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  • 2021-07-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 23, 2021 RIP Young Stan Zagleski My blog was already published yesterday when Dave Lilly called with the shocking news that Stan Zagleski Jr. had died in Shrewsbury River. When I was saltwater editor of the Star-Ledger, I enjoyed long phone conversations with Stan Sr. who always referred to his son as Young Stan , and was proud of his accomplihments as a scuba diver in the winter as well as on the boat.
  • 2021-07-22 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jamaica from Brielle reported limits of both blues up to an 8-pounder and sea bass today along with the chubs. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a beautiful calm day with blues and sea bass biting along with the chubs, ling and even two big blackfish that had to be released.
  • 2021-07-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Fortunately, sea bass were hitting and everyone caught their two-bass limit while there were also some ling, porgies and triggerfish though the big one got away a 20-pound dolphin, The Big Mohawk from Belmar has been doing very well with fluke, and yesterday reported the first North Jersey doormat I ve heard of a 10 1 2-pounder. Yesterday s surf action south of Manasquan Inlet wasn t repeated,but I did get my first Spanish mackerel surf report as one was caught at Pt.
  • 2021-07-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 20, 2021 Beautiful day on the water and some fluke besides Alberto Zacchini s mid-morning family trip from Raritan Marina worked out well as dee waters n the mouth of Raritan Bay produced a pick of mostly keeper fluke when ddrifting conditions were right. His son Derek, and even I added to the catch as we ended up with nine in the box which were topped by Alberto s 22-and-22 1 2-inchers Good weather continues tomorrow with west winds at 5-10 knots,
  • 2021-07-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 18, 2021 Moon landing brought back fishing memories Watching clips of the historic moon landing in 1969 this morning brought back memories of my first foreign fishing trip as I watchd it on a TV in a Los Angeles hotel room after returning from the Sea of Cortez Fishing Tournament in Baja California, Mexico. I had to lug back two heavy trophies, but that trip developed an appetite for foreign fishing that eventually took me around most of the world though I never experienced anything as exciting on the way back as watching the moon landing.
  • 2021-07-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 17, 2021 Blue marlin tops Jimmy Johnson AC Tournament There weren t many changes during the last day of Jimmy Johnson s Quest for the Ring Tournament out of Atlantic City, but the fish of the contest was recorded Friday when Darren Helwig boated a 679-pound blue marlin on Rool Grove. The contest paid out over a milion dollars, and Rool Grove earned the biggest chunk at 295,500 David Johnson on Business had the pargest white marlin by just ounces at 73.
  • 2021-07-16 Ristori Bay Head

    The fish count through Day 3 was 77 white marlin, 9 blue marlin, 26 tuna, 7 dolphin and 1 wahoo, I ll have the official results when available over the weekend. The Jamaica out of Brielle reported very good bluefish jigging yesterday which included a 13-pounder as well as some sea bass, porgies and fluke.
  • 2021-07-15 Ristori Bay Head

    T The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a limit of school bluefin tuna plus many releases during Monday s Inshore Exotics jigging and then was into 3-7-pound blues on jigs yesterday morning along with sea bass Capt. Dave DeGennaro of Hi Flier at Barnegat has been jigging 20-40-pound bluefins just 25 to 40 miles offshore, and is running an open trip for them on Saturday. T The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a limit of school bluefin tuna plus many releases during Monday s Inshore Exotics jigging and then was into 3-7-pound blues on jigs yesterday morning along with sea bass Capt. Dave DeGennaro of Hi Flier at Barnegat has been jigging 20-40-pound bluefins just 25 to 40 miles offshore, and is running an open trip for them on Saturday.
  • 2021-07-13 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 13, 2021 Fluke tournament results Last weekend s fluke tournaments in northern N. J. produced lots of quality fish but none big enough to run away from the crowd. 95 pounds who turned out to be the weekend s big winner as he was also in the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers contest where his fish weighed 7.

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