New Jersey anglers only have a few days left to fish for fluke, as the season closes after Sept. 27. Those fish are moving off to spawning grounds far offshore, but there are still plenty left in the surf.
The Capt. Cal 2 is still fishing for fluke from Belmar, and they found a good pick of legal fluke in yesterday’s nice conditions. A 7.5-pounder took the pool, and there were also a few in the 5-6-pound class.
A small craft advisory is up through Saturday afternoon, but the morning forecast is for only 10-15 knots northwest which is fishable for inshore fluking even in the 4-6-foot seas predicted. Bigger swells from the hurricane offshore will make surf fishing more difficult. However, John Tiedemann reported seeing lots of bunkers in the Monmouth County surf this morning.
Bad news on Facebook this week involved the passing of luremaker Ron Muccie. The creator of Glitter Plugs died at 85 on Sept. 14 in Levittown, Pa. He was a member of the Berkeley Striper Club, and a familiar figure at fishing events.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. provided the following report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association:
“The cruise on the pirate ship “Black Pearl” scheduled for Friday, September 23, has been cancelled. Captain John Lewis, president of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association, announced the trip is off due to predicted high winds and cold temperatures.
The cruise was to benefit the association’s reef rebuilding project on the local inshore artificial reefs. Lewis said that since there are no available dates to reschedule the trip, it will be planned for next spring or early summer. Since the cruise was intended to benefit the reefs, Lewis suggests those interested to sponsor a reef ball as a Holiday gift. Details can be reached by calling Captain John at 609-670-5980.
In recent fishing news, Captain Gary Dugan had a successful trip out just prior to the ocean kicking up. He had a family group celebrating a 75th birthday. In addition to multiple short fluke and numerous sea bass, the group returned with two very nice fluke measuring 22 and 23-inches. Captain Gary noted that they also reeled in some beautiful black sea bass that are currently out of season and had to be released.”
Captain Dave Wittenborn reports continued good action on the “Benita J” on his offshore fishing trips. He recently had the Heys group out for an early morning trip that Captain Dave termed “steady action on a beautiful September day.”
Captain Brett Taylor of “Real Reaction Sportfishing” has been working in some trips around his job teaching. He has been catching fluke in the ocean along with some mahi that he found lurking around some pot floats. He has also had some adventures in the bay waters catching a variety of fish including blowfish, sea bass, bluefish, and keeper fluke.”