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Some pretty good weather is ahead of us, and anglers should take advantage of it since there's a tropical storm warning posted for Tuesday. There's already a large swell on the beach, and that will get even larger if Jose continues to swirl around offshore. Ocean chumming for bonito, little tunny and chub mackerel has generally been very good, and the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported they also had limits of blues caught today. The Ocean Explorer from that port had another day of hot porgy fishing plus triggerfish, while those fishing green crabs got the one blackfish presently allowed. The Jamaica from Brielle was catching dolphin and some runa up to 60 pounds in the canyons today, but has room on a limited bonito and little tunny trip at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. Though there had been quite a few bluefish hitting 6-inch Tsunami Shad in Point Pleasant Canal, that action wasn't there this morning. A couple of anglers had obtained some green crabs and already had a keeper tog when they invited me to use some of their bait. I made a quick change to my light spinning rod and quickly released a dozen small tog by fishing along the wall as the current was roaring. Nothing big,but lots of fun with a tough fish on light tackle. I was at nearby Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant  later on when an angler came in looking for green crabs. Joe Melillo was sold out, but is getting a supply in Saturday morning that won't last long. That angler said he was using clam without success at the canal while fishermen using green crabs were catching one after another. While it's hard to beat green crabs for tog, I was surprised that blackfish would turn their nose up at clams and thought they might be salted clams. Yet, he said they were fresh. Vinny D'Anton of Wall caught three blues from about 3 to 5 pounds on a Chug Bug in Shark River yesterday morning, but there was no action there today. It was the same thing when he tried the Spring Lake surf.     The following report about revision of Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Act was received earlier this week: Recreational Fishing Leaders Testify in U.S. Senate Senate Commerce Subcommittee Continues Series on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Washington, D.C. - Sept 12, 2017 - Today, the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing entitled "Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges." The Subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses representing recreational, commercial and charter-for-hire fishermen. This was the third hearing of a series focusing on America's federal fisheries laws. Phil Faulkner, president of NauticStar Boats; Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance; and Chris Horton, fisheries program director for the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, represented recreational fishermen. "The message we are bringing to Washington is simple: recreational anglers want fair and equitable access to America's public marine resources," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. "Marine recreational fishing is one of America's oldest and most beloved pastimes that supports a $63 billion annual economic impact and 440,000 American jobs--proper fisheries management is critical to our economy, our culture and the conservation of healthy marine resources for future generations." On July 10, 2017, Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced the bipartisan Modern Fish Act (S. 1520) to address the challenges facing recreational fishermen in the federal fisheries management system. A companion bill, H.R. 2023, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 6, by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.). The bipartisan Modern Fish Act would finally recognize the differences between commercial and recreational fishing by allowing alternative management tools for recreational fishing that are proven in other jurisdictions; reexamining fisheries allocations; smartly rebuilding fish stocks, and improving recreational data collection. The bill aims to benefit fishing access and conservation by incorporating modern management approaches, science and technology to guide decision-making. "Uncertainty about access, uncertainty about consistent fishing seasons, uncertainty about fisheries management will often discourage a potential angler from justifying an investment in purchasing a boat. Therefore, the market never reaches its potential," said Phil Faulkner, president of NauticStar Boats and CSP partner. "Congress can provide balance and consistency to the long-ignored recreational fishing sector by modernizing recreational fisheries management by passing the Modern Fish Act." "The role that anglers play as conservationists and our dedication to having sustainable fisheries for the future is often misunderstood or even ignored," said Chris Horton, fisheries program director for the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. "It is important that the committee understand and appreciate that managing for better recreational fishing opportunities is not counterproductive to the conservation goals of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, as some may lead you to believe, but rather complimentary to the goal of sustainability and conservation of our marine resources." "Recreational fishing businesses are not confined to coastal regions but span nearly all 50 states," said Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. "Those businesses and jobs can be protected by giving anglers access to fisheries which in turn spur economic activity." V

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  • 2017-09-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Some pretty good weather is ahead of us, and anglers should take advantage of it since there's a tropical storm warning posted for Tuesday. There's already a large swell on the beach, and that will get even larger if Jose continues to swirl around offshore. Ocean chumming for bonito, little tunny and chub mackerel has generally been very good.

  • 2017-09-07 Miss Belmar Belmar

    This morning, we fished on the beach on bird life. We had some albies, bonito and blues in the morning. Once the tide changed, we lost the albies but boy oh boy did the blues bite! We SLAUGHTERED THE BLUES with most anglers onboard catching their limits and some! (but only keeping their limits) They ranged anywhere from 2-5 lbs. Ava 27s, both plain and tailed, worked the best.

  • 2017-09-04 Miss Belmar Belmar

    Today, we sailed out into the horizon east of our port. We anchored up along the edge of the mud hole and started the mackerel immediately. We were able to catch them and keep them all around the boat all day long. We had numerous bonito and some nice sized albies also in the catch. Everything was caught on 007 jigs.

  • 2017-09-02 Ristori Bay Head

    The best report today came from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar which reported a super day of fishing for bonito, little tunny and chub mackerel -- along with a 20-to-25-pound yellowfin tuna boated and another lost. Hopefully, those mullet will move out into the ocean after Sunday's east winds to get the fall surf striper run started early.

  • 2017-09-02 Miss Belmar Belmar

    This morning, we had another excellent day of fishing east of shark river inlet. We anchored up along the edge of the mud hole again and started the mackerel right away. We continued to catch the macs along with some nice sized bonito and jumbo sea bass (which had to go back)

  • 2017-09-01 Miss Belmar Belmar

    This morning, we had another good day of angling. We anchored up along the edge of the mud hole well east of shark river inlet. It didn't take long to start the mackerel and it got better as the day went on with some bonito and a couple of albies mixed in. It was an excellent day of fishing!

  • 2017-08-31 BHCFA Beach Haven

    The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association used the forced time off to tend to various items on their boats that might have needed attention.

    Last weekend Captain Ray Lopez had the Jayhee Cho party out for a trolling trip at the Barnegat Ridge. The group managed to boat multiple false albacore and one nice Bonita 

  • 2017-08-31 Miss Belmar Belmar

    We ran offshore today and anchored up along the edge of the mud hole. Mackerel fishing was good all day long and we also had bonito and albies in the mix. For the anglers who bottom fished, they were able to stay busy with jumbo sea bass!

  • 2017-03-30 Ristori Bay Head

    When I called a few years ago to question that listing, they conceded that they were using an outdated assessment though the coastal run had disappeared and even the big commercial boats were hardly catching any mackerel far offshore. His daughter, Natalie, was aboard Monday as they had hits every cast with live pilchards to Spanish mackerel and ladyfish, but could only manage a couple of small redfish (red drum) from among lots of non-biters.
  • 2017-01-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Yet, sailfishing had been good Monday, and it was quite fishable for Capt. Scott Stanczyk on Catch 22 from Bud N' Mary's Marina. Unfortunately, there wasn't much action and the sails were very small -- making them difficult to hook on the balao they preferred.

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