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Report from Friday, October 13.

| Shark River Inlet | Manasquan Inlet | Barnegat Inlet | Cape May Inlet | Last Week's Report |
Shark River Inlet
Six yellowfin tuna 70 to 90 pounds were bagged and a half-dozen were lost on a trip Sunday to Monday on the Golden Eagle from Belmar, a report said on the party boat’s website. Weather wasn’t so bad, despite a tough forecast. The year’s final tuna trip aboard will sail this coming Sunday to Monday, and space is available. Reservations are required. Inshore trips caught bluefish, bonito and false albacore Tuesday and Wednesday and were weathered out since. But the weekend’s weather looks fishable for the trips.

After trips to the offshore canyons were weathered out two weeks, one of the trips had the weather to sail last Friday to Saturday on the Katie H from Belmar, Capt. Mike said. One yellowfin tuna 65 pounds was trolled, and some mahi mahi were chunked. The catch was alright, he said, and at first, the trip fished at Hudson Canyon. But water was chilly at 64 degrees, and not much life was around. Not even mahi hit, when the trip trolled near lobster-pot buoys. So the trip headed south, finding water 66 ½ degrees, and the yellowfin was trolled. At night, the mahi were hooked, and plenty of tuna were read, but none bit. Lots of life filled the water, including squid. The anglers tried everything, including 30-pound, fluorocarbon leaders. Fishing sounded about the same on other boats. Fish-holding water looked to be far south, like around Baltimore and Poorman’s canyons. The next one of the trips was slated for today, and the trips are scheduled for every weekend this month.

Manasquan Inlet
Tuna fishing was very sporadic at offshore canyons, said John from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Some boats caught decent, and some scored none. More of the fish seemed trolled than chunked, but some were jigged. No particular place seemed to produce best, or the catches seemed spread out. Anglers fishing mid-shore for bonito and false albacore that bit saw tuna sometimes, and sometimes had tuna spool reels intended for the bonito and albies. Fishing for mahi mahi was pretty darn good from the Mudhole to all the way offshore.

Barnegat Inlet
An overnight tuna trip was weathered out that was supposed to fish Sunday to Monday on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. The next is slated for Saturday. An inshore charter bailed that was supposed to fish this past Saturday for catches like bluefish and bonito.

Two shots of tuna showed up at night on a trip Friday to Saturday on the Miss Barnegat Light, the party boat’s Facebook page said. The first tumbled in a 2 a.m. “Had a few fish on,” the page said, and a good-sized yellowfin tuna and a 100-pound bigeye tuna were landed. Three more yellowfins were bagged at first light. That was all on a drift in 4,000 feet of water offshore of the Continental Shelf. Then the trip pot-hopped for mahi mahi, tackling plenty, before heading home. On a trip Saturday to Sunday, no tuna bit. A few sharks chomped off lines at night. Lots of squid schooled the water early in the night. In the morning, the trip pot-hopped and “put a catch of mahi together … .” Tuna trips are fishing throughout the month, and telephone to reserve.

Cape May Inlet
An offshore trip Friday to Saturday plowed 54 tilefish, 18 mahi mahi, a 68-inch white marlin and a small swordfish that was released aboard, said Capt. Tom from Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing from Cape May. Open-boat trips and charters for tiles are sailing until sea bass trips begin Oct. 22, opening day of sea bass season.

Last Week's Report
Shark River Inlet

Tuna trips to the offshore canyons aboard were all rescheduled the past two weeks because of weather, said Capt. Mike from the Katie H from Belmar. Forecasts looked like one of the trips would get the weather to sail today to tomorrow. Reports didn’t sound good about the angling recently. The fish-holding water seemed far south, around Washington Canyon. But that changes, and anglers won’t know unless they go. The trips are scheduled for every weekend this month.

A tuna trip sailed Sunday to Monday on the Golden Eagle from Belmar, a report said on the party boat’s website. Yellowfin tuna were decked, and some were lost. “We didn’t catch as many (as on) the last trip, but we did catch some,” it said. A couple of large swordfish were lost, including one at the boat. Two more tuna trips are slated for the next two Sundays to Mondays, and reserve them. When no tuna trip is sailing, the boat is fishing for bluefish, bonito and false albacore inshore.

Manasquan Inlet

Fishing for yellowfin tuna was a little slow at Hudson Canyon, said Alex from The Reel Seat in Brielle. Mostly longfin tuna and mahi mahi were boated there, almost all on the troll during daytime. Chunking at night was slow. The yellowfins weighed 40 to 70 pounds, and the longfins weighted 20 to 35. The mahi ranged from chickens to 20 pounds. Few trips fished the canyon because of rough weather, though. Lots of small bluefin tuna seemed to swim mid-shore, biting trolled ballyhoos with Joe Shutes, but details were scarce, because of weather. In a break in weather early last week, big bluefins were hooked at Shark River Reef, but none was known to be landed. Also at Shark River Reef, false albacore, bonito, skipjacks and a couple of mahi were decked.

The Gambler from Point Pleasant Beach fished for tuna at Hudson Canyon on Friday to Saturday, a report said on the party boat’s website. Not much bit at night, except sharks. At daybreak, a flurry of yellowfin tuna 60 to 80 pounds showed up. About 15 bit, and less than half were landed. Another one of the trips was headed out Saturday afternoon when the report was posted. Tuna trips are fishing into November. Reserve them, and they do fill. An inshore “exotics” trip was going to fish aboard this past Monday.

A day trip for tuna Saturday was put together at the last minute with Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. The trip arrived at a local canyon early enough in the morning to chunk in the dark. During the chunking, a swordfish ran off with a bait before dropping it, and blue sharks were landed “to keep it exciting,” he said. The boat got up on the troll early when daylight began, and a good-sized yellowfin tuna was bagged. Catches slowed for a moment, and then five tuna bit at once. Three were hooked, and one, another good-sized yellowfin, was landed. The others got off. The trip trolled a little longer and called it a day. Purple-and-black plastics and blue-and-white Joe Shute skirts on RonZ soft baits “were the lures,” he said. Alan’s looking forward to better weather to get on the fish! he said. Charters are fishing, and open-boat trips are set for Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Friday. Telephone to book.

The Tin Knocker from Point Pleasant fished Hudson Canyon last Friday to Saturday, Capt. John said. The trip landed a bunch of mahi mahi and a good-sized swordfish and lost a sword. No tuna were caught. The swords and about six mahi were hooked at night on the chunk, and the rest of the mahi were trolled during daytime. The mahi fishing was good. The water was fairly blue but cool, in the 60 degrees. Wind blew up at night, and seas were quite rough on the way home. Closer to shore, bonito fishing is good, if anglers want to do that aboard.

Barnegat Light

An open-boat tuna trip was weathered out Saturday to Sunday on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. That was the season’s final open trip for the fishing, unless the angling really picks up. Then he might schedule more. Otherwise, charters fill the schedule. A charter is slated to fish inshore Saturday for bluefish, bonito or whatever will bite. A tuna charter is booked for Sunday to Monday.

A few tuna and some mahi mahi were boxed on a trip to Hudson Canyon on Saturday to Sunday on the Miss Barnegat Light, the party boat’s website and Facebook page said. One 60-pound yellowfin tuna was trolled on Saturday, after the trip trolled most of the afternoon, for more than 20 miles “down the bank.” At night, in rough seas, blue sharks swarmed and bit, and five 20-pound yellowfins were landed in a half-hour. After sunup, a few anglers tilefished along bottom. A few tuna bit and broke off the light tilefish leaders. The anchor was pulled, and the trip pot-hopped for mahi mahi. Mahi were picked at almost each of the lobster-pot buoys fished. Tuna trips are fishing throughout the month, and telephone to reserve.

From an email from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the Hi Flier from Barnegat: “Looks like a break in the weather and sea condition (was forecast for last Monday),” he wrote. He planned an open-boat trip to Barnegat Ridge for bonito and false albacore that day. “Trolling and bait fishing with the light rods,” he wrote. “We will also be prepared to cast to any surface albies on our way out and back. Depending on sea condition and our success we could also mix in some (Barnegat Bay) fishing for weakfish. 7AM to 2PM. A full day to allow us some time to hunt them and then catch them.” The boat was also available to charter that day, “and then you could dictate the hours and agenda,” he said. “Some folks prefer the bay, and that’s fine with me. Four people max. All fish are shared.” He also planned mixed-bag fishing on the bay on several trips this week, including this afternoon.

Beach Haven Inlet

False albacore were trolled “on a regular basis” at Atlantic City Reef on Saturday on the June Bug from Beach Haven, Capt. Lindsay said. That was on Clark spoons, Drone spoons and pony tails. Seas were fine on the way out but built and were rough at the fishing grounds. A bunch of the fish were lost, because they needed to be reeled in without pumping the rods. Still, a decent day, he said.

Great Egg Harbor Inlet

Nobody was heard about who even thought about sailing offshore for tuna, said Bill from Fin-Atics in Ocean City. Seas were rough, and nothing was reported about catches in this area in some time.

Townsend’s Inlet

Seas were rough for tuna fishing, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City. He heard about only one person who tried to reach offshore for the angling. “He almost died,” Mike said!

Cape May Inlet

One report was heard about offshore at Hand Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May, Nick said. A charter on the Common Sense tackled a big, 106-pound wahoo, a 30-pound yellowfin tuna and two dozen mahi mahi in a trip.