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Offshore Report

Report from Friday, September 30.

| Manasquan Inlet | Barnegat Inlet | Great Egg Harbor Inlet | Townsend's Inlet | Cape May Inlet | Last Week's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED EVERY FRIDAY
Manasquan Inlet
Not much bit at the local offshore canyons, except mahi mahi, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. The mahi fishing could be great. But water that could hold tuna was pushing in from northeast early in the week, so hopefully the fish would show up. Closer to shore, mahi swam from the Chicken Canyon and the Glory Hole to all the way inshore along the Mudhole. Fishing for them could be super, if trips fished the areas farther from shore there. False albacore fishing was fantastic at the Mudhole, mostly on the troll. From Shark River Reef to the Oil Wreck was a hottest spot for albies. Boaters there could run and gun, catching albies fairly well on cast Deadly Dicks and Hobie epoxy jigs, two popular lures for that.

Barnegat Inlet
Tuna fishing was postponed with Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River, until more tuna show up, Capt. Mike said. So trips sailed for a combo of inshore trolling, wreck-fishing and shark fishing, and that was actually good. All the false albacore and blues anglers could want were hooked during the trolling. The bottom-fishing pumped in a bunch of cod and decent catches of fluke, before fluke season was closed Monday. Out-of-season sea bass were also released during that angling. Brown sharks and hammerhead sharks were caught during the sharking.

The year’s first tuna trip was weathered out that was supposed to sail today to tomorrow on the Miss Barnegat Light, a report said on the party boat’s website. One of the trips was added for 3 p.m. Sunday, October 9, to 1 p.m. the next day. The boat will fish exclusively on tuna trips throughout October.

Great Egg Harbor Inlet
Yellowfin tuna fishing was lit up along the 500-fathom line, said Capt. Mike from the Stray Cat from Longport. If anglers want tuna, trips will zip out during weather windows. The boat’s somewhat faster since getting new engines this spring.

A tuna and a mahi mahi were weighed-in Monday from Wilmington Canyon, said Bill from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. A few tuna, at least, seemed to swim there. That was all the news in rough weather this week.

Townsend's Inlet
No news rolled in about boating on the ocean in the week’s weather, including none about tuna or offshore fishing, said employee Mike, not owner Mike, from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City.

Cape May Inlet
Good catches of yellowfin tuna were reported from Wilmington Canyon, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter from Cape May. Most of the reports were second-hand, including some that talked about the catches during the weekend. Wind and seas were rough, but the trips reportedly made it to the grounds then, and caught. A reliable source afterward texted George, reporting boating seven of the tuna Tuesday. All the tuna reported were trolled, and tuna fishing had been slow previously. Nobody would reach the canyons the rest of the week through today, because of weather. But George hopes the fish are there when the weather clears. Trips on the Heavy Hitter will be available for them, if so.

Last Week's Report
Sandy Hook

A 241-1/2-pound thresher shark was weighed from the Mudhole on Tuesday at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, Marion wrote in an email. Another angler, Steven Chiulli, weighed a 223-pounder from the Mudhole on Wednesday at the shop. Rich Shehrer that day boated lots of blues and false albacore off Sandy Hook Point. Twin Lights, located on Shrewsbury River near Raritan Bay and the ocean, with no bridges before them, includes a marina with boat slips, dry storage, a fuel dock, and a combined bait and tackle shop and ship’s store. The fuel dock is available 24 hours a day with a credit card. Baits stocked include all for offshore.

Thresher sharks and sometimes makos were caught, said Chris from Fisherman’s Den North in Atlantic Highlands. Fishing for mahi mahi at lobster-pot buoys seemed good, and offshore baits are stocked.

Shark River Inlet

Tuna fishing was slow on a trip Wednesday to Thursday on the Golden Eagle from Belmar, but mahi mahi fishing was great on the trip, a report said on the party boat’s website. The mahi were decked during daytime Wednesday, into the night, and during the next day. A swordfish and no tuna were landed at night. Tuna trips are fishing on certain days through October 24. Trips will run for bluefish and false albacore 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Good albie fishing was axed and 15- to 18-pound blues were picked Tuesday aboard. “People had 6 to 8 albies,” the report said. Fishing was weathered out Monday aboard.

Manasquan Inlet

The season’s first tuna trip sailed Monday to Tuesday nights on the Gambler from Point Pleasant Beach, an email from the party boat said. Nothing bit during the night, though drifting conditions were great, and a 3-degree temperature break was fished. After daybreak, the trip “pot-hopped” for mahi mahi. That angling went well, loading up on mahi to 20 pounds. At 11 a.m., a few tuna were seen breaking water. The boat was put on the drift there, but fishing couldn’t get the tuna to bite. The crew was grateful for the mahi, but looks forward to tuna fishing turning on. A peel of Gulf Stream water currently seemed headed to the fishing grounds, but was still out of range. “Hopefully soon,” the email said. Dates remain for tuna trips, but book spots, because they fill. Before the tuna trip, an “exotics” trip fished inshore Monday, tying into false albacore and lots of mackerel. The trip also fished pots for mahi 30 miles out, but those held none.

Mahi mahi, a terrific catch, and a 100-pound swordfish were nailed on a trip to the canyons Saturday to Sunday aboard, during a weather window, Capt. Alan from Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach wrote in an email. Tuna fishing was slow, and the crew is waiting for a better body of tuna-holding water to slide in from offshore. Mahi during the trip were skittish because of fishing pressure. But the anglers landed all they wanted, “which was a lot,” Alan said. The mahi included good-sized to 20 pounds and lots of 5- to 8-pounders. On the chunk at night, the sword was bagged, and another got off. In the morning, the anglers did more mahi catching. Open-boat trips to the canyons were just announced that might be the year’s final open trips for the fishing. The dates are October 3 to 4, 5 to 6 and 8 to 9. Everything is included except food and drinks. “Please don’t wait until the bite gets hot and your friends are dropping tuna steaks off at your house to book your trip!” he said. Tuna fishing was slow last week but is expected to take off. Telephone to book.

Tuna fishing seemed slow, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. A stray tuna was caught sometimes, and a few mahi mahi swam those waters. A fair number of wahoos held at Hudson Canyon. White marlin catches seemed to shift south, like to Wilmington Canyon. Fishing for them could be good to the south. In the midshore ocean including the Mudhole, most lobster-pot buoys held mahi that could be trolled on feathers and small jets. Quite a few albies schooled the Mudhole, and Eric fished for them Sunday, catching practically all he could want, including double-headers, and mahi mixed in. Albies also swam closer to shore, all the way to the surf, where they popped up here and there.

Barnegat Inlet

Tuna trips were postponed with Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River, because tuna fishing was slow, Capt. Mike said. The fish should show up any time, and the boat usually focuses on that angling this time of year. But inshore trolling was good for bonito, false albacore and mahi mahi. One of those trips sailed the other day aboard.

The season’s first tuna trip was supposed to overnight this weekend on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. But the angling was canceled, because of slow reports.

Tuna trips will sail September 29 to October 30 on the party boat
Miss Barnegat Light.

Beach Haven Inlet

Three blue marlin and two white marlin were released on a trip Saturday on the June Bug from Beach Haven, Capt. Lindsay said. Was a great trip, and began fishing at Carteret Canyon a half-hour before sunrise. The trip didn’t troll a quarter of a mile before the first blue screamed off with a line. The fish was landed and released, and another blue was soon landed and let go. Then a white marlin was hooked, fought to boatside and released. Some of these marlin jumped in wild displays, and some of the anglers had never seen marlin before. All of this happened in 2 square miles. Nothing else bit, so the trip sailed north to Toms Canyon, and trolled for tuna at heavy concentrations of bait marked, but nothing bit except a 10-pound mahi mahi that was bagged at a lobster pot buoy. The trip worked back to where the marlin were found that morning, then three blues got off. Then another blue, then another white, were landed and let go. The number of marlin was fantastic. The water was 70.5 degrees to 71.9, coolest when the trip began fishing before sunrise at the Carteret, warmest at the Toms. Before the trip, commercial boats caught bigeye tuna at the Toms in 100 fathoms. On Saturday evening, many boats fished Wilmington Canyon’s mouth, because satellite water-temperature services had predicted a warm-water eddy there. The water was reportedly a parking lot, but few fish were caught that evening.

Great Egg Harbor Inlet

Little was heard about offshore fishing during the week, because of wind and rough seas, said Bill from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. White marlin and a few wahoos were angled during the weekend.

A trip Sunday landed a few mahi mahi and false albacore on the Stray Cat from Longport, Capt. Mike said. Trips afterward fished for summer flounder closer to shore during this final week of flounder season.

Townsend’s Inlet

No news about offshore fishing rolled in because of rough seas, said employee Mike, not owner Mike, from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City.

Cape May Inlet

Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter from Cape May waited to hear results about tuna fishing on a couple of boats that sailed Wednesday for the fish, he said that evening, the most recent time he gave a report for this website. Charters on the Heavy Hitter will sail for tuna when the fishing is good. Anglers he knew about who fished offshore Saturday boated white marlin and mahi mahi but no tuna. Plenty of whites were around lately.

Yellowfin tuna, some of them sizable or 65 to 75 pounds, were trolled Sunday in 40 fathoms and inshore of Wilmington Canyon, Capt. John from Caveman Sportfishing from Cape May said. Those were the first tuna he heard about in some time, and Caveman has been standing by to jump on tuna when they arrive.

From Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May, Nick fished Wilmington Canyon on the Common Sense on a charter, he said. A cooler full of mahi mahi and a white marlin probably 50 pounds were scored. Tons of bait schooled, and the water looked good.