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  • 2014-03-28 Ristori Bay Head

    Following is a release from the IGFA for their upcoming dinner 17th Annual New JerseyIGFA Fundraising Banquet Auction Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7 pm Doolan s Shore Club 700 State Hwy 71 Spring Lake, New Jersey, USA Featuring a complimentary Rum Bar hosted by IGFA Corporate Partner Papa's Pilar, a Grand Raffle with items from Shimano, John Fish, and Reactor courtesy of Midlantic Gold Rush, and much more!Reserve your seats today by emailing IGFA New Jersey Representative Jeff Merrill at jeffmerrill2 verizon.
  • 2014-03-28 Ristori Bay Head

    There will be several options for sea bass, but the advisers unanimously endorsed a new one that provides (with a 12 1 2-inch minimum) a 15-sea bass bag from April 19 to June 30 three fish from July 1 to Aug. 31 15 bass from Sept. 1 to 6 before a closure -- and then 15 again from Oct. 18 to Dec. 31. The Marine Fisheries Council will choose from among the options at the 4 p. m., April 3 meeting in Stafford Township Municipal Building, 260 East Bay St., Manahawkin.
  • 2014-03-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Below is Friday's column as submitted SL3-28-14RISTORI FOR FRIDAYSHORE ANGLERS MAY GET A BREAK ON FLUKE Lost in all the bad news about summer flounder regionalization, that transfers N. J. quota to N. Y. and leaves us with an 18-inch minimum length, was the possibility that shore fishermen may be able to keep some 16-inch fluke in designated areas. Chris Zeman is the N. J. recreational member on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and also the angler who caught the largest striped bass in last year's Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County Fishing Contest.
  • 2014-03-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Howard Bogan switched last weekend's offshore wrecks cod trip from1 a. m. Saturday to the same time Sunday in order to get fishable weather, and that decision paid off in a better pick of cod and pollock plus some ling. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar took advantage of calm weather on Monday to pick a few ling and small cod from local deep water wrecks.
  • 2014-03-23 Ristori Bay Head

    The weather was ideal as Crazy Alberto Knie of Estero, Fl., Luis Gonzalez from Homestead, Fl., and I cast jigs into mangroves to catch three redfish from 21 to 23 1 4 inches while Knie also released a short snook and a spotted sea trout on a D. O. A. C. A. L. jig. Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst had a successful trip into the back country out of Islamorada, Florida Keys on Saturday as he boated a few large sea trout while his adult daughters Danielle and Natalie caught some of just about every species except tarpon caught from those shallow waters.
  • 2014-03-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Shark River is usually the best place to start the winter flounder season, but Bob Matthews of Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina said that wasn't the case Sunday due to very cold waters. Matthews thinks there are plenty of flounder in the river that will start biting if the water ever warms.
  • 2014-03-21 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is sending letters to both NOAA and Gov. Chris Christie protesting Bullard s actions in regard to winter flounder plus his leadership in forcing summer flounder regionalization on New Jersey an action that was unanimously opposed in the public hearing here, and which will result in much stricter regulations this year. Shimano s Spheros SW spinners are high-speed models that feature four ball bearings and a roller bearing with a gear system that provides greater power transmission efficiency The Spring Lake Live Liners held their awards dinner Saturday night in the Lobster Shanty, where Tom Brown led the way with a 32-pound striper that was the largest from the surf on an artificial.
  • 2014-03-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Apologies to Chris Zeman, NJ member of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Zeman won the striped bass award given out by the Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County, but that award was credited to another Chris in Friday's column.
  • 2014-03-21 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) is sending letters to both NOAA and Gov. Chris Christie protesting Bullard's actions in regard to winter flounder plus his leadership in forcing summer flounder regionalization on N. J. -- an action that was unanimously opposed in the public hearing here, and which will result in much stricter regulations this year. Shimano's Spheros SW spinners are high-speed models that feature four ball bearings and a roller bearing with a gear system that provides greater power transmission efficiency The Spring Lake Live Liners held their awards dinner Saturday night in the Lobster Shanty, where Tom Brown led the way with a 32-pound striper that was the largest from the surf on an artificial.
  • 2014-03-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Jersey Shore fishing NMFS closing General category bluefin tuna as per following notice HMS NEWS Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News March 13 2014 Subscribe Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery Closing Friday, March 21, 2014 Actions being taken and important dates The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11 30 p. m. local time on March 21, 2014, until it reopens on June 1, 2014, for the June through August period. Retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas General and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11 30 p. m. local time on March 21, 2014, through May 31, 2014.