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  • 2020-09-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 27, 2020 Surfcasting conditions improve Though I didn t see anything caught this morning in the Sea Girt surf, the conditions for doing so are much improved with high waters at dawn and dusk plus a moderately rough surf that s normally best for stripers. Frank Huza of Aberdeen said he s been fishing every Thursday on the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant as that boat concentrates on bonito and little tunny.
  • 2020-09-26 Ristori Bay Head

    At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported this week s exotics trip produced some yellowfin tuna with many others lost, but fishing wasn t up to par due to incredible boat traffic for a weekday. Bob Matthews at Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina reports there are lots of porgies in Shark River, but most are undersized.
  • 2020-09-25 Ristori Bay Head

    NOAA announced that General category bluefin tuna fishing will be closed from Sept. 27-30 before reopening on Oct. 1. He tried all kinds of lures and had no hits as there also wasn t any bait in the surf.
  • 2020-09-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 24, 2020 Hot porgy bite Capt. Ron Santee Jr. got out today for his first bottom fishing trip with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands and reported a one drop bite of porgies as everyone loaded up. A real last minute opportunity is a Hudson Canyon trip at 7 a. m. on the Mimi VI from Pt.
  • 2020-09-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Small craft warnings remain up through Wednesday with 6-9-foot seas still forecasted for the morning even though the winds will be just 10-15 knots from the west. The big turnaround is predicted for Thursday with northwest winds at just 5-10 knots changing to southwest in the afternoon asa seas decline to 2 to 3 feet.
  • 2020-09-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 21, 2020 West winds coming There aren t many fishing reports being posted during the current northeaster, but better days may be coming with a shift to the west. Pleasant won t be sailing Tuesday due to high seas.
  • 2020-09-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on September 20, 2020 Small craft warnings through Monday afterno If you want even more rough seas, the forecast has just what you re looking for with northeast winds at 15-20 knots on Sunday along with big swells from offshore storms. The small small craft warning has been extended to Monday afternoon, with seas running 4 to 7 feet.
  • 2020-09-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Tomorrow s forecast is for north winds at 15-20 knots before shifting to northeast at 10-15 in the afternoon but increasing to 15-20 with gusts to 25 on Sunday. It was back to protected river fishing this afternoon for 3-4-pound blues on poppers, though Vinny found a 25-inch bass among them.
  • 2020-09-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Following is the obit on Bruce Vitale Bruce Vitale Lieutenant with Plainfield Fire Dept. , Navy veteran, 73Bruce Vitale, 73, passed away on September 12, 2020, at Community Medical Center in Toms River, N. J. Born in Newark, N. J., to the late Cosmo and Doris (Van Harken) Vitale, Bruce lived in Warren, N. J., and Piscataway, N. J., for several years prior to retiring to Toms River. Visitation will be held at the South Plainfield Funeral Home, 2456 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, N. J. 07080 on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 2 to 4 p. m. and 6 to 8 p. m. and on Thursday, September 17, 2020m beginning at 10 30 a. m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Thursday beginning 11 a. m., followed by burial at Resurrection Burial Park in Piscataway.
  • 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.

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