LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The fishing over the past week in the Beach Haven area has been strong., but with the approach of Hurricane Isaias, thing will probably be on the back burner for a while.
The water temperature in the bay waters behind Long Beach Island have been reaching 80-degrees and even warmer. As a result, most of the fluke have made their move into the ocean. That is where the captains have been concentrating their efforts with much success.
The weekly report from the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association includes a report from Captain Frank Camarda of the party boat “Miss Beach Haven.” He has been finding some nice sized fish on both his ocean and bay trips. One recent pool winner took honors with a 25-inch fluke. The “Starfish”
with Captain Carl Sheppard has been fishing inshore structure regularly. A recent trip with a local family resulted in over 60 fish including sea bass, sea robins, and fluke. Some sea bass have measured up to 16-inches.
Captain Gary Dugan has seen the rods on the “Irish Jig” bending with large numbers of short fish with some fluke making it into the cooler along with some sea bass and even a ling. Captain Gary had a shark charter for the birthday girl Kim, and they managed a 4-foot tiger shark among other fish.
Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing continues to experience excellent action with up to 30 fish on a tide, although most are throwbacks. Recent trips have seen up to 5 keepers along with some sea bass and even a short striped bass on one trip.
Captain Dave Wittenborn had the Smale group on the “Benita J” offshore on a tuna trip. The crew put together a nice catch of 50-60-pound class yellowfin tuna. By mid-morning everyone was tired from reeling in tuna, and they headed back home.
Meanwhile on the beaches of LBI, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom reports kingfish, and fluke are both possibly at the best stage of the season. Also, to be found from shore are small bluefish, Spanish mackerel, weakfish, an occasional striped bass, and a few sheepshead. The south Jetty in Barnegat Light has been popular.
The crabbing in the bay has really picked up in the past week. With the approach of the full moon, the crabs are full of meat. My two pots are catching over two dozen every day.
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