7/17 Day Troll — Toms Canyon

Left Barnegat Light at 12:30am this morning in calm seas and clear conditions.. The moon lit the way and we cruised along at 18 knots.

got the lines in the water at 4:30 at the Toms Canyon but we didn’t get our first shot until 6:30am.

The first shot was all small fish.. I think 10 lines were hit but only 4 hooked up. Released 3 shorts and pulled the hook on one.

turned right around and got covered up with bigger fish. This time 8 lines went down, 2 pulled off before i could get the boat out of gear, and 3 lines burned through each other while the fish were running out.

we managed a paid of nice fish on this go around, here is mike with one:


Pounded the area hard for over an hour but, despite marking them, couldn’t get them to come up again.

around 8:30am we found a slick with storm petrals working it and before I knew it we were covered up. We had 5 more fish hooked with fish hitting the other lines and ran into the same problems as before. Lines burning through each other and bars being torn apart.. we managed two more nice yellowfin out of this shot and a pile of bars in need of repair..

unfortunately for us that marked the end of the tuna bite. people were picking fish here and there around us until early afternoon but we weren’t that lucky.

We decided to drop down for tiles but hadn’t really anticipated it given the short day of trolling on a day troll.. We were using ballyhoo chunks and yellowfin belly strips and picked a couple of fish on them..

Mark Deblasio on the 60′ Canyon Runner floated us out a box of squid (Thanks again Mark!) and we dropped back down…

Put a total of 9 tilefish to 22 pounds in the boat and called it a day.