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  • 2016-10-28 Ristori Bay Head

    Yet, the Golden Eagle and Miss Belmar Princess from Belmar got into large stripers plus some blues of various sizes under birds despite rough seas. I found no sign of fish in the Spring Lake surf this morning, but Bob Matthews reported from Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina that some big bass were beached at Long Branch.
  • 2016-10-27 Ristori Bay Head

    That's especially the case in Raritan Bay where the sky is often full of birds working on peanut bunkers being pushed to the surface by stripers of various sizes, When I was out there Wednesday with Capt. Irwin Heinrich on his Scales N Tales out of Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, there was lots of small boat traffic in a gusty and very cold north wind -- and then that fleet was joined by the Golden Eagle from Belmar, Miss Belmar Princess, and the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant. In November 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) petitioned the Mid-Atlantic Council to designate 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs under provisions of Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.
  • 2016-10-26 Ristori Bay Head

    When I joined Capt. Erwin Heinrich this morning on his Scales N Tales from Twin Lights Marina in Highands, I didn't expect to see many boats in Raritan Bay during a weekday on the coldest morning of the year with a continuing northwest wind gusting to 25 mph. Gomber got things started in spectacular fashion when Heinrich stopped his Contender on bait readings and near a whale in mid-bay by tempting a 36 1 2-inch striper to hit a Tsunami Shad.
  • 2016-10-25 Ristori Bay Head

    The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands starts striper fishing Wednesday morning, and the Sea Hunter from that port resumes that sport after sitting out the worst of the northwest wind. Joe Melillo got away from his Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant to hook some hickory shad in the Bay Head surf.
  • 2016-10-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Ron Santee said there were lots of shorts with the new 13-inch minimum length, but anglers were able to put a catch together on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands along with blowfish and porgies -- and the one blackfish presently allowed. The Jamaica from Brielle has openings on canyon trips leaving on Nov. 1 and 3 at 7 a. m. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
  • 2016-10-23 Ristori Bay Head

    A few keeper Bass are starting to show up around the inlet this last week along with a few surprises. Boats fishing the Cape May Reef Thursday reported good numbers of sea bass released and quite a few nice porgies on the wrecks.

  • 2016-10-22 Ristori Bay Head

    There was some great canyon tuna fishing just before the storm, as noted in the following report from Adam La Rosa of the Canyon Runner out of Point Pleasant Solid Chunk Bite on Big Yellowfin Continues - Again Again - Double Digit Yellowfin Catches Abound One Last Shot At an Open Trip End of Next Week or Full Boat if you Are Interested - Then Bring on the Stripers!Here Are Pics for Monday-Tuesday's Trip October 17-18 Here are Pics for Wednesday-Thursday October 19-20 Pics from the Weekend 48' Canyon Runner Trip - 10 12-13 16 Call ASAP to secure it - it won't last long 732-272-4445 Solid Chunk Bite on Big Yellowfin Continues - Again Again - Double Digit Yellowfin Catches Abound One Last Shot At an Open Trip End of Next Week if you Are Interested - Then Bring on the Stripers!!
  • 2016-10-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Lots of bottom fishermen have been looking forward to Saturday's reopening of the sea bass season but due to the forecast of gale-force NW winds some party boats may opt to postpone their trips. His main objective of trying to chunk bunkers for big stripers in the Hudson River didn't work out, but he released eight small schoolies casting Tsunami Shads up there.
  • 2016-10-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The one fish limit on blackfish continues, but Capt. Stan Zagleski put his regulars into hot release fishing Wednesday on his Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands as catches ran into the 30's of mostly legal tog by Big John Poraba of Pompton Lakes up to an 8 3 8-pounder by Mike Naipawer of Bloomingdale. Capt. Joe Massa, of My Three Sons from Morgan Marina, had a good variety trip on Wednesday as he caught blackfish, sea bass and porgies at Shrewsbury Rocks before adding a little tunny off Sandy Hook on the way back -- and ending with a double of school stripers off Keansburg.
  • 2016-10-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Mass caught a little tunny on the way back, and found some school stripers under birds off Keansburg where he caught a doubleheader of 25-and-27-inchers before leaving the flighty stripers. Many cast a Tsunami shad to release a 24-inch striper.

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