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  • 2017-11-12 Ristori Bay Head

    The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported marking plenty of bass, but the bite was way off from Saturday when the very cold weather reduced the fleet though it didn't really interfere with fishing for party boat anglers. The Angler from Atlantic Highlands had one drop fishing for porgies on Saturday, along with some tog on crabs and sea bass on both clams and crabs.
  • 2017-11-11 Ristori Bay Head

    Ocean striper fishing improved greatly today, as it often does after a northwest blow, and a big fleet developed off the Monmouth Beach area where bass over 20 pounds were caught by those snagging-and-dropping bunkers. Capt. Rob Semkowitz called to report Raritan Bay striper fishing bounced back after Thursday's slump.
  • 2017-11-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands even ran out to reports of bunker schools in the ocean in hopes of finding very big bass, but only a few bass were caught before he returned for the ebb. Even Point Pleasant Canal was strangely quiet as I often retrieved a large sandworm without a hit, but eventually released a 14 1 2-inch blackfish and one other plus two small sea bass on the morning slack.
  • 2017-11-09 Ristori Bay Head

    The best surface casting bite of striped bass in Raritan Bay I've ever seen occurred Wednesday afternoon while fishing with Chuck Many of Annndale on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands after an 11 a. m. departure and a stop for gas before getting out just in time for the outgoing tide. The Jamaica has another canyon tuna trip set for Nov. 14 at 7 a. m. -- and is also taking reservations (732 528-5014) for the first giant sea bass trips to far offshore wrecks Saturday with a few spots left for a 1 a. m boarding plus Nov. 17 and 18 at 11 30 p. m.
  • 2017-11-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Anyone fishing the mouth of Raritan Bay this afternoon could hardly have missed catching stripers to his heart's content. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, reports that James Weir of Belmar caught four stripers up to 12 pounds on a Tsunami Shad cast at his local beach.
  • 2017-11-07 Ristori Bay Head

    They ranged from small up to 28 1 2 inches, bur when Many got the word that the bite had turned on at the mouth of the bay he ran down there to get into heavy marks. I released a couple of keeper bass in the East River on eels, but that bite wasn't turned on.
  • 2017-11-06 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jamaica II sails 12-hour sea bass trips at 5 a. m. Wed. -Fri. -- plus 14-hour runs at 3 a. m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Jim Hutchinson Sr. sent the following report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Black sea bass action is still good on the wrecks and reefs off the port of Beach Haven, the mahi and tuna are still offshore when conditions permit trips out there, but the annual striped bass migration has the captains anxiously awaiting their arrival.
  • 2017-11-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Today's east wind kept the surf rough and dirty -- and also made for uncomfortable fishing in the ocean. Mark Roy of Warren is taking a break in Florida, and was committed to catching his first bonefish.
  • 2017-11-04 Ristori Bay Head

    One of the Shore's surfcasting legends has passed away. At Atlantic Highlands, The Sea Hunter reported slower striper jigging, but made a ride into rougher waters for a decent catch of keepers.
  • 2017-11-03 Ristori Bay Head

    Now, Capt. Dave Riback of the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant says they're all over 10 pounds, mostly in the mid-teens, plus some in the 20-pound class -- and there's lots of them. He found enough keepers on the N. J. side before going over to N. Y. where lots of bonus bass were released -- though he ended up being able to keep some some of them upon returning to N. J. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reported a good start to winter flounder fishing at both ends of the canal on both worms and clams.

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