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The captains of the Beach HavenCharter Fishing Association are now booking charters and “open boat” trips fora variety of fish both in the inshore ocean waters and in the bay.

Early in the fishing season manyanglers may not be ready to book a full charter. With an “open boat” trip, thefishermen pay on an individual basis and will be part of a party with otherenthusiastic anglers. It is a great way to cut the expenses and still get agreat day on the water.

Over the past several days both thestriped bass and black drumfish have finally responded to the rising water temperatures.Both bass and drum are being caught in the waters just inside Little Egg Inletand up to the mouth of the Mullica River in the Graveling Point area.

In these areas the preferred methodof fishing so far has been putting out a healthy slick of clam chum and fishingwith fresh clams on the hooks. Circle hooks are advised for this fishing atthis point due to the high numbers of undersized bass that are around.

Most of the drumfish have been inthe 20-30 pound range but some have been boated that were close to 50-pounds.

There are bluefish scattered aroundthe bay also with some showing up in the clam chum and others being caught byboats trolling small spoons in the area of the Middle Grounds.

There are pods of bunker in theocean waters close to the beaches of Long Beach Island, but there do not seemto be any bass under them. The bass that have been caught thus far in the oceanhave been caught while trolling with bunker spoons and umbrella rigs.

Additional informationon the association and its captains and boats can be found at www.BHCFA.org
 
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