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Old 04-21-2010, 08:50 PM
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I'm new to NJ, an experienced fisherman from Texas. I'm going to be heading out next month into Raritan Bay, focusing on calm water and flounder fishing. Is it OK to discuss flounder/fluke here?
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:02 AM
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Of course

Not too many people fishing for winter flounder nowadays - rent a boat/pay for gas, buy chum, buy bait, hooks, sinkers, for a lousy 2 fish limit

Fluke gets plenty of play here during the summer months
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:43 PM
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Being a bit new to these species, I still don't get what is the difference between a flounder and a fluke.
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Heres some explanations from older posts.

They are both flounders.
The winter flounder or sole as it commonly called is right eye oriented and is more solid in color. The summer flounder or fluke as it is commonly called is left eye oriented and is typically spotted.

Easy way to tell them apart is teeth, fluke have a mouth full, flounder don't.
Fluke have an articulated jaw also. Winter flounder don't.
A flounder will have an eye on top and bottom, adult fluke has them both on top.
They call the fluke "Lefty" because of the eyes on the left side of the fish. The right eye migrates to the left side as it gets older.
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Thanks.

In another forum, I was surprised to see reference to live shrimp being available in Northern NJ. "Grass shrimp" I think. This appeals to me for my kids' fishing. Can you tell me if you can count on these being available when you drive down? Can you tell me how hardy they are? In Texas, due to high heat and a related low oxygen content of the water, it's very difficult to keep live shrimp alive for an entire day of fishing, even with an aerator on your bait bucket. I suppose things can and will be different, but in my 40 years of fishing I've never known a fish of any species that would turn down a live shrimp.
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Grass shrimp are tiny compared to what you're used to. 1/2" is average with a 1 1/2" shrimp being a monster.

Very few shops in the northern half of Jersey carry them, you'll have to catch your own. It's very easy.
Find an area in the back (bay, river.....) that has grass coming out of the water. You'll want to do this during the upper half of the tide. Drag a fine mesh seine net through, or sweep through the grass with a fairly large, again fine mesh, hand net. You'll have plenty in just a few sweeps. You can also use the hand net to scoop them off pilings at backwater marinas.

To keep them alive, do not use a tank of water and aerator. You can, but it's more of a pain then it's worth.
Wet a small towel with seawater and fold it neatly to fit the bottom of your cooler. place your shrimp on that and cover with another wet towel. Place a few small frozen plastic ice blocks on the very top and the shrimp will keep all day.

FYI, This method also works well for keeping killies alive all day.
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