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  • 2017-01-28 Ristori Bay Head

    The Ocean Explorer is planning to head further offshore for big tog that may contend for the seasonal pool that's up to 3,400. Both the Somerset Fly Fishing Show and the New York Boat Show conclude on Sunday.
  • 2017-01-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Despite the relatively short notice of a weekday morning rally at a time of year when many anglers (including me) are on vacation in warmer climes, Paul Haertel of the JCAA counted about 300 on hand to hear DEP Commissioner Bob Martin detail the potential economic disaster that a 19-inch fluke minimum and short season would ensure for Shore party and charter boats plus tackle shops. Martin assured the crowd that the DEP is doing everything possible to retain status quo regulations pending a new baseline stock assessment that many experts feel will show the summer flounder population is in much better shape than outdated estimates suggest.

  • 2017-01-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Fluke won't be coming inshore along the N. J. Shore for several months, but the effort to to save that season is winding into high gear during the 10 a. m. Friday public press conference by DEP Commissioner Bob Martin at Fisherman's Supply, 69 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach. Yet, they will not be able to maintain that stand unless the ASMFC accepts status quo as an option when they meet next month in Kitty Hawk, N. C. Martin wrote a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioner this week in which he noted that the proposed regulations amount to a a defacto moratorium on summer flounder for the recreational fishing industry in New Jersey He further states that it threatens to jeopardize businesses such as bait and tackle shops and party and charter boats that cater to recreational anglers.

  • 2017-01-25 Ristori Bay Head

    DEP Commissioner Bob Martin will hold a press conference rally in favor of status quo for fluke on Friday at 10 a. m. at Fisherman's Supply, 69 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach. Joe Melillo even lost his phone service at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, but remains open during the winter.
  • 2017-01-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Resolution AR-206 by Republican Conference Leader David Rible of Wall urges NOAA to set aside new summer flounder catch limits until a new baseline stock assessment can be completed. That resolution was passed unanimously!
  • 2017-01-23 Ristori Bay Head

    With 60 mph northeast winds lashing the Shore, there's no local fishing news today, but Capt. Pete Grimbilas of the NJOA had some hopeful news about the fluke problem as DEP Commissioner Bob Martin has scheduled a rally for Friday at 10 a. m. in the parking lot of Fisherman's Supply in Point Pleasant Beach. Ric Gross, one of the regulars at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, fished out of Clearwater, Florida with his son on Two C's II during fine weather Wednesday that permitted a 13-mile run offshore to catch lots of hogfish up 7 pounds along with grunts, sea bass, porgies and puffers.
  • 2017-01-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Unless the winter storm forecast is very wrong, there will be no fishing for a couple of days. Joe Greco, formerly of Edison, had much better news from his retirement home in Ft. Myers, Florida.
  • 2017-01-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The Big Mohawk from Belmar got out today, but found blackfishing to be very sluggish -- with just a few keepers. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar didn't have a report today, but fought a big ground swell and north wind on Thursday for a few tog that included a 12-pounder.
  • 2017-01-19 Ristori Bay Head

    The New Jersey Boat Sale Expo runs from Feb. 16-19 at the N. J. Convention Expo Center in Edison. I fished Monday with Capt. Rick Stanczyk in his flats boat out of Bud N' Mary's Marina in Islamorada as he ran far out in the back country where we fished light spinning tackle with small jigs topped with live shrimp to release snook, redfish (red drum), black drum, spotted sea trout, ladyfish and mangrove snappers .

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