As noted in last night’s late blog, there was plenty of excitement during the last day of Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Tournament out of Atlantic City as the white marlin division was turned over. However, the fish cunt provided at that time illustrates how tough canyon trolling was during a week of passable to very good weather conditions,
That count included only three blue marlin along with 46 white marlin, 1 sailfish, 52 tuna, 3 wahoo and 8 dolphin for a total of 113 reportable fish (weighed or released) for the 80-boat fleet. With each boat fishing three days for a total of 240 boat days that represents some pretty sparse fishing for boaters burning expensive fuel to troll 100 miles or so from shore. Of course, those boats were fishing big lures and baits for big fish and could probably have caught many more average-size tuna and dolphin.
The payouts haven’t been provided as yet. I’ll publish that info when available.
Good weather continues tomorrow with south winds at 5-10 knots.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar went offshore this morning to jig 2-4-pound bluefish plus some sea bass before the mid-day lull. Then they found similar blues inshore in the afternoon along with a few gaffers.
Tim Hageman reports that he and Jack Silverstein had a good striper trip in N.Y. Harbor this week with Warden Sportfishing from Highlands as bunkers did the trick.. On the other hand, Capt. Vinny Vetere released some very large stripers while trolling TGT bunker spoons from his Katfish out of Great Kills.