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  • 2016-11-09 Ristori Bay Head

    There was a big improvement in Raritan Bay striper fishing today for the Atlantic Highlands fleet as Sandy Hook Channel was loaded up with bunker schools being blasted by stripers and large blues. Matt Slobodjian at Jim's Tackle in Cape May reports Sea bass fishing has been very good on the wrecks in 20 fathoms.
  • 2016-11-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Chuck Many of Annandale got off to a good start while loading up with bait in the back of Raritan Bay with his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands as Nellie Greer from Bethlehem Pa. released two stripers up to 25 pounds using the snag drop technique while Many and I had several bass on-and-off. The bite seemed to die on the flood, and a call from Johnny Bucktails drew Many back to Raritan Bay where birds were working during mid-day and Many released a 29-inch striper on his first cast with a Tsunami Shad.
  • 2016-11-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Chunking was slow, but Many released two 35-inch stripers plus a spiny dogfish which had no business in the river. We also had lots of action with very small stripers under birds in both rivers, though Many did find a 29-incher among them on a heavier Tsunami Shad.
  • 2016-11-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Boats were driving the fish down, but he did get in one good drift that produced keepers. Capt. Rob Semkewyc found bass on top right away with his Sea Hunter, but other boats put them down -- and the fish moved fast after that, He only got in two good drifts that produced several keepers.
  • 2016-11-04 Ristori Bay Head

    Allen Riley of South Plainfield was at the latter area Thursday morning when there was a brief shot after 8 a. m. when John Mazzeo of South Plainfield hooked a 27-inch striper Reports from the south weren't any better. There was an impressive weigh-in at Betty Nick's -- a 21 5 16-pound striper on bunker at Area 7 in the park.
  • 2016-11-03 Ristori Bay Head

    The Hi-Mar Striper Club's Fall 40-hour Bob Kamienski Striped Bass Tournament ended up with good weather last weekend after being postponed the previous weekend due to gale warnings. The striper tournament season concludes this weekend with the Staten Island Tuna Club's Big Bass Shootout from Saturday night through Sunday.
  • 2016-11-02 Ristori Bay Head

    The Miss Belmar Princess reported a big change in fishing today, as stripers were scarce but jumbo bluefish moved in from the deep waters where they had been located to crash on bunkers inshore. Surfcasting in the Ocean County surf was poor again, and there weren't even any hopeful signs from the boats looking for bunkers.

  • 2016-11-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Tommy Cox made the ride worthwhile by catching two 15-pound bass in a row on a popper in Lavallette around first light, but that was it as there was no bait in that area. I joined John Green in his beach buggy, and we checked the beaches down to Seaside without seeing a thing caught after he had many shots on CJ wood poppers to big bass the previous two days.
  • 2016-10-31 Ristori Bay Head

    Leif Pettersen used his fly rod to release three stripers up to 31 inches at Deal on Saturday evening, but only hooked two 17-to-18-inch bass Sunday morning. Dave Lilly of Hazlet got out Sunday afternoon to troll stretch plugs in the back of Raritan Bay for non-stop action that produced nine bass up to 26 pounds in two hours before the storm forced him in.
  • 2016-10-30 Ristori Bay Head

    There were a lot of disappointed surfcasters along Monmouth and northern Ocean County beaches today as there was no repeat of Saturday's striper action in schools of peanut bunkers. Capt. Ron Santee found a few stripers from 16 to 23 pounds on his Fishermen, and ended up catching a few bass in the ocean at the end of the trip.

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