The Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant had fast and furious bluefin tuna trolling recently, with the best on free trips for the military and first responders. Those trips were on July 4-5 and 11-12. There were 55 bluefins trolled in half a day, and the 48 Viking hooked 30 in just 2 1/2 hours. Of course, only legal limits of bluefins can be boated. There were also some unusual catches last week as a 180-pound swordfish hit a Melton Cherry Jet trolled at 4 a.m. — and an 84-inch mako blasted a balao trolled on a flat line. See photo below. There may be two spots available at $899 during an open trip from Friday to Saturday. Call 732 272-4445.
There’s been a very good run of bonito inshore so far, and they often outnumber the small blues and chub mackerel in party boat chum slicks. Capt. Howard Bogan said that fishing was excellent today on his Jamaica from Brielle as there were often doubleheaders on jigs and teasers. Nickolei Kryenko from Jersey City had a 5-pound bonito for the pool and totaled 17 bonito plus five blues. Manny Molina of Reading, Pa. caught over two dozen bonito and several blues.