Mass caught a little tunny on the way back, and found some school stripers under birds off Keansburg where he caught a doubleheader of 25-and-27-inchers before leaving the flighty stripers. Many cast a Tsunami shad to release a 24-inch striper.
Tony Arcabascio is happy to report the first 50-pound striper reported locally since the spring was boated Sunday on his 4 Tony Maja bunker spoon trolled by Capt. Ken Gallop of Big Kid from Brielle Yacht Club. Capt. Joe Bogan can't wait for the sea bass season to open on Saturday, when he'll run an extended open trip at 5 a. m. with his Jamaica II from Brielle.
The Gambler from Point Pleasant reported the last canyon trip produced a good bite just before and after sunrise for 30-to-70-pound yellowfins plus a few 30-to-40-pound albacore. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle had a slow start with the jumbo blues, but ended up with a good catch to 19 pounds plus a couple of little tunny.
The Jamaica from Brielle reported more tuna bites during Friday nights trip, but better catching on Saturday night. There were no hits on snagged bunkers during a brief attempt as it soon turned into a sightseeing trip when a big whale escorted by small dolphins was spotted in just 38 feet off Seaside Park, and they followed it around while taking video for the folks back in Pittsburgh to see.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a similar report for blues up to 18 pounds. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant was busy selling green crabs to anglers getting into the sure bite fishing for mostly short blackfish in Point Pleasant Canal, and also had word of lots of short stripers in Manasquan River.
Miss Belmar Princess marked lots of blues during a rough trip in the gusty north wind. Allen Riley sent along a Wednesday surf report from Frank Huza of Aberdeen who took the long walk to the tip of Sandy Hook where he saw about 15 tunny caught around 8 a. m. Huza caught two of about 3 and 6 pounds by blind casting a Manno 1-ounce Silver jig -- and saw something amazing -- a small dolphin (fish) chasing bait at his feet.
A couple of blues interfered with that fishing, but Many still switched to a small Tsunami Eel which produced short stripers as small as 13 inches. There was no repeat of the striper bite in the Spring Lake surf this morning, though Vinnie D'Anton of Wall released one of about 28 inches on a Chug Bug after raising two others in a very large swell, Mike Monte, a Shore native who has long run a tackle shop in Nantucket, raised three bass before I arrived -- and everything went dead.
A lot of time was lost to northeasters, but the long term benefit of getting the fall striped bass season underway may make up for that. Boaters have been trolling some bass at Shrewsbury Rocks, and the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands has been doing well on its night trip on live eels.
The Canyon Runner report from Sunday follows 's 60' Canyon Runner Trip - 10 8 16 Yes - Saturday, October 9, 2016 Double Digit Tuna - Big Yellowfin and Longfin and tons of Mahi to 20 pounds. With the fishing this good we need to get out as soon as the wind lets up and have a couple spots open this Wednesday-Thursday at a deep discount - call ASAP to secure it - it won't last long 732-272-4445 Once again this year the water shows up, the yellowfin show up on the chunk (and the longfin on the troll) and then another tropical system blows us away.