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  • 2019-04-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reported small bass in the back bays along with a couple of keepers released. Live bait can make a big difference in Raritan Bay as Capt. Joe Massa of My Three Sons from Morgan Marina found yesterday morning as he put Drew and Don Desmitt of Garfield into nine bass up to 30 pounds in the back of the bay.
  • 2019-04-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 22, 2019 You should have been out on Easter for monster bass Striper fishing in Raritan Bay couldn t have been any better when Matt Calabria took his father Hector out after Easter dinner. It was too big for Hector to hold, so the photo below is of Matt holding the trophy before her release to pass on her big bass genes in the Hudson River next month.
  • 2019-04-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 21, 2019 Red drum could have been a NJ catch 100 years ago Rich Swisstack (see photo below) has been into a surf bite of big red drum at Cape Point, Hatteras, N. C., but a century ago those same fish were being caught along the central N. J. Shore where channel bass fishing in the Barnegat Inlet area was the best in the country and those fish were the primary inshore game species for N. J. anglers. Striped bass are now the primary inshore game fish, and that fishing should resume tomorrow, after the Easter break, in Raritan Bay.
  • 2019-04-20 Ristori Bay Head

    and no party boat reports were filed by 6 p. m. Yet, Dave Lilly of Hazlet said it was flat calm all day in Raritan Bay. He ventured out with a friend in a small boat from Keyport, but there were dark clouds and they stayed in the back of the bay where there was plenty of trolling action with stretch plugs but all from the same 18-23-inch bass we were catching in the back of the bay in March.
  • 2019-04-19 Ristori Bay Head

    Due to Saturday s poor forecast, the ODM rod demo has been moved back to 1-4 p. m. Betty Nick s Tackle reports small bass are being caught off the docks, and one angler said he got bitten off. Capt. Nick Stanczyk has established himself as the top skipper in the relatively new sport of daytime swordfishing which his father Richard pioneered.
  • 2019-04-18 Ristori Bay Head

    Surprisingly, there is a provision in the new law which allows the DEC to authorize the use of purse seines if there is an immanent threat of a bunker fish kill. Saturday is also looking tough with south winds of 15-20 knots and gusts to 25 plus 7-10-foot seas.
  • 2019-04-17 Ristori Bay Head

    Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno from Point Pleasant fished the Seaside surf yesterday evening and released 34 small bass on Kettle Creek paddeltails. Grumpy s Tackle in Seaside Park reported lots of bass from 18 to 24 inches being caught in the surf on bucktails and Kettle Creeks, though a local pro also released two keepers.
  • 2019-04-16 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on April 16, 2019 Epic day in Raritan Bay Yesterday s blog title couldn t have been more accurate as striped bass did indeed turn on in Raritan Bay after the northwest gale. Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst was talking to me on the cell phone about the hot bite when his rod in the holder bent over as a large bass hit the shad lure being dead-sticked.
  • 2019-04-15 Ristori Bay Head

    Yesterday the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had good bass readings but few bites. Today was nice on the ocean, but small craft warnings went up today at 11 a. m. and extend through late Monday night.
  • 2019-04-14 Ristori Bay Head

    When casting shads didn t work, they anchored up and caught a couple of keepers plus some shorts. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported good life on bottom with short blackfish and some keepers plus a few cod and ling.

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