Big inshore thresher sharks are providing an opportunity for small boat anglers to tangle with a great offshore game fish just a few miles from Raritan Bay and NY/NJ Bight ports.

Capt. John Contello reported that both of his Just Sayin’ center consoles fought those sharks today. The tail takes up a lot of space. Below is a 437-pound weigh-in at Up Front Tackle in Keyport.

Jim Hutchinson reports for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association as follows:

Captain Jonathan Kelly of LBI Sportfishing Charters recently moved the “Outcast” down to the Delaware Bay in search of some trophy black drum fish. It paid off well as in two days of fishing he totaled over 20 black drum with the biggest over 70-pounds. The boat is back in Beach Haven in time for the inshore bluefin tuna fishing and bottom fishing to heat up!

Captain Max Goldman of the “Star Fish” reports trips to the inshore reefs and bay with black sea bass and fluke coming over the rails.

Captain Jimmy Zavacki of the “Reel Determined” had a good day in the Beach Haven Tuna Open as it finished in the money once again. His three yellowfin tuna weighed in had a total weight of 140.2-pounds. This followed last year’s event when Captain Jimmy was awarded the Fish Trap Award gaining free entry for this year’s event.

Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” has been doing well recently. He had Ralph Rodio and friends on a 4-hour light tackle charter. Despite cold bottom water temperatures, they did well on fluke. The group ended up with 11-keepers topped by a 6-pounder. On another trip Bruce Connor found two keeper fluke and a 27-inch tagged striper. On Sunday Captain Brett found himself without a charter and spent a family day on the water.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been finding catches of fluke in the Great Bay area to provide fish dinners for his anglers. He reports his new tiki barge is about ready for launching.

BHCFA President Captain John Lewis is reminding everyone that on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the Junior Mates will host a fundraising cruise on the “Black Pearl” from 7:00-8:30 PM. A minimum donation is $75 while children under 18 if accompanied by a paying adult will be $25. There will be a brief talk about the Reef Project then a DJ for your dancing pleasure.

Small craft warnings are up for tomorrow after starting at only 10-15 knots south before freshening to 15-20with gusts to 25 in the afternoon.


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