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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., July 29, 2019
Reports of trophy summer flounder (ie, doormats or “flukeasaurus” status) are coming with a little more frequency in the North Jersey region in particular in recent days; last week the Big Mohawk had a pair of big rugs brought back to Belmar, while a couple of double-digit size doormats were also registered up on Raritan Bay over the weekend.
In the North Jersey region, field editor JB Kasper said fluking showed some improvement with some good size keepers being caught in deeper water, with fish to 13 pounds being taken. “The stellar year of bottom fishing continued with good catches of sea bass, ling and triggerfish, along with building numbers of porgies bending rods,” Kasper said, reporting that inshore fishermen are still into schools of bonito, small blues and Spanish mackerel, along with some false albacore. In Central Jersey, field editor Ashley Viola reported that there’s been a lot of bait present of late, with kingfish in the surf as well as some blues, Spanish mackerel, and small stripers. “As for the bay, blowfish are still filling coolers, as well as the occasional keeper fluke, snappers, and crabs,” Viola noted, adding that fluke seem to be finally hitting the ocean, with more keepers being reeled in out front on the wrecks and reefs. As for our South Jersey field editor, he just got back from a week’s vacation in Hawaii where he said he caught a mess of triggerfish. “But according to this week’s report, there seem to be just as many triggers in Jersey as there were in Hawaii,” Califano said while compiling this week’s report looking at Atlantic and Cape May counties in particular. In addition to triggers, South Jersey waters are packed with kingfish, flounder, weakfish and snappers from the back-bays out to the inlets, while just off the beach it’s a mix of trolled blues, bonito, false albacore and mackerel.
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