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 black sea bass season has re-opened making trips to inshore wrecks and artificial reefs more interesting. In addition, the offshore waters are becoming active with catches of tuna, mahi-mahi, sharks, and billfish becoming more common.
The Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club held its annual “Fluke A Mania” fishing tournament last Saturday, July 1, and the junior mates of the BHCFA were on hand helping out cleaning fish. Captain Ray Raymond had Irmee Lopez, Andrew Goldman, and Max Goldman out on the Miss Liane fishing the tournament to help benefit the fight for a cure of Cystic Fibrosis. Despite foggy conditions, the crew fished local spots and wrecks in the ocean where Irmee Lopez caught a 22 inch fluke weighing in at 3.44 pounds. This earned her second place in the woman's category.
Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing is very pleased over his fishing results of the past week. He notes the fishing is “progressively getting better.” He recorded a 69-degree temperature in the ocean which he termed a huge improvement from recent days. He terms the fishing as great fishing with steady action.