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Alright so here's a question for all of you bottom dweller lovers:

 

Anybody here catch a TRUE doormat - i.e. a fluke over 10#?

 

If not, whats your LARGEST fluke - weight and inches?

 

Me? Well lets just say I have a lot of fish between 5-6.5# - never gotten that big un' though icon15.gif

 

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Like you, I have caught numerous fish in the 5-7 pound range. I never weighed my largest fluke, which I caught on the Capt. Willie (now the Lazy Bones) out in Montauk, but reasonable estimates were about 8-9 pounds. I like to think that it was 9 pounds. wink.gifAlmost all of the true monsters that I have seen caught came up while sea bass fishing on the South Shore when I was a kid. The biggest that I actually saw caught was a 14 1/2 pound beast caught on the Capt. Joseph out of Captree...

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As the current reigning BFF Fluke Kingrolleyes.gif, I feel I must assist in establishing a benchmark. smile.gif My largest fluke to date weighed in at 8lb10oz, a veritable denizen of the deep. But there is a bigger one coming santa.gif.

 

(ok, maybe veriable's a bit much.)

Jack

 

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Never caught a true doormat...well, not yet.

 

My heaviest fluke to date is 6lb 7oz. I've hooked and lost a few that felt extremely better than that and even had one up to the surface that was estimated to be 9-10 lbs...lets just say one of my friends is banned from ever trying to net any of my fish anymorewink.gif

 

Let's hear about those "barndoors" Alicon14.gif

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Don't remember the exact weight as it was somewhere around thirty years ago, but it was over 11 lbs on the scale at Mike's Tackle Shop.

 

I was on the old 45 foot PILOT II out of Sheepshead Bay with Harry Philips at the helm. It was a beautiful day in the late summer and we were blue and bonito fishing off the Atlantic Highlands. I remember that I had a small bonito hook tied directly to my 20 pound line with a single spearing as bait. We were chumming with bunker and tossing spearing over by the handful and I was having a ball catching bonito. We must have drifted over a fairly high piece cause this doormat chomped the spearing intended for a bonito. No one had a clue as to what it was till we got an eyeball on it. Beautiful fish.

 

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Spigola thats a bizarre means of catching a mini-barndoor biggrin.gif

 

I have seen some big fluke come up while chunking for bluefish at areas like the Mud Buoy, 17, and the Manasquan Ridge - on slow days when some people that really didn't know what they were doing let the baits sink and then they had a nice bite! cwm13.gif

 

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Funniest thing about my big fish, 2 of the 4 of my biggest came from the Manasquan River.. My biggest ever, like 6 1/4 or 1/2 # came from the river in 1988, and now my second biggest, caught the other day came from there cwm13.gif My other 2 came from the ocean fishing structure..

 

The Manasquan is not known for bigger fish - its known for its quantity of postage stamp sized fluke.. Weird stuff biggrin.gif

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