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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, September 17.

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After slow fishing for fluke on the Jamaica II on Saturday, customers picked at some Sunday morning, the party boat’s Facebook page said. “By no means good,” it said, but some of the anglers limited out. Trips are fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. daily through Saturday, the final day of fluke season. Afterward, the boat will bottom-fish.

Almost no news was available, because wind blew the past 10 days, said Eric from The Reel Seat. Fluking on the ocean picked lots of throwbacks for a keeper. Sea Girt and Axel Carlson reefs held the fish. If Eric were going to fluke fish, he’d work places like the Klondike and the Farms. Places like that were probably best for better-sized this time of year. Fairly good fluke catches, including a couple of keepers, came from Manasquan Inlet throughout the blow. Small bluefish swam the inlet, and hickory shad showed up there. The shad should stay around into fall. No news rolled in about fish like bonito and mahi mahi inshore. The water seemed dirty from the storm, and a couple of days of clear water might be needed to see what fishing for them is like. The storm stirred up water and “shuffled the deck.” Unconfirmed rumors said tuna held mid-range. Fish-holding water could be there, apparently, but nothing was confirmed yet. Farther from shore, not much was caught at Hudson Canyon on Saturday night. A few squid were jigged, and a couple of swordfish were landed. But this was right after rough weather, so anglers will see how tuna fishing goes at the canyons.