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  • 2019-07-30 Ristori Bay Head

    That s a common name for the cutlassfish, one of the oddest species in the world but a widely-distributed fish found not only in the Atlantic but also in the Indian and western Pacific oceans. At dawn in Venezuela I saw local skiffs returning with fish boxes full of cutlassfish caught in the depths at night, and watched the cleaning of a swordfish caught by Guy Harvey that was full of cutlassfish.
  • 2019-07-29 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 29, 2019 Super doormat on Katfish Though all the anglers competing in Saturday s Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament couldn t come up with a fluke larger than 8. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman s Den in Belmar reports small stripers are in the surf at dawn and dusk, Party boats are doing well with bonito and small blues offshore, and picking some keeper fluke inshore.
  • 2019-07-28 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 28, 2019 Tough trolling for WMIT boats The opening event in the big money offshore trolling tournaments didn t go very well as there were some sloppy seas from an offshore storm though winds inshore were generally light. There were also four blue marlin releases, while smaller game fish were scarce with just 11 tuna and seven dolphin.
  • 2019-07-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 27, 2019 Hudson River stripers easier to catch than fluke Capt. Joe Massa made a one and done throw of his castnet this morning before we started drifting for stripers in the Hudson River with live bunkers from his My Three Sons out of Morgan Marina. We each dropped a possible keeper and Joe caught a short but it appeared stripers were a much better target for us.
  • 2019-07-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Some of the other great prizes available . . . A lucky youth angler will have a chance to win this Okuma rod and reel combo at this year s Catfish Chaos Derby thanks to River Basin Sport Shop in Catskill, NY. 00 each Make Checks Payable to HRFA Catfish Chaos Derby Mail to H. R. F. A. P. O. Box 421 Cresskill, NJ 07626 Or Mail to H. R. F. A. P. O. Box 421 Piermont, NY 10968 Full Disclaimer The undersigned angler ( Angler ) on behalf of himself herself and personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors, and successors hereby fully and forever releases, waives, and discharges the H. R. F. A. and all sponsoring or cosponsoring companies, organizations or individuals related to the Derby (collectively Releasees ) from all liability to the Angler and his her personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors and successors for loss(es), damage(s), claims thereof on account of injury to Angler or his her property or the resultant death of Angler whether caused by active or passive negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, in connection with the Angler s participation in the Derby ( Losses ), and further covenants not to sue any of the aforementioned parties for such Losses.
  • 2019-07-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 25, 2019 Hot bonito bite continues Frank Huza of Aberdeen fished aboard the Queen Mary out of Point Pleasant today and was delighted with the results. However, a move 30 minutes to the south put them into solid bonito, Using size 2 light wire hooks and spearing for bait put 14 bonito into Frank s cooler.
  • 2019-07-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Last year s weather at this time was so windy that the fluke tournament on Saturday had to be postponed and the outlook for Sunday was no better. South Jersey Yacht Sales in Cape May opened the offshore trolling tournament season the weekend before last with their Offshore Showdown that used to be a Viking versus Ocean contest, but is now open to other boats.
  • 2019-07-23 Ristori Bay Head

    JCAA Fluke in August The 25th Anniversary Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament has no where to go but up after last year s weather disaster that resulted in a cancellation. Paul Haertel reports that the JCAA will add another fluke tournament next month as follows The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is pleased to announce that we will be running a second fluke tournament this summer on August 16th, 17th and 18th.
  • 2019-07-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Walter Fisher of the sponsoring Staten Island Tuna Club said he and his wife stuck it out all day and caught about 40 fluke including keepers up to 5 1 2 pounds which turned out to be a little too big for the Joey s Custom Fluke Rod awarded to a 5-pounder. Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina that some 5-pound fluke have been caught in Shark River, while bigger fluke are coming from the ocean including one over 11 pounds on the Big Mohawk.
  • 2019-07-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Dave Merrill sent the following press release Canyon Club Resort Marina Hosts Yacht Club of Stone Harbor 53rd Annual Marlin Tournament The timing couldn t be any better!Fishing hours are 8 a. m. to 3 30 p. m. and daily catch reports with released billfish information as well as any tuna or dolphin to be weighed must be at Canyon Club Resort Marina by 9 p. m. on each fishing day.

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