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 1-8th

It was a tough week for weather so the reports were few and far between, weather looks to be a little bit better this week but it’s going to be wet out there. Fluke fishing so far in Northern Jersey has been consistently good, the same could not be said for the Southern Region in the past but a consistent bite has been developing so hopefully this trend will continue. Here is what I was able to round up from the Captains.

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz  “The fluke fishing bounced back this past week. Several trips saw limit or near limit catches of fluke coming from the rough bottom with jigs and GULP baits. Unfortunately we were unable to get offshore with the weather this week, but it looks like some nice water pushed closer in and we will be back offshore this coming week for tuna and mahi. We are currently taking charter reservations for the remainder of the fluke season as well as tuna trips through the end of September. We are also booking fall dates for October, November and December stripers and blackfish trips. ”To inquire about charter availability or open boat call 732-861-3394 or email Captderek1@yahoo.com

 

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, NJ

Captain Scott Newhall “Fluke was a mixed bag this week in the AC area.  The beginning of the week saw nice fish banging in the bay and inlet waters before NE winds changed the pattern and the fish turned off for no apparent reason.  Later in the week, ocean fluke bite picked up and expert anglers started to score in the sloughs and rubble.  Those who did best know how to work the bottom without snagging.  Snags lose gear, but waste time for retying.  The best fluke bet is the inlets and ocean moving forward.” 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  “Fluke turned on big tie for the Vetcraft this week with some real big fish in the mix. Sea Bass still being put in the box too” 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:  8/4

After a month of struggling to put together decent catches of fluke, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding more keeper fish. Helping to improve the action is the annual migration of the fish from the bays into the ocean. As a result, the fishing around the inlets has shown some great improvement while the action on the inshore artificial reefs is also showing more big fish.

 

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” notes that while “we have been picking away at them; the fishing seems to be picking up slowly but surely.” He believes a couple of days with a good Northeast wind should do the trick. Meanwhile, wreck fishing has been providing a variety of fish for the cooler to take home.

 

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” terms July a “hard month” and says that most trips got their sea bass but the fluke fishing was slow. Suddenly, as August arrived, and his party had lots of action, putting five nice fat fish in the box. The top fish was 24.5-inches long, providing some very nice filets. He has been working some of his productive wrecks in addition to the reef sites.

 

Captain John Lewis also notes the recent uptick in fluke action as his recent parties have been able to take fluke filets home for dinner. His most recent trip had fish up to 24.5-inches. It appears late summer is going to be the time for anglers to finally score well on the fluke action.

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 18-25th

Fishing has continued to be consistent both inshore and offshore for most of New Jerseys entire coast. Fluke fishing in northern new jersey has been very good and very consistent. Further south fluking has been very hit or miss having spent a good amount of time this past week fishing in front of and behind the Sea Isle, Avalon, and Stone Harbor areas I can safely that the back bay was much more productive. Although shorts were much more common than keepers there was still plenty of decent fish to be had in the bay, out front I hit the Townsends Inlet Reef, Sea Isle Lump, and a other nearby wrecks with little to no life on any of them. Many of the local fisherman that I spoke to echoed the same sentiment but are hopeful things will pick up out front soon with a lot of fish still holding in the back bays. Offshore the tuna bite has been good but recently the inshore fishing for yellowfin and Bluefin has been what a few captains have said “the best they have seen in years” with most of these fishing being targeted on the chunk or jigs. This kind of action does not last long so don’t wait to get it on it.

 

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz   “We got in a few fluke and tuna trips this week. Fluking was up and down. Mainly dependent on the conditions. The days we had good conditions, the charters were able to put nice catches of fluke together with fish to 5 lbs and some sea bass mixed in. We were able to get offshore twice with one trip seeing a mix of bluefin and yellowfins. On another trip we saw tough fishing with 5 fish being hooked on jigs, but unfortunately we were unable to land any of them due to pulled hooks and break offs” 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 “Fluke fishing has been steady if you have jigs and gulp, some guys catching limits on trips and others struggle. Been taking lots of family fun trips dragging bait in less sticky bottom producing mostly shorts but some keepers too” 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 had a couple of inshore trips this week with several nice keeper fluke, even found a few bonita. We are planning an offshore day trip that will leave at midnight Saturday morning getting back that evening around dinner time. That trip has a few slots open and is $500 per man.” Interested people can call to speak with Captain Lindsay about charter availability  at 609-685-2839 or email captlindsay@fish-junebug.com

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Pura Vida Sportfishing Cape May, NJ

Captain Phil Leo is not an easy man to get a hold of these days but that’s because he has been out on the Pura Vida putting a hurting on the tuna day in and day out with little time for small talk. Phil is still doing well inshore chunking and jigging yellowfin and some Bluefin as well. They will also be fishing fluke in between runs to the inshore grounds. 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 summer flounder fishing in the Atlantic City area remains strong.  Upwelling events are the only thing that can create temporary lockjaw in the fluke so anglers are always rooting for the SW winds to stay away.  The entire bay and inlet systems are producing, but the ocean remains spotty.  In this region, the ocean fluke fishery lags behind that of areas north of Barnegat or south near Cape May.  In a couple weeks that will change.” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729

 

 

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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Report:  7/21

The fluke bite in the Beach Haven area has been on a bit of a down swing as the fish migrate from the bay waters into the ocean. As a result, the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been finding some alternative targets with good success.

 

Captain Carl Sheppard and mate Marlyn Graham had the Bonnesen out wreck fishing on the “Starfish” for the family’s first ever fishing trip. Despite some recent days of slow fishing, that day the family had some sensational fishing. They caught a total of 60 fish, managing to box 9 black sea bass, 2 bluefish, and a nice sized porgy. The largest sea bass measured 16-inches.

 

With fluke fishing in a bit of a lull, the “Irish Jig” with Captain Gary Dugan has been focusing on wreck fishing. A lot of sea bass have been coming over the rail, with a fair amount making the cooler. Now that black fish (tautog) are back in season, Captain Gary hopes to be able to put some of those monsters he has been throwing back into the fish box. He says he is ready to return to fluke fishing when things pick up in that area.

 

Captain Lindsay Fuller on the “June Bug” reports his recent trips have been half and full day inshore trips. His anglers have been putting together some decent bags of bluefish and some keeper fluke along with small sea bass and a sea robin. Captain Lindsay tried a trip to the Atlantic City Reef where he picked up a dozen or so Taylor sized bluefish, all caught on #2 Clark Spoons on 25-foot leaders with a 2-ounce trolling weight to keep the spoon just under the surface. Despite his success with the bluefish up in the water column, his bottom fishing on the wreck was slow. He blames that on the number of fish pots placed on it. Captain Lindsay hopes to make some offshore trips in the near future for tuna. He added he has been using mates from the BHCFA’s Junior Mate’s program, and he has been very pleased with their performance and work ethic.

 

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

 

1426211593Badfish Charters Ocean City, NJ

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 23-30

Right now it is prime time to catch multiple species of fish on any given trip with good catches of Sea Bass, Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Fluke starting to show as well, all within a few miles of each other. Most have been able to find early limits of quality Sea Bass and will be able to continue to do so until June 19th and Striped Bass fishing in the ocean has been excellent this past week with many charters being able to run dual purpose Seabass/Striped bass trips on the good days!

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Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz  “Bass fishing has been very good this week with most trips seeing an average of 12-20 fish per trip up to 38lbs. All the fish are being caught on chunked bunker and a few on live. We will start doing more live lining next week if conditions allow. 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:

Captain Kris said that “they have been Crushing big bass and sea bass.” Cannot argue with that report. Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

 

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Captain Pete Sykes has continued to do very well with big striped bass being caught all week long and no signs of stopping!  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 great Seabass fishing with limits typical by noon. He also said that Tile fishing has been very good as well with fish to 25lbs on Thursday and awesome fishing on Sunday with fish to 30lbs. 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 “Flounder fishing has been fun with some days better then others depending on conditions. The backbays were covered in snot grass most of the week, but appears to be improving now. Biggest fish of the week came in at 22”, and most of the flounder have primarily been feeding on grass shrimp, crabs, and small spearing.   Striped bass fishing has taken a turn toward early morning  and evening / nighttime with an increase in water temps, this increase has also caused the topwater bass bite to improve making for some explosive strikes and awesome visuals. ( 70 flats and bays, 59 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  “Greater Atlantic City waters has cow striped bass moving along the beaches and the three mile line. Live lining, Tony Maja bunker spoons and Bluewater Candy Mojos are the ticket.  The further north one gets, the better chance at the bass.  Fluke overall have been a disappointment thus far in this region.  Very few, extremely skilled experts have put up some good catches only to go back on the next trip and get blanked. The grass is bad and the consistency is lacking in this area.  Everyone is hoping for it to pick up and get as strong as it iin many a May.  For those that like wreck fishing, seabass have been chewing hard and with keepers aplenty.”  To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729 timeout1

 

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Vet Craft Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Harv has been having great success this week fishing for multiple species out of Cape May. Good Seabass fishing, Stripers up to 45″, and massive Black Drum! Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891

 

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Fishing Report: May 9-16

Striped Bass fishing has slowed a bit in the NJ bays as the big post spawn fish draw closer to open water but there is still plenty of fish to be had in the bay and now the Ocean. Just a few more days until the much anticipated opening of Fluke season in NJ and I know a lot of people will be ready when that day comes! Will it be another down year like last year or will things pick back up?

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Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek has had another nice week with fishing being consistent. Catching fish to 30lbs chunking and live lining for there fish. 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 fishing was “decent” this week but they were not “crushing” them like before. They will be moving the boat back to its normal spot in the Shark River Inlet and will be mixing bottom fishing in as soon as it opens. Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878

 

 

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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Captain Pete Sykes has had an up and down first week on the water struggling to get the bass to bite at times, but overall a good start catching some very nice size fish in the process with most fishing going in the 30lb range and even a 40+ fish mixed in. 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 was excited to report that they finally made it out to the Tile grounds and had some nice fishing to show for it with a limit of Golden Tiles and Bluelines to 25lbs. Pura Vida is sporting brand new Tile Setups from from Jigging world as well! Phil will be sailing every chance he gets so be sure if you are trying to get out Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email captphil@pvfishingcharter.com

 

 

 

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Time Out Charters Absecon, Nj

Captain Scott Newhall  “Bluefish continued to dominate the Greater Atlantic City area catches with Great Bay and waters to the north of the city being the better venues.  Bluefish are taking topwater plugs tossed on the flats along with bait on the bottom.  Fluke are being caught by accident and by those practicing “spring training” catch and release.   It promises to be a respectable opener in the backwaters next week.  Schoolie bass are around the sods and some cow bass are still probing the local rivers as many anglers have observed spawning rituals still taking place in the evenings.  In addition, some bass are being taken off the beach on Tony Maja spoons as some linesiders from the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay stocks begin to trickle north.” 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 gotten his season off to a good start with his first report stating that he is “catching some beautiful post spawn spring stripers” The Vet Craft sails out of Bree-Zee-Lee Marina in Cape May and if you wish 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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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association:

As the summer fishing season draws near, the bay and ocean waters around Long Beach Island have been providing some outstanding action on huge bluefish, schoolie striped bass, and a decent amount of black drumfish.

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are geared up and ready to get in on some of this action. Actually, some of the captains have already been catching fish.

Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” is in the water and has already been fishing.  He is excited to have Marlyn Graham back again this year as his first mate. The last two weekends have been stormy ones, forcing Captain Carl to fish in the bay waters.

Captain Lindsay Fuller reports the “June Bug” is in Wanchese, North Carolina, getting the last touches down on its new teak decks.

Captain Ray Lopez is excited to have his new “Miss Liane” ready for the season. He is set to go on his new 28-foot Carolina Classic with twin diesels. With heat and air conditioning, its anglers will be comfortable in all weather conditions.

Captain George Finck reports that the “Sparetime” is in the water and ready to fish. He has some open dates for the striper action. Captain Dave Kreines expects to have his boat, “Byte Me” in the water by early May and ready for the start of fluke season.

Captain Gary Dugan has had anglers out on the “Irish Jig” in the area of Graveling Point at the mouth of the Mullica River. He reports sporadic luck with stripers to 28-inches and large bluefish. He made a trip to the wrecks where he had a nice catch of cod. His party also caught and released quite a few large black sea bass. All conditions are pointing to a decent fishing season.

Captain Lindsay Fuller opines that he has been tracking the dissolution of the latest El Nino and feels it closely matches the data for the downturn of the last major El Nino that started in 1982 and ended in 1983. He adds that 1983 was the year of the best fishing he has ever had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report: April 25-May 1

North Jersey:  It has been another good week of Striped Bass fishing in the Raritan Bay. Although the weather has not been the greatest this week with a lot of rain and some rougher conditions than the past weeks fishing has remained consistently good lets just hope the bluefish don’t shut the whole thing down.

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek Bielitz “Fishing has been good this week. We have been trolling, live lining, and chunking. We have been seeing fish to around 35lbs with the average being 15-25lb fish. Some days the blues are horrible and we have to run away from them but other days we weed through them to catch the bass.” To get in on the action call Capt. Derek at 732-861-3394 or email him at captderek1@yahoo.com

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

Captain Kris and Darren have had another successful week of fishing on the Raritan although some trips have been tougher than others especially with this sloppy weather but they always seem to put together a good trip. Bluefish have started to make there presence felt but nothing like last years all out invasion and hopefully it will stay that way. Having fished next to these guys on Friday I can say that they are prepared and work there a#@%s off to make sure there charters are having fun. Darren is always ready with the cast net when the opportunity arises as I witnessed first hand. These guys went from trolling to live lining in minutes and we all know live lining beats waiting for you turn on the rod trolling any day. There are still openings left this week AM and PM trips so call or text Kris 732-312-6878 to get in.

 

 

South Jersey

Weather again has not been friendly to the guys down south and fishing in the Ocean has been almost non existent for the entire month of April. Captains Skip (Stalker II) and Brian (Badfish) have had success fishing the bays when they can. Hopefully the month of May will bring about some better fishing weather it is really a shame though that tog season basically came and went for most.

Stalker Fishing Charters Greenwich, NJ / Cape May, NJ:

Captain Skip Jastremski ” Striper fishing overall has been pretty darn good with some larger fish being had on recent trips to 32lbs. Mainly all of the recent catches have been post spawn fish! I am anticipating a very strong finish to our spring striper season!”  There is still tons of great fishing to be had so give Skip a call to get a spot or charter. 609-972-5218adam_and_the_stalker2_894956_std

 

 

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Pura Vida Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

I spoke to Captain Phil very briefly and he is chomping at the bit after basically being kept at the dock the entire month saying “It’s been the worst April I’ve seen in 20 years”. Nevertheless the Pura Vida will be running offshore for Tilefish and who knows maybe another certain pelagic species as soon as the weather gives them a window which Phil hopes to be this Wednesday. If I were you I would get on the phone and book a trip asap because when Phil gets on the grounds he’s not gonna be screwin around. Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email captphil@pvfishingcharter.com

 

 

1426211593Badfish Charters Ocean City, NJ

Captain Brian Williams  “With wet, cold, and windy conditions most of the week it made for some uncomfortable fishing, but the fish were not phased one bit as they continued to chew for the few that braved the conditions. The first half of the week started off with a near full moon and most fish way up the rivers still involved in the spawning party. As the week progressed more and more fish made their way out into the saltwater it seems.

Just last night I ran (Sunday, May 1st) into a school of about 15 nice sized bass on a 2ft flat that had one willing volunteer unfortunately as it goes with those schools once you hook one the rest spook off, but a positive sign to see the transition from hooking singles or doubles of fish on different corners, to seeing actually masses of fish moving and foraging across the flats.

Lots of bait present in the back as well mainly smaller spearing and such but plenty of food to keep the fish around and willing to eat. Small subsurface presentations like the Mirrolure suspending baits or the DOA 3″ shads and 4″ jerkshads are taking most of the fish. With water temps still in the low-mid 50’s in the backwater slower presentations seem to be favored. The fishing will continue to get better and better from here on out with the fish finished  their spawn and hungry for anything they come across.” To book a trip with this backwater wizard just call/email Captain Brian 856-371-4346 or Bwilliams@ocnjfishing

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