It was a tough week for weather so the reports were few and far between, weather looks to be a little bit better this week but it’s going to be wet out there. Fluke fishing so far in Northern Jersey has been consistently good, the same could not be said for the Southern Region in the past but a consistent bite has been developing so hopefully this trend will continue. Here is what I was able to round up from the Captains.
Fisher Price IV Atlantic Highlands, NJ :
Captain Derek Bielitz “The fluke fishing bounced back this past week. Several trips saw limit or near limit catches of fluke coming from the rough bottom with jigs and GULP baits. Unfortunately we were unable to get offshore with the weather this week, but it looks like some nice water pushed closer in and we will be back offshore this coming week for tuna and mahi. We are currently taking charter reservations for the remainder of the fluke season as well as tuna trips through the end of September. We are also booking fall dates for October, November and December stripers and blackfish trips. ”To inquire about charter availability or open boat call 732-861-3394 or email Captderek1@yahoo.com
FISH STIX Shark River Inlet, NJ:
Captain Kris Black “After being out of the water for some summer maintenance we are catching some nice fluke, shorts and keepers. We have availability coming up” call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878
Time Out Charters Absecon, NJ
Captain Scott Newhall “Fluke was a mixed bag this week in the AC area. The beginning of the week saw nice fish banging in the bay and inlet waters before NE winds changed the pattern and the fish turned off for no apparent reason. Later in the week, ocean fluke bite picked up and expert anglers started to score in the sloughs and rubble. Those who did best know how to work the bottom without snagging. Snags lose gear, but waste time for retying. The best fluke bet is the inlets and ocean moving forward.” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729
Vet Craft Sportfishing Cape May, NJ
Captain Harvey Yenkinson “Fluke turned on big tie for the Vetcraft this week with some real big fish in the mix. Sea Bass still being put in the box too” To speak to Captain Harv about open boats or charters call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891
After a month of struggling to put together decent catches of fluke, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding more keeper fish. Helping to improve the action is the annual migration of the fish from the bays into the ocean. As a result, the fishing around the inlets has shown some great improvement while the action on the inshore artificial reefs is also showing more big fish.
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” notes that while “we have been picking away at them; the fishing seems to be picking up slowly but surely.” He believes a couple of days with a good Northeast wind should do the trick. Meanwhile, wreck fishing has been providing a variety of fish for the cooler to take home.
Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” terms July a “hard month” and says that most trips got their sea bass but the fluke fishing was slow. Suddenly, as August arrived, and his party had lots of action, putting five nice fat fish in the box. The top fish was 24.5-inches long, providing some very nice filets. He has been working some of his productive wrecks in addition to the reef sites.
Captain John Lewis also notes the recent uptick in fluke action as his recent parties have been able to take fluke filets home for dinner. His most recent trip had fish up to 24.5-inches. It appears late summer is going to be the time for anglers to finally score well on the fluke action.