For the flounder (fluke).
Yes, there has been a regular sting of paddle tail stripes and bloodworms, but with the May 2 summer flounder opening looming, attentions in southern New Jersey bays will focus on delicious flatfish.
The new rules for 22 (two fish 17 to 17.99 inches and one 18 inches or larger) and early opening, nearly three weeks earlier than had become the Memorial Day weekend norm, bode well for lean flounder hunters not just for the action, but so they can bring home a few fish for dinner.
Don’t get me wrong though: May is notorious for producing not only minimum length guardians, but also fish in the 4 to 8 pound class, with more than one weight hitting the doormat (10+ pounds). . The shallows are laden with fodder in the form of prawns, small crabs, peanuts, harpoons and killies (minnies). A fatso flounder smorgasbord, and the flatties are right there on the chow.
Shallow draft boats allow for a close approach, but a kayak will get close thanks to its near-zero intrusion from surface to bottom. This, in addition to being quiet via foot pedal or paddle or even being powered by an electric motor, can exponentially increase the chances of getting one up close and friendly with a hungry flounder just waiting. than to ambush a swimming victim.
“Yak selections are plentiful, but like everything, some are better than others. One of the big players is Wilderness Systems, and they have a selection of pedal drive models that are perfectly suited for backwater scenarios in the southern Garden State.
Get ready for the May 2 opening!