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August 7 Fishing Report

After a couple of days of rough ocean conditions following the hurricane, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing association are ready to get back to work.

The strong winds and big waves stirred things up quite a bit and dirtied the water for a while, but things are beginning to look much more normal.

Prior to the storm’s arrival, the fishing action on the inshore reefs and wrecks was at a high level. The Starfish” with Captains Carl Sheppard and Vic Bertotti along with mates Max and Matt had many fishing trips with constant action and many keepers. Over the week prior to the storm they were catching black sea bass, sea robins, fluke, weakfish, bluefish, and herring.

Captain Gary Dugan also was finding good numbers of fluke on area reefs. Captain Gary was quick to praise young Richie Conrad for taking honors on a recent trip with the biggest fluke of the day.

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing managed to make a trip following the storm. He had new client Tom Kelly and his son on a 4-hour bay trip. The water was dirty, but the guys jigged hard to release 23 fluke and put 8 quality fish in the box-an excellent result considering the conditions. The SS Bigeye tipped with natural baits was the key to catching fish.

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