Memorial Day has come and gone at the Jersey shore, and, despite some nasty weather, anglers were out on the water catching fish. The one big factor on the fishing scene was the variety of fish caught by the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association (BHCFA).


In the ocean big striped bass were trolled up while black sea bass were biting on the inshore wrecks and reefs. Meanwhile in the bay waters good catches of summer flounder and bluefish were happening.


Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” put his anglers on both striped bass and fluke. He had Art Diebel and son Bruce out for some striper action. Bruce is a 7th grader who caught his first ever striper along with some feisty bluefish. On another trip, Alison Mack with her brother Jon and 10 year old boys Eoghan and Rogan did some fluke fishing. Using bucktails they boated over 30 fish with 3 keepers to take home. Rogan also caught a short striped bass.


Captain Carl Sheppard fished the “Star Fish” for fluke on Friday and black sea bass on Saturday. Captain Carl had five keeper fluke out of a total of 12 caught. He found moving baits working the best. On Saturday he looked for striped bass and then turned to black sea bass. The stripers were scarce but he found enough sea bass to keep his fishermen happy.


Additional information on the boats of the BHCFA can be found at 

Fish Species: Fluke, black sea bass, striped bass
Bait Used: Gulp, squid strips, live minnows
Tackle Used: Light conventional and spinning outfits
Method Used: Drifting
Water Depth: varied
Water Temperature: 60
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Speed: 10-15

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About The Author: Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Company: Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association

Area Reporting: Beach Haven-bay and ocean

Bio: I am a writer who will assemble the weekly reports for the association and submit them.

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