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  • 2016-08-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Shore fishing conditions looked good this morning in Shark River, but I only had one hit on a popper -- and it shook the hooks. Capt. Tommy Joseph reports porgy fishing is still very good on his Rightaway III from Shark River.

  • 2016-08-26 Ristori Bay Head

    The first weigh-in of the final day of the 25th MidAtlantic at Cape May and Ocean City, Md. was by far the biggest of the week -- a 754-pound blue marlin on Easy Rider. Phil Silvester from Harrison later managed to catch four small blues on a paddletail jig, and Vinny D'Anton of Shark River Hills nailed a small blue on an SP Minnow before I finally hooked one of those 3-pounders on the popper.
  • 2016-08-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Day 4 of the MidAtlantic was another beautiful one, and lots of fish were trolled in the canyons -- but there was surprisingly little change in the major categories among the 131 boats fishing. That left the first day's 76-pounder on Reelin Feelin in third behind the two large bigeyes.
  • 2016-08-24 Ristori Bay Head

    The first blue marlin to make the 400-pound minimum in the MidAtlantic at Cape May and Ocean City, Md. was weighed by Anthony De Marco of South Brunswick from his Fantasea at 432 pounds. There were 135 boats out of the 157-boat field fishing in fine weather Wednesday as white marlin were abundant.
  • 2016-08-23 Ristori Bay Head

    With fine offshore weather, 88 of the 157 boats entered fished on Tuesday. New Jersey boats were represented on the leaderboard as Brian Crudeli's Reel Addiction from Pemberton took second in white marlin at 65 pounds Adam Youschak's Reelin Feelin had a 76-pound yellowfin for third in tuna and Stan Hitchner's Pez Machine from Banegat Light could be one of the big winners with its first place 230-pound bigeye tuna that's currently worth 419,503.
  • 2016-08-22 Ristori Bay Head

    The first few entries from the mere seven boats in a 157-boat field that fished in today's opening day northwester were of fish that have little chance of staying on the leaderboard -- but the last was a 75-pound wahoo on More Bills that has a good shot at holding up. In contrast to the recent White Marlin Open that produced record numbers of white marlin, there were few signs of billfish today.
  • 2016-08-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Chris DeGennaro had an encouraging report on Barnegat Bay weakfish as follows I had two afternoon trips on Thurs and Fri that produced some weakfish, Fri better than Thurs, and then yesterday morning it lit up really good. Tomorrow (Mon) is wide open for morning or afternoon trips and then Tues thru Fri I will be running Noon departures for the live grass shrimp weakies as well as some other combo opportunities.
  • 2016-08-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jamaica from Brielle had very good action Friday with chub mackerel plus some small blues during a drift that lasted over 2 1 2 hours. Shark River was barren this morning for the few anglers casting for blues, but I did have a medium-sized chopper jump over my pencil popper.

  • 2016-08-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Bob Matthews weighed the largest fluke of the season brought into Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina -- a 13-pound, 5-ounce doormat caught by Ed Rumsby of Bradley Beach at the Sea Girt Reef on a chartreuse Gulp Grub. Ambrose produced another 18-inch fluke along with quite a few 17-inchers before he switched to light tackle casting for small blues that were popping up in the bay.
  • 2016-08-18 Ristori Bay Head

    420 million in last week's White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. -- which is also a satellite port for the MidAtlantic. The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association's Junior Mates Program had its last official class session on Thursday.

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