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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, September 18.

| Keyport | Leonardo | Atlantic Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Seaside Heights | Barnegat Light | Longport | Sea Isle City | Avalon | Cape May | Last Thursday's Report |
Tuna fishing went well at Hudson Canyon in past days for yellowfins to 75 or 80 pounds and longfins to 50 pounds, said Eric from The Reel Seat. Ninety-nine percent of the fish, good numbers, were trolled during daytime. Chunking at night was very slow. A handful of mahi mahi, not a ton, were landed, and tilefishing was good along the West Wall. Fishing for bonito and false albacore was fantastic from the Mudhole to Sea Girt Reef. Little Italy gave them up consistently. The fish were trolled on Clark spoons and feathers or were hooked on bait while trips chummed at lumps. Porgy fishing was super from about Shark River Reef to Shrewsbury Rocks, inshore and offshore. The angling was so good that boats could be drifted to catch, didn’t need to be anchored. Eric jigged porgies on the drift. Blackfish bit well, and anglers could ice a limit of one during a porgy trip. A couple of scattered reports said striped bass began to be trolled at Shrewsbury Rocks on bunker spoons. Surf-fishing picked bluefish here and there and sometimes stripers. False albacore shot into the surf near Manasquan Inlet an hour or two almost every day. Albies also raced into the surf and were picked from Monmouth Beach to Sandy Hook. A few weakfish were heard about from Manasquan River along Route 35 Bridge. Blues and schoolie stripers also hit in the river. Rubber shads hooked them all, but eels clocked somewhat bigger stripers in the river.