Scott's Daily Fishing Report
Spring run for striped bass at Graveling Point will most likely begin towards the end of March, beginning of April. More info on the run and our annual reward. click here.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 /\/\/\ 3:00pm
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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
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
REOPENING FOR THE SEASON ON MARCH 1ST
Friday, February 27, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:34pm
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
Reminder: Drop off reel repairs over the winter if you want reels ready for spring fishing!
Sunday, January 11, 2015 /\/\/\ 11:49am
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
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
Saturday, January 3, 2015 /\/\/\ 11:18am
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