My name is Connor Smilon I am a fourth-generation fisherman on Long Beach Island. Currently, I am studying Environmental science at Stockton University. I started off working as a mate on some of the charter boats in Beach Haven. Then was offered a job at Jingles Bait and Tackle. While working at Jingles, I have had a lot of customers who were coming in and buying the right set up to catch fish but couldn’t seem to find the fish. Trying to explain to them what they should be looking for on the beach was very frustrating and nearly impossible. In the summer of 2019, I started offering guides to help get customers comfortable with fishing from the beach and be able to consistently catch fish. This past winter I also became a Certified Captain (6 Pack) and hoping to start offering charters soon.
My goal is to share my knowledge of LBI's beaches and my methods of targeting different species. The end goal is to put you on some quality fish. For the more inexperienced angler, I want you to walk away feeling confident in your ability to catch fish from the beach. I also want you to understand what type of rig to use for different types of fish. Fishing is like a great big puzzle so I don't expect anyone to walk away feeling they know everything. I want you to learn enough to be able to get yourself started on the right track to becoming a great fisherman.