The “dog” days of summer may have arrived at the New Jersey shore, but the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been barking up the right trees as they continue to put good varieties of fish into the fish boxes.
The head boat “Miss Beach Haven” with Captain Frank Camarda has been seeing its number of keeper fluke increase on practically a daily basis. Flatties over three pounds have been common with several over 4-pounds including one that tipped the scales at 4.5-pounds. In addition, black sea bass in the 2-3-pound range have been showing up. Mate Max Rosenthal says the fishing has been so hectic at times he has trouble finding the time to send in his reports.
Captain Gary Dugan reports fluking on the “Irish Jig” has been “very good” with a nice mixed bag of fish. He says his local hotspots are producing very well, and practically every trip fish return to the dock for fish dinners.
The “Insatiable” with Captain John Lewis at the helm continues to find great variety for its anglers. Heading the list recently have been fluke and black sea bass, but also coming over the rails have been bluefish, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, and blowfish. Also helping to keep the poles bent are the ever-present smooth dogfish and sea robins.
Mate Marlyn Graham reports Captain Carl Sheppard has been finding loads of short fluke on recent trips for the “Starfish.” Keepers up to 20-inches have found their way into the fish box to keep some black sea bass and a minimum of 5 bluefish per day. Also making their appearance recently in the inlet have been some weakfish up to 15-inches with many others spike-sized being released. They have also seen blowfish, sundial, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, ling, eel, herring, and other assorted fish.
Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing had a great trip in the fog yesterday. He had Pete Aubuchon and daughter Maria on a 4-hour charter. With cooler water they fished in the backwaters to box a limit of 6 fluke to 22-inches and finished off the day with a steady pick of blackfish to 18-inches in the inlet along with one triggerfish.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be obtained at www.BHCFA.net.