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FISHING LOGS: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Northern New Jersey & Hudson River

TROPHY CATCHES

Posted By J. B. Kasper, August 6, 2018
TROPHY CATCHES
John Michael Kirk came up just shy of a New Jersey largemouth record for this 9.96-pounder. “I was shocked when I saw the weight on the scale,” John said on social media while thanking his “buddy and fishing mentor Jerry Vogel.” The massive largemouth was caught on a private body of water in the Garden State
Needless to say the fishing along the northern coast was held in check this past week by the weather. One boat captain said this about the fluke fishing: “With all the rain we have been having, think about all the freshwater that has been pouring into the bays and what kind of effect it has been having on the fluke and other fishing?” With that being said this past week’s fluke fishing was another pick of shorts with a few keepers mixed in for the boats that did fish and the number of boats that fished were quite a bit below normal because of the weather. We had no reports of any striper action, and bluefishing has been almost non-existent. In the bay at least crabbing has been good and light tackle fishermen have been into some decent numbers of snappers. Thank God for the bottom fishing which has supplied the bulk of the action in the ocean with ling, sea bass, tog, winter flounder, triggerfish and porgies. Yet again, the top fluke in the JCAA Fluke Tournament came from the North Jersey region (Sandy Hook) as James Gurski of Nazareth, PA put a 12.4-pounder on the scale. Word is that James and crew were NOT in the $50K calcutta however for largest fluke over 12 pounds
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