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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 7-1-16

<b>Sandy Hook</b>

A 486-pound thresher shark was weighed-in from a 21-foot boat at <b>Twin Lights Marina</b> in Highlands on Wednesday, Marion wrote in an email. Mike Vellucci, Mike Falcone and Grace Antonini subdued the fish at the Rattlesnake on the Samantha Lynne. On the same day, Peter Murphy, Steven Nosti and Johnny “Bucktails” landed 368-pound thresher at the Mudhole, and two days previously, on Monday, they weighed-in a 178-1/2-pounder from the Mudhole. Twin Lights, located on Shrewsbury River near Raritan Bay and the ocean, with no bridges before them, includes a marina with boat slips, dry storage, a fuel dock, and a combined bait and tackle shop and ship’s store. The fuel dock is available 24 hours a day with a credit card. Baits stocked include all for offshore.

<b>Shark River Inlet</b>

An estimated 550- to 600-pound thresher shark was landed Wednesday with <b>Last Lady Fishing Charters</b> from Neptune, Capt. Ralph said. The fish bottomed-out the scale at Brielle Yacht Club, so the weight was guessed. Before the thresher was hooked, the trip “had some life,” he said. The shark took an hour to land, and everybody aboard was bushed afterward, so they headed in. Ralph sent photos of the thresher that were posted on this website, and was headed out on another shark charter Thursday, he said before the trip, when he gave this report. He hoped to send shots of a big mako from the trip, he said.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

<b>Mushin Sportfishing</b> from Point Pleasant Beach ran a couple of mako shark trips during the weekend, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. Results were mixed, and a variety of sharks bit, but no makos did. Weather was finally calm enough for the boat to sail for tuna to the southern canyons. A tuna trip was expected to fish Thursday aboard, he said before the outing. Afterward, the boat would be kept in Cape May for tuna fishing in July. Three trips per week, “safaris,” will chase yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, mahi mahi and sharks. Limited availability is on tap for the Cape May trips. Telephone the boat if interested.

Inshore shark fishing was pretty good, said Alex from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle. Sharks could be found anywhere from 4 to 40 miles from shore, and lots of 200-pound thresher sharks were in. Farther from shore, tuna fishing was best at southern canyons for yellowfins and bigeyes.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

<b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River was headed back from a shark trip Sunday evening when Capt. Mike gave this report in a phone call aboard, he said. Two mako sharks were landed, and another got off. Two bit right away on the outing, and a 130-pounder was kept. A couple of brown sharks and a big blue shark were also landed and released. That might’ve been the year’s final shark trip aboard, unless somebody wants to sail for them. The water was 68 degrees, getting warm. The crew would now get ready to begin tuna trips, including three-day ones that fish the canyons. Tuna fishing will probably begin to light up locally in the latter part of July.

The <b>Super Chic</b> from Barnegat Light was supposed to fish for tuna offshore today, Capt. Ted said.

Thresher sharks were fought 3 ½ miles to 8 miles from shore, said Grizz from <b>Grizz’s Forked River Bait & Tackle</b>. Two weeks ago he reported threshers holding 8 to 10 miles from shore in a band of warm water. He talked about seven confirmed catches there. Plenty of sharks were still around, and some makos were still caught. The store carries all shark supplies including flats of mackerel, mackerel chum, bunker chum, Bloodstream chum and all the tackle.

A crew stopped by yesterday who were sailing for sharks, said Vince Jr. from <b>Bobbie’s Boat Rentals</b> in Barnegat Light. Lots of sharks roamed the ocean. Makos reportedly swam pretty far from shore but were around. Thresher-shark fishing kind of slowed that picked up last week. Bobbie’s, besides renting bay boats and kayaks, features a complete bait and tackle shop and a fuel dock. The store is known for bait supply, including live bait in season, like peanut bunker and spots.

<b>Beach Haven Inlet</b>

The <b>June Bug</b> from Beach Haven was brought to Beach Haven this past week from the boat’s winter home at Oregon Inlet, N.C., Capt. Lindsay said. The vessel is brought to Beach Haven, home port, each June to fish from New Jersey until fall. Tuna fishing was getting hot from Oregon Inlet, when the vessel left. Eight to 10 bigeye tuna per day were docked, and, in maybe the last six weeks, a bunch of 30- or 35-pound yellowfin tuna were taken. Lots of mahi mahi also bit.

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

Fishing on the <b>Stray Cat</b> from Longport on Wednesday scoped out 28-Mile Wreck for bluefin tuna that swam there previously, Capt. Mike said. None of the tuna showed up, so the trip anchored at a tug-boat wreck, and a bunch of small ling were nabbed. Open-boat summer flounder trips were set for yesterday through this coming Monday, maybe Tuesday. The season might’ve been a little early for the vessel’s offshore fishing, but Mike was looking.

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

Two yellowfin tuna to 50 pounds were trolled on ballyhoos, all before 7 a.m., and a mahi mahi jumped off, at Poorman’s Canyon on Monday with Dusty Laricks, Dan Roth and John Martin aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from <b>Jersey Cape Guide Service</b> from Sea Isle City, affiliated with <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b>. The water was 68 to 74 degrees, and the yellowfins bit in the cooler water. He heard about nobody catching bigeye tuna during the trip.

Nothing was reported about boating for sharks, but tuna were tapped into, said Mike from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> in Sea Isle City. A couple of anglers back from Wilmington Canyon reported trolling four yellowfin tuna, all on Bomber CD 30 lures, saying the tuna never bit anything else trolled, including ballyhoos and other artificials.

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

Rodger Dillow’s charter Sunday bagged three yellowfin tuna, released three and broke off two at Poorman’s Canyon on the <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May, Capt. George said. That’s where all the fleet headed for tuna, and many of the boats seemed to catch none that day. Wind weathered out a trip Saturday. The yellowfins on the Heavy Hitter weighed 40 pounds apiece, and the trip sailed 77 miles to return to Cape May. The water was 68 degrees along the Continental Shelf. Farther inshore at the canyon, the water was 70 to 73. Pockets of warm water would be found, like 70 degrees at one place, 73 at another. Tuna were marked pretty well, down 100 feet, on the trip. But the fish wouldn’t come up and bite. A spot was found where the fish bit, and the Heavy Hitter kept working that area. Afterward this week, bluefin tuna began to be caught at inshore lumps. A tuna trip is slated for Sunday.

Fishing slammed bluefin tuna Wednesday aboard, said Capt. John from <b>Caveman Sportfishing</b> from Cape May. Three were trolled, and one was jigged, and the fish weighed 50 and 60 pounds. One was kept, and the rest were released, and basically the 20-fathom lumps, the traditional ones that hold bluefins this time of season, now held the fish. Multiple lumps held them, and the angling was good for the fleet that day. Most of the boats were from Ocean City, Md. But was safe to say bluefins showed up in decent numbers for South Jersey boats, he said. Caveman was supposed to turn around and head for South Poorman’s Canyon for yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna at 11 p.m. that day, “and I don’t know how we’ll do,” he said from land in a phone call between the trips.

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