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Old 06-10-2002, 09:56 AM
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All,

My father fishes out of Barnegat and is interested in targeting in-shore Bluefin. I was curious if anyone could let me know when this action usually starts...I think his limit is about 30-40 miles from shore...also and recommendations on lure "spreads" would be great. I bought him some cedar plugs, zukers and other stuff for bally rigs so he has some stuff already.

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Old 06-10-2002, 11:16 AM
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Early July is a good time to start from that location in jersey. Small jet heads, cedar plugs, and small ballyhoo work the best. For inshore BFTs, usually barnegat will get a good bite of 30-60lb BFTs, that are feeding on small baits like sand eels. I have found that an appearance of a nice school of fish is important, so, especially if he is fishing from a small boat spreader bars could be a key to success. Bars made with 6" shell squids, 6" jets, or the smallest size zuker feather work great. Don't forget chunking...when the trolling starts inshore, it won't be long before the fish are concentrated on lumps, and chunking for them will often be more productive...usually not until late july.
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I would add japanese feathers to the mix if there are schoolies around. Red and white are my favorites.

One problem, I'm not sure those 30 to 60 pound bluefin will show this year as we haven't seen them in a while out of Barnegat. All we seem to find are ten to twenty pounders. Last year the bite was to the south (Elephant trunk, Hot Dog) and to the North (MudHole). Unfortunately, I was not not able to get to them. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

Perhaps this year will be different? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]

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Old 06-11-2002, 11:27 AM
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Thanks Guys...I'll see what gear he has and tell him to rig small baits...maybe I'll be able to make it up there and fish with him.

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imhe (my humble experience) the inshore tuna run off NJ can be as short as 2 wks, starting anytime from mid-June thru mid-July. Boat, tackle, and crew have to be ready to go or you're gonna miss 'em. Get everything on the boat ready NOW, or you're going to find the tuna are here and you're still looking/waiting for part(s) to come in. (been there, done that) Tackle's got to be ready, can't have the serious reels out for service when Charlie Tuna comes to town (been there, done that) If 30-40 miles is your Dad's limit, I'm guessing he's probably going to have to look for a weather window, also, so now's the time to line up crew members that can be ready to play hookie from work on less than a day's notice or you'll find yourself sitting at the dock alone watching your neighbors bring home fresh tuna for the grill (been there, done that) Also need to prep your significant other that you may need to sacrifice social obligations when you're looking at an oh-dark-thirty wake-up call. (been there, done that, she's not my signifcant other anymore!)

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P.S. don't forget the NMFS permit. (yeah, you guessed it - been there, done that!)

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Old 06-14-2002, 12:37 PM
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2 WEEK WINDOW... holy freaking crap.. id just have to shoot myself....

Here are our WINDOWS:

Yellowfin -- all months, Oct-Nov, and Feb-Mar being the best for numbers..but we get big fish all year.. just last weekend... there were numerous over 175 brought in.....

Bluefin -- VERY rare... only large fish.. May-Jun... but a few boats catch a few every year... largest in recent years was 800#'s

Blue Marlin -- Mar -- Oct .. but bagged one ourselves on the 4th of Nov 2 years ago. Avg size probably 250-300... but a new record set last week 1054#.

White Marlin -- same as above with more caught in Sep- Oct time frame

Sails -- RARE

Wahoo -- Year round... best months Jan - May..avg probably 40-50's.. but some will push 100#'s

Mahi -- Year round at the DEEP drill ships .. for the rest of us.. its probably apr - Nov... avg 10-15 #'s.. but many nice 35#+ bulls caught every year....

Wish we got some school Bluefin around here....

Oh.. and of course the veneralble Blackfin tuna -- Year round.... avg 15-20 many pushing 30 this year
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Old 06-15-2002, 08:57 PM
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a two week window with a 30 mile range. The last 6 years BFTs have readily been available to all sorts of fisherman...YFT are available off of jersey from june to december if the weather stays nice.
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/marrecrd.htm
http://www.dmr.state.ms.us/Fisheries...ds/records.htm
Just comparing state records...it seems like MS has some catching up to do. Not bad for us jersey folks who only fish in two week windows?
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Justin,
I was thinking the same thing. Maybe Jersey isn't so bad after all. Hopefully we will be there for that two week window. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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I wish I only had to go 30 miles for bluewater...LOL

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bluemarlin...you know the weird part, true blue gulfstream water hardly ever comes closer than 50-60 miles, but often bluewater species wander in fairly close to shore and are caught in the ugliest water!
Glenn...small school BFTs were caught this weekend (27-35"). Some of the areas i know where people caught are the 28-mile wreck, the east lumps, the cigar..anywhere around that area should be fine. But it is interesting to note that a lot of these fish were caught while shark fishing. Most said the school came right into the slick where the freelined pieces of mackeral back and hooked up.
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Oh I certainly believe it.... we get alot of silty brown MS River Water at times of the year... and it over runs the blue.... sometimes if ya just fish deep the fish are there... then on occasions I have caught wahoo and tuna... in the nastiest water you can imagine.....This time of year from our home port.. blue water can be 40-50... but usually about 70... last good trip we had nice blue/purple water about 75 or so....

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Guys,

Thanks for the heads up. I can tell you that the Tuna are on the move. WE fished off the VA/NC line 50-65 miles out and the BFT and YFT are building up. They were also caught further up the coast but the bite looks to be ON. Also a lot of bills around and a lot of nice dolphin. We ended up getting 5 nice gaffers and 2 yellowfins along with a couple of fat alberts. Had some other gaffers on and missed a bunch too. We seemed to be one step behind on the Tuna but some of the boys were tearin' em' up!

I'll let my dad know about the Bluefin. Thanks!

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