Fishing

July/20/2017


While the inshore fishing action in the Beach Haven area is continuing on a steady pace, the offshore action for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is not only strong but continually improving.

Captain Dan Skrzat had a crew of eager anglers out on the “Mighty Quinn” fishing right around the 30-line. They boated five bluefin tuna, keeping only the two largest ones. They also caught a 20-poun mahi and pulled the hook on a very large yellowfin tuna right at the boat. Captain Dan says he wishes the yellowfin bite was like this every year.

Captain Ray Lopez has been finding his share of big game fish on the “Miss Liane.” Last Saturday he had an offshore trip which had a knockdown from a tuna but could not land the fish. His party did manage to return with two very nice mahi. On Monday, Captain Ray tried an inshore trolling trip. Even before they could get all of the lines out they had mahi on. Throughout the trip a pair of 150-pound sharks were caught, bonita, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and mahi. At one point, all seven lines were hooked up at once.

Over the weekend the “Hot Tuna” and Captain Bob Gerkens fished the War at the Shore Tournament on behalf of its club the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. Captain Bob put in a very good showing to lead the club results. The event was a five-way club event in honor of Parker Nork, a junior angler who passed away last winter. To honor Parker, 20% of the total Calcutta entries was donated in Parker's name to a charity for Childhood Leukemia Research. Captain Bob fished the last day of the 4-day event and despite a slow pick, boated a pair of 50-pound plus yellowfin tuna and an 11-pound Mahi. The tuna won the port Calcutta and overall second place tuna and first place mahi.

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




JULY/6/2017


Warm summer weather has arrived in Beach Haven, and the fishing action for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is responding positively. The water temperatures in both the bay and ocean have climbed back to near normal levels, and the summer flounder are responding in a big way. The black sea bass season has re-opened making trips to inshore wrecks and artificial reefs more interesting. In addition, the offshore waters are becoming active with catches of tuna, mahi-mahi, sharks, and billfish becoming more common.

The Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club held its annual “Fluke A Mania” fishing tournament last Saturday, July 1, and the junior mates of the BHCFA were on hand helping out cleaning fish. Captain Ray Raymond had Irmee Lopez, Andrew Goldman, and Max Goldman out on the Miss Liane fishing the tournament to help benefit the fight for a cure of Cystic Fibrosis. Despite foggy conditions, the crew fished local spots and wrecks in the ocean where Irmee Lopez caught a 22 inch fluke weighing in at 3.44 pounds. This earned her second place in the woman's category.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing is very pleased over his fishing results of the past week. He notes the fishing is “progressively getting better.” He recorded a 69-degree temperature in the ocean which he termed a huge improvement from recent days. He terms the fishing as great fishing with steady action.

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



JUNE/29/2017


The Fourth of July weekend means that the summer fishing season has officially arrived in Beach Haven. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been making their mark fishing from the bays to the canyons and are making plans for more productive trips.

Captain Peter Doran fished the Wilmington Canyon on an overnight trip a couple of days ago on the “Mud Duck” and ended up with a good mix of pelagic species. They finished the trip with three nice yellowfin tuna to 50-pounds, mahi, tilefish, and a good-sized mako shark. They also saw several white marlin in the spread and tailing on the surface. Captain Doran feels it won’t be long until they show up in better numbers.

Captain Dave Kreines had the Dahlberg family out for a bay fishing trip on the “Byte Me.” They fished the Intercoastal waterway behind Beach Haven and had a nice pick of fluke, smooth dogfish, and sea robins. The group finished up with two nice keeper fluke and a great time on the water.

With the black sea bass season temporarily closed, it is frustrating to fish structure in the ocean for summer flounder and pull up big sea bass. Captain Carl Sheppard had the Young family out on the “Star Fish” and that was the situation. They did manage to pull in some keeper fluke in 60- feet of water. Mate Marlyn Graham was in constant motion running around the boat unhooking fish.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a father and son charter out on the “Reel Determined” recently, and they caught “tons” of large sea bass, but all were released with the season closed. Captain Jimmy announced the BHCFA Junior Mates had their first class with 12 eager junior mates in attendance and more expected at the next session.

Captain Ray Lopez had no trips slated last weekend but announced he has open dates coming up and is eager to put some anglers on the fish.

Captain John Lewis has just returned from Florida with his last boat delivery of the spring season. He is anxious to get the “Insatiable” out on the tuna grounds as he has gotten some excellent reports of bluefin, yellowfin, and bigeye already hitting the docks along with quite a few large makos.

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



June/22/2017


Summer has officially arrived in Beach Haven, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are turning their attention to the summer species of fish. This means offshore big game fishing with sharks being tops on the menu right now. Some big makos have been reported in the area along with other species. Captain Bob Gerkens has brought his “Hot Tuna” back to Beach Haven after its winter stay in North Carolina. On the trip up Captain Bob had Drew Moore and Brian Medford of Beach Haven along with two North Carolina anglers. They headed out to the Gulf Stream and trolled north for two days hitting the good waters off North Carolina before fishing the Norfolk, Washington, and Baltimore Canyons. Most of the production of Mahi and Blackfin tuna was in the Southern waters. The crew did get into some good water in the Baltimore, but none of the hits came tight. Last Saturday Brian Medford again joined Captain Bob along with Brian's son Ian and two other Southern Regional High School football players, Matt and Joe Clappsy. The group went on a shark run where they fought and released 3 nice blue sharks, the largest approaching 200 lbs.

Captain Ray Lopez had the “Miss Liane” out last Saturday with a group including Lindsay Blank, Matt Blank, Bart Pio, Eli Blank, Lila Blank, and Noah Blank. The anglers were out for a 4 hour bay and inlet charter. They took a run to the tires, where they caught many sea bass, and other species. They finished the day with fluke fishing in the inlet. It turned out to be a fun family trip on the water.

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



June/15/2017


The Beach Haven Charter Fishing association will be starting its highly popular Junior Mates Program on Thursday, June 22. Normally the sessions are held both out in the field and at the Maritime Museum on Dock Road in Beach Haven.

However, due to a scheduling conflict, the first class will be held at The Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club which is located at 420 N. Pennsylvania Ave in Beach Haven. Any interested teenagers are urged to attend the session which will begin at 7pm.Questions can be answered by calling Captain John Lewis at 609-670-5980.

The fishing action for black sea bass on the inshore wrecks and reefs continues to be very good. Captain Ray Lopez of the “Miss Liane” had Rich Hamburg and his two grandchildren out for a day of bottom fishing. The group had nonstop action with over 60 feisty sea bass boated. The group took six nice fish home for dinner. Captain Ray reports he is also pleased at the fluke action thus far.

Captain Dave Kreines of the “Byte Me” has had a couple of bay fluke trips recently. Last Saturday he fished alone on a “scouting mission” that resulted in just a couple of short fish. On Monday he had Mike Delin and his father out on a half day trip and the pair boated two nice fluke of 20 and 21 inches along with a few shorts and a skate. The pair of anglers was celebrating the elder Delin’s birthday, and they are already eager to return for more action.

The offshore bite has started with some nice tuna being boated already including some bigeyes over 200-pounds. In addition, there are reports of some big mako and thresher sharks in the area.

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JUNE 9, 2017

The striped bass action for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association has been hit or miss lately, the black sea bass action has been nothing short of outstanding. Both inshore artificial reefs and some wreck sites have been producing “drop and reel” fishing.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” reports that there is a good number of keeper sea bass available for drift fishermen. Captain Carl was out with Wade and two friends of his friends, and they managed to catch over 50 fish in about two hours. He has been using the North Cut to travel through the inlet and has found sufficient water to navigate with comfort.

Captain Gary Dugan fished Great Bay last Friday and had several summer flounder to 17.5-inches and one keeper at 19-inches. Saturday was more of the same as he had several fluke again to 17.5-inches along with 3 keepers in the cooler. On Sunday Captain Gary changed direction and went wreck fishing, He reported non-stop drop and reel action with sea bass and big blackfish that had to be returned. His party brought home a cooler of sea bass for the table. Captain Gary feels the fishing is starting to hear up.

Captain Fran Verdi made two trips last weekend on the “Francesca Marie”. On Friday he and his wife did a half-day trip and for a nice mix of sea bass and blackfish on a wreck in 60-feet of water. On Sunday Captain Fran had his whole family join him for their first sea bass trip to wrecks in 70-90 feet of water. His son got the first keeper and the boat’s namesake, Francesca Marie, decided to show why the boat was named after her landing the most keepers. They had a mix of sea bass, blackfish and ling. On the trip in, Francesca turned to her dad and said “sea bass and wreck fishing blows away fluke fishing.” Next up for the Verdi family is a tuna trip.

BHCFA Captains Ray Lopez of the “Miss Liane” and Jimmy Zavacky of the “Reel Determined” donated their time and boats last Saturday to take out groups of wounded veterans. They were participating in the Project Healing Waters in Waretown sponsored by the Holiday Beach Club.

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


MAY 18, 2017

As spring finally starts to arrive, the fishing action in the Beach Haven area continues to heat up. Several captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting their time in on the water and coming up with some positive results.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” usually will pull the plug when weather conditions make it too uncomfortable for his anglers. On a recent trip, he termed it “like an episode of Deadliest Catch.” The group had to take the trip that day or no trip at all. Captain Gary managed to find some protected areas of Great Bay and provided them with some action on big bluefish.

Captain Tom Masterson had a great day on the bay with the Pat Lavanga party aboard Captain Carl Sheppard’s “Starfish” with bluefish being the request of the day. The group had some great action catching 15 big bluefish trolling Rebels and spoons between the inlet and Great Bay.

Captain Matt Curtis of “Olbarney Guide Service” reports “crummy” weather slowing action down a bit but when he can get out he has managed a good mix of keeper striped bass and black drum to 35-pounds in the bay. Outside the inlets, he hears the striped bass bite is underway a little north of Beach Haven with 30-40-pound bass taking Mojos and spoons. Last Sunday he had a bay trip that had non-stop action on big dog fish and plenty of blues along with a 50-pound drum that was released. He managed to pick up one 28-inch striper that made its way into the fish box.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky of the “Reel Determined” and Captain Ray Lopez of the “Miss Liane” will be donating their time on June 3 to participate in a fishing event for “Project Healing Waters.” Sponsored by the Holiday Beach Club in Waretown, this is a day of fishing for injured veterans. Both captains are to be commended for their efforts to pay back to those who have served our country.

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




NOVEMBER 23, 2016


The 2016 fishing season is far from over for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The schools of striped bass are well within reach of Beach Haven and there is some superb wreck fishing to be had. Capt. Lindsay Fuller had the Hancock party out of the “June Bug” looking for striped bass last weekend. Captain Lindsay decided to head south where he had heard of action. Working his way down the beach, he saw huge pods of bunker on his fish finder at the 30-foot line but none above that. He trolled Mojos and Tony Maja Bunker Spoons in various color combinations. After 45 minutes working the edge of the fleet, he hooked up. First mate Zach made sure the fish was hooked and handed the rod to Anita Hancock After a short fight, a 35-inch bass made it into the fish box. That bass ended up being the only fish of the day. They party did manage to snag several bunker with the lures. Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” out where he found some big stripers and large bluefish right off Beach Haven. He trolled a combination of four rigs including Mojo’s, bunker spoons, umbrella rigs, and Stretches. Color did not seem as important as where the fish congregated. Most of the bite on Saturday was in the afternoon while charters since then have been cancelled due to the wind. Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a good day last Saturday on the “Reel Determined” when he caught 5 bass up to 41-inches along with a few very big bluefish. He too, was trolling. Captain Gary Dugan fished the “Irish Jig” off Harvey Cedars last Thursday when he caught a pair of 42-inch bass on bunker spoons. On Friday, he fished closer to home and had “non-stop” action on bluefish and 5 bass to 42-inches. On Saturday he had problems getting away from the monster bluefish and only managed one 36-inch bass for the box with one big fish lost at the boat. Captain Bill Kaiser had the “Tuna Sue” out Saturday fishing on wrecks some 10-miles off the beach. The blackfish action was “off the charts” until he lost an anchor on a wreck. Captain Bill went on the drift and still caught fish proving there are large numbers of wreck fish around. He has plans to do more wreck fishing along with striped bass and maybe even seeking bluefish tuna on spinners. Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.


NOVEMBER 3, 2016


        The weather is turning cold, and the holidays are coming one after another. This is not the time, however, to forget about fishing. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are still ready to finish up the 2016 fishing season in high gear. The tautog, or blackfish, daily bag limit is now up to 6 fish. This new daily quota will remain in effect for the rest of the year. In addition to some of these crab eating monsters on the inshore wrecks, there are still good numbers of black sea bass itching to be caught. The striped bass action continues to play out on the entire length of Long Beach Island. As has been the situation for the past couple of weeks, the linesiders are being caught principally by “snagging and dropping” live bunker from the bunker schools and by trolling. The most successful trolling has been with bunker spoons. Most captains start their day working their way in close to the beach looking for the bunker pods with bass under them. If that does not produce action, then it is further east to deeper water to drag the spoons. Captain Fran Verdi had the “Francesca Marie” out earlier this week and headed north of Barnegat Inlet. When he found the snag and drop action to be unproductive, he quickly moved to trolling. His party picked up five big bass in just an hour on the spoons. Addition information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be obtained by going to the Association’s website athttp://www.bhcfa.net./


JUNE 30, 2016

Fluke fishing in the Beach Haven area has been proving productive for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association while offshore fishing has also been attractive.

Captain Dan Skrzat of the “Get Reel” fished a couple of days recently in 67-degree water in the ocean at the Twenty Line. He released one brown shark and kept a strong 120-pound mako shark. A third day he had the crew from Jerry’s Diesel in West Creek out fishing the Twenty Line again, this time for tuna. Captain Dan quickly located bait and tuna. He got his “three under” bluefins and released a white marlin. He is pleased to see those fish in close. Later in the day he tried a little sharking but could not raise any.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky helped a young family with four youngsters celebrate the end of the school year with a bay fishing trip. The group managed a keeper weakfish and boated some medium sized bluefish on the troll. Mate Liane Lopez reported the children were fascinated with all of the living creatures, even the live minnows which they played with all day. It was a fish and fun day for the whole family. Another day the McGee crew tried a little reef fishing and managed some huge sea bass which had to be released until they come back in season.

Captain Fran Verdi has been finding some nice fluke fishing the inshore artificial reefs and some of his wreck spots. He had a group of Junior Mates out to catch some fish and learn the basics of proper fishing.

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

June 2, 2016

Memorial Day weekend in Beach Haven produced beautiful weather, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association were able to take advantage of the weather and the fishing.

Before the weekend started, the Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” out for black sea bass, and they had all the action they could want. Over 80 were boated with 14big ones going home in the cooler. Captain Carl had a birthday group out on Saturday, and the group trolled for a while before finding some diving birds and big bluefish under them. The action got so furious that it was difficult to fish all four lines at once. The crew returned to the dock with a cooler filled with 8-12 pound choppers. Another day Captain Carl and first mate Marlyn had the Allen family out for a day of wreck fishing. They had plenty of action on throwback sea bass and returned home with 7 nice sized black sea bass.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky fished the “Reel Determined” in the LBI Striper Cup sponsored by the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. Although his crew was not able to take home any prizes, they did weigh in a pair of nice sized stripers in the 30-pound class. The caught the fish on the troll.

Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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

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“The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) implemented the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP) effective May 4, 2011 through Administrative Order No. 2011-05.”

WHO NEEDS TO REGISTER?

NOTE: Anglers with a valid registration with the National Saltwater Angler Registry or have a valid license from another exempted state are required to register (for free) with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. Registration with NJ will exempt you from having to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. Individual saltwater anglers ages 16 and older MUST register if ANY of the following criteria are met:

  • Recreationally fish with a hand line or rod and line, spearfish or fish by hand

  • Recreationally fish in the marine and fresh tidal waters of the State of New Jersey

  • Recreationally fish in marine waters outside the State of New Jersey but land the catch in New Jersey

  • You can register and get all the details at: www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov

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