Double Report by Phil Simon

On Friday June 24, I joined Bob Dodds and Joe Felice on an early morning charter with Bret Taylor (Reel Reaction Sportfishing) out of Waretown. We hit a number of spots near High Bar, Oyster Creek, and the Waretown flats, and although the fishing was slow, we managed to land 7 nice keepers and a large number of shorts. The water was so clear you could watch the fish hit your bait, and even pull the line away from some of the obvious shorts!

On Saturday I joined club member, (and Grand Bay Harbor neighbor) Dan Ludwig and his wife Cindy on their boat for our first foray to the Barnegat Light Reef for 2022. Although a little early for finding fluke at the tires, there were at least 40 boats fishing with us including the Miss Barnegat Light. Conditions were ideal, but the fishing was very slow. We managed only 2 keepers, 1 short and 1 sea robin. On the way in we stopped at Double Creek, where the clammers outnumbered the fishing boats substantially. Since the boat traffic was really busy, we decided to call it a day and head to the barn.

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