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  • 2017-12-08 Ristori Bay Head

    After having good striper jigging yesterday under windy conditions, Capt. Rob Semkewyc was looking forward to a big catch today on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands in good weather. After running around all day, the catch consisted of one short striper, a herring, a sea robin, and a couple of dogfish.
  • 2017-12-07 Ristori Bay Head

    CAA Action Alert from Paul Haertel The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will have a joint meeting in Annapolis, Maryland from December 11 th to December 14 th to discuss a number of fisheries issues, especially fluke on December 12th and sea bass on December 13. In addition to having a presence at the meeting the JCAA will send detailed comments on fluke and sea bass to the above web link.
  • 2017-12-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc says tomorrow is a go for striper jigging on the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, and he also expects to have fishable weather through Saturday. Capt. Stan Zagleski took a day off from blackfishing with Elaine B. II out of Bahrs in Highlands to let the sea settle, but will be at it again in the morning.
  • 2017-12-05 Ristori Bay Head

    While there should be lots of good fishing ahead of us, party boat anglers are starting to run out of options. A rough surf with southerly wind forecasts of up to 30 mph seemed to also keep surfcasters home, but a shift to west winds should calm and clear the surf over the next few days -- though it will be a lot colder.
  • 2017-12-04 Ristori Bay Head

    Many got off to a good start with his first release being a 28 1 2-inch bass on a Tsunami Shad. Surfcasters did well with small stripers in many areas despite a big swell.
  • 2017-12-03 Ristori Bay Head

    I picked away at Sea Girt this morning, and ended up with seven small striper releases on the Tsunami Sand Eel and Castaways Super Teaser. Vinny D'Anton and Frank Manzi got into a blitz of small bass in the evening on Mirr-O-Lures north of where I had been picking at them in the morning.
  • 2017-12-02 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter at Atlantic Highlands saw the armada of trollers and boats chasing birds in Raritan Bay and decided to take a ride which put him into the best striper action of the year. Capt. Arthur Stokes caught two 34-to-36-inch stripers in a row on Tony Maja bunker spoons in 30 feet off Lavallette from Side Job out of Brielle, but saw only two others boated in a huge fleet Small stripers provided some action for surfcasters in many locations.

  • 2017-12-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Bob Matthews sent a report from Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina noting that there have been big concentrations of bait and stripers in 40-to-70-feet for trolling and jigging, but that surfcasters are only catching small bass. Though Bob Correll of Bay Head didn't find any bass at his local beach in the morning, he did have plenty of action with seven large hickory shad.
  • 2017-11-30 Ristori Bay Head

    The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported many areas of striper activity on Thursday with lots of shorts, some big blues, and an occasional bonus or keeper bass. The Captree Pride reported a continuation of that fishing with diamond jigs this week as Wednesday morning's trip had a high hook with 60 stripers, of which eight were over 28 inches.
  • 2017-11-29 Ristori Bay Head

    While striper fishing in the ocean was spotty today, boats fishing the Raritan Bay area had lots of action with shorts as well as some keepers. Capt. Rob Semkewyc filed the following report from his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands SEA HUNTER 11-29 STRIPER REPORT Today started like the past couple days, many areas of fish -- but they didn't stay hungry long.

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