The weather has been absolutely fantastic for July so far, although there is still a 20 degree swing from the incoming ocean water compared to ultra warm bay waters. We are still targeting some skinny water areas are are scoring 1 to 5 keepers per trip with 20 to 50 throwbacks. This past week we ran 7 charters in 4 days, so it’s been very busy to say the least. I going to try to run out to a few of my favorite snags this upcoming week to see if there is “charter-able” life out there for Ocean Fluke. But right now, it’s a-lot of working the bay areas. The rundown of the week’s trips are after the pics.
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Here’s a quick rundown of our most recent trips:
I had return client Matt Windover, his brother Michael, and friend Charles Jack on a 5hr Bay/Inlet Fluke trip. We had some decent conditions today, but had to work a ton of locations to put something together. We finally found a few spots that had actively feeding keepers. The trio boxed 5 keepers (21, 20, 19, 18.25, 18) to round out the day. The guys did a great job fishing as they really worked for those fish!!
I had Stanley Gola of S&S bucktails with his son Junior, and two step-son’s Nick and Mike. Nick is home for a week from the Marines, so they wanted to get out and fish as a family. Thank you for your service Nick – be safe brother!! Stanley Junior struck first with a solid 22 inch Fluke, and we worked a less that perfect tide to box two other fish at 19 inches each. An awesome day and the foursome worked the S&S Bigeye hard in a less-than-optimal tide. 3 keepers for the S&S crew!!
My second of the trip of the day had new client James Guerin, Cassie Guerin, Ben Burtt, and Rod Guerin out for an afternoon bay/inlet charter. It was definitely hot out there today. We started working some very shallow areas and the group worked S&S Bigeyes to release a couple of shorts and they missed a few keepers as the fish came off at the surface. We kept at it, and Rod put a nice 6 pounder in the boat. The crew had lots of action, but could only muster one quality keeper. Nice job for their 1st ever time bucktailing!!
In the morning, I had new client Rich Sanborn of Levittown, PA with his two son’s Sean and Ryan. Sean is home for a week from the United States Navy – so thank you Sean for your dedicated service to our country!! We worked quite a few areas with the S&S Bigeye bucktail and the trio boated over 30 Fluke with 4 keepers (24, 21.5, 19.5, 18). Ryan was the heavy hook catching the 5.5 pound 24 inch on a white Bigeye bucktail. Nice job!
In the afternoon, I had Ali Gurko, her brother Vince and Corey Cordell on a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter. Vince served his country in United States Army for 4 years – thank you for your service. We worked some of the same areas, but had wind against tide which made for tough bites. The trio worked hard and jigged the S&S Bigeye over some shallow areas. Vince scored a solid 24.5 inch Fluke on the bucktail and then Corey nailed a solid 23-incher, followed by an 18in on the last drift.
On July 4th, I had return client Dave Rowan, his daughter Ashley Coleman, and her two boys Dylan and Andrew. This trip was more about putting the two young boys on fish, and keepers were a bonus. We worked quite a few areas and found a nice bite for the boys. The foursome boated over 30 fish with 2 nice keepers (21in, 22in) caught by Ashley. Dylan and Andrew caught their first Fluke in Barnegat Bay which is much more important than the keepers. Great job boys!!
Yesterday I had new clients Steve Meyer and his son Blake on a 4hr Bay/Inlet Fluke trip. We had good wind conditions in the morning, but a tough tide. The father and son team worked hard jigging the S&S Bigeye to find over 25 fish, but only one 19.5 inch keeper.
In the afternoon, I had new clients Eric Schoenfeld and his two boys Finn and Dylan on a 4hr Bay/Inlet trip. This time we had good tide, but horrible winds at 20 knots against the tide for the duration of the trip. The trio worked very hard to pull over 50 short Fluke over the rail (5 of shorts were between 17.5 and 17.75) and managed 2 keepers at 20.5 and 19.5 inches. A nice job in tough conditions.