"Let's go tuna fishing!"
That's what Tim Smith said after he tied the Bodacious charterboat to the dock at Longreach Marina tonight. His charter of eight guys caught 12 yellowfin tuna at Wilmington Canyon. He said everyone on board caught at least one.
He said it got real exciting at one point when they had five on at the same time.
The fish were caught trolling ballyhoo, and Smith said they were biting from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
He said he had to dodge rainstorms on the way back, except one he went through "to wash off the boat."
Freshwater fishing gets overlooked sometimes when the flounder fishing is good or the striped bass are hitting heavyweight proportions or when the offshore action heats up.
C.J. Brown, an 11-year-old from Northfield, continues to pick decent freshwater fish, mostly from Bargaintown Lake in Northfield, and entering The Press Fishing Contest. C.J. is going into the fifth grade at Northfield Middle School and plays a lot of sports, including baseball, ice hockey and field hockey.
But he still finds time to go fishing. He submitted four fish recently in the Youth Division. The latest is a 2.24-pound catfish he caught today. In the past couple of weeks he also caught a 1.13-pound catfish and a couple of largemouth bass that weighed 2.52 and 1.64.
Abiel Velez of Egg Harbor City entered a 3-pound, 12-ounce chain pickerel into the Youth Division. It was caught June 16 and weighed at Captain Howard's in Egg Harbor City. Back on May 24, Justin Anderson of Hammonton caught a 5.5 catfish he entered into the Youth Division, also at Captain Howard's.