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March 10, 2008

N.J. fluke anglers can strip one for bait

N.J. fluke anglers can strip one for bait

Regulations have been adjusted this year in New Jersey to permit anglers to cut strips from a legal-size fluke for bait while retaining the carcass. Fluke fishermen have long been aware that it's hard to beat a strip of fluke as bait for that species. In years past, a small fluke was sacrificed for that purpose, but that's been highly illegal ever since a minimum size was imposed. Most fluke pros would be satisfied to be able to legally use fluke ribbons (the ribbon-like portion at the top of a fillet that's often lost in skinning if not cut away to serve as a prime strip during the next trip), but Law Enforcement has resisted efforts of the Council to make that exception.