It had been a different story on Friday for the Jamaica from Briellle as bluefishing was good both during the day and on the night trip. At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter reported a decent pick of keeper fluke when the current finally got going in the afternoon though lots of sea bass had to be released.
The great bigeye tuna bite Tuesday and Wednesday at the 100 Square of Hudson Canyon produced lots of changes in the tuna category as Hubris started ou with a 213-pounder, but that fish was in seventh place by this morning as RightBite leads at 257 pounds, followed by Millimg Around wit a 251, Canyon Runner at 240, Endorfin with a 220, Riptide at 218, and Ledge with a 214-pounder. There were no fluke reports today, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported good early action with blues of 3 to 8 pounds on jigs before it turned to a pick during a gorgeous day at sea.
Entrants in the Offshore Open can run two day trips or one overnighter, until the contest concludes after Saturday s fishing. Boats stayed in today, but tomorrow looks good with sunshine and light northwest winds.
Capt. Jim Freda had a farther and sons trip yesterday on his Shore Catch as they struggled to find yellowfin tuna before jigging produced three tuna out of four hooked The Golden Eagle from Belmar got in a day of bluefishing before the bad weather, and it was excellent. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina, says the party boats there have been doing very well with fluke and its been more like the old days with 6-and-7-pounders being common.
Posted on August 31, 2021 Tough day for tuna trips Mid-range tuna trips weren t successful with the target yellowfins, but there s usually something else out there to provide some action. Andreas Toy from Keyport had a goood dolphin trip for a family group on Monday, and added a surprising yellowfin well inshore.