Shark River Inlet
Five yellowfin tuna and a 50-pound wahoo were trolled Wednesday offshore of the Texas Tower with XTC Sportfishing from Belmar, Capt. Scott said. Seas had calmed, after strong northeast wind at the end of last week had built an ocean swell, throughout the first days of this week. A trip was supposed to head back out for the fishing there yesterday. A trip will fish the offshore canyons overnight Friday to Saturday.
Bonito, false albacore and mahi mahi were mixed in recently on some trips for bluefish on the Golden Eagle from Belmar, a report said on the party boat’s website said. This was after the wind and rough seas in the past week. The trips mostly hooked small blues and mackerel. Tuna trips will begin on September 20, and see the tuna schedule and reservation form on the vessel’s website.
“We are starting to see an occasional exotic,” as the water clears, on bluefish trips on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email said Thursday from the party boat. A mahi mahi won the day’s pool, and trips aboard mostly clubbed small blues and mackerel, at lumps and hills off Shark River Inlet.
The only bluefin tuna heard about were boated offshore of the Texas Tower, said Dave from The Reel Seat in Brielle on Sunday in a phone call. A mix of bluefins, small yellowfin tuna and a few longfin tuna bit there. Canyon tuna fishing was sort of slow. Most customers headed to Hudson Canyon for the fishing, trolling bigeye tuna, if lucky. One customer’s trip nailed seven bigeyes and a 450-pound blue marlin. But other customers caught nothing while canyon fishing. Maybe last weekend’s blow shook up the water and would help the angling, he said then.
Beach Haven Inlet
The June Bug from Beach Haven is supposed to sail for tuna Monday, Capt. Lindsay said. Bigeye tuna were caught at Wilmington Canyon, Lindenkohl Canyon and spots like that. Not many yellowfin tuna swam the waters. Bigeyes were trolled from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. most recently, and the best hours varied previously, but all were at night, on the troll. Bigeye fishing might run into one pack of the fish a night. Smaller tuna like 35-pound yellowfins bit offshore of the Texas Tower. Little Egg Inlet began to shoal up, Lindsay saw this week aboard, after the water began to offer more clearance for boats this season than previously. All of this happened naturally, and red tape or lack of funds prevented the government from dredging the inlet. Shoals have been a problem at the inlet since Hurricane Sandy in 2011.
Little Egg Inlet
Customers bought supplies in past days to fish offshore at Hudson, Lindenkohl and Wilmington canyons, not going on any reports, because none was available after rough seas and weather, said Brian from Scott’s Bait & Tackle in Mystic Island. They were going because of good weather forecast now.
Great Egg Harbor Inlet
No offshore reports rolled in during the week, but offshore baits were in strong demand, because of next week’s MidAtlantic $500,000, said John from 24-7 Bait & Tackle in Egg Harbor Township. The MidAtlantic is the offshore tournament from Cape May, and the shop carries all offshore baits. The company also own 24-7 Bait & Tackle in Marmora.
Weather and seas flattened out, said Nick from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. News about offshore was quiet, because of recent weather. But the usual offshore customers began gearing up for the fishing at mid-week, because of better weather now. Fishing seemed to be amping up all around, in improved weather.
Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service from Sea Isle City, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle, heard nothing about offshore fishing, he said. Many offshore anglers will keep quiet a moment, because the MidAtlantic $500,000 offshore tournament is set for Monday to Friday from Cape May. Joe will join a trip on another boat Saturday that will pre-fish the tournament. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.
Cape May Inlet
No trips fished in the weather in past days on the Heavy Hitter from Cape May, Capt. George. Weather became calm starting Wednesday, and fishing aboard was slated to resume today. Bigeye tuna were the tuna that mostly bit lately. No yellowfin tuna were around to speak of. That could change anytime.
Offshore reports failed to roll in, because of weather, said Joe from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape. But that should change now, and the shop’s owner was fishing for tuna Thursday, when Joe gave this report in a phone call.