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July 16, 2018:
Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den said in his opinion fluke fishing is better this year because fishermen are seeing more keepers, especially in the rivers. Shane Mahler of Croydon, PA limited out with fluke to 7 pounds while fishing Shark River. Brenda Kreitz from Gilbertsville, PA topped his catch with a 7 pounder, also from Shark River. Vinny Aufiero from Midland Park made flukeasaurus status with a 10-pound, 2-ounce fish, and Benny Green maxed out with flatties 5-34 pounds while fishing on a Belmar party boat. Rental boats are doing well with fish to 6 pounds, small snappers and small bass. Surf fishermen are also picking up some nice fluke to 24 inches and Bob said he has been fishing the suds for a couple hours before work and beaching a few fish. Sea bass fishing has also been good with nearly everyone limiting out. Striped bass fishing has been hot in the surf with mostly small fish on the fly rod or light action spinning gear on plug-teaser combinations. Bluefish have been moving in and out of the inlets with anglers scoring on metal. The cow nose rays are testing the fishing gear of many unsuspecting anglers. Marty Wethersfield and Jesse Thomas ran into a huge one fishing on Jesse's boat in Shark River. After a long battle and a long chase Marty brought the fish to the boat and released it.

Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    It was a good week of fishing despite the early week heat and late week weather; stated Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den. Bob said the fluke fishing has been a steady bite of fish in Shark River. The shorts will keep you in the action, but at the end of the day you also have some nice keepers. Such was the case with Brendan Lreitz who topped a good pick with a 7-pounder, and Ben Green who maxed out with keepers to 20 inches on Saturday. Party boats are also seeing some better fishing in the ocean. However, most boats did not fish on Saturday because of the nor-east blow. There is also plenty of good light tackle and fly fishing for stripers to 22 inches in the local surf, and kingfish are being caught at the inlet.

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    Fluke fishing has been going like gangbusters in the Shark River and inlet according to Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den. Bob said while this past week saw tons of short fish it was also a good a week for big fish. At the top of the list was a 13-14-pound doormat caught by Kevin Newberg of Avon. The huge fish was taken on Gulp from the river during the week. Some other nice fish included: Sean Lorara (8-14 pounds), Scot Bailey from Fairless Hills, PA (6 pounds, 6 ounces), Eric Bryckiko (7-14 pounds) and Benny Green and Marty Westerfeld each had multiple keepers to 4 pounds. Party boats are also finding fair, but improving fluke action with fish to 7 pounds. Now that sea bass is open again anglers can ad a few more filets to their coolers. Bob said rental boats have been coming back with limits and reports steady action with throwbacks. In addition Bob told me good numbers of smaller bass, occasional bluefish and some kingfish are still being caught in the local surf and in the inlet in the evening, with the best catches coming on eels and sand bugs. Some fluke are also being caught in the wash as well.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den said he weighed the 8th bass over 50 pounds this season this past week. The 54-pound Fathers Day bruiser was caught by Jason Hadzimichalis while fishing with his father William on his boat High Life on a bunker spoon off Asbury Park. They were especially happy to deck it on the special day fishing together. Now that's a nice American Tradition! On June 24, Bob reported on good fluke fishing in Shark River; it said it was "holding steady" as Ed Rosenberg of Roxboro, PA scored a 6-pound, 8-ounce fluke and Jesse Thomas of Wall had four fish to 4-12 pounds. "The average rental boat has had two to four keepers and five times that many shorts," Bob said, while adding that the Belmar party boats have switched over to fluke.

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    Bob Matthews over at the Fisherman's Den said what happened to summer, its missing in action. This past week saw good fishing despite the weather with anglers seeing a steady bite of flatties with many keepers. The Party boats continued to fish for sea bass for now as the fishing is so good, but could change any day if the fluke fishing along the inshore waters gains momentum. Party boats fishing out of Belmar are taking substantial numbers of blues. The big bass are still coming to the scales. Ray Soyka from Lincroft hit the scale with the top bass a 52-pound fish he caught on a private boat. Brett Thibodeau of Belmar decked bass of 40 and 48 pounds while fishing with is father two miles off Belmar.

Fisherman's Den

Fisherman's Den
Belmar Marina
905 Rte. 35
Belmar, NJ 07719
phone: 732-681-5005 | fax: 732-280-1300

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