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  • 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.
  • 2016-10-29 Ristori Bay Head

    Weigh-ins at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant included a 22 1 2-pounder plugged by Bob Seadome of Jamesburg a 16 3 4-pounder on metal for John Riden of Brick a 15-pounder plugged by Mark Belucco of Tuckerton an 11 1 2-pounder on metal by John Longo of Brick and a 10 3 4-pounder on metal by Paul Thacker of Point Pleasant on metal. At Seaside Park, Betty Nick's reported Tom Egolf fished north of Island Beach State Park Friday night to catch stripers up to 30 inches, but after breakfast he got into six bass up to 45 inches on pencil poppers when bass drove big bunkers inshore.
  • 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.

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