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  • 2014-08-09 Ristori Bay Head

    At least that was the case in the bluefin tuna fleet Joe Reap took his Reaper from Manasquan offshore at 4 a. m., and we did get lucky once in the morning when I was trolling the big Boston Whaler east from the Reasor area. A very surprising report came from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar as they got into 8-to-10-pound blues on both bait and jigs.
  • 2014-08-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Striped bass fishing was dead this morning, when I fished with Capt. Hans Kaspersetz and Tony D'Anna on Sheri Berri from Baker's Marina on the Bay in Highlands. Only a couple of dogfish were caught where we had been catching bass, but Many looked around at some of his other spots and we ended up releasing seven stripers on live bunkers and eels up to one in the 20-to-25-pound clss by Greer.
  • 2014-08-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Fluking remains good for keepers in the bay, with some big fish being reported by Capt. Stan Zagleski on his Elaine B. II from Highlands when wind and current are together. POINT PLEASANT TO BARNEGAT INLET Fisherman's Supply in Point Pleasant had an unusual report of yellowfins being chunked during the day on Tuesday in Lindenkohl Canyon.
  • 2014-08-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Mickey Sweeney of Howell stopped at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant where he reported the surf at Avon had been calm and clean when he caught short fluke and a sea robin Tuesday on Gulp, but wasn't very fishable today. His son Kevin, from N. C. also caught seven short fluke on a white Gulp 4-inch Swimming Mullet while daughters Kaitlyn (10) and Gillian (8) kept the snappers busy along with Sorrenta Riley (8) from Pa.
  • 2014-08-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Tank Matraxia and Marty Gras from Lyndhurst got into bigger fluke offshore of Sandy Hook with Capt. Kevin Cole from Brown's in Keyport. Matraxia had four keepers up to 5 1 2 pounds, but lost the fish of the day when a fluke of about 8 pounds did a back flip when netted by Cole -- jumping out of the net and spitting the jig.
  • 2014-08-04 Ristori Bay Head

    The Viking 62 won the gig money at the White Marlin Invitational, but today they weighed the dolphin leader at 21. I was upset to find there was still weed in the Bay Head surf.
  • 2014-08-03 Ristori Bay Head

    org JCAA 20th ANNUAL FLUKE TOURNAMENT PORT PRIZE WINNERS Come to the Awards Ceremony at The Holiday Inn in Manahawkin Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014. 10 PORT PRIZES JCAA 20TH ANNUAL FLUKE TOURNAMENT 1st PLACE 1200 2nd PLACE TICA ROD STRIPER SERIES WISA 63HI HS-15 CANYON REEL 3rd PLACE TSUNAMI AIRWAVE ROD CANYON DJR3500 REEL 4th PLACE TSUNAMI CONVENTIONAL ROD MH661 TSUNAMI STAR DRAG REEL TSSD 2000L TSUNAMI SAPPHIRE 701 MH ROD TSUNAMI BAIT SYSTEM REEL 5th PLACE COSTA SUNGLASSES AND COSTA BACKPACK 6th PLACE INTERLUX PAINT MICRON CF 7th PLACE TOW BOAT U. S. GIFT CERT.
  • 2014-08-02 Ristori Bay Head

    Participation was down due to the weather, and some entrants may not have fished since they thought the contest would be postponed -- though wind wasn't a problem and there were no small craft warnings inshore. 98 pounds, but had the big fish with an 11.
  • 2014-08-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Following is Friday's column as submitted SL8-1-14-COLUMNRISTORI FOR FRIDAYVIKING 62 WINS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP AT WHITE MARLIN INVITATIONALBy Al RistoriIt takes both a white marlin and a tuna to become Grand Champion at the Beach Haven Marlin Tuna Club's White Marlin Invitational, and there have been some recent years when no boat achieved that feat due to a lack of qualifying whites. There was no competition in dolphin after Capt. Mike Young of the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Tournament and angler Chris Apgar weighed a 30-pounder from Jessste to win 680.
  • 2014-07-31 Ristori Bay Head

    Everyone has a chance to win something at Saturday's JCAA Fluke Tournament, If you don't catch a big enough fluke that day, there's still another opportunity to win a valuable prize in the drawings at the Awards Party. Below are some highlights about the tournament Grand Prize Drawing for a 14' Starcraft boat, 20 h. p. Yamaha enging and Sea Lion Trailer.

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