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  • 2019-06-03 Ristori Bay Head

    We had to run up on the fish to regain line, and I was tied up for awhile on that light reel before we were shocked to see a 48-inch over bluefin tuna just 14 miles from shore. but 45 minutes later Ray Lewis landed a 23 4-incher to win the award for Surf Kings in an event that s been contested for about 30 years.
  • 2019-06-02 Ristori Bay Head

    That bluefin was trolled last Sunday from Capt. Dave De Gennaro s Hi Flier out of Barnegat, Capt. Chris Di Stefano was fishing aboard Frank Criscola s center console from Brielle when the only fish of the day was trolled last week but it turned out to weigh 54 pounds with the gill removed. At Seaside Park, Grumpy s Tackle reported mostly big blues in both the surf and bay, but also weighed a surf bass of 38 inches and 17.
  • 2019-06-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 1, 2019 Hi Flier had a Memorial Day tuna blast Capt. Dave De Gennaro got into the hot bluefin tuna bite off the central N. J. Shore on Memorial Day, and was limited out with 40-to-100-pounders by noon on his Hi Flier from Barnegat. The Jamaica from Brielle had many limits of sea bass plus ling on its daily 7 30 a. m. trip.
  • 2019-05-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Vinny D Anton broke the ice yesterday in his surf sand flea striper fishing with a 21-incher, and this morning he did the same thing in Shark River by releasing a couple of similar bass and a cocktail blue on his Chug Bug. Jin Louro fished the surf north of Spring Lake this morning to catch multiple short stripers and some small blues while casting the new Band of Anglers Hyperlastic Dartspin lure.
  • 2019-05-29 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on May 29, 2019 Enter Manhattan Cup now Gary Caputi provided the following press release The Manhattan Cup Charity Fishing Tournament, presented by Yamaha Outboards, is scheduled for June 7, 2019 at Liberty Landing Marina and the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ. All are recently returning combat veterans dealing with wounds and PTSD, out for a special day of fishing and appreciation on the waters surrounding Manhattan and at shoreside events.
  • 2019-05-28 Ristori Bay Head

    That fishing has probably distracted attention from early season sharking, but South Jersey Marina in Cape May weighed two makos the weekend before last. Vinny D Anton of Wall opened up sand flea fishing for surf stripers last year on May 30.
  • 2019-05-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Jerry didn t get a hit in what he called the clearest waters he s ever seen in the park. The Golden Eagle from Belmar looked for blues and stripers but couldn t find either before switching to sea bass which produced catches up to limits plus ling, dogfish, ocean pout and a whiting.
  • 2019-05-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on May 26, 2019May 26, 2019 Nice day slow fishing With a nice day on a holiday weekend, I expected to get a lot of reports but that wasn t the case. Some keepers were caught during periods of movement, but fishing wasn t up to yesterday s standard.
  • 2019-05-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Nick may have had the fluke of the day with a 4 1 2-5-pounder that hit his teaser tipped with Gulp and a bluefish strip. They start their afternoon fishing and cruise trips Saturday at 4 30 p. m. Fluke fishermen may be looking for wind in the morning.
  • 2019-05-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Captain Gary Dugan of the Irish Jig says he is switching gears from stripers and drum fish to fluke and the great wreck fishing going on for black sea bass. He has heard of some good catches of big bass trolling off Island Beach State Park, but no word yet on snag and drop fishing with live bunker.

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