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.

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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

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 at

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.

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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.

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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.”


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

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