Finders, keepers when it comes to fluke

Published online: Jul 17, 2010 News Tim Coleman -
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Fluke remain a very viable option for weekend fishing; the trick is to find the keepers through all the ones that must be tossed back. Sea bass numbers are on the rise, porgies are biting well and bass catches fair to good, especially for the sharpies and charter boat captains.

Captain Kerry Douton said the daytime bass fishing in The Race is good but very tide dependent: right now on the ebb is good, the flood very, very poor. The night bite has been generally fair to poor, the fish not responding well on black nights with thick fog. Fluking numbers remain good but there is a lack of keepers for Mr. and Mrs. Average Angler due to today's higher minimum sizes.

We still haven't seen our usual summer glut of blues though a few more were in some of this week's catches. During the last hot spell, one of our bigger boats trolled up a monster 69-pound mahi at West Atlantis Canyon, the biggest Kerry has ever seen in many years fishing in southern New England.

Over at Hillyer's Tackle, I was told about an early morning bite of stripers at Bartlett's and lots of short fluke with some keepers in the New London Dumping Grounds and other spots along the Connecticut shore. Porgies are biting well most days at the Bartlett's Spindle and Two Tree Channel. Hickory shad are moving into the Niantic River, maybe drawing some larger bass in there after dark for the shore fishermen, and blue crabbing remains another good option along the Niantic River.


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