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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 9-15-17

<b>Shark River Inlet</b>

A bunch of tuna trips are set to fish offshore canyons beginning today on the <b>Katie H</b> from Belmar, Capt. Mike said Sunday. The trips are slated for pretty much every weekend afterward. He knew nobody who sailed for tuna in past days in rough seas, he said that day.

The year’s first tuna trip sailed Sunday to Monday on the <b>Golden Eagle</b> from Belmar, first fishing Hudson Canyon, a report said on the party boat’s website. The angling was slow throughout the night. After sunrise, the trip pulled 30 miles closer to shore, where tuna were caught a few days before. But no luck. Spaces are available for <a href=" https://www.goldeneaglefishing.com/tunafish" target="_blank">tuna trips</a> this month and in October. Reserve them.

Capt. Mike from <b>Celtic Stoirm Charters</b> from Belmar is supposed to be a second captain on a tuna trip to the canyons today to tomorrow, he said. Tuna were reportedly nailed at the Bacardi wreck, and someone said the fishing was good at Baltimore Canyon during the weekend. But that was unconfirmed.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

Two tuna trips headed to the canyons last weekend with <b>Mushin Sportfishing</b> from Point Pleasant Beach, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. Longfin tuna and huge yellowfin tuna were trolled. Some of the yellowfins weighed 90 to 95 pounds. Although the trips trolled the catches, chunking for tuna is improving on some boats. Mushin is finding plenty of squid and other bait at local canyons that should hold tuna for fall. Alan reminds anglers that during this time of year, forecasts often call for big seas because of distant hurricanes. But the seas are often gentle swells hundreds of miles away from the hurricane. Mushin’s crew watches forecasts all the time, and trips do not sail if weather is questionable. Still, the crew asks anglers to trust the crew’s judgment and sail if the crew deems the forecasts fishable.

Nobody was known about who tuna fished in rough seas, Alex from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle said Sunday. Previously, a few yellowfin tuna 40 to 70 pounds and longfin tuna 25 to 40 pounds were trolled, not usually chunked, at the canyons. Bonito and false albacore were landed at Manasquan Ridge, Sea Girt Reef and the Klondike wreck. They were trolled on Clark spoons and small jets. Or anglers sight-cast to them. Or anglers anchored the boat and chummed with spearing or peanut bunker and fished with the bait on 2/0 or 3/0 hooks.

On the <b>Gambler</b> from Point Pleasant Beach, <a href=" http://www.gamblerfishing.net/offshoretrips.php" target="_blank">tuna trips</a> will be launched Monday and sail into November, a report said on the party boat’s website. Monday is full, and reserve the trips, because they fill.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

With <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River, a trip to Hudson Canyon fished okay Wednesday, Capt. Mike wrote in a text with a photo of the outing. A 160-pound swordfish, a yellowfin tuna and 40 mahi mahi were belted. The photo showed anglers with the sword at night.

<a href="http://www.missbarnegatlight.com/TunaFishing.html" target="_blank">Tuna trips</a> will begin today and fish through October on the <b>Miss Barnegat Light</b>, the party boat’s website said. Reserve them.

A trip fished for tuna overnight Sunday to Monday on the <b>Super Chic</b> from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. No tuna bit, and a bunch of mahi mahi 3 to 8 or 10 pounds, decent-sized, not tiny rats, were reeled in. The trip, departing at 8:30 a.m., began fishing at Lindenkohl Canyon in the afternoon, trolling to look for good water, landing some mahi. Another boat there had spent the night at the canyon and caught no tuna. The Super Chic was anchored at the Lindy at 8 p.m. to spend the night chunking. No tuna bit, so in the morning, the trip sailed to Wilmington Canyon, where some warm water was. Plenty of squid and mackerel were around, but no tuna were. The trip did more pot-hopping and trolling and caught mahi. The water at the Lindenkohl inshore of 100 fathoms was pretty green and beyond there was a little blue, okay-looking. Some spots beyond 100 weren’t. Where the boat chunked at the Lindy, the water wasn’t blue but was good-looking, and was 72 degrees. An open-boat trip will fish for tuna Saturday to Sunday, and three spaces remain. Spaces are available for another Sept. 23-24, and the trips are limited to 10 passengers. For inshore angling, bluefishing is pretty good for 2- to 4-pounders, and some bonito are around.

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

Mike from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> in Sea Isle City heard about good fishing for white marlin at Baltimore Canyon, he said.

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

An offshore trip at first trolled and raised three white marlin that never became hooked Saturday with <b>Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing</b> from Cape May, Capt. Tom said. Not much was happening with big game, so the trip switched to tilefishing. Fifty-four blueline tiles to 15 pounds were cranked up. Tom was going to schedule open-boat trips and charters for tilefish to sail this week.

White marlin, lots, and some tuna were taken at Baltimore and Wilmington canyons, said Nick from <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b> in Cape May. Yellowfin and not longfin tuna were heard about. Attractive water moved into the Wilmington, and a customer was fishing there yesterday, when Nick gave this report. A trip Wednesday at the Wilmington totaled nine whites, Nick thought, and some yellowfins. A few large wahoos were heard about from around those canyons. One weighed 80 pounds dressed. Inshore trolling boated spotty mahi mahi and Spanish mackerel catches, not great.

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