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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, July 21.

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Atlantic Highlands
Trips, fishing Raritan Bay, landed fluke, and the angling wasn’t good, wasn’t as good as Capt. Tom would like, but most of the keepers were well over the size limit, on the party boat Atlantic Star, he said. None of the fish was larger than 8 pounds yet this season, but larger came from the bay this year, and some aboard weighed 4, 5 and 6 pounds recently. For the throwbacks released, the size limit that’s a half-inch larger than last year made a big difference. Lots more of the fish would’ve been keepers. All the twice daily trips sailed in past days, and the bay was calm in the easterly wind that sometimes roughed up the ocean. Sometimes the weather was a little chilly aboard. Some trips caught better than others, and the outings fished different parts of the bay, depending on conditions. Both of Saturday’s trips were tough. Sunday’s fluking was a little better, and a few more keepers were bagged than in previous days. Throwbacks gave up more action than before, especially on the afternoon’s trip. A load of 13- to 16-inchers bit. Tom hopes more fluke begin to be bagged, and neither bait nor Spros seemed an advantage for catching. When a trailer was fished above a Spro, that was better, and probably caught as well as anything. A Gulp with a killie or a spearing was fished on the trailer. Anglers who fish Spros sometimes tend to work harder at the angling. But rental rods fished with spearing, the bait provided aboard, also hooked the fish. The Atlantic Star is fishing for fluke on two trips daily from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m.