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  • 2017-04-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Though some surfcasters have been catching small stripers in the surf when conditions are right on both lures and bait, keepers have been few and far between -- while large bass were unheard of until Saturday when Betty Nicks in Seaside Park weighed in a 40-incher for John Passamonti. The first report from Matt Slobodjian at Jim's Tackle in Cape May notes that This week we saw quite a few nice bass come in from the beaches in North Cape May.
  • 2017-04-29 Ristori Bay Head

    DEP SECURES ARMY CORPS PERMITS TO BUILD NEW ARTIFICIAL REEFS SITES TO BE DEVELOPED OFF OCEAN COUNTY'S MANASQUAN INLET AND IN DELAWARE BAY TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection's artificial reef program has secured a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to proceed with construction of two new reefs for recreational fishing, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service had suspended the funding due to concerns that commercial fishing was intruding on and hampering recreational fishing on artificial reefs, which are funded by excise taxes on recreational fishing gear and boat fuel.
  • 2017-04-28 Ristori Bay Head

    The Sea Hunter, Fishermen and Prowler 5 all reported good action with schoolies plus some keepers on bait. Though bluefishing has been good in Manasquan Inlet at times, Bob Correll of Bay Head said the Friday evening bite was off.

  • 2017-04-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Raritan Bay party boats have had a very hard time catching stripers on bait, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc had better news from his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands on Thursday morning when he finally had a good bite of mostly 24-to-27-inch shorts along with some keepers up to a 41-inch, 25-pounder boated by Jerry Gracos of Toms River. Remember that virtually all stripers over 20 pounds are females, and those being caught in Raritan Bay are from the Hudson stock that's been providing us with fine fishing the last few years while the coastal migratory stock from the Chesapeake and Delaware bays has spotty.

  • 2017-04-26 Ristori Bay Head

    The best bet remains the protected waters bite of big blues in Barnegat Bay and Manasquan River. I did have some good days in the Sebastian River catching small tarpon on DOA Bait Busters and also on fly.
  • 2017-04-25 Ristori Bay Head

    The release follows On February 2, 2017, the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board, part of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), approved changes to this coming year's summer flounder quota for New Jersey. com r FNP5L3C Thank you, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection New York has accepted the ASMFC fluke regulations, but New Jersey is planning to retain last year's regulations pending the appeal The northeast wind and rain has put a big dent in fishing participation.

  • 2017-04-23 Ristori Bay Head

    At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc said Saturday's decent flurry of striper action on bait from his Sea Hunter wasn't repeated though they did catch some keepers and shorts. Capt. John Kolias put the Dawyn Sandi party into two 30-ound stripers and another in the 12-to-14-pound class while releasing nine other bass from Reel Fun out of Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, They were trolling Mo-Jos.
  • 2017-04-22 Ristori Bay Head

    The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are ready to take advantage of some of this action. Captain Carl is accepting charters for the bass in the bay and the offshore wreck fishing.
  • 2017-04-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Many exhibits relating to the Hudson can be viewed from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. Capt. Lou Grazioso reports trollers continued to catch stripers today in Raritan Bay, though he didn't see any of the 40-inch bass that had been hitting the previous day. Capt. Joe Massa had a hard time finding bunkers to net from his My Three Sons out of Morgan Marina on Friday, but had no trouble trolling stripers with Stretch 25 plugs.

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