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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, August 21.

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Some trips plumbed lots of throwback fluke, and some caught not as many, but throwbacks were always landed on trips, and some keepers were cranked in, nothing to get excited about, said Capt. Tom from the party boat Atlantic Star. Trips fished Raritan and Sandy Hook bays, and when conditions drifted the boat right, the angling was best. Bait caught as well as anything. Spearing are provided aboard, and sometimes killies that anglers brought helped. When the drift was right, rental-rodders even locked into catches. Lousy drifting hampered fishing Saturday. Friday afternoon’s trip stayed docked in rain and a rough forecast. Trips are fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. daily. People are having fun aboard, enjoying a half-day on the water, and the crew is doing a good job helping, Tom said.

Big fluke Monday! a report said about today’s trip on the Fishermen on the party boat’s website. The boat drifted slowly, and anglers had to work, but some beautiful fluke were drilled at snags and good bottom. All keepers were quality, and not many shorts showed up. An 8-pound 8-ounce fluke won the pool and had to be nearly 3 inches thick. The angler limited out, and the angler who decked the second-biggest, a 7.4-pounder, was hot hand, landing five good-sized keepers, keeping no more than the legal amount. A couple of 7-pounders were cracked on the trip. “Joe S, Doc, Dano and a couple of others” limited out, it said. Dano won the pool. On Sunday’s trip, the boat drifted much too fast. On Saturday’s trip, a roll was leftover from weather Friday. But a 10-pound 3-ounce 28-1/2-inch fluke was nailed, the angler’s personal best. The angler’s Spro fell out of the fish’s mouth as soon as the line went slack in the net. A number of 6- to 8-pounders were also heaved in. Big fluke were biting. Trips are fishing for fluke 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.