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The best yellowfin tuna bite of the season occurred last week in Hudson Canyon before the weekend crowd arrived. Adam La Rosa detailed the action on the Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant as follows: OVER THE HUMP - 50+ OVERNIGHTERS IN THE BOOKSThe yellowfin finally showed in force in the canyons - we had 10 overnighters between July 14 and 23 and we caught yellowfins in the canyons all week long.  The weekends with the crowd were another issue though.A couple open boat charters on the 48 Viking with Capt. Phil Dulanie at the helm had decent trips but perhaps the best of it was the Mike Farrell charter with 25 yellowfin in the Hudson Wednesday to Thursday.  Of those 25 yellowfins there were 6-7 decent ones and the rest were on the small side and released.Capt. Deane Lambros had the 60 Ritchie this week and included 7 nice fish with the Vince Barba charter - 6 big yellowfin with the Dave Shara charter - who had enough meat that they let a couple big ones go - and 21 yellowfins with the Rob Pendock charter with 7 nice ones. ************************************************** LOOKS LIKE I DO HAVE SPOTS FOR NEXT WEEKEND -  AUGUST 4-5-6 ON THE 48 VIKING - CALL ASAP - IT WON'T LAST MORE THAN A FEW HOURS.  WHOLE BOAT OR OPEN BOAT - WHICH EVER FILLS UP FIRST EMAIL: ADAM@CANYONRUNNER.COM IF YOU WANT A SPOT OR THE WHOLE BOAT  or Call - 732-272-4445 The northeast wind put a big dent in fishing today, but that worked in my favor when I cast from shore in Shark River during a light rain with no boat traffic. A bluefish of about two feet hit my small Tsunami shad and fought on the light spinning tackle for five minutes before chopping the 30-pound leader. I switched to my surf rod and released a similar blue on a Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr. popper, before the next one cut the 30-pound leader. Then I got serious and attached a big pencil popper with a single hook at the rear on heavy leader to release two more up to 30 1/2 inches before the bite shut down even with the current still running hard.   Vinnie D'Anton of Wall arrived just as I released the last blue. He had his turn hitting it right after many fishless trips on Saturday morning when he released two 20-inch stripers on a Chug Bug before changing to a Zoom jig for a 20-inch fluke and an 8-pound blue. Yet, the next morning there were three of us casting without so much as a swirl. Party boats stayed in port today, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar plans to check bluefish reports to the south tomorrow -- with a backup of sea bass fishing that's been consistently producing the two-fish limits presently allowed. The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant will be sailing open Wednesday at 7 a.m. for bottom fishing that's been producing limits of sea bass and winter flounder plus ling. Call 732 370-8019 to hold a spot. Sott Leadbeater of Haddon Heights worked hard for fluke on Saturday from Sandy Hook to the Cedars with his Osprey from Atlantic Highlands, but only found a few shorts and sea robins. Most of the few blues caught in Shark River recently have been very skinny "racers", but today's were well-shaped fish that provided lots of jumps.

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