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June 14 Association Report

Don’t tell the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association that summer has not arrived yet. Their boats are out catching fish in the bay, inshore ocean, and offshore.

Captain Jonathan Kelly of LBI Sportfishing Charters recently moved the “Outcast” down to the Delaware Bay in search of some trophy black drum fish. It paid off well as in two days of fishing he totaled over 20 black drum with the biggest over 70-pounds. The boat is back in Beach Haven in time for the inshore bluefin tuna fishing and bottom fishing to heat up!

Captain Max Goldman of the “Star Fish” reports trips to the inshore reefs and bay with black sea bass and fluke coming over the rails. Report is not great.

Captain Jimmy Zavacki of the “Reel Determined” had a good day in the Beach Haven Tuna Open as it finished in the money once again. His three yellowfin tuna weighed in had a total weight of 140.2-pounds. This followed last year’s event when Captain Jimmy was awarded the Fish Trap Award gaining free entry for this year’s event.

Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” has been doing well recently. He had Ralph Rodio and friends on a 4-hour light tackle charter. Despite cold bottom water temperatures, they did well on fluke. The group ended up with 11-keepers topped by a 6-pounder. On another trip Bruce Connor found two keeper fluke and a 27-inch tagged striper. On Sunday Captain Brett found himself without a charter and spent a family day on the water.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been finding catches of fluke in the Great Bay area to provide fish dinners for his anglers. He reports his new tiki barge is about ready for launching.

BHCFA President Captain John Lewis is reminding everyone that on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the Junior Mates will host a fundraising cruise on the “Black Pearl” from 7:00-8:30 PM. A minimum donation is $75 while children under 18 if accompanied by a paying adult will be $25.

There will be a brief talk about the Reef Project then a DJ for your listing and dancing pleasure. A cash bar will also be available. We do hope you can join us for a fun night for a worthy cause. Reservations can be made on the web site, on the Jr. Mate page.