It took a long time to get started, but it appears that night tuna chunking in the canyons is turning on.
The Jamaica from Brielle reported a slow start on the Tuesday to Wednesday trip as only a few dolphin were caught. They then switched to the anchor in hopes of a daytime tuna bite. There were only a few bites at night as two swordfish were boated and two released. Tuna moved under the boat toward dawn and a bite of yellowfins to 70 pounds plus albacore that were holding at 50 to 150 foot depths.That bite slowed as the sun came up, but a few more were chunked.
The Jamaica has room on a 31-hour trip at 7 a.m. Thursday –and 22-hour trips at 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 17 and 24. A Striper Marathon is set for Saturday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
Capt. Vinny Vetere had another great Raritan Bay trolling Trip Thursday on his Katfish from Great Kills. Many of his bass were in the 40-pound class and larger.
There were no boat reports today due to the strong NW winds — except for the one I made with Bob Correll from Manasquan Inlet to the Highlands Bridge late in the afternoon to seek casting or jigging stripers. Unfortunately, the only birds we saw were just picking on small bait. Despite the wind, it was fairly calm within a mile of the beach , and visibility was fine though there was nothing to see.
Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said some of his regulars caught decent-sized school stripers in the surf from several areas south of Manasquan Inlet this morning. Metal lures did the job. warnings were discontinued this evening. Saturday starts with northeast winds at just 5-10 knots before shifting to southeast in the afternoon. The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant will run striper specials with a 15-man limit at 6;30 A.M. Wednesday and Thursday for $120. Call 732 370-8019.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro is running open striper trips on his Hi Flier from Barnegat on the next three days at 1:30 p.m. Call 732 330-5674.