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Old 01-11-2018, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default Looking to get inti Mahi/ Tuna this year out of Barnegat Inlet

I'm looking to get into mahi/ tuna this year out of Barnegat Inlet. I know they come in as close as the barnegat ridges (or allegedly alot closer if poseidon likes you).

I have a 23' hydrasport cuddy cabin and my main question is if there is any suggestions on gear as in rods, rels, rigs, etc. I know theres infinite answers, and infinite questions attached to this, but lets see where it goes. Hopefully to the fish.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:14 AM   #2
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How far is the run?
How much fuel you gonna need/burn?
Got twins?

I always like to troll small feather with bird teasers out front maybe 4-6 ft on 80# leader, all connections crimped, heavy duty swivel about 18" from the teaser. I try to keep the entire rig under 8ft. We fished from a 23ft Grady - 4/0 or 6/0 reels - Prefer a lever drag
At least 2 gaffs, one larger than the other
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:50 AM   #3
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You have about a 1 and 100 chance of catching those species at that spot these days. Actually probably more like 1 in 1000 if you count people that try, to fish landed. You need to run 40-100 miles from your port to have reasonable success. The last few years we have had to run 80 for Bluefin and mahi.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:54 AM   #4
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Barnegat ridges are 15ish miles out
I've got a 100gal tank
One Jhonson 200

I've attached a picture of my boat. Yes that pvc frame will be gone by this summer.
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You have about a 1 and 100 chance of catching those species at that spot these days. Actually probably more like 1 in 1000 if you count people that try, to fish landed. You need to run 40-100 miles from your port to have reasonable success. The last few years we have had to run 80 for Bluefin and mahi.
Trying for something besides stripers, blues, and fluke. Not saying theres anything wrong with those. Just looking to broaden my horizon.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:38 AM   #6
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If not tuna or mahi, you could probably get into some Spanish and bonito at the ridge. I do not fish out of barnegate, and I am not very experienced at this type of fishing but, if it was me at 15 or so miles off I'd be targeting those species and looking for small tuna and mahi as a by catch. You will see reports start to surface in August/September of some action.

Would love to hear more reports/opinions of this type of fishing ad I am interested in it as well.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:15 AM   #7
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Trying for something besides stripers, blues, and fluke. Not saying theres anything wrong with those. Just looking to broaden my horizon.
Same here, My boat is at Waretown. Have spent almost every weekend at Tires, along with another 100s of boats, the past summer and really want to do something different. My goal for this year will be Albacore and Bonito.

Look forward to see more comments on gears.
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Couple TLD 25 on some 20-50 lb Tsunami trolling rods should do you just fine. Can handle all the mahi and school Bluefin you can throw at them plus not break the bank.
Spool with some 40-50lb Moi Moi hi-vis line and your in business. Rod reel and line will run u just under $300.
No matter what you decide to troll, feathers,zukers etc, I would definitely have a Sterling 18 or 36 Green Machine bar w/ 6" machines in that spread. all green or black purple.
The area you mention has some nice small/med Bluefin in the fall. Prob Not a bad Idea to run a blue and white joe shute w/ bally during sept/oct. I'd give sterling tackle a call. Great guys that can hook you up regarding your lures and presentation. They are very familiar w/ that fishery that you are targeting.
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What he said: Love the PVC hardtop
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You have about a 1 and 100 chance of catching those species at that spot these days. Actually probably more like 1 in 1000 if you count people that try, to fish landed. You need to run 40-100 miles from your port to have reasonable success. The last few years we have had to run 80 for Bluefin and mahi.
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Couple TLD 25 on some 20-50 lb Tsunami trolling rods should do you just fine. Can handle all the mahi and school Bluefin you can throw at them plus not break the bank.
Spool with some 40-50lb Moi Moi hi-vis line and your in business. Rod reel and line will run u just under $300.
No matter what you decide to troll, feathers,zukers etc, I would definitely have a Sterling 18 or 36 Green Machine bar w/ 6" machines in that spread. all green or black purple.
The area you mention has some nice small/med Bluefin in the fall. Prob Not a bad Idea to run a blue and white joe shute w/ bally during sept/oct. I'd give sterling tackle a call. Great guys that can hook you up regarding your lures and presentation. They are very familiar w/ that fishery that you are targeting.
AHA! So I've found the person who has found tuna/mahi recently at the ridge. Time will tell. I'm actually looking into making the rigs I can as I have some basic experience.
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There were fish caught there this year especially when you get a clean eddy of blue water. It was there for about 2 weeks. And it was Not me that caught them. I did not fish that area this year. But I do know guys that did. Most will not post or talk because if they did you would have 50 boats there the next day pushing the fish down.
Now I agree as stated above for better chances you have to run farther. No doubt.
But if the bait is there w the right water and you are there at right time, Fish were caught there past season.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:17 PM   #13
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You have about a 1 and 100 chance of catching those species at that spot these days. Actually probably more like 1 in 1000 if you count people that try, to fish landed. You need to run 40-100 miles from your port to have reasonable success. The last few years we have had to run 80 for Bluefin and mahi.
Not even remotely true. There was a ridiculous yellowfin bite less than 30nm from BI this summer that lasted about 2-3 weeks followed by more Albies than you can imagine - but for a guy that's new to the game that's super fun and actually builds really good skills as you and your crew need to learn to deal with multiple knockdowns at once.

I caught 90% of my tuna in 2017 within 50nm from BI.

OP just keep asking questions and networking. You can easily run that boat to the middle grounds on good days. We saw a 18 Jones Brothers at the Chicken 2 years ago LOL.

All good - just safety up, have a float plan, and charge!!!!
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wish you all the luck but remember 1# is safety I been there same situation many years ago remember you are in a 23ft boat that's fine in when you are in 2ft seas but things can change in 20 minutes and now you are in 5ft to 6ft seas 30 miles out that's along way in them conditions and scary you should buy your self a epirb offshore vests and if you can afford it a life raft and I had one of them johnsons figure one mile per gallon at 200 gal at best in rough seas your range is limited not trying to scare you but I been there. Watch the weather for at least 2 days in case you have engine troubles you have one motor and it fails your in shit. Choose your days weather wise. not trying to discourage you but keep this in mind hope you catch them up.

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do a search on this form...fishing out of little egg inlet........

I am a inshore trolling nut..been my favorite type of fishing for MANY years...it has been slow the past years.inshore...hit or miss for us small boat guys,,,but I am always ready if we get some cleaner water and bait on the inshore lumps and ridges...usualy Bonito, Albacore , Spanish, Dolphin can be found...
there is a lot of post on inshore trolling if you do the search stated above..

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Lots within 30 miles just need to put in the time a learn.

Your limitation is probably your engine. I had a similar boats years ago the the same engine.
It's a thirsty engine and will limit your range.

Starting out your gear doesn't need to be fancy. a simple Penn Senator 4/0 has brought tons of meat to the deck. Do you have outriggers? Cedar plugs, spreaders, learn to rig Bally, feathers.
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Not even remotely true. There was a ridiculous yellowfin bite less than 30nm from BI this summer that lasted about 2-3 weeks followed by more Albies than you can imagine - but for a guy that's new to the game that's super fun and actually builds really good skills as you and your crew need to learn to deal with multiple knockdowns at once.

I caught 90% of my tuna in 2017 within 50nm from BI.

OP just keep asking questions and networking. You can easily run that boat to the middle grounds on good days. We saw a 18 Jones Brothers at the Chicken 2 years ago LOL.

All good - just safety up, have a float plan, and charge!!!!
How is my post not even remotely true? Your answer agrees with me 100% he wants to run 17 miles and and I said you need to run a minimum of 40 and you said 90% of yours were caught at 50? How many yellowfin did YOU catch at Barnegat Ridge this year? Hundreds of people fish Barnegat Ridge each year surely thousands of trips. So how many landed bluefin, yellowfin and mahi there? A handful out of a thousand trips?
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I'm just starting out as well, made 2 trips to 40mi and so far only have some bluefish caught. I have a few guys that catch and gave me some recon but it hasn't paid off yet. We're going to the Canyon Runner seminar in AC this year so hopefully we can step up the game this season. The weather was not kind to me last year, wind blowing every day off.
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A near shore shark trip would be a viable option over the usual bass blue and fluke trips too, we've had threshers come in and grab baits while live lining bunker for bass. Run out to some of wrecks 7+ miles and set up a chum slick for fun, not gonna get that mako but you'll have fun with some browns and duskies, use non stainless circle hooks and cut the shank of the hook with bolt cutters instead of the leader
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For Mahi look for 75 degree and up water and head for fish pots and traps and troll the buoys at sunrise,by 11 am if itís sunny there deap.....use blue water candy ballyhoo rigs....there prerigged with shirts and are easy to rig with small rubber bands ......thatís all you need for Mahie....keep it simple if there around there not picky....bring some cut butterfish and if you hook up start throwing the chunks while fish is still in the water....hook a larger piece of butterfish on a plain hook and throw out with the chunks....you can score 2 or 3 more while fighting the fish.....we run 30 miles out to some lobster pots and mid to late summer score most trips....

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