The last two weeks have produced some beauties in the ocean to over 8lbs. In fact, my last 3 charters have all had fish to 7lbs - lots of quality fluke in the ocean within sight of Barnegat Light. We have been consistently working the 53ft to 60ft depths - any bottom contour differences are a great place to try. The fluke are on the move and will feed on their way out in areas that hold baitfish, which are usually your depth changes, dropoffs, rockpiles, and any other structure.
I had Bob Cipolla of East Brunswick and son Chris out for their annual father & son fluke mix-it up before Chris heads back to Penn State University to complete his senior year. Although the drifting conditions were nonexistent, the team managed to box 5 keeper fluke to 7lbs. The S&S bucktail proved its weight by catching the two biggest 23.5” and 25.5”. It’s always a competition between the father and son duo, with Chris topping Dad for the second straight year with a beautiful 25.5in 7lb fluke. Coincidentally, Chris won the father and son competition last year by catching a 7 pounder. Next year is redemption for Bob.