New Jersey party boats have gotten into decent jigging during offshore trips for small bluefin tuna. but yesterday they set their sights much higher with yellowfin tuna.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported that they were running 75 to 80 pounds and a “handful” were boated with three times as many lost. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant only noted that some quality yellowfins were caught.
The Golden Eagle was back to bluefishing this morning. and that fishing was good for 2-7-pounders on jigs which also produced some sea bass, fluke and ling before more sea bass hit on bait.
At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter reported another good fluke day with quality fish topped by a 7-pounder that beat a 6.5-pound fluke. There were also some sea bass and two blues. That boat is taking tomorrow off.
The Fishermen had a similar report of quality fluke as Merg Anthony boated a 5 11/16-pounder to take the pool.
Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported there was a bluefish blitz on spearing in Island Beach State Park — where fluke were also caught.
Thursday’s forecast is for southeast winds at 10-15 knots plus possible showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.