Bigeye tuna had been the stars of this year’s tournament season until most bigeye specialists couldn’t find them during the big money MidAtlantic. That situation changed completely at the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Offshore Open which concluded over the weekend.
Pepper ended up finding the largest bigeye for a clear win at 265.3 pounds, but there were many other outstanding entries as The Experience had a 220.9-pounder — followed by Let It Bleed at 208.6 pounds and Miss Magic with a 203.6 pounder. Blue Runner has been trolling some of the largest bigeyes all season, but needed a few more pounds on their 191.1-pounder.
Fins N Sins had a 133.7-pound swordfish while Impulse led in dolphin at 22.9 pounds — and Papa Bear was first in wahoo with a 56.3-pounder. Leprechaun led many albacore entries with a 63.6-pound longfin. Polarizer won the featured white marlin release award with just six as that species remained scarce. Blue marlin releases were posted by Low Bid, Cast Strength and Tastego.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar returned from the Monday night tuna trip with “quite a few” dolphin and a swordfish. Tuna were breaking, but wouldn’t hit. The next tuna trip sails at 11 p.m. Monday by reservation. Thursday’s bluefish trip is cancelled due to the weather.
Small craft warnings are up through Thursday evening, The forecast is for northeast winds at 15-20 with gusts to 30 knots plus showers.