Shark River Inlet
The Golden Eagle from Belmar was supposed to fish for tuna Wednesday to Thursday, a report said on the party boat’s website, and results were yet to roll in at press time. One of the trips was weathered out Sunday to Monday, and see info about the boat’s tuna trips on the vessel’s website.
Stormy weather and rough seas had kept tuna trips from sailing on the Gambler from Point Pleasant Beach, the party boat’s Facebook page said. But one of the trips fished Friday to Saturday at Hudson Canyon’s east wall. Good life was found in the 72-degree water. A 150-pound mako shark was decked at night. Squid swam the water in the dark, and were caught for bait. No tuna showed up until some bit from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Only one, a 60-pound yellowfin, was landed. Once no more bit, the anchor was picked up, and the boat took off for mahi mahi fishing. Those fish gave up terrific action. Don’t forget, the page said: when you’re in mahi water, you’re also in tuna and wahoo water. If you’d like, pump an 8-ounce jig deep, or “weigh up” with a whole sardine and fish. A 48-hour tuna trip was slated to depart at 12 noon Wednesday aboard. “Hopefully the canyons will be good to customers and crew,” the page said. See the schedule of tuna trips and reservation info on the boat’s website.
Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach was headed to good fishing for longfin tuna at Hudson Canyon at 4 p.m. Wednesday when Capt. Alan, on land, spoke on the satellite phone with Capt. Chad at the helm, Alan wrote in an email that evening. One boat had already decked a dozen of the longfins, and Mushin was about to begin trolling for them at a water-temperature break from 70 degrees to 73. Mushin on the trip had already spin-rodded a bunch of mahi mahi at lobster-pot buoys. An overnight trip to the offshore canyons was canceled Saturday to Sunday aboard because of wind. But fair catches of yellowfin tuna and longfins were made just before then at a canyon. Mushin fished inshore for bluefish Saturday, because the offshore trip was canceled. Slammers to 20 pounds were smashed. A good body of water, plenty warm to hold tuna, looked to be pushing into the canyons.
Hudson Canyon seemed to turn out a small handful of longfin tuna and yellowfin tuna, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Lots of good water was moving into the area, so anglers hoped the fishing would become better and better. The Hudson’s boaters banged away at mahi mahi.
Six yellowfin tuna 60 to 80 pounds, a 70-pound swordfish and a bunch of mahi mahi to 20 pounds were boated on a trip Friday to Saturday on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. Not a bad catch, considering rough weather recently, he said. The fish were caught south of Wilmington Canyon, 92 miles from port. The tuna and swordfish were hooked at night, and the mahi were landed during daytime, while the trip “pot hopped,” fishing at lobster-pot buoys. Tuna might’ve been beginning to show up at Hudson Canyon, closer to port. A handful were bagged there, and anglers would see whether the number grew. Weather wasn’t bad on the trip. “I wouldn’t call it rough,” he said, and weather was calm on the sail back to port Saturday.
Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River had just gotten within phone range at 4 p.m. yesterday when Capt. Mike gave this report aboard in a call on the way back from an overnight trip to Wilmington Canyon, he said. The trip caught alright, not like the fishing should be, but a bigeye tuna, a mako shark, some mahi mahi and a couple of tilefish were bagged. The bigeye, not huge, was chunked at night. So was the mako, a 72-incher, fairly sizable. One of the mahi weighed 25 pounds.
The year’s first tuna trip sailed Friday to Saturday on the Miss Barnegat Light, a report said on the party boat’s website. But the fishing, at Baltimore Canyon, was tough. Bait schooled the 76-degree water, and things looked “really good,” the boat’s Facebook page said. Then hundreds of dolphins showed up. The boat was moved, and dolphins showed up again. A few sharks bit at night, and mahi mahi were picked in the morning. The boat is fishing on tuna trips exclusively throughout the month.
Great Egg Harbor Inlet
No customers reported boating the ocean in rough weather, said John from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. So nothing was heard about offshore fishing, except one angler tried fishing for mako sharks but caught none.