Beach Haven Action Is Red Hot

2015-05-13 09:44:56
Beach Haven, New Jersey - Saltwater Fishing Report
Little Egg and Great Bays

Springlike weather has arrived in Beach Haven, and the fish are cooperating. The boats of the Bach Haven Charter Fishing Association are making their mark already.

Late April and May have been marked by one of the hottest bluefish runs in recent history. Huge "yellow eyes" are racing around the bay and Little Egg Inlet as well as just off the shores of Long Beach Island. The spring's striped bass run has slacked off a bit as the stripers have retreated in the face of the bluefish. There are small bass to be found and larger fish will be arriving shortly. In addition, there has been a decent run of black drum fish in the waters of Great Bay.

Captain Carl Sheppard recently had a group of ladies out for a Friday evening sunset cruise on the "Starfish" with cocktails and snacks enjoying a crisp spring evening a beautiful setting sun.

On Saturday, the Starfish had the George Sodden party out on a fishing trip to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of one of their group. The boat headed due south for the bluefish blitz near the inlet. In 55-degree water their lures were attached by hungry blues. For several hours they had non-stop action on 10-15 pound bluefish. They left those bluefish looking for stripers but could not locate any keepers. They ended up with a few pan-sized bluefish for dinner.

Captain Gary Dugan of the "Irish Jig" has been scoring on a few small bass along with some nice 25-pound black drum. Whenever he wants, he anchors up for torrid bluefish action in the Great Bay area.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky and the "Reel Determined" are in the water and ready to go. Captain Jimmy has plans for the big bluefish in the area as well as some solid striper action.

First mate Liane Lopez reports that the Miss Liane Sportfishing Charters and Captain Ray Lopez are in the water and ready for action. They too are looking forward to the bluefish and stripers while also thinking about the upcoming fluke season.

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Fish Species: Bluefish, striped bass, black drumfish
Bait Used: Bunker chunks and fresh clams
Tackle Used: Spinning outfits and heavier conventional with circle hooks
Method Used: Casting, chunking, and chumming with clam
Water Depth: 4-30
Water Temperature: 54
Wind Direction: Varied
Wind Speed: 10-20

About The Author: Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Company: Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association

Area Reporting: Beach Haven-bay and ocean

Bio: I am a writer who will assemble the weekly reports for the association and submit them.

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