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Sunday, 02 May 2010
Yet another week of fantastic non stop catching was had by all aboard the Reel Fantasea. Big slammer Barnegat blues, blackfish [ before season closure] and even a few stripers were the main cast of characters this week . Reel Fantasea started the week welcoming back regular and friend Joe Franke . With Joe fresh off the "D.L. it was time to get him back into some fast paced fishing. We started his 2010 fishing season with non stop action with arm wrenching big blues ,a limit of blackfish and even a keeper striper before the trips end.It was great to have him back and catching fish ! Iron Warrior and fishermen extraordinaire Jay Simmons was out for more of the same with non stop , fast paced action with big blues and another great blackfish bite . Jay single handedly caught over 25 @ 8,10lbs blues before switching gears and finding another solid blackfish bite before moving around back finishing on the flats with top water poppers . Village Harbor Fishing Club members Bill Dab ney, Billl Jann, Tony Mercuro , and Steve Cook were out for some more non stop fast paced action with the big blues as well as rounding out their catch with a solid black bite in the waning hours of the season closure. Ocean Air at Green Briar Fishing Club member Joe Kinlin joined by sons Joe jr. and Tom were out to experience some more phenomenal action from slammer blues on a 3hr evening trip.The guys were doubled up through out most of the trip with big slammer blues! The Steve Sweeny party was out for another solid bite with blues , blackfish and a couple of stripers with one hiting the ice and the other lost at boat side.
The season just keeps getting better and better !!
Best Regards,
Capt. Steve Purul

 

Saturday, 24 April 2010
With few exceptions, fishing has remained outstanding this week . Starting the week was new comer John Cirone joined by brother Mike for some more exciting top water flats fishing. With in minutes of the dock we had fish responding to our poppers in 2-3 ft of water but unfortunately hook ups were hard to come by, Finally, after a spirited battle Mike put a nice keeper striper in the box. After a few more "Swings and a Miss" we were off toward the inlet to find a non-stop bluefish bite on bait and even putting 1 keeper tog in the box before trips end . New comer Bob Steirs joined by son Denis and Grand son William were out for outstanding top water action with blues and stripers . The guys started the evening warming up with big blues on top water but as the sun dropped to the horizon the bass came out to play! William, new to salt water fishing took "Bass Master " honors landing not only his first but the most stripers and also his limit as well ! The guys continued to work over the big school of bass under diving birds while doubled up in stripers and blues at times.Unfortunately a thunderstorm forced us back to the dock earlier than we had wanted , leaving the bass blitzing all to themselves .....
 
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Got a chance to fish with my "lil' bro" [ actually he is bigger than me ] Ryan and long time fishing friend Brian Schmidt aka Schmitty on early Sunday morning to find the stripers waiting for us . The previous nights cold temperature had little if any effect on the bite as we were into bass within minutes of our first drift. Again Poppers were the lure of choice as they have provided some world class visual excitement and light tackle action ! After we had our fill with the bass our next stop provided some solid big racer bluefish action to close out the trip. With the bluefish now present the action is almost non stop and just doesn't get any better for the light tackle enthusiast and with trophy striped bass now making their presents known this place is "Really Rockin"!

Captain Steve Purul

Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters
 
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Striped bass continue to be the main event in Barnegat Bay with the bass responding well to top water poppers and plugs . We also found steady action with blackfish and even a couple of cod spicing the catch in 70ft + depths on wrecks, not every wreck had "life" willing to bite so a little searching was in order. Regulars Jay Simmons and Ernie Rosenberg had a blast starting the week with a solid top water bite on light spinning tackle. We found the fish blitzing bait on a shallow flat in 2-3ft of water which made for some exciting visual and light tackle action with Ernie icing a nice 33" keeper . From there we moved offshore for black fish, finding " no one home " on our first stop, we then moved out to 70-80 ft finding a steady bite with blackfish and even a couple of cod to spice the catch. Friday nights Open Boat Trip saw regulars Wayne Salvi, Karl Steffan, Peg Glenze and welcoming new comer Herman Diaz to team up for a slower start with striped bass. As the trip progressed the weather was just getting started as cool NE winds and steady rain developed over us seemingly spurring a bit more response from the bass. Once the bite started we had bass responding well to our poppers hitting and smashing them clear out of the water but hooks ups were made difficult due to the stiff NE winds. We continued to loose fish after fish with even having multiple strike on a single retrieve and even coming tight on a couple of fish Finally! Karl's hooks found pay dirt and held fast to battle a solid 34 " inch striper . Presently the top water action that we are experiencing is the best I have ever seen and shows no signs of stopping !! It's time to get in on the action !!

Best Regards,

Captain Steve Purul
 
Sunday, 11 April 2010
The striper fishing through out the bay remains solid with a variety of techniques working , the bass have responded well on top water poppers and a variety of baits. Regular Sean Castle was out for a solid striper bite on Friday night windy conditions. We started the trip finding striped bass blitzing bait fish on a shallow flat . As we approached the working fish it look as though M-80's [ fire crackers ] were going off in the water as the bass beat the water surface into foam. It really was an awesome visual spectacle to watch ! We started our 1st drift way up wind as to not spook the bass , impatience got the best of me and I couldn't take it any longer so I push us a little closer to get in on the action. Now we had breaking fish within feet of the boat . Sean missed his 1st stike but was immediately into another bass , all within minutes of the dock!! We managed a few bass and put 1 in the box before the wind drove us to another location. The n ext stop proved to be another solid bite for a smaller class of fish but great fun just the same until trips end. New comer from Toronto Canada was Dean Browne joined by first time salt water fishing brother Scott and son Adian. The flats bite was found to be a little more tame but Scott did manage a nice striper for his efforts. The next stop everyone was in on the action with schoolie stripers in cluding son Adian on light spinning tackle from there we moved over to the inlet to go 2 for 4 with stripers while putting 2 nice fish in the box.

This is the best earliest action I can ever remember and as we progress it should only get better from here !

Best Regards,

Capt. Steve Purul
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Sunday, 20 December 2009
We finished our 2009 fishing season this week with frigid 18 degree temps at time of departure making ice on every surface that the sea spray came in contact with [ boat, canvas, rods.....]. Regulars Jay Simmons and Ernie Rosenberg spent most of the day attempting to catch a few more stripers before they closed out their season . Although we gave maximum effort we could not find any stripers willing to cooperate so it was off to some wrecks for some nice blackfish action. The guys finished the day with a strong blackfish bite but with a strong snow storm baring down on us we had to head for the dock where a fork lift was waiting for us for the end of season haul out. It is a sad time of year but it has been a great season and with that I look forward to the next. Remember we are already booking for the 2010 season !
Thanks for a great Season !!
Happy Holidays from mine to yours,
Captain Steve Purul

 

Monday, 07 December 2009
The stripers are still here and cooperating when the weather allows us to fish. Thursday trip was cancelled due to another Gale warning but Fridays trip with the Tony Maffei crew was greeted by calm winds and seas [ one of the nicest days of the Fall] with steady action from stripers ,a few slammer blues and even a few nice throw back fluke on a variety of of artifiicals and live bait. The 3 man crew boated over 30 stripers, keeping 5 stripers and a few big blues ! Sunday, regular Jay Simmons accompanied by son Justin were out in cold mid 30 degree tempuratures [high temp] backed by a knifing 20-30mph wind for some more steady action with 20 + stripers . Justin not only landed his first ever stripers but managed the "pool fish" over bass vetren Dad [Jay]. The guys tuffed it out thru the cold temps and winds and were rewarded with a couple keeper stripers [ would have limited out except for a couple of hooks pulling out at the boat- ouch !] and playing catch and release with rest .
Best Regards,
Captain Steve Purul
 
Monday, 30 November 2009
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving ! This week was again abreviated by more weather in the way of another Gale warning but we were able to fish on Sunday to find a steady bite for stripers on a combinations of artificials and live bait. Regular Jay Simmons was joined by his clients Steve and John Sfugaras from Stevens Best Buy Food Services from Paterson . Steve and John not only caught their first stripers ever but also limited out ! The bite was a steady pick with mostly stripers with bluefish spicing the catch as well . By trips end we landed 38 stripers [ to 31' ] and only 4 bluefish [ to 10lbs ] .
Best Regards,
Capt. Steve Purul
 
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Last weeks Nor'Easter shut us down but this week as the weather settled we were right back at it with limits of stripers along with plenty of catch and release on almost all trips. The week got started strong with regular Joe Franke joined by friend Ed in sporty inlet conditions but with a solid striper bite the guys tuffed it out for their limit of stripers along with plenty of catch and release. Regulars Jay Simmons and Ernie Rosenberg were out with business associates Mark Hansen for an all out Striper Blitze !! The guys started fast out of the gate with action right outside the inlet under some bird play. From there we moved a few miles to the North and stayed with the fish all day long landing over 80 stripers even with the guys taking breaks from the exhausting action !! Ernie took" pool fish " honors with a stout 20lbs class bass with Jay earning Bass Master honors landing 40 + bass! Later in the day regulars Chris Spring and Karl Steffan were out for the last scheduled "Friday Night at the Fights" for this year . Thinking we would start right were we left off earlier in the day "At the scene of the crime ". The fish finder lit up with fish hanging in the same area and with confidence we sent down a combination of live bait and jigs to have the fish ignore everything put in front of their noses . Licking our wounds we made our way back to the inlet where the guys managed only a quick 3 stripers before the bite died again.Moving around from inlet to back bay still provided no more action even though the fish finder was lit up with fish in all the " right areas " all trip long. Saltiest Crew honor goes to the Steve Sweeney Party who fished in stiff North East driven seas[ Sunday] in sloppy 4-6ft conditions. The guys managed only a pick of stripers and blues despite good readings of fish under the boat. The guys boated a total mix of 10 stripers and blues with about the same amount being lost due to rough conditions. Way to hang tuff guys ! The last remaining dates for the 2010 season are Dec. 4,10,11 and 1 spot available on Dec 3 open boat. I would like to wish everyone a Happy and SafeThanksgiving to you and yours.
Best Regards,
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