Note: Not much was available to report about offshore fishing this week.
Weather prevented most trips, and most captains were winding down the angling for the year.
This might be the year’s final offshore report. That depends on whether captains report news this coming week.
A couple of customers were supposed to fish offshore for tuna Wednesday to Thursday, and results were yet come in, said Chris from Fisherman’s Den North in Atlantic Highlands.
A tuna trip was supposed to fish Tuesday to Wednesday on the Gambler, the party boat’s Facebook page said. No results were reported at press time, and the season’s final trip for the fish is slated for Nov. 16, and space is available. See the tuna trips page on the boat’s website.
Wind usually blew too strongly for boaters to fish offshore for tuna, said Dave from The Reel Seat in Brielle. But when they could reach the waters, the fishing was good. Ninety-five percent of the tuna were yellowfins.
Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River might keep tuna fishing next week, if windows of weather open up and anglers want to go, Capt. Mike said.
A charter is supposed to fish for tuna offshore overnight Sunday on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. But forecasts looked like rough weather might cancel the trip.
Two tuna trips sailed Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday on the
Miss Barnegat Light in wind 25 to 35 knots and seas, a report said on the party boat’s website. The fishing wasn’t as good as the crew hoped, “but a bunch of hardy anglers put some fish in the boat,” the report said. A handful of tuna, a few swordfish and some mahi mahi were heaved in. Blue sharks were a nuisance the entire night Saturday to Sunday, and more than 20 were hooked and released. A 150-pound mako shark was bagged just after sunrise. Some of the anglers deep-dropped for tilefish then, catching some. The trips were the year’s final tuna fishing aboard, and the boat was supposed to begin striped bass fishing today on daily trips inshore.
One customer’s trip fished at Wilmington Canyon, landing a swordfish and a mako shark but no tuna, said Bill from Fin-Atics in Ocean City.
Cape May Inlet
Tuna fishing was reportedly good for big yellowfins, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. No details were heard, but the catches came from canyons in range of Cape May, not farther away. Not a lot of boaters sail for them this late in the season, but the tuna seemed around.