The big money MidAtlantic Tournament begins Monday and runs through the week.There were 170 boats registered going into today’s captains meetings at Cape May plus Ocean City, Maryland, but I haven’t received the final number or the size of the purse so far.
The White Marlin Invitational concluded yesterday at Beach Haven, but I haven’t been able to find any results.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported bluefish jigging was picky this morning, but they had no trouble adding sea bass.
The Big Mohawk from that port had their best fluking of the season yesterday with action from start to finish and many limits.
Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch said yellowfin tuna fishing was slower the last couple of days — and some boats turned back today due to the surprsingly rough northeast sea.
Tomorrow’s forecast is for east winds at 5-10 knots.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports as follows for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association:
“The New Jersey summer flounder action does not get much better than it is right now. The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are right in the middle of the action.
Captain Dave Kreines has been running his boat “ByteMe” down to the inlet areas for great August fishing. Jeff, Beth, and their two kids were out, and everyone caught fish, with over 30 f”luke landed, including 2 keepers over 20-inches. Patrick and Jennifer booked a 4-hour trip without the kids for their first taste of saltwater fishing. They happily took home 21 and 22-inch fluke and were excited to catch a variety of other species, including black sea bass, bluefish, sea robins, and small sharks.”
Captain Brett Taylor of Real Reaction Sportfish had Tom Clark and his daughter on a 5-hour ocean charters. The pair caught a full boat limit to 7-pounds. They released close to 25 short fish along with several keepers to 20-inches. The S&S Bigeyes tipped with natural baits were the ticket. Another trip with Captain Brett had Bob Reim and crew on a 5-hour fluke charter with mate Luke. They fished a few spots ending with 10 keepers to 24.5 inches.
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been consistently finding keeper fluke for his parties fishing the waters off the southern tip of Long Beach Island including artificial reefs and other areas.
Several of the BHCFA captains participated in the recent Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club’s annual white marlin tournament. Noticeable were the stalwart efforts of the Association’s junior mates as they were active serving as volunteer helpers for the event.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org