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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 8-5-16


<b>Sandy Hook</b>

One boat reportedly trolled more than 10 tuna near the Bacardi wreck, said Chris from <b>Fisherman’s Den North</b> in Atlantic Highlands. The anglers said the fish were fat and full of sand eels. All offshore baits are stocked.

<b>Shark River Inlet</b>

From the <b>Katie H</b> from Belmar, Capt. Mike’s been waiting to tuna fish, because no good reports were heard, except from inshore at Massey’s Canyon, too far south, he said. Trips are booked to tuna fish at the offshore canyons later this month. The boat runs for bluefin tuna inshore during the current time of year when enough of the fish are in, locally.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

Bluefin tuna were sometimes boated inshore on the troll, jigs or top-water lures, said John from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle. East of the Bacardi wreck gave up some, he thought. Farther offshore, yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna were mostly found at southern canyons or from Toms Canyon to farther south. Fishing for white marlin and blue marlin seemed pretty good in the area.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Not much was heard about fishing for tuna and other big game locally, not even about bluefin tuna inshore, said Capt. Ted from the <b>Super Chic</b> from Barnegat Light. A handful of bigeye tuna were boated offshore.  A 63-pound yellowfin tuna reportedly won the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club’s White Marlin Invitational during the weekend. No whites were reportedly entered, and one was reportedly caught and released.

<b>Little Egg Inlet</b>

Good tuna catches were chunked at Massey’s Canyon before wind and seas prevented the trips this week, said Chris from <b>Scott’s Bait & Tackle</b> in Mystic Island. Most were yellowfins that seemed to bite early in morning or late in day, not at mid-day. Some tried for bigeye tuna farther offshore at canyons, trolling them.

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

No customers were known about who boated for tuna or other big game in the ocean swell and wind this week, said Collin from <b>24-7 Bait & Tackle</b> in Egg Harbor Township. All offshore baits are on hand, and <b>the company also owns 24-7 Bait & Tackle in Marmora</b>.

Tuna were last reported caught at Massey’s Canyon, said Justin from <b>Fin-Atics</b> in Ocean City.  But probably nobody tuna fished in the past days’ wind and seas.

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

A buddy’s trip landed a white marlin and some mahi mahi to 20 pounds, said Capt. Joe Hughes from <b>Jersey Cape Guide Service</b> from Sea Isle City, affiliated with <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b>. Joe was unsure about location.

Mahi mahi were trolled at buoys maybe 10 miles from shore, said Mike from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> in Sea Isle City. Farther out, good catches of white marlin, not many tuna, were pumped in. A local longliner trekked 180 miles offshore, a long way, to fish for lots of tuna and swordfish on the eastern, far side of the Gulf Stream. The trip fished three days on the inshore side, but nothing was doing.  

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

During wind that prevented tuna fishing in past days, catch-and-release shark trips fished Delaware Bay with <b>Caveman Sportfishing</b> from Cape May, Capt. John said. The angling was tremendous, tackling the fish to 300 pounds. So that’s been pretty interesting, he said. Tuna fishing was supposed to resume today aboard, and John knew nobody who fished for them since Monday. Through Monday, yellowfin tuna were fought at the Hambone, 8 miles south of Massey’s Canyon, where the fish were caught previously.

Just windy, said Capt. George from the <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May. Not much was heard about fishing in the strong easterly in past days. He last fished for tuna last week on Thursday on a friend’s center console, inshore. The trip landed one and lost another, and some surrounding boats landed many of the tuna that day. Many boats sailed around, looking for a boat catching, then anchored nearby and fished.  On Saturday, the angling seemed slow, according to anglers George knew who fished for the tuna then. He bottom-fished inshore on Sunday, then strong wind blew for days.

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