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  • 2017-06-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Due to some technical problems, an old column was published earlier while I was trying to publish the new one. The new column got chopped in half, and may not have been the version I edited, but at least relates to this weekend.
  • 2017-06-21 Ristori Bay Head

    The South Jersey Marina Shark Tournament the weekend before last proved there were good numbers of makos moving up, as 40 were caught. Allen Riley of South Plainfield fished the Sandy Hook surf with Duke Matero of Piscataway this morning, and barely managed to come out head while fishing fresh bunker and 4-inch Gulp Swimming Mullet as he released a 17-inch fluke, a skate and a stargazer.
  • 2017-06-20 Ristori Bay Head

    That big swell and dirty water after days of strong south winds plus last evening's downpour had a negative effect on both turnout and the fishing. Though there were no stripers in Shark River, the water was clear despite the downpour last evening, and a big blue hit his Chug Bug.
  • 2017-06-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. John Kolias, of Reel Fun at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, will explain his fluke fishing tips at Tuesday night's meeting of the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County at 8 p. m. in the American Legion, 33 West Passaic St,n Rochelle Park. The workshops at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, allow participants a fun and educational way to learn outdoor skills like bay fishing, crabbing and clamming, kayaking and salt marsh exploration.
  • 2017-06-18 Ristori Bay Head

    While we await results from this weekend's Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo, here is the information from last weekend's Warriors or Warriors contest Dave Lesperance sent the following information about last weekend's Warriors for Warriors Charity Shark Tournament out of Manasquan Inlet.

    Tournament Prize Winners 1st Place Mako caught on Old Salty II - 193 pounds 2nd Place Mako caught on Blue Runner 156 pounds 1st Qualifying Mako weighed was caught on Dead Short- 152 pounds Thresher Calcutta was won by Uneffinbelievabil with a 442-pound thresher.

  • 2017-06-17 Ristori Bay Head

    The 10-fish bag limit season for sea bass concludes Sunday with no sign of diminished abundance. Striped bass have been hard to come by the last few days.

  • 2017-06-16 Ristori Bay Head

    South Jersey Marina in Cape May submitted the following report on last weekend's shark tournament A 310 pound Mako, 307,763, 84 teams and a release rate ofalmost 90 those were the salient numbers that defined the 37thannual South Jersey Shark Tournament held last week, June 7thto the 10th at the tournament's legacy home port, South JerseyMarina in Cape May, New Jersey. Like all South Jersey Tournaments, the Shark Tournament is a Big Fish tournament in that the heaviest fish in any givencategory usually garners the largest purse.
  • 2017-06-15 Ristori Bay Head

    The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported another day of great sea bass fishing with lots of limits. I've had problems getting final results from last weekend's South Jersey Marina Shark Tournament in Cape May, and the Warriors Shark Tournament from Manasquan Inlet, but will post that information on my daily blog noted above.
  • 2017-06-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Adam La Rosa's Canyon Runner report sums up what's been going on in the canyons as follows EPIC Tuna Fishing - Best Week Ever 14 Big-Eyes - 1 Giant - 183 Bluefins Total Makos and Blue Sharks Too!We also saw many of our Canyon Runner Fishing Report Members cash in on their first big-eyes ever - bluefins over 70 and much more - Way to Go CR TEAM!Here's a quick run down of each trip - we started in the south west corner of the Hudson at the beginning of the week and quickly moved down into the Toms area.
  • 2017-06-13 Ristori Bay Head

    Bill Klimas of Scotch Plains sent the following note about his sea bass fishing Doug Rush (Shimano Rep), fishing on his Fin Fun from Brielle had a fabulous day on Sunday with his family. Valerie thought she had a real record fish only to find she had two sea bass on one Lucanus Jig, one on each assist hook.

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