Sea bass fishing became slightly better, churning up a few more keepers, and lots more throwbacks, than before, said Capt. Joe from <b>Outcast Charters</b>. “So maybe something’s starting to happen,” he said. The fishing wasn’t great, but improved somewhat, and ling were around. Outcast is focusing on the bottom fishing, and sometimes an extra shot of sea bass shows up in September. Maybe that’ll happen this year. Outcast’s bottom fishing, including for blackfish, really begins to take off in October into early winter. New York’s blackfish season kicks in earlier than New Jersey’s.
Capt. Joe from <b>Papa’s Angels Charters</b> and the boat’s mate John scoped out fluke fishing a while today at Reach Channel, Joe said. Strong winds blew, including against the tide, difficult for a good drift. But several keepers to 20 inches and a bunch of shorts were pulled in. Two types of open-boat trips for fluke are sailing daily when no charter is booked: one from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., fishing shallower waters closer to port, or one from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., fishing deep waters, farther from the dock. Either/or. Call to reserve.
Capt. Ron from the party boat <b>Fishermen</b> wanted to fish the ocean on Sunday’s fluke trip for a change of pace, he said in a report on the vessel’s Web site. He found barely a drift: .4 knots. But some quality-sized fluke, a few sea bass and a couple of ling were swung in, “but only on the snags,” Ron said. “Once we drifted off the bottom, (no good).” Not many shorts gave up action, “but the fish that did bite were beauties,” Ron said. The trip moved to Ambrose Channel after a couple of hours, because Ron “couldn’t take the lack of drift anymore,” he said. The trip caught the change of tide just right at the channel, and the anglers picked away on shorts and keepers. The trip’s high hook bagged four fluke, and a couple of anglers took three. A 7-pound fluke was the pool-winner. The Fishermen is sailing for fluke 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. However, the morning trips are chartered this Friday and Sunday. <b>***Update, Wednesday, 7/20:***</b> An edited report Ron posted on his Web site: “Fishermen/Ocean Fishing Boys!!! Quality Fluke ... If that's what you're looking for, that's what we have been producing the past couple of days. Fished the ocean once again Tuesday, as the conditions were perfect on the drift. Didn't have a great bite, but we found a nice line of fish, and beat it to death all day! Jerry Krako had his limit of eight on the whistle fish. Pool fish went 7 pounds, with several others in the 3- to 6-pound range. Not many shorts for the action, like I said, quality not quantity. Waited for the change of tide bite, got it and caught just a few more to end the day ... nothing like Monday's bite. Weather reports have the customers staying home, unfortunately, as we only had a handful Tuesday. As I said in Monday's report, bring one heavier rod that can handle at least 10 to 12 ounces, just in case the current runs hard.”
After fluke fishing turned up good angling aboard Saturday afternoon’s trip, not too bad fishing on the morning’s trip, and one angler who bagged seven aboard that day, the fishing was tougher on the vessel Sunday, Capt. Tom from the party boat <b>Atlantic Star</b> said. On Sunday, fluking wasn’t terribly bad on the morning’s trip, but was tough on the afternoon’s, despite decent conditions, or winds and tides that created a good drift. The angling was off the bite through the day, though plenty of shorts chewed as usual. One angler bagged three keepers on Sunday morning’s trip, Tom believed, and two anglers bagged two during the day, and some bagged one. None of the fluke was big during the two days. A 4-1/2-pound fluke was the pool-winner on Saturday afternoon’s trip, and 4- to 4-½-pound fluke were the pool-winners on Sunday’s trips. So action on shorts was still good, and everyone had fun with that, Tom said. Some seemed a little grumpy, but most realized it was something that couldn’t be controlled. The Atlantic Star is fishing for fluke on two trips daily 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Some good fishing in the past week, said Capt. Pete from the <b>Hyper Striper</b> in an e-mail. Anglers should call now for tuna trips if they want the fish. Here’s a rundown of the week. Tuesday: Dan Alloca’s party, hammered blues on jigs, added fluke to the box to finish the day. Wednesday: Al Delconte’s party, good fishing for bluefin tuna, 125-pounders keeping them busy, limiting out on an over and an under, clocking sizeable mahi mahi as well. Thursday: Sean Yennie and crew, one keeper striper, a bunch of throwback stripers, adding a few fluke afterward. Friday morning: Johann Shultz’s trip, good fluking. Friday afternoon: Eddie Hahn’s charter, lots of fluke. Saturday morning: Effrin Rivera’s trip, a two-man limit of fluke to 5 pounds, plus lots of shorts. Saturday afternoon: Steve Baumgarbner’s gang, fought south winds, but put 18 keeper fluke to 7 pounds in the box, plus released shorts. Sunday morning: John McGill’s party, good-sized, keeper fluke to 9 pounds, including an 8.3-pounder and a 6.5-pounder.
Twenty-six keeper fluke were nailed on an open-boat trip Friday with <b>Raritan Bay Charters</b>, Capt. Dave said. At least four of the fish weighed around 5 pounds. A half-dozen were around 18 inches, but the rest topped 20 inches. Big fluke. Plus a 32-inch striped bass grabbed squid and spearing on a fluke rig, and was bagged. A trip for fluke Saturday didn’t fare as well, and the trip left at 1 p.m., because the anglers had to work in the morning. Fluke to 22 inches were taken, but southwest winds came up, and winds against the tide began, and the fishing shut down at 4 p.m. Both trips fished along the channel edges. Dave took a trip on a friend’s boat Sunday that bagged about a dozen keeper fluke and another striper. Open-boat trips are fishing for fluke when no charter is booked.
Fishing for fluke was only getting better on the ocean, said Capt. Ralph from <b>Last Lady Fishing Charters</b> in an e-mail. Keepers to 6 pounds were decked on most trips onboard the last few days. A bottom-fishing trip Saturday with three anglers came in with a mess of ling, about 10 sizeable sea bass, “some real nice cod for inshore,” Ralph said, and one blackfish. One blackfish per angler was allowed to be kept starting that day. The trip couldn’t fish the wrecks as far offshore as Ralph would like, “but a good day anyway,” he said. He “found the sea bass on Thursday (farther offshore),” he said. Quite a few ling were around, Ralph said in a phone call. Individual-reservation trips are fishing for fluke every Wednesday, and kids under 12 are free, limited to two per adult host. Four spaces are available for an individual-reservation trip for cod offshore this coming Monday, and the last trip, on last Monday, axed a good catch of cod to 20 pounds and pollock to 25 pounds. Two more of the cod trips have been added for Monday, August 8, and Sunday, August 28. Last Lady sails for cod every summer. Get on one of the open cod trips, or charter the whole boat. A good number of spaces are open for an individual-reservation trip for canyon tuna at 12 midnight Friday, July 29. One space is available for an individual-reservation trip for sea bass, ling, cod and blackfish Sunday, July 31. More of the trips, fishing at the wrecks 10 to 25 miles from shore, are on the books for the Sundays of August 14 and 28. Green crabs and fresh clams will be aboard for bait.
A 74-inch giant bluefin tuna was pounded Friday at the Chicken Canyon with <b>Fin-Ominal Sportfishing</b>, Capt. Jared said. The fish, a limit of one trophy bluefin per year, was bagged, and a 350- to 400-pounder was reeled to the back of the boat. The fishing, on the chunk, was good, and the 130 rods were put in action on the boat for the first time this year. A tuna trip aboard at Hudson Canyon from Wednesday to Thursday trolled 13 small yellowfin tuna, a bunch of big mahi mahi and a 90-pound mako shark that was released. A 12-hour charter Sunday with the Farreo family bottom fished, angling up 25 to 30 keeper sea bass, including some big ones, some ling and about 10 keeper fluke.
Great bluefishing was shellacked in the last several days on the party boat <b>Golden Eagle</b>, on both daytime and nighttime trips, a report on the vessel’s Web site said. The fish, big ones to 12 pounds, were jigged or baited during the daytime and, as usual, baited at night. The Golden Eagle is bluefishing daily 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Mondays are Double Coupon Days: Bring a competitor’s coupon for up to $5, and the Golden Eagle will give double the discount, up to $10, on an adult fare.
Bill Manning’s bottom-fishing charter rounded up a mixed bag of 3-pound blackfish and some ling and sea bass on the <b>Big Kid</b> Sunday on the ocean, Capt. Ken said. A bottom charter with the Davis group on the ocean Saturday racked up a mixed bag of sea bass to 3 pounds, cod to 4 pounds and ling. Ken ran another boat that day that competed in the Manasquan Tuna and Marlin Club tournament, and a 39.55-pound mahi mahi from the trip was in first place in the mahi division at press time. The tournament would end today.
On the party boat <b>Jamaica II</b> fluke fishing was good on the ocean through the past week for the most part, Capt. Ryan said in an e-mail. Conditions were key, and a very fast drift made the angling impossible on a couple of afternoons. “Otherwise some nice fish (were) caught this (past) week,” he said. Trips mostly fished in deeper waters, when conditions allowed. Anglers and their catches included: Chris Molinari, North Haledon, taking the lead in the monthly pool Saturday with a 9-pound 3-ounce fluke, one of seven he caught; Dale Isaacs, Manchester, winning two pools on two trips during the weekend with a 7-pound 4-ouncer and a 6-pound 10-ouncer; A Kim, Oakland, limit of fluke to 5 pounds; Herb Wilk, Lakewood, six fluke to 5 pounds; Artie Riggs, Trenton, seven fluke to 4 ½ pounds; and Sung Hwang, Woodbury, seven fluke to 4 pounds. The Jamaica II is fluke fishing Tuesdays through Sundays on two-half day trips 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A full-day trip is fluke fishing every Monday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A bluefishing trip is running every Saturday 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Whether fluke fishing seemed to go well on the ocean depended on the angler, said Dave from <b>The Reel Seat</b>. Quite a few reports rolled in about good fluking. They talked about scoring well on fluke to 6 and 7 pounds at the Shrewsbury Rocks. But reports sounded inconsistent from Sea Girt Reef and Axel Carlson Reef. Bucktails with teasers and Gulps definitely clobbered most of the fluke. Fluking was alright on Manasquan River. River anglers landed lots, and hoped for keepers, and the angling was okay, not bad. Snapper blues and hickory shad were around in the river, and nothing was heard about weakfish. Ocean bluefishing seemed to start bouncing back, after slow fishing for them in recent days. The blues had been spawning, Dave guessed, and the fish might’ve started coming out of the spawn. Striped bass fishing wasn’t much to talk about anymore for the season. If boaters wanted to troll resident stripers 26 to 30 inches at the Shrewsbury Rocks, they probably could. But now was probably time to leave stripers alone, Dave said. Party boats picked away at sea bass, ling and a few cod. Nothing was heard about blackfish, though one blackfish could be kept starting Saturday. Bluefin tuna fishing was good, and anglers just had to understand that the scallop boats, where bluefins gathered previously, were no longer the place to look for them. Bluefin anglers needed to search for life in the waters instead. Customers nailed 125-pound bluefins, and a 74-inch giant was docked at Shark River Inlet. Many of the bigger bluefins were trolled on spreader bars or ballyhoos. But bluefins were also jigged, when anglers sailed around until fish were marked, then stopped to jig, with different lures from Butterflies to Jersey Jay’s or some of the sand eel imitations. Fishing for yellowfin tuna was good at Hudson Canyon the last few days. A trip that customer Al Bessemer on his Linda B took at the Hudson trolled seven yellowfin tuna to 60 pounds and a 20-pound mahi mahi, and released two blue marlin hooked on Black Bart lures that Dave rigged. Al was competing in the weekend’s Manasquan Marlin and Tuna Club’s offshore trolling tournament. Dave heard plenty of other solid reports about fishing at the Hudson, like 20 yellowfins caught on a trip.
<b>Point Pleasant Beach</b>
One of the open-boat Fluke Till You Puke Trips fished Friday with <b>Reel Class Charters</b>, Capt. Allen said in a report on Reel Class’s Web site. The trip ran north on the ocean to various places, including inshore, in the deep and at a high rocky spot. Plenty of shorts, a few sizeable keepers, and a few hefty sea bass bit. The trip began returning south, fishing at a lump off Long Branch, and Allen got a call about a few better-sized fluke biting closer to shore. The trip moved there, and a handful of keeper fluke were toggled in. The trip stayed an extra 45 minutes “to give the guys a good crack at a few more keepers,” Allen said. Eight keeper fluke to 3 pounds 20 inches, a few good-sized sea bass and a ling were bagged, and probably a hundred fluke, including shorts, were landed. Probably 30 percent of the shorts were 17 ¼ inches to “17.9999 (inches) – which was unbelievable,” Allen said. Lots of places that usually held bigger fluke were inundated with shorts. “Overall a good day with great company,” Allen said. A charter fished for fluke aboard Thursday on the ocean. The trip left at 12 noon, allowing winds to settle down. The trip fished at spots including inshore, offshore and at a few rock piles. Seven keeper fluke to 21 inches, lots of shorts, some sea bass, including a couple of keepers, and a ling were landed. Most of the keeper fluke were 18 inches. Allen hooked a sea bass just under 4 pounds, weighed on a certified scale, that grabbed a teaser. Something big grabbed one of the angler’s fluke. A fluke was hooked on a bucktail, and the angler cranked in the line a few turns, and something suddenly grabbed the fluke, and took off! The fish was surfacing, but the reel was getting spooled, and the angler couldn’t turn the fish, and the line broke. “Thresher shark?” Allen asked. Could’ve been, he said. “Great afternoon trip with a fun crew,” Allen said. Check out info, including dates, for the Fluke Till You Puke Trips on <a href=" http://www.reelclassfishing.com/rates/open-boat-info" target="_blank">Reel Class’s open-boat page</a> online. Later this summer, trips will chase blue-water fish like bluefin tuna, bonito, false albacore and skipjacks.
Four anglers climbed aboard an open-boat bluefin tuna trip with <b>Andrea’s Toy Charters</b> Saturday, leaving port before 2 a.m., a report on the vessel’s Web site said. The boat, just before sunup, was the first to arrive on the grounds. The trip looked around, and found the fish. A bluefin was hooked, but the angler flipped the lever drag down, and the spool backlashed, and the tuna broke off. The fish swiped a sardine on the deep rod. Another bluefin was hooked in a few minutes, this time on a jig. The angler, a different one, tightened the drag on the first run, and the fish broke off. On the next drift, two bluefins were hooked, and got off. The trip went on the troll, “pounding the area with no love,” the report said. The trip tried fishing behind scallop boats, where marks looked good, but only a few mahi mahi were caught. The trip moved to the inshore grounds, pounding the area a couple of hours, but only a bunch of bluefish hit. “Had our shots early in the day,” the report said. Andrea’s Toy is running open-boat, mixed bag trips for bluefins midshore and yellowfin tuna at the offshore canyons. The midshore trips target fish including bluefins, mahi, cod and pollock, in one outing. The canyon trips hone in on fish including yellowfins, mahi, sharks, swordfish and tilefish, in one outing. Andrea’s Toy specializes in mixed-bag fishing for greater fun, better chances of hooking up and more variety for dinner.
Good sea bass fishing continued for <b>Fishguts Inshore Charters</b>, when a charter aboard limited out on the fish Saturday, said Capt. Rob “Birch” Birchmeier in a report on the boat’s Web site. A few trips had to be cancelled because of winds, but when the weather allowed trips to fish, “the size and numbers have been impressive,” Birch said. The three anglers aboard the trip were “hoping for a nice pile of sea bass fillets to take home,” Birch said. “Rather than a nice pile, they got a very large pile of tasty fillets.” The three limited out on sea bass to 2.4 pounds, and most of the keepers hooked were 13 ½ to 14 ½ inches. “It was downright good fishing with good-sized fish,” Birch said. Three small ling and a small bluefish were also reeled in. South winds began to come on as the trip limited out, “so we called it a day, and headed in with a lot of filleting to do,” Birch said. After fishing was weathered out on a trip Thursday, Birch got invited to fish for fluke Friday with Fish Monger Charters. The trip “produced what Capt. Jerry called a slow pick,” Birch said. “Most captains would’ve called it one of their best days ever, with 31 keeper fluke on ice, with most fish in the 21-inch to 22-inch range. A great day off with a great operation.” Fishguts specializes in catching sea bass, good numbers of quality-sized ones, close to shore in summer, on both charters and open-boat trips. Trips are also light-tackle fluke fishing on Barnegat Bay. Or trips are doing a combo of both in one day.
“We’re catching them again today,” a report said today on the party boat <b>Miss Barnegat Light</b>’s Web site. The boat was returning a bit late, because blues didn’t start biting right away, but plenty of the fish were eventually caught. Bluefishing on Sunday’s trip was “like fishing in an aquarium,” the report said. Limits of the 6- to 12-pounders were mugged around the boat. The fishing was great Saturday during both the daytime and nighttime trips, and was good on Friday night’s trip. Bluefishing on Friday’s daytime trip was “not too good,” the report said. The catches had taken back off during Thursday’s trip, after some slower fishing that seems to happen every year a moment, apparently because of spawning. The Miss Barnegat Light is bluefishing at 8 a.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
From an edited e-mail from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the <b>Hi Flier</b>: “Had an awesome weekend at Barnegat Ridge. Terrance Archer and Bob Ward signed up for my open-boat trip Saturday, and I let them know it was exploratory, as I had not been there since the previous week. I also wanted them to be realistic in what we were looking for, as I don’t tout these as tuna trips. We target bonita and albacore, and if we find tuna, it’s a bonus. We left early, and arrived at the North Ridge before 7 a.m. Soon after we put our second bonita in the cooler, the lures were all covered up with a weed patch we trolled through, and I was working on a three-rod tangle that occurred from one of my “too sharp” turns. I gave the wheel to Terrance, and asked him to just go straight for a while. A half-hour later, I had the mess straight, the lures clean, and re-deployed, and we were 3 miles east of the ridge, when the small daisy chain in the port outrodder went off hard, and a mahi took to the air. A nice 10-pound female for Bob’s first-ever dolphin. We broke out the camera for pics, and the starboard outrodder started screaming. Turned out to be a 32-inch 25-pound bluefin tuna, on a hot pink cedar plug for Terrance. <a href=" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=308g721jOgo" target="_blank">Check out the video</a>. Two more people onboard for Sunday. Of course, I returned to the same grounds, this time finding the life east of the South Ridge. Seventy-degree, bluish water, a few chick birds, so-so readings, and lots of flying fish. Gene Linder and Rich Hall combined to boat one bonita and five bluefin up to the 34 inch 30-pounder we put in the cooler. Pretty exotic, considering this is all within 20 miles of Barnegat Inlet. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9xmD62xdy4" target="_blank">Here’s the video</a>. I will be sailing open-boat every morning for these grounds starting Friday to Monday. Leaving 5 a.m., returning 1 p.m. Maximum of three passengers. Reservations are required. All fish are shared among the passengers. The boat is always available for charter, even on these dates. We are also running afternoon trips for fluke, blowfish and the Barnegat Bay mixed bag from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., after our offshore trips. These trips also require reservations.
The <b>June Bug</b> steamed for tuna and big game Saturday to Lindenkohl Canyon, Capt. Lindsay said. The fishing was less active than previously, and not much life swam the area. The lines were dropped in the waters at 4:30 a.m., and yellowfin tuna about 25 inches covered up the trolling spread 10 minutes later. Five were hooked, and one was kept. Three yellowfins attacked the lines a couple of hours later, and a 40-pounder was landed and bagged. One billfish was raised in the afternoon, taking a slash at the spread, before disappearing. One whale was seen all day, compared with hundreds during the past two or three weeks. Very few porpoises were around, and not much bait schooled. Something changed, though the waters looked fine, were 72 to 73 degrees, clear and blue. “Water wasn’t the problem,” Lindsay said. “There was nothing to eat.” Closer to shore, Lindsay saw no fish like bonito so far this season. Sea bass were around, and probably 1 in 4 was a keeper. Probably 1 in 8 fluke was a keeper. An inshore trip was scheduled to fish today, and would probably fish for fluke in the bay, because young children were supposed to be aboard.
Summer flounder fishing picked up in 65 feet on the ocean for <b>Legal Limit Charters</b>, Capt. T.J. said. Anglers aboard reeled in good catches of the fish to 6 pounds, including 5-pounders, the past couple of days. Lots of action, lots of throwbacks, but also keepers. A few sea bass were mixed in, and a bottom-fishing trip on the boat Wednesday or Thursday also wrangled up sea bass. Many were females with eggs, so they were still spawning. The season’s first open-boat fluke/bottom fishing trip is set for Thursday, July 28, and open trips are listed on Legal Limit’s Web site. A trip is supposed to sail for blackfish Tuesday, now that one of the tog could be kept starting Saturday. T.J. didn’t hear much about tuna fishing, but tuna trips are slated for Friday and Saturday aboard. Legal Limit is finished shark fishing for the season, and waters became too warm.
Plenty of summer flounder, including big ones, were weighed in Friday, said a report on <b>Scott’s Bait & Tackle</b>’s Web site. Not a lot was available to report Saturday to Monday, but flounder kept hitting. The fish in the past days came from places including Little Egg Inlet, the Brick Pile and the Rutgers buoys on the ocean. Sea bass fishing began to pick up, some said. One blackfish could be kept starting Saturday, but the site mentioned nothing about the tog reported caught. One angler would report that lots of bluefish were around, and another would say none was. Bluefishing seemed sporadic. Kingfish held farther south, were yet to enter local waters this season. But a few people hooked a few spots locally.
The ocean reefs, in 65 feet, were putting up fairly good fishing for summer flounder to 23 and 24 inches for <b>O-Beth Sportfishing Charters</b>, Capt. Eric said. Some good-sized ones were clocked on every trip, and occasional sea bass bit. A few more of the trips are scheduled for this week. An offshore charter Saturday trolled yellowfin tuna to 35 pounds, and raised a white marlin, between the 30- and 40-fathom lines. Lots of life, lots of fish, were around, and now’s the time to go, Eric said. The tuna spit up squid, and squid were abundant, and sea turtles bobbed around. Waters were 73 or 74 degrees.
<b>Sea Isle City</b>
Twenty-eight dusky sharks and two brown sharks to 90-pounds were caught and released Friday with the Pahr party on one of the inshore sharking trips aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from <b>Jersey Cape Guide Service</b> and <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b>. On one of the trips Saturday, 25 duskies and two browns to 70 pounds were walloped and released, and a hammerhead was seen, with Dick Lackman and friends Bob and Gary aboard. On Sunday 15 duskies to 50 pounds were released on a trip with Mike Roth. The sharking was awesome on the trips, Joe said, and all the trips caught the fish on mackerel on spinning rods. Jersey Cape also fly rods for the sharks, great sport. The trips, fishing within 10 miles of the coast, are an opportunity to land big fish, usually the biggest-ever for the angler, that are usually only found far offshore. Tides were ideal last week for popper-lure and –fly fishing for striped bass on the back bay, a specialty on the boat. High tides in the evenings are ideal, and Tino Ricci aboard Friday evening landed stripers to 27 inches on popper lures. Tom Scranton on Thursday evening popper-plugged stripers to 26 inches on a trip. The stripers can be caught during other tides, but the ideal tides will return next week, always on an every-other-week cycle. Jersey Cape is also fishing for summer flounder, and Cindy and Dave Williams and family on a trip aboard Thursday pumped in 25 flounder, including three keepers to 4 pounds, from the back bay. Jersey Cape fishes for the fluke with a rig with a bucktail with a Gulp on the bottom and a minnow on a plain hook on a teaser above. The fish hit both on the trip, but the bigger flounder seemed to jump on the bucktail. Jersey Cape is also fishing offshore, and good catches of tuna, a mix of yellowfins and bluefins, got winged at the Hot Dog. Lots of yellowfins were yanked in from Wilmington Canyon, and bluefins were bombed at Massey’s Canyon. Fishing for mahi mahi and white marlin was also good at the offshore canyons. Keep up on Joe’s fishing on <a href="http://captainjoehughes.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Jersey Cape’s blog</a>.
Fishing for bluefin tuna, about 60-pounders, and mahi mahi was good on a trip Saturday with <b>Relentless Sport Fishing</b> on the ocean inshore of the canyons, Capt. Dave Bart said. When the boat arrived on the grounds in the morning, the trip began trolling, and mahi swarmed everywhere, and were caught. Then fish were marked, and the boat was stopped, and the anglers began chunking and jigging bluefins. More tuna trips will sail onboard Wednesday and Friday.
On the <b>Down Deep</b> inshore trolling went well on 4-, 6- and 8-hour trips, Capt. Bob said. Bluefish, bonito, Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi were beaten, lots of action. The trips, sailing relatively close to shore on the ocean, were enjoyable for all types of anglers, but families especially liked them, and kids especially had a ball. A tuna charter Saturday bagged three yellowfin tuna and three sizeable mahi mahi with Joe Delio’s group. Good reports were heard about summer flounder fishing, and more keepers were bagged than before. Sounded like they got a few, Bob said. Openings are available for all of this fishing, and call if interested.
Eight yellowfin tuna from just-keeper-sized to 30 or 35 pounds and a 50-pound wahoo were trolled on a charter Saturday along the 30-fathom line on the <b>Heavy Hitter</b>, Capt. George said. The tuna weren’t large, but the anglers – Mike Stasulli, Make Hagen, Joe Massey, Rich, Gary and Bob – were happy with the good catch, George said. Waters were green, not good-looking, and some boats caught, and lots sounded like they struggled, on the radio. Lots of bluefish and bonito were nailed on inshore trolling trips aboard on the ocean last week, covered in the last report. Triggerfish were reeled up on one of the trips. Summer flounder fishing sounded like it began to pick up a bit at the Old Grounds on the ocean. One of the anglers from the docks ran a trip that totaled 18, and another iced 12. A flounder charter is slated for Saturday on the Heavy Hitter. Anglers aboard recently wrestled plenty of brown sharks, catch and release fishing, covered in recent reports. Plenty of dates are available for tuna fishing, inshore trolling, the sharking, and flounder fishing, and call if interested.