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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.

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

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

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net
Large swells and some stiff winds have made trips into the ocean an iffy situation recentlyfor the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Since the fluke fishing was reaching a peak before the effects of the various tropical storms began arriving, there is no reason to think that those fish will not still be there once things return to normal.

Just before the ocean started acting up, Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” reported a steady pick of nice fish coming across the rails as he fished the nearby artificial reef sites and wrecks. Captain Gary terms the fishing “very good aboard the Irish Jig.” He adds his customers have been staying busy catching numerous fish with a fair amount of fish going into the cooler. He is finding a nice variety of fish besides the fluke which helps to make things even more interesting.

As an option to fighting the large swells in the ocean, the bay fishing for small panfish has seen a notable increase over the past week with a few surprise larger fish thrown in. The ticket for the BHCFA captains has been to anchor up in moving water and use plenty of clam chum. Once the slick is established, anglers never know what they are going to catch next. Blowfish have been making their presence known along with plenty of snapper blues. In addition, there are porgies, black sea bass, and a surprising number of weakfish around right now. These types of trips are great family outings in addition to providing some tasty fish dinners.

September has always been the top month for trips offshore for game fish such as tuna, mahi-mahi, and billfish. This is the right time to plan a trip to the canyons.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net
The 2016 John Koegler Memorial Fishing Tournament for the Junior Mates of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association was a major success. Everyone involved caught fish on the four boats participating. The boats participating were the “Reel Determined,” the “Star Fish,” the “Insatiable,” and the “Francesca Marie.” In addition to a good number of fluke ending up in the box, a small mahi and a bonito were also caught. The boats fished south of Little Egg Inlet in 65-feet of water.

Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” has run trips morning and afternoon every day this week and caught fish on every trip despite some unpleasant weather mid-week. He already has plans to fish right into December.

Captain John Lewis reports the “Insatiable” found hot fishing this past week with most of his 7 trips landing double digit catches. He has found that the fish seem to be moving around, and he has been relying on other captains of the BHCFA for their tips on where the daily bites are occurring. 

Captain Lindsay Fuller reports he has fished the “June Bug” inshore several times earlier this week on the Garden State South, Little Egg, and Atlantic City artificial reef sites. The action is good with a plethora of short fluke. On one trip his anglers landed a houndfish and a Spanish mackerel. He also had an offshore trip to the Wilmington Canyon. He left at midnight and began fishing at the 100 Tip about 4am. Despite lots of bait on the machine, the action was slow. He picked up a 6-inch yellowfin tuna which was released back to his mother. He heard of only one white marlin being raised by the boats in the area. He reports the water temperatures were steady at 79-80 and the water color was greenish blue. 

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


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