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Report from Friday, October 12.

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More mahi madness, a post said about an open-boat trip Sunday with Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach on Mushin’s Facebook page. The fishing absolutely crushed mahi again, it said, limiting out and releasing additional. After an overnight trip offshore was weathered out Saturday to Sunday, Mushin squeezed in the day trip Sunday, a long one. At first, lots of small yellowfin tuna, rats, and huge false albacore were trolled. Next, the trip moved to the mahi grounds, nailing them to 18 pounds. The trip returned to the tuna grounds and caught more of the rat yellowfins and countless albies. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing.

Few boaters did the fishing, but a nice little pick of yellowfin tuna seemed happening from the Triple Wrecks to the Texas Tower area, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. The fishing seemed pretty hit and miss, but the tuna were mostly hooked on chunks and jigs. Farther offshore at the canyons, mahi mahi fishing was good, and swordfish gave up a steady pick. A couple of longfin tuna and a handful of yellowfin tuna were heard about from the canyons, but only a handful. Closer to shore, good populations of false albacore and bonito could be found. If boaters wanted to troll them, the Mudhole was the place to be. If anglers wanted to cast to them, off Sandy Hook was hottest. The fish were also scattered farther south, but numbers held off Sandy Hook. Cast epoxy jigs and Deadly Dicks caught. S&S Slimfish in chrome worked well for Eric. John from the shop said bluefin tuna from footballs to 100-pounders were caught and seen from Sea Girt Reef to Shark River Reef. Tuna fishing at offshore canyons was very sporadic, he said. But one boat reportedly smashed a good catch of tuna, including bigeyes, far away, like 160 miles. John didn’t know whether the trip fished farther offshore than usual, he said when asked for this report. But he thought it might have.

The Jamaica II limited out on three 40- to 50-pound bluefin tuna Tuesday during a daily bottom-fishing trip for sea bass and other catches, the party boat’s Facebook page said. See a photo of one of the tuna from the page. A few were lost that weighed more than 100 pounds apiece. The boat on a previous day this week reported a 100-pound bluefin jumping around the vessel throughout the day’s trip.