NJ Fishing Report: June 29-July 5

I hope you all had a fun and safe Independence Day weekend! With the heart of the summer ahead of us may fisherman have turned there focus to fluke and offshore fishing. Reports have started rolling in from the canyons where bluefin and yellowfin fishing is really starting to pick up. Fluke fishing as well has been hot in the Raritan Bay where live peanut bunker are catching some very nice limits and the deep water haunts on the ocean side are picking up as well.

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz “We have concluded our spring striped bass season. This past week daw decent action with the striped bass with some charters landing up to 25 keeper bass and others only landing a half dozen. Fish have been ranging from 30″ to 28 lbs. We will now switch gears and be focusing on bucktailing deepwater fluke, Tuna fishing and shark fishing. We are taking reservations for both charter and open boat trips, as well as charter reservations for the fall bass and blackfish season.” To inquire about charter availability or open boat call 732-861-3394 or email Captderek1@yahoo.com.”

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FISH STIX  Shark River Inlet, NJ:

Captain Kris Black had a few first time fluke charters this past week that picked away at short and keeper fluke as well as some nice seabass. Fluke fishing is starting to heat up and there are dates available. Bring your bucktails and gulp! call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Hello from the Parker Pete Family! We hope you had a great 4th of July ….We are in full Summer Flounder (Fluke) mode now…. Every day more and more big fluke are moving in… We have started to run both morning and afternoon trips with great life on both trips.
Its time to bucktail some monster Fluke… We are adding twilight bucktail fluke trips for charter or share charter in afternoon’s and also family fish and cruise trips ……
Afternoon Magic Hour Family Fishing Trips
Special Fishing and Fireworks Trips
Close to beach fishing with the Family: Seabass , Fluke, Blues, Sea Robins.
Magic Hour trips The Boat leaves around 3:30 pm and returns 7:30 PM
Special Fish/fireworks trips The Boat leaves around 5pm and returns 10pm or after fireworks are finished
All Bait and tackle is provided on these trips
Rates are as follows:

Afternoon Magic Hour Family 6 man charter is $525 plus tip for mate

Special Fishing and Fireworks trip 6 man charter is $625 plus tip

We start our on the water bucktail seminars sponerserd by bucktail boys

On The Water Bucktailing Seminars
On Parker Pete’s Sports Fishing (6 man max)
Dates – 7/11, 7/18 & 7/26 (More Dates To Be Added)
Price – $155 PP plus Tip For The Mate
All day fluke fishing leaving from Belmar
Bucktailing basics – including how to tie rigs, how to bucktail & more
Bucktailboys Bucktail Box
1 Package Of Gulp
Captain, mate and one Bucktailboy (most trips)

To inquire about a these special trips or charters and open boats call Pete at (732) 496-5028




Pura Vida Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Phil during his last two charters to the deep this week they came away with 9 Bluefin to 150lbs, 29 Yellowfin to 50lbs, and one White Marlin. Tuna fishing has been excellent both inshore and offshore and this week should be a great week to make the run. When I spoke with Phil today they had one spot left for Thursday 18 hour trip as well as spots on Saturdays 12 hour trip. To inquire about open boats or charters Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email captphil@pvfishingcharter.com




Time Out Charters Absecon, Nj

Captain Scott Newhall “The fluke continue to be the mainstay for anglers inshore.  They are deep in the back bays, the inlet, and now they are getting stronger in their favorite ocean haunts.  Anglers using peanut bunkers, minnows and spots are scoring with those in the bay systems.  Berkley Gulp Alive offerings continue to catch big as well.  The 6″ grub on the bucktail with a teaser of a 5″ swimming mullet works well.  Sharks are supplying a lot of action with a wide variety of species around to pull the line.  Browns, Sand Tiger, Hammerhead, Dusky, and Makos range from inshore to the depths.” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729


Stalker Fishing Charters  Cape May, NJ

Captain Skip Jastremski “Fluke fishing and Tuna fishing have been great aboard Stalker fishing charters this past week! Some trips are seeing over 100 fluke caught in a trip up to about 6lbs. And the Bluefin and yellowfin fishing has been about as good as you can get on the inshore tuna grounds. Tuna between 30-80lbs have been caught on both jigs and chunks in recent trips.” To book a charter or inquire open boats on the Stalker II or the Backwater Skiff Give Skip a call. 609-972-5218

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Vet Craft Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Harv has been running deepwater fluke and catching very well on most trips. Currently Vet Craft has openings Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. To speak to Captain Harv about open boats or charters call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891




Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report:

Fluke fishing in the Beach Haven area has been proving productive for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association while offshore fishing has also been attractive.

Captain Dan Skrzat of the “Get Reel” fished a couple of days recently in 67-degree water in the ocean at the Twenty Line. He released one brown shark and kept a strong 120-pound mako shark. A third day he had the crew from Jerry’s Diesel in West Creek out fishing the Twenty Line again, this time for tuna. Captain Dan quickly located bait and tuna. He got his “three under” bluefins and released a white marlin. He is pleased to see those fish in close. Later in the day he tried a little sharking but could not raise any.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky helped a young family with four youngsters celebrate the end of the school year with a bay fishing trip. The group managed a keeper weakfish and boated some medium sized bluefish on the troll. Mate Liane Lopez reported the children were fascinated with all of the living creatures, even the live minnows which they played with all day. It was a fish and fun day for the whole family. Another day the McGee crew tried a little reef fishing and managed some huge sea bass which had to be released until they come back in season.

Captain Fran Verdi has been finding some nice fluke fishing the inshore artificial reefs and some of his wreck spots. He had a group of Junior Mates out to catch some fish and learn the basics of proper fishing.

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