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Fishing Report: June 20, 2010

Provided by: Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters
Posted on:June 20, 2010
Region: New Jersey  /  Shore

Looks like our summer fluke bite is solidly underway, as things picked up quite a bit this past week. I was out three days this week and had solid fluke action each time.

On Monday, Debbie Hill brought her tech support team (Scott, Grant and James) out and we spent the morning sifting through a couple dozen flatties to put a few nice sized keepers in the box. Most of the action that day was in Double Creek, although the west side of the bay also provided some early morning action before the drift died out completely. I got out by myself for a couple of hours on Friday looking to try out some new teasers I've been tying, and absolutely bailed fluke every place I stopped. Again, most of the fish were short of the 18" minimum, but the action on ultralight tackle was incredible. Then yesterday I had George Selph back looking to get in on the action, and boxing 5 nice keepers of the 35-40 fish landed before the tide swung around and wind cranked up late morning.

Hopefully this fishing will continue well into the summer as it did last year, since bucktailing fluke with light tackle is about as much fun as it gets. These fish are gorging themselves on shrimp right now, and are aggressively hammering anything that looks like an easy meal. And while we're releasing a lot more fish than we're taking home, these aren't small fish by any means with the majority of the "shorts" coming close to the 18" minimum.

Lots of mid week dates still open over the next couple of weeks for anyone looking to get in on this fishery this year.