July 27 BHCFA Report

Once again the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are both looking offshore for tuna and billfish as well as seeking some nice fluke in the inshore ocean waters around various types of structure as those fish begin their migration into the ocean.


Captain Matt Curtis made a couple of trips recently offshore with “Get Reel Sportfishing” which each trip resulting in several bluefin tuna. On most of the trips the crew boated both their “over” and “under” bluefin. The largest tuna were right at the 100-pound mark. Captain Mark has also taken a few inshore trips for summer flounder and has found improved luck with his keeper to throwback ratio. He is finding more fish in the 20-25 inch range with the bite in the ocean showing some definite improvement from recent weeks.


Captain Ray Lopez along with his mate Max Goldman recently had three action packed charters on the “Miss Liane” looking for fluke and anything else they might find in the area. One trip resulted in a total of 58 fish including 49 fluke to go with the rest black sea bass. Another trip had anglers catching over 30 fluke to go with a mix of sea bass, bluefish, and even some weakfish. On all of the trips multiple keepers were netted.


The annual White Marlin Tournament sponsored by the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club is going on right now and Captain Jimmy Zavacky is fishing it with an eager crew on the “Reel Determined” with his son serving as mate. He says he is targeting bigeye tuna but will take whatever might come after his spread of lures. Also hoping to take home prizes in the tournament is Captain Bill Kaiser on his boat, “Tuna Sue” which has done well on tuna in the past in this event.