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The surprisingly strong east wind made it tough on both boat and shore fishermen Saturday, but it's supposed to be lighter on Sunday in time for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park. Bluefishing was still good there Saturday, primarily on bunker. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park has also weighed in a few surf stripers lately, topped by a 22-ounder at IBSP by Rob Kominsky on bunker. Sorry about the headline on yesterday's blog which indicated the contest was "tomorrow", though the text was correct. Check Thursday's blog for details. Saturday's weather prevented Capt. Erwin Heinrich from fishing in the ocean with his Scales N Tales from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands. He intended to fish live bunkers for the 40-pound stripers that had been the target since last week, but was also bringing a couple of 50-pund outfits after having seen bluefin tuna attack those bunkers this week in just 65-foot depths.  Earlier in the week, he was trolling a Rapala when a fish started stripping line faster than any striper could do. A tuna was suspected, and that was confirmed Friday when one was briefly hooked and another followed a bait to the boat. The latter came out of the water -- and was no ordinary bluefin, but rather a giant of over 500 pounds. Though giants have been seen chasing bait close to shore late in the fall, I've never heard of them so close at this time of year. There was a showing of giant stripers for some boaters Friday afternoon. The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a 40-pounder from among bass attacking a school of bunkers. Miss Belmar Princess got one after picking blues when Jordan Zigmont of Telford, Pa. boated a 46-pounder. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina said the Fishmonger boated a bass of 55 inches. Unfortunately, there were no such reports today as the boats struggled just to jig some blues of all sizes up to 14 pounds. The east wind also prevented a repeat of a showing of small blues in the Bay Head surf, but I managed to tempt a 19-inch striper in Point Pleasant Canal on a Tsunami Shad. Jerry Lasko of Point Pleasant found some life in his town's surf -- though only his girl friend could reach them with the long rod and a heavy popper. Maren Toleno of Manahawkin released about a dozen fish consisting of medium and large blues plus a 33 1/2-inch striper. Capt. Rob Semkewyc wasn't expecting much this morning, but ended up with the best catch of keeper and short bass on Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands this season.

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  • 2017-06-15 BHCFA Beach Haven

    The fishing action for black sea bass on the inshore wrecks and reefs continues to be very good. The offshore bite has started with some nice tuna being boated already including some bigeyes over 200-pounds. In addition, there are reports of some big mako and thresher sharks in the area.

  • 2017-06-11 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Tom Savastano returned from Saturday's tuna trolling in the vicinity of Hudson Canyon with reports of bluefins up to 100 pounds plus a bigeye that size on Double Down out of Manasquan Inlet even though it was rough both ways. We've also gotten good reports from the Old Grounds this weekend on fluke and a few nice sea bass.

  • 2017-05-30 Ristori Bay Head

    After bringing in the first mako shark and school bluefin tuna from the canyons earlier in the week, the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant ran a Saturday to Sunday overnighter that produced the first yellowfin tuna (about 35 pounds) and two dolphin from canyons in over 1000 fathoms off Delaware for David Stratoff and his son. Honors for the first N. J. bigeye tuna fell to a boat in the Canyon Runner reporting team as the Flying Fish landed one in Cape May on the way back from North Carolina.

  • 2017-05-28 Ristori Bay Head

    At Belmar, the Big Mohawk will be making a Monday fluke trip from 6 a. m. to 2 p. m. Capt. John Kolias took the Roy Runyak party down the beach to Shrewsbury Rocks on Saturday aboard his Reel Fun from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, but the reports of stripers there that he had heard about didn't pan out.
  • 2017-05-25 Ristori Bay Head

    The Canyon Runner from Pint Pleasant brought in the first mako shark of the season Tuesday after their initial canyon overnighter. Six blue sharks were released at night before the 82-inch  (about 175 to 200 pound) mako was boated after a 25-minute fight. Trolling for school bluefin tuna at dawn produced four hits, with a 33-incher boated

  • 2017-05-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The surprisingly strong east wind made it tough on both boat and shore fishermen Saturday, but it's supposed to be lighter on Sunday in time for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park. The east wind also prevented a repeat of a showing of small blues in the Bay Head surf, but I managed to tempt a 19-inch striper in Point Pleasant Canal on a Tsunami Shad.

  • 2017-02-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Adam La Rosa reports the 48-foot Canyon Runner boated big bluefin tuna on its first trip. La Rosa offers to take military out on those trips at no charge.
  • 2016-12-22 Ristori Bay Head

    As usual, there is still good blackfishing not too far offshore and limits of jumbo sea bass on deep water wrecks -- but what's not at all usual is the abundance of large school bluefin tuna within center console range. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, has also heard about tuna action in the Mud Hole on popping plugs, while blackfishing is good in 70-to-90-foot depths (especially on whitelegger crabs) -- and winter flounder continue to hit baits cast from the docks into Shark River on incoming tide when waters are warmest.

  • 2016-10-22 Ristori Bay Head

    There was some great canyon tuna fishing just before the storm, as noted in the following report from Adam La Rosa of the Canyon Runner out of Point Pleasant Solid Chunk Bite on Big Yellowfin Continues - Again Again - Double Digit Yellowfin Catches Abound One Last Shot At an Open Trip End of Next Week or Full Boat if you Are Interested - Then Bring on the Stripers!Here Are Pics for Monday-Tuesday's Trip October 17-18 Here are Pics for Wednesday-Thursday October 19-20 Pics from the Weekend 48' Canyon Runner Trip - 10 12-13 16 Call ASAP to secure it - it won't last long 732-272-4445 Solid Chunk Bite on Big Yellowfin Continues - Again Again - Double Digit Yellowfin Catches Abound One Last Shot At an Open Trip End of Next Week if you Are Interested - Then Bring on the Stripers!!

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