The captains of the Beach haven Charter Fishing Association are finding action steadily improving as August arrives. Besides the usual bottom fishing action, semi-tropical fish are arriving and some unexpected large weakfish in the bay
Captain John Lewis had the Smith party aboard the “Insatiable” and with a multitude of shorts and a 23-inch beauty of a fluke. The Campbell party boated 16 bluefish and a pair of Spanish mackerel besides some fluke and black sea bass. The Kort party had blues and fluke up to 22-inches. The Beery party had a mix of fluke and sea bass as did the Kounitz party. The Millerline party shined with 25 sea bass with 5 keepers along with a pair of ling, a bonito, and other fish for a total of 47 fish for just two anglers. The Visco party boated 24 fish including a ling, sea bass and fluke with 3 topping the 20-inch mark.
Captain Alex Majewski of the “Debbie M” of Lighthouse Sportfishing reports the warmer ocean water has brought in some interesting catches. One day saw a big mahi just a few miles outside the inlet along with some smaller ones. He also saw flying fishing around the Barnegat Ridge and tons of small bonito. In the bay he says blowfishing is still strong along with tons of small fluke. In addition, small blues are still present around the inlet. Captain Alex says the bay waters seem the clearest and cleanest he has seen in quite a few years.
The “Starfish” with Captains Carl Sheppard and Vic Bertotti had the Angelo family out for a day of black sea bass, sea robins, and some fluke. Most of the fluke caught recently have been throwbacks, but there seem to be keepers every trip. Another family trip with Captain Carl started with trolling for bluefish in the inlet where they caught over 100 bluefish. They moved into the bay waters where young Emma and Brendan each caught their own weakfish.
Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing has been doing well bay fishing at the north end of Long Beach Island. Most trips result average 3 keeper fluke out of 30-40 fish brought to the boat. His biggest fish was a 9-pound doormat in Barnegat Bay on an S&S bigeye bucktail tipped with fresh bait. He had Rick Carlucci and sons out releasing over 35 fluke while boxing 7 keepers to 22-inches. Captain Brett attributes much of his current success to his new trolling motor which helps him zero in on the fish. He is also catching large numbers of blowfish for clients who want plenty of fish for dinner.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.