Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Oppressive weather out there -- and sharks galore

Oppressive weather out there. Soup-thick air and nasty storms moving this way. No boating chances until storm front passes, though I still see folks a-bay. Surfcasting is doable, while tracing skies and radar on smart phones. Amazing how all this arriving technology blends in with our coastal lifestyles. While visual reads remain vital, you can surely get a jump-start  on packing up  gear based purely on radar reads from Weather Service and such. Keep in mind that radar is not perfectly real-time. There is a gap -- up to five minutes -- so take into account. I use a system that also shows lightning strikes. Good info to know. 


The sharking remains jawfully delightful. Everyday surfcasters are hauling fully spooky-sized browns (sand bar sharks) onto the beach and into boats. Though I'm getting reads of fish of 100 pounds being landed, this type shark host a fairly streamlined body form. I'm seeing browns up to 75 pounds. The 100-lb mark is one of those hallmarks of a trophy catch, likely over six-foot. That's not to say that 100-pounder-plus browns aren't out there. Those big-ass sharks are not as common in intertidal zones, though they do frequent inlets, specially Little Egg Inlet. What's more, bigger browns take some serious gear -- and patience -- to win over.  I've heard half a dozen reports of folks dragging in what they consider "big" browns only to have something break off, no contest. That's sounds bigger.  

This sickness among dolphins definitely has larger sharks following the carcasses closer to the beachline. While that's never a good thing for waveriders and bathers, these sharks are likely very well fed. As I like to note, it's mainly the bull shark that doesn't give a rat's ass if it's stomach is full or not, they seemingly bite just for the fun of it. The only confirmed bull shark I saw caught so far this summer was about two feet long. A number of others have been reported but not confirmed. 

As you likely know, dusky sharks are so similar to browns that even experts can't tell juveniles (to five feet) from a photo. Though both duskies and browns are equally protected by NMFS, critics believe that is solely because of the difficulty in ID'ing the two. It is alleged, with some damn good anecdotal data, that brown sharks are perpetuating at a near dangerous clip. For the many folks now seeing the denture on browns, they can surely take a chunk out of any  piece of meat they set their sights upon. If food gets tougher to find, a dangling surfer legs wouldn't be out of the bite-and-see realm.

Speaking of duskies, those bugger get freaky large, way larger than browns. However, they tend yo move out into deeper waters when jumbo-sized. Nonetheless, I've heard of six-footer taken within a few miles of the beach.


Fluking remains here-and-there, but more so. You really have to be on the right tide and, often, near the convergence zone where changing tides greet each other. It's easy to tell those who were at the right place. Some of the photos of bag limits of nothing but huge flatties prove they're densely packed. That is also a sign of water temperature impacts, as fluke hold to the more comfortable waters. Surf fluking remains above average.

See pro reports below: 


Marine Mammal Stranding CenterA Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle, held by stranding technician Brandi Biehl, is being released back into the ocean.

I’m not sure how to get this rally started but I was stunned to hear that Bob Schoelkopf and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is so strapped for funds that they’re down to one decrepit emergency van -- that has broken down twice in the past week.

This group is as close as it comes to pure dedication to the ocean and its denizens. What’s more, they’ve never been busier at saving and recovering stranding marine mammals.


While they successfully nurse sick or injured animals back to health, they also have to investigate DOA marine mammals. That unsavory aspect of their work is vital to saving other animals – and protecting the public.

You and I would be the first to scream bloody murder if the likes of dolphins and seals slowly die on the beach, but who do you think will come running to help if the Stranding Center is dead in its tracks?

I know many organizations are strapped for funds but I wonder if we could rally to help the MMSC, maybe find a local dealership that might help the cause by tracking down the needed vehicle – at cost, of course. 

Jay Pagel (senior stranding technician) is freeing a leatherback turtle entangled in a whelk trap.


Sharp rescue:

Laura Fredrickson Gilbert added 4 photos.

Belt wrapped around the shark. Not good. — with George Gilbert.


Latest photos of minks in BL. This is Jim. V's website. Great fun.
Readings From the Northside
Beach, Ocean & Surf Reports from North Beach, Long Beach Island

Duz u smell somefing?


Walking back to the buggy with my charter I came upon this awesome smell of Bass... water pretty flat you could see the fish just under the surface... We took this pair on MOUSE FLYS!!!! This is a true story!
Walking back to the buggy with my charter I came upon this awesome smell of Bass... water pretty flat you could see the fish just under the surface... We took this pair on MOUSE FLYS!!!! This is a true story!


Fishing Barnegat Bay 3
Fishing Barnegat Bay with Lighthouse Sportfishing
Added on 7/31/13
Quick report here as I will be on the water for at least the next five days.  Blowfishing remains the same.  The pattern for fluking right now is slow to dead until the water clears up on incoming when it go off big times.   Weakfishing picking up.  Blues in the 2 to 8 pound range have taken up residency and once again the best action seems to be on incoming water.  Speaking of bluefish, check out this video I shot on during a recent charter:




Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex


Barnegat, NJ




            Enclosed is this week’s fishing report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address is jamesghutch1@aol.com

Thanks for your help,

Jim Hutchinson Sr.


            The summer flounder action in the Beach Haven area is starting to come together for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. When you combine that inshore action with some torrid offshore catches, you can say the best fishing of the summer has arrived.

            The fluke are making their annual migratory move from the bay waters into the ocean, and that means the inshore structure including the artificial reefs are starting to give up some big fish.

            Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters”   was Canyon fishing with Jerry Gambino , Tom , Tom Jr. ,and Tim Baggs recently. They encountered smooth waters and some fine action at the offshore canyons. The highlight of the trip was a 150-bigeye tuna accompanied by a nice catch of smaller yellowfin tuna.

            Captain John Lewis of the boat “Insatiable” recently had the Delia brothers out in flounder fishing in the ICW. Captain John report s constant action, but the fish were undersized. The waters closer to the inlet, however, have been producing some larger fluke. He had the Freedman family out and 8-year old Caroline taught here big brothers how the fishing works. She not only got the most keepers but also boated a sea robin the size of a small dog. Captain John reports the off shore fishing continues to improve with yellowfin, bluefin, and bigeye tuna all now within reasonable range of Little Egg Inlet. There are also some wahoo, white and blue marlin, and mahi-mahi in the mix.

            Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” has found a good variety of keeper fish at the inshore reefs including black sea bass, ling, and fluke. 

Additional information on the association can be found at www.fishbeachhaven.com.


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