Thursday, July 23, 2009

How to Catch Fluke (Fluke Fishing)

How to catch fluke:
drift techniques, rigging and baiting, targeting big fish, all on the podcast this week. Fluke fishing is not rocket science, but you have to do things right in order to become a Flukemeister–A name that I bestow upon only a few select, hardcore fluke fishermen. A true Flukemeister lives, breathes and fishes for nothing but these flatfish.I actively target a dozen other species in both fresh and saltwater, so can not consider myself among these elite, skilled anglers, but I have learned how, when and where to catch these fish over the past 30 plus summers. The original Flukemeister, a friend of mine Mike Adams has a tattoo on his forearm that has a fluke biting a jig, with the words Fluking Beautiful below. Fifty pound stripers couldn’t get him to reel his fluke jig up off the bottom if they were breaking beside the boat. This guy is a true Flukemeister.

Keys to success: A brisk drift and the proper presentation, with the freshest possible bait are the keys to successful fluking.Granted, having a good fishing place is a prerequisite. However, you can find fluke around nearly every, bay, estuary and beach along the coast this time of year. They will be wherever the bait is concentrated. They will feed on sand eels, baby bunker, butterfish and this time of year squid.Buy or catch the freshest bait you can when ever possible. It is possible to catch fluke on a jig head with a scented or even plain, Marios Squid Strip or squid body, so though the scent of bait helps tremendously, presenting a lure that looks like squid or the dominant bait will catch fluke as well.The key ingredient to successful fluke fishing is a steady, brisk drift. The best way to have any hopes of having a proper fish able drift is to plan trips around the tides, wind direction and wind speed. Try to fish at times and in areas where the wind and tide are both moving in the same direction or as close to it as possible. A crossing wind, even at a right angle to the tide is tolerable, rock and rolly, but fishable.

Fluke fishing is the staple for summer fishing around most of Long Island. Almost everyone new to the sport of saltwater fishing begins with fluke fishing. Most fishing for these aggressive flat fish takes place during the vacation months of July and August. However, in early May, these fish move to the inshore waters from the deep waters of the Continental Shelf where they spend the winter. They remain on the inshore grounds into October. Some of the finest fluke fishing can be had in those months when few people fish for this species. Don’t overlook Spring and Fall fishing for fluke.
Fluke are kind of funny looking. They are flat and don’t give the impression of being an aggressive predatory fish. Do not for one minute let looks deceive! These fish will chase bait with all the ferocity of a bluefish. Their diet is also essentially the same as a bluefish with the exception being they feed at the bottom of the water column. Because of these similarities, fluke can be caught using many of the same lures and baits that attract bluefish. For years this fact has been overlooked by most anglers. The real fluke sharpies picked up on this long ago and kept the information to themselves. Recently some tackle manufacturers began marketing artificial lures specifically for fluke. A few fishing articles and lecturers have touted the effectiveness of artificials. As a result, the news is beginning to spread to the public and people are starting to consider trying new techniques.
Why use artificial to catch fluke when bait will also work? Artificials will actually catch more fish and bigger fish under certain conditions. If they are worked properly they present a more realistic and enticing target. They will not be affected by crab attacks as much as natural bait. Fish hooked on an artificial will fight harder and this adds to the fun. The downside to fishing artificials for fluke is the need to constantly work the lure. I don’t mind it at all because of the excitement of the strike and the action it produces. If your desire is to sit back, sip a drink and watch the rod tip waiting for a strike then this type of fishing is not for you.

The old "stand-by" squid strip with a spearing or killie will catch fish as always. For the beginner it is probably the best way to get started. For those who wish to get the most from their fluke fishing, adding artificials to your tackle arsenal will improve your catch. Bait still has a place in this fishery. How about considering some new techniques for fishing with bait? A couple of less well known bait fishing techniques will work wonders in certain conditions. Try something new and you might be pleasantly surprised.
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1 comment:

  1. Honestly......not that impressed. Need to look elsewhere.