Beach Haven Pre-Storm ReportSeptember 01, 2016
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