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  • 2021-04-23 Ristori Bay Head

    The Manhattan Cup Charity Striped Bass Tournament, presented by Yamaha Outboards, is scheduled for June 4, 2021 at Liberty Landing Marina and the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ. The Manhattan Cup brings combat veterans to fish the tournament in a special Warrior Division aboard boats donated by area charter captains, light-tackle guides and anglers.
  • 2021-04-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 22, 2021 Saturday looking good Today s west winds may set up good fishing conditions in NY NJ Bight for Saturday before it goes the other way on Sunday. Striper fishing in Raritan Bay has good, though party boats have been having a tough time getting them to hit on jigs and bait.
  • 2021-04-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Andreas Toy from Keyport reported good action with large stripers on live bunkers morning after that method wasn t good yesterday morning. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported Tuesday s bottom fishing on a nice ocean wasn t very good though the high hook managed a couple of keeper blackfish along with a dozen shorts.
  • 2021-04-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle couldn t find any stripers today, but bottom fishing for blackfish, ling and cod was good before it got nasty on the ocean. Capt. Ron Santee started out this morning with decent striper action on bait until the current ran stronger into the wind.
  • 2021-04-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 19, 2021 Finally a decent party boat striper report It was brief and not very descriptive, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc finally had striper action to report in Raritan Bay today with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. The Fishermen from that port hadn t reported when this was written, but Capt. Ron Santee did get into some striper action Sunday with a 28 1 2-inch pool winner and some shorts on bait including three for a couple of anglers.
  • 2021-04-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 18, 2021 Raritan Bay stripers still frustrating for party boats There are lots of fish marks in Raritan Bay, and charter boats continue to do well with both shorts and keepers with jigs and by trolling, but the conditions just haven t been right for party boats. See you soon, Capt. Rob The Sea Tiger from that port also struggled on its Saturday half-day trips as jigs didn t work and a switch to bait produced only a few shorts, though one angler caught three.
  • 2021-04-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 17, 2021 The Manhattan Cup is back!Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen said the jig bite wasn t on, so he went to bait despite a wind against tide situation.
  • 2021-04-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Denise Leonard noted that a friend trolled over 20 bass on a shad umbrella rig without a 28-incher among them, but charter skippers such as Jim Freda on Shore Catch and Fred Gamboa of Andreas Toy have been reporting limits daily while casting and trolling shads, small swimmers and Spooks on light tackle. The N. J. blackfish fleet will be out this weekend to get in their shots before the season closes at the end of the month.
  • 2021-04-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 15, 2021 Are mako sharks endangered NOAA Fisheries Shortfin Mako 90-day FindingNOAA Fisheries published a 90-day finding on a petition to list the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrent with the listing. To ensure this status review is comprehensive, the agency is soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species.
  • 2021-04-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Though snakeheads and clown knifefish failed to cooperate, we did mange to release some colorful and hard-fighting peacock bass before making that long trip across the state again where Alberto and I cast small paddletail jigs from shore during the middle of the night to release spotted seatrout and snook plus a single ladyfish and even a Gulf kingfish which has the same tiny mouth as the northern member of that species that we catch in the surf though very rarely on artificials. Chuck Many reports that jigging for smaller bass was hot during his last trip with Ty Man in Raritan Bay, but the bait bite for bigger bass was slower though he did release the lunker in the photo.

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