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2007 reports

2007 reports
November 15th, 2007
Jay's No Bull Fishing ReportThursday
 
The Edwards brothers from Fair Haven, James is 8 and John is 6  trolling the Reach Channel last Sunday.
A new crop of keeper size stripers have moved into the area. Up the revers and in the bays and also on the surf.
KKat reports:
11/8 - Excellent striped bass bite first thing this morning for the Rob Vogel group from Montclair. A limit catch plus shorts on clams all within the first hour and a half, after which the bite dropped out. Nice to fish without whitecaps today, for a change. 
 
Excellent fishing on Wednesday as well for the Marcus Perry group from Weehawken in a hard west wind. A limit catch of bass to 17 pounds and 30-plus shorts in two drops. 
 
Ron Tucci's group from Totowa had good action on clams Tuesday afternoon, also in a screaming west wind. 37 bass were caught on clams, with only 2 being keepers. 
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Jay's No Bull Fishing ReportThursday
 
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today saw some nice small bass action throughout Raritan Bay and parts of Sandy Hook. Many schools popping up with bass rolling on bait from officers Row up to Keyport. Mostly shorts but plenty of action. Last week before the quick nor'easter, the river was full of these bass too. Some decent Keepers were aken within sight of the dock! All methods seem to be working succesfully including clams, eels, and trolling. Nothing too bug yet.
 
Sensational top water action on Saturday afternoon at the Highlands bridge, big bass crushing the peanuts.
had 2 keepers  on my baby bunker spoon. green with black back over silver.

Sunday morning had 6 shorts in my boat where  the 2 rivers meet while worming.
one keeper 22 pounds at the highlands bridge.
 
11/4 - Excellent striper fishing today for the Mike Mackey party from Hoboken. The bass bit well on clams until an hour before low water, then co-operated very well on the troll on shad rigs during slack water and the start of the flood. We kept a boat limit of 12 bass to 21 pounds, plus 20 shorts. Bluefish were nowhere to be seen!
 
Other good bass trips before the blow include the Marcus Perry group, Weehaken, loads of bass & blues on A-47 jigs but few keepers, Terry McPartland crew, Darian, Ct., 6 keepers plus shorts & blues on shad rigs & tubes, Kristen Pirozzi group, Rumson, 8 keepers & 22 shorts on clams.
 
Capt Rich on the "Just One More" reports:
    The largest striped bass of the fall so far was landed on the "Just One More" yesterday. Joe Augeri had the honors. We ran an open boat trip and Joe was one of the callers. The very nice bass weighed nearly 30 lbs. and measures 42". CONGRATULATIONS JOE !  The fish was caught eeling and the water temp. is dropping nicely. The stripers are coming on strong, time to get in one the action.
 
 
 
  Mitch from Sterling Shoprite October 31 on eels in between the channels.


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Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
 
Too Much Bait! That is what everyone is saying. The bait in the river is truly spectacular. The bass, blues and weakies are crashing on them all up and down the rivers. It is hard to compete within the thick schools of bunker, spearing and mullet. The fish must just be closing their eyes and swimming mouth wide open through the water columns loaded from top to bottom with an easy meal for them.
 
Captain Stan came down to his party boat docked at Bahrs at 5:00 a.m. in the dark last Friday. He heard some peculiar noises out in the river. It sounded like a whale. He flipped on his hallogen lights and saw an amazing site. Big Bluefish and bass sending entire schhols of bunker out of the water with a load wooshing sound. He said that the bright lights disoriented the blues and they bumped into the side of his wooden hull. He said that his mate Junior caught a couple 12-14 pounders right away and a diamond jig.
 
I have been having some more fun at the Sea Bright Bridge live lining bass. There is a large concentration of decent size fish under all of the bridges. I have had a few heart pounding moments when the bass had the peaunuts bucnhed up by the sewer pipe. Maybe 50 people fishing on all 3 bridges every night! What are they going to do when they not my bridge down and raise the new one 35 ft??!!
 
The mudhole is producing some bluefin tuna action. Even a mako caught by a local boat which I heard at the dock.
 
I met a new charter boat Captain the other night and told him I would give him a plug. (not the lure type) His name is Captain Dan this is website, http://www.skinnydriftercharters.com/photo_album.htm  He seems like a nice guy and a good fisherman. and his wife can sing karaoke! He fishes out of Keyport, which he claims is the striper capital of the world. We in Highlands know better.
This is his wife Johanna.  Give Captain Dan a call.
 
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Also I heard from a customer juust back from Montauk, that they are having an incrdible run of 40lb + fish late in their season. Watch out here they come!


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Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
The WEAKFISH are in the back of the bay big time. Just like the old days. Plenty of fish and action. The weakfish just started showing up about the last week, or maybe even less, but they are here!  The fish have been up to 23" with plenty of smaller fish mixed in as well as bluefish and even some out of season fluke. Now is the time to go weakfishing as they will probably stay around only till the end of the month. Let's go weakfishing!!
    On the casting front, there have been tons of birds, bait and bluefish everywhere. The blues are in the bay, by the Hook and Knoll and all the way down the beach. We have been casting to fish up to 10 lbs. There have even been stripers under certain schools  if you can get down to them past the bluefish. Chumming off shore is producing bluefish to 15 lbs. and the false albies are around. So as you can see the action is really starting to heat up. Time to get out there and tire out your arm.
 
Look for Sea Bass at the Sandy Hook Reef. Clams or squid work well while drifting.
 
Stripers are starting to get frisky under the bridges. I have been picking a few on jigs and worms. I lost a big one under the Sea Bright bridge this week. I was using too light of a reel and I got spooled and pulled the hook after about 5 minutes. Two State Troopers were on seen to watch me try to horse it in but they just laughed when the hook came out!
 
Sept 12, 2007
I got this report emailed from Captain Stan. I had to abbreviate it a bit but the last day of Fluke Season aboard the Elaine B on Monday sure looked fun!

 

 

GOOD FOOD!

 

GOOD FUN!

 

GOOD FISH!

 

 

That’s what we had on the Elaine B II on the last day of the 2007 Fluke Season!

 

THE FLUKEMAN was joined by some of his best EBII fishing buddies for a Final Fluke Day Party on the EBII.  Buckets of chicken, colossal shrimp, a cold-cut platter, crumb cake, chocolate cake, bagels, and watermelon were enjoyed by the EBII fishermen.

Captain Stan had a hot fishing tip so he took the EBII about six miles off-shore to Sea Gull Bank.  And the long ride was worth it!  And we stayed out an extra hour!

Although the fluke gods didn’t help THE FLUKEMAN, some of his fishing friends had very good catches.  Just look and see!

“Undertaker” MikeHooked The PoolWinning Fluke, A7 Pound, 12 OunceBeauty!
FISHING BONUS – SEA BASS!
To top off a great day of fluke fishing, sea bass were also hooked!Here are the biggest ones
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Ok OK I know this report has been not updated in quite a long time. It is not because the fishing has not been great or that I have not been fishing. Actually that is part of the problem. Last report in May ouch! The fishing has been great and I have been getting out much more than in the past. I have not done any offshore trips, but the inshore and river fishing has been just incredible. The big thing is the Fluke fishing actually was and still is very productive, actually unbelieveable to me. When the new draconian size limit and bag limit were announced I figured that the fluke fishery would suffer as far as keeper fish on the dock were concerned. And especially after last years horrible season.  But boy was I wrong! Big fat fluke all season. Last year's complaints of nothing but shorts (just under 16") and sea robins have not been heard hardly at all. I even caught a 7lb fluke a few weeks ago. Look for the pic as soon as Fletcher gets around to emailing it to me.
Catch & Release 10lb at Bahrs Dock. The chef was eyeing it up for the frying pan but Dennis N. believes in releasing the Big Daddy/Mommas. Nice job.he took only 5th place in the Leonardo Fluke Tourney.
 
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Joey Safdeye w/ Fluke that is 8.8 Lbs
I spoke to Ed at the Gas dock and he said perhaps we can put this picture in the paper. a lot of pull Bifg Has! haha! We will try.
 
stripers are quieting down unless you fish real late at night or can find them craching the bunkers offshore. I had some real exciting reports of bass blitzes going on just a few miles off of the beaches.
I have been sailing almost every Tuesday with some clam chowder friends. Capt Fletcher has been guiding us and putting us on some incredible fishing especially in the spring live lining bass. Along with his golden retriever named Corona the Captain of Two Rivers Charters never disappoints always a great time and of course a fish fry feast at the restaurant compliments of Chef Damon and oh yea a few brews from bartender Steve tops off Tuesdays. 
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Live Lining at the rocks


 THE WEAKFISH ARE IN !!!!  I have been receiving many reports of weakfish in the bay and have seen them being cleaned on the dock. They are here!!  Not in the great numbers yet, but I am sure we could put together a good catch. August and September are the weakfish months in the Raritan Bayand up the rivers too. Time to go weakfishing.  I am going in the am in the Shrewsbury.We were out this week looking for weakfish but had no drift and got out a bit late. I blamed it on the Clamfestifval which wiped me out but that is no excuse for fishing. I just overslept a bit because I went to bed too early, if that makes sense. Fletcher and I commented that we had never seen so many peanut bunker. From one end of the bay to the other and out past the rip and way up in the back of the river. We ended up picking 7 kepper fluke up to 3 pounds and a few bluefish for dog Corona. Today I saw large schools moving out with the tide all night in front of the gas dock.
 
Oh yea and by the way the web cam should be working any day. If anyone knows anything about setting one of these things up I could sure use the help. Something went wrong in the setup for the router, if you what this means call me. 732-872-1245 x12 Also if anyone know how so set up a blog let me know about that too.
 
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Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
May 9 2007
 
Flounder fishing is still holding up as they are clearly on the move with most of the action off of Sandy Hook near the Cedars, which is basically thew flats off of the Nude Beach. The bluefish have moved into the rivers the last few days scaring the living "b'jesus" out of the winter flounder causing them to pick up and head for there summer grounds far offshore.
Both rivers are full of bunker and bluefish. Reports of stripers as far as Red Bank. The bay is providing some great early season action with keepers starting to hit the dock. Reports of 75 to 100 fish with 10-15 keepers is not uncommon! most are using clam bellies. I guess this is what it was like in the old days.

The American Striper Association is coming to Bahrs Landing in Sandy Hook, NJ May 25th-27th for the Annual Bahrs Landing Striper Tournament. ASA Prize Money for the Bahrs Landing Tournament is a Guarantee’s of $10,000 for 1st place, based on a 50 boat tournament. The Captain’s Meeting is Friday, May 25th at 6pm at Bahrs Landing. For more information, go to  www.fishasa.com . Or call Bahrs Landing at 732-291-9554.

 

Capt. Richie on the "Just One More" reports in

The Striped Bass are in !  We have benn fishing the last week with good results. Starting last Saturday, April 28, we had aboard the Bob Able {FB} charter. We did some great winter flounder fishing. By the end of the day, we had 34 keeper flounder to 17" !!  Now that is good flounder fishing. We only had one throw back, which we actually could have kept. The flounder were very thick, with nice thick fillets even on the white side. Sunday we had aboard Kevin Markow  who produces his own line of saltwater fishing plugs. We striped bass fished and had 23 stripers to 30" with a bunch of keepers. Monday we had aboard Dave Taub  who fished by himself. Dave caught 12 keeper winter flounder and then we went striped bass fishing. He proceeded to catch 20 striped bass to 29" with his limit of keepers. Monday, Dean Devasia charter had 12 striped bass to 30" and bluefish. Yes, the blues are in!!  Up to 12lbs. Wednesday we had an open boat trip with Chris, Joe, and Bert. They limited out with stripers to 32" and landed a total of 21 all together. It seems these open boat trips are always doing well, even going back to last season. Thursday, Big Glen Glaczek was aboard with his crew. They had 30 striped bass and had fish up to 34". Scott Lavenberg  was aboard Friday and his crew landed only 12 stripes to 30", but went home with bass fillets and plenty of bluefish were landed. Yesterday we had aboard the famous Bluefish Bob Donahue. It was a slow pick of striped bass but they managed 13 stripers with a limit of keepers to 34". Plenty of  6-7lb. bluefish were landed as well. So it seems it is time to go. Water temps. have been anywhere from the low 48 degree mark to 53.6 degrees.

    Available dates to charter in June are:  14, 20, 25, 28. That is it. Evenings are available in May and June,  just call for availability. 908-472-2684.
Capt Mark on the Long Shot, has updated his 32 Foot Downeast B.H.M. with 420 Cats and a new paintjob. The fish can't stay away! Mark is now in his second year of service and has a few available dates for the striper season. http://longshotchartersnj.com/


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Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
April 18 2007
 
The weather was a little messy this week but as the sun starts to come out and the weather warms up I am finally starting to get some reports.
I have numerous reports of bait from points all over the river. And something that I do not ever remeber seeing on Sunday I spotted a Northern Gannet flying around the river in front of the restaurant. it was at the height of the storm and seemed to not have any problem navigating the 50 mile/hour gusts. The next day there were over 3 dozen of these big things bomb diving into the out going current feeding on what I believe was herring. They stayed under for about 10 seconds and came up with a blast of water and took off into the winds!  Very Cool. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Gannet
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Capt. Ken on the K-Kat charter boat reports...Super good fishing today for the Ed Denver party from Allentown, PA. We were anchored in western Raritan bay by 7 am, and had the bass right away on clams. By trips end we had well over 100, including 5 keepers, and another 10 that were just barely short. The big surprise came when I decided to lower a flounder rod halfway through the trip. I ended up with 20 fat keepers by myself!  
 
 and Montauk Mike (who is really from Red Bank) reports....
 
hi jay
just a short note to keep in touch and let you know i had about  20 short bass and my limit of flounders  at the oceanic bridge on
saturday, 2 hours before high until 2 hours on the out going. chunked the bass with clams. caught most of the flounders on worms.
cold water, 42 to 44 degrees.
 


April 1 2007



The Clean Ocean Action Flounder Tourney last Saturday kicked of the 2007 season with a bang. Over 75 fisherman pre registered for the annual free event. The winner once again for at least the 3rd time, Ray Bradford from Rumson, put a 3.16 lb flattie on the scale to take the $30 plus the handmade plaque. Ray usually fished the area of the Shrewbury near Rumson Country Club. 2nd Place was weighed in by Monica Oswald 2.61lbs and 3rd place by Michael Borpora at a close call 2.53lbs. This year featured a rare good weather day for the tourney. Held here at Bahrs Landing it was a fun day with lots of good fishing, good chowder and a good cause. From all report flounder were caught in good numbers and sizes in both rivers.



The flounder fishing has continued to be good all week in most of the usual spots. Blood or sand worms plus some good clam chum should do the trick. I did get many reports of schoolie bass all over the rivers and bays with a few keepeers too!

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Jay's No Bull Fishing Report

November 27, 2006

Thanksgiving Day turned out to be another wash-out with the little Nor"Easter. I was planning a little pre-turkey bass jigging, but the wind and rain kept me and brother Dave at the dock... (aka in bed). The subsequent days were beautiful and there were many small bass to be had. With just a few keepers mostly on those who trolled rigs. Today Tuesday was nice and I spoke to one die hard at the gas dock  with over 30 fish and 2 keepers in the cooler. He was fishing in between the channels all by himself trolling rigs.

Blackfish season (8 per man bag limit) has now been open since November 15th. the Tautog aka blackfishing has been stellar, when the conditions are conducive for the little fighters to feed. Anchoring up and fishing with green crabs, most fisherman both expert and novice are finding an abundance of big fish on the Sandy Hook reef and the Shrewsbury Rocks. It is too bad that most marinas force their slip owners out of the water by the time this fishery really heats up. Blackfishing has prooved to be a real boon to local sportfishing industry in our area. Due to the newly created artificial reef along with other things such as conservation and cleaner waters this fishing is excellent! Some days after a northeaster, the blacks refuse to bight but once the sea calms down, boy do they get hungry as witnessed yesterday out on the reef. Opening weekend prooved to be a sign of things that were to come and so far did. Witness

Here is a picture of a blackfish caught 11/19/06.  Fish was caught by Steve Foster of Oceanport. Fish was weighed in @ Bahrs 11/19/06  11.5lbs. Fish was weighed in @ Bahrs Landing 11/19/06  11.5lbs.

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November 3, 2006
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
 
Trolling in between the channels and down the beach is proving to be the most dependable. Umbrella Rigs with shads or tubes. Live eels in the rip and also in between the channels are working too. I fished yesterday and had 2 keeper bass a bunch of schoolies and a ton of bluefish. We were trolling and jigging the outflow pipe off of the Highlands Bridge in the ocean. The sewage pipe is laid down with a good amount of rocks providing some of the only structure from the tip of the Hook to the Shrewsbury Rocks. The bait desperately seek it out and when they do the bass and blues cruise in and chase them up on the beach. The birds scavaging for scraps can make the sky white as clouds as they did yesterday when the sun came through and lit up there wings.
 
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Nov 2 2006


Linda from Sea Bright fishing a beautiful Autumn Monday morning with her husband Ira, had 4 keepers in the box by 8:00a.m. .They were trolling rigs in between the channels on Monday.
 
'Just One More' fishing report, 11/2/06

    The fall striper season is in full swing! On Tuesday, we had Dave Taub aboard. And Dave landed the largest striped bass of his life on an eel. He was impressed it was 38" and 19 lbs. Wednesday we did an open boat trip. We had aboard Jim, JJ, Joe, ED and Ed's friend. What a trip they had. From right after leaving the dock, for the next 4 hours, we cast to surface rolling stripers under the birds !!  I lost count after 35 stripers were caught and released safely. Most were in the 24-26" range. But some larger ones were kept for the cooler. After the bird action died down, we went eeling. We landed stripers to 22 lbs. on the eels!!  On the way in, we spotted more birds, but this time they turned out to be bluefish, we landed some and went in. What a super day, by 11am, we were fishing in ' T' shirts ! So it is time to catch stripers. I will be runing more open boat striped bass trips this season, including a blackfish trip. You'll get the emails. Open dates for the rest of this month are: Nov. 8,13,14,16,20,21,23,27,28,29,30.  I will be home tonight. 908-412-9147. and on the boat the next 4 days or so... 908-472-2684.    www.just1morecharters.com   THANKYOU.
 
CAPT. RICH NEWALLIS JR.
'JUST ONE MORE' SPORTFISHING
 
Wreck fishing is getting better every day. Sea Bass and Backfish are plentiful. Capt Mike Lamb has been running some open trips on his Tide Runner docked here at Bahrs Landing. He is a specialist in wreck fishing and can carry 6 passengers.
 
Monmouth Beach Cartoppers are holding a Blackfish Tournament Saturday November 18th. $80.00 per team.  908-910-9789 Call Eric Lendick for details.



 

Oct 19, 2006

Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
Captain Stan on the ElainB 2 reports on his first bass trip of the season
Hi Jay;
      We are now sailing for Striped Bass every Thursday night 6:30 pm till
11:30 pm. Last Thursday nights trip started off pretty good drifting eels in
Sandy Hook channel on a beautiful night until 8:30 when the wind came
through at 35 to 40 knots out of the Northwest so we anchored on the Knoll
and fished with clams and the Bass were biting until we quit at 10:00. The
weather wasn't getting any better.

                 Elaine B II
                    Capt. Stan

The annual fall Hi-Mar Fishing Tournament had no rain, but sometimes windy conditions. On Friday Night, most of the 
fish were caught in the Shrewsbury River and some at the Shrewsbury Rocks. The remainder of the fish, were 
caught throughout Raritan Bay from the back of the Reach Channel to Sandy Hook Channel. Some entrants 
were able to run down to Ortley Beach and southern areas to fish pods of bunker, with large bass beneath them.

Captains weighed their fish all through the tournament, with the majority of the big fish being weighed on Sunday. The
 leader board kept changing.

The Lady Angler prize went to Kathie Krim on the Jersey Devil, 22.6 lbs.

The largest fish of the tournament was 29.3 lbs. by Brian Rice on the Jersey Devil.

Place Boat Name: Captain: Weight: Location:
1st Tyman Chuck Many 25.3 & 27.4 = 52.7lbs Shrewsbury Rocks
2nd Jersey Devil Brian Rice 29.3 & 22.6 = 51.9 Ortley Beach
3rd Jane Marie James Stobel 26.2 & 22.5 = 48.7 Seaside Heights
4th Nauti Boy Al Dudas 22.5 & 22.2 = 44.7 Back of Reach Channel
5th Daily Bread Frank Culligan 20.9 & 21.1 = 42 Rockaway NY waters

 

             1st. Place: Chuck Many Tyman                  2nd Place: Brian Rice Jersey Devil
                                 

 

3rd Place James Strobel  JaneMarine
    

 
Captain Kenny on the "KKAT"
10/17 - The striper fishing in the Sandy Hook area remains generally good, although the weather restricts where we can fish much of the time.
 
That was the case this afternoon for the Jack Hamill charter from Spotswood. We tried to get in to the ocean to fish bait, but were turned back by 6-8 foot seas and 30 mph southeast winds. Trolling in the bay started as a very slow pick, but ended up an all out slaughter as the birds began to work. We boxed a limit of bass, released two dozen shorts, and returned to the dock early. 

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Oct 11 2006

Randy Sloyer Matthew Sloyer Westchester, PA Peter Longo from Bud Lake, NJ Leonard Longo from Glenside, PA Vincent Cattano from Roxbury, PA Joseph Manereo from Glenside, PA

chartered the KKAT on a rainy blustery Wednesday and loaded up on stripers up to 22lbs. They were drifting eels by the 12 and 14 buoy in the Sandy Hook Channel.

After they enjoyed their catch with a fish fry and some beers. Jamie was their friendly barmaid at Bahrs Landing Tavern Bar.
 
Captain Brian Rice on the "Jersey Devil"
Well the crew of the Jersey Devil has been working hard over the past month or so. We had a tough time at our first FLW Tournament in Jersey City in which we only caught short fish in very tough conditions. We fished the Hi-Mar 40 hour striper tournament over this past weekend and did very well. This is known as one of the biggest local tournaments in our area and we took both Calcutta’s and Top Lady Angler and second place overall. We ended up making a 30+ mile run in our 31’ Contender to find the fish, so again I want to thank all of our sponsors and supporters.
Next stop is the Cape May ASA so hopefully we will back up our win from the June Sandy Hook ASA.
Thanks again. Captain Brian Rice
Jersey Devil Charters
732-996-6372
www.jerseydevilcharters.com
 
'JUST ONE MORE' FISHING REPORT, 10/16/06

    THE BIG BASS ARE IN !!! The striped bass fishing has really picked up in the last couple of days. Eels are the ticket, but I have been seeing more and more bass working on top under the birds. Sunday , yesterday, we had aboard the Bill Kaner group. We eeled all day and ended up with 8 very nice bass to 38". Two of the stripers went 20 lbs. !!  And the samllest bass was 31". Not a bad day when you can say that!  We had other bites and some others on but were lost. Right in the beginning of the trip in the morning, Bill Kaner Sr. hooked a very nice striper. He fought it for 3-4 minutes, and it just simply let go. Judging by the bend in the rod and the drag going out and Bill not being able to make any head way on the fish for that time, I believe it would have been the biggest of the day. Between 25 and 30 lbs. The hook just simply pulled. There is plenty of action as the bluefish are still there and turning out eels into stogies !!
 
Oct 12, 2006
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
 
padLaurie & Rich Manhire

Oct 3, 2006

Yellowfins aboard their Egg Harbor

The Manhires are from Colt's Neck. They did an overnight Hudson Canyon trip during the pleaseant offshore conditions last week.
 
 
KKAT REPORTS :
 
Excellent eeling for striped bass today  (Wed. 10/11).
 
The Bud Ginsberg party from Hackensack had a limit of bass to 22 pounds, plus over 20 shorts released, during the morning flood tide.
 
The Len Longo party from Bethlehem, PA, had eight keepers to 15 pounds plus 16 shorts during the afternoon ebb, where an east wind and rain made conditions rough and uncomfortable.
 
padKKat Fish Fry

Oct 11 2006

Randy Sloyer Matthew Sloyer Westchester, PA Peter Longo from Bud Lake, NJ Leonard Longo from Glenside, PA Vincent Cattano from Roxbury, PA Joseph Manereo from Glenside, PA

chartered the KKAT on a rainy blustery Wednesday and loaded up on stripers up to 22lbs. They were drifting eels by the 12 and 14 buoy in the Sandy Hook Channel.

After they enjoyed their catch with a fish fry and some beers. Jamie was their friendly barmaid at Bahrs Landing Tavern Bar.
 
Also have been seeing some nice bass being taken from the Rumson Bridges at night and just before dawn.
 
Joe Raccioppi from Middletown fishing with his son last weekend on the beach near Atlantic Highlands/Highlands, had 2 keepers on plugs.
 
Capt Rich reports from last week.
The featured charter of the week is the Mike Kochen party. We went weakfishing and had a pretty good day. We landed weakfish up to 20 " and many smaller ones, keeping 20 fish. We also threw back plenty of "spikes", about 12" fish which I guess bodes well for the future. They were hitting  sandworms in the Reach channel. The water temp. was still high at about 66.2 degrees. This three day stretch of bad weather will probably push out the weakfish but start the bass biting.
 
ELAINE B is now running a Thursday Night Bass trip leaving from Bahrs at 6:45.
 
Hi-Mar tourney to be held this weekend.  http://www.hi-mar.com/
Sept 27, 2006 Jay Cosgrove's No Bull Fishing Report

Weakfish are finally biting. I have reports of the being picked up in the rip on jigs and peanut bunkers. The reach channel at buoy 6, 8 and further up also in the Sandy Hook Rip on the incoming. Some fish are up to 23". Look for them to stick around hopefully for another week or two and be ready to say goodbye. Last year some guys had weakies in the deep holes on the Sandy Hook side of the Highlands bridge feeding on peanuts, all over 6 pounds. They were under the blues and bass!

Stripers are starting to provide some action also in the rip and on Flynn's Knoll. Schoolies are being picked up under the bridges on worms and eels. The bluefish are making themsleves known under the bridges too. I have some reports of bunkers way up the Navesink with bass breaking on them at night. The bunkers schools are coming in all sizes lately. Just before sunrise is when they are most active.



Billy Rhee checks in from Kona Hi. After a long quiet night of chumming we got taken down by two of these guys on the troll. When Sam Choy Junior spotted seven frigates( possibly 8) circling above he knew it was our time. As he said," Billy don't touch the drag Billiy," I knew we would be getting bit soon. Tim and I got ready and harnessed up. As Capt Curwin approached the action our port side lures got blasted about 5 seconds apart. Tim's fish pulled hooks at the boat( Jobu's with 90 lbs of drag?), and I was lucky enough to land mine with the teams help. Tim the hockey goalie now tackle owner on gaff, Capt Sam with broken wrist as wire man and the Mangler on controls; was enough to say this fish was going to market. The lure, "Black Smoke," was a custom by Curwin rigged on 300 lb fluoro. The reel was a 80 Tiagra with 100 lb diamond and the rod a 80-130 stand up bent butt by Melton Tackle. A fifteen minute battle at 35 lbs of drag; this was my biggest yellowfin and tuna on stand up at 165lbs.Sept 22, 2006Jay Cosgrove's No Bull Fishing Report

Peanut bunker are moving with the tides in and out of the river and down the beach. Small blues today, and last night a good concentration of stripers have found them. With the cooler nights the triggering the fall feeding season for the stripers it should turn on just on schedule for the first weekend of the fall. The "peanut" bunker this year are true peunut size. I think we have some killies in the tank bigger than these little baits. They can't yet buck the tide so they move with it and when the tide slacks they seek refuge under the bridges and in the docks. Most guys are live lining them or using 3 to 4 inch rubber shads.

The bluefish are of course right on top of them too. Up the river there are nice size snappers. We have a couple of 10 lb blues under the bridge. If you want some fun read my reports from last Oct. It should be more of the same starting now! KKAT reported: - Exceptional striped bass fishing for the John Litowinsky party from Wall Twnsp. today. The guys caught over 50 bass on clams, including 13 keepers. A half dozen weakfish and a couple of croakers were added to the catch on worms in the bay. Capt Rich Reports: Monster bluefish were landed Sunday by the Jeff and Linda Seip charter. The ocean was a little nasty at 17 Fathoms with a large east swell still coming in and wind about 15 mph out of the north, but the blues were there. They ran from a low of 4 lbs. to a high of 15 lbs. With most being Slammers! The water temp. was still 70.6 degrees out there and in the bay. They were happy bringing all those fillets back to PA. We did not see any false albies or bonito even though we were chumming for them. Monday had the Ray and George Rogers charter aboard for great weakfish action. A near limit was landed in the bay with multiple fish measuring 25". Fluke, bluefish and croakers were also landed. The bay was jam packed with peanut bunker. There were large schools everywhere. We tried a few drifts in the rip before going weakfishing for stripers with the out going tide but had no luck. We did see a few landed, but the water is still too warm for consistant action. It should break wide open in October!! TUNA

Pete Cherasia on the Shark Byte fished the canyon, had his limit of yellowfin on Sunday Night. up to 90lbs. Sal Canizaro on the "Lady Diana" also has had a couple of good trips fishing the Elbow, also with some nice bigger fish.



Capt Stan on the Elaine B is planning on running some night bass trips starting next week. I will keep you posted. Now that the restaurant season is winding down I should have more time for fishing and reporting.



Local boy David Goldsmith has set up a nice charter business in Miami. I saw him recently here at the restaurant and it sounds like his 42 Jim Smith "Nadine" can catch some fish. Dave's email is islandpro@gmail.com
July 20, 2006
 
Cranford angler bags winner
Ewa Jackson of Cranford barely knocked Capt. Mike Greco out of first place by a quarter-pound Saturday, when she weighed a 9 1/2-pounder in the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament, and that near doormat stood up to win the Silver Anniversary Tournament, which drew 149 boats.
 
 
Big Fluke are in!  Fluke in the river and Sandy Hook Bay, try the Rip too. One of our regulars fished all day with not much luck and on there way in stopped infront of the Ammo pier in the deep water. They used killie and squid and on the first drift had an 8lber. 
 
 
 
Buoy 4 in the Shrewbury is starting to be productive for fluke as well. Stripers are to be found off of Deal (Red Church). Crashing on numerous schools of bunker. I am still seeing pods of bunker in the river and have reports of them all down the beach all the way to Cape May. Some local guys took a trip to Cape May and reported excellent Bluefin action at the Hotdog. They have been live lining bunkers.
 
It seems that this may be a great year for crabbing. Already the docks are lined with blueclaws, which seems early to see so many. Most are small but are getting ready to shed. I am sure that people are not the only ones feasting on these. Stripers love them too!
 
 
 
Capt Rich reports 'JUST ONE MORE' FISHING REPORT, 7/17/06

    HELLO TO ALL MY FISHING FRIENDS OUT THERE. I HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING COOL IN THIS HEAT WAVE. WE HAVE BEEN MAINLY FLUKE FISHING ALL THIS MONTH. THE RATIO FROM SHORTS TO KEEPERS HAS BEEN ANYWHERE FROM 10-1 TO 25-1. BUT NICE FLUKE HAVE BEEN LANDED. 8.5 LBS., 6 LBS. AND IT SEEMS ON EVERY TRIP FISH ARE UP TO 21-22" LONG. PLENTY OF ACTION WITH THE SHORTS. THE WATER TEMP. IN THE BAY HAS BEEN UP TO 78.1 DEGRESS, BUT THE OCEAN HAS BEEN MOSTLY COOLER. AT TIMES IN THE SOUTH WIND, 63.4 DEGREES. THE FLUKE ARE COLD WHEN WE BRING THEM UP.
 
 
JULY 12 2006

Jay NO BULL Fishing Report



Capt Brian Rice and crew win the June ASA 2006

View the RESULTS

Some BIG bass were taken all June. It was incredible. The hot spots being the beaches from Sandy Hook to Asbury. One of the hottest spopts turned out to be right out of my office window. It started with just a few boats but soon turned into a fleet. Most guys were fishing fresh bunkers amd live lining.

Kevin Meyerhoff with another nice 40 lb. bass.

Capt kenny on the KKAT reports that they have shifted focus to fluke, although there are still some nice striped bass around if you are willing to put in the time, and provided there is light boat trafiic.

Mike Hetrick and friends from Bethlehem, PA, put a catch of 16 keeper fluke to 3.5 pounds together on Sunday, 7/9. Massive amounts of shorts, plus about 25 3-4 pound blues spiced to catch, which was made in Raritan bay and the ocean.

The Doug Ahle group from J.M. Ahle company in South River had 12 keeper fluke to 4 pounds on Saturday, 7/8.

Andrew Pritchard and his 9 year old son Alexander had exceptional striped bass fishing on Friday, 7/7, while chunking fresh bunker off Monmouth Beach. The pair landed a dozen bass to a high of 35 pounds, losing quite a few more plus bluefish. It was Alexander's first saltwater fishing experience, no doubt he is hooked for life!

Melissa Donoforio and friends had good striped bass chunking on the afternoon of Friday, 7/7. The group caught their limit bunker chunking off Monmouth Beach, then caught a few keeper fluke tight to the beach in 20 feet of water.

Fluke are moving in as I have seen some nice keepers in the river by buoy 2-4 . Use live killies. There have been many pods of "candy bar" bunkers moving up river and it is unusual to not see anything chasing them. George Feneise told me that he had not seen a bluefish all weekend. But there have been pods of dolphin in the ocean that are probably scaring them off.

A few reports of weak fish but nothing heavy yet.
May 24, 2006
 
The ASA Striper was a great success this weekend. 2 fish over 40 lbs and more over 30. 

CAPTAIN

 

 

 

 

 

BOAT

 

MAKE

 

 

 

 

LAST

FIRST

SAT

SUN

AGG

9

KRISTINA

 

N

MAKO

 

 

 

 

NOTO

FRANK

31.86

44.07

75.93

22

BIG BOY II

 

ASA

REGULATOR

 

 

 

 

BERRY

DARREN

37.01

31.96

68.97

15

BILLY THE KID

 

N

YELLOWFIN

 

 

 

 

ROWEN

BILL

16.83

45.28

62.11

29

STRIPER MANIA

 

ASA

MAKO

 

 

 

 

FRAZIOSO

LOU

30.95

30.36

61.31

28

HAPI DAZE

 

ASA

FOUNTAIN

 

 

 

 

NUNN Rick

 

33.71

25.23

58.94

 
 
 
 
I took out some of my friends from the Bucknell University athletic department yesterday. I hired Capt Mark on the "LONG SHOT". We had an excellent morning claming for bass on the outgoing tide. We limited out as I had the pool winner and head basketball Coach Flannery and head Football Coach Landis were in a heated battle for "high hook" for the day. They were still debating the final count as they headed back to campus on rt 80.
 
 Captain Mark and his mate John put us on the fish early and often. He runs a great boat! Thanks guys.
 
Capt Rich on the "JUST ONE MORE" reports in:NOTHING BUT BIG STRIPERS AND FULL LIMITS ARE COMING OVER THE RAILS ON THE 'JUST ONE MORE'. LAST WEEK, THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS DID SUPER ON THE STRIPERS UP TO 40" AND PLENTY RELEASED TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. CARL BERTRAM, JIM TWAITE, DENNIS MARGIOTTA, FRANK BLANCH, TOM FISCHER, ED HUBERT, BILL STEPHENS, MIKE VAN BRUNT, AND BOB DONAHUE. NOT MANY SMALLER FISH ARE BEING SEEN UNDER 28" ANYMORE. BLUEFISH ARE HERE IN A BIG WAY WITH MANY CHOPPERS BEING LANDED ON EVERY TRIP TO 12LBS.!!   WATER TEMP. IS  61.6 DEGREES AND STEADILY GETTING WARMER. SO EACH TRIP HAS PLENTY OF ACTION.
 
 
May 17, 2006
 
The ASA Striper moves into town this weekend. They are having two weigh in stations this year. One here at Bhars and one in Port Liberty Jersey City.
May 19th - 21st-$10,000 1st Place - GUARANTEED!*

Division 2

Sandy Hook, Highlands, NJ

Bahr's Landing Marina, Highlands, NJ

Download: Registration Form Event Flyer

The American Striper Association is taking huge strides toward becoming the nations leading contender for the recognition that comes from being the "Premier Tournament Event in the Country". The soon to be announced list of Sponsors will read like the Who's Who of Fish Boat Manufacturers along with an impressive list of Accessories Manufacturers for everything from Electronics to Trailers.

This powerhouse consortium of boat builders and their suppliers promises to serve up a World Class Event with World Class prizes that will make the titles of 'National Champion' and 'Angler of the Year' worth a whole lot more than simple bragging rights. Along with the upscale prize packages, the group is already putting together an impressive media package to provide International televised coverage of the events. The world of fishing should prepare itself for a new and exciting ASA.

Capt. Mark on the Long Shot had Fish & Game to greet them at the dock today. Mark being a straight shooter and not one to bend the rules made out ok with the friendly warden. They were looking to give out fines for undersized bass and fillets. Fillets are now a no-no, you must bring in the whole fish unless you have a permit. Apparently some fines were issued in the area. Capt mark said that the fish were all big today as they only had to release one.

Capt Mark started don the beach were it was slow. Then moved up to Roamer Shoals and had excellent action right away. They limited out with some pretty big fish using clam bellies.

 
Capt Kenny on the KKAT report in:
The excellent striped bass fishing continues in middle to western Raritan Bay. We have been trying to fish with fresh bunker whenever possible, drifting with chunk baits around the bunker schools can be a total slaughter on some trips, a decent pick on others. Monster bluefish are always in the mix, keeping rods bent and costing us a fortune in circle hooks. When bait is tough to get or drifting conditions poor, we will pull bunker spoons with generally excellent results, though the blues will be a nuisance here as well. Our larger fish on most trips will go around 25 pounds. Trips the past few days include Mark Hollingsworth and his dad Harold from Lancaster, PA, Ed Szott and crew from Rutherford, the Bill Deats group from Marlboro, Nels Shugart and friends from Bethlehem, PA, Dave Chonski and crew from Allentown, PA, and Jack Humphrey and the boys from Sayreville.  
 
Jim the Banker Reports in:
 
Jay by the way I did go to the Keansburg pier this Sunday and had a blast with the blue fish.  Caught six on bait and four using a popping plug.   I met a very nice gentleman named Robert and he showed me how to use the popping plug. He was there with his atom and the left amazing bite marks in the wood.  He was nice enough to give about 11 fish to people fishing the pier who did not catch any fish. and in the end when my cooler was too full with these six pound choppers I gave away six to I caught on the plugs.   She did confirm that this Friday she will have a special night session for the diehards like me who never get enough fishing. It will run from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM Saturday and she will have plenty of bait.  I thought I would pass on the word  just incase you have any friends that may be interested.  She only does this about twice a year so it is a special occasion. Fishing the pier sure beats the heck out fishing the beach and getting eaten by the sand fleas Well, hope things are going well for you.  Thanks for the help. 
 
Jim the Banker.    
May 3, 2006
 
Captain Fletcher Chayes has had some decent fishing this week. He took a charter up the Navesink on Monday due to the windy conditions in the bay. He scored great on bunker chunks and rubber shads. One interesting tidbit, one of his bass had what looked to be a lamprey eel attached to the gills. I have never seen this before but a quick search on google reveals that it just may be. We are going to find out more about this. We have a pic but it is a bit shocking the way one of these suckers works.
 
DJ Nalepa, 13 of Red Bank, fishing with his pop for the first trip of the Spring, limited out on some big stripers trolling the Reach channel just past the Ammo. Pier. They pulled some bunkie spoons on Sunday.
Capt Rich on "Just Ona More" reports in:
 
Hey Jay
THE STRIPERS ARE GETTING LARGER AND THE BLUEFISH HAVE BEEN UP TO 10 LBS. PLENTY OF ACTION. HERE ARE THE EVENING DATES OPEN IN MAY: 8-11, 14, 16,17, 22-25, 27. A COUPLE OF THOSE ARE WEEKEND DATES. FULL DAYS STILL LEFT OPEN IN JUNE ARE: 19, 21,22, 24 [SATURDAY], 26-29. A LOT OF STRIPED BASS TO BE CAUGHT ON THOSE DAYS.
Capt Rich
K-Kat Report:
4/28 - A good steady pull of bass and lots of bluefish today for the Joe Agente party from Newark, although fresh bunker was tough to get this morning. The largest of 9 bass went 22 pounds, they bit from the top of the flood right through the slack and into the ebb before slowing up as the tide ran harder. A fresh northeast breeze made things a bit lumpy for a while.
 
4/27 - The Tom Cordhuff party from Lancaster, PA enjoyed a non-stop bite today in Raritan Bay. Fresh bunker was the bait, the largest of 6 bass went 33.5 pounds, and the bluefish were thick as bees, keeping rods bent between stripers. A few more smaller bass were added on clams to the east after the bunker bite died. 
April 28 2006
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
Getting some reports of big bass out in the bay. Some of the guys have broken out the trolling rods and bunker spoons. Live liners are working it too. We should have some pictures soon. There have some live liners working the Highlands Bridge (top side) at night and I have seen only small fish. The bunkers are schooling up at night and they can be cast netted but who has the time? We are hoping to have our tanks up and running this weekend filled with fresh bunkies from the pound netters.Capt Fletcher Chayes, while breakin in his new Parker, was trolling a Stretch 25 by the pound nets this week. He was surprised to catch his first big weakfish of the season. He said it was about ten pounds and released it full of roe. Sorry no photo, I told him to use his camera phone next time.
 
 
Hey Jay
 After a weekend of blown out and washed out trips, we took an exploratory trip into Raritan bay to see what was going on with the bass bite on fresh bunker. Joining me were mate Chris Devereaux, along with Bill Boardman from Rumson and John Litowinsky from Wall Twnsp. Pulling spoons from the Reach channel to Great Kills harbor yielded neither a bite or readings of any kind, and the harbor itself seemed to be devoid of bunker. Running back to the western portion of the Reach, we found a small pod of bunker down deep, the cast net only yeilded a few. It was enough, though, as a drop on readings near the bunker resulted in 5 bass to 20 pounds in the box,  and all the bluefish bite-offs you could tolerate on small chunks.     
Capt Kenny KKAT
 
***this guy must play for the giants, because he makes this big taug look like a guppy!
 
Hi Jay Another picture from our Mon. Blackfish special  8.5lb. and A 10.4 lb
caught by Paul Hagerman The two pictures represent only a portion of the
many big fish that were caught that day.

                    Elaine B II
                         Capt. Stan
Hi Jay;
         10.8 oz. Blackfish caught by Bob Klemm from Butler N.j. on our
Monday Blackfish special. The trip was outstanding for big fish. WE will
sail for Blackfish @ 7:00 am everyday until Fluke season opens on May 6.
April 20th 2006
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
I have started another list of local tournaments for 2006 in our area. If you know of any others, please forward them to me:  jay@bahrs.com
http://bahrs.com/tour204.html  It looks like the ASA is officially here at Bahrs landing this year 
May 19th - 21st-$10,000 1st Place - GUARANTEED!*
 
There are fish all around, with the early nice weather you can take your pick this week with June weather in April!
Stripers, Flounder, Blackfish (only 1 per) and if you are lucky even some early weakfish.
 
Chris Devereux 10lb blackfish April 20, 2006 at the Sandy Hook Reef.
 
Subject: K-Kat fishing reports 4/18/06

5/18 - The best catch of keeper-sized bass so far this season was boated this afternoon for the Frank Nardi group from Basking Ridge. 10 keepers to 34 inches went in the box, along with 50-plus shorts between 23 and 27 inches. All the fish came on clams. Other trips that had good action with predominantly short stripers over the past week include Glen Rispaud and friends from Spring Lake, the John Litowinsky crew from Wall Twnsp., Bill Deats and crew from Marlboro, and the Rob Vogel group from Montclair.  

  Hi Jay!This was monday before work!Caught them last 3 days like this in 4 ft
of water in the Navesink
away from the Oceanic flounder fleet!hehe Plenty of small bass hitting the
the flounder rigs with clams my fishin buddy Gino.Cant wait for the Fluke!  
Clyde
Best Regards
Clyde Worthen

 
Thanks Clyde, looks like you had a nice meal or two!

April 12th, 2006
 
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
 
 
       
 
 
  Rutgers University and the Sandy Hook NOAA/Fisheries Lab and are about
to conclude year one of a two year
  Winter Flounder spawning habitat study. The RU website is quite
informative and looks to provide progress
  updates. It seems the main goal is to identify the precise spawning
areas using hi-tech tracking equipment.
  Dredging in all N.J. Coastal rivers and bays have been restricted by
the feds, due to the recent increased
  protections by the NMFS Protected Resources Division. The ultimate
goal, as I can tell,  is to understand
  the spawning events within an estuary, in the hopes that this might
leave some room for winter dredging in
  a way  that does not impact the flounder.

  The NOAA/Fisheries Lab is also going to be tracking several species
over the Spring/Summer season in the Navesink/Shrewsbury Rivers also.
During the boating/fishing season please keep your eyes open for the
marked equipment and report any fish with tags that you might catch.
They will be distributing flyer's about the program in the near future.
Hi  Jay;
     
    Yes there are , flounder fishing at the pier has been OK  the average catch has been 4 to 8 big fish per person , yesterday's pool was taken by Al Orduna from Perth Amboy with a 18 inch fish.
 
                                           Elaine B II
                                               Stan
 
Also the Navesink Bridge has been very goo for flounders.
 Stripers are showing up every where! Friday Night on the Sea Bright Bridge I saw a keeper on the sidewalk. They where using snagged bunkers. Also in Keyport bunkers are attracting bass inshore. Keepers are tough to come by on the charter boats but they are getting plenty of short action. I got a report from Saturday morning that stripers where being taken in the surf at the tip of the Hook on plugs and poppers. Montauk Mike, (the lure maker from Shrewsbury now available in local tackle shops) gave me his 31/2" Peunut Bunker Popper to try.It is an all wood popper with a small feather trailer. I tried it off of the gas dock tonight. I popped it, twitched it and I am glad that I nailed my shoes to the dock because the strikes were that violent! I raised and released a couple of hungry schoolies at the top of the tide. 
 
As usual I will be posting a list of area tournaments for 2006   Look for a full listing at http://bahrs.com/tour204.html . The ASA is on for the weekend of May 19th - 21st. I spoke to the Capt. Chuck Arnold who is the regional rep for the Tournament Trail and he confirmed the NEWS :
:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT www.fishasa.com

It’s official. Reggie Fountain has purchased the American Striper Association. It has taken a little more time than expected to work out management assignments and direction. "Reggie has the determination and resources to take the ASA to a new and exciting level," said SKA managing partner Jack Holmes. We will continue to lend our expertise to the ASA for as long as necessary. Reggie will now link other boat manufacturers and motor companies to join him in making this the best trail in the country. Over the next two weeks many new and exciting programs will be announced. The schedule is now being finalized.

 

He said that the things are moving quickly and that many manufacturers have steped up and we may have some big announcement for prize enhanments at this years Sandy Hook Open. Also they have added an extra date for us in the spring and are even thinking about one in the fall.  

Results for the The Clean Ocean Action Flounder Tournament 2006 1st prize went to Tony Wojciechowski of Edison with an outstanding 2.63 pound flounder that was taken in the Navesink and was also the only flattie that was noticed which had not yet spawned out. The weight of the eggs made the difference! Following closely in 2nd place was Hi-Mar’s own Billy Dowd of South River who captured his 2.23 pound beauty in the river (as far as I could tell, all of the nicer fish were found in the rivers), and rounding out the top 3 was Gene Bradford of Rumson at 2.15 pounds. All finalist won some cash and some Great Gift Cards thanks to West Marine. They had over 150 people registered for the free tournament
March 28, 2006
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
 
This weekend's Clean Ocean Action Flounder Tournament (Saturday April 1) looks to be one of the best yet as far as funds raised ( thanks to all of the sponsors and especially WEST MARINE). Let's see if the flounder cooperate. Also, can someone other than James Bradford of Rumson catch a big flounder. He has won it three years in a row! Shark River has been red hot for about a week or so. as the water warms up the flatties should start biting in the Navesink and Shrewsbury. A couple of local clammers have been seeing flounders in their rakes and fyke nets. They are still very full of roe. once they spawn out out they will be hungry and look to fatten up before they head out for the summer. Big Ed will have worms, chum and Rigs on Friday to open the season at Bahrs Landing.
 
Once again the COA tournament is free and there is $300.00 cash prize for first place. You can register online or at the door. The Blessing of the Fleet begins 9:00 a.m. sharp @ Bahrs Landing. Continental breakfast will be served compliments of Manhattan Bagel.
 
There have been some well timed PCB contaminant warnings by the DEP concerning the consumption of Flounder caught in the Raritan Bay Estuary (not the Navesink or Shrewsbury). Clean Ocean Action has discussed the issue with the Flounder Tournament committee, and has decided to use the tournament to raise awareness of the urgency to get G.E. corporation to commence the agreed upon EPA clean-up of the PCB HOT  SPOTS that are polluting our fish which now includes non fatty fish as our prized flounder. According to COA GE agreed in a lawsuit to begin the clean-up process in 2007 but now wants to delay it until 2010.
 
Be aware of the new regulations for 2006 concerning winter flounder. The season for 2006 will run from March 23 through May 21. In addition, the recreational minimum size limit has increased from 11 to 12 inches and the recreational possession limit has changed from no limit to 10 fish.
 
There was an early season Striper Blitz on the Keansburgh Flats last weekend. I got reports of fish up to 20lbs. Those stripers were wondering when the clam bellies would start appearing. Apparantly they were waiting and a few early stripers heads were happy to open the buffet. Also reports of diving terns and dolphin in the serf near Shark River. Not sure if they are working on bunker or herring.
 
SHARKS SHARKS SHARKS
An evening of film and talk

Stan Waterman and Whale Shark

To benefit the work of the Shark Research Institute and the American Littoral Society

Saturday, April 29, 2006 

8:00 to 10:00 PM (doors open at 7:30)
Monmouth University, Student Center, Anacon Hall
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Join the American Littoral Society to view compelling footage of these fascinating and often misunderstood creatures of the sea. All proceeds will benefit the work of the American Littoral Society and the Shark Research Institute.
Saturday, April 29, 8 to 10 PM at Monmouth University   To Learn More 

 
 
February 2006

It has been an eventful winter season. No ice and many changes in the state fishing regulations. I have not reported since December, so I will get the 2006 ball rolling again soon. For now I need to let you know that there is a free registration opportunity for the Clean Ocean Action Flounder Tournament Saturday April 1st. It is still a FREE tounament but this year they are registering participants, (mostly for their mailing list and statistical purposes) With the online registration there are some valuable donated prizes just for registering! (You don't even have to fish to win!)

New this year! Register free to win a drawing for one of four $25 gift cards from West Marine. Click here to register!



$300 Grand Prize & Coveted Trophy by artist Chuck Abel

$150 Second Prize

$75 Third Prize

All children who weigh-in receive a prize.

9:00 a.m.

Blessing of the Waters & Continental Breakfast

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Weigh-in--Flounder must measure 12" for weigh-in eligibility and possession limit is 10. Children’s Games, chance auction, 50/50, chowder and COA seafood chili provided by Bahrs Landing, and beer provided by Hunterdon Brewing Co.



Please call Jennifer Smiga at (732) 872-0111 for more information, or for online sponsorship opprortunities link to http://www.cleanoceanaction.org/donations/product.php?productid=29&cat=4&page=1



Dec 2 2005
As I write this, I can see a tremedous flock of birds working the surf out at the 1st beach at Sandy Hook. The blue sky is white with birds. As soon as I finish this report i am heading over their in my truck. Too windy for my boat. Maybe I will try some storm shads. Had a report of them all the way down to the rocks. The Bass must be feeding.
Sorry for the delayed report. last weekend was an excellent late fall fishing weekend here at Sandy Hook. Jeff Maher had his first striper fishing w/ Capt. Mike Lamb aboard the "Tide Runner" . Nice fish Jeffery! Jeff the star pitcher/shortstop of the Sandy Hook Little League is thinking about taking his competitive spirit to the ocean and enter some of next season's striper tournaments. If he does, watch out guys because this kid doesn't like to lose!
 
 
 
 
 
BLACKFISH
Capt. Stan on the Elaine B II had a great week with some BIG TOGS. Fishing down at the Sandy Hook Reef he had some trips with many fish over 10lbs.
 
KONA CHRONICLES NOV 2006
Dr. Billy Rhee, Rumson checks in from Hawaii. Billy now an anesthesiologist, former Bahrs Landing dockboy and certified  master baiter, took  a job at a hospital on the Pacific Island. Looks like he is spending alot of time in the ward!
 
November 9th 2005
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
It looks to be a late bass season. The waters are still warm and the big bass move is just beginning. The surf has been excellent and the rivers and bay has just begun to heat up. Fletcher Chayse told me that he and Ben were plugging in the coves up the Navesink. Many of the bass up to 34" had sticks in their mouths and bellies. They seemed to be feeding on what I call needle fish and I think are the Gar fish which can resemble floating reed grasses. All indications lead to a great blackfish expanded bag limit season starting on the 15th.
Dan Golding Reports:
"Went out on Sunday.  Got on the water about 7 am and fished all day.  Well it was more like following birds on top of isolated fish.  Had some bluefish but it looked like it was going to be a glorified boat ride.  Finally fed up we decided to head in.  while running back to the ah ramp I saw action going on in horseshoe cove.  Worked in from about 20 foot of water and picked schoolie shorts for 2 hours straight.  Biggest fish only went about 9 pounds.  I caught mine on storm shads and Armand got his on chrome and then a few on a fly rod.  7 hours of looking paid off.  Hope you are well.  Dan"

  Red Bank local D.J. Nalepa was one of the few to boat a longfin on a recent trip offshore. Happy Brithday DJ!
Capt Rich on the JUST ONE MORE reports:
"CHECK OUT THE STRIPED BASS PICTURES BELOW!! THAT IS THE MIKE VAN BRUNT CHARTER WITH A FULL LIMIT OF HUGH STRIPED BASS. THE CATCH WAS JUST LAST NIGHT BETWEEN 2PM AND 6PM. THE SMALLEST WAS 18LBS. THE REST OF THE BASS WERE BETWEEN 20 AND 24LBS.!!  ALL WERE CAUGHT EELING. MANNY WONG IN THE PICTURE NEXT TO ME CAUGHT HIS LARGEST STRIPER EVER AT 37" AND 18LBS. HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAPPIER. THEN HE LANDED HIS LARGEST STRIPER EVER AGAIN AT 40" AND 24 LBS.!!  HE JUST EMAILED ME THESE PICTURES. CONGRATULATIONS, MANNY!!  CAPT. RICH HAS FOUND THE SPOT FOR THE BIG ONES LIKE THESE AND I KNOW OF FRIENDS WHO HAVE CAUGHT LARGER ONES THERE RECENTLY. TIME TO CATCH YOUR TROPHY!! THE DAY TRIP YESTERDAY HAD THE BILL STEPHENS CHARTER OUT FROM JEVIC TRANSPORTATION AND THAY CAST TO THE BIRDS ALL DAY. THEY LANDED A FULL COOLER OF LARGE BLUEFISH AND SLOT BASS. A SUPER DAY FOR BOTH TRIPS. OPEN DAY DATES ARE: NOVEMBER  15,18,22,23,25,27,28,29,30. AND WE WILL BE BLACKFISHING NEXT WEEK.  908-412-9147   www.just1morecharters.com
 
THANKYOU,
CAPT. RICH NEWALLIS JR.
'JUST ONE MORE'  SPORTFISHING"








 
 
Place Boat Name Winning Captain Weight Location
1st Nauti-Boy Al Dudas 20.2 & 16.4 = 36.6 Back of Reach
2nd Long Shot Mark McCullen 19.2 & 13.9 = 33.1 Flynns Knoll
3rd TyMan II Charles Many 14.3 & 15.0 = 29.3 Coney Island
4th Wavedancer Lenny Fantasia 15.9 & 12.9 = 28.8 Swash Channel & Rocks
5th Barking Dog Bill Looney 16.2 & 6.1 = 22.3 Shrewsbury River
 

2005 Hi-Mar 40 Hour Fall Tournament:

Bass fishing in New Jersey is tough, the weather patterns kept consistent this weekend as it has in for the previous four consecutive weekends, rainy with high winds.  The few captains who braved the elements on Friday night were rewarded with a small window of fishing prior to the strong east winds kicking up after 2am.  The strong east winds and outgoing tide made conditions treacherous for captains to get to their planed destinations, once the wind and tide  worked together the winds were blowing briskly at 25-30kts sustained.  As of 6:30pm on Saturday night, the coast guard raised the Gale Force Advisory postponing the tournament, at which time captains had an hour and half to weigh  their catch. Captains made the right choice as the winds increased during the day, since no fish were weighed after the 6:30pm Gale advisory was posted and the 8:00pm cut off time to make their fish official for the tournament.

Sunday at 6:30am the tournament resumed as the gale advisory was lowered to small craft.  The leader board changed slightly due to the Nauti-boys which took first place in the tournament.  Thank you to all participants, I hope to see you all next year starting with the Spring Tournament and again in the fall.  

October 20, 2005           
 
 
Last week's rain was a real bomb. You would think that with all of the run off and cloudy waters that the fishing would be off. To the contrary those that were willing to bear the elements, were rewarded. The striped bass must be able to overcome this adverse weather and feed no matter what. The cold weather is coming and they must fatten up pronto. I witnessed guys bailing fish from all three bridges in the worst possible weather. Mostly at night with bunker, clams and storm-shads. Now that the weather has cleared it is even better, both day and night. It was too rough to take my boat out at night but I thought about it. Maybe tonight.
 
 On the outside, live eels at the Sandy Hook Rip have been working the predictable October fishery.
 
The Surf Rodders have been reporting huge schools of bait (bunker) moving south along the beach. The bunker in the river may have moved out do to all of the fresh water as they have not showed up in the pound nets this week. Only bluefish and loads of bass.
 
Do to the weather it has been a quiet week at the scales most of the charter boats got out today and their customers seemed to be happy with their catch.   
 
Don't forget the HI-MAR Striper Tourney this weekend and the Bahrs MBCT Tourney next week.
October 12, 2005
 
 
The tide is high and getting higher. A real old fashioned Nor'easter is kicking things up outside tonight and looks to last the rest of the week. A friend checked in and mentioned that he was checking the weather buoy 27 miles off of Long Island and it read a 6 degree water temp drop in 5 hours! The surf is kicking up big time.
 
Striped Bass in the river. My friend Pat Guba reported that he was watching guys on the Red Bank Rt 35 Bridge cast net medium size bunkers in the Navesink. They were live lining with some success. He thought that they had some fish but wasn't sure. I will ride by there tonight and take a peak. It makes sense though because the tide is high and I have been reporting huge masses of bait heading that way. Also last nigh DJ Nalepa had five fish and two keepers on live bunkers under the Highlands Bridge. The pound nets had some bigger bunkers last week before the weather moved in. We had some for sale and should have them available for a few weeks. 
 
Last week before the weather changed, I took a few midnight drifts under the bridge with some storm shads. On the outgoing tide I drifted down to the island with no hits. As I returned up river for another drift, I spotted someone on the old State dock under the Bridge by Mobys. He was yelling and swinging his arms trying to get my attention. I headed towards him and realized that he had a fishing pole with a fish on the end of it. This is a very old, rickety and dangerous dock for fishing. The kid was from North Jersey and had been in the area fishing all day with no luck until now. I was the only boat on the river that night and if I wasn't, he still would have caught nada. As I pulled closer I could see he was in a complete panic and he asked, while hyper-ventilating, if I had a net or a gaff because he had hooked into a "huge" Striper.  As the tide ripped below, I tied up to a rusty nail then reached down and "thumb gaffed" the fish. It turned out to be a keeper and I took a picture with his disposable camera. ( he is supposed to email me). It seems that he was casting out into the tide with no luck so he simply dropped the garage sale Storm-Shad with a buck tail teazer on the leader swivel  just to see how it looked in the current. The area is lit well from the bridge lights. He said that the instant he dropped it down, he had a hit. He kept fishing but didn't get so lucky again and left. I got excited by this too and hooked a couple of shorts in a little deeper water with storm shads and then messed around with the bluefish out in the middle.
 
Last weeks Cartopper's Striper Tournament was postponed until November 5th.  Call Big Ed 732-291-9554
 
By the way Shaun B found his black lab late that night ( see the report from 3 weeks ago). He went down to Twin Lights Marina and started calling his name. He then could hear him barking across the river on the river beach at Sandy Hook. He was fine.
 
 
September 27, 2005
 
Albacore are in the rip and out by towers. Captain Fletcher Chayse, had a few nice ones for his charter last Friday. They used spinning rods and clarke spoons. Captain Fletcher always one for the mixed bag, also had fluke, weakfish and bluefish for Ben his regular one man charter. Old Ben's back was sore! 
 
I had a chance to fish the end of the incoming tide under the Highlands Bridge a couple of times this week. Mostly at night the bait begins to stack up as the tide floods in. I am not sure if it is the lights of the bridge or the stucture or the blues lurking in the shadows, but the peanut bunker and spearing seem not to want to pass through. They start to try to buck the tide but eventually they are swept under and that is when the mahem begins. 7 to 10 pound bluefish wait in the shadows and crash upon the pods of bait. It is a heart pounding experience! I like to use black bombers or some kind of plastic bunker like plug. Rubber shad work great but get beat up quickly. Feathers can work too. There are usually a bunch of guys on up on the bridge and they seem to do great from 40 feet up.
You can drift anchor or tie up to the bridge and cast into the lights up tide and SLOWLY retrieve into the shadows and hold on! This should last into the end of October and soon the bass usually get into the action as the water temps drop.
 
DOG OVERBOARD
Rob Bennet just tonight came back to the dock with an alarming story. His black lab jumped overboard in the pitch dark. He was into the blues under the bridge and he and the dog were excited at all of the comotion. The lab was barking at the splashing that the fish were causing. Rob was hooked up to a fish, looked back and his dog Zuess was gone! Never heard a splash or any barking. He is out looking for her now. The tide was going out and Zuess is a good swimmer. I will keep you posted on this one.
 
Dave Dowds reported that he fished the bridge for an hour and had 4 stripers on sandworms. His father inlaw's whaler had an electrical fire so I guess he will be fishing with me next time.
 
 
September 20, 2005
 
More perfect days of September fishing could not be had. Beautiful late summer weather, west wind and fish biting. I have been getting great reports of fluke and weakfish off of Officer's Row and out in front of the Navy Pier. Peanut bunker strips seem to be the key to bigger fish. Try hooking the bait on a lead head which you would usually use for rubber shads. If you don't want to catch your own peanut bunker, stop by because our tanks are full of them.  
Captain Stan Reports
"Hi jay;
         Started fishing for Weakfish on Sat.had very good fishing had the
boat limited out by 1:00. Sunday was a little bit better fares were limited
out @ 10:15. Fished for Fluke the rest of the day threw back many shorts
wound up with 12 keepers. We will stay with the weakfish as long as it's
good when they fade out we will go right to Bottom fishing.

                        Elaine B II
                          Capt. Stan"
  Capt Stan just told me that he will now be Hi Jay; WE are sailing for Sea bass this Sun. and Mon. only, 7:00 am to 3:00 PM. no weakfish these days.

Stan .
 
Capt Rich on "The Just One More" reports in with another great Bay report.
"OLD TIME WEAKFISHING IS AT HAND RIGHT NOW!!!   THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS ALL LIMITED OUT ON WEAKFISH UP TO 22" RECENTLY. STARTING WITH FRIDAY, BILL STEPHENS FROM JEVIC TRANSPORTATION, DEAN DEVASIA, MIKE BIANCO, WHO CAUGHT HIS FIRST EVER WEAKFISH!, MARTY GOLABEK, AND BOB KURFEES. WE ARE CATCHING SOME FLUKE EACH TRIP ON THE WORMS AND ARE LANDING, AND ARE GETTING CUT OFF BY BLUEFISH TO 6 LBS. DAILY.  NOW IS THE TIME TO GO. WHO KNOWS HOW LONG THE WEAKFISH WILL STAY OR IF THEY WILL COME BACK NEXT YEAR.  WATER TEMP. IS STILL 74.2 DEGREES.  DUE TO SOME VERY LATE CANCELLATIONS, SOME PRIME DATES, AS WELL AS WEEKEND DATES HAVE OPENED UP. THEY ARE: SEPT. 23,25.  OCT.1.  OTHER OPEN DATES ARE OCT. 5,6,7,11,12,13,14.  AS SOON AS THE WATER TEMP.  DROPS A LITTLE WE WILL BE BASS FISHING AGAIN. IT WOULD BE BEST TO CALL MY CELL TO RESERVE A DATE AS I WILL BE ON THE BOAT. 908-472-2684.   www.just1morecharters.com  "
September 14, 2005
 
Gerry Brager had 4,  75lb + yellowfin tuna in the canyon last week.
 
Sandeels are back in force. For at least 5 years we have not been able to get any sandeels from the bait wholesalers. They have been basically nonexistant until this year. Great fluke and weakfish bait sandeels are now available individually quick frozen at most tackle shops. Sandeels look like large spearing about 50% bigger than adult spearing. They get their name from the fact that they like to bury themselves in the sandy banks and bottoms to avoid prey. I caught some weakfish and fluke yesterday off of raccoon island in Sandy Hook Bay. I was using pink rubber sandeels and drifting the sandy ridge to the north of the secret channel. When I gutted my catch, sure enough the bellys had large sandeels.
 
Which brings me to my newest cooking rage. For the 18" weakies I have been scaling and gutting a fish or two and cooking them on a hot charcoal grill. I simply prepare them by scoring 4-5 slits on each side and putting fresh herbs from my wifes garden into this slits plus in the body cavity. Usually rosemary/oregeno/ sage. Next I coat it with extra virgin olive oil and some galic salt. From there I throw the whole fish on my very hot weber and roast the heck out of it. Flipping it when it gets charred and then wrapping the whole thing in tin oil to cook until done. I have to pick through a few bones to eat but the meat falls off easily.
 
The bass and bluefish are still under the bridge as the bait has been getting thicker by the day. I have never seen so much bait in theis river! There are not many fishing the bridges, but the believe me the fish are there big time!
 
The Elaine B 2 is now fishing for weakfish.
 
Capt Rich from the "Just One More" emailed another great report.
 
 
"WEAKFISH!  WEAKFISH!  WEAKFISH! ***THE WEAKFISH ARE BACK LIKE THE OLD DAYS!!!  THE BACK BAY IS TOTALLY STACKED WITH THESE FISH. THE FISHING HAS BEEN SO GOOD, THAT ON SATURDAY, BLUEFISH BOB DONAHUE EVEN OPTED TO FISH FOR THEM. IN NO TIME WE HAD A LIMIT FOR 4 ANGLERS. THE FISH HAVE BEEN RANGING FROM 15" TO 21" WITH A FEW LARGER AND SMALLER ONES MIXED IN. WE ARE CATCHING 2-4 LB. BLUES EACH TRIP ALSO ON THE WORMS AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT A KEEPER FLUKE OR TWO!!  SUNDAY, HAD THE BILL STEPHENS CHARTER ABOARD FROM JEVIC TRANSPORTATION. WE LEFT THE DOCK AT  7AM AND WERE BACK TO THE DOCK WITH A FULL LIMIT FOR 6 ANGLERS AND MYSELF AT 10AM. WE EVEN CAUGHT AND RELEASED ANOTHER 25 FISH BEFORE WE DECIDED TO GO IN.  LIKE I SAID BEFORE, THIS IS OLD TIME WEAKFISHING AT IT'S BEST. TIME TO BOOK YOUR TRIP BEFORE THEY DISSAPEAR WITH THE FIRST REAL COLD FRONT IN EARLY OCTOBER.
    FRIDAY, WE HAD ABOARD BILL STEPHENS, BEFORE HIS SUNDAY TRIP WITH SOME DIE HARD BLUEFISHERMEN. OUT TO THE MUD BUOY WE WENT IN VERY HIGH SWELLS AND THE WIND BLOWING PRETTY STRONG OUT OF THE NORTH. IN BETWEEN TRYING TO STAND UP WE CAUGHT A NEAR FULL LIMIT OF MONSTER BLUEFISH TO 14LBS.!! THE SMALLEST BLUE FISH WAS AROUND 5 LBS."
Aug 30, 2005
 
We have been weighing in some offshore fish in the last couple of weeks. a 210 bigeye, 2 medium swordfish some small yellowfins and mahi. They are reporting excellent catches from the Hudson Canyon.
 
Fluking is still producing but not like in the beginning of the month. Look for them down off of Seabright Beach.
 
Weakfish have moved into the area heavy this year. Probably with all of the warm water. The reach channel is the hottest spot although I have had reports of larger fish under the Highlands Drawbridge and also along the seawall entrance of Atlantic Highlands Harbor.
 
Capt Rich on the just one more sent me this report:
 
THE WEAKFISH ARE IN! THE WEAKFISH ARE IN! THE WEAKFISH ARE IN! THAT'S RIGHT, WEAKFISH ARE BEING CAUGHT ON WORMS DOWN THE BACK OF THE BAY. I HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN FISH AS LARGE AS 26", AND EVERY SIZE UNDER THAT. TIME TO GO!!!  THE OPEN DATES COMIG UP ARE: SEPT. 2,5,7,8,12,13,14,15,16. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY OF EVENINGS.
    SATURDAY WE HAD ABOARD THE DOUG FREDERICK PARTY FOR A DAY OF BLUEFISH CHUMMING. DESPITE LARGE SEAS FROM THE HURRICANE, WE HAD A SUPER DAY OF BLUEFISHING ,CATCHING FISH TO 16 LBS.!  A NEAR FULL LIMIT OF 15 A PERSON WAS CAUGHT AND ALL BUT 2 WERE RELEASED SAFELY TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. THEY ARE HUGH RIGHT NOW.  SUNDAY WE HAD ABOARD RON RAND WHO ONLY HAD A PICK OF FLUKE. THAT FISHING REALLY DIED OFF. THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO THE KEVIN BRANDON CHARTER ON MONDAY. JUST A PICK.
    AUGUST FLUKE FISHING TURNED UP SOME PRETTY UNUSUAL CATCHES. THE ERNIE APONTE PARTY HOOKED INTO A 400 LB. PLUS SEA TURTLE. IT WAS RELEASED SAFELY. THE RON RAND CHARTER CAUGHT A  7' STURGEON WHICH IS PICTURED BELOW AND RELEASED SAFELY. AND THE KEVIN BRANDON CHARTER HAD 3 COW NOSED RAYS FOUGHT TO THE BOAT AND RELEASED SAFELY. THEY WERE ALL AROUND 40 LBS.!  WHAT ELSE THAT IS INTERESTING IS ALL 3 OF THESE 'EXOTICS'  WERE FOUND IN THE EXACT SAME AREA AROUND A CERTAIN BUOY. WHAT COULD BE THERE ATTRACTING THEM??  THANKYOU.  908-412-9147      www.just1morecharters.com
 
CLICK ON THE LINK TO SEE THE STURGEON PICTURES.  
 
CAPT. RICH NEWALLIS JR.
'JUST ONE MORE' SPORTFISHING
 
 
Just wanted to remind you that the HI-Mar Fall Striper Tournament will be taking place in October as usual.  The actual dates are Oct. 21 to Oct. 23.  The Mandatory Captains meeting will be held at the Atlantic Highlands Senior Center, starting at 7:00pm.  Fishing will start at 9:00PM and end at noon on Sunday, October 23.  Prizes and raffle drawings will be held immediatel following at the Atlantic Highlands Marina Gazabo.
 
I don't know if you are aware of it but last year we moved our weigh station from Leonardo Marina to the Atlantic Highlands Marina.  This year we will again have our weigh station located between piers 4 & 5. 
 
The following was taken right from our web site www.hi-mar.com :
 

One of the goals of the Hi-Mar striped bass tournament is to raise funds so that the club can help various local charities.  For instance, Hi-Mar supports the Monmouth/Ocean County Big Brother - Big Sister Organization by providing a mid-summer fluke trip for local youngsters aboard local charter boats.  The club has also adopted Camp Happiness in Leonardo, which is a home for blind men.  The club members provide a personal touch for these organizations by routinely dropping off fresh fish for the residents of the home. 

If you would like additional information on the Hi-Mar Striped Bass Club, feel free to contact us: info@hi-mar.com

 

 
 
August 16, 2005
 
Bob Genung

Lake Shawnee, NJ   12 lb 4oz  Aug 12 2005
Fishing aboard the Elaine B Aug 10, 2005. Captain Stan has been drifting just off Highland Beach.
 
Heard some reports of weakfish in Atlantic Highlands Harbor. Some small fish in castnets and some 3-4 lbs off of the wall.
 
Capt Rich on the "Just One More" hooked into a 5ft' Sturgeon while fluking on Flynn's Knoll today.
 
Brian the Blacksmith from Monmouth Park was successfully worming stripers under the Highlands Bridge today. He had 8 fish and 1 keeper. He was drifting sandworms.
 
Schools of "chopper " bluefish have been popping up along Sandy Hook. Many of which are within reach of the surf with spoons and plugs.
 
Blue Claw Crabbing is starting to pick-up. They can be scooped up off of most docks in the rivers including all of the bridges. I saw a local crabber return with 20 + bushels from up the Shrewsbury. So hurry up and get yours before they are gone!  Snappers are also all over the river too.
 
Momouth Beach Cartoppers have set their Fall Striper Tourney for Sat. Oct 8th. $80.00 entry fee.
 
 
 
Aug. 8 2005,
 
This junior angler form Brooklyn, N.Y. hooked up to this doormat aboard the "Elaine B" last week. They were fishing the Ambrose Channel. There were plenty of other big ones taken over the weekend.
 
 
Capt Kenny KKAT Report 8/8 - Summer fishing in the Sandy Hook area has been excellent this first week of August. All trips this past week have seen some ferocious striped bass fishing first thing in the morning. Most fish are slot sized, but what they lack in size, they make up for in numbers. A few "tweeners" (28"-34") and one or two over 34" are caught each day. Fluke fishing is still pretty good in the channels, but not what it was mid-end of July. There are still enough keepers around to put a catch together. Recent bass/fluke catches this past week for the Charlie Dente party from Teaneck, John Litowinsky and crew from Wall Twnsp., Art Polesovsky and family from West Milford, Peter Boyle and friends from Montclair, and Mike Levites and gang from Colgate-Pamolive in Morristown. The K-Kat took second place in the Leonardo Fluke Masters tournament on Saturday, 8/6, with a combined weight of 27-plus pounds for 5 fish, the largest going 8 pounds. We held the lead until the very end, when we were severely beaten by a combined weight of 39 pounds. Hats off to that guy! All of our fish were caught on live snappers.   
 
  Chris Slocum of Rumson caught some mahi and bluefin a few weeks back at the Monster Ledge.
 
Had some good offshore reports from the weekend. Some of the locals took advantage of the calm conditions and had success trolling and chunking. Big mahi, longfins, yellowfins, and  few white marlins were reported.
July 19, 2005   
 
    
 
The offshore fishing is beginning to get interesting. The warmer waters are bringing some variety of species. Brian Rice on Friday had bonita, bluefish, bluefin, released some seabass and mahi. Fishing down at the mud buoy. John Matteuccie trolled a bunch of bluefin at the Monster Ledge in the morning on as well. The reports sounded like the afternoon bite was more productive. They were trolling feathers, spreader bars and birds. I saw some mahi on the dock too. I won't be long until we start seeing yellowfins!
 
John Montanus and Dennis Devine both from Rumson tried to get out on Saturday but the foggy weather prevented them from reaching the offshore spots. They turned aroun early and trolled in on a slow troll for Monmouth Beach. They were able to pick up 2 nice fluke a 4lb and a 3 lb plus a bunch of blues. You don't hear about fluke on the troll to often but it has happened before. They were using rigged tubes.
 
I drifted the Highlands Bridge on the slack tide the other day and had some action on live bunker. Also picked up a few schoolies with storm shads. I hooked up to some big fish but snapped them off in the in the pilings. The fish were heavy as I could see them following my bait s up to the top. I guess I am a bit rusty.
 
 
July 14, 2005
Jay's No Bull Fishing Report
"Football" size Bluefin have moved into the are for some fun trolling action out in the Mudhole area. About 20 miles from the tip of Sandy Hook, these fish have been trolled up with cedar plugs and feathers. The lures in the wash have the best catching rates. Some guys are using spreader bars to get some better action. Three four or five on at a time has been common in the last week. They are going up to about 20lbs and there is a 1 fish per boat limit unless your boat has permit to take more.
 
Joe Pope on his 28 Grady "On The Run" ran out from Bahrs Landing on Sunday and had a ball.
 
Still getting Good Reports on fluke in the bay and down the beach. Joe Pace from Little Silver had a 7 lb fish last week on live killies. One of the mates from the charter boat "Captain Dave" out of Atlantic Highlands told me that Danny Parker another mate (they both work for Seastreak too) caught a 9lb fluke by buoy 10 in the reach channel. Fishing on the evening trip one of their customers was using live herring when his rod bent over. They thought that it was snagged, which is usual for doormats, When Danny took over and hauled him over the side. Large fluke love larger bait like bunker and herring. Snappers work well to. One of the guys was commenting that he switched to larger hooks only 4/0-5/0. This way the shorts will not get hooked and damaged. There is an abundance of under size fish you can avoid killing them with larger hooks.
 
Live Bunker Dunkers have been crusing the surf at night with the new moon. There is plenty of bunker in the bay so the big fish should be under the bridges too.
 
July 6, 2005
Just got back from Driggs Idaho. Fished the Snake river for cut-throat trout with my wife Becky and our guide Nate. We floated on an inflatable for about 14 miles. The scenery was awesome and the fishing not bad either.
Jimmy Schmitt, from East Hanover, fishing on the Elaine B 2 caught this 8.5lb fluke on live killies (2 on a hook) and squid. They were drifting off of the nude beach today.
 
  Chris Chong from Matawan caught this black crappie in Lefferts Lake, on rubber worms. His brother Matt also caught a decent size pickerel.
 
 Live Bunker Dunkers are hitting the beaches down by Elberon and Deal. There has been a good bight down there for surf fisherman and boaters for the last 2 weeks. Bass fishing is still very good for the most part. There have been a couple of slow days as the water is warming. Look for the bigger fish down the beach and in the channels.

June 16, 2005

The summer heat has slowed things down a bit but not much.Fishing under the Highlands Bridge is still hot. Chunking fresh bunkers  or live lining on the in-coming tide will provide guaranteed non stop action for the next 3 weeks. Last week I watched Capt Fletcher on the "River Man" anchored in front of Mobys, hammering fish up to 38"s all morning long . There are some bluefish to contend with too. There have been some big fish weighed in from the live liners on the surf too. Call Bahrs Marina to reserve your LIVE BUNKEER FOR the weekend. Now only $3.00 each. 732-291-9554

The culinary dept.at P.C.T.I.went  out fishing on the tackle box fishing charters. Even though it was a bad day at sea. Capt. Nick Put us on some fish up to 25lbs Charlie MONEYMAN Ganari Caught the big one to take home the cash. But he did get lucky because Tom Number 1 Bove lost a 30lber.

Fluke experts have been getting their limits the last couple of weeks. Frank Bonaforte from Matawan told me that he has been filing his coolers fishing the flats by the Coast Guard Station. He like to use live killies and pork rind or squid. He use to use fluke belly but that method in now illegal in New Jersey.

May 2005 The crew of the Hailey Jane Capt. Buzz Chase, Tony Busch, Tom Stack and Paul Eulner out fished the crew of the "Jersey Devil" Capt. Brian Rice and crew by 7.5lbs. During the Monmouth Beach Car Toppers Stripped Bass Tourney. The winning Fish weighed 31.5 lbs and was caught by Buzz Chase.
June 1, 2005  
Big Stripers and big blues are all over the area plus Fluke are starting to make their way into the bay. Memorial Day weekend   was exceptional weather and exceptional fising. We saw many keepers. The big news on the river this week, was the spotting of some a big BLACK BEAR. Tuesday night on the banks of the Navesink in Fair Haven, Chris Devereaux and his girlfriend were spending some time on the bulkhead by the Yacht Works when a 7ft 400 lb bear came bouncing up the beach at low tide. They were a bit alarmed, to say the least and when they realized that it wasn't a dog or  Big Ed from from the gas dock, they sprinted up the street in a panic and dialed 911. Last week dolphin and now bears, what next! 
 
Big ed has a good supply of live bunker in the bait shop 732-291-9554 . Put your cell phone on our text message "bunker alert"
 
Matt Kane
_email:              captmatt46@aol.com
_bname:              Knot Easy
_Date:               5/28/05
_location:           romer
_meth:               bait fishing
_species:            Striped Bass
_Size:               up to 38 "
_Bait:               clams
_Depth:              22'
_Water:              57
comm:                Had a crew from the website NJFISHCHAT.COM out on
Saturday. caught the last 2 hours of incoming before the action slowed,
managed 4 keepers to 36" and 1 slot and 8-10 bluefish..
 
Hey man,

We made out very well yesterday.  Ran across to Great Kills and snagged
a bunch of bunker.  Got out into the Orchard Light a and live lined in
18' - 24 of water.  Blues up to 11 pounds and several bass.  The
biggest coming in around 35 pounds.  Armand had his hands full with that
monster.  Fish came on fish-finder rigs with 3oz egg sinker but they also
hit on some flat lines (8/0 Gamagatsu circle hook through the nose) 
Hook up to landing was about 3 to 1 but when you marked fish they bit.  It
was awesome out there but Sandy Hook and the bay had no bait at all. 
It looks like the thermo cline in mostly in the 18 foot depth.  Not bad
for the first trip of the year.  More reports to follow. 


 
May 26, 2005 
 
 
I have not ever seen or heard about pods of dolphin in Sandy Hook Bay especially w/ 57 degree water. Anywhere from 75 to 100 "flippers" were spotted on Saturday. Rob Jungtanen a local clammer, said that his boat was surrounded and that they were crashing on bunkers near Atlantic Highlands Harbor! John Rosendahl, from NOAA labs on Sandy Hook said " I don't know what they are doing here and I hope they leave soon, because they can eat up alot of fish!" He thought that they will probably split up and thin out. The lab is keepeing a watch on the small family of dolphins that move into the Shrewsbury every year. They have not been spotted yet.
 
American Striper Associaion Sandy Hook Open ended on Sunday. The 2 day tourney produced an abundance of big striped bass with the winning fish going out at 34.61 lbs. caught on LIVE BUNKER at the rocks. Bob Flokin from ASA has not yet released the official results but I do have some pics. We had 31 boats entered despite the dire weather conditions. After Fridays Nor'Easter the bay laid down and the fishing was excellent. Check their website for the full results. http://www.fishasa.com/2005_asa/2005_tournamentresults.htm   
 
 
Jeff Shaner a fisrst time entrant sent in a report: Jay

A good trip for us nobodys.  Thanks for getting us some help and a fish
lesson.

See picture of our Saturday fish.  We caught 20+ fish and these 2 38"
and 1
40" fish were our big guys.  Every fish was over 35" no slots.

I see we got 17th in final results. I told the guys to put a bunker in
the
fish box with our Sunday bass so it would eat another 2 lbs.  and move
us up
to 13th.  No one listened.
 
The Fluke have been holding up on the beaches and some bigger flatties in the channel.
 
 


 Stripers are now in full swing just in time for the American Striper Association Tourney this weekend. Look for the Tournament Trailer at Mobys on Friday and all weekend. Come by and check out the leader board. Big fish are being trolled out by Ambrose in the a.m. and up the Reach Channel in the afternoon. Most guys are pulling spoons or chunking fresh bunkers. Live liners are heading down to the Shrewsbury Rocks looking for the big one. Call Big Ed at our marina for a live bunker update 732-291-9554. Capt Kenny and his mate Chris D have been slaying big fish for their customers all week, up to 35 lbs. They have been running double trips and getting back to the docks early with their limits.
 Hi Jay , Hope all is well. Fished w/ Ristori on Friday. Upper Teen Bass in the 33-37" class with blues in the 3# class mixed in. Fished Sandy Hook Bay/Romer area. No trophies but good trip.
rich molinari sandy hook, nj
Kevin Guerin got his boat in this week and went right to work on the early season fluke out by the bug light. He was using killies and had 6 nice keepers. Their are an abundance of skates in the area he said. The Elaine B is now sailing for Fluke 7:30 a.m.


May 10, 2005
Stripers are providing great fishing all over the area now that the weather is cooperating. On Saturday and Sunday the ocean was a bit nasty, to say the least. Many people crossed over and fished the bay/river.
Ed Kachinsnsky, Shrewsbury, had a great day with his uncles last weekend aboard the "Just One More" They caught over 16 stripers.
 
Chopper Bluefish have moved into the area of the Navesink River. 4-6 lb fish are hitting bunker chunks and metal plugs.
 
Sal Cannizaro christen his new "Midnight Express" by getting the boat "bloody" and releasing a bunch of stripers last week.
 
 
 
 
 
Anglers:            Matt Kane
_email:              captmatt46@aol.com
_bname:              Knot Easy
_Date:               5/5/2005
_location:           Romer Shoal
_meth:               clamming
_species:            Striped Bass
_Size:               up to 32"
_Bait:               clam
_Depth:              18'
_Water:              53.2
comm:                Fished 4 hours of the incoming tide with my crew,
Gene Ventimigila, had 14 fish up to 33" had two keepers 27" not a bad
day a little snotty on the ride in
The ASA is coming back to Bahrs Landing May 20-22. The tournament series had an interesting turn of events at one of their other striper (rockfish) tournaments down in the Chesapeake. This is from their site.

"One bad incident happened in this event that had the docks buzzing. An ASA team from New Jersey (of course from Jersey!)  was removed from competition for life after weighing a fish suspected to have a foreign substance in its belly. The team Captain brought what would have been the winning fish to the DNR weighmaster. Once on the scales the weighmaster called out the weight which was announced on the PA system, “We have a new tournament leader.” He then proceeded to feel the fish’s stomach, which had a peculiar lump. Suspecting the worst the weighmaster then ran a metal detector across the fish and as he expected the machine went off. Informing the contestant that he needed to open the fish up, the Captain grabbed the fish and proclaimed that this was the wrong fish, he had another one in the boat he wanted to weigh. Rushing out of the tent, ASA director Deona Holmes was in hot pursuit, demanding the Captain return the fish. As the Captain reached his boat he hollered at Tournament Director Bob Flocken, “You are always picking on me,” immediately cranked up the boat and sped out of the marina.

While the fish was never gutted, the actions of the team not allowing the fish to be inspected led tournament officials to immediately disqualify the team from competition. Further investigation is underway to see what the individuals have done in the past and whether criminal prosecution is warranted.

In spite of the incident and the rain, the fishermen once again heralded the tournament as a great event. Congratulations to all who fished and won money in this year’s event."

April 28, 2005
 
 
Coach Fred splashed his Parker in and picked up a bass yesterday. He was plugging up by the Oceanic Bridge. I heard some reports of weakfish in the river by Monmouth Beach. Usually the big weakies can be picked in the Spring Spawn on white bucktails.
 
Captain Kenny on the KKat has been doing excellent at Roamer Shoals with clam chum. They are mostly smaller fish which is good for is customers who like to take home a fish. He is wondering how his paying customers are going to react when they have to release the bigger fish whem they show up in May. The new regs must make  an honest boat captain crazy.
 
We had some customers fishing on Sandy Hook bringing in  with some nice keeper flounder. They were fishing on the bay side out by the Coast Guard Station using clams. The flounder has been spotty at best this season.
 
This weekend look for keeper stripers in the surf from the Hook down to the rocks. Whole clam bellies on a fish finder rig usually produces.


April 12, 2005
Some excellent reports over the weekend for stripers. The few that have their boats in are catching many small fish with a few keepers. Using clams up by the Keansburg Keyport flats at the change of the tides. I heard some catches up to 60 fish! Also on the Rumson Bridge at night some live liners have been landing keepers.
 
Flounder fishing is spotty at best. Look for more action by the end of this week as the water should warm up which should get them feeding.
 
The first Striped Bass weighed in for 2005 went to John Matteucci. With a 22 pounder  he wins a $50.00 Bahrs Gift Card! Congrats Tooch!
 
Got theis report last week.
Sean M.
_email:             
_bname:              Striped Basstard   (not on it though)
_Date:               4/05/05
_location:           keansburg pier
_meth:               Fish finder rig
_species:            Striped Bass
_Size:               22" and 23"
_Bait:               clams
_Depth:              7ft. or so
_Water:             
comm:                Nothing great but this is a good sign that they
are in! About 6 keeper flounder were also caught there as well as 2
keeper bass by the guy next to me. All caught on the last 2 hrs.
of incoming. Outside temperature was around 65 degrees. Also saw some
big bunker jumping! Get ready for 2005.
 
Also I forgot to put this picture up from the winter. My Friend John Rosendale from NOAA Labs out at the Hook sent me this a few months back.