While sea bass continue to be the best bet, fishing for offshore game fish is also coming on strong.
Andreas Toy reported on Facebook that they were into “insane’ school bluefin tuna trolling on chatter bars during their first contest of the season — the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Bluefin Open.
Jason Neadel was adding winter flounder to the sea bass already boxed when a 305-pound thresher shark interrupted the bottom fishing on Abigail IV from Point Pleasant earlier this week.
The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant reported loads of bluefins as close as 10 to 20 miles offshore along with some bigeyes, yellowfins and swordfish far to the east.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro had a great casting session in Barnegat Inlet as his Wednesday party on Hi Flier from Barnegat cast soft plastics and swimming plugs to 3-7-pound blues and 24- to 30-inch stripers. With east winds in the forecast, that should be a good place to hide. Call 732 330-5674for openings.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands made its last live-lining striper trip today, but only five bass were boated through big blues. They will return to fluking on Saturday — but may add some evening striper trips.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some small to medium blues plus a few “monsters” this morning before adding sea bass. They won’t be sailing Friday due to the forecast of east winds.
The IGFA Auction is running up to Sunday at 6:30 p.m.