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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 10-7-16


<b>Shark River Inlet</b>

A tuna trip sailed Sunday to Monday on the <b>Golden Eagle</b> from Belmar, a report said on the party boat’s website. The trip had to travel far, almost 130 miles, but a few yellowfin tuna and a swordfish were boxed. “(We) lost a bunch of fish, too,” the report said. The angling was better than previously, and space is available on <a href=" https://www.goldeneaglefishing.com/tunafish" target="_blank">tuna trips</a> Sunday, Wednesday and October 23. Reservations are required.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

Wide-open tuna catches erupted on an overnight trip Sunday to Monday that fished to the south with <b>Mushin Sportfishing</b> from Point Pleasant Beach, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. On arrival at the fishing grounds, the trip, postponed from Saturday because of weather, looked for a water-temperature break that held tuna last week, before wind prevented trips. The break, 74 to 76 degrees, was found, and the trip trolled there in late afternoon. A couple of mahi mahi were caught, and the trip kept looking for tuna. “Good signs of life” were found, but no tuna were. Nighttime came, and the boat was put on the drift. An estimated 150-pound swordfish soon bit and was reeled in, but pulled the hook. A 130-pound sword was boated 2 hours later. A white marlin was chunked next, and the boat drifted into 79-degree water that was full of squid, porpoises and flying fish. Then tuna catches erupted! Tuna 70 to 75 pounds gave up wide-open fishing. The anglers wanted to jig, and only three jig rods could be fished at once. The anglers were hooked up constantly for 2 hours on jigs. “By the time the dust settled, the guys had both Henriques fish boxes packed out, and the guys were wiped out,” Alan said.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Tuna fishing finally lit up for <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River, Capt. Mike said. A great catch of 75-pound yellowfin tuna was trolled during daytime and chunked during nighttime at Baltimore Canyon on a trip aboard. A small swordfish was also landed, and a couple of shots at mako sharks were had, and the sharks bit off the tuna leaders. A big wahoo was reeled in. Lot of action, non-stop, with the tuna, he said. Now he’s waiting to get the weather to get back out.

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

Nothing was heard about boating on the ocean in rough seas in past days, including boating offshore, said Justin from <b>Fin-Atics</b> in Ocean City. A customer yesterday talked about heading offshore, but rough seas were forecast.

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

One boater sailed offshore in the brief window of weather this week, said Mike from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> in Sea Isle City. He mentioned no tuna caught but the trip landed a marlin, mahi mahi and a wahoo, saying the water was beautiful and full of life. Seemed that if the weather would let up, anglers could reach the canyons and catch.

<b>Cape May</b>

A load of mahi mahi, all that anglers could want, a small swordfish and a good-sized wahoo were pasted on an overnight trip Sunday to Monday with <b>Caveman Sportfishing</b> from Cape May, Capt. John said. Another sword and a tuna also got off. Was a good trip, he said, and Baltimore Canyon was fished first. That’s where the mahi and swords bit, at night while the boat was drifted. The water was 75 to 77 degrees, and only a handful of tuna were reported caught during daytime Sunday, and none was heard about at night. So at daybreak, the trip headed inshore to fish for wahoos at the Hot Dog, where wahoos were reported biting well the previous few days. The boat trolled toward there, and the wahoo was taken just offshore of the Dog. A yellowfin tuna was also lost there. If fish are in, and weather allows, Caveman will fish the canyons until Halloween at least.

Capt. George on the <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May sailed with friends to Baltimore Canyon on Monday to see if they could find tuna, he said. No tuna were found, and fishing for tuna sounded slow among the fleet. One or two seemed caught. But 40 mahi mahi 3 to 5 pounds, not big but a load, were belted on the Heavy Hitter, and quite a few smaller were released. A couple of wahoos were also trolled and got off, one throwing a wahoo lure, the other biting off an Ilander. The tuna landed among the fleet were yellowfins 30 pounds, not big. But George saw photos of good catches of yellowfins from between Wilmington and Baltimore canyons before the trip. Then tuna catches were reported from between Baltimore and Poorman’s canyons. A party boat from Brielle was seen at the Baltimore during the trip, fishing for mahi at lobster pot buoys while the Heavy Hitter was doing the same. Weather wasn’t bad on the way out on the trip. Then on the trip, hard northeast wind blew up, building seas to steady 4- and 5-footers. A charter Tuesday on the Heavy Hitter was canceled because of rough forecasts.

The last offshore report was from a customer whose trip pounded a couple of yellowfin tuna and a blue marlin at Baltimore Canyon early in the week, said Nick from <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b> in Cape May.

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