Roaring Ditch Fishing Report

Pushlished On: September 18, 2022


Roaring Ditch Fishing Report

Pushlished On: September 18, 2022


Fluke bonanza on the Brynnie-B!

Roaring Ditch

Frank Breakell
Stone Harbor, NJ
  • At Brynnie-B, we go where the fish are!
Frank Breakell
At Brynnie-B, we go where the fish are!
Stone Harbor, NJ

So, my charter scheduled for today had to cancel due to extenuating circumstances. Then my allergies helped to bring on a wonderful ear ache/sinus infection combo that has been kicking my tail all week. So I figured I might as well go fishing anyway.
I was able to coerce Tim and Scott into tagging along on the trip. We launched out of Stone Harbor and ran out to the reef. Conditions were pretty nice and only got better as the day wore on. We started off drifting rubble, trying to stay away from everyone else. After a few failed drifts we found some fluke. You had to pick through the voracious sea bass, but when a fluke hit, you knew it. While the sea bass picked, the fluke slammed. 
I nailed a 22" beast early on, then a nice 17.75". Tim got a 21" and another 21" later that went on Scott's account. Tim also nailed two other 17.9" fluke. He was high hook on the day. We got a bunch of throw backs, and sea bass throughout the day. We moved around and worked over various pieces of rubble. The key was short, focused drifts. Squid and Gulp were the baits. And pink was the color of choice. We hoped for so.e trash fish to hack up for bait, but they weren't around for some reason.
Around 11am the reef bite died out. We took a ride and worked over a few wrecks. The first one we hit was a dead zone. The second held fish. We got our seventh and final keeper of the day, and tossed a few overs back. And more sea bass. While drifting we noticed a sizeable school of bunker and decided to see if anything fun was on them. We snagged two and sent them out on circle hooks. No takers. I snagged another and had a nice cobia follow it to the boat and then turn away. Then while drifting with the bunker school, three king mackeral (we assume that's what they were) slammed through the school at high speed, tore them up, then vanished.
Just after a nimrod in his spiffy SeaFox boat cruised up right where I was throwing my snag hook. He appeared to be rigging fluke rigs to catch the bunker we were snagging. Bright boy. He asked us what we were doing, to which we replied catching bait. He said that was his plan too. Then he asked where we were heading? I replied, right here. He took offense. He thought we were lying I presume. He was going out to the "lump" to catch mahi. Bet that worked out for him. We continued to mess with the bunker schools, but no takers. We considered heading to another wreck to see if we could top off our fluke limit, but decided we had plenty of meat for some delicious dinners and called it a day. No need to be greedy... Epic day with good friends. Doesn't get much better.
Tight Lines!

Gear & Tackle Used:

spinning and conventional reels on 7'rods. 3ounce fluke balls on high low fluke rigs. squid and Gulp for bait.


Heavy Fishing Pressure

Water clarity

Crystal Clear, Over 12 Feet

Scenic setting





Total catches2

black sea bass


Total catches - 1

Species Name : Centropristis Striata

Habital : Offshore, Onshore, Nearshore, Wreck, Reef

Weight :

summer flounder 


Total catches - 1

Species Name : Paralichthys Dentatus

Habital : Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore

Weight :

Weather data


Weather at 12:14 am, Clear



Feels 57



Low 56



Gusts 0



Dew 55

06:42 AM

07:04 PM

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