There is action to be had in the Beach Haven area in both the ocean and bay waters, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been on hand to take advantage of it.
Captain Gary Dugan on the “Irish Jig” reports nonstop action at one of the local reefs. A recent trip resulted in 6 nice fluke and 3 snapper blues for dinner along with many fluke just under the 18-inch limit.
Captain John Lewis on the “Insatiable” reports fighting the wind with the Studner family recently. They stayed in the inlet and back bay and managed some short fluke, sand sharks and some very small sea robins. Captain John blamed the slow bite on recent rain, but now that the weather has been dry, the bay bite should pick up. Captain John has heard of boats catching fish on both the mid-range and canyon grounds.
Former BHCFA Junior Mate Nick Perello reported that he trolled Toms Canyon last Sunday with friends and had 2 bigeyes first thing in the morning within10 minutes after putting the lines in the water. One was 90-pounds and the other 106-pounds. Other boats in area had a steady pick of small yellowfin and decent longfin.
Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing had the Reigles out on a bay fluke trip and despite wind against tide boated close to 30 fluke including three keepers to 4.5-pounds. On another morning trip Captain Brett started in the inlet without much success and moved to the bay waters for 25 fluke to 6-pounds. His afternoon trip that same day produced over 40 fluke with four keepers. The S&S bucktail jig and custom teaser tipped with fresh baits worked the best.