Monday, August 31, 2009: waves: 2- to 4-feet. Water clarity: Good.
Here are the materials for the September 1st call on Black Seabass
and Scup emergency action. You need to register for tomorrow's call
if you want to participate on the call. The ASMFC release about the
call is below. I just finished a 2 hour call on Winter Flounder.
22 Cruiser Court
Toms River NJ 08753
ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board will meet
September 1, 2009 to Discuss Recreational Overages
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup
and Black Sea Bass Board will meet September 1, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. to
discuss recreational overages via a web-based conference call. The
Commission's Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board directed
the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board (Board) to
consider potential overages for all three species and take action prior to
September 1. This directive was taken in response information presented to
the Policy Board regarding available black sea bass preliminary
recreational harvest estimates and projections indicating that harvest
will likely result in significant quota overages. Board action could
include emergency measures to prevent further overages in recreational
fisheries for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.
To join the call, please go to the ASMFC website upcoming meetings for
instructions for the web and telephone portions of the call,
http://www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm. For more information, please contact
Robert Beal, ISFMP Director, at (202)289-6400 or .
This week we saw an influx of weakfish into Barnegat Bay. Better late then never. My best success has been fishing live peanut bunker which right now are easy to get. Some days limits can be had. The biggest fish if the week was a beautiful 21” weakie. Sunday morning I went out alone and after releasing several keeper weeks and many small blues on the west side of the bay I moved east towards the lighthouse for some hot fluke fishing. In less than two hours I boxed 5 keepers ranging in size from 18.5 to 24”. Remember fluke season close this Friday 9/4. Capt. Alex F. Majewski, Lighthouse Sportfishing, Barnegat Bay, NJ 609-548-2511
Another excellent week of fishing this past week. Even dealing with the effects of tropical storms Bill and Danny, we still managed to make it out three times, and knock on wood the bay fluke fishing has kept going at an unbelievable pace. We also saw our first real signs of our summer weakfish, so there may be hope on the horizon.
Tuesday we had Cam Rispoli bringing his 10 year old son Vincent out for a day on the water, and Vincent proceeded to school us in the fine art of catching. Action started with bluefish within ten minutes of leaving the dock and continued with a couple of dozen fluke from Oyster Creek before we headed back into the bay for more blues and Vincent's first weakfish. Most of the fluke were short, but Vincent's pool winner of 23" topped the catch. A picture of Vincent and his proud dad with part of their catch is attached.
Wednesday saw Yardley's Rich Smith with his son Lyle and old friend Bill (picture) continuing the inlet area flukathon. Despite a somewhat slow start due to some ugly (and unforecast) wind messing up the drift, once the tide swung around mid-morning the guys proceeded to boat 3-4 dozen fluke in the last couple of hours. Gulp baits and our custom teasers kept the action going again.
Today I had George Selph and Bob Keller back, mixing it up with small blues and some nice fat weakfish at first light before switching over to fluke once the tide started running out. The weakfish were a little larger than we normally see this time of year (a picture of George with one of them is attached), and were responding to albino BKD's worked slowly below the bluefish busting on the surface. I didn't keep a good count of how many fluke were landed, but I would estimate around 60 with three keepers so the ratio of shorts to keeps is starting to grow a bit.
One more week of fluke season, so let's hope this holds up a few more days.
Until next week.
Capt. Jack Shea
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters
Captain George Finck of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association has been finishing up the summer season with some very successful days on his boat, “Sparetime.”
His most enjoyable day recently was when he had his son Steve, 8 year old grandson Eric, and friend Patrick Gorman out for a day of reef fishing off Long Beach Island. Not only did the crew have a nice catch of fluke and sea bass, young Eric took honors with a 5.5 pound fluke.
Another day saw Captain George take the James Ryan party out to the Little Egg Reef for another banner day with the fluke and sea bass. He ended the week with the Brian Cood family from Long Island who had the time of their life with fluke, sea bass, and some nice bluefish.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at their website www.fishbeachhaven.com