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Report from Friday, July 13.

| Shark River Inlet | Manasquan Inlet | Barnegat Inlet | Great Egg Harbor Inlet | Townsend's Inlet | Cape May Inlet | Last Week's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED EVERY FRIDAY
Shark River Inlet
Wind and a swell lingered Sunday after the strong northeast blow the previous day, but a trip Sunday on the Katie H from Belmar decided to try for tuna mid-range, Capt. Mike said. The boat might’ve been the only out there, and the trip pushed as far off as 60 miles. But nothing bit. The trip gave it heck, and put in a long effort. Bluefin tuna and some yellowfin tuna supposedly swam the area, reports said before the trip. But if Mike knew then what he knew afterward, he would’ve pushed all the way offshore, probably to Spencer or Carteret canyons. Tuna seemed to hold there. He prefers fishing all the way off anyway, because there’s more to do in addition to the tuna fishing, like fishing for mahi mahi. The swell was big during the trip, but the Katie H takes a head sea well, and wind was still stiff.

Manasquan Inlet
Strong northeast wind forced offshore fishing to be canceled last weekend with Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. But previously, the angling was good for tuna and tilefish. More and more marlin and mahi mahi showed up, too. Open-boat trips and charters are fishing. Mushin is sailing from Cape May on these trips, like it does every June and July, taking advantage of the angling in the southern canyons offshore.

Capt. John from the Tin Knocker from Point Pleasant hoped to fish for tuna this weekend, but the hurricane that was passing off the coast this week might make seas too rough, he said. Tuna fishing’s good.

Strong wind that blew up seas made getting offshore tough for tuna fishing, said Alex from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Then the storm passing offshore built up seas. Yellowfin tuna, a bunch of small, sometimes a bigger like 50 pounds if a trip was lucky, were heard about from Hudson Canyon. Bigeye tuna, not many, were run into on occasion there.

Barnegat Inlet
Tuna fishing was weathered out last weekend with Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River, Capt. Mike said. So he pulled the boat and did some painting, including painting the bottom. The vessel was going to be ready to fish later this week, and he hopes for the weather to resume the angling.

Fishing for tuna was scrubbed because of weather last weekend on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. Reserve spaces for open-boat trips for tuna offshore July 20 to 21 and inshore July 22.

News was quiet about offshore fishing for tuna or other big game because of seas and weather, said Mike from Grizz’s Bait & Tackle in Forked River. The store now carries all offshore baits.

An edited email from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the Hi Flier from Barnegat on Sunday: “Not sure if there is anything happening at Barnegat Ridge, but it’s time to go find out. I passed through there the other day on the way home from an offshore trip, and the water was 78 degrees, blue-ish green, and there were slicks and flying fish. We only had 30 minutes to try, because my group needed to be back at the dock. We didn’t catch anything, but it sure looked good. Now with a few days of NE we just had, it can only have gotten better. Bonito and albacore are always the target, but sometimes we find school bluefin tuna there, as well.” Open-boat trips and charters are sailing. For open trips, reservations are required, and all fish are shared.

Great Egg Harbor Inlet
No news rolled in about offshore fishing this week because of seas or weather, said Thomas from Fin-Atics in Ocean City.

Inshore trips recently did lots of trolling on the Stray Cat from Longport, catching tailor bluefish, bonito, little tunny and mahi mahi, Capt. Mike said. Spanish mackerel and king mackerel were yet to arrive, he noted.

Townsend's Inlet
Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service from Sea Isle City, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle, said recently the ocean was probably warm enough to hold mahi mahi close to shore. So he and his wife took at a shot at them Tuesday evening, and nailed two and missed two on the troll. Mahi are in, and fun trips aboard get after the gourmet fish this season close to the coast. The trips troll, cast jigs, swim live bait or fly-rod for them. That can depend on conditions. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Nobody reported fishing offshore for tuna since the last report, Mike from
Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City thought, he said, because of a swell.

Cape May Inlet
A trip Tuesday trolled 15 yellowfin tuna to 60 pounds and some mahi mahi at the canyons with Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing from Cape May, Capt. Tom said. A blue marlin was seen swimming into the spread in the morning. The water was 70 to 75 degrees, a blended blue and green and held whales and porpoises. Fishing for tuna and tilefish is good. If anglers want to fish for sharks at night at the canyons on the tuna trips, lots of makos are around.

The next fishing is supposed to run for tuna this weekend on the Heavy Hitter from Cape May, Capt. George said. He hopes to get the weather, and forecasts were questionable. Tuna are biting all the way offshore at the canyons, whether the Washington, Baltimore or Poormans, and you better choose the right place, he said. He knew about no tuna closer to shore, like at Massey’s Canyon or the Hot Dog. Trips aboard are also trolling for bluefish inshore. Other catches like Spanish mackerel could be mixed in. Those trips could also fish for sea bass and triggerfish. Telephone if interested in any of this angling. Strong northeast wind canceled fishing last weekend aboard. A tuna trip was scheduled for Saturday, and one of the inshore trolling trips was slated for Sunday.

Little news rolled in from offshore, probably because of weather or seas, said Joe from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. One angler reported mackerel schooling as far as could be seen while he fished an offshore canyon. The trip landed three small mako sharks on the livelined mackerel, and on the way home trolled a tuna.

Last Week's Report
Sandy Hook

A good spread of yellowfin tuna and a few bigeye tuna swam from Toms to Lindenkohl canyons, Capt. Joe Baumle from Sour Kraut Sportfishing from Leonardo heard recently, he said. Bluefin tuna held in the Chicken Canyon and Bacardi wreck areas. Trips aboard are sailing for tuna.

A couple of regular customers tackled two bluefin tuna on one trip and two on another a couple of days later, said Ron from Julian’s Bait & Tackle in Atlantic Highlands.

Manasquan Inlet

Tuna fishing was good, Capt. Alan from Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach wrote in an email. Mushin fishes for them from Cape May each June through July. A healthy spread of tuna ranged north and south of Cape May last weekend. A 30-hour “Canyon Safari” during the weekend aboard first tilefished. That angling limited out on bluelines to 22 pounds and boxed some goldens. In the evening, the charter trolled a good pick of yellowfin tuna to 70 pounds. At night, the trip drifted for sharks, releasing five makos 150 to 175 pounds. In the morning, Mushin got back up on the troll, and the charter caught as many tuna as they wanted. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing.

Ten yellowfin tuna 30 to 50 pounds and two mahi mahi, small but good-eating sized, were trolled at southern canyons Saturday on the Tin Knocker from Point Pleasant, all on spreader bars, Capt. John said. The water, 72 to 73 degrees, was loaded with life including porpoises everywhere, whales and birds working. The water wasn’t deep blue. “It was one of those blended blues,” he said, and was flat-calm.

Toms Canyon sounded like the place to be to troll yellowfin tuna, not large but some 30- and 40-pounders, a handful of bigeye tuna and a fair number of white marlin, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle yesterday. Bluefin tuna seemed to hold at Chicken Canyon but seemed tough to get to bite. Afternoons seemed the time to catch any, and the bluefins were trolled on ballyhoos and spreader bars, and were sometimes hooked on cast sliders. Eric on Sunday said fishing was good for yellowfins and bigeyes at Carteret Canyon on the troll. Closer to shore, he said on Sunday, a healthy spread of bluefins swam Little Italy, the Chicken Canyon and along the 30-fathom line past the Bacardi wreck, or that area. The bluefins weighed 30 to 40 pounds and up to 200 pounds, depending on the pod. Most were trolled, but some were popper-plugged.

Barnegat Inlet

Trolling for yellowfin tuna went pretty well at offshore canyons with Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River, Capt. Mike said. No tuna bit at night on the chunk yet. Nighttime fishing was dead. That was all Mike could report at the moment because a phone call came in that he had to answer.

A trip for tuna is supposed to run today on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light but might be weathered out, Capt. Ted said before the trip. Spaces are available for an open-boat trip for tuna offshore July 20 to 21 and another inshore on July 22.

Tuna fishing was good offshore, whether at Spencer or Carteret canyons or other canyons, said Mike from Grizz’s Bait & Tackle in Forked River. Yellowfin tuna 40 to 70 pounds were trolled. A customer said all the bluefin tuna an angler could want swam Chicken Canyon, closer to shore. The complete supply of offshore baits is stocked. Call ahead for big orders.

An email from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the Hi Flier from Barnegat on Sunday: “We are headed to the canyons to catch tuna. The bite is red hot and we have good intel on where to go. The boat is fueled, iced, and turn key ready to leave at 2AM tonight (last Sunday), or technically tomorrow (last Monday) morning. We have three guys signed up already and we take a maximum of four … all fish are shared. Return around 4 or 5 PM on Monday. We have everything. Just bring whatever you want to eat and drink for the time we are out (14 to 15 hours). Wednesday’s canyon trip is sold out but we will be announcing more as we see nice weather windows coming up. As a result, these will be announced on short notice. We are still sailing every day for inshore fishing which has been made up mostly of casting lures at 3 to 5 pound bluefish in the inlet. We will also be running trips to Barnegat Ridge for bonita, albacore and who knows what else if that blue water pushes in a little closer. Live grass shrimp is now available to us, so we will be mixing that in for bay and jetty fishing. It’s also time to start inshore sharking. Just three to four miles off the beach we chum for small sharks on light tackle. Most are 2 to 4 foot browns, spinners, and Atlantic sharpnose sharks.”

Great Egg Harbor Inlet

A couple of spaces are left for an open-boat tuna trip on Sunday, July 15, on the Stray Cat from Longport, Capt. Mike said. Stray Cat will probably sail on two more open trips for tuna this season.

Fishing for tuna and mahi mahi was fairly consistent at Baltimore and Wilmington canyons, said Nick from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. Been a good year for tuna fishing. Most of the tuna were trolled, but some were top-water plugged on a couple of occasions heard about.

Townsend’s Inlet

Tuna fishing sounded excellent offshore, mostly on the troll, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City. Lots of splash bars and tackle like that was trolled. Mostly yellowfin tuna were hooked. But sometimes bigeye tuna and bluefin tuna were taken on the trips. Mike heard about his year’s first swordfish that a recreational trip docked. Good trolling for bluefish, a few bonito and a couple of mahi mahi was reported from inshore to mid-shore. Triggerfish were angled at floating structure including buoys on those trips, too.

Cape May Inlet

Trips tuna fished Friday and Saturday on the Heavy Hitter from Cape May, Capt. George said. Near Cape May, tuna are all at the canyons, all the way offshore. Trips need to cover ground and run across them. Mahi mahi and white marlin began to show up on the grounds.

A trip fished offshore a few days ago aboard, Capt. Tom from Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing from Cape May said on Sunday. The water seemed to move a little overnight. A yellowfin tuna, a white marlin and a mahi mahi were reeled in. A tilefish trip Sunday aboard boxed 23 goldens to 25 pounds, 32 bluelines to 18 pounds and six blackbelly rosefish. Charters and open-boat trips are sailing for both fishing.

Fishing caught yellowfin tuna, mostly on the troll, at canyons like Lindenkohl and Carteret or farther south at Washington Canyon, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. A few bluefin tuna were spotted at inshore lumps and canyons like Massey’s. Some of those began to be chunked or jigged. A couple of trips reported trolling a few mahi mahi at 5-Fathom Bank. One of the trips spotted a cobia.