Fluke fishing was much better on this morning’s trip than on the weekend’s trips, Capt. Tom from the party boat Atlantic Star said at 10 .m. on this morning’s outing in a phone call. This morning’s high hook landed three keepers, so far, and the day was beautiful. Whether the sun made a difference was unknown, after the weekend’s clouds and sometimes rough weather. The water was 59 degrees on this morning’s trip, and was cold during the weekend, in the 50 degrees. The water was yet to reach 60 this season. Tom wasn’t asked where this morning’s trip fished, but the weekend’s trips fished all over Sandy Hook Bay and at Flynn’s Knoll. The weekend’s trips hooked fluke every place fished, but too few keepers. A handful of keepers were boated, and some of the anglers would catch four, five or six throwbacks and no keepers, or one or two throwbacks and no keepers, during the weekend. Morning trips fished better than afternoon trips during the weekend, for unknown reasons. But this morning’s trip fished better, so far, and Tom would see how that went. The Atlantic Star is fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. daily.
Fishing slugged away at blues on jigs, a few on bait, on Saturday’s trip at first on the Fishermen, Capt. Ron wrote in a report on the party boat’s website. That was while the boat drifted, during the wait for the tide to change. On the change, sharks took over. When current began, the boat was anchored, and blues were nailed the rest of the trip. One angler brought his two young sons for their first bluefish trip, and the catching tired them. On Sunday’s trip, at first, the tide was ending, and a huge heave came from the ocean. No fish bit in that. Current seemed to take forever to begin, and the angling took off at the change the past couple of days. Not this day. The fish took time to bite, then some nice shots would kick in, and back off. A good hour of the angling made some anglers, not all, happy. Anglers had to work at the fishing, using fresh bait and tossing the bait away from the boat. Was difficult getting anglers “back into it” after the slower fishing. But those who listened and worked caught some. A 15-pound blue won the pool. The Fishermen is sailing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.