Beach Haven Fl;uke Bite Takes Off

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  1. Jim Hutchinson Sr.

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    August is now in full swing in Beach Haven, and while the bay action is dominated by small panfish, the fluke are out in full force around the inshore reefs. In addition, the bite offshore is starting to really pick up. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are currently experiencing their best fluke action of the year.

    Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” has been running two trips a day and returning with full fish boxes most trips. When asked how the action is, Captain Gary noted, “Fluke Fishing has been great.” While there are still large numbers of throwback sized fish, the “Irish Jig” has been finding its share of keeper fluke with catches ranging from 4-8 keepers a trip. He has been fishing the Little Egg and Garden State South Reefs. Along with the fluke, there are black sea bass and snapper blues around. When he moves to a wreck, Captain Gary has been finding sea bass, porgies, blackfish, and occasional triggerfish.

    Captain John Lewis has been taking anglers out on the “Insatiable” and returning with good amounts of fluke in the box. Captain John says he has been fishing both in the ocean and in the inlet. The fish seem to be moving around. He is itching to get offshore to get in on some of the good white marlin and mahi-mahi action he has been hearing about as well as a few big eye tuna and swordfish.

    The BHCFA’s Junior Mates Program had its last official class session on Thursday, August 18. On Friday, August 19, the group will participate in the John Koegler Memorial Junior Mate Fishing Tournament. Following the fishing and weigh-in at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club, a luncheon celebration will take place at the Club. Thanks to the generosity of the Koegler family and other sponsors of the BHCFA, there will be many great prizes awarded to the successful anglers.

    Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at

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