• Posted by Nick Honachefsky
  • On July 6, 2018
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I literally have squid strips stuck to my backpack and Gulp! Juice stains on my shirt as I write this, reason being I just stepped off the deck of the 90 foot party boat Gambler in Point Pleasant from a half day fluke trip.

A beauty 7.5-pound flatback took the pool and plenty of others were hoisted over the rails. Party boat fluke fishing is an absolute staple in summer shore fishing as it offers easy and quick access to the fluke grounds for an affordable nominal fee.

Trips usually run twice a day from 8 AM to 12:30 PM and 2 PM to 6:30 PM and party boat fleets can be found from Raritan Bay down through Delaware Bay so the Jersey scene is covered from tip to tip, and nearly every other fluke-friendly state will also have the summer fleet targeting fluke. To make a party boat fluke trip successful and comfortable, certain gear must be brought. A standard conventional rod such as a Lamiglas BL7020 matched with a Shimano Torium 20 reel and spooled with 30 to 50-pound Power Pro is a preferred gun to bring to the battle.

Terminal tackle to battle any normal fluke conditions include 75-pound Spro Barrel Swivels, #2 Spro three way swivels, braid friendly fishfinder slides, 30-pound Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon leader, size 2/0 to 3/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks, pre-packaged fluke rigs and 5 to 10-ounce bank sinkers. Other basic necessities on the boat to perform duties include a solid 9-inch Dexter Russel fillet knife, Mustad pliers, Plano 3600 boxes, Shimano Blackmoon bag organizer, Costa 580 lens sunglasses and a Cuda measuring tape.

Bait is usually provided by the boat in the form of spearing and squid strips, but any fluke belly, bluefish strips, or sea robin strips you can procure are prime time baits to lance on the hook. And of course the kicker baits – Gulp! 4-inch Swimmin’ Minnows or 4-inch New Penny shrimp.

When drifting, keep baits on bottom and dish out line if you aren’t holding. Drifts can be slick and fast and if your bait is up in the water column you’ll only attract dogfish. Mates on party boats will perform all the dirty functions like untangling lines, netting fish and running to get bait for you, so be sure to always tip them at least 20% of the cost of the fare. Summer fun on the high seas is here, try out a party boat fluke trip!

Gear Used


Torium 20HGA

The Shimano Torium Star Drag Reels are new to Shimano’s Torium series reels. They are compact, rigid, and powerful saltwater conventional reels with excellent castability and durability expected by saltwater anglers.



HD Fluorocarbon Leader

Yo-Zuri HD Fluorocarbon is a brand new fluorocarbon leader that maximizes the advantages of fluorocarbon and a Disappearing Pink tint. Fluorocarbon is virtually invisible in the water and red is the first color to disappear in the water column.



3-Way Swivels

SPRO Power Swivels provide a heavy pound test in a compact size. This allows for reduced visibility with unbelievable strength. These compact swivels work equally as well rigged ahead of a lure or with live bait on flat and down lines where both stealth and power are required!



Bank Sinkers

Bank Sinkers are typically preferred for bottom fishing applications, where its tapered hexagonal shape will help to prevent it from becoming snagged in wrecks, reefs, hard bottom, and other structure. Available from TackleDirect ranging from 1/2oz up to 24 oz.



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