The 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Offshore Open concludes Tuesday as entrants who haven’t taken their one overnighter or two day trips try to knock off some impressive leaders.
The latest entries were topped by a swordfish of 317.5 pounds that was part of a very successful trip by Galaxy, which also weighed a 136.5-pound bigeye for a daily prize even though it was short of the leaders. Touch of Grey leads in tuna at 189.5 pounds, followed by Canyon Runner at 181 and Low Bid with a 178-pounder. Blue Runner and Canyon Fever joined Just One More with a blue marlin release — and also tied in white marlin releases with three. The Mahi division is still topped by a 43.2-pound dolphin on Three’s Enough. Miss Tres broke the ice in wahoo with a 58-pounder that will be hard to beat.
The yellowfin tuna bite continues despite a mob scene offshore. Capt. Joe Massa joined Jimmy Peters on his Reel Time from Morgan Marina and a couple of friends to catch 10 yellowfins yesterday in an area where 350 boats were fishing during a beautiful day until the south wind came up in the afternoon to create a tough 94-mile ride home.
Tia Di Gavero may have caught the fluke of the weekend as she weighed a 10.5-pound doormat (see below) at The Tackle Box in Hazlet after hooking it on a killie at the Rattlesnake.
Ken Peters of Springfield had a profitable weekend while fluking aboard Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands as he won Sunday’s pool with an 8 5/16-pounder — after having won the money Saturday with a 6 1/4-pound fluke.
At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter reported lots of 3-and-4-pound fluke today. along with a pool winner just under 6. The Fishermen was topped by a 9.2-pound fluke caught by Mike Rodriquez, who limited along with his wife Leslie as their bag included a 6.5-pounder. Another angler boated a 7.1-pound fluke.
The great weather continues tomorrow with a forecast of southeast winds at 5-10 knots — and nothing over 10 knots through Friday.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has scheduled an open Hudson Canyon trip for Monday Sept. 14 at 7 a.m. and returning the following afternoon. The cost is $450, and it’s limited to 12 They also have an open bottom fishing trip on Saturday. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations..