The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association wish everyone a happy Fourth of July as we observe our great country’s day celebrating our independence. The boats of the BHCFA have been finding their own fireworks out on local waters catching fish.
The offshore tuna fishing continues to provide great action. The “Reel Determined” with Captain Jimmy Zavacky at the helm recently ran south to the Baltimore Canyon where at first light they hooked and landed two yellowfin tuna weighing 30-pounds. Throughout the day they continued to troll, catching and landing many more tuna at times in groups and other times singly. Throughout the night they boated a brown and a mako shark. They ended the trip with a total of 14 yellowfin. On another trip Captain Jimmy went offshore for three yellowfin and picked up a fourth about 40-miles out while heading home.
Captain Ray Lopez had the” Miss Liane” offshore in search of tuna. They experienced decent action with three 40-pound yellowtails. Hero of the day was Nolan Baum who landed his first ever tuna.
“The Irish Jig” captained by Gary Dugan continues to shine, fishing structure in the ocean along with some bay action. On one trip Jerry and crew put five fluke in the box with most of the fish 20-23 inches. Now that black sea bass season has come back in, Captain Gary is finding a selection of fluke along with sea bass and even a big lingcod.
Captain Brett Taylor has returned to the water with Reel Reaction Sportfishing following the recent birth of his second son. He put in little pre-charter time one day this week doing some fly fishing. He picked up 6 short stripers using a yellow clouser. He had Mark Odendahl and his 3 boys Patrick, Connor, and Luke out on a bay fluke trip. Working shallow areas, the crew released close to 60 fluke with 7 keepers up to 24 inches in addition to releasing a pair of 18-inchfish. The trip celebrating Patrick’s birthday was a big success.