Windy Evening Fluking by Ed Valitutto

When Bob Dodds asked to join in on a Brett Taylor 4 hr bay fluke trip, I immediately agreed since my boat is still waiting for a fuel injector. We fished the back end of High Bar along the west side of LBI under very challenging 20+ knot winds.

Despite spray and brutal winds, we boxed our three-man limit of fluke with 9 keepers up to 22.5 inches. Lots of feist throwbacks from 15 1/2″ to just under 17″. Fun time as always with a knowledgeable captain.

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