The captains and mates of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association experienced a great deal of success over the Memorial Day Weekend. Captain Jimmy Zavacky on the “Reel Determined” mugged up the sea Bass, while Captain Ray Lopez on the “Miss Liane” boated a 47-pound striped bass. Former and current Junior Mates also had some good trips. Jonathan Kelly boated an 83-inch bluefin tuna one day then went back out to limit out on more bluefin the next day. Zack Michot limited out on fluke two days in a row. Fishing is hot.
The “Starfish” under Captain Carl Sheppard and first mate Marlyn Graham has sailed several times fishing the inshore wrecks and structure. One recent trip with a group of six anglers caught a total of 70 fish. Of that total three lingcod were kept along with another 15 nice black sea bass. The largest sea bass was 14-inches long. Also keeping the anglers hopping were both smooth and spiny dogfish. Although that trip was the most productive of the past week, all the other trips produced action throughout the trips.
Captain Alex Majewski of “Light House Sportfishing” continues to be excited about the varied action he is experiencing. He is catching bass up to 30-inches on artificials just inside the inlet. In the ocean larger bass are being trolled up on spoons and Mojos. Captain Alex has also caught a few fluke, but he says the action slows when colder water from the ocean comes through the inlet into the bay waters.
Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” had Jerald Gilbert and wife Kerrie from Scranton on a bay-inlet multi-species trip. They began with bluefish to 3-pounds and shifted to catch and release on stripers. They then headed to the backwaters for another 25 fluke, seven of which were keeper sized to 6-pounds.