Shark River Inlet
Weather finally calmed, and XTC Sportfishing from Belmar fished at Hudson Canyon overnight Sunday to Monday, Capt. Jody said. At night, three yellowfin tuna and probably eight longfin tuna were boated, a few on bait, a few on jigs. Three swordfish – two pups and one 90-pounder – and probably 20 mahi mahi were also caught at night. Weather was rough on the way out on Sunday, but calmed at night, and was calm on the trip home on Monday. A trip also fished the Hudson overnight Thursday to Friday aboard, bagging three yellowfin tuna and a couple of tilefish at night. In the morning, probably 12 to 14 longfin tuna were trolled. The water’s been weedy for trolling, but the weeds were bearable, though the trip had to work to troll. Both trips fished on the east side of the canyon. On the trip Sunday to Monday, when Jody was at the helm, some boats fished on the west side, but moved to the east, because all the bait and fish swam there. Capt. Scott skippered the other trip. Otherwise, trips were weathered out with XTC. Another charter is supposed to fish offshore this Sunday to Monday, but forecasts look like the fishing will be weathered out.
Hudson Canyon’s east wall gave up a fair number of longfin tuna at night on the chunk and on jigs, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Butterfish caught best for bait. Boaters willing to deal with weeds trolled the longfins during daytime on typical tackle like ballyhoos on Joe Shute skirts or spreader bars. Closer to shore, fishing for mahi mahi was great at the Glory Hole and Chicken Canyon. Practically every lobster-pot buoy held the fish, and trolling caught best, on usual tackle like ballys on Joe Shutes, jet heads or spreaders.
In weather that finally broke, an overnight trip fished offshore Sunday to Monday on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, the boat’s Facebook page said. Fifteen longfin tuna, a yellowfin tuna and five mahi mahi were decked. The trip got set up to fish at 9 p.m., and a steady bite began an hour later. The longfins averaged 40 pounds, and two weighed 50 to 55. The yellowfin was 60 pounds. Another trip is supposed to fish for tuna tonight to Saturday. Forecasts look like that might be weathered out.
Great Egg Harbor Inlet
On the Stray Cat from Longport, Capt. Mike tried trolling this past week, but no fish like false albacore bit, he said. Seas were rough during the effort. A trip trolled albies and blues last week aboard.
At Fin-Atics in Ocean City, Justin knew about nobody who sailed as far from the coast as offshore for tuna, except one trip that broke down 80 miles from port, he said. Even inshore trips were scarce in rough seas, and wind is supposed to continue blowing this weekend. Anglers are expected to fish inshore for sea bass once sea bass season is opened starting Saturday, if weather allows. “Big if,” he said.
Cape May Inlet
A friend’s trip trolled two bigeye tuna at Wilmington Canyon, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters from Cape May. Melanie Anne was going to try to fish for tuna on one more trip this season. A shark trip was scheduled for this weekend aboard. Frank saw signs of sharks on the mid-shore grounds while returning from tuna fishing recently.
The ocean was too rough to hear much about fishing there, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. But bigeye tuna and wahoos were heard about from Wilmington Canyon.