Get your fluke on!
This week’s report sees the season heating up from the shore, with schoolies to low end-keeper sized bass making things fun for the surf casters. The west and southwest sides of the island are producing most consistently, both for me personally, and from reports we are receiving from night owl anglers.
Stripers are starting to show on the east side as well, but not in great numbers yet. The arrival of the cow bass should start happening in the next couple weeks.
For the lighter-tackle shore-based anglers, the Coast Guard Channel is producing schoolies and harbor blues (which are early and thick in New Harbor). The fluke have yet to show up in numbers in the channel, but the squid have arrived in big numbers meaning keeper fluke off the shore isn’t far away. The squid are here for the catching both day and night under lights and off the docks in New Harbor. With a bit of effort and time the shore-based angler can be quite optimistic about tight lines and a bent rod.
Fluke fishing has been good from the boat out in deeper waters with more keeper-sized fish being caught on the south side than the usual west side grounds. Fresh squid on tandem bucktail rigs in white or pink have been successful for us on the Harley. Fishing big-profile baits has resulted in big fish. There are plenty of sea bass around as well, but the season is closed until the end of the month so it should be easy fishing when it opens.
Our fly fishing efforts have focused on the sunrise bite inside the Great Salt Pond, with schoolie stripers and bluefish up to 26 inches being caught. Topwater gurglers and sandeel imitations are the ticket to get a bite. An eight-weight fly rod is more than enough for these fish.
We expect the upcoming week to be the start of the “schoolie bonanza” we usually see on the west side. This event is dictated by the sandeel presence that we have now, as well as the amount of other bait, like squid.
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Catch ‘em up!