Today we made our first Fluke trip of the season hosting the Rick Acevedo Charter for his annual JCAA Fluke Tournament trip. Left the dock around 6:30 and spent some time inside at the tip of the hook giving the guys (some first timers) an opportunity to get acquainted with our Shimano Stradic / Teramar outfits.
After a few drifts of shorts and robins, decided to test the beach and ran into some solid 4-6’ers from the tip to the false hook but saw that it was going to get better as we pressed on. Fished our way down the beach in 3-4s and with solid easterly winds blowing 15-20 finding nurseries of postage stamp to just shy of keeper sized Fluke. There was the occasional keeper mixed in. At this rate, their placing was a long shot.
Around noon I decided it was now or never to press to the east in deeper waters and managed to put a pair of 6lbers in the boat on our final 2 drifts that were caught with Mai Tai Bucktails with Gulp and strip baits.
This year Rick played the odds in terms of low weight ports and signed us up for Shark River instead of the highlands so we this shortened our fishing window. Along with the Fog and a looming thunderstorm we decided to head for the barn at 2:00 to give him plenty of time to drive to the weigh-in. Unfortunately even with a pair of 6’s on a day with nasty conditions, we did not place. What a heart breaker when you see the Sandy Hook Port results as we would have had 4th place. The guys were troopers fishing the victory at sea conditions today with one suffering Mal de Mar, but he stayed at the rail all day long.
Great bunch of guys and looking forward to fishing with them again next year. Hopefully we won’t have to deal with Hi-Mar Tournament weather again.