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September 21, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

5:00 PM

Mullet on the beach being pushed by bluefish with fluke and stripers also in the mix.

Word is that there are "Tons of blowfish in the bay" along with 1-lb Bluefish. Weakfish up to 2-lb at bridges, dike, structures... Spotty reports of keeper fluke also in the bay.

Matt Mercuro fished Barnegat Inlet both yesterday any today in the morning. Working the South-Side of the North Jetty with lures, mostly being popper lures, he scored on Striped Bass. Yesterday's tally was 25 Stripers all being shorts. Today's tally was 10 Stripers and 2 of these were keeper size.

September 19, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

1:00 PM

The wind needs to cooperate for both boat anglers and surf anglers.

The front beach surf has been producing a fairly steady bite on cocktail bluefish and short fluke. There's certainly plenty of mullet in the surf and peanut bunker in the bay.

As for the bay, it has been mostly small bluefish and short fluke especially around the inlets... Along with the occasionally keeper fluke

If you want some excitement the reefs seem like the place to be. From AC reef to LE reef all the way out and up to the ridge. Fluke fishing is great with fish to 8-lbs and bag limits more common than not.

Received reports of small mahi from around the Rutgers buoys and lobster pot floats in the LE reef vicinity. Live mullet and peanuts tossed close in to the structure has been productive. Turning close in while trolling small spoons and such should also be effective.

~ Fish Head Scott

September 18, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Sep 18, 2014 8:04 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

This is always a love-hate time of year - hate that fluke season is ending, but love that stripers could be right around the corner. There are some options as fluke season comes to a dreaded close and we wait the arrival of the fall bluefish and striped bass run - bonita/false albacore offshore and striped bass/bluefish in the bay - most are smaller sized. I have also received word that there are some false albacore and bonita tight to the beaches, but the concentration is better offshore. If we can get a weather window we will run to target false albacore/bonita at the Barnegat Ridge and surrounding areas until the start of the fall striper run begins. Along with all required safety equipment, we also carry EPIRBs on all trips whether bay, inshore, or offshore - it’s a must when going offshore. Also t here has been some word of blowfish in the back - we can try if there is interest.

I had an afternoon weekday charter with Brian and Dawn Szucs of Princeton, NJ and Matt Renaldi and his girlfriend Jennifer Kertes of Piscataway, NJ. Our original plan was to hit the ocean for some flatties for a quick 3-4hr trip, but sporty ocean conditions kept us refined to the bay where the couples worked hard for some keeper fluke. Amongst the consistent 14-16” shorts, 2 keepers were boxed with Dawn Szucs catching the largest 22inches weighing close to 5lbs. All fish were caught on artificial and fresh bait combos. With fluke ending on Sept. 27, we try to get out and do our last push prior to the fluke season ending - ocean trips will have greater success as the fish are exiting our bays & inlets.

All tackle, bait, rods/reels, ice, fish-cleaning is included on all of our charters. We currently booking striper trips mid October through the 1st week of December. If you are interested in booking a trip - please call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website:

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

September 17, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

9:30 AM

Store Staffer Blake headed out and hit the sunset session yesterday. He reported back that last night he got into some striped bass. He said, "My MVP was a 4" Redfin! I was smoking them until one striped bass ripped a hook off. I spoke to a spear fisherman who was waking off the beach with a quality striped bass. He said there were large schools of striped bass pushing through the inlet."

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 17, 2014 8:34 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

After a week’s worth of northeast winds making ocean fishing uncomfortable if not impossible, the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are optimistic that conditions are starting settling down for a return to the outstanding fishing occurring before the northeaster.

The inshore reefs were producing some fine catches of big fluke while schools of small bluefish in the inlet and inshore ocean waters made for good sport. The offshore canyons were giving up good catches of tuna as the normal good fall tuna bite was just getting underway.

Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig" Sportfishing had a party out to the Garden State South Reef before the winds started to blow and had “drop and reel” action. His party had 10 nice keepers to 26-inches along with many throwbacks that were just short of keeper size. He was using live peanut bunker. Once the winds started to blow, Captain Gary was forced to fish the bay due to the conditions and ended up with small sea bass, some bluefish, and some dogfish. He got out to the Garden State South Reef again over the weekend and found rough conditions but his group managed four nice fluke to take home along with many other close throwbacks.

Captain John Koegler had the “Star Fish” and a party of 4 out looking for fish inside the inlet with the unstable ocean conditions. As they neared the south end of Long Beach Island a bluefish jumped close to the boat. Out went the trolling tackle, and a great day was had by all as over 30 bluefish found the lures to be irresistible. The big surprise of the day was two of the fish put up much more of a fight than the others. After a lengthy tussle requiring the boat to be out of gear, they discovered why. Rather than being the suspected foul hooked blues, they were the first of the fall stripers who were feeding with the blues. This put an optimistic spin on the day’s fishing.

With only a week and a half left in the summer flounder season, time is running out for anglers to end the fluke season with some more fish fillets.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Asociation can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 16, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

12:00 Noon

Cocktail Bluefish are still on the bait! The yellow eyes are crushing mullet and spearing. Lots of fun on topwater!

Got word from Ryan Dellane that he had more striped bass last night on plugs!

Joseph Mitchell posted yesterday, "Nice surprise less than a mile off the beach! Saw a bunch of falsies, bunker and even some flying fish. All less than a mile from the beach. Got some smaller blues too."

6:00 AM

Store staffer Blake hit the surf after closing up the shop Sunday evening. He said the sunset session was fun, "On the first cast I got doubled up on the Guppy Pencil Popper. Not two but four yellow eyes piled on it. It was good right to dark. I was surprised to see so many anglers plugging the beach. I think most were fluke fishing."

We got a report from Patrick who was vacationing on LBI last week. He reported catching a 3-4' sand tiger shark off of the mid-island surf.

Fall are in the air; cool evenings, nights and mornings. It feels so good to be out of that hot and humid summertime air. The 60th Anniversary Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament is less than a month away. Be sure to join this year. There are lots of new cash prizes in addition to the traditional prize structure and as always the Fisherman's Headquarters Striper Side-Bet Calcutta. For 2014, there will be three Special CASH DAYS: October 6th & October 25th - $500 for the largest striped bass, November 16th $1000 for the largest striped bass in honor of Frank Panzone. Prize money will roll over to the next day until there is a winner. Also there is a $100 bounty for the first legal red drum caught. For more details visit the LBISFC Tournament web site at: WWW.LBIFT.COM

The forecast looks to offer prime fishing conditions, lots of white water! First we have Hurricane Edouard. Although it is far offshore and will not be a threat to land, it is whipping up some surf. Expect forerunners to arrive at our beaches soon and peak Wednesday/Thursday.

Further out the models are showing a strong high pressure to build towards the end of the week and weekend. This high MIGHT interact with a low off of the south east coast and set up an easterly blow for a day or two. If this materializes we'll see more wind and swell. A lot may change. We'll have to wait and see.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 13, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

8:00 PM

This afternoon, we received a report from and angler hooking up at the inlet area on Triggerfish. He reported three Triggerfish along with Striped Bass being present.

4:00 PM

We got our first fresh mullet delivery yesterday (Friday). The Mullet Run has begun! The recent full moon got things moving but we'll have to wait and see what this current blow is going to do.

The ocean water is still very warm! It's great for those surf anglers on the hunt for fluke during the day and sharks at night. But we have a long way to go until our fall striper run gets going. Until then there are plenty of resident bass here. Today Ryan Dellane stopped in the shop and reported catching three bass last night in the Inlet. Another customer Joe reported getting into some fun at the same spot earlier in the evening before dark. Joe caught bass on Daiwa SP minnows and Albies on the fly.

Bluefish are still biting. Go get 'em on lures or meat. Laura Compton reported on Facebook yesterday that she caught some blues off of the surf before sunset. Lots of anglers are getting into them on poppers at sunrise and sunset.

Store staffer Jon was on the water Thursday. He fished the Ridge and reported a great trip. "Good size fat Alberts and lots of Bonita! We lost count... All on drone spoons, feathers and crippled alewives. No bluefin but lots of life and good water. I'm sure there was mahi there but it was too rough so we didn't stop and hit any hi-fliers."

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Sep 13, 2014 12:26 PM   Subject: Open Boat Barnegat Ridge

Looks like there might be a break in the wind and weather this Monday, Sept 15. They are forecasting a 5 to 10 knot North wind which would mean a run to Barnegat Ridge is looking very good. If Monday morning comes, and the inlet or sea condition is not as nice as forecasted, I will have a box of shrimp ordered as Plan B. I am only accepting reservations from individuals who are flexible with this plan. Keep in mind that the only one who wants to get to the Ridge more than you guys is me! That area is alive with bonita, albacore, and who knows what else after all this easterly wind! But, as those of you who have fished with me already know, I do not sail in borderline or questionable sea conditions. 6 AM to Noon. $160 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. I am going to bring a pail of spearing so we can troll and bait fish the bonita and albies if conditions dictate. Call to reserve a spot.

Tomorrow, (Sun) is going to be a rough ocean but the bay is fishable if anyone wants to call for a charter.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

September 12, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Sep 12, 2014 9:49 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Charters

I was able to make it out and finally do some fluke fishing with my father (Mike Taylor) prior to school starting - we fished some structure a ways out and ended with 4 nice keepers (8lbs, 6lbs, 5.5lbs, and one at 19.5"). Since school is back in session - we will be doing all of our charters on the weekends through December and there are some limited weekday afternoon trips until we are restricted by daylight.

It seems since school has started is hasn't stopped blowing - almost a week of East / Northeast winds have continued to push the warm water in - only problem is that not many boats are making it out. Fluke will close in about another 10 days - we will look to try to target them if the weather holds for the following weekend - this weekend is a wash with strong E / NE / N winds.

All tackle, bait, rods/reels, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all of our charters. There are some weekends still open in October/November. If you are interested in booking a trip - please call my cell 609-290-7709 or book through the website:

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

6:00 PM

Just passing the first full moon of September and it's official... Today, the Finger Mullet are in the surf. This means it should be prime time surf fishing for Fluke right now. Striped Bass and Bluefish will be pushing those baits also. Good time to work those small poppers. Game On!

Yes, we have Fresh Finger Mullet in stock.

September 10, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

1:00 PM

So I saw the pressure gradient setting up for a squeeze. With a cranking east or northeast wind in September there is one thing on my mind, MONTAUK! Blake and I packed up and hit the road late Saturday night. We arrived and hit the rocks on the north side at the Bluffs. Almost instantly we were in. Medium size bluefish (4-8lbs) were pushing spearing and a mix of other small bait right up to our feet. It was a blast pencil popping yellow eyes for our first session. It only got better from there.

Morning, evening and night were all very productive our entire time there (Sunday-Tuesday). We got into really good bucktailing on the south side and also a phenomenal bite on Daiwa SP Minnows and needlefish. Most Striped Bass were schoolie sized with a bunch of keeper size Stripers in the mix and then an occasional nicer fish. Blake took the honors with the biggest fish of the trip, 24-lbs on the Boga Grip.

We headed back last night and left the bass biting. Wish we could have stayed. Catching up with things here at the shop now before heading back to Montauk again next week.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 9, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Sep 9, 2014 8:27 PM    Subject: BHCFA Report

With time running out on the summer flounder season on September 27, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are seeing some of their best fluke fishing of the year.

Captain Dave Kreines had a party out on the “Byte” Me for some bay and inlet fishing. They managed 10 short fluke and a few 1-2 pound bluefish. The big action of the day was two nice size cow-nose rays. Both of these big strong fish put up a good fight and were brought to the boat before being carefully unhooked and released.

Captain Gary Dugan on the “Irish Jig” fished the Garden State South recently and ended up with four nice fluke ranging from 18-24 inches. Another day he had seven keepers to 25-inches. He found the hot bait was live peanut bunker.

Captain George Finck of Sparetime Charters had a few charters this past week where he found the fishing to be good. He had Mike Gilligan and friends out to the reef and for a good catch of 35 fluke with four keepers up to 23-inches along with some bluefish. The charter even had fun bringing in two big skates which gave them a good fight. The ocean temperature was 78-degrees with waves of 1 to 2 foot which increased to 2 to 4 ft just before coming in.

Captain Fran Verdi had the John Cocca party out on the “ F rancesca Marie” for a four hour trip. The action was good and despite a 10-1 ratio of throwbacks to keepers, they managed 9 keeper fluke. They also h ad some sea bass and blues , but fluke ruled the day.

Captain Bob Gerkens had the “Hot Tuna” out for some daytime chunking for yellowfin tuna at a southern canyon. After hooking only a small mako shark on the chunk, Captain Bob made the move to switch to the troll. This move paid off as they found a good bite on long fin tuna in the 35 to 45 pound class on the troll. The charter party also caught a mahi-mahi to go with their tuna. Anglers included Scott Damiano, Dave Swarter, and John Clementson along with mate Brian Medford.

Additional information on the association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 8, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Shamong Joe gave us heads up that his new dock lighting is paying off. He reported, "Two fluke under the dock lights last night. I watched them swallow the hook. A 3-4 lb weakie was lurking . Spearing are thick and the snappers love them. On a mission next week with shrimp."

Kevin Graham weighed in a 10 lb fluke today. He reported fishing the Miss Barnegat Light and catching a bunch of fish. He hooked 10 plus.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 7, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Sep 7, 2014 2:31 PM   Subject: Shrimping

Anchored up in Meyers Hole today (Sun). No crew so I went solo. Caught two 3 to 4 pound weakies, three fluke (only 1 keeper), a bunch of jacks, and a sand shark in two hours. Pretty lively. Have room for two more people tomorrow (Mon) on our Open Boat leaving at 6AM. I'm sailing either way.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

September 6, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------


Still have the summertime trend; fluking is good, the brown sharking is consistent, the blues are cruising chasing bait. Fish bucktails with gulp or spearing for the flounder. Fish big meaty baits for sharks. Cast poppers or metal for the bluefish. Those that want to bait and wait should fish smaller chunks of bunker, mackerel or mullet.


Woody hung a 5-lb fluke yesterday afternoon. He reported an epic day ocean fluke fishing adding that the Barnegat Light Reef was hold fishing. Woody limited out with three fish over four pounds. All jigging bucktails tipped with squid and spearing.

A lady purchase a flat of bunker for crabbing yesterday. She reported that crabbing is good and sea bassing is even better! "Yesterday the Carolyn Ann hammered the sea bass and fluke." Expect the fluke bite to continue. The sea bass fishing on the other hand will be over. Saturday September 6th is the last day until the season reopens on Saturday October 18th.

Store staffer Yoni stroked the mahi on Thursday. He reported heading out in search of some tuna. Unfortunately all the water he found was green and didn't have much life. With Plan A a bust he switched over to Plan B, pot hopping. Joni said that every single pot they hit had numerous fish.

Jeff Warford headed out to the edge Thursday afternoon for an over-nighter. He fished the "parking lot" at the Hudson. Jeff reported a very productive trip, "We didn't knock 'em dead but we were into fish most of the trip. We missed one bite at sunset on a spreader bar. It just didn't come tight. Once deep into dark, the chunk bite started. First a bigeye tuna on a squid bait before midnight. It was about 135-lbs. Then some yellowfin. We went two for three on 60-lb yellowfin. During the night we also had a monster whale shark add some excitement. It came up along side the boat and tried to eat a sword light. In the morning we got on some quality tilefish. Caught a 39-lber and a 22-lber on squid. We headed back to the dock by about 10 am when the place turned into a zoo." Jeff said he heard some guys day trolling longfin on bars and bally and also a couple blue marlin.

~ Fish Head Greg

September 5, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Sep 5, 2014 1:16 PM   Subject: Open Boat Shrimping

The weather is sketchy for the next few days with some gusty winds and an uncomfortable ocean. We will be focusing on bay fishing. Targeting weakfish, fluke, blues and all the other species that want to enjoy our live grass shrimp buffett. I have gallons of live shrimp ordered for the next three days. Running Open Boat Sat, Sun, and Mon, Sept. 6, 7, and 8. 6AM to 11AM (back at the dock before any thunderstorms!) $140 per person. 3 people max. All fish are shared.

Good way to beat the heat and enjoy some light tackle back bay fishing. Are there any weakfish? Yup. 3 to 4 pounders. Not in large numbers, but almost every visit we get a couple of these big fish along with a good amount of fluke. Of course you have to fish thru the sand sharks, sea robins, snappers, and new this year: bar jacks. They are in thick and although they have no food value they burn line off of our 6 pound outfits!

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

September 3, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: Sep 3, 2014 2:12 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association battled some tough ocean conditions last week as tropical storm Cristobel passed by. By the time Labor Day weekend arrived, the seas were calm once again.

Fluke in the ocean around the artificial reef sites and inshore wrecks continue to dominate the fishing picture once again. Some boats managed to head offshore to the canyons for tuna, but found the action a bit slower than it had been. That bite should be improving very shortly as the lot fall season gets underway.

Other action close to Beach Haven includes a few surprises around the reefs. Some big cobia have been picked up along with some small mahi-mahi. There are plenty of small bluefish around in the ocean and the croakers have been making their presence known both around the reefs and closer to the beach. In the bay there is a strong bite on croakers, small sea bass, and some blowfish.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” fished several days over the weekend and found good numbers of fluke and bluefish along with some croakers in the mix. His party on Sunday had a nice catch of fluke but brought the makings of sushi, and they ate all of the fillets raw at the dock before they could make it home.

Captain Gary Dugan had a party out that managed to put four very nice fluke in the box. They were on the reef and fishing with peanut bunker. Their largest fish stretched out to a very nice 24-inches.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a party out during the rough seas from Cristobel, and the hardy crew managed to put four nice keeper fluke in the cooler.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 2, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

3:00 PM

Hope everyone enjoyed their summer and the recent holiday, Labor Day. FINALLY! It's the time of year so many wait for. Teachers and kid are back to school. Baseball is in the home stretch. Football season is underway. Best of all, the surfcasters have their beaches back and fall is right around the corner with the Fall Equinox September 22.

Holgate opened to four wheelers with permits yesterday, September 1st. We had a number of customers who drove down and fished. We got word that the beach is closed off before the point but still there is plenty of beach to drive and fish. Not sure when it will open completely. Just have to wait for the birds to head south. Store staffer Blake hit the south end surf last evening. He reported small blues on poppers.

Historically, August and early September offer Long Beach Island the year's warmest surf water temperatures. With it becomes great fishing for warm water species like sharks and rays. There are some nice size brown sharks and rays still here. Expect both to stick around until the water temps drops. The fluke fishing is still good but the kingfish seem to be hit or miss. The small blues from snapper size to 1-3 pound cocktails are plentiful in the surf. Fish small poppers or metal for them. One angler this weekend reported catching two fluke on a Hopkins he was casting at blues busting bait. Small metal is a great choice for its castability and it will catch just about any species. Striped bass, bluefish, fluke, weakfish, false albacore, etc. Wait what false albacore!

A customer this weekend spoke about ALBIES! We could not confirm if it was surf, near shore or from the inshore grounds like the Ridge. None the less expect to see some footballs airing out on the bait any day?

Still plenty of resident striped bass in the bay, inlet and surf. As the transition from summer to fall progresses expect new arrivals.

Here is a fishing report from an angler this weekend who found blues and a bass... "I am 41 and have been fishing since I was about 7. Today was the best day I have ever had in the surf. I didn't even catch a fish! My 9 year old caught a short striper and a 12" bluefish. My 4 year old caught a 13" blue. I know they aren't huge or even something to brag about. But they were the first fish either had caught from the beach! Their smiles made it my best day fishing!" ~ Bill Hutton

On the bayside there are still fluke in the bay. We heard chatter in the shop about more blow fish. Nothing spectacular. Most are small but one customer showed a photo of a nice puffer. Crabbing is phenomenal!

It is prime time fishing on the inshore wrecks and reefs! We've got fluke season until September 27th and also the Sea Bass bag limit just bumped up to 15 fish until September 6th. Go get 'em while the gettin's good!

~ Fish Head Greg

September 1, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Sep 1, 2014 10:06 AM   Subject: Open Boat Barnegat Ridge

Sailing open boat tomorrow Tues, Sept 2, 6am to noon. We will be targeting bonita and mahi. Weather and sea conditions look great. We are going to troll and chum with spearing. The albacore are starting to show in the mix as well. $160 per person. 3 people max, all fish are shared. Calling me on my cell is better than email.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

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Received: Aug 31, 2014 3:20 PM Subject: Holgate

Holgate will be opening on Monday morning to 4 wheel drive vehicles with some restrictions until the birds fledge. Signs will be posted. No boats are allowed to be beached at this time.

~ Margaret, Jingles B&T - Beach haven

Received: Aug 31, 2014 12:40 PM    Subject: Reel Reaction Sportfishing - Fishing Report

It is getting that time of year as the fluke have started to make their way to our inlets, inshore areas, and then finally will arrive to their offshore wintering habitat. As they move, they are feeding aggressively on a variety of baitfish. We have been targeting them in both the bay and ocean. As long as we do not get any tropical systems hitting our coast - fluking should continue to hold through the entire month of September.

This past week we ran both bay and ocean trips. First, we had Derek Bowen, his wife Christina, and two daughters Megan and Danielle of Short Hills, NJ on a 4-hr bay trip. The forecast was supposed to call for NE Winds, but it was dead west in the morning which made for some wind against tide scenarios. The family foursome worked hard and managed to catch close to 30 fluke including some sea bass and 1 lone sea robin. Megan and Danielle did a fantastic job, even combining to out-fish Mom and Dad. The upcoming third graded, Danielle, had the hot hand catching 15 fluke and also catching the only keeper, a solid 18+inch fluke that had some weight to it. Since the conditions were not conducive to our usual style - all fish were caught on live bait and fresh bait on our custom tied rigs.

Next, we had Jason Black of Short Hills, NJ and Mike Weinstein of Brooklyn, NY out on a 4-hr bay fluke trip. Both Duke University alumni worked hard at the fluke and we fished a variety of spots with the changing conditions. We finally found a couple of decent fish and Jason put a nice fluke close to 5-lbs in the boat. Along with Mike's 18-inch fluke - he added another nice fluke close to 5-lbs. We used some bigger bait which cut down on the shorts but definitely increased the quality. This was Jason's first time fishing in saltwater on a boat - awesome job by both.

On the ocean front, I had Chris Greer of Moorestown, NJ and his 11-yr old son Evan on a fluking trip prior to getting the hurricane swell. The drift was pretty good, but the fish were biting a little different - lots of short bites. We fished some of my choice snags and ended up with 4 keeper fluke, with two weighing five pounds. The S&S Rattletail was the ticket to the majority of the keepers tipped with live bait. Evan caught the biggest a solid 23.5-inch fish on one of our custom tied rigs. The father and son team did a great job and went home with a nice bag of meat.

We ended the week running a 4-hr fluke bay charter for Shelly Rapoport of South Orange, NJ and her 11-yr old son Owen Conway. The mom and son duo first mixed it up on some nice 2-5 pound bluefish, but the bite ended abruptly on the end of the tide. We switched over to fluke and worked multiple areas close to the inlet. The bite increased as the tide switched and the pair released quite a few short fluke. The bluefish popped up again, and it was back to the metals with Owen catching a few before they got into ultra-skinny water. Although no fluke above 18-inches were landed, Shelly and Owen had a great time catching blues and fluke.

With school starting this upcoming week, I will be looking to run afternoon trips (3-7pm) weekdays for the next month or two. I will be available for full trips weekends Sept through the 1st week of December. Striper trips have started already booking for the middle of October through December and historically November is generally the best month - we always bring offshore gear in case any pelagic species pop up and we hold all necessary permits. As with all of our charters - all tackle, rods/reels, gear, and fish-cleaning is included. If interested, give me a ring at 609-290-7709 or book through the website:

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

August 29, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Joe R. stopped in the shop yesterday afternoon after a fishing session. He reported lots of small fish in the inlet stealing bait; small blowfish, sea bass and snappers.


We've all experienced the Striped Bass decline. It's time for action! Please take some time and give this blog post a good read...

 Also please read the Draft Addendum IV which seeks to reduce striped bass mortality. ASMFC Hearings are set. Please attend and show your support for the Striped Bass.

Upcoming Local Meeting on September 4, 2014 7-9pm
Galloway Twp. Branch of the Atlantic Co. Library
306 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205

~ Fish Head Greg

August 27, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Aug 27, 2014 10:31 AM    Subject: BHCFA Report

The inshore artificial reefs and wrecks off Beach Haven continue to provide some great action for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The populations of fluke and black sea bass are large although most fish continue to be on the small side. Some other species are being caught there to make things interesting. There have been catches of nice triggerfish, porgies, ling cod, and even some stray mahi-mahi wandering around. In addition, some 1-2 pound bluefish always seem to make their way into the mix.

On a recent trip Captain John Lewis had four happy anglers out on the “Insatiable.” The group managed 55 sea bass, 18 fluke, a ling cod, and a bluefish. Although most of the fish were throwbacks, there were enough sea bass fillets to take home for a meal. Captain John says the good news is that the small sea bass and blow fish are now in the bay. That is a great way to get the kids started fishing with plenty of action.

Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” is urging his regular anglers to get their fluke action in before the season closes on September 27. He also notes that the sea bass daily limits will be going from the current 3 fish per day to 15 from September 1 to September 6. At that point the season is closed until October 18. He had a party out recently for some decent action on fluke and sea bass despite some choppy seas. He had some catch and release fishing on some small mahi.

The offshore tuna fishing action has been a bit iffy due to some large swells. The tropical storm Cristobel, which is expected to pass far offshore, will continue to have a negative effect on that action. When the boats did manage to get out, there were good catches of yellowfin tuna both trolling and on the day chunk along with some decent bigeye tuna trolling action.

Addition information on the Beach Haven Charter Fi9shing Association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Inshore, mid-range and offshore fishing has been great; however, the weather window is about to close. Tropical swell from Cristobal filters in Wednesday, maxes out early Thursday in the 5-8' range, then fades out this upcoming holiday weekend. Once the swell subsides all we can do is hope the wind will stay down.

We got word the Hudson had an epic tuna bite Sunday into Monday. Word was plenty of yellowfin and "fill the boat bigeye bite!"

Mid-range fishing was very productive just inside of the Chicken Canyon. Yellowfin tuna were piled in there and on the feed. Reports were great for the past couple of weeks and lots of anglers took advantage. I got an invite and headed out early Tuesday morning. It was a short trip since half the crew had to get back to work at the shop at 1pm. Turns out most of the good water moved but their were tons of mackerel podded up and getting pushed on top. Unfortunately the predators didn't want any poppers or stick baits. We  had one 30-40 class yellowfin on the troll (spreaderbar). We also missed a couple bites that the hook didn't catch. Lots of chatter of other boats getting in on the fun too.

There are fat albacore, skipjacks, bonita, mahi and barracuda here too. Adam Sherer recently speared a barracuda off one of the local buoys. These buoys and other floating objects have mahi too. Speaking of mahi... Eric Setzer posted on our Facebook page a couple photos of a small mahi that was caught off of the commercial dock in Barnegat Light.

Other land based fishing reports... Small blowfish made a big move into the inlet and bay! Numerous reports recently told of plentiful bodies of very small blowfish. They are not exactly table fare at their size but still lots of fun in the sun for kids. One customer reported fishing the inlet for tog and triggerfish, "I couldn't keep a bait in the water. Switched over to a small hook and caught one after the other!" Another customer said he caught a bunch right off of his dock, north end lagoon.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 20, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

11:00 AM

Bob from Maryland weighed in a beautiful 27" 8lb 5oz fluke yesterday (Thursday). He caught it on a bucktail and teaser tipped with white Gulp! in Oyster Creek channel.

~ Fish Head Greg

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Received: Aug 20, 2014 4:41 PM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association just treated their junior mates to a reef fishing trip and pizza party after the fishing. Captains Vic Bertotti, John Koegler, Jimmy Zavacky, John Lewis, and Gary Dugan took over 20 eager anglers out for a successful day of catching black sea bass and fluke. All anglers caught fish. Zach Michot took top honors with his 2.86 pound fluke.

This day marked the culmination of 8 weeks of classes and hand-on activities for the youngsters covering a wide range of activities including cast nets, first aid, emergency training, safe boating, and much more. For some of these, this was their fourth summer of training, and they are ready to serve as mates.

In the past week the BHCFA captains have been fishing the reefs with their parties with occasional stops in the inlet to drift for fluke if the ocean waves get a little too intense. The action has been good on the Little Egg and Garden State South Reefs even if throwbacks continue to outnumber the keepers.

Captain John Koegler of the boat Pop’s Pride reports there is a huge mass of 1-2 pound bluefish anywhere from the Bell Buoy in Little Egg Inlet on out to a couple of miles. Trolling small metal lures seems to work best as the fish are not always marked by bird play.

The waters just inside the inlet are holding some large numbers of good sized croakers.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found by gong to
~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Received: Aug 20, 2014 11:46 AM   Subject: FR

There's nothing better than walking to your fishing hole and smelling bunker. Yesterday evening, the bunker were thick - was hoping for larger bass, but I'm not complaining. Bass, needlefish and bunker on almost every cast and a beautiful sunset to top it off.

~ Tom Gordon

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Received: Aug 19, 2014 3:10 PM   Subject: Bonita, Mahi, Stripers and Weakfish. Open Boat Trips

Some very interesting fishing going on right now. Just came out of a good stretch of trips. On every resent visit out to the inlet jetty we were connecting with stripers and blues on live grass shrimp. The bass are mostly 20 to 24 inches. Very few will measure the 28 inches necessary to make it in the cooler, but they scream line on the 10-pound spinning outfits. Also in the mix are houndfish and blackfish. Houndfish are 3 to 4 foot long looking like needlefish that put on quite a display when hooked. They tail walk and greyhound just like a billfish. We anchor up and chum with the shrimp into the jetty and drift back our shrimp baited hooks with no weights or terminal tackle other than a small swivel and occasionally a bobber. The tide is perfect the next couple of afternoons so I will be running open boat trips for this or Barnegat Ridge, whichever you guys want to do. I am also shrimping 3 to 4 pound weakfish in the bay. Not just once but 5 out of 6 trips now. I struck out yesterday (Mon) morning but got a big one that same afternoon. Catching a lot of 17 to 18 inch fluke while targeting the weakies and a few too many sand sharks. Going all the way down to the 6-pound rods for this action.

Barnegat Ridge is all lit up with bonita and mahi mahi right now. Besides the usual small chicken dolphin there are 10 to 20 pound bulls mixed in this year! Lots of sandeels and squid in the bellies of the bonita and mahi. Flatlined cedar plugs are the hottest lure for us right now. They are crushing everything in tight to the boat.

I am running Open Boat trips tomorrow, Wed Aug 20 and Thurs Aug 21. Noon to 6 PM. We could run to the Ridge or shrimp the inlet jetty and then shrimp the weakies in the bay. Whatever the charter wants to do. The forecast is mint, the wind will be 5 to 10 knots out of the east with no threat of storms. $160 person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. The boat is always available for charter on these dates, as well.

Beyond that, the only other two days I have available in August are this Saturday, Aug 23 and next Tues, Aug 26. I have both morning and afternoon trips available this Saturday. Tues would be Noon to 6. Charter or Open Boat.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Aug 19, 2014 8:09 AM   Subject: Pez Machine Sportfishing -- Big Fish Happen

A successful month on the water has left me little time to keep all of you in the loop.

On Tuesday, July 22, the captain of another boat competing in the Beach Haven Tournament asked me what my plan was for the tournament that weekend. The candid and confident nature of my response, "Win", must have shocked him because he rolled his eyes and laughed a smug laugh. Two days later, on Day 1 in the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club's White Marlin Invitational, we weighed in a 228.5 pound bigeye. On Day 2 we had a blue marlin doubleheader, one of which we officially released placing us in a tie for first in the blue marlin division. After a nerve-wracking lay-day on Day 3, we ending up winning $72,560 for the heaviest tuna of the tournament for a crew of loyal customers and friends.

We then moved the boat to Ocean City, Maryland for the White Marlin Open. On Day 1, we landed a pair of 180 lb bigeyes that stayed on the leaderboard all week. Finally, on Day 5 of the tournament, we caught some yellowfin tuna before steaming home to collect our check for $96,094!

Want to catch your tournament-winning fish? Call today to secure your dates to fish the 2015 Ocean City Tuna Tournament and the 2015 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 with the Pez Machine!

In other news, tuna fishing in our local canyons has been spectacular and we look forward to getting back to the edge tomorrow. Call today to reserve some of our last remaining dates for September and October canyon trips!

We look forward to fishing with you soon and, remember, Big Fish Happen!

~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56' Core Sound, 609.287.5136

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1:30 PM

Ryan Dellane gave us heads up last night that he was catching browns on the surf; "Rod wasn't in the water for 5 minutes... into the browns. Two for two!"

~ Fish Head Greg

August 16, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

1:30 PM

We have a great summertime mix fishing LBI offshore, inshore, near-shore and from shore. The outstanding tasting summer flounder are a primary target. From the recent reports (listed below) one can summarize fluke are all around the Island; surf, inlet, bay and ocean. There's strong numbers in the bay; however, the majority are shorts. The inlet had some quality fish and now the reefs are holding too. Staff member Steve's recent doormat at the Garden State North is just one of many quality fish calling the structures home. Chatter in the shop confirms decent fishing at other artificial reef locations too.

Other species like bluefish, sea bass, triggerfish and tautog are here in good numbers. The resident striped bass and weakfish are best targeted in the tranquil dark. Store staffer Blake is still on 'em, bucktailing fish every night. There are also kingfish, coakers, blowfish and spot. Unfortunately the latter of the two are few and far between. From the photos I see posted on Facebook and Instagram the local Barnegat Bay crabbing is strong. Soak bunker and the blue claws should come chewing.

While not table fare the sharks and rays offer the best pull for near-shore/from-shore anglers. It's a different story offshore. The tuna fishing has been very good. This year the transition from troll to chunk flipped earlier than in the past but, no one is complaining. Catching is the goal in fishing. The troll bite will go down hard this week with the 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic 500, August 17-22. Best of luck to all of our customers that are fishing it! This year more than others there are more ways to cash in on huge cash purses!

Here is a little word on our inshore fishing front based on a local commercial fisherman's report, "Beautiful water stretching out inshore and along the beaches. Good clean water with lots of life! Small bait is everywhere including scattered bunker. There's a couple big whales on small bait every morning." He also reported life at the Barnegat Ridge, "It's loaded with bait and bonito with the occasional football bluefin and mahi."

Speaking of the Ridge, Captain David D. of Hi Flier Sportfishing has been on it and catching. A few days back David D. stopped in the shop to repair a couple rods. While here our Mylure trolling lures caught his eye. He knew right away the chrome plated precision machined heads dressed with flat mylar tinsel hair would be a fish catcher. He purchased a bunch and recently caught strong. Check out his reports! Yesterday Dave's buddy Darrin stopped in and asked about them, "Where are the Mylures? I can't let Dave out produce me. I need them." It turns out they are into a hot and heavy bonito bite. The Mylure mini darts and super darts are hot catching lures out producing the traditional spoons, metals and feathers! Stop in and check 'em out.

~ Fish Head Greg

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3:00 PM

I surfed some great waves during the past couple of days. I can relay two things to everyone. One, the water is very warm which is absolutely perfect for fluke fishing and sharking the suds. Two, there is a ton of small bait with birds and bluefish on 'em. The blues I saw in the surf were small. We got word Barnegat Inlet has bluefish present. Seems like a daily bite. The ones cruising the Inlet range from small snappers to fun sized cocktails up to 5-lbs. They are hammering lures. Throw metal with light tackle and hang on!

Yesterday seven year old Reid Cooper of Medford Lakes weighed in a 3.2-lb fluke. He caught it off of the Beach Haven surf on a bucktail with gulp teaser. He gave us heads up after filleting and dissecting, the belly was full of sand crabs.

Store staffer Steve was out on the water yesterday afternoon with his buddy Howard. They fished the ocean, bucktailing one of the local reefs. Steve reported great fishing. He said, "We caught a bunch of fluke. Three nice keepers and a doormat." Steve weighed in at the shop early this morning. It was 29" and weighed 9.5-lbs. Today, we heard that the Doris Mae did good yesterday on one of the reefs also.

~ Fish Head Greg

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Received: Aug 14, 2014 11:05 AM Subject: Finally... Weakfish!

The "Hi Flier" ran 2 trips on Monday and one on Tuesday, had a good catch of 2 to 4 pound weakies, 18 to 22 inch fish on all three trips. We also had two monster blowfish in the mix, hoping that is the beginning of those as well. Monday's trip started out with shrimping stripers, blues, and houndfish at the inlet jetty. We are still crushing the bonita at North Barnegat Ridge.

Sailing Open Boat trips this Sat, Sun, and Mon, Aug 16, 17, and 18 to Barnegat Ridge. 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM. $160 per person. 3 people max. We are also running a second trip on Saturday afternoon, Noon to 6 pm. All of these trips are capable of being charters instead of open boat trips. The times and targeted species are also flexible. The weather for Saturday looks really good and can easily be turned into an offshore tuna and mahi safari. The fishing is excellent right now for so many different things, let me know what you want to fish for and we will make it happen. My cell phone is always the best way to get me: 732.330.5674

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

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Received: Aug 13, 2014 9:32 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

Some outstanding catches by the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been accompanying a stretch of beautiful August weather in Beach Haven.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” hit the reefs on Saturday with John and Cindy MacDonald. Captain George said “the ocean was friendly.” They returned to the dock with a good catch of sea bass while also releasing many sea bass and short fluke. Captain George fished the reefs again on Sunday with the Esposito family. It was another beautiful day on the water, and they managed a couple of nice fluke and along with some sea bass. Short fish and sea robins and skates kept the anglers reeling in fish. On an overnight trip Captain George took the Ammerman and Lieb families to the canyon for some tuna fishing. They caught and released two white marlin, had two more break off, and caught many tuna. They released all the tuna except a couple for eating. There were many small tuna around, and pods of whales there that put on a show.

Captain Bob Gerkens and the “Hot Tuna” capped off a good week on Sunday as they limited out on yellowfin tuna with a total of 24 on a daytime chunking trip before heading in early. The largest was 80-pounds with several fish over 50. The split charter consisted of experienced anglers Chris Martin, Richard Brail, Dave Parhiaro, Kevin Brennan, Drew Colehower, and Adam Zakamarek. Dante Soriente worked the pit. Earlier in the week Captain Bob also reported on a successful canyon trip with the Jim Bruscia party.

The offshore tuna bite is as good as it gets right now.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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After days of tranquil summer sunshine, the weather turned sour. A low pressure has been here but looks to be out of here early to mid day tomorrow. We have gusty south east winds whipping up the surf now. Tomorrow it swings westerly and is forecast to stay that way for the rest of the work week.

Today a pair of weigh-ins came in. First, Jerry S. weighed in a 3-lb 12-oz weakfish caught off of the north end surf. Jerry reported great fishing. He also had two keeper 19" fluke among others. Then, Matt Keple weighed in a 5.75-lb fluke caught outside Barnegat Inlet on squid/spearing combo.

It's Shark Week! Watching Discovery is great but why not get in on your own sharking in LINE ACTION? Locally speaking there's lots of sharks and rays cruising the surf and in the bay. A number of anglers were in the shop gearing up last night before we closed. We got reports from a number of them: Ryan Dellane said, "Four brown sharks and a 60-lb cow nose ray. For all of the guys who get upset about sharking... all were successfully released unharmed." Steve Taylor reported going three for four on the south end surf. "The one that broke off was a biggen. Wrapped up and frayed the 65-lb braided main line. Stan Drew reported releasing one cow nose ray off of the surf. Tyler Contento reported catching and using a snapper bluefish for bait. He then caught a cocktail bluefish, so it became bait. "I swam out a live bluefish and it paid off." He posted a nice photo of a brown shark. AJ Rotondella reported releasing a monster 8' sand tiger. It's prime time in Jersey land based sharking. Get in on the fun while the water's warm. We should have great fishing right into September.

Pete Dolly sent a short report yesterday, "Went one for four at the Lindy on the day time chunk. Had a 70-lb yellowfin. Nothing on the troll. It was like a parking lot. Loads of whales with 77 degree blue water."

Last week and this past weekend I heard chatter about good day time chunking at the Lindy. Lots of customers geared up with fluorocarbon and hooks as well as flats of bait. I got an invite and jumped on it. We pushed off the dock at 4:30 pm on Sunday. On the cruise out Captain Jeff spoke to a number of passing boats on their way in. Some reported bad, some good and some great. One thing was a sure thing the weather was flawless. All we had to do was find the bite.

We arrived, got on the troll and found lots of life; whales, porpoise, bait. In 300 fathoms the sounder was reading 45' of water. We pounded the area through sunset and into the dark. The monster full moon rise was an amazing sight to see offshore. A couple boats close by hooked up in the dark. One on the troll and one on the chunk. We assumed both hooked big eyes because each boat battled for awhile. After a good three hours on the troll we set up for chunking. Most of the night we had big marks but no bites despite chunking and jigging hard. We had nothing to show except a sleep deprived crew.

It was absolutely dead for us but we kept at it, even through the wee hours of the morning. Then like a flip of a light switch it was on. The bite was red hot! First small football yellowfin crashing chunks (butterfish) boat side. Then quality 50-70 class yellow birds took over. It started in the dark, an hour before first light and lasted through sunrise. As the sun rose the bite slowed. We kept in the game by chunking lots of bait. The more chunks we tossed the more tuna piled in. We also scaled down our tackle. Smaller hooks tied up with 40-50lb fluorocarbon leader was key. Once the sun got high the fish wouldn't bite. They were still visible in our slick and boiling on top. Blake had a couple fish blow up on his popper but neither came tight. Another interesting visual was when the man in the blue suit showed up. One of the bigger fish Blake hooked up and after a good battle he had color then dead weight. The fish comes up with no tail. Next thing I know the biggest mako I've ever seen (3-400-lb class) comes up and bumps the boat. I fed it tuna belly and kept it around log enough for Jeff to deploy a shark rig. It hung around the boat for an hour or more but we never managed to hook it.

At 9 am, with the high sun, fish filled boxes and a tired crew we packed it up and headed in early. Thanks again Jeff for a memorable trip. It was a great time getting store staffer Oakley hooked on his first tuna.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 11, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River Delaware River - Philadelphia, PA, Aug 7 - 10, 2014
Click here for... Full Final Results: Pro Anglers

Top 10...

Place Angler Total Weight Cash Winnings ($) Cash Bonus ($) Total Winnings ($)
1 Michael Iaconelli 47.14 100,000 1,500 101,500
2 Chris Lane 39.14 25,000 0 25,000
3 Jason Christie 39.1 20,000 0 20,000
4 Kevin Short 39.0 15,000 0 15,000
5 Shaw Grigsby 36.15 14,000 0 14,000
6 Skeet Reese 34.11 13,500 1,000 14,500
7 Bill Lowen 34.0 13,000 750 13,750
8 Boyd Duckett 33.7 12,500 500 13,000
9 Scott Rook 32.8 12,000 0 12,000
10 Byron Velvick 31.8 11,500 0 11,500

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Received: Aug 10, 2014 10:50 PM Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

We had a rough week with the unfortunate luck of finding some submerged Sandy debris with the lower unit in one of Barnegat Bay's main channels, but fortunately it was only myself on the boat and no injuries were sustained other than some minor damage to the prop and lower unit that kept the vessel out of the water for a few days.

Once back in, we got right on the fish again with the Ryan Miller charter back out on their annual father-son trip - Ryan of Jersey City, dad George of Pompton Lakes, and brother Sean on Manhattan, NY. Last year George caught a fluke close to 9-lbs around the inlet - his 1st ever! This year the trio was back at it, and played with 2-4lb blues for the 1st hour boating close to 50 and keeping a bunch for the grill. Next, we hit some of the bay fluking areas and caught close to 50 fluke with 2 keepers (18", 18"). The keepers fell for our custom-tied rigs tipped with local bait. There are a lot of fluke in the bay as they begin their migration to deeper waters, unfortunately the short to keeper ratios are very high - but it makes for steady and sometimes chaotic action. Great job by all!

Next, We fished our annual fluke tournament with my wife Jennifer Taylor and my father Mike Taylor for the Make-A-Wish Fluke Tournament ran by South Harbor Marine (Waretown, NJ). The staff at South Harbor does a hell of a job organizing and running the tournament - hats off to them!! Regarding the fishing, we fished some of the local wrecks and ended with 4 keepers (20, 21, 22, 24) and 1 nice sea bass. All fish we caught on S&S bucktails tipped with various baits - our two fish total was 8.4lbs. All in all it was a great time for a great cause - again hats off to South Harbor Marine and the various businesses that donated for the tournament. We'll be at it again next year!

The last two weeks are prime time for ocean fluking with only two weeks until school - I will continue to run 7 days a week. Once the school year starts, we will run afternoon trips weather/daylight permitting and weekend trips awaiting the arrival of our fantastic fall fishery. All gear, tackle, bait, ice, and fish-cleaning, etc. is included on all charter trips. I do have some rare Saturday and Sunday dates available, so please give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through the website (

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

Received: Aug 10, 2014 10:01 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

Way busy week. I did 5 charters and managed time to fish with a friend, and my wife Debbie. Now you know where the boat’s name Debbie M came from. Fluking is still solid in the bay, catching mostly shorts but by weeks end I managed to do better with icing down more keepers. For example; on Friday’s afternoon’s trip with Vinnie and his family from NY we boated two keepers and drop anther before the net got to it in under four hours. The ocean water pushing in Barnegat Bay at high tide is stellar. Crystal clear down to 10-12’ on some days. With the clear water I have been seeing a few large butterfly rays in the shallows behind Barnegat Inlet and have been able to watch fluke chase down our baits. Good stuff. On one trip I gave an effort shrimping weakfish at two of my back bay haunts and drew a blank. No way am I throwing in the towel and with good reason. Hope to tell you next week why.

Saturday I hopped on my friend Captain Jack Shea’s boat along with his friend George Selph and headed to the Ridge. Soon after setting out our 4 lines we were into screaming drags from Bonita. Pound for pound these speedsters fight harder than most fish their size. We loaded up the coolers with about 15 sushi grade fish before heading back around noon. You can see some of the action here:

On the nature side of things: most know that sharks, skates, and rays are cartilaginous, meaning they do not have bones But do you know the difference between a skate and a ray? The major difference between them is how they reproduce. Rays are live bearing (viviparous) while skates are egg laying (oviparous), releasing their eggs in hard rectangular cases sometimes called "mermaid´s purses" that you find washed up on the beach. Also, skates typically have a prominent dorsal fin while the dorsal fin is absent or greatly reduced in rays.

~ Capt. Alex,"Debbie M", Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Aug 10, 2014 7:28 PM   Subject: Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters

I just returned from a week of vacation with the family for some fun in the sun on the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The fishing down there was pretty poor compared to our area but we all had fun skim boarding, boogie boarding and playing plenty of beach games.

Although today was my first day back in action I was pleasantly surprised to see how fantastic our waters temps and clarity are with over 30-ft of through the water visibility. With this water in place who knows what can show up on any given day.

Today, the Richard Thomas Party "started and ended" the short week mixing it up between both keeper and short sea bass, quality fluke and even a nice 5-6ft hammer head shark that was released after a skillful and successful "Battle Royall" performed by friend Walt.

Bluefish and schoolie stripers continue to offer up fast and furious action on light tackle especially early mornings and late afternoons for anyone interested.

Ocean fluking has really taken off with quality fluke working various wrecks and reefs. Today our keeper size to caught ratio was 3:5 with many missed fish as well.

Inshore pelagic species are a short jump and are serving up very consistent high speed trolling for bonito with even a few mahi spicing the catches as well.

I have a few dates still available in August [23,24, 31] and also evening dates as well. Remember to join us on face book view photos and latest reports and "like us"

~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217

1:45 PM

Today, Sunday is the final day of the Bassmaster Elite on the Delaware River, Philadelphia, PA (August 7-10th). It's Philly's first time hosting the tour event. Yesterday, after three days of fishing south Jersey pro angler Mike Iaconelli was the leader with his three day total weight of 37-lbs. Battling the Big-D's full moon extreme tides, local knowledge is paramount! Ike reported to the Courier-Post, "(On Day 2) I went right to the best spot on that tide and caught 'em. I knew it was over as soon as the water came back up. I ran to another spot that is productive (on the flood). Got one." Mike explained that he moved place to place to fish ahead of the tide rather than chasing it like Day 1. From 106 (Day 1) pros to 50 (Day 3, Saturday) and now only 12. The top 12 will battle today for the first prize of $100,000 in cash as well as the instant right of way qualification for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic World Championship. Ike is sitting pretty but still has to out perform the fierce competition. Yesterday, Ike was chased by Bill Lowen in second place at 30-lbs 7-oz and Scott Rook in third at 29-lb 10oz. Best of luck fishing the final day Ike!!! Weigh-in is at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing beginning at 3:15 pm. The event will air August 24th and 31st (8-9 am) on ESPN2.

Speaking of tournaments... The World's Largest Billfish Tournament, Ocean City Maryland's 41st Annual White Marlin Open took place August 4-8th. The five day tournament had 288 boats entered and about $2.77 million in prize money. Congratulations to the Manteao, NC based Dream Time, boat builder John Bayliss, who caught the only qualifying white marlin. The 78-lb White Marlin won almost $1.3 million. Also congrats to Stew and Crew on the Pez Machine! They earned another hefty payday. $96k for two bigeye tuna, a 180 and 178. All of the winning tuna were caught on day one. Talk about suspense!

We got some great reports on Saturday via Our Facebook Page:
- Steve Rupinski posted a photo of a mahi with a caption, "Little Surprise while fluke fishing a couple miles out of BI."
- Kristi Reillo Cooper shared some info, "Baby bluefish blitz in Beach Haven today! Gulls went crazy and so did my seven year old!"
- Chris Potts posted some photos of eight keeper fluke with a caption, "A good day."
- Laura Compton post a photo of a 4.7-lb flounder.
- Matt Scassero caught a cow nose ray off the surf Friday night. He posted a photo on our Facebook page asking for an id. He said it fought like a beast on his light tackle fluke setup, "Got it on a bucktail tipped with Gulp! looking for fluke."

Saturday afternoon a call came in about a monster stargazer. The caller said he was going to stop in and see what it weighed. Kay Kwak hung a 4.15-lb fluke as well as a 11.1-lb gazer. He caught both drifting live bait (minnows) in Oyster Creek channel. It turns out that Kay's gazer was two pounds short of Jim Ludt's catch in 2000 off of Cape May, a 13-lb northern stargazer. Since then however the Stargazer category was retired and no longer included in the state's program.

~ Fish Head Greg

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Received: Aug 9, 2014 5:08 PM   Subject: Hi Flier Report Sat 8/9/14

We ran 30 miles offshore in search of tuna this morning but there was no bite. All the chatter on the radio was "what happened?" The same area that had been giving up fish all week suddenly was void of life. We hung in for about 2-1/2 hours before we had a meeting and decided to salvage this trip at the Barnegat Ridge. After a half-hour of trolling and more nothing a rod went off with our first bonita. We plugged away for two hours putting 15 nice bonita on ice. Back again tomorrow for more.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

12:00 Noon

The surf temps are warm and have been so for some time. This means fluking, sharking, kingfish and small blues. As summer progresses we should eventually see some spot and blowfish. Lots of customers asking, any reports will be shared.

This morning we got word that there are small bluefish off of the surf mid-island south. Two separate customers talked about them. One was happy, "They are lots of fun for the kids on a light rod." The other was frustrated, "I'm burning through Gulp!"

Tyler Corbett caught a brown shark on the beach with a big crowd. He caught it on the south end of the island. Also Tyler Gray reported catching one in Holgate.

~ Fish Head Greg

August 8, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

6:00 PM

Joe from Shamong gave us a heads up that he got into a great bluefish bite up at the inlet yesterday evening. Joe said, "Two to three pound bluefish blitz yesterday at 6 pm. All top water action! I had my young son Clayton there. I was handing pole after pole off. Fun stuff!"

We just received a heads up from a customer by the name of Brian. He said, "Today was a great day on the Carolyn Ann." Both Brian and his son both had keeper fluke.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Aug 8, 2014 10:54 AM  Subject: TUNA!

Two (2) people signed on for our open boat tuna trip tomorrow, Saturday August 9. I have room for one (1) more. Have great intel on where tuna are. Only 28 mile run. It's going to be a calm ocean and great weather. We are meeting at the dock at 4 am, returning by 2 pm sharp. The fare is $220. Call me on my cell to reserve that last spot at 732 330 5674.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

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1:45 PM

Anglers looking to fish the surf should target kingfish and fluke during the day. Those looking for more pull can up their tackle and target sharks and rays. This fishery is also very productive throughout the night hours.

Late in the day yesterday Pete Menges of Morrestown weighed in a nice weakfish that was 25.5" long and weighed-in at 4-lbs 13-oz. He was targeting fluke on the south end surf with a jig head and white gulp.

The inlet funnels and holds a variety of species. The main target now is triggerfish, tog, bluefish and especially fluke. However, don't over look striped bass. There is a very strong population of resident striped bass making their presence known both in the inlet and bay. One angler who was taking full advantage of the fishing opportunity is store staffer Blake. He has been on the striped bass bite. Stalking them every night and consistently into some great fun. We aren't talking one here and one there. Blake is bucktailing good numbers of bass up to 30 inches. He said, "They are snapping hard on bait: small mullet, peanut bunker and spearing. These schoolie striped bass are on the feed!"

We saw a nice photo posted by Jay Speck after spearfishing the Inlet. His photo showed a quality fluke and a Jersey LOBSTER! Speaking of free-diving and spear fishing... Some monster fluke recently hit our scales. An official new spearfishing record by Tim Fiordaliso at 14.55-lbs and then a bigger fluke about a week later. Robert Davis's 15.5-lb fluke topped it by almost a full pound. The documents were submitted. Once reviewed and confirmed it will take the title, Largest Summer Flounder (Fluke) Caught via Spear!

~ Fish Head Greg

Aug 7, 2014 12:37 PM   Subject: Report from surf city

Fishing the surf again this morning in Surf City yielded 6 fluke with one keeper. All on a white jig with white Gulp swimming mullet. Tight lines....

~ JY

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Received: Aug 6, 2014 10:08 PM   Subject: Red Hot Bonita

Barnegat Ridge is on fire. Only 15 miles from our inlet it has blue water, not even blue-ish anymore, downright blue! 73 degree water temp, chick birds, flying fish, butterfish, sandeels, and loads of bonita! One of my favorite fish to pursue. These 2 to 5 pound torpedoes are great sport on light tackle and delicious to eat. Any way you prepare tuna you can also do bonita, including sashimi. We bring the soy and wasabi with us now. The key is to bleed them while they are still alive and then slush them in sea water with lots of ice. In the mix this past weekend we bagged a 48 inch 19 pound bull dolphin (mahi mahi) on the North Barnegat Ridge. That's the biggest mahi the Hi Flier ever caught and it was Chris Lang from PA on the rod who did the honors. We also added 17 bonita on that trip. Sat and Sun were blowouts with the wacky weather but I kicked in Plan B on Sun with Pete Menges and his cousin Tim from MD. We picked up our batch of grass shrimp that I ordered as a backup in case we couldn't get offshore and instead of using it locally where I have not been able to catch a weakfish we cruised all the way to Beach Haven where we got to 2 to 4 pound weakfish and short striped bass on the 6-pound test line. Today (Wed) I ran back out to the Ridge for an afternoon trip and we boated 25 bonita in just a few hours. Double and triple headers. Here's some video:

We will be running an Open Boat trip this Sat, Aug 9, 6AM to Noon for bonita and more at the Barnegat Ridge. The weather looks great and if it stays that way we could push off further for tuna and mahi, as well. These decisions are sometimes made at the dock or at our first stop, the Barnegat Ridge. $160 per person for the Ridge, $220 if we run 30 to 40 mile range for bluefin tuna. The longer range trip will also run longer in duration, usually 8 to 9 hours instead of the 6 hour Ridge trip. 3 people max, all fish are shared.

Sun and Mon mornings, Aug 10 and 11 are booked, but both days have the afternoon trips available for either back bay or Barnegat Ridge fishing. I have two people interested in bay/inlet fluke and blues on Mon afternoon, if someone would like to be the third, it's a go. If I get three new people that want to go beat up bonita offshore, we will do that. It's a work in progress.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

Received: Aug 6, 2014 5:45 PM   Subject: report

AM fishing yielded 7 fluke, all shorts from the surf in LBI. Largest was 17 inches. I was using a white jig and 4" white swimming mullet.

~ JY

Received: Aug 6, 2014 8:39 AM   Subject: BHCFA Report

The tuna bite for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continues to be top shelf provided the weather cooperates enough to allow the boats to make the trip out.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the boat “Hot Tuna” has been riding a streak of some pretty good tuna fishing. After one disappointing day last week in the southern bluefin areas in 30-40 fathom of water that only produced a mako on the troll, he headed offshore the next day to the canyons. He found the area marked by hundreds of pilot whales and free jumping yellowfin tuna chasing flying fish. His party was making their first ever offshore trip and did it well. They brought home 10 yellowfin tuna with three in the 70-pound class. They also caught and released half dozen others. A big eye tuna was also fought for about 15 minutes before it pulled the hook. The party consisted of the Cuff family from Switzerland and Beach Haven, and the Stackpale family from Mamaroneck, New York.

The inshore fluke and bluefish bite also continued to be very good even if it was tough to find keeper sized fluke. Captain Tim Knorr had the Decotiis party our on the “William Knorr,” and they had great action on throwback fluke along with a few keepers. They also boated 5 bluefish that bit on the fluke baits drifted on the bottom. The Marcalus party fished the Barnegat Reef for a nice catch of fluke and bluefish topped by a 27-inch fluke.

Captain Fran Verdi has been fishing the ocean for fluke on the “Francesca Marie” and has been putting keeper fluke in the box most trips. He has also had some good action on Taylor bluefish in the inlet.

The Ben Wilson family fished on the “StarFish” with Captain Vic Bertotti for a nice catch of fluke.

Additional information on the association can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Received: Aug 5, 2014 9:40 AM Subject: report

Surf fishing has been hit or miss in Surf City. Two days ago I caught 2 shorts (17 and 15"), yesterday nothing with all the weed that was out there. Today I caught just one, but it was a nice 25" 4-1/4 pound fluke that will be making an appearance at the dinner table tonight! All fish were on a white jig and 4" white Gulp swimming mullet. Tight lines...

~ JY

August 4, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

9:00 PM

We had another monster FLUKE-ZILLA hit our scale today late in the day! Robert Davis of Bamber Lakes weighed in this 33" 15.3-lb doormat fluke. He caught it spear fishing Barnegat Inlet today at 3:15pm. It looks like one the paperwork is submitted and verified this will top the recent new state record. Congrats on an epic catch!!!

As all can see there are serious fluke in our local waters. We also have some other great fishing opportunities too. Robert and his spear buddies reported lots of tog and triggerfish.

9:00 AM

Dale Morrison stopped in the shop this Sunday afternoon with a tweaked handle on his Penn reel. I helped him out and got his reel back up and running. I noticed his reel was wet, salty and sandy. I questioned, "how'd you make out?" He answered, "There's kingfish and some small sharks on the beach." Here's the report he gave me. "I caught a half dozen kingfish off of the south end surf today. I came up here to get my reel fixed. I also needed more live blood worms and some tackle."

We finally heard about some positive crabbing reports. We got a post on our Facebook page asking, "How has the crabbing been this season so far?" My reply was some say horrible, some say good."I have yet to hear a great report until now. Shawn Hawthorne just posted a photo of a wooden bushel basket three quarters full of quality blue claws. Then Dougie Pombo posted a photo of some live crabs in a bucket with a caption, "Two dozen, all OVER keeper size. Biggest was 6.25". The Barnegat Bay Jimmies are chewing!

~ Fish Head Greg

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Received: Aug 3, 2014 7:59 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

I was busy again fishing from the back bay to the inlet. Short fluke continue to dominate Barnegat Bay with some of them even shorter than last week! They are so cute fitting in the palm of your hand. Even with all the shorts, my trips this week have been able to bring home some fluke filets for dinner. Around Barnegat Inlet, 1-3 pound bluefish have been blitzing daily on spearing and small sand eels making for some light tackle screaming drags. It is always a blast watching blues, no matter what size, chase down a popper. Chris Doran and his son Evan got to experience this action first hand Thursday evening as well as some schoolie striper action at sunset. Friday I had three generations of Inacker’s aboard with the “duke of fluke”. They found inlet was jammed packed with small and very aggressive blues making fluking impossible. The blues were so aggressive you could not drift for fluke because they were biting off the rigs at the three-way swivels and sinkers. After several moves around we found a nice concentration of fluke to pick away at.

I personally got out a few times this week to cash in on the summer time bite of schoolie striped bass we have been having. Even with water temps in the 70’s I was able to land up to 9 bass in an outing after sun up. Follow this link to a short GoPro video I put together from some of the recent action

On the nature side: Royal terns have starting showing back up along our beaches and in our back bays. These large terns have an interesting strategy when getting ready for winter. Many of them go through a post breeding dispersion where they may actually fly north of their southerly breeding grounds to feed before winter.

~ Capt. Alex,"Debbie M", Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Aug 2, 2014 11:05 PM Subject: JCAA Fluke Tournament Full Results

20th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament - Final Results - All Ports - August 2nd, 2014

Come to the Awards Ceremony at The Holiday Inn in Manahawkin
Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014.
Come early to register (4 PM to 7 PM).
Drawing starts promptly at 7:00 PM.

The 20th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament took place on August 2nd. Weather conditions were tough but some outstanding catches were made. The Tournament had 285 boats competing in 9 ports. The bad weather caused us to have the lowest number of entries which means the participating boats had the best chance ever to win a port prize. The 10 port prizes are listed below.

The largest fish weighed in was 11 lbs. and was caught by Roman Nelson from Matawan, NJ and weighed in at Sandy Hook. Tom Trembula of Cookstown, NJ had the smallest fish qualifying for a port prize weighing in at 2.10 lbs weighed in at the LBI port. All the winners from each port are listed below.

The Sandy Hook port had the largest fish and the largest average total weight.

This annual tournament provides funds to help the Jersey Coast Anglers Association continue its fight to protect the marine resource, fund summer flounder research and fight for the rights of the recreational angler. JCAA deals with many issues. Currently, we are fighting to get the pots off the reefs, seismic testing, fluke regionalization, sand mining of our offshore lumps and jetty notching.

The Holiday Inn in Manahawkin is the host for the 20th Annual Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament Gala Awards Ceremony. The Holiday Inn invites tournament entrants to come and enjoy their facilities both before and after the awards ceremony and the Holiday Inn will give 10 percent off your dinner bill for those who choose to eat there. You can meet JCAA Executive Board members and representatives from our sponsors.

This is your chance to win the boat, motor and trailer Grand Prize. In fact, 16 of the last 19 Grand Prize winners did not weigh in a qualifying port prize fish in the tournament. Someone from your boat must be present to win the Grand Prize and any of the dozens of great door prizes.

We want to thank all tournament participants and especially our sponsors for making the tournament a success. Our nationally known sponsors include West Marine, Interlux Yacht Paint, Costa Sunglasses, RJ Marine Service, The Fisherman Magazine, Yamaha, Canyon Reels and Boat U.S, The $1,200 First Place Port Prizes were sponsored by Fisherman’s Headquarters (for Long Beach Island), South Harbor Marina (for Barnegat Bay), Hoffman’s Marina (for Manasquan), Liberty Landing Marina (for Jersey City), and RJ Marine Service (for Cape May), and the remaining ports by the JCAA. Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament T-shirts and hats will be on sale as long as supplies last.

The JCAA Fluke Tournament GRAND PRIZE Registration will be at the Holiday Inn. Follow the signs to find the registration site. We will be in the Ballroom. Registration is between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. At least one person from your boat must be in attendance at the time of the drawing in order to win a prize. We expect a wonderful turnout. Please come early. Please bring your registration affidavit to save yourself time at the registration desk. There will be a cash bar in the room. All winning numbers will be announced in the ballroom. We will also be distributing the port prizes for those in attendance. The registration desk will issue one ticket which is good for both the Grand Prize and for the door prizes. We will also be holding a 50-50 raffle. We really appreciate both your participation and patience and are sure everyone will have a great time.

1st PLACE $1200

2014 JCAA Fluke Tournament Winners - HERE ARE THE PORT WINNERS FOR 2014 - * Denotes optional cash category

1. Jersey City
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st Steve Cherry * Summit, NJ 221 8.25 29
2nd Jack Gilligan Carlstadt, NJ 66 7.5 27
3rd Al Agostine Jr. Wallington, NJ 268 6.44 25.75
4th Aldeino Pires Harrison, NJ 38 6.13 25.25
5th Tony Gonzales Bayonne, NJ 253 5.56 24
6th Richard Barba Bayonne, NJ 272 5.38 25
7th Edward W. Shaefer Ridgefield, NJ 170 5.13 23.75
8th Michael Choynowski North Arlington, NJ 258 5.06 23
9th Daniel Cordano Bayonne, NJ 128 4.63 23.25
10th Chuck Mitchell Wantage, NJ 72 4.56 22.75
        58.64 248.75
2. Sandy Hook
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st Nelson Roman * Matawan, NJ 274 11 30.5
2nd Robert Morrell Jr. Port Monmouth, NJ 208 10.6 30
3rd Anthony Francisco Lebanon, NJ 232 9.8 29
4th John Debona Brick, NJ 525 9.6 29
5th Charles Parker Oceanport, NJ 247 9 29
6th Vincent Fallrion Matawan, NJ 96 8.4 26
7th Cory Winant Spotwood, NJ 273 7.6 27
8th Robert Porter Sparta, NJ 77 5.8 24.5
9th James Hennessey Atlantic Highlands, NJ 133 5.6 24
10th Dennis Yerves Middletown, NJ 257 5.2 25
        82.6 274
3. Shark River Inlet 
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st Tom Feher * Nutley, NJ 151 4.88 23.25
2nd Matt Sagen Farmingdale, NJ 271 4.44 22
3rd John Henry East Winsor, NJ 48 4.38 23
4th Jeff Fuentes Asbury Park, NJ 256 3.88 21.25
5th Lou Ottrando Wall, NJ 240 3.88 21.25
6th Jay Stich Penndel, PA 285 3.25 20.75
7th Andrew Duelivetz South Hampton, NJ 108 2.19 20
8th Billy Mayfield Manasquan, NJ 277 2.19 19
9th none        
10th none        
        29.09 170.5
4. Manasquan River 
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st Lou Derosa * Toms River, NJ 254 7.05 25
2nd Bob Murdza Wall, NJ 233 4.2 22.75
3rd Steve R. Materia Hamiton, NJ 220 3.4 20.5
4th Jeff O'Hare Burlington, NJ 61 3 21
5th Jim Faugno Belmar, NJ 99 2.4 19.25
6th Ed Marut Jr. Toms River, NJ 143 2.25 19
7th Jeffrey Nuel Bordentown, NJ 137 2.25 18.5
8th Tom Mauro Brielle, NJ 282 2.15 18.25
9th none        
10th none        
        26.7 164.25
5. Barnegat Bay
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st John Zingis Brick, NJ 209 9.2 28.5
2nd George Golta Waretown, NJ 189 5 23.5
3rd Ray Slodowski Toms River, NJ 43 4.9 22.5
4th Ray Pryce * Forked River, NJ 51 3.6 22.5
5th Patrick Mickles Mapleshade, NJ 54 3.45 21
6th Richard Pasko Lanoka Harbor, NJ 86 2.6 19.5
7th Joe Atrashewski Brick, NJ 70 2.48 18.5
8th none        
9th none        
10th none        
        31.23 156
6. Long Beach Island
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st William Hiros * Birmingham, NJ 248 9.68 30
2nd Dean Paolella Surf City, NJ 100 6.36 25
3rd Mark Keple Manakawkin, NJ 192 5.26 23
4th Paul Schell Barnegat, NJ 204 5.18 24
5th Peter Sivo Middletown, NJ 45 3.42 21
6th John Racioppi Lanoka Harbor, NJ 104 2.62 20
7th Don Hillegass Jr Bradley Beach, NJ 78 2.36 19
8th Brian Cognigni Burlington Twp, NJ 150 2.34 19
9th Tom Trembula Cookstown, NJ 83 2.1 18
10th none        
        39.32 199
7. Great Bay
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st Walt Russell Haines Port, NJ 211 7.09 26
2nd Rick Sullivan  * Brownsmills, NJ 275 5.59 24
3rd Robert Haines South Hampton, NJ 55 4.29 21.88
4th Tom Siciliano Little Egg Harbor, NJ 212 3.67 22
5th Keith McCarty Tuckerton, NJ 264 3.47 20.5
6th Vincent Torio Colonia, NJ 215 3.46 20.5
7th Michael Klemm Marlton, NJ 113 2.97 19.75
8th Craig Nelson Chesterfield, NJ 252 2.55 20
9th Ed Pritsch Tuckerton, NJ 277 2.15 18
10th none        
        35.24 192.63
8. Ocean City
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st Howard Hammerstedt Milmay, NJ 154 7.28 27.5
2nd Chris Murray Northfield, NJ 227 5.35 24.5
3rd Joe Krajick * Marmora, NJ 183 4.9 24.25
4th William Roesberg Cherry Hill, NJ 230 4.38 23.5
5th Brian Smith Sewell, NJ 85 3.45 21.75
6th Carmen Roberto Brigantine, NJ 229 2.98 20
7th Mark Saltlaua Sr. Monroeville, NJ 105 2.89 20
8th Rick Folkeroth York, PA 30 2.66 20
9th Bob Whiteside Linwood, NJ 10 2.38 19.5
10th Tim Fitzick Berlin, NJ 127 2.14 20
        38.41 221
9. Cape May
  Name Hometown Entry Number Weight Length
1st  William Laxton * Audubond, NJ 5 6.68 24.75
2nd Dave Fisher Nantua, NJ 191 4.69 23.88
3rd Gabe Davis Riverside, MO 47 3.89  
4th Kain Wentz East Greenville, PA 157 3.7  
5th Len Fennimore Williamstown, NJ 202 2.95  
6th Tony Mosloski Essington, PA 283 2.64  
7th Bill Whildon Villas, NJ 165 2.58  
8th Paul Decker May Landing, NJ 181 2.54  
9th none        
10th none        
        29.67 48.63

August 2, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Port: Long Beach Island - Weigh Station: Fisherman's Headquarters, Ship Bottom NJ
Place Entry Number Registered Angler's Name Caught By Angler's Name Caught By Angler's Hometown, State Weight (lbs) Length (in) Time
1 248 Hiros, William M. Hiros, William M. Birmingham, NJ 9.68 30 3:20 PM
2 100 Paolella, Dean Paolella, Dean Surf City, NJ 6.36 25 4:55 PM
3 192 Keple, Mark R. Keple, Mark R. Manahawkin, NJ 5.26 23 4:53 PM
4 204 Schell, Paul L. Schell, Paul L. Barnegat, NJ 5.18 24 4:57 PM
5 45 Sivo, Peter Sivo, Peter Middletown, NJ 3.42 21 4:49 PM
6 104 Racioppi, John Racioppi, John Lanoka Harbor, NJ 2.62 20 4:41 PM
7 78 Hillegass, Jr., Don A Hillegass, Jr., Don A Bradley Beach, NJ 2.36 19 4:40 PM
8 150 Cognigni, Brian Cognigni, Brian Burlington Twp, NJ 2.34 19 4:45 PM
9 83 Trembula, Tom Trembula, Tom Cookstown, NJ 2.10 18 1:44 PM

Received: Aug 2, 2014 12:47 PM   Subject: Fishing Report - Reel Reaction Sportfishing

Our ocean fluke fishery is starting to heat up and the water clarity and temps were amazing - nice 75F water within 3miles from shore. As the fluke begin to get set for their annual migration out of our bays - they will tend to congregate at inlet areas prior to exiting. Although the fluke to keeper ratios are very high, it makes for fun catching/releasing on light tackle and the occasional keeper mixed in. We have had some bluefish working early and late - in addition to some short stripers. Still very little word on the blowfish.

Early in the week, I had Fred Higginbotham of Morris Plains along with his two daughters Aidan and Alexis out on a 4-hr bay fluke charter. Although we had wind against tide conditions for a majority of the trip, the trio managed to pick a couple of keepers out of the relentless shorts. The S&S BigEye and Rattletail 1/2-oz bucktail was the key to the keeper fluke. This was the girls first-ever fishing trip on a boat - nice job! The fluke were 18" and 19.5".

Towards the end of the week, I had Mike Politis of Pearl River, NY, his 14yr. son Matt and his friends Joseph Rooney and James McKiernan on a 5hr ocean fluke charter. We headed out in a light south chop and arrived at the fluking grounds early. The water was very clean and we saw flying fish as little as 3 miles out. Our first two drifts produced 18.5" and 20" keepers, but unfortunately we had to head in due to some of the kids coming down with seasickness. We had to head in to calmer waters and ended up fishing the bay channels to produce some steady action on short fluke and could see the aggressive fish attacking the jigs.

Unfortunately the next two weeks are pretty much booked, but I have dates wide open from Aug 18th through Sept 1 (except for 8/23 booked). Some of the best inshore fluke occurs in these last two weeks of August and also may do nearshore trips for tuna/bonita weather permitting. If interested, give me a ring 609-290-7709 or book through website ( ) and all gear, tackle, bait, ice, and fish-cleaning, etc is included on all charter trips.

~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709

11:00 AM

Capt Stew on the Pez machine reported a great overnighter Wednesday into Thursday. They came back to the dock with three big yellowfin, a 170-lb bigeye and 23 tilefish. He said it was a great trip. Stew and crew are heading south for the Ocean City White Marlin Open this weekend. Best of luck boys!

Matt of Souderton stopped in Thursday and asked what was going on. We set him up with shark rigs, fresh bunker, a couple teaser rigs and Gulp! He stopped back and said, "Thanks, you did us right. First cast off the surf I caught a fluke." Matt said he also got a small brown shark at sun down.

Store staffer Blake has been doing the late night shuffle. He's having a blast catching schoolie striped bass while light tackle bucktailing. He reported lots of bait in the lights; spearing, baby bunker and small mullet.

Hi Flier Sportfishing Capt. Dave D. was in the shop respooling a pair of Avet lever drags reels. While here he gave us heads up that his last trip to the Barnegat ridge was full of action. He said they are caught bonita and one quality mahi, about 20-lbs. That's a super nice dorado for inshore!

~ Fish Head Greg

August 1, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Received: Aug 1, 2014 4:57 PM   Subject: 8/1 LBI Charters

Had 14 year old Tyler and his mom Heather out today. Started off fluking in the ocean. No good, so headed sea bassing. The water was 73 degrees and crystal clear 3 miles off the beach and too warm for wreckfishing. After 3 wrecks, 1 of which we didn't catch a fish on we had 3 keepers. Took a shot and got lucky with multiple double headers for Tyler along with each angler catching 2 or 3 nice bug blue humpback sea bass. It wasn't easy but we got our boat limit of 12.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

Aug 1, 2014 10:59 AM   Subject: fishing report

Fishing off Surf CIty...
Fly casting with chartreuse and white Clouser minnow on a sinking line yielded 5 short fluke yesterday, so I decided to go with a spinning rod with a white jig and white 4" swimming minnow Gulp today. I caught 16 fluke with 2 keepers!!! Banner day at the shore...

~ Jon Yenari

July 31, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

7:00 PM

Brett Taylor reported yesterday, "I had Fred Higginbotham of Morris Plains along with his two daughters Aidan and Alexis out on a 4-hr bay fluke charter. Although we had wind against tide conditions for a majority of the trip, the trio managed to pick a couple of keepers out of the relentless shorts. This was the girls first-ever fishing trip on a boat. They did a nice job! The fluke were 18" and 19.5"."

Youth Fishing Tournament next Saturday August 9th from 9am-2pm. Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Surf Fishing Tournament presented by the LBI Fishing Club, ASAC for Kids, the Borough of Harvey Cedars, PBA and DARE. Registration at Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars 8-9am Rain or Shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

More reports of kingfish off of the surf today. One customer reported catching four off of the mid-island surf. It's not a hot and heavy bite, but great news none the less. We love when customers come in to gear up with bait and tackle and then return back for more with a positive report. Unfortunately the customer didn't want to leave his name. He was playing hooky from work today. Also off of the surf, consistent reports of big rays keep coming into the shop. Seems like this year they are cruising the surf, inlets and bays in larger quantities than last year.

Offshore/Inshore Report:

Joseph Mitchell reported a banner day yesterday. He post on his Facebook page... To say that yesterday’s trip was awesome is an understatement. Yesterday’s trip was EPIC. Left the dock at about 2:30 pm and had a beautiful 31 knot cruise out. Lines in at the spot we named “Carnage Hill” at 3:30 pm. Saw some funny looking water and thought that it was bait. Wrong. They were tuna. Right off the bat we get a triple hook up of fish from 33” to 35”. Kept the bigger one for the table and released the rest. Lines back out and we headed back over to the school. Now we have 3 guys on board, myself, my dad, and my friend Shawn who has never caught a tuna or been offshore until last weeks Ridge trip. So we swing back around and find the school. Hooked up again!! That was how the whole day went. Boat fish, lines back out, find the school, and hook up. I even got one to bite a popper!!! While searching around for the school, I was on the bow and dad in the pit with one line out. Sure enough, hooks up. Hooked up on the jig twice as well but with only our light mahi setups, it’s a good thing they came off. Every Time we would find the school you could see the tuna swimming below the boat and flashing just like a bunker school! Absolutely Incredible!! The tuna would hit anything. We had so many fish and bites that we didn’t even bother to put the lines in the flat line clips because we knew they would just get nailed again! With a nice fish in the box and a crew of tired and hungry guys we decided to start heading in at 5 pm. Overall we went 15 for 17 on bluefin up to 35”. Tagged 10 of them. Nice ride in except for the last 10 miles or so with 2-3’ chop which made it a little wet and bumpy. Overall an unforgettable day for my dad and I and one heck of a first tuna trip for my friend Shawn that I’m sure he will never forget.

Paul Haertel reported, "Jason Estelle shattered my boat record yesterday with a monster 36.9 lb cod. Jason also backed it up with a 17.35 lb cod. Bill Browne and Kyren Dooley each had 3 keeper cod and Kyren also caught a keeper Pollock. I brought up 2 keeper cod and a nice sea bass. I was very happy putting my friends on some nice fish."

Jeff Barnhart reported the "No Limits" fished Saturday in the Beach Haven White Marlin Tournament and caught a 121.8 pound big eye. The crew reported a fantastic day with calm seas and the beautiful water, "No real temperature breaks in the 76 degree water but plenty of pilot whales and porpoises. Black and purple was the lure of choice midway back in the spread. We had a white come up on the same lure on the flat line but it did not come tight." Photo: R.King, B.Percopo, J.Barnhart, D.Tepfer


~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 31, 2014 9:25 PM Subject: Old Barney Fluke and seabass

Fished Stafford Hook N Ladder tournament Saturday and just missed money at 4th place with a 4.22lb. fluke. Also had seabass to 20" and some very large ling.

Yesterday had Joe, Jake, and Gabby Villa out for fluke. Put 2 keepers in box that measured 22" and 23.5". Both fluke caught on whole squid. Also caught a few keeper seabass on our teasers.

Only remaining dates in August are 13th for an open boat fluke trip ($125.00pp), August 20th, and August 23rd.

~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, Phone 267-918-1746

Received: Jul 31, 2014 8:54 PM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

Had the Rogers family out this morning we caught 3 stripers and about 8 bluefish on plugs and then hit the barnegat light reef with white 6 ounce Jersey Bill buck tails (available at Fishheads) tipped with whole squid to get five keeper fluke the biggest at 25 inches and back at the dock before lunch.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli "Laura", 23' Parker SE 856-341-6562

Received: Jul 31, 2014 7:39 AM   Subject: LBI Charters 7/30

Yesterday, had a marathon day on the water. First charter with Vince, Kevin, and Greg along with mates Kevin and Joseph left dock at 7 AM and we fished hard on our boat limit of 18 sea bass along with 20 ling. As we were preparing to leave the last wreck we were swarmed by a school of 5 to 6 foot brown sharks. There were literally 25 to 30 sharks swimming around us. We brought 6 boat side after long fights on light tackle and size 5 sea bass hooks only loosing 4, two of which spooled us and 2 that bit through the mono. The guys were whooped or we could've kept catching them. Never saw that many sharks at one time in all my years. Back at dock at 3 PM and turned around for a trip with Ed and his wife Cheryl. Slow picky fishing at best with 12 keeper sea bass and 2 ling boated before arriving back at the dock again at 8 PM. Fun but long day.

~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413

July 29, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

5:00 PM

The local Barnegat Light party boats are on the meat! Both the Doris Mae IV and the Carolyn Ann III have reported ocean fluking is good. Lots of shorts with some nice quality fish in the mix with pool winners in the three and four pound range. One was just shy of five. With the ocean water temps, especially the bottom temperature finally getting back to normal and staying that way look forward to good fluke fishing inshore along the beaches, lumps and reefs.

The inlet rocks are still holding lots of triggerfish and some blackfish. The water has been super clear the past few days so spearfishing is prime.

~ Fish Head Greg

Received:  Jul 30, 2014 4:55 PM Subject: BHCFA Report

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are enjoying the good weather at the New Jersey shore and are finding some steady action in various locations.

Captain Tim Knorr had the James Herbster party on an 8-hour tuna trolling trip recently on his boat the “William Knorr.” They boated a 65-pound bluefin tuna south of the Chicken Canyon. One of the anglers in the party hooked another bluefin as big around as a beer keg that grabbed a lure just 20-feet from the stern. Unfortunately, the fish managed to slip the hook and was lost. The hot lures on this day were all small with dark colors. Captain Tim says this is a good time for an inshore trolling trip.

Captain John Koegler of the boat “Pop’s Pride” out of Beach Haven fished Little Egg Inlet and the bay waters just inside the inlet last weekend and found some huge numbers of fluke. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the fish were throwbacks. Captain John said that the massing of the fish there indicates they are on the verge of leaving the bay for the summer. He had a party of three adults and three youngsters aboard, and the constant action made for a very enjoyable day on the water. The anglers kept the mate and Captain John busy netting and releasing fish. The party did manage to put one 23-inch fish in the cooler to take home. The fluke was estimated to be almost 2-inches thick.

Captain John Lewis had the Bednar party on the “Insatiable” on out recently fluke fishing in the inlet. Although they only managed one keeper, they boated. 30 shorts for steady action. Captain John fished the “Big Dog” in the Beach Haven Marlin Tournament. While they did not put any fish on the board, they did find a good weed line Saturday near the end of fishing. They kept fishing and picked off a dozen mahi-mahi-all, of which were caught by 13 year old Hunter Burrows and 12 year old Jonathan Kelly. These two junior mates were dropping naked Ballyhoo back on circle hooks.

Additional information on the BHCFA can be found at

~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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Received: Jul 29, 2014 3:59 PM   Subject: Open Boat Bonita/Tuna

We are heading out Thurs and Fri afternoons, July 31 and Aug 1, Noon to 6PM Open Boat Trips for bonita at Barnegat Ridge. I usually don't run offshore in the afternoon but the weather looks great. No storm activity and light winds should make for a flat ocean. The bonita are there, I've been catching them as well as a few other captains I spoke with. We have to fish through the small bluefish that have also taken up residence there. The Ridge has beautiful blueish/green water right now and is loaded with small sandeels. Every fish we catch is gut loaded with them. With that kind of food available there is no telling what species could move in next. $160 per person, 3 people max, all fish are shared.

We will also be running Open Boat on Sat, Aug 2. 5AM to 2PM (or later) I am looking to push offshore a little farther on this one. Tuna and mahi are the quest. 30 to 40 mile range if the weather is mint, if not we will stick with the Ridge. So far, the long range forecast looks like we can run off on Sat. We will be armed with a trolling arsenal, as well as bait and jigs. I troll 20 class to keep it sporty with the school fish. If the bigger fish are around we have three 50 class outfits as well. $225 per person, 3 people max. All fish are shared.

~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674

11:00 AM

Gregg Grieve and Jon Velez both reported (sperately) that Barnegat Inlet is loaded with small blues.

Chucking the surf has been very good recently. Both sharks and rays are cruising the sand bars offering anglers lots of pulling fun. Any one who wants to see a quick video of a local spear fisherman with a brief yet startling sand tiger encounter should click over to our Facebook page.

Tyler Contento posted a reel deal photo of a monster butterfly ray that he caught last night. Also Hardy Wiedemann caught a good size sand tiger and a small brown shark. The night before last Ryan Dellane released one brown shark and one sand tiger. AJ Rotondella released a huge rough tail sting ray over the weekend. All of these reported above were successfully released once the hooks was removed.

This land based sharking (and ray fishing) isn't a new thing by any means; however, it exploded with popularity in recent years. One must know the state regulations and fish responsibly. It's lots of fun, but both sandbar (brown) sharks and sand tiger sharks are protected species that one can not possession.

~ Fish Head Greg

July 28, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Summer flounder fishing is very good. Fluke are plentiful in the bay, inlet and along the surf. Positive reports from the inshore wrecks are trickling in. Tim Fiordaliso of Mount Holley weighed in a 33" 14.55-lb doormat this afternoon. He caught the monster fluke up on the north end of the island. Tim Brindley (commercial fisherman out of Barnegat Light) reported a monster fluke early this weekend. He said, "No official weight but well over 10-lbs." Tim mentioned, "Our cold winter has moved the fluke biomass farther south this year." He expects we'll have a great August and September fluke fishery. Tim also reported that the Kathy Ann (commercial scallop trawler out of Barnegat Light) caught a very old giant anchor on their last trip.

With fluke fishing in its prime and still plenty more open season to go (closes September 27th) everyone is looking forward to New Jersey's best fluke tournament. JCAA's 20th Annual Fluke Tournament is this upcoming Saturday, August 2nd. We are happy to support the JCAA every year and honored to the "Long Beach Island" Port Weigh Station. Good luck to all of the anglers!

Speaking of tournaments... This past weekend was the 45th Annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational Tournament, the oldest marlin tournament in the country. Congratulations to the Grand Champions Viking 62, Captain Brian Komer and Angler Bob Shomo! They hung a pair of quality White Marlin and also released a number of White Marlin. Also a BIG Congratulations to the Pez Machine who won the tuna division! The Pez Machine caught their 228.5-lb big eye tuna on day one and it held the lead to the end. They also released one White one Blue Marlin. Congrats to the Jassste with their winning Mahi-Mahi (30-lb).

~ Fish Head Greg

Received: Jul 28, 2014 1:23 PM   Subject: LBI Charters Update

Fished for fun Saturday with my fiance Jen. Had our sea bass limit in about 25 minutes with many shorts. Had Ed, Brock and Connor out Sunday. First plan was stay close due to rough seas and target blackfish and triggerfish. Boiling northerly tide into wind put a quick end to that. Finished trip in the bay where we caught 25 or 30 fluke but no keepers. Oh well we report the good with the bad. Open this weekend for wreck/fluke fishing or combo of the two.

~ Capt Greg Carr, LBI Charters Phone: 631.300.6413

Received: Jul 28, 2014 9:33 AM Subject: Laura Sportfishing

We are plugging stripers! Last week we caught 46 in four trips and an uncountable number of bluefish. Not a ton of keeper bass but they are mixed in. For the rest of the summer I will be running magic hour trips 5 to 830 pm on the weekdays $325 for up to 4 people.

~ Capt. Mark Finelli Laura Sportfishing  856-341-6562

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Received: Jul 27, 2014 5:27 PM Subject: Lighthouse Sportfishing Report

This week was filled with fishing both on the water and in the classroom. In the classroom? Yes, you probably thought I was on summer vacation. I just finished instructing up my final class of "Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs" through the Barnegat Recreation Center. After two mornings in the classroom my students spent a morning fishing. Shaking off the salt, I was able to help all of my students land fish from the sweetwater of Ocean Acre’s Lake in Manahawkin. In addition, I was on the bay almost every day putting a beating on the fluke, albeit mostly shorts. 10 to 15 fish per hour seemed the norm when the tide was moving. The west side of the bay has settled into the upper 70's to lower 80’s which will trigger a shift in the fluke population. The main body of fish should start shifting into the main channels and eastward behind the inlet looking for cooler water. With the calendar coming up towards the end of July it is time for me to start looking for weakfish in their summertime haunts. I will let you know how that works out.

Mother nature does not need a calendar to tell her July is wrapping up. Many adult shorebirds from the tundra region have been migrating through our area for a few weeks now. Some are staying around to fatten up before continuing their journey to the southern hemisphere in some cases. Local nesting terns (Least, Common, and Forester’s) are extremely busy bringing food back to their young. It has been fun watching them picking up shaken off minnows during fluke landings. Some seem conditioned to swoop by when they see you landing a fish knowing a free meal may soon be served.

Screaming drags...

~ Capt. Alex, Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511

Received: Jul 27, 2014 11:17 AM   Subject: Reel Chaos fishing report...7/25/14

Today we had a great group of guys for a 6-hour inshore fishing trip; Dan, Arnal and Chris. Dan came up from VA to celebrate his brother Chris tying the knot. We left a little late, breaking Barnegat Inlet around 8:45. The Weather Service was calling for seas to be around 2 to 3ft. Looked to me they were more like 4 footers with a north wind which makes for a choppy sea. We headed out to some local reefs picking away at some small Fluke and Black Sea Bass. When I decided to make a move off the wrecks and find warmer water. Water temp was 71-degrees and fishing in about 55-ft of water, we were using killie & squid combos and spearing when we found the fish. From then on non stop action and mostly keeper fish. Big fish were being caught just on spearing alone. So stock up on spearing because they don't last long on the hook. With 12 really nice fish in the box, largest topping scales at a little over 5-pounds the guys decided to go to catch and release. That's when you know you have good people aboard. Thanks again guys.

We will be heading out again tomorrow, give us a call while the fishing is hot...

~ Capt. Tom Cormann, Reel Chaos Charters  Forked River 201.788.3223

July 26, 2014 -------------------------------------------------------------------

12:45 PM

Dan DiPasquale gave us heads up... he found some kingfish, "I'm catching kingfish off of the surf on Gulp! while fishing for fluke."

Another report from John Del Sordo, "I saw some blowfish caught on the south end bay-side."

Joe from Shamong reported, "A buddy of mine installed underwater lighting on his dock. BINGO! There are spot, weakfish and crabs now calling it home."

Doug Toback sent us a thank you this morning. He said, "Thanks for setting me up! The Avet reels you sold me are great. They are getting used... lots of sharks, tuna and tilefish. They are perfect for my wife and kids! The rods and reels are perfectly matched."

~ Fish Head Greg




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Information on the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be viewed at...

  For information on the 25' "Drop Off" contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970, or Email:   ) see below
For information on the 27' May-Craft “Francesca Marie” contact Capt. Fran Verdi, 609.868.8970, or Email:
For information on the 80' Miss Beach Haven contact Capt. Frank Camarda, phone: (609) 978-9951, email: contact Capt. Frank Camarda, 609.978.9951 or Email:
For information on the 29' "Compass Rose" contact Capt. Dave Wittenborn, 609.492.5271
For information on the 35' "Karen Ann II" contact Capt. Adam Nowalsky, 609.618.0366 (day), 609.652.1633 (even), or Email:
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"June Bug" contact Capt. Lindsay Fuller, 609.685.2839, email:
For information on the 38' Henriques “Spare Time” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. George Finck, 609.618.3877, email:
For information on the 38' Sport Fisherman “Pop's Pride” Beach Haven, NJ contact Capt. John Koegler 609.290.3349
For information on the 40' Custom "Star Fish" for 2-20 anglers contact Capt. Carl Sheppard, 609.492.2591,
For information on the 36' Runaway "Reel Determined" contact Capt. Jimmy Zavacky, Phone: 609.915.2498,

For information on the 38' Blackfin Sport Fisherman "Hot Tuna" contact Capt. Bob Gerkens, Phone: 609.384.0877, email:
For information on the 38' Ocean Yacht Insatiable contact Capt. John Lewis, Phone: 609.670.5980 Email:
For information on the 35' Duffy "Legal Limit" contact Capt. T.J.Schwarzwalder, Phone: 609.405.4591, Email:
For information on the 29' Luhrs "Sweet Baby" contact Capt. Dave Kreines, Phone: 215.813.8050 (cell), Email:
For information on the William Knorr contact Capt. Tim Knorr, Phone: 609.848.4094
For information on the 330 Wellcraft Coastal or 21' Hydra-Sport CC contact Irish Jig Sportfishing by calling Capt Gary Dugan at 609.760.3717, Email:

~ Capt. Jack Shea, "Rambunctious", 26' Jones Brothers Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters 609.698.3632
~ Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters  609.290.1217 New email: Old email: 
~ Capt. Dave DeGennaro, Hi Flier Sportfishing  732.330.5674
~ Capt. Alex,"Debbie M", Lighthouse Sportfishing  Barnegat, NJ  Cell: 609.548.2511 email:
~ Capt. Stew Hitchner, Pez Machine Sportfishing 56' Core Sound, 609.287.5136
~ Capt. Bill Dubois, Reel Trouble , 40' Custom, Beach Haven, 609.709.0226
~ Capt. Mike Greene, Lucky Stripes Charters  LBI, NJ  718.644.6087
~ Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction 609.290.7709
~ Capt. Kevin Schmidt, "Bonnie Anne" 25' Steiger Craft, up to 5 anglers, Old Barney Charters, Phone 267-918-1746, email
~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Bottom Line", Forked River 201.788.3223
~ Capt. Tom Cormann, "Reel Chaos Charters",  Forked River 201.788.3223
~ Capt Greg Carr, "Kev n' Ash", 25' Steiger Craft, Phone: 631.300.6413
~ Capt. Mark Finelli "Laura", 23' Parker SE 856-341-6562

~ Bernie Hyland, Captain / Owner "Knot Reel Farmers"

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Green Crabs
"White Legger" Crabs $8.00 per dozen - "White Legger" crabs may need to be special pre-ordered and prepaid at $45 per half-bushel. (Not always an in-store storage item) "White Legger" crabs are great bait for Blackfish. This will be a time sensitive availability and pick-up item. Even if you special order the availability will not be guaranteed!
Live Small Whelk (aka Conch) a Blackfish Bait. $3/lb (IC#386)


Live Bloodworms
Live Sandworms
Freeze Dried Bloodworms
Freeze Dried Sandworms

... Plenty of other frozen baits and chums are in stock

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