Probably the most exciting fish available to northern surfcasters is the little tunny which normally visits the suds at times during this month and into October. Their appearances are sporadic, and they’re generally chasing very small bait which is hard to duplicate. As a result, they are hard to fool with standard tackle and techniques. Those who specialize in fishing for them eliminate all hardware and tie small metal lures directly to light mono — which may result in cut-offs if blues are around.
Lures are reeled at high speed, and the strikes are hard — followed by the blistering run typical of the tuna clan. Unfortunately, little tunny are the poorest eating of the tunas, and most of the 6-10-pound average fish are released.
I’ve yet to see any little tunny jumping even well out of reach of the surf so far, but like many others I’m always doping to be around when they chase bait within range. A better bet is to wait for an appearance at the mouths of inlets. Frank Huza is holding a little tunny in the photo below, but that one was caught in a much more productive fashion on a boat, It was hooked aboard the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant last week, as noted in yesterday’s blog.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be seeking tunny along with bonito and a possible school bluefin tuna on a limited trip at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow.
At Belmar, the Miss Belmar Princess had a slow start to jigging blues today before mostly small blues turned on. The Golden Eagle had a 14-pounder among the smaller blues yesterday, and also lost what they though was a bluefin tuna, They were on a tuna trip today.
The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had to make four drops today in order to get into hot porgy action. They were of mixed sizes, but mostly in the 9-9 1/2-inch range.
Capt. Lou Grazioso reported the Triple Wrecks yellowfin tuna run continues, though Friday was a tough one for most boats. Yet, the tuna were hitting everything again yesterday.