LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - The summer flounder are in the midst of their annual migration from the bay waters on out to the ocean. Right now, most of the fish continue to be throwbacks with many fish just missing the 18-inch mark. Anglers are hoping that some of these fish grow just enough to be legal by the end of the season.

Gina on the "Carolyn Ann III" reports that they are catching some nice fluke on the inshore structure. Recently, Jim MacIntyre was a pool winner with a fish weighing in at 4.5 pounds. She says the ticket is to have a good drift going. On those calm days with little or no drift, it is hard to catch fish.

There are still fluke in the bay waters, but it seems to be difficult to find keepers. One exception was Captain Brett Taylor of "Reel Reaction Sportfishing" who managed to boat a 9-pound doormat this past weekend while working the waters inside Barnegat Inlet.

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The reports from the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association indicate a variety of fish to be found whether fishing the bay waters, the inshore ocean, or offshore. Captain Gary Dugan of the "Irish Jig" recently took third place in the prestigious Sunshine Fluke Tournament in Tuckerton, New Jersey. The total weight of Captain Gary’s two fish was 7.915 pounds in a field of 102 participating boats.

Captain Ray Lopez has been finding fish on the "Miss Liane" with some good catches recently of yellowfin tuna. Captain Carl Sheppard and first mate Max had the Al Blumenfel party out wreck hopping and quickly limited out on black sea bass. They then trolled up 11 bluefish for dinner while releasing many more.

I checked the Long Beach Island surf fishing report from Fisherman’s Headquarters to learn the three-week run carries on with kingfish on the beach. While most anglers prefer high tide for kingfish, many surf casters are also doing well at low tide. While fresh bloodworms catch fish the best, the artificial offerings are also catching fish.

Also in the surf, fluke continue with reports all along the beach. White 4-inch Gulp swimming mullet baits have been the hot cooler according to Fish Heads. The inlet and rocks are holding bluefish, fluke and triggerfish. The triggers made a strong showing a couple weeks ago and continue to offer great fishing opportunities.

Crabbing continues to be good in the bay waters. With the water warming so much, the larger crabs will probably be in the deeper water where it is a little cooler. If crabbing in areas of low water, it is best to do it at high tide. There are also high numbers of blowfish in the bay, especially in the waters off Barnegat and Waretown.

Anyone with questions or fishing reports is welcome to contact me at jamesghutch1@aol.com.

 

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