Kingfish have arrived in the surf on the southern end of Long Beach Island.
Margaret O'Brien at Jingle's Bait and Tackle in North Beach Haven said Friday that surfcasters went down the beach trying for flounder in the morning, but quickly shifted over to kingfish when the flounder were not biting on low water. They put Fish-Bites on small hooks and started to connect.
She said some of them came off the beach with a dozen kingfish.
O'Brien also said that later in the day toward high water, the flounder started to move in.
Valerie Zak had a similar report from Oceanside Bait and Tackle in Brighton Beach. A lot of kingfish were caught by anglers going for kings. She said they were all nice-size, 12-14 inches.
When asked what beaches, she said: "Everywhere around here in Long Beach Township."
Bloodworms are also the prime bait for kingfish.