Scott's Daily Fishing Report

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/25-7/1
Location of Trip: Inshore Ocean
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are getting into their summer fishing routines chasing fluke inshore and tuna and sharks further out.

The "Starfish" with Captains Carl Sheppard and Vic Bertotti has been fishing in the ocean looking for fluke and black sea bass. With the daily limit on sea bass dropping to 2 per day, the attention will now be on fluke. Adding to the action lately has been a large number of sand sharks on the bottom.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had the "Starfish" out with a crew of 8 on a sea safari. After a couple hours of slow action trolling they went to the 28 mile wreck and had 9 keeper sea bass with the largest at 15-inches.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime" Charters had his son Bill and grandson Will out for a day of bonding and fishing on the inshore reefs. In addition to a good time, they put together a good catch of sea bass and fluke.

Captain Gary Dugan of the "Irish Jig" has found the fluke action in Great Bay to be hot and cold. One day his anglers catch mostly shorts while other days they have been putting several keepers into the box. He also had a trip for some ocean bottom fishing where they picked up some large porgies and blackfish which had to be returned to the water. They managed to take home some sea bass fillets for dinner.

Captain Fran Verdi has been fishing the "Francesca Marie" in the ocean looking for a fluke bite. He found some small fluke along with some sea bass. He is hoping for the water temperatures to rise to spark the fluke bite. He is also planning some tuna runs. Although weather kept Captain Bob Gerkens and the "Hot Tuna" from getting offshore this week, Captain Bob says he has some reliable reports that the bluefish tuna are in their usual spots. He plans some trips in the near future to troll up some of these fish.

Captain John Lewis reports his new "Insatiable" is now in the water and ready for action. He plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family and then be open for charters.

The Junior Mates Class began last week with 13 eager teenagers looking to learn more about fishing. This week's class will feature Captain Michael Yocco of the tournament winning "MJ'S" speaking about canyon fishing. There are still a couple of openings in the class. Information and application forms can be obtained at the Association's website www.bhcfa.net
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Brian Christy Jr
Email: brian.christy@covenantsecurity.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/26/15
Location of Trip: Great bay
Species Sought: Flounder
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: (Other)


Fishing Report:
Great day of fishing in the great bay. My friend and I had one of the best days to date. Started our trip around lunch- dead low tide. Fished the Incoming tide. Boated about 40 fluke, Big Shark, Sea Robbins, Sea Bass.

We had about 7 keepers. First cast/first drift boated a 26 inch/6 pd flounder. 3 Flounder between 19-22 inches. High tide hit about 430 pm and the fishing died. Had wind against the tide and was time to go home.

Was glad to get down to Mystic Island - first time in a long time. Spent many summers as a kid at my grand fathers house on the lagoon and the bay fishing was just as I remembered. It was also great to run into Scott from the bait and tackle store. Haven't seen him in 20 years. Going to try again this Friday.
~Brian Christy Jr

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Miss Moore
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/25/15
Location of Trip: Great Bay
Species Sought: Fluke / Flounder
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. N
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Thursday crew fished Great Bay near the inlet. We had 5 keepers out of 27 boated Fluke for a better ratio than previous days. No doormat flounder but a good catch. Bob "Micro Master" tied into a hefty Brown shark that entertained the crew and gave Bob a workout on conventional tackle. Brown's are endangered and therefore a protected species. Thanks to Scott's crew for great flounder baits.
~Gene Sullivan

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/19-6/22
Location of Trip: Mostly inshore ocean
Species Sought: Fluke, black sea bass, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been busy on the water this past week. Captain Dave Kreines of "Byte Me" Sportfishing had some spare time on his hands recently so he did a little drifting on the ICW behind Beach Haven and picked up a pair of short fluke and a 4-pounder. The next day he had a cancellation and drifted behind Holgate and boated a 4.5-pound fluke. Both days' fishing was a total of 3 hours.

Captain Carl Sheppard on the "Starfish" has been doing well reef fishing for sea bass and some small fluke. His best catches have been south of the inlet. One day he had a crew of 12 from Bensalem, Pa., out and they totaled about 125 black sea bass along with a couple of short fluke. Jigs outperformed bait. Another day he had the Zinn family out and they picked up some sea bass and short fluke. When large swells made ocean fishing tough for the youngsters, he got them into calmer bay waters where they had fun with smooth dogfish.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a full crew on the "Reel Determined" which left the dock at midnight last Friday night for some offshore fishing. Offshore mate in training, Liane Lopez, was getting instruction from Captain Jimmy and Pat Zavacky. At first the bite was slow but eventually they found some yellowfin along with a missed big eye and a white marlin in the baits. Thirteen year old Teddy Janice picked up a very nice 17-pound mahi-mahi, and he and Liane caught their first yellowfin tuna. They reported plenty of life spotted in the canyon.

Captain Ray Lopez had the "Miss Liane" out last week for a day of fishing on the Barnegat Light Reef. They picked up three keeper fluke, one jumbo sea bass, and some feisty 2-4 pound bluefish near the inlet. The largest fluke was almost 24 inches and the sea bass was about 4.5 pounds.

Captain Bob Gerkens had his initial fishing run of the season on the "Hot Tuna" fishing the shark tournament at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club last Saturday. Although they caught no mako sharks they picked up a blue shark and hammerhead. Bob says he plans to start focusing on tuna the rest of the month. It is not too late to sign up for the Association's junior mate program.

Captain Fran Verdi on the "Francesca Marie" was scheduled to have a fluke charter recently but it was canceled at the last minute. When he could find no one to fill the slot, he got up early and headed out on my own to the wrecks and fished in 80 feet of water, looking for Sea Bass. He got set up and had some nice action right away. He was able to put a Father's Day dinner for eight in the box in no time. He plans to target sea bass one more weekend before switching over to ocean fluke fishing.

It is not too late to sign up for the Junior Mate's Program conducted by the BHCFA. It begins Thursday, June 25, at 7pm at the Maritime Museum in Beach Haven. Information on the program can be found at www.BHCFA.net
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: robert
Boat Name: Deeply Hooked
Phone: 609-5750767
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6-20-15
Location of Trip: great bay
Species Sought: fluke
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: (Other)
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Steve Walto, i see you're wearing the same shirt and pants in the 6/14 picture and 6/19 picture (Catch of the Day)... are they your lucky shirts and pants?
~robert


P.S. MizMo and crew were thinking the same thing!

Saturday, June 20, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
We had a great turnout today with some nice Fluke weighed in up to 9lbs! A bunch of different spots did the trick like in the channels in between the sandbars behind the fish factory, 126 ICW marker, and 139 ICW marker. The clamstakes also produced a lot of fluke, but they were overall smaller. Minnows for the win today, as most people had the good size fish on minnows. Gulp, squid, bunker, spearing and mackerel we also good runner-ups. Top of the tide, then turning to outgoing was the better tide.

We haven't herd much of any bluefish reports lately, a couple of days ago there was some activity in Grassy Channel using mackerel or bunker as bait, but not as many are hitting on lures like last month.

Out in the ocean there are Mako's as close as 20 miles offshore. The farther you go though, the bigger and better the bite gets. Threshers and Hammerheads are in the local offshore area, with reports of threshers in bunker pods, and hammerheads on A.C. Reef.

Seabass are doing well on Garden State South wreck, LE Reef, and AC Reef.

Crabbing is still going strong.

Weather Forcast:

Tonight: Se winds 10 to 15 kt...increasing to 15 to 20 kt late. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds. A chance of showers and tstms early this evening... then showers with isolated tstms late this evening. Rain with a chance of tstms after midnight. Vsby 1 to 3 nm...decreasing to 1 nm or less after midnight.

Sun: S winds around 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt... becoming W with gusts up to 25 kt early in the afternoon... then diminishing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt late. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds. Showers in the morning. A chance of tstms until late afternoon. A chance of showers early in the afternoon.

Sun Night: SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt... becoming W 5 to 10 kt in the late evening and overnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Mainly in S swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds.

Mon: W winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt late. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Mainly in S swell with a dominant period of 6 seconds.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Capt. Bob hoffman
Boat Name: Miss. Marley
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/14/15
Location of Trip: 25 Fathom Hole
Species Sought: Mako Shark
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Chum, Mackerel
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Fished 3 NM North of the 25 fathom hole. Baits were Bluefish fillets and JG Squid. Grandson Tucker,9,caught and released a 100Lb. Brown Shark around 10:15. Reset baits and got hit within 5 minutes. Granddaughter Marley fought 150Lb. Mako to the boat. Tail roped it and brought on board. Both sharks hit the bluefish baits. Back at the dock by 12:30 PM
~Capt. Bob hoffman

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/11-6/14
Location of Trip: All Over
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The theme this week for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is variety. The captains are scoring and getting excited about the fishing in the bay, in the ocean not too far from the inlet, and offshore.

Captain Fran Verdi on the "Francesca Marie" made his first offshore trip of the year Sunday to the Wilmington Canyon. He arrived at 5am and had lines in the water 15 minutes later. He worked the East wall, the Tip, and the West Wall for about 4 hours with not even a touch. He made the decision to troll north looking in the flats and had the first bite of the day which turned into a nice 30-pound yellowfin tuna. He then trolled the 40 and 50 line where he found one more tuna in the 30-pound class. They then headed in and ended the day with a 40-pounder.

Another day Captain Fran fished wrecks in 80-feet of water and had steady action on black sea bass, blackfish, and ling. He moved to a wreck in 65-feet of water but most of the fish were out of season blackfish and short sea bass. He returned to deeper water and better action. The "Francesca Marie" ended the day with 22 sea bass and 4 big ling in the cooler. He estimates they threw back another 40 sea bass and all of the blackfish.

Captain George Finck had a crew out on the "Sparetime" fishing the reef. They had good action but all were shorts. He moved into the bay where they had a nice catch of bluefish. The next day he had the Rotelle family out to the reef with great weather and good action on fluke and sea bass. The boys were out fished by the female anglers, and the family went home with dinner.

Meanwhile, Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing reports fishing in the waters of Great Bay with loads of action on the fluke along with some very nice fish ending up in the box.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:00pm  
Considering the weather forecast for today was all doom and gloom, today turned out to be another great day. Hardly any bugs behind the store which is always good.

Fluke reports today had a decent turnout, fish were there, just not in crazy numbers. Any holes in the bay/inlet area that you can find that have a good dropoff, like 5 to 15ft ledges, those are the places that hold good keeper size fluke. The bigger fish pool up in those holes because on the outgoing tide all the little shrimps, spearings, etc are falling into those holes to look for water. The reason you don't see constant big fluke in the middle of the stakes is because all the big fluke find those holes to lay in, and kick all the little fluke out to fend for themselves. The ICW has also had fluke activity from 134-139. The inlet seems to have bigger bluefish around the 5-15lb range still. Sharks and skates are also in the bay scattered all the way to graveling point. Tuckerton bay also has some nice fluke by the brick pile.

The ocean report has some nice black seabass at the different wrecks and reefs. From Garden State South to Atlantic City Reef, we heard good reports. Sharks and Tuna are here. With Mako fillets in the freezer thanks to Jeff Caruso, he and lots of other people confirmed Mako's at least 25 miles offshore with the biggest one reported, but not confirmed over 300lbs, but more averaging 150-200lbs. Tuna, most likely Yellowfin, are around the Spencer, Wilmington, and Lindenkol sites.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, June 12, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:40pm  
In answer to Walt's "where are the keeper sized Fluke" question in his report down below..this is how it's been for the last few years now. Keepers in the bays are hard to find, and we often get reports that many are just under the size limit. Once the ocean front turns on towards August, more keepers tend to be found out there.

Still very windy this past few days, but at least it changed direction, so hopefully the Black Seabass out on the wrecks and reefs will turn on again after that sharp drop in water temperature last week. We heard some activity picking up out at Atlantic City reef.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Walt Dobromilski
Boat Name: 1 & Done
Phone: 717 870 5095
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/10/15
Location of Trip: Stakes and Grassy Channel
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley Fishing Report:
Fished with Capt Harry aboard the "1 & Done" with excellent weather conditions in the Stakes early with an outgoing tide and then later at the East end of Grassy Channel for the beginning of the incoming. His crew of two and the Capt boated about 20 Fluke, several nice fat 16 1/2" to 17 1/2" , but none exceeding the requisite 18".

Great weather, fair winds, excellent bait and experienced anglers were unable to boat any Keepers as the radio echoed the same question as to Where IN THE GREAT BAY ARE THE LARGER FLUKE ??
~Walt Dobromilski

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Capt. Jer
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/11/15
Location of Trip: Intercoastal
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Excellent weather for our Thursday Crew.
Fished inside doing some exploring and were very pleased with the results.
Boated 23 fluke resulting in only 2 keepers.
More than 10 throwbacks were greater than 16"
Bob using his "Micro Master" technology boated a doormat fluke and Caesar put a large keeper in the box.
Photo send to Scott's of two smiling guys after a full day.
Scott's bait always works.
~Gene Sullivan

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/66-6/7
Location of Trip: Tuckerton Bay and inshore wrecks
Species Sought: Fluke and black sea bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. N
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are smiling again as warm, decent weather has returned to Beach Haven. The winds have abated, the water temperatures are rising, and the fishing is on the upswing. Currently leading the hit parade are nice sized fluke in the bay waters and black sea bass on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs. In addition, there is still a good population of bluefish ranging from 1-10 pounds in the bay through the inlet and out into the ocean.

Captain Carl Sheppard had Mark Giunta of Somerdale and three friends out on the "Star Fish" in the face of a northeaster that never materialized. Two of the original party cancelled because of the forecast but the day proved to be beautiful. The black sea bass were present at a number of wrecks. The four anglers boated over 120 fish with a goodly number of keepers in the catch including a 21-inch fluke and the largest black bass of the year, an eighteen incher.

On another trip Captain Carl had 10 members of a local fishing club out looking for black sea bass on the "Star Fish." Serving as mates were Liane and Nicholas from the BHCFA Junior Mates program along with Captain Vic Bertotti who finally returned from Florida. After a run to the south, they were fortunate to find wrecks loaded with sea bass. While their catch was over 160, only 18 qualified to end up in the cooler. The larger fish were all over 16". The best bait seemed to be bucktails with a long squid trailer. The water temperature finally registered over 60 degrees, and that seemed to have finally turned on the bite. There were a number of large sharks in the vicinity, and they saw one blue shark which must have been fully seven feet long swimming between schools of bunker.

Captain Jim Hutchinson Sr. fished his boat the "Clam Chaser" in the Recreational Fishing Alliance's Fluke Fishing Tournament last weekend with his son Jim Jr. and grandson Alex Harris. Although they finished out of the money, they weighed in four nice fluke caught on yellow Gulp swimming mullets in the Middle Grounds off Beach Haven.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:40pm  
Today was one of those weird days with the weather. It rained, it stopped, it rained, it stopped, and everyone on the bay today learned that. But at least it wasn't windy for the first time in two weeks. Fluke were caught and we had some weigh ins, and the bottom of the coolers had little bluefish about 1-2 lbs if I had to guess. The fluke were mostly throw backs. Same spots as usual. Grassy Channel, ICW markers, and clamstakes. Some of the people did well with the Savage Gear manic shrimps, using two in tandem with each other. Bluefish are still in thick, Grassy Channel, inlet and behind Holgate are all good spots to try. Big Sand sharks are coming in, around the 20lb range. Nothing to report on for the ocean since the weather has been so bad.
-SBT Crew

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Miss Moore
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/4/15
Location of Trip: Great Bay
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Cloudy/Light Rain
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. E
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Fished on the lee side of land with a cool and hard east wind. Managed several keeper flounder with one jumbo doormat by Capt. Ed along with many bluefish. Bob "Micro Master" landed another huge bluefish on his "Micro" light gear.
It was a good day on the fluke with many shorts.
Photo of Ed's doormat fluke sent for Scott's board.
Still many bluefish in the bay with most being small good eating size.
Scott's special baits once again loaded the box.
~Gene Sullivan

Name: Johnny Thomas
Email: jonhhyboy14@aol.com
Boat Name: Big Dog
Phone: 609-412-1812
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 05/30/15
Location of Trip: Behind Margate/ longport
Species Sought: flounder
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Blow Out Tide
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 20-30 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Nightcrawlers
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Hi scotty, just wanted to let you know what the bite's like down here, we had all the wrong conditions, bad wind, super muddy water, lots of grass, & blow out tide, fished ten min. & put 2 keepers in box, fished about 4hrs. & ended up with 4 fish, got a monster 27" if anybody needs skates I got the spot! it just goes to show you never know, iv'e been skunked on perfect days & then when a day comes along when your flipping a coin on whether to even go or not & it turns out to be best day of season so far! Debbie & I fishing the log cabin tournament tomorrow, let you know, Johnny...
~Johnny Thomas

Thursday, June 4, 2015 /\/\/\ 3:30pm  
Well this wind is not helping any...

Some Fluke are being picked off the clam stakes, but this cold wind lately is shutting the action down it seems. We did have one weigh-in today of a 5.2 lb Fluke caught right in the clam stakes. Other reports of Fluke is that there are some in Main Marsh Thoroughfare, which is where the ICW markers connect over to Atlantic City.

Ocean reports have Black Seabass doing well on various reefs and wrecks. Tog are also biting but it's closed so it's catch and release. There is some Striper activity out in the ocean if you can troll or bait them. We just need the wind to die down a little bit.

Bluefish are still biting, so at least there is something fun to catch. People have had some luck getting smaller Blues in the 1-4lb range in the clam stakes, other bigger Blues from the 4-14 lb range are still in the inlet area and also behind LBI in the deeper holes. We have confirmed reports around the 132-136 ICW markers. Lures are still the best thing to use, but for an added edge, anchor up with bunker chum and attract the fish to you.

Shark season is almost here so make sure you bring your reels in to get relined. Confirmed reports of some big sand sharks and brown sharks in Grassy Channel by some local fishermen trying to catch bluefish.

Even though the water in the local area is chilly for this time of year, offshore 20+ miles is nice and warm, and already the Yellowfin are at different locations, the Spencer and Lindenkol were the spots last we herd of.

Weekend weather report:
Fri: NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Mainly in NE swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds. A chance of showers.
Fri Night: N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
Sat: N winds around 10 kt...becoming NE with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sat Night: E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
Sun: E winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming se after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/29-5/31
Location of Trip: Great Bay and inshore wrecks
Species Sought: Fluke, black sea bass, stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
Strong winds have been prevalent in the Beach Haven area for well over a week. First the winds were pretty much from the southwest and now they are howling from the northeast. When the captains of the Beach Haven Charter fishing Association are able to get some fishing in, they are finding a decent assortment of fish.

Captain Fran Verdi ran an "open boat" trip recently for his first wreck fishing trip of the season on the "Francesca Marie." Sean Carey and Randy Ritz fished on wrecks in 65-80 feet of water. They found some outstanding blackfish action with many of the fish keeper-sized. Unfortunately, with the season closed, all of the blackfish went back in. They also found a decent bite on black sea bass and managed a nice amount of them. Captain Fran had the Mannix party out another day looking for striped bass to the north. He located some bait up in Ortley Beach but found no bass under them. Unless the bass make a sudden comeback, he plans on focusing on sea bass as well as fluke and tuna.

Captain Carl Sheppard had Irv and Muriel Stoops of Palmyra, NJ, out on the "Starfish" for a wreck fishing trip looking for black sea bass. He learned that the wrecks either had very few fish or were loaded with the sea bass. In just a couple hours of the fishing the pair of anglers caught over 40 bass, of which 15 were large blue backed fish.

Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig" Sportfishing braved the winds a couple of days seeking fluke in Great Bay waters. He reports that they had steady action with plenty of throwbacks and a few nice flatties making it to the cooler for dinner. There was also a mix of bluefish and smooth dogfish to keep the rods bent most of the time. The renowned Junior Mate Program of the BHCFA is now accepting applications for its 2015 class. The first class will be on Thursday, June 25, at the Beach Haven Maritime Museum. This program is for teenagers looking to learn more about fishing and become competent to serve as mates on fishing boats. Captain John Lewis says there are some changes in the program this year that will make for some enjoyable evenings. One big night will be Thursday, July 2, when Captain Michael Yocco of the championship boat "MJ's" will speak on canyon fishing. Complete information on the Junior Mates Program as well as the BHCFA can be found at www.BHCFA.net
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 /\/\/\ 2:00 pm  
Hi Everyone,

"We are not in Kansas anymore," is what Dorothy said form The Wizard of Oz, and it has felt windy this past week. Opening weekend of fluke was poor at best for fishing. The wind just made it unenjoyable for fishing. We did have customers go out and fish last weekend, but as many people said last years opening weekend was much better. Our biggest fluke weighed in for the weekend was 8.4 lb., caught by Dave Riddell; congratulations to Dave for winning the $50 gift certificate.

This upcoming weekends weather does not look any better than last weekend. This South wind has been killing the tides and again it has been a hassle trying to get out anywhere.
Friday is looking to be a high of 75, partly cloudy, SE winds, 5 to 10mph with seas around 3ft.
Saturday will be a high of 76, partly cloudy, S winds starting out the day at 10mph, then increasing to 15 to 20 mph with seas 3 to 5ft.
Sunday is looking to be 60% chance of thunderstorms with a high of 80, SW winds 10 to 15mph becoming NE 5 to 10mph late in the afternoon, then increasing to 15 to 20, with seas 4 to 6ft.
With all that said, it does not look like a fishing weekend by boat, but that does not mean you cannot fish from land or go crabbing.

We did have a customer the other day go out to Graveling Point and pick up 3 nice size blue fish, but it has definitely slowed down over there. The 5th bridge on 7 bridges road (Great Bay Blvd.) would be your best chance land based fishing right now. People fishing the 5th bridge have a chance to catch fluke, blue fish, and possibly a weakfish, but no reports have come back to us so far.

For perch fishing, the Wading River, Greenbank or Lowerbank Bridges have been doing great. We are selling out of grass shrimp faster than we can catch it, so come get it while they are in supply. We sell grass shrimp for $5 a half pint, $10 a full pint, and $20 a quart.

Crabbing has definitely turned on a lot more than it has in previous weeks. Coming down now to crab would be a great idea if you would like to go. We are selling frozen bunkers regularly now, which tells us that the crabs are out in better numbers.

We have all baits in stock ready to sell. Minnows right now are in good supply, while they last. We are stocked up on all types of squids. We have only Canadian spearing at the moment. Local spearing are not currently available, but we are checking with our suppliers, and once they do become available we will let everyone know.

We hope to see everyone in the upcoming weeks as the weather should hopefully get better.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/22-5/24
Location of Trip: Inlet and ocean just off beach
Species Sought: Fluke, bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. S
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Hopkins-type Metal


Fishing Report:
Memorial Weekend has come and gone on Long Beach Island, with the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association experiencing no difficulty finding an abundance and variety of fish for their anglers. Once again big bluefish dominated the action.

The "Star Fish" with Captain Carl Sheppard fished multiple days over the weekend and found big blues both days. Sometimes they just looked for screaming bird play, and other days they scored trolling blind. These blues are real tackle busters with the smallest around 10-pounds and the largest checking in at 16.5-pounds. One day Captain Carl tried the back bay waters looking for fluke but managed to find only one 20-inch keeper along with two shorts. He is looking for some spectacular fishing when the black sea bass opens this week.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime Charters" had Dane and Denise Hartmann along with Al Meyer in the ocean looking for some of those big yellow-eyed bluefish. They trolled up as many blues as they wanted to reel in. All of the action was trolling a variety of lures. Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing" had a group out Saturday looking for a catch of fluke in Great Bay. The conditions of wind against the tide most of the day made establishing good drifts very difficult if not impossible. They managed a few shorts along with one 19-inch keeper. Captain Gary took his group to the inlet where they had a good time bailing monster bluefish that were feeding on peanut bunker. The blues were an exciting way to end the day. It has been difficult to pinpoint exactly where the striped bass will be, but boats fishing in the ocean have been finding bass from Wreck Inlet to Seaside both by live lining snagged bunker and trolling bunker spoons. In addition, the opening of black sea bass season will spark wreck and reef fishing. The early bite for sea bass should be very strong.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:00pm  
Beautiful days yesterday and today, with a lot of activity here at the shop, but the winds have been blowing 10 to 20 and that really cut into the fishing, making things a bit sloppy out there.

Fishing for Fluke was better on Friday than it was today and Saturday. Both Saturday and Sunday the wind was up, but it did not stop anyone form enjoying opening weekend of Fluke. So far we have had about a half a dozen weigh ins for the $50 gift certificate. The winning weight right now is 5 lbs on the dot. The Fluke are there; hopefully when the water gets warmer, they will be in full force. We have most of the popular baits for the fluke. Minnow shortage is still in effect..call before you come over if you need them, or shop the alternatives of frozen spearing or the Berkeley Gulp baits.

Blue fish showed up again Saturday around noon time at 139 bouy and again it was your 10lber's. For the last 4 weekends these blue have been in full force. They are definitely fun to catch and good to go bend the rod with. The biggest one weighed in for the season has been 19.9 lbs. We should now start to see the little guys being caught anywhere from the 1lb to 5lb range.


Reminder that Black Seabass season will be opening this coming week! It will run from May 27th to June 30 at 15 fish/day/angler 12.5" min. length.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, May 22, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:35pm  
Yesterdays rain has washed away a bit of the pollen and the rest of the forecast for this weekend looks like fine weather for bay fishing. There is a small craft advisory for the ocean front in effect for tonight, but looks like it should lay down a little bit again tomorrow.

Several fluke weighed in today from different areas around the bay, from the clam stakes out to the Fish Factory. Not a huge amount of reports, but not a bad start to the season.

Still getting reports of bluefish on the ocean front. Weighed in our largest one this season at 19.9 lbs, caught by John Beard off of Beach Haven.

Bad news on quantity of minnows available. Two different minnowers told me today that they are throwing in the towell and giving up on trying to catch minnows over the next couple of weeks. I speculate that maybe the minnows are spawning and just not feeding. One minnower hit all the spots from West Creek to Great Bay Blvd and came up with one gallon of sorted large minnows after six hours of effort. Another minnower worked three days with two low tides per day with his pots and hit all the Hot Spots for Spring minnowing and came up with five gallons. I was catching grass shrimp on Great Bay Blvd two weeks ago and the numbers of shrimp were excellent. This past week, I hit spots that I came up with gallons previously and had no shrimp in some of the spots and little quantities in others. On the one trip I hit seven different creeks and came home with two quarts after a couple of hours of hard working. I believe the creeks just got too warm on those couple of ninety degree days.

Our new shirts are in! http://store.scottsbt.com/Clothing/Tshirts.aspx?m=40

We want to take a moment and thank all our veterans past and present, wishing everyone a safe Memorial weekend.

Local Event: 37th Annual Little Egg Harbor Memorial Day Parade, in honor of the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. Monday 5/25/2015 - starting at 10am at 665 Radio Rd.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/15-5/19
Location of Trip: Bay and ocean
Species Sought: Bluefish, stripers, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Bunker Spoon


Fishing Report:
The story this week for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is variety. Right now the captains are catching bluefish, striped bass, tuna, and drumfish while expecting fluke and black sea bass to be on the scene very shortly.

Captain Carl Sheppard had another bachelor party out fishing on the "Starfish" last weekend that maxed out the cooler on big bluefish. Captain Carl says the blues are being caught best slow trolling using Clark spoons and pony tails, although old fashioned rag mops worked well also Their big catch was snagging a line that resulted in an umbrella rig with 4 bluefish attached, all over 15-pounds. Both a net and a gaff were needed to bring the unusual catch into the boat. Captain Carl is looking forward to the start of fluke season as first indications are that they are around the bay and inlet in good numbers.

Captain Fran Verdi had the "Francesca Marie" out recently north of Barnegat Inlet trolling bunker spoons and managed to boat a 39-inch striper in addition to two other knockdowns that did not come tight. He too is looking forward to the start of fluke season as well as the upcoming sea bass segment next week. Captain Fran is also planning a trip to the tuna grounds in the very near future. With the number of bluefish and drumfish in the bay, he expects a very exciting month of June.

Captain Ray Lopez on the "Miss Liane" had Karl and son Pauli out catching bluefish all day in the bay, ocean, and inlet. Despite looking all over, no striped bass could be enticed to bite through the bluefish. Bob Stewart of Forked River changed the "Miss Liane's" luck on another day as he reeled in a 42-inch bass. Once the bluefish slow down a little, Captain Ray expects his striper catches to increase.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky on the "Reel Determined" made a trip offshore and found a good temperature break. In addition to non-stop action on false albacore, his crew caught 6 bluefin tuna, tagging and releasing 4 while keeping 2 along with a nice yellowfin tuna.

Captain Tim Knorr reports that he has just about completed his upgrade projects on the "William Knorr." He has added new AC in addition to an addition to the tuna tower to elevate the radar and VHF antennas, and to relocate the raft up onto the roof of the boat for better visibility and safety. He regrets his late start to the season, but is excited about the new upgrades. He will be on the water very shortly.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr

Name: Capt. Lindsay Fuller
Email: captlindsay@fish-junebug.com
Boat Name: June Bug
Phone: 609-685-2839
Website: http://www.JuneBugFishing.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 05/18/2015
Location of Trip: Oregon Inlet, NC
Species Sought: Big Eye Tuna
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. S
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Ballyhoo
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
Boats fishing from Oregon Inlet, Nags Head, NC are catching Big Eye Tunas in droves. Almost 100 have been caught over the last 10 days. The largest was 280 with many between 200 and 240. Some nice Blue Marlin are in the mix too along with hoards of Mahi MAhi. Larger Yellowfin Tunas are starting to show. This is the time to go fishing at Oregon Inlet.

June Bug will be moving back to New Jersey for the summer season in 10 days. Her hurricane damage has been repaired except for a couple of cosmetic items that will be finished next winter. Her entire new suite of electronics is state of the art and will help her crew find more fish for you to catch than she ever has.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:30pm  
Bluefish are still around but it is more of a hunt now. Watch for birds working and try to get under them. Still using a variety of things. Fresh bunker chunking (if available), trolling with lures and metals on the ocean front.

There have been a few reports of caught/release fluke in the bay, so when the season opens Friday May 22nd, there are a few around.

Currently prepping for the holiday weekend, getting things stocked up.

Our new shirts are in! http://store.scottsbt.com/Clothing/Tshirts.aspx?m=40
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Saturday, May 16, 2015 /\/\/\ 2:45am  
BLACK SEABASS REGULATION UPDATE!
There is an error in the Fish and Wildlife on page 17's regulation charts. According to the regulation changes noted on page 10 (and on the NJ copy of the quick regulations sheet) the correct start/end dates for the first of the 3 BLACK SEABASS SEASONS IS: MAY 27TH TO JUNE 30. It does NOT start on May 19th as per page 17's error.

Some mixed bluefish reports today. Ocean front going farther north towards Barnegat Light, they were having a harder time finding them. Here just inside LE Inlet, at the inlet side of Grassy Channel, and just out front near the front side of Holgate, we had good reports. Definitely more spread out now than they were at first, so anglers might have to hunt to find them.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Storm King II
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/15/15
Location of Trip: North to Brant Beach
Species Sought: Striped Bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Bunker Spoon


Fishing Report:
Trolled deep for Stripers up to Brant Beach area and back inside the 3 mile line and into approx. 40' for bass. Huge scools of bunker were present for much of the trip. Marked a lot of fish on the bottom. We only picked up large Bluefish. Weather was excellent. Lost some tackle to the Bluefish and I am sure Scott's Crew will be pleased replace that.
~Gene Sullivan

Friday, May 15, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:35pm  
Nice jigging for bluefish today out in the LE inlet and on the inlet side of Grassy Channel with multiple anglers reporting in.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 /\/\/\ 10:40am  
Hi Everyone,

The blue fish were still here this weekend. If you had a boat, you were catching fish. Lots of people were fishing marker 139 and out towards Grassy Channel and they were slaying the fish. Bait, lures, metals, it did not matter; anything was working for the blue fish. On Graveling Point, fishing for blue fish was a little slow compared to last week. As we heard from a few customers, the blue fish were in heavy last Thursday night. This past weekend people were catching blue fish on the incoming tide. Nighttime fishing off of the Point and Pebble Beach was also a little slow compared to last week also. The bluefish still have some size to them ranging from 10 to 15lb.

While fishing for blue fish, people have also been catching fluke. It seems to be good signs ot the start of the season in 9 days on May 22. One person reported that they caught and released a fluke at 24 inches, so it should be a very good start to the season.

We heard of one blowfish being caught last weekend, other than that, not too much on them has been reported. The blue fish could be the cause of that problem though, with chasing the fish away and out of the bay, so hopefully when the blue fish leave, more life will start showing up.

As for stripers in the bay, we heard of very few being caught. Wreck Inlet reported some bass down there and also off of the Red Tower on LBI we have heard of bass being caught. Again, the bass are down deep, keeping far away from the blue fish. As we have seen pictures of recently, the bluefish were biting the striper's right in half.

For our tuna guys, the water out by Toms Canyon last weekend was perfect and it did produce, we can tell you that much. The water out there was 72 and 77 degrees. Bluefin and yellowfin tuna were all over. So hopefully that is useful information and people can get their gear ready to go. Remember we do service the international reels, and that season is right around the corner. The quicker they come in, the quicker they come back. Current turnaround time is 4 to 6 weeks, so don't delay if you need reel work done.

Crabs are being more aggressive now, and people are starting to catch more in their traps as well. This seems like it will be a great start to our summer, and hopefully it keeps up.

Our weather for the next few days is looking fairly nice. Thursday will be sunny with a high of 68, winds ENE 5 to 10. Friday is looking to be overcast, high of 71, winds SSW 10 to 15. For our weekend starting off, Saturday will be a high of 80, partly cloudy, winds SW 10 to 15 with a 20% chance of precipitation. Sunday is looking to be a high of 79, mostly sunny for day with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds SSW 5 to 10. We will keep everyone updated on what the weather should be.

We have plenty of bait in stock; frozen bunker, grass shrimp, clams in the shell and out, flats of frozen bunker, and lots of mackerel. We have our new shirts in production and if all goes well, we should have them ready to go for Memorial Day weekend. Hope to see you all soon.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://bhcfa.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/8-5/9
Location of Trip: Bay Waters
Species Sought: Bluefish, stripers, black drumfish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Hopkins-type Metal


Fishing Report:

Springlike weather has arrived in Beach Haven, and the fish are cooperating. The boats of the Bach Haven Charter Fishing Association are making their mark already.

Late April and May have been marked by one of the hottest bluefish runs in recent history. Huge "yellow eyes" are racing around the bay and Little Egg Inlet as well as just off the shores of Long Beach Island. The spring's striped bass run has slacked off a bit as the stripers have retreated in the face of the bluefish. There are small bass to be found and larger fish will be arriving shortly. In addition, there has been a decent run of black drum fish in the waters of Great Bay.

Captain Carl Sheppard recently had a group of ladies out for a Friday evening sunset cruise on the "Starfish" with cocktails and snacks enjoying a crisp spring evening a beautiful setting sun.

On Saturday, the Starfish had the George Sodden party out on a fishing trip to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of one of their group. The boat headed due south for the bluefish blitz near the inlet. In 55-degree water their lures were attached by hungry blues. For several hours they had non-stop action on 10-15 pound bluefish. They left those bluefish looking for stripers but could not locate any keepers. They ended up with a few pan-sized bluefish for dinner.

Captain Gary Dugan of the "Irish Jig" has been scoring on a few small bass along with some nice 25-pound black drum. Whenever he wants, he anchors up for torrid bluefish action in the Great Bay area.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr

Saturday, May 9, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:10pm  
Another great weekend for the fishing we have. The Bluefish are still in strong, and yes they are still in the 6-15 pound range. If you can go by boat, Grassy Channel would be a lot better. We had a couple reports so far come back to us, in Grassy Channel anchor up, put some bunker chum out, and you can either put your bait out in the chum slick, or throw your plugs, spoons, poppers, or any kind of lure. Every couple throws we had fish on doing that. Graveling point and Ohio Dr. have blues, but not in as much quantity as Grassy Channel. Stripers are on the horizon! Reports of Striped Bass south of our inlet heading towards Wreck Inlet, trolling bunker spoons. The trick with them is when you let the bunker spoons out, let them got close to the bottom before you put your boat in drive. If you don't let the bunker spoons get to the bottom, you will only get bluefish. And the two bass that were caught doing that were about 35 pounds a piece. Perch are starting to come down our way so for anyone who likes to go around the creeks, you can give them a shot.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, May 7, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

We have great weather coming up for the weekend and great fishing conditions. Friday is looking to be high of 67, ESE winds 5 to 10mph, seas 2 to 3 feet. Saturday should be a high of 70, E winds at 5 to 10 mph, seas 2 to 3 feet. Sunday looks like a high of 75, S winds 10 to 15 mph, seas 2 to 4 feet. Hopefully this weather will stick around for Memorial Day weekend. Fluke season also starts on May 22nd, which is Memorial Day weekend.

The blue fish are still in the bay, and people have not stopped catching them. I think we have seen the dwindling down of people fishing just because they do not want to go catch that many fish and their arms are tired. Whether fishing Graveling Point or Pebble Beach, at this point we do not think it matters what spot you go, both have been steadily producing fish. If you are in a boat, out towards Grassy Channel and the south tip of Holgate we heard people catching out there as well. We also had some guys go out on the ocean side last Sunday and catch at the Red Tower. The blue fish have been feeding on many bunker and fresh bunker or mackerel would be the bait of choice for them. We hope this upcoming weekend will be just as good fishing as last weekend was. We have plenty of fresh bunker, frozen full mackerel, and fillet mackerel to go around.

People have caught a few stripers in the bay. People were using bombers and clams to catch them. With all the blue fish here, the stripers went into hiding and are in the deeper holes 18+ feet down and mostly hugging the sodbanks very deep (hint hint) in to get away from the blue fish invasion. There have been reports of bass up the river as well just south of Sweetwater. It seems the bass went up to breed and hopefully repopulate so in later years we have more and more to catch.

Perching up the river between Lower Bank and Green Bank Bridges has been doing very well. We have had lots of customers giving good reports from there and we are selling lots of grass shrimp. Also, there have been reports of perch being caught up in Beach Haven West off of Jennings Road, so that should turn on in the next week or so if it already hasn't, but like I said there have been reports from there. We have them in stock and ready to go. It is $5 for a half pint, and $10 for a pint.

Crabs have been caught, not big ones but some keeper sizes have been caught in the back lagoons as people have said. We have frozen bunker in stock for crabbing.

We had an Atlantic Sturgeon wash up in the bay this week. If you want to check it out, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scottsbt it goes to show you that you never know what may be in our bay.

We hope to see everyone for this wonderful weekend coming up. We should have all baits in stock, if want to check before hand, check our baitboard or give us a call 609-296-1300.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Alex Lynn
Boat Name: trophy
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5-3-2015
Location of Trip: Great Bay intercoastal
Species Sought: Bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: (Other)


Fishing Report:
Tried outside graveling Pt right at end of incoming tide. Fished thru the tide change and some of the outgoing tide. Used mackeral. No luck pulled anchor and went out to the intercoastal favorite spot. Used blue bommers. 6 in plugs two of us fishing a strike on almost every cast. Almost every catch and release was a 10lbder. Graveling pt had about 40-50 boats anchored up and lined up shoulder to shoulder on land. Did not see anyone catch while we were there
~Alex Lynn

Monday, May 4, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:10PM  
Hi Everyone,

We had a great weekend. We could not have asked for nicer weather and better fishing conditions. The blue fish were in very thick and as some people said, they were catching every cast. You could have thrown out a piece of rag on a hook and caught something; that is how good the fishing was. Graveling Point and Pebble Beach did very well with blue fishing during the day and at night time. Even today on Monday we heard of mixed reports, but most of the reporting was positive feedback and everyone was still having a great time. It does not matter what tide, everyone has been catching. Mostly everyone was using fresh bunker and metals or lures for catching blue fish. Many rigs were lost but so many plates were fed at the same time. People were taking at least 6 fish home at a time, and all fish were no smaller than 10lbs. Coolers were filled and people stopped fishing because as I quote some people “my arms were falling off from reeling so much”. Mackerel was working for catching blue fish. If you have a boat, fishing out by Grassy Channel has also been producing very good amounts of fish as well. Some people even called in saying they had something big on their line that they could not slow down and it spooled them. People fishing for any striper action using bloodworms or clams were also catching blue fish.

We have not heard anything on the striper action. The best chance to catch a striper is to find a very deep hole in the bay 18+ feet and either anchor up and use clam or drift some eels. It seems that most of the stripers may have gone back up the river since the blue fish moved in hard and heavy. If you do find stripers, keep in mind that the regulations have changed, the new regs are 1 fish at 28 inches to less than 43 inches and 1 fish at 43 inches or greater. For those of you who've heard about the bonus tag program, at this time it does not start until September 1st and will run till December 31st. As we get closer to that time, we will provide updates for those involved in the Fall Striped Bass run.

Perch fishing up the river has been doing fairly well. Between Lower Bank and Green Bank bridge has been producing lots of fish and we just know from the people coming in here buying the grass shrimp by the quarts. We have plenty of grass shrimp and bloodworms to go around so if perch fishing is what you want to do, then we have the bait for you.

Crabs are starting to come out, but very slowly. It is worth tossing your trap in to see if anything is around in the lagoon. We have had reports from customers saying they are starting to catch but again not very many but it is something. The water is still cold yet so give it a few weeks and the crabs will be running pretty well.

We are looking at thunderstorms on Tuesday and rain on Wednesday. Thursday is looking very nice with a high of 64, E winds at 5 to 10 mph. Friday is said to be a high of 70, S winds 5 to 10 mph. This upcoming weekend is looking spectacular again, so hopefully it stays that way. Saturday is a high of 71, SSW winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday with a high of 74, S winds 10 to 15 mph. We will keep everyone updated on the weather for the weekend so keep checking back for more reports, or check out our Facebook page for updates as well. Scotts Bait and Tackle Facebook Page

We have fresh bunker, fresh shucked clams, clams in the shell, blood worms, grass shrimp, mackerel we have it all for this upcoming fishing week.

If you haven’t heard, fluke season starts on May 22 which is the start of Memorial Day weekend. We hope to see everyone this upcoming season.

We hope to see everyone this upcoming week.
- SBT Crew

Saturday, May 2, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:20pm  
What a great turnout today for all the big bluefish running around. Okay, to start with first thing this morning we had some weigh ins of bluefish up to almost 17 pounds! Lot's of other blues in the 10 pound range. They are catching them anywhere from Graveling Point, Ohio Dr., up in the river by Bass River, and as far out as the inlet. They are eating everything you throw at them. Many people surf fishing and boat fishing are using clams, bunker, or mackerel for bait. You are going to want big hooks at least 5/0 - 10/0, and wire leaders for the bluefish that are out their. We are selling lots, and lots, and lots, of lures. Rapala X-Rap's are holding up a little better then others, mainly because the paint and holographic's can't be scratched off. A lot of people are doing a twitch action, or just reeling in as fast as possible. So the toothy blue's can't hurt them too badly. Also Kast-master spoons, or other chrome spoons are doing well. With these spoons, people are casting and retrieving as quickly as possible.

The Striped Bass are relocating because of all the bluefish, the better bite for them would be out in Grassy Channel, or far up in the river by Hay Road. Black Drum are also by Grassy Channel. White Perch are up in the Mullica river by Lower Bank.

We have fresh clams, in the shell, and more that are shucked, we have salted clams, mackerel, bloodworms, and grass shrimp. We will have no fresh bunker on Sunday as originally planned due to damaged nets; hopefully we will see some on Monday afternoon.

Time and tide for the different fish:
Bluefish - moving water, incoming or outgoing, good during the day, better at night.
Stripers - moving water (outgoing preferred), much better at night, scarce during the day.
Black Drum - outgoing tide, mostly at night or evening time.

Tides for the weekend:

Sat. 5/2/15
High A.M.: 8:38
High P.M.: 9:10
Low A.M.: 2:39
Low P.M.: 2:49

Sun. 5/3/15
High A.M.: 9:17
High P.M.: 9:36
Low A.M.: 3:22
Low P.M.: 3:29

P.S. If any of our weigh in folks walked off with our heavy metal hook for weighing in the fish...could you drop it back here at the store, please? It went home with one of you.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Storm King II
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/2/15
Location of Trip: Mullica at Graveling Point
Species Sought: Bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Jumbo Bluefish like we have not seen in years. We released most and only kept damaged fish. Were back at the dock about 11 AM. Eddie got our first fish and also the largest at 16 lb. Thanks to Scott's crew for the excellent big fresh bunker our boat crew picked up this morning. The back up bait was fresh clams left over from our earlier weck trip. Your fresh bunker out fished the clams with almost instant hookups. Will send a photo of smiling Eddie with his jumbo blue.
~Gene Sullivan

Friday, May 1, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:10pm  
2015 Saltwater regs are online! http://www.scottsbt.com/fishids/regsrecs/regsNJ.htm
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, April 30, 2015 /\/\/\ 10:40am  
Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of fishing reports, but when we are weighing in all of these fish it is hard to sit down and write a report. There were plenty of blue fish that were being caught in the past week. Fishing for blues has been awesome! They have been anywhere from 4lbs to 15lbs that we have weighed in and I'm sure that people have caught bigger ones that have not brought them in for weigh-ins. The best bait for bluefish would be fresh bunker or mackerel. Blue fish eat anything and everyone, so yes anything will work, but the bunker and mackerel have had the better results. Last night we had a great blue fishing night using lures. There were so many blue fish; it was hard to keep track of how many where caught as customers said.

People are still catching short stripers in the mix of the blue fish, so they have not left yet. Bloodworms and clams are going to be your best bait for them and we have plenty to go around. The stripers are ranging from your 16 to 26 inches and they are always good to catch. With the blue fish around, the stripers may have went up into the creeks where they can find some bait, so we would say that fishing off of Amass Landing Rd at the end would be a nice spot to fish for stripers.

Perch fishing up the river off of Lower Bank and Green Bank Bridge have been producing very well. We have plenty of grass shrimp and bloodworms for you guys to go out and catch a nice meal, or to even have fun and have the rod bend. We have heard the perch have all be decent size from 1lb to 3lbs in some spots.

We had customers go out yesterday to AC Reef and they had a great time catching tog and cod out there. They also said they had some nice sea bass as well, those they threw back to save them for a different day.

The crabs are starting to come out of the wood works. You may get a few keepers within a day of trying but we are seeing some good life coming back into our bay.

We have a great weekend coming up with some very nice weather. Saturday will be a high of 60, partly cloudy with winds ENE, 5 to 10 mph. Sunday will be a high 68 and clear with SW winds 5 to 10 mph.

We have all baits ready for the weekend; fresh bunker, fresh shucked clams, grass shrimp, frozen mackerel, filet mackerel, and frozen bunker for people that want to start crabbing. We hope to see everyone this weekend to go out and catch fish. On that note have a great weekend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Robert Wagner
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 4/27/2015
Location of Trip: Gravelling point
Species Sought: Bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Headed out on Monday for our first trip of the year on Monday with my dad. We had stopped at Scott's and he told us to head to Gravelling point in the deep channel and to anchor up and use Bunker. We started fishing at 1:30 and by 2pm we had our first fish in the boat. We stayed until 4:30 and had action from 2pm to 4:15 with a total of 1o in the boat and another 10-15 hits and fish that got off. All fish were between 3.5 pounds to 10.5 being the biggest. Most were in the 6-7 pound range. It was a windy and rough day but it paid off in the end. Thanks to Scott for the bunker and location.
~Robert Wagner

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Storm King II
Phone:
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 4/29/15
Location of Trip: Wrecks to the South
Species Sought: Cod & Tog
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. W
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Went out AC inlet to reef area. Our normal "Thursday Crew" plus Dan. Dan was high hook with both Cod & Tog and gave the old guys a lesson. Put some nice Seabass back for later if anyone can figure out when the season will open before it closes. It was wonderful to have the Coaster back in after sitting out last year. Weather was perfect as we put in a very full day. Thanks to Scott's crew for your special clams.
~Gene Sullivan

Name: steve mcgregor
Boat Name:
Phone: 609-364-2879
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 4/26/2015
Location of Trip: graveling point
Species Sought: bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Mackerel
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Scott
we had a good day of fishing off graveling point
a lot of blues were caught
but things went bad for my fishing buddy and I, as the wind kicked up and we took a wave that swamped our small boat so I would just like to say a real big thanks to the fellow fishermen that came over and pulled us from the water three boats rushed to help us get out of the water, collect some of our gear and tow my boat to the dock so thanks to the 7 guys and their sons, we will be able to fish again.
~steve mcgregor

Saturday, April 25, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

Holy Bluefish, Batman!!! We had an amazing day for fishing down at the shore here today. Lot's of weigh-ins of Bluefish 10+ pounds a piece! People caught them off Graveling Point, Ohio Dr, Iowa Ct, and believe it or not, Dock Rd in West Creek. Everyone is trying for Stripped Bass and we have had lots of reports today from them but mostly all small fish in the 25" range. Some Black Drum mixed in between with a weigh in of one being over 30 pounds. The Bluefish were even caught in Grassy Channel, so anyone that has a boat, we recommend trying out there with some chum.

As far as the time of day to go fishing for these guys go as follows:
Bluefish: moving water whether it's incoming or outgoing, during day or night doesn't matter.
Stripers: outgoing tide preferred, better fishing at night, or cloudy day, mostly small fish during the day.
Black Drum: moving water, better at night, scarce when it's sunny out.
White Perch: moving water, during the day, up in the River.

Bait availability as of right now, we have Clams in the shell, Bloodworms, Eels, Grass Shrimp, Mackerel, and plenty of chum.

Having an in store sale on dozens of clearance t-shirts at 40% off right now.
- SBT Crew

Friday, April 24, 2015 /\/\/\ 9:30am  
Hi Everyone,

Lots of fish are being caught from Pebble Beach and Graveling Point. People have been catching plenty of short stripers and drum fish. As of yesterday 4/23/2015 our first blue fish was caught from Pebble Beach. Even though the blue fish was caught yesterday, it was a great fishing day for other species. We weighed in some nice drum fish, and people said they were catching lots of shorts.

We have all baits available for the weekend. We have bloodworms, fresh clam, and we should have some fresh bunker for the weekend as well. Using bloodworms, you will get lots of short stripers, and white perch, and people have also caught drum fish as well. Fishing with clams will get you bigger stripers and nice size drum fish. If you want to target blue fish specifically, using fresh bunker is the best, but blue fish are not picky, they eat pretty much anything that is on the hook.

Now that we had a first blue fish caught, it is full steam ahead for the weekend to fish hard to try and get some keeper stipers. Once the blue fish come in and decimate the bait in the bay, the stripers have no choice but to leave to go find food elsewhere. With that said, the blue fish are not in heavy at the moment, only one blue fish has been caught so far, so fishing this weekend should be phenomenal.

Weather for this weekend is looking very nice. Saturday will be mostly sunny, High 58, with winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Seas are looking to be 2 to 3 foot on Saturday for people using their boats. Sunday is going to be cloudy, with a high of 55. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Again, another exceptional day for fishing and using the boat.

The Red Man Perch Tournament is this weekend. The captains meeting is on Friday the 24th, at 7pm. If you would like to sign up, head over to the captains meeting tonight for the sign up and rules. After the tournament tomorrow there will also be a fish fry. We will have plenty off grass shrimp and bloodworms for the tournament so if you are in the tournament or decide to enter, come in and grab your bait.

We hope to see everyone for this awesome upcoming weekend to go catch plenty of fish, as we know many of our customers are.
- SBT Crew

Sunday, April 19, 2015 /\/\/\ 9:16am  
We want to thank all the folks that turned out for our Tsunami sales event this weekend. It went very well!

Still lots of reports of short stripers out at Graveling Point, with larger ones reported at various places upriver in the Mullica. Increasing reports of puppy drum fish at Graveling and Pebble beach, with several weigh-ins in the 25+ lb. category.

Still Waiting! Next reward is for the first blue fish to be caught from land at either Graveling Point or Pebble Beach to be weighed in here and that is also for a $100 gift certificate. They should be coming in soon..if only the gnats didn't come with 'em!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, April 16, 2015 /\/\/\ 2:30pm  
Hi Everyone,

We have had multiple customers coming in this morning saying how great the fishing has been. All week anglers have catching been a lot of short stripers from Graveling Point and Pebble Beach which are at the end of the Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor Township. The shorts are ranging from 14 to 27 inches and a couple of just barely keepers have been caught too. Jake Adair finally weighed in our first keeper striper on Monday which was six days earlier then last year. Next reward is for the first blue fish to be caught from land at either Graveling Point or Pebble Beach to be weighed in here and that is also for a $100 gift certificate.

The first Black drum fish was caught last night a Pebble Beach. We did not get a weigh-in, but several customers told us that the Black Drum was about 25 pounds. Earlier this morning, another angler tried to drag another good size Black Drum up onto Graveling Point and broke his line. There were Black Drum fish weighed in over at the Absecon Sportsman center too. Big Drum Fish in the area means use caution and secure those surf rods because bigger fish like those drum will drag the gear right on into the water.

We just received a batch of bloodworms this morning and more are due again tomorrow. We also have fresh shucked clams available and more coming tomorrow, but I have a feeling that we are going to be shorted again. I guess get the bait when you can. We have fresh bunker too and another batch also ordered for Friday. Since shucked calms are in short supply, we will also be getting clams in the shell Clams have been becoming more and more in demand as the stripers are now becoming more active elsewhere in New Jersey. The better bite has been on bloodworms; anglers are reporting their bigger bass on clams.

For this upcoming weekend, we couldn't ask for better weather conditions. Saturday is going to be a high of 71 degrees with winds NW 10 to 15 mph. Sunday is looking like a high of 54, winds ENE, 10 to 15 mph. Grab your gear, come get your bait and go fishing.

On Saturday, April 18th from 8:00am until 12:00pm Will Nitschmann will be here in the store to answer any questions and to educate about the Tsunami line of products. As a special for the whole day on Saturday, we will be offering 10% off of all Tsunami product line and a 10% discount any special orders for product placed with Will. Selected free gifts will also be included with any Tsunami rod purchased too.

We hope to see everyone this weekend!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 /\/\/\ 10:00am  
Hi Everyone,

Finally, our first keeper striper has been caught by Jake Adair. 28 ¼ inches weighing in at 7.5lbs. Congratulations Jake, nice catch. Graveling Point has been great with catching shorts. There have been many people have been going out there and catching at least 3 short stripers. Still no consistent keeper catch, but catching shorts has been consistent. Blood worm has been the bait of choice with getting a very consistent bite, but many people have also been trying clam and the bite has been getting better with clam. We also have fresh bunker in stock as well for limited time, until our next shipment comes in. We have clams in the shell for the time being, fresh shucked clams should be coming in this week. We are all stocked up on bloodworms and ready to go.

We have had adult size bunker in the bay as of last week. The bunker have been reported up the river and people have been fowl hooking them when reeling their line back in. With that said, bluefish are close by. Laughing gulls also showed up last week with the adult bunker, so our time frame for blue fish is 2 to 3 weeks when we will see them. We are now putting our bounty out for the first bluefish caught at Graveling Point, $100 gift certificate for the person that catches it. We just had 1st keeper striper, now all we need is bluefish, but like I said; give it 2 to 3 weeks until we see them.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for April 18th, 8am to 12pm we will be having our Tsunami rep here at the store to answer any questions and to explain products. Click here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051929704823215/

We hope to see everyone this upcoming week and weekend. We will keep everyone updated with how fishing is at Graveling Point. Also check out our Facebook page for updates as well. https://www.facebook.com/scottsbt

-SBT Crew

Thursday, April 9, 2015 /\/\/\ 2:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of reporting this past week, it has been "under the weather". From the reports we had from last Friday the bite was very good. Lots of shorts were caught last Friday, only 1 short was caught on Saturday. A few employees went out Saturday and said it was very windy, no castability, and the current was too strong. They were using 3oz sinkers with bloodworms and they caught nothing but seaweed and 1 eel. We had lots of people go out on Easter, but very little feedback came back. Monday was a great day, very sunny, bait was flying out the store like it was going out of style. We couldn't have asked for a nicer day.

So far this week it has been raining, but people have been catching down at Graveling Point. Plenty of shorts being caught, and again up the Mullica river has been producing a lot better. The shorts have been ranging from 14 to 27 inches, and we are still waiting for that first keeper. We've heard there are lots of bait fish in the bay, with herring and bunker sightings, as well as some sand eels being spit up by the striped bass.

We have been selling plenty of grass shrimp for people perch fishing; where they are fishing for them, we have no idea, best guess would be Amass Landing road near the Oyster House, or off of the aluminum pier by Parkway exit 50.

We have another event coming up on April 18th in the store from 8am to 12pm. Our Tsumani Rep will be here to answer any questions and to educate about Tsunami products. We will be giving 10% off of Tsunami rods plus along with buying a rod you will receive a free gift as well. We advise everyone if you want to learn more about Tsunami products, April 18th is the day to come in and check us out. If you know of a Tsunami rod that we do not have in store and you would like to special order that, we can do that as well and it would still be 10% off. For more information and news updates click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051929704823215/

We are waiting for this weather to break so we can start having people go out and fish. We are stocked up on fresh shucked clams and bloodworms. We hope to see everyone this upcoming weekend for some great weather and hopefully great fishing as well.

P.S. For more news and updates check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scottsbt and like our page as well to see recent updates, bait changes, and upcoming events.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: johnny magnum
Boat Name: thats ducked up
Phone: 856 979 5310
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 04/02/15
Location of Trip: hay road, in boat
Species Sought: shorts and perch
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. S
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Bloodworms
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
First boat trip of season, lots of catfish and shorts (striped bass) on clam. Perch were voracious, and huge. Gold perch hooks w/gold spinner blades did the trick. Capt Chubbs landed biggest short of 20inches.
~johnny magnum

Friday, April 3, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:25pm  
Hi Everyone,

Yes we know the rain is here today but we will only benefit from that one, so we hope, since stripers like bad weather. The water temperature that someone reported in today by Chestnut Neck Boat Yard was 47 degrees. People have went out fishing today and again plenty of shorts to go around down at Graveling Point. The stripers are anywhere from 16 to 27 inches, so again any day now we should be seeing our keeper. They turned on around 10 a.m. and a call from another customer a few minutes ago said he'd been there 3 hours with a steady bite. Reports are coming in on bloodworms and clams. Also plenty of fish being caught up the river as well, so right about now you can go anywhere and be in a great spot to fish.

Blood worms, fresh shucked clams, salted clams, and trout worms are in. Trout season opens tomorrow on Saturday the 4th so get your freshwater gear ready, head to Tuckerton Lake and have a great time. The lure that worked great last year on the trout was the Blue Fox, baby brown trout lure or any of the kastmasters in gold color.

Winds tomorrow on Saturday will be blowing SW 20 to 30 MPH but dont let that scare you away from trying to get that striper, it could be caught any day any time, in any type of weather, the only thing to do is keep chomping at the bit and trying.

We hope to see everyone this weekend and if we don't, everyone here at Scott's Bait & Tackle would like to wish all of our customers a wonderful and happy Easter.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, April 2, 2015 /\/\/\ 2:00pm  
Hi everyone,

Today is going to be a great day to be out there on Graveling Point fishing. Yesterday we heard customers could not keep the fish off of their rods. The bite was on yesterday and hopefully that is a great sign for things to come. People were catching lots of little stripers, more with bloodworms and bigger stripers with clams. Weather today is going to be a high of 56, but it feels like 58 right now. The wind after 2pm will start to pick up being 20-30 SW winds.

We just received our fresh shipment of bloodworms today at 11:30am. Ten full flats of worms are ready to go around, so come stop on in and grab your bait for this awesome weekend coming up. We will be getting fresh shucked clams in on Friday between 10am and noon time.

The weather for Friday is calling for 80% chance of rain, but for this weekend, we couldn't ask for a nicer weekend coming up. Saturday is looking to be 53 degrees and Easter Sunday will be 58 degrees. Monday as well is looking like another great fishing day with a high of 61 degrees. After Monday, the weather is going to just be crappy from what the weather reports are saying. We are looking to have rain from Tuesday to Saturday, but we will keep everyone posted on that.

Another event coming up here at Scott's Bait & Tackle. The last one went so well, we thought we would do another one. This time we will have Will Nitschmann from Folsomcorp, coming here to explain and educate our customers on Tsunami Rods. He will be here on April 18th, 2015 from 8am to 12pm. Will we answer any questions you have about Tsunami rods or product. We will be offering 10% off of Tsunami rods in store. Along with buying a rod in store at 10% off, you will also receive a free gift! The free gift will last from 8am to 12pm, after 12pm all rods will still be 10% for the rest of the day, this goes for special orders as well. So mark your calendars and we hope to see everyone there. Click here to view and join the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051929704823215/
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:07pm  
Hi Everyone,

We have great weather coming up this weekend, aside from Friday being 61 degrees and raining. That will for sure get that water temp rising. For the past week or so the water temperature has been hovering around 43 degrees. Saturday's weather is going to be 52 degrees with a NW wind blowing 25 to 35 mph. Easter Sunday will be 55 degrees and sunny, with SW winds 15 to 25 mph. Wind-wise it may not be ideal fishing weather, but temperature-wise it is right there!

There were lots of shorts today being caught off of Graveling Point that we were hearing about from our customers. Everyone that was coming through the door today was buying bloodworms and clams. We will be getting a nice new fresh shipment of bloodworms on Thursday midday, so get your gear together and be ready to fish. The 1st keeper striper is going to be here any day. Up towards Hay Rd like usual, the bite has been a lot better with plenty of shorts to go around. People have also been catching the white perch in the mix. Again, all on bloodworm is what they have been using.

We have had some customers coming in buying grass shrimp for perch fishing, so they must be catching. Where exactly, we do not know. Amass Landing road off of the pier is always good for perch fishing. Also at the end of the same road near the Oyster House is a nice spot, too.

We will have bloodworms, fresh shucked clams, and hopefully grass shrimp in stock for the upcoming weekend. Hope to see everyone this weekend.


Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 /\/\/\ 3:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

We just received our shipment of bloodworms and we are ready for the weekend. We should be getting fresh shucked clams in on Friday, along with green crabs. Stripers are around the corner getting ready to bite, and tog are coming into the mix as well, which means one more species can be fished for. If you would like, S & S Bucktails has a new tog jig that can be special ordered in the store with us or ordered online. To check them out click here: http://store.scottsbt.com/S-S-Magic-Meez-Crab-Jig-Tog-Jig--P30149.aspx

There have been shorts caught already at Graveling Point and up the Mullica River up past the Parkway Bridge. They are on their way down. People have been catching the outgoing tide because it helps warm up the water in the bay up when you have that warm river water running out. Outgoing tide would be the ideal tide to fish, but as people have proved to us in the past, a keeper or short can be caught on any tide.

Thursday's weather is looking like a wash out but with being 61 degrees and raining, it should definitely help that water temperature rise. Friday we are looking at some rain as well. Saturday is definitely looking like a great fishing day; temperature is high of 39 with overcast. If you have the time to fish, I would say Saturday is going to be a great day to try. Sunday even looks better than Saturday. Sunday will be high of 46 and clear and sunny skies. It will be a great weekend for fishing coming up and we hope to see people catch. Catching shorts will be fun and it will definitely get people excited, but once that keeper is caught, then it is game on for our Graveling Point fishing, and we will be sure to let everyone know.

Perch are still up the river near Hay Road, we have not heard any other updates saying otherwise. We are stocked with grass shrimp and bloodworms. At this time of year, you could also try the Green Bank or Lower Bank bridges along the river.

We are trying to get more minnows than what we have at the moment, due to the pickerel tournament this weekend, so give us a call to make sure that we will have minnows, we are trying, but again the water is still cold. We'll update the online bait board (link is to the right) when we do.

We hope to see everyone this upcoming weekend with this wonderful weather we are going to have. Hopefully the fish bite is on and we have 30+ people fishing out at Graveling Point. If you are fishing Graveling Point and see a lot of people out there or catch some shorts, feel free to take a picture and email it to the store at mail @ scottsbt.com.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Monday, March 23, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

Here is a quick update from our fishing report that was posted yesterday. We sold out of fresh shucked clams; we should be getting more fresh shucked clams in on Friday. We also sold out of bloodworms, and we will be getting more of them in on Wednesday. We have plenty of grass shrimp for the people that want to go out perch fishing.

We heard that the perch were further up the river near Hay Road. People have been trying to fish for them around here but it has not been promising.

The update on the water temperature is now 39 degrees. The water Temperature is slowly climbing so any day now there should be that constant bite at Graveling Point with the short bass. Again, up the Mullica River they had a nice bite of short bass on Saturday, so that should mean that at Hay Road they should be picking the bass up as well.

The upcoming forecast for this week looks mostly sunny besides on Thursday and Friday, there is a chance of rain. Being that on Thursday it will be 60 degrees and raining, it should definitely warm that water up. This upcoming weekend should be very productive at Graveling Point with the bass. Even if it is just shorts, it is something to bend the rod and there may be a keep in the mix, you never know.

We should have all baits ready to go for the weekend for the stripers, so come on in and grab your baits, plugs, jigs, and soft baits. We hope to see everyone this upcoming week and weekend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Sunday, March 22, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:30pm  
Hi Everyone,

Well, this was an interesting week. On the first day of spring we had snow. It looks like in the upcoming forecast we have great weather coming and NO SNOW!!! Yes, it looks like we have rain for this upcoming Thursday, but at least it is not snow. This week we should have temperatures 40 degrees and above and the water temp will be rising again. At the moment it is 38 degrees.

We had some nice fishing up the Mullica river yesterday. Lots of short bass were being caught up past the parkway bridge. Up the river is definitely a warmer water temp, so hopefully that means Graveling Point will be turning on soon...maybe this week? We have fresh shucked clams and bloodworms for bait to go Graveling Point fishing.( Update: Sunday afternoon, sold all fresh clam and bloodworms before we closed up for the day. Next worms due Wednesday late morning ) Just a suggestion for everyone, bloodworms are definitely the bait of choice for the early start of the season for bass. They are looking for food that is easily digestible, since they are feeling sluggish from the cold.

We haven't heard of too much info on the perch fishing, but we do have bloodworms and grass shrimp ready to go for those people that would like to go try. There were a couple people yesterday fishing off of the aluminum pier on Amass Landing Road on Saturday. That spot has always done well for the perch and people have caught short bass in there on occasion.

It looks like we have another store event in the mix coming in the near future so keep checking back to see when it will be and for more information on it. We hope to see everyone in the upcoming weeks since it is getting nicer out and the water is heating up.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, March 19, 2015 /\/\/\ 10:40am  
Hi Everyone,

We had some form of life at Graveling Point this week. From what we heard from reliable sources is that 2 little short bass were caught so far. One at 18 inches on Monday and another one at 22 inches caught on Tuesday. There have been multiple hits, but not to many hook ups. Remember during the early season that when the bass are eating and you see your rod start to have hits, give it a few seconds before setting the hook. Let them taste what they are eating before jumping the gun and setting the hook too early because that will only scare them away.

The weather for Friday is not going to go in our favor. We are talking about cold, cold, cold! The weather is calling for snow, but we will see how that goes. The cold definitely is not going to want to make people go outside and fish. Saturday is looking very promising with a high of 51 and partly cloudy. Hopefully the wind lays down enough so the temperature doesn't feel colder than what it actually is. The water temp is 38 degrees at the moment, so the bass should be venturing out and being caught at Graveling Point pretty soon. Most of next week we are looking at temperatures in the mid 40's with rain in the forecast for Thursday.

We have grass shrimp, bloodworms, and fresh shucked clams in stock. People keep asking if any fish are being caught yet, and only a select few people have been going out fishing and have seen little results, but little results are better than no results. Think of fishing as playing the lottery, you never know if you are going to win if you don't play, well you never know if you are going to catch a fish if you don't try.

We hope to see everyone this upcoming weekend with a break with the somewhat decent weather. Keep checking in with our fishing reports or like our facebook page: www.facebook.com/scottsbt to see when the bite turns on.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Sunday, March 15, 2015 /\/\/\ 2:30pm  
Hi Everyone,

Our event this past weekend was a big hit with everyone. We would like to thank Stanley, owner of S & S Bucktails for coming down to show his new product and also answer customers questions and explain to them how his products are fished. The turn-out was impressive and it seemed like everyone enjoyed having an event at the store. Hopefully in the future we will have another one going on so keep watch in our fishing reports for post or like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scottsbt for more updates on events.

There are still no reports of stripers from Graveling Point. We have had customers fishing off of Graveling Point but all they reported back was nibbles and hits but no hook ups. We are stocked with Bloodworms and Fresh Shucked clams. We have the bait, now we just need the fish.

The water temp right now reading out of Atlantic City is 36 degrees. It's slowly climbing up to the temperature we need it to be. A warming trend is forecasted for this upcoming week, Mondays temperature is high of 52, Tuesday is a high of 53, then Wednesday it will be cold again with a high of 38, Thursday will be a high of 45, then Friday we are looking at 44 with snow coming in at less than an inch but will most likely turn to rain. Next weekend is looking very promising with both Saturday and Sunday being clear with a high of 48 on both days.

We hope to see everyone more and more in the upcoming weeks.


Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Boat Name:
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.bhcfa.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: March 9, 201
Location of Trip: N/A
Species Sought: N/A
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Non-Tidal Waters (Fresh)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: Do not know info Do not know info
Sea Conditions: Do not know info
Primary Bait: (Other)
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: (Other)


Fishing Report:
There have been several changes over the winter in the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The biggest change was a sad one for the Association with the passing of Captain John Koegler of the boat "Pop's Pride." Captain John was a founding father of the BHCFA and a fixture on the fishing scene in Beach Haven. His presence will be missed by all, especially those teenagers in the Junior Mates Program. This program had a special place in John's heart.

Association President Captain Jimmy Zavacky reports the Association has added four new sponsors along with a new captain, Ray Lopez. Representatives of the Association have been on hand at four fishing flea markets in the area along with several boat shows including the Atlantic City Boat Show. Upcoming events include the Armed Forces Leisure and Travel Show at Lakehurst on March 17 and the Little Egg Harbor Fishing Flea Market on March 29.

Captain Fran Verdi of the "Francesca Marie" has been busy this winter speaking at the Atlantic City Boat Show and being active in the New Jersey chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. He is already making plans for some early season striped bass and black drum fishing expeditions.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the "Star Fish" reports he is having a stainless steel shoe made for the boat's keel. He is doing this as a double measure of protection for "Star Fish's" keel. He is having the boat's rugs replaced and the deck re-gel coated. He is utilizing the help of some of the members of the Junior Mates Program in making the boat shiny and ship-shape.

Captain Gary Dugan of the "Irish Jig" has been putting time in at several boat and fishing shows trying to pick up some new strategies and techniques to use on the water. He reports that he has been fine tuning his shark fishing skills and plans to put them to good use.

Captain John Lewis of the "Insatiable" kept busy over the winter making boat deliveries to Florida and several other locations. His next trip will be to Mexico. Captain John is excited that he will have a new boat in 2015. He has purchased the "Slammer," a 44-foot Henriques. He is installing new electronics, improving on the amenities, and will rename her.

Captain Ray Lopez has been upgrading many of the amenities on the "Miss Liane." He has added a new Garmin plotter/fish finder along with new outriggers, cushions and trolling equipment. He and his first mate Liane are looking forward to their first year as members of the BHCFA.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:21pm  
Hi Everyone,

Man is it good to be back and open again. If only we could get this cold weather out of here, then people could get out fishing. It was a long winter but now that we are open we are ready for action.

As always we have our $100 Gift certificate out there for the first Stiper caught off of Graveling Point/Pebble beach area. Once this ice thaws and the temperature rises, people will be able to put there sand spikes in the sand, rather than the ice. Water temp for today is 33 degrees so we have some time before we start seeing some action. We should start getting a bite around 43-45 degrees, so hopefully soon we wil have a nice warm week to get that water temp up a little bit.

Fishing Collins Cove, we haven't seen to much action there but over the weekend we had a bunch of guys fishing off of Amas Landing road in that cove off of exit 50 on the parkway. We heard there was a good bite there ice fishing.

It looks like 2 people weighed in some nice size bass at Absecon Bay Sportsman the other day. It looks like the bass were caught at Oyster Creek. They said the water was about 43 degrees coming out of the plant so it seems to be the bite is starting off nice for the season up there.

As I'm writing this report I'm still looking at ice out on the lagoon out back, but that shouldn't stop anyone from coming in and grabbing some rig tying material to get started for the season with. We have some new Salt Life shirts here, so come on in and check them out as well. We hope to see everyone soon.

NOTE: We will have clams and bloodworms on Friday afternoon.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, February 27, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:34pm  
REOPENING FOR THE SEASON ON MARCH 1ST

We will not have grass shrimp or bloodworms when the season opens on the 1st. We will probably have some nightcrawlers.

Haven't been getting any reports since we haven't been open, but Collins Cove is frozen over. Have not personally seen anyone out there on the couple of times that we were driving by over the last two weeks. For Grass shrimp, ice anglers can try either Captain Howards in Egg Harbor City, or Absecon Bay Sportsmen in Galloway.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Sunday, January 11, 2015 /\/\/\ 11:49am  
Reminder: Drop off reel repairs over the winter if you want reels ready for spring fishing!
Store is closed but office is open for online orders, so reels can be dropped off if we are here.
Call ahead to double check before stopping by: 609-296-1300
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Saturday, January 3, 2015 /\/\/\ 11:18am  
The 6th annual Sunshine Foundation Fishing Seminar will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 – 3:00 at the Redman's Lodge – 145 West Main Street, Route 9 – Tuckerton. There will be Coffee and Donuts for early arrivals. Lunch will be Sub Sandwiches. More info in the Fleamarkets & Shows page

No reports coming in as we are closed for winter renovations until Mar. 1st, but there are other places online to look for fishing info over the winter: http://www.scottsbt.com/fishing/local/loclinks2.htm#reports

Happy New Year, All!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew