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The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant is making up for not getting into bigeye tuna during the White Marlin Open and the MidAtlantic as they're currently holding first and second in the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Offshore Open with bigeyes of 264.5 and 160.5 pounds. With northeast winds up to 25 mph forecast for Saturday, the current leaders look to be in good shape. Other leaders include a 122-pound swordfish on Irish Twin; a 71.25-pound yellowfin on Mushin; a 52.15-pound wahoo by Can Do Too; and a 18-pound dolphin on Andrea's Toy. Chasin' Tail leads the boats 35 feet and under category with a 65.25-pound tuna; Tashtego has a blue marlin release; and Pepper leads in white marlin releases.  The Golden Eagle from Belmar had some good news today as they finally found some bluefish bigger than one-pounders  -- getting into some of 3-to-5 pounds on Run-Off Hammered jigs in the afternoon after a slow morning. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant also reported getting into good bluefishing today for the first time since early July. I caught the size bluefish we used to find in the ocean in other summers, but there was just one 30-incher (about 8 pounds) that hit my Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr. popper in Shark River. The previous morning I had only seen one boil behind the plug, and didn't raise anything else after the one release this morning. Phil Silvester came down from Harrison and had only one hit in Shark River, but that small blue threw the SP Minnow. Capt. Ron Santee reports fluking has been tough in the ocean the last two days due to the large swell, but was a bit better today. A father and son boated fluke of 6.11 and 5.9 pounds on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands at the same time on Tuesday.  Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported some kingfish are starting to show in the surf along with fluke. Large sharks are still being hooked at night. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, is impressed by the blackfish being caught in Point Pleasant Canal on green crabs. Capt. Dave De Gennaro is catching some weakfish and fluke on grass shrimp in Barnegat Bay from his Hi-Flier out of Barnegat. He also noted that bonito and little tunny are starting to show up on Barnegat Ridge.

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