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07/27/14

10.6 POUND DOORMAT CAUGHT TODAY!!! OUR FOURTH OF THE SEASON....ALREADY!!!

We had okay fluking today. The fish did not want the incoming tide for the first part of this morning but when the tide changed we were once again able to put a mix of mostly QUALITY fish in the coolers along with decent short action for the second half of the day. We have had to work hard using the engines lately to keep us over the fish but if that is what it takes then that is what we do!!! Our effort certainly paid off for John Park, Edison, NJ, who ended up with several fish including a 10 POUND 6 OUNCE DOORMAT which took the pool!! Check our picture "GALLERY" for all of the BIG fish taken home by our fishermen already this year!! Anne Lavelle, Jersey City, NJ, had a 6 pound 3 ounce fish as part of her catch today as well. Searching for another big boy tomorrow. See you in the morning.

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07/26/14 9.2 POUND POOL WINNER TODAY! Well, after a very slow day on the fluke grounds yesterday the fishing bounced right back to the fishing we have been seeing recently. Most of the keepers were once again QUALITY fish that did not need to be measured and enough short action mixed in to keep the guys busy. Fished the same areas that we have been recently and had NICE fish on just about every drift most of the day. A couple of the guys, including John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ, just missed their limits and most of the folks had fish to take home. A VERY NICE change from yesterday for sure!! Mike Scher, Cranford, NJ, was happy with his catch that included a 5 pound 4 ounce fish and the 9 pound 2 ounce pool winner!! Spros/ gulps and natural baits all produced once again. See you inthe morning.
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07/23/14

MORE NICE FISH. Worked the same general area that has been good to us and as has been the case lately we had our best fishing this morning when we had a good drift. Many of our keepers were 4 to 6 pound fish once again with some short action in the mix. Today was not the fishing we have had recently with the overall number of keepers aboard but the high hook ended with four nice fish and several others each wound up with three nice fish in their coolers. A few of our better fluke fishermen were aboard today and struggled all day to find the right sized fish which happens sometimes but is part of the sport!! Don Jaeger, Morris Plains, NJ, had three NICE fish including a 6 pound 2 ounce and a 6 pound fish and he took the pool. Jack Decker, Blairstown, NJ, just missed the pool with a 6 pound whistle fish. Tom Hollywood, Jr., Staten Island, NY, had a 5 pound 12 ounce fish for his largest of the day. Pete Burrows, Hillsdale, NJ, had several keepers including a pair that were JUST shy of 5 pounds each. Nice weather on tap again for tomorrow.
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07/22/14

QUALITY FISH TODAY!! We had a better drift most of the morning which gave us better fishing for mostly QUALITY fish. Made a number of drifts in the same area that we have been fishing lately and were rewarded with more keepers than shorts with most of the keepers being between 4 and 6 pounds!! The folks worked hard and were able to put a bunch of fish in the coolers by the end of the day. Gulps and natural baits worked equally well. Tiny Goldman, Brick, NJ, had four keepers with three being 4 pounds 9 ounces, 5 pounds 6 ounces and 6 pounds 1 ounce and he tied for the pool with Carmine Rutledge, Newark, NJ, who had an identical 6 pound 1 ounce fish. Red Zisa, Totowa, NJ, had four keepers up to 5 pounds 7 ounces. Teddy K, South River, NJ, had four keepers that included a 5 pound 4 ounce and 5 pound 6 ounce fish. Pete Morris, Garwood, NJ, had a 5 pound 13 ounce fish. George Currie, Lanoka Harbor, NJ, had a 5 pound 4 ounce fish of his own. Other nice fish were spread around the boat also.
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07/21/14

Absolutely no wind or current ALL DAY anywhere we tried gave us no drift and slow fishing today. Spent most of the day in the same areas that have been producing nicely for us lately. The folks had to work their butts off for the fish they caught with the fellas bouncing the spros/gulps putting the bulk of the fish in the coolers. High hook had four keepers, a couple had three each but most others did not fare as well. Karl Faller, East Hanover, NJ, had a couple of keepers including the 5 pound 13 ounce pool fish. Sounds like we should have a much better drift for tomorrow. See you in the morning.
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07/20/14

We had a gustier east wind than predicted on the fluke grounds which both helped and hurt the fishing. Our best fishing was this morning when we had a nice slow drift with the wind against tide. The folks had a mix of quality keepers and shorts on each drift for the first few hours. Once the current and wind finally got together we thought for sure that we would be "in" but the bite slowed to just a pick of nice fish for the rest of the day. Still OKAY fishing overall with some doing better than others which is always the case with fluking. Wayne Pinder, Red Bank, NJ, wound up with several keepers including a 6 pound 2 ounce fish. Tom Feher, Nutley, NJ, fished with his daughter Shannon and both went home happy. Tom took the pool with a 9 pound 5 ounce BEAUTY while Shannon ended up having high-hook honors with four QUALITY fish up to 4 pounds 7 ounces on her first-ever boat trip!!! CONGRATULATIONS to you both!! Gulps, spros and natural baits have all been working lately so it is just your personal choice as to what you should be using. See you in the morning.
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07/19/14

Finally had good drifting conditions today after not having a whole lot of movement the past couple of days. Found improved fishing as well with catches ranging from a limit on down. We also had more short action than we have found lately to keep the folks working at the rail. Spro/ gulps and natural baits all caught their share of fish today. Mike Scher, Cranford, NJ, took home his limit while Richard DeMarco, Toms River, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 12 ounce fish. Looks like a good wind direction for a drift again tomorrow.
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07/18/14

Lack of drift most of the day hurt us today. Went back to where we have been fishing lately to find just enough breeze against the light current to make us stand still. Bounced around the area much of the morning hoping for a change in conditions which never came. A few fish on each stop was all that the guys could manage. Finally had to leave for a different area and had some fish late in the day before we came home. Jim Harding, Pearl River, NY, took the pool with a 4 pound 4 ounce fish. A different wind direction for tomorrow should give us the drift that we want.

07/17/14

A nice weather forecast brought out a good group of regulars today. Headed back to where we have been fishing and managed to pick a few nice fish on each drift this morning while we had a good drift. More keepers than shorts once again. Once the drift finally died we left the area to check out several different spots that have given us some very nice fish lately but could only manage a couple of more keepers in each area with little drift once again. A handful of the guys ended up doing well but it was a slow day overall. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, caught his limit up to 5 pounds 9 ounces bouncing spros. Jack Tabor, Paramus, NJ, had a 5 pound 11 ounce fish. Bill Gugliotta, Guttenberg, NJ, had a couple of keepers up to 5 pounds 7 ounces. Steve Smith, Guttenberg, NJ, had three keepers including the 6 pound 13 ounce pool fish. Great weather the next several days so enjoy it!
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07/16/14 Not a lot of fishermen around today with some boats not even getting out. We had some of our regulars aboard and found decent fishing in the morning with mostly nice keepers and only a few shorts. The guys picked until the current died and we lost the drift. Left the area to find some movement elsewhere and managed a few more fish closer to home to end the day. It was a nice day for sure with nice people. Tom Hollywood, Sr., Staten Island, NY, had three keepers and took the pool with a 4 pound 10 ounce fish. Only one person failed to take at least one keeper home.
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07/15/14

8+ POUND POOL FISH TODAY!! Another doom and gloom forecast kept a lot of the regulars home today once again, and once again it was a shame since the sun was out for a good part of the day and the winds were light. Not a drop of rain in fact until we were on our way home. We sailed with a few of our regulars and were only one of a few boats on the bay today. We were happy with the fishing we found early this morning when we had a drift. Once the current died the fishing slowed to a pick for the guys using the spro/gulp rigs.Tiny Goldman, Brick, NJ, had plenty of action today and ended up with four keepers to 4 pounds 8 ounces. Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, also had plenty of action with gulps and wound up with four nice fish as well which included his 8 pound 10 ounce pool fish!!
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07/14/14

The doom and gloom weather forecast kept some of our Monday regulars home. Very unfortunate since our biggest problem today was a lack of drift from no wind most of the day. The guys who worked the spros/gulps hard all day wound up with nice fish in the coolers while the folks dragging natural baits did not fare well with the lack of drift. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, wound up with his limit up to 5 pounds 4 ounces and tied for the pool with Jermaine Lloyd, South Bound Brook, NJ, who also ended up with his limit.
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07/13/14

BIG FISH SUNDAY!!

We had nice weather, a good group of regulars onboard and could not have asked for better BIG fish fishing than we found today!! The folks ended the day with 14 FISH BETWEEN 5 AND 9 POUNDS in addition to other quality fish to go around!!! Had to work hard to keep the boat where it needed to be but the effort paid off very well!!! Kenneth Caleca, Midland Park, NJ, took the pool with a 9 pound 2 ounce BEAUTY! Emil Acito, Bogota, NJ, was very happy with his 7 pound 3 ounce fish. Ron Neira, Old Bridge, NJ, had several keepers including fish of 6 pounds 3 ounces and 6 pounds 1 ounce. Kenny and the Palisades Park crew had a dozen keepers which included 4 between 5 and 6 pounds! Brian Ogara, Hopewell, NJ, had a 5 pound 6 ounce fish for his largest keeper. Lliam Ogara, Hopewell, NJ, had a 5 pound 4 ounce fish of his own. Dave Brink, Sr. & Jr, Middletown, NJ, had fish of 5 pounds 9 ounces, 5 pounds 7 ounces and 5 pounds 5 ounces as part of their catch and Michael Pagliuga, Old Bridge, NJ, had a 5 pound 6 ounce fish as well. Tomorrow's weather looks fine.
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07/12/14

We had better fishing after the last couple of tough days on the fluke grounds. Almost no drift this morning but the guys and gals managed to pick away at a mix of shorts and nice keepers until the bite in the area finally died late morning. Once the afternoon breeze kicked up it gave us a nice drift in a different area to finish the day where we had some shorts and a few more very NICE keepers. Spros and gulps have had an edge over natural baits when there is no current and natural baits have been doing just as well with a drift. Frank Lavelle, Jersey City, NJ, had several keepers today including a 6 pound 14 ounce fish which was caught in the first couple of minutes this morning and led the pool most of the day. Frank's wife Anne celebrated her birthday with us today and got a very nice present when she caught her largest fluke ever--a 7 pound 4 ounce fish--on the last drift of the day to take the pool. Frank could not have been more pleased! Happy birthday Anne! John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ, led the way with four nice fish. A few of the guys had three each, etc.. See you in the morning.
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07/10/14 The fish did not bite well for us today. Fished several areas with some shorts and a couple handfuls of keepers in the morning while we had a decent drift. Once the current changed and we lost the drift the bite petered out making for a very slow afternoon. Bob Genung, Lake Shawnee, NJ, took the pool with a nice 6 pound 1 ounce fish. Back at it tomorrow.
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07/09/14 Slow day overall on the fluke grounds. The fish did not want the outgoing tide today and we only managed a handful of fish until the tide changed after noon. We had most of our keepers after we got the wind and tide together for the last couple of drifts in a little bit deeper water than we have been fishing lately. Most of the guys went home with at least one keeper but we were not happy with the bite today. Sal Funicelli, East Hanover, NJ, took the pool with a 6 pound fish. Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, had a couple of keepers including a 5 pound 1 ounce fish.
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07/08/14

14 POUND 9 OUNCE MEGA-MAT CAUGHT TODAY!!!!! EB II BIGGEST FLUKE EVER!!!

We had a good bunch of mostly regulars aboard today. It was, unfortunately, the slowest day we have had in some time. There were good drifting conditions much of the day in a few different areas but the guys and gals only had a few quality keepers everywhere we stopped with only a handful of shorts. The couple of areas that have been giving up a bunch of big fish lately came through for us once again today, however. Early this morning EB II regular Ted Kogut, Shillington, PA., hooked and landed his fluke of a lifetime!! Using a spinning rod with a spro rig and 12 POUND TEST LINE Ted got the fish to the boat and into the net without a hitch!! 14 POUNDS 9 OUNCES AND 33 INCHES LONG--WOW!!!!! Ted fishes with his friend Bill on the EB II almost every week of the fluke season and the EB II biggest fluke ever could not have been caught by a nicer person!! CONGRATULATIONS TED!!!! Not to be forgotten, Jimmy Iannielli, Rockaway Township, NJ, had an 8 pound 5 ounce beauty of his own. Art Sevret, Rockaway Township, NJ, had a nice 5 pound 3 ounce fish also. I do not know if we can possibly top that fish but we will certainly try tomorrow.
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07/07/14

SECOND DOORMAT OF THE SEASON AND OTHER BIG FISH!!!!!

Had good conditions early this morning to go back to the area we have been fishing lately and were the guys ever happy that we did!! Got in several drifts before we finally lost the current like we have the past few days. By the time we left to find a drift elsewhere the guys had already put some big fish in the boat. Went to a different area and were able to put almost all quality fish in the coolers again including our SECOND DOORMAT OF THE SEASON!!! Larry White, Rutherford, NJ, using 15 pound test power pro and a spro rig, hooked and landed a beautiful 11 POUND 7 OUNCE fish which was his largest ever and our largest in a couple of years!!! GREAT FISH LARRY!! Butch Hellwig, Bridgewater, NJ, ended his day with several keepers including 8 pound 5 ounce and 5 pound 4 ounce fish. Joe Carella, Millburn, NJ, had a couple of keepers including a 6 pound 7 ounce fish. Victor Irvin, Pocono Lake, PA, had three keepers up to 5 pounds 5 ounces. Other quality fish were spread around the boat as well. It is not very often that someone with an 8+ pound fish loses the pool but today showed that it can happen.
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07/06/14 THIRD 7+ POUND WINNER IN A ROW!! Basically a carbon copy of yesterday. Fished same general area again and had a couple of good drifts with big fish until the current changed and we lost the movement. Used the engines and put some more keepers in the coolers until the bite finally shut off. Left the area and picked at a mix of shorts and keepers the rest of the day. Jim Lohse, Union, NJ, has been on a tear with big fish this year and struck again today! He put the first keeper--the 7 pound 13 ounce pool winner--in the boat literally within a minute of starting our first drift of the day!! He later added a 5 pound 14 ounce fish to his cooler as well. Tony "THE FLUKEMAN" Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, ended up with three keepers for the day which included fish of 6 pounds 13 ounces and 4 pounds 8 ounces. Bill Yu, Palisades Park, NJ, had three keepers up to 5 pounds 7 ounces. Gulps and bucktails had the edge over natural baits the past couple of days. Great weather next few days so come out and enjoy it!
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07/05/14

ANOTHER 7+ POUND POOL FISH!! The weather was supposed to be gorgeous today and it did not disappoint! We had a northwest breeze all day which, unfortunately, killed the drift for much of the day. We fished one area and despite the lack of drift were able to put together a NICE catch with some real BEAUTIES!! Tom Hollywood, Sr., Staten Island, NY had his best day of the season, limiting out early and taking the pool with a 7 pound 6 ounce beauty. He also had fish of 6 pounds 5 ounces, 5 pounds 8 ounces and another around 4 pounds in his limit!!!! He was HAPPY to say the least!! Tom Hollywood, Jr., had three keepers of his own with the largest being 5 pounds 13 ounces. Some of the guys had three keepers each, a couple had two etc.. Great fish on a great day. Lets do it again tomorrow!!
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07/04/14

We were the only 3/4 day boat on Raritan Bay today. The forecast kept many people home which was a shame. Other than some rain from mid- morning onward it was a normal summer day on the water. The group that showed up managed to pick at more shorts than keepers today in a couple of different areas. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, took the pool with a VERY NICE 7 pound 4 ounce fish which was one of his three keepers on the day. Almost everyone ended up taking at least one nice fish home for dinner. This weather will clear out tonight making for a beautiful holiday weekend! We are fishing in the bay so any mention of "rough surf", "large swells" etc. will not affect us in any way this weekend!!
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07/03/14

Fished one of the channels this morning and found nice steady action with almost all QUALITY keepers on each drift. Left the area when the drift finally died and the bite stopped. Got in one nice long drift at one of the other channels to finish the day and had a good mix of shorts and quality fish once again until we left to come home. A beautiful day with a bunch of nice fish...what more could one ask for?? Jim Lohse, Union, NJ, ended up with four nice fish up to 5 pounds 7 ounces and tied for the pool with Matt Dalton, Mt. Olive, NJ, who also had an identical 5 pound 7 ounce fish as part of his catch. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, wound up with four quality fish up to 5 pounds 2 ounces. Carol Pierce, Wrightstown, NJ, had a 4 pound 11 ounce fish of her own.
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07/02/14

Same routine as the last few days. Had a few nice keepers with shorts where we have been starting until the action finally died. Bounced around a couple of other areas during the day with one of them having good short action and the other having more shorts than keepers but with the keepers being mostly nice sized fish. Decent fishing overall considering the strong southerly wind that kicked up this afternoon. Kevin Kenney, Hazlet, NJ, and Tom Hollywood, Sr., Staten Island, NY, tied for the pool with 4 pound 7 ounce keepers.
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07/01/14 8+ POUND POOL FISH TODAY!! Started where we have been finding some beauties lately. Had good conditions for a couple of drifts first thing this morning but were only able to manage a handful of VERY NICE fish before the action died. Tried several different areas finding decent short action with a few more keepers the rest of the day. High hook ended up with three keepers, a few had a couple each etc.. Some NICE fish were caught, for sure, but just not enough for the good group of regulars today. Joe Stefanelli, Maplewood, NJ, had a couple of keepers including his personal-best 8 pound 2 ounce fish!! NICE FISH JOE!! Mike Healy, Highlands, NJ, had a nice 5 pound 9 ounce fish as his largest of the day and Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, had a 5 pound 6 ounce fish and Mike Porter, Clifton, NJ, had one just shy of 5 pounds.
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06/30/14 MORE QUALITY FISH!! Started in the same area as yesterday. Our fishing today was NOT like what we had over the weekend for sure but we managed to pick some nice fish on several drifts before we lost the current. Tried a couple of other areas without much luck until the tide changed. Got a couple of more decent drifts with very nice fish before the current got fast and we finally had to leave the area. Fluke pro Dennis O'Brien, South Bound Brook, NJ, finished the day with his limit. We had a three-way tie for the pool today with Ron Krempecke, Allentown, NJ, Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, and Tony Salomone, Woodbridge, NJ, all having identical 6 pound 1 ounce fish!!
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06/29/14

BIG FISH KEEP CHEWIN'!! Fished the same general areas as yesterday and the big boys were waiting for us again today. Had a perfect current first thing this morning and had some big fish on each of the first few drifts. Once the tide finally changed late morning the strong southerly wind came with it. We managed a couple more GOOD drifts with more big fish before the gnarly conditions made us find a different area to finish the day. By that time our day was already made! Bill Yu, Palisades Park, NJ, had several keepers and took the pool with his 7 pound 5 ounce fish. Bill's friend, Kenny Kim, Wayne, NJ, had a 6 pound 2 ounce fish as part of his catch. Wayne Pinder, Red Bank, NJ, had his limit up to 5 pounds 10 ounces. Jim Lohse, Union, NJ, ended up with four keepers between 3 pounds 12 ounces and 6 pounds 3 ounces. Art Garrett, Red Bank, NJ, had a 5 pound 3 ounce fish for his largest. Tiny Goldman, Brick, NJ, had a 5 pound 4 ounce fish and Frank Lavelle, Jersey City, NJ, had a 5 pound 5 ounce fish. Hoping for another repeat tomorrow!!!
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06/28/14

BIG FISH AGAIN!! Great weather and good fishing. We worked a couple of areas today and the folks were happy with the quality of the fish that they were able to put in the coolers. Once again gulp/spros and natural baits each caught their share of nice fish. Joel Bain, Denville, NJ, took the pool with a very nice 8 pound 1 ounce fish. Mike Scher, Cranford, NJ, had a couple of keepers up to 5 pounds 11 ounces. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, ended up with 4 keepers between 4 pounds and 5 pounds 9 ounces. Brad Weaver, Bound Brook, NJ, had three keepers with the two largest being 7 pounds 3 ounces and 5 pounds 9 ounces. Robert Brushaber, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, had a couple of keepers to 5 pound 2 ounces. There were other quality fish around the boat over 4 pounds including a 4 pound 11 ounce fish for Tom Hollywood, Jr., Staten Island, NY.
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06/27/14 Started the day in one of the channels where we have had some very nice fish recently but had no current and only a few keepers there today. Moved on to other areas and managed a few quality fish in a couple of them along with some shorts. Jim Lohse, Union, NJ, had three very nice keepers including fish of 4 pounds, 4 pounds 12 ounces and the 7 pound 9 ounce pool fish!! Natural baits and spro rigs have both been putting nice fish in the coolers lately. Should get an extra hour of drift in the deeper water first thing tomorrow morning so we will see what happens.
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06/25/14

DOORMAT WEDNESDAY!!!

We caught the start of the outgoing tide in one of the channels first thing this morning and were able to pick at mostly NICE keepers with only a handful of shorts. Not fast fishing for sure but quality indeed!!! Once the current got too fast we had to leave the area and go elsewhere. We found a handful of quality fish on just about every drift for the rest of the day with less current. Once again the guys who worked their rods all day did the best but everyone went home with at least one nice fish for dinner. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, wound up with four quality fish up to 5 pounds 11 ounces. Al Waranis, Trenton, NJ, had our first doormat of the season on the first drift this morning which weighed in at 10 pounds 4 ounces!!! The big fish was one of his limit of five nice fish on the day. NICE JOB AL!!! Al and Greg almost always fish together and Al could not have been happier that Greg was there to see him catch the big fish!! Charlie Summit Phillipsburg, NJ, had a 5 pound 7 ounce fish for his largest of the day. Back at it in the morning.
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06/24/14 QUALITY FISH AGAIN!! Another very nice day to be on the water. Pretty much the same routine as of late with the best of our fishing coming when we got the wind and tide together to give us a drift. Overall it was just a slow pick today but the fish we had were mostly big fish once again. We have been working our tails off lately using the engines to make a drift and we appreciate all of our flukers for working just as hard to put some beauties in the coolers every day!! We ended up with several fish around 6 pounds to go along with other quality fish. Teddy C., South River, NJ, ended up with three nice keepers and took the pool with a 6 pound 3 ounce fish! Tony "The Flukeman" Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, just missed tying for the pool with a 6 pound 1 ounce fish which was his largest of the day.
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06/23/14

BIG FISH MONDAY!!! We had our best fishing in a week in the same area we worked yesterday afternoon. There was no drift early in the day but the guys working the spros managed to put a few big fish in the boat along with some shorts. When we finally got the drift, the guys using both the natural baits as well as the spro/bucktails managed to put some NICE fish in the coolers. Fluke Master Dennis O'Brien, South Bound Brook, NJ, is one of the best fishermen around and had a VERY GOOD day limiting out early with big fish and taking the pool. His limit included fish of 8 pounds 3 ounces, 6 pounds 4 ounces, 4 pounds 11 ounces and a couple over 3 pounds as well! The first fish he hooked early this morning was AT LEAST as large as his pool fish but flipped us the fin when it spit the hook out within sight of the boat but beyond netting range. BELIEVE IT OR NOT!! Tough break but that is fishing!! Don Jaeger, Morris Plains, NJ, was happy with his three keepers which included a 6 pound fish. Great weather again tomorrow.
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06/22/14 Bounced around this morning to see what we could find in different areas. We decided not to go to the deep to fight a 2 knot drift. We waited for the change of tide where we had our best fishing yesterday and were able to make one long drift with quality fish and a handful of shorts mixed in. Joe Stefanelli, Maplewood, NJ, wound up with three keepers including the 6 pound 5 ounce pool fish. Another great weather day tomorrow.
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06/21/14 The east wind that was called for blew harder than predicted making ocean fishing a no-go for the ladies and youngsters we had onboard. Bounced around from area to area with wind against tide and no drift for a good part of the morning which made for a pretty slow day overall with some shorts and a few keepers everywhere we went. Our best fishing came after noon when we finally got a good drift and were able to put most of our fish in the coolers. Today's keepers were mainly all QUALITY fish once again. Melissa Thomas, Mullica Hill, NJ, had three keepers which included the 5 pound 11 ounce pool fish and another of 5 pounds 9 ounces. Nice job Melissa!!
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06/20/14

We fished several different areas and found at least some life everywhere that we stopped but not enough keepers today. The wind against tide this morning did not give us the best conditions to try to put some fish in the boat but we have to work with the hand that we are dealt. As has been the case lately most of the keepers were nice sized fish. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, took the pool with a 4 pound 10 ounce fish. Natural baits and spro/gulps have all been putting some quality fish on ice lately. Ready to give it hell again tomorrow.
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06/18/14 We finally had a drift for an area we wanted to try the past couple of days and it payed off with our best fishing of the past week. No slaughter for sure but steady fishing with a mix of shorts and very NICE keepers to keep things interesting all day. The guys have had to work for the fish lately and today was no different. Bill Powell, Wyomissing, PA., had a couple of keepers including the 5 pound 11 ounce pool fish. John Talbott, Jersey City, NJ, just missed a tie for the pool with a 5 pound 10 ounce fish of his own. Joe Salerno, East Hanover, NJ, led the way with four nice fish including a 5 pound 5 ounce and 4 pound 13 ounce fish. Looks like good conditions for the same area tomorrow. See you in the morning.
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06/17/14

Tried an area we have not fished lately first thing this morning but had no drift at all and had to leave. Will have an extra hour of current there in the morning which should help. Bounced around a number of areas in the bay today and found better short action and a few more keepers than yesterday and the guys that worked the spros today had the most action. As has been the case recently most of the keepers were all quality fish up to 5+ pounds. Not great fishing the past week for sure but the guys who are willing to bounce and work their rigs are being rewarded with some very nice fish. A few of the guys each had a couple of nice fish today and some only had shorts. Bob Fratangelo, Jr., Emerson, NJ, caught a 5 pound 4 ounce fish on the first drift this morning which just held up for the pool. Tiny Goldman, Brick, NJ, had a pair of fish that were each JUST shy of 5 pounds. Another nice day to be on the water tomorrow. See you in the morning.
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06/16/14 Started the day in the same area we found our big fish yesterday. Unfortunately we had no drift at all and only a handful of fish. Finally had to move on to find some current. Found a good drift the rest of the day but only a couple of fish each place that we stopped. Slow day though not from lack of trying. Covered lots of ground for a couple of handfuls of keepers. One of those days. We have a different plan of attack in mind for tomorrow. If it was always easy everyone would be a head boat captain!!! Jim Fells, Midland Park, NJ, was happy with his 7 pound 3 ounce pool fish!! Great weather all this week.
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06/15/14 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU DADS OUT THERE!! The great weather forecast brought out a bunch of guys and gals with their dads for a great day on the water. We fished the ocean this morning but did not find enough to keep us there. We went back into the bay and fished some of our old haunts. Overall it was a slow day with the nice group of regulars we had onboard. The fish we did catch were mostly all VERY NICE keepers with just a few shorts shorts mixed in. Wayne Pinder, Red Bank, NJ, led the way with three keepers up to 5 pounds 15 ounces. Pete C., Bound Brook, NJ, had a couple of keepers of 6 pounds 3 ounces and 4 pounds 13 ounces. Dennis O'Brien, South Bound Brook, NJ, had the 6 pound 6 ounce pool fish on the last drift of the day. The guys using the gulps and spros had the bulk of the keepers today. Weather sounds great all this coming week!!
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06/14/14

Great weather as we expected for today. Unfortunately, some swell still remained on the ocean and that fishing has not bounced back yet. Hopefully the fish will bite better in the ocean tomorrow. It was just a slow pick for us everywhere we tried today in the bay with the fleet with lots more boats running around than the past few days. We found some shorts on every stop but not enough keepers to make us happy. A few of the guys did manage multiple keepers for their efforts but most were not as lucky. Hey, some fish, a bunch of good people and lots of laughs still beats sitting at home!! Teddy C., South River, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound fish. Weather looking GREAT again for tomorrow so treat dad to a day on the water!!
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06/13/14

The rain and fog and left over east wind that we had first thing this morning was done by 9 AM leaving a beautiful day to be on the water. It was a slow pick for us in the bay with more keepers than shorts where we have fished the past couple of days. The ocean swell was laying down as the day went along and hopefully there will be no problem getting back out there tomorrow to where we had nice fishing early in the week. The guys worked hard all day and were able to put some keepers on ice. A few had two keepers each. Everyone had at least one keeper to take home. Pete Burrows, Hillsdale, NJ, ended up with a couple of keepers including the 5 pound 8 ounce pool fish. Sounds like great weather this weekend so take advantage of it!!
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06/12/14 Like yesterday, we were one of only area boats to sail today!! We had a group of regulars aboard who wanted to fish despite another "doom and gloom" weather forecast and it turned out to be pretty nice on the water with less wind than yesterday! We had our best fishing of the day this morning before the current changed and the bite slowed down. Overall the fishing was not what we had yesterday but most of the keepers were very nice fish again with almost everyone ending up with at least one nice fish to take home for dinner. The guys were happy to get out and they were able to add a couple of more fish to our GALLERY page!! Tony Salomone, Woodbridge, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 4 ounce fish which beat out a 5 pound 1 ounce fish caught by Mike Terefenko, Middletown, NJ.
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06/11/14

QUALITY FLUKE WEDNESDAY ON THE EB II !!!We had some of our hard core flukers show up this morning and were one of the only area boats to sail today! The wind blew harder than predicted all day long so we were very limited as to where we could fish. That did not matter as we found a nice pocket of fish and managed to pick at almost all 3-5 pound fish on each drift for the second half of the day!! Jack Deckert, Blairstown, NJ, took the pool with a 6 pound 13 ounce fish and also had a 5 pound 12 ounce fish as well. Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, had several keepers which included fish of 5 pounds 7 ounces and 4 pounds 13 ounces. Joe Salerno, East Hanover, NJ, had a 4 pound 11 ounce fish as his largest of the day. Ron Becker, Springfield, NJ, had a 5 pound 9 ounce fish and Joe Stefanelli, Maplewood, NJ, had a 5 pound 3 ounce fish for his largest of the season. Needless to say the guys went home happy!
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06/10/14 It was just a pick overall today for the Tuesday regulars. Fished several of the areas where we have been catching some very nice fish lately but found only a little life there today. Checked out a tip from a friend and had the best of our fishing for the day. The guys needed to use some weight but we were able to pick at a mix of shorts and nice keepers on several drifts for the rest of the day. The guys all worked hard and almost everyone wound up with at least one for dinner. Roger Solomon, Elmwood Park, NJ, took the pool with a 4 pound fish.
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06/09/14 9 POUND 4 OUNCE FLUKE TODAY!!! We were surprised to see our Monday regulars show up with the forecast and the rain. It did not bother them one bit---after all it is only water! Had wind against tide for most of the morning which did not help the early bite. Once the current finally changed we were able to put some very nice fish into the coolers for the guys in the second half of the day. John Shaffren, Newark, NJ, boated a 9 pound 4 ounce BEAUTY which is our largest of this young fluke season---SO FAR--- and his personal best!!! Congratulations John!!! Mike Panko, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., spent the last day of his vacation fishing with his friends and had a nice 5 pound 1 ounce fish as part of his catch. There were several other fish between 3 and 4 pounds to go along with the normal keepers for the day. The guys did a good job for the conditions we were dealt.
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06/08/14

We stayed in and around the bay today and found a much nicer keeper ration than we had yesterday. We had nice drifting conditions much of the day and the guys using spro rigs did best with the keepers, although natural bait and gulps added fish to the coolers as well. Some of the guys ended up with three and four keepers each and only a few did not wind up with at least one fish to take home. Pete C., Bound Brook, NJ, had three keepers and took the pool with a 4 pound 11 ounce fish.
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06/07/14 Started the day in the ocean and had plenty of short action but few keepers. Headed back into the bay and found some fish on the mussel beds each drift for the rest of the day. Not enough keepers on a gorgeous day to keep us happy but a good time was had by all. Ruhan Derti, Belleville, NJ, took today's pool.
06/06/14 Started the day down the beach with the gusty wind this morning and found good short action on a couple of drifts with a few keepers mixed in. When the wind died down we left the area looking for more keepers to put in the coolers. Tried a number of areas and managed a couple of nice fish in each but it was nowhere near good enough for the nice group we had onboard today. All of the other boats struggled as well so it was just one of those days. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, took the pool with a nice 6 pound 7 ounce fish on the last drift of the day. One of the guys whose name I forgot to get had a nice 5 pound 7 ounce fish of his own! Great weather on tap for the weekend so come on down!!
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06/04/14 Nice conditions in the areas we fished today. Found some mixed short and keeper action everywhere we stopped. The guys worked hard all day and ended up with more keepers in the coolers than we have seen the past couple of days. Once again most of the keepers were very nice fish up to 4 pounds. Spros, gulps and natural baits all put some fish in the boat. A couple of the guys had three or four fish each and everyone went home with at least one keeper today. Mike Terefenko, Middletown, NJ, took the pool with a 4 pound 3 ounce fish.
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06/03/14 Today was pretty much a repeat of yesterday. There was still a sizeable swell in the ocean which kept us in the bay. The guys had some fish every where we stopped with okay short action and some very nice keepers in the mix. The fellas who worked their baits and spros had the best results today. Carmine Rutledge, Newark, NJ, took the pool with a very nice 7 pound 7 ounce fish. Jack Deckert, Blairstown, NJ, was happy with the 6 pound 8 ounce fish which was one of his keepers on the day.
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06/02/14

We had no drift with wind against tide the first couple of hours this morning which gave us a slow bite. When the tide finally changed we were able to find a handful of fish on each drift everywhere we stopped for the rest of the day in the bay. There was a very large ground swell which kept us out of the ocean today. We ended up having guys with two and three keepers each and some had less. Mike Naipawer, Bloomingdale, NJ, and Dennis "Z-Man" Ziober, Port Reading, NJ, tied for the pool with identical 5 pound 10 ounce fish. Nice weather the rest of the week.
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06/01/14 It was a much nicer day with better fishing than we found yesterday. Today was the most boat traffic we have seen since the start of the fluke season which was not unexpected with the great weekend weather day.There was more short action everywhere we stopped and more keepers to go along with them for the guys who worked hard. Dennis O'Brien, South Bound Brook, NJ, took the pool with one of his three keepers. Bucktails and spros had a noticable advantage for the first time this season.
05/31/14 Terrible conditions today!! The wind blew like a banshee all morning forcing the ENTIRE fleet to spend the day in the only semi-protected area of the bay! Unfortunately, the best we could find were shorts and a handful of keepers like everyone else. Truth in reporting. Nice weather tomorrow so we will be back to where we have had our good fishing with big fish and see if we can put some more in the coolers. Brian Karasik, South River, NJ, ended up with a couple of keepers which included the pool fish.
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05/30/14 MORE QUALITY FISH TODAY!! We found some very nice fish once again for a nice group of guys early this morning on the first few drifts, but unfortunately it just was not enough to keep us happy today. YES, AFTER THE PAST WEEK WE ARE SPOILED!!! Left the area and bounced around most of the day with only a couple of fish each place we stopped. Took a shot at the end of the day back where we started and put a couple more beauties in the coolers. A few of the guys wound up with two and three fish each and we ended the day with five gallery fish between 5 and 7 pounds in the mix!! Pete Burrows, Hillsdale, NJ, took the pool with a 6 pound 10 ounce fish which just beat out a 6 pound 8 ounce fish caught by John Gadomski, Staten Island, NY. Erik Merritt, Whitehall, PA., had a 5 pound 6 ounce fish, Jim Lohse, Union, had a 5 pound 4 ounce fish and Richie Basinski, Clifton, NJ, had a 5 pound 3 ounce fish of his own.
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05/29/14

It was good to get back on the fluke grounds with a bunch of regulars after an overblown, bogus weather forecast yesterday kept the entire fleet at the docks. Anyway we found the fish todayright where we left them on Tuesday and were VERY PLEASED with the catch we put together by quitting time! There were a bunch of nice fish once again for our happy fishermen. Mike Panko, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is up on vacation visiting friends and showed that he did not forget how to fluke after years down south. He had his limit which included fish of 4 pounds 10 ounces, 5 pounds 11 ounces and a 6 pound 8 ounce fish which took the pool! NICE JOB MIKE!! Dennis Ziober, Port Reading, NJ, had three keepers up to 5 pounds 6 ounces. Sam Ingallinesi, Pompton Lakes, NJ, ended up with four quality fish up to 4 pounds. Weather looks great for the next several days.
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05/27/14 QUANTITY AND QUALITY UP TO 7 POUNDS 11 OUNCES!! It was a GOOD day on the fluke grounds for a nice group of fluke regulars. We were able to make long easy drifts all day and ended up with some limits of quality fish in the coolers once again!! Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, had his limit up to 4 pounds 13 ounces. Doug Kay, Union Beach, NJ, had a limit which included 2 identical 5 pound 5 ounce fish. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, had a limit also as did Pete Talevi, Ewing, NJ, who had the 7 pound 11 pool fish. Carmine Rutledge, Newark, NJ, also made the gallery page with a nice 5 pound 6 ounce fish of his own. These size fish so early in the season are a real pleasure to see---keep 'em coming!!!!! Tomorrows breeze will not bother us where we will be fishing!!
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05/26/14 A nice group of our regular flukers came out on a gorgeous Memorial Day. Fishing was just a pick for the guys today everywhere we stopped with some nice sized fish in the mix once again. A number of the guys ended up with two and three nice fish each. Included in the catch were five fish between 4 and 5 pounds with Lynn Clay, Belleville, NJ, just beating out a nearly identical sized fish caught by Tom Hollywood, Jr, Staten Island, NY, for the pool. Shallower waters have been the best so far with the waters still hovering in the mid 50's.
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05/25/14

BIG FLUKE SUNDAY!!! Fished away from the boats pretty much by ourselves and it paid off today! The guys had a pick on most drifts but for the most part it was a quality over quantity day for sure. Natural baits, spros, gulps etc etc have all been putting some nice fish in the coolers this weekend and that held true for today. Stefan Stefanov, Bedminster, NJ, took the pool with a VERY NICE 8 pound11 ounce fish which he caught early in the day. Steve Han, Berkeley Heights, gave Stefan a good run later in the day with an 8 pound 6 ounce beauty of his own!! Jim Lohse, Union, NJ, was high hook with 4 keepers weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces, 4 pounds 7 ounces, 4 pounds 5 ounces and 4 pounds 4 ounces!! Other fish between 3 and 4 pounds were scattered around the boat along with the usual keepers. It is great to see some big fish around so early in the season.
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05/24/14

Fished the second of our opening weekend "early bite" trips with pretty much all regulars today. Started where we did yesterday morning and had wind against tide and very few bites. Went to where we finished up yesterday and had a pretty decent morning on the first several drifts with both keepers and short action until the bite finally petered out to a slow pick the last part of the day. High hooks ended up with three keepers each, with almost everyone having at least one keeper to take home. Rob Rubi, Hamilton, NJ, took the pool with a 4 pound 3 ounce fish.
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05/23/14

The 2014 fluke opener turned out nicely for the nice gang we had onboard today with AL WARANIS BAGGING THE FIRST NJ PARTY BOAT LIMIT EARLY THIS MORNING!!! NICE WORK AL!! We arrived at the usual opening day grounds and got a good shot of fish on a couple of drifts before the action died after the arrival of the rest of the boats. Left the late comers and moved on to a different area where we had steady fishing with more keepers than shorts the rest of the day. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ and Wayne Pinder, Red Bank, NJ, ended the day with four keepers each, Jim Lohse, Union, NJ had three and there were a bunch of other keepers spread around the boat. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, took the pool with a 4 pound 7 ounce fish.
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