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  • 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.
  • 2014-03-17 Ristori Bay Head

    The Ocean Explorer, from Belmar Marina, reported cleaner waters Saturday -- and then water temperatures up to 42 degrees on Sunday. A couple of blackfish were released Saturday, when Jose Reyes jigged two cod and dropped two others.
  • 2014-03-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Gary Quon, of Tady Lures in California, is making sure that many anglers will come out ahead on tackle as well as information because he s offering one of his valuable jigs to the first 100 attending my seminar on Raritan Bay-area striped bass fishing at 11 30 tomorrow morning. Tomorrow s seminars begin with Kolias repeating his fluke presentation at 11 a. m. in the theater at the rear of the Exhibit Hall, with Schunke following there with his offshore small boats.
  • 2014-03-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Gary Quon, of Tady Lures in California, is making sure that many anglers will come out ahead on tackle as well as information because he s offering one of his valuable jigs to the first 100 attending my seminar on Raritan Bay-area striped bass fishing at 11 30 tomorrow morning. Tomorrow s seminars begin with Kolias repeating his fluke presentation at 11 a. m. in the theater at the rear of the Exhibit Hall, with Schunke following there with his offshore small boats.
  • 2014-03-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Friday's column as submitted SL3-14-14 RISTORI FOR FRIDAY SALTWATER EXPO ANCHORS IN SOMERSET by Al Ristori The Somerset Saltwater Fishing Expo opens from noon to 8 p. m. today in Garden State Exhibit Center (Exit 10 off I-287), and runs through Sunday. Tomorrow's seminars begin with Kolias repeating his fluke presentation at 11 a. m. in the theater at the rear of the Exhibit Hall, with Schunke following there with his offshore small boats.
  • 2014-03-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Most North Jersey anglers would prefer a later opening so we could stay open to the last date of Sept. 30. Connecticut got approval last year for a16-inch minimum for shore anglers in specific areas, and the ASMFC will allow other states to do the same in regulated areas.
  • 2014-03-14 Ristori Bay Head

    As per Friday's column, the Expo is located in the Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, which is located off Exit 10 of I-287. The many other seminars available on Saturday are listed in Friday's column.
  • 2014-03-11 Ristori Bay Head

    Roffer's Fishing Service has noted that a substantial meander of the Gulf Stream has moved northeast just east of Norfolk Canyon and to the vicinity of Lindenkohl Canyon with 61-to-63-degree blue waters. I also received a similar report from Joe Greco, formerly of Edison, about that Gulf offshore fishing for red grouper from overnighting charter boats out of Fort Myers, where he now lives.
  • 2014-03-10 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jamaica from Brielle cancelled Saturday's trip, but got in the Sunday sailing to mid-range wrecks which produced 12 to 15 cod up to 30 pounds plus seven to eight pollock, according to Tony Bogan. The northwest wind knocked down the swell on Sunday, when there was a pick of cod and the ling.
  • 2014-03-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training in April The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training on Thursday and Friday, April 3 4, at the North Hudson Park Environmental Academy in North Bergen. The training is for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered community and or faith-based organizations looking to offer an ongoing or year-round youth fishing, conservation and aquatic education program.