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Subject: Flynn's Knoll, New Jersey

Submitted by Andrew Sokol (ip

  • Fished on 6/9/2012

    Water Temperature: .
    Water Clarity: Fair
    Seas: Calm, less than 1'
    Weather: Another blown forecast, what happened to 85 & sunny ??....only had about a hour worth of sun between a good amount of overcast with a west wind 10-15 that made it a little chilly.
    Fishing_for: Fluke
    Boat: Captain John
    captain: John O'Connell

    I originally was to have been winter flounder fishing up in Quincy this weekend but due to a family situation I had to cancel. Fished aboard the Captain John today out of Keyport. Very light crowd of @ 20 fares for a saturday in June. First drift was made just after we cleared the sailboats. A wind against tide (which we had almost all day) made for horrible drifting conditions & we were soon on our way east. Spent the better part of the day fishing various drift lines atop the Knoll. I took a short on the first drift here that hit a teaser tipped with a pink GULP 4" swimming minnow. Next drift switched over to my go to bucktail rig and took another pair of shorts. Drift was very odd with the current going one direction on top but another on the bottom-thus I kept having to change weight of the bucktail to remain on the bottom.Finally gave up on this rig and went to fishing a 3-way swivel with one eye going to the main line, a 2nd eye having a short leader with a bucktail at the end and the 3rd eye having a 30" leader with a snelled 3/0 hook at the business end. Both the bucktail & hook were tipped with a chartreuse 4" GULP swimming minnow. I proceded to catch a bunch of fish-including a 18.5" keeper on the hook with just the GULP. Bounced around a couple more spots from the #1 can back to the Knoll & finally the flats off the ammo pier. I took one more keeper on my bucktail rig (on the bucktail) and a few more 'almost' keepers on the 3-way rig. Also caught 2 sea robins and 1 sun dail. I ended with just the 2 keepers. High hook was 4. Maybe 18 keepers on the boat. Those bouncing bucktails and tipped with chartreuse GULP out produced bait draggers.

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