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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 9-30-16

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

Not much bit at the local offshore canyons, except mahi mahi, said Eric from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle. The mahi fishing could be great. But water that could hold tuna was pushing in from northeast early in the week, so hopefully the fish would show up. Closer to shore, mahi swam from the Chicken Canyon and the Glory Hole to all the way inshore along the Mudhole. Fishing for them could be super, if trips fished the areas farther from shore there. False albacore fishing was fantastic at the Mudhole, mostly on the troll. From Shark River Reef to the Oil Wreck was a hottest spot for albies. Boaters there could run and gun, catching albies fairly well on cast Deadly Dicks and Hobie epoxy jigs, two popular lures for that.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Tuna fishing was postponed with <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River, until more tuna show up, Capt. Mike said. So trips sailed for a combo of inshore trolling, wreck-fishing and shark fishing, and that was actually good. All the false albacore and blues anglers could want were hooked during the trolling. The bottom-fishing pumped in a bunch of cod and decent catches of fluke, before fluke season was closed Monday. Out-of-season sea bass were also released during that angling.  Brown sharks and hammerhead sharks were caught during the sharking.

The year’s first tuna trip was weathered out that was supposed to sail today to tomorrow on the <b>Miss Barnegat Light</b>, a report said on the party boat’s website. One of the trips was added for 3 p.m. Sunday, October 9, to 1 p.m. the next day. The boat will fish exclusively on <a href="" target="_blank">tuna trips</a> throughout October.

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

Yellowfin tuna fishing was lit up along the 500-fathom line, said Capt. Mike from the <b>Stray Cat</b> from Longport. If anglers want tuna, trips will zip out during weather windows. The boat’s somewhat faster since getting new engines this spring.

A tuna and a mahi mahi were weighed-in Monday from Wilmington Canyon, said Bill from <b>Fin-Atics</b> in Ocean City. A few tuna, at least, seemed to swim there. That was all the news in rough weather this week.

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

No news rolled in about boating on the ocean in the week’s weather, including none about tuna or offshore fishing, said employee Mike, not owner Mike, from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> in Sea Isle City.

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

Good catches of yellowfin tuna were reported from Wilmington Canyon, said Capt. George from the <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May. Most of the reports were second-hand, including some that talked about the catches during the weekend. Wind and seas were rough, but the trips reportedly made it to the grounds then, and caught. A reliable source afterward texted George, reporting boating seven of the tuna Tuesday. All the tuna reported were trolled, and tuna fishing had been slow previously. Nobody would reach the canyons the rest of the week through today, because of weather. But George hopes the fish are there when the weather clears. Trips on the Heavy Hitter will be available for them, if so.

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