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  • 2017-05-19 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar picked away at blues all morning, but then got into big bass attacking schools of bunkers in the afternoon as a 40-pound bass was boated and others lost. Joe Melillo weighed in a 20 1 8-pound striped bass at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant that was baited at night in the local surf by Terry Martuscelli of Brick, while Mike Commune from Brick did even better with a 25-pounder. 


  • 2017-05-18 Ristori Bay Head

    That plan involves losing some days at the end of the season in order to preserve an 18-inch minimum with three fish from May 25 to Sept. 5 -- plus the exemptions for Delaware Bay (three at 17 inches) and Island Beach State Park (two at 16 inches) that we had last year. Matthews reports from Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina that Shark River is loaded with fluke waiting for the season to open The Jamaica II from Brielle had good ling fishing and a few cod during Wednesday's 12-hour wreck trip.
  • 2017-05-17 Ristori Bay Head

    The N.J. Marine Fisheries Council, meeting in Avalon this afternoon, approved the compromise fluke season worked out with the ASMFC last week.

  • 2017-05-16 Ristori Bay Head

    The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will be meeting in Avalon tomorrow afternoon to select an option for the 2017 fluke season. Striper trolling was a lot better just before the storm, as the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant made two trips Friday that produced limits from a total of 48 big bass up to a 49-pounder.

  • 2017-05-15 Ristori Bay Head

    8-pound striper also hit bunker in the surf yesterday. With the local surf still being off-color before the NW wind got strong enough, I fished a 4-inch Tsunami Shad in Point Pleasant Canal to release school stripers of 19 and 25 inches this morning.

  • 2017-05-14 Ristori Bay Head

    There were quite a lot of skates torturing anglers there earlier in the week, but it sounds like they thinned out a lot on the weekend and let the guys catch a few. We weighed in some good sized bass coming from the surf in North Cape May and Cape May Point.
  • 2017-05-13 Ristori Bay Head

    The following is a reef update from the DEP NEW JERSEY, DELAWARE TEAM UP TO DEPLOY FAMED ZUNI TAMAROA AS PART OF ARTIFICIAL REEF SITE COMPRISED OF FORMER MILITARY SHIPS205-FOOT VESSEL OF PERFECT STORM RENOWN SUNK SOUTHEAST OF CAPE MAY TRENTON - A 205-foot vessel immortalized for its service as a Coast Guard cutter that conducted daring rescues during a brutal 1991 East Coast storm was deployed this week off Cape May to become part of an artificial reef comprised of old military ships that is enhancing fishing opportunities off New Jersey and Delaware. The sinking of the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa, formerly the Navy fleet tug Zuni, at the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Reef, located 26 nautical miles southeast of Cape May, was carried out by Coleen Marine Inc., a contractor for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection.
  • 2017-05-12 Ristori Bay Head

    Allen Riley had a good surf report from Sandy Hook as Duke Matero of Piscataway used bunker to release both a fat 34-inch striper and a 26-inch bluefish. At Seaside Park, Grumpy's reported lots of blues and some bass in the surf, while Betty Nick's had a report of blues to over 40 inches in Island Beach State Park Manasquan Inlet produced a pick of small blues at times today.
  • 2017-05-11 Ristori Bay Head

    Trollers did very well with the ocean bass Wednesday morning, and Capt. Erwin Heinrich decided to head down the beach into a southeast wind that afternoon with his Scales N Tales from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands as I joined him along with an all-star crew of Jim Hutchinson Jr. and John DeBona from The Fisherman magazine plus Jerry Gomber of Folsom -- who came equipped with the latest in Tsunami rods and reels. Capt. Rob Semkewyc had a decent catch of bass up to a 34-incher and blues on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands in the bay Wednesday morning, but it was slower Thursday.

  • 2017-05-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Some bass taken on live bunkers to John Lahey's 48 40 pound pool winner. Surfcasting for 6-pound class bluefish seemed to turn on Tuesday morning at both Sandy Hook and Sea Bright for anglers fishing bunker chunks.

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