Conditions and tangles were fought until things got right on Sunday’s fluke trip on the Fishermen, a report said on the party boat’s website. Then the trip was “on the meat,” and some good-sized fluke were clobbered. Two anglers tied for the pool with a 6-1/2-pounder apiece, and other 6-pounders were also caught. A few anglers limited out, and plenty of throwbacks bit. Bring weight and heavier rods, at least medium-action that can handle 12 ounces. No noodle rods, if you want to catch.
Fluke trips reeled in the fish every day, some trips better than others, fishing Raritan and Sandy Hook bays at usual places, depending on conditions, on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. Sunday morning’s trip fished Reach Channel and Flynn’s Knoll, for example. Then southwest wind blew up, and the afternoon’s trip fished Sandy Hook Bay. More keepers were hung in the afternoon than in the morning. A few fluke bit no matter where trips fished. Fewer keepers hit than preferred, of course, and throwbacks gave up action. An 8-1/2-pound fluke whacked Thursday was biggest last week aboard. This morning’s trip began with pretty good action with shorts and some keepers on good drifts of the boat, Tom said at 10 a.m. aboard, when he gave this report in a phone call. Then wind shifted. All trips fished, and when forecasts called for possible storms, either none developed or the rougher weather was short. The Atlantic Star is fluke fishing 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. daily.