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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, July 31.

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After fluking improved aboard Tuesday, serving up more keepers than before on both the morning and afternoon trips, conditions on Wednesday weren’t as good, said Capt. Tom from the party boat Atlantic Star. Tuesday’s fishing was covered in an update to the last report, and the boat fished Raritan Bay on all recent trips. Lots of throwbacks still bit on Wednesday’s trips, but fewer keepers did than on the previous day. A couple of anglers bagged a couple of fluke apiece on Wednesday, and one limited out on Tuesday. A trip would fish an area, and catch a few. The boat would be returned to the spot, and the fishing wouldn’t be able to be repeated, because conditions or something changed. Tom would see how the fishing unfolds now. 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.

Fluke fishing was tougher Wednesday aboard, but another 7-pounder won the pool, Capt. Ron from the party boat Fishermen wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. The boat failing to drift because of no wind or tide sometimes affected the angling. An especially large fluke was lost, and a few big fluke in the mix were caught. Just not enough for everybody. On Tuesday aboard, good fluking lasted the whole trip. Ron Sr. whaled 12 legal-sized ones, keeping no more than his limit. Tom the Vet limited out on the fish to a 5-pounder. A 7.2-pound fluke won the pool, and two 6.8-pounders were pasted. The fishing was also good throughout Monday aboard, and a better spread of fluke seemed around in the last week or so, no longer limiting the fishing to one area. Killies just weren’t catching on the ocean, where the boat fished, so Ron encouraged anglers not to buy them to bring. Tom the Vet, on the trip he was mentioned in above, and the Jersey Boys stuck to their guns, bucktailing the whole trip, even when the bucktail bite wasn’t happening. When the bite turned on, they caught. 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.

Boaters made off with fluke on the ocean, said Jimmy from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. They also pitched aboard fluke on Raritan and Sandy Hook bays, at places like along the Navy Pier, on certain parts of the tide. Striped bass were still boated, despite the summer season, on the troll or chunk in mornings. Then the fish stopped biting, and the anglers switched to fluke for the day. Surf fishing beached short stripers, a keeper now and then. A 27-inch throwback was the largest heard about recently. Ling fishing was good on the ocean. Anglers on the ocean did limit out on three sea bass apiece. A few bluefish were around. Snapper blues were growing larger. Croakers, spots and a few kingfish swam Navesink River. They didn’t hold along the coast, for some reason. The shop carries the full selection of baits.