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    Curious to see when you think the flatties move out of the back and out to the nearshore structure.... I take a couple of early season recon trips every year to the OCR, GER and always seem to get there before they do...


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    Quote Originally Posted by fmTuna View Post
    Curious to see when you think the flatties move out of the back and out to the nearshore structure.... I take a couple of early season recon trips every year to the OCR, GER and always seem to get there before they do...
    The times I've tried in late June, they are there. Makes you wonder if those fish ever really made it to our back bays (kind of like the Fluke in places where there are no back bays.) What's interesting to me is how waves of Fluke seem to move on and off the reefs throughout the season. Last year for instance August began with good fishing at a reef where I have a lot of spots saved in the GPS, only to go dead for a week or so mid month. By the end of the month it was easy limits again, plus Sea Bass (where were they all summer?)
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    Cape may area have caught fish on Fathers day

    I think the charters start booking for around then
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    Good topic.
    Last few years I followed a few reports in mid-late June that did well at my local TI reef. I was lucky enough to benefit form it on a few trips out. It can be frustrating because then I strike out early July until Late July. One area I want to do better with is inlet flounder fishing and holding grounds before our wrecks 4-5 miles out.
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    There is definately an ebb and flow when it comes to catching when they are out on the reef... some days I run a row of structure and haul fish after fish... can return a day or two later and they are totally shut down. Now I know a lot has to do with the bottom current and I try to match the tidal cycle from the previous winning day but it only works sometimes. I am pretty convinced they don't go anywhere, unless it is deeper into the structure, but it sure can be frustrating.

    Have been tying rigs for a week or two now, up to about 50, which is only about a third of what I am going to need....if it is not sticky, you are in the wrong place!
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    we picked up some nice winter flounder on our first club trip ,they get nice and fat when there hanging out on those deep water muscle beds
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    sticky !! was the wrong place years ago 18 feet flat sand off the beach 300 feet into the wash !Removal of jetties and beach replacement has killed this type of fishing .Thanks goes to the AC Of E for being dumb as sand but smart enough to get funds from congress year after year .
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishblind View Post
    sticky !! was the wrong place years ago 18 feet flat sand off the beach 300 feet into the wash !Removal of jetties and beach replacement has killed this type of fishing .Thanks goes to the AC Of E for being dumb as sand but smart enough to get funds from congress year after year .
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    Fluke are on the reefs now. I was out at TI reef today and they’re there.
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    Where were the jetties removed?
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    sticky !! was the wrong place years ago 18 feet flat sand off the beach 300 feet into the wash !Removal of jetties and beach replacement has killed this type of fishing .Thanks goes to the AC Of E for being dumb as sand but smart enough to get funds from congress year after year .
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    Quote Originally Posted by West Ave Mike View Post
    The times I've tried in late June, they are there. Makes you wonder if those fish ever really made it to our back bays (kind of like the Fluke in places where there are no back bays.) What's interesting to me is how waves of Fluke seem to move on and off the reefs throughout the season. Last year for instance August began with good fishing at a reef where I have a lot of spots saved in the GPS, only to go dead for a week or so mid month. By the end of the month it was easy limits again, plus Sea Bass (where were they all summer?)
    I'm interested in that as well if some fish just hang up on the reefs and never make it to the back. Judging by the headboat reports I'm seeing up north they're hitting them on the reefs I'd imagine they're there down south. This season I really want to work on better fish patterning on reefs
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    if i can get out of the bay, I'm happy!

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    I hate back bay fishing - can't wait to get our to the reefs and beyond this season, but even if the fish start moving out, I hope the damn wind eventually stops because it feels like it's been blowing since April at this point and forecasts don't show it slowing as far as I can see
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    Quote Originally Posted by sully127 View Post
    I hate back bay fishing - can't wait to get our to the reefs and beyond this season, but even if the fish start moving out, I hope the damn wind eventually stops because it feels like it's been blowing since April at this point and forecasts don't show it slowing as far as I can see
    I feel the exact same way
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    Fluke begin arriving inshore in early April ,largest on average of the year,they arrive in waves stopping on inshore reefs and sand lumps,this usually continues thru early August BUT each month the average size drops. They will stay in inshore waters 8-10 weeks before moving back offshore on out to Continental shelf to spawn. 30 years of tagging fluke is the evidence I will bank on. So yes fluke are on the reefs offshore beginning early May
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