LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The New Jersey summer flounder season ends today, September 19, and with northeast winds gusting to 30-knots and seas of 5-6-feet, few, if any, boats fished on the final day.

Now that the fluke season is over, it is time to look to the fall and begin seeing what other fish are available. Many anglers are already getting their gear ready for the fall run. But first, I want to talk about the recent fishing news.

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing ended the fluke season on a successful note. His group of Bob Reim, Bill Knapp, Mark Roth, and Larry Maynak experienced a “superb bite” on a 5-hour ocean trip. Working a few small rubble pieces, the guys jigged up their daily limit of fluke with the biggest at 23-inches inches. Later in the week Captain Brett had Bruce Connor on an afternoon bay/inlet trip. First, they hit the blowfish grounds to box 40 nice puffers. They then hit the inlet area staying on one spot with the MinnKota trolling motor to catch and release close to 20 bluefish in the 20-inch range. The last hour of the trip they worked a small ledge to produce a 5 and 6-pound fluke.

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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” made what he termed a “fun trip” with Steve Palmer of Jingles Bait and Tackle and Nick Perello, another BHCFA captain. The group fished inshore structure and hit the fluke well topped by a fat 6.1-pound fluke.

Fellow BHCFA captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” ended the season taking his wife Tracy out for a successful fluke trip when they managed to catch a few fish dinners. Captain Gary says he is taking advantage of the upcoming rough seas to gear up for the upcoming wreck and striper fishing action.

Local sharpies Dave Rinear and Joe Hummel ended their season Thursday with a trip on Joe’s boat, “Angler.” They reported decent action at the Garden State South reef despite some swells. Their top fish was a nice 24-inch fluke brought to the boat by Dave.

Jingles Bait and Tackle reports the surf fishing on LBI is still comprised of kingfish, blues, and fluke. At times there are sharks, rays, and skates. Unless these rough sea conditions drive the fish to sea, they should still be around when things finally calm down.

Greg from Fisherman’s Headquarters tells me there is a strong showing of resident bass in the bay too. They have been around all summer but are definitely becoming more active with the bait now on the move. Grey, an employee there, is back in school but finding time to fish whenever possible. He shares that he is finding good fishing noting the tog fishing at the Barnegat Light Jetty is “stupid good.” He has had to work for the keepers but there are a lot of fish chewing. There are also some sheepshead and triggers too as well as bluefish chasing bait. He has also picked up some bass on plugs at the rocks.

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