This is another favorite fishing season of mine. When the bass bite slows, and when I'm not tying in wire for the bluefish, getting out at first light and fly fishing for fluke in the wash is as good as it gets. Today I found this spin angler enjoying the very thing I am talking about. As I pulled up to Allenhurst I saw Judy coming off with a nice 20" keeper, one of several she's had in the past few days.
Fly fishing for fluke, or any other species off the beach in the summer is great. The water is warm so you can wet wade in shorts and sandals and getting out before the crowds at first light can give you a glimpse of the beautiful sunrise that we see off the Jersey Shore. Like all other fishing, there is a proper presentation and beach read that will increase your chance of hooking into a keeper (17.5") size fish.
I also enjoy this season when doing casting or intro to fly fishing classes because the fish can be literally at your feet. If you'd like to try fly fishing for fluke or would like casting lessons or an intro to fly fishing lesson give me a call, 732.261.7291. Instruction is $50 per hour and includes a snack and cold beverage. It's great for a couple or parent and child to do together.
So I am following the striped bass up to New England for a long weekend in Newport. This weekend is the America's Cup races so I am sure the town and surrounding waters will be busy. I am still packing a fly rod, or two, just in case I am able to wet a line. My wonderful and supportive wife lives fishing with me everyday of the year. I am either away on the Upper Delaware for days or waking up at 4am to hit the first light bass bite. So, sometimes you just have to do the right thing, but, maybe I can out for a minute.
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