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08/30/15 We fished the same grounds as yesterday and had lots of help from the rest of the fleet. The price of putting reports on the internet I guess!! Good fishing for the first half of the day as we waited for the change of tide and the start of the outgoing tide. Got a long drift out of it like yesterday with good fishing before the current got way too fast to stay. Found good action with a couple of keepers a drift the rest of the day in a couple of shallower areas. High hooks all had four keepers each. Mike Schmidt, Cranford, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 1 ounce fish. Get them while the bite is on. See you in the morning.
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08/29/15

Started off in a little different area today and found fish waiting for us. Caught the change of tide and start of the outgoing tide early this morning and had very good fishing on a long 2 hour drift before we finally drifted out of them. Went back to do it again and found the current way too strong to stay in the area and had to move elsewhere. Had a mix of shorts with a few keepers each drift for the rest of the day. Mike Scher, Cranford, NJ, had several keepers and took the pool with a 7 pound 11 ounce fish! We hope to take advantage of an extra hour of fishable current tomorrow. See you in the morning.
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08/28/15

Another great weather day to be on the ocean. Went back to where we had our big fish yesterday and were not surprised that we had some company helping us today. Found okay action all day but not as many of the quality fish we were hoping to find although we still wound up with some nice fish in the coolers for the guys who worked hard all day. Some knucklehead seabass have been eating the fluke baits lately and it is a real shame to have to throw them back. John Porada, Pompton Lakes, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 7 ounce fish!
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08/27/15

BIG FISH TODAY!! It was a beautiful day on the water today. Went back to where we had our best fishing yesterday and worked it hard all day. There was steady short action and pretty much all QUALITY KEEPERS for the guys who worked their rods. Spro/gulp rigs, as well as natural baits, put some nice fish in the coolers. Gavin Myers, New Egypt, NJ, took the pool with a very nice 7 pound 5 ounce fish. His brother Dylan had a 5 pound 6 ounce fish of his own. Jerry Pike, Hackensack, NJ, had a 6 pound 2 ounce fish. Sam Ingallinesi, Pompton Lakes, NJ, had several keepers including a 6 pound 8 ounce fish. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, had a 5 pound 3 ounce fish for his largest of the day. Other fish in the 3-4 pound class were boated as well. Weather continues to look great through the weekend so take advantage of it while these big fish are around and hungry!
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08/26/15 We were not impressed with the local fishing we found the past few days so we decided to take a ride and do some looking around today. Worked a number of areas and found a couple that had decent action with some nice sized fish which will be a starting point for tomorrow. Ian Gardner, Flemington, NJ took the pool with a 5 pound 2 ounce fish.
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08/25/15 Slow fishing for all of the boats today. Had some keepers early this morning and thought that we were in after the first couple of drifts but the action petered out. Bounced around all day to find some current and managed a few keepers along with short action but it was not enough to make us happy. Kris Healy, Highlands, NJ, took the pool with one of her fish. Back at it tomorrow.
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08/23/15 We had a decent drift most of the day. Fished a couple of different areas and had plenty of short action but it was a slower day for keepers than we have been seeing the past week. Kali Coleman, Short Hills, NJ, outfished her dad and went home with the pool fish. Back at it tomorrow.
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08/22/15

Wind against tide most of the day once again gave us a very slow drift. Fished the same areas that have been producing well lately and had very good short action with the guys working hard to put a decent catch together. High hooks all had three keepers. A few had one or two fish to go home with and a couple only managed shorts today. Tom Hollywood Jr., Staten Island, NY, took the pool with a 5 pound 1 ounce fish. Predictions of an onshore wind should give us a better drift tomorrow.
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08/21/15 Today was the first day in the last several that we had very little drift with the wind against the tide all day. We used the engines to get a bit of movement and fishing was still OKAY for the guys who WORKED their rods and moved their baits. Natural baits produced more keepers than the spros/gulps. Jim Nodroff, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, had his limit. Rod Hutchison, Phillipsburg, NJ, took the pool with one of his three keepers. Let's get them while they are biting.
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08/20/15 THE FLUKE KEEP BITING! Same routine as last few days with more good fluking. Wind and tide together all day gave us good drifting conditions. Fished the same general area as yesterday and never had to leave. Lots of short action all day and nicer sized keepers for the guys today. Steve Kucinski, Edison, NJ, had his limit with several fish over 4 pounds. Pete Burrows, Hillsdale, NJ, had three keepers and also took the pool with a 4 pound 8 ounce fish. Almost everyone went home with fish today. While most had at least a fish or two to take home a couple had only shorts for their efforts. That's fluking. Spros/gulps and natural baits have all been putting fish in the coolers recently. Other than some showers in the morning tomorrow looks like another good day for the fluke grounds.
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08/19/15

GOOD FISHING CONTINUES! Started where we have been fishing the last few days and had several good drifts with lots of action and a nice spread of keepers around the boat. Stayed until the current finally got way too fast and we had to leave. Finished the day in an area with slower drift and found good action there on every drift with keepers on every drift as well. Matt Myers, New Egypt, NJ, had four keepers as well as the pool fish. Another good day with a nice bunch of people!
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A special birthday shout out to Tommy Hollywood Jr. who turned 17 today and spent the day fishing--AND CATCHING--with his EB II friends!!

08/18/15 GOOD FISHING AGAIN!! Same area as last couple of days and had lots of mixed action with shorts and keepers pretty much all day long. The crew today heeded the advice of bringing a second heavier pole which paid off for them. With the wind and tide together the drift got quick for a bit but the guys were able to stick it out and put some extra fish in the coolers. Wayne Pinder, Green Brook, NJ, took another pool with a 4 pound fish. Kris Healy, Highlands, NJ, worked hard all day and went home with four keepers. Once again, almost everyone went home with fish today. Let's keep the ball rolling.
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08/17/15 Another good day on the fluke grounds. Went back to where we fished yesterday and found the fish eager to bite once again. The incoming tide was not as good as yesterday but the outgoing was very good. LOTS of action to keep everyone busy with keepers mixed in for the guys who worked their rods all day. High hook just missed his limit. Everyone went home with at least one keeper today. Bob Lipinski, Rutherford, NJ, took the pool with one of his keepers. The fish are biting now so come out and have some fun. Just because the fluke season is open until September 26 DOES NOT guarantee they will still be here by then!!
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08/16/15 GOOD FLUKING TODAY AND OUR BEST FISHING IN A WHILE! Had nice drifting conditions all day and the fish were in the mood to chew. We were able to work one area and had bites pretty much the entire day. Loads of action with nice keepers in the mix. It was a real shame that many of today's shorts were between 17 1/2" - 17 3/4" but that's the way it goes. Spro/gulp rigs had most of the nicer fish today. Wayne Pinder, Green Brook, NJ, had several keepers and took the pool with a 5 pound 13 ounce fish. Another great weather day tomorrow.
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08/15/15 LOTS of short action in most areas with some keepers but not enough to keep us happy today. Covering lots of ground recently and have not been able to find keepers in the same place two days in a row. That's fluking! As stated yesterday the fluke are now gathering in their traditional August areas so bring along a second rod that can handle a heavier sinker should the need arise!! Spros/gulps and natural baits have both been working equally well lately. John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ took the pool with a 5 pound 3 ounce fish. Joe Stefanelli, Maplewood, NJ, led the way with three keepers. Great weather the next few days so enjoy it!!
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08/14/15 Another gorgeous day on the water. Plenty of short action everywhere we went with keepers in the mix. We are concentrating our efforts in shallower water but we are starting to see more fish in some traditional August areas where there had not been any just a couple of weeks ago. It won't be long before those areas turn on big time so it would not be a bad to think about bringing a little heavier second rod along---just in case. Guy Fuvorito, Butler, NJ, took today's pool.
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08/13/15

Very nice day on the fluke grounds. The breeze we were supposed to have, however, never came this morning and we struggled to find movement where we fished yesterday. Had some shorts and keepers but we were not happy so we left and looked elsewhere. Found some current and had more action and more keepers until it was time to come home. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, used spros/gulps all day and ended up with four keepers which included the 5 pound 4 ounce pool fish.
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08/12/15

After yesterday's weather it was nice to get back fishing today. Good conditions with wind and tide together all day giving us a good drift and steady fishing most of the day. We were able to make nice long drifts and picked away at a good mix of shorts and nice sized keepers. Good rebound to the fishing we had on Monday! High hook wound up with three nice keepers and "Chef" Mike, Highlands, NJ, took the pool with a 6 pound 1 ounce fish. Similar conditions for tomorrow should give us a good drift once again.
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08/11/15 No boats sailed with today's weather. WE WILL RESUME SAILING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). See you in the morning.
08/10/15 Tough day on the fluke grounds. Gusty southeast wind against the outgoing tide right from the start gave us no drift most of the day. Bounced around a bunch of different areas like the rest of the fleet but were only able to manage a few fish for our efforts. Even the boats that NEVER admit to having a bad day could not sugar coat today's results!! Al Waranis, Trenton, NJ, took the pool. We will NOT be sailing tomorrow (TUESDAY) with more gusty wind and heavy rain in the forecast.
08/08/15 Back to the same fluke grounds as yesterday. Had to wait a bit first thing this morning until the wind and current finally got together and gave us a drift. We were able to get in some good fishing on a long change of tide drift before the bite slowed down. The rest of the day we found mainly shorts with a couple of keepers everywhere we stopped. NICE fishing while the bite lasted. John Panvini, Philadelphia, PA, took the pool. Looks like another good day to be fishing the bay tomorrow.
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08/07/15 We started in the same area as yesterday and had a much better drift most of the day. The fishing was much better as well!! Kept repeating pretty much the same drifts and had steady fishing with a good mix of keepers and shorts. We ended up with a couple of limits and almost everyone had fish to take home for tonight's dinner. Rod Hutchison, Phillipsburg, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 2 ounce fish. Ken and Melanie, Springfield, NJ, combined for eight keepers with Ken getting his limit and bragging rights--at least for today! Tony "The Flukeman" Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, got the chance to fish today, after working his tail off yesterday, and had a good day!
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08/06/15

Took a nice group back to the same area we fished yesterday. Wind against tide with no drift once again! Like yesterday, we power drifted using our engines. We managed a slow pick with shorts and a few keepers but we had to look for something better today. Left the area and found better current elsewhere. Picked at a mix of keepers and shorts on each drift for the remainder of the day but NOT the fishing we had yesterday. Bob Genung, Lake Shawnee, NJ, had three keepers and tied for the pool with John Tabor, Paramus, NJ. We would like to thank everyone who attended, participated or otherwise helped to make the EB II AUGUST 6 tradition such a great day on the water for everyone today!!!! Special thanks to Tony and Loraine--you know why!! Back at it tomorrow.
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08/05/15

VERY GOOD FLUKING TODAY. Went back to the area we fished yesterday but had less than ideal drifting conditions. Wind against tide and no drift most of the day did not slow the bite. We used the engines pretty much the ENTIRE day to give us some movement and it payed off. Lots of action along with lots of keepers kept the guys and gals busy. Ended up with a couple of limits and quite a few with three and four keepers each. Most went home with dinner. Joe Wolf, Randolph, NJ, took the pool. Wayne Pinder, Green Brook, NJ, had an early, easy limit using bucktails/gulps. The gulps/bucktails had the edge with keepers today.
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08/04/15 After a slow day with keepers yesterday the fishing bounced back nicely today. Had a lack of drift for a part of the morning but when we finally started to move the fish decided to bite. Same areas as yesterday with much better action today. That's fishing. Mike Healy, Highlands, NJ, ended up with three keepers and tied for the pool with Steve Kucinski, Edison, NJ, who wound up with four keepers of his own. Weather looks great for the next couple of days.
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08/01/15 Like yesterday the best of our fishing was early today. Had good action once again on the first several drifts with some nice keepers in the mix. Stayed as long as we could before the full moon current got way too fast and had to move on to other areas for the rest of the day. The folks managed some shorts with a few keepers each drift until it was time to come home. Tom Formisano, Bellmawr, NJ, had three keepers which included the pool fish.
07/31/15

With the wind against the tide most of the morning in the bay we decided to try another area that would probably give us some movement.. We got in several drifts with good action and some keepers before the current got way too fast and we had to leave the area. Went back in the bay once the current changed but did not find enough to keep us happy there today. Ariel Cano, Jersey City, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 1 ounce fish.
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07/30/15

I think that the breeze at some point came from every direction on the compass while we fished today. It helped the drift for part of the day and stopped our drift for a while. Except for a brief shower first thing this morning the forcasted rain held off until after we got back to the dock. The guys picked at more shorts than keepers in the same areas we have been fishing recently. Some ended up with a fish or two each to take home while a couple had only shorts. Young EB II fishermen got the job done for the second straight day with Dylan and Gavin Myers, both of New Egypt, NJ, ending up with four keepers, including the pool fish, to take home.
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07/29/15 Another nice day on the fluke grounds.There was just enough breeze most of the day to give us a decent drift. We decided to work the same areas that have been producing well for us recently when we saw all of the other boats moving around like checkers on a game board. Found good action with some nice fish mixed in. The guys had a few keepers each drift and pretty much everyone ended up with fish to take home. Ben (15) and Teddy (11) Droska, on vacation from New Hampshire visiting family, had four nice keepers between them up to 6 pounds 5 ounces while fishing with their grandfather Ed. Tony "The Flukeman" Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, took the pool with a 6 pound 13 ounce fish.
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07/28/15 We had a bunch of our Tuesday regulars aboard looking to catch some fluke and also to get away from the heat on land. We returned to the areas we fished yesterday and had plenty of short action with little drift everywhere we stopped but the guys had to work hard for a few nice keepers on each drift. Natural bait, bucktails and gulps all produced but it was the jiggers who had the majority of the keepers once again. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, took the pool with one of his keepers. The forecast is calling for a sea breeze tomorrow which should make the conditions very comfortable on the water.
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07/27/15 All of the area boats had light crowds today, for whatever reason, and some did not even sail!! Those fishermen who stayed home had lovely weather on land. The guys who came to fish had lots of action and several limits on a beautiful day. The fellas from O'Brien's Tavern had their "A" game working today with several limits up to 9 POUNDS 4 OUNCES!!! Rick Kahlsdorf and Richard Smith, both from South Bound Brook ,NJ, and Rich Dahms, Somerset, NJ, all had their limits with Mr. Smith's 9 POUND 4 OUNCE BEAUTY also taking the pool!! Good drift all day with spro/gulps having the edge with the nicer sized fish.
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07/26/15

Started our day in the same area as yesterday hoping the fish would bite today. With a good drift it did not take long to realize that those fish either moved or were not going to bite today. Bailed out and spent the rest of the day where we found fish yesterday. The guys had good action and a nice mix of quality keepers to go around. Pilly Yu, Palisades Park, NJ, ended up with several keepers inicluding the 6 pound pool fish. "Palisades" Kenny worked his spros hard all day and ended up with his limit.
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07/25/15

We headed back to the area we had good fishing in yesterday. The weather was actually too nice since there was zero current and zero wind which gave us zero drift for most of the morning. We worked the engines and the guys and gals managed some short action with some keepers but definitely not enough for a nice weekend group. Stayed as long as possible for any kind of movement that never did come so we left the area for greener pastures. Found the drift we were looking for and had nice fishing for quality keepers on the last several drifts. Steve Pirigyi, Jackson, NJ, had four keepers including a 5 pound 4 ounce fish that tied for the pool with an identical 5 pound 4 ounce fish caught by Denny Coleman, Millburn, NJ. The folks working the spros/gulp rigs had a definite keeper advantage this morning with the lack of drift.
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07/24/15 Good fishing on another gorgeous day! No drift early gave us just a slow pick for the first hour this morning. Once the tide finally changed and gave us the movement we were looking for the fish turned on and we had good fishing the rest of the day with a very nice mix of keepers and shorts around the boat. While some did better with keepers than others--which is always the case--everyone caught fish. High hook ended up with four keepers, quite a few had three etc.. Spro/gulp rigs worked just as well as natural baits today. Jim Nodroff, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, took the pool. Weather looks great again tomorrow so take advantage!!
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07/23/15

The great weather we have had the past couple of days has been a fluke fisherman's dream! Hope it never ends!! Fished the same areas as yesterday and had some fish every drift despite a wind against tide much of the day. We were able to use the engines to get us some movement which helped and were happy with the fishing we had with some very nice fish put on ice. Sal Funicalla, East Hanover, NJ, had three keepers which included the 7 pound 12 ounce pool winner. Tony "Flukeman" Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, had three keepers and just missed the pool with a 7 pound 10 ounce fish of his own. Brendon Pirando, Tottenville, NJ, had a couple of keepers including a nice 6 pound 9 ounce fish. Looking for a repeat tomorrow.
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07/22/15 A top-10 weather day and good fishing as well! The wind was stronger than the current in the area we fished so we had a decent drift all day long. Found a nice area of fish that we worked making drift after drift. Plenty of short action to keep the guys busy all day and enough keepers to make us happy today! Spros/gulps and natural baits all caught fish with the jiggers having a slight overall advantage with the keepers. Joe Carella, Millburn, NJ, had today's pool fish. Camera issue the past few days should hopefully now be fixed.
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07/21/15 The wind we were hoping for today never came. Slick calm conditions with no current most of the morning gave us absolutely no drift and only a couple of fish everywhere we stopped. We covered lots of ground looking for the conditions we wanted and finally found some drift mid day closer to home. Caught the outgoing change of tide and had keepers and shorts on our last few drifts of the day as the current picked up. Red Zisa, Totowa, NJ, took the pool with one of his fish. Great fluking weather coming starting tomorrow through the weekend.
07/20/15 The weatherman kept some Monday regulars home today which was a shame since it was a gorgeous day on the water with a refreshing westerly breeze!! Anyway, the guys were kept busy with a mix of keepers and shorts in a couple of different areas most of the day. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, took the pool with one of his keepers. The guys using spros/ gulps had a keeper advantage over the natural bait draggers. Hopefully we will have more wind tomorrow to give us another comfortable day on the fluke grounds.
07/18/15 After a slow day with keepers yesterday in a gusty south wind the guys today were able to turn things around and ended up with better fishing for both keepers and shorts. Light wind and a gentle drift were the ticket as the jiggers had good action. The guys using natural baits also had some fish as well. Most went home with dinner today. Mike Little, Washington Township, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 7 ounce fish.
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07/16/15 We were greeted to a gusty northeast wind this morning. Most of the fleet started and spent their day in calm water behind the hook in an area that has been pounded to death. We chose to deal with the wind and swell to fish a couple of areas that have been giving us some nice fish lately. The guys managed a few fish everywhere we stopped but not enough to keep us happy. Still the best we could expect for the hand we were dealt. Both wind and swells died later in the day so tomorrow's conditions should be much better. Tony "The Flukeman" Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 2 ounce fish.
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07/15/15 Well they predicted rain for today and we got it on the fluke grounds today. We found fish in a couple of different areas until we lost the drift mid day with the wind against the tide. The guys fished hard and ended up with some fish in the coolers on a dreary day. Spros worked best. Jack Decker, Blairstown, NJ, took the pool with one of his three keepers. The guys were treated to a show put on by a very large whale that hung out nearby for quite a while as we fished this morning. Not something we see close up very often for sure! Great weather for the next several days.
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07/13/15

We had good drift for much of the morning and less boat traffic--the way we like it!! It was the usual mix of keepers and shorts with most of the keepers being very nice fish between 3 and 4 pounds. The guys working jigs/spros all day ended up better than the bait fishermen today. Once we lost the drift around noon the bite died but the guys already had theirs by then. Dennis O'Brien, South Bound Brook, NJ, took home a limit which included the 6 pound 11 ounce pool fish. Rich Daniels, Phillipsburg, NJ, had several fish up to 5 pounds 2 ounces on spros. One of the guys dropped a big fish that we will be trying to get another shot at tomorrow.
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FYI The two big fish caught by Matt and Andrew on Saturday aboard the EB II would have taken FIRST AND SECOND PRIZES in one of the big Raritan Bay fluke tournaments held both days this weekend!!!

07/12/15

We had a lack of drift this morning which slowed the bite for us today. Fished the areas that have been producing lately and had some short action and a few keepers in all areas. Weekend boat traffic did not help either with lots of little boats and seemingly everyone wanting to short drift us rather than trying to find their own pockets of fish. The last couple of drifts of the day gave us nice flurries of quality keepers and shorts as the drift finally picked up. Several of the guys ended up with three keepers each for the day but we could have used more for a nice weekend group of fishermen. Vlado Kolarek, West New York, NJ, took the pool with a 6 pound fish. The guys working gulps/spros had the bulk of the keepers with the lack of drift most of the day.
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07/11/15

TWIN NEAR-MATS FOR THE SPENCERS!!

We had good drifting conditions with wind and tide together much of the day and we were able to take advantage if it! We found steady fishing in each of the areas we tried with good short action and some BEAUTIES finding their way into the coolers. Twelve-year-old Andrew Spencer, Chatham, NJ, fished with his dad Matt and showed everyone how it was done by landing a 9 POUND 5 OUNCE NEAR-MAT for his first keeper of the day--and a personal best!! Andrew did not have family bragging rights for long as dad Matt later boated his own IDENTICAL 9 POUND 5 OUNCE NEAR-MAT--also a personal best!! The smiles on both of their faces and on the faces of the EB II regulars around them said it all!!!! Yes, they took the pool. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, had fish up to 5 pounds 2 ounces. Tom Formisano, Bellmawr, NJ, had several nice fish up to 6 pounds 6 ounces. Natural bait and spro/gulps have both been accounting for some of our big fish lately. There were other quality fish spread around the boat as well.
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07/10/15

We had decent conditions for a nice group of Friday regulars. We found plenty of short action in most places on both the incoming and outgoing tides but not enough keepers to make us happy although we did have some nice sized fish. Ariel Cano, Jersey City, NJ, tied Alyeece Banoczi, Wilmington, NC, for the pool with identical 5 pound 3 ounce fish.
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07/09/15 It was not the fishing we were hoping for today. Fished a bunch of areas and managed mostly shorts with a couple of handfuls of keepers. Like yesterday the outgoing tide was not good with most of our fish being caught on the incoming tide the second half of the day. Win some, lose some but not for lack of trying. Emil Acito, Bogota, NJ, took the pool with one of his keepers. Back at it tomorrow. Great weather coming for the next several days.
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07/08/15

The early morning bite was no good for us in a couple of different areas with the outgoing tide. When the tide changed and started coming in the fish started to cooperate for us and gave us a nice second half of the day. The guys and gals fished hard all day and wound up with an OKAY catch of keepers to go along with plenty of shorts. Tracey Salvatore, Schaumburg, IL., fished with us while here on vacation visiting relatives and was very happy catching three nice keepers including the 5 pound 4 ounce pool fish! High hook ended up with four keepers for the day.
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07/07/15 No rain, doom or gloom on the water so it was a nice day to be fishing. Fished the same areas as yesterday and once again and had a pick of keepers and shorts for the guys. Spros and gulps had an advantage with the catching today for the first time in several days. Kevin Kenney, Hazlet, NJ, had three nice keepers including the 4 pound pool fish.
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07/06/15

BIG FISH TODAY!

We started the day with good drifting conditions in an area we found fish yesterday. It was slow for us today in that area as the fish either moved or did not want to bite so we moved on and found OKAY fishing in an area that we have not been to in some time. It was the usual mix of keepers and shorts with some BEAUTIES finding their way into the coolers as well!! Don Mobius, Pompton Lakes, NJ, took the pool with a 9 POUND 11 OUNCE NEAR-MAT which was his personal best!! Wayne Pinder, Green Brook, NJ, had an 8 pound 2 ounce fish as well as a 4 pound 3 ounce fish. Some QUALITY fish being caught on a daily basis with both spro set ups and natural baits each producing.
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07/05/15 We hope that everyone had a very nice and safe Holiday weekend! It has been a busy weekend for us so just a quick report. Yesterday saw good short action with some keepers in the mix in the morning before the change of tide. Once we got the wind against tide we lost the drift and the bite slowed with just a few fish on each drift for the last part of the day. Anne Lavelle, Jersey City, NJ, took the pool. Today we had better fishing with good conditions. We found good action in most areas we tried and better overall fishing for bigger fish. Art Garrett, Red Bank, NJ, took the pool with a very nice 7 pound 6 ounce fish. Wayne Pinder, Green Brook, NJ, had four nice keepers up to 5 pounds 4 ounces. A continuation of the great weekend weather is forecast for this upcoming week so take advantage of it.
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07/03/15

NICE FISH TODAY!

A nice group of regulars took advantage of the gorgeous weather and the start of the holiday weekend. We managed to bang away at shorts and some keepers everywhere we stopped this morning with some BIG fish in the mix. We finished the last part of the day in a completely different area and found the best fishing of the day with a couple more big fish going into the coolers. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, had a 7 pound 10 ounce fish and tied for the pool with an identical fish caught by Mark Matlosz, Mahwah, NJ! The two pool fish beat out another 7 pound 3 ounce beauty caught by an angler who's name I failed to get. Sorry!! Jim Nodroff, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, had several keepers up to 5 pounds 2 ounces. Don Jaeger, Morris Plains, NJ, ended up with a few keepers up to 5 pounds 5 ounces. A few other fish in the four pound class were added as well today. Hoping for a repeat tomorrow.
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07/02/15 Nice weather, nice drift and NICE sized fish today. Had to wait a bit for the current this morning but when we got the change of tide the guys were able to pick some very nice fish before the current got too fast in that area. Moved to where we had our fish yesterday and managed a nice mix of quality keepers and shorts on each drift for the rest of the day. Nelson Mendoza, Kinnelon, NJ, had a couple of keepers including the 7 pound 3 ounce pool fish. Dennis Coleman had three keepers including fish of 4 pounds 11 ounces and 6 pounds 9 ounces. Joe Nicholson, Garwood, NJ, had a 5 pound 7 ounce fish for his largest of the day. Joe Stefanelli, Maplewood, NJ, ended up with a couple of keepers up to 5 pounds 2 ounces.
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07/01/15

It was a shame that last night's storms kept a lot of fishermen home today, both on the area boats that got out fishing and the private boats which were totally absent on the bay. We had a nice westerly breeze and outgoing tide all day which gave us great drifting conditions and easy fishing as well. After the last couple of days of having to work engines to put some fish in the coolers today we were able to make long drifts where we picked away at a nice mix of keepers and shorts most of the day and ended up with happy fishermen. Everyone went home with AT LEAST one keeper for dinner. Tommy Hollywood, Jr., Staten Island, NY, had his limit which included the 5 pound 7 ounce pool fish.
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06/30/15

Nice start to the day with a good drift and okay action with a mix of shorts and keepers. Did not stay nice for long as the southerly wind picked up quickly and blew hard for the rest of the day slowing down the bite everywhere. The guys and gals fished hard and managed some fish for the coolers but not enough to go around today. Nelson Mendoza, Kinnelon, NJ, took the pool. Less wind in the forecast tomorrow is what we will be hoping to see.
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06/29/15 Wind and tide most of the day gave us quick, but nice, drifting conditions. Started where we have had the best of our fishing lately only to find dirty water and a decent swell left over from the weekend wind. Not much life in the area today but that should change as the water cleans up. Went back into the bay and found pretty good short action everywhere we stopped for the rest of the day but not enough keepers to go around for a nice group of Monday fishermen. Rich Daniels, Philipsburg, NJ, took the pool with a nice fish.
06/27/15 As we predicted yesterday the weather was not much of a factor. We started the day in our bay with the fleet and had decent short action but only a couple of keepers. It did not look very promising so we left the area and headed back to where we have been fishing the past few days which turned out to be the right move! The guys had some keepers on each drift and ended up with a good catch for the day.. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, had his limit which included the pool fish. John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ, also ended up with his limit. Joe Stefanelli, Maplewood, NJ, wound up with four keepers of his own.
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06/26/15

Well it sounds like a broken record but a forecast for today of East 15-20 knots turned out to be glass calm all day!! We were happy that a bunch of our friday regulars and some first-timers did not listen to the weather garbage and came to fish!! The guys had good action with shorts and a mix of nice keeeprs in the same general areas that we fished yesterday. Brigido Borahono, South Plainfield, NJ, came fluking for the first time and took the pool with a 6 pound 14 ounce fish. Matt Gormley, Carbondale, NJ, had his limit early using spros. Jim Lohse, Union, NJ, had three keepers up to 5 pounds 5 ounces. Wind and rain should not be a factor tomorrow so WE WILL BE SAILING.
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06/25/15

BIG FISH THURSDAY!!

We fished a couple of different areas and had nice fishing with some big fish going on ice today for the folks. The guys using bucktail/spro setups had an advantage for the bigger fish but everyone caught today and there was a nice spread of quality fish to go around!! Could have used a few of these fish yesterday but that is the way it goes sometimes. Tom Formisano, Bellmawr, NJ, had three keepers including the 8 pound 3 ounce pool fish. Joe Colonna, Andover, NJ, had three keepers as well with his largest being 7 pounds 13 ounces. Benjamin Landi, Bellmawr, NJ, also had three keepers up to 7 pounds 10 ounces. Ron Marcantonio, Branchville, NJ, was happy with the nice 7 pound 7 ounce fish he caught. Hopefully more of these big fish will cooperate tomorrow.
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06/24/15 A nice group of Wednesday regulars came out today to enjoy the great weather. Fishing was NOT what we have been seeing the past several days. We fished several areas today working the tide to give us the best drift possible. We had some fish everywhere we stopped. Shorts dominated our action but just not enough keepers to make us happy. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, led the way with four keepers while Jim Fells, Midland Park, NJ, took the pool. Jim also got an unexpected welcome bonus when he boated a big striped bass estimated to be around 35 pounds!! Back at it tomorrow. See you in the morning.
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06/23/15 Although it was hot back on land it was a nice day to be on the water with a refreshing breeze all day long. Like yesterday, the current moved us against the breeze well enough for the guys and gals to catch fish much of the day with a good mix of keepers and shorts. Al Waranis, Trenton, NJ, led the way with four nice fish. Only one person failed to catch at least one keeper for dinner. Dennis Bowman, Jr., Saddle Brook, NJ, had a couple of keepers including the 5 pound 9 ounce pool fish.
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06/22/15 After losing a day to the weatherman yesterday the fish were waiting for us today. Lots of action in the areas we fished with a bunch of keepers and some very nice fish in the mix. We had just enough current all day to move us against the breeze giving us a drift. Wayne Pinder, Green Brook, NJ, had an early limit of mostly big fish which included 5 pound 9 ounce, 6 pound 7 ounce and 7 pound 10 ounce keepers!! Dennis O'Brien, South Bound Brook, NJ, had four keepers. Several guys had three or four keepers and most had at least one to take home. Natural bait and spros both worked equally well today.
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06/20/15 The weathermen missed the forecast today as if anyone should really be surprised! The east wind was stronger than predicted. With some ladies and youngsters aboard with our weekend regulars we were limited as to where we could fish. Spent a part of the day in Sandy Hook Bay with the entire fleet where we had some shorts and a few keepers most drifts. When the conditions improved later in the day we fished off by ourselves and had several big fish. A decent day overall considering the conditions with some nice fish going into the coolers. J. D. Martyn, Moore Township, PA., took the pool with a nice 7 pound 9 ounce fish. John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ, ended up with three keepers including a nice 5 pound 9 ounce fish at the final whistle. Ann Lavelle, Jersey City, NJ, went home with three keepers also including a 5 pound 11 ounce fish. No problem with the weather tomorrow other than some possible early showers.
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06/19/15 Had decent conditions this morning and had okay action with shorts and some keepers mixed in everywhere we stopped. Could have stayed with it all day but when the wind and current finally got together later in the morning we chose to try to look for more of the BIG FLUKE we are noted for and have been catching recently. Giant bluefish infested those grounds today and took baits, gulps and spros as fast as they hit the bottom so we had to leave the area! 10-15 pound bluefish on light fluke tackle gets ugly real fast!! Finished the day back closer to home for the last couple of drifts. Kim Lee, Queens, NY, took the pool with a fish just shy of 5 pounds on the last drift of the day. Wind and tide together tomorrow should give us a good drift most of the day.
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06/17/15 We were happy with the fishing we had today with a number of the keepers being between 4 and 6 pounds and most of the keepers being quality fish! It looks like a new push of fish have arrived as there are now fish in several areas that have not had much life so far this season and a lot of bigger fish starting to find their way into the coolers every day. Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, led the way with four nice keepers. Several others had three nice fish each. Rich Marienthal, Butler, NJ, was happy taking the pool with a 7 pound 2 ounce fish and a 5 pound 11 ounce fish as part of his catch. Jim Giglio, Neptune, NJ, had a 5 pound 9 ounce fish as part of his catch. Natural baits and spro rigs worked equally well today.
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06/16/15 Started the day where we had some nice fish over the weekend. Got in one drift with some nice keepers before the current changed and killed the drift along with the bite. Had to leave the area. Bounced around for a few fish on each drift elsewhere before fishing the day in Sandy Hook Bay with the rest of the fleet where the guys had good action but few keepers. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, had three keepers which included the pool fish. Tomorrow's weather sounds great.
06/15/15 Unfortunately, NO area boats sailed today due to the chance of showers. A shame since there was not a drop on the water today. We should have some of our Tuesday regulars coming down in the morning and will be looking to get back into more of the big fluke we had yesterday.
06/14/15

MIKE SCHMIDT HITS ANOTHER HOME RUN!!

Well it was a top ten weather day to be fluking. Maybe too nice actually. A lack of wind and drift most of the day made working the engines for some movement a must. The guys using the spro rigs who were able to cast out and cover some ground had a big advantage over the guys who dragged natural baits today! After catching a 10 pound 5 ounce doormat with us last week Mike Schmidt, Cranford, NJ, fished again today and put his skills to work by catching several keepers including another 9 POUND 7 OUNCE NEAR-MAT!! Danielle O'Brien, South Bound Brook, NJ, was happy with her limit which included fish of 4 pounds 6 ounces, 5 pounds 3 ounces and 6 pounds 5 ounces. Nice job to you both!! Other jiggers ended up with several quality keepers each as well! Can't wait to do it again tomorrow.
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06/13/15 Started the day where we had good fishing yesterday. The guys worked hard and although we managed some fish it was not the GOOD bite we had with the incoming tide yesterday afternoon. Once the wind changed and killed the drift we had to leave the area for better conditions. Finished up the day in a different area with a good drift and a good bite with a very nice mix of keepers and shorts. Great weather, great people and fish in the coolers is what it is all about! Tony Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, and Jim Florio, Belleville, NJ, tied for the pool with identical fish.
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06/12/15

Had decent fishing this morning with shorts and some keepers in a couple of areas with the outgoing tide. The bite stopped once we finally lost the drift. We took a chance and made a move to an area we have not fished recently and when the current and wind got together we got the drift we wanted and the fish bit very well. We were able to get in a couple of long drifts before it was finally time to come home and ended up with mostly keepers---which was nice to see!! Ralph Nunziata, North Bergen, NJ, was happy with his three keepers which included the 7 pound pool fish. We had guys with four keepers each, three etc. Natural baits and spros all produced this morning while natural baits produced better this afternoon with the faster drift. Weather this weekend looking great so lets have some fun.
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06/11/15

It was a very nice day to be on the water. We had most of our fish this morning, like yesterday, with the outgoing tide. Once we lost the drift the fishing slowed. Checked out a few new areas the rest of the day. A couple of areas had some fish and a couple of areas were dead. Guys using natural baits appeared to have a bit of an advantage over the jiggers. Charlie Phillips, Morristown, TN, was happy with the four keepers he went home with today. Pete Burrows, Hillsdale, NJ, had the pool.
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06/10/15

We finally got a wind direction other than south to go with a beautiful day. The best of our fishing for the day was this morning with the outgoing tide. We were able to get in a number of productive drifts before we finally lost the current and drift. The guys had more keepers than shorts today which was nice to see and most of the keepers were quality fish between 3 and 5 pounds. The bite with the incoming tide was slow for us. Dennis Ziober, Port Reading, NJ, had three nice fish up to 4 pounds. Some guys had a couple etc.. Ron Lempecke, Trenton, NJ, took the pool with a 5 pound 11 ounce fish. Shawn Phillips, Jr., Morristown, TN, got the best of his dad with a 5 pound 6 ounce fish of his own. Nice day with nice people and overall better sized fish than we have been seeing lately. Weather looks great for the next several days so enjoy it on the water.
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06/08/15 We found the best of our fishing early today in an area we have not fished in a couple of days. Found mostly keepers on the first several drifts before the south wind and current combined and made the drift way too fast to stay. Bounced around a number of different areas with the strong wind and found a couple of fish everywhere we tried for the rest of the day. Shawn Phillips, Morristown, TN, was up on vacation for the week and took the pool with a nice fish.
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06/07/15

DOORMAT SUNDAY!!!

Well it was only a matter of time before one of the EB II fluke veterans put our first doormat of the season on ice and today was the day!! Today's fishing was off from what we have been seeing lately due to the strong south wind which kept our catch down with not as many keepers, shorts or trash fish as we have been catching recently. We ended up with NICE fish but not enough to make us happy. Mike Schmidt, Cranford, NJ, took the pool with his personal-best 10 pound 5 ounce beauty that he caught on a spro rig!! Nice fish Mike!! Michael Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, took home a couple of keepers including a 5 pound 8 ounce fish.
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06/06/15 After an unexpected deluge of rain at the dock this morning it turned into a really nice day. Fished a couple of different areas and once again found good action on mixed sized fish with keepers in the mix for the guys that worked hard. Spro rigs had most of the keepers today but natural baits have been producing just as well, or better, other days. Dave Brink, Middletown, NJ, took the pool today with one of his keepers. Light wind and warm weather should make for an excellent day to be on the water tomorrow.
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06/05/15

It was a much nicer with less wind. The guys all worked hard, as usual, and had good action in the bay with keepers and shorts. The natural baits had an advantage over the spro rigs. Mike Panko, New Smyrna Beach, Fl., took another pool today. The water temperature in the bay has ranged between 62 and 69 degrees lately which is still much warmer than the ocean and why the best of the fluke fishing around continues to be in our bay.
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06/04/15

A gusty easterly wind dictated where we could fish today. We worked a couple of different areas and found okay action with some quality fish in the mix. Spros and natural baits have both worked equally well the past two days. Dominick Marcantonio, East Hanover, NJ, and Nelson Mendoza, Kinnelon, NJ, tied for the pool with identical 6 pound 10 ounce fish. Less wind tomorrow.
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06/03/15 After a couple of days off due to the weather it was nice to come back to much improved fishing today. We had a decent drift most of the day in a couple of areas and were happy with the mix of keepers and shorts that kept the guys busy. Guys had up to three nice keepers each and only a couple failed to take at least one home for dinner. Natural baits and spros worked equally well today. Joe Nicholson, Garwood, NJ, took the pool with a 4 pound 10 ounce fish.
06/02/15 NO BOATS fished the last two days with the wind and rain. The rain will end tonight and there will be less wind tomorrow. As such we will be ready to go fishing on Wednesday!
05/30/15 We stayed in the bay working a couple of different areas where we could manage the best drift. The guys fished hard and managed to once again put some nice fish in the coolers. We had more fish on spros today than we have been seeing so far so it looks like the fish are starting to get more active. John Vanderstad, Pompton Lakes, NJ, had three keepers to 4 pounds. Michael Satus, Old Bridge, NJ, took the pool with a nice 6 pound 5 ounce fish.
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05/29/15

We checked out a number of different areas but were once again hampered by a lack of drift for a good part of the day. The EB II regulars worked hard all day and were still able to put some nice fish in the coolers. James Gaccione, Nutley, NJ, went home with the 6 pound 9 ounce pool winner. Mike Schmidt, Cranford, NJ, ended up with a pair of keepers to 6 pounds 2 ounces. Louis Riccardi, Nutley, NJ, got his first couple of keepers of the young season up to 4 pounds 10 ounces. Great weather forecast for both days this weekend so come down and enjoy it.
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05/27/15 We found similar fishing to yesterday with a lack of drift for a good part of the day. The guys worked hard and when we finally got some movement mid day they were able to put a few nice fish in the coolers. Most of our fish continue to be caught in the bay where the water has been warmer than the ocean which is normal for this time of year. Greg Barnett, Trenton, NJ, took the pool with a 6 pound 6 ounce fish.
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05/26/15 Like yesterday the outgoing tide gave us the best of our fishing today. The guys worked hard and finished with some fish on ice for dinner. The majority of the fish we have been catching so far have been on natural baits rather than spro rigs but that will change soon. Mike Panko, New Smyrna Beach, Fl., had a couple of keepers including the pool fish.
05/25/15

As forecast it was a gorgeous day on the water with a nice group of our fluke regulars. The fellas had their best fishing this morning in a couple of areas with the outgoing tide. They had a mix of short action and keepers each drift until the current finally died. We checked a couple of different areas after the change but it seemed like the fish did not want the colder water brought in with the incoming tide. Some of the guys ended up with two or three keepers each and most had at least one to take home for dinner. Young Gavin Myers, New Egypt, NJ, took the pool with a very nice 7 pound 5 ounce fish!
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05/24/15

We had a nice drift today and found plenty of bites in a couple of different areas from the past couple of days. The guys had good action on most drifts with a mix of shorts and some keepers to keep them busy. Sung Ho Kim, Palisades Park, NJ, took today's pool with a 5 pound 5 ounce fish. Tomorrow is the last day that we will be sailing at 6:00 AM and back at the dock at 1:00 PM to beat any holiday shore traffic!! Great forecast so come and enjoy the holiday on the water!!
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05/23/15

Lots of wind this morning made for lousy drifting conditions and only a handful of fish early. Once the wind started to finally die out the drift improved and the guys had better fishing to finish out the day. Tom Hollywood, Jr., Staten Island, NY, had today's 4 pound pool fish.
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05/22/15 Well the 2015 fluke season is finally here. We kicked off the season with an early start and a nice bunch of EB II fluke regulars. We were the first boat on the grounds this morning and I have NO DOUBT that we had the first legal NJ party boat fluke which was caught by Wayne Pinder, Green Brook, NJ, quickly after we started fishing!! The guys had more short action than keepers for the day but it was not good enough to make us happy. The bay is warmer than the ocean and all of the action and keepers we had today were caught in the bay. Mike Naipawer, Bloomingdale, NJ, took the pool with a nice 6 pound 10 ounce fish.(Click here to see pictures.)
05/21/15

The 2015 NY/NJ fluke regulations are identical to 2014 with a 5 fish limit at a minimum of 18 inches.

2014 was the best season for jumbo fluke that we have seen in all of our years in the business. More gallery fish--BY FAR-- than we have ever had in one year, TWICE AS MANY DOORMATS AS ANY OTHER AREA HEAD OR CHARTER BOAT as well as the two largest fluke ever taken on the EB II. Dennis's 13.2 lb and Ted's 14.9 lb MEGA-MATS will be be tough to beat but, hey, you never know!!! Hopefully 2015 will allow many of you to beat the personal-best fluke you caught last season!

  We have posted several diving pictures from this past year. We have had lots of positive feedback the past three seasons and hope that you all find the current series just as interesting! I would once again like to thank our good friend Harry Roecker for allowing me to use more of his underwater photos!! Enjoy!