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October 15, 2018:
At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fish Head Greg said he's been hearing about tons of false albacore in the area, along with mackerel, blues and weakfish. Lots of bird play with active fish underneath. "Looks like things are coming together," he said. The fishing was disrupted midweek but by all reports was back to solid very quickly. Cobia are around and in good numbers, and the tog fishing at the Barnegat Inlet continues to be strong. You have to pick through a lot of shorts but the fish are active. In the bay, blowfish are still thick! Customers have been raving about filling coolers, he said.

Previous Reports

  • October 8, 2018 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fish Head Greg said the bait and resident stripers offer fun in the bay. Store staffer Jordan got two bass fishing Kettle Creek paddletail soft baits. Other reports came in from the bayside haunts up and down the Island's west side as well as the mainland. The bay is holding blowfish and weakfish among other species. Bill Bannon of West Creek was on the jetty and caught a 5.38-pound triggerfish while targeting blackfish. Word from other anglers up on the rocks is the tog fishing is very good! Also roaming the inlet; blues, striped bass and the occasional surprise false albacore. Be ready with an Hogy Epoxy Jig or Deadly Dick Metals for the fat alberts! The 64th LBI Surf Fishing Classic kicked off Saturday and goes for nine weeks. There are bonus days during the contest; check with Greg for details so you don't miss out.

  • October 1, 2018 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fish Head Greg said the mullet run is going strong and is the best LBI has seen since Superstorm Sandy. "The weather hasn't been pretty but (it's) manageable especially in the backwaters," he said. There's lots of fun to be had on light tackle right now. Jeffrey Fiedeldey said Barnegat Inlet was on fire with cocktail blues of 1 to 3 pounds. The afternoon low tide was good with them hitting mullet and top water poppers and SP Minnows. There's also striped bass, kingfish and other species. Andre from Ohio stopped in and reported catching pompano in the surf on FishBites. He was looking for kingfish but got that surprise instead. Greg said he's also hearing about fluke hitting mullet ... on the top of the water. "They are well known for being very aggressive fish but top water fluke sightings are something special," he said. Barnegat Bay is loaded with blowfish and there are weakfish, striped bass and bluefish. Rob Vallone found lots of life in the bay and said the bait is still stacked up. Greg had Brooks from Cortland Line Co. out and they were into nice bass and bluefish while flyfishing Acres of bait scurrying for their lives with bass and blues all over them and Greg said there was a two-hour blitz.

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fish Head Greg said the LBI Fishing Club's 72nd World Series of Surf Fishing had a successful day, with 283 anglers (and 52) teams catching 425 fish, primarily blues (see Beach Talk for the rundown of winners). Greg had reports of kingfish in the surf from Dennis and Elise Fortuna from Runnemede, who said the kings were hitting FishBites. Elish also caught a pompano. Swagmattic Matt S. caught a 5.12-pound fluke on the Carolyn Ann III on the last day of fluke season to take top honors in the South Jersey Saltwater Anglers Fall Fluke tournament.

  • September 17, 2018 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fish Head Greg said the weather was starting to calm but there was still a ground swell as a result of Hurricane Florence. The white water crashing on the beaches requires 5 to 8 ounces of lead to hold. The mullet run is on and they are getting the attention of bluefish and fluke. Resident striped bass are also on the bait but he said lures are better for targeting them. Anglers fishing from land were concentrating on the bayside of Long Beach Island or the inside portion of the inlet and are putting together good catches. This entire week the Inlet has been loaded with small blues ranging from snappers to cocktail size with occasional bigger ones. Small metals, poppers, bucktails, and swimming plugs as well as cut mullet are getting bluefish. A 20-inch fluke was caught from the rocks on a mullet chunk. Perhaps due to the wind and swell, the trigger fish reports have disappeared. Rich Beverley was in the shop and said the tog bite was on and he caught a bunch of blackfish, but "somehow managed to lose a 5-pound fish." Boat anglers fishing the bay are catching great numbers of blowfish. Also weakfish are present. Registration is open for the 64th LBI Surf Derby and Greg said the shop has an additional side pool you can enter.

Fisherman's Headquarters

Fisherman's Headquarters
280 West 9th St
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
phone: 609-494-5739 | fax: 609-494-9271

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