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New Jersey’s Fluke Fishing Playbook…

Two crucial questions need to be answered for successful fluke fishing—where are they, and what are they eating?

Summer flounder are migratory, following similar (if not the same) patterns every year. Fluke migrate from east to west in the spring, leaving their wintering grounds at the edge of the continental shelf to arrive in our back bays and inshore waters by April. In midsummer, fluke leave the bays, settling around reefs and inshore structures. There, they feed heavily until early fall, when they retreat offshore to spawn through October and November and spend the winter.