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Caught a bruiser fluke

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  • Caught a bruiser fluke

    I took a quick trip down to fish Long Island Sound Saturday and Sunday. I had left the 20'er down there again. I took my BIL and SIL out both days, and we got into a few decent fluke towards the middle of the incoming in 60' of water on Saturday. Yeah! Surface temp was 70.4 F. The fishing shut down like a switch, so I moved out to slopes from 80 to 100'. We picked a few shorts. At slack high, I moved back to a contoured area in 50-60' of water off a 30' deep flat, and about 1 hour into the outgoing tide I nailed a 30" fluke which weighed in at 11lbs 12 oz! That's my personal best fluke for the Sound! Here's a pic of the fluke and my sun-roasted face.
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    1987 26' Hardtop
    1996 20' Walkaround Cuddy

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    Fluke in 120Qt cooler and on the fillet board . It's.....thickerer.
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    1987 26' Hardtop
    1996 20' Walkaround Cuddy

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    • #3
      Congratulations that is a great fish.
      Mark
      1990 26’ open 351W Indmar
      1987 30’ Blackwatch twin 351W Crusaders (sold)

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      • #4
        Awesome fish...looks more halibut size

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        • #5
          Way to go!! I have been fishing the Eaton's Neck area west of you for over 50 years and have still not found that double-digit fluke. I have come very close a few times and a few others on my boat have done it. That is a special catch especially for this year with the fluking on the downswing. Great catch!!!

          regards Holty

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          • #6
            Finally proof that they do exist! Congratulations!
            Karen
            Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
            1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
            1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
            3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by holty View Post
              Way to go!! I have been fishing the Eaton's Neck area west of you for over 50 years and have still not found that double-digit fluke. I have come very close a few times and a few others on my boat have done it. That is a special catch especially for this year with the fluking on the downswing. Great catch!!!

              regards Holty
              Thanks. You'll get one, because you put in the time. That's a great area for monsters. I've fished from Pt Jeff to Orient since the 80's, and my biggest was still shy of 9#. I've got a few 10#s out in Shinnecock and Montauk. Over the past few years the LI fluke have dried up. Last year I had to go to the middle grounds to even find some. In the 90's, I'd drift off the Northville platform in a 12' tin boat in 25' of water and and bail them almost every time I went out.
              1987 26' Hardtop
              1996 20' Walkaround Cuddy

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fisherlady2 View Post
                Finally proof that they do exist! Congratulations!
                Right? Gee whiz I was getting discouraged, but I didn't expect Goliath.
                1987 26' Hardtop
                1996 20' Walkaround Cuddy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mako2 View Post
                  Congratulations that is a great fish.
                  Thanks. It was hoots and hollers when we got it in the net! It had a reverse gear that cranked my rod right over, and my BIL almost missed it. Phew!
                  1987 26' Hardtop
                  1996 20' Walkaround Cuddy

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                  • #10
                    Nice. Well done.
                    1980 pilot house 351
                    1988 260 predator 408

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Deputyrpa View Post

                      Thanks. It was hoots and hollers when we got it in the net! It had a reverse gear that cranked my rod right over, and my BIL almost missed it. Phew!
                      Nice fish! I have a couple of extra halibut harpoons I can give you for the next one so you don't lose it

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                      • Deputyrpa
                        Deputyrpa commented
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                        Ha ha! I only wish I could regularly catch them that big as to require extreme landing measures!

                    • #12
                      That not a fluke it was ALL skill.

                      Great catch l have not seen a doormat like that since l was a kid! Congratulations
                      Just wishin', and hopen', and dreamin'

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