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10/15/15 ALERT!! Very Dangerous Changes to the North Cut out of Little Egg Inlet Reposting from the Bass Barn. Go SLOW through LE Inlet until you are comfortable with the new sandbar changes!

Thursday, December 24th, 2015 /\/\/\ 9:55am  
Scott's bait and tackle will be closed from Christmas Eve, 1:00pm and re-open March 1st. We are likely to be working around the shop all winter, but are not keeping any type of fixed schedule. There is quite a list of maintenance projects and seventy days doesn't seem like enough time to get them all completed. By chance you need to drop off reel, pick up rods, reels or a little tackle shopping before a trip to sunny Florida, give us a call, 609 296-1300, we are likely to be around and we will let you in through the side door.
To eliminate maintenance, there will be no live bait available as we are going to release the shrimp, minnows, eels and green crabs that we have left. This will allow us to winterize the dock, bait tanks, and water systems.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in 2015. It was an interesting year with some lows and high points. It was a real tough late September and early October with the closure all fisheries; unless you want to count one Tautog as an open fishery. We had the most amazing spring bluefish fishery that I have ever experienced in my thirty years with many fish over the fifteen pound mark and the even a couple bluefish tipping the scale over twenty pounds! The fall Little Egg Inlet striped bass clam fishery was a bust, but anglers who hung in there and fished late November and early December had a trolling bass fishery, that filled up cell phones memory with bass pictures galore; good times!
Merry Christmas to all! Lots of well wishes for a happy and safe new year too!


Sea Ya

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:55pm  
It's beginning to look a lot like Sandeel's, everywhere you go. Get the jigs and plastics rigged for the Stripers that you see, swimming to, your, boat.

Yes, we have heard of a good number of sandeel pods working off LBI as far down as the Red Tower from a good source that was out on Wednesday. There were birds diving all along the pods, and the stripers and bluefish were mixed all around. The bait and lures to now switch to are going to to be jigs, sandeel umbrella rigs, and soft plastics. We know it's very annoying, everyone is rigged to imitate bunkers, but the bunker pods are making a push south of here, and the HUGE sandeel pods from the north are making their way down. The bright side is you can still troll if that's what you like, but now is the fun fishing with slimfish jigs, and soft plastics. You can head out of the Inlet and head north to the Red Tower and work your way north until you are working near a cluster of birds. Or, when your fish finder starts showing clumps on the machine, start jigging. Last Friday was a great jigging bite just right off of AC as reported by a customer, 3 guys on the boat with a total of 62 bass they caught. They said it was a great time fishing and they had lots of fun. There are also reports as far north as Long Branch of stripers and bluefish feeding on sandeel pods, and since it is not getting to cold yet, we are looking to have a striper bite that can go into the new year. (keep your fingers crossed)

People might have a few things that they don't like about that, one thing is people are afraid to having their boats in when the water might freeze. Remember, the lagoons didn't freeze until about February early this year, and it stayed until March. So having the boat in at New Year's shouldn't be a problem. Also the water temp in the ocean is still 52 degrees. Last year this time of year the water temp was 44 degrees off of AC based off NOAA reports so we are hanging almost 10 degrees warmer. The fish are not going to leave soon. So there is plenty of time before the freeze becomes a concern. The second problem is people say the striper season closes Jan 1- Mar 1. This is true for state regulations, not federal regulations, meaning that from the inlet and out into the ocean (3 mile line) is year-round, from the inlet and inside (the bay area), it is closed. The Homeport charts we sell have a nice dotted line showing where the divisions are.

Back to fishing. The tog and seabass bite is going strong with good numbers along all wrecks and reefs. We have plenty of salted clams so you are good there. We have a couple bushels of green crabs now, and more arriving tomorrow, so we have lots of bait for those fish. Seabass is open until Dec 31 with 15 fish per person, and Tog is open with 6 fish per person now, then switching to 4 per person Jan 1. And since the water is not too cold, they should hang around in water depths of 50-100 feet.

We have a perfect weekend for fishing along the beachfront, and good fishing to go along with it, so don't miss out!

Water Temp: Atlantic City, NJ 51.1 °F

Weekend Forecast:
Fri: SW winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds.
Sat: SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sun: SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.


Sea Ya

Sunday, December 6, 2015 /\/\/\ 7:56  
The striper reports are mixed this morning. Stripers are NORTH! Stripers are SOUTH! Bunkers, whales OH MY! Friday was one of those should have been there days with the best catching reports coming from anglers fishing South of Little Egg Inlet in front of the Atlantic City Casinos. MoJo's, Umbrella rigs, Stretch 25 and 30+, snagging and dropping; it seemed that every method was producing stripers. Then comes along a pretty nice Saturday morning and some higher power painted all those silver stripers blue. Yes, bluefish was the word of the day yesterday for most anglers fishing out of the Little Egg Inlet.
Bass season is surely not over, reports are that there are a ton of fish still north albiet many are smaller fish. It's just South Jersey anglers getting their turn. The best reports coming in this morning were from anglers that fished with friends South of Ocean City.
Time will tell how things play out today.


Sea Ya

Thursday, December 3, 2015 /\/\/\ 12:26pm  
What a great weekend ahead coming up… It is picture perfect and looks like it cannot get any better. Fish are here in full force, sea conditions are right, this weekend will be killer. As for last weekend, well, so many fish were weighed in here, we felt like it was arm day at the gym. We heard of fish being caught last weekend that were 54 inches and they were some big cows. Some people did let them go, thank you to those that did, keep that population going to breed more stripers. Lots of fish were caught on the S&S Rattling Mo, which we have a great video on, if you would like to check that out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0JbSa7SQvo or check out our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottsbt/ where you can find the video as well. Trolling with a Mojo and bunker spoon on a 3 way swivel has definitely been the way to fish as you will see in the video it catches. If you need help rigging it up or being educated about the setup, ask someone in the shop and they will be able to help you.

To start this out, this upcoming weather looks amazing, great fishing weather so keep those boats in and catch some fish.

Friday: W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in NW swell with a dominant period of 4 seconds. Temperature high of 51 with clear skies.

Saturday: N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, knocking down to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon, seas around 2 ft. Temperature high of 50 with clear skies.

Sunday: W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less. Temperature high of 55 with clear skies.

Monday: NW winds 5 to 10 kt, changing to N in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. Temperature high of 54 and overcast.

If that is not a picture perfect weekend, then I do not know what is.

The striper bite was great right off of Red Tower last weekend anywhere from 10ft of water to 60ft. Some people were snag and dropping if trolling was not working out for them and definitely snag and dropping would be the second choice to do if trolling did not interest you. At that point have some jigs to work with as well as we have a nice pod of sand eels on the way down here. Definitely though, trolling is the way to go. White & chartreuse has been working very well, whether it is a white & chartreuse bunker spoon or a white & chartreuse 9er’s umbrella rig with shads on them. We are all stocked up on the 9er’s and mojos from S&S Bucktails in 2 sizes and 4 different colors, white, chartreuse, bunker, and black and white.

This weekend I would start the troll at Red Tower and work south towards Brigantine and Ocean City. Ocean City has reported a big pod of fish off of their beaches so it may be worth the run heading down there. There is still a big pod of fish up north in the Raritan, so there is more fish on the way! From what we can see based on the reports along the coast, AND that we are going to have a relatively warm December, the striper bite will be here until Christmas, so keep the boats in for a few more weeks. If the weather is similar to last year, it’s going to be a very cold February and March, so the fishing will be down for a few months.

We have plenty of green crabs for tog fishing. Most of the tog fishing is out far on the wrecks, so if you have numbers, use them. The fisherman that have their own numbers have been doing very well at tog fishing, the reefs have not been doing the greatest. The S&S tog jig is an added advantage while out tog fishing. The reason they are working so well is one, they actually get hung up less in the wrecks, knowing from personal use, I can feel the jig bouncing and sliding and due to the simplicity of the jig, meaning it has 1 hook, not 2 like the rigs and with a sinker a rig has 3 things to snag on, that is the reason for snagging on the wrecks less with the jig. It is more accurate, when you feel it fall into a hole on the wreck; you know exactly where your bait is. You bait the jig the same way you do with the rigs, we did best by just taking the top shell off the crab, and just hook it through one of the leg sockets and bury the hook in the body. One of the common problems with tog fishing is when you feel the first few bites, the tog is not biting with the intent of eating the crab, it is “taste testing” the bait, after a few taps of the rod, gently and slowly lift the rod tip maybe a foot or two at the most, you will know when the fish has the hook in its mouth when you feel pressure pulling on the end of the rod. At that point set the hook for all its worth. If you gently and slowly lift the rod tip up and you don’t feel pressure pulling on the tip, let it go back down until you have it hooked. That is the best way to catch a tog, when you come in, you can ask us and we can demonstrate for you so you know what we are talking about.

We hope to see everyone this upcoming weekend, with the great weather in the forecast. We will have clams, green crabs, and fresh bunker in stock for the weekend as well. Have a great weekend.

- SBT Crew

Friday, November 27, 2015 /\/\/\ 3:26pm  
Hi Everyone,

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and everyone awoke from their turkey coma. Thanksgiving day fishing was great for the people that went in the morning. Lots of people came back with fish and the bite carried on into the day after as well.

Today has been none stop chatter on the radio and snag and dropping has been the ticket. Again, Red Tower in about 40-60ft of water and everyone has said look for the whale and the bunker pods and you will find fish. People have also been trolling bunker spoons, Mojos, 9ers umbrella rigs and Sportfish umbrellas as well and getting lots of fish. It seems some people when they buy the bunker spoons forget to take off the hook guard before it goes in the water, just a friendly reminder to those that forget.

We will have fresh clam shucked for the weekend as well as fresh bunker for bait ready to go. Sea conditions are looking promising. Do not get scared if it says 4-6 foot seas on Saturday, they are 12 second swells and that is ideal. Big waves but it will not be choppy.

Weather for the weekend:
Saturday, NW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Mainly in E swell at 12 seconds with a chance of showers in the afternoon.

Sunday, NE winds around 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.

Monday,NE winds 15 to 20 kt...diminishing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 5 ft.

This weekend looks great for fishing, and we hope to see everyone in for some nice weigh in pictures. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and catch'em up.


Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:39pm  
What an awesome week it has been! Great fishing all around. The stripers ate finally here and everyone os catching. Mostly trolling is the key to catching them at the moment. Whether you are trolling bunker spoons, umbrella rigs, or stretches , it does not matter, they are all catching. The chatter was thick on the radio today talking about Red Tower in about 40-60 foot of water and there must have been near 60 boats out there as reported by a customer.

Snag and dropping is the next best thing when you find the bunker and that has not been to hard at all.

The Italian American club tournament had a great turn out of fish to be weighed in. Everyone had a great time and caught.

Are biggest striper for the season was weighed in on Sunday weighing in at 46.5lbs and 48'. It was caught on the 9ers umbrella rig. I guess the theory holds true, "big bait, big fish".

We are looking at another picture perfect weekend coming up, so if you have not done so already, come on in and grab your tackle while supplies last. No ome knows how long this bite will last so we must take advantage of it now. We hope to see everyone this upcoming weekend. From everyone at Scott's Bait & Tackle, Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: William Murphy
Boat Name: Capt Bill's
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 11/25/15
Location of Trip: Ocean off Beach Haven
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. N
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Lure Used: Spoon


Fishing Report:
My wife asked me and my son to catch a striper for Thanksgiving dinner, so I set out this morning to comply. As I reached Beach Haven and the famous water towers - all looked well and promising. The boat to my right trolled a beautiful striper which I could almost reach out and touch. Gave him a big hand and trolled on thinking I was next. A boat on my left with 7 fishermen was jigging and live lining fresh bunker...they caught 2 stripers while I was still skunked! Listening to the radio, almost everyone was bragging about catching their limit. I'm still skunked! Went home empty handed and disappointed and tried to explain to my wife that I was really close but very unlucky. Needless to say, she didn't believe I went out fishing but instead spent the day at the Pour House. If you see my wife and she asks if I was fishing please support me. I am mainly writing this report because I am tired of seeing the November 5 report!!!!!! and yes there are stripers off LBI.
~William Murphy

Thursday, November 5, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:30pm  
Hi Everyone,

More good news coming in today from the Striper bite. Harvey Ceders was the place to be today to have any sort of success. There was some activity off the surf from last night into today, some of the LBI shops had weigh-ins on lures and bunker. If you're in the boat, up by Harvey Ceders in 15-30 feet of water is where you want to scout out. Just look for pods of bunker and either troll, or snag and drop bunker down into the pods. There are some nice fish down a little closer to our area, but you should kinda start at the red tower in front of Beach Haven and work your way up. The inlet was a little spotty today, one report came back and they said they couldn't find a fish today. It really seems like you need to be out on the ocean heading north. You can pull stripers out of the inlet, but it's going to be work. First off, from what we can gather, when you anchor up in the inlet, you want to fish the hour or so before either high or low tide, that's when the water slows down enough for you to get a decent chum slick. You can also fish the hour after the tide change as well. Also, look for ledges or bars in the inlet. Find a spot that might read from 8 feet of water, then drops to like 20+ feet of water, you want your lines to be on those bars because that's where the fish are most likely hanging out.

Seabass fishing is doing very well for anyone interested, the people doing the best are the ones going to wrecks in 100 feet of water. I'm sure AC Reef has good numbers of seabass and porgies, we just haven't had any feedback from down there. Garden State South reef and LE Reef had some fish, and probably still do, but be on the lookout for dogfish, we heard some reports of them laying on the shallower reefs. Tog fishing is starting up soon and they are also holding well on the wrecks, don't forget to grab green crabs for them.

Good Luck to everyone in the Red Men's Striper Tournament this weekend!!!



Bait Availability: In stock - (always call ahead to get the most up to date info on bait)
Fresh Bunker
Fresh Clam
Eels
Bloodworms
Green Crabs
Salted Clam
Clam Chum and Clam Bellies


Weekend weather:
Fri:SW winds 10 to 15 ktSeas 3 to 5 ft. Areas of fog in the morning with vsby 1 nm or less.
Sat:NW winds around 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft
Sun:NW winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming N 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Mon:E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft.

Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Chris Nilsen
Boat Name: Van's Legacy
Phone: 8457721865
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/31/15
Location of Trip: out front
Species Sought: Striper
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. N
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Went out at 6:00 am up the beach on the troll. Saw lots of bait but no stripers to be had. After 5 hours of nothing we decided to drift some chunks of bunker. We had steady action of Spiney Dog Fish. For those of you that have never tried eatting them your missing out ! We deep fried strips of them and had fish tacos to die for :-)
~Chris Nilsen

Name: Joe Yurko
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 11/02/15
Location of Trip:
Species Sought:
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. E
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: Artificials Only
Lure Used: (Other)


Fishing Report:
Trolled from Red tower to Ship Bottom with diving plugs, drifed and jigged when fish spotted on monitor, nothing. No birds diving, no bait fish noted. Caught two small sharks. Came back in at 11 am. Water temp. 57 deg. Sea conditions almost flat, only a doz. boats or so all doing the same. Note: On Friday morning I caught a 24" Striper in my Osborn lagoon getting the boat ready to go eeling up the Mulica.
~Joe Yurko

Sunday, November 1, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

What a great day fishing was yesterday. We could not have asked for a better day. All fish that were emailed in and also weighed in at the store were no less than 42 inches. The biggest one was caught by Dennis Davis weighing in at 37 pounds! We would also like to thank everyone who came out yesterday to come and talk with Tony Maja and to learn more about his product. It was a great success here and we hope to do it again.

We had beautiful stripers caught yesterday on 9ER's rigs, Tony Maja bunker Spoons, and just plain old fresh bunker and clam. This is a great sign for us. Hopefully the bait stays close to shore and we get more action soon. This next upcoming week looks amazing for fishing. We couldn't ask for better fishing conditions and feedback from this past weekend.

This weeks weather report and sea conditions:
Monday, overcast with a high of 64, seas 2ft with N winds 5 to 10 kt.
Tuesday, sunny and clear with a high of 67, Seas 1ft or less, with E winds 5 to 10 kt.
Wednesday, sunny and clear with a high of 68, seas 2ft, with SE winds 5 to 10.
Thursday, mostly cloudy, seas 2 to 3 ft with S winds around 5 kt.

Great reports of seabass off shore, a few of our customers limited out and had a great time. They said it was none stop catching. We have not heard too much on the tog fishing, but there are plenty of green crabs to go around. Lots of bait fish in the water off the beach which will help with the striper bite. Trolling is the way to go if you want to go catch striper as seen by Saturdays catch. We hope to see everyone this upcoming week.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Kevin Mitchell
Boat Name: Tuckertoon
Phone: 609-891-5866
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/31/15
Location of Trip: Mullica River, fish factory, inlet, brick pile.
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Eels
Secondary Bait: Clams, Frozen
Lure Used: Plug, Diving


Fishing Report:
At 36 degrees leaving the dock, it was a bit nippy. Water was calm. Accompanied by Jim and Gina Harris we had our sites set on stripers. Most boats I've seen out since summer. Despite trying many areas spanning 9 hours, fish didn't cooperate. It was still a beautiful day on the water. It warmed up mid day. Enjoyed seeing a seal by grassy channel and a pair of bald eagles flying and then perched together on one abandoned electric pole. Hopefully the stripers pick up soon but even a day of catching nothing can be awesome.
~Kevin Mitchell

Thursday, October 29, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:10pm  
We have a picture perfect weekend coming up for us along the coast. Throughout the week we have had miscellaneous reports of some Stripers out off of LBI. The big pod we have been waiting so patiently for has been reported around Surf City which is a good sign because it's within range of us now. There is a right and a wrong way of catching them. The people actually doing decently are the ones trolling bunker spoons. Side by side reports of anglers explained that the people using Stretches have not produced anything, but the spoons are. It does not matter what color, since a few guys came in the store saying that the white, chartreuse and mahi color are all working. If you are going to go out on Saturday, you need to be out fishing by 6am. That's right 6am, and that's being out at least by the inlet by 6. Do not be lazy, cause the bite will usually turn off by 9-10am, and you don't want to miss out.

Fishing in the river has produced some bass, mostly shorts though and that's primarily with eels. Again in the morning at dawn is when you should be fishing.

For the Seabass and Tog fishing, it is still holding strong out at the reefs and wrecks. Some Nice Seabass and Tog have been reported with green crabs and salted clams. Fishing from 50+ feet of water will be the best.

The weather for the weekend is looking great:
Sat: N winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming SW late. Seas 2 to 3 ft
Sun: SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft

Don't forget Tony Maja is here from 10-1pm on Saturday to do Q&A"s with anyone who has questions on trolling, so don't miss out on secrets from a pro.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Kevin Mitchell
Boat Name: Tuckertoon
Phone: 6098915866
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/24/15
Location of Trip: Icw Beach Haven to LEH Inlet, Brick pile, sedges
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Eels
Secondary Bait: Clams, Frozen
Lure Used: Plug, Diving


Fishing Report:
Drifted shallows into channels. Lots of bait on fish finder. No bites. Water temp 58 degrees F. Hopefully better next week.
~Kevin Mitchell

Name: BUD MANGIN
Email: budmangin@comcast.net
Boat Name: BUDDY II
Phone: 2156888107
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/24/15
Location of Trip: OCEAN OFF LBI
Species Sought: STRIPERS
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. E
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: Artificials Only
Lure Used: Spoon


Fishing Report:
Went out LE Inlet by Holgate found a very sporty ocean in the morning with a NE swell, but got nicer as the day went on ..Found 30ft of water and started trolling spoons, stretch 25&30 and last but not least umbrella rigs (forgot the kitchen sink)..Trolled north to where the dredge is and didn't have a hit . trolled from 15ft inshore to 50ft off but nothing .Marked pods of bait could be bunker couldn't tell and saw a whale with birds diving , but no joy. I talked to other boats I was passing and there reports were the same the ocean laid down nicely around 12:00 but still had that NE swell. It just seems the Bass just aren't here yet 62 might be to warm I don't know or just not bighting . there is a lot of bait around the 30ft range so that's where we trolled .. will give it a try next week hopefully some will show .Good Fishing BUD
PS: hay guys how about posting some reports , good or not. I know you are out there.
~BUD MANGIN

Thursday, October 22, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
SeaBass season is here! It was a good day to start, as it's not too often we have nice weather for opening fall seabass, but today proved otherwise. Some reports came back today from the boats that went out, it was a good turnout. LE Reef, Garden State South, and AC Reef had good numbers of seabass AND porgies. Some nice size of both species in the 14-18" range. Squid and Clams were the typical baits.

The lure that I want to talk about though is the S&S Bucktails Octopi Jig. I just want to educate you on the jig. It is dipped 4-5 times in the paint for a very good coating that wont chip off easily. It also is tied with what I'm going to call "plastic hair". When the hair is tied on the jig, it is tied facing forward so that the presentation in the water is like a parachute jig. Think of how a jellyfish expands and contracts in the water when it moves, that's how this jig looks when fished. On average, you will get bigger seabass, porgies, and whatever else is mixed in on these jigs and some boats proved that. What I recommend as bait is a 4 - 5" Berkley Gulp swimming mullet or jerk shad. Jig slowly up and down bringing the rod up 2-3' and let it hit the bottom and repeat. This method and jig will deter most of the smaller fish and leave you getting the 14-18" fish more often then not. They are available in 9 colors and 7 sizes, there's one for everybody and all different depths of fishing. They all glow, so where the water is dark down around 50-70 feet, these are visible. Leave them in the sun when you are heading out, since they have a UV charged base paint.

Striper fishing..... there are some here and there. If you were staying in the Great Bay area the mouth of the Mullica, and different holes by Nacote Creek and Bass River are better areas to go to. It seems like the activity slowed down a bit in the river, don't know why, but we will keep the report updated so you know when we know. Drifting eels is still the preferred method. Out in the ocean, the primary pod of migratory striped bass is as far south as Barnaget Inlet, with a lot of reports today said that it was like a parking lot off of LBI where the ferris wheel is in front of the boardwalk. They are sooo close that we can almost taste them. I would not be suprised if this weekend (which is looking beautiful) is the weekend they move south enough to where people in our area can get to them. Our guy who gets bunker for us told us today that there were bunker in as shallow as 18 feet of water off the red tower, which is wonderful, because that would keep the bass in against the shore chasing them. Bunker Spoons, Umbrella Rigs, Bait, you name it, we have it. We are stocked up so don't miss out on Saturday's run, we should have perfect conditions. You know it goes from 0-100% almost overnight with these fish, so take your fill.

Tony Maja himself will be here on October 31st from 10am - 1pm! He is doing a seminar and Q&A for anyone who wants to be here. If you are new to trolling, or even if you have done it for years, stop on in because chances are, he will get you hooked on his product. His complete line of outrodder and downrigger products willalso be available that day only! So don't miss out on a very important day that could have you winning tournaments.

Bait Availability: In stock:
Fresh Clams (in the shell and shucked)
Salted Clams
Fresh Bunker
Green Crabs
Eels
Bloodworms
Clam chum and clam bellies
See the Baitboard link for additional bait availability.

Weather Forecast:
Fri: N winds 15 to 20 diminish to 10 to 15 kt late. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sat: Se winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
Sun:SW winds around 10 kt...becoming W in the afternoon. Seas around 3 ft.
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: 10/17
Location of Trip: Inshore ocean
Species Sought: Weakfish and bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Hopkins-type Metal


Fishing Report:
Although a real strong striped bass bite has not yet materialized off Beach Haven, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are being kept busy with other targets as they await the linesiders.

There is a constant stream of baitfish passing by Long Beach Island making their way south. Right on their heels, and often in the midst, is an array of smallish fish feeding on these baitfish. The easiest way to locate these feeding fish is to look for the bird play.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the "Starfish" reports he fished recently with Nicholas Perello, one of the Association's junior mates, and his dad. Just off the Beach Haven water tower they ran into a school of fish under working birds. They caught unlimited spike weakfish and snapper bluefish casting into the boil. If they retrieved their jigs slowly they caught weakfish while using a faster retrieve produced bluefish. Also appearing at times cutting through the schools of shiners was a school of little tunny. They were up on top pushing water and making white water in their feeding frenzy. Nicholas put a diamond jig right in front of a false albacore which he hooked and played right to the boat. There was also a large bluefin tuna feeding in the bait but showed no interest in their lines.

Thursday, October 22, marked the re-opening of the black sea bass season. Since the season has been closed for several months, the first few weeks should produce some excellent results around inshore wrecks and artificial reefs.

Several of the captains of the BHCFA have received a supply of slot fish tags from the state for their customers to use. They should help in bringing some striper fillets home for dinner. Captain Carl notes he can't wait for the bass to arrive so he can start to use his tags up.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Luke Stambaugh
Email: luke.stambaugh@yahoo.com
Phone: 609-294-5008
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/18/15
Location of Trip: Surf City
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Fished evening into the dark till about 8:30, no dice. Two other fellas to either side me were plugging away and they weren't hooking up either. Some birds were working bait schools out of casting distance. Looking for the water temp to drop a little more still.
~Luke Stambaugh

Name: Luke Stambaugh
Email: luke.stambaugh@yahoo.com
Phone: 6092945008
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/17/15
Location of Trip: Surf City
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
No bass landed. Worked some cuts and outer bars for a few hours with some other guys and they didn't have much luck either. Bluefish and Albies were swamping baitfish further out, out of casting range though.
~Luke Stambaugh

Name: Kevin Mitchell
Boat Name: Tuckertoon
Phone: 6098915866
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/15/15
Location of Trip: Sheepshead creek to LEH inlet
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Eels
Lure Used: Poppers


Fishing Report:
No stripers landed. Caught a couple sting rays and sharks. Headed in about 9 pm when the wind picked up.
~Kevin Mitchell

Friday, October 16, 2015 /\/\/\ 3:38pm  
Getting ready for this awesome weekend coming up... Seas are predicted to be 2 to 4 ft all weekend; sounds great for trolling with 9ERS and using Tony Maja bunker spoons. We have fresh bunker, clam in the shell, fresh shucked clam, eels, green crabs, and blood worms all ready to go. Up north out of Shark River Inlet they had a nice run of stripers being caught last night with snagging and dropping. Hopefully that is a great sign of them coming down here. We have a $25 gift certificate being given to the angler who weighs in the biggest striper this weekend. Remember Savage Gear and Tsunami Reps will be here tomorrow from 9am to 1pm showing new products and field some Q&A. We hope everyone has a great weekend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew


Thursday, October 15, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:45pm  
First off, before the report, on October 17th, from 9am - 1pm, we are hosting our Tsunami and Okuma event with lots of Rods, Reels, Lures, etc that will be available only that day, plus lots of giveaways and prizes for the the rods and reels that are bought. All Tsunami Rods and Okuma Reels will be 20% off that day only!! Stop on by to check it out!! Don't miss out!!

For the fishing report there have been steady amounts of Stripers up in the river, all week we have had reports of some guys catching, and some are not. It all comes down to being at the right place. In the early morning and after dusk, are the better times to go, you will still have activity during the day, but you're more prone to getting shorts (which is still fun). Drifting eels will be the bait of choice for now. There are some reports coming from the Inlet, a few here and there, not much yet, but there was one keeper caught near the breaker water by the inlet the other day in the morning. Out front there are Stripers juuuusssttttt showing up so for anyone who wants to break the dust off the trolling rods and get back in the swing of things, this is the perfect weekend for it. There are some Blues around, the exact locations are still a guess but when you try this weekend, don't be surprised if you hook into one.

There is some Tog fishing that people have been going out to try, around the sodbanks by the Rutgers Research Station and misc. holes in the bay are good spots to try. Also up at Barnaget Lighthouse is doing better for both Tog and Bass. To do better Tog fishing try to hit it at the slack tide.

We have Mojo Lures in Chartreuse and White, 16 - 32oz for anyone who wants them.

And we also have NEW 2016 Scotts BT Sweatshirts. Pullover and Zip up options available!!!


Bait Availability: In Stock; Fresh Bunker, Fresh Clam, both in the shell and shucked, Eels, Green Crabs, Salted Clams, Bloodworms. Always call if any questions. See the Baitboard for updated info

Weather Forecast this weekend:
Fri: W winds 10 to 15 kt Seas 2 to 4 ft
Sat: NW winds 15 to 20 kt Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sun: NW winds 15 to 20 kt...diminishing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 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: 10/9-10/11
Location of Trip: Holgate and Canyon
Species Sought: Panfish and tilefish
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Butterfish
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
There have been a few striped bass caught in the waters around Beach Haven, but the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been scoring in various ways.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the "Star Fish out for an afternoon on the bay recently and his crew found some good action on blowfish while also pulling in some black sea bass, porgies, and even a baby amberjack. Captain Carl attended a meeting with the Coast Guard recently learning about the latest equipment requirements and boarding rules. One of the key new pieces he was advised to consider is to assure the emergency signal of his marine radio is hooked up to our GPS to assist the CG in identifying where we are if an emergency occurs.

Captain John Lewis of the "Insatiable" reports went fishing with Rich Perrelo for tilefish. Captain John said this was his first experience with tilefish and mate Nick was calling the shots. They put 2 pounds of lead on to hold bottom. The fishing started slow but after a few drifts things picked up. They started catching as the wind went up to the point where they could not hold bottom and the bite ended. They ended the day with 9 blue lines and one golden tile.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Robert C Morgillo
Boat Name: Yellow Jacket
Phone: 419.376.7807
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/12/2015
Location of Trip: Lake Erie Western Basin
Species Sought: Yellow Pearch / Walleye
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Blow Out Tide
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 20-30 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Bunker Spoon


Fishing Report:
Slow fishing for Lake Erie. Algae bloom has cleared and fish are beginning to respond. Average size 10 inch class. 1 to 2 fish per hour anchored and jigging live Emerald shiners. Hope my salt water friends enjoy the fresh water report!
~Robert C Morgillo

Name: Luke Stambaugh
Email: luke.stambaugh@yahoo.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/12/15
Location of Trip: Barnegat Inlet South Jetty
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. W
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Bucktailed the inlet for 3 or so hours from 7-10am. One short bass of 20 inches. A few other guys pulled some short bass as well. Nothing solid yet so far. Blackfish were being pulled from the rocks by a ton of anglers though.
~Luke Stambaugh

Saturday, October 10, 2015 /\/\/\ 11:45am  
Hey Guys,

This is not a fishing report, but more of a guide for anyone who might be new to Striper fishing. In this, I will explain how, when, where, and what you should do to catch some nice bass this fall. There are many ways to pick up Striped Bass in the area, but the trick is figuring out when. As of today there are still a lot of bass in Central and North Jersey, and even more still up in New England, which at the moment is pretty typical for this time of year. For the coastal LBI area by us, when the water temp gets to the mid 50's is when the bite will be on. Right now the water temp in the ocean is 64 degrees. It's dropped pretty good the last few weeks, so another ten days of some cool nights should do the trick.

How do you know what to use when the fall run starts up? How fast should you troll? Should you jig? What colors? When should you be out fishing? Maybe you are fishing by land, and if so what should you do?

First off, if you are fishing by boat, you have a multitude of options to catch Stripers including baiting, jigging, trolling, using lures, etc. Basic trolling lures that are easy to use and produce fish are Mann's Stretch lures. We offer them in two sizes and many colors. These lures have a long bill on the front of them which when trolled, allows them to dive deep. On the back of the packages, it will tell you how much line and how fast to go to obtain certain depths.

The other common way to troll for Stripers is to use umbrella rigs. These lures require a strong rod that can handle some torque on it. Umbrella rigs imitate small schools of fish because they have multiple baits on the rig at once. These should be trolled pretty slow, 1-3 knots is enough, depending on the conditions that you are fishing in. The most popular umbrella rig is 9ers lures in the shad and eel rig styles. All of which we are stocked up on.

Then there are bunker spoons, which are heavy, big, tear-dropped shaped spoons that pulsate in the water. When trolled properly, they swing back and forth, and you will know when you achieved this, because the rod will pulsate at the top. Bunker spoons are overall the lure of choice for catching trophy bass, because they consistently catch large bass. To learn how to use these, stop by October 31st at our store to talk to Tony Maja himself, about the best ways to troll his spoons. Tony Maja makes the #1 best spoon for fishing, and is always mentioned in magazines, and his lures have won lots of tournaments.

Jigging for bass is easy. Once you mark some fish on the ocean with your fishfinder, stop the boat, and use diamond jigs or S&S Slimfish jigs. The preferred size range is 3-6oz. All you're going to do is send them down, bounce them off the bottom and vertically jig them. This is a lot of fun, especially if you are a little hesitant about trolling. This produces a lot of bass if you find a pod of them.

If you are jigging and you see some bunker on the top of the water splashing around, grab a rod with a lure on the end of it and throw it into the mix. Good lures that always do well are Bomber Lures, Diawa Salt Pro Minnows, Savage Gear Manic Prey's, and Rapala X-Rap's. They usually swim anywhere from 0-3' deep, but the packages will tell you specifically.

When it comes to the color choices, there is a trick with picking the right color. Bright day, bright colors. Dark day, darker colors. When its beautiful and the sun is out, use colors like chartreuse, or white. If it is overcast or raining a little, use more natural colors like a bunker, purple, or mullet pattern. All you are looking to do is create a slight color change in the water.

The absolute best times to go fishing are at dawn or after dusk. Stripers are more active at night and less active midday. The guys that do the best are usually out fishing by 5:30am. Fishing! Not loading the boat at 5:30am. Otherwise, after 5:00pm head out and fish through the night as long as you want. Of course, be careful and know the waters that you are navigating at night. Full moons typically make the fishing worse; that's just what we have noticed, so you can make your own judgement on that.

If you want to bait Stripers, the usual choices are either using fresh Clams, fresh Bunker, Bloodworms, or Eels. For clamming you should be anchored, and use additional clam chum behind the boat to create what's called a "slick". The chum will get the bass to your area because of the smell, right to where you have your rods baited with clams in the chum slick. This works well in the inlet and in the Mullica river. If you're using fresh bunker, it's a little different; you can either buy fresh bunker, or catch your own. Usually you need to find pods/ schools of bunker in the ocean, and to catch your own, use weighted treble hooks to snag them. When you have your bunker, you can cut them in half or hook them whole. Rig them with 8/0 - 10/0 hooks and send them below the pod of bunker, which is where the bass are laying, and wait. This works best on the ocean, but also can be done in the river. Bloodworms work very well in the river, use 5/0 hooks on a top & bottom rig, and thread 3-4" pieces on per hook. When using eels, have some rags with you to handle them. Use a snelled rig, one with a 4/0 hook is preferred by most people and you're going to hook them in the mouth like you would minnows for fluke fishing. You should also use a 1oz weight to keep them towards the bottom, and drift. This works best in the river. For drifting out near the inlet, you might need a heavier weight to keep them down.

Anybody fishing from land will do well off the beaches on LBI, with clams and bunker as the best baits from the surf. Again, early mornings are when you should be fishing. You can do the same off Graveling Point, but I think you would do better on LBI at this time of year. Also, if you want to use lures, there are some plugs that work very well. Gibbs lures for instance, they are plugs that come in a variety of sizes and colors and styles. You fish these in the rips of the currents. For videos on how to do this, I suggest going on Youtube and watch John Skinner Surf fishing, he demonstrates very well how to do this. Gibbs Lures are 20% off right now in our store as well.

All of this will be starting soon, but it is definitely the best from Halloween, through the beginning of December.

Feel free to call if you have any questions.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:00 pm  
Well, I think fishing is off the list for this weekend, it's looking like it is going to be a bit wet and windy with Hurricane Joaquin rolling up the coast. It's already been blowing NE for the past week. Don't forget we are having our semi annual S&S Bucktails event on Saturday with Stan here so make sure you stop on by and have a good time. There will be lots of lures he makes that we don't stock that you can buy that day only so take advantage of it. It will be from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

The projected date for the storm to hit our area is Monday and Tuesday. It will be raining all weekend and the wind will increase every day.

Current Marine Forecast as of 3:45 PM EDT on October 1, 2015:
Fri: NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 11 to 16 ft.
Sat:NE winds 30 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 13 to 18 ft.
Sun:E winds 25 to 30 kt. Seas 14 to 19 ft.
Mon:NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 9 to 13 ft
Mon Night:NE winds 40 to 50 kt. Seas 8 to 11 ft. Rain likely in the evening
http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/AN/451.html
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: 10/1/15
Location of Trip: None
Species Sought: None
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Cloudy/Light Rain
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
With the steady northeast winds that have been buffeting Beach Haven for the past week and a half, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have pretty much been kept at the dock. With Hurricane Joaquin waiting in the wings to decide on its course of action, the captains are battening down the hatches and preparing for the possibility of a storm hit.

Those northeast winds made the conclusion of the 2015 summer flounder fishing season a big flop. Prior to the winds, there were some very decent catches being made around the inshore artificial reef sites. The fish are still there, but there will be no fishing for them until spring of 2015.

The offshore tuna action was going great guns right up until the conditions made travel offshore impossible. Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that the good bigeye tuna bite will still be active once the ocean calms down again. A few yellowfin had started to make their appearance also, and it is hoped that this bite will continue to improve.

The only real fishing over the past week has been a nice bite on panfish in the calm bay waters. The bay is packed with bait along with a wide variety of juvenile fish. This makes for some good light tackle action on fish such as porgies, black drum, blowfish, black sea bass, small weakfish, even small striped bass, and 1-2 pound bluefish.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Saturday September 26, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:10pm  
Hi Everyone,

Well hopefully the fish didn't fly away today with all the wind we have this weekend. There were some brave souls that did go out and had some fun in the creeks catching little things like perch, blowfish, puppy drum, little weakfish, and small stripers. Mostly on bloodworms and clams on the perch rigs we sell. The Mullica River also has the same variety scattered in different areas like roundabout creek, nacote creek, bass river, the fingers, deep point, and up by the parkway bridge. In the evening the striper bite turns on a little so if your in some deeper holes up by the parkway bridge or even further up past it, you will most likely produce some bass. If you want to troll, the S&S Umbrella rigs will work well, if you want to throw plugs, we have all different types to choose from, and we also have eels for people who prefer drifting.

We do have lots of GIBBS Lures 20% off while supplies last, from pencil poppers to deep divers, we have them in misc. colors and sizes so don't be shy, stock up and take advantage of this limited time offer!

Future Forecast:
Sun: E winds 15 to 20 kt...diminishing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon.
Seas 6 to 9 ft.
Mon: E winds around 10 kt. Seas 6 to 7 ft.
Tue: E winds around 5 kt. Seas 6 to 8 ft.

Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday September 24, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:10pm  
Hi Everyone,

Well the forecast has us beat for the last weekend of fluke fishing with seas on Saturday predicted to be 5-8 feet and a Northeast wind 15-25mph. However, we do have access to some good fishing in the Mullica River and around Seven Bridges road (Great Bay Blvd.). In the river if you can be out there at dawn, and I mean be out fishing at dawn, not just leaving the dock at dawn, there are some Stripers (not many as it is just starting) and White Perch. The Stripers are hanging around the front of Chestnut Neck boat yard. In front of their shop the water drops to 30 feet so trolling for stripers in the morning, or at night, with the S&S Umbrella rigs will produce some fish. Try other deep holes as you find them. As the water cools off more a little every day, the Striped Bass fishing will get better.

What makes the S&S Umbrella rigs nice up there is that they are light and they hang around 20 feet deep when doing 3 knots. When the sun comes up farther and the bite turns off with the bass, have bloodworms ready and go perch fishing around the holes in the river. There are also some tog hanging around Seven Bridges road, and also in Little Sheepshead Creek where there are some deeper holes. Slack tide for the tog is best. We have clams, bloodworms, green crabs in stock.

There are still lots of snapper blues and misc. little fish in the creeks and lagoons, so fishing off the docks is still doing well. Crabbing is starting to slow down, but still hanging around probably for another 2-3 weeks. Once we have some nights that drop down to 50 degrees consistently, then the crabs will start to go away.

Next weekend on October 3rd from 9am to 1pm, we are having the owner Stan Gola of S&S Bucktails here at the store to promote his products, show off new products, and we will have a new custom lure painted for our store only and it looks amazing!! There will be specials and prizes also during that day while he's here. For anyone who likes Mojo lures for striper fishing, make sure you stop by, because he is now coming out with them up to 24oz so make sure you check them out!!!
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: 9/18-9/20
Location of Trip: Inshore reefs and canyons
Species Sought: Fluke inshore and tuna offshore
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
Strong northeast winds appear to be putting an end to the summer flounder season in Beach Haven. Although the season does not officially close until Sunday, September 26, it will be virtually impossible to get out and fish the inshore reefs where the fish are right now. Further from shore, the offshore tuna bite, especially for large bigeyes, is especially hot when the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can get out there.

Captain Lindsay Fuller took the John Barry party along with regular Ralph Hibbs to the Hudson on Friday for an overnighter on the "June Bug." They left the dock about 9:45 a.m. and encountered fantastic sea conditions. The weather was sunny and warm with just a little roll in the ocean. They started chunking about 2:30 p.m. very near the 100 Squared in the Hudson. Less than 15 minutes after starting, a fish took a bait close to the boat and took off like a freight train. The fish went through four anglers but after a long fight a 190 bigeye tuna was gaffed and brought into the boat. Later before dark they picked up a pair of longfin tuna in the 35-pound range. Just before dark another large fish screamed line and a 180-pound bigeye went into the fish box. There were bites throughout the night but no more fish were solidly hooked. Captain Lindsay reported he marked a solid mass of bait between 20 and 60 feet down, it seemed unusual not to have more predation of that bait mass. There were easily 100 boats within view. The drift was about 0.7 knots and the water temps were 74.8 for most of the trip. The water was nice and clear.

Before the northeast winds arrived, Captain Ray Lopez brought out the Altieri family from Annandale, NJ on the "Miss Liane" to celebrate young Aiden Altieri's eighth birthday. Fishing several local wrecks, they caught a wide variety of species including non-stop action on fluke and sea bass. Papa Altieri iced a nice sized porgy. It was a fun filled trip for everyone aboard.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Thomas Wiggins
Email: twigg62212@aol.com
Boat Name: Wellcraft 290
Phone: 9085817037
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 9/18/15
Location of Trip: lindenkohl
Species Sought: tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Ballyhoo
Secondary Bait: Artificials Only
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
Left at 4 flat seas worked the pots when we got to the lindy boated 35 good size Mahi in about an hour tried to troll but a lot of weeds, water was 82 in some spots went to the Carteret to find less weeds but still no tuna back to the lindy more weeds some flying fish but no other signs of life, were going to overnight but the warm fish took it's toll on the ice. WE had 3 sleeves and a lot of frozen 1 gallon bottles but it was clear by 4:00 if we stayed we could not keep the fish we had cold. Bottom line all the Mahi you want but no tuna. ran in at 40mph
~Thomas Wiggins

Thursday, September 17, 2015 /\/\/\ 5:10 pm  
Sorry for the lack of reports, it's been a little slow lately. The Fluke fishing is dwindling down slowly here at the shore. If you haven't been up to date, it's all on the ocean, where you would still have your work cut out finding some keepers or any Fluke in general in the bay. Out in the ocean, Garden State South reef has been holding steady numbers of fish. Top and bottom rigs with the big spinner blades and squid/ spearing combo on the hooks.

There are lots, and I mean lots, of Seabass all over the wrecks and reefs and nice size ones, too. If only we were allowed to keep them, then we would be in business. There are even nice seabass inside all over the bay, but for the time being it's just catch and release. Tog fishing is holding steady with the current limit of one per person a day. Always worth having crabs with you to throw a couple rigs out for them.

Saturday, October 3rd we are having a S&S Bucktails event again here at the store. Just like in the spring when Stan was here, we will have his lineup of various tackle that he makes. He will be here for educational purposes, prizes, some giveaways, etc. More info will be posted as we get closer. We are having our own custom lure made for the store, we are calling it the Toxic Baitfish from S&S Bucktails and it will be available starting that day.

For any hunters out there, now that it is fall, with bow season starting, here at the shop we have many different arrow heads available on clearance. They are priced to go and when they are gone, they are gone, so don't miss your chance on some excellent deals we have. There is also lots of different gun cleaners, Hopps barrel cleaners, and many other gear on clearance to sell quick!! Don't miss out on your chance to save a lot of money, and if you are looking for something in hunting you don't see, talk to some of our employees, we will make an effort to see if we have it in stock.
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: 9/12/15
Location of Trip: Offshore Canyon
Species Sought: Bigeye tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Ballyhoo
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure Fishing Report:
As the nights in Beach Haven start dropping into the low 50's, the thoughts of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association begin to turn to fall fishing. Fluke season will be ending on September 26, but as the water temperatures cool, striped bass should be arriving soon. The offshore tuna trips should continue to produce well into November.
Captain Bob Gerkens had a bachelor party head offshore for tuna on his boat, the "Hot Tuna." Nick Nastasi of Waretown was expecting a fluke fishing trip on a friend's boat and was surprised to learn that a group of his friends had instead arranged for an offshore trip as his bachelor party. Captain Bob headed to a northern canyon and initially hit a few lobster pots that were holding Mahi. Using light equipment the group boated 27 Mahi, a few of which were "gaffers," before setting up for the evening troll. Under the guidance of mate Dante Soriente, the troll resulted in Nick getting to successfully fight and boat a 190 pound bigeye tuna. A yellowfin was also caught on the troll. Joining Nick on the bachelor party trip were Mike Thompson, Rickey Matthews, Steve Rupinski, and Mike Nastasi.
Captain Fran Verdi reports he still has a few open dates remaining on the "Francesca Marie" for inshore fluke trips before that season closes. As long as the current weather pattern holds, he expects the fishing to be the best of the summer. Undersized fluke continue to dominate, but some nice fluke approaching doormat size have been picked up recently on both the Little Egg and Garden State South reef sites.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.


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: 9/4-9/8
Location of Trip: Inshore bay, reefs, canyons
Species Sought: fluke, tuna, panfish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The crowds have left Long Beach Island, and with fall about to arrive, Beach Haven is still enjoying the bites of the summer fish species while noticing the arrival of some fall action.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the "Hot Tuna" reports his last overnight trip to the canyons was slow on bigeye tuna but other fish picked up the slack. His crew ended up with 10 yellowfin tuna and a half dozen skipjack tuna. Before heading in they stopped to pick up a couple of tile fish for great eating later. Captain Bob says the bigeye tuna are still around and he has plans to pick up more of them in future trips. He also is pleased to see the yellowfin tuna show up to provide some variety. He has also been hearing some reports of longfin tuna showing up on the chunk and troll.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the "StarFish" continues to load up on the fluke at the inshore artificial reef sites while also finding some good action on small panfish in the bay. Two families from New Hampshire, the Riddles and the Hogans, fished with Captain Carl for two straight days. Denny Riddle topped all of the anglers with her 26-inch fluke in the ocean while her grandson, four year old Liam, performed well in the bay on blow fish and small black sea bass.

Captain Fran Verdi on the "Francesca Marie" is hoping to get as many fluke trips in as he can before the season closes on September 26. Already Captain Fran says he is looking forward to the fall striper season as well as black sea bass re-opening on October 22. He is still running his annual contest of a future free open boat fishing trip for the largest fluke caught for the year. Currently Dan Wade is in the lead for this year. There will also be some new Sharkbite bucktails going to the winner.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Friday, September 4, 2015 /\/\/\ 10:15am  
Hi Everyone,

Holiday weekend is here and beautiful weather is as well except the fishing weather. This weekend is not looking the greatest. Saturday is looking to be a high around 75 and clear with E winds 15 to 20, seas 4 to 6 foot. Sunday is looking to be a high of 81 and clear, NE winds with seas 3 to 5 foot.

Now that we have the bad news out of the way, there have been more fish being produced on Garden State South and Little Egg Reef than the previous weeks. More and more fluke have been coming to be weighed in and more talk about catching has been going on too. Anywhere in 60-70ft of water over structure is working the best. Minnows, spearing, sand-eels, squid, and gulp have been the baits of choice. It may seem like a lot of options, but you never know that day what the fluke may be biting on.

If you want to go fishing this weekend, it will be a bay fishing weekend or river fishing. Definitely perch fishing up the river has not slowed down at all. Remember to look for the deep drops when perch fishing. We have bloodworms for the weekend, along with fish bites. Use bloodworms first, then if the bite is really good, switch to the fish bites and they will not notice the difference.

We have heard of blowfish, but only up in Barnegat, it has been very scarce down here with both the blowfish and croakers which is weird for this time of the year. It may just be a late season but we will sure find out.

If you want to do some land base fishing, going to Barnegat Light off of the rocks is definitely a nice place to go. People up there are catching bluefish, baby striper's right before sundown, fluke, and tog. The better fluke spots are definitely all the way at the end of the rocks if you choose to walk that far.

Remember next weekend is Penn Day here at Scott's Bait and Tackle. Our Penn rep Jim O'Donnell will be here on Sept. 12th from 10am to 4pm. He will have the new Penn products here to show, the Fierce II, Clash, and warfare, along with new Penn rods as well. We will be having giveaways, and Jim will also be here to answer any questions that you have about Penn products.

We hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend, and we hope to see everyone next weekend for Penn Day. Many more events are to come
Sea Ya -SBT Crew