Summer is here and the tuna are biting at the canyons. There are yellow fin being caught and there was a large big eye tuna caught on Sunday. Hodge Podge in Avalon reports the Eighth Street jetty is producing triggerfish, weakfish, herring, and snapper blues. Bonita were reported at the Sea Isle Ridge. Sterling Harbor reports Reef site No. 11 and the old grounds are catching flounder on Saturday.
Bluefin tuna were reported at Massy canyon, the Hambone, and the Cigar. Jigging butterfly jigs and diamond jigs have been best. Chunking butterfish was a close second. Bill Stull caught a six-foot hammerhead while fishing the Misty Blue wreck aboard the Naughty Buoy. according to Cathy at Sterling Harbor.
This Saturday is the Duke of Fluke Tournament hosted by Sterling Harbor. For more info call 609-729-1429. Jim’s Tackle in Cape May reports blue fin tuna are biting at the hot dog on the troll.
High hook this week is The Tuna Jack with a 228-pound big eye tuna caught on the troll first thing Sunday morning after a 48-minute fight. This is the marina record for the 07 season at the Canyon Club.
In the Delaware Bay the croakers are showing at the Bayshore Channel Also in the bay fluke were reported at Brandywine Shoal. The lower end of the Rips has produced some nice fluke at the end of the tide. Robert Ford, 15, caught his first yellowfin tuna while fishing the Wilmington Canyon aboard the Reel Optimistic.
Grassy Sound Marina reports Jack Dinnis had three keeper flounder to 19.5 inches. Ken Stuer caught a five-pound flounder, Mary Spayed 4.5-pound flounder, Ed Sieeinger a 4.5-pound flounder, John Robinson weighed three weakfish to nine pounds fishing Townsend’s Inlet with rubber worms and lead heads. Off the half at Grassy Sound Marina triggerfish, flounder, stripers, and 18-inch weakfish were caught this week. Catch of the week off the half bridge was a 6.5-pound flounder caught by Tom Sywer. .
The crabing is getting better according to Debbie at Grassy Sound Marina. This Saturday is the Grassy Sound flounder tournament. This tourney will be Back Bay fishing only and also a pier division. For more info call 609-846-1400 or pick up a registration form at the fuel dock. The Shockley Off Shore Tournament hosted by the Cape May Marlin and Tuna club was this past weekend and the winners were- Reel Steel with a 57 pound tuna, Sterling II with a 14.75-pound Mahi and Supper Crew had a white marlin released and was also the first white marlin at the club for 07.
Charlie from South Jersey Marina reports the charter fleet are on a big pod of good size bluefish five to six miles off the beach and had them all week with good catches.
Catch of the week was from the Nor Easter with a 125-pound thresher shark that took a bluefish bait and was boated after an hour fight with only a 25-pound test line according to Charlie.
Sunny gives the fishing eight barks this week.
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