5-23: Good Morning! Yesterday seemed to be a little slow. Only 3 weigh ins. 2 pretty decent in size. The fish are out there. You just gotta put the time in with bunker seeming to be the bait. Tomorrow's weather (Wind) looks like it's gonna be my favorite type, North West and at a nice 10 mph. We have fresh bunker in stock and only a few more days left for driving on the beach so get out there and get your lines in the water and keep'em tight. ~ Jerry   

Sorry for the delay in update or lack of from yesterday. Seems that while I was away the fish showed up yesterday. Got quite a few weigh in and blues may have FINALLY showed up with the NE wind we had. Lets hope that this is just the beginning. Here below are the pictures of yesterday weigh ins. ~Jerry

5-14: First, Hope everyone had a relaxing and joyful Mother's Day yesterday. Now, onto fishing... The action has slowed down somewhat the past cpl days but there is fish being caught and brought into the store. I took the day off yesterday and told Susan she had to work, cover for me or else, lol. I was out front fishing for 5-6 hours. Weather was far from perfect and to be honest and in one word, weather "sucked". This being said, I was not the only one out there. I personally saw quite a few ppl hooking up. Lots of small bass being caught, quite a few blues also.On bunker and plugging. I did see one person with what appeared to be 34 inch bass. Myself, I hooked up on a cpl small shorts, 1 bluefish and one 30 inch striper (on bunker). And let me add, I told Susan she had to clean my fish or else she could mop the parking lot, Lol (Kidding). Any event, the fish are out there. You just have to put your time in. Note, Stay near your rod. When they hit, they are hitting fast and hard. Even the small ones. One of our regulars, TJ. had his TFO rod break on him from his keeper. He caught the fish but it still hit hard and fast. Luckily for him TFO has a lifetime warranty on their rods and will replace at no cost no matter what the circumstances are. We do have them in stock in the store and I can personally tell you, I do own and its a Great product! Finally, STOP reading this and wishing.... Get out there and fish! ~Jerry   

Past cpl days have been a little slow. Have heard reports of blues on North end but NOT confirmed. Still hearing of shorts out front and one confirmed blue with a cpl keepers here and there. Next cpl days suppose to be kinda dreary with cloud cover, off and on showers. For me personally, I'd rather fish this weather then bright & sunny. Have plenty of bait in stock except Surf Clams. They are still very difficult to get.

Get out there and hook up. As I say, beats sitting home on the couch or listing to screaming kids, or doing a "honey doo list' or if it's just you, talking to yourself... ~Jerry

5-10Safe to assume the fish are here. Don't wanna be that person who told you so but oh wait, yes I do. I did say a few days ago it was my opinion the fish would show up Mon or Tues with the NE winds. Yea, I was right lol. Sue has been going non stop past cpl days by herself with normal store routine as well as making sure to take pictures of the weigh in. Plus, she somehow manages to take care of late night call in for bait. Even after working from 6 am till 10 pm. Be sure to thank her as we sometimes get caught up in our own things and assume they know we appreciate them. BTW, She likes peanut M&M's and WaWa brownies, lol  ~Jerry  

5-28 Today the bluefish bite has seen to gotten a little bit hotter. I, myself went out fishing last night after work and caught a 36 inch, 11.68 lb blue and a 28' bass  (Released). This morning and up till an hour ago (12;45 pm) I have weighed people in with stripers up to 36 inches and blues in the 9-11 lb range. Bunker and Salted Clam seems to be doing the trick. The bigger fish seem to be hitting at dark and more or so close to low tide. As for fluke, since Friday we have seen 3 weigh in. Caught on bunker as well as 1 being caught on pink gulp. Keep those lines tight if fishing as the hit is fast and hard. Be safe and hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. `Jerry 

5-19: Weather in one word, "Sucks" but if you are willing to brave the wind and rough surf there is fish being caught. Had a few bluefish weighed in since last night and this morning. Caught on bunker. Surf conditions is a East wind right in your face with gusts to 22 mph. Reports are  8 oz is holding today where as yesterday 10 oz or more was needed. Make sure if you do go out you have rain gear and some type of face mask as like I said, the wind and sand hits you right in the face. We do have Bimini Bay Solar Guard masks in stock. ~Jerry


Report from out front is 8 oz to hold bottom. Anglers getting back to us say no bites out front so they are going to the back bay. ~Jerry~


To those who indulge: Happy 420! Be mindful of the Anglers who don't indulge are down wind. Reports are still somewhat sporadic. Other than the cpl shorts caught the other day OUT FRONT and the back bay not much to report. Weather has in one word "SUCKED". Next few days will be plenty of sun with diminishing winds. Don't forget, TOMORROW is the first day of 2018 Spring Derby! Stop in to register. You have more of a chance of catching if you're here and not at home on the couch reading this. ~Jerry  

5-16: Good Morning!  Yesterday produced a few nice size weigh in's (Stripers) 20 lb range. The feed back and reports out front are anglers hooking up with shorts, some blues (not many) and some keepers. This morning moments ago I was told by 2 anglers that they are catching shorts, some small blues. Water is idea for fishing. Calm, clean, holding 4-5 oz. Wind is ENE about 8 mph. My type of weather. Cloudy, overcast with showers and the NE wind. Firm believer here... Bad day of fishing beats a good day at work. Especially if you work right next to Susan and she yaps non stop all day, goes from "Hey, it's raining to LOOK! ice cream". lol.
Good luck if you head out there. I'm heading out there now ~Jerry

Good Morning. Not much going on here. Past cpl days have been slow with just shorts being caught here and there. No new weigh ins as of yet. The normal reports of bluefish down by the inlet and back bay but again, UNCONFIRMED. Next day or so will be a NE wind and cloudy with chance of showers. Me personally, one of my favorite times to fish and catch. So, other then what stated not much new to report except let me tell you.. That fist cup of coffee in the morning is absolutely the BEST.   ~Jerry

4/23  Today there are mixed reports coming from the anglers that are giving it a try. Angler Bill M from LBIFC got more shorts using blood worms, got his biggest of 19" on Fishbites and a hit on clam.  An angler fishing out front in SC got a couple of shorts using soft plastics, and report from Ship Bottom using blood worms was nothing. Bay bite last night into this morning slowed down with smaller sizes making an appearance.  
The tog bite is slow, but are getting keepers off the rocks. We have green crabs in stock. Remember that black fish closes April 30th & doesn't reopen again until summer.
Bait delivery expected tomorrow. Hoping to get those elusive clams along with more blood worms & crabs.

Expecting fresh bunker for the weekend. Getting some blood worms directly from Maine later this week with the hope that they will be better quality than what 
we have been getting. 
Saturday, the beaches will be busy between 7:30 & 1:30 because ---

Saturday is the 2nd Annual Nicole Born Surf Fishing Tournament. 

This is a team and individual tournament hosted by RH Custom Rods. ASAC rules are followed.  Prizes are amazing. Many teams and individuals already signed up.  SCBT employee James will be on Team Greg & employee Bob M will fishing on the Heaver's Team.  Best of luck to them & all anglers fishing this tournament.  If you are calling in with a pre-order, make sure you also give contact name and phone number.

We will be open at 4am on Saturday. All anglers fishing Saturday's tournament gets 10% off entire bill. 

We welcome all fishing reports and pictures.  You can send them through text at (609) 713-8331, email surfcitybt@comcast.net., post them on our FB page or stop in the shop with them. Include name, date, bait & any other info you'd like to share.
Tournaments underway are the Shops Striper, Shops Bluefish and Island's Spring Derby. No fish have been entered as of this post.  You can sign up at anytime during the duration of these tournaments. 

Still a little slow out there. Bluefish ?I got nothing for ya. Nada except doing the same as ya'll are. Patiently waiting... ~Jerry   

4-26 @ 7:30
Reports of many small stripers out front in SC. Still no signs of Bluefish. ~Jerry 

May 2018

Update: 12:36 PM
Report of lots of small bass at Holgate in the wash using metal...Jerry

Reports past cpl days is alot of small bass out front. Also 2 black drum and 1 red drum. As of now starting to see them get a little bit bigger in size. 2 weigh in's today of keepers. Is this the beginning.... ~ Jerry 

​Still seeing some stripers being caught out front. From previous week they are getting bigger in size. As for bluefish, have heard of reports that they are around with a cpl being caught here and there. Good news is the water temp. is finally climbing. Above 50 degrees now. It's only a matter of time. Wouldn't doubt it if it was to happen in the next few days so be ready. You sure cant catch anything if you're home doing a "honey doo" list.... ~Jerry

Patiently waiting for the blitz to happen any day! Reports from yesterday (4-18) of cpl shorts caught out front! Is this the beginning of the fish moving in from the back bay ?! Jerry

Nothing caught as of yet out front yesterday. Report of snapper blue caught in back bay & cpl short bass. Caught on blood worms & soft plastic. ​~​Jerry~

4-26 @ 7:30 PM
Reports of many small stripers out front in SC. Still no signs of Bluefish. ~Jerry 

5-17: And here we are again. Perfect weather for a duck and fish. Wet, bone chilling, and just plain miserable. Any even't as I said yesterday I was going to try and get out there on beach for some me time. Although the weather kinda sucked if you are a nice and sunny type of angler but for me it was idea. Seen few people hook up with short bass as well as blues. Me personally, I hooked up with a nice blue. 11.18 lbs (on bunker). Had cpl other nice hits but if you're not standing right at your rod chances are that you are you just gonna feed the fish. lol. They are hitting fast and hard. Check out our new Derby and Store Tournament leader. Right after I left to go home I got a text from Susan saying check my email (which as of this time, I have yet to get, lol). Thank god for Facebook otherwise I wouldn't have believed her of a 30 pounder being weighed in.
In other news, weather looking ahead seems to be same as past couple of days. More rain. Winds are also suppose to be picking up with gusts in the 30 mph range. If you're out there fishing be careful and if you're one to have a toupee... Might wanna leave that home.... ~Jerry 

Reports from today- 2 shorts out front!!
1 on clam.
1 on Deadly Dick
Both in 20" range

5-25 Cpl more bass weighed in past day or so. Little slow on that end but the ones coming in are of decent size. Last night (early am) I weighed one in for A.J. 28.70 lbs caught on bunker in SC whom sees to be on fire this week. Also, don't forget not only is it Memorial Day weekend but it's also OPENING Day of Fluke season. We have all your bait & tackle needs in stock so stop in and look around and check out our crab room with new inventory. ~Jerry   

Not so sure about fishing today BUT, with gusting winds up to 41 mph , heavy rain, thunde

storms & flooding makes for a good day to fly a kite or be a duck. Stay safe...  ~Jerry

Here fishy, fishy, fishy...  ~ Jerry

The weather in one word-SUCKS. Gusting wind with little relief in sight.  Tonight into tomorrow morning is supposed to be worse d/t heavy downpours. High tide, new moon & can expect coastal flooding. No surprise there.  Conditions are making it un- fishable out front.  However, 16 year old AJ Max hit the back bay & got onto stripers this morning.  That is where the action continues to be. We are behind the last 3 years blue fish bite's time table. Water temps & winds putting us behind schedule. How long until they show up? Time will tell, but while waiting, make sure to sign up for The Island's Spring Derby Tournament ( previously known as Simply Bassin')  This tournament has been revamped and now includes bluefish. Top 3 stripers and Top 3 bluefish are paid out. Cost is $ 20 and starts Saturday 4/21 & goes until 6/24.  Also, the store's In-house tournament is underway.  Striper Tournament $10.00  Now until June 30th. Top 3 paid out 100% 1st place-50%, 2nd place-30% and 3rd place-20%.  Bluefish Tournament $5.00 Now until June 30th. Top fish takes all.  ~Sue~

5-21: Been a cpl days since I have updated here as I been doing so on our fb page. Anyways, Saturday was a great day for blue fishing. They hit and tried to destroy anything in the water. Alot of blues weighed in with a cpl stripers. Yesterday eh, not so great. At least not for me as I was out there fishing too. Only thing I caught was a few short bass and a nap & plastic bags. HOWEVER, there was a couple of people who had a good day. TJ with his almost 23 pound striper, Marcus with 12.84 lb blue and lets not forget #womenthatfish. Marie with her 22.54 lb striper. Today, there has also been a few weigh in already. Some fishing pre-dawn and some early am. Some nice size ones. Lets hope the bite stays on. Get out there and fish. Keep those lines tight! ~Jerry

Tuesday 4/24
Yesterday continued to produce short stripers for those putting in the time.  Hettler brothers, Francis & Joseph didn't have any action until top of the tide, outgoing.  Francis got 7 shorts, mostly on bloodworms, biggest was 25" on Fish Bites & only 1 hit on clam.  Joseph got a keeper weakfish on clam.  
10:30am- Just got a bait delivery.  We got surf clams, but did not get blood worms. Hopefully by tomorrow or Thursday. Will update as status changes. ~Sue

5-12:Perfect fishing weather. Cloudy, dreary and showers. Trust me, fish doesn't mind getting wet... Cpl nice way ins yesterday with TJ jumping into 1 st place in Spring Derby and Store Tournament. However, his 1 st place in Derby was short lived. Lasted maybe 6 hours. He is still in 1 st in the Store Tournament. 
As for the fish, they are here. Stipers and blues out front. You just have to put your time in. Tomorrow is Mother's Day guys so don't forget all mom. Take HER fishing or buy her a new reel & rod that you YOU really want! ~Jerry