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Subject: Raritan Reach & Sandy Hook Channels, New Jersey

Submitted by Andrew Sokol (ip

Date Fished: 8/13/2011
Water Temperature: .
Water Clarity: Good
Seas: Calm early then 1-2' as the S wind came up.
Weather: Sunny with high clouds. Light wind early but by late morning/early afternoon a building SE wind. Air temperatures in the mid/uppers 80's.
Fishing_for: Fluke
Boat: Grateful Dad
captain: Jeff Samuels

Jason and I arrived at Brown's Marina ahead of both Jeff & Larry so he decided to go snapper fishing. He had already caught 2 before he passed off the rod to me. Had 1 on my first cast that I lost and after a few more cast I gave the rod back to him & promptly caught a small striper. Jason added another snapper before Jeff & Larry arrived. We loaded the boat & headed out. First stop was near the #4 in the Reach with the start of the outgoing. I started bucktailing as did Jason. Had a pick of shorts and sea robins. Made a few wiggles with the same results but I was able to buck up a small weakfish. Made a move to the east to the east end of Sandy Hook Channel.Drift was too fast for bucktailing to I switched to dragging a long strip with a Peruvian spearing. Started off fishing the red edge and we were able to put 3 keepers in the box (2 for Jeff & 1 for Larry).made a few more drifts out here; on the red side, down the middle and on the green edge-all the time having a steady pick. Larry added another keeper and I helped out with a 21.25"er. The bite died as the SE wind kicked in. We moved back inside and fished the flats in front of Earle. Once again shots & some birds. Moved back to where we started but by now the incoming tide & SE wind made for a fast drift. Larry however, was able to add another keeper. One final stop by the #12 gave up some shorts and yet more birds. So we ended the day with just 5 keepers to 21.25"s out of 100 fluke boated. It appears that the bay bite is not what it was 2 weeks ago. Hopefully the fish are just scattered and will regroup in the channels in the coming weeks before they head out. I know in past years the last week of August into the first few days of September have yielded some fast & furious fishing-especially the east end of the Reach into Sandy Hook Channel. On a more positive note, between Jason & myself we combined for an inshore grand slam (striper, bluefish, weakfish & fluke).

fishing From: normfish (, New jersey
Hi Jeff, I fish out of brown's marina too. I am the crazy guy with the aluminum boat tied to the metal framework. If the weather permits like last week one day I was around the amo pier which is a long run with a ten horse power eng. Alot of shorts, and I mean real short fluke. Many sea robins too. I am glad to read your report and you got some keepers. This was the first trime I did not have one keeper. See you Norm

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