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Weekly Update (July 2, 2017)

Last weeks forecast missed the mark a bit as my expecation of 'West is best' as the predominant weather pattern for the week turned more southerly than expected and it killed ocean water temps.  Reports of temps in the 50's abound.  Fluke fishing suffered as a result.

Looking ahead to this week, well unfortunately it probably pays to keep your expectations in check.  No need to drone on about regulations but options for putting together a catch are severely limited at the moment.   Until the water warms again, you may as well avoid the ocean for fluke.  Sure, you may get lucky and box a couple but your best chance for any consistent action remains the bays and rivers and again focus on the outgoing tide as the incoming frigid ocean water will shut down any bite quickly.

The challenge this week for 'inside' fluke fishing will be dealing with the massive boat traffic for this holiday week.  Probably best to focus your efforts early and late day when traffic is not at it's crest.

If you do decide to give the ocean a go in pursuit of fluke, focus on structure and at least sea bass is now open again where you can keep a couple.  No great shakes there but always nice to add to a mixed-bag a couple of nice knot-heads. 

Besides fluke, the next best game in town remains shark.  Mako numbers will be dwindling with an uptick on Threshers.  You don't need to run far to try some inshore shark fishing.  Head to an area around your favorite lumps and let the chum run.

One final thing to mention this week.  We are heading into biting fly season.  Those green-heads and biting black flies are on the upswing and can make your days miserable.  You really need to be ready, especially on those days where west wind is predominate.

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Latest NJ Shark Reports

  • 2018-01-11 Ristori Bay Head

    HMS permit holders with a shark endorsement will be required to use non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks while fishing for sharks recreationally in federal waters (3 - 200 miles offshore) south of 41deg43'N latitude (Chatham, MA), except when fishing with flies or artificial lures Commercial HMS directed shark permit holders using bottom longline gear will also be required to use circle hooks. New York State already requires that sharks, excluding spiny dogfish, shall not be taken for commercial or recreational purposes by baited hooking except with the use of non-stainless steel non-offset circle hooks in state waters (0 - 3 miles offshore).

  • 2017-07-06 BHCFA Beach Haven

    Warm summer weather has arrived in Beach Haven, and the fishing action for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association is responding positively. The water temperatures in both the bay and ocean have climbed back to near normal levels, and the summer flounder are responding in a big way. The offshore waters are becoming active with catches of tuna, mahi-mahi, sharks, and billfish becoming more common.

  • 2017-06-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Being in all the Calcuttas was the key to success for the second place boat in Mako Mania as Water Proof won the biggest share of the purse for their 218-pound mako even after being pushed back by Thor's 276-pounder. Winning boats and prize money 1st PLACE 'THOR' 19,125 2nd PLACE 'WATER PROOF' 144,165 3rd PLACE 'THE RIGHT PLACE' 12,276 4th PLACE 'SEAQUESTER' 7,878 5th PLACE 'TROPHY HUNTER II' 1,800 6th PLACE 'IMPRESSIONS' 900 The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a return of big blues for jigging as they ranged from 5 to 15 pounds.
  • 2017-06-29 Blue Chip Sportfishing Point Pleasant Beach

    After battling a very large Thresher Shark for 1 1/2 hrs on a 30 lb outfit the line parted an we lost the fish……But the next day we went back and evened the score by catching another one!

  • 2017-06-28 Miss Belmar Belmar

    We had a couple drifts where we held fish on and had a shot at them, and then we picked on a few others. Sailing daily for blues and stripers from 7 30 a. m. 2 30 p. m. and every afternoon for fluke and sea bass from 4 30 p. m. 8 30 p. m. Join us as we bottom fish and mammal watch and then catch the most stunning sunset on the ride home.
  • 2017-06-27 Miss Belmar Belmar

    There were fish on top along with readings along the bottom. Sailing daily for blues and stripers from 7 30 a. m. 2 30 p. m. and every afternoon for fluke and sea bass from 4 30 p. m. 8 30 p. m. Join us as we bottom fish and mammal watch and then catch the most stunning sunset on the ride home.
  • 2017-06-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Sorry for the delay in getting the blog out, but I had to stick it out to the last minute at Capt. Bill's Landing in Point Pleasant as boats were backed up to weigh in mako sharks which turned out to be mostly just over the 66-inch minimum length set by the contests. As noted in last night's blog, Water Proof took the first day lead in Mako Mania at 218 pounds, but most boaters held back for Sunday's great forecast.
  • 2017-06-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Surprisingly, 20 of the 120 boats entered in Mako Mania opted to fish the first day in what turned out to be rough conditions. Grimbilas said that Water Proof from Waretown took the first day lead with a 218-pound mako over Right Place at 208 pounds, and Trophy Hunter with a 175-pound mako.
  • 2017-06-22 BHCFA Beach Haven

    Summer has officially arrived in Beach Haven, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are turning their attention to the summer species of fish. This means offshore big game fishing with sharks being tops on the menu right now. Some big makos have been reported in the area along with other species.

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