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FISHING REPORT .
Mon Dec 15th
A few peeks of sunshine this morning.
It has been awhile since we had a really sunny day. It doesn't feel bad out this morning but there was still alot of frost on my car. It is 34 with a little wind from the NW. The ocean is 44.
The count down is on till Christmas and for us to be closing down for awhile.
We are busy in the store with people looking for gift ideas along with new items coming in and we are finally getting the final work done that was cause by Sandy.
My gift idea to you today is anything with their favorite tackle shop name on it. Tee shirt, hoodie or hat to name some. Fillet knives and knife sharpeners also make a nice gift and that knife sharpener can be used to sharpen all the knives you have.
Sun Dec 14
The sun will come out tomorrow is what they keep saying in this case they are saying we will see it today. It is a little warmer this morning with again less wind. It is 40 and the wind is from the west at 7. Ocean is 45.
Few anglers fishing yesterday with some small bass caught on clams. This fishery should continue on for awhile and into the first of the year as long as there is no show.
We are still open with hours posted to the right. We will be here to almost Christmas.
Gift idea for today is a tackle box. It is a good gift for all ages and it will give them a chance to organize what they have.
After what was a frosty start to the day things are warming up. Winds are suppose to die down some too. At 10 am it is 40 and the winds are NNW at 13. The ocean is 45. They say we are in for a little warmer weather which may get some angler out.
Proposed NJ Striped bass regulations are out. To read what they have proposed click BASS. I do not know where they got 29 from. I never heard that number come up before.
Christmas gift idea today is boots-- you can wear them for fishing or when we have snow. We have black knee boots, short white boots and Xtratufs. If you need waders we have those also.
Fri Dec 12th
Northwest winds this morning at 10. Chilly morning but no more snow flurries. It is 32 and the ocean is 37. Todays tides on the ocean are 11:34 am high and 5:56 pm low.
The ocean is starting to clean up but no one has been fishing the last few days. With air temps warming we may see a few fishermen hitting the beach.
Some ideas for your fisherperson. Lures--- Stretch plugs for your boat fisherman or Sp minnows for your surf fishermen.
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Thurs Dec 11th
Only 2 weeks left till Christmas. You still have plenty of time to get what ever you need for the fisherperson in your life. We have some great gifts in all price ranges-- Surf carts, 9ers umbrella rigs to a tub of gulp. If you have one that likes to pick out their own give them a Jingles gift card.
Yesterday was a shopping day for Jingles Bait and Tackle as we attended a trade show in Atlantic City and checked out some new items for 2015. We have already had numerous new items in already for next year such as the new Penn Battles, Abu Garicias Blue Yonder and an all time favorite that was discontinued and brought back the striper 6500 abu.
It is a chilly start to the day with some slow flakes. Chance of showers once again today but things are improving. It is 34 degrees with the winds from the west gusting to 17. Ocean temp is 46.
LBT took advantage of the conditions yesterday and has repaired the Holgate Wildlife entrance.
Tues Dec 9th
Winds are switching to the NW and are still gusting over 20. Reports of winds over 50 have caused a lot of beach erosion. Some beaches had the ocean to the dune fence even on some of the replenished beaches. At 12:30 the waves are still huge and a lot of Long Beach Blvd is still flooded. Thanks to Carol for the picture of Holgate earlier today and for Capt. Frank for this bay shot in Beach Haven
At 10 pm on Monday night it is 42 degrees and the wind is from the NNE at 24.
If the weather is anything like they are predicting I am glad I do not have to go out on Tuesday.
We have wind warnings and coastal flood warnings in effect. Winds are predicting to increase after midnight to gust to 45. I am sure the beaches are taking another hard hit. The tides on Monday were up more than the day before but did not have Long Beach Blvd shut down. Tuesday's tide is predicted to be a 7.2 plus if we get the heavy rains should make some areas impassible.
High tide Tuesday is at 9:19 am and low is at 3:54 pm on the beach. They run a few hours later in the back bay.
If you are out in the storm be safe.
Mon Dec 8th
Holgate Wildlife entrance is closed. Look before you drive on any beach!
What I was afraid of is happening with beach erosion and we have some minor flooding.
I thought it was not suppose to rain/snow till later today. It is 40 degrees with winds from the NE at 20 and the ocean is 47.
I am sure this is one of those days when the supermarkets will be packed as we get ready for a couple of lousy days of weather. As always I pray for not a lot of beach erosion and no extreme high tides as we go thru this storm....Winds are predicted to be up to 40 today and then start to decrease.
Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 7 am this morning to noon EST today... ...Coastal Flood Watch remains in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon...Reminder if you are on LBI to use the ocean roads.
We are open today and keeping busy with things that have to be done. We are getting ready to attend a tackle show this week to check out new products and then I have to get my wall mover out to make more room in the store for them.
Stay dry and safe.
Sun Dec 7th
We are open today till 2 pm.
We made it thru most of the day without the rain and Santa arrived.
Rain overnight and wind. The rain should be out of here this morning but it is going to be a windy day with gale warnings in effect. To go along with that we have coastal flood warnings in effect.
Yesterday we did see a little water around the sewers around 8 am so today it should be a little later. The full moon and the NE winds are contributing to these tides.
It is 40 degrees this am and the winds are gusting over 25 out of the NE. Ocean is 47.
Once again we are hearing of short bass being caught but there are not many anglers out there fishing and I am sure that will be true today with the conditions.
Sat Dec 6th
It is a mild start to the day we just need the rain to hold off so Santa can come to town .
It is 48 this am and the wind is from the SSE at 6. Ocean temp is 46. Gale warning are predicted for later today along with heavy rain.
This morning I can hear the surf from the house so surfcasters take some extra lead if you are throwing clams. Small bass are being caught on high lows with clams and metals with teasers. The boats are still picking up bass trolling bunker spoons and stretches. Surprisingly I have not heard of a lot jigging.
We are open till 4 today.
If you need any help with gift ideas give us a call or stop in. We have great stocking stuffers also.
Fri Dec 5th
It is a cloudy morning with winds from the NE at 6-10. Air temp is 47 and the ocean is 46.
It is hard to believe it is less than 3 weeks till Christmas. Tomorrow is the Ship Bottom Parade and that is when Santa comes to town. It is my understanding rain or shine it goes on.
The amount of people fishing has slowed down but there are few still trolling stretch plugs and having sucess in deeper waters. A few people fishing the surf with clams and some throwing metal with a fish here and there. Mostly shorts is what we are hearing.
Thurs Dec 4th
It takes awhile to get out of the habit of getting up at 4:30 so you are getting an early morning report. The weather never did clear yesterday as they had said it would and we had off and on showers for most of the day. Today they are calling for a nice day. It is 37 this morning with the winds from the WNW at 2-9. Ocean temp is 46.
Thank your for your reponses about your striper fishing. North Carolina has made their decision with 1 @ 28. Click bass to read about it. Now we will have to wait to see what NJ does.
I have had some reports about small bass on clams and metals but the weather kept most day time anglers off local beaches.
This time of the year the store is busy with Christmas shopping with gift cards being very popular. If you can not get in you can call and we can mail them out to you.
Congratulations to Jess and Jay with the arrival of their first son Colt. I bet Kenny is a prouf grandpop and I can see a fishing rod under the tree this year for this young man this year.
Tues Dec 2nd
Looks like some rain today with a northeast wind. The ocean temp is 46. The store is close till Thursday.
The prize distribution for the top prizes in the Classic is now in the review phase. I am sure a good many of the anglers have already fiqured out the winners. Checks for the top prizes should be available the week of Dec. 15th at the Chamber Office..
The winner of the CTS rod courtesy of RH rods was randomly chosen from all that entered the tournament. The winner is #0043 Frank A. Lepone . The derby committee thanks RH Custom Rods for their donations this year. The grand prize winners will also win rods from RH Custom Rods.
John Parzych friend of the Classic has been building a custom rod for the anglers that catches the largest bass and the largest bluefish on a lure during the tournament. This year Courtland Foos is the winner with his Striped Bass weighing 25 lbs. 6 oz. caught on a lure. There were no bluefish caught on a lure this year. The tournament committee thanks John for his generosity.
The 9th Annual Phil Costello $50 Memorial Prize. The winner will be randomly selected from the names of all juveniles and students entering fish. Sponsored by long-time tournament angler, Dan Procida, in memory of his friend. This year this prize is won by # 0357 Ryan O'Connell.Thank you Dan for your gift and I am sure Ryan will enjoy it very much.
We would like to thank Wilbur, Diane and Allan for your gifts for our young anglers..This year we had more young anglers but unfortunately like many others in tournament they caught no fish. Names have been pulled by one of our Senior Classic fishermen to determine the winners
.The Kuntzi family has donated a $50.00 gift certificates from Jingles Bait and Tackle to the Classic that will be given to the smallest weigh able fish caught by a Juvenile. This gift certificate is Memory of Trevor Kuntzi. (Wilbur's grandson) The winner is # 346 Lewis Holden.
Special Juvenile Prize for the 14 and younger
*Diana and Allan have donated (2) $50.00 gift certificates to the Classic. One for the first juvenile girl and one for the first juvenile boy that enter a fish in the Classic. Gift Certificates are redeemable at Jingles. This years winners are #835 Caitlyn Harris and # 823 Robert Murry 111
Congratulations to our next generation of anglers. You can pick up your gift certificates at Jingles.
The winner of the The Kuntzi family prize is Dan Procida with a 11 lbs. 3 oz. bluefish. The Kuntzi family have given a $50.00 gift certificate to Jingles Bait and Tackle This prize was given to the Senior that catches the largest bluefish in this tournament. This gift certificate is in Memory of Bill (China man) Floating.
Mon Dec 1st
Starting today I have new store hours and it seems strange coming to work when it is daylight. We have shorter hours and I am closed a couple of days a week now till Christmas.
It is 50 degrees this morning and the ocean is 46. Winds are from the WSW at 8.
Lots of fishing stories yesterday about what we did and did not catch. Surf fishermen are starting to catch more bass on clams and metal with a teaser. On occasion there is one to take home.
The Classic has come to an end with no last minute big fish to win it all. Overall it was a little better than last year ending with a total of 46 bass and 7 bluefish. There were 732 anglers signed up this year.
Sun Nov 30th
For those of done fishing for the year don't forget to drop off your rods and reels so they can be ready for you in the spring.
You could not ask for a nicer day this last day of November. Temp is pushing 50, winds from the WSW at 10 and the ocean is 46. What we did need was some more bass as we finished out the month.
Yesterday was a slow day for boaters and surf fishermen. For many boaters it was the last trip of the year and today they are power washing their boats and putting them away. Many surf fishermen are done also as the Classic comes to an end. I am sure if we get we get bass on the beach with ava's and teasers you will see a lot of fishermen up on the beach fishing.
Sat Nov 29th
I have had 2 reports of bass caught on ava's with a teaser this morning. Picture is of a unknow angler in BL with a double header (both short) and another report from a Merchantville Club fishemen with a keeper in Beach Haven.
A little frosty this morning but with the wind it does not feel as bad as it did when I went home last night. With the winds last night it was cold although the temp said 33 wind chill about 22. The people taking the rides around town last night on the horse and buggy were bundled up.
It is 29 this morning and winds are from the WNW at 3. Ocean temp is 46.
The ocean was a little rougher than most expected yesterday with a 3 foot and a 2 foot swell on top once you got offshore a ways. It was decent fishing for those that tried for black fish as long as you found a good wreck. For those fishing for stripers on the south end it was slow. They could not repeat the good day they had on Tuesday.
Surf casters once again had some small bass but no Classic weighable fish. Reminder the Classic ends at 6 pm Sunday. If you have a weighable fish make sure you get it weighed in on time. There has only been 1 bass this segment.
Fri Nov 28th
I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. I know I did and then to top it off the Eagles knocked the stuffiing out of Dallas.(sorry Dallas fans.)
This morning I had to sit and wait for my car to defrost it was a bit icy. It is 32 this morning and the wind is from the west at 15. Ocean temp is 47.
We have some great specials in store today thru Sunday. Selected Penn reels, cast nets, waders, boots and more.
It is the last weekend of the Classic and lots of Special Prizes to win. We still have $500 given by Jim D that will go to the largest bass caught between Nov 28th and 29th. For the younger generation this Special Prize given by
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 of Nov 28th- 29th.
CTS rods will be giving a rod valued at $400 to the angler that catches the largest bass between 11/28 to 11/30th
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.
This year Jingles Bait and Tackle was giving a prize for the 60th bass caught in the 60th year of the Classic in Memory of Jingles (Robert O'Brien) and in memory of my son Rick.
Like many prizes this was prizes was not given away. After much thought what I decided to do was to purchase toys at our local Hand Store and donate them to Toys for Tots. The Beach Haven Police Department is collecting for them.
These toys will be being going to young people and will make their Holiday brighter. Thank you all that fished in the Classic this year as you made this possible.
As a member of the LBI Surf Fishing Classic committee and one of the shops that is a weigh-in for the tournament I would like to thank everyone that participated in the tournament this year.
I would also like to thank all of our sponsors and also thank those that have donated some of the most spectacular Special Prizes that we have ever had in the tournament.