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Report from Friday, November 11.

| Attention: | Manasquan Inlet | Last Week's Report |

Note, 11/11: Most of the fleet is finished fishing offshore for the year.

That doesn’t mean no fish including tuna are swimming the waters. Apparently they are.

But most captains wrap up the fishing this time of year, because of weather. If offshore news rolls in after today, that will be covered in the inshore report.

Manasquan Inlet
Offshore fishing was finished for the year, pretty much, said Dave from
The Reel Seat in Brielle. A couple of yellowfin tuna, longfin tuna and some swordfish were picked up on trips, but news was scarce.

Tuna fishing was good on a trip to the offshore canyons Tuesday to Wednesday on the Gambler from Point Pleasant Beach, an email from the party boat said. Big longfin tuna and a few yellowfin tuna began to be hooked at daybreak, mostly on sardines, a few on jigs. A large swordfish was subdued at night, and room is available on a tuna trip this coming Tuesday to Wednesday, and telephone to reserve, or book online. Offshore sea bass trips are slated for Dec. 17-30.

Last Week's Report
Note: Not much was available to report about offshore fishing this week.

Weather prevented most trips, and most captains were winding down the angling for the year.

This might be the year’s final offshore report. That depends on whether captains report news this coming week.

Sandy Hook

A couple of customers were supposed to fish offshore for tuna Wednesday to Thursday, and results were yet come in, said Chris from Fisherman’s Den North in Atlantic Highlands.

Manasquan Inlet

A tuna trip was supposed to fish Tuesday to Wednesday on the Gambler, the party boat’s Facebook page said. No results were reported at press time, and the season’s final trip for the fish is slated for Nov. 16, and space is available. See the tuna trips page on the boat’s website.

Wind usually blew too strongly for boaters to fish offshore for tuna, said Dave from The Reel Seat in Brielle. But when they could reach the waters, the fishing was good. Ninety-five percent of the tuna were yellowfins.

Barnegat Inlet

Tuna-Tic Sportfishing from Forked River might keep tuna fishing next week, if windows of weather open up and anglers want to go, Capt. Mike said.

A charter is supposed to fish for tuna offshore overnight Sunday on the Super Chic from Barnegat Light, Capt. Ted said. But forecasts looked like rough weather might cancel the trip.

Two tuna trips sailed Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday on the
Miss Barnegat Light in wind 25 to 35 knots and seas, a report said on the party boat’s website. The fishing wasn’t as good as the crew hoped, “but a bunch of hardy anglers put some fish in the boat,” the report said. A handful of tuna, a few swordfish and some mahi mahi were heaved in. Blue sharks were a nuisance the entire night Saturday to Sunday, and more than 20 were hooked and released. A 150-pound mako shark was bagged just after sunrise. Some of the anglers deep-dropped for tilefish then, catching some. The trips were the year’s final tuna fishing aboard, and the boat was supposed to begin striped bass fishing today on daily trips inshore.

Townsend’s Inlet

One customer’s trip fished at Wilmington Canyon, landing a swordfish and a mako shark but no tuna, said Bill from Fin-Atics in Ocean City.

Cape May Inlet

Tuna fishing was reportedly good for big yellowfins, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. No details were heard, but the catches came from canyons in range of Cape May, not farther away. Not a lot of boaters sail for them this late in the season, but the tuna seemed around.