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July 17 Report

As summer marches on in Beach Haven, the fishing for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continues to be strong. The fluke are making their annual migration to the ocean as the bay waters warm up, but there are still some good catches being made in the bay waters.

Anglers fishing on the party boat, “Miss Beach Haven” have been getting in on the action with some good catches both in the bay waters and fishing some of the inshore structure in the ocean. Captain Frank Camarda reports a few five and six-pound fluke have been coming over the rails in the past week or so. Besides the fluke action there have been a decent number of keeper black sea bass going into coolers as well along with a handful of medium sized ling cod. Showing up in the bay trips have been some kingfish on the afternoon trips.

The “Starfish” with Captain Carl Shepard along with mates Max and Matt has been fishing many wrecks with good action for their anglers. There has been constant reeling with an assortment of good-sized black sea bass and plenty of sea robins.

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing has been fishing practically every day, and often more than once a day. He recently had three trips out on the water and had pleased anglers on each of his trips. The first venture of the day was the Art Diebel party on a 3-hour blowfish run. The bites were a little tough, but they managed close to 30 for the table. Next he had Steve Yuknis and his father Gerald on a quick 3-hour bay charter. They worked a couple areas and had close to 30 fluke, putting 3 in the cooler. The late afternoon trip had Marc Creatore, his wife Erin, son Brady, and daughter Abby on a 4hr bay and inlet charter. They first worked the inlet area to catch 3 nice triggerfish and one keeper black sea bass before heading to the fluke grounds. They worked a new area and boxed 8 keepers with the biggest being Erin’s 9-pound doormat measuring 29.5-inches. The fish was caught in 3.5-feet of water.