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  • 2016-06-23 Ristori Bay Head

    The Mako Mania field was diminished to 113 boats due to the initial one week postponement and uncertainty about the offshore weather, but there was decent fishing as Capt. Pete Grimbilis of the GPPCBA said 18 makos were weighed while others were released or not weighed in since they were short of the sixth place leader on the board. Capt. Lou Grazioso joined the crew on Michele Ann for the 118-mile run to Wilmington Canyon on Sunday, when there was non-stop trolling action with 30-to-40-pound yellowfin tuna from 6-to-8 a. m. Though local sharking was decent over the weekend, there was an exceptional 730-pound mako boated by Thor III at the 31st annual Star Island Shark Tournament in Montauk that had 133 boats competing for almost a half-million dollars.
  • 2016-06-22 Ristori Bay Head

    The others couldn't interest those blues with metal, but Tony Martino of Ocean Township released a 26-inch striper that hit his metal jig in the wash -- and Dan Brodzinski of Tin Man Tackle used his metal tipped with a Gulp Swimming Mullet for a short fluke and a sun dial. Vinny D'Anton of Shark River Hills nailed a 28-inch striper on a Chug Bug shortly after he started casting in Shark River this morning, and added two smaller ones later on a Zoom jig.

  • 2016-06-21 Ristori Bay Head

    The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a good Monday Magic Hours trip with many fish up to 45 pounds. Up in the Delaware Bay we are hearing of a few keeper fluke around Miah Maul Light in the channel, but most of the fish are shorts.
  • 2016-06-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Bud McArthur, of Splinter from Brick,checked out some local spots near Manasquan Inlet for fluke, but never found any -- possibly due to a water temperature down to 56 degrees at Sea Girt Reef, likely the result of the south winds. Water temperature was no problem at Monster Ledge, where it was 66 degrees and the south wind provided a good drift for Mark Roy on his Release Me along with his girl friend Yaping Jiang plus Jeff Sobin, both of Warren, and your reporter.
  • 2016-06-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Frank Dee was sweating it out at Crystal Point Marina in Point Pleasant as makos kept going up on the scales, but he really didn't have much to worry about as the 301-pounder his Lockout from Brielle brought in Saturday wasn't challenged for the lead in Mako Mania.

    The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant got into 2-to-3-pound blues jigging on Saturday -- plus their first black drum in years. Magic hours trips the last two nights produced a few stripers.

  • 2016-06-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Sixty boats sailed offshore into a slightly bumpy swell, but no wind this morning as the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association's Mako Mania got underway. McArthur saw a couple of other stripers caught in that area, but the south wind seemed to shut off the bite -- and also made it almost impossible to hold bottom for fluke.
  • 2016-06-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Bob Correll of Bay Head had been frustrated by two previous evenings without a hit despite being able to snag plenty of bunkers for bait, but that changed Thursday evening when Capt. Joe Massa of My III Sons at Morgan Marina and I joined him aboard his Boston Whaler out of Manasquan Inlet. Capt. Ron Santee Sr. was aboard today to limit up to a 9 1 16-pounder that wasn't even the largest of the day as Jim Gebhardt boated a 9 3 8-pounder.
  • 2016-06-16 Ristori Bay Head

    After postponing Mako Mania last weekend due to the weather forecast, the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association is faced with another tough call based on an ever-changing marine offshore forecast. The captains meeting was held last Friday, but Mako Mania will once again have a table at the Manasquan River Club for additional sign-ups Friday from 5 to 7 p. m. -- though without last week's beer and food.
  • 2016-06-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Also - Real Time Report - Tuesday 7pm 70 Yellowfin Just in Half a Day Today Last Minute Trip Open Within Next Week Last Minute Trip Available within Next Week CLICK HERE TO VISIT NEW CANYON RUNNER TACKLE SALES WEBSITE But First ------- REAL TIME REPORT - TUESDAY 7PM - 70 yellowfin already to boats in just half a trip - hunting big-eyes as we speak. Fishing Tuesday-Wednesday with Capt. Deane Lambros at the helm of the 48 Viking with an open boat trip and Capt. Phil Dulanie at the helm of the 60' Ritchie with the Chris Durnam charter they saw excellent yellowfin action down in the Lindy with each boat catching right around 10 30-40 pound yellowfin.
  • 2016-06-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Nick Honachefsky said surf fluking in the Lavallette area has picked up as he's catching fluke to 20 inches on Gulp with a bucktail jig. I fished Point Pleasant Canal in the morning, and managed a 17-inch fluke on a Gulp Shrimp, though only a few other fluke and small blues were caught while I was there.

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