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 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.

NJ Fishing Report: June 20-28

It has been another very eventful week for local fisherman, with fluke fishing very hot in the Raritan Bay and some of the deepwater holes out front starting to pay off. Shark fishing has also been red hot with lots of nice thresher and mako sharks hitting the scales. I have also heard winds of some small keeper bluefin being caught at a popular fluke destination not far south of here……I also want to thank the great people at Grassy Sound Marina who hosted a great tournament and of course after party this past weekend. Fishing was tough with windy conditions but team Reel Stupid managed to bring our 3 fish to the scale but came up well short of a win. We all had a great time though and special thanks go out to Debbie and Jim for holding such a fun tournament.

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Congratulations are in order for Captain Derek Bielitz and crew who took 1st and 2nd place in points at the “2016 Are You Man Enough Shark Challenge” in Atlantic Highlands this past weekend. Going 2 for 4 on threshers , 2 makos, and 14 blue sharks with of there most notable catches that weekend being a 230.4 lb thresher that they brought to the scales. Derek and crew will pick back up where they left off catching whatever stripers are hanging around and the start on fluke fishing and making offshore runs. 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 said that striped bass fishing is starting to dwindle down and that they will now turn there focus to doormat fluke. The Fish Stix crew also had some great success sharking this week on Captain Kris’ birthday nonetheless they boated a monster 361 lb 103.5″ mako shark! There is some availability left this summer for charter or open boat so call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Captain Pete Sykes says striped bass fishing is not over yet and continued to boat lots of big fish this week and won’t stop til its over. The Parker Pete crew will begin fishing for fluke very soon and they will also be running special “On the Water Bucktailing Seminars” with the guys from Bucktailboys.com. These charters will include a lesson on the bucktailing basics like rig tying, how to bucktail, and more, one package of Gulp!, and a Bucktail Boys Bucktail Box. The dates for these trips are 7/11, 7/18, and 7/26 with more dates to be added and they are $155 per person plus tip for the mate. 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 recently got a window to run offshore and said although he had to work for it they had yellowfin up to 50 lbs with alot of throwbacks and few nice mahi. They will be running offshore again tonight. 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 “Summer flounder continue to be the main target and fish plucked from AC waters.  The fish range from throwback to 21 inches quite often with some bigger ones in the mix time to time.  The top of the tide is far and away the best time to fish with flurries of keepers getting caught then.  Striped bass are now mainly off NY and New England with only stragglers and local fish left behind.  Offshore the shark guys keep working for Makos and Threshers while the tuna boats have had success in the canyons.” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report:

As the summer of 2016 formally arrives in Beach Haven, the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continually adjust their fishing destinations based upon what is in season and what is available.

The striped bass bite in the ocean appears to be pretty much over as the water continues to warm, and the linesiders move on up the coast to New England for the summer months. The BHCFA captains left the black sea bass biting on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs as the legal season has stopped for a period of time.

Picking up the slack in an increased bite from summer flounder, or fluke as they are more commonly called around Beach Haven. The slime grass in the bay waters has dissipated with the warmer waters, and more fluke are finding their way to bait. While most of these fish are in bay waters, an increased bite in the surf waters of Long Beach Island indicates they are in the ocean also.

The offshore waters have been producing some nice catches of sharks and tuna. There are brown, mako, and thresher sharks around, and some solid bluefin tuna have been brought back to the dock.

Captain Ray Lopez had the Waretown Fishing Club out on the “Miss Liane” for a fun filled day of fishing. With some thunder storm warnings advised, the vessel stopped at a local wreck to fill the boat. Although the fish were small, the fishermen managed to boat 5 keeper sea bass. The next day the Lathchford party boarded the “Miss Liane” looking for the last of the Striper bite. Although there was no luck with the Stripers, the sea bass saved the day on a local reef.

 

NJ Fishing Report: June 14 – 20

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz “Striped bass fishing has been pretty good this past week. We have seen some trips with phenomenal fishing, with as many as 45 bass to 48 lbs landed on one trip to just a pick of quality bass own others. We have been catching all out fish this week on live bunkers. We will continue to bass fish through the end of the month before transitioning over to fluke, shark, and tuna trips. We are taking both charter and open boat reservations for all of the above as well as already booking up for the fall striper/blackfish season. If anyone has any questions or would like to reserve a date, please give Capt Derek a call at 732-861-3394.

 

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

Captain Kris Black said on Sunday 6/19 that striper fishing has been spotty but Fish Stix Facebook post today would suggest a nice upswing in the bass bite. Bottom fishing has been great for ling, seabass, and flounder, and there is loads of sharks close to home. Recently Kris and crew got into a nice thresher shark during what was originally a striped bass trip. I asked Kris for quick back story. “The charter lost all the bass they had on, so when the bite completely died I asked them if they wanted to go ghetto sharking. They said yes and about an hour in we had a nice one on but lost it, 10 minutes later we had hooked another one and after big airs we got em around 60.” To get in on the action Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

It has been a pretty special week for captain Pete Sykes and crew, bottom fishing for seabass and fluke has been good and striped bass fishing as well. The real story is however the Parker Petes first 50+ lb bass that was landed this week!  Not only did they land a 52lb fish but on the same trip they had a 42 and 35lb fish as well. Congratulations to Pete and crew on the well deserved and hard earned entry into the 50+lb club! These ocean run post spawn bass only seem to be getting bigger but it won’t last too much longer. To inquire about a charter or open boat call Pete at (732) 496-5028

 

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Badfish Charters Ocean City, NJ

Captain Brian Williams  “Fishing although still up and down has dramatically improved with nearly crystal clear water and some lighter winds the last few days.

The striped bass bite really fired up on both ends. By daytime we had quite the live bunker bite as some schools moved in for a few days, boating bass to 30lbs. By night the cinder worm hatch fired up the fish as they seemed to really school up at some spots, and hoards of peanut bunker schooled up on the flats with bass and blues blasting them. Top offerings have been the DOA 4′ jerk shad as well as the Mirrolure Topdog JR and the Mirrolure Mirrodine which is a perfect match for those small 3″ peanuts.

On the flounder front the bite has still been very up and down with some days every spot holding fish and the next having to constantly relocate to find the bite. The good news is the numbers of fish have increased allowing for more action during trips with some very nice fish close to that 10b mark being taken in some of the pockets in the backwater.” To book a trip call/email Captain Brian 856-371-4346 or Bwilliams@ocnjfishing