Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach shark fished during the weekend, sifting through a bunch of blue sharks before nailing a mako, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. The 293-pound shark bit a bluefish fillet in the 65-degree water.
A mako shark heavier than 400 pounds and a couple heavier than 300 were entered in a tournament last weekend, said Vinny from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Tuna were caught at southern canyons. Washington Canyon fished well for them.
Sharks were heard about from Barnegat Ridge, said Capt. Ted from the Super Chic from Barnegat Light. A trip there that trolled for bluefish hooked and lost a mako shark and landed a thresher shark. Tuna trips ran far south to catch, he thought.
Thresher sharks held at a stretch 8 to 11 miles from shore, said Grizz from Grizz’s Forked River Bait & Tackle. That was confirmed, and seven were known to be fought there, and a warm band of water seemed to attract the fish. Blue sharks roamed the ocean, and a kid reported catching a mako. The flats of baitfish and different chums for sharking were stocked.
Beach Haven Inlet
The June Bug had been going to be returned to Beach Haven, home port, in early June, from its winter home at Oregon Inlet, Capt. Lindsay said. But a mechanical issue popped up, so that was delayed, and the boat was going to be returned this week, he said earlier in the week in a phone call, when he gave this report. A trip is scheduled to fish Saturday from Beach Haven inshore. The only offshore catches heard about were tuna and mako sharks at Washington Canyon, far south. The boat each year is returned to Beach Haven in June to fish from New Jersey until autumn.
Friends shared a photo of a 365-pound thresher shark they docked that was posted on the Facebook page from Riptide Bait & Tackle from Brigantine, Capt. Andy from the shop said.
Great Egg Harbor Inlet
The inshore ocean didn’t seem consistently warm enough to hold sharks like makos much, said Justin form Fin-Atics in Ocean City. Wind hampered much fishing this week. A trip headed for sharks Wednesday on the ocean that reported no results, and that seemed to mean slow sharking aboard. Nothing was heard about tuna, but the season was early for tuna.
Nobody really shark fished in past days, and those who did got roughed up by seas, and failed to catch much, said Mike Rogers from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City. Wind affected fishing often in the past week, and a couple of days were better.
Cape May Inlet
The Heavy Hitter from Cape May is slated to shark fish Saturday, Capt. George said. He received a text from a boater from the docks saying the boater’s trip went 4 for 8 on yellowfin tuna Wednesday. George thought that was at Baltimore Canyon, but waited to know details from the angler, he said that evening, when he gave this report in a phone call. Another boat from the docks also sailed for tuna that day, and results were yet to be heard. Heavy Hitter competed in the South Jersey Shark Tournament from Cape May last Friday and Saturday. Just blue sharks were fought aboard, and plenty of blue sharks swam the water. Friday’s trip fished near the Elephant Trunk, and the water was 61 degrees, pretty chilly, on arrival at the fishing grounds, reaching 65 later in the day. Saturday’s trip fished a different place, looking for a thresher shark “or something big,” George said, and the water was 65 degrees the whole time on the fishing grounds. Wind blew strongly both days, from northwest Friday and from south Saturday. The blue sharks on the trips weighed 100 to 150 pounds. About a 350-pound mako shark won, George thought, and he thought no threshers were weighed. The tournament’s website showed that a 360-pound mako won. No threshers were listed as weighed or released, though two sharks were released that were listed as “other.” A few dusky, brown and tiger sharks were listed as released. A 235-pound blue shark was the biggest blue weighed, and the anglers won a substantial amount of money for the blue.
The ocean was rough for boaters to shark fish, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. Some 200- to 300-pound makos were angled in the weekend’s South Jersey Shark Tournament from Cape May, and sharks were fought last week. A report just came in about tuna caught at Lindenkohl Canyon. Farther south, tuna fishing had been good at Washington Canyon, the last time reports rolled in.