The Name of the Game is Fluke
In shop news, we put all Fin Strike rigs on sale for 50% off in the online store. This is currently an online exclusive, and will run while supplies last.
The fluking along the beach has picked back up after the recent upwelling event early in the week. Water temps have warmed back up and the fluke are hungry. Bucktails and Gulp! have again (still) been the best thing to use to catch them. It’s mid-July and quite frankly I am already tired of typing that. Can someone go catch a few on something else, like Vudu Shrimp, just so I can change it up. Thanks…
The fluke fishing on the inshore reefs and wrecks is very good too. You have to pick through a bunch of fish to get your two 17” to 17.999” inch slots and one “over 18”, including throwing back a bunch of over 18” fish while looking for the slots, but a limit can be made with some persistence. What is working? See above, I don’t feel like typing it again…
The striped bass fishing has definitely fallen into its summer pattern. Still the occasional fish on sand fleas or clams, but not what we experienced earlier in the year.
For bluefish, your best bet is still to fish with either mullet or bunker chunks.
We are getting more reports of blowfish in Barnegat bay. Clam chum with clam, squid or Fish Bites is the way to go. For rigs, you can use any rigs with small hooks, like winter flounder, kingfish or perch rigs.
We have also been getting good crabbing reports from the local docks. The crabs have been loving the bunker lately. We have all of your crabbing needs in the shop
Here are some notable catches.
Another shot has been fired in our “Window Wars”. This time Shell E posed with his catch in front of Gerry’s window. How will Gerry respond? We will have to wait and see. But if this turns into fisticuffs on the beach, we’ll see if we can make it Pay Per View…
Our friends over at Cattus Island held a Kids Fishing Clinic in IBSP Wednesday. Our very own Sean Smida was the one teaching all the kids the in’s and out’s of Fluke Fishing on the beach. The kids had a blast. Check out some of the Fluke they caught. 22” was the biggest. Maybe we should run something like this from the shop? Maybe not just for kids?
Here’s Larry with another nice one this morning. Grab some S&S Bucktails and Gulp! and hit the suds.
Ray went out fishing himself on Wednesday. Here is his report in his own words: “Another good day on the Fluke grounds. Slot size fish remain an issue but we filled the box. Threw back a bunch of overs for another day. Got my biggest of the season. 7.3lbs that took a S&S 1.5oz Fluke Nuk’em . These jigs continue to dominate.”
Scott was out with Ray on that trip, and they had a bet between themselves for whoever caught the biggest fish. Needless to say, Scott lost spectacularly. We feel kinda bad for resident aficionado of pink attire, so we decided to forgo our mockery of Ray this report and instead mock up a picture of what it would look like if Scott actually caught a fish that trip. Heck, we’ll even make a picture that makes it look like he caught the biggest fish. You are welcome Scott…