Fire Island Fluke Fishing Charter on Great South BayBy
I had Mr John Flynn and his son Michael aboard for an early morning departure from Seaview on Fire Island. The trip was a half day charter trip fishing for fluke on the Great South Bay.
We started at the mouth of the Fire Island Inlet for the very start of the incoming current and found schools of small bluefish running through shoals of very tiny bait. Birds diving and fish breaking all around only led to frustration as the best we could do was hook-up only one small fish for a short time before coming un-buttoned. The fish were surprisingly finicky considering the bluefish are generally NOT like this at all.
We turned our focus back to the Great South Bay fluke population and it did not take long for Michael to hook up the first fish he has ever caught. A short 15 inch fluke did the honors for Michael who was thrilled despite the fish’s tiny stature.
We spent the rest of the trip banging away at a bunch of fish, unfortunately none of them reached the New York regulations of 19.5 inches. Did not matter to Michael at all as he had a TON of fish on the day.
As the current slacked toward the end of the trip I moved the boat up onto a shallow spot and told Michael he could “pick” the fish he wanted. Dropping the bucktail/Gulp combo to the bottom in only 3 feet of water we watched as 3-4 fish would gather around the rig to inspect it before one would volunteer to actually eat it. I think he got a bigger kick out of this than all the other fish combined.
Great day with wonderful company. Hope to see you guys again in the future