Capt. Brian Bacon of Big Game Sportfishing said that fishing early in the week was very good for fluke with some nice-sized fish being recorded. Shamus had a real giant at 13.76 pounds, and both Brian and his brother Peter had fish around the 10-pound mark. This weekend was the annual Fluke Til Ya Puke tournament and it was the largest yet with over 16 thousand anglers entered. Fishing on Saturday was reported to be tough with most boats reporting issues with dogfish out around Block Island. There were still some nice fish entered and an 11.4-pound fish took first place. With the island loaded with dogfish and the beaches producing mostly smaller fish it was the boats that ventured west towards Montauk that placed well in this year's tournament.
The report from the Frances Fleet was that fluke fishing on the full-day trips saw its ups and downs this past week as strong tides combined with wind made for a tough drift on some trips. When things lined up and they got a nice drift the fish cooperated but other trips were slow. Half-day trips, which concentrated on local waters, also saw mixed results with good action on most trips but a lot of short fish for every keeper. Quite a few sea bass as well that were released unharmed as the season doesn't open until the 24th. Squid fishing on Saturday night was pretty good but the bite didn't really get doing until around 11pm. High hook left with around three quarters of a bucket full of nice-sized squid.
BLACK SEA BASS OPENER
Posted By John Hanecak
On Sunday the 24th, black sea bass fishing will open for recreational anglers with a 3 fish per person limit and a 15-inch size limit. There have been numerous reports of nice black sea bass being caught and released while fluking over the past couple of week so the fishing should start off hot.