December 21, 2014

Keeper-size fluke are worth the effort

Jack Carr, 10, of Shelton displays his first striped bass, landed on the Housatonic River. He and Brian Berrito, also 10, who also landed his first keeper bass, are the Anglers of the Week.

Jack Carr, 10, of Shelton displays his first striped bass, landed on the Housatonic River. He and Brian Berrito, also 10, who also landed his first keeper bass, are the Anglers of the Week.Jack Carr, 10, of Shelton displays his first striped bass, landed on the Housatonic River. He and Brian Berrito, also 10, who also landed his first keeper bass, are the Anglers of the Week.Fluke season officially opened last week prompting many area saltwater anglers to turn their attention to the pursuit of this tasty flatfish.  Fluke (also known as summer flounder) are one of the north Atlantic’s prize catches and one of the best-eating fish the ocean has to offer.  

Fluke can be easily caught by drifting various baits including squid, sand eels, shiners and worms along the bottom.  Landing a keeper-size fluke however, can a bit more tricky. Typically, a 10-1 short fish-to-keeper ratio is a good day, but with new regulations in Connecticut and shorter minimum-length requirements, anglers should find plenty of legal-size fish showing up in our waters over the weeks to come.

Joe Eltman of Ayer’s Landing in Shelton caught several short fluke and one keeper while fishing the mouth of the Housatonic River on Saturday. He also landed several small blues, sea robins and a 30-inch striper.

Michael Staples landed a beautiful 24-inch keeper fluke at the Stratford Shoal on Saturday. Michael Staples landed a beautiful 24-inch keeper fluke at the Stratford Shoal on Saturday. Shelton High School teacher Michael Staples landed several shorts and one beautiful 24-inch keeper fluke while fishing the Stratford Shoal Saturday.

Jason Jadach of Milford landed several keeper fluke up to five pounds along with several shorts while fishing near Milford Harbor on Saturday. He also landed a coveted weakfish, which hit a white bucktail jig set for fluking.

Striped Bass and Bluefish action continues to improve.

Live or fresh chunked bunker has been the hottest bait and is irresistible to both bass and blues.

Bob Hannon of Stratford landed nine keeper bass up to 18 pounds last week along with several bluefish. He was fishing mid-sound in 40-plus feet of water and was using fresh bunker for bait.

Jack Carr and Brian Berrito, both 10, of Shelton landed their first striped bass ever while fishing the Housatonic River in Shelton. Both boys did a great job fighting, landing and releasing keeper-size bass, making the two of them this week’s Anglers of the Week!

That’s going to do it for this week. 

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Until next time… Tight lines!