LONG BEACH ISLAND - Summer has officially arrived, and the weather in the Southern Ocean County area looks to be very summerlike. This spells good news for the local anglers. As they say at Fisherman’s Headquarters, “the fishing on LBI is in full summertime mode.”

Fish Heads sums It up noting the near shore waters offer up fluke, bluefish, sea bass and resident striped bass and the offshore game is going well with sharks and tuna on the menu.

In the surf they note there are still school sized stripers around at night feeding on small peanut bunker. In addition, the bite on the beach for fluke has been good. Fish Heads recommends the white Gulp 6-inch swimming mullet. There are still some big bluefish around feeding on bunker and stories of kingfish on the way. Sloane Endick caught a small kingfish on the beach last while in between catches of fluke.

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In its weekly fishing report, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have some mixed results. Captain Carl Sheppard took the “Star Fish” out for two hours between rain squalls and caught 17 black sea bass and one short fluke. The water was 67 degrees on the surface but much cooler 60-feet down on the bottom.

Captain Brett Taylor fished the JCAA fluke tournament with Team S&S Bucktails. The team won the port prize on Long Beach Island with a 5.83-pound entry which also took 6th place overall in the state. The next day Captain Brett was back on his own boat with clients, Joe Antonelli and son Marcus. Despite strong wind against tide conditions, they picked up few short fluke and finished off in the inlet where they managed some short stripers and bluefish to 8-pounds.

Captain Gary Dugan reports fluke fishing in Great Bay for the ”Irish Jig” has been decent action with a couple of fish for the cooler on a daily basis. In addition, the cow nose rays have made it fun for a few anglers along with smooth dog fish. Gary is now planning some ocean fluke trips this coming week.

Captain Alex Majewski of Lighthouse Sportfishing reports plenty of 1-4 blues blitzing around the inlet feeding on rain fish and bay anchovies. There are some bigger blues still in the mix. He has also been finding a daybreak bite on schoolie bass in the inlet. Alex adds that his personal crab pots are producing very good numbers of big male crabs.

Captain Dave Kreines got the “Byte Me” out by himself for a few hours recently. After drifting off Beach Haven with no luck. He headed down to Great Bay where he picked up a dozen short fluke and one 19-inch keeper.

Anglers on the head boat “Miss Beach Haven” have started catching good numbers of fluke including some happy anglers on Father’s Day. Many youngsters were successful fishing with Captain Frank Camarda. The popular head boat will be starting its regular schedule soon.

Captain John Lewis, president of the BHCFA, reports the fundraising for the Jr Mate reef replenishment program is in full swing and can now take donations online from PayPal and most major credit cards including American Express. Information on this worthy cause can be found by going to the Association’s website at www.BHCFA.org and opening the “Jr Mate reef tab” for complete information and credit card access. 

 Captain Dave DeGennaro who fishes the ”Hi-Flier” out of Barnegat Inlet has been plagued with bad weather but got into some hot fishing with his son Nick. They worked the inlet casting artificials and seemed to be hooking up with either a bass or blue on every cast. One cast resulted in a bonito.

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