A blast of canyon bigeyes shook up the standings in the 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Offshore Open which concludes tonight.
Hubris not only pushed Touch of Grey put of first in tuna with a 219-pounder, but also weighed a 201.2-pound bigeye. I’ll have the final results of the season’s last offshore tournament whenever they become available.
Little tunny are becoming a common trolling catch inshore for boaters, and sightings by shore anglers are frequent — though actual catches have been few. Allen Riley sought out his favorite surf species at Sandy Hook this morning, but no little tunny were spotted. There was small bait in the wash, but he didn’t see any fish caught.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a good yellowfin tuna catch on Monday, and quickly scheduled another16-hour trip tor Wednesday at 11 p.m. — and there is room available.
Bob Correll joined Mike Heaney for a Monday trip 77 miles offshore with Mike’s October Sky from Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant. They found the yellowfins as cooperative as expected and caught five. The volume of yellowfins being caught in a large area is amazing, and nothing appears to be holding them there except the volume of chunks being distributed by the fleet. All went well until an underwater net was encountered on the way back — resulting in a long 8 mph ride home.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc was looking forward to a repeat of the many keepers and larger fluke taken Monday on his Sea Hunter, but the bite wasn’t nearly as good today. Some keepers and one limit were taken from the ocean fishing that’s been possible due to the relatively light winds prevailing recently.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports the party boat Miss Beach Haven has been coming up with some fluke limits and shots of fluke over 6 pounds during recent trips.
Wednesday’s forecast is for east winds, but at only 5-10 knots. There’s a chance of showers in the afternoon.