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  • 2017-05-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Mate Steve Tosti didn't have any trouble loading a cooler with bunker after a few throws of a castnet even though we didn't leave until 9 a. m. Bluefish have been a big problem for those seeking stripers in Rartan Bay, so Contello ran to the Hudson River and waited out the bite on chunked bunker. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant also jigged 1-to-4-pound blues, but were fortunate enough to add a couple of stripers up to 30 pounds.

  • 2017-05-22 Ristori Bay Head

    The 26th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament was held May 21 at Island Beach State Park under blue skies and a light easterly wind. More than 600 participants enjoyed the day with family and friends, including Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs program participants and thirteen teams from seven different schools in the brand new High School Team Category. DEP Commissioner Bob Martin along with Division of Fish and Wildlife Acting Director Larry Herrighty assisted with the awards ceremony

  • 2017-05-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Though the east wind wasn't as hard as yesterday, I didn't see anything doing in the Bay Head surf which was also loaded with weed that covered lures on every cast. Adam La Rosa said the Canyon Runner fleet is just picking one to three large stripers a trip after some great trollng last week.
  • 2017-05-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The surprisingly strong east wind made it tough on both boat and shore fishermen Saturday, but it's supposed to be lighter on Sunday in time for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park. The east wind also prevented a repeat of a showing of small blues in the Bay Head surf, but I managed to tempt a 19-inch striper in Point Pleasant Canal on a Tsunami Shad.

  • 2017-05-19 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar picked away at blues all morning, but then got into big bass attacking schools of bunkers in the afternoon as a 40-pound bass was boated and others lost. Joe Melillo weighed in a 20 1 8-pound striped bass at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that was baited at night in the local surf by Terry Martuscelli of Brick, while Mike Commune from Brick did even better with a 25-pounder. 


  • 2017-05-18 Ristori Bay Head

    That plan involves losing some days at the end of the season in order to preserve an 18-inch minimum with three fish from May 25 to Sept. 5 -- plus the exemptions for Delaware Bay (three at 17 inches) and Island Beach State Park (two at 16 inches) that we had last year. Matthews reports from Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina that Shark River is loaded with fluke waiting for the season to open The Jamaica II from Brielle had good ling fishing and a few cod during Wednesday's 12-hour wreck trip.
  • 2017-05-17 Ristori Bay Head

    The N.J. Marine Fisheries Council, meeting in Avalon this afternoon, approved the compromise fluke season worked out with the ASMFC last week.

  • 2017-05-16 Ristori Bay Head

    The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will be meeting in Avalon tomorrow afternoon to select an option for the 2017 fluke season. Striper trolling was a lot better just before the storm, as the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant made two trips Friday that produced limits from a total of 48 big bass up to a 49-pounder.

  • 2017-05-15 Ristori Bay Head

    8-pound striper also hit bunker in the surf yesterday. With the local surf still being off-color before the NW wind got strong enough, I fished a 4-inch Tsunami Shad in Point Pleasant Canal to release school stripers of 19 and 25 inches this morning.

  • 2017-05-14 Ristori Bay Head

    There were quite a lot of skates torturing anglers there earlier in the week, but it sounds like they thinned out a lot on the weekend and let the guys catch a few. We weighed in some good sized bass coming from the surf in North Cape May and Cape May Point.

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