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Report from Friday, June 22.

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Barnegat Inlet
A friend of Bobbie’s Boat Rentals in Barnegat Light on Wednesday landed two bluefin tuna 40 miles from shore, Ashley said. Bobbie’s features a complete bait and tackle shop, boat slips, a fuel dock and boat and kayak rentals.

Capt. Ted from the Super Chic from Barnegat Light is probably going to schedule two open-boat trips for tuna on July 4 and the following weekend, he said. Those will be announced on the boat’s Facebook page and website. Tuna fishing was super in the past couple of weeks. Hopefully it’ll just get better. Yellowfin tuna, some bigeye tuna and large bluefin tuna scattered in were hooked all the way offshore. Boaters sharking closer to shore also saw bluefins. That was 40 miles out.

An edited email from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the Hi Flier from Barnegat: “We ran out to the Wilmington Canyon early Saturday morning, meeting at the dock at 2:30 a.m., throwing the ropes by 3 o’clock. The chart-plotter displayed 88 miles to our destination, and I thought that’s a lot farther than my Seaside Piers or Lavallette run. Ocean was flat-calm, and the marine forecast was for more of the same all weekend. Hoping this was going to be redemption time for last week’s zero we pulled at the Spencer Canyon. I had a full open-boat trip of (four guys, and we) arrived at the Wilmington around 7:30 a.m., and put out an eight-rod spread. Three spreader bars, three squid chains, a cedar plug and a Yummee Flying Fish I attempted to fish from a kite. There was not enough wind, and the helium tank did not deliver enough gas to the assist-balloon, so I wound up with a whirling-dervish instead of a stable-square kite. It wrapped around one of the other lures, and I spent the next 20 minutes untangling. When we started, we had 63-degree water and some pilot whales. During my untangling, I gave the wheel (to one of the anglers) and gave him a heading to bring us deeper and more southerly. In that 20 minutes, the radio was lit up with boats hooking up yellowfins in 68- to 69-degree water. I grabbed the wheel back from (him) and noticed the spike in water temp, and a dozen circling boats, and whales and porpoises. He brought us right to the spot! We trolled around that area, seeing and hearing boats hooked up, but not a touch for us. I started second-guessing our spread, our speed ... me. I dropped the RPM’s a little, and that dropped us from 6.3 to 5.8 knots. I started checking the lures for grass, because there was a little on the surface, but they came in clean, and alas, as I was checking the last lure, we watched a yellowfin crush a rainbow spreader bar, and another hit the green-machine bar, and another hit the flat-lined cedar plug, and another on the second rainbow spreader bar. Four on! We boated three, all 20-something pounds, but over the legal size, so they went in the cooler. We beat up that area some more and got a double-header of slightly bigger fish, and then we tripled up with a 20-pounder and two others that were taking more line and a little longer to subdue. They wound up being 40-and 50-pounders. Here’s a video of that hookup. We were all boxed up and headed for the barn, feeling great about the day, and about halfway home I saw schools of bluefin airing out. We put out a quick four-rod spread, and a 50-pound bluefin crushed the flat-lined red-and-white cedar plug. Forty-five minutes on a 20-class, (one of the anglers) decked a 50-pound bluefin. Got back to the marina by 6:30 p.m., and all was right with the world. We’ll run offshore to the tuna grounds from time to time. Either the canyons or hopefully the mid-range grounds, like 40- to 60-mile range, will heat up in the coming weeks. These trips will always be announced with short notice, sometimes only a day or two before, because we’re looking for perfection weather. If you’d like to be on our email list for these and all of our trips, as well as our fishing reports, you can email us from our website. As always, we’ll also fish for bonita, albacore, bluefish, stripers, weakfish, fluke, kingfish and all of the mixed-bag fishing (on Barnegat Bay). We’ll also light-tackle shark fish within 5 miles of the inlet for 2- to 4-foot brown, dusky and spinner sharks. All catch and release, and a lot of fun.”