Scott's Daily Fishing Report

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/28/9/1
Location of Trip: Inshore reefs
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
Summer flounder on the inshore artificial reef sites and wrecks continue to keep the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association busy.

Captain John Lewis of the "Insatiable" says "We had a great week with lots of fluke." Captain John says the throwbacks still far out numbers the keepers but they boated fish up to 4 –pounds. He has also been catching banded rudder fish in the bay for some great light tackle action. Most of his recent trips have been families and the kids are having a great time with all of the action. He plans to run deepwater fluke trips until the season closes and then switch over to canyon trips.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime Charters" also terms his recent fishing as "great" with daily catches of over 60 fish. Captain George had the Kuster family out for a catch of fluke and bluefish as they went home with a few fish dinners.

Captain Ray Lopez had the "Miss Liane" out for a canyon trip with Scott Jones, Michael Miller, and Neal Smover aboard. Although no fish were boated, there were several knockdowns with a wahoo cutting the monofilament leader and a nice tuna breaking off at the boat. On another trip Captain Ray and junior mate Max Goldman had the Mann family out for a bay fishing trip. The action was steady on a wide variety of fish and the weather cooperated to make it a perfect day on the water.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Sean Lodzinski
Email: seanlodzinski@hotmail.com
Phone: 7329089830
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 08/28/15
Location of Trip: Lagoons
Species Sought: snapper blues
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Went for snapper blues in the lagoons Thursday night and Friday morning. caught about 30 in all. Thursday night we were getting them in the middle near East Raritan Drive. Friday morning we got them in Big Creek right before you get into the bay. We got close to the marsh and trolled real slow. they seamed to be hitting the small hook and spearing more then the metal lures. Fish were in the pockets. There was a pocket that kind of had a very small island in the middle and that's where we caught them every time. I also went out Saturday morning and night and Sunday morning and night. We found the fish but didn't catch as many. Only got about 5 in all. We found them generally in the same areas. They were chasing spearing but weren't biting.
~Sean Lodzinski

Sunday, August 30, 2015 /\/\/\ 10:17am  
Fluke season is a go until 9/26/15 per current regulations (sorry had a typo there earlier this morning). Reef fishing for those is the way to go, they bigger out in the deeper water. Also hearing a lot more reports on the Atlantic Croakers over the past week, so maybe it's time to play with them for a bit. Bit early for the fall run of striper but there are a few shorts around.

Snapper blues are active in the bay and lagoons. Anything shiny will do as a lure for those, as well as frozen spearing or live minnows.

Tis still the season for blowfish/kingish so anchoring up in the clam stakes with clam chum might be productive. Primary setup is a top and bottom rig with small hooks and a bit of clam.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Thomas Wiggins
Email: twigg62212@aol.com
Boat Name: Wellcraft 290
Phone: 908-581-7037
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 08/28/15
Location of Trip: Lindy/28 mile wreck
Species Sought: Tuna
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Sardines
Secondary Bait: Butterfish
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
The 27th we went to the 28 mile wreck and did catch a lot of ling my buddy in the boat next to me caught two good size fluke the smallest 4lb. The 28th we left for the lindy for an overnight ( thanks for the bait Scott). We arrived there about 4 PM and trolled till dark with only one mahi to show for it. Overnight we marked bait had one bite on the swordfish line, but not much, caught a few tuna chicks, then back on the troll, the wind was less and the seas were flat, but no tuna, we did pick up another 11 Mahi. Water temp was 80 and was the clearest I have seen this year (not saying much as the water has been very green all year). Will try again next week weather permitting. Good time on the water.
~Thomas Wiggins

Name: Alex Lynn
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/29/2015
Location of Trip: Ocean north of WR buoy
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. W
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Fishing for fluke in 60+ ft of water. only shorts today. Bottom was covered with weakfish to 10 in. stealing the minnow and squid from my teaser rig. Also croakers on top and bottom rig with fish bites. they are everywhere out there.
~Alex Lynn

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Capt. Jer
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/27/15
Location of Trip: Mullica River
Species Sought: Perch
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. N
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bloodworms
Secondary Bait: Crabs, Shedder
Lure Used: Spinner Bait


Fishing Report:
Thursday Crew explored and found large Perch trolling bottom bouncers and worm harnesses with excellent results. Bob "Micro Master" and Capt. Ed used methods from their Canadian trips to boat many large Perch. Capt. Caesar & I learned a lot. As Capt. Ed says "The Mullica is a Great Resource" Our crew thanks Scott's for excellent baits and tackle to go with bottom bouncer methods.
~Gene Sullivan

Thursday, August 27, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:30pm  
Saturday, September 12th, we are having PENN Day here in the store!!! Our sales rep Jim O'Donnell will be here to showcase all the new Penn 2016 Rods and Reels, Shirts, and Gear. Penn is coming out with some home run gear for next year so make sure you stop by to check it all out. There will be sales, specials, prizes, etc, and we invite you to be a part of it. If you have any questions, fell free to call us.

Lots and lots of fish in the creeks to keep everyone happy. Snappers, striped bass, Sea Bass, Perch, and lots more misc. fish are biting on small jig heads, like 1/16oz - 1/8oz jigs, and small 2" gulp. To see proof of this you can visit our Facebook page to see the different fish caught. (www.facebook.com/scottsbt) In the bay it is possible to catch some Kingfish back behind the fish factory, and over in Grassy channel. Also some Croakers mixed in there too. Those would do well on bloodworms and clams. Clam chum will really help increase your chances of catching fish.

There are some Tog around the coast guard station on the ledges, green crabs will work best for them. Slack tide for the Tog is best, once the water starts to change, you can't hold bottom so you might as well go to a different spot. Barnegat Lighthouse we heard some people catching Tog, and Blowfish of the rocks, so that might be a worthy trip to try up there.

Fluke fishing outside in the ocean should produce very well this weekend. We have a southwest wind blowing Saturday and Sunday with a high tide coming out of Barnegat Inlet at 7:30am on Saturday, so we recommend that you do your fishing on Garden State South in the morning, then switch to Little Egg Reef in the afternoon. Continue jigging on the structure, try to keep the boat from drifting far while your fishing, and you should do well. (Remember to bring some green crabs and catch your tog while you are out there).

Weekend Forecast:
Fri:NE winds 10 to 15 kt then becoming E late. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sat:SW winds 5 to 10 kt increasing to 10 to 15 kt Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sun:SW winds 5 to 10 kt becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Clear skies all weekend with no chances of rain until Monday, we hope to see everyone this weekend!!! And you can ask us about PENN Day if you have questions.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/21-8/24
Location of Trip: Inshore Reefsites
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The 2015 Junior Mates class of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association ended its classes with the John Koegler Memorial fishing trip and party following at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. BHCFA president, Jimmy Zavacky was quick to praise Barry Baxter from Barry's Do Me A Flavor for donating food for the party along with the Koegler family for donating prizes for the competing anglers. Eight junior mates weighed in fish ranging from the 12-ounce Boston Mackerel to the 5.48 pound fluke caught by Dylan Fisher.

Captain Ray Lopez had the Blake family out on the "Miss Liane" for a bay fluke fishing trip. Five year old Eli was the hit of the day when he caught his first three fluke ever. Another trip on the "Miss Liane" saw a group fishing several local reefs looking for big fluke. The group caught an assortment of fish including ling, jumbo sea bass, fluke, and even a squid. All were entertained watching the squid shoot its link while being netted. The group managed to box two 20-inch keeper fluke.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the "Star Fish" out every day for the past week and experienced plenty of rods bending. Leading the charge were large black sea bass which had to all be released since their season is closed. A bachelor party last Saturday proved to be productive as the group caught almost 100 fish including some very large fluke and a nice trigger fish. A large shark also made an appearance, biting through one of the lines.

Captain John Lewis reports the "Insatiable" had a great week both fishing parties and with the Junior Mates. Fluke fishing has improved greatly for Captain John in the last ten days bringing a lot of action with double digit releases and keepers up to 25". His Junior Mate Dylan Fisher won the John Koegler Memorial Junior Mate tournament with a flatty weighing in at 5.48 pounds. His second largest fish was 4.4 pounds. He is also starting to see some keeper sized blowfish in the bay.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr

Friday, August 21, 2015 /\/\/\ 2:40pm  
Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of fishing reports lately. These past few weeks with fishing have been horrendous. Finally we got a break in the fishing and people last weekend caught, which is a great sign, and hopefully it stays this way, but with Mother Nature you never know.

Fluke fishing on Garden State South Reef and Little Egg Reef were producing very well last weekend and we had great feedback from it. Anywhere that you can find structure is great to fish. If you have to lose $50 in tackle to fill the cooler, rather than catch shorts and skates, then sometimes it's what has to be done. Staying over structure is key when fishing this time of year. We heard last weekend that people had fluke up to 28 inches. Also, another great spot for fishing this time of the year is right off the Red Tower, about 3 miles in 60+ feet of water.

When fishing for the fluke, bring out some green crab and catch your 1 tog as well. It may be 1 fish, but a great eating fish. Garden State South Reef was doing very well with tog fishing. All tog that were caught were over 4lbs and our customer said they could fill the boat with them.

It's a shame that sea bass is not in season because lots of people are catching beautiful seabass out there. They must know when the season stops, because that is when they always show up in heavier numbers. In the back lagoons customers have been catching little seabass off of their docks along with some snapper blues, and perch.

Perch fishing up the river has been wonderful. You have to fish the deeper holes to find them, but once you do they do not stop biting. For those people that have kids that want to catch fish, perching is great for them to do. Bloodworms or grass shrimp is your bait of choice with a very small hook, and we have bloodworms and rigs ready to go for the weekend.

Shaking in the Great Bay and the Inlet has slowed down, but still people are going out to recreational shark fish right before sundown, which is the perfect time to go. We have plenty of 4 gallon bunker chum buckets along with frozen full mackerel.

Crabbing has been awesome here. Lots of crabs are being caught in the lagoons, off of 7 Bridges Rd, or anywhere in our bay in the back creeks. We have plenty of bunkers to go around for the weekend. In the mix with all these crabs, you are getting lots of shorts but there are a lot that are just at that legal limit.

The weather for this weekend is looking pretty good besides that NE wind. Saturday will be clear, 85 degrees, NE winds 5 to 10, with 2 to 3 foot seas. Sunday looks like a 40% chance of thunderstorms early in the day with a high of 82, winds NE 10 kt, with seas 2 to 3 foot. The weather is never definite but that is an idea of what we are looking at for the weekend.

We hope to see everyone this upcoming weekend and hope everyone has a chance out and fish while the fishing is hot right now. There are plenty being caught so go out and get em.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/14/8/17
Location of Trip: Inshore Reefs
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Mackerel
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are experiencing a steady improvement in the local summer flounder action. The inshore wrecks and reefs are providing increased numbers of keeper almost daily.

Captain John Lewis reports that his new boat, "Insatiable," is performing well and was booked solid last week. He is seeing daily improvement in the inshore fluke fishing and was especially impressed with young Max Capatides boating a 23-inch beauty.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime Charters" has also been finding some nice fluke. He had the Beth Catania family out on the reef fishing, and their day was topped with a 24-inch flattie.

Captain Ray Lopez had a group made up of Bob Hass, Miss Fran, and Bill out for a day of fluke fishing on the "Miss Liane.". Despite catching a wide variety of fish off Island Beach State Park, they were unable to land any keepers. Another day he had father and son Andrew and Maxwell Goldman out to several inshore canyons looking for tuna. Despite a beautiful day and plenty of signs of life, they were unable to hook up. Even the lobster pots seemed devoid of mahi-mahi. Maxwell did land a nice sized bluefish on one of the flat lines.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a banner day on the "Reel Determined recently with a total of 10 keepers. Another day his party caught 5 keepers with mackerel strips being the hot bait. On Sunday he had the Cocillano family who fished a half day trip and caught 4 keepers to 25-inches. At one point they landed three keepers within 5 minutes, all on Gulp.

The captains of the BHCFA participated in a memorial event last Sunday at the Little Egg Reef in honor of Captain John Koegler who passed away last winter. Flowers were placed on the water, and Captain John's family was impressed with the love and respect shown toward John. His name will live on as the Junior Mates annual fishing trip will now be known as the John Koegler Memorial Fishing Tournament.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:00pm  
What a beautiful week we are having and an even better weekend forecasted: sunny skies, comfortable temperatures and calm winds all weekend long. With the evening and night weather cooling off a little bit, it has definitely helped the bay out a lot. Having the water cool down get's the fish biting better. In the inlet at the top of the tide turning outgoing is the better time to go fluke fishing. Jigging in 15-20' of water is the preferable depth by reports. In the bay, back by the Mullica river there is an assortment of different species like porgies, croakers, blowfish, and a couple of other different small fish. If your looking to keep the kids busy that is a good option, there are also a lot of snapper blues showing up in the lagoons. Perch are all over the creeks and lagoons from near the houses in Mystic, out to the many different areas in the river.

The Fluke bite on the ocean is starting to show some signs of life, from our inlet and SOUTH of our inlet along the miscellaneous wreck structures would be the good spots to hit up. Start your fishing in about 35' of water and deeper. What many people do when fluke fishing on the ocean is they go out and just drift around and and don't really hold to one specific area. When you find your first fluke, mark that very specific spot on your GPS and stay on that area and don't go too far from that spot. The S&S Rattletail's in 3-8oz and the Octopi's in 3-6oz have been very good to us with gulp on the end of it. Lot's of Seabass all over the place that are fun to catch and release.

As far Shark and Tuna reports go, we have sold a lot of bunker chum for the shark people, lot's just doing the fun inshore misc. shark fishing. Tuna have been doing well south of our area. The Lindenkohl, Spencer, and canyons down off cape may are better for Yellowfin.

The weekend weather:
Friday: W winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming S in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Saturday: SW winds 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sunday: W winds around 10 kt...becoming S in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Monday: SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/7-8/10
Location of Trip: Inshore ocean and inlet
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
Although strong northeast winds made ocean fishing difficult recently, the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association found ways to put fish in the boats.

Captain John Lewis got a late start this fishing season due to purchasing and outfitting his new "Insatiable." He finally was able to hit the ground running at the end of July and has been busy taking out families with children. His customers have been having a blast with a combination of fluke, sea bass, croakers, blowfish sea robins and the kids' favorite, sand sharks. An oddity he caught last week was a fluke that was dark on both sides.

Captain Ray Lopez had the Souder party out on the "Miss Liane" for a half day of fluke fishing recently. Rough seas forced them inside to bay fishing where there was non-stop action. Along with the numerous shorts were two nice keepers. The next day the Panus party encountered the same type of rough seas and they also fished inside. The fluke bite was on the slow side but they caught a variety of fish highlighted by young Ryan's snapper blue.

Captain Carl Sheppard also had to fish the "Star Fish" inside the inlet last weekend thanks to the strong northeast winds. One day they boated over 50 fish without one keeper in the mix. On Monday they got outside with the Callahan and Disco groups where they found a very nice mix of triggerfish and porgies. On Friday Captain Carl had the honor to be selected for a burial at sea of the ashes of both parents of the Schlatterer family. Following the ceremony the group spent time fishing in remembrance of their loved ones.

Captain George Finck reports being very busy over the past week with "Sparetime Charters." His groups had plenty of action on local reefs and in the inlet catching anywhere from 20-60 fish a trip. They found out of season black sea bass, fluke and sand sharks making up their catch.

Captain Fran Verdi has been fishing the "Francesca Marie" practically every day. He says is he is not happy over the black sea bass closure, and he has been finding up and down results for fluke. He expects the fluke action to hit its peak in late August and September.

Captain Dave Kreines had the Topche family out on the "Byte Me" for a bay trip. They young girls were thrilled with the sand sharks and 6 year old Mica caught a nice keeper fluke but was more excited with his first sea robin. The adults kept busy helping the enthused children.

The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will hold a regatta this Sunday, August 16, in memory of Captain John Koegler who passed away last winter. A caravan of boats will leave from Morrison's Marina in Beach Haven and lay a wreath and flowers in one of John's favorite fishing spots. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Captain Jimmy Zavacky at reeldetermined@comcast.net
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Capt. Jer
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/9/15
Location of Trip: Mullica
Species Sought: Perch
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bloodworms
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Took grandchildren up the Mullica for an easy fun day. Dan aka. "Dantastic" was high hook and Emma became a percher in one easy Mullica lesson boating a jumbo and having fun. This was Dan's second river trip and Emma's first.... they enjoyed every minute. A terrific fishery to get young folks into the game. Thanks to Scott's Crew for setting everything up to make it a perfect day. Photo of Emma submitted.
~Gene Sullivan

Saturday, August 8, 2015 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
Sorry its been a while, for a couple weeks its been slow around here for a bite. The last two weeks have been so hot the bay is 80+ degrees so there is no oxygen for the fish to breathe. At least the last few nights have been cool enough to get the bay to bounce back again. We had two weigh ins today the biggest fluke was 4.8# from the inlet with three other keepers in the 18" range. The ocean has picked some Fluke, the bite is not too crazy right now. Jigging is doing better than aimlessly drifting all over the place. Six ounce jig with big gulp and a teaser rig is what you want. Lot's of Seabass all over the place but you can't keep them. Still fun to catch though. Tog are biting pretty good, so if you can manage it you can get one tog per person, and they are around five to seven pounds so that's good meat out of them. Inside, there are lot's of snappers in the lagoons now so it can keep the kids happy. There are also lots of perch in the lagoons to so that can also keep them busy.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/31-8/3
Location of Trip: Reefs and southern canyons
Species Sought: Fluke, white marlin, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
The fishing in Beach Haven has been a mix of types of fish along with sizes including small fish, large fish, and some in between.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky has been keeping his boat the "Reel Determined" busy for the past week. He had a group out fishing in the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club's annual White Marlin Invitational Tournament last weekend. He had one nice white marlin hooked up Friday afternoon but could not get it to the boat. His main excitement came from a 400-pound manta ray with an 8-foot wingspan that was hooked and brought to the boat.

Captain Ray Lopez had local Bob Stewart and Noah and Gabriel, a father and son team, out for a fun filled day of fluke fishing. Cool ocean temperatures slowed the bite at first, but they found warmer water in the inlet. Ten year old Gabriel caught his first keeper fluke.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the "Hot Tuna" reports the bigeye tuna bite is still on. An evening trip to a southern canyon produced three bigeyes ranging from 155 to 200 pounds. The charter was arranged by Nick Garofolo for his sons Nick, Scott, and Trevor. Each got to fight and land their first bigeye under the tutelage of mate Dante Soriente.

Captain Gary Dugan of the "Irish Jig" reports his fluke bite over the past weekend was improving as he was seeing more fish on the ends of the lines. The big fish of the weekend was a 7-pounder caught by Gail Brandli who was fishing with the Beltram party. The only thing holding Captain Gary back at times has been slow drifts.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the "Starfish" and his party had a good time on Sunday when they found themselves in the midst of a school of spinner sharks which were jumping out of the water. The sharks ranged mostly from 3-5 feet in length with a couple a little larger. They had one hooked up and brought it to the side of the boat where they estimated it at 5.5 feet long.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: ken smith
Email: kenneth.smith2118@yahoo.com
Post Email?: NO, I prefer the email kept private
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 08/1/15
Location of Trip: inlet
Species Sought: shark
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Chum, Bunker
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Largest shark caught of the evening was 9 foot sand tiger estimated weight 190lbs.Total number caught and released 7. All between 6pm and 9:30pm.We also had one large ray and I need to add the big shark was caught using ultra-light with 60lb braid. Just want to thank the staff at Scott's for taking the bucket of chum out of the freezer before I got down there.
~ken smith

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/23-7/27
Location of Trip: Ocean-Inshore reefs and canyons
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass, tuna, tilefish
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
The past week proved to be a successful one for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association with decent action both inshore and offshore.

The "Starfish" under Captains Vic Bertotti and Cark Sheppard has been catching fish on the inshore artificial reefs and wrecks. During the week Captain Vic has been catching keeper black sea bass and fluke on the reefs. Captain Carl tried trolling south through the Lobster Hole. They found the fishing slow and dropped down on a wreck for a nice load of sea bass. Another trip to a wreck resulted in 10 keeper sea bass to 17-inches.

Captain Bob Gerkens boated some world class golden tilefish on the "Hot Tuna." A trip for inshore bluefin tuna did not produce and they headed to one of the Southern canyons experiencing an evening bite of bigeyes. His party picked up 20 mahi-mahi on light tackle near lobster pots before setting up for tile fishing on the canyon wall. The first tilefish was a nice 35-pound fish, and the second a monster 60-pounder. At dark they trolled for bigeyes and boated one fish, missing several others. The last fish of the night tired out all of the anglers until it was brought to the boat. It broke the rod and line at the boat and was estimated at 80-inches and 300-pounds.

Captain Ray Lopez had his daughter and junior mate Max Goldman out on the "Miss Liane" on a training trip to the reefs where they caught and released 75 short fish and brought home three nice fluke and a sea bass. Another day Captain Ray had the McTague party out. They managed two keeper fluke along with tons of short fish.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had the "Reel Determined" on a reef trip and picked up six keeper fluke and many throwbacks to keep the crew busy. The next day he took the boat to the canyons looking for bigeye tuna. After a smooth trip the afternoon bite was slow, but the evening action was hot. Bob Greiss boated a 223 pound tuna after a 50 minute fight. Later Steve Burrows managed to bring in a 143 pound tuna. In addition, the crew brought an 8-foot hammerhead shark to the boat which was released.

Captain Lindsay Fuller had the Forse family out on the "June Bug" for some wreck fishing south of Little Egg Inlet. They picked up a few short fluke before heading to the northwest corner of the Garden State South reef. After catching more shorts, 7-year-old Matt Forse boated a 22-inch fluke. Another day Captain Lindsay had the Simpson party out for some inshore trip. They managed short fluke, a small brown shark, and some sea robins.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime" Charters reports he had many trips this past week with good catches of sea bass and fluke. His anglers enjoyed the good weather and calm seas. Captain George was quick to praise his young fishermen citing 13-year-old Chris DeCarlo for outfishing the adults on his trip.

The Junior Mate Training class had an exciting class recently when US Coast Guard Petty Officer Ben Watson presented a program on water safety. Areas covered included "man overboard," proper use of a radio in event of a problem, sea preparedness, and prevention of problems. Assisting was CG Auxiliary member Michael Cocciolillo.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Capt. Jer
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/25/15
Location of Trip: Mullica River
Species Sought: Perch
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: (Other)
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Perfect weather day and a great day for Perch with grandsons Jer & Dan on Jer's boat. The boys boated approx. 150 fish keeping 9 jumbos for dinner. Photos sent to Scott's B&T.
All I did for a few hours was to bait hooks and take fish off.
Thanks to Scott's crew for great baits and custom perch rigs.
~Gene Sullivan

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/18-7/20
Location of Trip: Offshore Canyons
Species Sought: Tuna, billfish, mahi-mahi
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Ballyhoo
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
This is the time of the year for big game fishing for boats sailing out of Beach Haven. Some of the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been doing well fishing offshore.

Captain Bob Gerkens had a split charter of experienced anglers for a bigeye tuna evening-night troll at one of the southern canyons. They selected the night trip as the day troll has slowed. When they arrived in mid-afternoon they pulled some nice mahi-mahi from around some lobster pots on light tackle. They then geared up with the heavy tuna equipment. After a couple of hours of trolling they had a double hookup. A half hour later they had fish of 180 and 200 pounds in the boat. Capt Bob Gerkens was assisted by mate Dante Soriente and legendary bigeye fisherman Captain Mike Yocco of the boat "MJs."

Captain Raymond Lopez and his daughter Liane of "Miss Liane Sportfishing" joined Captains Jimmy and Patrick Zavacky on the "Reel Determined" for an offshore trip to the canyons. The bite was slow in the morning but throughout the day they had three solid knockout downs. On the third one, Liane strapped on the fighting belt and took the rod. It was a team effort with Liane doing the reeling. She boated a beautiful 54-pound yellowfin tuna-her first. In addition to the tuna some small mahi were also caught.

The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will be holding a regatta on August 16 in memory of Captain John Koegler who passed away last winter. A caravan of boats will leave from Morrison's Marina in Beach Haven and lay a wreath and flowers in one of John's favorite fishing spots. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Captain Jimmy Zavacky at reeldetermined@comcast.net
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Kmann
Boat Name: v20
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/19/15
Location of Trip: Little Beach
Species Sought: fluke
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. S
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Hoping for some flukes but ended up with sharks. Nor sure what variety they were but their length was between 4'-5' with a very full mouth of teeth. we have shark fished in the past but the tooth config was quite impressive for a young specimen. Scott, three of them were caught with light tackle using those frozen 4 inch squids and green fur fluke rigs. yes flue rigs. pix to prove. We also observed bull nose rays on the surface and sea turtles in the inlet.
~Kmann

Sunday, July 19, 2015 /\/\/\ 10:00 am  
Scorcher today with heat advisory and air quality alert, so if you are going to spend time out there this afternoon, make sure to hydrate and take it slow! Thunderstorms possible this afternoon and the next two days.

Southwest winds were howling yesterday, so current reports are slim. Bay fishing has been slow, between the wind and the rain earlier this week.

A surpising amount of customers bought green crabs today, to see if they could catch their 1 tog!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Gene Sullivan
Boat Name: Capt. Jer
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/16/15
Location of Trip: Mullica River
Species Sought: Perch, Weakfish, Striped Bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. S
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Crabs, Shedder
Secondary Bait: Bloodworms
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
This week with a perfect weather day and a small crew we decided to explore the Mullica River. We had good eating size Croakers, Bluefish, Striped Bass in the 20'+ class, Perch with a perfect incomming to high and then ebbing tide. Explored many areas we had not previously fished. We put many large perch in the box with Caesar boating a jumbo. Bob had 28 large tasty Perch to fillet ++ others. Folks wanting to try some easy fun fishing Perch are a blast and a very good eating. Be sure to see Scott's crew for hand tied rigs with gold hooks and red beads as well a bloodworms. Be sure to take enough bait with you as you will fly through the bloodworms.
~Gene Sullivan

Thursday, July 16, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:08pm  
We hope no one got washed away with Wednesday's monsoon that swept through the town. The bay fishing for the fluke is still alive, we had decent reports from the Brick Pile the way around to the old Coast Guard Station (Rutgers) in the deeper water. Off of little beach we had good reports as long as you can get a drift that takes you down the bank and not taking you across the inlet.

We had a cobia caught in Grassy Channel yesterday once the weather cleared up and it measured 40" in length. Some random bluefish in the inlet area were confirmed yesterday afternoon as well.

The ocean bite from what we heard is the better place to be. Garden State South is hit or miss lately, Little Egg Reef is better, and believe it or not, the deeper water is where we had good reports, 70 - 110' off water actually. Those places would be wrecks like the gloria which is 6.5 miles out from the inlet, compass bearing 112° from the LE Bouy, 74 10 08 39 26 05 gps numbers. Any of those lumps around that area will do well. The good items for out therE are by far the S&S Bucktails Octopi Jigs in the 4-6 oz range, and the Rattletail's in the 4-8oz range. Put a whole squid or big Gulp with a stinger hook on the jig and grab a good jigging rod and you're all set. Don't be afraid to use a teaser hook as well. We also herd of big seabass out in those depths so squid and clams and 4" gulp mullets will do well.

The tog season opens up soon and our local charter captains have been saying the ocean is loaded with tog. You may not be able to keep a lot of fish but do it right and you can keep 5 Fluke, 2 Seabass, and 1 Tog per person, and that's plenty of fish to eat.

Lot's of sharks still in the same areas we've discussed before, and Yellowfin and Bigeye down by the Wilmington and the Lindy. Lot's of longfin tuna up north we've heard.

Weekend weather:

Fri
S winds around 5 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas around 3 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds.

Sat
S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds.

Sun
SW winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming S in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/11-7/13
Location of Trip: Ocean-Inshore and offshore
Species Sought: Fluke and tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting most of their attention on summer flounder and offshore game fish in the past week.

The "Miss Liane" with Captain Ray Lopez headed out to the canyons for her first offshore trip of the year. They left the dock shortly after midnight and had lines in the water by 5am. Two yellowfin tuna were caught within the first 45 minutes. They then picked up three nice mahi- mahi around some lobster pots and missed out on a big one. Later they had a white marlin in the spread but it would not take a bait. They observed many signs of life in the canyons including sharks and porpoises.

Captain Bob Gerkens and mate Dante Soriente had the "Hot Tuna" out on a split charter to the mid-canyons. The bite was a bit slow. A white marlin attacked three of the baits but did not hook up. Most of the action came late in the day during the return in at approximately 15 miles inside the canyon. A large school of skipjack tuna with small yellowfin tuna under them was moving quickly towards a northern canyon. The party threw plugs and jigs on light equipment each time the Hot Tuna reached the school which resulted in numerous fun hookups.

Captain Lindsay Fuller had the "June Bug" out for several inshore trips recently looking for bluefish, fluke, and black sea bass. The Durcalec party worked hard for some bluefish but had trouble finding any other than some cocktail blues. They even traveled to the Barnegat Ridge where they tried chumming but only managed some bonito in the slick along with a big brown shark. The Bourakas family fished the Little Egg Reef hard and found action on short sea bass and fluke and some sea robins. They also brought a big brown shark to the boat. They fished with fluke rigs and Ava jigs tipped with various baits, but spearing seemed to work the best.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime Charters" has been out several times this week. Tuesday he had the Spencer party out in the bay and inlet due to the threat of thunderstorms. They had a nice catch of fluke and lots of fun with a 20-pound bull nose ray

Captain Fran Verdi has been putting the hours on the "Francesca Marie" chasing fish. Captain Fran has had several fluke trips fishing wrecks and reefs close to shore and some in deeper water. The action has decent, but most of the fish have been throwbacks. He tried closer to home with the Pickert party and they put three keepers in the box. He made a trip on Sunday to the canyons looking for tuna. Leaving at 2 am, they had lines in the water at gray light. He saw signs of tuna and had a couple of big ones on but was unable to get the fish to the boat. They did hook up with a nice white marlin which they released. Captain Fran expects the ocean fluke bite to improve as the fish leave the bay waters on their annual migration.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Robert Cenci
Boat Name: Endeavor 2
Phone: 6104205197
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 07/11/15
Location of Trip: Mid shore
Species Sought: Pelagics
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Offshore (No tidal affect)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. N
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
Good water temps, the ocean was clean and clear. Flying fish and serious bait marks over the entire Cigar and surrounding lobster pots. A decent fleet was working and no action. A great shake down cruise. Next time we push out to the 100....
~Robert Cenci

Saturday, July 11, 2015 /\/\/\ 4:55pm  
The weekend has started and we are moving here at the store, lots of bait and tackle going out the building for the Sunshine Foundation Fluke Tournament, and for the regular weekend fishing. Good reports of Fluke from the inlet, and deeper water in front of the fish factory. Moving water is best, whether it's incoming or outgoing, we are hearing bites on both, just gotta change the location. Outside also had good feedback, the Rutgers cans and LE Reef are holding fish, along with some of the wrecks in the 30' range down towards Atlantic City. Garden State South is also doing well, and even the Gloria wreck which is another couple miles east of LE Reef. Big strip baits are the trick, and big gulp. The grub gulp has been selling very fast in all the colors.

Lots of SeaBass are swimming all over the place eating everyone's bait, still fun though.

Tuna fishing is happening this weekend, with reports of the north areas doing well. The Fingers, Hotdog, and Canyons are seeing some nice yellowfin.

Weekend forecast: Water temp 74°
Sun: NW winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming NE late in the morning... then becoming se early in the afternoon... becoming S 10 to 15 kt late. Seas around 2 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 10 seconds.
Mon: E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Gil Fleming
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 07/10/15
Location of Trip: Great bay
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. N
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:* Fished great bay fish factory area had lots of throw back fluke lost count after 20 or so . Ended the day with 3 keepers biggest going 4lbs back at it again Saturday and Sunday. Thanks again scotts bait and tackle crew for hooking me up with Minnie's they were nice and big. Thanks guys! *~Gil Fleming

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.net
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/3-7/7
Location of Trip: Inshore Reefs
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
The Fourth of July has passed in Beach Haven, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are operating on full speed ahead with trips both inshore and offshore.

On the Fourth, the "Reel Determined" with Captains Jimmy Zavacky and Ray Lopez headed out to Little Egg Reef with two fathers and sons. They found good action on the reef and the inlet where they caught two keeper fluke in addition to over 20 shorts. The next day the "Reel Determined" fished a wreck 8 miles out where they picked up some keeper fluke and sea bass.

Captain Ray Lopez had his boat the "Miss Liane" out with model Ashley Hass and her father Bob for his birthday. There was non-stop action on fluke and a big sand shark.

Captain Fran Verdi also did some fluke fishing on the "Francesca Marie." He found lots of short fluke in addition to a couple for the box each trip. Most of the keepers were in the 18-19 inch Captain Fran is expecting an uptick in the fluke action on the inshore reefs in the near future.

Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig Sportfishing" reports finding big, out of season, blackfish on the wrecks in addition to some nice sea bass. He has been fishing in Great Bay and the Garden State South and Little Egg Reefs. One trip in Great Bay resulted in five keeper fluke and one bluefish.



Captain Carl Sheppard has been running up to two trips a day to the inshore reefs and finding a wide variety of fish. Besides the expected fluke and black sea bass, he has been finding a good number of triggerfish and even a 17-inch porgy. He reports seeing many signs of life including porpoises and sharks. One giant thresher leaped next to the boat with a sea bass in its mouth with a sinker hanging from it. Captain Carl had a shark fishing trip where they caught some good sized brown sharks. After catching the sharks the anglers picked up some keeper sea bass.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime Charters" has been reef fishing for fluke and sea bass. One day his trip with the Clearwater party was driven back into the inlet by some strong winds where they had a nice catch of fluke.

The "Hot Tuna" with Captain Bob Gerkens did a tuna run to a southern canyon where there had been a good bite of big eye tuna. Despite all signs of life, the tuna bite had slowed with over 60 boats fishing the area. Chris Martin of Trenton brought a white marlin to the boat and Scott Damiano picked up a mahi-mahi.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Joe Gore
Phone: 732-768-6728
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 07/05/15
Location of Trip: Great Bay
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. N
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
I fished with my buddy Dave and we had a steady pick from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. We had about 35 shorts. No keepers.I was fishing with the spearing and was up about a dozen on Dave when his all chartreuse rig(bucktail,gulp and killie) caught fire. He couldn't catch a cold with his rig and the morning but when the tide started going out, I think he caught 14 of the last 15 fish. Learn something new every day.
~Joe Gore

Saturday, July 4, 2015 /\/\/\ 1:25pm  
Today is high and dry, and is so far working out to be a great day here. So much for all those storms we were supposed to get..
Anyway, we have good reports so far from the LE inlet, the biggest over the last 2 days was over 10 lbs! Holy Fluke! Lot's of other fish in the 3-7 lb range. Great Bay's Grassy Channel and along the ICW markers are also the tickets to nice fish. The usual baits are the way to go, nothing crazy.

Out in the ocean we had a good report for the bite on Friday, 25 fish, 5 keepers, biggest was 24" and some nice seabass. Garden State South reef also has good reports of nice fluke, porgies, seabass, and some triggerfish. Current regs on the black sea bass are 2 fish/angler/day Jul. 1 - Jul. 31.

HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Ron Finch
Boat Name: Izzy Hooked
Phone: 609 238-1571
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 07/03/15
Location of Trip: Stinkhouse
Species Sought: Summer Flounder
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
Fished outgoing tide this afternoon. Grabbed 5 nice keepers with the largest going 29 inches and 9 pounds. Great fight on light tackle! Boats eve