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  • 2017-09-03 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Stan Zagleski said rain and wind kept even the northern boats at the docks, but he'll be finishing up the fluke season Monday and Tuesday with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands -- as well the rest of the fluke fleet. Monday looks very nice, and Tuesday should be all right for the last day of the fluke season despite gusty south winds.
  • 2017-09-02 Ristori Bay Head

    The best report today came from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar which reported a super day of fishing for bonito, little tunny and chub mackerel -- along with a 20-to-25-pound yellowfin tuna boated and another lost. Hopefully, those mullet will move out into the ocean after Sunday's east winds to get the fall surf striper run started early.

  • 2017-09-01 Ristori Bay Head

    They have room on a reservation trip for bonito and little tunny on Sept. 6, and on their first canyon 31-hour sailing at 7 a. m. Thursday. Capt. Stan Zagleski will be finishing the fluke season with Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands by sailing at 6 a. m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but at 7 30 Tuesday before switching to porgies and blackfish daily at 7 a. m. on Wednesday.
  • 2017-08-31 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Ken Hager put Taylor Jean from Tinton Falls into a 72-pound white marlin on the first day, and that fish had them in line for over a million dollars until the last day when Waste Knot brought in a 75-pounder to take first and a payout of 796,509 while Taylor Jean was in the big Calcuttas and settled for a nice consolation of 217,665. Mike Reilly of Jersey City, Ben Silverman from Detroit, Kyle Holcomb of Philadelphia, and Tom Frazel from Chicago joined Ty in catching 100 fish including 15 fluke (5 keepers) up to 7 pounds, 65 sea bass, 6 sea robins, 2 bergalls, 3 blues, 2 stripers to 22 inches, 13 porgies to 13 inches, and 4 weakfish to 26 inches.
  • 2017-08-30 Ristori Bay Head

    A youngster tried to net it with a fluke net that was really too small, but I told him the trick with a big fish and a small net is to let the angler steer the head of the fish into the waiting net held just under the surface. An older youngster leaned over and removed the jig from the net, but grabbed the casting leader to try to get his hand in the flared gill when the light freshwater leader to the 2 hook holding the jumbo finally broke -- providing the release it was going to get in any case.
  • 2017-08-29 Ristori Bay Head

    The northeast wind has kept most boats at the dock the last two days, but the Jamaica from Brielle had a good report from Monday's trip. Joe Melillo at Castaways Tackle put his day off on Sunday to good use by fishing the Bay Head surf to release a 6-pound bluefish while losing another on the Run Off Sand Eel metal, Back at the shop, he weighed a 6-pound fluke caught in the ocean by Robert Skudera of Midland Park.
  • 2017-08-28 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar looked for blues on Sunday, but only found a few small ones before shifting to good action with sea bass and some legal fluke. I caught a small bass on a Z Man jig on my first cast, and added another small one later.
  • 2017-08-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Fluke fishing in the ocean has been the best of the year recently, and doormats are finally becoming more common. Mike Holodinski of Hillsboro boated an 11 1 2-pounder that took the pool, but not before he got a scare when Paul Schduckalo caught a 10 1 2-pound doormat.
  • 2017-08-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Ron Santee is on a roll with weekend doormat fluke on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Eddie Fernandez was the man on Saturday as he boated a 31 3/4-inch fluke that weighed 10 pounds, 10 ounces. Capt. Stan Zagleski reported a fine day with both large fluke and sea bass on rough bottom with his Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands -- and wishes it had been like this all season.

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