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  • 2020-09-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Yet, Tom Hollywood Jr. of Staten Island has boated three doormats already at just 22 years of age all on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. The late Capt. Stan Zagleski was very proud of Tom s accomplishments on his party boat, as he has been winning pools for many years and nothing has changed with Capt. Stan Zagleski Jr. at the helm since his father passed away before this season.
  • 2020-09-09 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 9, 2020 Hubris was big winner in Offshore Open The bigeye tuna which were hard to come by in the earlier big money tournaments were much more cooperative in the 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club Offshore Open as Touch of Grey took a seemingly commanding lead in tuna before Hubris won most of the prize money with two even larger bigeyes. 00Calcutta Level E Tuna StringerNumberBoatTotalPayout1st36GALAXY UNAVAILABLE174.
  • 2020-09-08 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a good yellowfin tuna catch on Monday, and quickly scheduled another16-hour trip tor Wednesday at 11 p. m. and there is room available. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc was looking forward to a repeat of the many keepers and larger fluke taken Monday on his Sea Hunter, but the bite wasn t nearly as good today.
  • 2020-09-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 7, 2020 Offshore Open ends tomorrow The 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club Offshore Open concludes Tuesday as entrants who haven t taken their one overnighter or two day trips try to knock off some impressive leaders. The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has scheduled an open Hudson Canyon trip for Monday Sept. 14 at 7 a. m. and returning the following afternoon.
  • 2020-09-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 6, 2020 River cownose rays a shocker An unsuccessful attempt to catch a school striper yesterday morning in Shark River ended up providing one of the most unusual catches of my life when the heavy fish that hit my Z Man 5-inch pearl blue glimmer DieZel MinnowZ jig turned out to be a cownose ray of at least 30 pounds. Then I switched to a small Pili Popper for small blues because I ve caught cownose on many different baits and lures from boats and the surf but have never heard of one hitting a popper.
  • 2020-09-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Nick Honachefsky noted that he s been doing well with fluke in the surf, and also saw a Spanish mackerel and little tunny caught yesterday at Manasquan Inlet. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had a good showing of larger fluke Friday as many from 3 to 5 1 2 pounds were boated and several limits recorded.
  • 2020-09-04 Ristori Bay Head

    Vetere and Massa had a lively battle for most releases among the 17 caught within a few hours, but it ended in a tie as Massa headed back to beat the threat of thunder storms. On calm days he ll run well offshore for chunking, casting and trolling yellowfin tuna, while on slightly rougher days there s the short run to Barnegat Ridge for bonito and little tunny.
  • 2020-09-02 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 2, 2020 Offshore Open off to a good start The 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club s Offshore Open doesn t have the huge pay-offs of the White Marlin Open and the MidAtlantic, but the competition is just as intense. I ve gone back to river casting which isn t much better as I managed only a 20-inch striper and a blue of about 5 pounds this morning on a Z Man pearl paddletail.
  • 2020-09-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 1, 2020 Doormat stripers bail out Ty Man trip Sorry for the late report, but uncooperative fish forced Chuck Many to pull out all his tricks today and once again prove that striper fishing can be good in the N. Y. Harbor area when the conditions are right. Then Many returned to a previously unproductive spot late in the day to put us into three stripers up to a 31-pounder on live bunkers when wind and current were in the same direction after only one bass had been released all day.
  • 2020-08-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on August 30, 2020 Fluking isn t easy these days, but it can still be good While I was growing up on Long Island in the 1950s, even beginners could catch a fluke dinner most days by just drifting a killie in protected bays and rivers. There were lots of meaty 15-and-16-inchers in our catch, but the biggest fluke was just 18 inches not even a N. Y. keeper today.

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