Without a doubt, August is considered to be the slowest summer month when it comes to fishing…but boy is this year the exception! We had to look twice when customers were toting in the biggest fluke we have seen all year to hit the scale. Mike Lewandowski carried in a beautiful nearly six-pound fluke to be weighed. Mike caught it drifting right under the ninth street bridge on a Berkley Gulp!. But that wasn’t nearly as large as Matt Futie’s behemoth of a fluke which taped out at thirty-three inches and weighed in at eleven point nine pounds! Futie’s monster hit a bloodworm on a kingfish rig off the ocean city-long port fishing pier! Anglers are reporting lots of short-life as far as fluke goes in the bay, but I assure you there are some larger fish in the area. With lots of juvenile baitfish in the inlets, concentrating fluke fishing efforts in deeper water and towards the inlet’s entrances will you give you a shot at a few keepers before the season closes. Try using minnows and squid this time of year on a simple top and bottom rig or light bucktails tipped with your favorite Berkley Gulp! bait. The artificial reefs out front are still productive with customers reporting limits of fluke and seabass. It seems most of the action has been on the OC and GE reefs, with some finding luck when they venture south to the Townsend inlet reef. Anglers are catching the fluke on heavier bucktails and simple bottom rigs with Berkley Gulp! baits and large strip baits. We are also hearing of a great tog bite for those dropping green crabs on the local bridges and inshore reefs. Although the current limit is one per angler, a solid tog chew can be a way to beat the heat under a bridge!
Water temperatures are very warm in the surf and the sloughs and cuts in the beach can be filled with a variety of species this time of year. Surfcasters primarily targeting kingfish have been the most productive in the suds. They are casting out rigs with small hooks and floats tipped with either live bloodworm or artificial bloodworm and immediately getting into the action. Keep a look out for schools of mullet, although south jersey doesn’t typically get a great mullet run, they will come through our area soon and the stripers, blues and even fluke go into a frenzy when they are around. Brown sharks are still entertaining the anglers who are chunking mackerel, bunker or whatever baitfish the suds have to offer. Typically, this is the time where we will see the biggest sharks and sting rays are caught so make sure you have a proper shark fishing set up. With labor day creeping up on us, make sure to get out on the water!