New Jersey Shore
Deep bayshore channels, 17 artificial reef sites, winding backchannels and hundreds of nearshore wrecks create a top-notch flatfish playground along the Jersey coast. Deep-cut channels like Ambrose Channel in Raritan Bay and Bayshore Channel in Delaware Bay hold doormats during the heat of the mid- to late-summer months, while submarine glacial rock just off the central- and northern-coast beachfronts magnetize fluke to the area in early summer. Most Jersey anglers look for the edges of the “sticky” structure to target their doormats. And as the saying here goes: “If you’re losing rigs, you’re in the right place.” Reef sites comprising Army tanks, tire units and low-profile wrecks attract monster flatfish, while winding six- to 12-foot channels of Barnegat Bay and Ludlam’s Bay are perfect places to battle fluke with light-tackle tactics. Hard bottom, soft bottom, wrecks and channels prove that there’s more at the Shore when it comes to targeting trophy fluke.
Top Technique: Bouncing 3- to 5-ounce bucktails and 1-ounce bucktail teaser combo, tipped with fluke belly; sliding snell two-hook fish-finder rig lanced with 8- to 10-inch fluke belly, mackerel or sea-robin strip baits
Hot Spots: Old Grounds, Elberon Rocks, Raritan Bay/Ambrose Channel, Barnegat Bay/Oyster Creek Channel, Barnegat Light Reef
Who: Capt. Jerry Postorino, 732-688-0765, fishmongercharters.com
Captain’s Tip: Stay tight to structure for big fish, and be prepared to sacrifice bucktails.