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  • 2020-09-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 24, 2020 Hot porgy bite Capt. Ron Santee Jr. got out today for his first bottom fishing trip with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands and reported a one drop bite of porgies as everyone loaded up. A real last minute opportunity is a Hudson Canyon trip at 7 a. m. on the Mimi VI from Pt.
  • 2020-09-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Small craft warnings remain up through Wednesday with 6-9-foot seas still forecasted for the morning even though the winds will be just 10-15 knots from the west. The big turnaround is predicted for Thursday with northwest winds at just 5-10 knots changing to southwest in the afternoon asa seas decline to 2 to 3 feet.
  • 2020-09-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 21, 2020 West winds coming There aren t many fishing reports being posted during the current northeaster, but better days may be coming with a shift to the west. Pleasant won t be sailing Tuesday due to high seas.
  • 2020-09-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 20, 2020 Small craft warnings through Monday afterno If you want even more rough seas, the forecast has just what you re looking for with northeast winds at 15-20 knots on Sunday along with big swells from offshore storms. The small small craft warning has been extended to Monday afternoon, with seas running 4 to 7 feet.
  • 2020-09-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Tomorrow s forecast is for north winds at 15-20 knots before shifting to northeast at 10-15 in the afternoon but increasing to 15-20 with gusts to 25 on Sunday. It was back to protected river fishing this afternoon for 3-4-pound blues on poppers, though Vinny found a 25-inch bass among them.
  • 2020-09-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Following is the obit on Bruce Vitale Bruce Vitale Lieutenant with Plainfield Fire Dept. , Navy veteran, 73Bruce Vitale, 73, passed away on September 12, 2020, at Community Medical Center in Toms River, N. J. Born in Newark, N. J., to the late Cosmo and Doris (Van Harken) Vitale, Bruce lived in Warren, N. J., and Piscataway, N. J., for several years prior to retiring to Toms River. Visitation will be held at the South Plainfield Funeral Home, 2456 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, N. J. 07080 on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 2 to 4 p. m. and 6 to 8 p. m. and on Thursday, September 17, 2020m beginning at 10 30 a. m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Thursday beginning 11 a. m., followed by burial at Resurrection Burial Park in Piscataway.
  • 2020-09-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 16, 2020 Bruce Vitale will be missed It was a shock to me when retired N. J. Capt. Sal Cursi, famed Raritan Bay striper skipper of Kathy Sea called from his home in Florida to tell me that our mutual friend Bruce Vitale had passed away last weekend at just 73. No one loved fishing more than Bruce, who picked up the nickname Cuz during time spent at a second home in North Carolina.
  • 2020-09-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 14, 2020 Last week of fluke season may be tough in swell With a 4-6-foot swell running, it hasn t been comfortable on the ocean the last couple of days and the outlook for the last week of fluking in N. J. is not good. Capt. Rpb Semkewyc ran his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands out to the ocean this morning, but most of his fares couldn t handle the conditions.
  • 2020-09-12 Ristori Bay Head

    At least the wind shifts out of the northeast to southeast at 5-10 knots. I doubt if anyone went out today, but some skippers will probably sail tomorrow.
  • 2020-09-11 Ristori Bay Head

    The trip out wasn t bad with the wind behind us, and fishing was possible in a moderately rough ocean. The Thursday special bonito trip wasn t so special, though there were lots of chub mackerel at first along with some little tunny and Spanish mackerel.

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