Hi Flier Flukin’ and Sharkin’

Lately we’ve been participating in two fisheries that we usually don’t target: fluke and sharks. After throwing gallons and gallons of shrimp and not connecting with any weakfish I decided to fish for what is here instead of what is not.
Although, they are mostly shorts, the bay, inlet, and ocean are all giving up good numbers of fluke. If you put your time in, you wind up with some good size fish for the cooler.
We have been targeting sharks for the last week and a half and catching them on every trip. Mostly all are 3 to 4 foot brown sharks. We are using lighter conventional outfits and releasing all that we catch. Only a 4 to 5 mile run from the inlet. They are super aggressive and give a great fight.
It is possible to combine both of these fisheries in the same 5 or 6 hour trip. We could also cast lures in the inlet for blues and small stripers when the conditions are right.
Sailing Open Boat or Charter: tomorrow (Friday) Aug 11, Noon to 6PM and Sat, Sun, and Mon, Aug 12, 13, and 14, 6AM to Noon, and 1 PM to 7 PM. $150 per person, 4 people max.
Attached pic: Lucas Petruzzo, 14, of Yorktown Heights, NY, with his first ever saltwater fish, a 4 ft. brown shark about to be released.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
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Hi Flier Afternoon Shark Fishing Trips

We have been running afternoon shark fishing trips and doing very good. We are having a blast catching three to four foot brown sharks on 20 and 30 class tackle. So far all the action has been within five miles from the inlet. All catch and release. We go on the drift, deploy a bucket of chum overboard to create a slick, and set out a rod for everyone with a balloon bobber. We did this on Thurs and Fri afternoon and on each trip we had the sharks visibly eating at the chum can.

Open Boat or Charter tomorrow (Wed) and Friday, Aug 2 and 4, Noon to 5PM. We could also mix in fluke in the bay or blues in the inlet. $150 person, 4 people max.
We are booked Thurs, Sat and Sun, Aug 3, 5, and 6.
Monday, Aug 7, is available and the early look at the marine forecast is favorable so we could be headed offshore for tuna, Open Boat or Charter. The day is available to fish inshore or offshore.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
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We’re Back from OC,MD. Hi Flier Fishing Bay and Offshore

We just got back from OC,MD yesterday with the Hi Flier. She’s back in Waretown and we are jumping back in to our home base fishing. We did pretty good down there. We didn’t kill it, but we weren’t awful. The weather allowed us to get out four days out of the ten we were there. Attached are the pics of our catch. Steve Spina of Canton, CT with his first ever tuna, a 60 lb bluefin that crushed a rainbow spreader bar. Here’s a few minutes of the end game: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhB5RBwXsvA
Anthony Scalea Jr. of Cranford, NJ with a mahi that snatched a flatlined cedar plug. Nick DeGennaro, my son and first mate with his first wahoo, a 31 pounder that smoked a ballyhoo he just learned to rig on the ride out. Steve Ondrof of Rockaway, NJ with his first billfish, a 90 plus pound white marlin that put on endless show of jumps and greyhounding. We counted eight jumps in a row on just one of his ariels. Big thanks to Darren Dorris who gratefully was on board to teach Nick how to rig Joe Shutes with ballyhoo as well as how to maneuver the boat and handle a marlin boatside. I didn’t anticipate a billfish as I had tuna on my brain when making our packing list so I didn’t have any leader gloves. Nick volunteered the sleeves of his sweatshirt and Darren used them as makeshift gloves to bill the fish for a few quick pics and then we revived her until she swam away on her own. A magnificent thing to experience. Had the trip of a lifetime down there with both my boys, Nick 18, and Max 16, working deck while I ran the boat. Max stuck his first fish with a gaff, the 60 lb bluefin. He also did battle with a 150 pound Southern Sting Ray that ate a chunk bait and after 30 minutes he got him close enough for me to cut the leader at his mouth. Nick filled the void of Darren’s departure by taking over the cockpit and rigging all the baits, and they caught fish.
Locally we will be jumping right into grass shrimping and other gourmet baits for weakfish and the mixed bag on light tackle in the back bay. There are also blues and bass to catch in the inlet throwing soft plastics and surface lures. We will also be running offshore in search of tuna and mahi. I have availability this Fri, July 14 for an afternoon trip in the bay and inlet. Sun and Mon, July 16 and 17 I am available for inshore or offshore morning and afternoon. The marine weather looks favorable so if nobody charters those days, I will be running Open Boat trips on Sun and Mon to the 50 to 60 mile bluefin tuna grounds. This is mostly a trolling trip but we will always be armed with jigs and casting gear just in case the opportunity presents itself. $350 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared. Depart at 3AM, return around 12 hours later (probably later). Everything is provided, just bring whatever you want to eat and drink for the time we are out.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
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Hi Flier Update: Monday Tuna and Tues, Wed, Thurs Afternoon Grass Shrimp Weakies

The boat just became available Monday 6/26 for all day tuna or half day bay fishing for weakies, blues, and fluke. The weather report and sea condition are excellent for either. Open Boat or Charter. Sign on as an individual or charter the boat.
I will be offshore from 4AM to 2PM tomorrow (Sun). I will be back in cell range around 2PM to reply to your email, text, or voicemail. You could also get me between 3:30AM and 5AM tomorrow (Sun) before I’m out of cell range if you feel so inclined. 
Also available Tues, Wed, and Thurs afternoons for bay trips, Charter or Open Boat. It looks like I will have live grass shrimp for these dates so we will be targeting weakfish and the mixed bag on ultralite tackle. We could also mix in topwater lures and soft plastics for blues and short stripers in the inlet. 
Capt Dave DeGennaro

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Hi Flier: Room for one on our Open Boat Tuna Trip Tomorrow Sun 6/25

We have room for one person tomorrow Sun 6/25 on our Open Boat tuna trip. The fare is $300 and the target is bluefin. Four people total. Recent reports have been really good. The run is about 50 miles. The size is varied. A lot of pint size fish with some bigger ones in the mix. I’m going 20 class! Some 30 class and at least one way back ballyhoo for a shot at a cooler fish. All fish are shared. Call me at 732.330.5674 right up until go time.

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Weakies and more in the Bay. Barnegat Ridge Time!

We had some nice weakfish this week in the bay. 15 to 17 inch fish and then we had some 23 and 24 inch weakies like this one Greg Borras of Wantage, NJ bagged on a live killie meant for a fluke. We did have a pair of nice fluke, too, 19 1/2 and 20 inch fish that were mixed in with the weakies on the east side of Barnegat Bay. We also had a two bad efforts in the same spot, so it’s not like we’re beating them up, but they are quality fish when we get them. The inlet is giving up all size blues for us lately, last night (Wed) we had 3 to 6 pound fish, a pair of 9 and 10 pounders and some short stripers. Those fish are on soft plastics and poppers. Mix in some fluking and it’s a well rounded trip.

Sailing Open Boat or Charter tomorrow (Fri) afternoon, Noon to 5 PM and two trips Saturday, 5AM to 10 AM and then again 10AM to 3PM.

The forecast looks really good for running offshore Sun and Mon so I am running Open Boat or Charter for either inshore or offshore fishing. Maybe Barnegat Ridge…Resor…Fingers….Bonita, Bluefin, Mako? I’m game! Call me for more info.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro

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Beat the Heat with Stripers and Blues on the Hi Flier….Sat, Sun, and Mon

Here comes the heat! Looks like warmer temps are forecasted for the weekend and beyond. No better way to beat the heat then swinging for stripers and blues. We will be running combo trips that start with the hunt for big stripers and then end in the bay throwing topwaters for blues. We could also mix in some fluke jigging in the bay. Whatever you guys want to do. Sailing Charter or Open Boat Sat, Sun, and Mon June 10, 11, and 12. Sailing morning and afternoon departures. Charter the boat for your own group or sign on as an individual. There hasn’t been much snag and drop opportunity with the bunker so we are catching the big stripers trolling bunker spoons and Mojos. The upside is they are all huge. 35 to 50 pound fish. Finishing up with some light tackle blues and fluke rounds out the day. $175 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.

Six hour trips departing at 5AM and Noon each day.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
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