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  • 2014-01-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Indeed, how could anyone consider management fair when a commercial fisherman towing a huge net can fill his quota from a public resource with 14-inch fluke while an angler usually drifting over open bottom with a single baited hook must release not only that size fluke but also many even larger in an often fruitless quest to catch a 17 1 2-inch keeper Is it fair that commercial interests get 60 percent of the summer flounder quota while the public is allowed only 40 percent in spite of an NOAA document that estimated the recreational catch at about 70 percent before management started When I was a youngster there were no recreational regulations on fluke at all, but with only small, inshore draggers, there were plenty of fluke for all. Yet stripers were fussy on metal when I fished Nov. 11 with Chuck Many of Annandale and Nellie Greer from Bethlehem, Pa. on Many s Tyman from Gateway Marina Highlands, but the 7-inch Tsunami Swim Eel was hot until big blues ate my supply.
  • 2014-01-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Their records indicated that the big fish weighed in by members fishing from their pier and the surf in the early days were not stripers or blues -- but red drum. The famed angler and author, Van Campen Heilner in his classic Salt Water Fishing (1946) quotes the following from his friend Phillip Mayer When I started to fish the New Jersey coast, in 1893, at such places as Corson's Inlet and Barnegat Inlet, channel bass were more than plentiful.
  • 2014-01-22 Ristori Seaside Park

    Capt. Phil Sciortino Jr. is running his winter Striper School at The Tackle Box in Hazlet along with Capt. Mike Sisto of Jersey Key Charters and Anthony Altobelli. The 300 cost includes a charter trip aboard Jersey Key.
  • 2014-01-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Phil Sciortino Jr. is running his winter Striper School at The Tackle Box in Hazlet along with Capt. Mike Sisto of Jersey Key Charters and Anthony Altobelli. The 300 cost includes a charter trip aboard Jersey Key.
  • 2014-01-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The Canyon Runner Seminar is coming up Saturday in Atlantic City, and Adam La Rosa is offering free tickets to veterans who have been wounded in action. Furthermore, a couple of those vets will be selected at both the Atlantic City and N. Y. seminars to receive a free overnight canyon trip on a Canyon Runner boat next season.
  • 2014-01-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Calm ocean conditions though. Few short Codfish as well,It did get a little lumpy out there but nothing to bad.
  • 2014-01-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Pete Wagner, of Hyper Striper from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, is back in Los Suenos, Costa Rica for a winter of fishing for sailfish with his Dream Girl -- and there's nothing bad that can be said about that relocation. They had some great sailfishing with eight dorados (dolphin) and 10 sail releases one day, before opting for bottom fishing the following day -- when 65 groupers from small fritos (2-6-pounders) were taken plus some larger ones in the teens -- and a bunch of the ocean whitefish that look like the small tilefish.
  • 2014-01-16 Ristori Bay Head

    There wasn't enough space in last week's column for the conclusion of last year's review -- which follows The pattern of hot striper fishing between the channels in the fall continued each morning as anglers enjoyed great sport jigging and casting among swirling bass while those seeking meat could limit out quickly by trolling rigs on wire line. By the time I made my last boat trip aboard Sheri Berri on Dec. 4 it was all small shorts for Joe Blaze of Brielle and Dave Cheli from Spring Lake until my 50th bass turned out to be a 37-incher on the same Tsunami 6-inch Swim Eel that was attracting the schoolies.
  • 2014-01-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Joining Poveromo and Honachefsky at the Jersey Shore will be Dave Schunke Innovative trophy striped bass fishing authority who also excels at catching sharks and tunas Dr. Mitchell Roffer Noted authority on locating productive water surface temperature breaks and ocean-circulation features that hold fish Harry Vernon III Distinguished southern offshore fishing pro who specializes in live-baiting, trolling and day-dropping for swordfish Captain Lou Grazioso - Veteran expert at catching trophy striped bass and fluke, bluefin and yellowfin tunas Captain Steve Purul Noted striped bass, fluke, and wreck fishing authority who runs Reel Fantasea Fishing Charters from Barnegat Captain Tom Daffin Veteran South Jersey specialist who excels at catching trophy striped bass, fluke, blackfish and sea bass, as well as bluefin and yellowfin tuna Captain Austin Perilli Noted trophy fluke fishing authority and innovative light tackle striped bass angler Captain Bryan DiLeo Renowned back bay and ICW fishing authority and Captain David Wicker Noted authority on using modern electronics to locate and catch more fish. Courses for the January 25 presentation will focus on Trophy stripers on ultra-light tackle Live-lining for trophy stripers Top trolling tactics for stripers Secrets of fishing Raritan, Sandy Hook, Silver and Barnegat Bays Flutter-jigging for stripers and bluefish Sure-fire weakfish tactics Chunking for bluefish Bluefish on surface lures Inshore wire-line techniques Jetty tactics How to catch more and bigger fluke Targeting trophy fluke Cutting-edge fluke tactics Southern flounder tactics that will take more and bigger Jersey fluke Top tactics for big blackfish Catching blackfish by the score Variety fishing in and around inlets How to locate and fish productive bottom (blackfish, sea bass, spot and fluke) Back-bay stripers Can't-miss tuna-trolling patterns Cutting-edge tuna chunking tactics Live-baiting for tunas Advanced methods for bluefin and yellowfin tuna Zeroing in on big eye tuna Flutter-jigging for tuna How to choose, rig and fish the best lures and natural baits for tuna How to catch wahoo off New Jersey Subsurface offshore trolling tactics Cutting edge spreader bar and dredge tactics Secrets for catching more inshore tuna Reading water temperature charts Targeting trophy makos Basic and advanced sharking techniques Offshore kite fishing for sharks and tuna Daytime swordfishing off New Jersey.
  • 2014-01-14 Ristori Bay Head

    The status quo in Option 1 for fluke was most popular, along with Option 2 that works with it to again provide the possibility of receiving extra quota from states not using all of that allocated to them. With a five-fish bag there could be the same 17 1 2-inch minimum as last year with a season of 94 days or the state could opt for 18 inches that would provide 120 days or 18 1 2 inches for 184 days.

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