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August 29 Fishing Report

The summer tourist season is winding down in the Beach Haven, New Jersey area, but the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are currently finding some of the best summer fishing action of the summer.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” reported that he was fortunate to have anglers this past week who fished hard. Despite the heat and constant action of smaller fish, his anglers all made sure to catch fluke to take home for dinner. With the fish beginning to cluster over structure in the ocean, Captain Gary expects September to be a hot month for fluke fishing.

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing reports that despite the heat, he has been running two parties a day most of the time. He is still catching fish in in the bay waters. His charters are averaging between 30 to 60 fish with keepers ranging from 1 to 5 per trip. He had a bunch of new anglers to fishing this past week and enjoyed watching the youngsters catch fish. His ocean fluke trips have been excellent with fish to 6 pounds and 7 to 10 keepers per trip. He reports stopping on some choice snags for quick limits of black sea bass.

In other news, BHCFA president Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” announced that a shipment of reef balls has arrived in New Jersey to be used for replenishment on the Little Egg Reef. A New Jersey state boat will be dropping the balls in September. Additional information on the reef replenishment efforts as well as the boats of the Association can be found at