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
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
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
Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ
Captain Pete Sykes has been doing great the past week when the weather allows it and is seeing larger numbers of bigger fishing coming over the rails including the Parker Petes first double digit fluke of the season. Congrats Pete and Crew they may still have a few dates left for the fluke season so Call to get aboard” call Pete at (732) 496-5028
Insatiable Sportfishing, Beach Haven, NJ
Captain John Lewis “Had a very good week fluke fishing. Six out of seven trips had double digit fluke catches with most getting two or more keepers to take home. Also caught sea bass, blue fish and a Bonita. Some large fish have been landed so we are hopeful to get some real trophy fluke as they migrate out of the bays. ” To inquire about a charter or open boat contact Captain John at Captainjohn22@comcast.net or 609-670-5980
Captain Lindsay Fuller “Fished inshore several times earlier this week on Garden State South, Little Egg Reef & AC Reef. Short Fluke mostly. Also caught a Houndfish and a Spanish Mackerel one trip.
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
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
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
August is now in full swing in Beach Haven, and while the bay action is dominated by small panfish, the fluke are out in full force around the inshore reefs. In addition, the bite offshore is starting to really pick up. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are currently experiencing their best fluke action of the year.
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been running two trips a day and returning with full fish boxes most trips. When asked how the action is, Captain Gary noted, “Fluke Fishing has been great.” While there are still large numbers of throwback sized fish, the “Irish Jig” has been finding its share of keeper fluke with catches ranging from 4-8 keepers a trip. He has been fishing the Little Egg and Garden State South Reefs. Along with the fluke, there are black sea bass and snapper blues around. When he moves to a wreck, Captain Gary has been finding sea bass, porgies, blackfish, and occasional triggerfish.
Captain John Lewis has been taking anglers out on the “Insatiable” and returning with good amounts of fluke in the box. Captain John says he has been fishing both in the ocean and in the inlet. The fish seem to be moving around. He is itching to get offshore to get in on some of the good white marlin and mahi-mahi action he has been hearing about as well as a few big eye tuna and swordfish.
The BHCFA’s Junior Mates Program had its last official class session on Thursday, August 18. On Friday, August 19, the group will participate in the John Koegler Memorial Junior Mate Fishing Tournament. Following the fishing and weigh-in at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club, a luncheon celebration will take place at the Club. Thanks to the generosity of the Koegler family and other sponsors of the BHCFA, there will be many great prizes awarded to the successful anglers.