Though Capt. Bob Pisano lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 31, his relatives and friends said their final farewell last Saturday from Capt. Jared Polick's Fin-ominal out of Belmar as Candi Pisano released his ashes in a specially-constructed small wooden boat that floated among a sea of flowers before membranes opened to sink it in the Mud Hole near the site of some of Pisano's greatest battles with the world's strongest fish while the fisherman's final prayer was read God Grant me that I may live to fish until my dying day and when it comes to my last task, I most humbly pray , that in the Lord's safe landing net I'm peacefully asleep. Then he took Parsons out on the same day the next year to add seven pounds to my former record The glory days of Mud Hole giant tuna fishing are long past, and the Mud Hole no longer holds the great quantities of ling and whiting that were an attraction, but I know we now have an advocate above and there's hope that he can pull off a miracle for his students.
Great Kills, Staten Island is very close to other Raritan Bay ports, and the Grandpa Savino Fluke Tournament there has a big potential reward of 25,000 for catching a fluke over 13 pounds. Only one fluke over 13 pounds has been entered in the Fisherman Dream Boat Fishing Challenge for subscribers to that magazine covering from North Carolina to Maine so far this year, and the N. J. Beach N Boat contest fluke leader at present is a mere 7.
A 17-incher and two either side of 13 inches were caught along with short fluke and small sharks. Jim's Tackle in Cape May reports Fluke fishing out of Cape May is about the same -- a lot of throwbacks and a few keepers.
A Wednesday night sailing has been added for from 7 30 p. m. to 2 30 a. m. Capt. Ron Santee reported a slow drift for anglers on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, but the fluke were hungry. They will be published when available., along with the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Two-Day Fluke Tournament that ended at 5 p. m. Vinnie D'Anton of Shark River Hills managed to hook an 18-inch striper on his Chug Bug at Spring Lake this morning, before releasing a 22-incher at Sea Girt.
Capt. Bob Pisano's ashes were spread today into Mud Hole waters near the scene of his biggest triumphs with giant tuna as his wife Candi, relatives and many friends sailed offshore on the Fin-Ominal from Belmar Marina. He has another day to find the big one during Sunday's second day of the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament.
Capt. Tommy Joseph, of Rightaway III from Shark River, has been hammering large porgies since last week, and that fishing was as good as it gets today. Fluking is good in Shark River, Capt. Dave De Gennaro didn't find any bonito or little tunny last weekend at Barnegat Ridge with his Hi Flier from Barnegat, but will continue checking for those fish which should be showing shortly.
1SL7-14-16 Fluke Tournaments start this weekend The fluke tournament season gets underway this weekend as the 35th annual Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Two-Day contest runs out of Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Saturday and Sunday, after the Friday evening captains meeting at 7 p. m. in the Senior Citizens Building. The Thursday night wreck trip from 7 30 p. m. to 12 30 a. m. produced ling plus some sea bass and bluefish last week, when squid were attracted to the boat and Mike Malpass jigged 20 for dinner.
Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands said it took a long time for the current to get started today, and noted that bait in the channel is moving out -- Time to start looking for new areas. Capt. Stan Zagleski did fish areas away from the Reach today, and did well with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands.
Capt. Vinny Vetere, of Katfish Charters from Great Kills, said the weather was beautiful, but striper fishing was picky. Vinnie D'Anton had no luck in the river, but moved to the Belmar surf to release a couple of small bass on his Chug Bug.