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Report from Friday, June 15.

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An open-boat trip Saturday returned early because the anglers were tired after fighting more than two dozen yellowfin tuna to 65 pounds with Mushin Sportfishing from Point Pleasant Beach, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. They were too tired to fish for tilefish afterward. Mushin, whose home port is in Point Pleasant Beach, is sailing for tuna, sharks and tilefish from Cape May this month and in July, like it does every year. The tuna fishing off Cape May to Maryland is hot! he wrote. The tilefishing’s also good. That trip trolled the yellowfins all morning, and left them biting. An open trip the previous day trolled the year’s first bigeye tuna aboard, a 110-pounder. That outing also trolled bluefin tuna to 45 pounds and yellowfin tuna to 60 pounds, good action, including many multiple hook-ups. All of these tuna were hooked in the same area on the trip. Then the anglers tilefished, limiting out on bluelines to 18 pounds and cranking in some goldens. Time to go! Alan wrote. Charters are fishing, and new open trips were just added for June 24, 28 to 29 and July 8.

A trip at the southern canyons trolled four bluefin tuna, four yellowfin tuna and a longfin tuna Saturday on the Tin Knocker from Point Pleasant, Capt. John said. All the fish weighed 30 pounds and were hooked on plastics. The ocean on the fishing grounds was 63 degrees on the cool side of a temperature break, and 67 to 68 on the warm side. Seas were flat and beautiful, couldn’t be nicer. Tuna are in, and telephone to get after them while they are.

Offshore fishing was the big news, Eric from The Reel Seat and Brielle said on Sunday. Fishing for yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna was very good at Spencer to Wilmington canyons offshore. Tremendous catches were trolled on spreader bars and ballyhoos. Reports about bluefin tuna 150 to 200 pounds rolled in from the Texas Tower in past days, he said that day. Those were all trolled on ballys. Dave from the shop on Wednesday said fishing for tuna was good offshore last weekend for lots of yellowfins and bigeyes and some bluefins. That was from South Toms Canyon to Wilmington Canyons, all on the troll. Spreader bars, daisy chains and ballyhoos were fished. Mako sharks were sometimes caught at night on the trips. Little was reported about inshore sharking. Dave heard about effort but not many results. Locals don’t often shark anymore unless in a tournament. One mako was entered in last weekend’s South Jersey Shark Tournament. The fish weighed 269 pounds, according to the tournament’s website. Anglers will see how sharking goes in this weekend’s Brett T. Bailey and Jersey Coast Shark Anglers shark tournaments.