Very slow day today. Worked the western end of the bay. Read alot of bait life, and we did catch some fish without a real good drift. Conditions were an issue again today. Had to fish near the Raritan River in hopes of getting some current coming out of it. We did see some fish at the end of the outgoing tide, but overall it was a pretty poor day of fishing.
Tough day today. Started the morning in the western end of the bay. Had ok conditions with the outgoing tide, and a very light west breeze, but nothing bit. Tried the Reach Channel, and off Keansburg, but nothing much to report. Headed to Sandy Hook Channel for the start of incoming tide, but that was no good either. Bounced around a few different spots to no avail. Just a bad day of fishing all around.
Slow fishing again today. Fished all along the Reach Channel. We had pretty good conditions, but nothing wanted to bite.
I have had a few people ask me about what we will be fishing for once the Fluke fishery is shut down on September 10th. As of now we are planning on fishing for Porgies on Wednesday's and Saturday's, and Weakfishing all other day's. The Porgy trips will be from 7:30am till 4:00pm. Weakfish trips will be from 7:30 - 2:30.
Tough day of fishing after all the rain we had yesterday. The water temperature dropped a few from 73 to 69 degrees, and the back of the bay, where we have had our best fishing over the weekend, was very murky from all the runoff coming out of the river. Our first drift of the day was the best. We had 13 keepers on it, but after that, not much was caught for the rest of the day. Fished alot of different places from the western end of the bay, to the ocean. We had perfect conditions for drifting, but the fish didn't want to eat. high hook was 4 keepers, and the pool winner was a 3 pound Fluke.
We didn't make it out today.
Well, it blew south last night arouns 25 knots, and that had a direct affect on today's fishing. We tried every end of the bay, and couldn't get anything going. Horrible day all around. Looking forward to tomorrow!!!!
The fishing improved again today along the western end of the Reach Channel. Had very good fishing to start the day. Lost the current around 11:30, but a wind shift to the east helped out just enough to push us along the egde of the channel. Had excellent fishing from noon till 2:00. We had one person with their limit, and a couple more people with 7. Barbara Trematerra, Dan Dishey, Jim Wargo, and Gary Schroeder, all from Rahway, NJ, combined to keep 23 Fluke, and Gary won today's pool with a 4 pound fish.
There has been a improvement in the fishing each day since Sunday, with today being the best day in over a week. This is a good sign of things to come. Fluke usually don't bite at different times during the month of July. We see it every year, and most of you who fish regularly are aware of it. Hopefully, with only 54 days left in the Fluke season, we have seen the worst of it, and we can get back to the business of putting some fish in your buckets, and coolers.
Tough day of fishing. We worked from the western end of the Reach, all the way to Sandy Hook. Ended the day on the Knoll. Picked a couple of fish everywhere, but not enough by any means. Not too good of a day. Today's pool winner was Bobby Rapp, and high hook was Jimmy Chambers, and Austin Blackman, Edison, NJ, who each had 6 keeper Fluke. (Sorry about the picture Jimmy and Austin. I deleted my memory card by mistake.)
Started the morning at the western end of the Reach Channel. Made a long first drift with the outgoing tide, and slowly picked the Fluke along the way. Most of what we caught we kept. Was not fireball fishing, but it wasn't bad either. They did add up at the end of the first drift for a few people. After the initial drift the fishing slowed a bit. Still had good conditions, but a few ships came through the channel, and that usually shuts the fish down for a while. Worked our way east to the Keansburg buoy, but nothing bit there. Headed to the eastern end of the Reach to finish the day, but couldn't get much going again. The first three hours of the day were the best today. High hook was 6 keepers, and that was by Bob Doichler, and George Cariglia. Today's pool winner was 4 pounds.
Fished the back of the bay again this evening. We did manage to pick some keepers in between the thunderstorms. Wasn't great, but we did catch a few nice fish. 10 year old Kevin Carey, Holmdel, NJ, won tonights pool with a 7 pound Fluke.
Fished the back of the bay for most of the day today. The first drift of the day was the best, and it was a slow pick after that.
Caught the last hour of outgoing water in the back of the bay this morning, and put together a nice catch before the conditions deteriorated. We had a good hour and a half of fishing, and the keeper ratio was around 50/50. Once we lost the tide we, we worked our way east up the Reach Channel. Couldn't get anything going. Headed to the tip of the Hook, and found some incoming current. We picked away at the shorts, some keepers, and Sea Robins. After a couple of drifts, the Robins completely took over, and we headed to the ocean. Make one drifting Sandy Hook Channel, but it was way too fast to catch anything, so we went back to the Reach. Finished the day with a good shot of fish for the last half hour of the day. High hook today was 5 fish.
The 2007 Fluke season has been a good one so far. A little inconsistent the last couple of weeks, but overall it has been pretty good. We have seen quite a few big fish so far, and with around two thirds of the season left, I'm sure there will be more big Fluke to talk about. Here is a run down of the biggest Fluke of the season so far.
Gary Thompson 11.1 pounds
Kevin Meskill 10.6 pounds
Jenna Jurewicz 10.2 pounds
Frank Moltisanti 8.7 pounds
George Krenick 8.7 pounds
We had hoped to get a good hour and a half of fishing in before the tide change this morning, but as it goes in the fishing world, don't count on anything!! We had good conditions, but the Fluke didn't bite. We fished Keansburg, The Reach Channel, the tip of the Hook, The Knoll, and Sandy Hook Channel. Tough day all around. John Bottles was today's high hook with 6 keeper Fluke.
Today we started in the Reach channel, and had a very good half hour to start the day. After the tide change at 8:30 we didn't see much until the last half hour of the day when we had the next tide change. Kind of a tough day overall, but we did have one person with his limit, and another with 6 keepers.
Headed to the Keansburg Buoy to start the day, but not the same results as yesterday. After a couple of short drifts we headed over to the Reach Channel to catch the start of the outgoing water. Experienced excellent conditions with a west wind pushing us along with the tide, and we caught fish all along the channels edge. Made a couple of long drifts, and picked a nice amount of keepers, and shorts. We finished the day at the point of the hook, and found a nice amount of fish again, with a good amount keepers in the mix. We had quite a few fish over 4 pounds again today. The pool winner for today was a 6 pounder, and high hook had their limit. Excellent fishing heading into the weekend!!!