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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 10-28-16

<b>Sandy Hook</b>

Nothing was heard about fishing for tuna or offshore since the last report, because of weather, said Chris from <b>Fisherman’s Den</b> in Atlantic Highlands.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

A good catch of tuna was whooped on a 36-hour trip Wednesday to Thursday on the <b>Gambler</b> from Point Pleasant Beach, an email said from the party boat. First, the trip fished lobster-pot buoys for mahi mahi, latching into a good shot of the fish. “Rob C. was floating out a chunk on a spin-rod for mahi when his bait got crushed by a screaming 50-pound yellowfin (tuna),” it said. Then the trip made a couple of drifts near squid boats, landing a couple of good-sized yellowfins. At night, the boat was anchored at Hudson Canyon’s west wall in seas that kept calming. A few small yellowfins were reeled in. One swordfish was bagged, and five small were let go. Plenty of squid schooled during the night, and anglers jigged them for bait. Before daybreak, mixed sizes of yellowfins to 75 pounds and a few large longfin tuna gave up “a flurry of action,” it said. “Throughout the rest of the day, we managed a steady 1 to 3 tuna fight at a time.” Blue sharks were a nuisance occasionally on the trip but not badly. Some anglers deep-dropped for tilefish on the trip, “and had a pretty good mix of those, too,” it said. The tiles included a 25-pound beauty. All the trip’s anglers probably bagged at least a couple of tuna and a few mahi. The next tuna trip with openings is Tuesday to Wednesday. Tuna trips are booked this weekend and Monday.  <a href="http://www.gamblerfishing.net/offshoretrips.php " target="_blank">Tuna trips</a> are slated through mid-November and are mostly booked. Striped bass trips will fish in November.

Before the weekend’s blow, decent catches of 70-pound yellowfin tuna were chunked at the west wall and the 100 Square at Hudson Canyon, said Eric from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle. Three a.m. to sunup sounded best, and swordfishing was good there at night.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Five tuna were nailed quickly when a trip last week on Thursday to Friday arrived at the offshore canyons on the <b>Miss Barnegat Light</b>, the party boat’s website said. Then the anglers picked 30- to 70-pound tuna, mostly yellowfins, throughout the night. They totaled 30 tuna caught, and lost as many. A 250-pound swordfish was subdued after a long battle. Fish stopped biting once the sun rose. That was a trip rescheduled to beat the gale forecast to begin last Friday night. Another is slated for today to Saturday, and another has been added for Sunday to Monday. That was the season’s final scheduled aboard at press time, and <a href="http://www.missbarnegatlight.com/TunaFishing.html" target="_blank">click here</a> for reservations and info about the trips. The boat will jig for striped bass in November.

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