This weekend the weather improved and looks like we will have great weather the rest of May. This weekend my dad, brother, grandfather, and I got out for a quick trip Saturday morning. My dad caught a 17.5” fluke, which is now considered a keeper with the new regulations. My grandfather had one short. Stripers are still being caught from the surf and expect them to be around till the being of June. Fluke fishing has been good in the back bay and is only going to get better as the water warms. I am booking up quickly and have the following days available for either and beach guide or a charter 23rd-26th 28th-31st of May. If you are interested in booking a trip, give me a call @ 201-774-7444
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This weekend we saw the first push of bass along the beaches of LBI. The bite picked up Saturday afternoon right around high tide. Jingles Bait and Tackle reported multiple fish over 38” and had a 33” weighted in. I fished Saturday morning from 10:00-11:30 and caught a very small striper and my dad had one around 20" Then we fished in the afternoon 2:30-5:00 pm and had a 28” & 36”. On Sunday the bass were still around with fish of all sizes caught. I fished from 2:00- 4:15 pm and caught a 47” and 10 minutes later my friend Joe caught a 23”. All bass were caught on clam and fishing high tide seemed the be producing most of the bass this weekend. With the water just about 50 degrees, we still have the whole month of May to Fish! If you are interested in learning how to striper fish from the surf or want to catch a fish of a lifetime, give me a call, or send me an email to discuss booking a surfcasting guide.
This weekend we saw a lot of surfcasters, with most throwing bunker chunks. The main fish caught this weekend was spiny dogfish. There were a few stripers mixed in on bunker but from the reports I heard you had a better chance at catching a bass if you switch over to a shad. Both reports came from south of the bridge and both were using a white shad. Remember to keep that shad around 5” and don’t go over 1 oz if you don’t have to.
As far as fishing went from me this weekend, I had a guide on Saturday morning where we set up along a jetty and threw bunker for 2 hours. All we had to show from it was some small dogfish hits and that was it. We saw no one else catching anything either. On Sunday I hit the beach from 3-5 pm and was throwing a 3/4oz Andrus bucktail with a white Kettle Creek Shad. About two feet above the bucktail I had a teaser. On the bucktail, I caught a 27” bass and on the teaser, I had a 17” bass. The tide was low but that didn’t matter because all of the beaches have nice deep cuts close in. I walked about a mile and within that mile had 6-7 quality spots to fish. As far as this fall run goes It has not been for the lack of trying or the lack of fishermen it has been more the lack of fish. With the last week of November upon us and fish still way to our north the fall run is not even close to being over. Be Patient and the fish will show up in good numbers.
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