Given the blow out the past few days and lack of reports, we decided to stay fairly close today and try some of the inshore lumps that I thought would be holding some bluefin tuna. As luck would have it, I was right today (nice when that happens). We ran out on the Trade In and got started on the troll at 6am in blue/green 73 degree water. Right away we had a tuna bite on the Tsunami Green Squid Bar I made but eh fish missed even after the second attempt. We worked the edge of the lump where we had solid bait marks and BAM, the planer rod goes off then both of the long riggers go screaming. We ended up catching 2/3 bluefins releasing one since the both were under 47″ and we already stuck the first one with the gaff.
We got back on the troll and again, in the same order, we get three bites on the planer and two long riggers and get one to the boat. We kept pounding the area and managed to get another bite on the spreader bar which pulled the hook and caught a small gaffer mahi for the meat box! We continues to work the lump and moved to the SE side and found some more bait. After a few mystery bites we finally came tight on a tuna and again, pulled the hook. Tough day on our ratio, but it didn’t seem there was an “over fish” there and the wind came on strong so we headed back for the down in GE Inlet around 11 am. Fun morning with plenty of action!
Well I am away for the weekend and I lucked out since I would have been blown out and not able to fish this weekend anyway. Back at it again hardcore in NJ come Monday June 29th and I can’t wait!!!
I am running two charter boats (55′ Carolina Boat and a 48′ Ocean Yacht) fairly regularly this year. You can see them on my NEW JERSEY CHARTER PAGE along with the trip prices. If you are looking to get out Offshore Fishing for Marlin, Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, Swordfish, and/or Sharks, please Contact Me ASAP as dates are starting to fill up quickly.
Here is my latest edit that covers the excellent fishing we had down it Cat Island Bahamas this Spring Season on the Over Under. Be sure to watch in HD!!!
I ran a charter on the 55′ Gwaltney Low Profile in hopes of finding a few tuna. We started on the edge of a half degree break in 38 fathoms inside the tip of the Baltimore with lots of birds wheeling around and some two tone dolphin. We managed to go 1/3 on 30# yellowfin tuna before it shut down. We paddled out to the canyon and picked up a small mahi but the water was pulling hard off of the edge so I turned back to go where we had the bites.
Working our way back in it was lifeless but once we found the edge again there was a weedline and scattered grass. We ended up getting a few more mahi there and went 2/5 on White Marlin which made the day.
omlynhave time for a quick report since we are running offshore for tunas tomorrow. We ended up only catching 3 dusky sharks today. We started in the elephant trunk trench but the water was green and lifeless. I made the haul to the 30 fathom lump where we had better conditions and 67 degree water and picked the dusky sharks here. It was slow so we made a short jog to the Holly & Murphy but our drift had dropped out so no good there.
We are entered to fish the shark tournament this weekend on Saltitude and today was day one. With the 10-15 knot SE and fairly calm seas we made our way out to fish the Elephant Trunk area in 30 fathoms. We got setup on a nice dropoff in 66 degree green water and got on our first drift which was about half a knot. We got a nice crash from a mako on the short bait but he must of been wrapped up and he came off. Shortly after we hooked into another mako that was about 125lbs and we released it. After two hours on this drift I decided to pick up and make a short 2 mile move.
It didn’t take long to hook into another mako and get a clean releas one it. We stick with this drift throughout the day and ended our day 5/7 on makos (all smaller fish), 1 blue shake and one dusky. Very fun day of fishing but no big ones today for us.
Today we had our sights set on tuna, bigeyes in particular. Jody has never caught one so I wanted to get him on one since signs seemed right that they were around. We ran out to the Wilnington early to get into the eddy that was pushing blue 71 degree water into the canyon and got on the troll at grey light. Right away we had an explosion behind the long rigger, but the fish missed completely. I was marking bait and we made a few more passes and wham! Yellowfin on. Justin got the 50 pounder to the boat easily. We got back on the troll and found a small pod of pilot whales doing their thing and I marked the tunas. After a few passes, Got Em On! Jody got strapped in and was in for a battle. This fish had no intentions of giving us a shot at her. After 6 hours and 40 minutes we finally got color. It was obvious it was a nice bigeye. With that, the line parted. What a heartbreaker!