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  • 2021-01-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 15, 2021 Blackfish still a weekend possibility Though small craft warnings went up at 1 p. m. through Saturday afternoon for east gusts to 25 knots, ocean conditions should improve with a shift back to west winds, The morning forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots before increasing to 15-20 in the afternoon with gusts to 30. On Sunday the winds go west at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 that should flatten the surf for anyone still seeking stripers along the Jersey Shore.
  • 2021-01-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 14, 2021 Jamaica catching jumbo porgies Though the sea bass season is closed, the Jamaica from Brielle is concentrating on far offshore wrecks that hold great quantities of large porgies during weekend trips. Last weekend s trip also produced a few ling and a surprising large bonito as catches ranged up to 30 fish.
  • 2021-01-13 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 13, 2021 Tog were chewing for Ocean Explorer Party boat blackfishing in N. J. has been generally tough recently, but there was a good report Tuesday from the Ocean Explorer from Belmar as they reported limits for all plus releases. The tog ran up to 7 pounds and hit both green and whitelegger crabs.
  • 2021-01-12 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 12, 2021 Canyon Runner almost sold out on canyon trips Canyon tuna fishing is months ahead at present, but the most productive period has been in the spring during the last few years. They recorded over 800 tuna last year, including 44 bigeyes and two giants in 65 trips.
  • 2021-01-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 10, 2021 Calm seas coming up Though small craft warnings are up, west winds at just 5-10 knots are in the forecast from Monday to Wednesday. North winds at 10-15 knots with gusts 25 are forecasted for Sunday before dropping to 5-10 northwest at night.
  • 2021-01-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 8, 2021 Special trips target big blackfish If you are going to put up with the potential discomforts of a winter fishing trip, you might as well seek a really special fish. As noted this week, the Ocean Explorer from Belmar is running a Super Pool trip Sunday at 6 30 which costs 100 but also requires another 100 for the pool for the biggest tog.
  • 2021-01-07 Ristori Bay Head

    The Elaine B II from Highlands made its last trip of the winter on Tuesday. The fare is 100, and there s a required 100 for the winner-take-all super pool for biggest tog.
  • 2021-01-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 6, 2021 NY proposes circle hook requirement for 2021 striped bass season Following is a press release from the NY DEP relative to a circle hook requirement that s already in effect in N. J. RECREATIONAL STRIPED BASS FISHING SEASON Comments Accepted until Mar. 8, on Proposed Regulation for Circle Hooks to Help Improve Striped Bass SurvivalThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released a new proposed regulation for public review and comment that would require the use of circle hooks when recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass. The proposed regulation includes all New York State waters where recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass occurs, including coastal waters of Long Island and New York City, the Delaware River, and the Hudson River to the Federal Dam in Troy, New York.
  • 2021-01-05 Ristori Bay Head

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  • 2021-01-04 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on January 4, 2021 Big swell spoils a fine winter day Mike Monte took advantage of a calm, mild January morning to cast for stripers in the Belmar surf which had been producing schoolies recently. The fine winter weather continues tomorrow with north winds at 10-15 knots and 3-5-foot seas.

Weekly Update (May 21, 2017)

 

Well, Fluke season is now upon us (almost).   Thursday's the day and everyone is amped to get started.  Of course, as fate would have it, looks to be a wet one as steady rain is forecast.   Let's just hope we don't get too much rain so it mucks up the bay waters.  

Early indications are the Fluke are in in the usual early season haunts but early by-catch is not hot and heavy by any means.

 As for catching these early season Fluke take these 2 pieces of advice to the filet table.  

Outgoing tide is key.  The warming waters from the ebb are often like flipping a light switch.  Get set up from the very last of the flood through the first couple ours of ebb and you have your best shot at some Fluke.    

The second piece of advice is to keep baits and jigs small.  Shad darts are deadly on early season Fluke.  Remember, the water is still cool and the Fluke can be lethargic early.  Put a small Spro Bucktail on your bottom hook and a shad dart on top tipped with some Gulp and you are good to go.

Stripering is feast or famine.  Sharpies are getting them but not everyone is.  The fun thing about this time of year is that you can get into some real cows.  Something tells me this week is going to be good.  Bait (bunker) are schooled up so things are going to break open.  Last week's column touched on the same but if you want Bass you really need to be getting up early.  The combination of sun angle and boat traffic makes bassing tougher as we get closer to summer.  Get up early and find your own Bunker school and you can get a personal best.

 

 

Bluefish continue to be the most plentiful of your opportunities.  Expect those bay bound Bluefish to be migrating toward inlets and to become much more hit or miss in the bay in the coming weeks.  Ocean wise the Blues should stay heavy in-close for at least another 3 weeks before heading offshore.  One of the most reliable patterns I have ever seen is that you can catch Bluefish at the mouth of Barnegat Inlet on the outgoing tide early in the season.  Of course, it can get rough especially when a bunch of boats are trying to work the same patch.

BY THE WAY, Seabass also opens this week.  Enjoy it while it lasts.  Expect Seabass fishing to be phenomenal.  The fish have not been picked on for months.   Some good wreck numbers and some clam and limits will come your way.   There is not as much social recogntion of the Seabass regulations as the Fluke regulations but Seabass regulations are absolutely egregious at this point.  The generous bag limit of 10 Seabass gives way to 2 for the Summer season (staring July 2) and 5 for October - December.    To those not in the know, the Seabass migrate and school up on offshore wrecks late in the year and party boats run offshore trips specifically for this.  However, these trips are not cheap.  Not many are going to pay $200 for 5 Seabass.

Tight Lines.

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