Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Water temps finally bumped up a few degrees this morning and the surf fluke are starting to respond. Got 2 keepers this morning at 4.5lbs. and 3lbs. Had consistent bucktail fluke action for almost 3 weeks before the cold water arrived on the 4th. Then it became a pick. Had been averaging 2-3 keepers a day with the biggest going 5.5 lbs. Been hitting spots from one end of the island to the other. No particular tide because I fish first light anyway. Only the wind has been a factor. Almost keeper fluke are almost non existent with most fish either below about 15" or above 18". Not too much bass action. Did nail a 40" in Brant Beach last week on a bucktail, figured it was around 26lbs. Let it go, it had the fungus all down one side, and a 26" up in HC one morning on plastic. Lots of stargazers eating the bucktails and a few small blues. Herring just about everywhere with the chilly water. Talked to a lot of bait guys and its been nothing but skates, the few who were trying for kings had no luck yet. Maybe with some warmer water.

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