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  • 2016-08-22 Ristori Bay Head

    The first few entries from the mere seven boats in a 157-boat field that fished in today's opening day northwester were of fish that have little chance of staying on the leaderboard -- but the last was a 75-pound wahoo on More Bills that has a good shot at holding up. In contrast to the recent White Marlin Open that produced record numbers of white marlin, there were few signs of billfish today.
  • 2016-08-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Chris DeGennaro had an encouraging report on Barnegat Bay weakfish as follows I had two afternoon trips on Thurs and Fri that produced some weakfish, Fri better than Thurs, and then yesterday morning it lit up really good. Tomorrow (Mon) is wide open for morning or afternoon trips and then Tues thru Fri I will be running Noon departures for the live grass shrimp weakies as well as some other combo opportunities.
  • 2016-08-20 Ristori Bay Head

    The Jamaica from Brielle had very good action Friday with chub mackerel plus some small blues during a drift that lasted over 2 1 2 hours. Shark River was barren this morning for the few anglers casting for blues, but I did have a medium-sized chopper jump over my pencil popper.

  • 2016-08-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Bob Matthews weighed the largest fluke of the season brought into Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina -- a 13-pound, 5-ounce doormat caught by Ed Rumsby of Bradley Beach at the Sea Girt Reef on a chartreuse Gulp Grub. Ambrose produced another 18-inch fluke along with quite a few 17-inchers before he switched to light tackle casting for small blues that were popping up in the bay.
  • 2016-08-18 Ristori Bay Head

    420 million in last week's White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. -- which is also a satellite port for the MidAtlantic. The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association's Junior Mates Program had its last official class session on Thursday.
  • 2016-08-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Vinnie D'Anton caught one small blue on a Chug Bug, but had his 20-pound leader broken twice by unseen fish There was better news on small blues for the Shore party boat fleet. Matt Slobojian reported from Jim's Tackle in Cape May that Fluke fishing picked up last week on the reefs although the wind kept a lot of boats at the dock.
  • 2016-08-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Adam La Rosa reports his Canyon Runner fleet got back into bigeye tuna Monday night with multiple catches being the norm. Unfortunately that was after the White Marlin Open when Canyon Runner couldn't find a big money bigeye, but went one of two releases on blue marlin hits, and five of 10 on white marlin.
  • 2016-08-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. John Kolias, of Reel Fun at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, couldn't find the volume of large fluke Sunday he got into the previous day, but the Justn Vogali party was happy with the 7- and 8-pound fluke boated in deep waters. The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some blues early on Run-Off Hammered jigs, and added some fluke to 5 pounds and sea bass in the afternoon.
  • 2016-08-14 Ristori Bay Head

    However, they didn't bite and a switch to bottom fishing produced some fluke up to 7 pounds plus sea bass. Capt. John Kolias wasn't in the SWABC top three, but had a great trip for Barry Paull of that club as the charter on Reel Fun from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands caught 33 fluke which included 16 keepers from 4 to 6 pounds.
  • 2016-08-13 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Stan Zagleski reported much better fluking than on Friday, and with some limits on his Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands as conditions were good all day for fishing with no more than an 8-ounce sinker. Friday's trip also ended up with mackerel along with some sea bass, a keeper tog, and some pollock that came up in the slick -- including a 6-pounder for Steve Kirckhahn of Browns Mills.

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