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Thursday, 31 October 2013

After a couple of weeks mixing it up between mostly short, a few keeper stripers and pretty solid blackfishing we finally got our first crack at some quality migrating stripers to 25lbs!

Flocks of birds have been ever present all along the coast/inlet revealing only the vast amounts of small bay anchovy, sand eels and other assorted bait fish being assaulted by small weakfish and bluefish not much larger than their prey.

We started the day trolling Tony Maja #4 white and green spoon which scored our first stripers but with visible swirling and free jumping stripers we decided to break out the lighter spinning gear for a bit more "hands on" experience. A precise cast was the ticket to connecting with these finicky bass with any kind of regularity but proved both visually exciting , entertaining and at times a bit challenging.

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Monday, 12 August 2013
  back bay/inlet light tackle action continues to be good to excellent with a host of characters such as feisty bluefish, weakfish, fluke [ short] , blowfish, spot, sand sharks, king fish , croaker, ....... and more. Tidal stage will dictate which species to target but when it aligns up favorability , the light tackle fishing has been on fire with some trips seeing 100 + fish in a 5-hr session!

The main body of keeper fluke have made their way out the inlet and will continue their Easterly migration from here on till season close. Deep water jigging has produced nice catches of keeper fluke to 5-lbs for both young and old.

Feisty bluefish ranging in size from 1-8lbs continue to provide fast and furious light tackle fun on both live and artificial baits putting smiles on anglers faces while testing both skill and tackle!

Weakfish have been exhibiting a "tidal" preference on which to feed and so when the tide is "sweet" they are very cooperative but when it's not to their liking they are as tight lipped as a kid eating a spoonful of broccoli. Chumming and baiting with grass shrimp has been the go to method for the trout. When conditions are right the baits no sooner hit the water and it's game on for these hard hitting magnificent sparklers!

For the first time since the month of March, stripers have eluded us over the last week or so but there is a change in the air already. The days have already started to shorten as the sun starts it's sojourn to the Sothern hemisphere and the day and nighttime temps have receded to a more modest range and water temps reflecting the inevitable cooling down. This week I think we will be "kicking some bass" again on the light stuff.

The back bay variety/mix bag is just plain old fun. Veteran and novice alike continue to have a blast with very consist action from blowfish, spot, kingfish, weakfish,... and more. The variety plays well for those who like to mix it up between species . The mornings and early afternoon have been the hot time slot for the blowfish but the remaining species don't seem to be so solar regulated as the rest.

With the days already shortening and some morning lows in the fifties it want be long till our fantastic fall season is underway so make sure to reserve your preferred date today aboard "Reel Fantasea" Fishing Charters! Remember to join us on Face Book for the latest reports and photos and hopefully "like us"!
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Both new comers and regulars continue to have a blast with the light tackle mixed variety that Barnegat Bay/inlet continues to provide for anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea.

Friday morning's open boat trip for Herman Diaz, brother in law Rod, Bill Crouch and son Aiden were greeted a vast bird play that had visual bluefish blitzing all around the boat. The inlet conditions were a bit sporty from the previous days brisk North East winds but the blue seemed only more aggressive in the rough conditions.

From start to finish the guys were locked up tight and having a blast with bluefish ranging in 1-4lbs on light spinning tackle. Moving around to the back bay we found only a modest pick on fluke that had us only stopping briefly to continue further around back to mix it up with non stop action with blowfish, spot and a couple of weakfish till trips end.

Next up was regulars Jay Simmons,and Shawn Hawthorne who were joined by Tony Martucci and Carmine James with more solid light tackle inlet action. The guys were tight instantly with mostly bluefish until both Jay and Shawn added to the mix both landing 2 stripers. A brief stop on the fluking grounds had Tony icing a nice 22" fluke before we moved to the back bay looking for more variety. The first stop had a surprisingly modest bite on the mixed bag , although it turned out to be the best action as moving around only had us running from the fish.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend not only kick starting our Summer season but also enjoying time with family and friends and remembering those who have gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can all do so, God Bless our troops and America!

Last weeks strong South West winds sent our ocean temps crashing down to a bone chilling 47 degrees not only creating thick fog but also scattering bait and pushing the big stripers offshore to follow the warmer water.

  Fortunately the back bay/inlet's warmer temps continues to offer good to excellent action with both stripers up to 18lbs+ and bluefish to 2-9lbs on both natural and artificial baits. With air temps looking to soar into the nineties by mid week and beyond I am looking for the ocean temps climb back into the a more favorable mid to upper fifty range to get back after those big stripers .


Monday, 20 May 2013

No doubt that the big trophy stripers are in town and with ideal water temps and an abundance of bunker along our beaches we are poised for some excellent action ! That is not to say that limits of trophy bass were easy to come by for us but opportunities to do so picked up momentum as the week progressed.

Patience and persistence was key to success for anglers looking to score with the big bass.

Trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons , the "snag and drop" and casting big wooden plugs have produced results with the troll getting the nod for the most reliable success for now.

Solid light tackle action continues to be had for anglers looking to our back bays for loads of bluefish and both keeper and short stripers on artificial and natural bait . With seabass and fluke season now open the variety anglers can target is now even more exciting , fun and freezer stuffin' time!

I have a couple of spots for Thursday 6am-12pm and 2:30pm - 8:30pm - both trips will be on the hunt for those big cow!

  Bunker schools "snag and drop" , trolling and casting big wooden plugs will be used as opportunities arise $150,00pp. Come join and meet new friends and other enthusiastic anglers!

Wednesday, 08 May 2013
With only one exception last week's steady North East winds didn't keep anglers from catching tons of bluefish and a few nice keeper stripers aboard the Reel Fantasea. With "Small Craft Advisory" well in place for most, if not all of the week we found ourselves keeping to the back bay. Luckily Barnegat Bay's safe confines kept us well protected and catching fish!

Thursday's open boat found regulars Jay Simmons and Karl Steffan joined by Ken Purzycki starting off the week battling moderate NE 10-15mph winds and loads of cooperative bluefish all trip long.

Next up was the Fred Gockely party to battle 20-30+mph winds and tons of bluefish. Fred got a bait passed all the voracious bluefish and scored a nice keeper striper before trips end.

Friday evening open boat had regular Jay Simmons back again to be wind tested with Bill Cohen and new comer's Steve and Ryan Gross. The trip started off slowly and didn't get much better from there as we only landed a few bluefish and one out of two keeper stripers.

Regular Joe Franke and Clan closed out the week with more fantastic bluefish action and a keeper striper in cold, cloudy, and blustery conditions. The guys endured punishing weather and were rewarded with hot action throughout the morning.

I have Thursday 6am - 11am available for private or open boat and 2 spots for this Thursday and Friday evening open boat trip 3-8pm. All bait and tackle and fish cleaning is included - $100.00pp.
Monday, 29 April 2013
This week the Reel Fantasea saw more variety coming over the gunnel and the first Barnegat Bay Slam being scored 2x's in a single 4 hour trip!

Jeff Hayes and Frank Hetler teamed up earlier this week mixing it up between back bay and wreck fishing, The day started off slow for the guys in the back bay so off we went looking for some blackfish to play with it. Our first stop we had steady action on both keeper and short blackfish . At times our baits were getting bit even before the sinker reach the bottom. We managed to hit a couple more snags with the same mix of shorts and keeper before ending the day in the back bay with modest bluefish action.

Sunday evening I had a chance to scout out a few spots that had a very exciting mix of stripers, bluefish and some of the biggest weakfish that I have ever saw! Scouring 2 Barnegat Bay Slams in a 4hour trip all by myself on light tackle was a blast!

This week has a couples spots open for both Thursday 6am -12pm and Friday 6am-12pm and 3pm - 8pm. With the present back bay action in place we will at least incorporate more of this solid light tackle action unless the striper migration shows more encouraging signs in the way of bigger striped bass.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Barnegat Bay continues to offer light tackle action with striped bass for anglers aboard the Reel Fantasea this week. And if that weren't reason enough to wet a line anglers aboard have also scored keeper red drum and bluefish as well! Yes RED drum!

The week started with regular Kevin Rust , Wayne Hopkins and Tom Breeland out for some light tackle fun. The guys started their day picking away at stripers on the first few drifts. The next drift produced a nice red drum for Wayne, from there the guys landed 3 more reds securing a limit of red drum ranging in size from 18-21! The guys ended the day picking away at a few more bass before ending their day.

Next up was regulars Jay Simmons, Karl Steffan and Shawn Hawthorne out in cloudy, rainy, foggy and very windy conditions [30mph +] looking to capitalize on more light tackle action. The first stop of the afternoon started off slowly before Shawn came tight with a very visible top water strike even in the windy conditions. Our next location we found the bass much more cooperative and had multiple fish on almost every drift for the rest of the afternoon until the strong SSW wind started tipping the 40mph which ended our day a few minutes early.

Wayne Hopkins was back out again bringing his son Jonathan , also joining was new comer John Barret and son Patrick for a very cold start with temps in low 30's brrrr. The guys scored not only striped bass but also both youths scored our season's first couple of bluefish! The overnight cold temps seemed to temper the action a bit but the guys did manage 8 bass and 2 blues on the light tackle before ending the day.

I do have 3 spots available for April 25 and 4 spots for private charter for 26th , bigger bass are moving in and the troll bite is taking off and we will look to encounter them if the weather allows [ ocean] , if not the back bay has remained a solid light tackle option as a back up plan! I am also planning to hit a few wreck for some blackfish if conditions are favorable.

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