The 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club’s Offshore Open doesn’t have the huge pay-offs of the White Marlin Open and the MidAtlantic, but the competition is just as intense.

The contest is running from August 29 through Sept. 8, during which time the 53 boats entered can fish two day trips or one overnighter. Linda Anne got things started with a 69.55-pound tuna on the 31st. The tuna species aren’t identified, but they got a lot bigger since then as Touch of Grey boated tuna of 189.5 and 182 pounds, while Canyon Runner fit in between at 181 — and Andrea’s Toy had a 117.2. The mahi leader is a 43.2 pound dolphin on Three’s Enough. Swordfish have also been weighed in, with Jenny Lee leading at 129.15 pounds over Miss Mikayla II at 100 pounds. Both the Canyon Runner and Goin In Deep have two white marlin releases.

There’s not much news from the beach as Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park hasn’t posted a report since Aug. 13 — though Betty & Nick’s reports small blues and fluke in the surf. I’ve gone back to river casting which isn’t much better as I managed only a 20-inch striper and a blue of about 5 pounds this morning on a Z Man pearl paddletail.

Thursday’s inshore forecast is for south winds at 10 knots.

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