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IT’S TUNA TIME!

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., July 1, 2019
IT’S TUNA TIME!
Dan Keating and the crew of the Killer BEA won the Manasquan Marlin and Tuna Club Bluefin Open last week registering a 150.5-pound bluefin on the opening day of the contest. Based on weekend reports for The Fisherman, the bluefin are still on the prowl with bigeye and yellowfin now in the mix as well moving up from the southern canyons. Photo courtesy of Shark Byte Sportfishing.
“Fluke numbers saw a big jump though short fish still dominate,” noted JB Kasper in this week’s North Jersey fishing report. Seems to be a trend throughout the state, though party boat captains we spoke to along the central coast believe the first good summer heat wave should get fish chewing. “South Jersey was a cornucopia of fish this past week,” noted South Jersey field editor Anthony Califano, adding “Anything you want to target is currently available.” Notably in the Atlantic and Cape May County areas are big inshore sharks which have invaded Delaware Bay and the beach fronts, while summer flounder, croakers blowfish, kingfish, sheepshead and even triggerfish are there for the taking. From north to south, the exploding offshore bite is worth taking note of. “Offshore there is a hot tuna bite with yellowfin, bluefin and bigeye,” Califano reported this week with South Jersey captains reporting good action from the Wilmington to the Spencer. “The tuna bite is red hot offshore with bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, mahi and the occasional white marlin,” said JB Kasper where bluefin have been taken at the Princess and yellowfin and bigeye are now turning on in the northern canyons, from the Carteret to the Toms.
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