The July 4th weekend means that summer has officially arrived in Beach Haven, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are taking full advantage of the action.
A quick look at what is biting right now shows there are tuna to be found offshore. Closer to the beach, shark fishing is going strong, and the inshore reefs are already producing good numbers of summer flounder including doormats.
In the bay waters the flounder action continues strong while a number of big weakfish have shown an increase in numbers from previous years. Near the inlets small schools of nice sized bluefish have made their presence known.
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” had a shark fishing expedition recently. His anglers went three for three on nice sized sharks after missing a big thresher shark.
The party boat “Miss Beach Haven” with Captain Frank Camarda has been finding good fishing action to go along with the beautiful summer weather. He reports multiple fish over 22-inches up to 23.5-inches and 5-pounds. Most of this action has been in the calm bay waters.
Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” reports he has had a busy few days. He had Peter Wessel on a 3-hour light tackle charter with his wife and daughters. They put 4 keepers in the box. Captain Brett had Bob Dodds on a morning tide expedition. They hit several key spots and put 7 keepers in the box with over 40 shorts landed. Finally, he had Ralph Rodio and crew on a 4-hour light tackle charter. They worked 2 new areas to find 6 keepers and close to 25 shorts.