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  • 2014-03-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Howard Bogan switched last weekend's offshore wrecks cod trip from1 a. m. Saturday to the same time Sunday in order to get fishable weather, and that decision paid off in a better pick of cod and pollock plus some ling. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar took advantage of calm weather on Monday to pick a few ling and small cod from local deep water wrecks.
  • 2014-03-23 Ristori Bay Head

    The weather was ideal as Crazy Alberto Knie of Estero, Fl., Luis Gonzalez from Homestead, Fl., and I cast jigs into mangroves to catch three redfish from 21 to 23 1 4 inches while Knie also released a short snook and a spotted sea trout on a D. O. A. C. A. L. jig. Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst had a successful trip into the back country out of Islamorada, Florida Keys on Saturday as he boated a few large sea trout while his adult daughters Danielle and Natalie caught some of just about every species except tarpon caught from those shallow waters.
  • 2014-03-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Shark River is usually the best place to start the winter flounder season, but Bob Matthews of Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina said that wasn't the case Sunday due to very cold waters. Matthews thinks there are plenty of flounder in the river that will start biting if the water ever warms.
  • 2014-03-21 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is sending letters to both NOAA and Gov. Chris Christie protesting Bullard s actions in regard to winter flounder plus his leadership in forcing summer flounder regionalization on New Jersey an action that was unanimously opposed in the public hearing here, and which will result in much stricter regulations this year. Shimano s Spheros SW spinners are high-speed models that feature four ball bearings and a roller bearing with a gear system that provides greater power transmission efficiency The Spring Lake Live Liners held their awards dinner Saturday night in the Lobster Shanty, where Tom Brown led the way with a 32-pound striper that was the largest from the surf on an artificial.
  • 2014-03-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Apologies to Chris Zeman, NJ member of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Zeman won the striped bass award given out by the Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County, but that award was credited to another Chris in Friday's column.
  • 2014-03-21 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) is sending letters to both NOAA and Gov. Chris Christie protesting Bullard's actions in regard to winter flounder plus his leadership in forcing summer flounder regionalization on N. J. -- an action that was unanimously opposed in the public hearing here, and which will result in much stricter regulations this year. Shimano's Spheros SW spinners are high-speed models that feature four ball bearings and a roller bearing with a gear system that provides greater power transmission efficiency The Spring Lake Live Liners held their awards dinner Saturday night in the Lobster Shanty, where Tom Brown led the way with a 32-pound striper that was the largest from the surf on an artificial.
  • 2014-03-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Jersey Shore fishing NMFS closing General category bluefin tuna as per following notice HMS NEWS Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News March 13 2014 Subscribe Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery Closing Friday, March 21, 2014 Actions being taken and important dates The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11 30 p. m. local time on March 21, 2014, until it reopens on June 1, 2014, for the June through August period. Retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas General and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11 30 p. m. local time on March 21, 2014, through May 31, 2014.
  • 2014-03-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Jersey Shore fishing NMFS closing General category bluefin tuna as per following notice HMS NEWS Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News March 13 2014 Subscribe Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery Closing Friday, March 21, 2014 Actions being taken and important dates The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11 30 p. m. local time on March 21, 2014, until it reopens on June 1, 2014, for the June through August period. Retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas General and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11 30 p. m. local time on March 21, 2014, through May 31, 2014.
  • 2014-03-17 Ristori Bay Head

    The Ocean Explorer, from Belmar Marina, reported cleaner waters Saturday -- and then water temperatures up to 42 degrees on Sunday. A couple of blackfish were released Saturday, when Jose Reyes jigged two cod and dropped two others.
  • 2014-03-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Gary Quon, of Tady Lures in California, is making sure that many anglers will come out ahead on tackle as well as information because he s offering one of his valuable jigs to the first 100 attending my seminar on Raritan Bay-area striped bass fishing at 11 30 tomorrow morning. Tomorrow s seminars begin with Kolias repeating his fluke presentation at 11 a. m. in the theater at the rear of the Exhibit Hall, with Schunke following there with his offshore small boats.

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