Although the 2021 fishing season is winding down, some of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are still putting some good catches of migrating striped bass on the open ocean and blackfish on structure.
The bulk of the striper action is through trolling a variety of bunker spoons, umbrella rigs, and Mojo’s although some have been taken jigging and casting artificials.
Captain Max Goldman has had a couple of outstanding days in the past week on the Starfish looking for stripers in the ocean. His most recent trip resulted in 5 bass released and another 4 kept. Three of these were slot fish and another utilized a bonus tag. The party also picked up a pair of big bluefish. Assisting Captain Max was first mate Jonathan Kelly.
Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing reports drop and reel action on blackfish with mostly small fish but enough keeper fish to put together fish dinners. He has also been putting in time after striped bass.
Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing reports a busy few days with stripers and blackfish combination charters. Most of the trips have seen up to 5 keeper bass with blackfish ranging from 9-12 keepers. Some of the tog have been in the 8-pound range, and he has been releasing some big females. Green crabs have been lights out for the blackfish.