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Long Beach Townships Mayor Mancini has announced that the Holgate Wildlife Refuge will open September 1st.
Sun Aug 28th
Winds have dropped out overnight making it for a more fishing friendly day. It is 78 this am with little to no wind from the east. Water temp is 74.
News channel are warning of some rip tides from a storm offshore. Sounds like there maybe a swell.
The ocean was not real friendly for all boaters yesterday so some stayed in the inlet and did a few drifts. Reports were of to fast of a drift, catching small sea bass, small bluefish were biting off the spearing and some were catching the small blues. Timmy was one of the lucky ones and caught this keeper fluke there on green gulp.
Sat Aug 27th
At 5 am it is 79 and the humidity is down from what it was yesterday. The wind is from the NE at 7-12. Ocean temp is 72.
Continued reports of weakfish up to 4 pounds are coming in from the surf, bay and the inlet. These weakfish are being caught on fish bites, blood worms, gulp, metal and peanut bunker. It is nice to see a good showing of these fish this year.
Fri Aug 26th
We are heating up again.
Matching air and water temps this morning of 74. Winds are WSW at 4 - 10.
Boaters fishing for fluke in the ocean had another good day. Most that we talked to got out early and caught and were back before the wind blew up. Reports of some nice sea bass also. We did hear of some fluke in the inlet and around marker 112 with again most of them throw backs.
Surf fisherman reported king fish at first light yesterday with blood worms, fish bites and gulp worms working. There are a few small weak fish being caught in the surf by angler fishing for the kings. Small blue fish are being caught. Keep your hooks small to catch these 10 to 12 inch blues. Anglers fishing larger baits are catching some cow nose rays and some brown sharks.
Lots of snappers on the bayside for street end anglers. Spearing, snapper poppers and small metals work for catching these fish.
Thurs Aug 25th
We have a SW wind this am at 6-10. Air and water temps are both 75.
Reports are the same with a lot of fluke being caught in the ocean but in our area most are throw backs.
Surf fisherman are seeing more small blue fish and king fish continue to bite.
Wed Aug 24th
It is 69 this am with wind from the WNW at 5-9. Ocean temp is 73.
If this cooler weather has you thinking about fall don't forget to apply for your bonus striper tag. Just click state
As we get to the end of the month many anglers start thinking about Holgate as that is the 1st beach to open up to 4 wheel drives. So far everything is looking good for its regular opening date. Don't forget to get your permit.
King fish, smalll blue fish and some small weak fish in the surf. Some decent catches of kings being caught. If you are trying for them and not catching move a few feet and try again. This fish are tight to the beach so do not cast far. Small blue fish on mullet, squid and small pieces of bunker. (keep your hooks small)
A nice day to go outside for fluke. Think big baits big fish.We are selling a lot more big gulps (5 and 6 inch )for anglers fishing the ocean.
Street end anglers are having a good time catching snappers, sea bass, blow fish, weak fish, sea robins and what could be some croakers.
Tues Aug 23rd
Feels a little like fall this am with an air temp of 65 but what great sleeping weather it was last night with the windows open. Wind is from the north this am at 4-9 and the ocean is 73.
Conditions were not the best for boaters yesterday morning but by afternoon it calmed down some and anglers where catching fluke and seabass in the inlet and LE Reef.
King fish continue to be your best bet on the beach with some more small blues showing up.
Mon Aug 22nd
It has been awhile since we had some rain but at least it held off till late in the day. It looks to be a breezy day ahead and I am sure it will drop down the 79 degree water temp.
It is getting to be that time of the year when we are seeing our college age anglers leaving us. We wish them lots of luck this year as they pursue their education.
King fish still rule the beach for those looking for something to take home and eat. Nice sized fish are being caught right in the wash on blood worms and fish bites.
Good reports on numbers of fluke in the ocean but low on the keeper ratio.
Mike ( on left) has had quite the week. He had his 9 pound fluke earlier in the week and yesterday caught a 73 inch spear fish on the Let It Ride in the Berkeley Canyon.
Sun Aug 21st
Matching temps this am with the ocean and the air both at 78. Winds are from the south at 5. Looks like a change in the weather later today.
Depends on who you talk to as how fishing was yesterday. Lots of fluke being caught in the ocean with some people having their limit where as others caught lots of fish but not a keeper. Big bucktails with big gulp baits were working well for some anglers where as others prefered a squid / spearing or minnow combo. Some nice sea bass caught with one angler having one 16 inches.
Lots of bait in the bay and lots of activity with small weakfish on gulp baits and and on live peanut bunker. Small snappers are being caught by anglers of all ages from the public dock. Andres R. ( 6 years old) with his 1-15 weakfish that he caught in the bay and has entered into the Beach N Boat contest.
Surf anglers had some real nice king fish on the incoming tide yesterday morning with some fish at 14 inches. Lots of rays in the surf also. Fluke fishing in the surf has been slow this year but Connor was able to get a keeper on gulp in the Holgate surf.
Sat Aug 20th
Lite east wind this am with an air temp of 75. Ocean temp is 72.
Cheyne caught this nice 21 inch fluke at Garden State South on gulp and a minnow. We caught about 15 today, but only this one was big enough to take home. Scott and Matt
The above report is what we have been hearing for the last few from those fishing in the ocean.
Surf fisherman have hooking up with some big rays this week. Word of some spots just to the south of us.
Fri Aug 19th
How about that full moon last night and this morning on my way into work a lot of people were headed up to the beach I guess to watch the sun rise. Nice morning with an air temp of 77. Lite wind from the NW and the ocean is 71.
Boaters in the ocean did well yesterday with big numbers of fish. It is the time of the year for this to happen. I heard numbers of 30 to 40 fluke caught with 1 out 10 being a keeper.
Surf casters had some king fish lots of skates and a few big rays.
Thurs Aug 18th
A few showers this am but overall a nice day ahead with some cooler temps. Winds are lite and should help to warm up the 68 degree ocean.
Blood worms will be in later today. King fish continue to be the catch to eat. More small blue fish around with big snappers in the surf and little snappers on the bayside.
Weather conditions at this time are looking good for the weekend now we need the fish to co-operate. Butterfish, sardines, ballyhoo, worms, minnows and of course ice will all be available.
1st 9 pounder I have seen this year. Mike caught his 27inch plus fluke on a bucktail with peanut bunker on GSS.
Wed Aug 17th
Another hot one so make sure you drink plenty of water. It was 83 at 5 am with winds from the WSW at 7-15. Ocean temp is back up to 75.
Thunder at the Shore Day. We see a lot of people playing hookie today to go watch the air show over the Atlantic City boardwalk. Some people make it an annual event and take their boats and watch the show.
More small blue fish or big snappers showing up for surf anglers along with some big rays yesterday. King fish reports along reports of sand tigers.
Fishing was a little slower in the ocean yesterday for boaters but several boats found keeper fluke in the ICW and in the inlet.
A couple of canyon reports of the great fishing for white marlin and mahi but not many tuna.
Tues Aug 16th
Lite winds from the east this morning Ocean temp is 69 and the air temp is 77.
Boaters did well yesterday with fluke especially those that fished the ocean. We heard good numbers of fluke caught and a good number of fish going home. We did weigh a 7-9 fluke for Tor Larson that was entered for the Beach N Boat Contest.
Mon Aug 15th
It sure was a hot one yesterday and temps have not dropped alot overnight. Air temps are still in the low 80s. Winds have shifted to the WNW and are suppose to go NE today which will help to warm the 63 degree ocean.
Winds should be more favorable today to those wanting to fish the bay. Weak fish have been showing up in the usual places and also in some back yard lagoons. Lots of snapper blues around.
It has only been a few weeks since the beach replenishment moved out of Holgate in which at that time they covered the wooden jetty.
The wooden jetty is now becoming exposed along with the Washington Ave. jetty. Credit to Jim M for picture below.
Not only are there changes on the south end we are seeing changes in town as once again a sand bar is forming off of Beach Havens beaches. Holyoke jetty is also showing more of its rocks. This week the Army Corp is suppose to start working in Haven Beach to redo what they did last summer/fall.
Sun Aug 14th
Return of the sand tigers.
Mike L. shared this with us about their catch. They cast their rods from the beach.
Yesterday at approximately 1400 hours a Sand Tiger of roughly 6' feet in length and an estimated 170 lbs was caught and landed on light tackle (12' surf rod, 50# test) by angler Mike L, of Bridgewater, NJ with the able assistance of fellow angler and fishing partner, Joe M. of Emerson, NJ in the Beach Haven stretch of surf.
Sand Tigers are listed as "vulnerable" by the U.S. Endangered Species Act and are to be released as soon as possible, as was done with both of these sharks, as sporting rules and sportsfishing is important to both of these fishing families.
It is the hope of the aforementioned anglers that this represents a comeback for the proliferation of this incredible species. M.
Kayak sharking is what Ryan and Jacob do and last night they caught this large sand tiger. It was one of a few they caught from beach on Sat.pm.
More of the same with the weather patern we are in. Hot, humid and chance of showers. So far we have been lucky with the shower part. Winds are still from the SW and blow up in the afternoon. Ocean temp is 67 this am.
Snappers kept many street end anglers happy yesterday. Crabbing has seemed to have slowed down.
Boaters that went to the ocean hada good day catching but had a hard time finding keepers. Several reported have a nice day but they needed 8 oz plus to get down. Weakfish are making some what of a comeback this year and we are hearing more and more of them each day.
Surf anglers still have their brown sharks even with the big change in water temp. King fish were also reported from the surf.
Sat Aug 13th
Two days ago there was a record setting ocean temp off of Atlantic City of 83.3 this morning the the ocean temp is 65. Amazing what the wind can do to the ocean temps. This morning it is 79 with a SW wind at 4-11. We have been lucky and have missed the thunder storms.
Winds kept many anglers from fishing yesterday. Only reports I have are from our bayside-- street end anglers that were happy catching blow fish, seabass and toad fish.
Fri Aug 12th
We knew it was going to happen with these southerly winds. Big drop in the water temp and it is 73 this am.
Air temp is 78 and winds are from the SW at 8-14. Small craft warnings are in effect thru late tonight.
It has not been easy fishing on the beach with the winds but anglers are out there. More pictures of sharks with and without teeth. A few anglers have hit the rocks in BL trying for fluke. Reports of shorts with a few keepers up there but they were able to catch some. King fish continue to bite for some and not for others.
The public dock here in town has anglers catching small sea bass, toad fish, snappers and some blow fish.
Thurs Aug 11th
Ocean temp has dipped a few degrees and is 79. Air temp is 87 and we have a SSW wind at 9-16.
Anglers had a good afternoon yesterday on the beach with king fish right in the wash. Bayside anglers caught numerous blow fish yesterday also.
More of the same today.. Hot, humid and chance of showers. Ocesn temp is 80 and so is the overnight air temp. Winds dropped some during the night but will pick up again today from the southwest.
Boaters kept close to home with the threatening looking skies. Reported action between 109 and 112 with short fluke, small weak fish, small blue fish and sea bass.
Surf anglers once again had action with sharks, rays and some 10 inch blue fish. Brown sharks continue to be the big fish being caught.
Report of sharks attacking a dolphin. Tuesday there was a report of an injured dolphin off of Spray Beach. Life guards reported it and were watching what looked to appear to be a dolphin that had been hit with a boat prop near its dorsal fin. Later in the day a few miles away was a report of what was thought to be sharks attacking a dolphin. I do not know if it was the injured one from earlier in the day.
Reports from down south yesterday of some top fish in the OC Maryland contest for some local anglers. Wednesday a 236.5-pound bigeye tuna caught by Rich Kosztyu from Hamilton, NJ aboard the Forked River, NJ based “Hubris.” moved to first and the top prize of $400,000. Another local angler took the lead with a hammerhead shark of 260.5 pounds caught on the “MJ’s” by Manasquan, NJ angler JD Messler good for $4,500 at this time
Wed Aug 10th
It is not often that we see 80 degrees for the ocean temp. With temps like this we should be some more tropical fish showing in our area. It is 78 this am with winds from the SW at 7-13 and yes the ocean is 80.
There is not much new to report today. Street ends continue to provide action for small fish and crabbing. Boaters I am sure will be keeping a watch on the sky. Surf anglers hooked into several sharks yesterday with many being lost. Spotty king fishing yesterday and a few anglers are heading up to the lighthouse in search of fluke.
A few of our local boats are fishing in Ocean City Marylands marlin tournament with local angler Dave Yeager entering a white marlin but it was not big enough for the lead.
Tues Aug 9th
You can feel the humidity starting to build. It is 77 with no wiind this morning. Ocean temp is 78.
Fishing report is the same today with kings and sharks on the beach and boaters trying for fluke so get out and enjoy the day.
Mon Aug 8th
What a beautiful day it was yesterday. Today there is a shift in the wind which will make it cooler here at the beach and will keep the water warm. Ocean temp is 78 and swimmers have been enjoying it.
Conditions were good yesterday and it was nice having some positive fluke reports.
One of 2 4lbs caught in inlet this weekend by Maci R. Pink pole POWER she caught both within 15 minutes
Not Guilty reports having a great day on Garden State South. Mike and Rosana were 3 for 15 using minnow / gulp combo. Largest was Rosana's 5-2.
Vince and Tony describe it as a beautiful Sun. and report Catching, Catching, Catching 1 keeper for every 3 throwbacks White gulp, minnows and squid Good weekend ...
More blowfish are showing up on the street ends with some crabbers catching some in their traps.
King fish is a good bet to catch from the beach. Not only are they fun to catch but they are great to eat. We are out of blood worms this am but more are expected today. A few reports of some small blues on the surf. Metal and mullet is your best bet to use to catch them.
Lots of sand sharks around and also the brown sharks are lovin this warm water. We thank you for your pictures of your browm sharks but unless your picture is of your shark is in the water we will not use it. It these days of social media we hear so much about pictures of these sharks out of the water that we started last year not using the pictures of you holding the browns. With the power of the internet you never know who is looking at it and we do not want to get anyone in trouble.
The rules on the sandbar and the brown shark reads “Anglers are prohibited from landing and keeping protected sharks, including sand tiger and sandbar sharks. Due to their low reproductive rate and overfishing, possession of either species is prohibited. Hook-and-line anglers cannot remove from the water any sand tiger shark or sandbar shark, or any other prohibited species of shark. Prohibited sharks must be immediately released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival.” Doing it responsibly is the key factor.
Sun Aug 7th
With the change in the wind we should get rid of some of the humidity. This morning it is in the mid 70s with winds from the NW at 5 mph. Ocean temp is 77.
Warmer ocean temps has brown sharks being caught from the surf. We saw several pictures of browns that anglers caught yesterday with some anglers catching 3. Bunker and mackerel were the baits of chocie for these 30 to 70 pound sharks. A few small blues and king fish were also caught from the surf.
Fluke fishing is still hot and cold depending on the tide and the area you fish. Inlet area has several fish being caught with mostly throw backs but the keepers that are caught are nice fishl.
Sat Aug 6th
After such a nice day yesterday the humidity is back this am. It is 77 degrees with wind from the SW at 7-12 and the ocean is 78.
The northeast winds from the last few days has changed the beach and yes moved some sand around. Bars are forming were there were none and some beaches have deep drop offs. Rip currents were strong on some beaches yesterday and other beaches were fine. Brown sharks and sand tigers are still here as we saw several pictures of ones caught from the surf on yesterdays high tide. King fish was slower yesterday but the surf was once again fishable.
More blow fish showing on street end fishing along with snappers and seabass.
Last week was white marlin and this week is fluke. Not many reports of fluke yesterday but maybe those that fished are keeping their secret spots quiet. JCAA, PBA and husband and wife from Spray Beach are all looking for a winning fish. Good luck to all of you fishing in the tournaments today.
Fri Aug 5th
After days of ENE winds there is no wind this am. It is 70 degrees and the ocean is 76.
Boaters are ready to get out to the ocean to see if this blow has helped the fluke fishing out there. Lots of fluke tournaments coming up this weekend. A few boats head offshore to take advantage of the break in the weather.
Surfcasters will be able to put away those 6 and 8 ounces sinkers and hopefully all the grass is gone.
Thurs Aug 4th
It was nice to finally see some blue skies yesterday afternoon. Improved conditions on the beach as the grass seems to be leaving some beaches.
Overnight temps felt good and we still have a wind from the east. Ocean temp is 77.
Wed Aug 3rd
The northeast winds have kept the water temps up and it is 75 this am. Air temp is 73 and the wind is from the ENE at 8 -15
Surfcasters still had grass and a rough ocean to deal with on Tues and will need heavier sinkers again today.. There were king fish caught and the low tide had anglers catching brown and sand tigers from the beach. I saw quite a few pictures of sharks caught in daylight hours.
Conditions were fishable in the bay yesterday with reports of fluke from 109 thru 117
Minnows, spearing and gulp or any combo of them seems to be working.There are more snappers around in the bay and some anglers are now using live snappers to catch fluke. Keith had this keeper on a snapper and had a few shorts.
Crabbing continues to be good and street end fishing has more snapper blue fish showing up. Snapper zappers, snapper poppers, small minnows or spearing and a bobber work well to catch these little blues
Tues Aug 2nd
It is a cloudy morning with winds from the ENE at 4-10. Air temp is 74 and the ocean is 75.
Wind, grass and current did not make fishing easy yesterday. The northerly winds had boaters trying for fluke having a very fast drift. Winds are a little more east this am so that should help for those fishing the bay and inlet. Charterboat Captain John Lewis was able to get a couple of keeper fluke in the inlet and is back out today.
Some areas of the beach had grass and others were clean. Low tide had reports coming in from the beach of sand tigers caught and lost. A few king fish yesterday but the current made it hard to fish real lite sinkers. Connor was able to get a keeper fluke from the surf in Holgate along with a short and a few misses. This one was caught on white gulp.
Mon Aug 1st
This summer is going by fast. It is hard to believe it is August.
How was your weather yesterday? We had a mixed bag but we were much luckier than other places including from mid island north. We had a theatening looking sky and a shower that lasted about 5 minutes and then boy did it get muggy out. It looks like more of the same for today.
It is 75 this am with winds from the NE at 10. The ocean temp is 77.
Anglers did get out to fish yesterday and we have more reports of fluke coming from 112 south, just outside the inlet and from Great Bay. One nice report is of Kohen with a 21" and 19" fluke caught near Holgate on minnows.
King fish still seem to be the best bet from the beach. Not all beaches seem to have them like they are here from 20th Street south. My neighbors at home can not find them and they are good at catching them. They are territorial but I would think by now they should be in all along in the surf line. Small blue fish are also in the surf using mullet and fireball rigs. If you put squid on those rigs you will catch sand sharks.
Crabbing is still good with some nice size crabs being caught. Crabs on the mainland side of the bay are a little larger than this side. Overnight hotels are doing well. Remember to keep bait in.
Street end anglers are catching small sea bass, oyster crackers, sea robins, and sharks. Keep the hooks and the bait small. Snappers are around but still small.
Sun July 31st
We lucked out yesterday with the rain but we will have to see how 80 percent chance works out today. We have some southerly winds and a water temp at 72 degrees.
Congratulaions to all the winners in the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Clubs White Marlin Tournament. They were not big fish this year other than the 46 pound dolphin.
For our new anglers just getting here your best bet for catching fish on the beach is to fish for the king fish. Small hooks with small pieces of blood worm or fish bites will work. We are out of bloods right now with more on the way on Monday. The good new is that the grass that was so heavy Friday night is mostly gone.
Sand tigers were caught last night from the beach. Dominic J. sent us a note telling of a nice one he caught in Holgate.
Fluke fishing in the ICW is the best that it has been all year. Drifting squid, spearing. minnow and or gulp is working for those fishing south of 109. Vince,Ed,Billy, and Tony had a some fish in Great Bay.
Sat July 30th
Dark morning with a little sliver of a moon. It is 75 with lite winds from the WNW. Ocean temp is 73.
What a mix of weather yesterday. No rain, no wind to lots of wind and rain and finally clearing. The weather kept many anglers close to home with a lot of crabbing going on till later in the day when we saw anglers heading out for fluke. Fluke continue to move toward the inlet with some anglers now finding some fluke just outside the inlet.
Today is the final day of the White Marlin Tournament with the 62 pound tuna still in the lead.
Fri July 29th
Overnight rains are out of here for now this morning. Ocean temp is up to 75. Air temp is 75 and it is humid once again today. Lite wind from the NE.
The first day of the White Marlin Tournament is in the books with all but 1 boat fishing yesterday. Endless Drifter owner George Smith has the lead with a 62lb tuna. Largest Dolphin 46lbs caught on the Viking 62 with the angler Bob Shomo.
Surf fisherman are still catching king fish and at times are catching small blues on metal when anglers are seeing them and able to reach them with small metals.These fish are 12 to 15 inches.
Fluke fishing is getting better for boaters fishing the inlet and just out side of it. Kingfish are also showing in the inlet.
Lots of shark talk in the store and now that the news channels have played the video of the 13 year old there is even more talk. We are seeing more and more young anglers with outstanding catches being coached by a parent or grandparent. In case you have not seen the story and video click here to view it.
Sand tigers and brown sharks are common in our waters. Sand tigers do not mind the cooler water and often are caught during Spring striped bass season. They are easily to identity by the spots on them and their jagged sets of teeth. Brown sharks like the warmer water. Both of these sharks are protected and must be released and released while in the water. In addition to the sharks there are many species of rays being caught including some with a wing span of more than 4 feet.
Reminder if you are going to spike your rod make sure that spike is in the sand good and do not leave your drag tight on your reel or you may lose your rod.
Thurs July 28th
Fresh bunker is available this am. Ocean temp is 68 and winds are lite out of the south. Air temps are in the mid 70s.
And the are off or at least some of the 30 some boats are out searching for the largest white marlin in this years Beach Haven White Marlin Tournament. We would like to wish everyone good luck and a safe tournament. For those not fishing the tournament but taking advantage of the weather we do have butterfish, sardines and ballyhoo in stock.
Most of you know about all the sharks that they are catching on the beach. I have now seen a video that has hit the news channels of one ot the sand tigers being caught from the surf. Reminder loose drags and make sure your sand spike if in the sand good.
King fish was once again on the beach in good numbers here in town. Those fishing the new beaches are giving us reports of catches of 4-7. We are expecting more bloodworms later today.
Fluke fishing was once again decent in the bay with lots of shorts and a few keepers. These fish are moving toward the inlet.
Wed July 27th
Tess shared this picture of the shark her family caught last night.
It is 78 this morning with a lite wind from the NE. Ocean temp is 68. Humidity is down some this am so it feels pretty good out this am.
Fluke fisherman are reporting catching a few fish from 109 to the inlet. Lots of shorts with a few keepers on the change of the tides.
Surf anglers did decent with king fish yesterday.
Our bunker man is out this morning and we hope to have some fresh late today.
Tues July 26th
The sun is out and the wind has changed to the NW. Air temp is 75 and the ocean is 66.
We got a double whammy yesterday with a thunderstorm in the am and one for sunset. The morning rain came a little after opening and made travel difficult for those trying to get around. The evening one came after my closing time so there are no pictures. I would imagine last nights weather changed a few plans for night time shark fishing.
We have a couple of pictures of show me your teeth.
King fish have been the best bet for catching for those fishing the beach. Fluke fish continues to run hot and cold for boaters in the bay and ocean Crabbing continues to be good with the best we have seen in a few years.
Mon July 25th
The change in the wind had ocean temps creeping up and making them bearable yesterday. Today we are back to a south wind which may drop them again depending on how strong it gets.
As people arrive here this year they are shocked at the beaches. They wonder where the jetties are and want to know if they are going to put them back. They want to know with no structure if there is any fish. Yes there are fish on the beach. We have king fish this year which we have not had in 3 years. It has affected the fluke fishing and there are few fluke being caught on the south end. Beaches from Beach Haven south have deep water all day with low and high tide being good if you are trying for the sharks. Yesterday it was a day of kings and cows. It is always great to have some one catching fish on the beach which helps for people that have never fished to see how it is done. Most tackle shops will help you out but also most anglers on the beach catching fish are helpful to new anglers.
Crabbing continues to be good. For the best crabbing it is best to go to the mainland side of the bay. Crabs there seem to be bigger but if you are doing it from street end the incoming tide is the best time to go.
I am hearing great reports of fluke in the boats to the north of us but we do not have fluke fishing like that here on the south end. Change of the tide has been the best with fish moving to deeper water. The reefs are also hit or miss with Little Egg being the better on Saturday.
Sun July 24th
Hot and cold. Thunderstorm, rainbow and a nice sunset. Yes the day was a hot one with a heat index over 104 here at the beach and the ocean is freezing. Amazing how quickly the water temp can change with a change in the wind direction. Today we should see a warming of the ocean ( 64 this am) with the onshore wind plus it should help to keep us cooler here at the beach. Once again my day ended with a thunderstorm and by the time I got home there was a rainbow and somewhat off a sunset.
Despite the cold ocean anglers are catching king fish and yesterday I heard of a lot of cow nose rays being caught in the surf. We have a good supply of blood worms and fishbites this morning. When I fish for the king fish I put a little bit of blood worm on the hook and then add a piece of fish bite to help hold the worm on the hook and to help prevent the king fish from stealing it. We all know how fast these little fish can be but they are oh so good to eat.
Ocean boaters reported several short fluke with a few keepers and bay fisherman had about the same report. Ian caught this 19 incher off of Holgate at high tide (bayside) on Buds necktie rig.
Boaters also reported warmer water a few miles off the beach and there was a lot of bunker there with some sharks.
This week the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna club hosts their 47th White Marlin Invitational Tournament. Thru the years I have seen many vistors take their vaction this week so they can be there to watch this boats weigh their catch.
Sat July 23rd
Its going to be a hot one so don't forget the water. It is 78 at 5 am and winds are from the west at 11. Winds have had the ocean temp up and down and it is 62 this am.
Surf fishing has been pretty decent this past week. Lots of anglers catching rays, some able to land some of the bigger sharks. King fish have been present and at times small blue fish.
Boaters fishing the bay have had some fluke to take home. The fish are starting to move toward the inlet and to deeper water. Minnows, spearing, gulp and squid in any combo are working.
Street end bayside fishing has a lot of small sea bass and some small blow fish. Worms, squid and clams will work for these little fish. Keep the hook and the bait small. Snappers are around but better in the evening.
Many offshore anglers are in dock this weekend. Mahi has been the main catch this week from the 30 line to the canyons.
Fluke fishing on the reefs has had its good and bad days. Sea bass has been pretty good and you are allowed 2 fish. Tog is open with 1 fish per person.
Fri July 22nd
Wind is from the SW this am at 8-15. Air temp is 75 and the ocean is 74. Reminder to drink plenty of water during this heat spell.
Bluefish are making more of an appearance. Surfcasters can use small metals or can use bait to catch these 12-15 inchers. Boaters are finding them in the inlet and can cast to them or troll.
Lots of rays in the bay and on the surf. King fish on the surf continue to bite along with the sharks.
Fluke fishing on the reefs had been hot and cold. More fish showing up but lots of throw backs.
Fluke fishing in the bay looks like it is on the move as several anglers caught fish in the area of 109 and south. These fish were caught this am on the incoming tide and they had these two keepers out of 4 fish.
Thurs July 21st
The ocean is warming up and is 73 this am. Air temp is low 70s and the wind is from the west at 5. Winds will be picking up later today.
There have been plenty of cow nose rays in the surf and with the warmer ocean I think we will see more brown sharks showing up. Our bunker man is out this morning looking for bait for us.
Long time surf angler Ed McGlynn (80 + years of age) has had his hands full on the beach. Sunday night Ed had his rod tip hit the beach - bend his metal spike in a 45 degree angle and then have his rod and reel go in the water. He did get his rod and reel back but the big one got away. After having his reel serviced he was back out it the next night.
Ed was catching king fish when his big rod went down and got tangled in his king fish line. Devin and his dad saw that Ed had his hands full and offered some assistance. Devin took over the big rod and landed the shark that Ed hooked. I am sure Ed will be talking about this one for awhile. (This is not Ed in picture).
King fish continue to bite in the surf on fish bites and blood worms. Small blues were in the surf yesterday with mullet being a top choice of bait. Fluke fishing on the surf continues to be slow for most anglers on the south end.
Street end fishing for small fish such as sea bass, blowfish and sharks continues with some snappers being caught in the evening hours.
Winds are down this morning and many have headed out to try for fluke. We are hearing of more fish but not many keepers on and near the reefs. Tog is open and you are allowed 2 sea bass. Small blue fish have been in the inlet for those that like to troll.
Wed July 20th
Dark looking skies to the south, This morning it is 74 and we have a wind from the northeast at 5-11. Ocean temp is a chilly 66.
Last nights full moon had lots of anglers on the beach. There were lots of stories of fish lost, rods lost and some of the hook up made it to the beach. Brandon, Liam, and Adam took turns on their sand tiger and they remarked what a beautiful night it was.
Cow nose rays dominated the surf yesterday. Colder water temps seemed to slow down the amount of brown sharks. Prior days had anglers running after rods as the brown sharks had many rods heading to the water. Numerous reports of small blue fish 12 to 15 inches.
Fluke fishing continues to be good here in the bay near the store. The last of the incoming tide seems to be productive.
Tues July 19th
What a wild end to my work day yesterday. Wind, heavy rain, lightening, sirens and power outage and some flooding on some streets. I was lucky to have a break in it for my ride home but then more heavy rain, rainbow and a beautiful sunset..
First customer in this am reported the house right by him got struck by lightening and put a big hole in the roof.
This morning it is 74 with winds from the west at 7-12. The ocean temp is 66.
I bet there were a few change of plans for those that planned on fishing the high tide last night for sharks. Yesterday morning several browns were caught from the surf.
Mon July 18th
It is a warm breezy morning. Air temp is 78 and the wind is from the SW at 8-12. Ocean temp is 69. Sounds like we will be rain free till later today.
If you are headed to the beach today to keep cool take a fishing rod with you and catch some king fish for dinner. You do not need a big surf rod to catch these fish just small hooks a lite sinker and some fish-bites or blood worms. News from some of the replenished beach is that they are starting to catch some fluke. I am not hearing of keepers but bucktail / teaser and gulp are catching some of these fish. There were lots of brown sharks caught from the surf over the weekend along with cow nose rays and butterfly rays.
Tog season reopened yesterday with the limit of 1 fish. If you are headed to BL to try for these fish we will have green crabs later today. We also have some of the Magic Tail tog jigs.
Fluke fishing continues to be good in my backyard with more reports of limit catches. Small bluefish have been in the inlet over the weekend. Anglers hav e been trolling these 12-15 inch fish with small spoons and feathers.
Lots of bunker reported near the reefs but I not had any reports of fish with them.
Sun July 17th
Once again we were protected by the Beach Haven bubble and were rain free despite the black clouds around us. I understand that north of us 2 people were hit by lightening so please listen to the guards if they tell you to leave the beach.
A little relief overnight with cooler temps. Mid to 70s this am with a lite wind. Winds will be SW at 5- 15 and guster later in the day. Ocean temp os 72.
They are not big fish but they sure taste good. Anglers are glad to see the king fish back. We have reports up and down the beach with anglers catching them. Kids love to catch as it is something they are good at as they do not have to cast far. Small hooks, lite sinker and fish bites or blood worms and you are all set. Other reports from the surf include rays, skates and sharks ( sand sharks, browns, and sand tigers). Several browns were caught yesterday around low tide.
Fluke fishing is a little better in the ocean and is still decent right behind the store. I got this report from Gary. Thanks for the tip to fluke fish from the miss beach haven to shelter harbor when I stopped in to buy minnows early this morning. I had two nice keepers, 19" and 22" at the change of the tide. And a good bunch of (barely) shorts. One small weakfish too. Spray Beach Yacht Club had their Jr tournament today and we received this picture of Jr angler Peter with his. 3.2 lbs and 20 incher caught at LE reef!
Offshore reports of some Mahi at Lemkes and some action in the Lindy with big eyes. We had one customer that fish on the Pez Machine and he told me that they fished in the Hudson. They caught several small tuna but did have a couple of 40 pounders which were his sons first tuna. Congrats to them, Jeff reports he fished Masseys canyon with a thousand other boats. We went 1 for 2 on yellow fin. Fish was caught on butter fish chunk.
Crabbing continues to be good with many crabber reporting more than a dozen crabs in an overnight soaking of the big traps. Time to get those traps overboard. Street end fishing is still the place to take the kids for small fish. Sea bass, a few blow fish and sharks are fun to catch on light tackle. Small hooks, small pieces of bait fished on the bottom for these fish. Snappers are around at sunset with spearing and a bobber working for these fish.
Sat July 16th
Fri July 15th
Another hot one ahead but it will be cooler here at the shore. It is 80 this morning with wind from the SW at 6. Ocean temp is 73.
More reports coming in from the ICW on fluke and a few more weakfish coming from the area around Morrisons. White gulp on the weakfish and gulp/ minnow or spearing on the fluke. I know when I left here last night I saw boats drifting right here behind the store.
Great report from Connor S. about catching fluke from the surf from the new beach in Holgate. Connor reports I got these two keepers 21" and 18" along with a few shorts off the surf this morning on white gulp.
Mickey M. (Ween) told me his ray had a 4 foot wing span. He was fishing with his manager from LA and it was great to see him while he it home from being on tour.
** Update on the fencing in Holgate. There is now access to the beach there.
Thurs July 14th
Blood worms are in for all of you that have been waiting for them. It is nice to see a decent catch of king fish happening on our beaches.
76 is the number this morning with the air and ocean being the same. We have a wind from the south. Please make sure you drink plenty of water today and listen to the warnings about the heat.
King fish, blue fish, fluke and brown sharks continue to bite in the surf. It is spotty but they are catching. High tide being the best time on most beaches. Daytime fishing for sharks has anglers catching smaller ones but during the night there are some big browns and sand tigers being caught. Small bluefish (15) inchers are being caught on mullet and mullet rigs plus on fireball rigs with mullet. There have also been some small blues on jigs at the light house plus some anglers are catching some fluke on buck tails with gulp or minnows. King fish seem to be an average of 3 or 4 fish with most anglers using fish bites when they can't get bloods.
Couple of surprises from the ICW with one young lady catching a 21 inch weak fish on white swim mullet near Morrisons. We all know that fluke fishing in the bay on our end has been slow so far this year but yesterday Ralph checked in with 5 keepers from the area right behind the store. Shocked me but it certainly was good news, Ralph report a water temp of 76 and used minnow and gulp for his bait.
I don't know at this time what is going on in Holgate but yesterday a snow fence was but up in the area where the wooden jetty was but it continued on to the upper beach shutting off any access to the portion on beach just past what use to be the wooden jetty. I am sure we will be hearing more about this.
Wed July 13th
Tropical is a word to describe the ocean. Ocean temp is pushing 76 and it has the color as if you were in the islands. No wind this am but the southerly winds this afternoon will help to keep us cooler here at the beach. Air temp this morning is 73.
The warm ocean has kept the king fish here along with the brown sharks. On the beaches that were not replenished this year anglers are walking out at low tide and casting to get to deeper water to catch the sharks. The new beaches have deep water all day and you can cast right from the beach.
Big thanks to Tom Beaty for his picture of what looks to be a finished product at the Old Wooden Jetty in Holgate.
Tues July 12th
We do have fresh this morning but no blood worms till Thursday afternoon. It is 72 this am with no wind. Ocean temp is 73.
King fish continue to bite and in some good numbers for those that are use to fishing for them.
Jeff is one of our regular customers and he trailers his boat. He sent us this picture of his Fridays catch. Bluefin was caught about 2 miles south of the Haskell wreck. Taken on blue/white joe Shute with Bally. Thanks for report Jeff.
Fluke fishing in our bay has been slow but here is a couple of bucktailers that found a couple of keepers yesterday.
Mon July 11th
I will give yesterday a 10. Lots of people enjoyed the nice day and the beach. Ocean temp is 71 so there were a lot of people in swimming. I hope the ocean stays warm all week as it will be a relief to those on the beach as it is predicted to be a hot week.
Finally a fish off the beach to eat. The warmer water had increased catches of king fish. I have had reports from Brant Beach to Holgate of nice sized kings being caught on blood worms and fish bites. Speaking of Holgate the dredging continues and they now have covered the wooden jetty there at the parking lot. They are going to continue to 500 feet past the jetty. It would have been nice it had continued all the way to the point but Federal restrictions halt it there. It will be interesting to see how the buggy road will be this September when Holgate reopens.
Wooden Jetty Construction site
Sherry caught her 1st keeper fluke yesterday at the public dock near the Boat House. Her fish was caught on a bucktail and gulp.
Reports of snapper blue fish starting to take a hook. Spearing is working for these fish that are about the size of your spearing.
Reports of fluke to the north are great is what we heard from several anglers over the weekend. Sandy Hook and Raritan Bay anglers seem to be doing well. Well I can not say that about fishing here on the south end. I wish they had put a stamp on some of those fish and mailed them down here.
One angler fishing BL for fluke reported that small blue fish came thru and were eating everything including their minnows.
Mixed reports from offshore. Reports of you should have been here yesterday is what we heard from the Triple Wreck. The tuna turned in monster blue fish. It sounded like some good action at Masseys with dolphin, yellow fin and blue fin being caught.
Sun July 10th
We got a break today in the humidity and boy does it feel good. Water temp is 71 and wind is from the NW in what I would call as breezy.
Yesterday was a heavy travel did and we saw a lot of people leaving and a lot coming.
It should be a good week with all the interest in fishing.
Reports are all the same but more kings showing in the surf because more people are trying. Fluke fishing in the bay was slow yesterday morning with the reef fisherman giving us better reports.
Sat July 9th
It is 72 this morning with the wind from the east at 12. Ocean temp is up almost 10 degrees and is 70 this am.
The warmer ocean temp has us hearing of some more king fish in the surf for anglers trying for them. No big numbers but one or two for some anglers.
Fri July 8th
It is more of the same this morning with an air temp of 78. Ocean is 62 and there is a lite wind from the west. Chance of showers later today.
Reports from the reefs are mixed with some boaters not catching a thing and others happy with their catches.
Surf fisherman once again had a big day with cow nose rays
Several boats have headed offshore taking advantage of the weather. We had a couple of nice fluke come in today.
One from the bay and the other from the ocean. Bud caught his 25 inch, 6-11 on a pink bucktail with a minnow.
Jack W. entered hia 7-8 fluke into the Beach N Boat contest. Jacks fish was caught on one of the wrecks.
Thurs July 7th
It is a re--pete of yesterday but the ocean is even colder at 62. They are calling for a 50% chance of showers today.
It looks like crabbing is still going strong with nice size crabs being caught. Surf anglers are reporting rays, skates and sharks.
Reports from offshore anglers looked good yesterday with the catching of mahi and blue fins with out having to go to the canyons.
Wed July 6th
It is going to be a hot one so don't forget drink plenty of water and you might want to take some bug spray too if you are outside.
At 5:30 am it is 78 degrees with no wind. Ocean temp is 65.
The weather yesterday kept most people close to home but they did a lot of crabbing. Sounds like the bigger crabs are on the otherside of the bay but we do have some on street ends here too. This is the best crabbing that we have seen at this time of the year in a few years.
Surf fisherman had some good fights yesterday with the cow nose rays.
Tues July 5th
It looks like a Monday morning this morning with all the traffic leaving so early.
It is raining this am and it looks to be here for a few more hours. It is a muggy 70 degrees this am. There is no wind and the ocean is 66. Once this rain is out of here and with the west wind it will be a hot one today.
Mon July 4th
We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th. We are open our regular hours today.
Cool overnight made for good sleeping. Winds are from the SW at 8. The ocean temp is up a ittle at 68. Big question of the day is will the rain hold off for the fireworks in town tonight?
Fluke, fluke and more fluke. For some it is good fishing for some nothing. The reefs are good with keepers and a lot of throw back and the same is true for some in the bay. Here is one that did not get away. Aiden caught this 30" 8lb flounder Sun in the inlet by the old fish factory. This one would have taken the monies yesterday.
One of the highlights of the Fluke-a-mania tournament was the complimentary professional filleting by the mates of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. They got to practice some of what they have been taught. Nice job and a great idea by the club to do this.
Sun July 3rd
Cold ocean with a temp of 66. The chilly water even kept some of the young swimmers out of the water. Despite the cold ocean temps surf anglers still caught fluke on the early morning tide. It did slow down the amount of sharks caught on the high tide yesterday am and of this writing I have no results from last night.
This was a nice surprise today and I am sure it was for Greg also. This 18-2 bass was caught on clams at low tide right near the store.
Fluke-A - Mania sounds like it was a big sucess with 65 boats entering this year. It was nice that it was open to the public for the after party. Congrats to all the winners. Click here for results.
Fluke fishing continues to be slow for boaters but things are improving on the wrecks. Best catches I heard from yesterday were on Garden State South.
The list of those with their 1st fish continues with small seabass taken from the public dock on blood worms. It is always great to have these young anglers tell you about their catch.
The nicer day today has some boaters pushing offshore looking for blue fin or shark fishing. Most plan to fish within 40 miles of the beach.
Sat July 2nd
Once again we got lucky with the overnight storms compared to other areas. This morning the winds are from the NW at 6 -11 and the air temp is 70. The winds did chill the ocean back off to the mid 60s.
The early bird did catch fish on the surf yesterday. Sharks, rays and skates plus some fluke. High tide on the sharks and the begining of the out going for the fluke. Fluke are now being caught near several jettys. Bucktail / teaser and try gulp sand eels.
Yesterday I saw my first blowfish of the year that was caught from the public dock. I have a family that fished there the day before with no luck. I told them usually blood worms will do the trick. Dad, Mom and daughter came back all smiles as the daughter caught her 1st fish. They ended up with 7 fish including the blow fish that mom caught now all on video for the memories.
Today anglers are fishing the BHMTC 1st Fluke-N- Mania with over 60 boats signed up for the cause giving to cystic fibrosis. This tournament is also in part to the memory of Bob Shomo that passed away last year. Good luck to all anglers fishing in it today.
Fri July 1st
Very tropical is how the ocean looked yesterday and it how the air feels this morning. It is a humid morning with an air temp of 71. Wind is from the south at 5-10 and the ocean is 72. Once we get past what showers we are getting today the weather looks good.
Sea bass reopens today and you are allowed 2 fish. Fluke fisherman are still having a hard time finding more than 1 keeper in our bay but we are hearing better reports coming from some of the wreck.
Surf fishermen are starting to see a few more fluke in the surf and I am hearing of a few more kings for those trying. Sharks and skates and rays have been giving surf fisher- man a fight on the beaches. Beach replenishment is almost to the last jetty in Holgate. I know we have seen a lot of equipment leaving from the project.
Thurs June 30th
•HOLGATE: Dredges are expected to complete beachfill operations in early/mid July.
Ocean temp is 69 this am and the winds will come from the south this afternoon to cool us off some.
Sea bass season reopens on July 1st and this Sat Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club is holding their 1st Fluke-a-Mania and of course fire works are right here in Beach Haven on the 4th.
Fluke fisherman are having a slow pick in the bay and most days are happy with one keeper. Some areas seem to have a lot of shorts. Ocean fishing for them continues to get better.
Surf fisherman continue to catch big rays and assorted species and sizes of sharks. There have been a few blues caught this week and I know of a couple of small bass caught on clams. No new reports on kingfish.
I am sure with the good weather reports we will be getting more reports about tuna and makos. We do have ballyhoo and chum in stock but it is always a good idea to preorder your chum.
Wed June 29th
Cloudy start to the day with an ait temp of 71. There is no wind this morning and the ocean is 68.They say we will see sunshine today.
Weather condtions kept most close to home yesterday but we did hear of some fluke in Great Bay and a few bluefish on the beach along with sharks.
Pat Phillps is the winner of our instore Spring surf tournament. His winning bass weighed 42-9. Nice going Pat.
Tues June 28th
We have some rain this morning and it looks like we may have some clearing at times today. It is 68 degrees with winds from the SSW at 8 -15. Ocean temp is 71.
Southern Lady reported having a good day Sunday shark fishing and that they boated a 225 pound mako.
Looks like Bounty Hunter is having a good year with the Makos. This one weighed 225.
Pink gulp did the trick for this 9-5 fluke caught on Monday. Mike caught his 30 inch fish near Lindys Trailer Park.
Mon June 27th
What a difference the wind makes in the water temp. The chilly waters of mid week are now up to 71. It is 67 this morning and winds are from the south.
Mixed reports from the weekend with the best coming from those that pushed offshore.Weather conditions were favorable to head out shark fishing or to the canyon. Some boats did not leave till late last night or early this morning. Big Dog had his 1st trip of the year and had some tuna on board. Pictured are a couple of happy anglers with Hunter on the right and Jarrett holding tuna.
Better day fluking but still slow for this time of the year. Great Bay and the intracoastal on the out going tide seemed to be some of the better spots with one angler finding a 28 inch fluke.
So many anglers want fluke from the surf but the lack of jetties here on the south end is hurting there catch. Meanwhile lots of dogfish and browns being caught especially at the top of the tide.
Birds in the news as there are some piping plovers at IBSP.
State officials will soon temporarily prohibit beach buggy access in a portion of Island Beach State Park due to the presence of a nesting endangered shorebird.
The closure will begin on 6/30 (July 4th weekend) and most likely extend until 8/7. Piping plovers are a threatened species and our State is obligated to take this action due to the Endangered Species Act. Federal guidelines call for a 1000 meter protective radius around the nesting site. The nest site is being monitored by a camera and there is an electrified cage around it protecting the birds from predators. Their four eggs are expected to hatch around 7/3 at which time they will roam from the nest. By 8/7 they should be big enough to fly and be on their own so vehicular access is expected to be restored at that time. Access by foot from A-23 to the jetty will still be allowed but those accessing the area in this manner must stay outside the cordoned off areas. No pets at all will be allowed south of A-23. Park police will be making frequent checks of the area. Anyone interfering with these birds could face fines from the State up to $5000. as well as Federal fines up to $25,000
Sun June 26th
It is a beautiful day here at the beach. At 11 am it is 75 and the wind is from the SE at 5. Ocean temps are heading back up and are 68 today.
Yesterday with the wind made it hard to drift in the bay in the morning and surf anglers needed heavier sinkers to hold.
Congrats to the winners in the BHMTC in house tournament which included a 8 pound blue and a 5 pound fluke. Winning fluke in BHMTC inner club tournament yesterday was caught by Mike S. Congrats Mike on your 5.12 fluke. This fish was caught right outside of Shelter Harbor Marina.
Sat June 25th
We have a NE wind this am at 6-12. It is 68 degrees and the ocean is back up to 65. Low tide this am is 6:07 on the surf and high is 12:18 pm.
Most of the action on the surf has been happening on the high tide other than the fluke fishing. Having the report of a king fish being caught was good so it maybe time to target them if you enjoy eating and fishing for them. You will need a heavier sinker today. More reports of browns yesterday in the surf. Albert G. landed this sandbar shark in Holgate, using a bunker tail during high tide
With this wind this am I am sure it will keep most boaters in the bay or inlet so we should get a good report today on what they are catching.
Simply Bassing ends today with no changes in the leader board in awhile. We did weigh some nice bass this Spring from the surf but none for the Simply Bassing contest. The largest surf bass we weighed was Pat P. 42-9 which looks like it will win the instore contest.
Fri June 24th
We have a little shower this morning that looks like it will be out of here soon. It is 70 this morning with winds from the ENE at 4-10. Water temp is 64.
So far it has not been easy finding fluke on the surf. Connor had this 19 incher and a short this am on a bucktail/teaser/gulp combo near one of the jetties.
Quieter fishing in the surf yesterday unless you want to count all the dog fish. High tide still seems the best time to be out there. No fluke action on the surf to talk about.
Macaulay kids and family spring vacation. Caught on Bunker tail, high tide, Friday morning.
**** They also caught a kingfish in the wash today.
Fluke fisherman fishing the intercoastal have had a hit or miss week with it being about being there at the right time. Bucktail--minnow-- gulp is your best bet.
Thurs June 23rd
Despite the hot temps of yesterday it did not warm up the cold ocean. Ocean temp this morning is 62 and the air is 72 and the winds are lite. Once again we have threatening looking weather with a lot of it being to the south this am.
Surf reports are mostly of sharks. We have an early kick off to shark week with 10 year old Brayden and his shark caught at high tide this am and with Jason with his after a 25 minute fight.
We now have blood worms for those wanting to try for king fish.
Lots of folks are crabbing and having sucess in the amount they are catching. Not a lot of keepers but a good amount of crabs on street ends.
Wed June 22nd
There is a haze this morning and it is 69 degrees. Wind is from the WNW at 6-12. The ocean temp is 64.
We were lucky with the storms yesterday. Areas to our north and south had some serious damage. Weather conditions kept the angling down but we did have reports of small blues on the surf.
Tues June 21st
It is a warm start to the morning with the air temp 76. Wind from the WSW at 8 to15 and the ocean is 70. There are some thunderstorms to the south of us this morning.
Slow for some on the beach where others fishing the high tide caught some fish. High tide this am is 9:13.
Ken W. sent us this picture of his brown shark he caught last night.
Sharkers that fished inshore areas are catching some makos and threshers.
Bounty Hunter fished about 40 miles off on Sunday and caught 2 blue fins, 1 thresher and 2 makos in which this mako came back to the dock.
Mon June 20th
Amazing was the word for yesterday right down to the sunset and a beautiful moon last night. Dad could not have asked for nicer weather for his day.
It was nice to see another drum fish caught, This one Rob caught this morning at high tide in Holgate.
1st day of summer today and another nice day ahead. Ocean temps are now in the upper 60s.
Shark week previewed last night but surf anglers got their own preview on Saturday night with some small brown sharks showing up. Last year the browns showed up the week before shark week and it looks like it maybe the same this year too. Also reports of some sand tigers. Both of these species are protected.
Sea bass is now closed. Small blue fish are still around with 1 to 3 pounders being caught along the beach with a few in the inlets at high tide.
Small blue fish are being caught in the surf on mullet and bunker. I still have not heard any great reports of fluke in the surf but I did have a report of king fish on Sun. Now to see if they stick around.
Sun June 19th
Happy Fathers Day
Fathers Day has always been one of my favorite holidays in the store because I see so many young people going fishing with their dad. In some cases you see three generations fishing together. It almost seems like Mothers Day because everybody is out of the house and Mom gets to do what she want to do while they are out fishing.
Yesterday was a day of surprises. After days of no fluke we had several reports of boaters catching fluke in areas very close to the store including the Middle Ground. There was no set tide to it yesterday it was a case of just being there. Gulp was one of the main baits being used with a combo or squid, minnows or spearing.
Seeing a black drum off the surf was another surprise as usually by this time of the year we have seen several of them. Anglers catching the small blue fish at high tide were no surprise as they have been catching these for a few days. If you didn't catch them I would be surprised.
I know there will be a few surprised Dads today with their gifts and it sounds like some will be taking up a new hobby.
Crabbing has been another nice surprise with some nice catches coming from street ends.
Sat June 18th
No wind this morning and an air temp of 61. Ocean temp is 65. High tide on the ocean this am is 7:11 and high tide this evening is 7:30.
Nice to see a fish out of the Middle Grounds. Minnow and gulp for the 5-5 caught by Ted out of Southwicks plus he had another keeper.
First drum I have seen this year from the surf was caught this morning at high tide. Steve caught this 16 pounder on clams in Beach Haven.
Small blue fish are the main catch especially around high tide. Report of birds working in the bay last night with fish with them.
Cow nose rays are starting to be hooked more often so make sure you have your sand spike in the sand good and don't have your drag to tight.
Fluke fishing on this end continues to be slow in the bay and on the beach.
Fri June 17th
Cloudy morning with lite winds from the ENE. It is 64 this am and the ocean is 65. Winds from the ENE at 4-8.
Finally caught a keeper. Travis sent us this picture of his 29 incher he caught last night on clams at high tide.
It was a repeat last night of the small blue fish on the beach at high tidee. These fish are running around two pounds. Top of the time semed to be prime time. Reports of some small bass being caught on clams.
High tide this am is 6:24 am and high tonight is 6:50 pm.
Thurs June 16th
Unsettled is the word for the weather today. Chance of some rain or showers at times today. Winds this morning are from the ESE at 5. Ocean temp is 65 and the air is 62.
Quiet yesterday for those fishing the beach. Some anglers report not even a hit but told us about how clear the water was. Some anglers did catch a few blue fish and others can't get aay from the dogfish.
Boaters fishing north of Barnegat inlet are still catch some nice stripers trolling or using the snag and drop method. Sea bass season ends for now on 6/19.
It is the time of the year for lots of weddings and graduations including my Alma Mater SRHS. We have found thru the years that fishing tackle is a good gift for those occasions. We often sell matching rod and reels for the newly weds and find that alot of the graduates enjoy fishing. Sunday is a big day too for Dad. We have lots of great gifts at all prife ranges for the fishermsn in your life. If can not decide gift cards are available.
Wed June 15th
Credit to Aloha Ric for this picture of Holyoke Jetty one of the larger jetties on LBI.. As many of you know this is a popular surfing spot as well as a well known fishing spot. You can see some rocks and it will be interesting to watch it as it reappears. It sounds like most of the replenishment work is now finished in Beach Haven and they are moving more of the equipment to Holgate.
Nice morning and a lotof people are getting an early start including some that have already headed offshore. It is 63 this morning with winds from the W at 5. Ocean temp is 65.
We do have fresh bunker this am along with live minnows.
Tues June 14th
Matching temps this am with the ocean and the air both 64. Winds are from the NNW at 10-15.
Reports from the surf are about the same with some smaller blue fish on plugs and bait, lots of dog fish, a few fluke and a few stripers.
When the winds died down later yesterday afternoon we had a few folks in for minnows to try for fluke in the bay.
Mon June 13th
Butch K. is out fishing bayside street ends early in the morning like he always did when he live here and this morning he caught this 6-12 fluke on a green paddle tail.
Refreshing. After temps reaching 90 here at the beach the 60 degrees we have this morning feels refreshing. WInds this morning are from the NNW at 10-15 and the ocean is 61.
Wind was the word of the day with strong west winds making the bay look like the ocean which kept most flukers at the dock. Surf anglers did find a few fluke in the surf yesterday morning with most being shorts. Bucktail--teaser and gulp near a jetty or a cut in the beach. Other surfcasters reports lots of dogfish.
Sun June 12th
The winds are down some from what they were late yesterday. This morning they are from the west from 7-13 and small craft warnings are in effect. Air temp is 76 and the ocean is 63.
Yesterday started out as a nice day but by 8 winds had picked up and continued to get stronger causiing some boaters to come in early.
Very few fluke reports from the morning but those that went out later in the afternoon for high tide in the bay found some fluke to 23 inches. Bucktails, gulp and minnows was a winning combo. We did have a 19 inch weakfish reported to us caught by Anthony who was drifting for fluke in front of the Miss Beach Haven dock. Former resident Butch K. also found some fluke fishing street ends in the Beach Haven area.
Boats in search of stripers did well if they went north. Lavallette was once again an area where boaters did well. Several boats had few bass yesterday with several 40 lb. fish caught.
Sharks where the main catch of the day from the surf but late afternoon there was a report of some big blues in Holgate.
I would like to thank Nick P. for the picture of the thresher (204) that was caught aboard the Martuni. today. After they boated thix thresher they did catch a mako that was safely released.
Sat June 11th
Sorry we are out of fresh bunker and looking at winds in the weather forecast it maybe a few days till out bunker man goes again.
It is a pretty morning and winds have dropped out overnight. For now winds are from the WSW at 2 put will pick up later. Ocean temp is 60 and air temp is 62.
Surf reports yesterday were of a lot of doggies wand a few blue fish.
Fluke fishing in the bay continues to get better. Chris M. weighed a 4-12 fluke that he caught in the bay using pink gulp. This was one of the 2 keepers he had yesterday morning.
Fri June 10th
WInds are from the NNW at 10-17 this morning with small craft warnings in effect till 10am. It is 59 degrees and the water temp is 58.
Simply Bassing has a new leading fish with Paul H. still in 1st place with a 47-1 taken on the north end.
Only surf reports we had yesterday was about all the bunker people could see flipping and of a few blue fish and some dogfish.
We lost a great man today with the passing of Gordie Howe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We know we will miss him and his stories.
Thurs June 9th
It feels like October this morning with air temp at 55 and the winds from the west at 15. It will be a windy day with gusts up to 30 out of the west to 30 and then switching to the NW. Ocean temp has dropped again to 58.
What a storm we had yesterday around noon. They say we had winds over 60 mph. The wind was so hard it made the rain come down sideways. We takjed to several anglers that had been out in the boat and where happy to have made it in before the blow.
It was an early start for Brian (left) and Tommy as they headed up the beach to Lavallette. Lots of action at daybreak including this 30 and 40 pound bass caught on top water lures. They fished tight to the beach today and found blue fish in the mix.
Wed Jun 8th
Once again we had a storm move thru here quickly before sunset and it brought behind it some refreshing temps. It is 61 this am with winds from the WNW at10- 16. The ocean temp dropped to 60.
Yesterday saw 2 new fish weighed into Simply Bassing including a new leading fish at 30-3 that was caught last night in Beach Haven before high tide.
Mixed reports from the surf here yesterday with sharks, skates, blue fish and bass being caught.
Tues June 7th
Air temp is 71 this morning and the ocean is 66. Winds are from the SW at 7 - 12.
You needed a heavier sinker on the surf yesterday as the current was strong. We did have some reports of some fish early morning. Blue fish were mixed sizes and we heard of a couple of nice bass caught.
Sad news to report with the passing of Gene Hawn. Some that went to Southern may have had him as a teacher but fisherman all knew him and his boat the "Barbara Ann". Gene was one of those Oyster Creek boats and we all know that they could all catch fish. Gene also captained many boats here on the island including the past few years running The Island Girl for Dr. Rusty S.
There are no word to describe this easy going gentleman of a man. He will be deeply missed by many. Our condolences to his family.
Eugene B. Hawn, 82, of Port Republic, passed peacefully with his family present on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Born in Erma, NJ on August 28, 1933 to Harvey and Edith Hawn. His family moved to New Smyrna Beach, FL in 1949. Gene attended and graduated from Live Oak St. High School, N.S.B in 1952, after winning local and state awards for his basketball skills. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War as a tail-gunner on a B-36 bomber. Upon discharge, he entered Glassboro State College and graduated with a degree in teaching and taught at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, NJ for 28 years.
Gene was an avid fisherman and was owner/captain of the charter boat “Barbara Ann”. He loved to hunt and play golf but most of all, Gene loved his family. Married for 62 years to his high school sweetheart, Barbara Hawn (Wood) and proud parents of daughters, Sherril Lee (Tom), Sandra Ann (Dennis), and son Eugene F. (Ronda). He was also a loving grandfather to Pamela, Dennis, Jerry, Rachael, and Laura. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Edith; brothers, Lester and Harvey; and granddaughter, Danielle Marie. He leaves sisters, JoAnne Allen and Sharon Harvey; and nephews and nieces to cherish his life.
Gene served on the Port Republic City Council, the Port Republic School Board and was a member of the Port Republic Vol. Fire Co. for some years.
Visitation will be at Wimberg Funeral Home, 211 E. Great Creek Rd, Galloway 609-645-0001 on Saturday, June 11th from 10:00 – 12:00 PM with a service beginning at 12:00 PM. Interment will immediately follow at Port Republic Cemetery. For directions or condolences, please visit wimbergfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Port Republic Fire Co., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or the charity of one’s choice.
On Saturday BHMTC ran their club Spring striper / bluefish tournament. The winner of the striper part of the tournament was Brian M. with a bass weighing 40.4. He caught his fish off Seaside Park trolling a white bunker spoon in about 60+ feet . We also had a 27 lber in same area on a white spoon. Congrats to all of Saturdays winners.
Mon June 6th
Beautiful day! If you are heading to the beach take some heavy sinkers.
The weather held off for us yesterday till late in the day. Despite the wicked forecast we were lucky and it moved thru fast and we ended up with a great sunset.
Click storm and watch Jacks report.
Southwest winds today will be warming up our air temps.Ocean temp is 68 and winds are 10 -15.
Weather kept the fisherman count down yesterday but those surf anglers that went caught some fish. It is a long time since I had 3 big bass come in off the surf before 7:30am. Reports of blue fish with some now runnning smaller which anglers like for better eats. Spray Beach and Holgate were both hot spots and bunker was the bait of choice.
It is always good to report 1st and we have one to report with Richie S. and his 1st keeper fluke. He is ready to cross that one off his list. Richie also told me he hit the jackpot and caught 10 blue claws. He was providing last nights dinner with his fish and crabs.It is great to see a young man so excited about his fishing.
We also have our 1st offshore report coming from the Toms. Brian D. reports catching their limit of yellow fins weighing 35 to 60 pounds. Bally hoo and spreader bars where both working to catch these fish. He also report 2 nice mahi.
Brians boat the Bounty Hunter will be heading south later this week to fish a shark tournament in Cape May. We do have bunker and mackerel chum in stock along with whole mackerel.
Sun June 5th
.It is 64 this morning and the ocean is 68. Winds are from the south at 4. Chance of showers and thunderstorms today so keep your eye to the sky.
We do have a good supply of fresh bunker and minnows this am but our clam supply is real low.
Yesterday Pat P. was on the other side of the rocks were Rod caught his fish. Last night he chose that side of the rocks and hooked and landed this 42-9 bass. Pat tried to release this fish but it was a long fight over the rocks and in the rocks and after trying to revive it the fish did not swim away.This is the first year that Pat did not join Simply Bassing because of lack of time to fish this year but he did throw money in the store pool yesterday and now takes the lead. He caught this fish in Holgate on bunker around 10 pm.
Steve has been fishing clams this weekend and has had good luck on the beach. Yesterday he had a 38 incher he released and this morning he had 2 more bass both on clams. His first one at 5:30 am (29 lbs) and this one at 7 am. Steves 39-5 was caught in Beach Haven Terrace.
We did hear of several bass caught from the surf yesterday on clams and bunker. The afternoon tide was hot for Mike S.as he had 3 bass up to 24 pounds in a few hours here in Beach Haven. Another bass report came from Chris St George with Lillian and Lydia with this bass caught in Beach Haven on clams.
Fluke fishing continues to be slow but the slime is cleaning up. With the slime cleaning up we are getting more reports of crabs in the overnight traps.
With the warmer water temps we are starting to see more sharks and rays starting to show up. Sand tigers are usually very easy to ID by the spots on them and by the nasty set of teeth they have. These sharks must be released. With the showing of the rays I am sure the brown sharks will not be to far behind especially if we see the water temps hit the 70s. Last year the browns arrived early and if the water temps stay up there they maybe early this year too.
Last night just before closing there was a fire near the store at a home near Sportsman Marina. The response from the fire companies in the area was unbelievable. I was told there were companies here from as far as Forked River. The house sustained a lot of damage. With the marina being across the street this could have been really bad. Great job by our fire companies.
I do know the family that owns this property and my heart goes out to them. They had started to build this house prior to Sandy and then it was delayed because of the storm and then finally getting in to it.
Sat June 4th
There is a very lite wind from the south this morning. It is 64 and the ocean is 65. Todays tides on the beach are 7:45am high and 1:56 pm low.
Beach replenihment is starting to move into Holgate and they seem to be almost done in Beach Haven. They are still doing work around Berkley Ave.
Blue fish and dog fish seem to be the catches of the day right now. Typical of June some of these dog fish are 40 inches and give a good fight.
Tanner J. with his largest bass to date. They went north to find this 32 pounder that took a chartreuse mojo.
Rod decided to fish the south end this morning (Holgate) and I saw him at 5:30 when I opened. A young lady with her dad was in talking about the guy that caught a striper and some blue fish and told me he would be back to weigh them. Rod's blue fish weighed 10-4 and his bass caught on a bunker head weighed 18-8. Nice morning for him.
Fri June 3rd
Overcast morning with matching air and water temps at 64. The water temp is really starting to get up there. Winds are from the ENE at 6-10.
Reports yesterday of some blue fish from the surf from 6 pounds to 39 inches. Large dogfish in the surf along with a few stripers on clams.
Thurs June 2nd
The good news is that the slime near the store is starting to leave the area. With that gone we should start to hear of increased fluke catches.
The next few days should be prime time for surfcasters and stripers as we come up on the moon phase. It is hard to believe that top fish in Simply Bassing is only 28 pounds.
There were a few blue fsih caught yesterday morning on the beginning of the outgoing tide. We had reports of blues to 38 inches. Things have slowed down from what they were. I know you have lots of pictures of Blues on the Surf, but wanted to share another classic. This is my son-in-law's first blue what a blast Joe
Wed June 1st
Lite NE winds have it a bit cloudy this morning. It is 61 degrees and the ocean is 59.
The blue fish have slowed down from the blitzs we have seen but there is still a pick with either bunker or mullet and some are being taken on poppers.
There were some bass caught from the boats on the south end yesterday with John L. reporting to us that he had some action north of IBSP tower.
Tues May 31st
Watching the news this morning I would have to say we were lucky with the weather we had over the long weekend. Yesterday was not the nicest and there were a few wet Bar-b-ques but over all we were lucky.
We still have some early showers today and the ocean has dropped to 55. No wind to speak of this am but there is some fog.
Now to talk about fishing. Fluke fishing in our bay is dissapointing because of the slime. The fish maybe there but try getting to them. The good news is that the slime is starting to move out the inlet. Speaking of the inlet big blue fish either trolling, casting or using bait at the top of the tide along the edges of the bars.
Surf fisherman had a few decent days here on the south end with anglers catching the biggest blue fish many have ever seen. Some beaches had blitzing conditions on Saturday and then nothing on Sunday. The days we had the strong afternoon winds they caught fish. There were a few bass in the mix too. One angler that is starting his own tradition is catching a bass for his birthday again this year. Steve was fishing Holgate when he got this 20 pounder.
Boaters continue to catch big bass mostly on the troll north of Barnegat Inlet and some off of Beach Haven. Spoons, mojos and stretch plugs are catching these bass in anywhere from 37 to 60 feet of water. Wreck fisherman finally got a nice day to fish on Sunday but ended up fishing in some heavy fog.
There were no changes in Simply Bassing over the weekend which usually by this time we are seeing some bigger fish coming from the surf.
Mon May 30th
Remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.
Once again the wind has picked up and we have reports of blue fish up and down the beach. Tom is dressed to fish and it looks like this fish was waiting for him. Thanks for the picture Tom.
There was a huge blitz of blues right off the beach this morning. (Holgate) We followed them up the beach And between me, my dad, and grandfather we caught 5 and lost 4 all on poppers. My grandfather (Dave) finally got one. Connor
There was no one on the beach this am where Dan was. He said he was about to leave because it was pouring but then he got his 1st keeper bass of the year weighing 13-8. This fish was caught in Spray Beach on bunker.
Once again the boaters had a good day with big fish off of IBSP. Dave B (Rebait) caught a 46 incher and what a ride this fish had going home. I wonder if it wore a seat belt.
Thurs May 26th
Not only did it feel like summer here yesterday it looked like it too. Lots of people must be taking a looong weekend but I can't blame them because we have been waiting on this weather.
Ocean temp is 60 and yes there are a few people in swimming. Air temps have stated warm overnight staying in the 60s and the winds are from the SW.
It looks like a nice weekend ahead and there are fish biting. There are blue fish in the surf, in the bay, in the inlets and in the ocean.
Tom H. with his 15-12 bass caught last evening on bunker in Beach Haven.
Last evening we had a couple of anglers with their 1st blue fish and it is great seeing the kids catch fish. It is a great time to take your kids fishing right now because chances are good on catching one of these big blues that they will talk about for a long time.
Emma Southwick caught her 1st fish while out in the boat fishing with her family. Love this picture it looks like she is saying this is MY Fish. I am sure her brother coached her
Proud dad Charlie Potter sent us this picture of his son Aidens first slammer blue. 34 inches. So I guess about 12 lbs. Charlie reported it took him a while and eventually I had to put a hand on the rod but he got mostly on his own.
A couple more blue fish from the surf today. The largest 14 pounds and caught on bunker in North Beach Haven. Chris said he has enough blue fish now so now he will release them.
Bunker has been the bait of choice on the surf for the blue fish with some using it in the bay. Bunker spoons, stretch plugs and mojos are being trolled in 55 to 60 feet of water for best results with bass. Some anglers are doing snag and drop where as some anglers are trolling live bunker or eels.
Sea bass season opened on Monday and reports have been good. Reports on fluke have still been slow but this warmer weather should warm the bay improving the catch.
Wed May 25th
The Marine Digest are finally in store. Stop by and pick up your free copy along with a tide chart.
Sounds like a few 36-38 inch bass were caught from the surf this morning and more blue fish caught including Jims 16-11 that was caught in bunker in Beach Haven Terrace. There was a nice bird play in the bay with blue fish just around high tide this morning near Holgate Marina.
It is 59 this am with west wind at 4 Ocean temp is 58.
We have fresh bunker this morning and our bunker man is back out looking for more. We also have live minnows, surf clams, live eels and all kinds of frozen baits.
Blue fish and more blue fish.
Darrin M. plans for a bass did not work out but he this is the bigest blue fish he has every caught. He caught his 16-6 on bunker in North Beach Haven and also lost another blue fish.
The gnats are here so make sure you take bug spray with you.
We are still waiting to see a keeper fluke. Reports are slow coming from our bay other than blue fish.
Yesterday we had more anglers in changing up their rigging as they were tired of getting bit off and it seemed to work out for some of them last night. One report we received overnight was --- Big blues are really still here. Four big blues in 40 minutes tonight, all 34 - 36 inches and big fighters. All on bunker chunks.Rich.
Chris M. caught his largest to date in Beach Haven,
Chris R. here on vacation landed this 30 incher in North Beach Haven.
Tues May 24th
We have some showers this morning. Air temp is 58, ocean is 57 and wind is from the WNW at 2.
Sea bass open yesterday with the Carolyn Ann reporting it amazing and some with limit catches. Ocean conditions kept smaller boats in but those that went found fish.
Bluefish still are the main catch from surf anglers and anglers fishing near the inlet. Ken sent us this report and picture --- Had good night on beach...bunch of big blues!
Simply Bassing is still going on with no changes in the leader board. This little one had to go back and maybe someday it make it on the board.
Mon May 23th
It must be summer as the traffic lights go on today. They say that the temps will be going up this week too.
Winds are from the NE at 9 air temp is 59 and the ocean has dropped to 55.
Yesterday people had a hard time making up there mind about what to do. Some boaters decided to hit the beach instead of taking the boat out as the skies looked threatening.
Surfcasters had a decent bite with blue fish and bass on the morning incoming tide. There seems to be a lot of 18-20 pound bass around in the surf.
Boaters over the weekend found some bass with a lot of big fish being caught. There seem to be a lot of 43inch plus fish being caught with a few going over 50 inches. There is a lot of bunker around where boaters are trolling some live ones and having sucess. Blue fish are also taking the live bunker but more are getting bit off.
No great reports on fluke with some saying because the bay temps dropped so much.
Sun May 22nd
This weekend we have a few anglers that are here to fish. Mark and his buddies did well Friday night and Saturday morning and were back at it last night. His reports was as follows Weather didn't seem to matter much...still caught about 10 blues, 2 smaller stripers, and a few dogfish. The one blue pictured was 15 pounds.
Sat May 21st
We were able to make it thru the morning without the rain. We had a few anglers out trying for fluke and only had reports of shorts and blue fish on the fluke baits. Once again bunker outside the inlet with big bluefish. Rebait ( Dave B) fished the northend and landed a 46 in bass.
Surf anglers caught bass and bluefish during the night and before the rain Saturday morning on the front beaches. We understand that the BL Jetty had fish and was crowded.
Pete and his son had a great time on the beach staying out to 2 am catching dog fish, a 18 pound bass and numerous blues.
Mark was a happy angler with his catch. He reported one of his bluefish had 4 bunker heads in it.
Mike landed this big one in Ship Bottom.
So what are you fishing for today?
It looks like you may get a few hours in before the weather gets wet and windy so get out there.
It is cloudy with an air temp of 57 and the ocean is 58. Winds are lite from the ENE
It is the 1st day of fluke season with the limit the same as last year. You are allowed 5 fish at 18 inches. Are you going for stripers or are you after blue fish?
A lot of surf fisherman caught something yesterday and seemed happy with their day when they were back in for more bait. There are some big dog fish around (40 inches) a few bass from keeper to 20 pound and some nice blue fish in the surf on the outgoing and the high tide. Laura caught this 11 pounder in Holgate last night.
There were blue fish in the inlets yesterday too. A few anglers hit LE and the Fish Factory area after work to get in the action including Bob S. He christened his new boat Livin the Dream with this one.
We did weigh the one big bass from the boats yesterday but there were more caught any where from Holgate to IBSP. Bunker spoons, shad, and snag and drop were all working. Boaters working in the inlets or closer to the beach caught blue fish.
Fri May 20th
A lot of boats heading up the beach this morning as it is a beautiful day. The wind is from the north at 5, ocean temp is 57 and the air temp is 55. What a beautiful moon this morning.
Snag and drop was the method that Morgan used to catch his
51 pound 2 ounce bass that was 51 and a half inches long and
had a 28 and a half inch girth.
Morgan was fishing a half mile off of Holgate when he hooked into what he thought was a brown shark. It took him 45 minutes to land it and he was unable to revive his fish.
LE inlet and out front had a good showing of blue fish yesterday. Surf anglers had some bass and a few blues.
Thurs May 19th
Nice day ahead so get out and enjoy. Ocean temp is 55 and lite winds.
A couple of outgoing tide bass today. Rocco with a 9-9 caught in Holgate. His fish kicks off our instore contest.
Jim caught this 12-1 bass on his 1st cast in Spray Beach. Jim had been in earlier in the day and told us about all the blue fish in the LE inlet this am.
Saturday is looking pretty wet for the start of fluke season but we are ready. Live minnows are now in stock along with spearing, squid, gulp, bucktail and plenty of fluke rigs. If you are looking for a good rain coat our buddy Steve from California Grill told us his daughter is selling Grundens foul weather gear in the Sink and Swim Mens Wear shop. This is a new item for them this year.
Boaters are finding blue fish in our inlet and reporting a lot of bunker along the beach along with some whales and dolphin. You can troll these blue fish or do a snag a drop for bunker and catch.them and maybe a bass. There are some bass in them but more reports of bass off of Barnegat Inlet and north.
Our special blend of bunker chum is now in stock in 4 gallon buckets.This is specially ground for us and it gives a great slick.
We are either getting more blue fish in our area or more anglers as we are getting more localize reports. Holgate saw some action as Brad caught this blue down there.
Steve said he loves these new refurbished beaches. "You don't have to cast far and you have deep water" This 15-1 blue was caught on a bunker head. on the incoming tide. His other blue was released.
Jim sent us this picture of his big catch from Wednesday.
Wed May 18th
Live minnows now available.
Yes it is Wed and we are open. This is our 1st one of the year and we will be here till 3.
It is a cloudy morning out with lite NE wind and an air temp of 53 which matches the ocean temp.
It was nice hearing of some more blue fish on our front beaches yesterday around low tide. One angler stopped in and said he had gone up to the light with no luck but came back to his own beach and caught 6 in a 2 hours period. We do understand they did get some blue fish up at the light but it is all about the timing. Same thing with the boaters yesterday with the bass. Some did nothing and others had a great day.
Jim C. with a12-2 blue caught locally in the surf on the outgoing tide. Jim won the Bluefish part of the 61st LBI Classic.
We have a new Monafilment Recycling Bin outside This has been a project well thought out by Eagle Scout Bryan Janiszewski --- Life Scout Troop 65. We thank Bryan for letting us be a part of his project.
And now there are 4. Yes the 4 places of Simply Bassing have been filled with Ryan Fredrickson entering a 17-8 bass. What this now means is that unless you have a bass bigger than the 17-8 you do not have to bring it in for the contest and if you choose you may let it go.
Tues May 17th
Cloudy start to the day with an air temp of 58. There is little to no wind from the SW, ocean temp is 52.
The ocean is flat this morning so I am sure there will be a good amount of boats out after stripers.Still plenty of bluefish around with the inlets being the hot spot.
My mail this morning shows a new Simply Bassing fish that was caught at 10:30 last night on bunker. Matthew O was the angler on this 28-1 pounder that now has him in 1st place.
We do have fresh bunker this morning along with shucked surf clams and live eels.
Mon May 16th
Cool start to the day with temps at 45. The ocean is 54 and once again winds are from the WSW at 10. It will not be as windy as yesterday.
Several anglers that went to the jetty in BL said that they felt wind burnt from being up there. I also heard about all the fish they were being caught and how crowded it was. Some anglers said they did not like fishing shoulder to shoulder like that so they did not say. Here is a picture that is from the internet of one anglers catch. He must have really wanted these fish to put them in his car like this. I can only imagine what his car will smell like in a few days.
For those that fished on the beaches it was much slower than the action from the jetty. There are blue fish and stripers on the beach mostly on bait. We also heard of keeper size fluke from the surf.
No report from the boaters yesterday. We had several boaters in restocking what they lost with the blue fish. Last fall we sold a lot of white right now we are selling green bunker spoons and chartreuse mojos.
Sun May 15th
We were lucky that the rain held off to the end of the day. For those that got up early yesterday and headed to the beach they got to see a hump back whale cruising the beach. Boaters that were out Barnegat inlet early had a good chance to get into some big bass. Several bass over 40 pounds were caught with bunker spoons and mojos. Dave Bentley started his year off good with this bass.
Lots of bunker off of Beach Haven with a few bass in them. Late afternoon had big bluefish in the inlet with non stop action reported to us.
Today we took delivery of our new Monafilment Recycling Bin.
This has been a project well thought out by Eagle Scout Bryan Janiszewski --- Life Scout Troop 65.
We thank Bryan for letting us be a part of his project.
Beach Haven and Long Beach Township beaches close to 4 wheel drives on May 15th.
A few reports of some bass coming off the beach from Haven Beach, Beach Haven Park and Brant Beach. As the wind picked up on the incoming tide it seemed to turn the fish on today. Some of the areas that had been closed for replenishment have been open back up again as the project moves closer to 5th Street.
The Beiners stopped in and shared their pictures with us. They caught these 2 bass on bunker (released) this morning in Brant Beach at low tide just as the whale was passing by.
Windy day ahead but with the west wind it will have the ocean flat close to the beach and also make for a great cast for those fishing from the beach. Ocean temp is 55.
Sat May 14th
The overnight rains are out of here with a chance of some more rain later today. It is 58 degrees with a wind from WNW at 4 mph. Ocean temp is 55.
Blue fish are still here and are being caught on plugs and bait from tthe surf and in the inlet. There was a good bite in the back bay at high tide yesterday but you have to be there at the right. Bass fishing is picking up everyday on the beach and in the boats.
Fri the 13th of May
Are you superstititious or is it a lucky day for you?
Beautiful morning with no wind and it is warm. It is 58 with an ocean temp of 55. Chance of some showers later in the day.
Boaters were able to fish in the ocean yesterday and we had positive reports of bass 20 pounds plus from AC to IBSP. It is time to troll those mojos, bunker spoons and stretch plugs.
Change of plans for Ryan had him coming home with this 31pound + bass caught on a mojo off of IBSP. Ryan reported lots of fish and he also reported releasing a 50 pounder.
Thurs May 12th
There is little to no wind this am with an air temp of 63 and a water temp of 54.
We will now be open 7 days a week.
We have fresh bunker this am and are expecting clams later today.
Sounds like the bluefish bite slowed down somewhat yesterday in the inlet but we heard of increased catches of stripers on the beach. It would not surprise me that we will start to hear of more being trolled of the beach.
Tues May 10th
Cloudy, chance of showers, light northeast winds just perfect for fishing. It is 51 this am with an ocean temp of 55.
The more people that are out fishing the more reports we get good and bad and I thank you for your reports.
Three anglers fishing--- 3 fish caught all by the same angler. Jason caught 2 blue fish that were 10-12 pounds and this 15 pound bass all on bunker in Beach Haven Park.
Blue fish are still very active but it is still all about the timing. Anglers that had all they wanted on Sunday night at the light house jetty returned Monday morning and only had 1. We did have reports from other anglers that were there later in the day and did okay. Reports of more stripers showing on the front beaches but mostly shorts taking bunker and clams.
Boaters fishing our inlet are not having a lot of luck (yet) but back in the bay they are finding blue fish but again it is all about the tide.
Simply Bassing had its first bass entered yesterday by a tournament regular. Martin S. entered a 21-14 that was caught on bunker in Barnegat Light. Thats a nice fish to start this tournament off. If you have not joined now is the time as this contest runs to the end of June.
Mon May 9th
I hope everybodies Mom had a great Mothers Day. The weather turned out to be great and even felt more like summer by the end of the day.
A sure sign of Summer is that the speed limits are going to be lowered today on LBI and the traffic lights are going on this Friday the 13th.
Ocean temp has hit 55 and winds are from the SW at 10 plus with a high around 65 which is a nice improvement over last week.
Blue fish have been the big catch so far this year but this weekend we had a lot of people getting ready for fluke season which starts May 21st. Anglers were buying gulp, bucktails, lead heads, and minnow buckets.
We will be giving out a $25. gift certificate to California Grill to the 1st keeper fluke in the store. It can be caught from the surf or in the boat.
Sun May 8th
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there. Although I am the mothers of 2 sons that made me proud to be their mom I always think back to my own Mom on Mothers Day. Happy Mothers Day Mom I miss you.
Ocean temp is 54 with winds from the SW (finally something different than NE) and breezy today but with that wind we should see the temps moving up.
It is starting to feel like more like atypical May. The fog makes it feel like it is fishing time. I know I have had some of my best fishing on the beach in the fog. Some times being so foggy that you didn't know there was another person less than a half a block away from you.
Fishing conditions and catching did improve yesterday down this way. Surf fisherman could hold with 8 ounces or less on the outgoing tide and there was little to no grass. When you hear of bite offs you know there were fish there. Ron H. landed the fish above. Yesterdays blue fish were a real mix of sizes. Two pounders to fish over 17 pounds seemed to be in the mix. We also had some small bass reported to us that were caught at the top of the tide on clams.
Boaters have been looking on the south end to find blue fish with out having any hook ups and yesterday that changed too. Reports from Great Bay area, the inlet and off the dock at Morrisons were some areas where blue fish were found on the south end. It was not the non stop action that we had last year but it is a start.
Sat May 7th
Fresh bunker is in but all of our surf clams are gone.
It is 51 and cloudy this am with winds from the ENE at 6-12. Ocean temp is 53.
Ryan sends us this picture of a 29 inch blue fish he caught last night in bay on a bunker head. The best action has been near the bridge mainly because it has be tough to fish the surf. Poppers, bucktails and metals have been working to catch this fish also.
Fri May 6th
Winds are from the NE this am at 17 plus. Air temp is 48 and the water temp is 52. High tide on the beach is at 8:03 am. On the bayside the tides run approx. 1 to 3 hours later. Minor flooding this am with moderate for the evening tide.
We were able to get surf clams yesterday but things do not look good again today for boats to try for bunker. It looks like things will start to improve on Saturday.
Thurs May 5th
Tides are running a little high. It is a combination,of moon phase, these contast north east winds and the rain. Small craft warnings are in effect thru Friday night.
Ocean temp is 53 air temps are just around the 50 degree mark and winds are from the NE at 15 plus.
With weather conditions the way they are we do not know what the bait situation will be for the weekend but we are crossing our fingers. There is some predicted improvement in the weather as we get toward the weekend and I know I am looking forward to some warmer temps and drier days as this weather is killing my arthritis.
Yes there are fish in the area but the ocean is angry. Best shot for now will be in the inlet or in the bay. Jetties to the south of us are now producing some nice bass and the BL jetty has anglers catching blue fish. Best bet in BL is using lures with some weight such as avas or bucktail. In the bay (mid island) some days it is top water fishing with poppers on others metal is working for this 8 to 12 pound blues. Atlantic City jetties are now showing some nice bass so we should start to see some more action on our beaches as soon as it is fishable.
Tues May 3rd
It is 53 this morning with a matching water temp of 53. Winds are from NE at 10-17. The good news is that the rain that we have this morning may clear out of here this afternoon leaving us with a nice afternoon like we had yesterday.
With the change in winds yesterday in calmed the surf down making it more fishable but we did not hear anything back from there.
Mon May 2nd
Unsettled is the word the weather man is calling for the week. I like Outstanding better but we know there is nothing we can do about the weather.
Today does not look bad so try and get outdoors and enjoy it.
Warmer air temps today and winds from the southeast. Ocean temp is 52. Now if the grass would dissapear is would make the ocean more fishable.
The blue fish bite has slowed down since the water temps have dropped. The best action for them that we heard over the weekend was in the bay near the bridge and more so towards the mainland. ( warmer water?)
Reminder that the black fish season is CLOSED. Several anglers were in and told us that they saw people catching and keeping them today in BL.
Sun May 1st
They say April showers brings May flowers but around here May usually brings more fish. April fishing has been surprisingly good because of the early showing of blue fish.
Amazing how fishing has changed thru the years. Years ago we would start out with winter flounder, stripers, mackerel and then the bluefish would show when the water hit 54 and would be biting off the stripers tails. Now adays you are lucky if you catch a winter flouder in our area and mackerel --- they have not be here in the spring in over 20 years.
By later afternoon yesterday the sun came out the wind died down and it turned out to be a nice day. Today looks like a wet day with winds from the east at 5-15. Ocean temp is 53.
Early morning yesterday had ocean fishing anglers still using 8 ounces to hold bottom and they still were catching grass.
With more boats getting in the water we are starting to get more reports from the bay and inlet with anglers catching blue fish to 10 pounds near the bridges and fish over 15 pounds near the inlets. Once again yesterday there was some action at the lighthouse with metals, bucktails and poppers being used to catch the fish. Joe F. fished Barnegat bay yesterday and caught several blues in the 10 pound range on spoons.
Sat April 30th
Not much to report about fishing from yesterday. Several anglers gave it a try with no report sucess. The surf was rough and it took 8-10 ounces to hold plus there was weed. Anglers throwing plugs also told us that they had a hard time even throwing 2 ounce ones.
It is 48 again this morning with winds from the ENE at 8-15. Ocean temp is 51. Good luck to those trying to hit the ocean for the last day of tog.
Parade in town today as the Beach Haven Fire Co. has a housing. Their block party was canceled last year because of weather so today they are ready to party. Fire companies will be coming from all over so I am sure we will hear lots of sirens today.
Fri April 29th
We are in a little rut here with the weather. Another cool and overcast day. One thing about fish--- they are already wet.
We are hearing of more metal, bucktails and big poppers being used to catch these bluefish which some are now pushing 17 pounds. Don't forget your wire leaders.
Thurs April 28th
Mike chistened his new Tica Dolpin rod. First cast got him this bluefish.
What a change in the weather. When I left work on Tues it was 78. We had a wild thunderstorm and got to see a wonderful rainbow on Tuesday night.
Wednesday it was about 30 degrees cooler and a cloudy day which it looks like we are in for some more of it today. I have seen some great fishing days on overcast days.
Ocean temp has dropped to 53 and winds today are predicted to be ENE at 10+ which should warm it back up again.
Not much of a fishing report this morning as yesterday was a day off for me which will be coming to an end soon. I do know we had orders come in of S&S Rattletails, Shimano Rods and more 5 rod Portarod holders. Magic Tail Mojos will be in by the weekend.
Tues April 26th
Not bad out this morning but they say rain is on the way. Mid 60s with winds lite from the SW but will be picking up. Ocean temp is 55.
We are expecting surf clams in later this morning and we have fresh bunker and frozen mullet for the hungry blue fish.
Long and lead are these blue fish typical of Spring time ones that have not developed and shoulders to them but they still fight and yes teeth. You can use bait or cast lures for these fiesty fish.
Updated Dredging : April 25, 2016
•Locations of Beachfill Discharge: Liberty Island - Between Osborne Ave and Nelson Ave; Dodge Island - Between 11th and 12th Streets; Padre Island - Between 11th and 12th Streets
•Crossover Closures: Holgate - Nelson Ave; Laydown Area Parking Lot; Osborne Ave; Marshall Ave; Beach Haven - 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th
•Additional Info: The Liberty, Dodge and Padre Island are on site and conducting dredging and beachfill operations. The Liberty Island is scheduled to work in southern Beach Haven (line around Nelson and Holgate) while the Dodge and Padre are working in north Beach Haven (line around 12th/13th). And then the dredges will meet somewhere in between. Great Lakes expects Beach Haven to be complete by middle/late May timeframe.
Mon April 25th
First keeper bass on our scale. Mike wins the $25 gift card from California Grill. Mikes bass weighed 14-8 and was 31 inches. His fish was caught on bunker in Spray Beach. Congrats Mike.
Change in the winds today from what we had over the weekend. SSW at 10 plus this afternoon. Ocean temp is 54.
You can tell summer is coming as the boat storage yards are starting to look empty.
Changing tide in BL inlet and a pencil popper for these 2 blues.
Charlie P. kept these 2 (up to 10-8) for the smoker.
Last year we had a incrediable run of blue fish that started just about now. This year it started about 10 days ago. How long it will last this year is anyones guess but if you are not fishing yet it is time to start. Small stripers are around too with a keeper once in awhile. If you are fishing clams you have a chance of one of the black drums that are around.
Our beaches have change alot again this year. Last year many were pre beach replenishment then you went thru the fall with no jetties and wide beaches. Most of the restored beaches have lost that sand and now have their jetties back. With all the sand that has been washed out some of the beaches have no cuts. As I have told many of people thru the years " you have to read the beach" and in doing so it will help you catch fish. Take a walk down the beach at low tide so you can look for the cuts and holes and fiqure out where you should fish.
Sun April 24th
Busy morning and it has cleaned us out of surf clams and fresh bunker. We do have salted clams and fresh frozen bunker.
The driving pattern on the bridge has change and we understand that some of the new bridge is open. Please drive with care.
It took all day yesterday till we got to see the sun. Ocean temp is 54 and the ocean should be flat this am till the NE kicks in.
Location and timing is dictating what you are catching.
Dan told us first he caught a 26.5 inch bass and then the blue fish moved into Spray Beach before noon. Merdedith and her Dad had a few bite offs and landed these two.
The light house and BL inlet have more blue fish than the south end and mid island is showing us more bass (mostly shorts) and some black drum. There are a few blue fish in the mixed that they are catching on bunker and mullet. Change of the tide low or high seem to be the best times.
Jean sends us this picture of a 33 inch blue that was caught Harvey Cedars and was released.
Anglers targeting tog are doing well with some nice size fish and a few cod fish. When the weather and ocean allows it they are trying to get out there before tog closes the end of April.
Sat April 23rd
Simply Bassing starts April 30th so make sure you sign up for this today along with our instore bass contest.
The overnight rain seems to be out of here. It is 59 this morning with little to no wind this morning. Incoming tide with high tide at 9:24 on the beach.
Ocean temp is 54 prime temp for blue fish and the blue fish are here. Some areas are better than others with Barnegat Inlet having a better showing (so far ) than LE. Surf anglers are catching up and down the beaches but you have to put your time in.
Are you ready for these big blues? Make sure your reel is in working order and check you line. Make sure you have an assortment of metal, poppers. and bucktails along with wire leaders.
Reports we had from yesterday was that bunker was catching the blue fish better than lures. A lot of people go by the moon and now we are on the downside which should improve what fishery we now have.
A good source has told me that there are crabs (blue claws) around so bait up those pots and get them overboard.
We learned yesterday that Walt Johnson XYZ had a major heart attack last Saturday and has been in ICU all week. His son TJ has informed us that his dad is much better and was moved to a regular room on Friday and he says his dad will be back on the water this Spring striper fishing. We wish Walt the best and for a quick recovery.
Fri April 22nd
Its a keeper!!!
Norman caught himself a keeper at 28 inches that he released. His fish was caught just before dark on clams. There were also some shorts caught in the same area of Beach Haven Park.
It 56 this am with an ocean temp of 54. Winds are from the SW at 9-15 and high tide is at 8:48 am.
No bass for Rich this morning but he did catch this 35 inch blue fish in Spray Beach.
Just a few degrees in the water temp have more fish moving. Another report of a black drum in Beach Haven and of some bite offs in the surf. Some anglers are taking the drive to the light house for the blue fish in the inlet. Poppers, metal and bait are all working. Remember your wire for these 8 to 12 pound fish.
Thank everyone for their kind word about my retirement. I appreciate it very much. I would like very much to see someone else to suceed in this business.
The store is just about ready for the season. Our ballyhoo is expected anyday and as always we are receiving items in everyday. A new shipment of Northbars just came in along with some Gibbs poppers.
Thurs April 21st
In Memory of
Robert (Jingles) O'Brien
Oct 12, 1947 - April 21, 1996
Tues April 19th
First fish on our scale this year were these 2 tog caught by Jack Wolfberg for the Beach N Boat Contest. Usually Jack does not make it in to dark but he said fishing was good and was in early to weigh his 9-2 and 9-13 tog.
Another nice morning. Air temp is 56, winds from the WNW at 7 and the ocean is 50.
Reports of bluefish entering the inlets. We still have not seen a keeper bass.
Mon April 18th
Fresh bunker and Blood worms.
It looked like summer here at the beach with all the people around. It just did not feel like it with the air temp being 10 degrees plus cooler here than inland.
Today looks like the day to play hookie with warmer temps here and less wind. Ocean temp is 51 with variable winds today.
We are still waiting to see a keeper bass which I am sure will be any day now. Increased water temps and the nicer weather has more anglers out trying for stripers, blues and drum fish.
Sounds like boaters that tried for black fish did okay with keepers and a lot of throw backs.
Sun April 17th
Our surf clam and blood worm supply is low this morning.
Typical spring time here at the beach where as the air temps are much cooler than inland. Great to see blue skies this weekend. The nice weather brought more people out and had a lot of people working on their boats.
Another nice day ahead today. It is 45 this am with wind from the NE at 10. Ocean temp is 50.
Not much to report from the surf yesterday other than some grass but it was fishable.
Sat April 16th
Boy was that weatherman wrong with the forecast. There is no wind this morning but they are calling for NE 10-20. Air temp is 43 and the ocean is pushing 51.
Between May 4th and Mothers Day the bluefish show up in the surf. They seem to like 54 degrees for their water temp. Last year bluefish showed up early with some great action for weeks. Last years was an outstanding year for them as I had not seen anything like it in about 20 years.
Bluefish are now in our waters. At this time they are not in the numbers like last year. Several have been caught in the surf this week and probably as many lost. They are running about 6-11 pounds and are hitting on mullet and clams. Here is one report from yesterday No striper today but caught a 34" blue fish on bunker chunk on incoming tide. Will try again tomorrow. Rich S.
Fri April 15th
Lite NE wind this am at 6 with an air temp of 43. Ocean temp is 49. Predictions of warmer days this weekend but also of some winds.
Fresh bunker is available which is the 1st for us this season.
If you can't fish on the beach try the bayside as there is action there too. Report from the surf yesterday was a nice size bluefish on mullet. Boaters are reporting drum and small bass in the back bay.
Thurs April 14th
Chilly inland for some but not bad here for us. Having the sun out makes such a big difference. More folks around getting their boats ready for the water.
We are still waiting to see the 1st keeper bass from the surf. Internet is showing some nice pictures of fish. Will be this be the week for a keeper?.
We are expecting more bloodworms, surf clams and maybe fresh bunker for the weekend.
Simply Bassing time is getting closer. Don't forget to sign up for this Surf only contest. We also have our instore tournament too where as top bass from the surf takes all.
Ocean temp is 49 with NE winds around 10. Air temps will continue to increase the next few days but they are saying will see 60s along the beach.
Word has it that the dredge that is coming for the replenishment is having repairs in VA.
Mon 6 - 6
Tues 6 - 6
Wed 6 - 6
Thurs 6 - 6
Fri 6 - 7
Sat 5:30 - 7
Sun 6 - 4
FROZEN ---------------------------- SALTED CLAMS
Store Surf Fishing
Ken N. 20-9
Pat P. 42-9
This year we are having an in store surf fishing contest and the largest bass takes all. There are 2 contests. One is a yearly contest and the other onr is for the Spring. The Year Contest runs from April 10 - Dec 4 with all monies going to the largest bass.and the Spring contest starts April 10 and ends on June 26th
Entry fee 10 dollars for each contest.
To all our customers;
The time has come for me to do some more fishing and in order to do that my work schedule has to change.
It has not been an easy decision but after 40 years Jingles Bait and Tackle is up for sale.
The sale includes the Real Estate (1 additional store downstairs plus 2 apartments upstairs / Business / Good Will / Shop Equipment. Inventory will be $ for $ at time of closing.
We know we will be here thru Dec.20, 2016 but what happens after that only time will tell.
For the last 40 years this business has been very good to me and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here.
I will miss it and all the great people I have met that now feel like my family. Thru the years I have watched many of you grow up, marry and in some cases I have met your children and they have played in the famous minnow tank.
Gift certificates and gift cards are a very big part of our business. We sell them for all ocassions, doing a favor for someone, birthdays, prizes or just as a gift. For the last 40 years we have not put an expiration date on them because we knew we would be here but the time has come for us to call in all those cards and gift certificates by 12/20/16.
For now it is business as usually here at Jingles Bait and Tackle so bring on the fish.
Don't forget to redeem your gift cards by Dec 20, 2016.
If you are interested in any information on the property please contact Dave Bonanni.
85 ROUTE 33
MERCERVILLE, NJ 08619