There is hope for night chunk bite on big Yellowfins this season off Southern NJ, DE and MD
Just read a report of a boat slamming Yellowfins Sat night into Sun from 50-95 lbs and one 60 lb Longfin all caught at night on the chunk. They were at the southern edge of Carteret Canyon just above the Lindy and just East a few miles where we fished most of the summer for Yellowfins along the 40 fathom line. Their total was around 15-16 tuna and only fished one line most of the night as the action was so good. They never even trolled at all and probably could have loaded up in the morning on Longfins if they had.
There is hope and it is far from over but as we all know the weather is really crappy but I thought I would share this information for those that are still waiting for a tuna night bite to happen this season. As of yesterday sea temperature charts the closest finger of that warm water edge is around 95-100 miles from OCMD and app 86 miles or so from Cape May, NJ but pushing south. I would imagine they fished a little farther north but they caught all their tuna in 70-72 degree water according to their report. I even heard rumors that a head boat out of North Jersey anchored out there caught 100 tuna but again that is only a rumor but it might just be true and I have a buddy fishing on one last night and I will find out more on this but it cannot be pretty right now in any local canyon even on a 100 foot plus boat.
Maybe we will actually have an overnight canyon season but this weather sure is making it tough.
My freinds fishing on a head boat up north had only 3 tuna all night and they were on jigs only. That is 3 tuna for the whole boat so go figure. Just so hit or miss and different from past years but still maybe some will be moving south into our local canyons. Just wanted to post not every boat slammed them last night on the chunk.