Little breezy when I arrived at boat this morning and forecasted to get pretty windy….Left dock as tide was starting in ,not best tide but it is what it is.Water temp 75 . I headed to where Bluefish were yesterday but it was like the dead sea. Wind against tide and snot grass, all over. Tide in 1.5 hours and I finally get a small Bluefish followed by another Bluefish and than nothing for next hour. wind is building so start to head home with one stop for fluke but given wind was against tide there was little to no drift so called it a morning
OBSERVATIONS— I have been fishing these waters for over 60 years.Even while living in Indiana I go back out here 6-7 weeks a year to fish AND always got out here for 2 weeks middle 2 weeks of July.. Those years I found abundance of Fluke,weakfish,Bluefish and some years Stripers. The past 3 years July inshore fishing has been nothing like those years I was coming in from Indiana
AND I have some observations as to why
#1—there seems to me serious increase in bug spraying in our marshes and lawns, this has effected the spawning of small bait fish like silversides and possibly grass shrimp. I have no seen any large silversides this year
#2–Beach replenishment which began in 1963 and has gradually increased over the years has destroyed our natural beaches and today where there is beach replenishment there is no life, In addition the sand being pumped onto our beaches is getting pushed into our inlets and choking our inlets and inshore waterways… Also sodbank mussel beds that use to be thick along our sodbanks are greatly reduced over past 10 years
#3 This is flounder specific ..When fluke regulations were put in the size was 13″ and the stock began to grow, Over the next several years the genius’s responsible kept raising the legal size BUT stock kept growing UNTIL 17 1/2″ when stock leveled out .BUT since introduction of 18″ the stock has been going DOWN… Reason is clear to me 98% of fluke 18″ or larger are females and by insisting on them having to be 18″ to keep we are killing off the reproduction. Commercial fishermen can keep a 14″ fluke BUT IN ORDER TO SAVE THE STOCK ONCE THEIR QTLY QUOTA IS MET THEY MUST SHUT DOWN UNTIL NEXT QTR OPENS UP

These are my thoughts and you can certainly disagree but I have logs going back to 1954 and have based my theories on what I have seen over those years…YES there may be a few other reasons but these are what I consider prime