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Capt. Deane Lambros ran the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant out to Lindenkohl Canyon on Friday for a day troll charter only to find 61-to-63-degree waters that were too cool for yellowfin tuna -- but good enough for 35-to-50- pound bluefins. Three bluefins were boated and three more released from the blueish-green waters. Most hit Canyon Runner white Squid Spreader Bars, along with some on balao as other bluefins were lost and 15 little tunny were released. The highlight of the trip was a 110-pound mako that hit a plug. A couple of other makos were seen, and boats overnighting reported makos hitting in the dark. Speaking of the Canyon Runner, Adam La Rosa has a great deal for active duty servicemen and retired service members. As was done last year, the Canyon Runner will be taking taking a few of them canyon fishing over the Fourth of July weekend at no charge. Call La Rosa at 272-4445 to get a shot at that great offer during prime time for bigeye tuna. Following is a report from the Jamaica out of Brielle: "5-22 Report      Sunday report We had some good action with blues on Sunday, although we had to keep chasing them. The schools were moving around quite a bit. We still read them good to when we got on top of them. Sometimes they bit well, and sometimes they didn't. We have a sea bass marathon schedule for tomorrow, Tuesday 7am-5pm and there is space available. Reserve Now! Call 732-528-5014 to pay over the phone or visit  https://www.zerve.com/BigJamaica/Marathon" The Golden Eagle from Belmar and the Queen Mary out of Point Pleasant had similar reports of blues being abundant on Sunday, but fussy. Capt. John Kolias reported continued tough striper fishing in the Raritan Bay area due to the abundance of big bluefish there. He tried trolling Friday with his Reel Fun from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, but the only striper hooked on a bunker spoon was lost on the surface -- and bait fishing produced only 32 blues.  Saturday's bucktailing for fluke that provided good action during last year's opening was poor this time. Kolias figured he had a back-up in the rivers with light tackle bucktailing, but those areas were loaded with boats, and the fluke weren't aggressive. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park weighed their first surf fluke on Sunday when Sean Malanoski bucktailed a 22-inch, 3.9-pounder. Randy Halat used a snag & drop bunker to catch a 44-inch, 34.55-pound striper.

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