Category Archives: Fishing Reports

2017 season is off to a great start .

4/30/2017  A new season is here .                                                                      Our customer Joe from philly came out on a fishing adventure with us back in the fall last year as he was new to kayak fishing and wanted proper instruction  , and so we worked on safety and paddle strokes along with saltwater fishing techniques . After a long winter Joe was ready to go fishing again ,   April was  very crazy , but , spring is here and so came in the big bluefish for play time . So we did just that .    Come Fish with us .

Joe hooked up and in a slug fest .
five minutes into it and coming up .

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10 / 8 /16 Ron from New York and I met at the kayak fishing and outdoor show after our Kayak Fishing the NJ Coast presentation Ron had attended,  he full of questions and I was ready to answer , he wanted to fish on the first weekend in May in the Wild Wood area as  his family had a place there already , but , he wanted a lesson and a tour of the fish holding waters . So we came up with a date before his business started to get crazy , sad to say our whole weekend got blown out by a big and bad coastal storm that brought in extreme high tides and made it to dangerous to go out.  Months later after the summer had come and gone we hooked up and made a special night & day booking . We met at The kayak Fishing Store at 11 pm. and made our way for some night-time kayak fishing . Ron did great and listened to everything i suggested as we went from light to light in search of a striped bass for Ron and he got just that , his first kayak caught Striper.

Looking for some night time action.
And Ron got it .

A  little sleep was needed after our night hunt , a few hours later we were back out in the morning.

Ron getting his forward stroke down nicely .
Another sub schooly for Ron
The release
Happy and tired Ron . thanks for fishing with us .
Fish with us Catcha a smile.

 

October came through .

10/29/016        The fall came on slow with warm water temps lasting longer than normal . I received a call from Dave who was coming to town from Orlando Fla. on business and wanted to take his friend George on a  kayak fishing trip , we had a one day window and it turned out great . Dave was a very good angler and brought his own custom made rods , I rigged him up with a DOA Cal in root beer on a 1/4 oz jig head , he was used to pedal power so he useed the Slayer 13 propel . George was just happy to be out with his friend and paddled  a loaner from the Kayak fishing store my buddy Chris.  George was  big at 6’6, I wanted him to be comfortable ,  he hung in there and enjoyed himself , with their witty sense of humor these   boys were a blast to have out on a charter , Thanks for fishing with us.

The sun brought warmth to a chilly fall morning.
Dave and a nice schooly bass.
Dave got a few .
These two were a trip.

 

2017 Fly Fishing Show .

The 2017 Fly fishing show

lefty and me talking fishing and camera’s
The Fly Fishing Show was packed for three days in a row as people came from all over to see new rods and reels from the different manufactures that displayed all their latest fly tackle . I worked with Temple Fork Outfitters once again and had a blast , we have a true All Starr team .I also did two presentations one on Friday and one Sunday in the Hotel’s media room , the show was called ” kayak fishing the New jersey Coast “.
and Approx 25 people came on Friday with a lot of question asked and energy filled the room . Three days of trade show can put a hurting on your voice and feet , that’s for sure , but , the fun of it all makes it worth every minute when you see old friends with smiles on their face .
My Amigo Raul from Mexico owner of Tarpon Town .

Show season is over and the first keeper Striped Bass caught.

Well the 2016 show season is over as we had a full line up working with Temple Forks Outfitters , The kayak Fishing Store and Belhaven Paddle sports . the venues were The Kayak Fishing and Outdoor Adventures Expo , The Fly Fishing Show and The Greater Philadelphia Outdoors show . All were great shows , I enjoyed doing presentation’s and meeting people from all over , you might not know it but Shows can wear your butt, Now we are finally recuperated and fishing season is upon us as the first keeper Striped Bass was caught just a few miles from base camp . The yoyo weather systems we have been having are crazy, but Bass and Bunker are in the river and the fishing will get consistent soon the with rising water temps . As of now the ocean temps off the N.J. coast is at 49 degrees and the rivers hit low 50’s . We are taking booking’s now for the 2016 season , with our working man rates remaining the same for 2016 and we look forward to taking new clients out Kayak fishing and our repeating customers coming back for more adventures . Hope to hear from you soon.
tight line ,swift paddles

Ricky Wolbert

2015 Was a Good Year!

2015 Was a Good Year!

What an awesome  season it was , and when time fly’s by so fast your head spins you got to slow it down , here is a little snippet from guiding last year and our fishing season  of 2015 .

Spring fishing started at the beginning of  May , it could not come fast enough after a very long and cold harsh winter kept water temps down and not to spring like . As the back bays hit a happy temp for the Bass they started their spring push but that only lasted a few weeks  , then all the sudden almost every back bay was invaded by some very large narly Bluefish. It was just the kind of fun we needed as the Bluefish were  taking plugs on top , metal and soft baits sub surface with reckless abandonment , they were a hoot for our customers to play catch and release with a snap shot for memories .

Eva getting towed by a Narly Bluefish.
Eva getting towed by a Narly Bluefish.
Eva loves the New Jersey Bluefish.
Eva loves the New Jersey Bluefish.
Howie tickled the toothy one as he set him free.
Howie tickled the toothy one as he set him free.
Charlie had a nice blue fish hit his jig and minnow combo.
Charlie had a nice blue fish hit his jig and minnow combo.

Once the weather got normal for a few week and then an above normal spell shot water temps up really fast and the big stripers packed up and moved out to deeper water and the schoolies  moved in close , with just a short paddle distance from the launch area  for our customers that are new to saltwater kayak fishing  these young Bass provide a great thrill when a hook up takes place and turn into a worthy opponent all in a half a second , clients  love to yell out , laugh and smile , some times it  just works out .

BAM , the bass hits.
BAM , the bass hits.
Matt with a nice schoolie bass.
Matt with a nice schoolie bass.

July got hot and so did the summer Fluke fishing  as these bad boys were laid up sipping on bait in the back country.

Tom hits one and its' a 18"keeper .
Tom hits one and its’ a 18″keeper .
Vicious hit turns into a keeper.
Vicious hit turns into a keeper for Charlie .

This guy was 24" and 5lb 2oz and won the tournament . I liked him so much I brought him back to camp with me.

This guy was 24″ and 5lb 2oz and won the tournament . I liked him so much I brought him back to camp with me .

My buddy Harry tied up the teaser that fooled this bad boy.
My buddy Harry tied up the teaser that fooled this bad boy.

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Breakfast on the water.
Breakfast on the water.
These guys were a blast to take out on a Coastal kayak Fishing Adventure.
These guys were a blast to take out on a Coastal kayak Fishing Adventure.
A shorty to get us rolling.
A shorty to get us rolling.

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Fall came and went with a lot of time spent in my Native Watercraft first-class kayak seat and I prolly paddled my Slayer 14.5 than I pedaled the Propel 13 , I am a Paddler for sure . More posts to come with time on hand in winter months  and I need to be more regimented on timely  reports and posts. As I go through all my photos and video I see the whole season is a big blur , meeting and fishing with so many good people  every week, I thank you, always keep traveling up and down the Jersey shore looking for that coastal kayak fishing adventure . Fish with us Catch a smile

Tight lines & Swift paddles

Ricky Wolbert

June 19 2015

Friday June 19th 2015 ,  air/water temps 87/68 , tide incoming. winds wsw @ 7/11 kts.

Tom Brown and his buddy Charlie came down the Jersey shore hoping for a good day of Fluking . After visiting West Creek Bait and Tackle for some live minnows I met up with the guy’s , man were they ready to go. So I fit each of them with a PFD along with a safety and paddling briefing and splash off we went.Tom was pedaling the Slayer Propel 13 , he loved it in a few cranks he was off to the races. Charlie was in the Manta Ray 12 , his arms cranked like a  2 stroke motor sending white water in the air.

 

Tom & Charlie just getting warmed up.
Tom & Charlie just getting warmed up.

The plan was to entice the flounder into eating our lures / fly’s / jigs.

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Charlie jiged one up .
A shorty to get us rolling.
A shorty to get us rolling.
Tom hits one and its' a 18"keeper .
Tom hits one and its’ a 18″keeper .

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After Tom and Charlie both had fish landed I felt a nice sigh of relief , I said a silent thank you to the fishing gods.

Charlie had a nice blue fish hit his jig and minnow combo.
Charlie had a nice blue fish hit his jig and minnow combo.
Breakfast on the water.
Breakfast on the water.
Vicious hit turns into a keeper.
Vicious hit turns into a keeper

All the storms went north for us and the day went great, ending with a nice slow tide ride back to the launch site picking up short fluke along the way.

Bounty for the table .
Bounty for the table .

 

 

These guys were a blast to take out on a Coastal kayak Fishing Adventure.
These guys were a blast to take out on a Coastal kayak Fishing Adventure.

Come Fish With Us

 

 

Saturday June 13th 2015

June 13th 2015  , Meet Josh ,  (A very good fly caster)from North Jersey ,  he put a trip together for him and his dad Carlos to come down the shore and get their new Native watercraft propel’s  they purchased from The Kayak Fishing Store  (TKFS) salty on the bay fishing .

Josh preparing to stnd for the first time in his new propel
Josh preparing to stand up and fly cast for the first time in his new Native Slayer 13 Propel .

The father and son team came the night before our trip and stayed at one of the  cabins in the campground  Chips Folly, this is were we  keep our Campa Playa Lotta fish camp. I met them upon arrival and we spoke about the next days  game plan , 5 am comes quick when you have to rig up  multiple rods yet and it’s 9 pm.

A true shore lunch.
A true shore lunch. ( what kind of Hoagie you like )

The wind blew at 8 kts at launch time and pushed up to 11 kts a little to early so no top water action .IMGP1023 IMGP1024

Josh wanted to swing some fly’s from the bank ,  so that just what we did. Carlos casts a DOA 4″ paddle Tail in search of a stripe bass.

BAM , the bass hits.
BAM , the bass hits.

A good day out on another coastal kayak fishing adventure.

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West Creek kayak and Canoe hosted a fishing tournament.

Saturday June 6th Glenn of  West Creek Kayak and Canoe along with Eric Chamberlin from the F.B. page NJ Kayak and Canoe Paddlers, Fisherman and Fans hosted the store’s first annual Fluke Tournament . Everyone met at the store for a meet and greet , about 15 anglers  participated  and with a quick going over some simple rules off we went.

The plastic fleet drifting with the tide.
The plastic fleet drifting with the tide.
Glenn got some float and fish time in.
Glenn got some float and fish time in.

The morning was cool with rain showers in the area ,  but,  our spirits were high as we jigged the bottom of the creek for the summer flounder that we  like to call Fluke here in the Jersey shore.

Shawn scored the first Fluke of the day , a nice 19 incher.
Shawn scored the first Fluke of the day , a nice 19 incher.
Eric and his son Brandon.
Eric and his son Brandon.

 

John in his Ocean Trident
John in his Ocean Trident
Phil making his way down the creek.
Phil making his way down the creek.

The bites were few and far in between for that many guys so we decided to move across the bay. Looking out for the weekend boat traffic and paddling hard we made it and then the clouds opened up on us for just a few minutes, if you didn’t have a rain jacket you got a good soaking for sure, but hey the fish are already wet  right . It didn’t take long before the bites started , a slow steady pick of shorts and keeper flounder found our baits and honored us with a hook up and fight . Then this Bad Boy Fluke crushed my teaser.

This guy was 24" and 5lb 2oz and won the tournament . I liked  him so much I brought him back to camp with me.
This guy was 24″ and 5lb 2oz and won the tournament . I liked him so much I brought him back to camp with me.
Brandon , John and myself after a mile paddle back to the launch .
Brandon , John and myself after a mile paddle back to the launch .

Back at the shop it was cook out time with dogs and burgers and beers for all . It was great meeting new kayak anglers from all over , I’m sure we will meet again soon . Thanks to all for a good time .

The guys talking about the fishing and the fluke we all missed
The guys talking about the fishing and the fluke we all missed
The participants of the tournament .
The participants of the tournament .
weigh in at West Creek Bait & Tackle with  owner Lenora.
weigh in at West Creek Bait & Tackle with owner Lenora.
My buddy Harry tied up the teaser that fooled this bad boy.
My buddy Harry tied up the teaser that fooled this bad boy.

 

Our 2015 Season starts off with a big bite!

 Our 2015 Season starts off with a big bite!

We waited a long time this  year as old man winter held his cold grip on the New Jersey  coast and setting the spring run back a few weeks. I like to make sure the water temps are safe for the clients before we go off on a Kayak fishing adventure . Our first trip was set for Friday May 1st but the winds and a small coastal storm pushed us off till the next day .

Saturday May 2nd I had the pleasure of guiding Howard and Eva from Moorestown N.J.   , they arrived at our meeting spot on time and were very excited as they fish  fresh water all the time and waited for this day  in the salt . I had all rods rigged and ready to go and after a brief safety check  we launched into the bay. the winds were just starting for wake up as it was now 6.30 am , the lite breeze was coming from the north- east and  at about 5kts , pushing the tide as it was coming in from the inlet. We had a perfect drift if we were fishing for Fluke , but it was Striped Bass and Blue Fish we were looking for . I rigged a large popper on my saltwater  TFO  med/heavy rod for Howard and a med rod for Eva and a light popper and suggested that they fan the area and told them if the Blues are here we will ring their breakfast bell , sure enough with in five minutes Howard had a blow up and then a nice  hit and hook up he was off getting towed around the area for a few minutes till it came to net. Howard was happy and I was relieved . We took a few quick pictures and released the 30 plus inch Yellow Eyed Devil back into the salt. The fishing gods smiled on us that day for sure . Thank you Howard and Eva for coming out and fishing with me.

Howie caught so many we loss count.
Howie caught so many we loss count.

 

Howie tickled the toothy one as he set him free.

 

 

Howard wooped his Blue Fish.
Howard whooped his Blue Fish.
Eva getting towed by a Narly Bluefish.
Eva getting towed by a Narly Bluefish.

 

Eva loves the New Jersey Bluefish.
Eva loves the New Jersey Bluefish.
 Big NJ Blue ready to be released .Please watch your fingers Eva
Big NJ Blue ready to be released .Please watch your fingers Eva

 

Howard and me with Eva in the back ground.
Howard and me with Eva in the back ground.
one for the grill
One for the grill.
What a day on the salt water.
What a day on the salt water.