2017

JUNE 2017

Friday 06/23- Fishing reports were skates & dogfish for the most part today.  A few Fluke & Kingfish have been reported along the beaches as well.  Crabbing has been good for many folks trying that.  More anglers are trying for sharks in the evening hoping that bite turns on soon.  Have had a few reports of Sand Tiger & Brown Sharks from the bay side, but still kind of slow. - John

Thursday 06/22- Fishing reports were skates & dogfish for the most part today.  Cody and his guided fishing lesson did catch some Kingfish as well as a big ray and of course skates & dogfish.  Crabbing has been good for many folks trying that.  More anglers are trying for sharks in the evening hoping that bite turns on soon.  Have had a few reports of Sand Tiger & Brown Sharks from the bay side, but still kind of slow. - John

Wednesday 06/21- The 1st day of Summer 2017 started with very little going on along the beaches.  Most are trying for Fluke with a few shorts reported here and there.  Crabbing continues to be very good for those giving that a try.  The Hettler brothers were in at 5:00PM for fresh bunker.  They just sent me a report via text.  They caught 2 "accidental" Kingfish on large hooks/bait meant for Bass/Blues.  They also caught a big bluefish.  They did release a ton of skates & dogfish in the process though.  Still, not a bad report considering the past week or so.  Thanks to the Hettler brothers for their report.  I still think we have kingfish out there, just nobody really trying for them.  Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. - John

Tuesday 06/20- It might sound like I'm repeating myself but the report has not changed in several days.  The beach fishing is still on the slow side.  Fluke along the beaches seem to be your best chance at success these days, but it's hard not to throw a chunk of bunker in hopes of a big striped bass.  A few Brown & Sand Tiger sharks are being reported by anglers.  Crabbing has also been very good for those giving that a try.  Still no more reports of Kingfish, but I'm not sure there are many trying.  Really hope they make a decent showing this summer.  We are out of Fresh Bunker until tomorrow (Wednesday).  Was hoping for today but that is not going to happen. - sorry.  No specific reports yet today.  Let you know if I hear anything going on.  Unfortunately we are out of live minnows - very sorry.  There is a problem with our tank.  Let you know when we have them back in.  Our tank problem did not impact our live eels so we are still OK with those. - John

Monday 06/19- Slow fishing on the beach continues.  Fluke is probably your best bet in the surf at the moment.  Crabbing seems to be doing well though.  Lets hope the summer fish like kingfish & cocktail blues make a showing soon.  Did get the following report from Jon Mendillo:  "Fished the south end this morning at low tide.  Only 1 small fluke.  Water really stained.  Not alot of grass.  Tried to throw bunker but couldn't hold bottom even with 8oz.  Just wanted to give you a report since I'm always checking your website."  A huge thank you to Jon for sending in his report.  FYI- you can send reports via our FaceBook page or text them directly to me at (856) 834-6634. - John

Sunday 06/18- Slow fishing on the beach again today.  Bob Masa did bring in a keeper fluke from the north end beach though.  Boaters did OK with fluke and seabass. - John

Saturday 06/17- We did just get in a load of Fresh Bunker, but only about 100 pounds so it won't last long.  Beach fishing today is once again on the slow side.  We did have some Fluke come to our scale today though.  Tim Rosquist stopped in with his Birthday Fluke today of 4.3 pounds, 24 inches from the back bay.  Bob Masa stopped in with his 20 inch Fluke from the north end beach this morning.  The largest Fluke of the day (so far) came in from Dave Peterson.  Dave landed this 6 pound, 25 inch Fluke on the boat the "Dirty Martuna".  The Bass & Bluefish action seems to have slowed, but the Fluke are here.   Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Friday 06/16- Very little to report unfortunately. - John

Thursday 06/15- Another slow day on the beach for most anglers.  We did have a bluefish & some short fluke reported, but big sandsharks/dogfish were the common theme.  That's now 3 days in a row without a fish coming to our scales - Ugh!!  Hope that changes soon. 

Wednesday 06/14- Slow day again on the beach for most anglers.  A few bluefish & fluke reported, along with some big sandsharks/dogfish.  That's 2 days in a row without a fish coming to our scales.  Hope that changes soon. - John

Tuesday 06/13- Slow day on the beach for most anglers.  A few bluefish & fluke were reported but nothing came to our scale.  Our son Cole did manage a 20 inch bluefish on his first attempt for the summer.  Big sandsharks/dogfish are also being reported by most surf casters.  Still no additional reports on kingfish - hope that changes soon. - John

Monday 06/12- We did have some bluefish action on the beach, but slower than recent days.  Bobby was out with his buddies and limited out on Seabass.  Several reports of fluke along the front beaches including a few keepers.  One family that rented a 10 foot surf rod and bought a little "zebco" combo beached 2 keeper fluke on the little zebco from the beach.  Waiting on some photos of that.  Jeff Crabtree hit the inlet in search of fluke.  he did get a nice keeper fluke but also nailed this 35.5 inch, 13.5 pound Striped Bass on white Gulp meant for fluke. - John

Sunday 06/11- Bluefish action on the beach continued, Striped Bass slowed a bit compared to Saturday.  Fluke also along the front beaches.  Updates follow in reverse chronological order.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.
​  2:30 PM Update- Bob Massa stopped in with this nice 23 inch Fluke he caught this morning from the north-end surf.  Bob teaches a free class during the summer on how to target all species from the surf, but he really concentrates on his favorite - Fluke.  His classes are at 6:00PM on Sundays beginning the first Sunday in July and runs weekly through August.  Stay tuned for more details or just stop in on Sundays this Summer at 6PM.  Also had a nice report sent in from "Steve from Ship Bottom"  He had a friend Colin Magill (age 19) visiting from Lumberton, NJ. who got into his first ever Striped Bass.  He landed and released 2 Bass of 18, and 26 inches from the mid-island surf on bunker.  Congrats to Colin, and thanks to Steve for sending in this report.
​     10:15 AM- Several nice size Striped Bass reported throughout the day at a variety of locations.  Good sign I think since we have already had fish reported this morning.  Cody Schmutz has moved into 3rd place in out store Striped Bass contest with this 26.60 pound fish from the mid-island surf this morning on bunker.  JT sent in this photo of a monster 30.30 pound Bass taken last night from the mid-island surf also on bunker.  Miguel also had a nice fish last night while fishing the Barnegat Inlet with bunker.  He sent in this "selfie" of a nice 36 inch Bass.  The fish seem to be here so get out there if you can.  We still have fresh bunker from yesterday as well as surf clams.  We are out of EELS until  tomorrow.  Loads of people in this morning for bait.  Will let you know when more reports come in.


Saturday 06/10- Bluefish action on the beach continued, but the real story was Striped Bass.  Several nice size fish were beached throughout the day.  Probably the most productive day for Striped Bass this Spring so far.  Updates follow in reverse chronological order.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.

     11:15 PM Update- This day has turned into one of the most productive of the Spring so far for Striped Bass.  The fish keep coming in.  7 year old Dean pictured with proud dad Ben landed this 42.5 inch, 28.12 pound Bass from the mid-island surf on a bunker head.  Dean and family is visiting from Nothumberland, PA where the fish aren't usually this big.  The video of Dean fighting & landing this fish was great.  I will try and a copy to post here later.  Congrats to Dean on a great fish!!!!  Not long after Dean had left Mark Zarnick stopped in with this 39.5 inch, 21.5 pound Bass also from the mid-island surf on bunker.  Bluefish are also being reported by several anglers fishing the front beaches tonight.  Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. - John 
     7:50 PM Update- Just had another Bass weighed in.  This one was good to take over 3rd place in our store Striped Bass Tournament.  Kevin (photo below) landed the 26.2 pound Bass from the mid-island surf on bunker.  Congrats to Kevin!! - John
     6:30 PM Update- A new load of FRESH BUNKER has Arrived!!!  Bad news on Live EELS though- we are out until Monday.  We had another Bass weighed in while the bunker was being delivered.  Rich Bergman caught this 16 pounder around 3:30PM from the Brant Beach surf on a bunker head.  Yup- almost dead low tide.  Babe Finelli stopped in with these 2 nice bluefish while fishing with his dad & brother aboard the Laura Sportfishing Charter boat.  I also had a nice text from Rudy (lower left photo).  They were fishing the front beach last night right up the street from the shop and released this big dogfish.  Several anglers in loading up on bait for the evening.  Let you know if I hear anything more. - John
     11:00 AM Update- Busy morning at the shop so far.  Multiple reports of Bluefish along the beaches and a few Striped Bass as well.  Just had a few nice Bass come to our scale.  Terry S. has the biggest of the day so far with this 37.25 pound, 46 inch Bass from the north-end surf on bunker.  Then Ted Schmutz was in with a 44 inch, 30 pound Striped Bass from the mid-island surf also on bunker.  Carl Hartman stopped in to clean & weigh his Bass from last night.  Carl's 36 inch, 15 pound Bass hit bunker from the north-end surf.  Looks like we have some nice size Bass in the area.  Get out there if you can.  Our bunker guy is out trying to get us another load of fresh bunker.  I will let you know as soon as we hear back from him. - John
     8:45 AM- Yesterday we did have a few fish reported as you can see from the report below.  Anthony was back again this morning with another Bass.  Anthony landed this 37.50 inch, 18 pound fish last night from the mid-island surf on bunker.  That's 2 nights in a row for Anthony - Nice!!!  BTW- When we cleaned this fish it also had Calico crabs in the stomach.  We still have frsh bunker & surf clams.  EELS are basically gone, think I have 2 left.  More EELS on Monday.  Hoping our bunker guy gets more today.  Let you know as soon as I hear news on the fresh bunker.  Loads of people in this morning for bait.  I will let you know when reports come in. - John

Friday 06/09- We did have a nice fish come to the scale this morning by Anthony.  Anthony landed this Bass last night from the mid-island surf on bunker.  I fillet this for him this morning and it had sand fleas & a calico crab in its stomach.  Rudy sent in this shot of a nice bluefish he caught at the end of Dock Road on bunker.  Carl Hartman sent in these shots of a Bass & Bluefish both released from somewhere on the LBI surf on bunker.  Joe Corradino also got in on the bluefish action and sent in this nice photo.  Thanks everyone for stopping in with your fish and sending in your reports & photos.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Thursday 06/08- Had a really nice surprise just before I was heading upstairs.  Ted Kamish, Jr. pulled in with this monster Striped Bass.  The 44.38 pound, 47-7/8 inch long Bass hit a bunker head tonight about 8:30PM from the north-end surf.  Just before landing this Teddy had released a 4 foot long Sand Tiger.  Ted did report heavy seaweed but it was still fishable.  This fish now puts Ted Kamish in 1st place in our store tournament as well as the LBI Simply Bassing tournament.  Well done Ted & Congratulations!!!  Chauncey sent in this report & photo at 5:30PM from the mid-island surf.  "Lots of seaweed and trash but did manage to pull in this 25 inch bluefish".  Thanks to Chauncey for the report & photo.  Francis Hettler started the day off with this 31 inch, 11.78 pound Striped Bass from the north end surf on bunker.  Nice fish Francis!!!  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Wednesday 06/07- Bluefish dominated the few reports we received today.  We received the following detailed report from Dan Morski indicating the bluefish action that is still around:  "Hello John & Sue - What a bite on blues this morning at sunrise.  Biggest of the big.  Caught 2 lost 2.  35 to 37 inches.  That 11' tsunami rod was fantastic. 30 lb. test set to maximum drag these blues pulled like freight trains. I was fishing with 10oz. of weight with a fish finder.  Lots of weeds but because of the weeds I was reeling in a lot to clean up, and that is when 3 of my 4 hook ups happened.  I was back in the door at 7:45, out of bait and arms were tired.  Having fun!  I'll get that striper yet."  Thanks to Dan for the detailed report, and good luck on that Striped Bass. - John.

Tuesday 06/06- Not many reports again today.  Did get one report from Cody Schmutz.  He beached this 18 inch Fluke from the mid-island surf this morning using a Bucktail/Gulp combination.  Cody reported a bit of seaweed but still very fishable. - John 

Monday 06/05- Decent catches of Seabass reported but over 5 miles out.  Several bluefish in the 5-10 pound class reported on bait from the north end surf this morning.  Danny was back again today with 2 bluefish to 11 pounds, 13 oz. on bunker.  Hope & Rick Streeter beached this 36 inch Bass from the LBI surf last night using bunker and the rigs that Bob had suggested.  Nice fish and thanks so much for stopping in with your report.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Sunday 06/04- Had a few reports during the day.  A nice 30 inch Bass was brought by the shop for a quick show and tell, but no photo.  A few 3-4 pound bluefish reported by 2 groups of anglers this morning.  Cody Schmutz sent in this shot of a 21 inch Fluke on killies out on the boat.  They had a couple others as well.  Steve Pirrello & kiddos Ben, Fiona, and Lachlan stopped in with this 40 inch, 21.98 pound Striped Bass caught around 10:00AM this morning from the Surf City beach using salted clam.  Nice fish Steve!  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Saturday 06/03- A few reports throughout the day on bluefish & fluke.  Jordan stopped in with another keeper Fluke this morning.  But I missed him before I could get a photo.  Jordan landed that 6+ pound Fluke last evening.  Chris Klaitz (left photo) sent in this "selfie" and his report.  He beached this 30 inch Bass from the Beach Haven Gardens surf at 1:30AM on bunker.  Nice fish Chris, and thanks for sending in your report!  Just before our fresh bunker had arrived Eric Labiak (right photo) stopped in with this nice 3.5 pound bluefish.  Eric was using our salted bunker chunks right here in surf city.  After a quick fillet job he was off on his way with dinner.  Thanks to Eric for stopping in with his fish and a nice report.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Friday 06/02- Bluefish, Bass, and Fluke were keeping a few anglers busy on the beaches & bay.  The fishing wasn't the hottest action we've seen this Spring, but several anglers did catch fish.  Updates follow in reverse chronological order.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.

     9:25 PM Update- Dan Morski sent me this "selfie" and report today:  "First blue in a week and added one more that blew blood all over my surf city T.  Got them on bunker. Joined with my wife Nina and friend Connie visiting from upstate NY".  Thanks to Dan for the report and picture, keep them coming.  Then we had a really nice Fluke weighed in by Jordan.  This 25.75 inch, 6 pound, 11 oz. Flattie was the largest for Jordan to date.  He was fishing a Magic Tail Bucktail with Gulp from shore in the mid-island bay area.  Nice fish Jordan, and thanks for bringing it in for a photo.  That fish was a pleasure to fillet. - John   
     5:10 PM Update- Just had a nice weigh in from Bernie Binder.  Bernie is visiting from Cincinnati, OH and was fishing the front beach right here in Surf City about 90 minutes ago when this Striped Bass hit.  The 41.5 inch, 22.78 pound Bass hit Sand Fleas.  That's right, Bernie went old school and used sand fleas that his kids dug up on the beach.  Bernie left here with a nice bag of fillets for the grill.  Congrats to Bernie and thanks for stopping in with your catch!!! - John  
​     3:30 PM Update- Bad news on the fresh bunker front.  Our netter had a tough day on the ocean and did not find them today.  He will try again tomorrow.  We still have about 50 pounds of fresh bunker remaining but it will go fast.  Sorry. - John
     9:30 AM- A few fish caught yesterday as you can see from the report below.  We started off the morning right with a couple of Bass weighed in already.  Don Ingling caught this 17.90 pound Striped Bass from the North Beach surf this morning using a rigged eel.  Don's fish moves him into 4th place in the LBI "Simply Bassing" Tournament.  Then TJ stopped in with his 18.19 pound Bass he caught around 1:00AM this morning on bunker from the mid-island surf.  Nice fish guys!!!  We still have a decent supply of fresh bunker from Wednesday with a new load expected today.  I will let you know when that arrives.  We also have live surf clams.  I will keep you posted. - John 


Thursday 06/01- Sorry I was away most of the day so I don't have much in the way of fishing reports.  But I did just get the following report & photo from Michael Commisso.  He had 3 Bluefish and this 37 inch Striped Bass this afternoon from the mid-island surf on bunker.  This is now the largest Bass for the Commisso family this year.  Thanks to Mike for the report & photo, sorry I wasn't around to weigh it in for you.  Then I got a photo & report from Rudy.  He and James were fishing at the end of Dock Road near Tuckerton when these nice Bluefish took bunker chunks.  Nice!!!  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John


MAY 2017

Wednesday 05/31- Slow on the fishing reports again today.  A couple bluefish reported on the front beach.  Bobby Erickson had a couple keeper fluke just before dark. - John

Tuesday 05/30- Slow on the fishing reports today.  Francis Hettler did report a bluefish from the front beach, but the weeds were heavy again.  Cody Schmutz just returned from a fluking trip in the back bay near Tuckerton but they didn't find a single fluke.  They did run into a nice school of bluefish on the way back that were hitting bucktails. - John

Monday 05/29- 3 to 10 pound bluefish reported by a few anglers from the mid-island surf on bunker today.  Dennis Stepien stopped in for more bait and gave me a report.  They had a couple of bluefish and a keeper bass today, but they have been fighting heavy the seaweed most of the day.  Also received the following report and photo from Steve who lives in Ship Bottom:  "My visitor Mark Bruce from Wynnwood Pa caught his first striper ever. He got a 29" 9.0# bass out of the surf mid island on salted clam. Sorry I cut his head off in the picture. Also lots of seaweed has been really bad."  I will keep you posted if I hear anything more. - John

Sunday 05/28- Bluefish, Bass, a few Fluke, and big Dogfish were keeping several anglers busy on/off during the day and evening.  The fishing wasn't the best action we've seen this Spring, but some anglers did catch fish.  Josh R.  was in with this nice 41.25 inch, 22.20 pound Bass that hit bunker from the mid-island surf just as the rain hit this evening.  Josh also had a few bluefish before this linesider hit.  He grabbed more bunker and was headed back to the beach.  James, Marrisa, Rudy I, and Rudy II just left the shop and were headed to the beach in search of Bass themselves.  I'm hoping to hit the beach around midnight to throw some swimming plugs.  Unless the urge to sleep wins out which is usually what happens to me.  Did get a nice text from our friend Jimmy Betz.  He & wife Shirl say hello from Island Beach State Park, where they had some bluefish action as you can see from the photo he sent.  Another Jimmy stopped in this afternoon with his report of his 34 inch Bass on salted clam from the surf.  The fish hit at 2:00PM.  Reports of bluefish here and there from the front beaches continue but the action is scattered.  We did have some Fluke reported this morning from the surf with at least one keeper in the mix.  I did get a nice photo from Nick Schmidt with his 36 inch, 17 pound Bass from the Surf City beach last night on bunker.  Nice fish Nick and thanks for the report and the photo.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Saturday 05/27- Bluefish, Bass, and now Fluke action were keeping many anglers busy on the beaches & bay.  The fishing wasn't the hottest action we've seen this Spring, but several anglers did catch fish.  Updates follow in reverse chronological order.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John
     10:30 PM Update- Had some late weigh-ins this evening.  First in walked 7 year old Jayden with this 22 inch, 3.86 pound Fluke from the Harvey Cedars surf this evening just before dark.  This fish fell to a Hopkins that Dad had thrown, and hit it very close to shore.  They also had a few bluefish on bunker as well.  Congrats to Jayden and thanks for stopping in to weigh your fish and give us your report.  Tom Nitting was just in with this 39 inch, 20.70 pound Bass that hit a bunker head from the mid-island surf just before 10:00PM.  Tom was in earlier and grabbed our last bunker and caught bluefish, skate, sandshark, and this Bass all one a single bunker.  Guess it does only take one.  Steve Pirrello sent in this shot of his boys Ben & Lachlan with a nice bluefish.  They beached this guy on their first cast from the Surf City suds using bunker.
     7:30 PM Update- We are still waiting on our fresh bunker delivery.  Just got a call though and the ETA is 8:00PM, but I will send an update when it arrives.  Did have some fish weighed in this afternoon though.  Donny Dempsey had this 14.88 pound bluefish on an SP minnow from the bay on LBI.  This was one of two bluefish he caught and is good for 3rd place in our store Bluefish Tournament.  Then Rich Bergman came in with this 'Simply Bassing' weigh-in.  Rich caught the 14.92 pound, 35.25 inch Bass from the Ship Bottom surf on a bunker chunk.
     8:35 AM- Another decent day yesterday surf fishing on LBI.  We have had better, but the seaweed finally cleared up and fish were caught.  Bluefish, Bass, & Fluke reported by several anglers.  It's been very busy all morning with anglers arriving before 5:00AM to bait up and hit the beaches, bays, & ocean.  Bluefish and Bass already reported this morning.  Nothing has come to our scales yet today, but here are some photos from last night's action.  Andrew had this a keeper Bass along with a load of Bluefish last night on bunker.  George Stanski sent in these pictures of his 40 inch, 25 pound Bass and a 9.5 pound Bluefish from the mid-island surf on bunker.


Friday 05/26- Several Bluefish reported throughout the day, evening, and well after dark.  Did have a few Bass reported as well and one came to the scales by Pat.  Pat's Striped Bass went 23.26 lbs, 39 inches long and hit bunker in morning from the #LBI surf.  Fluke fishing reports were scarce but shorts were reported from land-based anglers, some keepers reported by boaters.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Thursday 05/25- Heard of a few Fluke caught on this opening day of 2017.  Shorts from shore and a few nice keepers bu boat.  Surf fishing was "OK" with a few fish caught.  Steve Deffler stopped in with this 35 inch, 16.66 pound Striped Bass this evening from the mid-island surf on CLAM.  Steve & his buddy had another keeper bass and a load of bluefish as well.  Steve sent me these photos of his girlfriend Darlene with her first ever fish from the beach last weekend.  It was a 12 pound bluefish on bunker.  Congrats to Darlene!!!!  Also received a report from Dennis Stepien & his buddy Paul Fauver.  They had several bluefish and this 35 inch, 9 pound Striped Bass while fishing the mid-island surf this morning with bunker.  They were holding with 5-6 oz., but the seaweed was there again today.  The seaweed was a huge nuisance, but not bad enough to stop them from fishing.  This was Paul's first Striped Bass ever, so Congrats to Paul!!!  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.

Wednesday 05/24- Several reports of Bluefish and a few Bass today.  Seaweed was reported on the heavy side from many anglers, but fish were still caught.  Andrew had a few Bluefish and a 39 inch, 22 pound Striped Bass tonight from the mid-island surf on bunker chunks.  My buddy stopped in around 8:00PM to let me know that a big bluefish "smoked" his 30 year old Penn 850SS.  I lent him one of my 30 year old Penn 750SS reels for the night.  Hope that one holds up to these bluefish.  Had another Bass come to the scale around 8:00PM as well.  Chris Custer was fishing the mid-island surf this afternoon with his buddies when this Bass hit.  The 36 inch, 17.16 pound "non-tournament" fish hit a bunker chunk.  They also had a few bluefish as well.   Jeff Crabtree was the first to stop in with a fish today.  This nice 32.75 inch Bass went 13.52 pounds.  Jeff was using bunker from the mid-island surf in the afternoon.  Thanks to everyone for your reports and photos.   Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Tuesday 05/23- The morning started off well with a few fish weighed in.  Kevin Walker was in with this 18.4 pound Bass on salted clam this morning from the LBI surf.  Danny had his limit of bluefish and released more.  Guess the bluefish are still here.  Then Aaron Kreig stopped in with a 16.38 pound "Simply Bassing" weigh-in, and a nice bluefish.  Aaron was fishing bunker from the Surf City suds.  Nice start to the day,  hope this is the beginning of a nice run of fish.  Did hear of more bluefish throughout the day and a 57 pound Bass weighed in at Fisherman's HQ from the beach.  Dan Whelan had a report from the night bite with a 34 inch Bass and a few bluefish.  - John

Monday 05/22- Didn't hear much from those fishing today until just now.  Jimmy Betz (photo below) stopped in with this nice 29 inch dinner bass he plugged up from the front beach this afternoon.  He was using a pencil popper and had a few bluefish as well.  Nice fish Jimmy; and thanks for stopping in with a report!!!  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Sunday 05/21- Much slower fishing today than we have been use to.  A few reports of bluefish from the beaches, inlet, & bay but many folks caught nothing.  I don't think I had one report on Striped Bass.  Hope this is just a bump and the fishing picks back up again. - John

Saturday 05/20- Reports of bluefish this morning from the beaches but much slower than yesterday.  Now the report from the beach is heavy seaweed/grass making fishing conditions difficult.  Hope this clears up at the next tide.  We just weighed in a monster Striped Bass for local resident Louis Rossino.  Louis was fishing from his boat out of Barnegat Light when this 50.42 pound fish hit a snag/drop bunker.  The fish was 48.25 inches long and had a fat 30.25 inch girth.  Wow - Nice fish Louis!  Congratulations and thanks for stopping in to weigh your fish!!!!  I also had a report from last night by Ryan, Mike, & Allegra.  They had bluefish and a striped bass on bunker from the mid-island surf - all fish were released.  Thanks so much for the report guys!!!!  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Friday 05/19- Bluefish & Bass action still keeping many anglers busy.  Updates & photos follow in reverse chronological order. - John

     8:45 PM Update- Decent reports came in all day long from LBI surfcasters.  Bluefish once again dominated the action but more bass made a showing today.  Hoping that paired with the Northeast winds forecasted for tomorrow will heat the bass action up even more.  Tyler Brooks caught his largest fish ever on his 25th birthday today.  The 34 inch bluefish hit a bunker chunk from the north end surf.  Vinny Campagna stopped in with this 31 inch, 12.45 pound Bass he landed from the North Beach surf today on salted clam.  Barry Forging also stopped in with a nice bass today.  The 11 pound, 15 oz. fish hit a bunker chunk from the Ship Bottom surf this afternoon.  I also got a nice report from Evan Corondi from last night.  Evan had a load of dogfish from the north-end surf then this nice 38 inch Bass hit the bunker chunk.  Evan quickly released the fish after taking this "selfie".  Thanks to everyone for stopping in and/or sending in your reports & photos.  Can't wait to see what tonight brings. - John
     2:45 PM Update- Local resident Eric stopped in a while ago and had some nice photos to share of his fishing buddies from yesterday.  Domenic Addiego (9 years old), fishing with his father Mimmo last evening landed this 41 inch, 23 pound Bass from the mid-island surf using bunker.  Nice job Domenic!!!! - John  
     11:45 AM- Bluefish have dominated the reports for the past couple days.  The Hettler brothers changed that this morning.  While they did load up on bluefish of varying sizes, they did have a nice bass as well.  Francis Hettler had this keeper bass while fishing bunker in the mid-island surf with his brother Joe.  We are now fully stocked on Surf Clams.  Our "bunker guy" is on his way back in now with a nice load of "freshies".  It's always a guess but he should be here in a couple of hours.  I will let you know as soon as it arrives.  Until then I still have some bunker from Sunday in a brine if needed. - John


Thursday 05/18- Several reports of bluefish from the surf today of varying sizes.  One of the larger bluefish reported today was just brought in by Austin.  Austin beached this 13 pounder using bunker.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Wednesday 05/17- Slower today than we have been use to.  Several reports of bluefish of varying sizes from the beaches, bay & inlet - but not in the numbers we had last week.

Tuesday 05/16- Bluefish & Bass action still keeping many anglers busy.  Updates & photos follow in reverse chronological order. - John
     8:30 PM Update- Reports of bluefish continued throughout the afternoon & evening.  Not super hot action, but enough to keep it interesting.  A few reports of short bass as well were mixed in.  But about an hour ago in walked Doug from Loveladies with this Monster Striped Bass of 49 inches, 44.74 pounds.  Doug was fishing the Loveladies surf using bunker when this beast hit.  That's a fish of a lifetime for many anglers.  Congrats to Doug and thanks so much for stopping in to weigh your fish.  And for the 2nd time today all our tournament anglers can rest easy.  Doug is not in any of the local tournaments.  I also forgot to mention that we received a fresh load of bunker earlier today as well. - John
​     3:05 PM Update- We have had several reports of bluefish of varying sizes throughout the day on bait from the front beaches.  Then in walked Rhett from York, PA with this Monster Bluefish of 17.00 pounds.  Rhett was fishing with his buddy Stan from Cape May, NJ and was using a swimshad along the south end surf of LBI.  This is the largest bluefish we have weighed in this year.  All you tournament participants can relax now, Rhett is not in our store bluefish contest.  But it looks like the big chopper bluefish are not done yet.  Also pictured are Rudy's doggies checking out the big blue before it hit the scale.  Thanks to Rhett & Stan for stopping in.  It was nice meeting you guys. - John 
​     11:25 AM- Very sorry for the late update this morning.  Long nights caught up to me so I slept in while Sue came down early this morning to open up.  We still have a good supply of fresh bunker from yesterday as well as surf clams.  The water is very clean and 4 ounces is all you should need today.  Reports of bluefish already this morning, but certainly not crazy action like we had last week.  Hopefully that insane bluefish actions returns soon.  More Bass are being reported at night in the last few days as well.  8 year old Vincent was fishing with his grand dad Joe this morning and landed this nice 10 pound bluefish on bunker.  Congrats Vincent- nice fish!!!!  Bill Diebold sent in this picture of a 29 inch, 8 lb Striper caught last night @ 8:00PM on clam from the Brant Beach surf.  Brandon had this 32 inch Bass last night just after midnight on bunker.  Brandon & his friends reported big & small Bluefish mixed in the action as well.  Beautiful day here on LBI.  Let you know if any more reports come in. - John


Monday 05/15- Bluefish & Bass action for many, but slower than last week.  Updates & photos follow in reverse chronological order. - John

     6:35 PM Update- Another load of Fresh Bunker has just Arrived!!!  Our bunker guy is sailing daily this week, so as long as the weather holds we should be good with "freshies" for a while.  Jimmy Betz stopped in a while ago with his first keeper bass of 2017.  The 29.25 inch, 8.68 pound bass hit bunker from the mid-island surf.  Great dinner size fish.  Jimmy also had a 36 inch, 9.75 pound bluefish as well.  Let you know if I hear anything more. - John  
     3:10 PM Update- Several reports of bluefish from the surf this morning and early afternoon.  Some smaller blues in the 2-3 pound range were mixed in with the 10-12 pounders.  Several blues have come to the scales today, just didn't get a chance to get photos of them all.  Several reports of short bass today as well.  I added a few more photos and details to yesterday's report below.  Check it out.  I did get a photo of Matt Polito and his 12.34 pound bluefish from the Ship Bottom surf on bunker.  Then Greg & George stopped in.  Greg had his first fish ever surf fishing with this 20 inch blue - Congrats Greg!!!!  George weighed in his bluefish at just under 9 pounds.  Bunker update- we have about 150 pounds of bunker remaining from yesterdays catch/delivery.  Our bunker guy is out now and should have another delivery for us before the end of the day.  I will keep you posted on that. - John  
​     7:00 AM- Came down to open the store this morning and was greeted by two happy anglers with nice Bass to weigh in.  Jay was up first with this 27.50 pounder taken from the mid-island surf very early this morning on bunker.  Jay is not in any of the local tournaments.  Tim Stumpf however, is in the Simply Bassing & our Store bass tournament; and moves into 1st place in both with this 29.60 pound Bass.  Tim was using bunker from the mid-island surf just after midnight when the fish hit.  Tim also released another bass that was the same size as this one.  Looks like the larger bass might be moving in.  Can't wait to see what today brings.  We have a good supply of fresh bunker from yesterday.  We also have surf clams, but they are running a bit low.  I will try and keep you posted as reports come in. - John 


Sunday 05/14- The day started out with heavy grass/seaweed just about everywhere with very few fish reported.  As the day went on the water cleared up a bit and the fish began to show, but not in the numbers we had before Saturday's storm.  Smaller bluefish, short bass and a keeper or two were reported in the afternoon/evening.  Nick Commisso was in with this 32 inch, 14 pound Striped Bass taken from the surf in Surf City on bunker.  This is the 1st "keeper" Bass for the Commisso family this year.  Other than Nick's fish it has been a slow day compared to what we have been use to.  We have a new leader in our store Striped Bass contest.  Pete Kelly beached this 26.00 pound, 43.00 inch fish from the mid-island surf on fresh bunker.  Also had some nice photos sent in from the Diebold/Mozur family.  Kathy Mozur with a nice Bluefish. Shane Mozur also with a gator blue; and Bill Diebold with 2 nice bluefish.  All fish were caught around 7:00PM from the Brant Beach surf.  Nice job everyone, and thanks for the reports & photos.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Saturday 05/13- Nasty weather today with very few anglers out there at the moment.  Did get one report from earlier this morning and the bluefish were still there on bunker.  But the conditions soon turned to dirty water with grass and 10 oz. was not holding.  Still getting reports from last night though.  Brendan Craig was fishing with his buddy last night from the top of the tide until they ran out of bait.  Big Bluefish to 15 pounds, and Striped Bass to 25 pounds all released.  Nice photos Brendan - thanks for sending these in.  Earlier this morning brothers Terry & Bob Wasser stopped in to weigh their fish from last night.  Terry had a nice 43 inch, 30.14 pound Striped Bass  Brother Bob had the 2 Bluefish.  All were taken on fresh bunker from the mid-island surf.  Thanks for stopping in guys.  Bill Scheidia also sent in a nice photo of a 14 pound bluefish from Friday.  Bill had 4 nice bluefish for the day.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Friday 05/12- Bluefish continue to Dominate!!!  Bluefish were just about everywhere throughout the day once again.  Numerous reports of double digit catches from many anglers.  Also a nice boat Bass photo sent in by Captain Vince Orzel.  Updates & photos follow in reverse chronological order. - John

     9:40 PM Update- Sorry I could not update the website today.  We were on the road and just got back.  Bluefish remain very HOT along the entire beach front.  There are still guys coming in to load up on bunker before the nasty weather hits tomorrow.  And speaking of bunker, we are now running low.  We will probably be out early tomorrow morning.  I will keep you posted on that.  I have a load of pictures & reports to post, but won't get to that until the morning.  But I do have this shot of a nice 23.52 pound bass weighed in early this morning by Mike P..  Mike beached this fish last night (Thursday) from the mid-island area on bunker.  I will get more pics up tomorrow. - John


Thursday 05/11- Bluefish, Bluefish, Bluefish!!!  Bluefish were just about everywhere throughout the day.  Several reports of double digit catches up to 16 pounds.  A few Striped Bass were reported in the 30 inch range as well.  Updates & photos follow in reverse chronological order. - John

     9:45 PM Update- Had a flurry of activity the last hour or so.  Loads of people in with reports of insane bluefish action all along the beach this evening.  Weighed a 15.5 pound bluefish but no photo.  Jeff (left photo) stopped in with this 9 pound class bluefish.  Jeff also caught & released his first ever Striped Bass today.  Congrats Jeff!!!!  Then Pearl (right photo) stopped in with a new personal best fish.  The 12.44 pound, 36 inch long bluefish hit a bunker chunk from the mid-island surf.  Way to go Pearl !!!!  Nice fish.  Thanks to everyone for stopping in with your fish & reports. - John  
​     7:50 PM Update- Crazy Bluefish action reported late this afternoon all along the mid-island surf area on bunker.  Double digit numbers for many anglers.  No pictures or weigh-ins this afternoon though.  Only a couple 30 inch size bass reported to us this afternoon.  No wonder with all the bluefish around.  Can't wait to see what tonight & tomorrow brings. - John
     2:45 PM Update- FRESH BUNKER Has Arrived!!!!  Also Joe Hettler (left photo) stopped in with this 11.93 pound bluefish today from the north end surf on bunker.  Bluefish reports continue to come in.  Pete (right photo) sent in this nice shot of a gator bluefish from YESTERDAY which he released.  Nice!! - John
     11:50 AM Update- Live Surf Clams have Arrived.  Our Fresh Bunker is on the boat and on it's way in.  Maybe 2 more hours or so.  Let you know when it gets here.  Bluefish reports continue.  Bob Daley (left photo) was just in and now leads our in-store bluefish tournament with this 16.18 pounder.  Bob beached the 38 inch blue from somewhere on an LBI beach using a bunker head.  Congrats Bob!!!  Dan Morski (right photo) sent in another "selfie" this morning and is loading up on bluefish using bunker. - John


Wednesday 05/10- Another good day of surf fishing on LBI.  Bass & Bluefish continue making anglers happy.  Updates follow in reverse chronological order.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

     7:40 PM Update- Had a couple Striped Bass reported today as well.  Sam G. stopped in with this 19 pound Bass taken from the North End surf on bunker.  Greg Lagacki was using a white bucktail to beach this 9.5 pound, 30.5 inch Striped Bass today.  I have no information on his bluefish though.  Several reports of decent bluefish action today and a few Bass around as well. - John
​     7:20 PM Update- We have a new leader in our store Bluefish Tournament.  Pat Presutto landed this 15.76 pound bluefish today from the mid-island surf using bunker.  Congratulations Pat!!!!  I have more photos to post from today as well.  Will get to them as soon as I can. - John
     11:30 AM Update- Well the bluefish are still around.  Barry Forging sent in this picture of a 34" bluefish from the North Beach surf on Bunker.  Dan Morski sent in this "selfie" of a nice bluefish that hit a bunker head this morning. - John


Tuesday 05/09- Striped Bass heating up, Bluefish still around.  We have had better, but several people did catch fish.  Updates follow in reverse chronological order.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

     10:00 PM Update- Dan Whelan called in with a late report.  He has a 34 inch Bass and a few Bluefish from somewhere along the LBI surf.  The Bass hit clam, the Blues were on bunker.  Then Lisa Presutto sent in this report and the photos below:  "Hi John. It's Lisa Presutto. Here's a pic of Pat's 33", 14.9 lb bass, caught mid island on bunker at 6:00 pm. And a pic of my little 24" release, mid island, bunker!!! It was a fun evening!"  Thanks everyone for your reports & photos.  Keep them coming. - John
     9:15 PM Update- Just had another nice Striped Bass weighed in by Wes.  Wes caught this 22 pounder right here in Surf City on bunker.  Then Rudy sent in a few shots of the several bluefish he and his dad are getting from the Surf City suds on bunker.  Also had a keeper Bass and 2 bluefish come in by AJ Max and family fishing the Surf City suds with bunker.  Looks like the fish are cooperating.  Thanks everyone for your reports & photos!!!!! - John
     ​7:55 PM Update- Just had our first weigh-in for the 2017 "Simply Bassing" Tournament.  Jeff Crabtree beached the 18.86 pound, 37-7/8 inch fish from the Surf City suds an hour ago using bunker.  Congratulations Jeff!!!!  Simply Bassing runs through June 24th so there is still time to get in on the action.  Stop in anytime for more information and sign up.  There is also a link to the website above. - John    
​     11:50 AM- Started today off right with this 20.2 pound, 37.5 inch Bass taken by Larry.  Larry was using bunker from the mid-island surf.


Monday 05/08- Decent day for Striped Bass & a few Bluefish.  We have had better, but several people did catch fish.  Updates follow in reverse chronological order.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John
​     9:45 PM Update- Just had our first 30 pound class Striped Bass weighed in for 2017.  Jim McFetridge, from Marlton, NJ landed this 43.25 inch, 30.68 pound Bass from the Surf City beach within the hour on bunker.  This was Jim's first 30 pound Bass and a new family record.  Congratulations Jim and thanks for stopping in to weigh your fish!!!!  All you tournament anglers can rest easy though; Jim is not in any of the local tournaments.  Then Donny & Bobby stopped in with a few big bluefish to 11 pounds from somewhere on LBI. - John
     2:35 PM Update- Alyssa sent in this nice shot of her bluefish from Holgate today.  Spotty reports of blues & bass continue to come in.  Let you know if I hear any additional reports. - John
     11:00 AM- Sorry for the late website update today.  A much slower day yesterday than we have been use to, but today is starting off much better.  Several reports of Bass & Bluefish coming in.  One guy had bluefish, several short bass, and a 30 inch keeper bass from Dolphin Street at the north end using bunker.  Tom Sylvester was in with this 16.96 pound Bass from the mid-island surf this morning using bunker.  Charles Price of the Merchantville Fishing Club just weighed in this 15.32 pound Bass from the Harvey Cedars surf using bunker.  The water is clearing up and the fish seem to be around.  We have a good supply of fresh bunker that came in yesterday (Sunday) at 5:00pm.  We also have surf clams in stock as well.  Let you know if I hear anything more. - John


Sunday 05/07- Had a few reports from guys on the beach and "dirty" water and no fish was the common theme.  But then in walked 13 year old Jason Pierce with a 11.76 pound bluefish.  Jason caught the fish from the mid-island surf on frozen bunker they had left over from last weekend.  Congratulations Jason and thanks for stopping in to weigh your fish!!!  See, frozen bunker does work at times.  So if you don't use all the fresh bunker you buy, take it home and freeze it if you can.  Also Phil stopped in about 1:00PM with his bluefish just shy of 8lbs from the LBI surf on bunker.  There are some fish around but it is slower today compared to the last few days.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Saturday 05/06- They had a huge turnout for the ASAC Tournament with several bluefish, a keeper bass, and a 15.75 inch kiungfish highlighting the scoring.  We also had several bluefish and two Striped Bass weghed in here at the shop in excess of 20 pounds. - John

Friday 05/05- Bluefish continued to dominate the action on LBI, but "keeper" Striped Bass are also around.  Several reports today from the beach already.  Dennis Stepien was in with a 8.54 pound Bass & 10.64 pound Bluefish this morning.  He was fishing the mid-island area using bunker.  Roman just sent me this photo of his 25.25 inch, 8 pound Bass he beached yesterday also from the mid-island area.  Good luck to everyone fishing the tournament tomorrow (details below).  We have already had the pleasure of meeting several of you today in the shop.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Thursday 05/04- Bluefish Everywhere along the Beaches.  Didn't seem to matter where you were the bluefish were there for most anglers.  Striped Bass also reported here and there with a few keepers mixed in.  Updates & photos follow in reverse chronological order. - John

​     9:45 PM Update- Fresh Bunker has Arrived!!!!  Largest delivery we ever received at one time but it's still 200 pounds less than what we were hoping for.  Another very good day of surf fishing along the LBI beaches again today.  Bluefish continue to dominate, but there have been a few Bass as well.  As I'm writing this the wind has really picked up out of the east.  Here are some highlights from this afternoon:  Lisa Presutto (top left) sent in this nice photo of a 12.5 pound bluefish she beached from the mid-island surf on bunker.  Nice job Lisa!!!  Those big blues are fun to fight.  Mike Commisso (top middle and below) sent in a nice shot from his action on the beach.  He did stop in to weigh one bluefish at 10.25 pounds.  Jimmy Betz (top right) had bluefish all day long.  I weighed 2 of his fish but lost my note on their weights.  I think the largest was in the 12 pound range.  Rich (2nd row left) had a good day on the beach as well.  He kept this 14 pound Bass and released a 16 pound bluefish using bunker.  Chauncey (2nd row right) was back on the beach again today with several bluefish up to 11.5 pounds.  Greg & John (bottom photo) were also back again with a load of bluefish to 11 pounds.  Congratulations everyone and thanks for sharing your reports & photos.  Lets see what tomorrow brings. - John     

     12:30 PM Update- Bluefish reports continue to come in from the front beaches.  Joe "Jazz" (left photo) surprised us with this 41 inch, 25.24 pound Striped Bass he caught this morning along with a few Bluefish.  This is the largest bass we have weighed in so far this spring.  Hope this is the start of some bigger fish moving into the area.  Rudy (right photo) was in with this 9 pound class bluefish.  He and his dad Rudy along with friend James are loading up on bluefish on the front beaches. - John
 

Wednesday 05/03- Bluefish continue to Dominate, but Bass starting to show!!!!!  Updates & photos follow in reverse chronological order.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.  Congrats and thanks to all for your reports and photos. - John

     11:55 PM Update- Steve Finelli just stopped in with this 39 inch, 23 pound Striped Bass from the mid-island surf on bunker.  He also released a 40 incher right after landing this one.  Is a decent Bass bite starting?  Nice fish Steve and thanks for your report and photos. - John

​     8:25 PM Update- Several fish came in throughout the afternoon today.  I still have more to post but here is what I have for now.  We have a new 3rd place in our store Bass contest - Pat Presutto brought in his 15.62 pound bass along with a bluefish today from the mid-island surf on bunker.  His wife Lisa Presutto  pictured with a 10.5 pound bluefish.  Brothers Kinger & Juim had a great day right up the street here in Surf City with 3 blues & a Striped Bass of 14.64 pounds all caught on bunker.  Brothers Larry & Paul had 4 nice bluefish to 10.16 pounds from the North Beach surf on bunker.  John & Greg were back in again today with bluefish in the 10 pound range from the mid-island surf on bunker.  Jeff weighed in this 12+ pound bluefish quickly, then hit the beach to release it.  Nice!!!  The Hettler brothers, Francis & Joe were also back today.  They released numerous bluefish and a short bass, but kept these 2 blues in the 7-8 pound range for the table.  Congrats to everyone and thank you so much for stopping in with your fish & reports!!!!! - John

     4:00 PM Update- We are out of fresh bunker at the moment.  Our bunker guy is on his way and should be here around 6:00PM.  I will let you know when he gets here.  Had a few fish come in as soon as I got back to the shop.  Dan Morski sent in this nice "selfie" of a nice bluefish from somewhere on the LBI surf on bunker.Bob Bal & Don Tharp were in with a load of bluefish to 11.5 pounds from the Surf City beach on bunker.  Then Cody Schmutz came in with this beautiful Striped Bass of 21.08 pounds, 38.50 inches long.  Cody landed the fish from the mid-island surf using clam.  Still have some photos on the digital camera to post including Mike Gowen's 1st place bluefish. - John
 


Tuesday 05/02- The Bluefish are still here!!!!!!  We have a new leader in our store bluefish contest.  Mike Gowen's 14.54 pound bluefish just beating Chauncey's fish by a 1/4 inch in lengh (the 1st tie-breaker).  Still waiting on this photo and others from yesterday that were taken on our digital camera.  Sorry guys- I will get these photos up as soon as I can.  Rich Kindt was in with his largest of many blues at 13.5 pounds from the mid-island bay area on bunker.  John was back again today with a bluefish in the 10 pound range from the LBI surf also on bunker.  Short bass & a keeper or two have been reported but no specifics of pictures.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John


APRIL 2017

Sunday 04/30- The Bluefish are back - Bass starting to show!!!!!  Several updates & photos follow in chronological order.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.  Congrats and thanks to all for your reports and photos. - John

​     8:00 PM Update- Lots of action this afternoon from just about everywhere.  Beaches, Inlet & bay all producing bluefish.  Here are some highlights from this afternoon:  Marie Favoroso was out for her first ever surf fishing trip and battled this 10.38 pound bluefish from the LBI surf today on Bunker.  Congrats to Marie - what a way to jump into the surf fishing scene.  Marissa was back again today with 2 bluefish to 10.80 pounds from the mid-island bay on bunker.  I think she's trying to top her husband James who currently leads our bluefish contest.  Steve Hastings was back for the 3rd weekend in a row with 3 bluefish to 12.98 pounds from the North Beach surf on bunker.  TJ had taken Marie surf fishing today and scored these 2 bluefish himself.  Received this nice picture from Joe K. with a nice blue from the mid-island beach area.  JD was in a few times today.  He is a fresh water angler just starting out in the saltwater fishing scene and went right to the inlet.  The tip of the south jetty in fact - twice today.  He scored a few bluefish, a short bass, and kept this small Blue for dinner.  Congrats to JD, it was nice meeting you & helping you get equipped today.  Finally for the day we had Vincent, and Matt with bluefish from the inlet today.  This was also Vincent's 1st fish EVER - Nice job guys!!!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your reports & photos.  It was a wild afternoon with fish coming in hourly.  We had loads of fun, hope you all did too. - John

     2:00 PM Update- We are now out of green crabs and will not be stocking them until the Blackfish/Tog season re-opens in mid-July.  We are also out of surf clams until Tuesday- sorry.  We do have a good supply of Fresh Bunker & salted clams.  More fish pics & reports coming in.  Roman sent in this picture of his son Jeff and a 33 inch, 9 pound bluefish from the LBI surf today.  John Adair from right here in Surf City weighed in his largest of 3 bluefish at 13.78 pounds.  John was fishing bunker from the mid-island surf today.  Captain Vince sent in this nice Bass photo from this morning.  No details are available on this fish.  I'm just hoping it's the start of some fishing moving up from the south.  Guess we will find out soon. - John

     1:30 PM- I've been trying to update the website since 5:00AM.  It's been a constant flow of fish and reports.  Sorry for the late post today.  Just an FYI that all these photos do go up on Twitter & Facebook first because it's much faster to do that than the website.  Give us a follow on Twitter & Facebook for faster access to reports & photos.  Another decent day of fishing for many anglers yesterday as you can see in the report below.  The beaches, inlet and bay were producing fish, but it remains "spotty".  You just have to be at the right place at the right time.  Striped Bass action might be heating up a bit today though.  Damon sent in this shot of a keeper bass just after midnight from an LBI beach using bunker.  Then Ted Kamish Jr. stopped in for a quick weigh-in before releasing the fish just up the street.  The 17.76 pound bass hit bunker from the north end surf and is now in 2nd place in our store Bass tournament.  Then Barry arrived with a nice 30 inch, 12.42 pound bass from the Loveladies surf on clam this morning.  The bluefish continue to come in as well.  "Blue-eyed" Bill was in with his 4.5 pound bluefish from the beach in Surf City on bunker.  Rich Kindt with this 7.5 pound blue from the mid-island surf on bunker.  Bob Braack now holds the 3rd place spot in our store bluefish contest.  7 year old Roman was back in today with another nice bluefish.  This one was 31 inches & 9 pounds from the beach in Surf City using bunker.  Nice job Roman!!!!!  John came in with 2 nice bluefish from the mid-island surf on bunker.  Our friend & Twitter follower Chris S. sent in this nice shot of an LBI bluefish today on bunker.  Thanks everyone for stopping in and sending in your reports & photos.  Looks like another decent day of fishing on LBI is underway. - John


Saturday 04/29- Spotty bluefish action along the beaches, Inlet, and Bays.  If you were there when they came through it was a good day for you.  If not you probably had a few skates & dogfish.  Also had several reports of short bass along the beaches as well with the occasional keeper mixed in.  Here are some highlights:  Joe was in with a few choppers using a red tailed diamond jig.  Had another group just back for more bunker.  They had a dozen or so bluefish at the inlet this morning.  Marissa Davis stopped in with a nice 35.5 inch, 12.52 pound bluefish just caught from the mid-island bay area from shore.  Marissa now holds the 3rd place spot in our store tournament.  This was also the largest fish Marissa has ever landed.  Congrats to Marissa and thanks for stopping in to weigh your fish.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.- John

Friday 04/28- Bluefish was the story again today.  I finally got Bill MaCool's photo up.  His fish is now in 1st place in our store Striped Bass Tournament.  Bill landed the fish yesterday from the mid-island area using bunker.  The inlet seemed to "light-up" today around 4:00PM and lasted about an hour.  Most of the bluefish were taken on bucktails.  Aaron was there and had a pile of bluefish to 11 pounds.  Randy & 6 year old son Beckham sent in this photo from the inlet action today.  You just have to be there when they come through.  We had a few "John's" with bluefish today as well.  Jon M.,  John O., and John B.  Nice bluefish Guys!!  Wish I had a photo of a John C. with a fish.  I can't get the photo of Joe B. to work right so I'm missing that one - sorry Joe.  I will try again tomorrow.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John 

Monday 04/24 thru Thursday 04/27- Bluefish continue to dominate the scene here on LBI.  Several short bass and a nice 25 pound bass were reported. - John 

Sunday 04/23- Another decent day of fishing on the beaches & inlet for several anglers - but not everyone was catching fish.  The blues were hit & miss much like yesterday.  Several reports of short bass continue from the from beaches, inlet, and bay areas.  Here are some of the highlights & photos from today.  I hope I'm not missing anyone.  We started off the morning with Pete Kelly & John Moran weighing in bluefish for our store tournament.  Then Alyssa sent in a nice shot of the bluefish she caught from the Surf City beach on bunker.  Dave H. with a big bluefish from the jetty on a plug.  Chauncey Beekler with 2 more bluefish for the day in the 10+ pound range on bunker from the surf.  Mike Commisso with nice 10+ pound blues from the beach as well.  I did my best to help Pedro, aka "Q" get on fish.  Yesterday it didn't seem to help, but today be bested this 8 pound bluefish from the inlet jetty on a red tail diamond jig - Nice Job!!!  Ken stopped in with "Jazz" and this nice 9 pound bluefish.  Jazz & Ken lent a hand to a couple driving the beach with tires at full pressure.  Needless to say they were buried to the frame in no time.  But Jazz & Ken managed to pull them out and off the beach.  Nice job guys!!!!  Then 12 year old Enzo & 7 year old Roman were fishing with their dad Steve and had a blast with the big bluefish.  Mike Cullen also stopped in with his bluefish from the surf today on bunker.  The 4th row of photos are all members of the Merchantville Fishing Club.  John O'Connel and grandson Ryan O'Connel  sent in these nice photos of their action on the beach.  Then Steve Hastings came in with 3 bluefish up to 10.06 pounds.  Thanks to all for your reports, updates, & pictures. All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Saturday 04/22- Well it seems the bluefish are still in the area.  Beach & Inlet producing nice fish for many angler.  Not all, but many.  Here are some highlights & photos.  The top row photos represent 3 generations of the Thiel family with Joe, Mark, and Jordan with bluefish in the 10+ pound range on bunker from the LBI surf.  15 year old Rebecca Gally outfished her dad Mark with 2 nice bluefish in the 10-12 pound class.  Keith & Lisa with 2 nice bluefish.  16 year old Tyler outfished his dad as well with a 10.6 pound bluefish beached from the Surf City suds on bunker.  Steve from the Merchantville Fishing Club with another nice bluefish.  Linda outfished her hubby Paul with a 12 pound class bluefish.  Pete Kelly was back in with another 10+ pound bluefish.  And finally we have Cody Schmutz with one of his short Bass released from the mid-island surf.  Congrats and a huge thank you to everyone for your reports. All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Friday 04/21- Well it seems the bluefish are back.  Beach & Inlet producing nice fish.  Here are some highlights from this afternoon:  Cody Schmutz with several blues up to 12.48 pounds from the Surf City beach today on plugs.  Greg & John also had a pile of bluefish from the mid-island surf today using bunker.  Aaron had bluefish in the 10 pound range from the inlet today on bucktails & diamond jigs.  Lance Purcell sent me his report from the mid-island surf today where he had nice size bluefish on bunker & metal.  Finally coach Dan came in with his 10 pound & 6.5 pound bluefish from the Surf City suds today on bunker.  Also got a nice report from Jack Doherty.  He and his father Josh were fishing the mid-island beach today and managed 3 bluefish to 12.58 pounds on squid.  That's right - squid.  They were fishing the same area yesterday and released 7 short bass and a fluke on clam and squid.  Thanks everyone for your reports & photos.  I have more photos to go through and will try and get them up later.  All in all it was a decent day fishing for many on LBI today.  Lets hope tomorrow is a good one as well.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page - John

Thursday 04/20- We finally had a legal size Striped Bass weighed in for our store tournament.  James caught his first ever "keeper" bass on clam from the Surf City suds this afternoon.  James had a load of short bass before beaching the 30.5 inch, 9.82 pound fish pictured below.  James is currently in 1st place in our Bass & Bluefish store tournaments.  Congrats to James!!!!  The Hettler brothers just stopped in as well.  They had 2 bluefish in the 10 pound range on bunker today.  They also had a load of short bass on clams while fishing the mid-island surf today.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page - John

Wednesday 04/19- Kind of a slow day on the beaches for most.  Short Bass on clam and a single bluefish reported.  The Blackfish/Tog action at the inlet has been decent with keepers finding their way home for several anglers.  The Bluefish were again missing from the inlet today.  Hoping that the next body of fish move in soon. - John

Tuesday 04/18- Bluefish still scarce in the Inlet.  Updates & photos follow in chronological order.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.  Congrats and thanks to all for your reports and photos. - John

     7:10 PM Update- Just had another report and a weigh-in.  Francis Hettler landed his nice 9.22 pound Black Drum today using clam from the surf on the north end of LBI.  He and brother Joe Hettler released "double digit" short bass today up to 27.5 inches using mostly clam.  If you look at our 2016 photos you will find a picture of Francis wearing his lucky Phillies hoodie with a larger black drum around this time of year.  Thanks so much to the Hettler brothers for stopping in to weigh their fish and give a report. - John
​     5:15 PM Update- We have a few reports but no bluefish bonanza at the inlet today so far.  Dylan and Mark combined for 3 bluefish today from the north end surf on LBI using mullet.  Dylan has a cast on his right wrist but still managed to land the fish.  These were skinny blues, so are probably from a different body of fish that invaded over the weekend.  Then I received the following report from Lance Purcell:  "Hey John! Lance Purcell! Found some monster blues to 14 pounds in the bay off sod bank landed 7 of 8 in 5 hours of fishing! They loved Surf City Baits fresh bunker!!".  Thanks Lance for the kind words and your report.  Thanks also to Dylan & Mark for stopping in with your fish and report.  Let you know if I hear anything more. - John


Monday 04/17- Where did the Bluefish go??  Several updates & photos follow in chronological order.   All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.  Congrats and thanks to all for your reports and photos. - John

     6:40 PM Update- Just got a report from the Inlet but it isn't a good one.  Brendan Craig walked to the tip and back and saw absolutely nothing going on with the bluefish bite.  If they show later tonight and I'm aware of it I will send an update.  Wish I had better news.  
     3:50 PM Update- Unfortunately we are now completely out of clams until tomorrow (live & salted).  Very sorry about that.  We just got in more fresh bunker so we are set with that for a day or two.  As of this moment the inlet is still quiet.  Let you know if it goes off.
     2:00 PM Update- The inlet has been quiet so far today.  If the bluefish stick to schedule like the last 2 days the inlet should turn on around 4:00pm.  Let you know if that happens.  No specific reports from the beach yet today either.  Our surf clam supply is very low but we have them scheduled for delivery tomorrow.
     10:45 AM Update- Still no reports from anyone fishing this morning but it's still early.  Hoping the outgoing tide turns them on like the last 2 days.  FYI- we are running low on Surf Clams, more expected in tomorrow.  Finally found a moment to get these pictures up from yesterday (4/16/17):  Captain Marco with son Babe were out again on the Laura Sportfishing and found the chopper blues.  Tony Lopez of the Pennsauken Fishing Club was also back for the 2nd day in a row with his 14.70 pound blue caught at the Barnegat Inlet on a plug.  Scott & Pearl were also back today to get in on the hot bluefish action.  They were at the beach in Surf City using bunker.  Scott's blue went 8.12 pounds, while Pearl's fish was her largest ever at 32.75 inches long and 10.30 pounds.  Scott & Pearl also had a few short bass up to 26 inches.  Then Randy, and Steffany stopped back at the shop to share their report.  Randy's fish was 15 pounds on the hand scale, while Tiffany's monster weighed in at 17 pounds!!!  Randy & Tiffany are originally from Arkansas and had a blast with these New Jersey monster bluefish.  My last report from yesterday came from Ryan & Brandon, from Crownsville, MD.  They also had a blast at the Barnegat Inlet with the hot bluefish action.  Congrats to everyone and thank you so much for sharing your reports & photos with us. - John


Sunday 04/16- The Bluefish are still here!!!!!  Several updates & photos follow in chronological order.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.  Congrats and thanks to all for your reports and photos. - John

​     7:30 PM Update- The Bluefish invaded the Inlet again this afternoon around 4:00pm-4:30pm and was still going on a few minutes ago.  Several big blues reported including a 17 pounder by Steffany besting her husband Randy's 15 pounder.  Randy & Steffany are here from Arkansas and their timing couldn't have been better.  I will post their photos and others as soon as I can, but they might not get on the website until the morning.  FYI- they will probably be on Twitter & Facebook first.  Also several nice keeper Blackfish/Tog were taken at the inlet today.  Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.
     12:50 PM Update- Small Bass along the beach is the word so far today.  Brendan Craig sent me a text that he couldn't spike his rod the action was constant with small bass on clam.  Then Ben Pirrello had his first unassisted catch & release today on the Surf City beach.  He baited, cast, landed, & released this 14 inch in Striper on clam.  Congrats to Ben.  He is on his way to be the fisherman his dad Steve is.  Also just got word that Scott and his daughter Pearl just caught a 30 inch bluefish from the Surf City suds.  I will try and get the details and a photo later. - John
     7:30 AM Update- Still no word from anyone fishing this morning but it's early.  Had a moment to get these pictures up from yesterday (4/15/17).  Marissa with 2 of her Bluefish released yesterday from the Surf City suds on bunker.  Pete Kelly brought in his 13.66 pound Blue good for 2nd place in our store contest.  Our son Cole with one of many fish released yesterday at the inlet on anything you threw at them.  Then received a report via Twitter on Babe Finelli with a nice 12 pound Blue on the Laura Sportfishing charter boat.  Finally we have Tony Lopez of the Pennsauken Fishing Club with his 11.7 pound Blue from the Barnegat Inlet on various artificials.  Tony had a few other fish as well.  Congrats and thanks to all for your reports and photos. - John


Saturday 04/15- The Bluefish have Arrived!!!!!  Same exact day as last year.  Several reports & updates follow in chronological order.  All Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page.  Congrats and thanks to all for your reports and photos. - John

​     8:20 PM Update- One last update for today.  Still don't think I have all the photos and there are still fish & reports coming in.  Marisa with one of her three 10 pound class bluefish today from the Surf City beach.  They were not big enough to knock her husband James out of first place in our store contest, but they were nice fish.  BTW- our store bluefish contest runs through June 30th.  Then Jon was in with his load of bluefish from the surf and the inlet today.  I also got a great report on the Blackfish/Tog action out on the wrecks.  Captain Greg Carr of  LBIcharters.com had an easy boat limit today with this ~9.5 pounder stealing the show.
     5:15 PM Update- Wow!!!!  What an afternoon.  Roman's bluefish didn't last long in first place.  Brendan brought in his 11.54 pound fish to take the lead.  Brendan was in Surf City using bunker.  But before Brendan & his family left, up drove James.  James' fish hit the scales at 14.42 pounds to take the lead.  Everyone pictured below was using fresh bunker in Surf City.  James' wife Marrissa also got in on the action and landed 2 nice bluefish.  I will get her photo up as soon as they send it, but they are back on the beach fishing.  Then we have Trey (age 11) and brother Parker (age 7).  Trey landed his 11.72 & 11.30 pound fish on bunker right up from our store in Surf City.  Brothers Albert & Alex also came in with their nice bluefish.  They were fishing right near Trey & Parker.  Gina is all smiles with her 2 bluefish from the suds this afternoon.  Then we have the entire gang of Brendan, Gina, George, & Rob with their load of nice bluefish today.
     2:40 PM Update- Well exactly a year ago today the big bluefish made a showing along the LBI beaches.  And it seems like it is starting again.  Roman O. came in with this 10.80 pound Bluefish he caught this morning mid-island using clam.  He was fishing for Bass with mono leader and had a few break-offs as well.  Roman is now in the lead for our store Bluefish contest.  Congrats to Roman and thanks so much for stopping in to weigh your fish.  My sister sent me a text from 5th street in Surf City about an hour ago letting me know that a group of guys were also into big bluefish.  Another guy just walked in with another weigh-in so it looks like it might be on.
     10:40 AM Update- The Pirrello boys are hitting short bass from the Surf City suds right now using clam and small hooks.  Nice job guys!!!!  They have some larger baits out there looking for that "keeper" bass as well.  I will try and keep yopu updated as best I can.  FYI- I usually update Twitter & Facebook before the website.


Thursday & Friday 04/14 & 04/15- Very slow fishing the beach and the inlet rocks again today from the reports we had in the shop.  I did get a report of some short Bass on the bay side of LBI, but that was about it.  - John

Wednesday 04/12- Very slow fishing the beach and the inlet rocks again today from the reports we had in the shop.  I did get a nice report and photo from Bobby E. who was testing the new TFO "plugging" rod with one of the Pappy's Pride plugs we carry.  He released 11 nice Bass during the night and had a blast.  Hope to see those fish on the beach soon.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Tuesday 04/11- Same report as yesterday - Very slow fishing the beach and the inlet rocks today from the reports we had in the shop.  A couple of short bass that I was aware of but that's it. - John

Monday 04/10- Very slow fishing the beach and the inlet rocks today from the reports we had in the shop. - John

Sunday 04/09- Bob Massa was trying for that keeper Bass this morning using Fresh Bunker chunks.  He reported skates and small Bass stealing his bait but no keeper yet.  I did just get the following report & photos from Tim H. showing Kyle & Zach with their first striped bass of 2017.  They were fishing swim shads last night from the bay side of LBI.  Nice job guys and thanks for the report & photos.  Captain Mark Finelli of the "Laura Sportfishing" charter boat stopped in with a report.  His party today had their limit of Blackfish in a few hours.  Still no word if the Tog are at the inlet rocks yet.  Also heard from a few folks fishing the beach and the word is "much slower than yesterday" regarding the small Bass that were around.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

​Saturday 04/08- The front beaches of LBI were alive with small Striped Bass taking most baits thrown at them on small hooks.  We had several reports of multiple fish releases all along the LBI surf.  Scott & Pearl released over 2 dozen short Bass using clam baits, both fresh & salted.  The Carolynn Ann did well on Blackfish/Tog with limit catches for several on board.  Richie W. sent in his picture of one of his limit of Tog.  I still have no specific reports on Tog action at the Barnegat Inlet jetty.  Hoping that turns on soon.  Congrats everyone and thanks so much for your reports and photos.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Friday 04/07- Small Bass continue to be reported from the front beaches of LBI.  Clam & Bloodworm seem to be the most productive bait.  Still waiting for the first "keeper" from the beach. - John

Wednesday 04/05- We did get one report today but no photos.  Francis Hettler was in earlier today and did manage 2 short bass from the beach on clam bait from the Surf City suds.  The fish were only about 13 inches but at least we know they are out there. - John

Sunday 04/02- We finally had some Striped Bass reported from the front beach today.  Craig Perucki released his 24 incher and 2 other short Bass from the Surf City beach using clam.  He was also using bunker but the fish only hit the clam.  When Craig came in to report his catch and share his photo, Rudy was in the shop with his dad.  They went right up the street from our shop and have released 4 small Bass so far.  They are also using clam.  Congrats everyone and thanks for breaking the ice for us on the beach Bassin' scene for 2017!  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Saturday 04/01- Live/Fresh Surf Clams and Green Crabs are now in stock.  Blackfish/Tog season opens today!!  Trying to get some Fresh Bunker but that will probably not happen until next week.  We are now open daily at 6AM.  Wet & windy on LBI this morning.  If anyone is fishing I have not heard anything from them today.  Will keep you posted if I hear any fishing reports.  We are having our annual Spring Store Tournaments again this year.  One for Striped Bass and one for Bluefish.  Tournaments run through June 30th.  Qualifying fish must be caught on LBI from land - no boats.  Stop on in and sign up before you land a nice fish. - John


MARCH 2017

Friday 03/31- Live/Fresh Surf Clams and Green Crabs are now in stock.  Trying to get some Fresh Bunker but that will probably not happen until next week.  We are now open daily - see our hours above, but as you know you can always just call us down and we will open.  The ocean temperature is up a little to the mid 40's.  We did get a nice report and photos from Joe Stockhouse.  He was fishing under the little bridge coming onto LBI on Wednesday, March 29th.  He got into about 14 schoolie bass.  Here is the report he sent us: "I had 14 within a 2hr spand, they where hitting everything, caught 10 or so on SP Minnows. It was a great night I'd say".  A huge thank you to Joe for sending in his report and photos.  Photos are on our "2017 PHOTOS" page. - John

Sunday 03/15- Just had our first Striped Bass weighed in for the season.  Bobby Erickson with his buddy Donny released several small fish but kept a 19 pound, 12 oz. beauty.  All fish were caught on soft plastics & bucktails from an undisclosed location, but it was not on the front beach.  Nice job guys and thanks for stopping in with your fish & report.  Photo is on our 2017 Photos Page. - John

Wednesday 03/01- Opening day of Striped Bass season in the back bays.  Nice and warm out.  I'm sure there are guys fishing the Graveling Point/Pebble Beach areas as well as Oyster Creek.  Will let you know if we hear of anything going on. - John