The summer fishing action in the Long Beach Island area is progressing according to schedule as the fluke are moving into the ocean around structure and artificial reefs while the tuna are making their presence known in the canyons.
The only regret for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is that the daily bag limit for black sea bass is only one per angler. The black sea bass are around the inshore ocean structure in good numbers, but anglers can only take one home daily for the dinner table.
“StarFish” crew member Max Goldman reports “decent” fishing for the anglers on the “StarFish” with good numbers of shorts and keepers both of fluke and sea bass. Most of the trips do not have to venture far to find good fishing action.
The party boat “Miss Beach Haven” has seen its ratio of keeper fluke to throwbacks rising for its anglers. A recent trip had triggerfish and a porgy boated in addition to its fluke action and daily limits of black sea bass.
Captain Ray Lopez had an overnight canyon trip recently that produced good numbers of yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi for his happy anglers on the “Miss Liane.”
Captain Brett Taylor has been busy fishing the waters around Barnegat Inlet for clients of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing.” He recently had a day with three charters which resulted in a total of 128 fluke released and nine keepers, all in bay waters. Strong winds kept the trips in the bay, but the nasty conditions did not seem to bother the busy anglers.