I have already spoken in recent posts to the fluke fishing in the Great South Bay and this year being one of the best seasons in many peoples recollection. With what I saw during my trip yesterday I would say that the fluke fishing in the ocean has gotten off to a nice start as well.

After returning from a wonderful weekend in Pennsylvania with my wife I had the chance to get out for a few hours on a rainy Monday morning. It was wet and humid but the wind was hardly a breath so I opted to do a little exploration for the flatties outside the Fire Island Inlet.

Headed to the east to some areas of the Fire Island reef there the bottom is mixed with rubble and sandy bottom. I had a livewell full of peanut bunker, a bunch of Bluefrog Bucktails and tub of Berkley Gulp ready for action.

The drift was very slow due to the lack of wind which made it easy to get lined up over an area of the reef and stay in that general area and in the strike zone. I fished the live baits deadsticked in the rod holder and jigged the bucktails. Fishing the rods side by side my live baits produced a couple of short fluke, sea robins, skates and dogfish. Jigging the bucktails also had the usual shorts but also produced 3 decent keeper sized fish from 21-25 inches. The two largest came home whereas the third keeper was given a free spin on this outing.

Fire Island Fluke Fishing in Atlantic Ocean

25 Inch Keeper Fluke from the Fire Island Reef Area

Turned out to be a fun trip and the weather even saw fit to have the sunshine break through just as I was getting back into the marina. LOL