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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., September 16, 2019
With a week to go in New Jersey’s 2019 summer flounder season, Evan Jones shows off a 30-inch Cape May fluke of a lifetime that was just shy of 11 pounds. Photo courtesy of Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle.
This Saturday, September 21 marks the last full day of the New Jersey summer flounder season. By most angling accounts, it’s not actually been what you’d call a season for the ages, though ever since Dorian blew by there’s been a serious uptick in personal best fish. “Yearly migrations in most regions normally start after the full or new moon in September and we are already see fluke starting to move into the bay and deeper channels on their way offshore for the winter,” noted North Jersey reporter JB Kasper in compiling this week’s reports for subscribers to the print edition of The Fisherman. In JB’s full report, several 10-pound flukeasaurus status flatties were brought to scale, the biggest a 14-pounder aboard Capt. Chris Hueth’s Mohawk out of Belmar. “Chris said that fish was the twelfth fluke over 10 pounds caught on the boat this summer,” JB noted. While local reef sites along the Jersey Shore are producing some of the very best catches of fluke as they begin their migration east, Central Jersey reporter Ashley Viola reminds that’s not the only game in town. “False albacore have been getting most of the attention,” Ashley said in this week’s print edition of The Fisherman, adding “They can be caught on epoxy jigs or any slim metal.” Ashley also noted that striped bass are starting to get active and can be caught at night on eels or small lures. “Mullet are swimming all over which is a good sign for the fall,” she said, adding that party boats are also spicing up the catch with ling and porgies right now. South Jersey editor Anthony Califano reports this week that there were some impressive summer flounder catches in the lower part of the state in the past week. “Several limits were brought back from the wrecks and reefs including one just shy of 11 pounds,” Anthony writes this week, adding “Based on the amount of bait in the back bays, even after the flounder fishing season closes, we will still have plenty of action to come this fall.” Good fluke action can be found in the deepwater, out along the reefs and wrecks too, but don’t discount the surf bite especially nearer the coastal inlets right now as bait flows out along the fall migration.
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