Fri., June 22, 2018
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Report from Friday, June 22.

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Cape May Inlet
Two tuna trips fished this week aboard, said Capt. Tom from Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing from Cape May. The first, on Monday, struck out. But the trip tilefished and cranked in a load. The next, on Tuesday, went 1 for 2 on bluefin tuna then piled up a load of tiles. The bluefins were hooked in 30 fathoms, and the tiles came from 70 fathoms. The water inshore was 65 to 67 degrees and offshore, at the canyons, was 71. Yellowfin tuna fishing, with bigeye tuna and bluefin tuna mixed in, was good at the canyons on and off in past days, depending on conditions. Good one day, lackluster another. When Fishin’ Fever looked offshore on these trips, plenty of life including whales and birds were seen, and good-sized jags of bait were marked, but no tuna bit. The water color looked great offshore and green but clear inshore.

Tuna fishing is decent at offshore canyons, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter from Cape May. If interested in tuna, go now, while the fish are there. Nobody knows when they’ll depart. Yellowfins and bigeyes are biting, and bluefin tuna are hitting closer to shore, along the 30- and 50-fathom lines. All the tuna fishing seems on the troll, and none of the fish chunked was heard about. Boat traffic was busy on Saturday on the offshore grounds. Anglers had to expect that in great weather. George spoke with some who fared better on Sunday. The tuna fishing seemed better that day.

Bluefin tuna chomped along the 40-fathom line, and yellowfin tuna, decent catches, and a few mahi mahi hit at the canyons along the Continental Edge, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May. Most of the tuna were trolled, on spreader bars and swimming lures. A customer landed a thresher shark heavier than 200 pounds 15 miles from shore.