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Check out the surf on the surf cam. Click surf! This cam is located in Beach Haven.
Sat Jan 24th
It is all rain here today. We did have a little snow on Wed. that did was short lived.
The Acme Supermarket it moving along and I am sure we all hope it will be done by summer. Firemans Dinner tickets came in the mail this week and for me that is a sign of Spring.
The Mayor has given some days for the start of the beach repenishment.
They will utilize 3 dredges and begin mobilization in late July 2015.
1st dredge will start in Loveladies mid August and proceed to 110th street.
2nd will start mid September at 110th street and proceed to Holgate.
3rd will start mid October in Holgate.
Everything will be completed by April 2016.
This will make for an interesting fall for the surf fisherman knowing that some beaches will be closed at times and we know we will have dirty water. At least when then are done we will have a beach.
Fri Jan 9th
It feels like a heat wave this morning. Yesterday morning when I woke up my therometer read 10 and this morning it is 20. Ocean temps have dropped below 40.
Sad news with the passing of the inventor of what we know as the red fin. The red fin was a lure that came to life in this area in the early 70s. I remember when they came in the little plastic boxes and sold for 99cents. People were very reluntant to by this new lure which looked like the rebel. To this day the 902 and 911 are still a hot lure to surf fishermen. Carl Richey (Cotton) Cordell was 86.
Last night the NJ Marine Council had their meeting and striped bass were on the agenda. I was unable to attend but Greg O'Connell passed on this information.
The council voted unanimously to support the following striped bass regulations in 2015.
They went with Option CE1 1 fish @28-43" .. &1 fish @>43"
A third fish will also more than likely be allow to be taken via a bonus tag program but debate and final decision on the program will be discussed over the next couple of meetings.
Tues Jan 6th
Snow on the beach! We thank Jack for his report. Click Beach.
Sat Jan 3rd
I hope everyone had a Happy and safe New Year. It is nice to see so many of our non year round people and overnigh guests return to LBI to enjoy the holiday. The ocean is 42 and there looks to be rain ahead later today with temps dropping to feel like winter time come Monday.
Last year I know I had mentioned numerous times that it was a year with so many changes in fishing and regulations and I guess this helped make the decision for the Doris Mae to retire. The Eble family has been around Barnegat Light for as long as I can remember and will be missed by many. For more about their decision click Boat.
Yesterday Friday Jan 2, angler Kenneth Westerfield caught what could become the new all-tackle IGFA record tautog (blackfish).
The fish was caught on Captain Kane Bounds’ Fish Bound out of Ocean City, Maryland and officially weighed at Sunset Marina in Ocean City at 28.8 pounds. If confirmed, it would top the current world record of 25 pounds, set in 1998 by Anthony Monica fishing out of Ocean City, New Jersey.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Wed Dec 31st
It is a cold morning with an aiir temp of 28, The winds are from the WNW at 9 and the ocean is 43.
It is time for out with the old and in with the new as we say good-bye to 2014.This is not a fishing report this is more of a my life report.
2014 saw a lot of changes here on LBI as we watched more houses come down, be raised up and new ones being built. As I write this there are several new modulars being set here on the south end. We watched the Acme be torn down in September and now we are watching in be rebuilt to be more modern and better than before.
Many of us have had many changes in our lives the last year some good and some not good. There are days that you don't think you can but with the help of friends (when you have no family)you can.
I love memories and New Years for me reminds me of being a kid and my mom with her cow bell and me with a pot lid and a wooden spoon greeting in New Years. Memories are a wonderful thing and for those of you that have lost people this last year always remember the good times that you shared with them.
In 2014 my life is getting back to normal for the most part with the last of Sandy repairs finally finished. For some they are still not done but hopefully they are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
Here is to a great 2015!!
Wed Dec 31st
Fri Dec 26th
This morning it is 42 with winds from the NW at 12. The ocean is 45.
Well it is the day after Christmas and I hope you all got what you wanted! Lots of games, clothes, skateboards, surfboards and fishing stuffs inder the tree. I guess it depends on where you live but for me it is the beachy things.
Some got surprised with a college acceptance, an engagement ring or the annoucement of a baby. There is just something about the balloons floating out of the box when your mother opens it and the look on her face. Surprise.
Congrats to all of you on your life changing announcements.
Now that I am not open everyday there will not be a daily report. If something interesting happens I will let you know but I just wanted to let you know that everything is okay.
Thurs Dec 25th
Jingles Bait and Tackle would like to wish you our extended family a Merry Christmas! We would also like to thank all of you for your support through out the year.
Thanks again, and enjoy the holidays.
Wed Dec 24th
Wet morning with some rain and some fog. It is 48 degrees with the wind from the ENE at 6 to 12. The ocean is 43. Tidal flooding warnings are in effect again this morning.
I hope you all have your shopping done so you can relax and enjoy the holiday with friends and family.
Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the lights, the decorations, the smell of the house between the food and the tree and if it snows on Christmas Eve it is even better as everything glitters. It doesn't look like any chance for snow this year but I will bet there will be some new bikes being rode in the warmer weather.
Tues Dec 23rd
It is hard to believe that this is our last day for awhile. We will be open till 2 pm today.
It does not feel like Christmas this morning with the air temp at 50. We do have a misty rain and the wind is from the NE at 15 and gusty. The are ocean is 43. Tides today are high 8:17 am and 2:56 pm low. High tide is a little above normal this morning.
It seems a lot of people are traveling for this Holiday. We hope all your flights are on time and you have a joyous time.
Mon Dec 22nd
We have made it to the first offical day of winter. On the plus side the days will now be getting longer but we still have plenty of cold days and nights ahead of us.
This morning at 9 am it is 34 with little to no wind. The ocean is down another degree to 42.
Lots of holiday shoppers over the weekend and today is probably the last day that we can get a gift card sent out to you in time for Christmas.
Anglers that took advantage of the weather did well catching sea bass on one of the finally offshore trips of the Doris Mae. There were even bluefish caught as anglers had their limits on seabass.
Sat Dec 20th
At 9 am it is a cloudy day here at the beach. Air temp is 32 and the wind is from NNW 6 and the ocean is 43.
They are calling this Super Saturday becaue of it be the last one before Christmas. I think they are all pretty Super but today is as it is my sons birthday. Yes I learned after the first one not to have one during fishing season but having one close to Christmas is hard too.
One of my customers took a helicopter ride over Holgate and sent me these pictures. I always enjoy getting these pictures to see the changes in the area. There are a couple of real skinny spots.(possibly a new inlet someday)
During this flight Courtland asked Chris to marry him (or maybe he just pointed to the beach) and she said yes. Congratulations to the 2 of them.
Fri Dec 19th
Overcast morning with the ocean temp at 44 and the air is 38 and the wind is from WNW at 14.
It looks like a wet and windy Christmas but it does not look white.
It is good seeing a lot of people getting back into their homes but on the other hand there is alot of construction going on with new homes and homes being lifted. The Acme Supermarket is coming along and it looks huge.
Thurs Dec 18th
It is breezy but the sun is out. It is 36 this am with winds from the NW gusting to 24. The ocean temp is 44.
Tuesday 12/23 will be out last day this year and then we will be on our winter hiatus. Meanwhile we are in the store being Santa's.
There is not much fishing information to pass on other than things that will be going on next year. The LBI Classic Tournament Committee will be meeting the beginning of the year as we start to prepare for the 61st year.
We now have another state that has decided to go with 1 striper. Here is the report of what NH is going to do. Click Bass. It will beinteresting to see what NJ picks.
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.
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.
As many of you know and especially those that use Little Egg Inlet we have a problem with shoaling. Last Spring there were several phone call placed and there was some moving around of buoys to try and make things better. Having the problem with the inlet is having an effect on the south end of the island. If people can not use this inlet they will not bring their boats and their families making for less people that patronize our businesses.
In December I once again wrote to our Congressman and this week received a phone call from one of his aides. Matthew is the person that I spoke with and it just so happens that he worked in a tackle shop at one time in his life. Little Egg Inlet is not important to the government as we do not have a commercial fleet that use.
We need your help to try and get something done to improve the navigation of this inlet. You can reach Matthew at 202-225-6572 and talk to him. Please do not be one of those people that said I should do something to help do something.
I do not know if what I am doing but at least I know I have tried.
Most of you know when I write I write from my heart and here is the last letter that I sent him.
Dec 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I have written to you before with a problem that concerns me which I believe now to be getting worse. The problem that I am talking about is the shoaling in Little Egg Inlet. The problem continues to worsen as the sand shift making it next to impossible for many boats to use this inlet. With less boats using it in hurts the economy here on LBI. For the first time in many years our marinas had empty slips. Some due to Sandy but many have moved because they can not move there boat thru our inlet.
The old inlet (unmarked) to the Beach Haven side of Little Egg has more water than the one that is mark. I am afraid as we go on with the beach restoration it is just going to put more sand in the inlet quite possible making it impassable.
I know that many of you were suppose to get together with Frank Camadra the owner of the Miss Beach Haven and take a look at this but the meeting did not happen.
I have spoken with Mayor Mancini about this and I know he has expressed his concern with the situation.
We all know it is about money and this inlet not being of commercial use like most others are but this is important to the economy of this island and its business.
I know when they do the restoration the Wilderness Area in Holgate is not including for the dredging and this is an area that is literally washing away and may one day see a new inlet cut thru it. People that use that beach would love it if some of the sand from the replenishment would fill that area in but I am afraid it will go in the inlet as it has been.
It would be great when they were dredging for beach replenishment if they could take some of the sand from this inlet area. I wonder if it has been the beach replenishment that has caused this problem to continue to get worse or Sandy. Is there any monies still available for things caused by Sandy that are available to take care of this situation?
I love this island and all that it has to offer and want to share it for all to enjoy and that includes the boating and fishing part that my parents came to do back in the 1930s.
Jingles Bait and Tackle. ******************************
2014 in review
Spring fishing for striped bass started out very slow. Meetings were going on to talk about what was happening to the stripers and what could be done. Officials were showing statistics saying all is good whereas anglers are saying where are the fish? Stripers did show up but it was very short lived as the water temps shot up very quickly in June and the bass were gone. For a short time the boaters had them the on the north end. We had a decent shot off of Beach Haven. Bunker spoons caught a lot of these fish. The bay provided some bass this spring along with some black drum and a good number of bluefish.
When fluke fishing opened it was off to a good start in the bay surprising everyone because of the 18 inch size limit. Island Beach State Park started a pilot program for surf anglers to be allowed to keep smaller fish. Once again this year buck tails and gulp where the top choice of those catching these fluke in the bay.
With the warmer water temps one would have thought we would have king fish in the surf but they were few and far between and the same was true for spots and there were very few keeper fluke from the surf.
Anglers that fished for blow fish and spots in the bay were also disappointed in the year 2014.
Canyon fishermen had some really good days catching tuna and dolphin but again weather conditions kept a lot at the dock.
Once Labor Day got here is seemed like every weekend it was blowing keeping most boaters at the dock.
Early September had a good number of big snappers caught from the surf. Mullet and mullet rigs provided a lot of the action. The mullet run for the fall was not one of the better ones.
This year was the 60th year for the Long Beach Island Fall Fishing Contest. This year there was one good day with bluefish being caught which gave a total of 7 bluefish entered compared to last year’s 1. There were just about the same amount of anglers signed up and the tournament had 46 bass entered. A few more than the year before. This tournament has some of the best prizes to be given away this year that is has had in quite a few years thanks to many of their sponsors, friends of the tournaments and companies that want to donate.
Several of the boat tournaments this fall for striped bass were also not the best of fishing that we have seen in a while. There were a lot of small fishing taken fishing with spots near the rocks in Barnegat Light. The stripers were liking it near the 3 mile line this year. Maybe they felt safe there or maybe it was the bait that kept them there.
The best sea bass fishing came at the end of the year when boats were going to the offshore wrecks.
There are lots of theories on why the fishing was what it was this past year. Problems with Little Egg Inlet, beach replenishment, just less fish, too much bait out there so they do not need to come inshore looking for food, it is a cycle they are going thru. It will be an interesting year here on LBI next year as they start beach restoration for the island and we will see how that impacts things.
We know a lot of people fish to relax, get away, and hang out with their friends or just to be outdoors in the salt air. Some people never keep a fish that they catch they just like to fish but it is nice to catch something once in a while.
I am looking forward to 2015 and hoping there will be some more fish to catch when I get a chance to go and be able to unwind and bond with Mother Nature.
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.