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Subject: Raritan Bay, New Jersey

Submitted by Andrew Sokol (ip

  • Fished on 8/4/2012

    Water Temperature: .
    Water Clarity: Stained
    Seas: Calm
    Weather: Mostly sunny with air temperatures about 90. Very little wind until the tide change, then a building SE wind.
    Fishing_for: Fluke
    Boat: Grateful Dad
    captain: Jeff Samuel

    Jason & I were invited out on my friend's Jeff's boat. Also along was another friend larry. Original plan was to head out to Ambrose Channel where there has been a good fluke bite the past few days. Unfortunately, we had some battery issues at the dock and decided not to take the chance of being caught with a dead battery that far out. So plan B was put into effect-which was basically to hit various spots in the bay and go as far east as the Knoll. Started off by the Keyport #1 can, which only yielded 2 sea robins for myself and a short fluke for Jason. Moved over to the #18 can in the Reach (where there countless pods of adult bunker but nothing harassing them), we had had hits right away but no hook ups. Few more drifts in the area also came up fishless. Next stop was the Knoll where we drifted from the single stick northwest ward. A bunch of sea robins with some short fluke in the fluke. Repeated the same drift a few times with Larry losing what appeared to be a nice fish due to a bad knot. I kept getting small taps but no hook ups until I finally caught the culprit(s)-a small porgy. Jason hooked into a solid fish and finally put a keeper aboard, a nice 22" #4.25 fluke. Made one last drift by the TC buoy where a few more short fluke and sea robins were landed before the SE wind started to kick up and make for too fast a drift. Back at the dock by 1:15.

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