The Golden Eagle from Belmar concluded their canyon fishing Sunday night with one large yellowfin tuna boated though others were lost along with a swordfish that got off at the boat. They had fine fishing for jumbo blues Sunday on both Run-Off Hammer jigs and bait -- and will return to that fishing.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported that it seemed as if the tide would never start running, and when it did they only picked a few stripers and blues. As a result, that boat will be holding off on starting daily trips for the next couple of days as a strong west wind kicks in.
I joined Capt. Joe Massa om his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina as we fished live eels at the rough bottom spot where we had been doing well last week, but the bite was slow there. See you soon, Capt. Rob There was also good news from offshore as the Golden Eagle from Belmar got into lots of big blues to over 20 pounds.
With east winds still blowing up to 25 mph, there was a lack of boat reports today, but Capt. Jim Freda had a Facebook posting of him casting to llittle tunny, with Brian from Fisherman's Supply in Point Pleasant, that appeared to be off Manasquan Inlet. Tank Matraxia's party didn't see any tunny today while running over to the Hudson River with Capt. John Contello on Just Sayin from Keyport.
Yet, there's been some pretty good striper fishing on what are probably resident fish in the Hudson and East rivers despite 74 degree water temperatures. After five weakfish from 22 to 24 inches were released in the Hudson on sand worms and peanut bunkers, Many moved to the East River where school stripers hit the same baits along with a 36 1 2-incher that surprised me on my light conventional rig consisting off a Jigging World Black Demon 7'5 Blackfish rod with an Avet SX reel.
Due to a poor weather forecast, it's likely that most party boats will not sail on Thursday. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has cancelled for Thursday, though they had good fishing today for 2-to-8-pound blues along with some bonito, little tunny and porgies -- plus a Spanish mackerel.
It was 64 degrees in the Hudson and East rivers today, but even those high readings didn't slow the striper bite on sand worms, peanut bunkers and eels as the release count for Many and I by the evening on Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands was 17 stripers (including 10 from 28 inches up to 26 pounds), six blues from about 3 pounds up to 30 inches, five weakfish from 22 to 24 inches, one porgy. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle had lots of blues from 2 to 10 pounds along with some bonito and little runny on both Run-Off Hammer jigs and bait.
Adam La Rosa sent the following report from Canyon Runner Charters Last Minute Weekend Trips Available This Saturday - Sunday Very Rare Open Boat Weekend Trip Last Trip Capt. Deane Was On the Meat Discounted October Dates Available SATURDAY'S TRIP WITH TOM WILLIAMSON While several trips prior had been slow - Capt. Deane decided to head to the southern canyons with the Tom Williamson charter and once again found the meat. The party boats got in on the action on the chunk as well with catches of 10-12 fish on a few nights last week getting the party boat fleet, and us, excited!
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant won't be fishing for blues on Monday. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands got into blues averaging 4 pounds, but there were a few larger choppers jigged -- including an 11-pounder by by Ryan Von Tassel.