The weather looks good as boaters who haven’t used up their fishing days will be doing so before it’s all over Saturday evening in the Offshore Open. The great bigeye tuna bite Tuesday and Wednesday at the 100 Square of Hudson Canyon produced lots of changes in the tuna category as Hubris started ou with a 213-pounder, but that fish was in seventh place by this morning as RightBite leads at 257 pounds, followed by Millimg Around wit a 251, Canyon Runner at 240, Endorfin with a 220, Riptide at 218, and Ledge with a 214-pounder.
I was finally able this morning to find leaders in other categories. Polorizer leads in white marlin releases over Pepper 8 to 3; Ledge has a huge 43.7-pound dolphin which leads Cheapshot’s 34.5 — and Papa Bear has no competition in wahoo for their 105.7-pounder. There’s another exceptional catch leading in albacore with a 59.5-pounder by Allison that’s well ahead of Caitlin’s 44.7.
The swordfish leader is a 93.5-pounder on Hooked N Rollin’ — not 19 pounds as I mistakingly listed last night.
There were no fluke reports today, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported good early action with blues of 3 to 8 pounds on jigs before it turned to a pick during a gorgeous day at sea. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had the opposite experience with a slow start followed by an afternoon improvement that kept them out into overtime.
The Jamaica from Brielle will also be seeking blues in the morning. Their tilefish trip was a success this week as anglers limited on bluelines. There were also a few golden tiles up to the 30-poind golden tthat took the pool –plus a surprising 24-pound grouper . George Hanakis boated what may be a state record blueline tilefish of 23 1/2 pounds. Another southern canyons tilefish trip has been set for 10 p.m. Sept. 13. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has a last minute opening for anglers on Sunday’s limited fluke trip. The cost is $110 for the 6:30 to 4 trip. Call 732 370-8019 for reservations..Tomorrow’s forecast is for northwest winds at 5-10 knots, shifting to southwest in the afternoon,