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New Jersey Offshore Saltwater Fishing Report 8-11-17

<b>Sandy Hook</b>

Fishing was supposed sail for tuna overnight yesterday to today with <b>Sour Kraut Sportfishing</b>, Capt. Joe said the night before. Earlier in the week, he said he’d heard about catches at an uncommon place inshore but 86 miles to the south.

<b>Shark River Inlet</b>

<b>XTC Sportfishing</b> from Belmar was motoring back into the inlet Wednesday evening from a tuna trip when Capt. Scott gave this report in a phone call aboard, he said. A couple of yellowfin tuna were landed and a few were lost. That was inshore on popper lures and jigs. The trip trolled, but no tuna bit on the troll. The previous two trips also fished inshore and only trolled yellowfins. A tuna trip was headed all the way offshore to the canyons yesterday, the first to run there aboard in a while this year.

Spaces remain for 24- and 31-hour <a href="" target="_blank">tuna trips</a> in September and October on the <b>Golden Eagle</b>, a report said on the party boat’s website. Reserve them.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

Tuna fishing is good “if you want to make the run,” John from <b>The Reel Seat</b> said yesterday. To where? he was asked. South is all they’re saying, he said. The tuna are inshore of the canyons, around the 30-fathom curve, but 60 to 70 miles south, he said. Most of the fish seemed trolled, because many Reel Seat spreader bars were sold for that. On Sunday, John from the shop said yellowfin tuna fishing turned on along Hudson Canyon’s west wall. The fish were trolled and jigged. Chunking for them at night should begin to catch in a couple of weeks. The Jenny Lee reportedly landed a white marlin along the wall. Tilefishing was good. 

<b>Mushin Sportfishing</b> moved the boat back to Point Pleasant Beach, just in time to fish for yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna that began to give up good catches at canyons in range from there, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. The boat the past two months was docked at Cape May farther south, fishing for tuna. The boat was fishing from Point on Saturday evening when Alan sent the email from land. The trip at 5 p.m. had trolled a couple of “nice, fat yellowfins,” released a couple of small and fought a white marlin that got off, after only two hours of fishing. Black and purple lures seemed the “magic.” Charters and a limited number of open-boat trips are fishing. <b>***Update, Friday, 8/11:***</b> An open-boat day-troll fished a local canyon yesterday aboard, Alan wrote in an email.  At first, the trip picked away at small yellowfin tuna and some mahi mahi. Other boats also hooked the small tuna. Then a couple of 70-pound yellowfins were crushed aboard. The quality of the larger yellowfins has been “nice,” and a good spread of yellowfins has been swimming these northern canyons. The outlook seems good. Purple and black plastics out-fished every other color on the trip, like has been the case. Weather was beautiful.

Ten yellowfin tuna 40- to 60-pounds, except a couple of rats, were trolled at Hudson Canyon on Saturday on the <b>Tin Knocker</b> from Point Pleasant, Capt. John said. The 77-degree, good-looking, blue water held no temperature breaks and sometimes held whales. A swordfish was also cranked in at night on the trip. The water was pretty dead at night otherwise.

The <a href="" target="_blank">schedule of tuna trips</a> is posted on the party boat <b>Gambler</b> from Point Pleasant Beach’s website. Spaces are beginning to fill, and some trips are sold out.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Fishing for bluefish and bonito was picking up at Barnegat Ridge, Capt. Mike from <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River said during the weekend. Good tuna fishing was had at the offshore canyons. Tuna-Tic was yet to fish there this season, but fished inshore for tuna last week. During chunking for the fish, plenty of tuna bit but broke off, because they wouldn’t bite heavier than 30-pound leaders. But a couple of the tuna were trolled aboard. Green-stick boats also caught because the leader doesn’t really touch the water. Tuna fishing should be good this week on the waning moon, he expected. The full moon might’ve affected the angling around the weekend.

Tuna trips are set for next week on the <b>Super Chic</b> from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. The fishing sounded good both inshore and offshore.

<a href="" target="_blank">Tuna trips</a> will fish in September and October on the party boat <b>Miss Barnegat Light</b>. Reserve space while it’s available.

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

Weather was rough during the weekend and the beginning of the week, said John from <b>Fin-Atics</b> in Ocean City. Yellowfin tuna catches began to be talked about again from places like Massey’s Canyon, 19-Fathom Lump and other holes and lumps like that. Chunking for them sounded hit and miss, including because light, 25- and 30-pound, fluorocarbon leaders had to be fished. A couple were trolled outside of the chunking fleet, like on blue and white lures. 

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

Not much news came in about tuna, said Mike from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> in Sea Isle City. One angler reported something like a catch of one tuna at someplace far like beyond the Continental Shelf off Toms Canyon. The angler texted something like: he had a tuna report. But that wasn’t really a report or good news or something! A handful of Spanish mackerel were heard about that were trolled at Sea Isle Ridge. That was the only type of trolling heard about recently. The ocean was dirty from the surf to 50 miles out.

A trip tried for mahi mahi inshore Friday aboard, but conditions were terrible, and none bit, said Capt. Joe Hughes from <b>Jersey Cape Guide Service</b> from Sea Isle City, affiliated with <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b>. But this is the time of year for the angling.

With <b>Fins and Feathers Outfitters</b> from Avalon, a trip attempted to troll for mahi mahi at 28-Mile Wreck on Saturday but turned back, Capt. Jim said. One of the anglers was becoming seasick. Wind only blew 15 knots then, but built to 20 or 25 on the way in. The trip trolled the ocean for about 5 miles on the way in. But the water was dirty. Blue water was yet to be seen when the trip reached 25 miles out, when the boat was turned back. Chum and bait were also stowed aboard for sharking, if the trip had fished 28-Mile Wreck.
<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

A mess of bluefish and Spanish mackerel were trolled Wednesday at 5-Fathom Bank on the <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May, Capt. George said. A trip last week on Thursday chunked a yellowfin tuna, a mahi mahi, a small hammerhead shark and a couple of false albacore on the inshore ocean aboard. Telephone if interested in any of this fishing.

A tuna trip was weathered out Monday with <b>Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing</b> from Cape May, Capt. Tom said. More tuna trips were slated for this week, and tuna were still around, being chunked and trolled. Farther from shore at the canyons, white marlin fishing was fairly good, and some blue marlin were fought. Mahi mahi fishing was super at the canyons. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing.

Tuna fishing sounded spotty at best at midshore lumps and places like Massey’s Canyon and the Tea Cup, said Nick from <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b> in Cape May. The fish seemed not too close and not too far away. A few were picked here and there, better on overcast days. Marlin held at offshore canyons.

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