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Wasn’t sure what to expect after a week of rain and east wind. Water wasn’t as dirty as I had anticipated. Arrived for the last 2.5 hours of the incoming tide and left and hour into the outgoing. Had my first bite in @15-20 minutes and knew it was a good one. The result was this #5.41 24.5” fluke. Bite wasn’t as fast as my last few trips here but I did manage to catch 4 more (although no more keepers). Saw one other keeper caught and a good amount of shorts.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/16/2018 1:01:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/16/2018 13:01 PM

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No Mahi But We Found Some Fluke
One short of a two man limit. Started off looking for mahi but after checking the range buoy and pot hopping we didn’t see any signs we switched gears and dropped bucktails for fluke. Found a nice patch but couldn’t put that last one in the boat before the southeast wind kicked up creating a 2+ knot drift. Did catch and release a nice out of season sea bass. Saw several pods of dolphins when we broke the inlet and also came across a 6’+ blacktop or spinner shark later in the day.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Fish Smorgasbord
Enjoyable and fish filled day with Jason at the Inlet. I caught @15 fluke and one banded rudder fish. Jason had a smorgasbord with sea bass, a banded rudder fish, one big ugly star gazer, a nice snapper blue and some short fluke. He topped off his catch with this nice 22”+ fluke.

Couple of side notes; #1 we were there when they brought in the injured crew men from the sand dredging barge. Jason got a look at the injured and said one looked in bad shape., #2 We noticed a diver working east of us (nothing unusual about that)- however as time went on he not only worked his way down towards us but further off the wall until he was a good 30 feet out. To top it off, his dive flag got wet so any and all boats would have a difficult time in spotting. Anyone who knows the inlet knows that bend by the monument where both party boats and commercial boats exit and enter- well he was right in the middle. He got lucky that none of those came through, although a jet ski did run over his dive line that connected him to his dive buoy. Not only did he turn the bite off for those he was in front of (he was spear fishing). He became very confrontational when we informed him of the danger he was in and how he was effecting those of us who were fishing . I finally flagged down a passing state police boat who told him he was a dumb shit before telling him to either get out of the water or go closer to the wall. Darwinism.9/3/18.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/3/2018 4:50:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/03/2018 16:50 PM

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Manasquan Inlet Variety Pack
Timed my arrival to coincide with last 90 minutes of the incoming tide and fished through the first two hours of the outgoing. I noticed this seem to be when I had the best action there this summer-especially on the incoming where I found a small tip that forms where the fluke stack up. Ended up catching 12 fluke to 17”s but also all very chunky. In addition, I landed two over grown snappers and a few pin sea bass. Tons of bait being flushed out on the outgoing.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/1/2018 12:08:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/01/2018 12:08 PM

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Inlet Fluking
One out of the 13 (all shorts but still fun) I caught earlier today. Fished from low water slack into the first 4 hours of the incoming tide. I scouted the area earlier in the week and noticed a nice little back eddy and rip line forms on the incoming with a nice color change. Fluke were right where they were supposed to be. All caught on live killies.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 8/8/2018 1:01:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 08/08/2018 13:01 PM

Tough Night
Encountered the worst conditions I faced all summer with a steady southeast wind against an outgoing tide. As a result, it was a tough bite. I was fortunate to land this one keeper to go along with just 4 shorts.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Had Better Days
Not one of my better days as for whatever reason I just couldn’t get the bites. Plenty of fluke were caught all around me and the boat, yet I only caught this lone keeper and 5 shorts. Those close to me had several keepers and double digit shorts. Oh well, better days ahead.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 6/27/2018 1:14:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/27/2018 13:14 PM

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Navesink River 6/20
Cliff, Cliff, and I went out on the Navesink River. It was a beautiful day on the river for sure. We ended up with 43 total fluke on the trip with 4 keepers ranging from 18" to 20.5" with "little Cliff" netting the big fish of the day at 20.5" and 3.84#. All the fish were caught on gulp. On another note, Cliff's Dad caught the biggest sea robin I ever seen at 17 inches and 2.2 pounds. While it was a fluke trip, that had to take the place of the fluke picture for this story. Question for all of you ( since I am a newbie to this site), can you add multiple species to your catch? Tight lines!
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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SkolmannShould have entered that sea robin in the Fisherman’s dream boat contest as sea robins are eligible this year.
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Almost A Triple Limit
Close to ideal drifting conditions as you can get (incoming tide with light northeast wind) made for a banner day of fluking. Boxed a solid #4 at the end of the first drift. Added two more to the box before the end of the second drift. Added a few shorts and another keeper (released) over the next two drifts. Bucktailed up a keeper (released) and short before there was a slight shift in the wind to the southeast which made for a slightly faster drift. Over the next few drifts I added 3 more keepers (all released), a few shorts, some sea robins and a big skate. Pink 4” GULP with bait was hot for me early then chartreuse. Not sure how many keeper fluke were caught but this is the total of the 6 others fishing around me. Note if they caught over the limit, they only kept their legal limit of 3;
6
5
3
2
1
0

I know of at least one other who caught 4 (again only keeping 3) and another 3 fluke limit both in the stern.

Hope to be back at it Sunday for magic hours.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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snick4444awesome catch!
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Not To Be
Nailed this keeper fluke before we left the slip. Thought for sure at the very least I’d be able to add another once we left. Alas it was not to be as all I could muster up was about 10 shorts.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 6/17/2018 3:12:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/17/2018 15:12 PM

Father's Day 6-17-18
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Here is our only keeper fluke my dad pulled into the boat today on our Father's Day trip out in Great Bay!
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
Navesink River 6/9
Cliff, Jim, and I hit up the Navesink River again Saturday. We had a good morning bite, and then the bite died and turned into a fish here and there. Think the wind vs tide situation limited our good drifts which could have been the issue. Once the tide changed, the bite picked up a little bit, but not what we are used to in the river. We boated a total of 31 fluke with 5 of them being keepers from 18"-21".
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
Nice Flukin’ Night
My son and and combined for 4 keepers tonight. I had my limit to 22.5”s that pulled the scale to #4.43-good enough to take the pool.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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JimmyNice!
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Navesink River 5/30
Cliff, Cliff, and I went and rented a boat to fish the Navesink River for the day. It was a foggy morning and we started off with a decent bite in the AM with the incoming tide. Within maybe two hours or so, the bite died down, BIG TIME. It was slow fishing for a good 3 hours and then once the tide changed the fishing picked back up. Between the three of us, we landed 41 fluke with 5 keepers. Also in the mix were a bluefish and some sea robin. Sorry, no fish pictures, as by the time I got home to clean them, the gnats were so bad I just wanted to get done as quick as I could. Was able to snap a picture of the fog we had to deal with.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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First Limits Of 2018
My son Jason and I rented a skiff, we each got our limit to 20”s on the Navesink today. Caught 22 total with 7 being keeper size but only kept our legal limit of 3 each. Caught them on GULP, bucktails, spearing and live bait.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/26/2018 1:27:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/26/2018 13:27 PM

Opening Day Fluke Season
Love this time of year when fluke season arrives. We had a decent day on the river yesterday. Slow at times, but all in all an awesome day. We had a SW wind that picked up later in the day. Most of our damage was done in the morning with the wind making it difficult in the afternoon. Cliff, Jim, and I landed 24 total fluke with 7 of them being keepers. Jim also landed two pretty decent sea robin as well. I landed my personal best (in the picture), a 22 incher that weighed 3.75 pounds.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444

Fish Length (in):22 inches

Fish Weight (oz):60 ounces

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SkolmannWas hoping to see Cliff out there today.
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JimmyCongrats on you PB!
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snick4444Thanks @jimmy! @skolmann , we will be back out there Wednesday!
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Skolmann @snick4444, Wednesday I have to work in the morning so I’m either going to do a late afternoon fluke trip on a party boat or hit the spot I’ve been fishing on the Manasquan River for blues/fluke
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Pre Season Recon
Although NJ fluke season doesn’t open until tomorrow, I did some pre season recon at the spot I’ve been fishing for bluefish since I had heard that several fluke were caught in the previous days. My second cast yielded this fluke which would have just made legal size status had the season been open. After a quick photo it was released.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/23/2018 11:18:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/23/2018 11:18 AM

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More Magic Hour Magic
Fluke are gorging on peanut bunker in the back creeks of Raritan Bay. Caught these 2 keepers (also had 3 shorts and a bunch of missed bites)-all on live peanut bunker.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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A little salt
A good day at the wall.. The wife and I caught 6 fluke, a sea Robin and a sea bass.. no keepers, bit a good fishing day anyway..
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Sam Caramela
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Magic Hour Fattie
Another Raritan Bay fattie of 20"s from earlier this evening. Also had 2 fat 17+" shorts. All three on live bait.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 8/27/2017 7:59:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 08/27/2017 19:59 PM

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2 Comments
TerryBWhat kind of bait?
LikeReply 1 year
SkolmannLive peanut bunker
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