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July 14 Report

The temperatures in Beach Haven, NJ, are heating up and so is the fishing. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are catching fish in the bays, the inlets, inshore ocean structure, and now offshore in the canyons. This is the time to charter a boat and go fishing.

Captain Dave Kreines of the “Byte Me” has been putting his anglers on some serious fluke action. He recently drifted the channel in the bay, never going more than a mile from Holgate Marina. They returned to the dock with five keepers with a pair over 20-inches. They also had a bunch of shorts. Captain Dave recently announced he is moving and taking his fishing skills to Charleston, SC. We will miss him, and Beach Haven’s loss is Charleston’s gain.
Captain Dave Wittenborn had the “Benita J” out to the Hudson Canyon with friends from the Viking Village scallop fleet. They put a nice catch together of yellowfin tuna and a swordfish measuring 65-inches and weighing 114-pounds.

Captain John Lewis fished the “Insatiable” with some junior mates and friends. They landed twenty fluke with three keepers between 19-20 inches and one 18-inch weakfish. Captain John fished the inlet and Little Egg Reef, both of which produced. They boated several on the Hughes family reef which is the barge of the first BHCFA Junior Mates reef replenishment in January 2021.

Captain Connor Smilon has had a string of productive fluke trips recently on the “Sea Hawk” including one with a group from New York who ended the trip with four keepers and a nice weakfish. They had steady action all morning.

Captain Brett Taylor has been busy on charters for “Reel Reaction Sportfishing.” One day recently he ran three charters with a total of fourteen keepers for his anglers on the day. The first was an ocean charter which limited out on black sea bass along with a triggerfish. They switched to fluke and picked up six keepers. The other two trips were in the bay with keeper fluke and a 15-inch weakie.

Max Goldman reports the “Starfish” has been experiencing a particularly good bite on keeper fluke and black sea bass. They have been seeing limit catches on the sea bass to 17-inches and fluke to 23-inches.