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Thurs Dec 12th
Not much to talk about as far as fishing as for most it is getting to cold or they are busy with the holidays. This time of year fishing shifts more to fresh water or for some people getting on one of the party boats.
This morning it is cold.It is in the low 20s with a northerly wind around 10. The ocean is 44.
My gift idea today is a cooler. Igloo coolers are a great cooler that hold ice for a long period of time. If you are not using it for fishing this time of the year you can use it for extra food or drinks for your holiday parties.
Tues Dec 10th
They are calling for a snowy winter well winter is not here yet and this is the 2nd time in 3 days.
This morning it is in the low 30s and the wind is from the west at 10. The ocean is 45. It has been rain/ sleet/snow. Dropping temps overnight will not be melting what is on the ground tonight.
Yesterday is the first day in a while that someone did not report catching or not catching. If you are still catching let us know.
My gift idea for today is a beach cart. We carry two sizes priced at 159.95 and 197.95.
Drive safe and be careful.
Mon Dec 9th
We are open till 4 today.
Yesterdays winter wonderland washed away overnight as the air temps rose into the mid 40s. The snow did a number on the ocean temp again pushing it down to 42. We have a SW wind around 10.
One unnamed angler who has been skunked for the last couple of weeks was determined to catch a bass yesterday after hearing how many had been caught during the week. He tried early in the morning and struck out. A few hours later he hit Harvey Cedars and got one 18 incher. After working his way up the island he finally got into some in Beach Haven. When he called me to give me this report he stated that he had caught 3 in five minutes and was have a good time catching fish in the snow.
My gift idea for the day is Plano Boxes. These clear boxes come in all sizes and help an angler or crafter get organized. From beads to lures there are sizes to fit ones needs.
Sun Dec 8th
We are open today till 2.
They are calling it a mixed bag as far as the weather goes but for the shore they are calling for rain and maybe some ice pellets. Please drive carefully.
This morning at 8 am it is 29 degees here at the beach with a NE wind about 5. The ocean temp is 44.
Shorts, shorts and more shorts on the beach. Yes stripers are still hitting the skinny metals. We had them in town this week but Joe from Peahala Park called to let us know he was catching them too.
My gift idea for today is Gulp. Everybody know somebody that fishes for fluke. Surf fishermen, boaters and off the dock they all use gulp. You can buy it by the pack, the new half-pint, pint or quart.
Sat Dec 7th
The rain is out of here this morning. It is 37 degrees and we have a NNW wind at 8. The ocean is 46.
Yesterday before the heavier rains came anglers were having a good time on the beach catching short bass. Here in town the outgoing tide had several anglers using Deadly Dicks with a teaser to catch bass to 25 inches. When boaters get the right weather they too are still catching bass to 20 pounds.
After going home in such lousy weather yesterday my gift idea for today is Foul Weather gear. We have a few pieces of breathables left that we have on sale. Jackets and pants are both available.
To put you in the Christmas spirt the Ship Bottom Christmas Parade is today and tonight Beach Haven has their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Fri Dec 6th
We are open today till 5pm.
A little drizzle this mochrning. The air iis 54 and we have a SW wind at 7. Ocean temp is 45. We done going to tackle shows for this year so now it is time to fiqure out where to put everything.
Gift idea for the day Tackle Box.
Thurs Dec 5th
Store hours are 8 -2 today.
Holgate is closed because of erosion. At this time I do not know what the plans are but I know people enjoy going down there this time of the year to clam. This year it has more of an attraction and that is the snow owls that are down there. We do not get these every year. I wonder if they only show when it is going to be a snowy winter?
Mild morning with some fog. Air temp is 48 and the water is 45 with little to no wind this am.
Take advantage of the day as it looks like a warm one ahead. Small craft warnings later with a chance of showers.
Tues Dec 3rd.
I have been informed that Don Fillman is in Doylestown hospital and can use some cheering up. His number is 609-661-5771. You can give him a call or text him as he would love to hear from his friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him as the doctors gets his problem straightened out.
Store hours are 8 till 2 today and we will be closed till 8 on Thursday. This will be a working day off as I will be at a tackle show buying for next year.
This morning at 7 am it is 42 and the ocean is 44. The wind is from the north at 7 and it is a cloudy morning.
We have received some new items that will be great Christmas presents as they are brand new and one being brought back into production. New for the year are the Penn Conflicts and we now have some in stock.Click above to check them out.
Something old has been brought back by Penn and made in the USA. The Penn 706 Z bailess is in stock along with the 704Z.
Mon Dec 2nd
Store hours are 8-4 today.
It is a cloudy but warm morning with little to no wind. The ocean is 43.
Each day we hear less and less noat chatter as more take their boats our for the year. There were talk of several shorts in the boats yesterday with an occasional keeper.
Classic is over as of 6 pm last night with no last minute weigh in to win the tournament. Several anglers stopped by to say good bye as they call it a year. Most seemed to call it a day by early afternoon to head home saying that if we if we had fish they would be back but with the lack of fish they are done for the year.
This weekend was a lot of good byes as we lose so many surf anglers and boaters.
Sun Dec 1st
Change in the month and a change in our hours. We will be open until December 23 being closed on Wednesdays.
We are open today till 2 and have a small amount of fresh bunker left.
The water continues to drop in temp and is 43 this morning. It is a nice day ahead and one of the warmer ones we have lately with little to no wind.
The last day of the 59th Classic today which ends at 6 pm. with still only one bluefish.
The crew of the Outcast stopped by last night to weigh a couple of fish with Jonathan (on the right) having a 25 pounder. When the boats find pockets of warmer water they seem to find fish.
Sat Nov 30th
Our bunker man was unable to locate any bunker for us yesterday and we blew threw the fresh clams that we brought in.
We do have the IQF bunker and salted clams available. Plenty of ava, aok. deadly dicks and teasers for the little bass on beach.
It is a starry lite morning with a little cresent moon. The air is 29 with a north wind at 9. The wind was suppose to be from the ENE but has not got there yet. The ocean is 43.
This week the bay temp dropped to 34 killing almost everybodys spots they had over board. Water temps have dropped fast this year.
Boater did not have an easy day with stripers yesterday but did mange a few. They found a birds and bait but cold water also.
Today is small shop Saturday.
As a small shop owner we appreciate your patronage. We try at all times to give you the best prices we can and also the best advice that we can so you can have the best chance to catch what ever fishies are around.
Fri Nov 29th
It is not bad out this morning. It is 32 no wind and the ocean is 45.
We are hoping to have fresh bunker today mean while we have fresh frozen and salted clams.
Today is one of those days like Easter Sunday that there is cars on the street when I come to work. Those early morning Black Friday shoppers and early morning fishermen.
I hope everyone had a great holiday. The island seemed quiet early afternoon and you could tell where the Holiday Feasts were being served. What a great holiday for friends and family.
After trying for weeks Steve finally got a fish to take home. This 31.75 incher fat bass weighed almost 14 pounds.
Wed Nov 27th
Already this morning temps are dropping. We were 60 overnight with SE winds to 40. I hope the winds overnight did not cause to much beach erosion overnight.
This morning the ocean is 46 and the air is 56. The wind is from the SW at 7. Very little rain at this time. Gale warnings are up.
It took a little longer for the boats to find the stripers but they did. We have some here off of Holgate to Brant Beach Lump.
At this time we do not know when we will be getting fresh bunker in. We had the chance to get it yesterday but that would not be fresh on Friday.
We will be closing early today but will reopen at 6 am on Friday.
On Thanksgiving I am one that likes to count my blessings and would always wonder if we would all be together next year. This year is no different. This year I have gas in my house that I can cook a dinner and have heat in my house.
Last year many were not in their homes as we were in the beginning stages of recovery.
This year there are still some that still are not back in their homes but there is so much reconstruction in my neighborhood. I know progress is being made.
Some will never be back but hopefully there will be new families here on LBI a place I love and call home.
I would like to wish my friends and extended Jingles family a Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for so many memeories.
Tues Nov 26th
I am glad the temps are going up and for us it will be a couple of inches of rain. I am not ready for 20-30 inches of snow. Way to early for that.
For those of you that are traveling be safe as these weather conditions deteriorate today.
This morning it is 39 degrees. We have a south wind at 6 and the ocean is 43.
Boats are taking advantage of this small weather window and are fishing in the ocean this morning.
Joe H stopped by yesterday and said what a season he had at Holgate Rip. One fish after another but not a keeper.
Mon Nov 25th
Dan (Slow-Mo) stopped by around noon to say what a great couple of hours Mike and himself had today. They fished in about 35 feet of water between Holgate and Beach Haven towers. They caught on Stretch plugs which I think is one of Dans' favorite. Their fish went to 30 pounds. Thanks for the report Dan.
The winds have backed off thru the night and at 3 am are blowing from the west at 6. It is 22 degrees and the ocean has dropped to 43.
There were a few brave people that hit the beach yesterday but other than a couple of short bass we had no reports.
The radio lacked any chatter of boaters but several boaters were in store restocking and hoping the wind will lay down so they can get one more trip before the boat comes out of the water. Saturdays weather had more boaters hugging the beach and they were able to catch some bass using shads instead of tube lures. They also snagged a few bunker.
We are now in the last week of the Classic with the past week being the best of the tournament so far with 25 fish entered. Still plenty of time to win.
Sun Nov 24th
How many of you got woke up at 1:30 am as the wind moved your outdoor furniture across the deck?
It is a cold and windy morning that has had wind gusts over 40 MPR. The ocean is 48 but I am sure these couple of cold nights will be dropping it down.
Once again the Classic saw 7 bass entered yesterday but we also know of more that were caught but non Classic fish. Over night Friday night had been a beautiful night and a lot of people fished. I doubt that was true last night.
Rich Bergman had a red drum yesterday which is the first one I have heard of here in the last couple of weeks. He also had a 18-4 bass to weigh in for the Classic.
Boaters yesterday found fish but the numbers did not sound like previous days. It could have been because so many were so tight to the beach because of the seas. As they ran off the worse it got.
Sat Nov 23rd
We are starting the day at 47 degrees with a WNW at 11 gusting to 22. The ocean is 49.
Dissapointing is the word I have for yesterday for surf fishing.
After a couple of days of major improvement from what we had it slow down again. More anglers hit the beach after seeing better reports. Two fish made it to the Classic scale with a few more non Classic caught.
Jack D with a 18-6 Classic bass caught on bunker in Holgate.
Unless you were out in the boat early yesterday you had to work harder for your fish. More talk of Stretch plugs yesterday and the 9ers umbrella rigs are the one lure you should have on the boat.
Fri Nov 22nd
Mild morning with a temp of 50. the ocean is 48 and there is little to no wind from the SSW.impr
Take advantage of the weather it doesn't look like it is going to last.
Yesterday saw 7 bass entered into the Classic. Will we see the streak continue? Not only did we have 7 weighed in there were more fish in the up to 34 inches caught yesterday and bass over 34 inches that were not in the Classic. The largest bass is still a over 31 pounds. The single bluefish that is line for a thousand dollars is 12 pounds. So far there are no womens, juveniles and student fish.
Fish are now spread out all along our beach and down toward Wreck Inlet. Jiggging and trolling were both working for bass and bluefish.
For those of us that are old enough we can remember where we were 50 years ago. Maybe on 11/22 you will catch a fish that you remember for a long time. Good luck.
Special Classic prizes for 11/22
Chowda from Country Kettle in Bay Village.
A lure and a hat from AOK Tackle
Fudge from Country Kettle in Bay Village.
One Special prize per fish.
Thurs Nov 21st
As of 12 o'clock we had had 3 bass on the scale. Two for the Classic. Non classic fish for Sergio with his 15 pounder caught on clams.
Tom W. has entered a 21-11 bass that was caught on bunker in Holgate. His bass had a big hump back that made it look like it crossed with a drum.
Donald D. weighed in a 15-15 caught in Beach Haven on bunker. George weighed a 19-8 bass (non tournament) that was caught on bunker.
Mild morning compared to yesterday. We are starting out in the mid 40 and the ocean is 48. The winds are a lot more comfortable today also with a SE at 5-10.
Boaters take advantage of this weather the next couple of days because come Saturday afternoon it is not looking pretty. Lots of avas, sand eel imitations, stretches, and 9ers umbrella rigs in stock.
For the first time since the Classic started this year there were 4 bass weighed in yesterday. Mike C. weighed in one that he caught in Brant Beach on bunker that made size. It would be nice if this was the beginning of some great days for the surf anglers.
Wed Nov 20th
Fresh bunker arrived after closing last night. With this wind today will we have fish?
It did not feel that cold when I walked out the door this morning but my car told me to be careful for ice. It is 32 at 6 am and the wind is from the NNW at 8. Ocean is 49.
Is yesterday the start of something for the surf fishermen? North of us IBSP had a great day but there water is a lot deeper off their beach. If this wind comes northeast like they are saying maybe it will push some of the fish into our beaches.
Tues Nov 19th
The first bluefish of the Classic has finally been entered. Congratulations to Bill Montrey. His fish was 12 pounds and caught on bunker.
Chillier and windy this morning. It is 44 this am and the wind is from the NW at 10 gusting to 18.Small craft warnings are up for NW winds 20-25 and gusts to 30. Seas 3-5 in a swell. Ocean is 51. Tomorrows winds are predicted to go NE. Will that push the stripers into the LBI surf?
Once again yesterday boaters caught bass. They are still heading north for best catches.
We do have reports of the bass coming closer to the beach which was the case yesterday at IBSP. Anglers caught more reported fish there yesterday than they have so far this year. Ava and teasers are the main lure for catching those fish.
Mon Nov 18th
We have made it thru the fog of yesterday the wind and the rain early this morning and now it is a nice a sunny Spring like feeling day. The ocean is back up to 51 the wind is from the SSW at 8 and the air is in the upper 50s.
Boats continued yesterday to catch bass although it was not easy with zero visibilty at time. The weather man blew it for some today as it is beautiful but the winds will be turning on later and chillier temps.
The LBI Surf Fishing Classic ended the 3rd segment at 6 pm last night. There was 1 fish entered last week with a total of 17 bass so far and no bluefish. This morning we had a Classic weigh-in to start the last segment. Dave K. weighed a 19-5 bass that was caught on bunker.
My friend Mike fished aboard Captain Georges "Spare Time" on Saturday and caught this striper and more. I can see this picture being a Christmas card.
Sun Nov 17th
There is no doubt about it. The striped bass are now off of LBI. Great day for the boaters but still not for the surf fishermen.
The stripers are now stretched the full length of the island but the more north the more fish.
There are a lot of fish on top of the water so casting artifical sand eels worked for a lot of anglers. Anglers were trolling 9ers with out weight to catch fish as more fish were up than down yesterday. There was a great turn out for the Stafford Tournament with 6
The Classic saw 1 fished weighed in caught on a needle fish by Nick F. to take the 500 dollars for the largest fish of the day. Today at 6 pm ends the 3rd segement with still no bluefish entered and just 17 bass. What a year. Now that the fish are off our coast maybe there will be a better showing on the beach.
The fish caught in the boats yesterday had a lot of 10 to 20 pound fish.
Sat Nov 16th
The bass are still moving south but are still at least a mile and a half off the beach.
Lots of keeper bass caught in the boat running 15-20 pounds with a 30 thrown in there but shorts on the beach.
Saturday Nov 16th a special Classic prize day where there will be 500 dollars given to the largest bass entered that day. As stated in the rules any fish weighed in after 6 pm on Friday Nov. 15 is entered into the next day. Will this prize be given away? I know there are a lot of people trying.
Steve and Alan with 38- 9 bass caught a half mile off of Ship Bottom on a snagged bunker.
Fri Nov 15th
It looks like a nice weekend ahead for what ever your fishing plans are. Now to get the fish to cooperate. Striped bass are moving more south with reported catches in the boats yesterday south of Barnegat Inlet. Lots of fish any way you would like to catch. Jig, troll, and casting were all good. Black fish limits raise up tomorrow to 6 fish. We are stocking green crabs for those that are going.
This morning the ocean is 48 with little to no wind and the air is in the mid 40s.
It is still quiet on the surf with just about 16 days left in the Classic. They are predicting a lite east wind on Sunday maybe we can get the fish count over 16.
Thurs Nov 14th
Water temps have really taken a nose dive as they are reported at 46. We are finally going to see a change in the wind. Will this bring the fish?
As we stated yesterday it did not take the Doris Mae long yesterday to catch their limit and be back to the dock 7-10. We can only hope some of those fish move more to the south and also into the beach.
Our bunker man is out searching for bunker for us today and if he catches it will be available later in the day.
For those of you that are not striper fishermen we will be stocking green crabs now that the limit is increasing. Great time of the year to stock the freezer with tog and sea bass.
Wed Nov 13th
Normally we can make it thru the Classic without a frozen hose. Not that case this morning. It is 27 and the ocean is 51. We have a west wind at 10. Maybe this is what we need to get these fish moving if we are to get them this year.
I bet there are a few anglers out there plugging that may have some ice on their line this morning.
It did not take long for the anglers on the Doris Mae IV to have their limit of bass this morning. Tom had his limit plus his bonus fish. This bass is 17-8 and most were caught on avas.
Tues Nov 12th
I was surprised when I walked out the door this morning on how mild it is. It is 50 degrees with a lite west wind and the ocean is 52. Small craft warnings are to go in to effect today.
Radio chatter had boats catching small bluefish off the red tower yesterday.
Surf once again was quiet but a few more small bass were taken on Avas.
How many fish were there caught in other derby's and is the worst year you ever saw is a question I keep getting asked. At one time there were very few stripers around so bluefish were added to the Classic. For a time there was a moratorium on bass. Here are some statistics for you click here.
Beautiful sunset and a beautiful sunrise. Water is 52 and the air is 44 with a lite west wind. How about those winds yesterday? I heard they gusted over 40 miles an hour.
With the holiday today there are several people who have the day off. I know a lot of boats are once again in search of the stripers to the north.
Surf fishermena are still looking for a Classic bluefish along with some bass. Several 24 inch fish starting to be caught on bait and jigs in the surf.
Jason was one of the lucky ones to get a keeper this am on his black ava with teaser.
Sun Nov 10th
Sounds like the winds are coming this afternoon. This morning the ocean is 52 the right temp for fish but they are not here. The air is in the 40 and
Lots of people fishing just not catching, A few small stripers from the beach and some herring where the main catch of the day yesterday.
Sat Nov 9th
Small bluefish caught over night on the beach. They were not big enough for the Classic at 32 inches.
This morning there are lots of birds off the beach and lots of boats on the horizon looking for bass.
Tony C. stopped in to tell us of the sand eels washing up on the beach on the north end. Here on the south end and mid island there are herring hitting Avas with teasers.his morning there are
Coldest morning of the season. At 5:30 am it was 37 with a WNW wind at 6. The ocean is 53.
Lots of boats are planning on fishing the ocean today and take advantage of the condtions. Lets hope they find some fish closer to home.
I know John Lewis planned on heading north this morning when he left the dock. Looks like his charter boat Insatiable has a bass in the boat for his charter.
We did great fishing off BL inlet caught 20 kept 6 with 4 guys all on the jig. John
The beach once again was a mixed bag yesterday minus bluefish. Herring, fluke, sun dials, dogfish, skates and a few bass. We are still waiting to see the first 32 inch bluefish in the Classic.
Fri Nov 8th
Forty this morning with a west wind at 12. The ocean is 55. Right now the ocean is flat with this wind and boats are headed to the ocean in search of stripers.
Yesterday had a lot of anglers on the beach. The overcast condtions are what a lot of anglers like. Dogfish, skates, shorts and a couple of keepers. One of the keepers made the Classic list being a 24 pounder caught in Beach Haven.
Sand eels have played a big part in thie years fishing. Here is a video on how to use them. Click here.
A few fish on the beach overnight including a 22 pound Classic fish. Courtland said there were so many doggies during the night that he could not fish his 2nd rod. His fish was caught on bunker at 3 am.
Thurs Nov 7th
Warm overnight temps in the upper 50s and a SW wind that is suppose to change to NW. Breezy day ahead with winds 15-20. Ocean is 55.
I wonder what direction do we need the wind to come out of to get some of these fish close to the beach.
More and more fish are moving with some bass off of Brant Beach on Wednesday. For some they were able to catch them top water others bunker spoons, umbrella rigs or stretches. It was another good day for the boats with some not able to get away from bluefish. Yes bluefish are moving in too.
Wed Nov 6th
Fresh bunker, surf clams and live eels all available this morning.
Looks like a nice day ahead with a lite south wind. It is 51 this morning and the ocean is 55.
It is nice to start seeing some stripers. Yesterday we had one in from the beach and last night Chuck brought in his 19-13 that he caught in the bay in the afternoon on clams.
It sounds like it was a good day north of Barnegat Inlet yesterday also with big bluefish and bass from reports we received.
Tues Nov 5th
Air temps have gone up overnight and water temps have gone down. The air is 51 and the ocean is 55 at 6 am. The winds are from the ENE at 8-14.High tide is at 8:30 am.
Conditions are a little better today than yesterday.
High tide yesterday have 4 wheel drive vehicles looking for dry land. We had big swells in the morning making is hard for 8 ounces to hold at times. With conditions the way they are with the swells you are better off throwing Avas which continue to catch some bass.
Out going tide this morning for this 27 pound Classic bass. Joe caught his fish in Beach Haven on bunker.
Mon Nov 4th
Now to get use to these temps. Saturday spoiled us with temps almost 70 and now 30 some degrees colder takes some get use to. Ocean temps are back down from the 59 they hit over the weekend.
It was another quiet weekend fishwise. Anglers were saying about all the people fishing on the beach so we know you are trying. Yesterday was another day of birds, skates and doggies for the beach fishermen.
I don't know if I am looking for a positive side but some good news did come over the weekend.
Congratulations to Scott M. for winning the Southwicks tournament. Scott caught a 36 pound bass in the bay on an eel on Saturday. Yes in the bay finally. He also had a 20 some pounder. So finally some bass in our bay to talk about.
Miss Barnegat Lighr also had a great report on Sunday. They reported Big turnaround today. Picked at blues and bass early and then the afternoon they got a nice bird play tight to the beach that had 25-30 pound bass turning the water white crushing bunker. Lots of limits..
I hope I keep hearing positive fishing stories closer to home and maybe some of these ocean fish will hit the beach.
Sun Nov 3rd
Did you remember to change your clock?. Yes it was time to fall back last night.
We got fresh bunker in last lare afternoon yesterday and once again it looks like the boats will not get out for several days.Today it will be a brisk NW wind and tomorrow NE.
Today ends will end the second segment of the Classic and still not a bluefish weighed in this year. Everyone has their theory on what has happened to the fish this year. LBI is not the only place where there are not. Reports up and down the coast are all about the same right now.
The last couple of days more spiny dogfish are showing up. Not are they on the beach boaters had their fair share of them too. Drifting spots in the ocean or trolling caught them too.
Conditions on the surf Saturday morning were not the easiest to make a lure work properly and we heard of very few hooks ups as we had been hearing. The morning had big swells and the current was strong.
Sat Nov 2nd.
We will be getting a load of fresh bunker in later this afternoon.
Another mild morning with the air at 60. There is a lite N wind at 6 and the ocean is 59. High tide this am is at 7:35 am.
Friday evening had a big bird play off the beach mid island with big splashes in it but out of reach.There was a pretty big swell but 8 ounces held with no problem.
Things are still quiet in the surf as far as keeper bass but there are keeper red drum. One of the Classics Jr. anglers had one Friday evening. James caught his drum in Beach Haven on bunker.
Fri Nov 1st
Tues Oct 15th
MON 8:00 - 4:00
TUES 8:00 - 2:00
THURS 8:00 - 2:00
FRI 8:00- 4:00
SAT 8:00 - 4:00
SUN 8:00 - 2:00