NJ Fishing Report: August 16-22

Fluke fishing is hot up and down the coast, even I am limiting out most trips so don’t wait there is only about a month left. A few of our reporting captains have some open space so give them a call!….seriously

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz “Fluking this week has been very good with limits or near limit catches coming up from the rough bottom. We have been seeing some nice fish to 8.5 lbs this week.  We will continue to fish for fluke till the season closes on September 25th as well as tuna when the weather allows us to get offshore. Also we are currently taking reservations for the fall striped bass season as well as fall blackfishing trips.” 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 of Fish Stix Charters has been battling a little rough weather the past couple days but otherwise fluke fishing has been red hot for them.  On saturday they limited out with fish coming in at 7,8,9,10,11, and 12lbs! This week Fish Stix has 3 spots open wednesday and 2 spots friday on full day fluke trips. Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, NJ

Captain Scott Newhall  “Summer flounder dominate the entire coast.  When the bite is on, the fishing can range from good to occasionally obscene, in the event some bigger fish are around.  Ocean structure is the ticket.  Whether a wreck, rubble or rocks make sure to get away from bare bottom sand.  Mahi are around and close to shore.  Tiny fish to gaffers are within 15 miles of the hill.  Hammerhead sharks, and some big ones, were around . The a.c. reef last week”  To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

 

 

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Vet Craft Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Harvey Yenkinson  “Very good fishing this week with fish 25-26″ every day. Quite a few 23-21 as well. The big ones really accumulate on the structure in August and September. Nice seabass to 18″ as well.” To speak to Captain Harv about open boats or charters call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891

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Badfish Charters Ocean City, NJ

Captain Brian Williams  “Great fishing continues this week. The backbay have seen an explosion in mullet populations with the striped bass on their tail at nearly every outfall creek.  The flounder for the most part have made their way to the inlets and nearshore reefs with a lots of life on almost every offshore snag with some very large fish near that  double digit weight. The tog are becoming very active at most backbay bottom haunts.   And the mixed bag of warm water species like Spanish macks, redfish, triggerfish and mahi mahi seem to be showing face around our area.  Tons of bait fish inshore nearshore and offshore with bunker and peanuts both out front now.  Water temps are holding around 80 in the bays and 76 along the oceanfront.” To book a trip call/email Captain Brian 856-371-4346 or Bwilliams@ocnjfishing

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NJ Fishing Report: August 9-15

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz  “We saw some good to very good fluking this week with fish to 6 lbs coming into the boat. Saturday was our best trip of the season with the Paul Rubee charter boxing their limit by 11 am and continuing to release shorts and keepers till it was time to go. The charter wound up landing a total of 60 keepers to 6 lbs. We are available for fluke and tuna trips throughout the month of September, and are also taking charter reservations for the Fall bass and blackfish trips for the months of October, November, and December.” 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 of Fish Stix Charters said the fluke fishing continues to be very good as well as porgy. They have dates available coming up so cash in soon because time is running out to get in on the action. Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

 

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, NJ

Captain Scott Newhall “Ocean fluke continues to be strong off Greater Atlantic City waters when the seas and wind cooperate.  There are holdovers still filtering through the backwaters and inlet as well.  Brown sharks and sand tigers are prowling the nearshore waters and snapper blues have shown up in the area.”  To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

 

 

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Vet Craft Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Harvey Yenkinson  “We continue to have real quality fluke come on board with lots of shorts to keep the action constant and fun. My technique of putting my anglers within inches or feet of the less fished structure continues to produce. Running an open boat 8/31 plus some dates available in September” To speak to Captain Harv about open boats or charters call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891

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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report:  8/11

There are decent numbers of fish in the inshore waters off Beach Haven, but these fish are spread out, especially the fluke. The captains who belong to the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are benefiting from that organization. The boats are fishing in different areas and sharing their results with each other. In this way, all of the captains and their anglers benefit from that information.

 

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” reports a noticeable increase in his fluke action. There are enough short fish to keep everyone busy pulling in fish, and every trip been providing at least one fluke for the cooler. His most recent trip resulted in seven nice keepers.

 

Captain Jimmy Zavacky and t he crew from the “Reel Determined” took Boy Scouts of American Troop #112 from Jacobstown out on the “Star Fish.” The larger boat was needed due to the 18 active anglers. With this many lines in the water there were many fish brought over the rail, and sea bass and fluke to take home.

 

Captain John Lewis reports that after a couple of disappointing trips last week, he is back on the fluke again. The fish had moved and he notes that with cooperation from some other captains of the BHCFA he has had some very good numbers of fish recently. The catch and release fishing is very good with a number of nice keepers providing fish dinners.

 

Captain Carl Sheppard reports he has been running the “Star Fish” on two 4-hour trips a day. He says they are catching a mixture of bluefish, sea bass, fluke and porgies. Some have been good sized, but for every keeper, they average four to five throwbacks. As August warms the waters, he expects to start running more full day offshore trips for pelagic species.

NJ Fishing Report: July 25- August 1

I will have to make this a quick one, I am writing this in a Howard Johnsons in Hyannis, MA and the Wi-Fi here is less than stellar but the show must go on! Hopefully tomorrow I will be reeling in a monster fluke on the Nantucket Shoals but you don’t care about that I’m sure. So here it is!

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz   “We got in a few trips this week for both fluke and offshore. The fluke fishing picked up pretty nice this week with several trips limiting out the boat with fish to around 5 pounds. The guys that worked the jigs hard all day were rewarded with steady action of keepers and shorts all day. We were able to get offshore this past Sunday and the action was a little slower than we hoped for, but we were able to bring back a few yellowfins to 45 lbs and had some skipjack action. We will continue to sail for both fluke and tuna through August and September before switching over to bottom fishing and striped bass fishing. We are currently taking charter reservations August and September fluke and tuna trips as well as booking October, November, and December striped bass and blackfish trips.”To inquire about charter availability or open boat call 732-861-3394 or email Captderek1@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Insatiable Sportfishing, Beach Haven, NJ

Captain John Lewis   “As the bottom water temps are rising the fluke started to feed again. Each day this week we did better than the day before with a keeper about every third fish. two young ladies had the biggest fish of the week at 22″ and 24 1/2”.  To inquire about a charter or open boat contact Captain John at Captainjohn22@comcast.net or 609-670-5980

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, NJ

Captain Scott Newhall “Fluke, fluke, fluke!   Bay, inlet, ocean!  Gulp, dead bait,.live bait!  Enjoy.” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

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Badfish Charters Ocean City, NJ

Captain Brian Williams  “Flounder fishing in the backwater is finally where it should be with more consistent smaller flounder everywhere as well as some nicer fish in that 4-7lb class. Peanut bunker are now consistently on the menu as they bays are thick with them. The reefs and nearshore wrecks are also holding fish. The big talk on the oceanfront are the hoards of small Mahi that have moved in just a few miles off the beach on some days. The low light striped bass fishing has been off the hook with many double digit evenings.  The fish have been destroying topwater with reckless abandon sometimes with multiple fish fighting for the plug. Shark fishing has also turned on with the warmer temps with lots of 3-5ft brown sharks shadowing the bunker schools just out front.” To book a trip call/email Captain Brian 856-371-4346 or Bwilliams@ocnjfishing

 

 

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Stalker Fishing Charters  Cape May, NJ

Captain Skip Jastremski  “Fluke and Tuna were on the menu for stalker fishing charters this past week.  The fluke bite here in Cape may has much improved with some larger fluke coming over the rails!   Also the tuna bite has remained consistent!   This should only get better as we go through the month of August!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 Harvey Yenkinson  “Continue to put together good catches for my charters. Finding fish on reefs, wrecks, and on the spawning squid grounds” To speak to Captain Harv about open boats or charters call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891

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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report:  7/28

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been keeping their parties happy lately with a nice selection of fish. While the fish are not always large, the action has been steady enough to please the anglers.

 

Captain Carl Sheppard on the “Star Fish” had a party recently which experienced some real variety. First they found some small fish in the back bay consisting of small black bass, sea robins and smooth dog fish. At the turn of the tide, some weakfish rose to the bait. They seemed to prefer gulp or small pieces of squid. As Captain Carl moved toward the ocean with the flood tide, he found both herring and cocktail bluefish on the bars right close to the breaking water of the inlet. He managed to find some small fluke on the open bottom in the ocean and on the artificial reef where he also found some short sea bass. Another trip on the “Star Fish” with Captain Tom Masterson and Mate Marlyn Graham the Barth family picked up 20 small fluke in the inlet along with some nice kingfish. In the afternoon, Captain Carl and Mate Marlyn Mike had the Dr. Brian Wilonski’s family of 10 from Princeton out. The youngsters had a ball catching 3 keeper porgies and a mess of throwback black sea bass.

 

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been exploring different wrecks with success His anglers have been busy reeling in fish and taking fish home for the table. He expects fluke fishing to pick up soon, and he has been exploring different areas. He has some inshore night trips for shark scheduled and is optimistic about them.

 

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” reports he has been busy fishing and finding that it has been taking work to put together some decent catches.

 

 

NJ Fishing Report: July 6-July 12

Fishing has been red hot up and down the coast of New Jersey for just about any species in season. Fluke fishing has been excellent in the deepwater ocean spots as well as the Raritan Bay, masses of peanut bunker in the backwaters have been working great when livelined for doormats. Seabass fishing although the limit is at 2 is a great way to add a few more filets to the dinner table. Offshore and inshore as well chunking and jigging for Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna  has been excellent with plenty of shark action to be had.

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz “This week we switched over to our summertime schedule of fluke and tuna trips. Wednesday we were offshore and had a nice pick of bluefins going 4 for 6 on fish to 60 lbs. We will continue to sail for tuna through the month of September. We were able to fluke a few times this week and saw up and down results. Friday was good fishing with 16 keepers to 5 lbs coming into the boat for 4 anglers. We will continue to sail for fluke and tuna through the summertime and will be running open boat trips as well as charters for both. 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 ran a crew trip this past week and did well with catches of Bluefin and Yellowfin. He has also been running family fluke trips all week with lots of shorts coming over the rails with some keepers mixed in but the fluke fishing is starting to heat up.Bring your bucktails and gulp! call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

 

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June Bug Sportfishing  Beach Haven, NJ

Captain Lindsay Fuller “June Bug took a party on a half day trip on friday.  We went to the AC Reef.  Weather and sea conditions were fantastic.  The water temp at the Reef was 78.6.  We found some small Bluefish that were fun on light tackle.  They would not bite bait or casting lures.  We had to troll #2 Clark Spoons to get them.  After that slacked off, we bottom fished drifting and caught one keeper Fluke. We have a Full Day Inshore trip tomorrow and we hear that the small Blues and Chub Mackerel are around several reefs so we will go take a look.” To speak with Captain Lindsay about charter availability  call 609-685-2839 or email captlindsay@fish-junebug.com

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Pura Vida Sportfishing Cape May, NJ

Captain Phil Leo has been focusing his efforts mostly on the inshore tuna bite that he said has been “stupid good” with tons of Bluefin being caught with some Yellowfin mixed in and a lot of really good jigging fish as well. Capt Phil will be focusing the majority of this week getting ready for this weekends “Duke of Fluke” tournament with some possible tuna trips mixed in.  To inquire about open boats or charters Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email captphil@pvfishingcharter.com

 

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, NJ

Captain Scott Newhall “Fluke continue to dominate the back bay and nearshore scene in the Atlantic City area.  When the water is clear and conditions are good, one can expect to catch some keepers.  Mornings after monsoon thunderstorms or 25mph southwest winds are slower. So in this region, it’s all about the conditions. Offshore mako sharks are hanging around while brown sharks and sand tigers are cruising along the beaches.” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

 

 

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Vet Craft Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Harv has been doing well catching a lot of jumbo Fluke as well as some nice humpback seabass mixed in as well. If you want to read an incredible in depth article on Fluke fishing you need to check out this one written by Captain Harv himself. The Science of Flukasaurus Fishing  To speak to Captain Harv about open boats or charters call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891

 

 

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Badfish Charters Ocean City, NJ

Captain Brian Williams  “Striped bass are still holding strong at night,  the big talk has been the hit and miss flounder bite where one trip will easily boat dozens if not more while the next trip struggles to find just a few.  The flounder have also been chewing at the nearshore wrecks and reefs now. Good news is the explosion of peanut bunker throughout the backwaters.  Their just about there at that perfect size for a hungry doormat.” To book a trip call/email Captain Brian 856-371-4346 or Bwilliams@ocnjfishing

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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report: 

The Junior Mates Program of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is moving full speed ahead. This week’s session includes first aid training which will result in credentials good for two years. Completion of this session will meet the captain’s licensure requirement for first aid. In addition, the BHCFA is selling colorful new T-shirts with the proceeds helping to finance the Junior Mates Program. Upcoming classes include hands-on instruction by Canyon Reels on setting drags, a presentation by Jim Hutchinson Jr., the editor of “Fisherman” magazine, and class work and preparation for New Jersey Boater Safety certification.

 

Right now inshore fluke fishing has been receiving the attention of the captains of the BHCFA. An added bonus when fishing at the inshore wrecks and artificial reef sites has been the re-opening of the black sea bass season. Although the daily limit is just two fish, it helps to fill out the fish box with some tasty fillets.

 

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” has been fishing with much success for both fluke and black sea bass out to 100′ depth. With the reopening of sea bass season, all of his parties have been limiting out every trip. The “Star Fish” is one of the few area charter boats capable of taking out up to20 passengers and fishing 12 at the same time.

 

Captain Gary Dugan on the “Irish Jig” has experienced some good fluke fishing on the inshore artificial reefs. One trip his anglers returned with 8 nice keepers. He reports he has had to work for his fish, but the results have been worth the effort.

 

 

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
Includes:
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

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

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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

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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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 North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz “Striper Fishing has been good this past week. We have been catching our fish on live bunkers and trolling spoons. Fish have been ranging from 20-48 lbs this week. I expect this fishing to last a few more weeks. anyone is interested in getting in on the striped bass fishing, give us a call at 732-861-3394 or email Captderek1@yahoo.com.”

 

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FISH STIX  Laurence Harbor, NJ / Shark River Inlet, NJ:

Despite some tough weather days this week when Fish Stix has been on the water they have been doing great with ocean going stripers including what Captain Kris called “Truly Epic” striper fishing yesterday with fish readily taking top water lures.Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Captain Pete Sykes is continuously putting big fish on the deck these days many of which are in the 40lb range. There is only maybe a few more weeks to get a chance to tangle with one of these big fish and Captain Pete is running AM and PM trips daily. To inquire about a charter or open boat call Pete at (732) 496-5028

 

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Pura Vida Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Phil has been putting limit after limit of quality seabass while he still can in this short season and he also will hopefully put together his first Tuna trip of this season with deepwater fluke being just around the corner as well. To inquire about open boats or charters Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email captphil@pvfishingcharter.com

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, Nj

Captain Scott Newhall  “The improvement in fluke fishing in the area was somewhat curtailed by the heavy winds that surrounded thunderstorms early in the area that had wind gusts to 70mph.  Amazingly, the summer flounder continued to bite and anglers could put a catch together; however, not as good as last weekend’s surge.  We are are looking forward to some consistency and even as I type this, the wind is gusting to 35mph.   Striped bass are around and continue to be taken on Bluewater Candy Mojos and Tony Maja Spoons.  They are migrating north so anglers are best to take their shots at them over the next week or two if they want a cow.  Black Drum are in the Brigantine surf line and add flavor to what’s available.  Clams and incoming tide have been best for them.  Seabass are chewing on offshore structure and shark guys have blues, threshers and makos to dream about from 20 miles out to the canyons.  If the wind and weather falls into a nice pattern, one can expect solid fishing to take place” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

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Stalker Fishing Charters  Cape May, NJ

Captain Skip Jastremski “Stalker II has been held at the dock with strong NW winds this past week. But on our skiff we have Been producing some great backwater fluke fishing! Fluke to 6.5lbs have been boat on recent trips and about 30-50 throwbacks are not uncommon! Weakfish have also shown their faces recently in the 2-6lb range. With a nice week of weather ahead…we should be back out on the big boat for some Deepwater fluke fishing. Give me a all. 609-972-5218 Ps. MagicTail Bucktails have been doing the trick!!!

Today 6/14 Skip added that he ran his first deepwater fluke  trip with great success with 24 keepers hitting the deck!

 

 

Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report:

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been finding good action on black sea bass on area wrecks and reefs. With that fishery closing shortly, they plan on working the inshore fluke grounds and heading offshore for tuna.

 

Captain Bill Kaiser had the “Tuna Sue” out recently to the Lemke’s Canyon looking for tuna. He was able to locate some bluefin tuna, but unfortunately there were giant gator bluefish also in the water. The blues tore up a lot of tackle and made it impossible to get down to the bluefin. He ran to the Claw where he found more bluefin but also big blues that made fishing nearly impossible. There were some small mako and blue sharks on top of the water, and his group was able to have some fun with them.

 

Captain Gary Dugan has been doing some successful wreck fishing on the “Irish Jig.” One day his group picked up some nice sea bass for the cooler along with some blackfish that had to be returned. They moved into the bay for fluke and managed one 18-inch keeper along with some throwbacks. Another day Captain Gary had steady action while wreck fishing Friday with 75-80 fish, but only a few nice fish made the box including a very nice ling. He moved inside and trolled for stripers and had 2 knock downs but nothing hooked up. He has also picked up some bluefish in the bay.

 

Captain Fran Verdi has been finding some nice life while fishing various wrecks on the “Francesca Marie. He had the John Hufnagle crew out on 5 wrecks in 65-80 feet of water and found action on all of them. The group had over 80 fish that day and was able to put 40 sea bass in the box.  Most of the fish were the 13-15 inch range, but a few were over 17-inces. With the sea bass season closing on June 19, Captain Fran is putting his time in on them. He has heard of striper action to the north, and plans to sail for fluke and tuna when the sea bass ends.

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NJ Fishing Report: May 30 – June 6

Striped bass fishing continues to be hot in North Jersey but reports of fluke have been spotty at best. Some fisherman have been able to put together a nice catch but for the most part it has been very hit or miss. Seabass fishing has been excellent if you are able to push out to deeper water where the bigger fish are and hopefully will remain that way until it closes on June 19th. Bluefish are still around but are not as thick as past weeks. I myself fished the Sandy Hook reef area on Saturday and we picked through a lot of small Seabass to get 8 keepers. I ran back inside the hook and drifted for fluke in a few locations with only one keeper at 18″ to show for it. Hopefully fluke fishing will pick up soon.

 North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz “Fishing has been very good this week with some very big fish being caught with the biggest fish tipping the scale at 47 lbs. We have been live-lining, chunking, and trolling spoons when the fish are scattered. We have been averaging pretty much 10-20 bass per trip with only 1 or 2 slower trips.   We still have a few available openings in June so if anyone is interested in getting in on the striped bass fishing, give us a call at 732-861-3394 or email Captderek1@yahoo.com.”

 

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FISH STIX  Laurence Harbor, NJ / Shark River Inlet, NJ:

Hot off the presses! Captain Kris Black told me fishing is “Very Good!” Sounds good to me….Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

 

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Captain Pete Sykes is continuing his reign of terror on the NJ striped bass population. Running AM and PM trips catching fish live lining and trolling so get in while the bite is still on because when its over its over until next time folks!  To inquire about a charter or open boat call Pete at (732) 496-5028

 

 

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Pura Vida Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Phil reports more good tile fishing out in the canyons with golden tiles up to 30lbs and Tuna in range and starting this week! Seabass fishing is also still excellent with some serious knot heads up to 4lbs and easy limits. To inquire about open boats or charters Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email captphil@pvfishingcharter.com

 

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Captain Brian Williams  “Finally with a break in the weather for the most part and stable conditions, the fishing improved big time. The flounder bite has been great with a lot of action and a mix of throwbacks and larger size flounder holding deep in the backbays gorging themselves on everything from calico crabs to white perch and spearing. Striped bass fishing has been good as well with a mix of resident and migratory fish up on the flats and nearby deep cuts willing to annihilate any topwater or subsurface offering pulled by them making for some awesome visual strikes. Water temps around 70-75 on the flats/ 65 ocean. To book a trip call/email Captain Brian 856-371-4346 or Bwilliams@ocnjfishing

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, Nj

Captain Scott Newhall  “The good news in the Atlantic City waters is that the fluke bite picked up near the week’s end.  It’s not what it has been in some other early June’s, but much- improved catches were definitely seen.  Anglers using Berkley Gulp! baits are scoring best on the incoming tide and around the slack high.  Falling water is fine unless the dreaded snot shows. Gulp swimming mullet, nemesis, and shrimp models are scoring big time in all the colors. Striped bass have made a decent showing along the beaches and Atlantic City jetty system. Call Absecon Bay Sportsman, Riptide Bait and Tackle and One Stop Bait and Tackle in the area for solid land-based information in real time.  Trollers continue to score rogue cows with Bluewater Candy Mojos and Tony Maja Bunker Spoons.  Anglers that can send out a spread including both cover it all.  And don’t forget the snag hooks for nervous bunker pods”  To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

 

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Nj Fishing Report: May 9-23

It was an exciting week for fishing in NJ this week, Saturday fluke season opened and just today a short window for sea bass opened. Striped Bass fishing has continued to be a success when you can find pockets of fish not covered up by blues and the ocean fisherman are also starting to see greater success fishing for big post spawn stripers. I fished today in the Raritan and trolled in the AM for bass and only found blues and then bucktailed all over the bay in search of my first fluke and managed 2 keepers, but as water temperatures rise over the next week fluke fishing should pick up.

 North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz  “Fishing this week has been pretty good. We have been making a good run every trip, but have been rewarded with limit catches of our under 43″ fish every trip. We have seen some nice bluefish mixed in as well. This week we have caught all our fish on chunked bunker with the bigger fish weighing in the mid 30 pounds.” If you are interested in booking a charter or taking an open boat spot email Captderek1@yahoo.com or call 732-861-3394

 

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FISH STIX  Laurence Harbor, NJ / Shark River Inlet, NJ:

Captain Kris said that the big bass are around but has been bugged by bluefish lately but still plenty of action and today he was able to put together a nice catch of seabass despite some tough conditions. Fish Stix will be running open boats all week Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Captain Pete Sykes has been doing very well with some nice quality sized Striped Bass to 43lbs. These post spawn fish have been aggressive and big, both Am and Pm trips did well today. To inquire about a charter or open boat call Pete at (732) 496-5028

 

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Pura Vida Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Phil reports excellent Black Drum fishing with fish being caught in the 50lb class the Pura Vida will also be sailing for Sea Bass this week. To inquire about open boats or charters Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email captphil@pvfishingcharter.com

 

1426211593Badfish Charters Ocean City, NJ

Captain Brian Williams “Well, the weather has finally warmed just a little and the fish have been chewing,  the striped bass have been around and so have the bluefish seeing some monsters to 40″ in just inches of water attacking top water lures.  The flounder have been chewing well too boating some nice mid 20″ class fish.      Water Temps have finally balanced out to where they should be for this time of year coming in around 54 in the inlets and as warm as 68 deep in the backcountry.”  To book a trip call/email Captain Brian 856-371-4346 or Bwilliams@ocnjfishing

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, Nj

Captain Scott Newhall “The much anticipated fluke opener was the top billing for this past weekend.  Scores of summer flounder anglers headed out before the mid-day rain the day of the opener and found a slow bite.  The overall catch in Greater Atlantic City waters was disappointing as even the most expert crews had to work hard to put keepers in the boat.  Berkley Gulp! Alive swimming mullets and live minnows were the hot baits for those who caught.  “Snot grass” has made its presence felt like no other May in memory and will continue to make fluke fishing more difficult if it doesn’t take the train and head elsewhere.  Meanwhile bluefish continued to pummel baits and lures in Great Bay and the ocean up until Sunday.  The change in weather pattern chased them from the bay or caused them not to feed while the ocean was too rough for most.  Striped bass could still be found in the rivers and some large cows were take off the beaches for those livelining or dragging Tony Maja spoons.  That bite is sure to pick up in terms of numbers as the bass leave their natal flows and head up the coast.    To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

 

 

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Vet Craft Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Harv is still on the Striped Bass catching some beautiful 40″+ fish and 30-50lb Black Drum. To contact  Captain Harvey about a charter you can email fishing@vetcraftsportfishing.com or call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891

 

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Outfitting for Back Bay Fluke Success

Every season starts long before opening day for most, with hooks sharpened, reels re-spooled, hoards of gulps and bucktails purchased, and every angler in the tri-state area frothing to hit the waters in search of that doormat flounder. Then comes opening day, you see the boats piled up in every orifice of the backbays looking for that trophy or at the very least their first flounder dinner of the season.
Depending on who you talk to from tackle shop to old salt to employee at the local sporting goods store everyone seems to have a different version of what rods, reels, line, and rigs to use.  Many I see on the water to this day are using meat sticks spooled with heavy braid more suitable for tuna than they are for backwater flounder where lightweight sensitive rods, line, and jigs are everything and can make the difference between a fish that hits the net or a well fed fish that is still out there laughing with one more minnow in his belly.

Rods and Reels:  For rods I prefer graphite for its sensitivity but some manufacturers are also making a composite blend rod for a more affordable price that still gets the job done. Typically a 7’0 penn battalion or squadron rod rated 8-15lb is what im using, with enough sensitivity to feel even the slightest follow from a toothy predator but enough backbone to set the hook and handle jigs up to around 1 1/4oz. For line lighter is better allowing for better depth penetration to keep you near the bottom without having to let a country mile of line out or fishing additional weight to get there, 15lb braid like Spiderwires Invisibraid I find is the best balance of strength and sensitivity.

With reels I find the 2500 size class Penn Battle to be a perfect blend of weight and line pickup to allow me to jig all day without getting tired from an overbearing reel.

 

Rigs: 

Flounder in the backwater is all about keeping the presentation as vertical as possible so flounder setupyou can tap dance over those pieces of sticky bottom and toothy structure. Again in this situation I believe less is best for my usual setup I fish 15-20 lb fluorocarbon leaders tying the braid to the leader using a Albright or other line to leader knot trying to avoid using

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heavier terminal tackle such as swivels or snaps, Typically from there i have about 8-10″ of leader before a dropper loop that is about 4″ long. On the loop I usually have a #1-2/0 Gamakatsu octopus style hook. Below this I leave about 12″ of line before tying a loop knot to a Magic Tail minnow head style bucktail.  Typical weight bucktails that I have found for the backwater that work for my area in almost all situations are 3/4-1oz and being most of my fishing is done in stained estuarine water I opt for the more visible colors like white and chartreuse. The minnow style heads from Magic Tail Bucktails I find to be the best style bucktail because when tied on the leader they still remain horizontally balanced. Unlike many other bucktails which hang more vertically when jigging does not present naturally whatsoever. I also prefer to trim the hair on the bucktail back a little almost to the hook this allows the tail of the gulp to show off its action and creates a strike point that is closer to the hook part of the bucktail. A little trick I picked up years ago that everyone does while jigging for pompano down south and it has paid off ever since.

 

 

Baits:

Usually you can find me fishing Gulp! 4″ swimming mullet in either chartreuse or white on both my dropper loop and tipping my bucktail,  Gulp! has been a great asset for flounder fisherman as that scent just seems to drive the flounder absolutely wild, so wild that I have had flounder spit up gulp that appears to have never had a hook in it almost as if 1433016566495some fisherman accidentally dropped them in the water and they floated along until ingested. When I am certain there are large concentrations of smaller baitfish like silversides or spearing around I’ll switch that dropper loops bait over to a minnow. In certain situations especially early in the season due to the lack of many other forage species I find the large flounder are feeding on calico, green, or asian crabs. This is confirmed with some of what they spit up when landed in the boat and don’t be afraid to put that crab back on the hook if it’s still alive or recently deceased as doing so has had some stellar results for me in the past. Most recently on a trip last year, everyone on the boat had caught but one client whom up until that point had only a few bites to show for his efforts.   One of my clients hooked a nice flounder and it spit up a lively asian crab on the deck I put that crab on his hook and for the next 2 drifts the same guy that had not caught a flounder yet the entire trip boated 4 flounder around his friends, whom at that point were asking me if I had anymore crabs.

 

Jigging technique:

When jigging as mentioned before it’s all about trying to keep it as vertical as possible this will allow you not only to feel every bite or breath from a fish, but also allow you to avoid getting snagged on the many pieces of bottom structure where the flounder live.  Typical day in the life of my jig is drop it straight down, jig along until it starts to scope well away from the boat and simultaneously the bottom (usually about 1-2mins. ) bring it 1433891302387in and drop back down again.  When dropped I hit the bottom and lift the rod tip about 4 inches so its hovering just above the bottom flounder are engineered to feed up having eyes that look upward. A flounder you can get to commit to a jig that is 2-20inches off the bottom is much more likely to open his mouth all the way and take the jig or hook much like a striped bass or largemouth, rather than the traditional peck, peck, peck felt using the typical drag the bottom technique. Having the jig off the bottom also allows flounder from a greater distance to key in on it, the way I explain it to clients is to look at it as an airplane, is it easier to see the plane when it’s laying on the runway or when it’s in the sky?  The action I choose to impart on the jig is just a simple and very subtle bouncing of the rod more of a shaking than anything with the rod tip moving up and down by a matter of inches. Avoid doing massive up and down motions of the jig as I find this is an archaic method that made sense in the monofilament days to compensate for stretch of the line, but now with the invention of superlines every motion on that rod tip is reflected almost to the millimeter on the jig below.

 

I hope these Pointers help y’all key in on that doormat flounder this season, or at the very least help increase those numbers!

 

-Capt. Brian Williams

 

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Deepwater Fluke Slayer: Century Rods SS846 / Diawa Lexa 300

 

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I know most of you are probably thinking that striper season will be in full swing any day now and tog season opens in 2 days, why is this dude talking about fluking? Your probably right but the heart wants what the heart wants. I just can’t stop thinking about skipping a bucktail  through some sunken subway cars as that 10lb doormat I’ve never caught inhales my GULP! (I Just bought 8 tubs).  With all of this in mind I took a ride down to see Paul at JPRrods.com to see if I could satisfy my tackle fix and he did not disappoint. I wanted to go lighter this season, I like to try and fish 2-4 ounces even in deeper water and they set me up with a perfect combo for just that. The Century Rods Striper Series SS846 is a acid wrapped 7′ medium-heavy power/fast action rod that features Fuji guides and split rear grip but Paul can take any Striper Series blank and custom build a rod for to fit your style.

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If you like to fish a  little bit heavier the SS847 is great or if you are looking for a great tog rod the SS848 is a perfect platform.  Pair this rod with a low profile Diawa Lexa 300 and you have a superlight setup that you can bounce all day with. The Lexa 300 weighs in at only 11.3 ounces but puts out a max drag of 22lbs with gear ratios ranging from 5.1:1-8.1:1 in the hyperspeed model. Many people also like the even lighter 100 model but I prefer a sturdier reel for saltwater use.  Spooled with 10-15lb braid this combo should have you dancin’ all over the bottom in 80 ft with 3oz while everyone is using 6! Only 51 more days to fluke season begins……

Century Rods SS876 $342.99

Diawa Lexa 300 $199.95

 

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