The month of June is coming to a close, but the fishing just keeps on getting better! Reports coming through the shop are some of the best we’ve heard in several years for this time of the year. Unfortunately, the awesome sea bass action left the fish biting as the season came to an end on father’s day. If you crank one up now, you’ll have to throw it back over until the season opens again on the first of July. The reefs are still very much alive with life though, anglers fishing the reefs are finding a solid fluke bite on buck tails tipped with Berkley Gulp! baits and strip baits of mackerel or squid. The fluke are still in the bay in great numbers as well, but it seems they are becoming more concentrated towards the inlets such as Corson’s and Great Egg inlet. Anglers are having success with the fluke on light buck tails tipped with Berkley Gulp! and bottom rigs baited with mackerel or squid strips and minnows. Ron Loguidice from Linwood broke the scale with a thirty inch, ten and half pound fluke taken from the beach at the north end of the island. It won’t be long before these larger fluke push out to the reefs for the summer so get them while you can!
With the water temperature rising in the surf some toothy critters have begun to show up, brown sharks are here! Surfcasters are finding them in the evening hours using chunks of bunker and mackerel. Make sure you have a solid wire leader and a nice pair of pliers when targeting these guys to keep your hands and the shark safe! This is a protected species of shark and is illegal to keep at any size so please send them back into the surf. With the sharks we are hearing of excellent kingfish action continuing up and down the island. Anglers are catching kings on bloodworms and the artificial bloodworms in great numbers. The shop is also having customers tell us they are catching a few weakfish in the mix of kings off the beach. Plenty of action all around so get out there and fish!