LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - It is hard to believe, but summer is quickly coming to an end. I checked the weather report for the upcoming week, and it looks like it will be a hot one. That should keep the water temperatures high and our fishing action also hot.

This warm water will provide us with the appearance of those fish from the south that are often not found in our area waters. I am talking about fish like Spanish mackerel, cobia and perhaps even some redfish.

To tell the truth, I am looking forward to September. I have always enjoyed fall fishing the most. The weather is still nice, the fish are bigger, and I do not have to fight the crowds to do my fishing. I like my striper fishing in late fall, both from boats and on the beach. But I am looking forward to getting on the beach in September in shorts and wading out into the water to catch what might be available.

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I have yet to get into any of those kingfish and am looking forward to it. They are not real big fish, but they can be easy to catch, and they are sure tasty. I am curious about whether we will get any croakers this year. Since I have not heard of any around yet, I am not optimistic.

The pros at Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom are enthusiastic about the area fishing calling the situation “great fishing opportunities for anglers of all sorts. To mention a few, they speak of blowfish, bluefish, bonito, cobia, fluke, kingfish, mahi, black sea bass, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, stripers, blackfish, triggerfish, and weakfish.

They also tell of my old friend Dante Soriente who had a great day doing some bay fishing with his dad. Using the Magictail Tog Jigs that his company made, he tipped them with crab and fished the sod banks in the Great Bay area. He caught a 15-pound black drum, eight sheepshead and a couple of blackfish.

Fish Head’s also has some good words about the clamming and crabbing in the bay. They term both as good. Just be sure to get a clamming license before catching any of those bivalves.

The weekly fishing report from the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association shows the variety of fish that are currently available. The “Insatiable” with Captain John Lewis reports fluke and black sea bass top the list, but also coming over the rails have been bluefish, Spanish mackerel, kingfish and blowfish.

The head boat “Miss Beach Haven” with Captain Frank Camarda has been seeing its number of keeper fluke increase on practically a daily basis. Flatties over three pounds have been common with several over four pounds, and black sea bass in the two- to three-pound range have been showing up. On the “Irish Jig” Captain Gary Dugan reports fluking has been “very good” with a nice mixed bag of fish. He says his local hotspots are producing very well, and practically every trip fish return to the dock for fish dinners.

Mate Marlyn Graham reports Captain Carl Sheppard has been finding loads of short fluke on recent trips for the “Starfish.” Keepers up to 20-inches have found their way into the fish box along with some black sea bass and a minimum of five bluefish per day. Also making their appearance recently in the inlet have been some weakfish up to 15-inches. Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction” Sportfishing had Pete Aubuchon and daughter Maria on a four-hour charter. With cooler water they fished in the backwaters to box a limit of six fluke to 22-inches and finished off the day with a steady pick of blackfish to 18-inches in the inlet.

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

 

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