Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

My column is a tad off this week. OK, make that more taddishly off than usual.

Late last week, I contracted a mystery virus. By my reckoning, it was your typical typhoid fever mixed with malaria and complemented with just a touch of the bubonic plague. The body aches were downright Neanderthal, as if a pack of crazed wallabies had just kicked me back to Adelaide. (Don’t ask.) I discovered aching body parts I didn’t know I owned. Imagine rolling over to find your lacrimal caruncle openly moaning. To that point in my life, I wouldn’t have known a lacrimal caruncle if one got stuck in the corner of my eye.

Things reached a body-ache low point when individual eyelashes began to hurt. It got to the point where they worked out a syncopated pain pattern, running left to right, each lash producing its own pang before handing off to the next lash. It was like this little achy, breaky harp. Hey, when you’re not well, you’re not well.

Then there was my fever. I had no thermometer but knew full well that my forehead was sweltering when I’d look up to find a slew of brilliantly colored rainbow lizards basking on my forehead, humming a fairly decent rendition of an Adele song, “Set Fire to the Rain.” Mercifully, I experienced no hallucinations during my high fevers.

The most aggravating part of my foray into partial plaguedness was the way it stole a gorgeous weekend right out from under me. I had some best laid plans, from frogging to fluking to filmfesting – all gang agley.

By Monday, as the lizards packed up and my lacrimal caruncle eased back into ocular obscurity, I began mulling over a load of accumulated fishing reports. Turns out plenty of fishing folks had fine bass, fluke and bluefish sessions. At the same time, I also got a spattering of skunk sessions, meaning the recent spell of can’t-miss angling may have sauntered northward, leaving behind a more modest late-spring bite. Hopefully, we’re still far from the oft-iffy summer season fishing. So, take advantage of ongoing bites. For my blog insights, Google jay mann today.


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Junior Mates Program Ties the Knot Between Captains and Deck Hands

Jun 05, 2014

Back in his days as a kid, Capt. Lindsay Fuller said, most kids would just chill at the docks.

“The charter boat would come back from a trip, and the kid would say to the captain, ‘Hey, captain, want me to clean your boat?’” Fuller described. “You’d do it for free. You didn’t need to be paid. You would just get involved with maybe the idea that they would take you aboard on trips as a mate.”

Back then, being a mate was a kid’s dream job during the summer – and kids knew it. Now, Fuller says those days of captains finding potential mates at the docks are long gone. With a lack of youth at the docks, a junior mates training program came into existence. The program has been going since 2003.

“We wanted to find a way to pass the skills on to the next generation,” Fuller said.

In 2003, they drew about 15 kids. Since then, the program has garnered between five and 20 kids each year. The folks associated with the program have reached out to kids via newspaper stories, radio spots and recruiting in high schools.

This year, the program, which is open to ages 13 to 17, is officially named Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association – Berkley Fishing Junior Mate Training Program. Berkley Fishing is now a co-sponsor and supplies the Junior Mates with professional mate tools as the kids learn their skills. Berkley is owned by Pure Fishing, a major holding company for fishing tackle brands.

Initially, the program found success with kids who would just spend their summers at the shore. Year-round youngsters didn’t get involved until the program was in its fourth or fifth year.

“We started to get some crossover where some of the summer kids knew some of the full-time kids, and they would promote the program,” Fuller said. “Then, we started to get boys and girls from the local area, but it took a while.”

Fuller said the skills kids acquire through this program help them to become good saltwater fishermen. He added that most private fishermen don’t know what they’re doing.

“If they see a group of boats, they assume that’s where the fish must be, and nothing could be further from the truth,” Fuller said. “You find fish when you find what it is that they’re eating.”

Fuller said the program equips kids to figure out where fish are and what they’re eating, select the proper bait, then catch the fish. This education feeds directly into the knowledge they need to become a charter boat mate.

“We assign them to a number of boat captains who give them on-the-job training,” Fuller said. “Now, they won’t receive payment until the captain feels they’ve learned enough that they won’t be an embarrassment.”

However, if the charter party tips the trainee, Fuller is fine with it. In the early stages of the program, kids come away with valuable information on machinery, electronics, computers, navigation – if they have applied themselves accordingly.

However, there are bigger life lessons that can be learned than just navigation and knot tying.

“We need them to be social directors of the boat,” Fuller explained. “How much (clients) like you has a great impact on the amount of your tip.”

Fuller provided an example of one student’s social growth.

“This girl was very smart to begin with. She started when she was 13. So, 13-year-old kids are going to be a little shy,” Fuller said. “She was used to fishing with her grandfather, so they were all adults that she knew. Obviously, she didn’t know anyone on the charter parties, so she was a bit quieter at first. Once she got her wheels under her, she had no problem telling people what she does and why she does it and answers any sort of questions.”

In fact, this lesson in communicating may be the most important one in the program.

“The thing we tell them right off the bat is that we are not in the fishing business; we are in the entertainment business,” Fuller said. “The idea is that people come on the boat first and foremost to have a nice day on the water with their friends and family. ... Catching some fish and taking them home is a bonus.”

Fuller said every year about one-third of the kids take an authentic interest in the programs, while the others sort of go through the motions.

“We had a boy come one time, and he wasn’t in the normal T-shirt and shorts routine. He had ironed khakis; he had a button-down collared shirt on. I mean, he looked nice, but that’s a little unusual,” Fuller said. “We had fish cleaning. Two of us were showing the kids how to fillet little bluefish maybe 14 inches long. You have to flip the fillet over and skin it going back the other way. You would do one in slow motion, and then the kid would do one. If the kid would screw up, you’d toss it and give the kid another one. Well, this kid was about third in line, and every time a kid would step up, he’d step back.

“When there were no more kids left in line, he said, ‘I don’t want to clean fish.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s a pretty important part of being a mate on a charter boat. Why don’t you want to clean fish?’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to get dirty,’” Fuller said. “‘Let me ask you a simple question: Why are you here?’ I asked. He said, ‘My mother signed me up. She said I needed an outside activity.’”

But then, there are those like the 13-year-old girl mentioned earlier.

“We had one that was a crackerjack at 13. He was great at everything with one exception: He wasn’t tall enough to reach the outriggers pin. He had to go up on a ladder,” Fuller said. “Last time I saw him, he was about 6-foot-3.”

Fuller said some kids who really took a liking to the program are now captains themselves. For kids to become fully trained, they usually need to go through the program for three seasons. This season, registration night is June 26 at the New Jersey Maritime Museum, Dock Road and West Avenue, Beach Haven, at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for the entire program, plus the cost of the U.S. Coast Guard-approved APCA drug test program.

Fuller can be reached at 609-685-2839 or JLinFuller@aol.com.

— Liam McKenna



            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. 


Last weekend was finally one with nice weather in Beach Haven, and the fishing responded in a positive way for anglers and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association.

The back bay summer flounder action has been some of the best in years as it seems like most of not all of the customary hotspots are producing some nice fish. Most of the time the ratio of keepers to throwbacks has been higher than in recent years, and 4-5 pounders are no longer a rarity.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” tried trolling in front of Long Beach Island just off the beach with Frank Smith and friend looking for some big striped bass. About 11:00 am the wind and seas picked up so with no sign of any bass. They made a move to try the calmer bay waters to see if there were any fluke or bluefish around. The fluke seemed to have lockjaw, but they found some feisty bluefish to provide some action. Captain George took his grandson Will and friend Nick down to Great Bay drifting for fluke. They had a nice catch of fluke and the boys also enjoyed the action on skates and sand sharks.  

The striped bass action off Beach Haven has been up and down. One day there will be pods of bunker with big, hungry bass under them. The next day there seems to be no sign of bass. Most of the captains have been trolling Tony Maja bunker spoons in order to cover more ground as they look for the bass.

The wreck and artificial reef action has been steady with a nice pick of black sea bass along with ling, some cod, and a few blackfish.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at its website at www.BHCFA.org 


Introduction to Fishing Knots & Rig-Making at the Long Beach Island Branch Library

Long Beach Island Library
217 S. Central Ave., Surf City
Jun 23, 2014
7:00 PM

Surf-fishing expert, John Sweet, will show you basic knots used by fishermen, how to tie them and what they are used. Please bring a spool of 30 lb. test monofilament (no braided lines), a pair of needle-nose pliers and a fingernail clipper. Ages 12+. Space limited. Please register.


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After Sandy Hiatus, Striper Shootout Returns June 14 

Jun 09, 2014
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Many traditional events fell by the wayside at this time last year as the area was trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy, so the High Point (Harvey Cedars) Volunteer Fire Co. is hoping for a strong turnout at its striper shootout fishing tournament Saturday, June 14, from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The entry fee is $150 per boat with up to two anglers, and $50 for each additional angler. A lunker special costs $350 per boat with up to six anglers, with the name of the boat or business appearing on the back of a T-shirt.

“The last time we had it (in 2012), we had 47 boats and around 200 fishermen,” said Jason Marti, assistant fire chief and striper shootout chairman. “We already have 20 boats signed up, and that’s encouraging. The striped bass fishing has been going well this year.”

Marti said reservations would be accepted up until the mandatory captains meeting on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the firehouse on West 80th Street.

“Each boat must have a representative to attend this meeting where we go over all the rules and regulations,” he said.

The fishing boundaries are from the Seaside Heights Casino Pier to the Wreck Inlet, just south of the Little Egg Inlet. Boats will be launched at the 78th Street dock.

No one brings their catch home to cook, since the firehouse will be the scene of a big fish fry beginning at 2. Each angler receives free admission to the fish fry, but those who want to come just to eat pay $25 (children 12 and younger are admitted for $8). There will also be live music, a silent auction, special drawings and 50/50 cash prizes. 

An awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

Marti said the event is the second largest fundraiser for the company, which also serves portions of the Loveladies and North Beach sections of Long Beach Township. The major fundraiser is the Dog Day Race, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 17.

On its website, the company says, “Hurricane Sandy has hit us all very hard. Recovery and rebuilding continues for many of our community who sustained major damage from this devastating storm. Our goal for this year is to raise money for equipment that was lost or destroyed during recovery efforts during the storm and to replace our aging generator from the ’60s which we rely on during emergency events.”

For more information, call 609-494-9169 or log onto www.hpvfc.com—E.E.


We ran outside Monday morning Andy found the big bass 4 miles north of the inlet in 25 feet of water. They were blowing up bunker on the surface.  We went 6 for 9, keeping 3 and releasing 3. They ranged from 25 to 38 pounds. On the way home we stopped in Oyster Creek channel to throw poppers at 3 to 5 pound blues and they were crashing our lures. A blast on 10 pound spinning gear.
We will be running open boat trips on Friday,  June 13 in the afternoon from 1 pm to 7 pm. Also on Saturday,  June 14, 1 pm to 7 pm, and two trips on Monday, June 16, 6 am to noon, and 1 pm to 7 pm. We will be targeting     
big bass on bunker as long as the ocean is nice. The long range forecast looks good so far. If the ocean is questionable we will fish the bay for blues and fluke. We sometimes save an hour of our time to do this on the way home even on the nice days. Three people max,  $150 per person, all fish are shared.
Pictures are Taylor and Rob Turrisi with two of their fish.


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There's a Happy Hollywood yesterday 550,325,370 Dresssed

There's a Happy Hollywood yesterday 550,325,370 Dresssed


What an explosive start to the 2014 Canyon Season for Pez Machine Sportfishing!!! In our first three canyon overnighters we've boated (and/or released):

3 Makos, 35+ Blue Sharks, 21 Tilefish, 28 Yellowfins, 8 Bluefins to 180 pounds, and 4 Bigeyes to 200 pounds!!

We currently have room for 4 people on a June 29-30th Overnighter. This will be a 28-30 hour trip and a reservation is required. Please email me at Stew@pezmachine.com to book your spot today.

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What an explosive start to the 2014 Canyon Season for Pez Machine Sportfishing!!! In our first three canyon overnighters we've boated (and/or released): 3 Makos, 35+ Blue Sharks, 21 Tilefish, 28 Yellowfins, 8 Bluefins to 180 pounds, and 4 Bigeyes to 200 pounds!! We currently have room for 4 people on a June 29-30th Overnighter. This will be a 28-30 hour trip and a reservation is required. Please email me at Stew@pezmachine.com to book your spot today. We will be offering more make-up trips throughout the season. If you're interested in being on our email list to receive trip information please contact me via email to provide contact information. Can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings!!

Foggy morning on the beach and at times it was hard to see the water. Easterly wind and 8 ounces to hold bottom. Rich showed that the stripers liked the conditions this morning. His 38 incher was caught on salted clams and the 30 incher on a bunker chunk. He lost another one in the wash.

Foggy morning on the beach and at times it was hard to see the water. Easterly wind and 8 ounces to hold bottom. Rich showed that the stripers liked the conditions this morning. His 38 incher was caught on salted clams and the 30 incher on a bunker chunk. He lost another one in the wash.

Got my first ALS returned tag today!

Got my first ALS returned tag today!


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