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Winter Flounder OPEN 2 12.00 Season Closes 2017-12-31

  It seems that NJ porgy fishing is on fire.  More than one captain has written about stellar fishing.  No reason to expect that to change any time soon, so go get um.   Got to keep an eye on the remanants of Irma as they may affect the area the end of this week.  Other then that weather wise seems to be agreeable jumping on your favorite boat and filling a bucket or two of some hard heads.  

  Second on this week's lineup are bluefish, who have made a hot and heavy (and early) arrival for fall.   For pure sport, fall blues are adrenlin pumping badasses.  Not the finest table fare, to be sure, but pound for pound these guys are tackle wrecking monsters.  It remains to be seen if the sudden influx of blues is already setting up for a big fall run but it would certainly be welcome if a great bluefish run helped offset some angler misery for a miserable fluke year.

If you are on your own boat, look for bird play early for what can be some easy scores.  As boat traffic increases and the sun rises bird play usually reduces to jigging on marks or trolling to find action. If all else fails, small blues can be had too (very tight to the beach).

Bontio remains an option for your quarry.  Personally, I have had some awesome days catching bonito in mid-September.   Ava 27's with a thin and long squid strip tails can be magic.  Of cousre, trolling is a popular method for private boaters and squid spoons (Clark spoons) trolled behind birds works well.  If you score with bonito, you should bleed them immediately and let them bleed out then ice them quickly.  Bontio are delicious but you really want to be meticulous in their care for the greatest experience.

Latest NJ Winter Flounder Reports

  • 2017-06-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Allen Lee had run the boat down there for this week's South Jersey Shark Tournament plus the upcoming tuna fishing, and was just fun fishing at 2 30 a. m. Sunday when the mako took two baits. Don Marantz invited me to join his Monday party on BarbGail IV from Point Pleasant along with former JCAA presidents Tom Fote and Mark Taylor plus Bruce Vitale and Dr. Eleanor Bochenek as Capt. Chris put us into a boat limit of sea bass on a wreck before making a run to Shark River Reef for another boat limit of big winter flounder that had to outfight protected ocean pout for Gulp 4-inch Swimming Mullet.
  • 2017-06-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc got an assist from Capt. Pete Wagner on Hyper Striper from Twin Lights in Highlands wih a castnet full of bunkers during his Tuesday Magic Hours trip with the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands and boated several stripers from 30 to 46. Capt. Kenny Namowitz has openings on his Mimi IV from Point Pleasant on Thursday for bottom fishing that's been producing limits of sea bass and winter flounder.
  • 2017-05-27 Ocean Explorer Belmar

    Another great day of sea bass fishing,,fish were flying all day as we drifted as it was so calm out there...even had some flukes,,,winter flounder and ling mixed in to.
  • 2017-05-16 Seahunter Atlantic Highlands

    After all the rain and wind the past few days and the color of the water on the way out. We ended up picking most of the day with short and keeper Stripers and even had three jumbo flounder to top things off.
  • 2017-05-15 Dorothy B Atlantic Highlands

    The action on the shorts began as the first line went into the water and provided action on and off for the rest of the trip. We landed 4 keeper Bass, 2 Flounder as well as all the throwbacks even though the conditions were far from favorable. 
  • 2017-04-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Shore fishermen are about to enjoy what will probably be the most exciting casting of the year during the next few weeks as big bluefish take over in rivers, inlets and bays. Bunker chunks have been producing some in Barnegat Bay and Toms River -- and the Tackle Box in Hazlet reported they were hitting all day Thursday in Raritan Bay.
  • 2017-04-19 Ristori Bay Head

    20th Annual NJ Banquet Auction 20th Annual New Jersey IGFA Fundraising Banquet Auction Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7 pm Doolan's Shore Club700 State Hwy 71Spring Lake, New Jersey, USA Featuring a cocktail hour, hot cold buffet dinner, a Grand Raffle with items from YETI, Maxel, Tsunami, and much more!Reserve your seats today by emailing IGFA New Jersey Representative Jeff Merrill at jeffmerrill2 verizon.
  • 2017-04-19 Big Mohawk Belmar

    WE HAD SOME NICE BLACKFISH ALONG WITH SOME WINTER FLOUNDER TO ROUND OFF THE MIX. WE WILL BE HEADED OUT AT 7AM TOMORROW.
  • 2017-04-14 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar saw some big bass on top early Friday, but only marked them later in the trip as a couple up to 33 inches were boated. Those boats will be looking for stripers Saturday along with Miss Belmar Princess and the Jamaica from Brielle.
  • 2017-04-13 Ristori Bay Head

    A mild winter and early spring often results in a good April bite of mostly short stripers on clams for Raritan Bay boaters, but this year the bass have been on herring and hitting lures. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park is still hoping for the first bluefish report, but reports school stripers in the surf on clams and small lures -- plus many more in Barnegat Bay on bloodworms and small plugs.

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