Shark River Inlet
More than 20 tuna, half yellowfins to 60 pounds, half longfins to 35 pounds, were whipped on an overnight trip Saturday to Sunday on the party boat Golden Eagle from Belmar, a report on the vessel’s website said. Twenty mahi mahi to 15 pounds were decked, and more than 40 tuna were also lost, because of somewhat tough fishing conditions: The lines ran to the bow. Still, there was constant action from the time the boat was anchored, and five tuna were hooked at once a couple of times. See the Golden Eagle’s tuna schedule online.
Grumpy’s Tackle chartered an overnight tuna trip Monday to Tuesday on the party boat Gambler, fishing on the west wall of Hudson Canyon, Capt. Bob said. Seas were somewhat rough, but the fishing was good. Yellowfin tuna 50 to 80 pounds and longfin tuna 40 to 50 pounds were fought aboard, during night and in the morning, on both bait and jigs. A 150-pound blue marlin was landed and released at night on bait. The trip did no trolling, and during the night, the fishing for tuna was like a pick, one hooked now, another later. At sunrise, a flurry erupted, and sometimes four were hooked at once. All anglers bagged at least one tuna, Bob thought, and one angler bagged four: a yellowfin and three longfins. The trip fished at one place the whole time, because plenty of tuna swam, and seas were kind of rough. Open-boat trips are fishing for tuna throughout the month. Three of the trips were weathered out this season. A tuna trip was fishing aboard Thursday, when Bob gave this report in a phone call. This weekend’ trips look like they’ll get the weather to fish aboard. Most weekends are booked, but more spaces are available on weekdays. See the Gambler’s tuna schedule online.
Not a lot of smaller boats fished in winds and weather, but party boats fished for tuna to the north, like in the Fish Tails area, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle on Sunday. That’s at Block Canyon, and the trips chunked a mix of yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna, kind of good catches, at night. Jigs definitely caught well at night, too. When smaller boats could reach the area, the trips scored similar catches. Weeds made trolling for tuna difficult offshore, but when trips on the smaller boats could find spots to troll without weeds, they reeled in longfins. Not much was heard about mid-shore fishing. A bluefin tuna was boated here and there on the mid-shore grounds. Mahi mahi pushed a little farther offshore than before, like to the Glory Hole and Chicken Canyon areas.
Great Egg Harbor Inlet
Fishing sailed Wednesday on the Stray Cat from Longport, Capt. Mike said. Weather was actually nice, he said, and wind calmed by 10 a.m. So the trip steamed a little way from shore, trolling false albacore and bluefish. Lots of bunker schooled 15 to 20 miles off on the trip. The ocean was 68.9 degrees and extremely clean, especially considering how rough the weather’s been. Seas became snotty on the way home.
Cape May Inlet
None of the charter boats seemed to leave the harbor in the weather this week, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters from Cape May. Melanie Anne will try to fish for tuna on one more trip this season, probably far south, at Washington Canyon. The anglers for that trip wanted to fish this week, but were weathered out. A shark trip is supposed to fish two weekends from now. Frank saw signs of sharks on the mid-shore grounds while returning from tuna fishing recently, and is offering sharking. The shark trip’s anglers didn’t want to fish this weekend, because of weather forecasts.