In an unusual move, NOAA Fisheries is advising those fishermen licensed to sell giant and large medium bluefin tuna to check with buyers in advance of fishing in order to ensure there will be a market for their catch. Apparently, there’s been an oversupply compared to demand –and waste should be avoided. Any such catches must be reported even if the fish is not sold.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina as follows: “I

 don’t know if you noticed but summer is more than half over or is it just me getting older. Well either way I would get moving as the fishing is good at this time. Fluke fishing has been excellent, we had one rental boat with 9keepers and many short fish. The for hire fleet has been enjoying some good Fluke and Seabass fishing.

The fluke range up to 8 lb.

The Golden Eagle and Miss Belmar have had a very good bite of 

bluefish,mixed size up to 10lb,poppers have been the lure of choice.

The tuna bite has been up and down attracting plenty of anglers.

Stripers and Kingfish are still being taken in the surf, worms and sand

crabs are prime baits.

To our sweetwater fishermen the Largemouth Bass , Calico Bass,catfish

and bluegill bite has been good, low light conditions during this hot spell

has been best. 

Come on down before the summer is gone and kids are back to school, we all know how fast time goes on .   


Today’s report from the Golden Eagle was of an offshore pick of 2-pound blues with a few 6-poundersamong them. A cod and some sea bass were added.

Saturday’s forecast is for west winds at 5-10 knots before going south at 10-15 in the afternoon.

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

The week began with strong winds and an upwelling of water in the ocean. This resulted in patches of dirty water along with colder water temperatures that slowed fishing. The last few days of hot weather have raised the water temps and increased fish catches.

Captain Dave Kreines of the “Byte Me” has been working hard to land fish for the box but is finding enough action to keep his family charters excited. He had the Vaughn family out, and the 6- and 7-year-old cousins had a fun time with small sharks while Dad lost a big cownose ray at the boat. Another trip with the Stoltz family resulted in small sharks and undersized fluke while fishing in Little Egg Inlet.

Max Goldman reports the “Starfish” has been finding constant action of fluke, black sea bass, and porgies among other species coming over the rails in the ocean. Captain Max adds the fishing is improving with each increase in water temperature.

Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been finding a mix of action on the inshore ocean reefs with groups of anglers who have been willing to work hard for their catches. A recent family group returned with fluke of 18-and 22-inches along with an 18-inch black sea bass.

Captain Frank Camarda has been finding decent numbers of fluke and other bottom fish with the head boat “Miss Beach Haven.” One of his top anglers, Daryl, had an especially good day recently with a pair of beauties. The “Miss Beach Haven” is the only head boat at the southern end of Long Beach Island.

Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction” Sportfishing reports good catches of fluke and black sea bass despite some very unfavorable weather conditions. He had Andrew Wilk Sr. and Jr. on a 3-hour trip “all over the bay” before they got into real action. The water was dirty and cold, but the father and son team boxed 2 keeper fluke along with a grill-sized bluefish. Andrew Jr. just got back from pitching in the Junior College World series for Mercer County College. The Bob Dodds group eked out 4 solid keepers to 19.5 inches while catching a total of 28 fish.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.

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