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Manasquan Inlet Report
Sunday Morning Manasquan Inlet Report; Arrived with about 90 minutes of incoming water. Water had a nasty brown tinge to it and was weedy. Water quality improved and became less weedy somewhat towards high water slack before once again becoming dirty and weedy as the outgoing tide started. Fishing was picky. The fluke would bite for brief periods then back off. I ended up with 5 fluke (all shorts) from 16.5-17.5”s but all very chunky. Did see two keepers brought up to 20”s. In addition, I caught 2 over sized snappers of @12”s and this stargazer (pictured). Plenty of life up and down the wall as I also saw blowfish, ‘pin’ sea bass and cow nose rays caught. I heard from several regulars that yesterday had a very good bite on both tides with numerous keeper fluke caught-including a husband and wife who each got their limit. I’m hoping to get back either this Tuesday or Wednesday (perhaps both if I don’t decide to go offshore and chase false albacore & bonito one of those days ).
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Manasquan Inlet 9/9/19
Pictured is one of two legal size fluke that I caught (both released) that’s I caught earlier today to go along with 5 short fluke. One of those being just a 1/8” short from being legal. My son was caught 8, all shorts. In addition, we combined for @ 2 ‘pin’ sea bass. My son also caught and over grown snapper bluefish.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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9/1 Manasquan Inlet Fluke
I experienced the slowest fluke fishing yesterday and today that I’ve had all summer fishing for fluke at Manasquan Inlet. Prior to this weekend, I was averaging 12-15 fluke per trip. Yesterday I only caught one and had one other bite in 4 hours. Today I caught 6 with the last 2 being 17.5”s and 17.75”s (pictured)-but both very chunky.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 9/1/2019 1:45:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/01/2019 13:45 PM

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Magic Hour Fluke
Did a magic Hour fluke trip from 5-9 PM yesterday. Experienced almost ideal conditions (if we had the wind out of a slightly more westerly direction and just a tad stronger it would have been prefect). As it was I was able to box two keeper fluke to 20”s. Caught @20 shorts. Only two other keepers were boated (although short action kept everyone’s rod bent)-also by the same person, who also won the pool with a 21”er (caught seconds after I caught my big one). All my fish came via dragging bait-either a killies or spearing.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 7/10/2019 8:40:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 07/10/2019 20:40 PM

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Another Day, Same Results
Another day, same results. Was accompanied by my son Jason today. Arrived tail end of the incoming tide and fished into 3/4 of the outgoing. Incoming had almost constant action but mostly dinks. Considerably slower during the slack. Outgoing saw a steady increase in action although not as steady as the incoming but bigger fish. I lost count after we combined for 50. Jason caught everything fishing plain GULP and I caught everything fishing a killies. Also caught my first sea robin of 2019-don’t think I ever went this long into the summer without catching one.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Few Great Bay Fluke Trips
Been a busy few weeks for me so I've been slacking on my fishing reports! I've been out in Great Bay three times over the past two weeks. Usually going out at daybreak and staying out for a few hours each day. Lots of action, but no keepers! All fish caught on gulp or minnow.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 7/4/2019 8:17:00 AM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 07/04/2019 8:17 AM

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Manasquan Inlet Fluke
One of the countless short fluke I caught today.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 7/5/2019 10:34:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 07/05/2019 10:34 AM

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Manasquan River Fluke
Plenty of fluke in Manasquan Inlet. Fished about 90 minutes between rain showers and landed a total of 10 fluke (all shorts 13-16”s). Fished from a hour before high slack to just after high slack. Bigger fish hit closer to slack. Everything on a single killie fished on a light wire hook on a #20 leader. Guy fishing next to me outfished me 2:1 using a hi-lo rig tied on #15 flurocarbon with a white 4” white GULP swimming minnow on top and a pearl GULP jerk shad on the bottom with 1 ounce sinker on the bottom.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Navasink River 6/12/19
Cliff, Cliff Jr., And myself fished the river today and had a nice day fishing. We ended up with 56 total fluke caught with 5 keepers. We had a 22" fish that weighed 4.7#, a 21" fish that weighed 3.8#, a 19.75"fish that weighed 3.3# and two more keepers coming in between 18"-18.5". All fish were caught on gulp.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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Dinner
My son Jason got in a few hours on the water yesterday and brought home dinner.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 6/1/2019 7:50:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 06/01/2019 19:50 PM

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Navasink River 5/29/19
Decent day on the river today. Cliff, Jim, and I boated 40 total fluke but only landed 2 keepers. Here is my 19.5 inch, 3 pound fluke. It was my first of 21 fluke landed today. A couple of blues also caught.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by snick4444
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First Fluke Trip 5/25
Saturday, Cliff Jim and I hit up the Navasink River for some fluke. Boat Totaled 25 fluke with 3 total keepers. Also landed 3 bluefish. All caught on gulp. Most fish was caught before the wind picked up. Once it started blowing 15-20 SSE, the bite died pretty bad.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/25/2019 3:25:00 PM contributed by snick4444

Catch Date: 05/25/2019 15:25 PM

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First Fluke Trip Of 2019
My son Jason and I did our annual day after fluke season opens fluke trip on the Navesink River. Conditions were not ideal as the wind kept changing direction on us until it finally decided to come out of the south at 10-15. We combined to catch 17 fluke with each of us getting one keeper. Jason also got a cocktail bluefish. Everything on live bait, never once touched did we tie on a bucktail or use GULP. Only saw three other fluke caught. Fluke were spitting up grass shrimp. Fluke were warm to the touch and most were chunky. Upon filleting the bigger of the two keepers, we discovered it’s stomach full of grass shrimp and two small blue claw crabs.
fishing report photo of Fluke photo taken on 5/25/2019 3:08:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 05/25/2019 15:08 PM

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snick4444were you there Saturday? I must of missed ya! We had the same situation, once that wind picked up the bite died. We will be back out there tomorrow!
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SkolmannYes, we were there Saturday. We were in one of the 16’ Carolina Skiffs with a 25 HP. We’d love to do it again but my son’s and my schedules are jammed. We clear our schedule months ahead just for that Saturday after the opener. We’re actually thinking of renting the 19’ center console with the 90 HP from Schupps next time so we have more options and greater range as to where to fish as I have a few spots in the upper Shrewsbury that produced fluke for me when I had my boat. How did you do on Saturday ?
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Best Of The Year
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

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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