While most of the attention in NY/NJ Bight is now on fluke, stripers and blues, there’s also a very good showing of jumbo porgies for those seeking both sport and some very good eating.
Greg Prestosh reported a very good catch this week along with sea bass that had to go back as they aren’t legal until Friday. (see photo at bottom)
The weather looks good early tomorrow with southwest winds at 5-10 knots before increasing to 15-20 with gusts to 30 in the afternoon. Showers are also possible.
I’m sending this in very early as I’m having a cataracts operation this morning. I got a lot of good years out of my eyes, but they need some help at 86.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association as follows: “The July 4th weekend means that summer has officially arrived in Beach Haven, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are taking full advantage of the action.
A quick look at what is biting right now shows there are tuna to be found offshore. Closer to the beach, shark fishing is going strong, and the inshore reefs are already producing good numbers of summer flounder including doormats.
In the bay waters the flounder action continues strong while a number of big weakfish have shown an increase in numbers from previous years. Near the inlets small schools of nice sized bluefish have made their presence known.
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” had a shark fishing expedition recently. His anglers went three for three on nice sized sharks after missing a big thresher shark.
The party boat “Miss Beach Haven” with Captain Frank Camarda has been finding good fishing action to go along with the beautiful summer weather. He reports multiple fish over 22-inches up to 23.5-inches and 5-pounds. Most of this action has been in the calm bay waters.
Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” reports he has had a busy few days. He had Peter Wessel on a 3-hour light tackle charter with his wife and daughters. They put 4 keepers in the box. Captain Brett had Bob Dodds on a morning tide expedition. They hit several key spots and put 7 keepers in the box with over 40 shorts landed. Finally, he had Ralph Rodio and crew on a 4-hour light tackle charter. They worked 2 new areas to find 6 keepers and close to 25 shorts.”
I’m sending this in early