The Fluke bite has been a little off due to very cold incoming temperatures in addition to cooler than average air temperatures. It seems most have been hitting jigs that have been slowly jigged or even dead-sticked. The bite should get better as it begins to get warmer. There are Bluefish around the back and near the inlet, but they are hitting on specific tides.
This past week I had Matt Odalen and his wife Chris along with his parents William and Mary on a 4hr bay & inlet charter. With rough conditions at the jetty, we opted to go for Fluke in the backwaters. It was extremely tough drifting conditions with steady 20 knot winds and higher gusts, but the crew did manage to catch close to 15 Fluke with a lone keeper to 21 inches.
Next, I had Ryan Hathcock and Cole Danielson on a 4hr bay & inlet charter and we had very good conditions in terms of wind and tide. We worked close to 10 different areas in the backwaters on both the east and west sides of Barnegat Bay. The duo had well over 20 fish for the trip with only one keeper at 22 inches, but we did have a few that almost taped to 18 inches.
With a last minute rescheduling due to potential unsettled weather/winds, I took my father out for 2 hours prior to the winds in the late morning. We worked some old and new areas, and had over 25 fish in about 2 1/2 hours. The incoming water was 58F so we had to find some spots that were 6-8 degrees warmer. We ended up icing a nice 23 inch and 19.5 inch Fluke on the S&S Bigeye.
I will be running weekday charters (3pm to 7/8pm) until school gets finished on June 21st, then we are 7 days a week (morning/afternoon). If interested in booking a charter, book our site (www.reelreactioncharters.com) or call/text 609-290-7709. As always, we use the highest quality gear and everything is included: gear, tackle, fish-cleaning, and ICE! It’s “no worries” fishing. Just come aboard and FISH.