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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 6-29-18

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

The boat, fishing for big game from Cape May like it does each year this month through July, was docked because of weather, Capt. Alan from <b>Mushin Sportfishing</b> from Point Pleasant Beach wrote in an email. But boats that sailed this week commonly pummeled double-digits of yellowfin tuna. Mushin is expected to fish for yellowfins, bigeye tuna and tilefish in the next days. Open-boat trips and charters are sailing.

When offshore fishing had the weather to sail, yellowfin tuna were trolled from Toms to Carteret canyons on spreader bays, Joe Shutes and chains, usual stuff, said Eric from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle. Green seemed the hot color. A few bigeye tuna also bit, and a few blue marlin caught began to be reported from the area. Bluefin tuna swam along the 30-fathom line, and the farther the north, the bigger. None was huge, but some 100- to 200-pounders were taken.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Tuna fishing was scheduled for late this week on the <b>Super Chic</b> from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said on Sunday. A couple of spots are left for an open-boat tuna trip that Ted just scheduled for July 6 to 7. He’ll probably schedule more of the trips for July. Weather was too rough for boats to fish for tuna through late last week. Some might’ve resumed the trips Sunday. A roll remained on the ocean, and weather was foggy, but wind no longer blew strongly that day. More rough weather happened after Sunday, though.

A trip two Saturdays ago bagged a 90-inch mako shark and released a small great white shark and a blue shark inshore with <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River, Capt. Mike said. Then the trip landed a couple of bigeye tuna and a couple of yellowfin tuna offshore at the canyons. Fishing like this that was scheduled was weathered-out since on the boat. Mike was just waiting for the weather, and had trips that wanted to go.

An edited email from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the <b>Hi Flier</b>: “We’re available for open-boat or charter Monday and Wednesday.  If the weather is perfect, we’ll look to run offshore to the tuna grounds on either or both days. Could be yellowfin or bluefin … or both!  Looking for light and variable winds and no threat of storms. That's the only forecast I go on. We have a Garmin Sirius/XM satellite weather station on board to monitor any storm activity as well. (There’s one rate) if we run to the 50- to 60-mile grounds (and a slightly higher rate) if we run all the way to the canyons. The shorter run is usually a 4 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the longer run would be 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Something you should know, and I repeat this a lot, because I don't want anybody to be disappointed: If you want a better chance at sailing for tuna, you should book a bigger boat that will sail in sea conditions that we will not. Three- to 4-foot seas is not much in those bigger sportfishermen, but I’m looking for flat-calm or 1 to 2s at most to go that distance in a 25-foot boat. Mind you, it's a very capable World Cat catamaran with brand new motors, a six-man survival raft and an EPIRB, but those are just for peace of mind, not something we ever want to use. If you're good with that, C'mon, C'mon!”

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

When offshore boaters last had the weather to sail, they reported catching yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna in the Lindenkohl and Spencer canyons area, said Bill from <b>Fin-Atics</b> from Ocean City. That was all on the troll. Bill heard about bigeye tuna caught briefly but not recently.

<b>Townsend’s Inlet</b>

Tuna fishing still sounded good, and catches seemed to bounce around to different canyons like Lindenkohl and Spencer, said Mike from <b>Sea Isle Bait & Tackle</b> in Sea Isle City. But if trips found the tuna, they tied into them well. All the catches he heard about were trolled. But a few boats might’ve chunked, plugged or jigged the fish. 

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

Capt. George from the <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May fished for tuna with a friend on a friend’s boat Tuesday at the offshore canyons, he said. One yellowfin tuna was landed, and one was lost. Three mahi mahi – a 25- to 30-pounder and two 10- to 12-pounders – were also taken. All the fish were trolled, and the water was 74 to 75 degrees with great-looking clarity. Two tuna trips are slated for today and Saturday on the Heavy Hitter.

Weather often prevented offshore fishing but looks good this weekend for the trips, said Nick from <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b> in Cape May. Reports should roll in. Offshore canyons had fished for yellowfin tuna. Bluefin tuna had been fought closer to shore. Trolling caught both, but sometimes the bluefins fed on sand eels along the surface. They could probably be chunked, top-water plugged or jigged at moments. 

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