Adam La Rosa reports that at least five giant tuna were caught yesterday by boats sailing out of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. After starting off with yellowfins, the Canyon Runner broke the ice as Capt. Deane Lambros found a 93-inch bluefin that hit a balao. Boats that concentrated on them had good yellowfin catches. La Rosa reports the Canyon Runner only has a few dates left in February and just six in March. If you want to get in on the best chance of catching a giant tuna all year, call 732 842-6825 right away. The same applies for the few remaining tickets to the Canyon Runner Seminar at Atlantic City on Feb. 2.
The Staten Island Fisherman’s Flea Market runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Labetti VFW Post, 390 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island. Admission is $5, with youngsters under 10 admitted at no charge. Seminars by local pros are included, with Chuck Many providing his striped bass presentation, Joe Zagorski on tautog — plus Niyo Averse and Ron Redrow covering fluke. Capt. Vinny Vetere of Katfish at Great Kills will be displaying his Ho-Jo trolling lures and TGT spoons along with his mate — Percy Wentworth of Percy cast nets fame.
Saturday’s weather may be fishable early as northeast winds of only 10 knots are predicted before shifting to east 15-20 knots in the afternoon. Sunday is a different story as it starts out southwest 15-20 with gusts to 25 before gale warnings go up in the afternoon. Morning rain changes to snow and sleet.
The Big Jamaica from Brielle sails at 1 a.m. to the offshore wrecks which produced limit catches of large porgies last Saturday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. As noted in a blog this week, the Jamaica had planned to do Sunday and Monday 7:30 mackerel trips, but that may have changed with the mackerel disappearance noted in yesterday’s blog.
The Mimi Vi from Point Pleasant will try to make blackfish trips at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and through January. Spots on those $75 trips can be reserved by calling 732 370-8019.
Both the Big Mohawk and Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported Thursday blackfishing in good conditions was sluggish with only a few keepers caught.