Last week’s Report from Friday, 10/18:
That’s how many offshore trips were known about this past week, because of last week’s nor’easter and continued rough seas since.
That’s not unusual this time of year.
Canyon tuna fishing seemed to start amping up before the storm. That’s not unusual this time of year either.
The report will resume this coming Friday, if boats can sail, or could be finished for the year, if weather closes in. Time will tell.
The previous week’s report from Friday, 10/11:
Shark River Inlet
Five minutes after they started to fish, anglers began to smash tuna on an overnight trip Sunday to Monday on the party boat Golden Eagle from Belmar, a report on the vessel’s Web site said. Sometimes five and six of the fish, a mix of yellowfins and longfins, were hooked at a time, and the trip ended up with more than 40 bagged. The anglers landed as many as four apiece, and some hooked five or six apiece and lost them all. A 100-pound yellowfin was the largest caught. Two big swordfish and a 150-pound mako shark were boated. The boat’s new engines and other improvements for speed, installed last winter, enabled the 100-mile run in 6 hours. Space remains for another one of the trips Monday to Tuesday, and book now “if you want a shot at the tunas,” the report said. See the tuna reservation page online.
On some boats, fishing was very good at Hudson Canyon for large yellowfin tuna last week on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Alan, the boat owner from Mushin Sportfishing, from Point Pleasant Beach, wrote in an e-mail. Mushin headed there for an overnight trip Friday to Saturday, arriving among a good-sized fleet in the middle of the night. But the fishing was slow on most of the vessels. Mushin got up on the troll in the morning, boating a 215-pound bigeye tuna, a 95-pound yellowfin tuna, a longfin tuna and a 70-pound wahoo, sort of a “slam.” Reports were heard about the nighttime fishing turning on again Saturday night. So it looks like the canyons are holding some good water and fish, Alan said. Canyon charters are being booked. Mushin means a relaxed state of readiness.
A mixed-bag offshore trip fished at a canyon overnight with Andrea’s Toy Charters from Point Pleasant Beach, a report said Sunday on Andrea’s Toy’s Web site. The angling started with “a light-tackle mahi session,” it said. Mahi mahi to 12 pounds were boxed. Then the trip arrived where tuna fishing had been super the previous nights. The anglers trolled a few minutes, and four tuna bit. Two of them – longfins to 30 pounds – were landed. The boat was set up for chunking through the night, and no action was seen until midnight. Then a few fish were missed, and a big catch was fought, until the 60-pound leader was chaffed and broke. The fish, probably a large swordfish, was lost. A few big blue sharks were caught and released afterward. Then tuna began to bite, and the anglers went 1 for 4 on them, and also released a small sword. The hot tuna fishing the previous nights was slow this night. In the morning, the anglers went on the troll, but soon called it a day, “with a semi box full,” the report said. These mixed-bag trips, both open-boat and charters, sail with Andrea’s Toy this time of year. Catches can include tuna, mahi, swordfish, sharks, tilefish and more, all in one outing. Andrea’s Toy specializes in mixed-bag fishing for greater fun, better chances of hooking up, and more variety for dinner.
Tuna fishing was phenomenal at night during the weekend, said Capt. Ken from the Big Kid from Brielle. “Ridiculous,” he said.
Nighttime tuna fishing really turned on at Hudson Canyon during a moment last week, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. It seemed to slow toward the end of last week, but become somewhat better again Saturday night. Tuna, fairly good catches, were trolled during daytime last week at Toms and Carteret canyons. Some big longfin tuna were trolled, and a 70-pounder was weighed in. A healthy population of wahoos bit on the troll.
A tuna trip was set for this coming weekend on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, and a couple of boats from the docks returned Sunday with good or alright catches, Capt. Ted said. Tuna fishing seemed to pick up a little. Space remains for an open-boat tilefish trip offshore on October 19. The 56-foot boat can accommodate up to 25 anglers on inshore trips and 10 on overnight, offshore trips. The vessel sleeps 10 passengers.
Great Egg Harbor Inlet
Before this week’s storms weathered out boating, the only news from offshore was that one customer ran a trip for tuna all the way to Washington Canyon, said John from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. He was skunked, and that was a long sail. According to forecasts now, weather looked like boating wouldn’t be possible for several days.
Cape May Inlet
Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter from Cape May offered anglers to fish last weekend who were slated to tuna fish aboard this coming weekend, he said. Last weekend’s weather was beautiful for fishing, and yellowfin tuna catches turned on at Baltimore Canyon last week. But the anglers didn’t take him up on the offer, planning to still fish this weekend. At the Baltimore, the yellowfins, good catches, were chunked Thursday night last week. George knew anglers who returned Friday night but caught none. Previously, good numbers of yellowfins were trolled along the 30-fathom line. When large numbers of tuna didn’t turn up like that, or like at the Baltimore, a few yellowfins were around that could be trolled. So were a few mahi mahi. Farther south, yellowfins were still caught like before at Washington Canyon, out of range for most charter boats, except those with large fuel capacities, like party-boat-sized vessels. Lots of false albacore were around, especially at the East Lump that was loaded with them.