The summer flounder, fluke, action off the coast of Long Beach Island continues to be strong, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continue to right in the middle of it.
The party boat “Miss Beach Haven” with Captain Frank Camarda reports lots of big fluke the last two weeks including many from 4-6 pounds. One especially large fluke was caught by Asher Meyers, his personal best fish. The anglers have also been treated to plenty of marine wildlife sightings including a big sea turtle close to the boat.
First mate Max Goldman reports that Captain Carl Sheppard on the “Star Fish” has been finding constant action on fluke and sea bass. Even on one day when the ocean was a bit too sporty, they fished the inlet catching lots of short fluke in addition to some nice weakfish. The inshore structure is holding some big fluke and good numbers of black sea bass.
Captain Gary Dugan on the “Irish Jig” had a couple of groups recently that insisted on fishing the ocean despite some big swells. Both groups were rewarded with good fishing although keepers were tough to find, One young girl reeled in a very nice 25-inch fluke doing all the work herself. Captain Gary praised both family groups who ended up with a mixed bag of blues, fluke, black sea bass, and some tog and triggerfish on a wreck.
Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing has been keeping busy with quite a few double trips. Recently, he had Doug Wainwright of Wainwright Landscaping on a 4-hour fluke charter in the morning. It was a tough bite as the guys jigged over 30 fish with only 2 keepers. In the afternoon Captain Brett had Michael Futterman and his boys Jacob and Andrew out. The trio worked extremely hard in tough current to catch close to 25 short fluke keeping 4 for the table. Despite wind against tide in almost every location the MinnKota trolling motor helped make the trip a successful one.