Fisherman Magazine Update

The 2016 fluke bite is beginning to intensify throughout the region as big flatties begin to set up in some of the deeper holes, along channel edges and even at the reef sites along the Jersey coast. What has mostly been a slow start to the summer flounder run may actually be heating up now that summer is officially here! Mid-week we received good reports off Sandy Hook of a rather mad dog striper bite as large bass continue to harass the schools of bunker; while some boat casters have been tossing poppers and pencils around the exploded schools, fishing with live bait continues to be an effective way of dialing into trophy stripers inside of 3 miles. At the fence – and just on either side – more sharks are being reported in the mix, with at least two juvenile white sharks hooked and released by local anglers this week. Browns and sand tigers are also beginning to make their nightly visits close to shore in search of bunker chunks, while the offshore grounds are beginning to produce yellowfin, bluefin, and a couple of bigeye – the bite is moving north but southern canyons like the Washington are still producing the most consistent bite. Unless of course you’re looking to get in on the mako and thresher action, as the time is now offshore of NJ (though a 730-pound monster mako tops the charts this week off NY in the Star Island Tournament.)

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