Went out for striper today in the back at Wildwood and decided to try a bucktail that a friend referred.Lo and behold I brought up a 17 and a half inch healthy fluke.It felt good to nail it but felt bad having to put it back.C'mon fluke season!
Pulling my truck into the driveway today.... Osprey swoops down in front of my truck with a Flounder in his talons... too cool. The Fluke are out there! New regs out today. Open Season:May 7- Oct 10. 8 fish @ 16.5 inches.
Cool, mid april is usually when they start to show up in the catches. More are on their way, hopefully the water temps stay down so the bays will be loaded for good fluking once the season opens and thru to the early summer.
Hope the DE Bay fluking is better this year! Water warmed to fast last year and it seemed the big bodies of fluke never moved in. A few good waves came thru but that was it. Matt do you think there is such a thing as resident fluke or do they all go offshore to spawn?
One never knows Dan, but I seriously doubt it as the fluke have to winter in depths of atleast 20 fathoms, w/ 50 fathoms on out to the edge being the norm where the bottom water temps are warmer thus tolerant to the fluke during the winter, which is where and when they spawn too. Could be a sedentary fluke or two that could survive the the winter months holed up in the deepest waters inshore though?
Yes fluke spend the winter months in anywhere from 100-500ft. depths offshore, spawn sometime during these months and drift back in shore sometime around March or April, as do their larvae which arrives in the back bays just 8-10 millimeters long before they grow and turn into flounder.