Laura Sport Fishing

Charter Fishing LBI with Captain Mark Finelli

Capt. Mark has been known to keep precise fishing records and counts of every fish caught on every trip he's taken. He can tell you exactly how many stripers he caught in 2011 if you ask him. This area provides blog-style accounts of most of the charter fishing trip he goes on. No "fishing stories" here.

Boat is in and the fish are biting!  Karol had an awesome day on 4/29. He caught a 15.5 pound tog and a 12 pounder

Boat is in and the fish are biting! Karol had an awesome day on 4/29. He caught a 15.5 pound tog and a 12 pounder

May 3rd, 2018

Fluke are biting

Fluke are biting

August 10th, 2017

Fluke is in full swing every trip has keepers with some limits mixed in.  

Summer fishing

Summer fishing

July 12th, 2017

This summer he had some of the biggest bluefish I have seen in a long time.   We’re getting out as much as we can.  Call for availability and check out laura Sportfishing on Facebook for more up to date posts 

Spring stripers are here

Spring stripers are here

May 25th, 2017

Right now we are catching stripers on the snag and drop.  Seabass and Fluke open this weekend.  All prices remain the same it is always best to call me if you would like to book.  I update my Facebook page more often than the web so feel free to like Laura Sportfishing.  Here’s a big one from last week.  

Mitchell’s on the Seabass

Mitchell’s on the Seabass

May 28th, 2016

Mitchell's on the seabass

JJ, Neil, Rob, Jon & Breck

JJ, Neil, Rob, Jon & Breck

April 23rd, 2016

 

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The Laura is back in the water and the Tog are biting!  Hopefully the rain stops and the stripers show up in force.  All prices are the same from last year.  $375 for 3 anglers, $450 for 4 and $550 for 5.  I am starting a facebook page as well so remember to like it to get more recent reports.  I also lost my cellphone and with it years of contacts so please shoot me a text if you want a call to go fishing.  Seabass opens May 23rd with a limit of ten fish per person until June 19th.  So call to get on the schedule.

The Mitchell Boys!

The Mitchell Boys!

December 12th, 2015

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Good times again with the Mitchell’s.  Things started out strong with 5 keeper blackfish and 6 bass in the first hour and a half but then the fish went on a hunger strike.  We tried a lot of ways to try and get the bass to turn on but couldn’t coax another bite.  Either way no wind and 60 degrees I December makes for a good time.

Jon & Dan with a mixed bag!

Jon & Dan with a mixed bag!

December 10th, 2015

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Jon and Dan score a mixed bag 13 bass a bunch of tog with three keepers.   This was Dan’s first Striper and first fishing trip!

Brian, Tom & Jon Back for more!

Brian, Tom & Jon Back for more!

December 6th, 2015

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In one of the best days of striper fishing I have ever been a part of we caught 92 stripers on everything in the tacklebox by 11 am.

Tom, Brian and Jon back for more!

Tom, Brian and Jon back for more!

November 30th, 2015

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In an epic morning of fishing the guys team up for their limit and 27 stripers back at the dock early with a cooler full of filets!!!! We caught bass on bunker, storm shads, and spot.

Papa with a beast!

Papa with a beast!

November 25th, 2015

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Nice morning 8 bass caught on snag and drop in front of the Harvey Cedars water tower.   We had a whale put on a full display for over an hour!

Tom & Son

Tom & Son

November 24th, 2015

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6 Bass 4 for the box a great day for father and son!

Brian& Tom First Stripers!

Brian& Tom First Stripers!

November 22nd, 2015

 

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Snag & Drop action for Brian and Tom

Scott and Rob Epic Fishing!

Scott and Rob Epic Fishing!

November 16th, 2015

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Scott and Rob teamed up for some all time great snag and drop fishing!  We had fish to 46 inches all morning catching around 25!

Snag & Drop Action!

Snag & Drop Action!

November 5th, 2015

 

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Jon and Martin hit the first big bass action of the fall!  We caught ten big bass before 11 am and release all but these 2 for the table. All on snag and drop.

Brett and Bob

Brett and Bob

November 2nd, 2015

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Sea Shell Striper Derby

Sea Shell Striper Derby

November 1st, 2015

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Ron & Joe go catching!

Ron & Joe go catching!

September 19th, 2015

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Stripers!

Stripers!

September 15th, 2015

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Mixed Bag!

Mixed Bag!

August 22nd, 2015

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Rory, Rhett and Bob combine with Croakers, Porgy, Bluefish, Pufferfish and Triggerfish as well as releasing seabass and Tautog

Billy and Scott

Billy and Scott

August 19th, 2015

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Scott and Billy with Triggerfish, Croaker, Porgy, Tautog and Pufferfish, we also released 2 Stripers!

Scott’s Back For More!!

Scott’s Back For More!!

August 18th, 2015

 

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Scott’s back for a great morning of fishing!  This trip was our record for the year for most species we caught 3 Striped Bass, 3 Bluefish, 1 Keeper Fluke, 1 Triggerfish, 1 Ling, 4 Keeper Porgy’s, 2 Croakers, plus some skates and black seabass which were released.

Scott and Calvin

Scott and Calvin

August 16th, 2015

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Father & Son Team up for some Tog, Porgy’s, Croakers and Triggerfish!

Scott and Greenhorn John

Scott and Greenhorn John

August 11th, 2015

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Scott (right) and Jon (left)  team up for 34 bluefish and about 10 triggerfish in 2.5 hours one afternoon.  We kept 3 triggerfish for a meal and all others were released.

Scott, Harry and Mike

Scott, Harry and Mike

August 3rd, 2015

 

 

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Harry was high hook with the boys catching, Tog, Fluke, Triggerfish, and Porgy’s they kept enough for the table and caught over 50 fish in three hours!

Four Species of Keepers!

Four Species of Keepers!

July 17th, 2015

 

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Seabass, Tog, Triggerfish and Porgys

for The Roman Guy and crew!

More Triggers!

More Triggers!

July 6th, 2015

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Trigger Happy!

Trigger Happy!

July 5th, 2015

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Dan and Son Jacob combine for 14 triggerfish and 6 keeper seabass

we let tons of porgy’s, blackfish, seabass ad fluke go!

Paul, Herb and Shannon on the seabass

Paul, Herb and Shannon on the seabass

June 19th, 2015

33 Keeper Seabass 2 Ling check out the 4.5 pound bomber in the foreground!

 

 

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Chuck, Sean and Joe with a Seabass Smackdown!

Chuck, Sean and Joe with a Seabass Smackdown!

June 16th, 2015

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26 Keeper Seabass and 1 Keeper Fluke, Tons of Fun!

seabass….seabass…SEABASS!!!

seabass….seabass…SEABASS!!!

May 30th, 2015

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The Rogers family teams up for 30 keeper Seabass and a Cod in one stop!

Seabass!!!!!

Seabass!!!!!

May 29th, 2015

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Joe and Sons Kevin and Sean team up for 2 nice cod and 17 keeper seabass check the trophy page to see the two 10 pound plus tautog released!

Dan gets a 30 Pounder!

Dan gets a 30 Pounder!

May 20th, 2015

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Ron catches a cow!

Ron catches a cow!

May 15th, 2015

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First Trip

First Trip

April 26th, 2015

 

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Joe D with a nice Tog one of eight keepers we released more than 30 shorts

Dave with a Big Bay Bass

Dave with a Big Bay Bass

November 9th, 2014

We caught 7 keepers and 2 shorts by 8:30 am all on live spot in the bay Dave with Big Bay Bass

Go Eagles!

Go Eagles!

November 4th, 2014

Jimmy Keller with 2 of 11 Striped Bass caught this morning on the Laura.

The Rogers Family

The Rogers Family

August 1st, 2014

The Rogers family lays the smack down on the fluke! The biggest was 25 inches. We also released 3 Striped Bass.

Bob, Adam, Dylan, and Hutch

Bob, Adam, Dylan, and Hutch

July 25th, 2014

They team up for 10 short stripers, 50 bluefish, a keepr fluke, and a triggerfish!

Horatio gets a keeper Striper

Horatio gets a keeper Striper

July 15th, 2014

Scott, Horatio, and Carter team up for 12 Stripers, 12 Blues, and released some nice Tautog. They were back at the dock by 9am!

Pete with a nice one

Pete with a nice one

July 10th, 2014

Pete lands a beautiful fish Striped Bass on the Laura. And what a picturesque July morning too.

Vincent and Dylan tear it up!

Vincent and Dylan tear it up!

July 6th, 2014

Vincent and Dylan do an excellent job of reeling in keeper after keeper over top of a sunken gold mine. They bring home a limit of Seabass and some Ling off a very productive Wreck.

Nice wreck fishing now

Nice wreck fishing now

June 22nd, 2014

Jerry and John with a mess of keeper seabass and ling! The weather is hot and the wrecks are even hotter!

Stripers, Seabass, and Ling

Stripers, Seabass, and Ling

June 7th, 2014

Big Jon and company pick up a nice bass in the upper 20 pound range. Another was lost at the boat. Wreck fishing was lucrative though catching a lot of Seabass and a few ling.

The Laura goes in the water April 15

The Laura goes in the water April 15

April 8th, 2014

One week until we’re back on the water! Early Spring is an excellent time for striper fishing. Call today to book your trip.

Boat Limits Again!

Boat Limits Again!

November 22nd, 2013

A five man limit for the Laura and back to the dock before lunch! Fish were caught on black hogy’s and black umbrella rigs. Only one bass was caught on a different color today.

Striper Limits!

Striper Limits!

November 17th, 2013

Big Jon and the boys ice their 5 man striper limit and lay the smack down on the blues!

The bass are here!

The bass are here!

November 14th, 2013

The bass were here this morning. Saw 13 bass on jigs and trolling with 5 keepers.

The Mitchell Boys start the Fall Striper run!

The Mitchell Boys start the Fall Striper run!

November 13th, 2013

The Mitchell boys got the Fall Striper run started on Tuesday!

Benito and the boys with some excellent summer seabass fishing!

Benito and the boys with some excellent summer seabass fishing!

July 7th, 2013

Benito and the boys with some excellent summer seabass fishing. 35 keeper seabass plus a trio of ling for the box! Action was drop and reel for about 2 hours. Three of the guys had never fished before and after a quick tutorial all were catching.

Clobbering sea bass on the wrecks

Clobbering sea bass on the wrecks

June 25th, 2013

Good times for Billy and his family. The picked 29 keeper seabass on roughly 75 fish and had a ton of fun!

Wreck fishing at it’s best!

Wreck fishing at it’s best!

June 21st, 2013

Seabass Destruction!!! Dave P and his crew with 45 keeper seabass, 2 ling, 1 porgy and plenty of shorts. By 11 am they had enough drop and reel action so we headed in and topped off the box with a couple of bluefish.

Jon, Josh and Brian mug the Seabass!

Jon, Josh and Brian mug the Seabass!

May 29th, 2013

50 keepers in our first Seabass run of the year. Seabass are fished over manmade or natural reefs where the boat is anchored and you drop to the bottom with 2 hooks and at times almost immediately get bites. Today about 100 fish were caught to get to 50 keepers.

Bass n’ Blues!

Bass n’ Blues!

May 27th, 2013

Dan and Tom O’Neill along with buddy Joe B, team up for 6 Bass and 15 Blues on Memorial Day!

Mark with his Biggest Striper ever!

Mark with his Biggest Striper ever!

May 16th, 2013

The cow bass are here in LBI but they only stick around for a short time so call to book.

The Trophy Bass are here!

The Trophy Bass are here!

May 11th, 2013

Brian W and his parents troll up some cow bass! We ended the day with two 34 pounders, one 25 pounder and two 17 pounders. Brian’s Mom caught the biggest one!

Awesome bass fishing!

Awesome bass fishing!

May 5th, 2013

Had the Bob B crew out for some awesome bass fishing. We had limits in about 3.5 hours in the Bay! In total we had 13 bass with 8 keepers all on clams.

Continuing to pound the Tog

Continuing to pound the Tog

April 26th, 2013

It was a limit of Tog for the boat once again, in addtion Joe had his first ever Cod and it was a keeper!

Tog action is hot!

Tog action is hot!

April 25th, 2013

The Tog action continues to be hot as Jon B and his crew came back and had their limit in about 2.5 hours. The biggest fish went about 5 pounds.

First trip of the year and it was a blast!

First trip of the year and it was a blast!

April 20th, 2013

Jon B and his crew iced 3 stripers and 12 keeper Tog fishing in the Bay and Ocean. It was a long Winter and and man am I pumped up for this year!

Season Opener

Season Opener

April 9th, 2013

Now booking trips for the Spring striped bass run, blackfish and the May 18th seabass opener!

First bass!

First bass!

December 1st, 2012

After catching their first bass, they said “this is easy” and decided to catch 15 more. Great day on the water: 16 bass, with 3 keepers.

Great day of fishing!

Great day of fishing!

November 29th, 2012

John B and his crew catch 6 keeper Tog and many shorts, as well as 12 Bass and 1 Blue to round out a great day of catching. It’s pretty chilly, but November offers the most consistent Striper fishing in NJ.

The Mitchell Boys!

The Mitchell Boys!

November 21st, 2012

The Mitchell boys tough out the cold weather to lay the smack down with 5 keepers and 14 Striped Bass in total. All the fish were in the inlet on Spot.

You always remember your first Striper!

You always remember your first Striper!

October 28th, 2012

Jack R with his first Striped Bass and he did a heck of a job battling this fish like a pro. Dates available in late November and early December. Call 856-341-6562 to book.

13 Species!

13 Species!

September 16th, 2012

Jim, Neil and JJ caught Triggerfish, Porgy’s, Bluefish, Tog, Fluke, Seabass, Blowfish, Croakers and a few assorted junkfish fishing inshore. We kept what we wanted for the table and had a great day fishing!

Trigger happy!

Trigger happy!

August 22nd, 2012

Nick, Josh and Colton kept 25 of 35 Triggerfish caught before 9:30am. In addition, about 15 Bluefish, 2 Tautog, and a mess of Porgy’s and Seabass were released.

It pays to go fishing!

It pays to go fishing!

August 2nd, 2012

Paul, Scott, and Steven with some big seabass. Paul was the pool winner with his 2.7 pounder. The fish had a red Rutgers tag in it so he will receive 100 dollars and a hat from the university!

Rusty and Chris spend the day catching!

Rusty and Chris spend the day catching!

July 27th, 2012

After warming up on about 20 bluefish between 1-4 pounds we decided to go put some meat in box with 15 keeper Seabass on about 50 fish.

Wreck fishing still hot!

Wreck fishing still hot!

July 19th, 2012

Paul Michele, from the Outdoor Channel’s Madfin Shark Series, and his brothers, Tommy and Johnny, team up with Captain Mark on a successful wreck trip. While it wasn’t a shark, Paul caught the biggest fish of the day!

Andy comes up big!

Andy comes up big!

July 18th, 2012

Andy with a nice July Striper. We caught “the cycle” of fish today: Fluke, Weakfish, Bass and Bluefish. What a great morning!

“We had such a great day fishing with you!”

“We had such a great day fishing with you!”

July 15th, 2012

"You made sure we caught a fish and for more than one of us….our first fish. It was a perfect day on the water, thanks to your clean boat and your genuine willingness to please." -Cathryn Z.

Mr. & Mrs. Patterson clobber weak fish!

Mr. & Mrs. Patterson clobber weak fish!

July 13th, 2012

Mrs. Patterson caught her first weakie in 80 years of fishing! They had over 20 Flounder, a few Weak Fish, and some Hickory Shad chumming grass shrimp in Barnegat Bay.

Sylvester on the weakies!

Sylvester on the weakies!

July 11th, 2012

Sylverster caught a few nice Weak Fish. Keeper Flounder in Barnegat Bay is also heating up. The wrecks still have drop and reel action.

Wreck fishing is hot!

Wreck fishing is hot!

July 4th, 2012

Ming, Billy and the crew with their mess of seabass. Billy won the pool and was high hook! I had some crab pots soaking, so on the way in I was able to get them about 8 keeper blue claws as an appetizer to top things off.

Working hard in a tough bite

Working hard in a tough bite

June 20th, 2012

Joe, Ed and Skit manage 1 bass and about 10 bluefish in a tough bite this afternoon.

Tony & the gang part 2

Tony & the gang part 2

June 19th, 2012

Tony and Paul pose on the dock with a modest 23 inch flounder and one of many bluefish.

Tony & the gang part 1

Tony & the gang part 1

June 16th, 2012

On a last minute trip Tony & the gang manned up in tough conditions catching a remarkable 95 blue fish in the afternoon!

Dave E tears it up!

Dave E tears it up!

June 9th, 2012

Here is Dave E reeling in a beast for the 6th annual High Point Volunteer Fire Co. Tournament. This guy catches a bigger bass each time we go out!

Even I get in on the fun once in a while!

Even I get in on the fun once in a while!

June 8th, 2012

All out fantastic weather this weekend and all out fantastic fishing! Here’s a big bass double header!

Todd B joins the 30lb club!

Todd B joins the 30lb club!

May 30th, 2012

Todd B had a good pick of fish on liveline and on plugs Wednesday afternoon. Here is his new personal best, 34 pounds!

Mike B Gets a Lunker

Mike B Gets a Lunker

May 12th, 2012

It was going to be hard to follow up yesterday, but Mike B gets 4 big Striped Bass with the biggest this 34lb trophy! I love May Striper fishing!

46 lb Behemoth!

46 lb Behemoth!

May 11th, 2012

Sean Z lays the smackdown on a 46 pounder! One of 3 beasts caught on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Mom will be eating good on Sunday!

Whopper!

Whopper!

April 28th, 2012

We slammed into ’em today, picking up 7 bass including this nice one caught by Joe. Great day for fishing on the Laura off Long Beach Island

Nice fish today!

Nice fish today!

April 22nd, 2012

This Striper caught right outside of Barnegat Inlet gave Bobby an intense fight, but he was able to keep his composure through all the excitement and did a great job realing in this lunker.

Another happy camper!

Another happy camper!

April 21st, 2012

Seventeen Striped Bass fishing off Long Beach Island! This one being one of the bigger fish on this beautiful day in April. Great trip!

Catch and release…

Catch and release…

April 12th, 2012

When fishing off LBI, the only thing that makes me happier than catching a Striped Bass, is knowing that there’s plenty more where that came from. For a long time there weren’t many Striped Bass at all off LBI. Things have changed a lot.

Early Spring Bass!

Early Spring Bass!

April 5th, 2012

Andy C. gets in on the Striper action in early April and poses in front of the Barnegat Light House. A good day of fishing with 5 bass in the box, including this beauty.