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  • 2017-06-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Allen Lee had run the boat down there for this week's South Jersey Shark Tournament plus the upcoming tuna fishing, and was just fun fishing at 2 30 a. m. Sunday when the mako took two baits. Don Marantz invited me to join his Monday party on BarbGail IV from Point Pleasant along with former JCAA presidents Tom Fote and Mark Taylor plus Bruce Vitale and Dr. Eleanor Bochenek as Capt. Chris put us into a boat limit of sea bass on a wreck before making a run to Shark River Reef for another boat limit of big winter flounder that had to outfight protected ocean pout for Gulp 4-inch Swimming Mullet.

  • 2017-06-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc got an assist from Capt. Pete Wagner on Hyper Striper from Twin Lights in Highlands wih a castnet full of bunkers during his Tuesday Magic Hours trip with the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands and boated several stripers from 30 to 46. Capt. Kenny Namowitz has openings on his Mimi IV from Point Pleasant on Thursday for bottom fishing that's been producing limits of sea bass and winter flounder.

  • 2017-06-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Adam La Rosa's report from the Canyon Runner fleet in Point Pleasant follows 9 hrs ago Canyon As Good as It Gets - 300 Tuna 1 Week - TEAM Canyon Runner At Work - Both Our Members and Our Crew - LAST MINUTE TRIP THIS FRIDAY-SATURDAY CANYON RUNNER TEAM - 300 TUNA IN ONE WEEK!Canyon Runner 6 Spreader Bars Getting It Done As earlier reported - the week started out with Capt. Phil Dulanie and Capt. Ryan Britt putting the Tom Ciriacks charter into 22 bluefins (of course only keeping the legal limit) and Capt. Deane Lambros on the 48 had a rare one day troll and only needed about 6 hours total to put together a double limit catch.
  • 2017-06-05 Ristori Bay Head

    The chance to get together with veterans of conservation wars of the past was too good to miss, so I sailed out with Tom Fote, Mark Taylor, Bruce Vitale, and Dr. Eleanor Bochenek as Capt. Chris ran to a wreck where mate Alex was constantly unhooking sea bass of all sizes. The BarbGail IV is a charter boat, but Capt. Chris takes individual reservations on other days.

  • 2017-06-04 Ristori Bay Head

    Though a few big stripers were trolled in weekend tournaments, those bass were few and far between, Capt. Russ Binns said he had what may have been his worst ever inshore trip as he trolled Mar-Lin out of Toms River from Island Beach to Shrewsbury Rocks from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m. without ever getting a hit -- and never saw anyone else catch a fish. Sea bass fishing has been very good on the wrecks and reefs in the 120 ft. depth range.
  • 2017-06-03 Ristori Bay Head

    Since the ASMFC has voted N. J. out of compliance with their Summer Flounder Management Plan, it's now up to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross as to whether we'll be able to complete the season with three fluke at 18 inches. I joined Bob Correll of Bay Head and Joe Farrell on Joe Reap's Reaper II from Manasquan as we never saw a bunker on the surface all morning and had no hits trolling.
  • 2017-06-02 Ristori Bay Head

    ASMFC Finds New Jersey Out of Compliance with Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass FMP Arlington, VA - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has found the State of New Jersey out of compliance with the mandatory management measures contained in Addendum XXVIII to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass. 

  • 2017-06-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Sea bass reports from party boats have been very good since the season opened last Friday. At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ron Santee reported the Wednesday evebing sailing of the Fishermen produced up to five keeper-size fluke, and Thursday's morning trip was decent as Capt. Ron Sr. hooked six legal fluke, and fares had up to five that size.

  • 2017-05-31 Ristori Bay Head

    Joe Melillo reported a big breakthrough on the surf this morning as Mark Malfa of Brick weighed a 27-pound striper at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant after catching it in the dark on an SP Minnow. John Bushell, at Betty Nick's, heard from a regular who had been catching blues in the inlet on bucktails since 2 a. m. Allen Riley of South Plainfield put up with a steady drizzle at Sandy Hook as he saw Dan Brodzinsky, The Tin Man, catch two small bass on a new Tin Man Tackle jig with a white tail Riley did nothing on either lures or fresh bunker until getting ready to leave when a 30-inch bluefish crashed a bunker chunk and was released.
  • 2017-05-30 Ristori Bay Head

    After bringing in the first mako shark and school bluefin tuna from the canyons earlier in the week, the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant ran a Saturday to Sunday overnighter that produced the first yellowfin tuna (about 35 pounds) and two dolphin from canyons in over 1000 fathoms off Delaware for David Stratoff and his son. Honors for the first N. J. bigeye tuna fell to a boat in the Canyon Runner reporting team as the Flying Fish landed one in Cape May on the way back from North Carolina.

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