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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 6-24-16

<b>Sandy Hook</b>

Phillip and Will Rowe subdued a 142-pound thresher shark and three blue sharks Saturday at Ambrose, Marion from <b>Twin Lights Marina</b> 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.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

The striped bass gear was stowed away, and <b>Mushin Sportfishing</b> 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.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Catches of sharks improved, and mako sharks began to be bagged, last week with <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> 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.

<b>Beach Haven Inlet</b>

Capt. Lindsay’s been trying to bring the <b>June Bug</b> 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. 

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

No mako sharks were talked about in a week or so, said Pat from <b>Fin-Atics</b> in Ocean City. Not much was mentioned about tuna that he heard.

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

Good catches of tuna and mako sharks had been reported from Wilmington Canyon, said Mike from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> 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.

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

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 <b>Caveman Sportfishing</b> 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 <b>Heavy Hitter</b> 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 <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b> in Cape May. Tuna fishing had been great for yellowfins and a few bigeyes between Wilmington and Baltimore canyons.

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