Greg C. and it was caught in the dark.
Today marks the 2nd Anniversary of Sandy. A storm that many of us that live here will never forget. A storm that changed so many people lives. We were very lucky that there was no loss of life here but many people lost so much including their homes.
You can look around here on the south end and you can still see signs of reconstruction in all phases.
Some people still are not home and some will never be living here. For some so many memories were lost that can never be replaced but inrebuilding we are making new memories.
LBI is my home and I too was affected by Sandy. My business and my home both had over 2 foot of water in them but and I am glad I am still here and glad to see LBI rebuilding.
Tues Oct 28th
Mild morning with an air temp of 61. Winds are from SSW at 8 gusting to 15. Ocean temp is 60.
Not much to repoyrt this morning. There were some small bass caught on plugs yesterday with an occasional keeper. There is a lot of bait around the jetties. Spiny dogfish have made an appearance for bait fishermen.
There were no Classic weigh ins yesterday.
Mon Oct 27th
It looks like a nice fall day ahead with a NW wind again which will make it nice on the beach. The westerly winds held off long enough to get most of the Sea Shell Tournament in and by about 11 am there were some big white caps in the bay.
This weekend there was a lot of fishing going on in the boat and from the beach and I know it showed me where the fish were and were they were not but we all know how quickly things can change.
The boats in the Shell Tournament covered a lot of distance and put in a lot of hours in search of a winning striper. They did a lot of trolling off of Harvey Cedar, Barnegat Light and IBSP with little to show for their time. I heard there were 21 fish caught in this contest.
Surf fishermen lined the beaches on the northend and also came up with little except a couple of fish caught in the dark. Another case of a lot of man hours with not a lot of fish but things are improving. Week 3 of the Classic is over and we had much improvement in it this week with 8 bass entered and still no 30 inch bluefish. There is still plenty of time to enter the Classic as there are more great prizes to win. Many of prizes have been donated by local merchants and also by fishing tackle companies.
This weekend is the first I had any real reports from boats to the north of us starting to catch fish.
One report I had was from my friend Mickey aka Ween. We got 3 fish to 35lbs today at sunrise and I'm already back at home! Definitely a morning bite, all fish caught livelining Bunker. He told me that he found bunker off of Long Branch and for him early is leaving in the dark and he was back home in New Hope by noon.
The fish are on there way and each day we should see more and more move into our waters.
One thing this weekend showed me that like other years there are fish in the bay. So far there had not been many anglers fishing it because of weather or lack of fish but now we know that there a quite a few fish there and fish to 40 pounds. One angler had a 23 pound bass on a live eel, several were take on bucktails and the one 37 pounder from the Shell was taken on clams. Numerous short fish were caught on spots and on poppers. It is not a guarantee that you will catch but there are definitely there.
Small bluefish are still around which surf anglers catching them as small as 6 inches. We are also getting reports from the wreck fishermen while fishing for sea bass they are catching these small blues also.
Sun Oct 26th
Cool start with winds from the WNW at 15 and the ocean is in the low 60s.
We would like to congratulate this years winners in this years
Sea Shell tournament and thank everyone that fished in this years tournament for their patronage.
This is always a great tournament that gives back to the community and as always Tom Hughes and everybody involved do a great job. We are glad to be a part of it for the last 18 years.
Sea Shell Tournament Results.
1st Lucky Stripes Jason Marti 39
2nd Time Flyer 11 Bob Opperman 37lb. and 15 hun.
3rd Antracite James Ryan 32lb and 55 hun
4th Eyesore Kevin Kuziw 25lb and 55 hun
5th Sea Eagle Chris Eastburn 14lb and 55 hun.
6th Young Blood Matt Mcglone 13lb and 70 hun.
7th Bounty Hunter Stephanie Bird (fem) 11lb 45 hun.
8th Laura Mark Finelli 10lb and 95hun.
9th Bassassin Rebecca Armor (fem) 9lb and 60 hun.
10th No fish John Thomas 9lb and 10hun.
The Sea Shell Tournament has about 87 boats in search of stripers. Some of the southern boats headed north looking for them. There was a lot of trolling with not much luck yesterday. Bob O. (pictured) stayed in our bay and did what anglers have been doing for quite a few years using clams. Bob was in 2nd place with his 37 pounder in the Shell Tournament behind Lucky Stripes 39 pounder.
The Surf Classic had 2 fish entered into it yesterday one from the north and one from the south. One on bunker the other on a lure. The largest one from yesterday will win $500.
We do know of 2 fish over 20 pounds that have been caught the last 2 evenings on bunker with a circle hook that were not in the tournament one was over 43 inches caught in Beach Haven Park and the other in Beach Haven.
This afternoon we did have our first Classic weigh in from Cortland F. with his 14 -4 bass that was caught in Beach Haven.
Sat Oct 25th
Last night has to be one of the nicest Friday nights in the history of the Shell tournament with no rain and little to no wind.
This morning it is 50 degrees at 5 am and the wind is from the NNW at 5. Ocean temp is 60.
The Surf Classic is giving away $500 cash today for the largest bass weighed in. There are now 4 fish in tournament with 2 being weighed in yesterday. So far all fish have been caught on the north end.
Yesterday is the first day I have seen any reports of bass to the north with party boats reporting them. Sounds like they are starting to move.
Fri Oct 24th
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.
Surf Clams in Shell
Wed 7:00 - ?
We will be Closed for Thanksgving
Fri. 6:30 - 6:00
Sat. 6:00 - 6:00
Sun 6:00 - 2:00
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.