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Offshore Report

Report from Friday, November 16.

| Sandy Hook | Manasquan Inlet | Townsend's Inlet | Cape May Inlet | Last Week's Report |

Last Week's Report
From Nov. 9:

Note: This might be the year’s final Offshore Report. The report actually is usually finished already, in November’s first days. But a little news rolled in, so it was posted here.

Sandy Hook

Capt. Joe Baumle from Sour Kraut Sportfishing from Leonard heard second-hand that 80-pound bluefin tuna were caught Sunday from the Mudhole to the Glory Hole. That was the only day with fishable weather around then.

Manasquan Inlet

A tuna trip was weathered out that was supposed to sail Tuesday to Wednesday on the Gambler, the party boat’s Facebook page said. The year’s final is supposed to run this coming Tuesday to Wednesday. See the tuna page on the boat’s website for info. Offshore sea bass trips will fish in December.

A Brielle party boat left yesterday morning to fish offshore canyons for tuna, Dave from The Reel Seat in the town said while the trip was still fishing. The trip was maybe going to score differently, but canyon tuna fishing was a disaster this season. Boaters are still spotting bluefin tuna inshore, he said. Schoolie bluefins swam the Shark River Reef area, Alex from the shop said earlier this week. But few anglers tried for them.

Townsend’s Inlet

A couple of trips reportedly sailed to offshore canyons Wednesday in a break in weather, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City. They reportedly hooked bigeye tuna and swordfish. Those fish seem to be biting now when the trips have the weather to sail.

***Previous week’s report, from Nov. 2:***

Note: Offshore fishing for big game is winding down for the year, and that’s usual for the time of season. This might be the year’s final Offshore Report. But trips could still sail and be covered in one more report this coming week.

Manasquan Inlet

Little was reported about tuna fishing at the offshore canyons, said Eric from The Reel Seat in Brielle. A handful of bluefin tuna were known about that were decked at the canyons the other day. Inshore spots held a few bluefins. If anglers are diehard about finding them, the Texas Tower area is a classic fall place for a few 100-pounders.

A 36-hour tuna trip sailed last week on Wednesday to Thursday on the Gambler from Point Pleasant Beach, a report said on the party boat’s website. Forecasts called for wind and seas to diminish somewhat, but still predicted 25-knot wind and 7-foot seas. The trip dealt with wind and seas, including wind cranking up to 35 knots before sundown on Wednesday, when the boat was anchored along a canyon wall. On the way to the canyon, the trip fished at a buoy and pots. Life was sparse, and jacks were landed. At night, the strong wind kept blowing until 3 a.m. At daybreak, a couple of small bluefin tuna were released, and a few mahi mahi were bagged. Seas were still big, and the trip next sailed to a wreck in the deep a couple of hours away. The trip hoped to catch pollock there, but only a few large sea bass were angled. Conditions weren’t the best for fishing the wreck. Strong current flowed against the wind, and lines ran to the bow. The crew will do its best on the next tuna fishing aboard, and hopes longfin tuna will set up along the Continental Edge. A tuna trip is scheduled for Tuesday to Wednesday, and see the tuna page on the boat’s website for info. Offshore sea bass trips will fish in December.

Barnegat Inlet

Capt. Mike from the Tuna-Tic from Forked River hopes tuna fishing will still turn on at the offshore canyons, he said. He’s got a couple of charters on standby who’ll jump aboard if it does. Mike heard about a few tuna caught but thinks they were bluefins. Swordfish are biting at the offshore canyons, but nobody wants to take a trip just for swords. Striped bass fishing inshore should begin soon aboard. The migration usually kicks in by mid-November near Barnegat Inlet locally.