Fin-atics Fishing Report 6/30/17 Summer fishing is here

Summer is Here

The water temperatures are rising and the crowds are filling in…it must be July in Ocean City! It’s becoming full on summer here at the Jersey shore and anyone who visits can get into some great fishing. With the recent string of great weather, anglers are having great success from the bay to the offshore canyons.

Fluke are on the move in the intercostal waterways.  Anglers are reporting good numbers of short flounder with a few keeper sized fish mixed in. Hot spots have been the Kennedy Park area, Ships Channel, and Anchorage Point.  Don’t hesitate to fish some of the deeper channels as water temperatures rise. The baits that seem to be producing are Berkley Gulp! baits, mackerel or squid strips and minnows. Boats heading to the reefs aren’t finding large numbers of fluke yet, but are pulling up decent fish in the three to five-pound range. Jon Werley of Ocean City brought in this week’s biggest fluke with a flatty that weighed just over six pounds. Crabbing has been picking up and should only get better as the water warms up.

Brown sharks starting to tease anglers

On the beach side we are hearing of decent sized kingfish in great numbers. Surf anglers are using bloodworms to catch the kings with the artificial bloodworm beginning to work better with rising temperatures. Brown sharks have started ripping up bluefish rigs in the surf and anglers targeting them are hooking up. Use a wire leader and bring a pair of pliers for safety when catching brown sharks from the suds. The offshore action has been incredible over the past few weeks.  We have heard Large numbers of small yellowfin and bluefin tuna in the spencer and Baltimore canyon. Most boats are having more success with the tuna on the troll rather than chunking.

Possible World Record?

Maureen Klause of Ocean City, NJ brought a beautiful one hundred and twenty-six pound Mako shark to the scale earlier this week.  This catch is a pending I.G.F.A world line-class record, she caught it on 6lb test!  It seems this summer will be great for fishing so get out on the water.

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Fin-atics Fishing Report 6/15/2017 Lots of Kingfish

Kingfish have arrived!

With the recent heat wave calming down, it is safe to say that summer arrived.  June has been an awesome month for fishing so far with the action only heating up.  The beach has come to life over the past weekend.  Reports of decent kingfish in really good numbers continue to pour in. Surfcasters are even catching a few nice weakfish mixed in with the kings.  The hot bait has been bloodworms as the water temps hang in the low to mid 60’s.  Look for Fishbites to start producing when the ocean water temps eclipse 65 degrees.  The middle of OC, beaches from 15th to 34th street have been the most consistent for the kingfish.

We are hearing daily reports of great fluke fishing in the bay and even out on the reefs!  I know it’s a little early, but boats prospecting on the reefs for fluke have been pulling limits. Rick Martin from Ocean City was rewarded with a five and a half pound fluke while bouncing a bucktail on the Atlantic City reef last week.  Also, Bob Pelikoski, a regular at the shop, had a banner day in the bay with two fluke taking the scale at three and a half pounds and a third pushing over four pounds. It seems these larger fluke are making a push for the ocean reefs so now is the time to get them while you can in the creeks and channels!  As usual Berkley Gulp! baits, mackerel strips and minnows have produced the most bites.  This year has been far different than the disappointing 2016 season, a lot more keeper fluke.  Now is the time and get out and fish before the water warms up too much and the crowds move in!

Fin-atics June 7th Fishing Report 2017

Fishing Report 6/7/17

Summer has finally arrived in South Jersey and so have the summer flounder! The state has officially settled on the summer flounder regulations.  The season will run until September 5th with an 18 inch minimum length and a limit of three fish per angler. Several anglers are finding keeper sized fish and even their bag limits in the bay behind Ocean City. Productive spots have been Ships Channel, Rainbow Channel and Kennedy Park on the Somers Point side. Anglers are catching fat flatties on Berkley Gulp, squid, minnows and mackerel strips.

It seems that the large, gator blues we had this spring have moved on.  They have been replaced with smaller, cocktail sized bluefish hitting lures and bait in the inlets. Reports are also coming in of nice flounder, small blues and even the occasional striper off the piers on the 9th street causeway. People are using cut baits off the pier such as bunker, mackerel and clam to catch these fish. Decent sized kingfish, striped bass and three to five-pound blues continue to be caught by local surf anglers along the beachfront.  Finger mullet, bunker and bloodworms have been the most productive baits on this front.

Sea bass will be open until June 18th and the action has been great. Boats heading to the wrecks in the fifteen to thirty-mile range are catching tons of fish and having no problem catching their limits of ten fish per angler at twelve and a half inches. With plenty of opportunities to fill the cooler now is the time to get out and fish! The store is stocked with plenty of bait and tackle so make sure to stop by before heading out on the water.

Local Catches

Debra Almeda of Corbin City weighed in the biggest fluke of the season so far at 6.23 pounds last weekend.  There have been plenty of other fish tipping the scale at three to four pounds regularly. Bill Carew came in the shop to weigh a solid five-pound weakfish.  He caught it while jigging a bucktail for fluke behind Margate.

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Fin-atics 3rd Annual Fluke Derby – 2015 Winners

Fin-atics 3rd Annual Fluke Derby – 2015 Winners
 
For the past three years Fin-atics has sponsored a FREE Fluke Derby for our customers to participate in for the summer season.  It is a friendly competition that we encourage everyone to enter.  All we require is to sign up each season and provide us with valid contact information.  All winners are notified via email and below you will find this years results.
 
June Winners:
1st Place – Ken Ruckle (25-1/2″ – 5.34lbs)
2nd Place – Brian Schuler (24″ – 4.95lbs)
3rd Place – Mike Gardner (24-1/2″ – 4.64lbs)
July Winners:
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.02lbs)
3rd Place – Ken Ruckle (24-1/2″ – 5.56lbs)
August Winners:
1st Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
2nd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
3rd Place – Phil Degliomini (25-3/4″ – 6.11lbs)
Tournament Overall Winners:
1st Place – Chip Roman (26-1/2″ – 7.57lbs)
2nd Place – Bob Pelikoski (25-3/4″ – 7.41lbs)
3rd Place – Dennis Molette (26″ – 6.76lbs)
 
Congratulations to our Fluke Derby winners for 2015, we look forward to next seasons tournament.

Saltwater Fishing Tackle & Tips for Blackfish

Cape May County Saltwater Fishing Tackle | Ocean City Fishing SuppliesBlackfish are a popular fish to try and catch in the Jersey Shore area. are usually caught in the early spring and late fall. Green crabs and Filddler crabs from an anchored boat works well. Any rock pile in the bay or ocean will hold fish at one time or another. Locating and catching these fish requires a good bit of knowledge and skill and the proper saltwater fishing tackle. It’s not an easy task. Fishing the ocean is some what tricky since the fishing is done by locating wrecks and rock piles and proper saltwater fishing tackle is recommended. It’s best to fish from a charter or party boat that knows the wrecks and how to fish them. Blackfish are notorious bait stealers. You have to be fast. Some sharpies say you have to set the hook before the fish bite. It’s a great way to cure your fishing itch over the long winter. The Easter holiday usually kicks off the season so make sure you’ve stocked up on your saltwater fishing tackle. Here is some helpful information on catching blackfish.

Blackfish & Saltwater Fishing Tackle Tips

  • Time of Year to Catch: Blackfish usually like cold water so late fall/early winter and the beginning of spring are the best times.
  • How To Catch Them & Saltwater Tackle & Bait to Use: 
  1. Green crabs or fiddler crabs are the best baits fished from a anchored boat. As for your saltwater fishing tackle, a 3 way swivel with a sinker and a 6 to 8 inch leader works well.
  2. You have to be right on the wreck or in the rocks or you won’t catch.
  3. Best fished from a boat or from a rocky shore line.
  • Best Places To Catch Them:
  1. Any natural or artificial reef is a good spot.
  2. Any rock pile in the ocean or bay is likely to hold fish at one time of the year or another.
  • Tips to Conserve Saltwater Fishing Tackle:
  1. Make sure to bring plenty of rigs. You’ll need them since you’ll be fishing in areas full of snags.
  2. Use a pole with a strong tip so you can get a good fast hook set.
  3. Some people like to tie the sinker on with lighter weight mono then the line your fishing with. If the sinker gets snagged it can break free and allow you to save the rest of the rig.

For more helpful Jersey Shore fishing tips as well as awesome saltwater fishing tackle, bait, and other fishing equipment, check out Fin-atics. Serving the Cape May County area, this fishing tackle store offers quality supplies both in their Ocean City NJ store and online at good prices. Contact them at (609) 398-2248 or visit the website.

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Fishing Tackle Store Tips – Catching Striped Bass

Are you excited to catch some striped bass this season? This fishing tackle store sure is! Striped bass are on a come back in the Jersey Shore due to conservation from a few decades ago. They are perhaps the most sought after fish in the Jersey Shore area because of their size, close proximity to shore and their long strong drag wrenching strikes. They can be caught along the beaches, bays, and tidal rivers and rarely go more than a few miles from shore. Let’s talk about when they are around and how to get ’em!

Info On Striped Bass – Fishing Tackle Store

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Time of Year to Catch:
Striped bass usually arrive in mid to late April and will sometimes hang around until early winter. smaller stripers are usually more plentiful in the spring and the larger ones are usually caught in the fall.
How To Catch Them:
  • This fishing tackle store and any avid angler would recommend drifting live eels or sandworms usually accounts for the most fish.
  • Sandworms in the spring and eels in the fall is a good strategy to go by.
  • Both baits can be worked by tying a rig using a 3-way swivel. Tie the 3-way to the line coming off your pole. On the remaining 2 swivel loops tie a 12-18 inch dropper for your sinker, and a 5-6 foot leader for your hook. A 25 lb. leader is a good happy medium since Stripers don’t have teeth and you want to keep line visibility down to a minimum. Use the lightest sinker that will allow you to hold bottom. Let your sinker hit the bottom and continue to bounce as you drift. Keep your conventional reel in free spool with the clicker on. When a fish hits the clicker will sound. Let the fish run for a few seconds, engage the reel and set the hook with a sharp strong motion. When fishing with an eel it’s a good idea to let the Bass run a little longer to make sure the eels entire length is taken.
  • Chunking from an anchored boat is also an effective method to fish for striped bass. Toss out Bunker chunks to attract fish while dropping back pieces of cut bunker on your hook.
  • Trolling tubes, jigs, bunker spoons, plugs or umbrella rigs work well also. This method is highly effective for locating fish. Some sharpies will troll to locate the fish and then anchor or drift in the area with bait. In order to keep your trolling lures down at the right depth it is usually necessary to troll with heavy drail sinkers or wire line. Wire line trolling is most effective. Some sharpies also use down riggers. Make sure you use at least a 6 ft mono leader when trolling for striped bass because they tend to be line shy. Stripers like a very slow troll, so maintain a very slow speed. If you can’t slow your boat down enough either drag a sea anchor or a 5 gallon bucket.

Any supplies in the info above can be easily purchased at any fishing tackle store.

Best Places To Catch Them:
Jersey Shore party boats charter boats will fish for Striped Bass. Some fish exclusively in the evening. From north to south the most popular party and charter boat areas for Stripers are Leonardo, Atlantic Highlands, Shark River & Belmar, Brielle & Point Pleasant, Barnegat Light and Cape May. If you have your own boat and a good fishing tackle store to go to, here are some popular areas

  • Sandy Hook Area – Sandy Hook Rip and channel, Flynns Knoll, Roamer Shoal, Schrewsbury Rocks.
  • Point Pleasant – Manasquan Inlet jetty and rock jetties along the shore
  • Barnegat Light – Along rock jetties on LBI and Island Beach State Park. Barnegat Inlet jetties
  • Cape May – Cape May rips

Extra Fishing Tackle Store Tips for Striped Bass

  • When chunking be sure not to be too generous or skimpy with the chunks. It’s a good idea to release 4 or 5 chunks every 2-3 minutes to keep a consistent slick to attract and hold fish. Too many chunks and the fish will hang back for the easy meal and not bother to move up into the slick near your hook. Too little chum and your not going to hold or attract fish. Use fresh rather then frozen bunker if you can get it. One bunker is cut into about 4 to 5 chunks. Don’t waste the head it’s good bait since its bony and will stay on the hook longer.
  • When trolling, speed is critical for Bass. Between 2.0 and 2.5 knots is a good speed. When trolling bunker spoons slow it down until you see your pole pulsing in an erratic side to side and bobbing motion.
  • When party boat fishing you usually drift so try and stay in the bow or stern so you can stay on the side where the lines are drifting.
  • When fishing from shore with bait it’s best to use a float rig. It keeps the bait off the bottom and away from crabs. You can purchase one from almost any fishing tackle store. Cut bunker and clams are best after a storm and live eels are optimal at night.
  • If you’re surf casting with lures you need only cast beyond the breaking waves. Striped bass love the suds because of the structure and water motion. If you plan to fish on jetties use jetty spikes since jetties are usually very slippery and can lead to injury or death if you lose your balance.
  • Always look for rips and tears in the water because striped bass are attracted to structure and water motion.

For more helpful Jersey Shore fishing tips as well as awesome fishing bait, tackle, and other fishing equipment, check out Fin-atics. Serving the Cape May County area, this fishing tackle store offers quality supplies both in their Ocean City NJ store and online at good prices. Contact them at (609) 398-2248 or visit the website.

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Surf Fishing Tips | Bait and Tackle Store

South Jersey and the Ocean City NJ area has great backwater fishing through its network of bays, creeks and lagoons. The boat fishing in the region is excellent as well. Offshore humps serve as staging areas for migrating stripers and the water exchange at the large inlets form areas where bass stop to feed in the spring and fall. The surf fishing, on the other hand, isn’t so great. The flat, slowly sloping beaches and shallow water would make most surfcasters to opt for LBI and parts north. Despite those factors, large striped bass still move through in the spring and fall, and anglers may be able to intercept them. Today we will talk about the necessary supplies you will need from a local bait and tackle store.

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Baiting up: Successfully fishing the South Jersey beachfront requires a “bait and wait” approach. Clams are the most used bait. Fresh bunker also works, and will help keep from hooking some of the less desirable fish like dogfish and skates. Fresh or even live mullet is another great choice.

At a bait and tackle store, you will need to pick up more than a 4oz weights to go surf fishing in South Jersey. In fact, if 4 ounces isn’t holding bottom, it’s probably too churned up to hook something. A 3oz pyramid sinker usually can do the perfect job.

The best rig depends on the bait. Mullet and bunker are best fished on a fish-finder rig because the sliding sinker will allow the fish to eat these larger baits without feeling any resistance. Clams will work on either a fish-finder or a high-low rig as stripers inhale these soft baits immediately, allowing an angler to set the hook as soon as he feels a bump.

While few anglers try it, live eels fished off the jetties can be very productive. I’ve landed stripers in excess of 40 pounds on live eels off the tips of the jetties at the north end of Ocean City. The jetties at Great Egg Harbor and Townsend inlets are also great places to fish live eels.

Rods should be 10 or 11 feet long and rated for 2 to 6 ounces. Reels with a bait-feeder feature like the Shimano Baitrunner are always useful. For line, 20-pound-test monofilament or 50-pound-test braided line is just fine. For any supplies that you are lacking, you can easily pick them up from any local bait and tackle store.
Plug Option: While most of the stripers caught in the South Jersey surf fall to bait, there are a number of places where lures work quite well. The best plugging beaches tend to have well-defined structure. Jetties, groynes, and outflow pipes that stretch out from a beach all are good areas to use lures. Close to inlets, the moving water creates rips and current seams that provide ambush points for stripers and great places for fishermen to fish a jig or lure. For lures, leave the big plugs and pencil poppers for your trips up north. Instead, try buying minnow-style swimming plugs, small metal lip plugs, small to medium-sized poppers, 4 to 6-inch swim shads, and 6 to 8-inch soft plastic baits from a local bait and tackle store.
When plugging the surf, casting next to the jetty has usually resulted in more success than casting from the jetty. Bass will often be tight to the rocks waiting to ambush any baitfish or crabs that come out into the open. Walking from jetty to jetty at sunrise, casting a popper on each side is one of the best ways to hook up.
On the tips of the jetties, cast a minnow-style plug up-current and retrieve it slowly so the current swings it around the front of the jetty. There is often a striper or two on the down-current side of the jetty tip waiting to pounce on any baitfish swept past in the current. Some of my biggest stripers were hooked using this technique with a black Bomber after dark. Away from the jetties, sandy areas can be productive for plugging in the fall when mullet and peanut bunker move along the shore, bringing feeding stripers with them.
Lure fishing these beaches and jetties is best accomplished with an 8- to 9-foot rod rated for ½ to 2-ounce lures. Long casts are rarely needed, and longer rods can sometimes be a hindrance when fishing around jetties. Braided line of 30-pound-test with a 30-pound-test fluorocarbon leader is highly recommended.

Fin-atics is a Ocean City NJ based bait and tackle store that offers a huge variety of fishing gear and kayaks both in store and online. They serve the Jersey Shore area in towns such as Ocean City, Lower, Middle, Cape May, Wildwood, Woodbine, Avalon, Upper, Dennis Township, Stone Harbor, West Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood, Cape May Point, West Cape May, Sea Isle City, and many more. Contact them today at 1-866-224-2248 or visit their website.

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