The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant hasn’t been out there yet, but an eastern Long Island member of their Coaching & Report Service reported catching over 30 bluefin tuna while fishing the canyons recently. There was no mention of sizes, but those early bluefins are usually small. Te Canyn Runner’s Service had been sold out, but one subsciber has decided to stay in Florida — and his spot has opened up. Call Adam La Rosa at 732 272-4445 for information.

The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a tough Sunday of bottom fishing in a lumpy ocean as only about 20 short blackfish were caught along with a couple of keepers, four cod and a few ling. Wednesday looks like the next possibility.

Small craft warnings are up through Tuesday morning when the forecast is for north winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 before dropping off to just 5-10 knots in the afternoon. The Golden Eagle from Belmar has cancelled for Tuesday while looking forward to Wednesday.

Both Andreas Toy boats out of Keyport started in fog on Sunday, but ended with striper limits on bunker in rain and east wind. The largest bass caught was a 38-incher.

Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom reported the first Long Beach Island surf bass were caught Saturday by John Moran of LBI on clams as he released two shorts.

The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant is sailing open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 for blackfish with whitelegger crabs included for $110.On Tuesdays and Thursdays the sailing time is 7 a.m. for $90. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations. Striper dates start in May.

The Tackle Box in Hazlet reports that Fishermen’s Choice Scented Squid Strips and Salmon Belly strips scented in shrimp oil are being distributed in Florida by Bionic Bait in Pompan Beach. Capt. Mike Sisto has been doing well on the Marathon reefs with snappers and groupers on squid strips, while the salmon is great for tilefish when that season is open.

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