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  • 2017-05-11 Ristori Bay Head

    Trollers did very well with the ocean bass Wednesday morning, and Capt. Erwin Heinrich decided to head down the beach into a southeast wind that afternoon with his Scales N Tales from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands as I joined him along with an all-star crew of Jim Hutchinson Jr. and John DeBona from The Fisherman magazine plus Jerry Gomber of Folsom -- who came equipped with the latest in Tsunami rods and reels. Capt. Rob Semkewyc had a decent catch of bass up to a 34-incher and blues on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands in the bay Wednesday morning, but it was slower Thursday.

  • 2017-05-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Some bass taken on live bunkers to John Lahey's 48 40 pound pool winner. Surfcasting for 6-pound class bluefish seemed to turn on Tuesday morning at both Sandy Hook and Sea Bright for anglers fishing bunker chunks.
  • 2017-05-09 Ristori Bay Head

    I noted in last night's blog that the area off Island Beach State Park was overdue on big bass that are normally trolled in 60-foot depths there by late April. There were no reports from Raritan Bay today, but blues moved in yesterday and should keep anglers busy while waitng out stripers.
  • 2017-05-08 Ristori Bay Head

    There was more good news on big bass from the Canyon Runner out of Point Pleasant as Captains Phil Dulanie and Deane Lambros trolled four large stripers plus five big blues last Thursday off Long Branch. There was a good shot of blues in Raritan Bay this morning as both the Sea Hunter and the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands got into them before the change of tide brought in muddy waters that turned the choppers off.
  • 2017-05-07 Ristori Bay Head

    There was a good report from the Queen Mary out of Point Pleasant as they got some blues up to 12 pounds in the river on shads before adding others in the ocean. At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter had a good start with blues and a keeper bass before a lull with just a few blues.
  • 2017-05-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Actually, Santee had a pick of keeper and short bass plus blues until the change of tide brought cold fresh waters from yesterday's rains down -- and the action shut off on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Also from that port, Capt. Rob Semkewyc didn't expect much in discolored waters -- but was surprised to get a pick of blues plus a 30-inch bass and a couple of shorts on his Sea Hunter.
  • 2017-05-05 Ristori Bay Head

    The torrential rain even kept shore anglers inside, though Joe Melillo of Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant said some did get into blues in Point Pleasant Canal and Manasquan River. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported that Thursday's high hook kept his bluefish limit out of an incredible 48 caught on jigs and swimmers.
  • 2017-05-04 Ristori Bay Head

    With big bluefish storming Manasquan Inlet and a long-overdue migratory striped bass run likely to turn on at any time, it's not the most convenient time to travel -- unless you want to catch a great inshore game fish weighing over 100 pounds. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant noted fine bluefish casting in Manasquan Inlet and River, Point Pleasant Canal and the surf.

  • 2017-05-03 Ristori Bay Head

    Thursday will be very nice day but then weather turns for the worse Friday Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands said he had the worst possible conditions on Raritan Bay with a west wind against an incoming tide -- but his anglers still managed to boat a pool winner. Blues in Barnegat Bay are hitting both bunkers and poppers, while those in the surf are on bunker chunks.

  • 2017-05-02 Ristori Bay Head

    Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (please write Squid Amendment Comments on the outside of the envelope. )Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at 302-674-5399 (please include Squid Amendment Comments in the subject line. )

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