BHCFA August 6 Report

2014-08-06 09:14:32
Beach Haven, New Jersey - Saltwater Fishing Report
Ocean inshore and offshore

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 drifted on the bottom. 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 has been putting keeper fluke in the box most trips. He has also had some good action on Taylor bluefish in the inlet.

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

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Fish Species: Fluke and yellowfin tuna
Bait Used: Spearing, Gulp, Lures,ballyhoo
Tackle Used: Light bottom and big game
Method Used: Drifting and trolling
Water Depth: Naried
Water Temperature: 73
Wind Direction: SE
Wind Speed: 5-10

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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