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  • 2017-09-19 Ristori Bay Head

    I did make a few casts without success in Point Pleasant Canal around dawn, and returned later to fish very briefly with green crabs to release a small blackfish just to prove that Jose couldn't shut me out -- though he ran me off when the drizzle turned to a deluge before the strong incoming tide ever slacked. Though huge waves in the ocean and coastal flooding from the storm plus the new moon will reduce fishing options, the canal may be continue to be fishable -- and Castaways has green crabs.
  • 2017-09-18 Ristori Bay Head

    John Bushell, at Betty Nick's Tackle in Seaside Park, reported clean green surf with plenty of white water that's ideal for bass and blues. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reports the 31-inch striper that won Saturday's NJBBA Kid's Surf Tournament at IBSP was actually bigger since its tail was cut off by a shark during the fight.
  • 2017-09-17 Ristori Bay Head

    While fishing for blackfish in Point Pleasant Canal this morning, I heard a lot of shouting to the north and saw a big splash as an angler hauled a large fish out of the water. At Belmar, the Ocean Explorer had another great day of porgy fishing, but will not be sailing again until at least Thursday.
  • 2017-09-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Tommy Joseph reported another great day of porgy fishing on his Rightaway from Belmar along with triggerfish and blackfish -- while lots of 2-to-3-pound sea bass were released. Very good fishing for all with everyone keeping their one nice tog and playing catch and release with lots of other quality fish for another day.
  • 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.

  • 2017-09-14 Ristori Bay Head

    At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ron Santee said Thursday marked the seventh straight day of great porgy fishing along with blackfish and triggerfish. Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports that the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association was well represented at last week's meeting of the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council in Manahawkin.
  • 2017-09-13 Ristori Bay Head

    The species that create great inshore angler interest at this time are either out of season (fluke sea bass) or greatly restricted (one blackfish a day), but bottom fishing action for porgies, triggerfish and that one tog has been great -- while chumming for bonito and chub mackerel provides fine surface action most days. John Haugen Memorial 20 Entry fee (per angler)1st Place - 5002nd Place - 3003rd Place - 200(Based on 50 Entries) 10 Weakfish Calcutta - 10 Bluefish Calcutta - 10 Fluke CalcuttaAll Species are Catch and Release with length and pictureSaturday - Sunday, September 16, 2017 thru September 17, 2017Tournament ends with a BBQ at Captains Marina at 3 00 on Sunday, Sept 17Captain's Meeting Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6 00 pm at Great Kills Bait Tackle4044 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10308We will be hosting a 50 50 raffleProceeds of the raffle will go to benefit the Scholarship fundFor Information Call Walter Fisher (917) 375-7607 or Chris Beinert - (973) 634-7764
  • 2017-09-12 Ristori Bay Head

    Vinny D'Anton of Wall had a great Monday casting into Shark River as stripers started rolling on the change of tide and he was able to release a 26-incher on a popper before catching 13 more small bass on the Storm Searchbait jig. Chuck Many of Annandale took his son Tyler with his girl friend Keri Boyle plus her family out on a sightseeing and fishing trip Sunday to the Hudson River aboard Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands as Kaye, Chris and Karen Boyle helped release two stripers up to 33 inches, and a 27-inch weakfish, small sea bass and porgies, and a legal fluke.
  • 2017-09-11 Ristori Bay Head

    The one tog allowed during the summer was intended to accommodate skin divers, but it also provides anglers with one large fish while filling a cooler with porgies. Capt. Ron Santee has been enjoying non-stop porgy action on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, along with the one blackfish for anglers who fish for them.
  • 2017-09-10 Ristori Bay Head

    The north wind got gusty, and with large waves in the ocean it appears that most boaters stayed home. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park noted that large blues continue to keep anglers busy in the bay, where they hit best on bunker.

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