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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 9-8-17

<b>Shark River Inlet</b>

Capt. Scott from <b>XTC Sportfishing</b> from Belmar waited for fair weather so trips aboard could resume fishing for tuna offshore, he wrote in a text at mid-week.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

Not a lot could be reported because of rough weather, said John from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle. Tuna fishing picked up at Hudson Canyon and other canyons when boaters had windows of weather that enabled them to sail. The fish were mostly trolled, John thought, but he was unsure how chunking fared. Bonito, false albacore and chub mackerel were pasted at the artificial reefs and farther from shore. From the Mudhole to farther out probably still gave up mahi mahi along lobster-pot buoys.

<b>Mushin Sportfishing</b> from Point Pleasant Beach and other charters have found solid fishing for yellowfin and longfin tuna at local canyons, Capt. Alan wrote in an email Sunday. Charters and a limited number of open-boat trips are fishing for them with Mushin. Space was available for a trip from 12 midnight Thursday to this evening, when he wrote the email. Trolling’s been best, and Mushin’s been leaving the fish biting while trolling. But trips aboard will fish for the tuna any way necessary. This is the fall tuna fishing you’ve been waiting for! he said. A day trip aboard Saturday competed in the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Offshore Open. That was the second of two days of competing for Mushin in the event. This trip with Mushin fished after weather prevented tuna fishing five or six days previously. The trip consistently picked tuna on the troll: big yellowfins 65 to 70 pounds at first, and longfins later in the day. Purple and black plastics caught best, like lately for Mushin. The water quality was good for the angling, and the water temp became what tuna, though not marlin, like. Conditions look good for fall. Telephone to jump aboard.

Bonito, a bunch, and Spanish mackerel were trolled Saturday on Clark spoons inshore on the <b>Tin Knocker</b> from Point Pleasant, Capt. John said. Canyon tuna fishing is heating up, so now’s the time to book the angling aboard, he said.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Tuna, a very good catch, were trolled at Toms Canyon on Saturday on a trip that Capt. Mike from <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River joined on a friend’s boat, Mike said. Three sizable yellowfin tuna 60 to 70 pounds and 12 longfin tuna were reeled in. Mahi mahi were also caught. The Tuna-Tic was getting an engine rebuilt, and that was supposed to be finished this week. Mike’s charters are concentrating on tuna, and he hoped to return to the fishing today. Few boats sailed in this week’s weather, he thought. 

The <b>Super Chic</b> from Barnegat Light is supposed to fish overnight for tuna today to tomorrow, Capt. Ted said. Space is available for open-boat, overnight trips for the fishing next week on Friday to Saturday and on that Saturday to Sunday and Sept. 23-24. The first of those three trips is 30 hours, and the next are 24 hours. Each is limited to 10 passengers.

<b>Beach Haven Inlet</b>

Four trips fished for inshore pelagics last week on the <b>June Bug</b> from Beach Haven, catching decent, Capt. Lindsay said. One of the trips sailed last Friday all the way north to off the middle of Island Beach State Park, fighting false albacore. Landing them was fun, and one bonito was also hooked but got off. Chub mackerel reportedly swam there previously, but none showed up this day. Fishing on the other trips went about the same as on this outing.

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

No customers mentioned fishing for tuna offshore, said Justin from <b>Fin-Atics</b> in Ocean City. Weather was good for that like a half-day sometimes.

Space is available for open-boat, 12-hour trips for tuna next Friday and Sept. 24 on the <b>Stray Cat</b> from Longport, Capt. Mike said. No trips fished in past days aboard because of weather. Because summer flounder season this year closed early, a discount is available for tuna trips to the offshore canyons, until fall sea bass season opens. Sea bass season is yet to be announced. Anglers should telephone, because of the substantial savings for tuna. The trips will also deep-drop for tilefish, depending on the tide. The discount is for open trips and charters.

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

None of the fleet might’ve fished in past days, said Capt. George from the <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May. He did no fishing then or during the weekend, and weather wasn’t the best. The Heavy Hitter had been trolling bluefish and Spanish mackerel at 5-Fathom Bank inshore. The Spanish could’ve departed now, because of cooling water. George hopes tuna fishing picks up locally. The catches might’ve been made farther north but hadn’t been on trips from Cape May recently.

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