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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association

Beach Haven, NJ, U.S.A.

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BHCFA charter fishing boats and their Captains are looking forward to taking you and your party out for a wonderful day of fishing or cruising off Long Beach Island, (LBI), NJ.


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The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are excited. The run of poor weather has finally abated, and the air temperatures have now dropped to fall-like levels. As a result, the striped bass run has begun to complement the re-opening of the black sea bass season and the continued action on tuna in the canyons.

Both the inshore wrecks and reefs along with those further out in the ocean are loaded with black sea bass. These fish have not been in season for a few months, and they are ready to be caught. Boats hitting ocean structure are finding big humpback sea bass along with some nice sized porgies.

Now that ocean conditions have finally turned favorable, boats have been making their way to the canyons and returning with some decent yellowfin tuna and good numbers of mahi-mahi. Captain Lindsay Fuller of the “June Bug” has plans to make a run out this weekend to see what he can entice to his trolling spread.

There have been good reports of striped bass in the ocean in the northern portions of New Jersey, and these fish are beginning to show their noses off Beach Haven. The first catches of fish have been big ones with a good number over 40-pounds hitting trolled lures. Right now the best action has been on trolled bunker spoons along with Mojo’s. If a captain happens to find birds working over a school of bunker, he stands a good chance of picking some bass up via snag and drop.

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At the time of this report the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are heaving a sigh of relief as it appears Hurricane Matthew will spare the New Jersey coastline. At the same time, they are keeping their fingers crossed for the safety of the fishing communities and other folks along the southeastern coastline absorbing the brunt of the storm. 

Although tropical storms have as yet not had any appreciable effect on the Beach Haven fishery, a steady diet of strong northeast winds have been enough to put a damper on most local fishing. Despite these less than ideal weather conditions, the BHCFA captains have plans and some very viable fishing options coming up in the very near future. 

First, the water temperatures remain quite warm, and this has kept a goodly amount of fish around the inshore waters along with some large quantities of bait. The inshore bay waters continue to hold large numbers of small fish such as black sea bass, kingfish, blowfish, porgies, and the like. In addition, there have been various catches of nice sized weakfish and occasional resident striped bass beginning to show their presence. 

The black sea bass season re-opens on October 22 with a daily limit of 15 fish with some decent numbers of big fish on the artificial reefs and inshore wrecks. Between these sea bass, some big porgies, and blackfish, the bottom fishing will be seeing a big upswing in the very near future. The offshore fishery is a question mark right now. When boats were able to make the trip to the canyons, there were some tuna, billfish, and mahi-mahi to be found. Since the unfriendly seas have made recent trips a no-go, captains will have to take a wait and see attitude. However, it is still early in the season, and there is no reason for there not to be fish available. 

Finally, now that we are enjoying cool evenings, the striped bass and big bluefish will be arriving shortly from the north. There have been good reports on bass from the waters off Montauk, and with the goodly amount of bait to be found in our waters, this promises to be a good fall for stripers.

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Like other residents of the New Jersey shore, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are getting back to normal after several days of being affected by Hermine (Disturbance, Tropical Storm, Hurricane)

The advance weather conditions promoted the storm’s arrival as one that could possibly cause large scale damage. Fortunately, most of the predictions were incorrect, and the storm passed, and stayed a while, quite a few miles offshore.

The winds and high seas did make trips into the ocean a poor proposition, and most captains stayed around the house taking care of chores that needed to be done. Now that the effects of Hermine are just a memory, it is time to get back to fishing.

Captain John Lewis hopes to have the anglers on the “Insatiable” back continuing with the “phenomenal” fluke fishing that was going on before the blow. Before the storm made things really difficult, he was catching fish in the inlet and back bay waters. Captain John noted that fluke, bluefish, black sea bass, kingfish, and some blowfish kept his charters busy and happy.

With the calendar showing mid-September already, the offshore tuna bite should be getting into high gear. In the days before the ocean kicked up, there were positive reports in the canyons of yellowfin tuna along with large numbers of mahi-mahi around. Hopefully, these fish had no trouble riding out the storm and are there for the BHCFA captains to take advantage of.

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