Bluefin tuna fishing limited out with an over and two unders, and released another bluefin, on Saturday with XTC Sportfishing, Capt. Scott said. A mahi mahi was also bagged, and all the fish were trolled 50 or 55 miles from shore. Farther offshore at Hudson Canyon, an overnight trip Wednesday to Thursday decked four yellowfin tuna, 15 or 20 mahi and a dozen tilefish. Two of the tuna and all the mahi were trolled, and two of the tuna were chunked overnight. Closer to the coast, anglers aboard Friday limited out on sea bass, landed a couple of keeper fluke, and released throwbacks. Another trip pumped in a couple of cod, a couple of pollock and a handful of sea bass and ling on Sunday. Trips today and Tuesday are supposed to fish for sea bass and fluke, and an overnight trip Tuesday to Wednesday is supposed to shark fish in the dark and then fish for bluefins during the day.
We’re still in fluke mode, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Fishing for them was good, and Tom Mibail from Newton, N.J., axed a 6-pound 8-ounce fluke and a 3-pounder on Shark River from one of the shop’s rental boats. Brian Kean from Yardley, Pa., rental-boated a 4-pound 8-ounce fluke from the river. Bob joined Tony Saunders and Jerry Taylor on one of the rentals on the river, “and we had several fish,” Bob said. Tony and Jerry landed most, and Tony’s included a 4-pounder that pounced on a Gulp on a jighead. Kingfish were reported slid from the surf, and clams and worms were best baits.
Catches of bluefish and bonito were excellent from the start on daytime trips Saturday through today on the party boat Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the boat said. All the fish anglers could want were jigged on Ava 27s, and a large body of blues schooled, east of Shark River Inlet. A thresher shark was even eased aboard Saturday. If you’re thinking about fishing, now’s the time, the email said. On nighttime trips Friday and Saturday, small blues, bunker, a few sharks and small mahi mahi were seen, but not much bit, except a handful of the blues and mahi. There was lots of life. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.
Excellent fishing for bluefish and some bonito Sunday on the party boat Golden Eagle, a report on the vessel’s Facebook page said. Customers could catch all the fish they wanted, and plenty of blues, very good fishing for them, 15 to 20 bonito and a few albies were fought aboard Saturday. Bluefishing was a lot slower on Friday aboard, and some were picked. The Golden Eagle is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
With Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, fishing for fluke was tough on the ocean Friday, but the fluke bagged were sizeable, including a 7-1/2-pounder, Capt. Pete said. The angling aboard Saturday picked up more keepers than on the previous day, including good-sized to 5 ½ pounds. Some especially healthy-sized sea bass were tied into that day, and the anglers pretty much limited out on them, he said. That’s only three sea bass per angler, but adds to the catch, and all the anglers left with a good bag of fish apiece. A bunch of snapper blues were also around on the fishing grounds, for anglers who wanted them. A big cownosed ray was hooked and fought 45 minutes. Fluking was cancelled aboard Sunday, because of forecasts for strong northeast wind. Northeast wind should keep warming the ocean, after south wind cooled the water close to shore, because of upwelling, previously. The cool water can slow fluking, and the ocean reached 68 degrees on Saturday. The trips fished deeper than before in 65 to 75 feet. Bluefin tuna seemed to start arriving in range, and Parker Pete’s will fish for them. Friends boated the tuna. Here’s an opportunity: Parker Pete’s this season is hosting “on the water seminars” on bucktailing for fluke. An email about that said: “Are you tired of reading reports of people catching big (fluke)? Do you usually ‘drag’ bait and hope for the big one? Are you being out-fished when you go out fluking? Are you ready to get hooked on bucktailing in a non-threatening way?” The trips are inexpensive, and a couple of spaces are available for one of the trips Tuesday, and room is available on another the following Tuesday, July 29. August dates will be announced, and email Pete for more info. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the emailed newsletter to be kept informed about last-minute, individual spaces available to fill in charters. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page.