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  • 2014-02-27 Ristori Bay Head

    By NOAA s own estimate, our state suffered more than 120 million in losses and a 3 million allocation for New Jersey and New York is a slap in the face to thousands of hardworking families in our fishing industries working hard to rebuild and recover. There was also a letter to Sullivan from members of the N. J. congressional delegation sent to NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Service asking those agencies to explain their votes earlier this month in favor of new regionalization measures for the 2014 fluke fishing season.
  • 2014-02-22 Ristori Bay Head

    There is an opportunity to make the most of it by fishing Sunday on the Jamaica from Brielle, as Capt. Howard Bogan has added a mid-range cod trip at 3 a. m. For more info contact the Jamaica at 732 528-5014.
  • 2014-02-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Among the many experts on hand will be Capt. Greg Dubrule from Noank, Ct. offshore pro Capt. Matt Baryshayan Connecticut River striper skipper Matthew De Bacco center console expert David Schunke Humminbird electronics rep Bill Carson and N. J. freshwater bass pro Mike Iaconelli. Capt. Howard Bogan said Monday's 3 a. m. mid-range wreck trip with his Jamaica from Brielle was slow, though Steven Moran of Point Pleasant Beach boated a 30-pound cod on a jig and teaser as well as a doubleheader of pollock.
  • 2014-02-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Though the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) dealt a blow to New Jersey on fluke by including us in a region with New York and Connecticut that results in an 18-inch minimum with four fish during a 128-day season, there was some good news from the recent ASMFC meeting as year-round recreational fishing was permitted for winter flounder. hough the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) dealt a blow to New Jersey on fluke by including us in a region with New York and Connecticut that results in an 18-inch minimum with four fish during a 128-day season, there was some good news from the recent ASMFC meeting as year-round recreational fishing was permitted for winter flounder.
  • 2014-02-13 Ristori Bay Head

    SL2-14-14RISTORI FOR FRIDAYA LONGER SEASON IN STORE FOR WINTER FLOUNDERby Al RistoriThough the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) dealt a blow to New Jersey on fluke by including us in a region with New York and Connecticut that results in an 18-inch minimum with four fish during a 128-day season, there was some good news from the recent ASMFC meeting as year-round recreational fishing was permitted for winter flounder. There will also once again be an opportunity to fish for flounder in the fall, which we gave up when management started in exchange for eliminating commercial fishing for winter flounder in the ocean -- though NMFS Regional Director John Bullard has since ignored that by allowing a commercial by-catch.
  • 2014-02-09 Ristori Bay Head

    There was good news from Brielle yesterday as both the Jamaica and Jamaica II reported a decent pick of cod and pollock during Saturday wreck trips. Capt. Ryan Bogan said his 3 a. m. trip on Jamaica II also produced some ling plus lots of silver eels (congers) and a few ocean pout.
  • 2014-02-06 Ristori Bay Head

    The black marlin trolling was good enough that we were able to make a long run to Mountousa for just a few hours trolling the last day when an underfilled 50W was dumped before Jose could run on the fish. Bob Correll fought another marlin before the hook pulled within a hundred yards of the boat Todd Correll released one despite a straightened-out snap swivel as the leader wrapped in the black's dorsal fin and another marlin missed the lure before we headed in at 10 30 a. m. to make a plane that afternoon for the 45-minute flight back from David to Panama City.
  • 2014-02-02 Ristori Bay Head

    It looks like I didn't miss much here while fishing in Panama last week. Prospects this week certainly don't look good, with snow tomorrow and again at mid-week.
  • 2014-01-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Indeed, how could anyone consider management fair when a commercial fisherman towing a huge net can fill his quota from a public resource with 14-inch fluke while an angler usually drifting over open bottom with a single baited hook must release not only that size fluke but also many even larger in an often fruitless quest to catch a 17 1 2-inch keeper Is it fair that commercial interests get 60 percent of the summer flounder quota while the public is allowed only 40 percent in spite of an NOAA document that estimated the recreational catch at about 70 percent before management started When I was a youngster there were no recreational regulations on fluke at all, but with only small, inshore draggers, there were plenty of fluke for all. Yet stripers were fussy on metal when I fished Nov. 11 with Chuck Many of Annandale and Nellie Greer from Bethlehem, Pa. on Many s Tyman from Gateway Marina Highlands, but the 7-inch Tsunami Swim Eel was hot until big blues ate my supply.
  • 2014-01-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Their records indicated that the big fish weighed in by members fishing from their pier and the surf in the early days were not stripers or blues -- but red drum. The famed angler and author, Van Campen Heilner in his classic Salt Water Fishing (1946) quotes the following from his friend Phillip Mayer When I started to fish the New Jersey coast, in 1893, at such places as Corson's Inlet and Barnegat Inlet, channel bass were more than plentiful.

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