Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Fishing Report
by Jim Hutchinson Sr.
The fishing in Beach Haven has returned to normal as clear weather and warm temperatures have become the order of the day once again. Stronger than usual winds are present, but the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are using their know-how to find fish.
The offshore bite continues to be hot. Captain Bob Gerkens fished the “Hot Tuna” in the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club’s White Marlin Invitational Tournament with a crew of Andres Hernandez, Pete Nork, Erick Pollard and Matt Ruark. Early on Friday three yellowfin tuna to 52-pounds were boated and a little later four big eye tuna were on at the same time. Three of the four were boated at about 90-pounds. Having used up the boats holding capacity, the “Hot Tuna” headed back to dock at 11:00AM, even though the Tournament permitted fishing until 3:30.
Captain Jimmy Zavacky fished the “Reel Determined” in the same tournament and took a fifth place based on his tuna catch.
Closer to shore, the “Starfish” with Captain George at the helm, had a group of seven anglers from Pennsylvania out on a beautiful weather day. The fish were ready to bite, and over 80 fish were caught. The party returned to the dock with nine keeper black sea bass, one fluke and two Spanish mackerel in the box.
Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction” Sportfishing has been spending much of his time fishing the bay and inlet waters with family groups. He has been fighting strong winds but scoring with various techniques to beat the conditions. He had the Winkler family from Pittsburgh out with two young children on a bay and inlet charter. The family ended up boating over 30 Fluke with seven year old Hudson catching a pair of 19-inch fluke and a cocktail bluefish. The Sigillo family from Beach Haven West with three children were out with Captain Brett. They fished a few different areas and released some 71 Fluke while boxing 3 keepers one bluefish. All fish were caught on bucktails.
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