Ocean fluking has been off to a very slow start due to cold bottom waters, but fluke pro Dave Lilly proved today that large fluke are there if you hit the right spots at the right time.
Lilly returned to Highlands with a limit that recorded 6.5, 7.1 and 8.2 pounds on the Boga Grip. He also released other keepers plus sea bass and the first sun dials he’s seen this year. Dave’s spot provided a one hour bite until the wind killed the drift.
Tank Matraxia made his first trip of the season a good one as he and “Typhoon” Emil” limited on sea bass during the last day of the N.J. season. Tank also made me jealous by jigging the first sea robin as they fished with Capt. Fletcher Chayes on Two Rivers Charters from Highlands. A small blue was also caught at the Rattlesnake.
Tank recently got an interesting ALS tag return of a striper he tagged three years ago at the Statue of Liberty when it was 26 1/2 inches to the fork of the tail before being caught in Catskill Creek this spring at 35 3/4 inches by a 9-year-old kid who had the thrill of his life.
There wasn’t much weed this morning in Point Pleasant Canal on the outgoing tide, but that didn’t help the fishing as only one small blue was caught. I never had a touch.
Tomorrow looks good again with south winds at 5-10 knots before increasing to 10-15 in the afternoon with gusts to 20.