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CANYON ACTION HEATS UP

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., June 29, 2020
CANYON ACTION HEATS UP
The Miss Liane crew left Forked River towards the offshore grounds over the weekend in search of tuna, and scored! “We caught three 40-pound yellowfin tuna,” said Capt. Ray Lopez, adding “Nolan Baum caught his first ever tuna! It was a great day on the water and we all had an amazing time.”

In buttoning up our weekly reports on Sunday night the 28th of June, it was nice to see Tom P’s offshore report come through with the following summary:

“A tremendous week - some saying ‘psycho’, ‘sick’ and, of course, ‘epic’ and ‘stellar’ - in the canyons for yellowfin and bigeye, with the mid-range grounds still providing good-to-excellent opportunities for bluefin.” Tom’s offshore report for the July edition out this week looks good, and he forecasts spectacular action to continue into the first party of the month.

“A bonus is that white and blue marlin are showing in increasing numbers; this is beyond as good as it gets,” he added.

In their Monday morning forecast for the Hudson to Baltimore canyons, NOAA Weather is forecasting 3- to 4-foot seas every day through Friday heading into the Fourth of July weekend. Winds are mostly variable, 5 to 15 knots at most. For those able to sneak a week’s vacation around the holiday, gas ‘em up and go!

For more location specifics, pick up the July edition of The Fisherman Magazine.

North Jersey field editor JB Kasper offers plenty of great advice on the freshwater, North Jersey & South Jersey fishing grounds this month. “The month usually sees the start of good porgy fishing and triggerfish moving into local wrecks and snags,” JB said of the northern coastal action, reporting that fluke catches began to pick up in the end of June thanks to rising water temps. “It looks like we are in for a warm July and this should really push the fluke fishing into high gear,” JB said.

Meanwhile, filling in for field editor Anthony Califano in our South Jersey region for the July edition, JB said improved fluke fishing grabbed most of the headlines in Atlantic and Cape May County as well. “Warmer water temps spurred on by the recent warm weather seems to have put the flatties on the move and gave them a case of the hungries giving anglers hope for a good July and summer,” JB said this week in summarizing the action down in South Jersey. “Weakfish is looking good in Delaware Bay, as a well as in the lower state back bay waters,” he said, while adding “Some sheepshead are also bending some rods, and surf casters are into a mix of kingfish, croakers and small blues.”

In Ocean County and all along the Central Coast, field editor Ashley Viola concurs with the reports from poles. “With the warmer weather moving in, the water temperature is raising which is helping to turn on the fluke bite both in the bay and ocean,” Ashley said, reporting that the flatties have been more likely to hit the meat over the artificials, adding “but if you put in work, Gulp can still do the trick.” There have been some straggling reports of decent striped bass and black drum in along the Central Jersey coast. “Stripers, blues, drum, fluke, and kingfish are all bending rods in the wash right now,” Ashley said, adding “A few rumors of sharks are starting to go around.”

On the topic of sharks in the wash, surfcasters need to remember that sand tiger sharks and brown sharks (sandbars) are protected species. That means you can NOT target these critters, so you certainly can’t keep them! That said, it’s a fine line between retention and release; legally, these two species of shark are not even allowed to be removed from the water. Thus, if you’ve beached a sand tiger or brownie on the wet sand and hope to get your hook back, don’t smile for the camera as you’re working to release that fish. Simply get to the task at hand and push that shark free to swim again.

Sound silly? Again, that’s the “fine line” I’m talking about; the Fish Police are said to be reviewing social media accounts and looking for show and tell hero shots on Facebook of smiling surfcasters with their brown and sand tiger catches.

In other words, don’t be a poser!
 

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