Scott's Daily Fishing Report

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/11/14
Location of Trip: Hudson Canyon
Species Sought: Tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Ballyhoo
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
The seasons of the year wait for no man, and that is true for the fall of 2014 and its effect on the summer fishing action. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are putting away the gear needed for the summer species and turning their attentions toward what is hoped to be an exciting fall on the water.

Captain Bob Gerkens and First Mate Dante Soriente of the "Hot Tuna" just made their final trip of the year to the Hudson Canyon hoping to get in on more of the excellent tuna action they had experienced before terrible weather conditions had cancelled 14 straight trips. This final trip produced little action, and conversations with other captains out there revealed more of the same. Both the night fishing and daytime trolls were slow with only a couple of fish being caught. The "Hot Tuna" had a wahoo break-off along with a few mahi-mahi in the boat. There are hopes that there might be a bite later closer inshore on mako sharks and bluefin tuna.

The first keeper striped bass are starting to show up with a few fish in the 30-pound class being picked up trolling bunker spoons and Stretch lures. Captain Fran Verdi of the "Francesca Marie" says he has gotten a large order of spot in, and they are sitting in his pens waiting to be fed to some hungry striped bass. Captain Fran also plans to get in on some black sea bass action on the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs when the season re-opens on October 18.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: None
Location of Trip: Inshore wrecks
Species Sought: Various
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
Fall weather has officially arrived for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter fishing Association. Cool nights have dropped the bay water temperatures some seven degrees and a few degrees also in the ocean. As long as the vast schools of bait remain inshore, this should hasten the arrival of striped bass and big bluefish from the north.

Boaters are already drifting live eels in the bay looking for bass as well as fishing plugs along the sod banks. While reports have been scarce so far, this should start to pick up very soon.

The negative of the past couple of weeks continues to be the strong winds that make trips into the ocean difficult to say the least. As a matter of fact, there was a tornado warning for the Long Beach Island area last night.

Once the winds drop, the trips to the offshore canyons for tuna will resume. When calm days are found, the fish will still be there. The inshore wreck and reef trips will be popular as of October 18 when the black sea bass season reopens until the end of the year. With a 15 fish per day limit and many large fish around, this fishing should be good. Blackfish are still only one per day until November 16 when the daily limit increases to 6.

Captain Tim Knorr of the boat "William Knorr" just shared a bottom fishing report from a few weeks ago. Fishing at a wreck close to the Barnegat Reef, his group caught 5 jumbo keeper fluke with the smallest at 24-inches using large brown Gulp baits. At one point they caught a double header of juvenile mahi-mahi and another double header with a mahi and a bluefish. They fished the day on just one wreck. The anglers consisted of Captain Tim, his son Steve, and Eric Zak.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Friday, October 3, 2014 /\/\/\ 2:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of fishing reports this past month. With how the weather has been, nothing was there to report so not much was missed. The end of September was a wash out with the flounder fishing. The whole month of September was a slow fishing month in general.

Now we are gearing up for the Sea Bass and getting ready for the Stripers to come in. We have the store changed around for Striper season and everything is in stock. We have new S & S bucktail products in stock called the Octopi, which is a fully glowing round head bucktail, and also the Got Striper umbrella rig. In stock and exclusive to our store only is the S & S Hogy Sandeel umbrella rig.

Striper fishing up the river has been doing fairly well. Even though it is mostly shorts, people are still having fun trolling and using poppers to catch them, and in the mix there are some small keepers in the 28-32 inch range. We also have plenty of eels in stock and ready to go for anyone that wants to use eels to catch the Stripers, they have also been working very well.

There have been perch caught up the river as well on small pieces of bloodworms, which we do have in stock.

Tog fishing has been doing pretty well off of Barnegat Light and sod banks. We have plenty of green crab in stock.

We have heard that crabbing has slowed down a lot. The water got colder and all of the rain water we have had does not help either, as both cause the crabs to stop feeding. They won't go into the mud until the water drops to about 50 degrees, so it isn't quite over yet.

The upcoming weekends weather is not looking very promising. Saturday is going to be 4 to 6 ft seas with south winds blowing 10-20kt and we are expecting showers and thunder storms Saturday as well. Sunday is looking like the best day to go out fishing, which is expected to be 2-4 ft seas, W winds 15-20kt, with a high of 62 and clear skies.

They are here! We now have Avet reels available in store for purchase and soon to be online for purchase as well. We have 8 different styles in colors Blue, Gold, and Silver! Come on in and check them out!

We have 9er umbrella rigs in store and ready to sell for the Striper season along with S & S umbrella rigs as well. We have heard of big sandeel pods off the shore and if it is going to be a sandeel season, the S & S Slimfish jig is the jig you want to have in your tackle box. We had great reports of how great it worked last season. We also added a few more colors as well.

We hope to see everyone gearing up for the Striper season in the upcoming weeks. Usually the end of October is when they show up, so a few more weeks and it will be fish on.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 10/1/14
Location of Trip: Local area
Species Sought: Misc.
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: (Other)
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: (Other)


Fishing Report:
The extended period of strong northeast winds finally ended last weekend with some typical fall weather arriving for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Unfortunately for those who bottom fish the inshore wrecks and reefs, the fluke season has ended and the black sea bass season will not be opening again for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, there were some other alternatives.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing decided to see what other fish might be found around the wrecks. He reports finding some "drop and reel" fishing with all the bluefish he wanted, some huge sea bass that had to be released, and all the banded rudderfish his anglers could catch. In addition they took home a big triggerfish.

After two weeks of postponing and canceling charters because of the winds at the canyons, Captain Bob Gerkens of the "Hot Tuna" finally found a weather window last Sunday. He and his crew headed out looking for tuna. However, the "Hot Tuna" and other boats fishing the southern canyons were unable to locate tuna while struggling with thick weed that made trolling a challenge. Mate Dante Soriente suggested they jig and chunk the various lobster pots on the canyon edges with light equipment to get some fish for the fish box. This resulted in a banner day of 34 mahi-mahi, some of which were over 20-pounds. The split charter crew consisted of Hot Tuna regulars Shawn Hawthorne, Chris Martin, Joe Damato, and Ryan and Al Parker.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:39pm  
Well, fluke season sort of went out with a whimper. Windy days for the last couple of weeks plus the storm this weekend left things a bit stirred up. Nice today, but difficult fishing for the fluke. They tend to be off their feed after high seas. We wish we had more to report, but it's been really quiet.

The guys started rearranging the walls in the down time to get ready for the fall season, and things are now set up in anticipation of the striped bass run.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 9/24/14
Location of Trip: Local area
Species Sought: Misc.
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: (Other)
Secondary Bait: (Other)
Lure Used: (Other)


Fishing Report:
Weather forecasts for the next couple of days look like winds and heavy rain will keep the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association at the dock. However, the weekend looks like it will be a good one weatherwise, and there are fish to be caught.

The summer flounder season will be closing for the year on Saturday, September 27. In addition, the black sea bass season is currently closed and will not re-open until October 18 when it will run until the end of the year.

Despite these closures, there is still quite a bit of very good fishing to be found. The BHCFA captains are taking family type parties out for fishing trips in the bay where there is an abundance of species to be found. By anchoring up and putting out a chum line, anglers can catch a myriad of fish including blowfish, croakers, kingfish, small bluefish, and many others.

The inlet and inshore waters are currently filled with schools of small, 1-3 pound, bluefish. These fish are hungry and great action on light tackle. Boats trolling the inshore waters and several miles out are also getting into some great action from false albacore, bonito, and even some small mahi-mahi.

Although weather conditions have not been ideal for offshore canyon trips, there are good numbers of tuna to be found there once things settle down, and the boats can make their way out there. There are also reports of some swordfish and good sized sharks being caught while chunking bait through the night.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 /\/\/\ pm  
This weeks weather forecast is looking much better than last weeks nor'east winds. Looks like mostly sunny in the mid to high 70's. Hopefully this will mean more folks can get some time in on the water.

Reminder that black sea bass season is closed again until October. Fluke season is open until Sept. 27th.

Today: N winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming E 5 to 10 kt late this morning and afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 15 seconds.
Thu: NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 14 seconds.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Post Email?: YES, Post email with report
Boat Name:
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 9/12-9/14
Location of Trip: Inshore reefs
Species Sought: Fluke, bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Hopkins-type Metal


Fishing Report:
After a week o northeast winds which made ocean fishing very uncomfortable if not impossible, the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are optimistic that conditions are starting to settle down for a return to the outstanding fishing that was occurring before the northeaster.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing had a party out to the Garden State South Artificial Reef before the winds started to blow and had some "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 one day 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 took the "Star Fish" and a party of 4 out to see if they could find some 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 that 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.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: p/5-9/8
Location of Trip: Inshore Reefs and canyon
Species Sought: Fluke and tuna
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. E
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing 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 "Francesca 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 had 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 www.BHCFA.org
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 /\/\/\ 1:15pm  
These last few days around here have been busy, with all the different fish running around. Let's start with Fluke. Inside the bays around here it's been quiet, there are still some Fluke in Tuckerton bay, but not so much in Great Bay. Out on the ocean is where it's at. On Little Egg Reef anglers have been picking nice Fluke up to 5 pounds. Garden State South has also been producing Fluke. There you might find some bigger Fluke, but still an overall nice bite in both areas. Baits of choice have been the 6" Gulp Grubs in all colors, longer strip baits like mackerel fillets, squid, and peanut bunker.

Now for the interesting parts of the report. Around the Rutgers Cans by LE Reef, there have been schools of Mahi running around. Bring the baits that we mentioned above and it should be an interesting day. Go out past Garden State South reef towards the east until you get into 80-100 feet of water. There are Mahi, Cobia, and Wahoo being caught on the troll. Come on in and we can show you what you need to hook into these fish.

Seabass has opened up, woo-hoo! It closes in a few days, so Friday and Saturday are your only days to bring home a good amount of those fish. Along with salted clam, the 3-4" Swimming Mullet Gulp also do well on a 3/0 octopus hook. Send it to the bottom, slowly jig it up and down, and it will entice those fish better then you think. The reefs that we've mentioned will be good spots to go to. (Seabass seasons: 15 fish, Sept 1 - Sept. 6 then closed until it reopens Oct. 18 - Dec 31)

Tog and Triggerfish have been caught around the Rutgers station. Areas right off the banks in the deep water are doing well. If you are out on the reefs chasing the seabass, tog is also a worthy fish to go for. AC Reef is the best place to go per tog reports, but other more local areas are doing well.

Sharks are still in our local bays and right outside in the ocean. An angler hooked into a big Sand-Tiger in Grassy Channel by accident while catching Blues. We also had a report from LE Reef where a 5' Hammerhead was hooked.

Finally, the Tuna bite is doing great north of here. The Hudson Canyon and Poor Mans Canyon have been hold steady Yellowfin, Longfin Tuna, Bull Mahi, and White Marlin, trolling primarily.

Weekend Weather Report.
Coastal Water Temperatures - AC Buoy - 77.0 °F
Fri - S winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt late. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Mainly in se with a dominant period of 8 seconds.
Fri Night - SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds.
Sat - SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Showers and tstms likely...mainly in the afternoon.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Randy Godshall
Boat Name: Sophia Marie
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 09/03/2013
Location of Trip: Garden State South Reef
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Mackerel
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
I had My friends Tom Hillen and family out on the reefs for a couple of hours and had non stop action. Caught 7 keepers all around 19-22 and plenty of shorts a couple of Blues and seabass in the mix.
~Randy Godshall

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


Fishing 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.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Sunday, August 21, 2014 /\/\/\ 1:20pm  
The weather has roughened things up enough, with the storm offshore last night, that not many people got outside on the ocean. The back bay area has been quiet, we heard a few reports of blowfish yesterday.

Tuesdays wind and weather forecast is looking good, so things may improve later in the week.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend and be safe!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, August 29, 2014 /\/\/\ 12:30pm  
Welcome to Labor Day weekend! Holy cow, how did that happen already?

Fishing in the Great Bay is usually pretty good in August. Anglers anticipate catching Kingfish and Blowfish, but this year, the kingfish are missing and the blowfish are only being caught in small quantities. Our biggest problem in the Great Bay is fresh water. Two weeks ago, word was we had seven to nine inches of rain. Last Thursday, we topped that off with another inch plus of rain and all that fresh water swept the fish right out of the Great Bay.

More bad news… Last week, a North Easter riled up the ocean wave heights and prevented anglers from getting out. Crystobol , the recently passed hurricane knocked out the past few days.

Ok, enough doom and gloom! There was a window of opportunity for ocean anglers to fish the reef sites on Tuesday and we had reported limit catches of fluke from the Little Egg Reef Site. Short drifting structure is how they make those limit catches happen. On Wednesday, they were in to restock large gulps; some purchased the squidos, but most took the big swimming minnows in chartreuse, pink shine and nuclear chicken. Anglers who still want to find a fluke without getting out on the ocean will find the best possibility of catching a keeper in the Little Egg Inlet and along the bars from the Coast Guard Station and in front of Little Beach on the South side of the inlet. Great Bay is seeing a recovery from all the rain. We saw a good batch of Croakers caught in Little Sheepshead Creek. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to fish in the creek, it's a note that the croakers are back. I would say anchored and chumming in Grassy Channel just South of the 134 marker and the slew on the Mystic Island side of the fish factory just East of the clam stakes, commonly referred to the area where the pink marker ball was. These are the traditional kingfish and blowfish chumming spots; it's just that it's the year of the croakers and I believe that's the best spots to catch them! A few weeks ago, they were pretty heavy in the mouth of the Mullica River. The action is off over there, again, due to all the fresh water run-off.

Lagoon fishing for the kids is pretty good. The snapper blues are plentiful and are getting up to ten inches or so in size. If you're near one of the main creeks, then catching croaker is possible too. The spots, anglers bait choice for stripers have not shown up in any numbers anywhere local this year. Just maybe, we will still get a shot at the spots by mid-September.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/22-8/23
Location of Trip: Inshore reefs
Species Sought: Fluke, black sea bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. E
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing 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.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutchj1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/20/14
Location of Trip: Inshore reefs
Species Sought: Fluke, black sea bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. E
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing 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.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Randy Godshall
Email: godshallr2002@yahoo.com
Boat Name: Sophia Marie
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 08/16/14
Location of Trip: Little egg reef
Species Sought: Fluke
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: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Artificials Only
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Me and my daughter went out to the reef and had a couple of good drifts and then the drift died it was tough fishing but managed 3 keepers up to 23 inches..
~Randy Godshall

Thursday, August 14, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

This past week's weather has been a little under the weather but we have another great weekend ahead of us! Flounder, Seabass, Croaker, Bonito, and Tuna is in the forecast.

In the bay fishing has been great croaker fishing and some blowfish are still in the area. Graveling Point and the back side of Holgate has been the best places to go for them. Lots of little flounder are still in the bay. The bigger flounder have been found in the deep holes in front of the Stink House and the deep pockets of water in Little Egg Inlet. Brown sharks have also been being caught in Grassy Channel, chumming with bunker and using full mackerel as bait.

The Garden State South is booming with fish! We had customers go out there last weekend with Nuclear Chicken Grubs on S & S Bucktails. It seems like the color nuclear chicken is going to be popular again for the reef and wreck fluke fishing so come stock up while we have them. Other colors that have been working are green and white. Any glow color has been doing fantastic out there, so keep that in mind.

We have not heard much from Little Egg Reef. We had some customers go out today and they pulled in a nice 22 1/2 inch fluke weighing 4.5lbs. We are hoping Little Egg Reef picks up a lot more than what people have been reporting. We heard that the Shimano Lucanus Jig did do very well out there fishing on Little Egg Reef for customers that tried it out, and we did just restock some of the colors that we had sold out of stock.

The Tuna bite offshore 60-90 miles has been phenomenal. Anywhere from the Lindenkohl and the Wilmington, to the Spencer have been doing great. We had one of the guys in shop go out last Sunday to the Lindenkohl and the boat got 9 Yellowfin Tuna from 60 to 95lbs. Another customer went out and their boat pulled in 32 Yellowfin Tuna. I would say before you start chunking for the Yellowfin to troll around in the early morning and try to pick up a Big Eye around the drop off that goes to 2000'.

Weather this weekend is looking great. Friday is going to be W wind at 10kt with seas 2 to 3ft with a high of 77 and clear. Saturday is W winds 10kt, seas are going to be 2ft with a high of 81 and clear. Sunday you have a chance of thunderstorms during the night up to 50% with SW winds 10 to 15kt slowing down to 5 to 10kt with seas 2 to 3ft with a high of 84.

We hope to see everyone this weekend for the awesome fishing weather that will be going on. We will have all baits stocked.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/8-8/11
Location of Trip: Inshore and offshore ocean
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing 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.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Monday, August 11, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:00 pm  
Another great weekend ends with all types of fish for any angler. Starting from the lagoons there are Snapper Blues and Spots that you would use Bloodworms, Clams or Spearing for. Around Graveling Pt there are plenty of Croakers, some Blowfish, Triggerfish, Sheepshead Kingfish and other misc fish, but 5 to 1 it's going be a Croaker. People fishing for those are all anchoring up with Clam Chum and Clams, Bloodworms, and Squid as the best baits. Out in Grassy Channel there are still Sharks to go catch, not as great as in July, but still a good night's out to try.

The inlet on incoming tide, going from deeper water to shallower water, has been the best way for people looking for Fluke. Lots of little Bluefish are in the inlet as well so if you do go Fluking out there, bring a rod that you can throw plugs with for extra fun.

The ocean fishing turned on well this weekend for Fluke on the reefs. Little Egg Reef and Garden State South Reef produced lots of nice Fluke up to 5-7 pounds. Gulp, Squid, Smelts, and Minnows all were the best baits to have around. Both jigging and rigs worked evenly so it's hard to say if one did better then the other.

The Tuna bite is crazy right now, out at the Lindenkol Canyon, the Spencer and Willmington Canyons, they are holding steady this week with Yellowfin from 50-90 pounds mostly chunking, not too much on the troll. Those are about 90-100 miles out, but worth it if you can make the trip. The closer you get to shore, overall they will be smaller. The 40 mile line held 20-40 pound yellowfin a few days ago so it's possible that it's still happening, but ask around for some more up to date info before going.

This weekend is looking amazing again;
Thursday 08/14 - 0% Precipitation. Sunny. High 81F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday 08/15 - 10% Precipitation. Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High near 80F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 08/16 - 0% Precipitation. Sunny skies. High near 80F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, August 7, 2014 /\/\/\ 11:00 am  
Hi Everyone,
This upcoming weekend is looking like great fishing weather. We will finally get some nice weather so people can get out there.

We had some nice reports outside the past few days. We heard of Garden State South doing pretty well yesterday. There were bonita out there and they were in heavy. Flounder fishing on Little Egg Reef was doing well also. Some customers came in and tried out the Shimano Lucanus jig out there and they said it did pretty well. Our Scott's big spinner blade rig has been doing great fishing outside. We heard gulp outside is doing great; pearl chartreuse, nuclear chicken have all been the colors of choice. Also being caught on Little Egg Reef have been some baby Mahi-Mahi.

People that have been fishing the inlet have been picking up nice keep size flounder but with that comes lots of little flounder. In the inlet you want to fish the deeper holes in front of the Rutgers Research station or behind Holgate in the 28+ feet of water in front of Little Sheepshead Creek.

The croakers are in heavy inside the bay. Off of Graveling Point has been ideal for croaker and blow fish fishing. As one customer said he caught about 100 croaker in one day as he was out there. The blow fish are not in as heavy as the croaker but they are starting to show up very slowly.

We have not had any reports on the bluefin this week due to the fact of people not being able to get out. Last week they were at the Wilmington and Chicken Canyon and they were doing great catching the Big Eyes. We will keep our ears open and see if anything has changed since last week but if you decide to go out tuna fishing troll up some Bonita on your way out.

We have all frozen baits for this upcoming weekend for all types of fishing. We have been selling lots of the S & S Rattletails in all different colors from 4 to 6oz for fishing the reef and wrecks. The Shimano Lucnaus jig has been another great seller along with the Tsunami Facet and ball jigs.

The weather for this weekend is looking pretty promising. Friday you have N winds 5 to 10 turning to S in the afternoon with seas 2-3, clear skies and a high of 81. Saturday will be N winds 5 to 10 changing to SE in the afternoon with seas 2ft, clear skies with a high of 79. Sunday is going to be E winds 10 to 15 with seas 2-3ft, partly cloudy with a high of 78.

We hope on this great upcoming weekend everyone gets a chance to go out and catch some fish and we will see you all this weekend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 8/1 8/4
Location of Trip: Inshore and offshore ocean
Species Sought: Fluke, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. S
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing 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. 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 h been putting keeper fluke in the box most trips. He has also had some good action n Taylor bluefish in the inlet.

The Ben Wilson family fished on the "StarFish" with Captain Vic Bertotti for a nice catch of fluke.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr

Friday, August 1, 2014 /\/\/\ 4:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

It was nice fishing this past week. Some places were hits and misses, and others did fairly well. Little Egg Reef was one of those hit and miss places, it was either they were there or they were not. Some people went out and said it was horrible and others limited out. We have nice new jigs such as the Shimano Lucanus jig in 5oz and 7oz, S&S Rattletails in 4oz and 6oz, the Tsunami Fascet jig in 6oz, and Spros ranging from 1oz to 8oz to use while you're fishing on the wrecks and reef sites. We heard Garden State South was doing pretty well this past week with fluke fishing along with Little Egg Inlet in those deeper pockets of holes where the cooler water is.

Croaker fishing has been doing pretty well in Big Creek and right off of Graveling Point. Blow fish are also beginning to come in and they are very nice in size. There are still lots of little fluke in the bay, but for the bigger ones head out to the deeper holes or the reefs.

Tuna fishing we heard was on FIRE at the Wilmington. The Wilmington is about a 65 mile run from here incase people did not know and there were lots of boats stacked up out there and just about everyone had a hook up. Plenty of big eyes were out there being caught. We have plenty flats of butterfish, sardines, 3pk rigged bally hoo, and 12pk unrigged bally hoo in stock.

There are 2 tournaments this weekend, The JCAA, and The Redman tournament. Hopefully everyone gets a chance to go out fishing with this nasty weather coming our way so we are hoping that everyone plays it safe when out there on the water.

The weather for the weekend:
Saturday - E winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 6 seconds. Numerous showers.
Sunday - E winds around 5 kt...becoming S in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Scattered showers.
Monday - W winds around 5 kt...becoming SW. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers in the morning.
Tuesday - SW winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming W after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.

To everyone in the tournaments this weekend, good luck from the SBT CRew, and we hope to see everyone this weekend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew



American Legion on Radio Rd. in Mystic will be having a benefit for the U.S. Coast Guard Memeorial fund on Saturday 8/2 from 1-6. The event is open to the public with food and beverages available. There will be 10 different bands playing during the day with items up for raffle and auction including a Weber grill. Not fishing related, but everyone who has a boat depends on the Coast Guard. Hope to have your support. Rain or shine.
~Steve Reck

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/25-7/28
Location of Trip: Ocean
Species Sought:
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
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 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.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Boat Name:
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/18-7/21
Location of Trip: Reefs and 30 fathom line
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
This is a good time of the year for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association to be fishing at the Jersey shore. There are fish both inshore and offshore-it all depends on what the anglers want to catch.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the "Hot Tuna" continues to work the tuna at the 30 Fathom line. He had a "split" charter last weekend that picked up several yellowfin tuna topping out at 55-pounds as well as a "gaffer" mahi-mahi and some skipjack. His anglers included Joe Damato, Steve Smutnik, Matt Christensen, Jeff VanLiew, Alan Schulwite, and Rob N.

Captain Carl Sheppard took his boat, the "Star Fish" out looking for inshore tuna. After a two hour run to the fishing grounds they trolled a broad spread of lures and started getting strikes almost immediately. First a white marlin slapped the bait around but did not hook up. After difficulty hooking up with fish, they moved to another spot and were soon rewarded with a 47-pound yellowfin and then a 65-pound bluefin tuna.

The "Star Fish" fished inshore earlier last week with Captain Vic Bertotti and caught fluke and black sea bass along with some shark. The party boated one, and the other, about 9-foot long, broke off as it neared the boat.

Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig Sportfishing" had a couple of parties over last weekend that ended up with fish in the cooler. One trip had numerous throwbacks with four nice fluke to 23-inches for dinner. Another charter had even more throwbacks, and four sea bass, one ling, and a 24-inch fluke in the box.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr

Name: Alex Doman
Email: alexdomanjr@gmail.com
Boat Name: Donna's Genes
Phone: 2152841879
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/21
Location of Trip: Inlet
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. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Live Peanut
Secondary Bait: Artificials Only
Lure Used: Gulp Bait by Berkley


Fishing Report:
lagoons loaded with small peanut bunker, caught my bait and headed out to the inlet area. Dropped my line and as soon as it hit bottom my line with 20lb test started to scream, it stopped only for a minute or two before heading out to the ocean with my entire spool of line. Dropped another peanut bunker and caught a 23 inch fluke, then another at 19 inches and 1 more before it stopped completely. Put on 3 peanut bunker at once and dropped the Penn Senator. I was dying to find out what was on my first run. Sure enough I had a monster on the other end of the line, it was a giant and I mean giant ray, not a twirly fight like a skate. These suckers run. Just wanted to post this just in case you had a similar run off. Fun day
~Alex Doman

Friday, July 18, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:30am  
Hi Everyone,

Last weekend was great fishing on the LE Reef, we had boats come back with great reports. There were even better reports came from Garden State North and Garden State South reefs. Tautog opened up today and you are allowed your 1 fish along with Seabass at 3 fish limit. Keep in mind when fishing on the reefs of what limits that you are allowed to keep. Some of these fish change quantities throughout the year nowadays.

Flounder fishing in the bay has slowed down and has moved out towards the deeper water in the inlets and reefs, but croaker fishing has been awesome. There have been plenty of croakers, little seabass, and kingfish the last few days and we are starting to see some blowfish moving in. Snapper blues are moving into the lagoons, and we saw our first peanut bunker behind the shop last weekend.

We had some nice weigh-ins on Thursday from the inlet and near the Stinkhouse. People were using minnows, squid, and bucktails.

We have all the necessities for fishing the reefs for flounder. We have the Tsunami Fascet Jigs, Tsunami Ball Jigs, S & S Rattletails, and Spro bucktails. You'll want to use anywhere from 4 to 8 ounces when fishing wrecks and on the reefs. We have a rig made up in the store that weighs around 6 ounces where you can fish 2 soft baits next to each other, just come in and ask Chris or Brian to show you how it is made and they will explain it to you.

Offshore fishing has been very quiet due to the bad weather this past week, so we are hoping with the sea condition being a little calmer for the weekend people will go out and do some shark and tuna fishing. We have flats of mackerel, ballyhoo, and plenty of bunker and mackerel chum for the weekend.

Friday is going to be clear with a high of 79, winds NE 5 to 10, with 3 to 4 ft seas. Saturday will be 76 with overcast, winds NE 5 to 10, with seas 3 to 4 ft. Sunday is going to be 75 party cloudy, with E winds 10 to 15 with seas 4ft.

We hope to see everyone this upcoming weekend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/11-7/14
Location of Trip: Inshore reefs and canyons
Species Sought: Tuna, fluke, sea bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding some very decent action in the ocean, both inshore and offshore. The artificial reefs and wrecks are producing nice catches of fluke, black sea bass, and ling. The boats heading offshore are getting into a good supply of tuna and other action.

Captain Bob Gerkens of the boat "Hot Tuna" had Bill Boseki of Manahawkin out for a tuna trip on Bill's 70th birthday. The trip was a gift from his family, and was his first ever tuna trip. Bill started the day off when a fish hit while he was sitting in the fighting chair. After a 30-minute fight, he brought a 60-inch bluefin tuna to the boat. The fish was gaffed and weighed in at 114 pounds after being bled. John Howell later boated a 60-pound bluefin, and the rest of the crew took turns in fighting a feisty 53-inch bluefin which was released. Although the Hot Tuna's Sunday bite was limited to bluefin tuna and some skipjack, Captain Bob said some of the other boats in the area also had yellowfin tuna.

After some bad weather forced the cancellation of several bluefin tuna trips last week for Captain John Lewis and the "Insatiable," he found himself running the boat "Big Dog" for a friend as he took some Paramus fire fighters out canyon fishing. The ended the tri with 3 nice yellowfin tuna to 50-pounds along with 5 mahi-mahi. Captain John said the canyons seem to be coming alive with pods of bait, and the inshore grounds continue to have bluefin tuna roaming around.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime" Charters did several trips recently despite some poor weather. He fished the inlet and bay due to the incidents of fog and rain. Each trip his anglers managed to catch fish. Then when the weather finally cleared, he had the Patel and Mullarkey families out to the reef where they caught many fluke, black sea bass, and ling.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a group from Triangle Copy Center out on the "Reel Determined" to do some fluke fishing. The anglers caught over 40 fluke which included 6 keepers along with a few nice black sea bass. Mate Kyle Chudzinski did a great job on his first trip on the "Reel Determined."
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Monday, July 14, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

It was a nice weekend of fishing. We had some nice weigh ins from the bay, Little Egg Inlet, and the LE Reef. The weather on Saturday could not have been better. The Sunshine tournament had well over 100 boats entered and everyone that came in and gave feedback said they had a great time.

This week is not looking too promising weather wise. As of the forecast right now we are looking at rain for Monday to Wednesday, a break on Thursday with a clear sunny day and a high of 81, and then a chance of rain for Friday. Sea conditions this week look horrible. From Monday thru Wednesday we are looking at 3 to 5 foot seas. On Thursday the marine forecast is N winds 5 to 10, then changing to S in the afternoon with seas 3 to 4 ft.

Minnows, squid, Berkley Gulp®, spearing, and mackerel have been the choice of bait for flounder. The flounder have been moving out towards the inlet more and more into the deeper pockets and the reef produced very well this weekend. We heard of a few people catching their limit or at least close to it. For the founder off of the reef and wrecks you want to use 4 to 8oz bucktails with 5 to 6 inch gulps of any color mainly chartreuse and anything that glows works very well.

Snapper blues are being seen in the lagoons and people have started catching them off of their dock. They are only 5-7 inches right now but are definitely fun for the kids to catch. Bait of choice would be peanut bunker or spearing for them. If you see fish jumping in your lagoon, it is most likely peanut bunker or snapper blues.

We have started taking Pre-Orders for the new Penn Reels! The new additions to the family this Fall include US Senators, Fathom Lever Drag Single-Speeds and 2-Speeds, and Battle II Spinning reels. Be sure to check out our Pre-Order announcement email. We have S & S Bucktails in stock for your reef fishing and bay fishing, as well as tsunami ball jigs, and round head bucktails. We hope everyone has a great week and hopefully on the nice days people will be able to get out and fish.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Saturday, July 12, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:00pm  
We had some nice turnouts with the Fluke fishing today. A couple weigh-ins from some people, nothing major, 20-24" Fluke, but still nice to see. They were mostly from the inlet, with people mainly using bucktails. White Gulp was the overall best color of the day, a lot of the white gulp mullet containers moved this afternoon to people restocking after a great day on the water. This might mean the water is clearing again, as chartruese generally does well in murky water and was the hot color earlier this week after these storms.

There were some bluefish around Graveling Point, mostly in the 1-2# range, very fun with light tackle. One of our anglers actually trolled up a 30# Striper out of the river today, just goes to show they are always lying around, you just have to try harder to find them in their holes. Ocean fishing picked some nice fluke, with places like Garden State Reef South and North, as well as the AC Reef turning on. Barnegat Bay was on today and we saw a couple cell phone pics of limited out boats with 3-5 people on board. Croakers, Blowfish, and possibly Spots are starting to be caught in the bay and around Graveling Point. Use Clam and Bloodworms for those guys.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, July 11, 2014 /\/\/\ 4:30pm  
Hi Everyone,

We had some nice weigh-ins today. Some out of the Little Egg Inlet and others off of the Little Egg Reef. People were using chartreuse bucktails with minnows, spearing, and gulp. Baits like squid, smelts, sandeels, and mackerel have been working as well. S & S bucktails, rattletails and round head jigs have been working well along with Spro bucktails, Fin Strike rigs, and our Scott's Bait and Tackle fluke rigs. Chartreuse is the popular color that has been working very well.

The bay has died down with regard to flounder fishing and has been producing more croakers and sharks. The flounder are in the deeper holes towards the inlet, as well as out in between Rutgers buoy and Little Egg Reef. The water is very warm up top, so the flounder are moving out toward the deeper, cooler water. Using 2 to 6oz bucktails is going to be ideal this time of year, to get down toward the bottom on the wrecks and reefs.

We could not have asked for better weather for the weekend for the Sunshine Tournament. Last year was foggy and you could barely see anything. This year for the tournament is going to be nice and sunny. Saturday is SE winds 5 to 10 increasing to 10 to 15 late with seas around 2 ft with clear skies and a high of 77. Sunday is S winds 10 to 15 with gusts up to 20. Seas 2 to 4 ft with partly cloudy skies with a high of 82. It should be a great weekend to be out on the boat.

A lot of people are planning to be out tuna fishing this weekend. Anywhere from the Barnegat fingers to the 28mile wreck we have been hearing reports. We have plenty of ballyhoo in stock. We have not received sardines yet from our supplier, hopefully by next week they will have them. There are plenty of sharks out in the ocean as well, so if you want to go off shore fishing it will be a nice weekend to do that (remember to check into the applicable licenses and permits). We have 20lb Block ice and plenty of sleeves of ice in stock along with buckets of bunker and mackerel chum.

We hope everyone has a great time at the tournament and lots of fish are caught. We will be open Saturday at 5am for the tournament for bait and rigging needs. The weigh-in's for the Sunshine tournament are over at the Tuckerton Seaport.

We hope to see everyone else this weekend with some nice weigh-ins here, as well.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, July 10, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:15pm  
The reports have been a little slow for this week. All the bad weather we had here at the shore doesn't exactly help out.

As far as fluke fishing goes, the few people that did go out fishing had some nice reports. We had two weigh-ins on Monday night from the inlet. The best spots to try and pull some nice fish out of would definetely be closer to the inlet. The deeper water is better for a number of reasons: the water is getting clean quickly from all the storms over the week, the back bay is too warm in the shallower water, 15+ feet is what you're looking for.

Off of Little Beach in the inlet has been packed with boats, with one out of every 20-30 fluke being a keeper. If you can find holes that you don't see a lot of people in, anywhere that's over 15 feet deep, just do a quick drift over it, you never know what's going to pop up. Over last weekend we had a customer pull a 8 pound fluke out of Little Sheepshead Creek. Behind Holgate in some of the deeper water should be some good fishing.

Ocean fishing was starting to turn on before the storms, and the past few days were quiet because of the sea conditions, but this weekend is looking fantastic. Any sort of structure that you find that's 45+ feet deep would be a good spot to try, all you have to look for is any kind of lumps, drop offs, reefs, anything that would give a fish any reason to stay around those spots. A little tip for the weekend if you are fishing the tournament is once you or one of your buddies hooks into a fish, especially if you're on the wreck, is go straight to the gps and mark where you are, those little holes may be difficult to find again if you don't stay on top of a certain area. Once you are away from that local area, go back over it, the key is short repetitive drifts.

Our best advice for the Bluefish would be first thing in the morning, literally at sunrise, to be in Grassy Channel with Mackerel and that will be your best time to find any decent Bluefish. Remember no matter what size it is, it could be a winner, there have been years in the past where only one Bluefish would be weighed in for the tournament, and it would only be aroung 1#.

Remember you can always sign up for the Sunshine Foundation tournament at the Captains meeting on Friday, July 11, at 6pm the meeting starts. The weigh in station is at TUCKERTON SEAPORT ONLY, from 2-4pm sharp!!!!

The forecast for the weekend:
Fri
E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds. Scattered showers and tstms late in the morning.
Fri Night
E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
Sat
Se winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in se swell with a dominant period of 6 seconds.
Sat Night
S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft.
Sun
S winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sun Night
SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. 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.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 7/4-7/7
Location of Trip: Ocean-inshore and 30 Fathom Line
Species Sought: Fluke, black sea bass, bluefin tuna
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
Hurricane Arthur slowed the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association down a little, but once the winds and waves calmed down, their boats were out finding fish once again. Right now there is a very decent bite going on for fluke and black sea bass.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the "Star Fish" out for wonderful Fourth of July. They fished Saturday afternoon and found good action for the young sons of the Gallagher family. The Little Egg Reef yielded only shorts, so they moved up to the Garden State South Reef where they found lots of black sea bass some good sized blue backed keepers. That night Captain Carl had a group out for an evening cruise to watch the various fireworks displays.

On Sunday morning Captain Carl found some large numbers of large black sea bass on the offshore wrecks. Many times as they reeled the sea bass to the surface they were followed by 3-4 pound bluefish. Captain Carl used this trip to break in three of the junior mates from the Association's training program.

Captain George Finck of Sparetime Charters had the Steve Rulis party out fishing for fluke. They fished the inlet and bay waters and faced a 10-degree water temperature drop that slowed the bite down. The group did have constant action with a nice catch of fluke, mostly shorts, and a great many skates and sharks which were released.

Once Arthur passed by, Captain Bob Gerkens took the "Hot Tuna" to the 30 Fathom Line looking for bluefin tuna. The fish were not schooled tightly, but they had a steady pick of bluefin with only one double hookup. They ended the day with 10 bluefin boats and plenty of tuna steaks to go around. Captain Bob was assisted by mate Dante Soriente.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.org
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:15pm  
The hurricane thankfully went offshore as projected, so we had a much better weekend than anticipated.

Wind and swell made it difficult, but a few people made it on the water at least as far as the bay, and caught a bit of fluke here and there.

Greenheads are here, sadly.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, July 4, 2014 /\/\/\ 1:15pm  
Happy July 4th!

Hurricane Arthur.

Today is a good day for restocking tackle and making rigs. Maybe sit and watch movies about Independence with the kids, like 1776 (Musical) or Independence Day (Sci Fi..slightly off topic *grin*).
Or read a little history: The Story of the Fourth of July

Stay safe, dry, and have a great weekend!

Pinelands 4th of July Celebration Committee's status:
"After further evaluating the weather we came to the conclusion to cancel the festivities that were going to be on Friday the 4th of July and postponing them to Saturday the 5th of July. All food vendors, party crashes trailer, and the DJ will still be at the seaport on Saturday starting at 4:00 pm. There will be NO parade on Saturday. FIREWORKS will be around 9:00 pm. Sorry for any inconvenience but safety is in our best interest. Any questions please feel free to call me at 609-713-2370."
Sea Ya ~ MizMo

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/27-6/30
Location of Trip: Ocean and bay
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
Warm weather, nice crowds, and good fishing are all arriving for the summer on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. The captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are enjoying the three aspects of summer.

Captain Tim Knorr of the charter boat "William Knorr" took Kevin Hollahan and his family of Minnesota out wreck fishing on Sunday, landing enough nice sized black sea bass to feed the entire family. The ladies out-caught the men even though the seas were a bit choppy for the first few hours. As the tide dropped the fishing was fierce, but as the tide slacked off, so did the action. There were a lot of shorts caught, but very few junk fish.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime" Charters went wreck fishing with Jonathan Shafer, his father, and 4 friends. The winds were from the northeast at 20-knots so they returned to the inlet and bay to fish. They managed a good catch of fluke up to 23 inches, a bull-nose ray which was released, and numerous skates and sharks.

Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig Sportfishing" reports his Saturday charter had a slow pick of fluke all day although they managed a couple of decent fish. On another trip he moved outside to the ocean where he found "drop and reel" wreck fishing. He anchored off three different wrecks and put a great catch of sea bass and blackfish together. He took about a dozen big sea bass home for the table and released the rest.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the "Star Fish" reports that Captain Vic Bertotti ran the boat during the past week and had a good catch of black sea bass on the wrecks and lots of small fluke in the inlet mixed in with some keepers. Captain Carl ran the boat on Saturday for a good pick of keeper sea bass and one ling cod on the wrecks. On the way in he tried some fluke fishing and discovered lots of short fish. That night Captain Carl hosted a sunset cruise for a bachelorette party of beautiful young women, and he said it was the perfect way to end the day on the water.

Captain John Lewis ran the "Insatiable" to the 30-fathom line on Sunday and had a fun time with small bluefin tuna. They would hit 3-4 at a time. Most were shorts, and they lost quite a few in addition to releasing a half dozen. They did manage one keeper bluefin, a bull mahi-mahi, and a nice yellowfin tuna to round out the catch. On the way home they watched a humpback whale breach several times about 10 miles off the beach.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:20pm  
Plenty of reports today; we heard of some Fluke in the stakes still, however they are going to be smaller over-all. Around 130-139 ICW markers had some nice Fluke.

The trick to finding bigger Fluke without having to go all the way out in the ocean, is to find some holes that are 20+ feet deep. Areas to try would be in the Inlet or behind LBI in some of the deeper channels. Jigging with any bait on the hook is the best way. If you are fishing the Great Bay, green colors seem to work better. If you want to try the Tuckerton Bay, pink seems to be doing better.

In the Ocean, Fluke are slow and just starting to show up on some wrecks and reefs. We had a report that the LE Reef today did produce some Fluke, nothing spectacular, but something. We have in these new Lucanus Jigs made by Shimano that seem to be the best new jig for fishing Fluke and Seabass. Nuclear Chicken colored Gulp is working very well out in the Ocean as well.

There are Sharks swimming around the Inlet and Grassy Channel area. We sold quite a bit of Mackerel and Chum for people going out.

Lots of Tuna reported 30 miles out, as well as Mako Sharks.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, June 26, 2014 /\/\/\ 3:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of not posting any fishing reports lately, it has been very busy in the shop but that is no excuse so here is the breakdown of what is going on. We have been hearing very good reports in the bay for fluking. Lots of fluke and lots of shorts have been caught. People have been catching anywhere from 20-50 shorts and only about 1-3 are keepers from all those fish. Fluke fishing in the ocean is picking up. We have been hearing more and more each week, people are getting more and more keepers off of the reefs and wrecks. Using shad darts in the bay is ideal for fluking this time of year with bucktails from 1/4oz to 1oz in the bay depending on how the condition is. We are fully stocked with S & S Rattletails, Shad Darts, and round head jigs that have working very well.

We have heard of sea bass being caught in the ocean on salted clams and jigs off of the wrecks. We have S & S Bucktail ball jigs here to use for the sea bass along with the Tsunami ball jigs, as well as Tsunami facet jigs. This Friday the 27th we are getting in the Lucanus made by Shimano in 2oz in 4 different colors that work very well on sea bass and fluke in the ocean.

Shark fishing in the bay has been great as well. People have been catching sharks off of pebble beach up to 4 feet long and there have been reports of sand tiger sharks being caught as well. A nice 455lb thresher shark picture was sent in yesterday and that was caught 30 miles off shore at the Fingers. We have plenty of mackerel and bunker chum in stock along with full mackerel for bait.

Tuna fishing off shore is picking up and we have been hearing some nice reports. The latest report we heard is they are 30 miles off shore so hopefully they stay around for a few weeks so everyone can get in on the action. We have ballyhoo, butterfish, and whole large squids. We are hoping to have sardines in for this weekend but that all depends on our supplier so keep your fingers crossed. We also have S & S Parachute jigs as well as slim fish jigs. We have the slim fish jigs available in 9 different colors from sizes 1 ½ to 6oz and we have 2 new colors we are trying out this year so come in and check them out.

This weekend’s weather is looking pretty good. Friday is 74 with E 5-10kt winds with seas 3ft. Saturday is 74 with E winds 5-10kt with seas around 2-3ft. Sunday is SE winds 5-10kt with seas 2-3ft. This weekend looks amazing for fishing.

We are stocked up on all baits ready for the weekend. We have been getting more minnows in so hopefully we do not have a shortage for this weekend. We hope to see everyone this weekend.

-SBT Crew

Name: Tom Marota, Ross Dale
Email: warminsterautobody@verizon.net
Boat Name: Step UP
Phone: 215-598-7950
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/20/14
Location of Trip: barnegat finger's
Species Sought: sharking
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. N
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Mackerel
Secondary Bait: Chum, Bunker
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
20' boat 30 miles off a little sporting in morning but laid down at noon. 2 1/2 hour fight with 2 speed 50 full drag used most of the time along with boat. Only two of us made some tough times but we tied off the fish to the transom cleat and took him in. Thanks to Ernie at Viking Village for his help to bring the fish up on the dock. Took four hours to in!
~Tom Marota, Ross Dale

(455lb Thresher Shark)

Name: Len Willis
Boat Name: SeaRay-22 ft.
Phone:
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: June 23rd
Location of Trip: LE Inlet
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. E
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
While drifting inshore portion of the inlet about 30' deep, my wife hooked and brought up a 28.5", 9.3 lb. fluke. We fished for about 2 hours and caught many shorts and one sand shark.
~Len Willis

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www/BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/20-6/23
Location of Trip: Bay and ocean
Species Sought:
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: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have recently been showing that there is excellent fishing in the bay waters around Beach Haven, on the inshore wrecks and reef sites, and even offshore.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime" Charters took Joe Delago and his three sons out for a day on the bay. The weather cooperated as the anglers had a nice catch of fluke and bluefish with the largest fluke stretching out to a full 22-inches in length.

Captain Carl Sheppard reports that Captain Vic Bertotti ran the "Star Fish" and had some nice catches of black sea bass on the wrecks in addition to some nice fluke in the inlet. Captain Carl had a group on the "Star Fish" and found unlimited 3-pound bluefish in the inlet. Once the anglers tired of reeling in the feisty blues, they started drifting for fluke. There were quite a few short fluke with some big ones which produced fillet almost 2-inches thick. On Sunday the McIlvaine family from Philadelphia fished on the "Star Fish" and bailed the fluke. The youngest angler, only 5 months old, caught her first fluke on the trip.

Captain Bob Gerkens on the "Hot Tuna" had George Penna, Bob Lebevre, Pete Nork, Nick DiPano, and Dante Soriente out on a sharking trip with him. While chumming for sharks, this experienced crew caught two brown sharks and heard on the radio about a bluefin tuna bite about 20 miles away. Captain Bob decided to pick up and head that way. Almost immediately upon starting the troll, they were greeted with 7 rods going down. This turned out to be some big bluefish. In the same general location were schools of bluefin tuna, and in the 2.5 hours they worked that area they caught 11 bluefin and at least 30 large bluefish to 15-pounds.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Randy Godshall
Boat Name: Sophia Marie
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/15/14
Location of Trip: Great Bay
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: Do not know info Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Spoon


Fishing Report:
A tough day on the water. My Daughter and I started at 630am very windy with whitecaps on the bay finally the tide changed and started catching fish...Caught 4 keepers from 18-23 inches and allot of throwbacks. It was a great fathers day trip my daughter outfished Dad on this trip! We got back in around 12:30 PM.
~Randy Godshall

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/14/6/18
Location of Trip: Various Locations
Species Sought: Several
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Bunker Spoon


Fishing Report:
Both the inshore and offshore waters surrounding Long Beach Island are offering a wealth of fishing opportunities for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. The fluke fishing in the waters of Little Egg Harbor Bay and Great Bay are producing not only good numbers of summer flounder, but a much higher percentage of fish are over four pounds than has been seen in recent years. Waters which have been producing big fluke include the Middle Grounds, the ICW, Marshelder Channel, and Great Bay waters from the old fish factory through the clam stakes. Also providing action in the bay waters are some feisty 3-5 pound bluefish that have the knack of showing up practically anywhere. Boats have been finding them near the inlet early in the morning before the heavier boat traffic arrives. The striped bass action in the ocean has slowed somewhat, but there is a lot of bunker around, and stripers can often be found around these pods of bait fish. Right now the best bet for the BHCFA has been trolling bunker spoons and looking for signs of fish on the machine. At times big bluefish and even thresher sharks will attack the bunker spoons. The inshore wrecks and artificial reefs are producing some good numbers of black sea bass along with some ling, blackfish, and even some cod. Captains with their own numbers for pieces of structure have found some very nice fish. The canyons have already come alive and recent trips offshore have resulted in catches of big eye tuna, yellowfin, and some bluefin. This is a good time to fish offshore as the weather is usually better than the fall, and there are not as many boats. The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will begin its Junior Mates Program on Thursday, June 26, at the Beach Haven Maritime Museum. This summer long learning experience is open to any youngsters over the ages 13 and over who would like to have the chance to learn more about fishing. Information on this program and the BHCFA in general can be found at www.BHCFA.org
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Rich Marnin
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/14/14
Location of Trip:
Species Sought:
Time of Day Fished: Late Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Mackerel
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
The Liberatis, 20 1/2 " by I.C.W. spearing & mackerel on bucktails.
~Rich Marnin

Name: Hilly
Email: greghost25@msn.com
Boat Name: No needs
Phone: 609 618 2033
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 0614/14
Location of Trip: orange ball
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Minnows/Killies/Shiners
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
Out for the Stumptown Gun club tourney. a lot of shorts but a 5lb 11 oz fluke caught by my grandson got us 2nd place Aiden saved the day on the last drift you may call it luck but this boy can fish!!! Pays attention to details and it's always nice to pay attention to gran pops tactics! proud Gran pop
~Hilly

Name: Kevin Mitchell
Email: gardenjoy15@yahoo.com
Boat Name: Dads Inheritance
Phone: 6098915866
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/15/2014
Location of Trip: Fish factory to back side of Beach Haven
Species Sought: Fluke
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. W
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Spoon


Fishing Report:
What a beautiful Fathers Day! With the whole family on board, the weather was perfect. We had a few gnats but then the breeze picked up and they were gone. Best part was my younger son, Dan, 15, caught a 24" Fluke. My daughter's boyfriend fought something for about 20 minutes before it broke 30lb line. Can't wait to get out again! Happy Fathers Day everyone!
~Kevin Mitchell

Saturday, June 14, 2014 /\/\/\ 4:30pm  
Beautiful day today with enough wind to keep the gnats away! Weren't they ghastly the last few days? *Shudder*

Lots of fluke weighed in today. Largest was the 9.7 lbr weighed in yb Steve Arina and his crew.
Minnow supply held out into the afternoon, but we may be out before this evening and no word yet as to whether there are more on the way. We'll try! As an alternative, Gulp baits have been doing very well for a lot of folks.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 /\/\/\ 11:23am  
Meeting tonight for the Sunshine Foundation fishing tournament planning. Volunteers welcome. 7 pm at Great Bay Marina
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 6/7
Location of Trip: Great Bay
Species Sought: Fluke, stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Squid
Lure Used: Bunker Spoon


Fishing Report:
Last weekend was finally one with nice weather in Beach Haven, and the fishing responded in a positive way for anglers and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association.

The back bay summer flounder action has been some of the best in years as it seems like most of not all of the customary hotspots are producing some nice fish. Most of the time the ratio of keepers to throwbacks has been higher than in recent years, and 4-5 pounders are no longer a rarity.

Captain George Finck of "Sparetime Charters" tried trolling in front of Long Beach Island just off the beach with Frank Smith and friend looking for some big striped bass. About 11:00 am the wind and seas picked up so with no sign of any bass. They made a move to try the calmer bay waters to see if there were any fluke or bluefish around. The fluke seemed to have lockjaw, but they found some feisty bluefish to provide some action. Captain George took his grandson Will and friend Nick down to Great Bay drifting for fluke. They had a nice catch of fluke and the boys also enjoyed the action on skates and sand sharks.

The striped bass action off Beach Haven has been up and down. One day there will be pods of bunker with big, hungry bass under them. The next day there seems to be no sign of bass. Most of the captains have been trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons in order to cover more ground as they look for the bass.

The wreck and artificial reef action has been steady with a nice pick of black sea bass along with ling, some cod, and a few blackfish.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
Last chance to register for the tournaments coming up this weekend! There is the G.A.B.T, the RFA Bass River Fluke and the Warren Grove Pickeral Tournament. http://www.scottsbt.com/tourney/tourny.htm

Remember to gear up with your favorite lures and rigs! Some baits may be in limited supply, so plan ahead.

More good reports this week from Fluke fishermen. One of our customers caught his limit in the stakes before noon! One of the good artifical baits that worked well this week was the ZMan softbaits. Feedback from some anglers said they would have the bait on for a few hours and it still had scent on the bait. Seabass is doing well for people who don't mind making the run out to 70-90' wrecks. We had good reports of Seabass with our Tsunami Facet Jigs, so come on in and we will show you how to fish them. Seabass seemed to bite better with mackerel fillets and gulp, rather then the traditional salted clam, so it's something to try. Bluefish are still at Graveling with a weigh in a few days ago of one over 10#! For offshore fishing, people are gearing up for Mako shark fishing, with a couple of reports and one pic so far, where they are getting caught has not been told. Crabbing is starting to pick up for us so it's something to keep in mind.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Randy Godshall
Boat Name: Sophia Marie
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 06/2/14
Location of Trip: Little egg inlet
Species Sought: Fluke Blues
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Squid
Secondary Bait: Mackerel
Lure Used: Plastic/Softbait


Fishing Report:
A great day of fishing on the Bay!! Caught 5 keepers and a few shorts along with some small blues.
~Randy Godshall

Sunday, June 1, 2014 /\/\/\ 1:00pm  
Hi Everyone,

Despite the weather this weekend, the bite was on. The clam stakes have been producing very well since opening day of fluke season and also by the 139 buoy has also been doing well. Minnow is definitely the choice of bait, but gulp, spearing, squid, mackerel, has been doing just as well. Blue fish are still in the area by graveling point and by the inlet and you want fresh bunker for them. We had a nice striper weigh in on Sunday which was caught out by the Red Tower. There was also report of weakfish being caught off of Graveling Point.

This weeks weather is looking okay for the forecast. Monday and Tuesday look a little rough with winds at 10-15 miles and hour blowing from the south east. Wednesday and Thursday is chance of thunderstorms.

We are all out of minnows and are trying to get more, so if you would like to call us beforehand that would be best. We have all other baits for fluke and any other fishing going on. We have more Savage Gear TPE 3D Shrimp in stock that have been doing very well with the fluke along with the DOA Shrimp. All flounder that have been caught are spitting up massive amounts of grass shrimp and these lures are a great alternative.

Just a reminder to people, the store hours now are 6am to 6pm incase you did not know. We hope to see everyone this upcoming week and weekend.

P.S. There were some anglers this weekend that went out fishing and lost their rod and reels. If anyone comes across them please bring them in. One angler lost a G-Loomis rod with a Shimano Stradic on it along with a Fenwick rod with a Shimano Stradic on it as well. If anyone finds these 2 rod and reel combos the angler has a reward for them. Thank You.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.org
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/31 & 6/1
Location of Trip: Great Bay and Little Egg Reef
Species Sought: Fluke, sea bass, stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: 4-6 ft.
Primary Bait: Spearing
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Bunker Spoon


Fishing Report:
Variety continues to be the theme of fishing in the Beach Haven area, and the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been on hand to take full advantage.

A sampling of recent trips by some of the captains of the BHCFA reflects this variety. Captain Carl Sheppard sailed recently on the "Star Fish" with a party looking to do some bottom fishing on some of the inshore artificial reefs and wrecks. Despite a strong northeast wind, Captain Carl was able to find a nice pick of larger than usual black sea bass. The surface water temperature measured in at 64-degrees. Captain Carl took advantage of the beautiful weather last Sunday to refinish the deck of the "Star Fish."

Captain Gary Dugan of the "Irish Jig" fished Great Bay last weekend and found the bite to be very strong. On Saturday, he managed to put seven fluke in the cooler that ranged in size from 18.5 to 26-inches. In addition, his fishermen released many more short fish. On Sunday, his party got a late start and managed about a dozen short fish with several close to the mark and one 20-inch flattie to take home.

Captain John Lewis of the "Insatiable" is currently delivering a boat from the Florida Keys up to the north but expects to be fishing here very shortly. In his absence, Captain John reports his mate Ryan Schramm fished north of Beach Haven over the weekend and picked up a nice 30-pound striped bass.

With the air temperatures currently running below normal, this pattern of species variety should stick around for a while yet.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
Another great turnout for the weekend so far with a few weigh-ins of fluke from 5-8# in the bay. Lots and lots of Fluke in our area which is keeping our bay busy and full of life! S&S Shad Darts have been the popular lure with Gulp on the end. Outgoing tide has been the favored tide for Fluke fishing. Good areas to try are by ICW 139 and in front of Rands Marina by 7 Bridges Rd.

Surf fishing locally we have had Bluefish at Graveling Pt this week and they are still running around 5-10#. Beach front on LBI on the north end by the lighthouse you will have a good chance of hooking into 20-40# Stripers. Tuna are starting to show up we have a few guys getting ready to go out, check out our parachute jigs that were the popular jigs last season.

Congrats to Donny O', the winner of our last weekends Largest Fluke contest at 8.8 lb.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:25pm  
Still getting some nice sized blues reported at Graveling Point/Pebble Beach. A nice 7.6 lb. blue weighed in this afternoon by Vincent Delguercio.

Striped bass reported on the ocean from Barnegat Light north, but might not be reachable this weekend with the small craft advisory that may go into effect with the projected 15 to 20 kt NE winds tomorrow.

Today was a nicer fluking day, picking up a bit again after all that rain, with improved reports of catching in Great Bay, but no weigh-ins.

Marine Forecast:
Sat NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Mainly in NE swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
Sun NE winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming E 5 to 10 kt late. Seas 4 to 5 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/23-5/27
Location of Trip: Mostly Great Bay
Species Sought: Fluke, drum, striper, tuna
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Spearing
Lure Used: Trolling/Big Game Lure


Fishing Report:
Memorial Weekend greeted the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association with beautiful weather, and a wide variety of fish were available to make fishing trips productive. Although a nor'easter has hit this week, the upcoming weekend in Beach Haven promises to be a nice one.

Captain John Koegler had a party out of "Pop's Pride" on a back bay trip and found some nice striped bass and black drumfish. On Sunday afternoon Captain John took the "Starfish" out in the ocean looking for stripers to no avail. He finished the day up on the Garden State South Reef where he caught mostly spiny dogfish up to 37-inches along with some smaller sea bass. Captain Carl Sheppard will be skippering the "Starfish" now and says the fishing is just getting started.

Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig" Sportfishing opened the fluke season in Great Bay where he reports he had to weed through a bunch of small fish but did manage to put 2 fat fish in the cooler. The next day he went out for drumfish, and despite finding no drum, he managed some nice fluke, bluefish, and nonstop big dogfish. Captain Gary had two trips on Sunday. In the morning his charter put 5 nice fluke in the box, and his night drumfish trip resulted in a 50-pound black drum.

Captain Dave Kreines had Jim Anderson and son Larry out on the "Byte Me" for a post-Memorial Day of fluking. They fished Great Bay using Gulp and spearing for bait. They picked up three keepers to 23-inches along with about a dozen shorts. They also had action on skates and dogfish making it a fun day topped by a fish dinner.

Captain Bob Gerkens brought his boat "Hot Tuna" back to Beach Haven from Morehead City last week, a "50 hour canyon fishing trip" as Bob calls it. In the southern canyons a number of nice Mahi were caught of which 4 were gaffers. They also caught some blackfin tuna and released a 4-foot mako.

He reports that he reached a nice warm eddy of water in a more northern canyon which is regularly fished out of Beach Haven. They found schools of both bluefin and yellowfin which they worked until dark. Three former US Marines from North Carolina crewed and fished on the trip north. This might be a good time to look into an offshore charter before the crowds start sailing to the canyons.

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

Sunday, May 25, 2014 /\/\/\ 4:18pm  
Lots of activity in the clam stakes this weekend and such a gorgeous day today! Another day full of pictures in the Catch of the Day page.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all our servicemen past and present, from the folks here at Scott's!

5:20PM UPDATE!
Just to cap off a really great day, two jumbo stripers weighed in that were caught out by Barnegat Light. Ed Moore with a 46.9 lbr and Cesar Pesarini with a 44.5 lbr. Beautiful!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, May 23, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:12pm  
I don't think we ever had such a great turnout for an opening day of Fluke season. We had so many fish weighed in I don't know where to start. This was an amazing day, Fluke from 3# - 8.8# , and lots in the middle. The average was 5# a fish. Fishing in the stakes, ICW and by Graveling produced a speechless day. Both tides did well, Squid, Spearing, Gulp, Zman, Minnows, and even the fresh Bunker were great baits to have. The trick with the fresh bunker is to fillet them, and lightly salt them the night before you use the bunker, and you will have bites left and right. Again, today is a day to remember with all of these weigh-ins.

Bluefish are running around the bay, some people had them, others had only Fluke. Mackerel and Bunker are the baits of choice.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, May 22, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:50 pm  
What a great turnout we had today, a nice weigh in of Stripers 32# and 38# caught right around here by the inlet. Still shows that they are still swimming in our waters. They were caught on fresh bunker which we have in right now. All on the incoming tide.

Ocean Sea Bass is doing well if you go deep enough. We had Sea Bass in about 80-100 feet of water on Wednesday and everyone on our boat had fish. They were caught on 1/0 octopus hooks with strips of salted clam, and believe it or not, Gulp. Come on in and we will point out the best types. Lots of Tog too, but sadly they had to go back.

Bluefish are all over the place from 2# to 15# in our bay! Surf fishing this week and right off Graveling Point produced a lot of nice run offs and some Blues up to 10# for Brian at Scott's BT. Bunker and Bomber Lures were the baits of choice. We also have lots of Mackerel for Blues. On the outgoing tide in the ICW we had reports of consistent 5# to 8# Blues.

And now, Fluke fishing is just hours away from starting and we are gearing up for a great season. All different types of Rigs, Jigs, brand new lures from Savage Gear Shrimps and Sandeels, Storm Sandeels, and Yo-Zuri 3D crystal Shrimps. The new "Secret weapon for Fluke", Z-Man soft baits are tearing up fish in the Carolinas and now it's time to try them up here. We had good reports with them for spring Stripers and Weakfish, now it's time to use them on Fluke. Tomorrow your going to want to hit the incoming tide fishing around the Sandbars around the fish factory.

The final bit of info to top off the report, from Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26th 3:00pm, we will be giving away a $25 gift cirtificate for the biggest Fluke weighed in!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Andrew Walter
Email: chilichamp@verizon.net
Boat Name: jennie's nightmare
Phone:
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/22/2014
Location of Trip: inter coastal 138/139
Species Sought: bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Cloudy/Light Rain
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Mackerel
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Caught the last hour of outgoing. Hooked into a bunch of 5 to 8 lbs bluefish. Had a blast. As soon as the tide stopped, the bite stopped. Wind died down and the gnats showed up so I skee daddled.
~Andrew Walter

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/18/14
Location of Trip: Great Bay
Species Sought: Striped Bass, bluefish, drum
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Hopkins-type Metal


Fishing Report:
Memorial Day weekend is arriving in Beach Haven for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. Usually this is the unofficial start of summer, but thanks to the cool water temperatures, the current bite is more of a spring one.

Black sea bass came back in season on Monday, May 19, and summer flounder are legal once again on Friday, May 23. The big catching news however, revolves around the presence of large numbers of bluefish in all sizes.

The bays are filled with schools of 1-3 pound blues racing all over. Little Egg and Beach Haven Inlets have 1-5 pounders. When you get into the ocean, the big choppers can get up to 12 pounds or more.

Pound for pound, there are few fish that can match the fight of a bluefish. Blues less than 5 pounds that have been bled and chilled make for good table fare if eaten fresh.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing was out looking for striped bass but encountered "blues, blues, and more blues." He reports that he also encountered a couple of dozen big dogfish in the bay. While these are catch and release, big dogfish give a nice fight and often become airborne to add excitement to the fight. Captain Gary reports that he has not yet given up on the stripers and will also be pursuing black drumfish as well as some fluke.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:00 pm  
Hi Everyone,

We did not hear too much on opening day of sea bass season but that does not mean they are not out there. Some people that went out just to experiment and see what was on the wrecks last week did find nice big sea bass so they are out there. Blue fish are in and they are very nice sizes, anywhere from 2 to 15 pounds. A nice 14.3 pounder was weighed in over the weekend. Some of our SBT Crew went out fishing Monday night off of Graveling Point and caught 4 nice blue fish any where from 5 to 9 pounds. The bait of choice was fresh bunker and using a bunker chum log. At one point we started throwing plugs and a blue fish went for the blue fish color bomber and it hit the bomber hard. The water was like glass on Monday night and you heard fish breaking water everywhere.

For the past 2 weeks people have been catching flounder anywhere from 18 to 24 inches in the bay. Nice flounder are out there so the season should start off very well. We will be fully stocked with all flounder items ready to go for Friday. We have some new items for those customers that would like to try them out. The items that are new to us are the Savage Gear TPE Manic Shrimp, and the Sandeel Darters. The Sandeel Darters look like spearing and when rigged up right you can have two of them swimming next to each other, so come in We have shad darts and rattletails in sizes from 1/4oz to 3/4oz in colors white, pink, and chartreuse made by S & S Bucktails so come in and your rigs tied up and ready to go!qwe

We hope to see everyone this week, hopefully Friday will turn out to be a great opening day of fluke season. We will keep everyone posted on the weather.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Larry Hrebiniak
Phone: 610-525-0231
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 05/19/14
Location of Trip: Graveling point
Species Sought: Bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
My son and I arrived from Philadelphia to fish the last two hours of incoming and the first two hours of outgoing. It was sunny and beautiful, with only two other fishermen on the beach. The fishing was slow at first and then suddenly the bite was on. A lot of hits and misses resulted in 9 bluefish, 3-7 lbs, and one beautiful fluke (released, of course, with a request to return after 5/23). The two biggest bluefish hit the clams. We left happy, having enjoyed a great day. See you again soon.
~Larry Hrebiniak

Name: Thomas Puzino
Email: tommype5@gmail.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 05/20/14
Location of Trip: Little Sheepshead Creek
Species Sought:
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. W
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Plastic/Softbait


Fishing Report:
So yesterday I decided to fish Little Sheepshead creek after my afternoon of computer repair but I didnt have much luck. I hooked one Fluke and lost it at the bank and that was it for the fishing. I am however writing this report for a different reason. The previous party fishing on the bank left a huge pile of trash including over a dozen water bottles, many plastic bags, Rig Packages and food containers. If that weren't enough the bank was also littered with the carcasses of skates and dogfish that for some dang reason people think they are doing everyone a favor by needlessly killing them. Whoever you are, I cleaned up your frakkin mess. PLEASE RESPECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES!
~Thomas Puzino

Name: Paul Holzinger
Email: pholzinger61@yahoo.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/18/14
Location of Trip: pebble beach
Species Sought: strippers /blue fish
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Cought a legal size fluke but out of season.an 18 inch striper and released it and two blue fish 18 and 33 inches. Several other good hits and misses. My 5 year old grandson was with me and had a great time.
~Paul Holzinger

Name: Jim Grochowski
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5-17-14
Location of Trip: Pebble Beach
Species Sought: Stripers Blues
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bunker, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: Poppers


Fishing Report:
Decided to give the stripers at Pebble 1 last try. No luck with the stripers but as soon as the tide started coming in it was constant blues. caught at least a dozen from 2 to 10 lbs. After it got dark the clams started to get hit but I couldn't catch what it was,until I switched to smaller hooks then it was all the croakers you could ever want. I ran out of bait by 930.
~Jim Grochowski

Saturday, May 17, 2014 /\/\/\ 8:00am  
Hi Everyone,

Great reports from this past week. Lots and lots of blue fish are being caught anywhere from 3 pounds up to 10 pounds. Most of the bluefish have been caught right off of Graveling Point or Pebble Beach along with all other fish as well. The blues have been giving everyone a nice fight. Blue fish tend to eat anything, but the more oil a bait has the better, so mackerel and bunker are ideal for blue fishing.

There are some bass still in the area. Lots of short bass but still some keepers mixed in. Blowfish are coming in and more and more are being caught every day. We have clams in the shell, and we have them already shucked as well. We have bloodworms but stock is limited. Grass shrimp are in great supply and we have all frozen baits available.

This weekend is looking fantastic to be out fishing. Today is looking pretty nice with a high of 67 and a clear sunny day. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday is a high of 66 with winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Monday, which is opening day of seabass is a high of 68 with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. We will have all baits available for seabass as well. So overall the next few days are looking great!

Flounder opens up Friday, May 23rd so come on in and grab the best selection of shad darts and rattletails anywhere from 1/4oz to 3/4oz in pink, white, or chartreuse made by S & S Bucktail. We have all rigs available for flounder and some new Savage Gear and Storm sand eel products for flounder as well. New flounder regulations are 5 flounder at 18inches.

We hope to see everyone this weekend with all the fish weigh-ins. We will be open till 6pm Saturday, and our hours on Sunday are 6am-1pm (depending on how business is, the latest is 3pm Sunday).
-SBT Crew

Thursday, May 15, 2014 /\/\/\ 3:40pm  
So far this week we have had good reports coming from the bay. There are lots of Blowfish running around, one person this morning even said they had Blowfish in their lagoon.
 
Off the Point there have been lots of Bluefish from 1# - 10#. They are also reported scattered all over the bay.
 
Black Drum are still in the area even out in Grassy Chanel. One of our customers told us his grandson caught his first Drum off the point at 36#.
 
Graveling Point/Pebble Beach the Stripers are still around, starting to see a slack off. This weekend might be the last really good weekend to try and snag some Bass in that area.
 
Weakfish are here and there, not too many reports of them, but the ones that are reported to us, they have all been over 5#.
 
Seabass season opens in a few days, so come on in and stock up on all your Seabass needs.
 
Fluke opens next friday so we are all stocked up on lures and rigs for everyone. One of the most popular early season fluke lures are shad darts, we have all different sizes and colors carefully chosen to target fluke in our bay, so make sure you come in and check them out.
 
This is our new Calcutta Marlin Grand Slam Shirt

Come on in and check it out!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/11/14
Location of Trip: Great Bay
Species Sought: Striped bass, bluefish, black drum
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Hopkins-type Metal


Fishing Report:
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been getting a taste of the developing fishing season, but recognize the best fishing should be arriving any day soon. Captain Gary Dugan of "Irish Jig Sportfishing" spent some time on the waters of Great Bay recently looking for striped bass. He reports the water was calm but his thermometer registered only 52-degrees. That was enough to chill off the striper bite, but he managed to put together a nice catch of feisty bluefish. Captain Gary says they took a few of the blues home for fresh fish on the grill. He also noted a few boats drifting live eels in his area but says none of them managed to pick up any bass. Captain John Lewis of the "Insatiable" reports the boat is now in the water and will be in Beach Haven by this weekend to do some fishing. He passed along the word that his mate Ryan Schramm and fishing friend Sean found some nice black drum in the bay as well as some short striped bass on Mother's Day. They were fishing in the waters off Beach Haven in about 6-feet of water. The captains are putting together the final touches on the curriculum for the 2014 Junior Mates Program. There are some new twists this year including a special sponsorship from Berkley Fishing. Berkley will be donating quite a few fishing supplies to the junior mates as they progress through the course. The program runs for several weeks and covers a wealth of material necessary for a mate to learn. The youngsters will learn many facts about fishing and especially how to become a qualified mate. Interested candidates ages 13 and older are welcome to register. Complete information and registrations forms on the Junior Mates Program can be found at the association's website at www.BHCFA.com
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Monday, May 12, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:00 pm  
We had a great weekend here, it was nice to see all the different fish people had. We had a weigh in on Sunday morning of a Tiderunner Weakfish over 7 pounds, and a Black Drum from the same angler that was a little over 8 pounds.

Lots of Bluefish on Graveling Point, we had customers actually come back to get more bait. Fluke are starting to move into the bay here with scattered reports of people hooking into them while trying for other species.

Striper activity was a little quiet during the day by Graveling Point, but it comes to life at night, that's when they are most active.

Blowfish and Kingfish are also in the bay now so make sure you have small hooks, like our Top & Bottom rigs designed for those fish.

Summer Fluke regulations are 5 fish at 18 inches, May 23 - Sept 27. We have a full selection of Rigs, Shad Darts, Bucktails, Soft Baits like Gulp, and a new product called Z-Man lures. They are a new soft bait that are designed to take a beating so come in and ask about them, they are cheap, $4.99/pk.

Crabbing season is starting, they are finally coming out of the mud, so get the traps ready, and come grab some bait. To check out our bait availability go to http://www.scottsbt.com/fishing/bait/baitboard.htm for our accurate bait selection.

A few more new Salt Life shirts came in this weekend, the Water Fix, and Mahi shirts are looking awesome so make sure you stop in and check it out!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: robert salomon
Boat Name: master baiter
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 05/9/14
Location of Trip: graveling point
Species Sought: striped bass/bluefish
Time of Day Fished: Early Morning (Still Dark)
Tide Fished: Flood Tide
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: Do not know info
Primary Bait: Clams, Salted
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Fished graveling point for striped bass ended up catching a 22" 3.5lb blue fish.
~robert salomon

Saturday, May 10, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:00pm  
Good reports of bluefish and stripeed bass out in the Grassy Channel area by boat.

Still here some drum at the Point/Pebble areas, with some short striper mixed it. There are reports of light taps picking away at bait, so there may be perch, or some spring blowfish hanging around the banks.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: William Murphy
Boat Name: Fish Tale
Phone: 609-296-0325
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 05/07/14
Location of Trip: Gravelling Point
Species Sought: Stripers and Blues
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Chum, Clam
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Started day at end of low tide in calm waters off Gravelling Point. Used fresh clams and clam chum. Went several hours without a bite and then had a 6 lb. blue fish give us a fun fight. That was the only thing that took our bait for the day. Big difference from last week when we caught 12 short stripers in the same spot. Better luck next time!!!
~William Murphy

Name: Sue Hayden
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 5/3/2014
Location of Trip:
Species Sought:
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: Do not know info Do not know info
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Bloodworms
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Beautiful day for fishing last Saturday at Graveling Point. Calm in the morning, then kicked up a bit around high tide. Landed a short striper on my 3rd cast, but finally landed a 12 pound drum that put up a nice fight. I've caught puppy drum in the Carolina surf, but never here, so that was very cool. The week before, I landed a 26 1/2 inch striper on clam. Still looking for that keeper. Have had most of my luck on fresh clam so far. Looking forward to a great season of fishing. Tight lines, all!
~Sue Hayden

Monday, May 5, 2014 /\/\/\ 6:00 pm  
What a great weekend we had. Everyone had great fishing weather and people caught. We had our first bluefish brought in Saturday and some nice striper weigh-ins on Sunday. There were people doing some night fishing Saturday and Sunday night. We had reports of someone catching some nice weakfish off of pebble beach a few nights ago all on clam, but he let them all go because they were breeders. Perch are up the river and we heard mill creek had some action going on last week also.
 
Everyone better get ready to put their crab traps in the water because the crabs are starting to come out of hiding. We are going to have frozen bunker in for people that want to bait their traps up and start caching some crabs. If you would like a flat of bunker, give us a call 609-296-1300 and we can order it for you and have it ready.
 
This upcoming week is looking pretty good except for Thursday. Thursday is a 70% chance of rain and it looks like it is going to be a chance of rain into next week as well. The weekend doesn't look as good as this past weekend was weather wise but any day out fishing is a good day.
 
We will try and have all baits ready for the weekend: clam, bloodworms, frozen bunker, grass shrimp, minnows, and all other frozen baits. We hope everyone has a pleasant week and hope to see everyone soon.
 
-SBT Crew
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Sunday, May 4, 2014 /\/\/\ 12:00pm  
Nice midnight blitz last night. Craig weighed in two nice keepers caught around 1:15 a.m. down at Graveling Point. Also had a 12# drumfish.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Friday, May 2, 2014 /\/\/\ 3:40pm  

 
What a great day it turned out to be. We had some action at Graveling Point today. Plenty of shorts, to many to count. There were keepers being carried off the beach and we had a nice weigh in. Two guys came in and weighed in a weakfish at 6.8 lb. 27" and 2 stripers, one at 6.9 lb. 29" and the other at 13 lb. 34". All fish that were weighed in were caught on clam. It is a 50/50 on the bait with what they are biting on. Bloodworm and clam are your best bet. There are bunker pods in the bay, as one customer said that weighed in their striper. His striper even coughed up a whole bunker after he got it on land.
 
We also have had some talk about people starting to catch crabs in their crab traps, so we will have frozen bunker for this weekend around noon time on Saturday.
 
This weekend is looking fantastic. It looks like a great weekend to go out and fish. The weather for the weekend: Saturday is 64 degrees, partly cloudy, SW winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt late. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Mainly in S swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds. Sunday is 68 degrees, clear skies, W winds 10 to 15 kt...increasing to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. This upcoming week looks fairly good. The beginning of the week is looking great weather wise but once Thursday hits it is a chance of rain all the way till Sunday so hopefully that forecast changes in the next few days.
 
We have all baits available for the weekend. We have clams in the shell and out of the shell but stock is limited until noon Saturday. We have plenty of grass shrimp for those perch guys and minnows also. Blood worms are in great stock and earthworms as well.
 
We are still waiting for the first keeper bluefish caught by land off of Graveling Point or Pebble Beach. They should be coming in anytime so if by chance you catch one in either location, bring it in and claim your $100 gift certificate.
 
We hope to see everyone this weekend. Our longer hours are 6 am-6 pm on Friday and Saturday. We redid the shop this winter, so if your have not seen what we did, stop in and take a look. We have a whole new selection of Salt Life shirts and Penn rods. We hope everyone has a great day and weekend and we will see you all soon.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://www.BHCFA.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: April 2014
Location of Trip: Graveling Point Area
Species Sought: Striped Bass
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are making the final touches on their boats and gear as the 2014 fishing season gets ready to get rolling.

As the air and water temperatures in the Beach Haven area slowly start to rise, the fishing action is equally slow in picking up. Over the past week there has been a definite uptick in the striped bass action with more and more keeper bass being landed on a daily basis. A few bluefish are making their way into the mix and some very nice black drumfish have been landed. In addition, some anglers with the know-how are picking up some "tiderunner" weakfish.

The BHCFA recently welcomed its newest member, Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing. Captain Gary berths his two boats on the mainland in the Tuckerton area, but regularly picks up anglers and parties on Long Beach Island for his trips.
Captain Gary reports some small stripers caught off Graveling Point while anchored in 6-7 feet of water. He says the ticket is clam for bait with plenty of chum in the water to stir up interest. With the influx in the drumfish, He adds that he may be targeting them this weekend in addition to the linesiders.

Captain John Lewis of the "Insatiable" reports he has been working hard on getting his boat back into its slip at Morrison's Marina in Beach Haven. Weather has been a factor in slowing his work schedule down. He has been tracking a warm water eddy far to the east in the ocean that is moving toward Beach Haven at a rate of about 60 nautical miles per week. He is hoping that this movement could result in the possibility of an early tuna bite off Beach Haven.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Name: Kevin Michell
Boat Name: Dad's Inheritance
Phone: 6098915866
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 04/26/2014
Location of Trip: Gravelling Point to Little Egg Inlet
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. NW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Bloodworms
Secondary Bait: Clams, Frozen
Lure Used: Bucktail


Fishing Report:
The day started cold and choppy and ended warm and calm. My friend Charlie caught 2 summer flounder, one 14" and one 16". Both released. My friend Frank caught an entire grass island. After fighting it a while, he gave up and cut his line. I caught nothing but all of us had a great time. We especially enjoyed the seals by the inlet who were curious about us too. Happy fishing all.
~Kevin Michell

Saturday, April 26, 2014 /\/\/\ 11:14 am  
Light on the reports this week due to the last four days or so of winds. Some more drum reported around Pebble Beach and Graveling Point. There have been keeper stripers from that area during the evening fishing, but nothing very large.

Still waiting for the first bluefish from land from Pebble or Graveling, worth that $100 gift certificate.

EVENING UPDATE 6:15PM:
We had a great day here. A good number of reports of some Stripers and a lot of Black Drum. The Drum are anywhere from 10-40# so there is a nice fight if you hook into one! Lots of Stripers in the 26" size so the fun fishing is well underway. Had some Weakfish shown to us by people on their cell phones so it's nice to see the variety spreading out.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: William Murphy
Boat Name: Fish Tale
Phone: 609-661-3180
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 04/25/14
Location of Trip: Gravelling Point
Species Sought: Stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. E
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Bloodworms
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Anchored off Gravelling Point using clam and clam chum. Steady stream of short stripers between 17" and 21". Total of 12 fish caught and released. Enjoyed the day with my grandchildren. Ended day when tide changed to incoming water and increasing winds.
~William Murphy

Sunday, April 19, 2014 /\/\/\ 8:33am  
WE HAVE A WINNER! First keeper striped bass caught from land, Graveling Point 8:39 pm., checked in at Scott & Mo's and officially weighed in in 4/20 6:15 a.m. Congrats to Dave Curry for the $100 gift certificate. Spring Run info

Another nice sized black drum also caught last night by Fonz Rouse, a 33.7 lbr.

Bluefish have been reported by boat in the Graveling Point area, a 3 lb. fish caught Wayne Pollock on Friday.
There is also a $100 gift certificate for the first land caught Graveling Point area bluefish awaiting a winner.

HAPPY EASTER!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Chris Peszka
Email: vpeszka@comcast.net
Boat Name: Drifter
Phone: (609)540-3665
Website: http://
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 04/19/2014
Location of Trip: Graveling Point
Species Sought: Striped Bass
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. NE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: Bloodworms
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Took the kayak out off Graveling Point for the first trip of the season. The conditions were good- sunny, outgoing tide, 52.7 degree water temperature with little wind. Anchored up on some productive numbers from last spring, but couldn't buy a bite, even with a chum pot full of crushed clams and a choice of bloods and clams. Maybe still a little too early? Will try again next weekend!
~Chris Peszka

Name: Bruce Stocker
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 4/19/14
Location of Trip: Gravely Point
Species Sought: Stiped Bass
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Fished for a few hours today. Caught a 22" Striped Bass. Was pretty slow on the clam bait. A guy down from me using worms was hitting them hard, but still all shorts. Was a beautiful day out there. Wind started to pick up so called it a day. Water still a bit cool at 45 deg.
~Bruce Stocker

Thursday, April 17, 2014 /\/\/\ 10:16am  
STILL WAITING: The first keeper striped bass from land prize for Graveling Pt/Pebble Beach is still awaiting it's winner.

Black Drum are here! We weighed in a 19.4 lb. 31" drum caught off Graveling Point on clam by Xu Yong. We are working on getting the pic up in the Catch of the Day section next. Bluefish are due soon, as they always turn up around a week or so after the drum.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Craig Kelley
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 4/13/14
Location of Trip: Graveling Point
Species Sought: Striper
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Incoming water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 20-30 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Caught 4 stripers all shorts the biggest one at 18" one perch caught on clam with a 7/0 circle hook,there coming just be patient so are the Drum!
~Craig Kelley

Sunday, April 13, 2014 /\/\/\ 8:05am  
STILL WAITING: The first keeper striped bass from land prize for Graveling Pt/Pebble Beach is still awaiting it's winner.
We weighed in an 8 lb. 29" bass caught out there by Ed Moore from a boat yesterday evening, so it's definitely time!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: John Gregg
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 04/12/14
Location of Trip: Great bay mouth of the mullica
Species Sought: stripers
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. Do not know info
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Bloodworms
Secondary Bait: Clams, Fresh
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Out on the water by 7:30am. Top of the outgoing tide. Nothing for about an hour, than my first bite bam started to run nice little fight bring it in a catfish! Must say the first time I ever caught one in the bay. In the next couple hours, land a few nice shorts. They bit equally well on both clams and bloodworms. Biggest one being 24". Still great fun on light tackle. On a side note. The jerk just off graveling point. We saw you putting them shorts in your cooler. And no I was not waving!
~John Gregg

Name: Bruce Stocker
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 4/11/14
Location of Trip: Gravly Point
Species Sought: Striped Bass
Time of Day Fished: Evening (Sunset/Dusk)
Tide Fished: Slack Tide
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. W
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Clams, Frozen
Secondary Bait: Bloodworms
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Very windy today. We caught a few shorts, biggest was 20". Also caught a few eels. Water was real rough and white caps. Water still a bit cool at 48 degrees. I think this weekend will warm a bit more but by next week we should have a good run. Keep the faith they are coming.
~Bruce Stocker

Thursday, April 10, 2014 /\/\/\ 4:15pm  
Graveling point has been producing plenty of fish but only shorts. People were out there on Wednesday and caught lots of shorts with the biggest one being only 22 inches. Today it was another good day at the point with lots of shorts being caught anywhere from 14 to 24 inches. The fish have been biting on bloodworms and have also been biting on clam. We are hoping for the first keeper striper any day now! The $100 gift certificate is still on the table for the first keeper bass caught from land fishing the Graveling Point area, so hopefully someone this weekend will be the lucky winner.

Anglers have been going up the river and catching some nice size perch past the Garden State Parkway Bridge. The perch are weighing around a pound and a half and they are biting on grass shrimp and bloodworms.

Trout fishing at the Tuckerton lake has been great and people are loving the action. They have been catching them on Phobe and the Kastmasters metals as well as red trout worms, earthworms, and meal worms.

We will be stocked up this weekend with clam, bloodworms, grass shrimp and all fresh water baits. The forecast for this weekend is looking terrific, so we hope to see everyone in for the weekend.

Friday, Partly to mostly cloudy. High 69F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Saturday, Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 63F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday, Partly cloudy skies. High near 65F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

We will be opening up at 6am Saturday and Sunday mornings starting this Saturday to kick the season off and 7am on the weekday's starting April 14th. Come check out the shop and all of our hard work we did over the winter. We have a selection of Salt life shirts, brand new Penn rods that just came in, and more!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Sunday, April 6, 2014 /\/\/\ 8:25am  
Greg O' reports that the water temp last evening at the bottom of the tide was 51°. They had a good bite, with hits on every cast, but the fish they caught were all between 16-22".
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Saturday, April 5, 2014 /\/\/\ 4:37pm  
Water temp at Graveling Point is now around 45°, and we are still waiting for that first keeper bass!
5 pm correction: Greg O' says the water last night at the bottom of the tide was 47°, and they had bites on every cast, just no keeper yet. He's hoping today is the day!

Samantha and Tyler Sikora just stopped in to snap a pic of Sam's prize winning fish from the Spring Lake Fishing Contest today. Her trout was 6 3/4 lbs and the pic is up in the Catch of the Day section. Congrats, Sam!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Jarvis Marine Inc. posted on Scott's Bait & Tackle, Mystic Island, NJ's timeline (Facebook)
"4/3/14 8:35am FISHING REPORT - RADIO ROAD BEACH/GRAVELING POINT: I walked to the beach last night (9:30p - start of incoming tide) and watched two men fishing under the street lights. In just 15 minutes, they pulled in two shorts using a top/bottom rig baited with blood worms and clam respectively. Another fisherman walking off the point advised of two shorts on blood worms as well. "

Name: charles burns Email: superiorcontracting712@gmail.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 3/22/14
Location of Trip: mullica
Species Sought: striper
Time of Day Fished: Early Afternoon
Tide Fished: High (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: 10-20 kts. SE
Sea Conditions: 2-4 ft.
Primary Bait: Bloodworms
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
Fished from 8am to 4pm the lower mullica using bloodworms only. Wasnt until high tide outgoing around 1pm landed 1 short 20". Also two perch and two catfish. I then had an impressive run off of some sort of sizable fish, id assume a yellow eyed beauty? Who knows...but the trip was worth getting out and getting the first fish of a long hopefully great season of 2014! Its only going to get better from here folks, this season is underway. So get to scotts bait and tackle for the scoop and fresh bait!
~charles burns

Sunday, March 23, 2014 /\/\/\ 10:30am  
The $100 gift certificate reward for the first striped bass caught from land at Graveling Point or Pebble Beach is still up for grabs. Two short fish have been reported by the surf anglers over the last couple of days, as well as a few perch. Water temp is still hovering around 40°


Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, March 20, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:00pm  
No Striped bass hits yet at Graveling Point. If itching for some fishing, maybe try the white perch from up river land locations. More snow due Tuesday/Wednesday.

Rough year for our oldtimers. Sad to hear that Bob Peschko, aka "Red Dog" has passed away. His services are tomorrow at Woods Funeral Home in Tuckerton, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (corrected) Fish On, Bob!
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/app/obituary.aspx?pid=170239832
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Email: jamesghutch1@aol.com
Boat Name:
Phone: 609-290-5942
Website: http://fishbeachhaven.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 3/18/14
Location of Trip: Beach Haven
Species Sought: None
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Partly Sunny/Partly Cloudy
Wind Conditions: Do not know info Do not know info
Sea Conditions: Do not know info
Primary Bait: (Other)
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: No Lures Used (Rig or Hook Only)


Fishing Report:
The calendar says that spring is near even if the weather does not. The continuing wintry weather has not kept the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association from getting ready for the 2014 fishing season. Some of these captains have passed along accounts of their winter activities.

Captain John Lewis will be berthing the "Insatiable" at Morrison's Marina this summer. He has been busy over the past several weeks spending time at various boating and fishing shows spreading the word about Beach Haven fishing opportunities.

Captain Lindsay Fuller has outfitted the "June Bug" with a new suite of electronics and is still upgrading some items left over from Hurricane Sandy. That includes a new enclosure and a rebuilt fighting chair. He had much of his trolling tackle rebuilt by Kevin Bogan.

Captain Carl Sheppard has been spending the past several weeks getting the "Star Fish" tiptop. Items such as zincs, paining, zincs, polishing, and paining have been done in anticipation of its annual Coast Guard inspection in March. The "Star Fish" is licensed for 19 anglers and Captain Carl hopes to be fishing by mid-April.

Captain George Finck reports he is well along with the maintenance on "Sparetime Charters." He has been communicating with some of his customers and is looking forward to an outstanding 2014 fishing season.

Captain John Koegler of "Pop's Pride" has been working on the curriculum for the highly popular Junior Mate's Program which is administered every summer. This program is for teenagers who have thoughts of learning more about fishing and perhaps becoming mates on fishing boats.
~Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 /\/\/\ 10:40am  
No Striped bass hits yet at Graveling Point, but we are hearing activity out towards Absecon and some further up in the Mullica.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Name: charles burns
Email: superiorcontracting712@gmail.com
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Report Details
Date of Trip: 03/11/2014
Location of Trip: lower mullica
Species Sought: striper
Time of Day Fished: Morning After Sunrise
Tide Fished: Low Tide (Outgoing water)
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Wind Conditions: less than 10 kts. SW
Sea Conditions: less than 2 ft.
Primary Bait: Artificials Only
Secondary Bait: No Second Bait Used
Lure Used: Plug, Diving


Fishing Report:
Broke in the boat tuesday morning. mainly went out to test the boat and make sure everything was working as should. Out going tide at parkway bridge at the mullica water temps were reading a steady 44 degrees. I was also marking many huge archs up and down the mullica in 25-35 ft of water but didnt have any bloodworms to test the water. Outgoing tide at markers behind brigatine waters read 39-40 degrees. Four or five degree difference from mullica to the markers. Also heard of many nice sized perch being caught up mullica on bloodworms. Weekend looks nice, dont be surprised of all the anglers out dipping there line. Tuesday looked like a summer day with all the surf fishing going on in the mullica
~charles burns

Friday, March 7, 2014 /\/\/\ 4:29pm  
Water temperature is still hovering around 35°, so no striped bass for a few weeks yet.
Have not heard any reports on white perch in the Mullica or back creek areas. We do have some grass shrimp and bloodworms in stock for those.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Saturday, March 1, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:35pm  
It was so wonderful to see people through the shop today, and we thank everyone for their kind words. It is a warm feeling to start the season off with, despite the chill in the air.
Here's to a great 2014!
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Thursday, February 27, 2014 /\/\/\ 5:17pm  
We will be re-opening the shop on Saturday, March 1st. We plan to have bloodworms in for opening day. The back half of the store is newly renovated, with better access to rods and clothing. Stop by and say hello!

Info on the striped bass run and annual contest here: http://www.scottsbt.com/fishing/stripers/springrun.htm.

On a sadder note, we said goodbye this week to Lenny Senkarik, one our old time anglers who was out there every year at Graveling Point for the spring runs of Striped Bass and Bluefish. Several times he was the winner of our annual contests, and it won't be the same without him. RIP, old friend.
Sea Ya -SBT Crew

Monday, January 7, 2014 /\/\/\ 6pm  
The Southern Ocean County Chapter of the Sunshine Foundations presents
5th Annual Fishing Seminar
Saturday February 8th, 2014
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Click for more Info)
Sea Ya -SBT Crew