I bought another boat the other day and needed to give it a test run so Mark 'theshark' and I made a Fluke trip out of it. We only had the afternoon to work with
We stopped at Hillyer's tackle to buy some frozen Spearing, I had plenty of nice squid that I caught a couple weeks back (see squid trip)
We launched out of the Niantic, very nice during the middle of the week in the middle of the day, no crowds to deal with.
We headed to the Millstone outflow to see if anyone was catching any blues or stripers, there were a half dozen boats fishing the rip, saw only one small Blue fish boated so off we went to Two tree island to give fluking a shot.
The tide was pretty dead and there was basically no breeze to speak of so our drifts were far from optimum, I could have power drifted I suppose but chose not to. We where using spinner type rigs with colored beads and bucktail tipped with strips of Squid and Spearing in about 35 FOW (feet of water) made a couple drifts and I don't think we even caught a skate or sea robin.
I wanted to give the boat a good long run so we decided to head to the race, we found a small fleet of boats by Little Gull Island, the tide was running strong at this point.
We saw a few fish being boated don't know if they were blue's or stripers, even though we were not geared up for this type of fishing Mark and I put on a couple diamond jigs that were too light for conditions but gave it a try just the same. We could never find bottom the water was too deep and fast our lines would scope way out we still tried in hopes of some suspended fish but in the end there was NO LOVE!
We headed back in and on the way we decided to give Bartlett's reef a try for fluke, once again we used the spinner rigs with the bait mentioned in about 45 FOW
During the first drift we both had a couple hits but no hook ups.
Second drift Mark finally hooks up and I net a nice 21" Fluke for him, ahhh skunk is out of the boat!
Sun was going down and we had time for a one more drift before we headed back but nothing doing.
Nice afternoon on the water even if we didn't smack a bunch of fish, the boat ran great for the first time out ;)
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