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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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Tough Day
Hit all 3 spots that I scouted and saw fish caught at all 3 on Monday;
Started west to east.
-First spot (my go to spring bluefish and early season fluke spot: plugging produced nothing.
-Second spot: Threw soft plastics (the bait that produced on Monday) produced nothing.
-Third spot (inlet): Got some killies to try some fluking but with a hard incoming tide it wasn’t ideal-went fishless (did see one small fluke caught).
-Went back to the second spot another 30 minutes yielded nothing.
-Returned to the first spot and decided to try for fluke with the left over killies. Rig I was using was a 3-way with a 4 inch dropper for the sinker and a 30” length of #20 leader with a snelled 1/0 octopus hook. First cast resulted in this #5 which I hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth-thus I was able to land it without be bit off. Few more casts with killies went fishless. Back to plugging, throwing various plugs-once again fishless. Decided to try for fluke again before I left, first cast resulted in a short fluke. Called it quits.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Swim Shad Bass
This is my #20 striper. Details of the day in my previous post.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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#30 Striped Bass
Fished with my son Jason today aboard the Sea Hunter. Found the bass on top early and had a good pick most of the day with some better flurries as well as some lulls. Jason out fished me 5-1. His biggest of the day was this #30. His other ranged from the high teens to mid 20’s. My lone bass was around #20. 4 out of his 5 came on a 2 ounce white casting Mojo and his other (as well as mine) came on a 9” swim shad.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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First Trip of 2019
Finally made my first trip of 2019, as I was itching to get in on the hot stripper bite. Went out on 4/17 in the afternoon. Fort to the grounds and found strippers blowing up over a large area. I ended the trip catching 7 stripers—5 of those keeper size to #20. I also missed another 12-15 bites. All fish were released and all caught on a 6” white swim shad.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Hooked Up At Sunset
The bite was slow on an evening fluke trip so I decided to use my light spinning set up spooled with #10 braid. On the business end I lightened up my leader to #20 to which I tied on a 3/4 ounce bucktail with a closer teaser above. Casted out and would you know it, after just a few bounces I got slammed. The fish proceeded to run directly away from the boat. I didn't want to touch the drag, so I cupped the spool but that did little so the fish down. Wasn't long before I was into the Mono backing on the reel. Fortunately, the fish slowed and I was able to turn it. At this point guesses were made as to what was on the end of the line. Guesses included a big striped bass, cow nose ray and black drum. I was hoping for a big weakfish. The thought of a big bluefish did cross my mind but I thought that after a few minutes that if it was a bluefish it would have bitten through the light leader early in the fight. I was able to gain line although the fish still made a few more drag pulling runs. Eventually had the fish boatside and got a gaff stuck in it. As hard as it was for me to believe it was a big bluefish of #11+ hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth where it wasn't able to bite the leader.
fishing report photo of Bluefish photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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Nice #20 class bass that was part of a boat limit of 'under' bass in the 28-43" range. Also added some chopper bluefish to the box. Early bite was on live bunker and then bunker spoons.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 11/27/2016 2:07:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 11/27/2016 14:07 PM

Caught this #20 class bass while living bunker. Overall the boat had a great day decking 32 bass and 2 bluefish all caught on live bunker. I missed my 2 other run offs
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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JimmyNice one!
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The CrankstaSo jealous. Nice catch!
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Hooked up at sunset.

It was a slow night of fluke fishing with very little drift when I decide to use my trout fishing out fit with a 1/2 ounce bucktail below a teaser hook on #20 mono leader-with the thought that if I hook even a short fluke the fight would be fun. Well I soon hooked up and knew immediately it wasn't a fluke. This fish ran straight out away from the boat. Even with me palming the spool it soon had pulled all the braid off the spool of the 2000 series reel and into the mono backing. Speculation grew as to what I was hooked up with...striped bass, cow nose ray, shark...I was hoping for a big weakfish. Eventually I was able to stop the fish and was able to turn him. I slowly was getting line back on the spool. After about 20 minutes I had the fish boat side, a nice bluefish (later weighed at #11+) which was the last thing I expected since with such a light leader even a small bluefish would have bitten through the leader early in the fight. Fortunately for me, I hooked it perfectly in the corner of the mouth which kept the leader away from its mouth.
fishing report photo of Moments photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
First striped bass of 2016 that I caught yesterday. A nice #20 class that hit a Rapala XRap 20 in bunker pattern while trolling. We caught over a dozen bass yesterday trolling plugs and Mojo's.
fishing report photo of Bass, Striped photo taken on 4/10/2016 2:01:00 PM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 04/10/2016 14:01 PM

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