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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.
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
FRESH AND LIVE
FROZEN ---------------------------- SALTED CLAMS
Store Surf Fishing
Pat P. 42-9
Ken N. 20-9
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 oor 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