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1)Stick to the Bay Before the Fourth of July

They say history repeats itself. Oh and doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is a definition of insanity. Well every year when the Fluke season opens I hit the ocean in search of my favorite quarry. And typically, for 2 months the keeping (and catching) of Fluke is poor. The water is just too cold. Sure, you can hit a day where everything aligns and you have a nice day but the reality is Ocean Fluke fishing in South NJ really does not get started until August. So, this year I vow to stop wasting gas and time running and gunning looking for just the right spot in the ocean. Rather stick to the bay and inlet until the ocean really warms up.

2)West May Not Always Be Best

There is an old adage when it comes to NJ Fluke fishing that 'West is Best' when it comes to wind direction. Surely, this adage comes with the wisdom that has been passed down through the times. It is hard to argue with and is always a good rule of thumb. However, I will tell you something that may come as a surprise to you. When the wind starts blowing from the south often leads to very good fishing. I am talking early in the southerlies cycle.  Usually, the bite will die down once it blows south more than 4 hours but the first 4 hours of south can be awesome.  Once the wind has blown from the south for any considerable amount of time it will shut down the fishing due to upwelling.

3)Don't Over Scope

Bucktailing for fluke is one of life's great pastimes. Many fluke fishermen prefer to bucktail as compared to all other methods. On a typical summer day going fluke fishing, the mornings start off with calm winds and you are easily able to drop your bucktails to the bottom. As the day goes on,  the wind gradually increases, and you will need to increase the size of your bucktail to keep your line in as perpendicular as possible position. I know when I start my day on a typical day fishing in around 50 ft of water a 3oz bucktail is usually about right to begin fishing. Increase the bucktail in 1 oz increments to hold perpendicular. When no longer possible to hold bottom with 6 or 7 oz bucktails it is probably better just to drop lead and to switch to bait fishing.

4)Different Techniques

Most fluke fishermen will tell you that you need to drift to catch fluke. As the fluke lay on the bottom, they wait for food (bait) to come within their range. So drifting covers the most ground to let you go by the most fluke. On most days, this is not a problem as the day presents enough wind to push the boat along at a fast enough (or too fast) pace. However, that is not always true. The question is what do you do when the conditions are suboptimal? My number 1 answer is power drift. I have been doing this for years and it works. Somewhat amazingly, I remember a day at the 'Tires' (Barnegat Light) when the wind was dead calm. It was a summer weekend day and the Tires was a zoo. I power drifted around catching Fluke while the other boats just sat by and watched. This year I am going to go trolling for Fluke. Kind of like power drifting on steroids but not exactly. When power drifting typically using regular fluke rigs. Trolling with Texas rigs or similar. Anchor and chum also has it's place in your arenal

5) Rainbows of Colors

Some days the color of your jigs is of no importance and the fight bite the same regardless of color.  On other days color is of critical importance.  Most popular colors are white and chartreuse but it pays to really stock up on a wide variety of colors.  Pink, black,  and green are also must have colors.  On slow days it really pays to experiment as it can make the difference of putting fish in the box or going home with the "SKUNK".

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-74.1341 39.9052 Rinderer's Marine
Concrete ramp
No fee
Sloop Creek Rd.; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-9494
-74.139 40.8112 Nutley Municipal Ramp
Concrete
Fee per launch
Park Avenue Nutley 07110 973-284-4966
-74.1594 40.7626 E.J. Vicent Waterfront Park
Concrete ramp
Permit required
Bergen Ave. Kearny 07032 201-955-7983
-73.9201 40.9548 Hazzard's Ramp
201-993-3253
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Palisades Interstate Park; Englewood Cl Englewood Cl 07632
-74.0604 40.6953 Liberty State Park
201-9150-3401
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Jersey City
-74.2026 40.6346 Elizabeth Municipal Ramp
Concrete Ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Front St. Elizabeth 908-820-4296
-74.2545 40.5454 Woodbridge Township Ramp
 
Cliff Rd. and Ferry St. Woodbridge
732-6340-4500
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-74.4272 40.4907 Highland Park Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Yearly fee
Rest rooms
Foot of Second Ave. Highland Park 732-745-3900
-74.3832 40.4888 Edison Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Meadow Rd. Edison 732-248-7219
-74.3558 40.4745 Sayreville Muncipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fee
Rest rooms
River Road Sayreville 08871 732-257-3700
-74.2752 40.4833 South Amboy boat Club
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fee
Rest rooms
Foot of George St. South Amboy 732-727-0657
-74.2152 40.4357 Wagner's Twin Towers Marina
732-583-6930
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Amboy Rd.; Clifford Clifford
-74.2073 40.4357 Keyport MaineBasin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
West Front St. Keyport 07735 732-264-9421
-74.1997 40.4389 Olsen Boat works
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
East Front St. Keyport 07735 732-264-4198
-74.2026 40.4394 Keyport Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
American Legion Dr. and Lower Broad St. Keyport 07735 732-739-3900
-74.0607 40.4224 Leonardo State Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
24 hrs. Rest rooms
Concord Ave. Leonardo 732-291-1333
-74.037 40.4171 Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Foot of First Ave Atlantic Highlands 732-291-1670
-74.043 40.3661 Fair Haven Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal fee
Batten Rd Fair Haven 732-747-0241
-74.0776 40.3509 Sea Land Marina
732-741-5753
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
West Front Street Red Bank
-74.0848 40.3489 Chris River Marina "
732-741-9676
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
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West Front St. Red Bank
-73.9739 40.3351 Monmouth Beach Ocean Boat Launch
732-229-2204
Small boats only
No fee
Route 36 (Ocean Ave) Monmouth Beach
-74.0026 40.3121 Pleasure Bay
Asphalt ramp
No fee
River Lane Long Branch 732-222-7000
-73.977 40.3173 Long Beach Ocean Boat Launch
732-222-7000
Sand beach ocean launch site
Small boats only
No fee
Seven Presidents Park Ocean Ave Long Branch
-74.0287 40.189 Bry's Marine
732-775-7364
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Highway 35; Neptune Neptune 07753
-74.039 40.192 Shark River Hills Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Riverside Dr. Neptune 07753 732-775-7400
-74.043 40.1765 Belmar Marine Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Highway 35 Belmar 732-681-2266
-74.042 40.111 Manasquan Marine Center
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Brielle Road Manasquan 732-223-4277
-74.101 40.1245 Cove Haven Marina
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Ridge Rd. Brick 08723 732-458-2016
-74.0514 40.0659 Point Pleasant Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
No fee
Rest rooms
Foot of bay Ave. Pt. Pleasant 732-892-3434
-74.0939 40.026 Baywood Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Pilot Dr. Brick 08723 732-477-3322
-74.0772 40.058 Sherman's Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Princeton Ave.; Brick Brick 08723 732-295-0103
-74.1284 40.0661 Green Cove Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee perlaunch
Rest rooms
Division St. Brick 08723 732-840-9090
-74.1317 40.0673 Johnson Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
route 70 Brick 08723 732-840-9530
-74.0748 39.9692 Lavallette Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permit
Bay Blvd. Lavallette 732-793-2111
-74.0795 39.9484 Bayside Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayside Terrace Seaside Heights 732-793-8554
-74.1905 39.9464 East Dover Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Fisher Blvd. Toms river 732-270-1104
-74.1448 39.9395 Island Heights Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal fee
Residents only
Lake Dr. Island Heights 732-270-6415
-74.1318 39.9435 Gilford Park Yacht Club
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Riverside Dr. Toms River 732-269-9838
-74.1198 39.9273 Ocean Gate Yacht Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave. Ocean Gate 08740 732-269-2565
-74.085 39.9144 Seaside Park Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permits
Bayview Ave. and 13th St. S. Seaside Park 732-793-0234
-74.1129 39.923 Becker's Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave.; Ocean Gate Ocean Gate 08740 732-269-3723
-74.1364 39.8863 Whitney's landing
Asphalt ramp
Fee per launch
Butler Blvd.; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-1186
-74.1415 39.8736 Downe's Fishing Camp
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Brennan concourse; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-0137
-74.1409 39.8736 Trixie's Landing
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Brennan Concourse; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-5838
-74.1602 39.873 Up The Creek Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Harbor Inn Rd. Bayville 08721 732-269-6469
-74.1586 39.8608 Laurel Harbor Marina
Concrete ramp,
Fee per launch
Laurel Blvd. Lanoka Harbor 609-693-6111
-74.1886 39.8309 Rick's Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Marine Plaza; Forkd River Forkd River 08731 609-693-2134
-74.1852 39.8306 Townsend's Marina
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
East Lacey Rd. Forked River 609-693-6100
-74.1828 39.7919 Waretown Fishing Station
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bryant Rd. Waretown 08758 609-693-2813
-74.1867 39.7882 Mac's Dock
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Oregon Ave.; Waretown Waretown 08758 609-693-3658
-74.1114 39.7575 Barnegat Light Municipal Ramp
Asphalt ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave. and 10th St. Barneget Light 08006 609-494-2343
-74.1799 39.6619 Surf City Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal permits
Rest rooms
Division St. and Bay Ave. Surf City 609-494-3064
-74.216 39.6682 Margo's Inn Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Route 72; Manahawkin Manahawkin 609- 597-4970
-74.2813 39.6232 West Creek Municipal Ramp
Concrete Ramp
No fee
Cedar Run and Dock Rd. West Creek 609-296-3040
-74.2702 39.6161 Mariners Landing
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Dock Rd. West Creek 609-296-3040
-74.2961 39.609 Little Egg Harbor
Asphalt ramp
No fee
Brook St. Parkertown 609-296-7241
-74.238 39.5706 Beach Haven Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permit
Rest rooms
Foot of 9th St. Beach Haven 609-492-0111
-74.344 39.6018 Skinner's Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bartlett Ave.;Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-296-3051
-74.332 39.5477 Captain Mike's
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Great Bay Blvd.; Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-296-4406
-74.3349 39.5516 Rand's Boat
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Great Bay Blvd.; Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-2964457
-74.3882 39.5395 Great Bay marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Radio Rd. tuckerton 08087 609-296-2392
-74.4698 39.5483 Chestnut Neck Boat Yard
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Route 9 Port Republic 609-652-1119
-74.37 39.4086 Brigantine Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
6th St. and Bay shore Ave. Brigantine 609-266-7600
-74.4879 39.4265 Absecon Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
no fee
East Faunce Landing Rd. Absecon 609-641-0663
-74.463 39.3514 Atlantic City Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
No fee
Blvd. Ave. Atlantic city 609-347-5421
-74.4782 39.3412 Ventnor Municipal Ramp
Sand beach launch
Small boats only
No fee
ski Beach Dorsett Ave. Ventnor 609-823-7904

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