2008-10-02 - Five NJ Overnight Canyon Trips - Results
We wanted to get a quick report in for everyone, inbetween trips. We ran a lot this week and had some excellent fishing, despite the continued lack of tuna. We are surprised to be talking about how good the fishing can be, even though the tuna action is non existent for the most part in the canyons at night right now. The swordfishing appears to be very good right now, and we believe we have them dialed in. On two consecutive nights boats were able to get 3-4 shots at swords, along with shots at Makos. On Tuesday night's trips, LOW PROFILE had a 300 pound mako jump into the side of the boat, hitting the salon window! They later broke off the fish after about an hour long fight. We have boated a nice swordfish going about 140 pounds, caught all the dolphin you want to keep, including some VERY nice fish going up to 35 pounds. The billfish bite remains consistent and we are getting a couple shots on most trips. On this last trip Thats Right was 1-3 on White Marlin and Low Profile was 1-3 on Whites, and 1-1 on a small Blue Marlin. That's Right also bagged a nice 65 pound Wahoo fishing earlier in the week and LOW PROFILE had two wahoo bites result in cut off leaders yesterday. So, all in all, we are having very nice trips, even despite the lack of tuna. We are now targeting Makos and Swordfish overnight and concentrating on Dolphin and Billfish during the day, with a Wahoo rig or two out at all times. We've adjusted our trip times to leave about 4-5:00pm, as a result of the better than average trolling we've been having and the slower night time fishing. We expect the longfin to be in our waters in about a week or so, so if the rest of the fishing holds up, we might have some really nice trips the middle part of October!