Photo Gallery: Fluke Or Flounder? - The Fisherman

Photo Gallery: Fluke Or Flounder?

The first month of the ’24 New Jersey fluke season is in the books!

The May 4th season opening of New Jersey’s summer flounder, aka fluke, fishery was met by cooler water temps and easterly winds against the outgoing tide.  Within the first couple of weeks of the season water temperatures in the back bays remained chilly, while a noticeable absence of bait made finding good catches difficult.  By as move into the month of June you can expect to see improvements in the fishery, with bigger fish and more trip limits for anglers.

Look for the back bay, salty river and surf catches to see an uptick in the coming days, with better ocean catches expected by month’s end (especially once the New Jersey spring sea bass fishery ends on June 19th and coastal for-hire boats begin focusing attention towards ocean fluking).

As of this writing, we’re also anxiously awaiting the first reported “doormat” of 10 pounds or better; send that double-digit catch photo to me here at [email protected] to make a future spotlight in The Fisherman Magazine.

Ira Ferguson beached himself a good fluke over the Mother’s Day weekend. Remember, if you’re fishing the suds at Island Beach State Park the limit is two fluke at 16 inches.
Taryn Leigh has been finding solid success in the back bays using a 3-inch NLBN (No Live Bait Needed) mud minnow plastic threaded on to the 3X NLBN jig head with light spin gear.
Sean Watson caught this 27-1/2-inch fluke in the Manasquan on May 13 on a 2-ounce S&S bucktail topped with 5-inch new penny Gulp grub, weighing in at 8.28 pounds at Gabriel Tackle in Brick.
Eight-year-old Eva Capuano got her first fluke of the year on New Jersey’s opening day on May 4, a 19-incher while fishing on the Great Bay with dad Christopher and grandfather John.
Rebecca “Becky” McFerren Shaffer brought a fluke to the scales at the Valhalla Flounder Open at Viking Yachting Center on May 11, where The Fisherman’s Jim Hutchinson, Jr. handled the emcee duties.


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