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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. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported good jigging for blues from 2 to 8 pounds. They viewed some spectacular whale action on Saturday. Capt. Stan Zagleski was delighted with the great weekend weather for fluking on his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands. There was a decent pick of fluke on some spots, and very few on others. The one positive sign was bait readings in areas where there had been none a few days earlier. The South Jersey Marina Shark Tournament still hasn't posted final results of their Shark Tournament, though it appears that the 310-pound mako caught the first day held up. The weekly report from Matt Slobodjian at Jim's Tackle in Cape May follows: "The striper bite from the surf really slowed up this week We didn't weigh any, and only heard of a few shorts caught. The little schoolies are in the backwaters and will show up in big numbers with a little chum around creek mouths and bridges. There are almost no keeper fish with them, but they provide  great catch and release fun --especially for the kids. If you're going to try this, please use in-line circle hooks so the fish aren't gut-hooked. Weakfish are still on the Point jetties. They can be taken on light bucktails with a worm trailer or by floating bloodworms from a bobber. Tom Wismer of Lancaster Pa.weighed in a 6.77 lb. trout from the point on Thursday that he caught floating worms. Tom had six more he released, and was there at sunrise to about 9 am. The early bite seems to be the best. The best fluke action we are hearing of is still in the backwaters behind Stone Harbor, Avalon, and Sea Isle. We've also gotten good reports from the Old Grounds this weekend on fluke and a few nice sea bass. The best sea bass fishing is still on the structure in the 100-120 ft. range. Unless something changes we only have another week to keep sea bass, so now is the time to go. Mako fishing picked up very well this week. The South Jersey Marina Shark Tournament weighed in four makos over 200 lbs. and the winner was a 310 lb fish. Most of the fish were caught between the 20 and 30 fathom line on structure. We are hearing rumors of bluefin showing up on some inshore spots, but can't confirm it. There were some yellowfins caught in the Poormans Canyon this week as well as bigeyes up in the Toms Canyon. Hopefully next week we'll be able to report an inshore bite."

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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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