8/6 Fluking with the Brinks
<p>Had Dave Sr and Jr Brink on board today Fluking in the Leonadro Fluke Masters Tourn. Flare gun start was at 0600 and we ran out to the grounds that have been producing for us. Conditions were good to start the day. Was not long before the poles started bending with Fluke and Sea Bass.
Worked this spot heavy and put in a 9 lb Fluke, 6 lb Fluke 2 5 pounders and a 4 + numerous fish at 18" amd tons of fish between 17 1/2 and 17 3/4" as well as Sea Bass to 5 lbs. Fishing was going good then a stiff south wind kicked in and made conditions tough. Threw the drift sock out and it helped a bit, but then the wind picked up and it just made it impossible.
Made the run back north and into the Bay, could not put any more quality fish in the boat, as conditions were ledd than desirable in the bay also. Called into the tourament to get the place weights (5 fish torun) and calcutta fish weight. Were told thaqt an 18 lb fish was the calcutta fish and 40 + pound was the five fish total. As we would not be able to place we did not weigh in. OUR BIG MISTAKE, as it turns out the Tourn scale was off read some 60% high. This would have put us in there for a third or fourth. One Capt. I spoke to had a fish weighed on the tourn. scale at 16.3 lbs, he then took it to a certified scale later and is was 10.1 lbs. So another lesson learned.
Great day on the water with 2 great guys and skilled fisherman. Lots of laughs, a good time and plenty of meat in the box.
About The Author: Captain Bob Morrell
Company: Sandy Hook Fishing Adventures
Area Reporting: Sandy Hook/Raritan Bay, Atlantic Ocean Near Shore
Bio: Capt. Bob is a third generation fisherman, having worked on both commercial and charter boats. A life long area resident he uses his knowledge and experience to ensure a productive and rewarding time on the water. A USCG 50 Ton Master, he is also an IGFA certified Captain and is trained in First Aid and CPR. Bob is a member of the JCAA, HRFA, RFA, ACPA, IGFA and the NCOA, this enables him to keep abreast on the future of fishing.