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  • 2020-09-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 16, 2020 Bruce Vitale will be missed It was a shock to me when retired N. J. Capt. Sal Cursi, famed Raritan Bay striper skipper of Kathy Sea called from his home in Florida to tell me that our mutual friend Bruce Vitale had passed away last weekend at just 73. No one loved fishing more than Bruce, who picked up the nickname Cuz during time spent at a second home in North Carolina.
  • 2020-09-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 14, 2020 Last week of fluke season may be tough in swell With a 4-6-foot swell running, it hasn t been comfortable on the ocean the last couple of days and the outlook for the last week of fluking in N. J. is not good. Capt. Rpb Semkewyc ran his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands out to the ocean this morning, but most of his fares couldn t handle the conditions.
  • 2020-09-12 Ristori Bay Head

    At least the wind shifts out of the northeast to southeast at 5-10 knots. I doubt if anyone went out today, but some skippers will probably sail tomorrow.
  • 2020-09-11 Ristori Bay Head

    The trip out wasn t bad with the wind behind us, and fishing was possible in a moderately rough ocean. The Thursday special bonito trip wasn t so special, though there were lots of chub mackerel at first along with some little tunny and Spanish mackerel.
  • 2020-09-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Yet, Tom Hollywood Jr. of Staten Island has boated three doormats already at just 22 years of age all on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. The late Capt. Stan Zagleski was very proud of Tom s accomplishments on his party boat, as he has been winning pools for many years and nothing has changed with Capt. Stan Zagleski Jr. at the helm since his father passed away before this season.
  • 2020-09-09 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 9, 2020 Hubris was big winner in Offshore Open The bigeye tuna which were hard to come by in the earlier big money tournaments were much more cooperative in the 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club Offshore Open as Touch of Grey took a seemingly commanding lead in tuna before Hubris won most of the prize money with two even larger bigeyes. 00Calcutta Level E Tuna StringerNumberBoatTotalPayout1st36GALAXY UNAVAILABLE174.
  • 2020-09-08 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a good yellowfin tuna catch on Monday, and quickly scheduled another16-hour trip tor Wednesday at 11 p. m. and there is room available. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc was looking forward to a repeat of the many keepers and larger fluke taken Monday on his Sea Hunter, but the bite wasn t nearly as good today.
  • 2020-09-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 7, 2020 Offshore Open ends tomorrow The 40th annual Manasquan River Marlin Tuna Club Offshore Open concludes Tuesday as entrants who haven t taken their one overnighter or two day trips try to knock off some impressive leaders. The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has scheduled an open Hudson Canyon trip for Monday Sept. 14 at 7 a. m. and returning the following afternoon.
  • 2020-09-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 6, 2020 River cownose rays a shocker An unsuccessful attempt to catch a school striper yesterday morning in Shark River ended up providing one of the most unusual catches of my life when the heavy fish that hit my Z Man 5-inch pearl blue glimmer DieZel MinnowZ jig turned out to be a cownose ray of at least 30 pounds. Then I switched to a small Pili Popper for small blues because I ve caught cownose on many different baits and lures from boats and the surf but have never heard of one hitting a popper.
  • 2020-09-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Nick Honachefsky noted that he s been doing well with fluke in the surf, and also saw a Spanish mackerel and little tunny caught yesterday at Manasquan Inlet. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had a good showing of larger fluke Friday as many from 3 to 5 1 2 pounds were boated and several limits recorded.

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