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Thurs Aug 27th
It feels like fall this morning but warmer weather will be back in a few days. It is in the low 60s and we have a wind from the NNW at 6. The ocean temp is 75.
Croakers and blowfish. Lots of croakers for those fishing inshore of the reefs and blowfish for those fishing off street ends and anchoring up in the bay. It would be nice if we got some kind of fish to be consistent on the surf like these two are right now.
Our condolences to the Crosta / Gilbert families this morning in the passing of their son/ brother George Fredrickson. As a person that has lost a son I know how hard that is. I know a lot of people knew George his whole life as he was born and raised here and worked for the Boro for many years. He was such an easy going guy and would do anything to help anyone. Rip George you will be missed by many.
Wed Aug 26th
Nice cool morning with an air temp of 66. Wind is from the NNW at 5. Ocean temp is 75 this am.
It was nice to hear of so many king fish from the beach yesterday morning on the outgoing tide. Fish bites and blood worms work well on small hooks to fish for this good tasting fish.
Tues Aug 25th
The humidity is back. It is 77 this morning with some spotty showers in a few locations. The wind is from the SW at 6 - 10. Ocean temp is warm at 77.
Sept 1st is just a week away and for many it is the beginning of fishing season as Holgate Wildlife Refuge reopens. If conditions stay the same it looks like the area will be open to vehicles. Just cross your fingers we have no unexpected storm to affect it. I have not spoken to the Wildlife Refuge people yet to know if we are a go as far as the whole beach. As we all know that depends on the birds.
John sent us this picture of the croakers he caught near the Research Buoys.
We also had a report from Peter Rabbit telling us about one 3 pounds he caught in the bay. He also caught a few keeper weakfish and a nice fluke. His choice of bait was new penny gulp shrimp.
Surfcasters had another good afternoon catching fluke next to jetties in Beach Haven. We had reports of squid, spearing, live minnows and gulp being used to catch these fluke.
Crabbing continues to be good with crabs of good size. Blow fish are also good from the bulkheads and in the boat anchored up using chum.
Mon Aug 24th
I bet you wish you were on vacation. It looks like a nice week ahead.
This morning it is in the high 60s on its way to 80s. Winds are lite from the NW and the ocean is 74.
The last few mornings or rather in the quiet of the night people on the bay have been hearing a lot of splashing and seeing fish breaking water. Several anglers have caught some weakfish when casting into the splashing. Gulp, fins and peanut bunker are some baits of choice.
Crabbing is the best that it has been off of street ends in many years. The size of the crabs is nice. While crabbing most have blowfish in their traps also.
Sun Aug 23th
You could open the windows this morning as it was a nice breeze with little to no humidity.
It is in the low 70s this morning with a wind from the NNE at 7. Ocean temp is 73.
Ocean fish was decent yesterday yesterday if you did not mind the rough conditions
Lots of bayside blowfish being caught by rod and reel and by crab traps.
18" and 20" fluke off of Holgate water tower bay side yesterday..the S&S rattle tail "electric chicken" worked pretty well.
There are a few brown sharks being caught from the surf even from the new beaches. Hearing of what has happened this year with people posting pictures of browns and sand tigers we will not be posting any of these pictures until we know for sure it will not come back to bite you.
Some nice fluke coming from the beach yesterday fishing the south side of the jetties.
Sat Aug 22nd
Air temp is 71 this am with an ocean temp of 73. Winds are from the NNE at 8.
It will be a little sporty for some boats fishing the ocean today. The good news is that there is still some action in the bay. Markers 110 and south have had some keeper fluke being caught along with shorts, sea robins and skates. Reports of small blues and rudder fish near the inlet also. Blow fish are also biting for those anchoring up and chumming.
Surf fishermen are reporting dogfish, skates, fluke and some king fish.
Fri Aug 21st
I thought it would be raining when I came in this morning but so far just a little sprinkle. Looks like rain to the south of us and if we are lucky it will push offshore there. It is very humid with an air temp of 77. Winds are from the SW at 5 and the ocean is pushing 75.
It is nice to see that there are still some nice fluke in the bay. We had reports of keepers coming from 110 south. Brandon caught this 7- 4 fluke on a minnow near buoy marker 110 on the incoming tide. His fish measured 27.5 inches.
With the warmer water temps we heard of increased catches of fluke from the surf near the jetties.
Thurs Aug 20th
The SSE has the water temps at 72 this morning. It is amazing what a change in wind direction will do. It is hot and muggy with temps in the upper 70s already this morning.
Beach replenishment is close to the end here by the store and then they will be going back to Brant Beach. •Updated: 8/20/2015
•Current beachfill discharge site: North Beach Haven - Between 15th Street and 14th Street.
•Current crossover closures: North Beach Haven - 16th Street, 15th Street, 14th Street, and 13th Street.
This is a great picture showing how the beach has changed. This is close to the border of Beach Haven.
It is hard losing the jetties so we will be learning how to fish different as far as catching fluke from the beach. Dave sent us this picture were he caught this 23 inch fluke near a jetty in Beach Haven yesterday on squid/spearing combo.
Lots of small blowfish from the street ends but boaters are now starting to find some bigger ones.
Wed Aug 19th
It is a cloudy morning and we have a south wind at 4-8. Air temp is 74 and humid. Ocean temp this morning is 69.
Nothing new to report this morning other than increased catches on the blowfish.
Tues Aug 18th
Hot and humid again for today. It is 72 this morning with little to no wind from the SW. The southerly winds that we have had has once again dropped the water temp to 67.
Beach replenishment is going on near the store . Yesterdays area was Current beachfill discharge site: Between 16th Street and 14th Street....•Current crossover closures: 17th Street, 16th Street, 15th Street, and 14th Street.
Nothing new to report on the fishing scene. Fluke near jetties and sharks and skates and a few king fish from the surf.
Crabs are now of good size and being caught from street ends and by boat on the mainland side of the bay.
Mon Aug 17th
Sounds like the place to be this week is at the beach and enjoy that afternoon shore breeze.
We are in for a few hot ones this week and we are starting out today in the mid 70s. Wind is from the WSW at 7 and the ocean is 69.
Boaters fishing the ocean once again are having good catches of fluke. Lots of throw backs but anglers are usually able to catch their dinner. Big gulp baits or any larger baits are helping to catch these fish.The northeast winds of last week really perked up the ocean fishing for the fluke. Mackerel are also being caught as anglers are dropping their fluke rigs down.
Things are much quieter foir those fishing the bay. The inlet is the best bet unless you find a stray keeper up in the bay.
We are hearing of more weak fish coming from street end bayside anglers.
Surf fisherman are working hard to catch fluke. Many are doing a lot of walking to find a jetty or a jetty that is holding fish. More catches of king fish coming from the surf.
Sun Aug 16th
The southerly winds have knocked down the water temps to 70 this am. This morning the wind is from the west and the temps are in mid 70s. Hot weather ahead for the week.
Fluke fishing was once again good yesterday for those in the ocean. Big baits are producing bigger fish. Little Egg Reef is where Rosana caught her 6-2 fluke. This is one of two keepers they had on Sat.
Shawn D. caught his 249.5 big eye in 35 minutes on the Nora Angela.
Sat Aug 15th
This month is going fast so take advantage of the good weather today and go fishing. Winds are from the WSW at 2 and it is 71 degrees at 5:30 am. Ocean temp is 75.
Ocean temps are back up there so maybe we will see the return of some browns close to shore. Boaters reported seeing bunker at LE Reef yesterday but not report sharks with them.
Beach replenishment is getting closer to the store now with crews working in Long Beach Township.
•Current beachfill discharge site: Between 17th Street and 16th Street.
•Current crossover closures: Spray Beach/North Beach Haven - 19th Street, 18th Street, 17th Street, and 16th Street.... We are here of fish being caught in replenished beaches north of this area.
Sounds like white marlin were very active offshore. The XYZ reported releasing 7 and a blue marlin. Numerous other boats had white releases.
It took awhile to put a catch of fluke together yesterday because of the lack of drift but once again the reefs held keepers and throwbacks and of course nice seabass that had to be released.
Fri Aug 14th
It is 69 this morning and we have a NNW wind at 2. The ocean has warmed up to 74.
It is nice to report that fishing was decent yesterday for boaters fishing the ocean. The artifical reefs all seemed to have some fish on them. Tyler fished out of Barnegat Light with his buddy and caught this nice fluke.
With the ocean warming up catches are increasing on the surf.
I caught this 21" 4lb fluke during this incoming tide this afternoon in Pehala Park. I also caught a 16" and a 17' shorts.
All were caught on white and green Gulp.
***This beach still has jetties
We did hear of some kingfish caught in Beach Haven yesterday on fishbites. Anglers also had some fluke.
Bayside anglers continue to catch blowfish and a few weakfish have been in the mix. We also have a report of big crabs being caught on some streets. Not a lot but big in size. Higher tide is the best to try for them.
Thurs Aug 13th
Low 70s, North wind at 6 and the ocean is 72. Get out and enjoy the day and it seems a lot of people are. Offshore anglers are taking advantage and heading offshore many for overnight.'
Surf fisherman we once again able to hold bottom and we had a report of a lot of bait fish off the beach.
Well yesterday the people that decide what our fishing regulations are going to be decided to cut the fluke quoto 29%. My thoughts are why.
How great was your fishing this year so far. I want to know who caught all the fish. I know where they were not but from what I have heard only Raritan Bay has had the red hot fishing in New Jersey.
Wed Aug 12th
Finally a nice day. It is 69 this morning with the wind from the NNW at 5. The ocean temp is 73.
It seems like it has been days since the ocean has been fishable. Currents have made it next to impossible to hold bottom. Now it is time to go see if you can find some fluke again. Most have the fluke have been caught near the jetties and as days go by we are losing them.
Bayside anglers have kept busy with tiny blowfish, snapper blues, a few fluke from bulkheads and we heard of a couple of weakfish.
In the past couple of days we have not heard of too many boaters fishing the ocean. On Monday Jack W. did weigh a 4-15 fluke for Beach N Boat that he caught in deep water off of Atlantic City. Jack reported it was swelly in the morning but ended up nice and that he had his limit on fluke. Another one that fished the ocean was Dave B. He fished on the Pez Machine returning home yesterday. Dave reported it was nice in the canyon and nasty on the way in. They saw a lot of big eye action and Dave brought one home that pushed 150.
Tues Aug 11th
Once again this morning we have small craft warnings. The rain is with us for part of the day and it is blowing 13-23 out of the SW. Ocean temp is 74.
The good thing about all the northeast wind we had was it upped the ocean temps. Last week we were seeing temps in the high 50s. It will be another day of difficult conditions to fish the surf or for boaters.
We did have a few reports of fluke taken from the beach yesterday. Our bayside angler continue to catch snapper, blowfish and we hear of a fluke once in awhile.
Sun Aug 9th
It feels like fall this morning with temps in the 60s. The ocean temp is 70 and winds are from the NE at 5-15.
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
Please listen to the lifeguards.
It is a sunny day compared to yesterdays clouds but conditions will still make it to hold bottom on the surf. Yesterday 8 ounces would not hold and we had no reports of anything caught.
Boaters did fish the bay and inlet with a few fluke caught. Conditions were not bad just windy.
Increased catches of blue claws with good reports coming from West Creek and Tuckerton for those going out in the boat. Overnight crabbers are talking about how big the crabs are that they are catching.
Sat Aug 8th
The good news this morning is that conditions are better than what they had called for. Gone are predicted gusts to 30. Small craft warnings are in effect but for winds NE 15 - 20 and diminishing thru the day. Seas predicted to be 4-6 mainly in a swell.
This morning it is 77 and winds are from the NE at 7 -14.Ocean temp is 70.
For those fishing in tournaments today we wish you luck.Speaking of tournaments congrat to MJs for placing in the OC Marylands White Marlin tournament with their big eye. Last week they were in the money in Beach Haven and now in Ocean City.
Surf conditions today will still call for heavy sinkers. We are starting to hear some fluke reports from the surf but they had to work hard to keep their bucktails out of the rocks.
Bayside street end anglers continue to catch blow fish and sea bass using clams, squid, worms or fish bites.
Fluke fisherman for the most part stayed in the inlet and bay yesterday catching a few keepers drifting near Little Beach. Some reported alot of action catching shorts.
Fri Aug 7th
I thought I was going to wake up to rainy day but for now it is just cloudy and breezy. It is 72 this am with a wind from the NE at 6-12. Ocean temps have warmed to near 70.
Several reports of fluke yesterday coming from the inlet and just inside the inlet on the change of tide. It seems to be a short window of time that you have all the action. No changes from the surf but today you will need a heavier sinker to hold.
Aug 6th Thurs
The winds of change will be coming and hopefully they will do something to increase the ocean temp. Hard to believe at this time in August we are having water temps in the low 60s and just a change in the wind can bring them up 10 degrees.
Get out this morning and enjoy the day before the winds pick up because if the weathermen are right tomorrow does not look like a boating day but then again we know he is not always right.
Wed Aug 5th
The overnight showers have lowered the humidity making it feel nicer this morning. It is 74 this morning with a NNW wind at 5. Ocean temps are still cold and in the low 60s.
Depends on who you talk to on how fishing is. Kids at the dock think it is great and oh how excited they get as they tell you about their catch. For those looking to catch a keeper fluke that has not been easy lately. Some surfcaster are happy catching sharks and skates with their kids and others are not happy as they want to catch a striper or a brown shark. It has been another year with no abundance of kingfish and even less on spots. If you want to catch something you have to fish for what is there.
Tues Aug 4th
It is another hot and muggy morning with some thundershowers to the west of us. If we are lucky we will miss them.
Small craft warnings are in effect. Ocean temps are still chilly being in the upper 60s. Air temp is 77 this am and the winds are from SW 4 - 20.
Kids of all ages are having a good time catching blowfish and snappers. Street end fishing is now happening with even a small weakfish being taken. On occasion some of the big bat rays are being hooked and fought. We are also hearing of much improvement in the size of the blue claws.
Surf fisherman continue to catch with sharks and skates being the main catch for most bait fisherman. We are hearing of more king fish everyday. Fluke fishing is bouncing back as the temps increase again.
We have a report of croakers being in the mix of fish in the inlet along with a good number of short fluke, sea bass, sharks and skates.
In Memory of Bob Shomo
A year ago we were all celebrating with Bob Shomo and today we are all in shock of his passing.
I have know him since he was a young and crazy kid with his fast cars and love for surfing. He loved surfing so much that he would call into work and say sorry surfs up.
I watched him to grow into the man he became. He had so much love for his wife and his family.
Bob and I worked together this year on the Little Egg Inlet project and I was happy to have him and J&T on board with as we saw a lot of progress this spring. I am glad that he got to see the buoys moved.
His friends called him Colonel but to me he was a long time friend. Knowing Bob he will be out looking to catch a bigger fish with his friends.
My condolences to his family.
Mon Aug 3rd
Another beauty of a weekend. Ocean temps are starting to warm some and we are in for another hot day.
Despite the cold water temps fluke fishing was decent for the surfcaster fishing near the rocks on the outgoing tide on Sunday. Joe shared this picture of the keeper he caughti from his beach.
For boats there are a lot of shorts with a keeper here and there. There is no hot spot that I know of as they are in the bay, inlet and in the ocean.'
It was nice to hear a more positive report of king fish from the surf and coming from a replenished beach.
Bayside has anglers catching small fish from street ends with 2nd Street being a popular area where people fish. Blood worms, clams, squid and spearing are working for blow fish, sharks, sea bass, and small bluefish. We are also starting to hear of more blue claws on our side of the bay with some crabs measuring 6 inches.
Sun Aug 2nd
Beautiful morning with a lite north wind and temps in the low 70s.The ocean temp is still in the low 60s. With temps like this maybe we should be fishing for stripers.
Congratulations to all the winners in the Beach Haven White Marlin Tournament and the JCAA Tournament.
George showed us yesterday even with cold water the fluke were there and he got his first keeper from the surf on Saturday.
Ryan told us the ocean feels warmer today. He had several fluke this morning from the surf fishing south of Beach Haven. This is one of the 2 keepers he had on the outgoing tide on sand eel gulp. We also had a report of some king fish caught on one of the beach replenished beaches along with sharks and skates.
Sat Aug 1st
The summer is moving along and we are now in August. I am noticing that the mornings are darker now when I start my day. This morning it is 77 and the wind is from the WSW at 5 -15. The ocean temp is still cold and in the low 60s.
Surf anglers fishing for fluke saw a slow day yesterday in catching with the cold waters. Boaters in the ocean had a little better day than what they had been having. Sea bass is now closed till Oct.
Good luck to all the anglers fishing in their fluke tournaments today.
BHMTC is in their final day of the white marlin tournament with no qualifying whites yet. The Nora Angela has taken the lead in tuna with a 245.5 big eye.
Fri July 31st
It is a blue moon morning. If you are up early enough this morning you will get to see it set as the sun comes up. It is 74 this morning with the wind from the NNW at 8-13. Ocean temp in AC reported at 69 this morning.
Unplugged found some keeper fluke today on Little Egg Reef. They had 3 keepers including Jeff's 5 pounder.
Yesterday the ocean temp dropped into the low 60s making even the younger swimmers not want to stay in the water. We seem to be running about 8 degrees colder than AC. Conditions yesterday with the current made it tough for those fishing the beach.
Sixteen boats fished the BHWMT yesterday and the thunderstorms held off in here to allow them to weigh in with no problems. MJs weighed in a tuna at 208 to take the lead for now with a few boats having several white marlin releases. Day two will be lines in the water at 7. Good luck.
Thurs July 30th
The White Marlin Tournament is underway with 33 boats out fishing for the right fish. With all the big eyes being caught this year will it be a tuna year or a marlin year?
We wish all anglers good luck.
It is warm and muggy this am with air temps in the 80s. Winds are from the SW at 11-20 and the ocean is 70. A threat of thunderstorms later today.
Surf anglers continue to catch a lot of sand sharks (dogfish) and skates and others are catching fluke.
Boaters had a slow day yesterday in the ocean looking for fluke.
Wed July 29th
It is a hot start to this day with temps at 77 at 6am. Heat index is 82. We have a WNW wind at 3 -7 and the ocean is 72.
Some of the big boats starting arriving yesterday as the Beach Haven Marlin Tournament kicks off tonight with sign-up at the club house. It will be an interesting year with all the big eyes off shore and some big white being caught. From what I understand weigh ins are once again this year open to the public.
Sea robins lots of sea robins being caught as anglers are fishing for fluke in the bay. One report from yesterday morning was 3 keeper fluke around 110 but they also had 29 sea robins which kept the grandkids busy.
Fluke continue to be the main catch from the surf other than skates and sand sharks. Those bait fishing are having a hard time keeping sand sharks off their clams and squid
Kevin caught his personal best this morning from the surf. This almost 7 pounder was 1 of 9 that he caught on gulp.
Kevin was 1 for 4 on fluke from the beach on Tues taking home a 20 incher. He is fishing just south of the beach replenishment.
Tues July 28th
Good early morning tides for those fishing the bay today. High tide is 5:41am on the beach.
Air temp is 75 this am with little to no wind from the Sw. Ocean temp is 72.
Make sure to drink plenty of water today.
Beach replenishment is moving closer to us here at the store. . Click here for updates on it.
Mon July 27th
Early morning have slowed down fishing action this am. It is now cloudy with an air temp of 75 and an ocean temp of 71. Lite winds from the SSW.
Once the showers were out of here we started to get reports of fluke from the beach this am.
Looks like it will be a end of street fishing and crabbing day today. Blowfish are always a hit when you catch them. More snapper bluefish are around this morning also.
Sun/ Mon July 26th/27th
Sorry for the lack of report on Sunday so this one will be about what is going on. The weekend was very busy with coming and the leaving of the islands visitors and it is great when there are so that don't leave early and the ones coming get here early and hit the beach as they show others that they are catching fish. Yes surf anglers continue to catch and some in big numbers if they have a jetty. If you don't move so you can get in on the fluke action. Right now the beach replenishment is around 29th Street in Beach Haven Gardens so anywhere south is where you will find a jetty or north of 106 till you hit Brant Beach. You have to keep you bait moving to have the best shot at catching these fish. Gulp of squid on a bucktail/ teaser rig or a single hook fluke rig with a 1 or 2 ounce sinker. First light, high tide or low have been the best times to catch. Reports of a few kings, a few small blues and sand sharks and rays. Water temps are pushing back up so we may see the return of the brown sharks.
Bayside is seeing action with some blowfish and some snapper bluefish. The snappers are now hitting spearing and small metals. Peanut bunker is starting to show in the bay. Boaters are not having a lot of luck with the fluke right now as far as catching keepers. High tide in the bay has been the best time for catching with fish being caught between 110 and 113. Wreck fisherman are also having a hard time finding a fish to take home other that their 2 seabass. Some anglers are starting to drift along the bead looking for fluke as they know surf fisherman are catching. Joel caught this keeper on Little Egg Reef on minnow/gulp combo. His fish was 24 inches and weighed 4-10.
Offshore fisherman could not resist the weather and word is that is was very crowded out there. During the week when it was not so crowded boats where hooking up on a lot of bigeyes but the action slowed over the weekend. Sounds like a good amoung of mahi mahi some wahoo and a good amount of white marlin which is good as this week the Beach Haven White Marlin Tournament start. Will there be a marlin entered this year or will there be big eyes brought to the scale? We will have to wait and see on Thursday when weigh ins start.
Sat July 25th
The people that were here this week could not have asked for better weather. Last night as I left work street ends were crowded watching the beautiful sunset.
This morning it is 69 with little to no wind from the north. Ocean temp is 74 with a little swell.
Hannah McMenamin, my granddaughter and her first fluke!! and me with a 23" LE Inlet. Bob
Tim and his family with a trigger fish caught off the public dock in Beach Haven They also caught 4 blowfish all caught on clams.
Fri July 24th
Another nice day ahead. It is 69 degrees this morning as we start this day. Ocean temps are going back up and are in the low 70s this am. Winds are from the north @ 3. With the great weather canyon fisherman are back offshore.
Increased street end catches of blowfish are being reporte did to us.
We finally heard of a couple of kingfish from the surf. One was caught on a bass rig on clams and the other foul hooked near a jetty.
Double digit fluke numbers yesterday from the surf, bay and the reefs. Not all keepers but there are fish going home for dinner.
Keeper from the surf for Danny. His 23 inch fish weighed 3-8 and was caught on nuclear chicken swim mullet gulp.
Margo showed us there are still some nice keepers in the bay. This 27 inch 5-10 fluke was 1 of 4 keepers caught near 110 on squid/ spearing/gulp.
Saige fishing with her dad had a 20.5 and a 19 incher.
Thurs July 23rd
We are looking for an approx.10 foot rod with a Penn Reel on it that was lost to a fish (shark or ray) in the ocean. It was another case of just turning your back for a minute. Please contact us if found as we have contact with the owner.
It is a nice cool morning witha air temp in the low 70s. Ocean is 70 this am with a NNW at 7.
Change of tide seems the best for fluke in the inlet and on the beach. Reports if more snappers and tailor blues in the bay.
Fantastic offshore reports about big eyes and marlin. Weather reports look good for boats that plan on going the next few days.
Wed July 22nd
Open those windows and let some of the fresh air in. Big change overnight and boy does it feel good.
It is 69 this morning and the wind is from the NW at 7. The ocean temp is 71.
Continued reports of fluke from the surf. First time anglers fishing for them are catching too.
Tues July 21st
It is 80 degrees to start the day. Water temp is 72 and the wind is WNW at 7. Weathermen are saying we will see a break tomorrow.
Fluke fishing is your best bet right now. Little Egg Reef was productive yesterday with sea bass, fluke, sea robins and some blues. Surf fisherman once again caught with keeper fish going home for dinner.
Daytime shark fishing from the surf.has slowed other than a brown on occasion and and occasional sand sharks. There are plenty of skates and some rays.
Snappers are making an appearance in the bay and inlets. Many are still small but we are starting to hear of more being caught.
Mon July 20th
It is another hot one so make sure you have plenty of liquids.
It is almost 80 to start the day and we have a lite SW wind. Ocean temp is 72.
Improvement yesterday for the surf fisherman. No grass to speak of and the current made it fishable. Some good catches of fluke on the low tides with bucktail/teaser gulp combo. Just to the south of here are kingfish reports. Kingfish are reported to being caught on long casts so give it a try and see if we have them here.
Jean sends us this picture of black and blue. Yes tog season is open with 1 fish allowed.
Marlin, mahi. and yellowfin, and big eyes are report offshore from Spencer, Lindy and Wiliminton.
Sun July 19th
Hot day ahead so make sure you drink plenty of water.
It is hot already this morning with a very lite SW wind. Ocean temp is 73.
Not much fishing news yesterday. Surf casters had current and weed to put up with. Fluke fisherman in the bay and ocean seemed to have a slow day also. Offshore had some anglers having a ruff ride coming home once they reached inshore. Reports of some dolphin, big eyes and long fin.
Sat July 18th
It is a cloudy morning with the air temp at 74. The wind is from the SSW at 6-11. Ocean temp is 75 this am.
Surfcasters found fluke in the surf yesterday morning but had to put up with some grass. Reef fisherman found fluke also but a lot of throwbacks. Connor and Tim found these 2 keepers in the inlet.
Sad news to report this morning about the passing of Larry the Painter Weidner. I have known Larry from way back when he worked back in Panzones slice shop. Larry won the Classic in 2006 catching his winning fish on the last night of the tournament. He caught it in the only place he fished---Center Street in Beach Haven. This picture of Larry is with the largest bass he ever caught in 2010 weighing 47-10. RIP Larry.
Fri July 17th
No wind this morning and it is 68 degrees out with an ocean temp of 72. There is a little swell on the ocean this morning.
I do not have much to report on fishing this morning but hope to as folks return to fishing.
Yesterdays ocean conditions made it almost impossible to fish with bait fisherman need better than 8 ounces to hold. The current was strong making the life guard keep people only to their knees.
Thurs July 16th
The Beach Haven bubble bust yesterday giving us a couple of inches of rain and winds probably over 50 at times. It isn't often when you see it rain sideways. It took to about 3 o'clock tilll the streets in this area where clear of water.You may have seen LBI on the news with the flooding that was going on.
Today we have a windy day with winds from the NE at 14-24. The air temp is in the low 70s and so is the ocean.
Yesterday afternoon there seemed to be a lot of bayside activity with crabbing and fishing. I did ID a fish for an angler and it was a spot which is the first one I have seen this year. Hopefully they make a comeback this year.
Wed July 15th
W e have a front door view this morning of what this mornings thunderstorm left behind.
Looks like LBI will make the news tonight with this storm. Channel 10 NBC News had Ted Greenberg in our neighborhood talking to people on the street.
This guy had the best way to get around this morning.
It looks like we are for an unsettled day today. We were lucky here in Beach Haven yesterday as we watched storms around us. Once again the Beach Haven bubble kept us dry on the most part. This morning we have some fog mostly on the beach as we have a cold ocean this morning. Ocean temps have dropped to 68 and the air is 73. The wind is lite from the east which should warm the ocean back up.
Rich picked up this 19 inch fluke from the surf yesterday on white gulp.
How many fluke have you caught this year or how should I ask how many keepers? Here is some not great news. Click here.
Tues July 14th
Southeast winds this am at 6-11. The ocean temp is a warm 77 this morning and the air is 75. Chance of showere late this morning and later tonight.
Cow nose rays are the talk of many anglers. They are wrecking havoc on some tackle and in some cases owning your rod and reel. They are in the bay, inlet and on the beach. Great fight and a lot of fun for awhile. These rays are a good food source for the brown sharks that are around.
We are starting to hear of some spanish mackeral and bonito in our area. Trolling small spoons and small feathers work for these plus you may pick up some of the 2 pound blue fish that are showing..
Mon July 13th
It is a nice morning with temps in the low 70s. Ocean temp is 75 and we have a lite wind.
It was a weekend of cow nose rays for many fishing in the inlet and on the beach. One young man from Colorado in his first experience surf fishing landing this one. Zach is 11 and caugh this cow nose on bunker in Haven Beach.
Another first this weekend was for Katie as she caught her first tuna aboard her uncles Marks boat Fishy Fingers. She caught her fish at the Lobster Claw. We also had report of mahi from there.
Sun July 12th
This past week the buoy tender was in Little Egg Inlet adding a buoy and moving things a little to make it safer. Talking with some boaters that have used it and they have comented the inlet is nice now.
Yesterday there was a boating accident that happen in our bay. The accident happened near buoy 125 which is near the Rutgers Research Station. There were some people hurt when the boat hit a sand bar and we hope everyone be okay soon. This was an experienced boat operator and it was an accident.
The accident was not in the inlet as some reports are saying. There are a lot of people working on making the inlet better for boaters and their safety.
Lite west wind today so take your bug spray. Ocean temp is 75.
Lots of fluke for the surfcasters yesterday. As the dredging project is moving south it is making people find other fishing spots. The dredge is getting close to Spray Beach area. It was a tough day for those fluking in the bay yesterday with short fish being caught. The reefs are starting to show more keepers.
John came in with this 4-4 fluke he caught at LE Reef. Jack is showing us the size of the small bluefish that are starting to show.
Sat July 11th
Good luck to those fishing in todays fishing tournaments.
Ocean temp is 70 this am and there is an air temp of 75 with the wind from the NNE at 4.
Fri July 10th
The overnight rains are out of here and this morning we have a NW wind at 10-15. Winds are suppose to drop out today leaving us with a nice weekend. Ocean temp and air temp are the same this morning at 73.
There are some more blowfish showing up on street ends making it fun for the kids. There are also small bluefish showing in the inlet, bay and some on the surf.
Thurs July 9th
We have another warm day ahead and it looks like a good chance of thundershowers this evening. It is in the high 70s this morning and the wind is from the north at 3. The ocean temp has dropped to 70. Fishing wise things are the same.
Wed July 8th
This morning we have a SW wind at 8 and an air temp of 77. The ocean temp is 76 this morning after reaching 79 late yesterday afternoon.
It was another decent day of fluke catching yesterday with the high being the better in the boat and low on the beach.
Matt had this 24 incher in the Middle Grounds. There are still plenty of fish in the intercoastal right outside the marinas.
Tyler had a nice catch from the bayside with his weakfish that was caught on a bucktail/teaser with gulp.
Shark week continues along with some big rays being caught in the surf. For now high tide seems to be the best even in the daytime.
Mon July 6th
Humidity! It feels warm already and it is only in the low 70s. The ocean temp is 75 degrees and the winds are light from the SSE.
I hope everybody had a great holiday weekend. It seems like some of the fish took the holiday off as we only heard of a slow pick from the bay and the beach yesterday. The no drift sure cuts down on the catch.
Shark week is here but it seems we got a jump start on them. Reminder that browns and sand tigers have to be released.
Sun July 5th
It is a feel good morning with the humidity down. The ocean is warmer than the air with the ocean being 73 this am. We got lucky with the showers yesterday making for a nice day.
What are they catching? Fluke and sharks. Lots of sharks on the beach and fluke on the beach and in the bay, inlet, and reefs. Offshore anglers can not wait to get back offshore now that the weather conditions have improved. Lot of big eyes for those especially fishing the daybreak and sunset hours. Big mahi and some big marlin have been caught the last few offshore trips also. Inshore bluefin seem to be a bit more offshore from what we hear.
I have weighed fish from the beach and fish from the bay and ocean. I have weighed fish that have shot by a spear gun and today I now have a fluke caught from a jet ski that is worthy to hang on the scale. Ron caught his 5-7 fluke near the fish factory this morning on gulp and squid.
Kyle sent us this picture he caught from the bayside.
Jack caught his 4-6 fluke near the fish factory on a squid/spearing combo.
Sat July 4th
We wish everybody a Happy and Safe 4th.
This morning the ocean is 73 and we have an air temp of 71. Winds at this time are from the ESE at 8-13. It is a cloudy morning and know if we will see a sunrise.
Damian caught his 20 inch fluke from the street end on squid.
Steve caught this shark on the incoming tide on bunker Friday morning in Beach Haven.
Ed had a good time catching 5 sharks on the beach on the beginning of the outgoing tide. He caught sand sharks and brown shark. Reminder you can not keep brown sharks.
Fri July 3rd
It looks like the Holiday has started early for a lot of people. We would like to wish everybody a safe and happy extended weekend.
Please listen to the lifeguards and becareful of rip currents.
This morning the rain is out of here. The air temp is 68 with the wind from the NNW at 4. The ocean temp is 70.
It is one of those mornings where you get to see the moon setting and the sun coming up. Get out and enjoy the day.
Thurs July 2nd
We have some threatening looking skies and a chance of showers today. It is 74 degrees and we have a ENE wind at 6. Ocean temp is 69.
A lot of talk about sharks in the shop. Talk about people getting attacked in the Carolinas and about about the blue colored shark Dan caught from the beach. Was it a mako or was it a blue shark?
High tide has had surf anglers hooking up and breaking off some of the visitors we now have in our waters. Make sure you do not have your drags set to tight, your sand spike is in the sand good and that your not fishing with old line. Make sure you pay attention to your rod as it could be gone in a split second if one of these larger sharks or cow nose rays pick up your rigs.
Fluke fishing in the bay has been slower this week but we still have seen some nice keepers coming from the inlet.
We have had a few boats out for inshore bluefins with some sucess trolling ballyhoo. The weather is something offshore anglers have been keeping their eye on this week as it seems to be changing almost hourly.
We would like to thank everyone that fished in Simply Bassing this year.Here is the Final Leader Board - Simply Bassing 2015 Winners
1st 47 lbs 02 oz Ryan Sherwood
2nd 42 lbs 01 oz Martin Supsi
3rd 37 lbs 03 oz Patrick Olson
4th 36 lbs 08 oz Robert Vallone
Wed July 1st
It is cloudy this morning with a few sprinkles. The showers look to out of here soon for now. Winds are from the WSW at 4-7. Ocean temps are back up there and are 73 this morning.
Mike caught this 7-6 fluke this morning in the Middle Grounds. He caught his fish on a Spro bucktail tipped with chartreuse gulp.
It looks like it was a good thing that Dad went fishing.
Jeff sends us this picture of his Dad with his 25" 6 lb. flutke
We also have this report from Joe. Dad caught 2 fish the biggest at 24.5in weight 5lb 8 oz.
Tues June 30th
Rip current warnings in effect again this morning so swim near the guards and heed the warnings.
It is 71 this morning and we have a south wind at 6 mph. Ocean temp is 71.
Seems to have been a quite day on the beach yesterday. A few fluke, skates and dogfish. Boaters continue to catch fluke in the intercoastal and in the inlet.
It took the 2 of them (Larry and Paul) but they managed to catch this 13-7 bass off the beach in Beach Haven this am on bunker.
Mon June 29th
Breezy but beautiful morning. Temps in the low 70s and winds are from the west at 10-17. Hopefully enough wind to keep the flies away. Ocean temps are 69.
Simply Bassing is over and it looks like there are no changes over the last week. The list of winners will be published in the next few days.
Sun June 28th
Sorry for the late report as it has been a busy day for me. How about that wind and rain last night. Today we have a wind in a different direction as it is blowing from the west at 11 and gusting.
The ocean temp is 71. Rip currents and undertow is bad again today so please swim near a guard and heed their warnings.
Weather conditions slowed things down yesterday but fluke anglers were able to get some time in yesterday morning on the beach and in the bay. The bay seems to be heating up some what with the amount of fluke being caught but the ratio of keepers is down. If you get lucky on the beach the ratio seems to be better.
The last few days have not been ocean friendly for boaters but on Thursday anglers caught fluke and sea bass on LE Reef. There were also alot of bunker and sharks there that anglers were having fun trying to catch. With better ocean conditions the bunker guy will be out trying to catch some fresh bunker for us on Monday.
Sat June 27th
The good news is that it is not raining. The wind is blowing from the ESE at 7-13 and the ocean is 71.
It was nice to hear about some nice sized bluefish caught from the surf yesterday. We also had some good reports on fluke coming from the waterway yesterday.
Sad news to pass along today. They say good die young well that certainly is the case with Larry Nemeth. Larry was a very active member of Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. For those of you that have fished their White Marlin Tournament Larry was the one that hoisted your big fish out of the boat. He was also active in the Kids Fish N Fun. Larry loved the kids and they loved him. Our condelences to his family. Larry will be very much missed by many.
Fri June 26th
The overnight rain is almost out of here as of 6 am. The wind is from the ENE at 7 and it is 66 degrees. The ocean temp is 71 this morning.
The best bet for fishing this week has been for fluke. In the boat and on the surf.
This morning anglers caught bluefish up to 8 pounds from the beach. Brown sharks and some black rays are also being caught from the surf.
Jeff, Matt, Carter, Cheyne and I had a fun trip in the bay the last couple of hours of the incoming tide Friday afternoon. We used your high low fluke rigs with white gulp & minnows. 2 keepers (20" and 18") and a few shorts. Scott
Thurs June 25th
It was a day late because of the weather but they did it. Congrats to Southern Regionals class of 2015. It always bring back memories seeing the graduates from my and my kids Alma Mater.
A lot of boaters taking advantage of the weather today and have headed offshore for tuna or sharks.
The wind is lite from the NE and it is in the high 70s this morning. Ocean temp is 67. A few anglers fished the high tide late afternoon in the bay for fluke. Overall there seems to be less fish in our bay but the ratio of keepers is higher.
Dave K caught this 4-8 fish late afternoon and it was still alive at 6 weighed I weighed it.
The best bet on the surf this week has been trying for fluke.
Wed June 24th
What a wild night!
Those winds must have been over 70 mph. Lots of lightening and lots of sirens. I headed into work early this morning to pick up debris and was pleasantly suprised how clean the streets were. I did come to work and found no power. The Electric Co. was replacing a pole that was topped off last night. From what I understand there is a least one other down pole in Beach Haven.
I have never seen a sunset like we had last night. The talk about red sky at night well we had that and more.
It is 68 this morning and we have a NW wind at 8. Ocean temp is 68.
What a great shot Linda was able to shoot and we thank her for the report. When you told Mike to go up to the to the beach and catch a brown shark, you didn’t say he’d be able to use his hands
Tues June 23
It is a warm start to the morning but we do have a breeze. It is 76 this morning with a SW wind at 8-14. The ocean temps have rebounded and are over 70 again.
Lot of shorts is what we heard yesterday from boaters fishing the inlet but if they did get a keeper it was a 20-24 inch fish. Surf anglers were into a lot of skates yesterday but were happy that the grass was gone.
Our instore Spring Striper Contest is over with Marc winning the pot with his 18 -4 bass he caught on June 14. We still have our year end contest going on that you can join at any time.
Mon June 22nd
I hope you all had a good Fathers Day. It was great seeing all the Dads going fishing with their kids yesterday.
It sure was a hot one yesterday but the west wind sure cooled the ocean off. It is like someone threw ice cubes in it causing it to drop to 64. That should slow down the brown shark fishing for a few days. Some nice fluke were caught yesterday in our intercoastal and we are starting to get reports of keeper fluke from the reefs.
Sun June 21st
Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there. It is hard for some especially those that recently lost your Dad but memories are a great thing . This year we have a lot of new Dads celebrating their first year as a Dad enjoy your day.
We have a wet start to the day but this looks to be out of here soon. It is 73 and so is the ocean this morning. Winds are from the west at 9.
Once again today there is a new leader in Simply Bassing with a 47 - 2 bass. Ryan S caught this on the north end. There is certainly a trend showing this Spring with the bigger bass on the north end of the island. Is it beach replenishment ? I don't know but we all know that there has been a lot of shifting sand on this end so far this year. What ever it is it has not hurt the the amount of sharks being caught from the surf including numerous brown sharks. Yesterday also had more fluke caught from the surf.
We all know that fish have tails and that was for sure yesterday. Some of the hot spots for fluking are no longer but there are some new hot spots with 3 to 5 pound fluke caught yesterday afternoon in out bay. Mixed reports from the canyon to as there are smaller tuna where the big eyes once were but we all know how quickly that can change.
Sat June 20th
Graduations, wedding and Fathers Day keep June a busy month for a lot of people. We can help with some ideas for Dad or if you are undecided we have Jingles gift cards.
It is 71 here at the beach this morning with a ENE wind at 3-9. The ocean temp is pushing 72.
The warmer ocean temps have some more of our warmer water species in the area.Trigger fish are appearing along with cow nose rays and a few brown sharks.
Fri June 19th
The overnight showers are out of here and it is a nice morning. It is 71 with a lite wind from the WNW. The ocean is 69.
New 2nd place fish in Simply Bassing with a 37-3 by Pat O.
We are starting to get some reports of crabbing from the street end overnight traps. Crabs are starting to get bigger and more abundant.
The surf was a mixed bag yesterday with fluke, black drum, stripers, bluefish and sharks. The weather kept some from going but those that did had a good day.
Larger rays are moving into the area with anglers getting a thrill with screaming drags.
The bay continues to have some good catches of fluke with some bluefish near the inlet.
The offshore forecast looks good at this point for shark fishing and tuna fishing today and tomorrow. We have plenty of chum and ballyhoo in stock.
Thurs June 18th
It looks like it is not over until it is over. This morning Marty S. weighed in a 42-1 bass and took over 1st place in Simply Bassing.
Rainy start to the day. Air temp is 63 and we have a SSE wind at 7. The ocean is 69.
Surf fisherman yesterday saw less dogfish and more bluefish along with fluke.
Wed June 17th
Change in the wind this morning. North wind at 7 and the air temp is 71. Ocean temp this morning is 66.
Surf fisherman are still catching a lot of dogfish with an occasional bluefish or bass.
Fluke fishing is hit or miss but the tides helps.Some are saying they are not catching a lot but they are seeing more keepers in what they catch.
Tues June 16th
It is foggy here at the beach this morning. Becareful driving.
The air temp is 69 with no wind and the ocean is 67. The heavy rains that we were suppose to get yesterday never happened here but once again there are threats for later today.
Trying to stay away from the sharks Mark was throwing a hopkins this morning and caught this hound fish.
Mon June 15th
Our instore contest has a 18-4 bass in the lead. Mark caught his fish last evening in Beach Haven. Contest ends 6/22.
Yesterday had to rank up there in one of the top 10 days of the year. I don't care if you were on the water, in the water or near the water it was great. Ocean temps hit 70 which had a lot of people in the water. Today looks like a different story with thunderstorms off and on. It is 68 this morning with a SW wind at 3 and the ocean is 66.
With the warmer ocean temps yesterday morning was the first really good report of fluke from the surf. The begining of the outgoing tide near many of the jetties in town had fluke. Bucktails with a teaser and gulp where the hot combo for a lot of anglers. This is the same combo that has been popular for a lot of years. For those of you that do not like all the casting try live minnows with a fishfinder. Small bluefish were also in the surf along with all the dogfish and skates that we have had lately.
Bluefish to 10 pounds were once again in the inlet and just south of the inlet.
How many fluke do you have to catch to get a keeper? It seems to depend on where you are fishing. Some areas are like 15 -1 where as others are 6-1. Lots of action in Great Bay for shorts but there are some 24 inch fish being caught too.
The offshore anglers had great weather and with the flat ocean could get offshore fast and home fast too. Yellowfins and bigeyes are now making more of a presence in the canyons. I have not heard of any inshore bluefins yet but it is time.
Makos, blue sharks and threshers were caught by anglers in search of makos. It seems everyone has their special spot but well known ones for sharks are the Star, the Fingers, 25 Fathom Lump, and Lempkes.
Sun June 14th
Beautiful morning with temps in the low 70s and no wind. The ocean temp is 66 this am. With the good weather forecast more boats are headed offshore today either for tuna or shark fishing.
Things inshore and from the surf are about the same. A lot of short fluke in the bay but also some nice keepers.
Some bigger bluefish were found outside the inlet yesterday with one boat finding a 13 pounder to take the lead in one of the contests yesterday. Stripers were what they were after with not to many caught but the ones they caught were big. I understand there were 4 caught in the High Point Contest yesterday with one being 52 pounds and the other 51. The other two were caught by one boat.
Surf fisherman caught a lot of dogfish but had a good time doing it. There were a couple of small blues too and some short fluke. A couple of large bass were caught yesterday and entered into Simply Bassing. These fish weighed 36 and 35 pounds and caught on bunker and a lure.
Sat June 13th
It is 76 this morning at 5 am and the water temp is 63. Winds are from WNW at 7.
Sharks and skates and short fluke were the words repeated yesterday morning. The short fluke came from boaters and everyone caught sharks and skates. The evening tide was more productive for keeper fluke in the bay.
There are a few striper contest going on today for the boaters. It will be interesting to see what they find. Good luck to all fishing in them.
Fri June 12th
We are starting out at 71 at 6 am. There is little to no wind from SW. The ocean temp is 62.
We are now on our regular store hours that we will have thru the summer.
Our instore striper contest is still going on and we are still waiting for an entry into this contest that ends on June 22nd.
There have been some bass caught this week up to 40 inches from the surf but they were not in the contest. Yesterday had surf anglers catching a lot of big dogfish along with a few bluefish.
Fluke fisherman continue to catch as long as they do not have to much wind. Middle Grounds, the interrcoastal around Morrisons and clam stakes are good places to try.
Fresh bunker is available this morning along with live minnows. We will have surf clams later this morning.
It is a warm morning with temps in the high 60s already. The ocean temp is 65 and the winds are from the SW at 6.
I bet if you fished yesterday morning for fluke you are back out this morning. Most anglers had a couple of keepers to take home fishing right near their docks. There were also some 2 pound bluefish caught in the bay.
It has been great getting reports from our vacationers that have been catching fish off the beach including stripers.
Wed June 10th
Nice start to the day with no wind and an air temp of 66. The ocean temp is 64 this am. High tide on the beach will be at 3:13 this afternoon and low tide at 9:08 this am.
We thank Jim for this picture this morning and his fishing report.
View this morning abut 7 AM from. at Spray Beach
Beach. Saw a guy catch a legal flounder here last night on a spoon/teaser rig.
Mid tides in to mid tide out had some fisherman catching from the surf yesterday. Conditions improved thru out the day where as you did not need 8 and 10 ounces to hold bottom. Several bass from 22 inches to 39 inches were caught near the store on clams and on bunker. Bluefish did a run thru with several anglers getting cut off. Brad shows us not only are there some 28 inch blue fish around there are still some of the larger ones around too. This one was caught in Holgate.
Improved conditions also had fisherman doing an afternoon trip with sucess. A few of them were back out for the early tide this morning and once again caught fluke and some bluefish.
Tues June 9th
It looks like we weathered the storm okay last night or it looks more like we missed it. Seems we had a few raindrops I do not see any wind damage.
This morning it is 65 with a SSW wind at 9-15. The ocean temp this morning is 64.
We had a few fishing reports yesterday with the wind conditions fluking conditions not the nicest for the drift. We did have a few reports from the surf including a couple of nice size bass and some bluefish on the incoming tide.
Sun/ Mon June 7-8
It was a beautiful thing seeing the sunshine and blue skies. It has been awhile since we have seen it. The warmer day also help warm up the water temps to 62. With the improving conditions it had a lot more people out fishing and we had more reports of fish.
The surf had its share of sharks and skates but there were also some blue fish and some bass. It was nice to see a scattering of bass caught from the surf. Simply Bassing had a new 2nd place fish entered so remember this contest is not over till the end of June so there is plenty of time to enter.The bass were caught up and down the beaches with fish being to small to bass to 30 pounds. Salted clams, and bunker where baits of choice for the bass plus a few taken on SP Minnows.
There are some nice fluke being caught also such as this almost 6 pounder caught by Connor J. Sunday morning in our bay. Bucktails, gulp and minnows are all good to use for these fluke.
It seems like most of the usually fluke spots are producing as long as you find warmer water. The bay temp is starting to climb back up after dropping into the low 50s last week.
Wreck fisherman also had some limited catches again this week along with cod and ling. We did not hear much about striped bass from the boats. We did have reports of those traveling above Seaside but had no luck.
Sat June 6th
I don't know where this wind came from this morning but I'll take it. WNW at 3 but predicted to be NE 5-10. Air temp is 59 and the ocean is 60.
Low tide this am is 5:25 am on the beach and high is 11: 26 am.
Some positive news from the surf yesterday was of some short bass caught on salted clams right after high tide. These fish were 22 and 24 inches and caught south of the dredge in the Dunes.
It was nice last night finally seeing a flat bay. Pluggers found some 1-3 pound bluefish and a few short bass.
Fri June 5th
A little misty this morning but things seem to be improving. Air temps are warmer this morning at 59 and the ocean is pushing 60 once again. Looking ahead things are going to start to warm up now just to get rid of some of this wind.
We have a few anglers try to fish but had a hard time holding bottom yesterday. Some are now switching it up and just using heavy bucktails. Boaters found themselves with a fast drift and had to use a sea anchor.
Thurs June 4th
We are stuck in a rut with this weather. The good news is that the ocean temp is up a little. It is another chilly day with a chance of showers and the wind is from the ENE at 10 to 18. They say the improvement is on the way with some warmer temps.
There have been a couple of fish weighed in to Simply Bassing thru this weather which we know northeast is a good wind to fish for them you just have dress for it and to be able to hold bottom otherwise walk your sinker down the beach. Right now there is a 31 pounder leading the group of 4. There is still plenty of time enter a fish just make sure you sign up and pay your 20 dollars.
Sad news today about the passing of Ralph Stewart. Ralph owned the boat Southern Lady whose home port is Shelter Harbor. Ralph and his crew were known to bring many big fish back to the dock. I understand the the Southern Lady is flying all their flags today in Ralphs honor. Ralph will be missed in this fishing community. Our condolences to his family.
Wed June 3rd
I do have to admit that I turned the heat on when I went home last night to get the dampness out of the house. I bet I was not not the only one that did this.
This morning it is still chilly and it still wind but no rain right now. The ocean is 54 and we have an air temp of 55. Winds are from the ENE at 10-22.
As soon as the weather breaks our bunker man will be back out in the ocean hunting for bait for us.
This time of the year is prime time for stripers and now more boats are ready for offshore. Tuna fish has been good so far and now more are shark fishing. We have chum and baits in stock along with rigs for shark fishing.
Tues June 2nd
It is a little misty, a bit chilly and it is windy this morning with winds from the NE at 12-22. Ocean temp and the air are the same at 55.
Yesterday turned out to be a nicer day than most of us expected. Heavy rains in the am and then a beautiful warm afternoon. Some anglers decided to do some fishing. Boaters stayed close to home as there are fluke there and anglers that went to the beach felt like they were not far from home.
Mon June 1st
It took all night for the rain to get to us and once it did you could hear it.
Ocean temp is 56 and we have a outherly wind at 9. Air temp is in the low 60s.
Surf fishing this weekend was about sharks, skates, cold water, fog and late yesterday afternoon a lot of wind. Fluke fishing in the bay is improving but all this rain may set it back a day or so and wreck fisherman did well after finally being able to fish for sea bass.
Sun May 31st
It is a warm muggy morning with winds from the SSW 8 -13. The ocean is a chilly 55.
We are starting to see some changes in the fishing. The once non stop bluefish is becoming dog fish in different sizes. Lots of times when striper fishing you have to fish thru the dogs to catch a bass. Does that mean we still may see some bass?
The 4th generation of Southwick's is having a great time catching fish this year. Richie has caught striped bass, 10 pound bluefish and now today he has his 1st keeper fluke. He caught his 2-4 fluke on a minnow.
Tyler found himself a little bass yesterday while in the boat along some bluefish.
We did hear of some good fluke fishing yesterday with some small blue fish mixed in. Anglers finally got a nice day to fish the bay. We had some report of blow fish on the docks.
Wreck fisherman that worked at it had good catches with near limit or limits of sea bass. In addition they had ling and some cod.
It was nice to see king fish caught to the south of us from the surf. Seeing these you have ro fiqure there were no big blues in the area.
Sat May 30th
Foggy start to the morning but the weather forcast has improved over night. The rain is suppose to hold off untill later on Sunday and right now the winds are not what they have been in the last few days.
This morning it is 66 degrees and the wind is from the SW at 6. The ocean temp is 57.
Winds this week kept most boaters in but yesterday some took advantage of the weather. We have very few reports of fluke in the bay but bluefish are being caught. In the bay there are 1-3 pounders taking fluke baits and in the inlet 12 pounders loving SP minnows and poppers. Yesterday a few boats went for Sea Bass which they had more throw backs than keepers. Canyon forecast was good and once again some good catches of tuna came back to the dock.
Last evening on the top of the tide we heard of some small blues and small bass on the surf.
Fri May 2 9th
Red sky in the morning. It is 62 this morning and winds are from the ENE 7-14. The ocean is 54. We had a few rain drops last night but they seemed to be very spotty here.
Spring time blue fish seemed to have made a return. Yes the 1-2 pounders that we normally see this time of the year are in the bay.
Thurs May 28th
Fresh bunker is now available!
This SW wind has killed the ocean temps. From 67 in the bay to 54 on the beach to 47 off the beach. We need a change in the wind.
It looks like tomorrow we may get a short period of easterly wind which should help with the temps. It will also make for a nice day fishing in the bay and decent for surf casters.
Rich S. who puts a lot of time in on the beach reported than he finally caught his first keeper of the year yesterday at high tide. It was just 28 inches but Rich reports it was a beauty.
Mike sent us this picture of a 26.5in beauty he caught in the LE Inlet on live minnow over the weekend.
Wed May 27th
Once again this morning we have a SW wind at 10 and once again it is predicted to be stronger later in the day. These winds have dropped the ocean temp to 55. It is 60 degrees this am.
Sea Bass season opens today.
Over the past weekend Steve celebratedhis birthday. Not only did he celebrate his birthday but he caught his 1st keeper striper on his birthday. His method was to put his bait in the kayak to get it out there and they fish from the beach. This method resulted in his 32 pound bass.
Here is how he sums up his weekend. Lots of great fishing in Holgate over the weekend. The bass was caught on Saturday on the incoming tide: 46" and 32lbs. The following day my nephew Colin, my brother in law glen and I caught more blues than we could keep. Colin who is four helped me reel a few in. Steve
Tues May 26th
It looks like a ghost town on the island this am. What a nice weather weekend it was. It was a little cool and breezy at times but overall a nice weekend.
This morning it is 62 with an ocean temp of 60. We still have this SW wind at 8-15.
It appears the Bob the "fluke whisper guy" has passed his touch on to his daughter. Nichole shared her picture of her 18 inch fluke from the surf with us. I told her we all miss her dad and think of him often. Bob had the touch.
Mon May 25th
We would like to wish everybody a safe and Happy Memorial Day. It was great to see many of you for the first time this weekend and we thank you for your continued support and business.
Max had a good day on the beach. He had a 30 inch blue and his first keeper bass that was 36in. He caught his fish on bunker in Beach Haven on the incoming tide.
Andrew & I caught the last part of the outgoing tide this morning on his boat the Anchorman - there were big schools of bluefish. We caught them with Ava jigs earlier, then bunker chunks at slack tide. We landed about 8 or so...here are a couple of our bigger ones.
Walt J. with his 43-3 bass caught on live bunker north of BL.
We are open today from 6-6. Fresh bunker, surf clams, live minnows, are available.
Another nice bass weighing 32 pounds was taken in Holgate. Steve caught his fish by taking his bunker out in a kayak and then fishing from the beach. It was his first keeper and caught on his birthday. What a present for him.
The winds this morning are from the southwest at 5 - 11. The air temp is 62 and the ocean is 62 also.
If today is anything like yesterday try and get out before the winds pick up .Once the winds came up it made it for not such a nice day in the bay. Earlier in the day Great Bay had anglers catching short fluke with a few keepers. Blue fish are still in the inlet. Surf anglers had a decent day when the tide was a few hours in. Big blue fish had a lot of anglers needing more bait or lures. By high tide the wind came up and you needed some heavy weight to hold.
Sun May 24th
i Late day update. It was a beautiful morning with little to no wind. Ocean temp 60.
Yesterday it was a day for the boaters to catch fish as surf anglers watched.Today surf anglers got eaten up by crabs early this morning but as the tide started in the bluefish came in with it. By 10 am anglers up and down the beach were catching big bluefish on bait and on metal. In most cases you needed a long cast to reach them. This afternoon as the wind picked up it shut it down from what it had been . There were several 26 bass caught today on bait.
Bluefish on the beach today were large just like this 15 pounder that Connor caught in the boat.
Sat May 23rd
Store hours today are 5:30 am till 7 pm.
How about that sunset last night. What a red sky it made and usually an indication of a hot day to come.
Charlie on the right told me " Im not in the tournament" as he showed me his very lively 46 in bass that he caught at high tide from the surf. His bass weighed 32-7.
We had a 5-1 fluke wieghed in this morning that was caught aboard the ABC. Mark caught his fish in one of his favorite spots in out bay.
It is 54 this morning and the ocean is almost 60. The wind is from the north at 9-15. The wind will be changing later today to the west which should flatten things down.
The bluefish did not cooperate yesterday as they have in the past but anglers that used poppers had better sucess.
We are hearing of more small bass being caught on clams. Few are keepers but anglers that are tired of blues want to try something different are having fun with these fish.
If you are not having any sucess on the surf try throwing some lures.
Mon 6:00 - 6:00
Tues 6:00 - 6:00
Wed 6:00 - 6:00
Thurs 6:00 - 6:00
Fri 6:00 - 8:00
Sat 5:30 - 7:00
Sun 6:00 - 4:00
Squid boxed- pre-cut plain and scent and large trolling squids
This year we are having an in store surf fishing contest starting April 10 - June 22 with an 10 dollar entry fee. Largest bass takes all. In addition there is one that runs from April 10 - Dec 12 with all monies going to the largest bass.
Store Surf Fishing Contest Bass
4/10 - 6/22 $10 entry fee Leading bass 18-4 caught by Mark 6/14
4/10-12/12 $10 entry fee
( none entered )
***As many of you know there have been shoaling problems in Little Egg Inlet that has concerned many people especially as far as safety. There have been a lot of people behind the scene working on making it better for everyone. I am very happy that I can now share this with you. I would like to thank Mayor Mancini for all of his hard work and thank Congressman LoBiondo and his staff. Believe me there were many many more that I personally would like to thank for all their work.