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July 16, 2018:
Fish Head Greg at Fisherman's Headquarters said he's hearing about small fluke in the surf along the bay with lots of action but keepers are hard to come by. Captains fishing in the bay say it also has been very active as well, with 20 to 35 fish caught, but the number of throwbacks vastly outnumbers the keepers.



Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    Fish Head Greg at Fisherman's Headquarters said the July 4th holiday week brought good fishing. Fluke are getting the most attention inshore, but anglers are also working bluefish, weakfish and resident striped bass. The blues range from 1 to 3 pounds in the inlet and the bay is primarily filled with snappers. He said there is bait stacking up in the usual summer haunts, with peanut bunker in the lagoons and spearing darting around the bay. Fish are biting in the bay, inlet and ocean. Double Creek Channel and the Middle Grounds in Barnegat Bay both have been productive, with an abundance of shorts and some quality fish. There are striped bass to 27 inches for those who enjoy light-tackle fishing. Bluefish to 12 pounds have been biting for some as well. Fluke fishing has been better on the incoming tides, as the outgoing water has been pushing into the 80s because of the heat wave.

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    Fish Head Greg at Fisherman's Headquarters said the fluke fishing has been dencent. Max who works at the store had a big fluke on Saturday while fishing with his friend Dave. They were using Magic Tail Jigs and TS Floaters tipped with Gulp. The Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club's InshoreBay Tournament produced good fish. The heaviest flounder was a 4.36-pounder caught by Mark Parker aboard the ABC. Mark also caught the largest weakfish, 1.8 pounds. The second biggest flounder was 3.62 pounds caught by Tanner Johnson aboard the Shore Thing. Sweet Marlyn's Brendan Graham caught a 3.1-pound fluke for third place. Chris Vohden had a 13.16-pound bluefish aboard the Bad Buoy. He said shark fishing has been picking up. Ryan Dellane and Brett Ekelmann had a 6-foot hammerhead shark and two little pup makos, all released. Vinnie Pena said he was 2 for 4 on sharks in the surf. There are some small white sharks around as well Capt. Mark Finelli said his son Babe hooked a baby white shark that was promptly and safely dehooked and released.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    Fish Head Greg at Fisherman's Headquarters said fluke fishing has been good. Surf anglers also are catching decent numbers of fish. The ocean is picking up too but shorts, sea robins and dogfish dominate. He said the inshore reef sites and wrecks as well as open bottom areas should pick up. "Usually July and August are very good out there," he said. Surf fishing continues with a mix of species. Fluke and kingfish are drawing the most attention but the occasional striped bass and bluefish are being caught, proof they are still hanging around. Bill Montes fished the mid-island surf and caught a nice size striped bass on salted clam. Sandbar and sand tiger sharks are present as well. The inlet is producing fluke, striped bass and triggerfish. Greg said crabbing and clamming are very good right now and offer something different to do. Just a reminder about the John Dunn Memorial Fishing Tournament on Saturday and the 21st Annual Sunshine Foundation Fishing Tournament next weekend. Check with the shop for information.

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    Fish Head Greg at Fisherman's Headquarters said the weather finally cooperated for a good weekend of fishing. The surf striper action slowed slightly but the bluefish are with them and anglers fishing bunker chunks also are catching brown sharks and sand tigers are here. the inshore sea bass fishing is good but small fish are ruling the roost. Hopefully you can find a spot that isn't picked out. The striped bass troll bite is a slow pick at best. Bay fluke fishing is good and has been strong. Colby Capri and Sabina Sullivan weighed a 7.08-pound fluke that topped their catch, it was 25.75 inches; their smallest was 3.16 pounds. Danielle Delsordo caught a 25-inch fluke. Greg has had reports of striped bass, bluefish and weakfish in the bay too. Fish Heads alum Sam Wiesnewski stopped in the shop and gave us a solid report on the weakfish. He reported they are here roaming Barnegat Bay and some are in the 3- to 5-pound range. Work a small leadhead jig rigged with a rubber softbait and you'll get them.

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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