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November 13, 2017:
At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fishhead Greg said the cold snap led to a marked improvement in the fishing. "Now's the time to get out and fish!" He said the fish moving in have been mostly from teen-size but there are trophy bass in the mix. He said water temperatures finally dropped into the 50s late in the week. The LBI Surf Fishing Classic had more fish checked in, but Greg said John Matt's 48-pounder still leads. John Baxter leads the senior division with a 29.76-pounder, and Logan Johnson leads the youth division. Anthony Mormile caught a 46.6-inch, 35.52-pound striper off the North Beach surf on bunker at about 4:30 p.m. He's in second place overall. Jim Larson of West Berlin weighed in a 23.54-pound 41-inch bass that he caught at night fishing a Daiwa SP Minnow lure on the Barnegat Light Inlet jetty. Cathy Theil stopped in with a 15.9-pound, 36-inch striper she caught on a bunker chunk. It leads the women's division of the derby.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fishhead Greg said the surf action has been slowly picking up for both striped bass and bluefish. The boats are doing much better but not on an everyday basis. Most of the solid action is coming from boats fishing up in Raritan Bay. There have been some fish trickling south, and there is plenty of bait in the water, he said. Tog fishing at Barnegat Inlet continues strong. Guys fishing the jetty were into fish but keepers take some work. He also had the report of John Matt's 48-pound striper and said Rob Vallone, who leads the LBI Surf Fishing Classic with a 15.16-pound bluefish said he caught the fish on a heavy-hooked bucktail tipped with a chartreuse Jig Stripz. He also caught a pair of just-keeper stripers, both on salted clam. Both were released.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fishhead Greg said he's heard good things about the sea bass fishing ever since the season opened, but the best was the 5.42-pounder put on the scale by Fisherman subscriber Jack Wolfberg. The fish is now entered in the Dream Boat contest, giving Jack a chance to win that new boat. Overall, wreck fishing has been great and some areas are loaded with triggerfish, porgies and tog in addition to the humpbacks, he said. Surf fishing produced a pair of redfish in recent days, including one caught by Ryan Minn, who was chunking bunker for bass at the time. A second puppy drum was weighed in the LBI Surf Classic by Patrick Presutto, Greg said. There have been some small bass caught as well. Tautog fishing at the Barnegat Inlet jetty has remained rock solid. Boat reports were of good fishing in the inlet with live bait for stripers and false albacore in the mix as well. Capt Jeff Warford from Reel Innovations said a trip to deeper water produced 12 bass to 47 pounds in two hours.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fishhead Greg said the false albacore have been up on the surface but the boat traffic was a problem late in the week and into the weekend. There were a lot of boats on the water, he said and "for the most part everyone played nice and allowed for productive close-quarters fishing." Kyle Gronostajski told Greg the ocean was just alive with activity. "Bait, blues, albies, dolphin and whales. A few more degrees cooler and the bass should arrive to a giant feast." Bunker pods off Island Beach State Park were holding stripers and the Jen-Jen caught one that went 41.6 pounds. Gator bluefish are in the mix too.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    At Fisherman's Headquarters, Fishhead Greg said he had a report from store staffer Dan that there are schoolie bass snapping on bait. There's tons of peanut bunker around. They have grown in size and are schooled up. Bluefish ranging from small to 10 pounds or more are chomping and providing entertainment. The blackfish are chewing at the Inlet and there's some albies around as well. They had positive reports on crabbing though fewer people are doing it. And though fluke season has been closed for a while, the fish don't know it: One guy chunking bunker for bass and blues caught one that was 21 inches. South Philly Fred has been getting into fish at the Inlet, some days on mullet and some on spearing. Keep your lures handy because you never know when they're going to go after 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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