The mid-range yellowfin tuna have been off-and-on, often disapointing when there’s too much boat traffic. However, that didn’t seem to be a problem on Tuesday.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported 10 in the 85-90-pound class were boated and many lost. Two were on jigs while the rest hit chunks. Their last Exotics trip of the season will sail next Monday night.
Capt. Dave Riback said his previous Tuesday tuna trip “stank”, but some yellowfins were caught this week — up to a 130-pounder. In contrast to the Golden Eagle report, Riback noted there was a 60/40 edge in favor of jigs.
The Golden Eagle reported bluefish from 3 to 10 pounds hitting jigs close to the inlet provided quick limits before they did the same with sea bass.
Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina that while Shark River keeper fluke ratios are down the ocean fluking has been very good. Surf striper action has been primarily at night.
Vinny D’Anton thought he had a big bass running line off his light tackle yesterday morning in the Spring Lake surf before realizing the fish had to be a ray. Fortunately, it was a relatively small one of about 15 pounds which shortened the fight before release. That was the first tme we’ve heard of a cownose hitting sand fleas.
The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had spotty fluking today, and is taking tomorrow off to let the weather get by. Though the forecast is for only south at 5-10 knots, thunderstorms are possible.
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Today’s action at the MidAtlantic started as the scales opened at 5 with Amarula Sun blowing out the wahoo category with a 57-pounder while Pipe Dreamer took over in tuna with bigeyesof 227 and 235 pounds. I’ll have a late blog after the scales close at 9.
The big money winner in last weeks Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club”s White Marlin Invitational was Kaar, but the prize catch was a last minute 182;9-pound bigeye tuna on Crazy Tuna.