Large quantities of chub mackerel have been located for some time off the Jersey Shore, and pretty much ensure a good light tackle catch for boats chumming them up along with small bluefish. Bonito and little tunny have been spotty so far, but are usually a possibility at the same time.

Miss Belmar Princess also hooked into several sand tiger sharks recently. The Golden Eagle from Belmar went right to the anchor this morning for the chubs while also adding choppers.

Bottom fishing for porgies is also taking hold, and should continue to improve. Sea bass are also in the picture, but presently out of season. Fluke remain legal in N.J. through Sept. 27, and boaters working to the east continue to catch them. This is also the best time for surfcasters to find a big fluke in the suds.

Both yellowfin and bluefin tuna are within range for most boaters, and often provide great sport by hitting poppers and jigs. Boaters working offshore lobster pot buoys usually find small dolphin plus an occasional bull.

The weather looks good with north winds at just 5-10 knots before shifting to west in the afternoon.

Chuck Many returned briefly to N.J. before heading back to his S.C. salt ponds and caught this fine channel catfish from a local pond.

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

“The entire crew of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association-including captains, mates, and supporters, invites everyone to participate in a truly exciting evening on Friday, September 23. There will be a cruising party aboard the “Black Pearl” pirate boat from 7PM until 8:30PM.

This event is slated to be a fun evening with proceeds benefitting the ongoing artificial reef project for the local reefs off LBI. Included in the scenic cruise will be music and prime viewing for the fireworks scheduled at Fantasy Island Amusement Park. There will be a cash bar.

The total cost of the event is $75 for adults and $25 for children. Questions about the evening can be directed to BHCFA president, Captain John Lewis. He can be reached at 609-670-5980 or captjohn22@comcast.net

A couple of the BHCFA boats had good angling action recently. Captain Ray Lopez had a successful trip out to the canyon on the “Miss Liane” chunking for tuna. He had on board David from Pittstown, Johnny from Forked River, and George from Watertown. They brought home some nice yellow fin and a big eye caught by Johnny, a 15-year-old.”

Captain Brett Taylor of “Real Reaction Sportfishing” had Joe Z and wife of Point Pleasant on a 3-hour bay charter. They targeted blowfish, and the team went home with 87 nice fish for the freezer. 

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

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