Two trips this weekend. First up we went in search of the striped bass that have been eluding us this season. We filled the live well with bunker, right next to a huge whale feeding on the beach, and then we brought our baits deep. Nothing would take. We trolled spoons for an hour but still no takers. Plan B. Blues in the bay. Nice racer blues saved the trip and the crew brought home some meat. Being opening day of fluke, we briefly gave it a go on the way in with only shorts to show.
Sunday we were held in the back bay with hard Northeast winds. The incoming was 58 degrees which made for a tough bite. We managed 2 keepers at 19.5″ and 19″. With the conditions we had, I’ll take those keepers any day.
Fished the ocean for stripers with the hard westerly winds. We found bait, and worked the snag and drop all morning but couldn’t get any takers. We decided to have some fun with the 10-15lb. blues taking up residence in the BL inlet. We were tripled up multiple times and the highlights were the blues hitting the top water plugs with Old Barney in the background. Great fun!
First trip of the season Sunday with Bill, Ed, Greg, and Mark. The wind kept us inside. Trolled up 3 gator blues to 14lbs. using ponytails on the west side of Barnegat Bay. Working away from the fleet in 8-10ft. of water produced for us. We fished the beginning of outgoing tide using clam but didn’t manage any takers.
Matt and nephew Austin hit the ocean for some fluke today. They boxed 6 keepers at 24.5″, 23″, 20″, 19″, 19″ and 18.5″. The biggest fish went 5.25lbs. Nice day bucktailing flatties for the pair.
Dan Snead and daughter Emma fished the bay, inlet and ocean and were rewarded with 3 keepers. Dan landed the largest at 24″, just making 5lbs. They added a 20″ and 19″ to the cooler before Emma had to head back for soccer tryouts. Emma was a sea bass master, catching 5 keeper sized that all went back of course.
Ginger, Heather, and kids Brandon (11), Emelyn (10), Isla (5) and Laird (3) were out for a short inlet fluke trip. Isla landed the only keeper at 18.5″ and Emelyn had a double header fluke on the bucktail and teaser – not bad for the first time ever fluking!
Sunday, Jerry Gerth and family hammered the bay for fluke. There was tremendous boat traffic in the inlet area due to poor sea conditions. The group caught lots of fluke, but unfortunately none made the 18″ length.
Fourth year returning charter Scott Rutherford and family from Texas were out for fluke. The group kept track and they caught 62 fluke. Of those 62 fluke, 4 taped out at legal size with their largest at 20″.
Colleen Crogan and family fluke fished the bay and managed lots of short. We ended the day with 2 keepers at 18.5″ and close to 20 fish.
Fished the Stafford Hook n’ Ladder fluke tournament with John Figaniak and Brett Taylor from Reel Reaction charters. We worked hard and ended the day with 7 keeper fluke to 21.5″. Unfortunately this did not place us in the fluke category. We did win the bluefish division with a 3lb. blue caught in the inlet.
Ed McGinnis was back again today, this time with his sons Brock and Conner and friend Mike. The group worked hard but zero wind made for tough anchoring and a slow bite. The sea bass were small and the bite was slow. They added 3 nice sea bass and a couple ling. We headed to 40 ft. of water off the bathing beach but there was zero drift. Worked the channels near the lighthouse and added 2 fluke at 19″ and 19.5″.
Ed McGinnis of Ed’s Lead returned for another charter with wife Cheryl to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary. Celebrate the did with a great mixed bag catch. They limited on sea bass to 18″, 2 nice tog at 16″, 2 ling, and 3 fluke to 23″.
Returning after a charter just several weeks ago, Kyle Smith, Anthony, Dave, and Mike had another great day. Hit a wreck for an hour and had our limit of sea bass, 7 ling, and a nice tog. Went to get on the great fluking in the ocean and ended the day with 4 keeper fluke that went 24″, 22″, 19.5″, and 19″.
Ed McGinnis and John Figaniak were out for an open boat trip on 7/24. We fished the ocean and had 40+ fluke, all biting bright Gulp!. Ended with 5 nice fluke that went 23″, 23″, 19″, 18.5″, and 18″ and added a cocktail blue and sea bass.
Seth Newman, daughter Izzy and son Max had a great day fishing in the ocean. The group managed 30+ fish in 3 hours of fishing, including a fat 23″ and 18″ fluke.
Similar to the previous day, the Steve Bittner charter was ended early due to severe storms. We saw the weather coming but scheduling conflicts had us try to get out and get a couple fluke before it turned. The group worked bucktails but could only manage shorts in the bay. The cloud to ground lightning is nothing to mess with and ended our trip early.
Had teachers from Tamanend MS aboard for bay fluke fishing. They managed 1 keeper before the weather brought us in. The ladies worked through many shorts and surely would have managed more if the weather had not turned.
With the flat calm seas Sunday, I took my wife and boys (3 and 5) on a trip up to NYC to see the Statue of Liberty up close. Awesome ride along the beach and a memorable experience aboard The Bonnie Anne.
Saturday had returning Losey and Pullar charter out in the ocean for seabass and fluke. Fishing was fast and Ben (10), Jack (8), and Julia (8) were reeling within seconds of being anchored up. We had many short seabass in the mix but caught our limit of quality seabass in no time and then decided to fluke (against the kids’ advice because of how much fun they were having catching seabass). We added a fat 22″ fluke to the box and called it a day. We had several other shorts but overall fluking on GSN was a little slow.
Pat St. George charter fished for fluke in the bay. Twins Rogan and Owen (8) and cousin Kira (7) worked for their fish and managed 1 keeper at 18.5″. They also saw their uncle John fight a cow nose ray in the inlet for some time before releasing him boat side.
Finally got back out after a hectic end of the school year, vacation with the family, and spending some time with the extended family over the 4th holiday. Got out for some seabass with my kids, Bonnie, nephew, and brother. Put some quality seabass in the boat, some blues, a porgy, and the highlight was a 9lb. tog for my nephew. His first tog, ever, and it had to go back because it was out of season. It was a beast! Trips are starting pretty regular for me now. Out Wednesday and Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. Sunday is available.
Returning charter George Smajda, wife, daughter, and boyfriend went fluking today in hopes of good bite from Saturday. The bite was not as steady. Group caught about 2 dozen fluke with 1 keeper at 22″. Not a bad early season fish for Dan. Was the biggest fish he’s ever caught. Nice first fluke!
Had Kyle Smith charter out today. Plan was to fish for stripers but the slow bite and good fluke bite changed up to fluke. Good thing. Kyle, Dave, Mike, and Anthony managed 40+ fish with 4 keepers to 21″.
Eric, father, wife, and son went seabassing today. The pea soup fog had us slow out of the inlet and the cold water slowed our bite. We managed only 4 keeper seabass, many throwbacks and a throwback cod.
Had Ralph and Matt Polito out for striped bass. We could not locate bunker pods or pick any up on the troll. We put out spoons, umbrellas, shads, mojos, and nothing would get them. Tough day.
The 2015 season is underway and we got in on some of the fantastic bluefish action in the bay. We hammered the yellow eyes Saturday night and Sunday morning. Some of the biggest blues I’ve seen in the bay and inlet. Tons of fun and the kids, wife, and myself had a blast.
Wednesday had the Rutherfords from Texas out for their annual fishing trip. This is their 3 year in a row. We headed back tot he ridge and caught many more hard fighting bonito along with some 2-3 lb. blues. On light tackle, they had a lot of fun with these fish.
Tuesday had family out and caught all the bonito we wanted at the ridge. It was my son’s first bonito! Hit some wrecks on the way in and caught some ling and seabass. LINK TO VIDEO OF 4 YEAR OLD ERIC REELING IN HIS FIRST BONITO.
Fished the bay and caught short fluke consistently. Finally managed a keeper at 19.5″ by my mother in law.
Fished the Stafford Fire Department Hook N Ladder fluke tournament today. We finished 4th with our largest fluke at 4.22lb. We had 2 keeper fluke, 7 sea bass and 7 ling. Nice day on water.
July 23-24 Puffers make an appearance
Doing some fishing and scoping of new spots with the family. The 1st blowfish of the year made it over the side, with some kingfish, and more keeper fluke. The bay is LOADED with fluke right now but most of them are shorts. We did manage this keeper Thursday morning in the bay. I am fishing the Hook N’ Ladder Fluke tournament on Saturday.
Matt and Ralph Polito put together a nice trip with a 22″ fluke, 3 keeper seabass, and a ling. The water is still cold at 65 and putting together nice catches remains a challenge. Need to keep at it.
Week of July 6th
Saturday, the water warmed and the bite was better. Father/son Josh and Ben Losey along with father/son Brian and Jack Pullar put together a nice catch. 2 fluke measuring 23.5″ and 24″. They weighed 4lb. and 4.5lb. Ben and Jack were 1st time anglers and caught 14 and 13 fish a piece.
Friday, we made into the ocean and John Galliano Jr. and Sr. caught seabass and ling.
The cold water has made fishing tough this week but we will keep at it.
Wednesday was a similar situation with cold water and a slow bite. The Pat St. George charter caught short fluke and 7 year old twins Rogan and Owen caught their first ever fluke.
June 7th and 8th
On Saturday, had returning charter of Joe Villa, Brian and Stephanie Coyle, and Karl Schmidt out for stripers. Could not find an active pod so we went on the troll. Brian boated the first on a white Maja spoon that weighed in at 38lb. Brian’s daughter Stephanie would not be outdone and bested dad with her first ever striper, a 39lb. on the same spoon. The fish taped out at 44” and 45”. Before returning to the dock, we managed a nice keeper fluke inside on an S&S bucktail.
Sunday had out Bob, his son Rob, and his father-in-law Jack for stripers to celebrate Bob’s 60th birthday. Bunker were scattered and the bass were elusive for us. Did hear of one active pod mid-morning off the bathing beach. We decided to hit a wreck before going in and worked our way to a dozen keeper sea bass to 18” and a couple ling.
Happy Memorial Day! This weekend was all about family and friends! Saturday’s short, early morning trip boated a nice 30lb. bass live lining bunker off IBSP and we were back before 9am for family activities. The fish inhaled the bunker and tore drag for a solid minute before John Figaniak could slow it down.
Sunday I had my 4 year old son, Eric, out for a fluking trip. We only managed shorts but there was some great learning happening and we did manage to fish some new areas that look promising.
Monday we were back on the bass. The mission was to get the Bonnie Anne (my wife) her first ever striper. We succeeded and she got a fat 36lb. striper while trolling a stretch. Check out the video on you tube. Awesome!
May 19th, 2014
Got out for first trip of the year on a shakedown run and boated a 33# that stretched out to 40”. Fish was caught in 45ft. off BB and went for a red headed Mann’s stretch on an umbrella. Trolled spoons but didn’t get a touch on them. Bait was spread out with the occasional tight bait ball.
November 17th, 2013
Had uncle and his buddies aboard for another awesome day of striper fishing. We boated one striper south of inlet and saw them just breaking the water. They were finicky so we moved to where reports of a more solid pick was happening. Boated 3 more keepers and lost a couple close to the boat. A nasty pea soup fog rolled in and we headed for the barn. Guys went home with plenty of meat for the freezers!
November 16th, 2013
Had former wrestling coach and Richboro Middle School teachers aboard for what turned out to be an awesome day of striper fishing. A report from a buddy told me fish were south. We made the turn and were hooked fairly quick Chris boated the first 23lber. It was game on after that with 7 keepers coming over the rail and a throwback. Jack, Tom, Tim, and Chris did a great job bringing in the fish although Jack did seem to struggle reeling in his stripers (time to hit the weights again). Trolling umbrellas were the trick today. Great trip and some of the best fishing I’ve seen!
November 9th, 2013
Had coworkers Jeff Parker and Doug aboard for a striper trip. After receiving reports of a good bite north of Seaside pier, we made the run to boat a 22#fatty. Also added a nice gator blue. We missed a knockdown and we just a little late on the bite. Still, this nice striper brightened the day.
Week of August 18th
Tuesday had returning charter Scott Kornfeld and friends out for puffers. We loaded up on puffers and kingfish and the kids loved it. Great table fare!
Monday had family out for puffers and kingfish. Did a little fluking first. Good thing we did. 3.6lb fatty fluke caught in the bay. Along with a handful of tasty kingfish and plenty of puffers. Talk about a great way to spend time with family!
Week of August 11th
On Saturday, August 17th, I fished the Stafford Hook N Ladder Fluke Tournament with a close friend and family relative. We weighed in a fluke tipping the scales a little over 3lbs. Found a VERY good bite on ocean reef 7 miles out. Pink GULP! were the hot bite. Very short drift but very productive.
Monday had first time charter Scott and Stacy Brennan of New York out for a relaxing day. Lack of drift kept us moving and sticking close to structure. Ended the day with 6 species of fish and the pair put a nice pair of fluke in the box, with Stacy’s 19.5 in. fluke edging Scott’s by millimeters!
Sunday was a family day. Took brother-in-law and sister out with mother-in-law, wife, sister-in-law, son and nephews (phewwwww). We had a blast catching puffers and kingfish. The kingfish were some of the nicest I’ve seen from the bay. My nephew, Sean Crogran, visiting from Boston, had the nicest kingfish of the day! Pictures tell the story!
Week of August 4th – Fluking and Puffers Continue
On Saturday, I took my aunt, uncle, cousin, and family friend fluke and blowfishing. We could only manage shorts, but loaded up on the blowfish before heading for the dock. Awaiting some pictures from my aunt to post on the site.
On Wednesday, took returning Texan charter Scott Rutherford, wife Becca, sons Joey and Michael, and brother in law Dennis out for fluke and blowfish. Fished bathing beach of Island Beach and put 2 keeper fluke in the box. Moved inside for incoming and boxed 2 more keeper fluke for a total of 4 nice flatties for the day. Moved to the west side and caught blowfish until the group was satisfied for the dinner table. High hook this year goes to 13 year old Joey, boating 2 keeper fluke, his fair share of shorts and plenty of puffers.
On Tuesday morning, took Peter Brown out to weakfish and caught fish steady to 19in. at Meyers Hole. Moved outside and boxed a nice 20 in. fluke along Island Beach on a bucktail with gulp!
On Monday, I took Jamie and Roseanne Scoli with daughters Sage, Sammy and friend were out for a “Day on the Bay” charter. Began with a steady pick of some of the biggest blowfish I’ve seen this year on the west side of the bay. Fluking in Oyster Creek was only producing shorts for us, so we moved to the inlet and picked up a couple keeper fluke on the outgoing tide. Spro with gulp were the hot bite. Ended by picking up some blue claws to round out the group’s day.
Week of July 22nd More Fluke and Blowfish in the Bay
After being away on a family vacation, I headed out solo on July 24th in search of fluke. I boated 3 keepers to 22 inches, all of them taking the teasers on bucktail/teaser combos with gulp.
July 25th’s trip was the Pinto group that won this donated trip for a benefit of a former student of mine recently diagnosed with Leukemia. I tried getting them out, but the strong northerly winds hindered our efforts. Quickly, I decided to cancel and bring them back in a couple weeks.
Friday’s late afternoon departure trip saw 5 ladies looking to have fun on the water. We first tried to snag a keeper fluke, but only managed shorts. The ladies wanted to move to the blowfish, and we quickly filled the cooler. For two of these women, this was the first time they were ever fishing.
Saturday’s trip had Bill Davis, his daughter, Jen, and granddaughter, Sydney. Again, keeper fluke were evading us. Very close, but we couldn’t work up a keeper. So, back up was the trusted blowfish. They left happy with bags of tasty blowfish.
Week of June 30th Blowfish and Fluke
This week had a combination of family and a new charter.
We began with a combo cousin, son, wife, brother trip. We caught blowfish and a kingfish. Tyler had the lucky pole on this trip.
The next day had my brother Brian, his son Brian, and Andrew aboard. We boated a couple dozen blowfish short time.
Next, we had Tim Connelly, brothers Craig and John, and John’s wife Sandra for fluke. Good thing Sandra came along. She boated the large fluke of the day at 22 in. We also managed 3 other keeper flatties between 19 and 21.5 in. Great fun with a great group!
Here is a video of Bernadette’s first ever fish she has ever caught. It is never too late!
27lb. striper for Stuart Swartz today. Ocean conditions were not the best so clammed outgoing in the bay. First keeper fluke of season (Skip Markacs) at 18.5in. and couple 3 lb. blues. John Coleman’s 27in. striper was just a bit shy of making it.
Had regular John Figaniak out with his co-worker, Scott, out for a quick, late afternoon trip. Scott caught his first ever striper tipping the scales at 34lbs.
Late September Weakfishing!
Constant weakfish action with fish to 22in. John and Barbara Randa had a great morning with many species of fish in the slick. We will target weakfish first couple weeks of October before switching to strictly bass. The bay is loaded with baitfish and the fall is shaping up to be a great one!
Mid September Weakfishing
Had George Smajda and family out. Unfortunately, we were unable to acquire grass shrimp from supplier, so we went out in search of fluke on before the season closes. We managed a couple fluke with no keepers. However, we did manage to work the birds to jig up several keeper weakfish.
September 1st Weakies
Took my brothers, nephews, and son fishing for some weakies. Slow going at start but persistence paid off and we managed our limit to 22″. Big Brian won the prize with the 22″, although he did struggle getting the fish boated. Great end of the summer trip for the kids. We will continue weakies and fluke on weekends and then switch gears to stripers and wreck fishing later in the fall.
August 21st Weakfish
August 8th Sea bass and Fluke
Had Scott, Becca, Joey, Michael, and Rachel, on vacation from Texas, out for a trip to find some fluke and sea bass. The ocean was flat, which unfotunately led to a not so great drift. So, we found some structure, worked it, and were rewarded with 8 keeper sea bass, 2 keeper fluke, and a trigger. Joey and Micahel had the hot rods on the day. Joey had a sea bass just short of 5lbs.!! Michael would not be outdone and pulled in a 22″ fluke as well as a trigger. The family had a great time and it was a fun day! Call or email to book a date in the upcoming weeks and get in on the action for fluke, sea bass, and weakies.
Week of July 23rd
Did some fishing with the family this week. I took out my 2 year old son, wife, my brother, and my nephew for fluke. And, what a time we had on the bay! Check out the video by clicking the link below and you will see why the Bonnie Anne is a great choice for families and kids.
Had a group out from Michigan this week that just wanted to cruise the bay, do some crabbing, and take in the sights of Barnegat Bay. I must say we could not seem to find many blueclaws, but the group was intrigued by the few crabs we did bring over the side. Overall, the group had a great time and were a fun time to have out on the Bonnie Anne.
Also had Michelle and her son, Jack, out for a fluking trip. While the keepers eluded us (I must admit a mistake on my part), Jack caught many fluke, and some sea bass in the mix.
Week of July 16th
Took Ken, Justin, Sarah, and Ed out fishing for fluke on 7/17. Many, many shorts in the bay. Although targeting fluke, we managed a keeper cocktail blue and a nice keeper sea bass close to shore…Never know what is going to come up on the line. Got in early before the heat hit!
Later in the week had the Crogan boys, their father, and their elderly grandparents (had to get that in there) out on The Bonnie Anne on back to back days. The crew brought over 50 fluke over the rails. Ended with 3 keeper fluke to 19″.
July 13th, 2012
July 3rd 2012
Had a crew out visiting from California and Texas. Todd, Melanie, Kaitlyn, and Peter enjoyed some non-stop reeling of sea bass, ling, and some other archaic species (Peter). Melanie took the prize today with a 22″, 3.6lb. sea bass. It was a flat day on the water and the group came home with some fillets for the table!
June 28th 2012
Took out Matt Schelble, on vacation before heading back to Utah, Rod and Patty Smith, and the “Big JR” for a fluke trip. Lots of shorts, but Patty was able to show up the guys with this keeper fluke (proof that lowering the minimum size by 1/2″ this year is a good thing!)
June 27th 2012
June 16th 2012
Had Ed Walsh and Brian and Tate Prudish out for fluke today. Weeded through the shorts and Tate finally landed this nice keeper.
Fluke will only get better in the upcoming weeks. Book now to get out for fluke, blues, wreck fishing, and even some crabbing.
June 10th 2012
Wreck fished Saturday morning with Dave Murdza. Non-stop reeling of sea bass and tautog. Kept a few sea bass for the dinner table. Fun day on water!
May 21st 2012
Fished Bass for the Brave on Sunday. Caught fish to 31lbs. and measured 44 in. Great cause and great day! 3rd place finish.
April 14th 2012
They’re here! Got out for the first trip of the 2012 season. Just wanted to get out and do a run through. Found gannets hitting the water and caught stripers to 36″ on the troll. Great day! Contact us to schedule a trip in the upcoming weekends.