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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, August 21.

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After last week’s blow, fluke fishing on the ocean became much better, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. Westerly wind since knocked down the swell on the fluke grounds, and some big fluke were creamed aboard. The fish weighed up to 9 ½ pounds Saturday on the boat. On a trip Sunday on the vessel, northwesterly wind blew harder than forecast, but the fishing caught fairly well. The fluke were sizable, and the keepers averaged 22 to 26 inches. Bucktails caught best, like usual. But bait-draggers hung some sizable, too. Lots of throwbacks bit, of course. Trips fished deeper than before, because the swell seemed to pull fluke there. Fish for fluke before the season for the fish closes beginning Sept. 6. Space is available, even this weekend. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s about individual spaces available with charters who want more anglers. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about future spaces.

Probably 12 keeper fluke and a bunch of keeper sea bass were pasted on a trip Sunday with Celtic Stoirm Charters on the ocean, Capt. Mike said. Three times as many throwbacks were released. Great trip and great group of anglers, Mike said. The anglers worked hard. On a trip Saturday, almost all anglers became seasick in a swell. Mike hopes all of this fishing goes out strongly before the seasons for fluke and sea bass close soon. Get after the fish while you can.

Fishing began slowly today on the Golden Eagle, but once fish were found, good action was copped with chub mackerel, some big sea bass and fluke, a report said on the party boat’s website. Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the Hi Flier, Barnegat, won the pool with a 4-pound fluke, he said. A very good catch of chubs and some bonito and Spanish mackerel came in Saturday aboard, after a slow first couple of hours. On Sunday, a decent catch of mackerel, some sea bass and a couple of Spanish were winged. Trips are fishing 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. However, a charter is booked Friday morning, so no open-boat trips will fish then. Fishing and sunset cruises are running 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily. Spaces are available for 24- and 31-hour tuna trips in September and October. Reserve them.

For anglers on the Miss Belmar Princess, fishing was fair Saturday, picking chub mackerel the whole trip, after making a couple of moves, an email said from the party boat. On the afternoon trip, a fast drift made fishing tough, but a good catch of sea bass, chubs and fluke was made. On Sunday, fishing was excellent for the mackerel and some sea bass. On the afternoon trip, fishing was excellent for a great mix of jumbo and throwback sea bass and some good-sized fluke and throwbacks. Many anglers limited out. On today’s trip, fishing was slow at first. Then mackerel were picked in shots, until that slowed at mid-day. Then mackerel and sea bass were picked elsewhere. Trips are fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Trips are also fishing 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily, and the afternoon trips also watch whales and porpoises and catch the sunset on the ride home. Fireworks are watched on Thursday’s afternoon trips.

Wow, fluking is hot! Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Some big were in the mix, and Karen Kramer and Chris Hutchinson from Ewing plastered an 8-pound 6-ouncer and a 7-pound 14-ouncer, respectively, and limited out. Mike Warren from Hopewell and Chris Mihail from Newton fluked Shark River on one of the shop’s rental boats, walloping an 8-pound 6-ouncer and a 7-pounder, respectively. Fluke were weighed-in from the Ozark Fluke Tournament this weekend, and many were 8 to 9 pounds. Get in on the great fluke fishing. Bring the kids who can have a ball with snapper blues on the river. Dust off the surf rods. Stripers and blues will swim there soon. “See you on the sand,” Bob said.