Dave Lilly of Hazlet is probably the best fluke fisherman in N.J., as he’s proven time and again in tournaments. Since there’s no money on the line, he’s willing to let raders of this blog onto sme hot fluking for 3-to-5-pounders that he found during the last three days in the back of Raritan Bay.
Those keeper-sized fuke are holding in 12 to 20 feet of water and can be caught on 5-inch Gulp Swimmng Mullet when there’s a decent drift. Both white and chartreuse have worked for him. Dave warns not to add bait in order to avoid being bothered by small dogfish.Surprisingly, few, if any shorts were caught by this technique while using a long leader rigged far enough off bottom to avoid dragging into weed.
The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands noted that is was too rough to fish in the ocean this morning. A move inshore was slowed by a lack of drift before the tide changed — and then the southeast wind stopped the drft. Some fares caught two keepers among shorts.
Bluefish jigging off the northern Shore held up today. though it required more effort. The Golden Eagle from Belmar descrhibed it as decent as skilled anglers limited while others had to work at it longer. The Queen Mary from Pt. Pleasant jigged blues from 3 to 8 pounds early before the tide dropped out around 10:30 — after which it was just a pick. They have a few spots left on the June 29 tuna trip.
The Jamaica from Brielle did very well with the blues yesterday, and is getting ready to sail a half-night ling trip at 7:30.
The forecast is for south winds at 10-15 knots in the morning before increasing to 15-20 in the afternoon.