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New Jersey Offshore Fishing Report 9-28-18

<b>Sandy Hook</b>

Mike from <b>TAK Waterman Surf n Fish</b> in Long Branch did no tuna fishing because of seas, he said. But he fishes for tuna on a friend’s boat. Surely tuna continued to swim mid-range where his trips caught them previously. TAK Waterman is a shop for fishing, mostly surf-fishing, surfing and paddle-boarding. The store also produces the TAK Waterman line of clothing for watersports including these and beach-going. The name is from nearby Lake Takanasee.

<b>Shark River Inlet</b>

Seas were a little sporty, but a trip trolled a couple of 50-pound yellowfin tuna and a couple of gaffer mahi mahi mid-range Saturday on the <b>Katie H</b> from Belmar, Capt. Mike said. A baby yellowfin and a small bluefin tuna were also released. Amazing that a small fish will attack such a large lure. The boat was the only one fishing there, and Mike told the charter that seas were forecast, and nobody had fished the area in some time because of weather. The anglers still wanted to sail. The only problem was that 40 or 50 false albacore were hooked in the trolling spread. They were big, too. But the anglers seemed to have fun. The water was clean, beautiful and full of all of this life. A couple of whales were seen, and tons of squid were marked. Another one of these trips is slated for this weekend.

A tuna trip Monday to Tuesday was apparently weathered out on the party boat <b>Golden Eagle</b> from Belmar, because no report was posted about the fishing on the vessel’s website. All trips are usually reported on the site. The next is slated for Sunday to Monday, and see <a href=" https://www.goldeneaglefishing.com/tunafish" target="_blank">the boat’s offshore schedule</a> online.

<b>Manasquan Inlet</b>

A few tuna, a mix of yellowfins and bluefins, seemed to hold at the Triple Wrecks, by the sounds of reports, said Eric from <b>The Reel Seat</b> in Brielle. They seemed to be jigged and chunked, and not a lot of tuna seemed to swim the canyons offshore. Plenty of mahi mahi did. Plenty of mahi also held closer to shore. False albacore and bonito also swam those waters, like in the Little Italy area.

Wind and seas kept trips from tuna fishing on the <b>Gambler</b> from Point Pleasant Beach, a report said on the party boat’s website. The trips are selling out, but some spaces remain, including for a “light load” trip this coming Monday. See the <a href=" http://www.gamblerfishing.net/offshoretrips.php" target="_blank">tuna schedule</a> on the vessel’s website.

<b>Barnegat Inlet</b>

Capt. Mike from <b>Tuna-Tic Sportfishing</b> from Forked River hoped to fish for tuna late this week, he said earlier in the week. The most recent of the trips aboard were weathered out, and he knew about no charter boats that sailed for the fishing. Maybe party boats, larger vessels, made some trips.

Tuna fishing was supposed to sail late this week on the <b>Super Chic</b> from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. He knew about nobody locally who sailed closer to shore for fish like false albacore, he said when asked for this report. But he was sure some swam locally. He knew about albies that were party-boated farther north at reefs.

A run for bonito and false albacore at Barnegat Ridge is some of the fishing currently on the <b>Hi Flier</b> from Barnegat, Capt. Dave DeGennaro wrote in an email. The trips are trolling or chumming for them. Cruising the shoreline for migrating albies is also an option. He didn’t specifically say, but that angling can probably be combined with other fishing. Open-boat trips and charters are sailing.

<a href=" http://missbarnegatlight.com/offshore-tuna-trips/
" target="_blank">Tuna trips</a>, sailing 30 hours, will be launched Saturday on the party boat <b>Miss Barnegat Light</b>, the party boat’s Facebook page said. The fishing had been slated to begin previously, so apparently that was weathered out.

<b>Great Egg Harbor Inlet</b>

Hardly anybody boated the ocean because of seas, said Ed from <b>Fin-Atics</b> in Ocean City.

<b>Cape May Inlet</b>

Daytime swordfishing should begin in the next days with <b>Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing</b> from Cape May, Capt. Tom said early this weekend. Around September’s full moon is when that starts, and Tom is pioneering the fishing locally. Fishing for swords during daytime has already become popular to the south, like in Florida, of course. The trips fish for the light-sensitive swords along bottom in deep water. Fishin’ Fever is also tilefishing. Offshore waters also held a few yellowfin tuna, many gaffer mahi mahi and still a few white marlin.

The <b>Heavy Hitter</b> from Cape May did no fishing in rough weather, Capt. George said. Small-craft warnings were posted almost every day for a long time. George knew about a few tuna and white marlin caught at Poorman’s Canyon.

News about tuna was scarce in rough weather and seas, said Nick from <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b> in Cape May. This weekend looks like a shot of better weather for the fishing.

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