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  • 2019-06-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 24, 2019 Summer stripers cooperate Summer stripers cooperated today in the Hudson River during two trips from Highlands which I ve just returned from. Capt. Stan Zagleski reported the best fluking of the season on Sunday s trip of Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands.
  • 2019-06-22 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a very good sea bass catch today, but will be looking for ling and anything other than sea bass on Sunday if bluefish don t show again. The weather looks perfect for that trip, and the last one earlier this month produced quite a few large tilefish.
  • 2019-06-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Saturday is the last day for N. J. sea bass fishing. Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reports surf fishing has been slow the last few days, but they re hoping for a return of the black drum that created so much excitement last Friday.
  • 2019-06-20 Ristori Bay Head

    There s a big change this weekend as sea bass fishing closes in N. J. after Saturday, while N. Y. begins fishing for that species on Sunday. That traditional bluefish boat has been sea bass fishing recently, and after Saturday will sail daily from 7 a. m. to 2 30 p. m. for fluke.
  • 2019-06-19 Ristori Bay Head

    While chumming for sharks around 30 miles southeast of Manasquan Inlet in about 210 feet near the Resor wreck, Crilly s crew saw a great white estimated at 16-18 feet and probably 2,000 pounds cruise into their slick and eat the chum bag just as much smaller blue sharks are prone to do. Capt. Fred Gamboa posted on Facebook about a great trip today on his Andrea s Toy out of Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant as his party was releasing bluefins by 9 a. m. and took the time to add a 90-inch mako shark that weighed 292 pounds before getting back to the inlet by noon.
  • 2019-06-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 18, 2019 Light tackle action in Barnegat Inlet Capt. Dave De Gennaro made the best of a bad situation Sunday morning when his party didn t show up by running to Barnegat Inlet with his son Nick on Hi Flier from Barnegat to have some fun with stripers and blues on light tackle. Why not consider participating in the 2019 MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament You ll no doubt be fishing offshore on July 4th anyway!
  • 2019-06-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Indeed, fishing success seems to be a negative since 19 of the previous 21 grand prize winners had all been shut out in the fishing Hard south winds during the last few afternoon s have driven the surf water temperature down, but that didn t bother the small stripers I encountered this morning. There were some small blues north of Shark River Inlet this morning, but not many were jigged before the Belmar party boats switched to the dependable sea bass and ling.
  • 2019-06-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 16, 2019 Massa proves stripers still a possibility While most boaters were chasing fluke in the JAAA Fluke Tournament today, Joe Massa brushed off negative striper reports as I joined him this morning on My Three Sons from Morgan Marina. There was no current in N. Y. Harbor when we got there, and fish marks were scarce in the many spots we checked out.
  • 2019-06-14 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on June 14, 2019 JCAA statewide Fluke Tournament tomorrow There s still time for anglers to enter the JCAA Fluke Tournament which will be contested tomorrow at ports from Jersey City to Cape May. They are fishing jointly with Mako Fever this year, and sharks can be weighed in at either Staten Island or Manasquan during the June 15-23 fishing days.
  • 2019-06-13 Ristori Bay Head

    That eliminates the often prime dawn fishing period, but boat captains have already castnetted their supply of live bunkers and some large stripers are usually caught even with the sun overhead. If that blue had been landed and weighed on an official scale at one of the Fisherman Dream Boat Fishing Challenge weigh-in stations it would have taken over first place in the bluefish category which is currently held by Walter Fisher of the Staten Island Tuna Club at 18.

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