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  • 2019-05-28 Ristori Bay Head

    That fishing has probably distracted attention from early season sharking, but South Jersey Marina in Cape May weighed two makos the weekend before last. Vinny D Anton of Wall opened up sand flea fishing for surf stripers last year on May 30.
  • 2019-05-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Jerry didn t get a hit in what he called the clearest waters he s ever seen in the park. The Golden Eagle from Belmar looked for blues and stripers but couldn t find either before switching to sea bass which produced catches up to limits plus ling, dogfish, ocean pout and a whiting.
  • 2019-05-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on May 26, 2019May 26, 2019 Nice day slow fishing With a nice day on a holiday weekend, I expected to get a lot of reports but that wasn t the case. Some keepers were caught during periods of movement, but fishing wasn t up to yesterday s standard.
  • 2019-05-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Nick may have had the fluke of the day with a 4 1 2-5-pounder that hit his teaser tipped with Gulp and a bluefish strip. They start their afternoon fishing and cruise trips Saturday at 4 30 p. m. Fluke fishermen may be looking for wind in the morning.
  • 2019-05-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Captain Gary Dugan of the Irish Jig says he is switching gears from stripers and drum fish to fluke and the great wreck fishing going on for black sea bass. He has heard of some good catches of big bass trolling off Island Beach State Park, but no word yet on snag and drop fishing with live bunker.
  • 2019-05-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Ocean trollers continue to pick a few big stripers, but the reports I got this morning from Capt. Bud Mc Arthur and Capt. Chris Di Stefano were negative along the northern Shore at that point. Anglers fishing the canal for stripers and blues have been catching large fluke for weeks.
  • 2019-05-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Tournament details are available on the Division s website, and the complete winners list is below Bluefish Category Child (Male) First Place Logan Apello, Cliffside Park, NJ 20 5 8 Second Place John Ryanfalk, Ossining, NY 20 4 8 Teen (Female Teen (Male) First Place Nick Donato, Toms River, NJ 28 4 8 Second Place Colin Graham, Toms River, NJ 26 2 8 Third Place Benjamin Brenner, Toms River, NJ 25 Adult (Female) First Place Dawn Wesemann, Churchville, PA 27 6 8 Second Place Norma Kasper, Downington, PA 26 Third Place Margaret Crossley, Mount Laurel, NJ 19 Adult (Male) First Place Gary Galbraith, Carlisle, PA 32 1 8 Second Place Damon Lofton, Morris Plains, NJ 29 3 8 Third Place James Bielski, Forked River, NJ -(6 45am) Striped Bass Category Adult (Male) First Place John Kolacy, Flanders, NJ 37 4 8 Second Place Michael Mastrian, Toms River, NJ 31 2 8 High School Team First Place Toms River High School South 26 2 8 Bluefish Second Place Manasquan High School 25 6 8 Bluefish Third Place Columbia High School 18 3 8 Bluefish 1 Quest The winners of Sunday s Governor s Surf Fishing Tournament have been announced!Tournament details are available on the Division s website, and the complete winners list is below Bluefish Category Child (Male) First Place Logan Apello, Cliffside Park, NJ 20 5 8 Second Place John Ryanfalk, Ossining, NY 20 4 8 Teen (Female) First Place Morgan Vicidomini, Forked River, NJ 19 4 8 Teen (Male) First Place Nick Donato, Toms River, NJ 28 4 8 Second Place Colin Graham, Toms River, NJ 26 2 8 Third Place Benjamin Brenner, Toms River, NJ 25 Adult (Female) First Place Dawn Wesemann, Churchville, PA 27 6 8 Second Place Norma Kasper, Downington, PA 26 Third Place Margaret Crossley, Mount Laurel, NJ 19 Adult (Male) First Place Gary Galbraith, Carlisle, PA 32 1 8 Second Place Damon Lofton, Morris Plains, NJ 29 3 8 Third Place James Bielski, Forked River, NJ 29 (6 45am) Striped Bass Category Adult (Male) First Place John Kolacy, Flanders, NJ 37 4 8 Second Place Michael Mastrian, Toms River, NJ 31 2 8 High School Team First Place Toms River High School South 26 2 8 Bluefish Second Place Manasquan High School 25 6 8 Bluefish Third Place Columbia High School 18 3 8 Bluefish
  • 2019-05-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Daytime bluefish casting has slowed up in the rivers and bays, but Nick Honachefsky got into 3-5-pounders in the Lavallette surf with metal on Friday after first catching sea bass with Capt. Charlie Mancuso. Jerry also hooked a striper he couldn t stop before it broke 30-pound braid, The Big Mohawk from Belmar had good sea bass and ling fishing today, but is taking a pass for tomorrow due to the weather with small craft warnings up to tomorrow afternoon.
  • 2019-05-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Some stripers are also in the surf, and there were reports yesterday of bunker schools within range. Sea bass fishing remains very good, and the Big Mohawk from Belmar also had lots of ling today,
  • 2019-05-17 Ristori Bay Head

    All sea bass reports have been very good during the first two days of the season. An afternoon attempt to catch big stripers in the ocean with live bunkers didn t produce as no bait was marked.

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