Report from Friday, 10/24:
Note: The offshore report might be winding down for the year, because weather is closing in. When trips could sail offshore, they caught. But wind during the weekend, and the nor’easter at mid-week, might’ve prevented all trips offshore this week.
Shark River Inlet
An overnight tuna trip was weathered that was supposed to fish Sunday to Monday with XTC Sportfishing from Belmar, Capt. Scott said. He wasn’t reached in a phone call for a report at mid-week, and any fishing aboard was surely cancelled in the storm then anyway.
Not many boats fished in relentless wind, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. But some of the party boats, larger vessels, fished for tuna offshore last week. Longfin tuna fishing was pretty darn good at Hudson Canyon for them, mostly at night on bait. But a few of the fish were jigged at night, and not much was heard about mid-shore fishing for pelagics, because few boats sailed.
Cape May Inlet
No trips fished in the wind, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters from Cape May. He’d like to sail for tuna still this season, and good water for tuna held at Poorman’s Canyon. Trips just need the weather to sail there. One charter was weathered out from swordfishing, and would still like to sail for swords, if weather breaks. Frank would like to shark fish still this season, too, before weather makes that impossible.