Fluke fishing was interesting, was hit and miss, in past days on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. Some trips were tough, and some were better. Fluking wasn’t that good on Friday morning’s trip. On the afternoon’s, some fluke were caught, and one angler bagged four, and another bagged two or three. Some bagged none, of course, and on both of Saturday’s trips, fluking was terrible. Throwbacks were even reluctant to bite. Weather was much better on Sunday, and fluking was no great shakes on the morning’s trip, but Tire John limited out. Some anglers bagged none, not great fishing, but improved. Sunday afternoon’s trip was similar, but more throwbacks might’ve bitten than in the morning. Nobody limited out, and one angler might’ve bagged two, also not great, but much improved over Saturday. If the fishing becomes no worse, things will be okay, Tom said. All trips fished Raritan Bay, and somewhat of a ground swell remained on the ocean. Tom tried fishing Flynn’s Knoll, at the confluence of the bay and ocean. But there was a roll. Bucktails might’ve fished better than bait on Sunday morning’s trip. Then again, one little girl copped a keeper on bait on her own on the outing. 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.
Few anglers showed up to fish “on this beautiful Sunday,” Capt. Ron wrote about the fluke trip that day on the party boat Fishermen, in a report on the vessel’s website. A heave remained on the water all the way to the back of the bay. A few fluke were found here and there, and Ron worked the throttles to power-drift the boat. The high hook landed four good-sized keepers, bucktailing all day. A 6-3/4-pound fluke was the pool-winner, and the angler with that fish also bagged a 4-pounder, both on bucktails. Then he went back to bait fishing! Some other good-sized fluke, and some throwbacks, were angled. Not hot fishing by any means, Ron said. On Friday, the most recent day a report was posted since then, maybe because of weather, another light crowd jumped aboard, in a roll and cold water that didn’t help fluking. The angling was tough in the conditions, but a 7.2-pound fluke won the pool, and a couple of other fluke weighed 3 to 5 pounds that were bagged. The Fishermen is fishing for fluke 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for croakers, porgies and bottom fish 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. daily except Sundays.