Towards the end of this week the striped bass had a serious case of lockjaw with the NE high pressure system that made it's way through our coast. On Friday afternoon, I had Tom Walsh and Matthew Roberts out for a afternoon striped bass trip. Based on earlier reports from another charter captain in the area - the bite was not happening early, and proved the same for the afternoon. We trolled for hours pulling both yellow/chart and white Maja's on wireline - but went home without a touch. The highlight of the trip was seeing a pristine humpback whale about a mile from the inlet. We worked some lures in the back and had limited success on bluefish.
With the non-existant bass bite and rough ocean conditions, Sunday's charter of Brian Cunningham (Hillsdale, NJ), son Sean Cunningham, and friends Rohan Mazumdar and Mark Janett of Stanford, Connecticut opted for backbay fluking. The team fished the tide hard with S&S BigEye bucktails in skinny water and boxed 4 keeper flatties up to 5lbs (25.5", 23", 22", 20"). Mark Janett (pic attached) caught the biggest and could literally see the fluke hit the offering as his drag began to scream. Newbie Rohan Mazumdar boated 2 of the keepers as it was his first ever fishing experience - awesome job Rohan.
Now that fluke fishing in our backwaters has started to heat up, and I will begin targeting fluke in the back for upcoming trips. We use light tackle gear and quality tackle on all of our backbay trips. June and July fluke dates have started to fill up and after June 20th (schools out) - I will run charters 5 days a week. All tackle, bait, ice, fish-cleaning, etc is included on all chartered trips.