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Fertile Bottom Fishing for Fluke and…

By Kastking | 22 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Fluke, sea bass, other bottom-dwellers, and more are between the rocks off Long Island’s Montauk Point


Summer time bottom fishing for good eating scrappers like fluke, and sea bass is one of my favorite angling pastimes.  This method of fishing is usually fast paced that results in a steady stream of mixed bag fish hitting the deck.  Much of the better action with fluke and sea bass takes place in the vicinity of fertile bottom that is made up of small bottom contour changes and rocky patches.  These types of areas are also where shrimp, crabs, and small lobsters abound as they use bottom hides to conceal themselves from predator fish.  However, these prey species can’t hide all the time, and some will eventually become meals for fluke and sea bass that are constantly prowling the rocky patches for something to eat.



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A few fluke on deck


The most challenging part of bottom fishing is rooting out and finding the most productive areas to fish.  This means one has to put in a lot of time drifting various spots to find “spots within spots.”  I have done this for a long time, and as a result I have lots of go to spots saved on my chart plotter that lie in 70 to 90-feet of water off the south side of Montauk. Many of these spots are a little away from the more popular areas that get hammered by anglers on a regular basis.


This was just the case last season. I had a good group of guys fishing with me over one of my honey holes and we were catching a good assortment of jumbo sized fluke and sea bass.  However, much of the better action was over one specific piece of bottom that rose of the bottom 5-feet or so in 70-feet of water.  During the trip, I continually adjusted our starting point as the wind and tide were constantly changing.


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A happy customer aboard the GrandSlam charter out of Montauk, Long Island NY holds up one of many fluke caught that day


Towards the end of the day one of my customers accidently dropped his favorite Ugly Stick and Okuma reel combo into the water.  He was a little mad at himself, and said “I was reeling in a fish and all of a sudden I felt a jolt.  I bet you a bluefish grabbed the fish I had on the line, and pulled the rod from my hand.”  I said, “It happens. Let’s make a few more drifts to see if anyone snags the rod by accident.” We did just that, and continued to catch a few more fish, but alas, the rod was not recovered…yet.


Some days later, I was again fishing over the same bottom I was on the day rod was lost.  The fishing was again pretty good, but this time the bite was mostly with scup and sea bass as fluke were pretty absent on this day. Half way through the trip one of my customers hooked the bottom.  This happens often when fishing over sticky structure, so I grabbed the rod from the angler and proceeded to free the rig from the bottom.  However, I could still feel some weight on the end of the line.  I handed the rod back to the customer, and said, “You’re free, but there is still something on the end of the line.  If it’s an Ugly Stick reel with an Okuma reel, I call dibs.


As the customer continued to reel it wasn’t long before his rig was boat side, and it was then I saw that his tandem hook rig was tangled with some monofilament line that was streaming down into the depths.  I carefully untangled the hooks from his rig and began hand lining in the monofilament line.  I could definitely feel that something was on the other end of the line.  Eventually, a familiar shape loomed from dark depths below, and low and behold it was an Ugly Stick rod with an Okuma reel.  The crew saw the rod, and stared at me with puzzled faces, and almost in unison said, “Are you freaking kidding me, how did you know?” I explained the situation to the crew and they all had a good laugh at the chain of events.  I quickly took a picture of the rod and reel and texted it to the owner.  I soon received a text back stating “You’re the best, Thank You Capt. Tom.”

By — Captain Tom Mikoleski


Captain Tom Mikoleski is the successful fishing charter captain of the Grand Slam who sails out of Montauk, NY for trophy striped bass, doormat fluke, jumbo porgies, humpback sea bass, and monster sharks. Captain Tom is the author of Bass Buff — A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide




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