A most unusual marine weather forecast predicts winds of no more than 10 knots right through Monday, which is great news for those seeking tuna both at mid-range areas and in the canyons — and for the Jamaica’s Sunday night tilefish trip.
The Jamaica sails from Brielle at 10 p.m. Sunday for a tilefish trip that will return at 2-3 a.m. Tuesday. The fare is $360 plus $10 if you want to reserve a bunk. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
The June 24 trip was also sailed in good weather, though strong currents were a problem at times. Yet, a couple of anglers managed limits of both golden and blueline tiles — and a bluefin tuna was also caught. Jigging was the best method. Joe Tomaszewski (not pictured) won the pool again as he boated a 26-pound golden.
The Jamaica will be sailing for fluke at 7:30 a.m. on other days. They also start afternoon family fluking at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and have a half-night ling trip at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The forecast for Thursday is northwest winds at just 5 knots before shifting to southwest in the afternoon.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar didn’t find the big blues they sought offshore on Wednesday, and the few small blues and bonito they encountered wouldn’t cooperate. Today was much better with small blues plus bonito and chub mackerel in the slick while ling were caught on bottom along with sea bass that had to be released. A big hammerhead shark swam around the boat to provide some excitement.
Small blues and bonito have moved into the surf, but they are just as small as those we saw there last fall. Joe Melillo, at Castaway’s Tackle in Point Pleasant, said he heard from two sources that there were also Spanish mackerel in the mix. Those tropical visitors usually don’t show up until at least August.
Allen Riley, of South Plainfield, is vacationing on the Outer Banks in Corolla, N.C. with his family and enjoying clear waters with lots of life in the surf. He and his son have been catching many small blues casting any small shiny lure along with mostly 9-12-inch Spanish mackerel plus a 16-incher.