1000's of NJ Saltwater Fishing Reports, Dozens of Sources, Maps, Wrecks, Historical Search

Captain's Focus

  • 2017-06-29 Ristori Bay Head

    The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association ran last weekend's Mako Mania Tournament in fishable weather. Tournament chairman Capt. Pete Grimbilas reported a total of 20 makos making the 66-inch minimum length were weighed at Capt. Bill's Landing in Point Pleasant over the two day contest, and there were probably others that weren't brought to the scales because they were clearly short of making the board while boats were lined up to weigh makos late Sunday afternoon.
  • 2017-06-28 Ristori Bay Head

    Canyon Runner to youshow details 48 Hours of Non-Stop Action Last Second Spots Available This Saturday - Sunday Sunday to Tuesday1 83 - 450 Giant 9 Bluefin from 100 to 150 1 Big-Eye 18 Yellowfins 25 Other BluefinCapt. Deane Lambros and Capt. Ryan Britt Getting it Done Click Here to Read All About Our Report Coaching Service Canyon Runner Crews Combine for 90 Years Fishing Together There's No Substitute for Experience Teamwork Last Second Spots Available This Saturday - Sunday Sunday to Tuesday1 83 - 450 Giant 9 Bluefin from 100 to 150 1 Big-Eye 18 Yellowfins 25 Other BluefinCapt.
  • 2017-06-27 Ristori Bay Head

    As was noted in last Friday's column, blackfish anglers should take in tonight's public hearing on Draft Amendment 1 to the ASMFC Tautog Fishery Management Plan which starts at 6 30 p. m. in Room 119 of the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River. The next wreck was loaded with protected ocean pout, but Haertel kept moving in order to add cod up to 12 1 2 pounds to the fish box.
  • 2017-06-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Only the boat names of Mako Mania winners were provided in last night's blog, but tournament director Capt. Pete Grimbilas has already sent along unofficial results that include the names of boat owners and anglers as hollows The formatting may be hard to follow, but that prompt action contrasts with the Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo of the week before which still hasn't posted any results on its site. MAKO MANIA 2017 - Tournament Standings (unofficial) Place Boat Name Weight M F Captain Angler Boat 1 Thor 276 M Doug Thorsen Chris Thorsen 15 Glen Gardner, NJ Belvedere, NJ 2 Water Proof 218 F Ryan Vanderkooy Paul Tsouhalas 58 Waretown, NJ Philadelphia, PA 3 The Right Place 208 F Evan Millas Mike DiPascali 28 Point Pleasant, NJ Bridgewater, NJ 4 Seaquester 181 F Joe Marotta Big Swell 52 Wayne, NJ Union, NJ 5 Trophy Hunter 175 F Stan Sziewczyk Mike McGuire 46 Brick, NJ Madison, NJ 6 Impressions 160 M Mark Cofka Mark Cofka 114 Manasquan, NJ Manasquan, NJ There weren't many reports today, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar was happy to see some blues on the surface after a tough weekend.
  • 2017-06-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Sorry for the delay in getting the blog out, but I had to stick it out to the last minute at Capt. Bill's Landing in Point Pleasant as boats were backed up to weigh in mako sharks which turned out to be mostly just over the 66-inch minimum length set by the contests. As noted in last night's blog, Water Proof took the first day lead in Mako Mania at 218 pounds, but most boaters held back for Sunday's great forecast.
  • 2017-06-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Surprisingly, 20 of the 120 boats entered in Mako Mania opted to fish the first day in what turned out to be rough conditions. Grimbilas said that Water Proof from Waretown took the first day lead with a 218-pound mako over Right Place at 208 pounds, and Trophy Hunter with a 175-pound mako.
  • 2017-06-23 Ristori Bay Head


    Capt. Dave De Gennaro had good news about weakfish as mostly 15-to-17-inchers have shown up on the west side of Barnegat Bay. There were also a couple of 23 and 20 inches that hit killies while Hi-Flier from Barnegat was drifting for fluke. Bluefish of all sizes are abundant in the inlet, and are hitting poppers and soft plastics along with a few short stripers.

  • 2017-06-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Due to some technical problems, an old column was published earlier while I was trying to publish the new one. The new column got chopped in half, and may not have been the version I edited, but at least relates to this weekend.
  • 2017-06-21 Ristori Bay Head

    The South Jersey Marina Shark Tournament the weekend before last proved there were good numbers of makos moving up, as 40 were caught. Allen Riley of South Plainfield fished the Sandy Hook surf with Duke Matero of Piscataway this morning, and barely managed to come out head while fishing fresh bunker and 4-inch Gulp Swimming Mullet as he released a 17-inch fluke, a skate and a stargazer.
  • 2017-06-20 Ristori Bay Head

    That big swell and dirty water after days of strong south winds plus last evening's downpour had a negative effect on both turnout and the fishing. Though there were no stripers in Shark River, the water was clear despite the downpour last evening, and a big blue hit his Chug Bug.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Web Analytics