Tuna time! And it’s come a little early this season. Tackle tearing, muscle munching, back wrenching tuna! That makes this my favorite New York and New Jersey saltwater fishing report of the year…
Tuna is one of those species that takes a lot of knowledge and specialized gear to catch. I absolutely love fishing for them, but I definitely recommend that you hire a charter captain who does a lot of it to take you. Otherwise, the learning curve is steep and you’re going to need a bigger credit card.
The truth of the matter is that for those of us who sit at desks in The City or elsewhere, we generally don’t get the time on the water we’d really need to follow what’s going on with this highly migratory species. The charter captains are out there, maybe not everyday, but darn close to it, and if anyone is going to be able to get you on tuna fast, it’s them.
On a similar note, if you want to learn a new area, or perhaps are new to saltwater fishing in general, you really should consider using a guide, again, they’ll take the time to teach you to cast properly, get you on the fish, and in general speed you along the course to becoming a competent angler.
One tip: if you’re a newbie, tell your guide or captain. Ask for help, ask for constructive criticism. Then they won’t feel bad about pointing out that you’re throwing a tailing loop when your fly cast, etc.
Capt. Paul Eidman at Reel Therapy has been fishing the rivers with the yaks.
A friend of mine referred these brothers to me and as it turns out, they are the sons of an old High school teacher of mine. Really great guys. Never thought that my wood shop teacher would come back to life in this form so many years later, very cool. I had no idea he was even a fisherman and had passed his passion down to them. There was 8 years between the two of them and it was interesting to observe the differences. They were both really into it and I really enjoy that. There’s nothing worse for a guide, when clients show up and we are more enthusiastic about the sport than the clients!Catching fish out of a kayak is so much more than catching fish. Its a raw combination of paddling, fishing and endurance all rolled into one. Its much more independent than charters aboard my boat. First off, Reel Therapy kayak fishing clients need to be able to fish, and that means, casting, tying knots and landing fish all on there own.Sure, I am nearby and net fish and do rigging at times, but for the most part you catch, I take a picture and you handle everything. Second, you have to be able to kayak. That means paddling, sometimes against current and dealing with all the things that paddlers deal with, and then fish at the same time.
Trebles hooks on plugs really need to be mashed down and the rear hooks on all of our lures are chenged into single hooks to ease the release. The faster you can get them off the hooks, the faster you can catch another, and another… there is a major benefit to barbless hooks, in the unfortunate incident that you get hooked, the hook is much more easily removed and in a kayak, this is really a big thing.Pliers, fish grippers and landing nets are key. Getting splashed in the face is all part of the game and something we look forward to.Back stretch time in the marsh is really nice. The water feels great and you get to see all the baitfish, crabs and mussels up close and personal. Really good to see a healthy Shrewsbury river, plentiful Spartina grass beds, loads of shellfish dotting the bottom, blue claw crabs scurrying about, terrapin turtles coming up for a look while ospreys swirl above clutching a dripping menhaden for breakfast.Relaxation, excitement and exercise all at the same time.If you have never kayak fished, you need to give us a call and come out and play.
Capt. Chris Hessert at ManhattanFly.com sent in this tantalizing bit:
Top water action !!!! Faaantastic!
Long Island and Montauk
Capt. Gene at Montauk Sportfishing reports:
It’s finally officially summer and it feels like it with some southwest breeze all week.
Offshore there are still plenty of bluesharks and with the water in the mid-sixties and not going up too fast there are likely to be a bunch of them caught this weekend in Montauk Marine’s tournament. Of course there are some makos and threshers too, but you have to get through the bluedogs first. Nothing about tuna yet although I did hear of a boat that ran way out and caught two dwarf tuna, one blue and one yellow. And there is quite a lot of bait around.
Inshore the striped bass fishing was great all week, but kind of slowed down a bit on Sunday. The place is loaded with sand eels and the umbrellas are the best bet. Diamond jigs are working too, but you have to be in the right place at the right time. If you are it can be great. If not it’s a lot of reeling up and down.
Bottom fishing is pretty decent as well. There are enough fluke in the rips to keep you busy, and occasional keepers as well. Late in the week it got hot over near the midway Buoy. The only boats on the south side are fishing commercially for seabass (that season is open, while the recreational season is still a couple of weeks off), or cheating. Very few fluke out there. The porgies are coming on strong as well, and many of the charters that want something else after the stripers limits are in the box are opting for the porgies instead of fluke.
The Surfmasters contest runs through next Saturday. Right now the leaders are;
Billy Jacob – 48.70lb on 6/23
Mike Coppola – 46.50lb on 6/21
Ben McCarron – 44.74lb on
And in the Youth Division;
Brendan Farrell – 13.64lb on 5/19
For more info about fishing in Montauk, check out www.montauksportfishing.com
And, if you would like to get the reports by e-mail, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other New York and New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Reports
NJ.com – Al Ristori – Jersey Shore fishing: Friday’s Ristori Report – 6/28/13
Large striped bass seem to have moved out of the back of Raritan Bay, but Capt. Sal Cursi of Jo-Jo at Sewaren says he caught them livelining bunkers at the mouth of the bay Wednesday morning and is hoping for a run there similar to the great fishing we had in that area at this time two years ago.
NorthJersey.com – Jim Freda – Jim Freda’s saltwater fishing report for June 28
BEST BET: Fluke fishing in Raritan Bay has been up and down. On good days limits can be caught with fish up to 4 pounds. Big-eye and yellowfin tuna are hitting at the offshore canyons.
HOT BAITS: When using long squid strips for fluke bait, cut them thin with a slice at the bottom along the center line to create a flutter tail.
HOT SPOTS: Bunker and striped bass have been located from 2 1/2-3 miles out from Deal south to Asbury Park.