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FINAL FLUKING

Posted By J. B. Kasper, September 17, 2018
FINAL FLUKING
“We actually snuck out on Wednesday in between the weather and enjoyed a good bite of fluke to 9 pounds,” said Capt. Peter Sykes of the Parker Pete. After the heave, anglers will be scrambling to find the bite in the next few days before the Sept. 22 closure.
Needless to say it was not a good week of fishing along the northern coast thanks to the effects of a hurricane that was so big it hit the coast in the Carolinas and still affected us all the way up the coast. As one person I spoke to put it, “Every time we get a couple of weeks of good conditions and fishing along comes another storm.” Most boats did not sail and those that did, for the most part, did not find a bonanza of fishing. Hopefully things will settle down this coming week and at least give us a few days of fluke fishing before the season closes on September 22. Most boats will be switching to porgy or ling fishing after fluke season closes until October 8 when the sea bass fishing opens back up. We got reports of blues and stripers on the move and hammering bait along the lower side of Raritan Bay. Saturday saw fluke caught in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers and it looks like the storm pushed the fluke back into the bay and rivers. With all the baitfish around and ready to move, it’s a good bet that things will start happening once waters finally settle down sometime this week.
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