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  • 2019-07-08 Ristori Bay Head

    There wasn t anything like that on the Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands today, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc left short action to seek out keepers and was pleased to find a 7. There wasn t much action on surface lures in Shark River this morning, but I cast the Band of Anglers Dart Spin to release five blues of 3 and 4 pounds plus two stripers to 23 inches.
  • 2019-07-06 Ristori Bay Head

    Vinny then released two stripers, and so did I. Those were my first bass of the year in Shark River where I d never been at the right place at the right time. Persistence also paid off Friday night in Point Pleasant Canan for John Westerdale as he cast swimshads for a 20-inch striper at 6 p. m., a big bluefish at night, and two more 20-inch bass at 1 30 a. m.
  • 2019-07-05 Ristori Bay Head

    The winner-take-all event drew 14 boats fishing out of ports from Brielle to Virginia, and Wish You Were Here from Canyon Club Marina in Cape May won 22,400 for a 108-inch, 489-pound blue marlin. Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch Charters in Point Pleasant said his son and mate Tommy, was among that group which had started trolling relatively small yellowfins when the marlin hit the Chatter side-tracking bar.
  • 2019-07-04 Ristori Bay Head

    On Friday, Hi Flier will run a scouting trip to Barnegat Ridge to seek school tuna, bonito, little tunny, Spanish mackerel or whatever else may have moved in there. The good Spanish mackerel bite at Bay Head wasn t repeated today, though a few were picked eventually.
  • 2019-07-02 Ristori Bay Head

    In addition to the Spanish mackerel, there were cobia caught even in the surf from South Jersey and Kevin Kuriawa sent a report about a 38-inch cobia caught by Rich Bizarri on Rick Paglucco s 25 Cobia boat while fluking Sunday off Sea Bright. The 11-year-old caught his first fish (school stripers and fluke) yesterday with Chuck Many on his Ty Man at Highlands, and this morning he got a taste of surf casting.
  • 2019-06-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 30, 2019 A new angler enjoys a great start on Ty Man Aidan Moorsby lives a long way from saltwater in Franklin, Tennessee, but he broke into fishing in a big way this morning as Chuck Many put him into both striped bass and fluke aboard Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands. Before the short morning trip was over we had released 15 stripers up to 26 inches plus 10 fluke and a new angler got his start in a sport which will fascinate him for many years to come.
  • 2019-06-29 Ristori Bay Head

    I fished today with Joe Massa on his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina, and found Hudson River stripers eager to hit the bunkers he cast-netted with a single throw. There have been lots of very small bluefish in the northern Ocean County surf, but I also saw a very unseasonable Spanish mackerel caught there Thursday evening, Vinny D Anton didn t find anything in the surf this morning, but went to Shark River and released a 23-inch striper on a Chug Bug.
  • 2019-06-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 27, 2019 No winds over 10 knots forecast through Monday A most unusual marine weather forecast predicts winds of no more than 10 knots right through Monday, which is great news for those seeking tuna both at mid-range areas and in the canyons and for the Jamaica s Sunday night tilefish trip. The Jamaica sails from Brielle at 10 p. m. Sunday for a tilefish trip that will return at 2-3 a. m. Tuesday.
  • 2019-06-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park made mention of hearing about cownose rays, sand tiger sharks and bonito moving into the surf along with small bass and blues plus the expected fluke in very clear waters. There were also bonito reports a bit further offshore, where Miss Belmar Princess anchored on rubble to pick at small blues plus a few bonito in the chum slick while anglers fishing bottom did well with ling.
  • 2019-06-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 25, 2019 A stargazer surprise After not raising anything to a popper yesterday morning in the Manasquan surf, I switched to the Band of Anglers Dart Spin plastic (ith a metal blade at the rear) as it had produced fluke the last time I used it there. Vinny D AntoN tried Shark River after the early storms and rasised a couple of bass or blues, but went to the beach to release six small bass on his Chug Bug.

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