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Old 07-17-2009, 12:03 PM
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Guys any tips out there for some small boat game fishing? I have a 22 ft Center Console and would like to try out some inshore game fish. I have a single engine so running a real distance isn't in the cards although I have the fuel capacity/range to do so. I will be running out of the Manasquan Inlet.
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I run a 24' center console out of Manasquan inlet and have had good luck with bluefin tuna and mahi between monster ledge and the glory hole (28 - 35 stat. miles from the inlet). Sounds like there are some decent reports starting to come out of the glory area, but I haven't gotten out yet to check it out this year. August/september tend to be best. If you're trolling, cedar plugs, feathers, and squid daisy chains have worked well out there for me.
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I run a 24' center console out of Manasquan inlet and have had good luck with bluefin tuna and mahi between monster ledge and the glory hole (28 - 35 stat. miles from the inlet). Sounds like there are some decent reports starting to come out of the glory area, but I haven't gotten out yet to check it out this year. August/september tend to be best. If you're trolling, cedar plugs, feathers, and squid daisy chains have worked well out there for me.


ill have my hotlines boat in the brielle yacht club in 3 weeks...so ill be out of the manasquan inlet soon. I remember when i was younger I used to fish on the jamaica now i got my own boat finally! Hope to see you guys out their soon! Im not hard to miss
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Just watch the weather closely. If you have a flexible schedule there will be opportunities. I have a 25' CC with redundant gps, VHF, plus radar and plb and am fine running out 50-60 miles by myself, but it's always better with a buddy boat.
Check out my post "NJ Bluefin". I'm in Flemington and leave out of SR.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:26 AM
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Hotlines the boat looks incredible and I completely agree you won't be hard to miss. Vector I'm from Flemington as well docked in Brielle.

I am running 2 nav units, VHF but next year is the PLB and/or radar. So I'd like to stay inshore a bit before heading too far offshore. Is it true I can start to grab some Mahi around the 7 mile mark? Also how long does the Tuna Permit take?

Thanks guys.
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Tuna permit takes about sixty seconds, depending on the speed of your printer. They can be paid for online and printed off your home computer. Here is the link https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/initialapp.asp

As far as bluefin tuna and mahi go, we have seen them as close as five miles or so off Barnegat Inlet. However this is rare and usually requires that very clean warm blue water moves in close to shore. Many years we have seen them as close as fifteen miles off the coast. Places like the Mudhole, Manasquan Ridge and Barnegat Ridge are a good place to start.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:09 AM
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Thanks Tuna Man. One question I have is the Mahi part of the Migratory Permit or how does that work? Also what are the regulations on the Mahi
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I may be wrong on this as I have not looked it up recently. In the past there was NO LIMIT on mahi, size or amount of fish per person/boat.

Each captain has his own set of rules, but I cannot see keeping 12" mahi or more larger ones than you and your crew could eat in a meal or two. Again just my opinion, not saying other are wrong.

I'll see if I can find a limit and post here.
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Tuna man is correct, dolphin are not regulated under the HMS guidelines. Yellowfin, bluefin, bigeye as well as migratory sharks, (mako, porbeagle, blue, thresher, etc.0 are all covered.
Send me a pm when you think you're going out. I try to get out at least twice a week, so maybe we can share some info.
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Nailed a nice 40lb ish Bluefin trolling around the area of the razor wreck after sharking past Barn. ridge.

Hit a mini-mamba daisy. Taken with 50w standup rod.
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How is the inshore game fishing shaping up so far this year? Keeper fluke are scarce sea-bassing is slowing up and I need a change. I am new to the species tuna and mahi but ready to try it out.
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I'd suggest carrying an EPIRB with you and try to hook up with a buddy boat too. Leave a float plan for somebody ashore.
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