# 59280: Subject: Axel Carlson Reef, New Jersey
Submitted by Andrew Sokol (ip 220.127.116.11)
- Fished on 8/16/2012
- Report received: 8/16/2012
Water Temperature: .
Water Clarity: Clear
Seas: 1-2' early before becoming flat as a lake by afternoon
Weather: Bright sunshine with a NW wind 10-120 early before tapering off during the morning until it became light & variable
Boat: Reel Class
captain: Allen Gonzalez
Left the slip just after 6 AM and got back about 4:15 PM. In between it was a good day of fluke fishing aboard the Reel Class. We fished various rock piles, snags & wrecks on the Axel Carlson Reef. conditions were such early on that heavy sinkers to 10 ounces were required but eventually we were able to get away with using 6 ounce sinkers/bucktails. Although all 6 of us lost at least 7 or 8 rigs we all also each caught our limit (5) of fluke putting 30 keepers in the box (+ 3 keeper sea bass & 1 cocktail bluefish). Easily caught & released 75 short fluke and a few short sea bass. My biggest was 21" to go along with 2 at 20", a 19" and a 18.5. I also dropped allot what felt like keeper fluke, thought I was sticking them good with the hook, kept tension on them but after a few cranks on the reel they were gone-oh well. Biggest of the day was just shy of #5. Everything was caught on either a bucktail tipped with a squid strip or GULP or on a 6" GULP grub rigged above a bucktail or sinker. No one color was hot as white, chartruese, pink shine & new penny all caught. We all went through allot of GULP as the fluke were doing allot of short biting. At one point we had a @ 5' shark near the boat.
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