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  • 2020-06-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Chris Di Stefano made the right choice as he joined Jimmy Herrick on the Navesink River as the crew limited on fluke with few shorts to work through which is just the opposite of what Chris has found in Shark River, As noted in last night s blog, Mark Roy had trolled mojos all day in Raritan Bay without a hit. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported only a pick of sea bass in the southeast wind after having had consistent action.
  • 2020-06-04 Ristori Bay Head

    On Tuesday, Karl Hackkert and his two sons trolled eight bluefins (releasing all but 5) and a bigeye before moving into the shallower big bluefin grounds to troll a 57-inch 100-pounder on a way back balao. He ll try again Friday, and urges anglers to bring a lighter spinner to snag bunkers plus a heavier outfit for fishing those big baits.
  • 2020-06-03 Ristori Bay Head

    Joe Blaze layed aside his fly rod yesterday while fishing from his small boat in Manasquan River in order to seek a keeper fluke for the table with a jig and Gulp on a spinning rod, He had plenty of action with shorts up to 17 1 2 inches before getting into small blues within the river. Capt. Chris Di Stefano trolled his small boat from Shark River up to the Rocks yesterday to get his granddaughter into a big striper, but the one hit quickly got off and left only a scale on the Tony Maja bunker spoon.
  • 2020-06-02 Ristori Bay Head

    The Big Mohawk from Belmar has also been catching some cod while limits of sea bass are common on jigs and sand eel teasers though bait also works. Riley said the water temperature cool 58 degrees though that was up 5 degrees from last week, Bob Correll looked for bluefish in Manasquan River during late afternoon, but we found no sign of them before I broke the ice with a17-inch fluke on a small bucktail jig and 4-inch Gulp just before he berthed his Sea Vee at Crystal Point Marina in Point Pleasant.
  • 2020-05-31 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on May 31, 2020 Capt. Ron switches to sea bass Fluke fishing so far has been so poor in the Raritan Bay area that there haven been few reports. Therefore, Capt. Ron Santee decided to spend today fishing for sea bass and ling which provided fish in all bags and happier faces peeping out behind masks.
  • 2020-05-29 Ristori Bay Head

    Deane Lambros Capt. Mike Zajac followed up their first trip of 39 tuna by going back out Monday to Tuesday with the Wallance Vicknar charter and found the bluefins right where they had left them. The big trip so far this week was with another Canyon Runner Coaching and Fishing Report Member who was looking for a tutorial charter.
  • 2020-05-28 Ristori Bay Head

    Nick Honachefsky boated a 5-pound fluke while fishing in Manasquan Inlet on Jim Louro s Vicky Lynn during yesterday morning s fog. Grumpy s noted that one angler caught over 15 small blues.
  • 2020-05-27 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jamaica from Brielle had a good trip yesterday, and will be sailing at 7 30 except for a Sea Bass Marathon at 6 a. m. Friday. Jon Falkowski of Linden fished aboard the Golden Eagle from Belmar today and reported that six of the 25 sea bass he caught were keepers while he also added a fluke and a ling.
  • 2020-05-26 Ristori Bay Head

    In recent years, the spring canyon trolling has been better than the traditional summer and fall sport though the spring bluefins are often on the small side. Despite the fog, Dave Lilly got off to a good start trolling bunker spoons for stripers over 20 pounds until a red tide moved into the middle of Raritan Bay and the bite died out though he still marked bass and bunkers.
  • 2020-05-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on May 25, 2020 Fluke better today for northern boaters The lack of reports from boats fishing for fluke in the Raritan Bay area had me worried about that fishery, but Capt. Ron Santee noted that both short and keeper fluke responded better today on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Chris Mahon released the trophy tog which was out of season Chuck Many continues to release big stripers from his Ty Man out of Gateway Marina in Highlands.

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