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Offshore Report

Report from Friday, November 10.

| Manasquan Inlet | Townsend's Inlet | Last Week's Report |

Manasquan Inlet
Tuna fishing was slow at offshore canyons, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Longfin tuna were picked on the chunk, but the angling wasn’t good. A couple of party boats still fished the canyons. Swordfish were hooked at the canyons. Closer to shore, bluefin tuna still bit along the east side of the Chicken Canyon and at the Triple Wrecks, “as far as I’m aware,” Eric said. Few trips boated for them recently in windy weather. But previously, 25- to 40-pounders were jigged at scallop boats there.

The Gambler from Point Pleasant Beach will have one more go at tuna fishing on an overnight trip 10 p.m. Tuesday, and spots are available, a report said on the vessel’s website. The last trip fished the best of the year, bagging more than 30 tuna, covered in the previous report here. Telephone the boat to sign up.

Townsend's Inlet
Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle from Sea Isle City and his son fished for false albacore for only 45 minutes last week on Thursday, he said. They landed seven and pulled the hook on two. The fishing, on cast Albie Snax, was very good. Joe fished for albies with his friend and fellow charter Capt. Chris Goldmark last Friday only a short time, and they landed one before dark. Albies stop biting in the dark, and Joe and Chris ran out of daylight. Charters with Joe on Saturday and Sunday would’ve fished for albies, but wind roughed up the ocean too much. But albies should still race around the ocean, he thinks.

Last Week's Report
Report from Friday, November 3:

Offshore fishing is winding down for the season. The year’s final Offshore Report will probably be posted next week.

Manasquan Inlet

Better late than never, a report said on the party boat Gambler from Point Pleasant Beach’s website. More than 30 tuna were bagged on the most recent trip for them aboard. That was apparently a trip Saturday to Sunday. The tuna were good-sized yellowfins and a few longfins, and a handful of anglers limited out on three yellowfins apiece. The tuna gave up a steady pick from 4:30 to 9:30 a.m. Room remains for the year’s final two trips for tuna Nov. 7-8 and 14-15, and reserve to jump aboard. The boat was supposed to begin daily striped bass trips Wednesday. Of course, no striper trips will sail when a tuna trip is fishing.

Not much was heard about tuna catches from the offshore canyons, said Alex from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Mako sharks were landed from the Monster Ledge to Hudson Canyon. Bluefin tuna fishing was pretty good at scallop boats like at the Bacardi wreck and the Triple Wrecks on scallop guts or jigs. One customer’s trip went 8 for 10 on bluefins. False albacore could be found last week close to shore from off Manasquan Inlet to Sandy Hook. Boaters could cruise and look for the fish or birds, and cast metal to the albies.

Barnegat Inlet

Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River wrapped up tuna fishing for the year, Capt. Mike said. Fishing for tuna was great for bluefins on a trip Friday aboard. Striped bass trips will begin Monday on the boat, sailing a very limited time this month, so grab dates now if you want stripers. About half the dates are full, and Mike’s going to end fishing early for the year.

Tuna fishing was concluded for the year on the Miss Barnegat Light on a trip during the weekend, a report said on the party boat’s website. This was one of the toughest tuna seasons the crew has seen. One yellowfin tuna, one longfin tuna and a good number of mahi mahi were bagged on the trip. Trips for striped bass were going to kick off today, sailing every Friday through Sunday.

Townsend’s Inlet

Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City did no fishing for false albacore on the ocean this week, because of weather, he said. But surely albies were around somewhere, and trips aboard will sail for them.