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  • October 28, 2019 Open or Close

    "The big news is the chunk and trolling bites for yellowfin and longfin that are happening in the Hudson's 100 Square and its East Elbow. And the swordfish bite there is still solid," reported a fired-up Eric from The Reel Seat as the late season canyonmid-range business continues amping skyward. "Certainly much better fishing than a month ago," he observes. Yellowfin in the 50- to 80-pound class and 30- to 50-pound longfin are inhaling butters and sardines. Bluefin are showing in increasing numbers, and one sharpie customer pulled ballyhoo and Tracker bars just below 5 knots, and one decked five between 60 and 120 pounds. Jigging, and also working poppers (Tsunami Surface Blaster) and dancing stickbaits (Shimano Orca 140mm Sinking Pencil or Nomad Riptide 155). "The swordfish bites in the Hudson remain solid, with fish in the 150- to 250-pound range being caught on rigged eels and squids, he adds.

  • October 21, 2019 Open or Close

    Eric from The Reel Seat directs bluefin chasers to the lumps 6 miles east of Deal and Asbury Park where tuna in the 80-pound class are inhaling Nomad Streaker jigs and pulverizing the Nomad Chug Norris popper. Yellowfin in the 60- to 80-pound range and longfin between 30 and 40 pounds are being caught on the chunk and by jigging in the 100 Square and East Elbow of the Hudson Canyon. "Be prepared for small, sporadic shots at night when the fish are moving through. You have to keep at it," he advised. Eric told of phenomenal day and night dropping for swordfish from 125 to 350 pounds in the edge area between the Hudson and the Toms and also in the Hudson's 100 Square. During the day, the bite is to rigged squid and small mackerel in 1300- to 1600-foot reach, with the bait situated approximately 100 feet off the bottom. After dark, the takes are occurring around 150 feet. "No need for electric reels on the deep drop. We have a few customers who are catching swords on 80s. We have the knowledge and the tackle if you want to learn how," he said.

  • October 14, 2019 Open or Close

    "The deck has been shuffled, so right now the best play is the Hudson Canyon for yellowfin on the troll and swordfish on the day and night drops," predicted Eric from The Reel Seat when we spoke on Sunday.

  • October 7, 2019 Open or Close

    "Swordfish were consistent right up to the extended bad weather, and this fishery should be even better during the rest of October," observes Eric from The Reel Seat. He advises packing deep-drop tackle if heading out, including the RS custom deep-drop baits. Tilefish remain a viable option. "Hard to tell what's going to happen this week, but swords and tiles are the best options," he concluded.

The Reel Seat
707 Union Avenue , Rte 71
Brielle, NJ 08730
phone: 732-223-5353 | fax: 732-223-4440

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