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  • 2017-09-09 Ristori Bay Head

    They moved offshore to catch dolphin before anchoring at night for tuna that didn't show -- though there were two stripped reels at 5 a. m. Finishing up with dolphin produced lots of action with fish up to 15 pounds. There wasn't much doing in Point Pleasant Canal for casters this morning, but I saw one blue of about 8 pounds caught, while I lost a similar blue on a 6-inch Tsunami Shad.
  • 2017-09-08 Ristori Bay Head

    August gave us great fishing inshore with lots of fish coming over the rail and keeper fluke along with black sea bass, bluefish, squid and mackerel on every trip. For the next few weeks Captain John says he will be fishing for porgies, bluefish, and bonito inshore while looking for sharks, tuna and mahi offshore.
  • 2017-09-07 Ristori Bay Head

    When I was just getting into party boat fishing as a kid on Long Island, I heard of an exotic species called the false albacore which a few pros would try to catch by trolling Japanese feather jigs from the 10-knot party boats of the day on the way to bottom fishing grounds at this time of year. 

  • 2017-09-06 Ristori Bay Head

    The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant will be sailing open at 7 a,m, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for bottom fishing. John Mazzeo of South Plainfield started Tuesday at Sandy Hook, and then went to Sea Bright where there were lots of large snappers, though one angler caught a 25-inch fluke that hit a Hex metal when it bounced bottom.
  • 2017-09-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Chris Di Stefano of Wall took his 98-year-old Uncle Joe and a nephew small boat fluke fishing in Shark River for lots of action with shorts on peanut bunkers but only two keepers. Vinny D'Anton of Wall cast in Shark River this morning with no action, but then worked the surf at Avon where there were no big fish but all the snappers he wanted to hook on small metal lures in schools of rainfish.
  • 2017-09-04 Ristori Bay Head

    The Ocean Explorer from that port reported good fluking with a 7-pound pool winner. The Big Mohawk had many limits and a pool fluke over 8 pounds.
  • 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.

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