Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday, September 22, 2019: That was some kinda wonderful weekend.

Even 10 ounces wouldn't hold bottom in Surf City when I snapped this shot ... 

Sunday, September 22, 2019: That was some kinda wonderful weekend. As I’ve mentioned before, we have had a string of great weekends that go all the way back to spring. The Island was packed. Restaurants had lines outside.  

I’ll catch hell for saying this but if anyone's LBI business didn’t kick ass this summer it might be time to close shop and look into long-term Walmart employment.

As to fishing, I have to start small by hyping the ongoing mind-blowing blowfishing. Yes, still. Takes of over 100 bayside puffers have filled many freezers to bursting. Same technique applies: chumming and small-hooking the likes of squid pieces. Bobbers have been fun for the kids to use.

Fat day on the bay

Bluefishing remains quite brisk though I haven’t gotten any further reports of larger models like those taken in the surf last week. I'll have to check incoming Monday reports.

I did lose a Zara Spook to something sizable ... and toothy, likely a blue far larger than the smaller ones I had been nabbing. Later, I spotted the plug afloat not far off the beach (Holgate) and used a shallow diving plug to retrieve it by snagging the trailing line still attached to it. There's something highly satisfying about retrieving a lost/ stolen plug.

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Have to share this odd sight, seen where the weekend boat people hang out along the back cut at Holgate. A bunch of kids were using skimboards in the shallows, while one their buddies threw a mullet castnet ... trying to net them! I don’t know if you’ve ever been hit by castnet lead but it frickin’ hurts. Good thing the thrower was a lousy shot. And, no, I didn’t say anything, I was more into photographing it.


Our first tuna left Saturday morning. We got to the canyon and did some lobster pot hopping and found some good mahi fishing on most. The mahi ranged in size from 4 to 15 pounds. Everyone got their 10 fish limit in a couple of hours.
We then found a spot for the night and got anchored up. Right about sunset we had 4 white marlin hooked within about 5 minutes. It was a wild scene with quite the aerial displays.
We had chub mackerel and squid under the boat all night. We loaded up on bait in live wells. There were on 3 bites overnight , but we never got to see them as they broke off.
Just before sunrise we landed a nice swordfish of about 125 pounds.
We finished up drifting for tilefish. We added some nice blue line and some golden tiles to the catch. Those fishing with braid did much better for the tiles as we were drifting in some deep water to about 450 feet.

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Miss Barnegat Light - Deep Sea Fishing


Craig Perucki to American Angler

 · North Beach Haven · 

Fishing report from LBI this afternoon. Plenty of cocktail blues from 9 to 13 inches. Both on mullet rig and mullets chunks. Had about 15 in 4.5 hrs. Only 4 would have scored in ASAC.

 — at Long Beach Island, NJ.
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Anyone know what kind of shark this is? Not a dog fish, had a full set of teeth had to be a little under 10 pounds. Did not get a good picture as people were complaining to get the fish back in the water after about 5 seconds
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For those who didn't read about the LBT drowning incident, here's a look at my SandPaper write-up:  '

It remains very rough and rippy out there. 

Calmer ocean today but still some big swells rolling in., water temp nice for late Sept.

 — with Yanni Kaloudis and Matt Starr.
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DEADLY SURF TIMES: The strong wind swells have mixed with powerful long-period hurricane waves, making for a deadly surf cocktail.

Rip currents combined with brilliantly sunny days, warm air and sea temps are proving tragic. Drownings and near drownings have marred the famed “Better in September” aura.

The most heart wrenching was a drowning incident involving a just-married husband/wife couple who had swum out to a sandbar in Haven Beach on Sunday. A pair of brothers on the beach first noticed the newlyweds might be struggling in the pounding surf zone. When certain, one of the brothers, a top swimmer, put on flippers and the other, also a waterman, grabbed a surfboard and headed out. Upon reaching the two, the husband demanded that the brothers take his wife in first, saying he’d stay behind.

The brothers used the board to get the woman to shore, where passersby had to restrain her from going back in to help her husband.

When the rescuers headed back out for the man, their hearts stopped when he was nowhere to be seen. The brothers could only go back out to where they had seen him last. Once they were out there, people on the beach began shouting, pointing to where they could see the man floating. Quickly finding him, the brothers pulled him onto the board. When bringing him in, they began lifesaving procedures.

Despite the very rapid arrival of first responders and intense CPR procedures, the man had apparently taken in unsurvivable amounts of water.

Over the past couple weeks, despite virtually all Island towns offering numerous warning about rip currents and high surf, numerous water rescue incidents have been reported. Below, you’ll see a Barnegat Light First Aid Squad comment regarding how the few remaining lifeguards have done their understaffed part


As the summer flounder season in New Jersey closes on September 21 for another year, and temperatures start beginning to drop into the 50’s, the thoughts of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are turning toward striped bass.

Beach Haven has long been an area noted for being within easy reach of outstanding striped bass fishing both in the spring and in the fall. This fishing can be found in the inshore bays, in Little Egg Inlet, and in the ocean waters out to the 3-mile limit.

When you mention striped bass fishing in the Southern Ocean County area, serious anglers get excited about the plethora of striped bass contests that run throughout most of the fall. These tournaments run the gamut from shore-based events to boats only and even some that are open to both groups of anglers.

If you mention striped bass tournament in Beach Haven, the first thought that comes to mind is the Sea Shell Club’s Annual Striped Bass Derby. This boaters’ only contest has attracted over 125 entered boats in some years.

The 2019 version of the Derby holds special meaning for the Beach haven Charter Fishing Association as the BHCFA Junior Mate Reef Project has been chosen to be the charitable recipient of this year’s tournament.

The event will take place from Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27.

In addition to being a key part of this year’s Derby, many of the BHCFA boats are available for charter for the tournament. Interested anglers can have an excellent fishing machine to fish on directed by an experienced captain, enhancing their chances at picking up one of the prizes offered in the event. Interested anglers can go the BHCFA website at www.BHCFA.org to take a look at the boats available and find contact information.


Our very own Aimee got these today using artificial.

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Kaiden and his mom, Amy, with Kaidens first ever ocean catch.

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Huge 3,100-acre land donation will become an N.J. hiker’s paradise

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Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia Haines and the county's planning supervisor, Mark Villenger, with a map of a 3,100-acre parcel donated by the Nature Conservancy.

More than 3,000 acres of pine forest in southern Ocean County will be added to an even larger tract already set aside for preservation, thanks to a gift from the non-profit Nature Conservancy, officials announced Thursday.

The 3,100-acre property in Lacey Township is adjacent to an 8,000-acre expanse in the Forked River Mountain area straddling Lacey and the Waretown section of Ocean Township that was purchased for $15 million by the county from private owners in February.

The Ocean County Board of Freeholders voted Wednesday night to accept the gift, and once the transaction is signed early next year, the two tracts will form an 11,000-acre environmental preserve in the New Jersey Pinelands available to the public for hiking and other passive recreation that will remain in its natural state. The conservancy also provided a $112,613 endowment to contribute to maintenance of the property.

“This donation is not only adjacent to the largest tract we have acquired under the county’s open space program but it is also one of the most environmentally sensitive tracts we have purchased under our Natural Lands program,” Freeholder Director Virginia Haines said in a statement.

Eric Olsen, director of the lands program for the Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey chapter, said transferring the Lacey property would allow the non-profit to focus on other issues and sites, including the conservancy’s only larger holding in its Garden State portfolio, a 3,800-acre spread in Cumberland County.

“It just made a lot of sense for us to donate the 3,000-plus acres that we own to them, so that they can manage it as one Ocean County park,” said Olsen, who estimated that the transaction would likely be finalized in early 2020. “They have a good parks program and we are excited to be working with them on this transaction.”

The transfer was applauded by environmental groups including the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

“Public agencies have struggled to take good care of preserved land in the Pinelands, and those lands are being damaged every day by irresponsible people,” said Carlton Montgomery, the alliance’s executive director, who said the endowment was a key part of the gift. “Having some additional funding to help the county is all for the good.”

A map of the 3,100-acre parcel donated to Ocean County by the Nature Conservancy, which had been given the land by Toms River lawyer businessman Stephan Leone. The Leone parcel is indicated by the lighter green shade.

Ocean County A map of the 3,100-acre parcel donated to Ocean County by the Nature Conservancy, which had been given the land by Toms River lawyer businessman Stephan Leone. The Leone parcel is indicated by the lighter green shade.

The 3,100-acre Lacey property was donated to the Nature Conservancy by Stephan Leone, a Toms River lawyer and business man whose father, E.B. Leone, and a partner, Joseph Brunetti, had jointly acquired what was originally a 15,000-acre Ocean County tract in the 1950s, the younger Leone said in an interview.

Leone said the adjacent 8,000-acre tract acquired by the county in February was from the Brunetti Family’s share of his father’s old partnership.

Leone, who is now 80 and still practicing law, said he had given the land to the Nature Conservancy more than a decade ago in exchange for the group’s support for a sand mining operation on a 1,000-acre tract that he retained and still leases to the mine operator, Clayton.

Leone applauded the county’s acquisition of his family’s old spread from the conservancy.

“I think it’s great that they’re acquiring all of this property,” Leone said. “The Nature Conservancy has been good. They’ve added some walking trails to it. They’ve been a good steward of the property.”

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Catch of the day !

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Joe Allen Sr. to LBI Boating
I’m not looking for an argument but I do want to put this out there. When going to a dock and dine or anywhere with transient slips such as the Boatyard, please be aware that there are those of us that pay good money for a slip for ourselves. More times then not this season I have enjoyed a day on the water to come in and have to wait on someone to vacate my slip. The people today actually readjusted my dock lines to dock their boat in my slip. A good indication of a private slip are dock lines, a water hose, fenders, and the lack of a flag or sign indicating a transient slip. Please be considerate.


David Nederostek
Meadowbrook Pa.

What is it with these goddamm fisherman ? This guy has a pole , seemingly 10 feet long , casting into the ocean while his 8 other family crew are sitting around yelling and babbling . He pulls out a sand shark, ooh look everyone gets up from their chairs and 5 phones start snapping away at 15 different angles . Meanwhile , the guy is holding the fish , still snagged on the line 4 feet in the air . It is thrashing for its life . He lays it in the sand, nonchalantly, walks 20 feet to grab a knife and slices the line from the fish’s mouth . Picks it up , stands there with it, holding the thing by the tail , looking around for attention, then lallygags towards the water. Instead of placing the shark IN the water , he fucking tosses it into the air and it lands on the sand just as a wave is breaking onto it . I was so fkin angry I wanted to go over there and break his pole in two. I doubt it survived the toss . I was THAT close to walking over there and letting him have it , but his elderly father said hello to me walking by, so I let it pass .
7 hours later and I still feel that fish suffering .


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