After a lengthy period of rain, high winds, and rough seas, it appears weather conditions are returning to normal for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association.
Although the summer flounder season ended on September 27, the black sea bass season re-opened on October 1. With a 10-fish daily limit and a minimum size of 12 ½ inches, there will be some great fish dinners reeled in from the reefs and structures in ocean waters close to Long Beach Island.
Added to the mix of this bottom fishing action are blackfish and a surprising number of triggerfish. Passing bluefish make additional action for anglers reeling in their lines to check on their baits.
Another fishing option is the possibility of offshore trips looking for tuna and mahi-mahi which were around prior to the storms.
Striped bass fishing is right around the corner as the fish have begun their migration southward for the winter. In addition to regular charters looking for these linesiders, some of the BHCFA captains are available for charter to fish in area striped bass tournaments.
Among several tournaments in the area, a great one in Beach Haven is the annual Striped Bass Derby sponsored by the Sea Shell Club. This event has become an institution as it raises funds for area efforts including the reef program of the BHCFA Junior Mates.