2011-08-04 - NJ Offshore Update - Mid Season Recap

New Jersey Fishing Update - August, 2011

We've  all ready had an incredible season, so who knows what the next couple months might bring.  If things continue the way they are now, we will have had our best season in 5 or so years when the smoke settles.  The Yellowfin moved inside the canyons about 2 weeks ago and we had some great success both trolling and chunking fish in 20-30 fathoms.  The last week, they have become a bit spread out and tougher to keep track of, but at the same time the Tuna are now back in the canyons, and the dolphin we've all been waiting for are here as well now.  The White Marlin bite started stong, then slowed over the last couple weeks.  We expect the marlin fishing to be back to red hot later this month and right through mid to late September. 

Inshore we have both chunked and trolled fish, while offshore to date, it's been a trolling game.  Jigging has also proved effective inshore for Yellowfin Tuna this Summer.  The overnight bite shoudl begin to get more consistent this month and be in full swing by September.  It appears things may be back to the good ole days with a great fall chunking season.  Not much on the swordfish yet, that will be a Fall t hing, but there are sharks out there at night, both Blue Sharks and still some Mako's hanging around.  Both the Shark and Swordfishing will peak in September/October.  If you are looking to get back out on a canyon overnight trip, don't wait.  This is probably the  year to go, so make some reservations between now and October.  Fishing will continue into October, but the weather gets quite unpredictable in the Fall, so no reason to wait.  We will continue to run our Canyon Day trips all Fall, with August maybe being the best month to do a day run to the canyon.