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Report from Monday, September 17.

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***Update, Tuesday, 9/18:*** Angling for fluke was weathered out last week until the fishing, on the ocean, resumed Saturday on the Gambler, a report said on the party boat’s website. The water was still dirty and churned, and a few fluke were reeled up on every trip Saturday and Sunday, but catches were slow. Good-sized, out-of-season sea bass were released. Is a shame that fisheries say the biomass is rebuilt 310 percent but they continue to cut the sea bass quota, the report said. The year’s first tuna trip was slated to depart last evening aboard. See the tuna schedule on Gambler’s website. The tuna fishing is selling out, but some spaces remain. An inshore exotics trip fished earlier in the day yesterday, pasting mahi mahi, false albacore, blues and mackerel 25 miles from shore. One angler caught well on an epoxy jig. Those trips are sold out for the rest of the year, and that can be seen on the tuna schedule. But a similar trip will sail 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday for bonito, albies and blues. No reservations are required, but reservations can be made online.

On the Norma-K III, fishing for fluke on the ocean was a little sluggish Saturday and Sunday, but should improve as the water settles, a report said on the party boat’s website. At nighttime, bluefishing improved aboard. First, the fluke trips. These were the first of the trips to resume after the weather. The crew will give fluking their best all week, the report said, and fluke season will close beginning Sunday. The bluefishing sailed Saturday night, and was a big improvement compared with previously this summer. When a blow happens this time of year like the one this past week, blues usually show up. Fishing was good for 2- to 6-pounders that night on the boat on both jigs and bait. All anglers left with blues, and a few bonito, good-sized, were taken. Trips are fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. daily through Saturday, the final day of fluke season. Beginning Sunday, trips will fish for porgies and blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Trips are bluefishing 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.