Last night’s blog identified the ASMFC as a Council, rather than a Commission. I spotted that just as I published, and sure know the difference after having served a three-year term on the original Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and much longer as a recreational fishing advisor on the ASMFC Striped Bass Advisory Panel.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant Jigged a boat limit of 1-3-pound bluefish by 9 a.m. and then picked away at sea bass. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported plenty of chub mackerel along with some blues, sea bass and fluke. Their Monday night Exotics trip has been cancelled, so the boat will be bluefishing again on Tuesday.
Capt. Ron Santee made one last stop and fished into overtime for his best fluke bite of the day on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Some anglers ended up with three fluke up to a 5-pounder. Santee emphasizes the need to bring ice for your catch — and a rod with enough backbone to handle heavy sinkers.
Saturday starts with just 5-10 knot southwest winds before they increase to 10-15 plus gusts to 20 in the afternoon. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association as follows: “Captain Max Goldman of the “Star Fish” reports an improvement in fishing with black sea bass and fluke prevalent at their ocean structure hot spots. In addition, the inlet and bay waters are giving up cocktail sized bluefish among other species. He adds that the scenic trips on the “Star Fish” are resulting in some beautiful sunsets.
Captain Dave Wittenborn of “Captain Dave’s Charters” had a canyon trip recently with the Sullivan group. In addition to a pair of large yellowfin tuna in the 60-70-pound class, they picked up another two long-fin tuna. Captain Dave terms the canyon action as “heating up.”
Captain Gary Dugan had the “Irish Jig” out with Gary Wood and the boys recently. The action was good with three nice fluke going into the fish box until some hungry greenhead flies influenced the group to head in.
As usual, Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” has been fishing almost every day including some days of two and three trips. He reports finding better action on fluke in the bay than the ocean although structure is giving up limits of sea bass, some ling, and a few keeper fluke. He is jigging some very shallow waters where he has found some very hungry fluke. He has been averaging 4-6 keepers per trip along with numerous throwbacks.
The BHCFA is looking forward to the 53rd annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational sponsored by the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. Some BHCFA captains fish while members of the Junior Mates Program volunteer to help the event run smoothly. It is possible one or two of the BHCFA boats might still be available for charter to fish in the tournament.”