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acseatsri posted 04-14-2002 10:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for acseatsri   Send Email to acseatsri  
I'm attempting to put together a 2-day tuna charter of 24 people or so out of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The boat is a brand new 85' x 28' aluminum catamaran. It would be on a Sunday-Monday or Tuesday-Wednesday of either September or October. Cost based on 24 people would be $325 or so including tip. It would leave at 6 PM or so on the day of the trip and get back on the 2nd day at about 2 PM. There are some rental rods available, but I'd prefer a "seasoned" group for the most part. If I have enough interest I'll see about setting a definitive date.
Seattlerocket posted 04-23-2002 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
Hey sounds fun. A good excuse to go vist the east coast. I have fished the left coast all my life. Here in Seattle we run out to West Port WA to chase Albacore. 15 to 30 Lbs on 20 to 40 Lb gear and live line a bait fish. Tell me more about your tuna fishing.
acseatsri posted 04-23-2002 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Well, I probably have to inform you that the fishing in the East is not as sophisticated as the long-range boats in California. We catch mostly yellowfin, average 50-80 lbs, with a few albies of say 30-60 lbs mixed in and an occasional bigeye or swordfish. No live bait unless you catch your own, usually consisting of squid, possibly mackeral. Surprise! There are rod holders all along the rail, and it's common to "dead stick" all night. Usually fewer than half of the people have their own ROD, a (very) few of us bring an arsenal of 2 or 3 rods. I usually use a 60-80 pound outfit at night and 30-40 during the day- I'm the odd-man out as I usually fish lighter than most people. Fluorocarbon is a must! It works! I have a couple rods which I could lend out if I felt comfortable with the person I was lending them to.
Based on the response to date, I doubt this trip will happen, as I need to reserve the dates soon. For those who are interested, here's a link to the website to see some pics of the boat as it's being built. , click on "fishing reports" and you will see a place to click on to see pics. You can also click on "tuna", then "standup fishing" to get a fairly detailed overview of our style fishing. The limit for yellowfin is 3 fish per man, albies no limit.

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