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There have been great quantities of small bluefins far offshore, especially at the 1000 fathom line. Many of those bluefins are short of the 27-inch curved fork length minimum, but there are some larger ones among them. The largest bluefins seem to be around the intermediate offshore areas such as the Atlantic Princess.
Capt. Chris Di Stefano saw a couple of school tuna brought into Shark River Yacht Club today from even closer.
Boaters must purchase a NMFS permit to catch tuna, and the limit this year in the Angling category is two bluefins from 27 to less than 47 inches plus one large school/small medium from 47 to less than 73 inches. Charter boats can retain three of the smaller bluefins plus the one “over”. Party boats are allowed six schoolies and two overs.
The Golden Eagle sea bass limits and a few 2-3-pund bluefish yesterday. As a result, they started out looking for those blues this morning and got into themon jigs when located — but couldn’t hold them for long. The sea bass and ling bite then continued/
Capt. Rob Semkewyc was hoping for a repeat of Saturday’s great quantity of big striprd bass in Raritan Bay, but instead it was the same poor result as on Sunday as the only bass was hooked was lost. Semkewyc has cancelled the rest of those striper trips and goes back daily fluking tomorrow with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands,
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant also got into blues up to 4 pounds on jigs during Saturday’s trip that also produced sea bass.
The marine forecast remains good with west winds at 5-10 knots in the morning that increase to 1-15 with gusts to 20 knots in the afternoon.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant added a limited striper trip Thursday that costs $100 and runs from 4 p.m. to dark. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations on this and other special trips.