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May 26 BHCFA Report

The decision facing the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association this Memorial Day Weekend is just what fish to go after. There are still big bluefish around, a goodly amount of striped bass, a decent bite of summer flounder, and recent black sea bass results have been off the chart.


Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” had a very pleased party when they managed to boat 32 nice sized keeper black sea bass while fishing inshore structure. Comments were heard on board concerning “fish tacos” for dinner.


Captain Carl Sheppard had the Lavagna party from Mt. Laurel out on the “Star Fish”, and they wanted to catch some big bluefish. Fishing at the entrance to Great Bay the group caught fish steadily ranging from 8-14 pounds for four straight hours. They jigged with diamond jigs and trolled. Another day Captain Carl had a group out and they headed for the reefs looking for black sea bass. The group of 5 anglers managed to boat over 80 sea bass and brought 14 nice fish home in the cooler.  


Captain Ray Lopez has been catching big striped bass just north of Barnegat Inlet on the “Miss Liane.” Joel and Mike were celebrating Joel’s birthday and the fish did not disappoint. Joel managed to put a 30-pound bass in the box and before the end of the day caught another even larger fish. Earlier in the week Andy and Max Goldman were out looking for bass and 13 year old Max caught his first ever striped bass, a 27-pounder. In all, the group ended up with 3 stripers and 6 big bluefish to 12-pounds. 


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