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Report from Friday, June 24.

| Sandy Hook | Manasquan Inlet | Barnegat Inlet | Beach Haven Inlet | Great Egg Harbor Inlet | Townsend's Inlet | Cape May Inlet | Last Week's Report |
Sandy Hook
Phillip and Will Rowe subdued a 142-pound thresher shark and three blue sharks Saturday at Ambrose, Marion from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands wrote in an email. Twin Lights includes a complete marina and a combined bait and tackle shop and ship’s store. Offshore baits are stocked.

Manasquan Inlet
The striped bass gear was stowed away, and Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach was supposed to fish for tuna at the offshore canyons this week, Capt. Alan wrote in an email before the fishing. The boat will sail for tuna from Cape May in July, and space is available for an open-boat trip for the angling July 2 to 3 from there.

Barnegat Inlet
Catches of sharks improved, and mako sharks began to be bagged, last week with Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River, Capt. Mike said early this week in a phone call. This should be a good week of the angling, he expected, and trips will probably sail for them another week or so. He hopes to begin tuna trips in July, and is waiting for tuna to show up closer to the area.

Beach Haven Inlet
Capt. Lindsay’s been trying to bring the June Bug to Beach Haven, home port, but weather and seas kept preventing that, he said Sunday in a phone call. The vessel was at its winter home at Oregon Inlet, N.C., and a window of better conditions was possibly opening up last Monday to Tuesday morning. He brings the boat to Beach Haven to fish this time of season until fall each year. Tuna catches, yellowfin tuna, Lindsay assumed, were known about from Wilmington Canyon, he said at the time. Bigeye tuna were mixed in, and a bigeye was known to be caught there Saturday. A friend was headed to Spencer and Lindenkohl canyons Monday, because the friend thought the fish-holding water pushed north to there.

Great Egg Harbor Inlet
No mako sharks were talked about in a week or so, said Pat from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. Not much was mentioned about tuna that he heard.

Townsend's Inlet
Good catches of tuna and mako sharks had been reported from Wilmington Canyon, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City. Not a lot of reports circulated about boating for sharks closer to shore. But sharks including makos and threshers were still around in those waters, surely.

Cape May Inlet
Five yellowfin tuna 30 to 35 pounds, some mahi mahi and a bunch of false albacore were boated at Baltimore Canyon in 100 fathoms Monday with Caveman Sportfishing from Cape May, Capt. John said. Some boats caught bigger or smaller yellowfins, and the catch with Caveman, all trolled, wasn’t as good as he expected. The yellowfin fishing had lit up earlier in the morning, from 4:30 to 7 o’clock, mostly before the boat arrived at 6:30 a.m. After 7 o’clock, a yellowfin would be picked here and there. John expects to arrive long before daylight, departing at midnight, on the next day trip, he wrote on Caveman’s Facebook page. Boats that overnighted and met the early morning fishing scored better. He doesn’t know how many times he’s seen excessive boat traffic scatter or sound tuna, he wrote on the page. A friend the next day arrived at 9 a.m. on the tuna grounds, catching one yellowfin in morning, a bigeye tuna that evening, and 12 yellowfins the next morning at daybreak. Bigeyes showed up at those waters this weekend for the first time this year. Loads of pilot whales swam the Baltimore, usually the first sign of bigeyes, he said. A strong, fish-attracting temperature break from 66 to 73 degrees was seen on satellite charts before Caveman’s trip arrived at the area. The fish-holding water had shoved 40 miles south on arrival. Goodness knows where it’ll be now. Forty miles farther south was extremely south for boats from farther north in New Jersey, like from Manasquan Inlet and Belmar, of course. It was far for Cape May, too, but the angling from Cape May was way better than for boats farther north that fish places like Lindenkohl, Toms and Hudson canyons. Tuna fishing’s been best from Cape May this time of year in recent years, and Caveman is taking advantage. Caveman specializes in big tuna, too. Bigeyes. In 2014, almost 22 trips in a row landed at least one bigeye aboard. A better-sized bluefin tuna, 65 pounds, was trolled off Delaware. That was after smaller ones, none heavier than 30 pounds, were caught there in 20 fathoms at hills and lumps, 40 miles from South Jersey. Anglers hope larger bluefins show up in the area that sometimes do.

Tuna fishing was weathered out because of wind Wednesday on the Heavy Hitter from Cape May, Capt. George said. More tuna trips are slated for the weekend, and pretty good catches of yellowfin tuna were trolled early this week. Two friends texted him Sunday, saying they loaded up. George had told anglers calling about tuna trips to jump aboard when the fish showed up, so some booked to fish Wednesday and this weekend. Shark fishing is still possible, if anglers want sharks. The ocean remained in the 60 degrees, and sharking usually lasts until the end of the month. A shark trip was canceled last Saturday aboard because of rough forecasts.

Nothing was heard about sharking on the ocean, and offshore anglers seemed to turn to tuna, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. Tuna fishing had been great for yellowfins and a few bigeyes between Wilmington and Baltimore canyons.

Last Week's Report
Manasquan Inlet

Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach shark fished during the weekend, sifting through a bunch of blue sharks before nailing a mako, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. The 293-pound shark bit a bluefish fillet in the 65-degree water.

A mako shark heavier than 400 pounds and a couple heavier than 300 were entered in a tournament last weekend, said Vinny from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Tuna were caught at southern canyons. Washington Canyon fished well for them.

Barnegat Inlet

Sharks were heard about from Barnegat Ridge, said Capt. Ted from the Super Chic from Barnegat Light. A trip there that trolled for bluefish hooked and lost a mako shark and landed a thresher shark. Tuna trips ran far south to catch, he thought.

Thresher sharks held at a stretch 8 to 11 miles from shore, said Grizz from Grizz’s Forked River Bait & Tackle. That was confirmed, and seven were known to be fought there, and a warm band of water seemed to attract the fish. Blue sharks roamed the ocean, and a kid reported catching a mako. The flats of baitfish and different chums for sharking were stocked.

Beach Haven Inlet

The June Bug had been going to be returned to Beach Haven, home port, in early June, from its winter home at Oregon Inlet, Capt. Lindsay said. But a mechanical issue popped up, so that was delayed, and the boat was going to be returned this week, he said earlier in the week in a phone call, when he gave this report. A trip is scheduled to fish Saturday from Beach Haven inshore. The only offshore catches heard about were tuna and mako sharks at Washington Canyon, far south. The boat each year is returned to Beach Haven in June to fish from New Jersey until autumn.

Absecon Inlet

Friends shared a photo of a 365-pound thresher shark they docked that was posted on the Facebook page from Riptide Bait & Tackle from Brigantine, Capt. Andy from the shop said.

Great Egg Harbor Inlet

The inshore ocean didn’t seem consistently warm enough to hold sharks like makos much, said Justin form Fin-Atics in Ocean City. Wind hampered much fishing this week. A trip headed for sharks Wednesday on the ocean that reported no results, and that seemed to mean slow sharking aboard. Nothing was heard about tuna, but the season was early for tuna.

Townsend’s Inlet

Nobody really shark fished in past days, and those who did got roughed up by seas, and failed to catch much, said Mike Rogers from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City. Wind affected fishing often in the past week, and a couple of days were better.

Cape May Inlet

The Heavy Hitter from Cape May is slated to shark fish Saturday, Capt. George said. He received a text from a boater from the docks saying the boater’s trip went 4 for 8 on yellowfin tuna Wednesday. George thought that was at Baltimore Canyon, but waited to know details from the angler, he said that evening, when he gave this report in a phone call. Another boat from the docks also sailed for tuna that day, and results were yet to be heard. Heavy Hitter competed in the South Jersey Shark Tournament from Cape May last Friday and Saturday. Just blue sharks were fought aboard, and plenty of blue sharks swam the water. Friday’s trip fished near the Elephant Trunk, and the water was 61 degrees, pretty chilly, on arrival at the fishing grounds, reaching 65 later in the day. Saturday’s trip fished a different place, looking for a thresher shark “or something big,” George said, and the water was 65 degrees the whole time on the fishing grounds. Wind blew strongly both days, from northwest Friday and from south Saturday. The blue sharks on the trips weighed 100 to 150 pounds. About a 350-pound mako shark won, George thought, and he thought no threshers were weighed. The tournament’s website showed that a 360-pound mako won. No threshers were listed as weighed or released, though two sharks were released that were listed as “other.” A few dusky, brown and tiger sharks were listed as released. A 235-pound blue shark was the biggest blue weighed, and the anglers won a substantial amount of money for the blue.

The ocean was rough for boaters to shark fish, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. Some 200- to 300-pound makos were angled in the weekend’s South Jersey Shark Tournament from Cape May, and sharks were fought last week. A report just came in about tuna caught at Lindenkohl Canyon. Farther south, tuna fishing had been good at Washington Canyon, the last time reports rolled in.