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





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




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





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: 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


South Jersey:


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