IGFA Auction ends at 6:30

Those looking for a Father’s Day gift may be able to come up with a great one by joining the IGFA Auction which concludes online at 6;30. Everything from fishing tackle and accessories to clothing, marine art and trips all over the U.S. and many foreign destinations are there for the taking at what may be bargain prices.

The cold east winds are finally shifting, with south at 10-15 knots and gusts to 20 predicted in the morning with a chance of showers before possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. Calming west winds will be following during the week,

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported seas were comfortable today as they had a good mix of short and legal sea bass which included many limits. Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina says his rental skiffs have been doing well with keeper fluke in Shark River.

The Elaine B. II from Highlands reported several fluke limits boated during Saturday’s trip from Bahrs Landing.

Ocean still rough, but sea bass continue biting

There’s been a big change recently from 90 degree days and light winds to a nasty sea and sweatshirt temperatures, but the sea bass bite continues — and the Sunday forecast is for a shift to southeast winds at just 5-10 knots

Though big bluefish are chopping up mo-jos being trolled in Raritan Bay, there have been some “eating-size” blues hitting jigs in the ocean for party boat anglers. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant got into 2-4–pounders with a 6-pound pool winner on Tuesday for their first good jigging in some time. Wednesday produced a boat limit of 3-7-pounders before they finished up with sea bass. Reservations are being taken for the first tuna trip on June 29.

The Golden Eagle went back out today and reported many sea bass limits plus ling, some mackerel, some blackfish that had to be released — and about a dozen winter flounder. There are a few openings for the morning trip.

It was a lot nicer day on the ocean off St. Lucie Inlet in Florida as Bob Correll ran his Sea Vee 32 offshore to drift live threadfin herring which they jigged on the way out. Bob’s wife Mary Agnes hooked her first sailfish which put on quite a show before being released.

Less east wind may help tomorrow

Though some fishing trips were called off today due to east winds, it may be more fishable tomorrow with those winds down to 10-15 knots except for gusts to 20 around mid-day.

Canyon tolling has been good when conditions are right. Blue Runner Sportfishing from Pt. Pleasant reported a great trip June 9-10 for the Doug Stark party as they added two bigeyes and six yellowfins to lots of bluefins. See photo below.

Capt. Vinny Vetere was into the monster stripers yesterday as 10 from 39 to 53 pounds were released from his Katfish out of Great Kills. Vetere may have room on Sunday.

Sharks & tuna taking the spotlight

While sea bass continue to be the best bet, fishing for offshore game fish is also coming on strong.

Andreas Toy reported on Facebook that they were into “insane’ school bluefin tuna trolling on chatter bars during their first contest of the season — the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club Bluefin Open.

Jason Neadel was adding winter flounder to the sea bass already boxed when a 305-pound thresher shark interrupted the bottom fishing on Abigail IV from Point Pleasant earlier this week.

The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant reported loads of bluefins as close as 10 to 20 miles offshore along with some bigeyes, yellowfins and swordfish far to the east.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro had a great casting session in Barnegat Inlet as his Wednesday party on Hi Flier from Barnegat cast soft plastics and swimming plugs to 3-7-pound blues and 24- to 30-inch stripers. With east winds in the forecast, that should be a good place to hide. Call 732 330-5674for openings.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands made its last live-lining striper trip today, but only five bass were boated through big blues. They will return to fluking on Saturday — but may add some evening striper trips.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some small to medium blues plus a few “monsters” this morning before adding sea bass. They won’t be sailing Friday due to the forecast of east winds.

The IGFA Auction is running up to Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Manhattan Cup results

Following is the press release with results from last Friday’s Manhattan Cup:

After a forced cancelation in 2020, the Manhattan Cup came roaring back for its 20th Anniversary at Liberty Landing Marina on the Hudson River opposite the New York City skyline. This unique charitable event is held to honor American heroes, the men and women who have put their lives on the line to fight our nation’s enemies. Many of them suffer from the physical and psychological effects of combat and are prone to depression and even suicide months or years after returning from service. Twenty-two transitioning warriors take their own lives each day, a frightening statistic, and our desire is to open new channels of hope through fishing.

“The goal of the tournament is to use fishing as a force for good,” says Captain Frank Crescitelli, one of the founders of the event and tournament co-chairman along with angler and journalist Gary Caputi. This year 30 warriors, most back from recent deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq were joined by a handful of Viet Nam era service members to fish and compete as our guests and to spend time with captains and fellow anglers, many of whom donated their boats and services for the day.

The tournament, with presenting sponsor Yamaha Outboards, kicked off with a breakfast where captains, anglers and warriors met and organized into teams over a buffet breakfast. A brief captain’s meeting was held before the teams boarded their boats for the shotgun start in front of the Statue of Liberty. The fishing throughout the day was nothing short of spectacular with the waters of Raritan Bay and the New York Bight offering up remarkable fishing with over 160 bass and bluefish caught and released. With conservation the watchword of this all-release tournament, many of the teams were inserting Gray FishTag Research tags in their fish before returning them to the water. Each fish was carefully measured, and all winning fish were determined by the accepted calculations using length and girth measurements to accompanied by photo verification to determine weight.

If the numbers of fish caught was not amazing enough, two enormous stripers of over 50 pounds were caught and released in addition to several in the 30 and 40-pound class. When all was said and done, Jersey Devil with Captain Brian Rice at the helm repeated their win of the Manhattan Cup in 2019 with a 52.80-pound striped bass taken on a live eel by warrior angler Richard Torres. The fish also captured the Msgt. Christopher J. Raguso Memorial Trophy presented for the largest striped bass caught by a warrior. Also aboard the Jersey Devil was the NFL’s Clark Harris, center for the Cincinnati Bengals, who won the celebrity striped bass award with a 49.24-pound fish.

Jim O’Sullivan fishing aboard Captain Cole Svenson’s Cheap Shot boated the second largest striped bass of the tournament, a 50.11-pound monster that also ate a live eel. A complete list of the trophy and cup winners is located below.

The awards dinner saw upwards of 200 people filling the room at the Liberty House Restaurant where they shared a wonderful meal, fish tales and plenty of opportunities to win raffle and auction items ranging from charter trips on the Tuna.com and Fishin’Frenzy to a full electronics package courtesy of Raymarine.

Matthew Braiotta, the Assistant Director of the Veterans Benefits Administration NY regional office not only attended the dinner but competed in the tournament alongside his brothers in arms, addressed the audience about his first experience at the Manhattan Cup. In a subsequent email to the tournament organizers, he wrote:

“Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event as it was life changing for me. I have not felt this connected with my fellow veterans in a long, long time. I want to personally thank you all for the work and dedication you have for our nation’s veterans and for me as well. Your extraordinary efforts in putting this event together personally impacted my life and renewed my spirit to go above and beyond for our veterans. Thank you again for the community that you all built and let me know how I can support and serve this noble cause in the future.”

The emotions ran high as Frank Crescitelli announced a special presentation, a beautiful rod and reel outfit valued at over $300 given to each of the warriors in attendance so they can carry on their fishing experiences well after the tournament. The rods and reels were donated through the generosity of Bob Feldsott, president of Tsunami Awesome Tackle. Then Manhattan Cup Warrior Liaison, Sgt. Robert Gil addressed the crowd with an emotional salute to his fellow veterans and his sincere wishes that their introduction to fishing would help carry them through their trials in returning to civilian life as it did for him when he first fished in the tournament in 2013. The applause and the level of appreciation from everyone in the room for these brave American heroes was an emotional, heartfelt tribute.

Everyone involved in putting on the Manhattan Cup felt honored to be able to do our small part to recognize and assist the bravest and most deserving among us, the warriors who sacrificed for our nation and its citizens. From our small team of dedicated individuals who organize and run the event, we want to thank all of the captains who donated their boats and services for the day, the anglers who fished with us in the Sportsman Division, our sponsors without whom we could not put on the tournament and our hosts at Liberty Landing Marina and the Liberty House Restaurant, we would like to say thank you and we hope to see you again next year.

For more information go to www.manhattancup.com. If you would like to be involved in the 21st Manhattan Cup please contact John DePersenaire at 609-294-3810 or Gary Caputi at 732-740-9982.

Manhattan Cup Sponsors: Yamaha Outboards, Bimini Bay, Tsunami Awesome Tackle, Staten Island Yacht Sales, Black Rifle Coffee Company, Raymarine, Bluewave Boats, D&R Boat Sales, Finchasers TV, Steiger Craft Boats, Liberty Landing Marina, Manhattan2Montauk, AFW Fishing Brands, Princeton Tec, Gray Taxidermy, Interlux, Costa del Mar, Guides Secret Lures, Colorfast, Starbrite, Mustad, St. Croix Rods, Tony Maja Products and TackleDirect.com.


The Manhattan Cup is underwritten by the Fisheries Conservation Trust, a 501c3 non-profit wing of the Recreational Fishing Alliance.

20th MANHATTAN CUP TROPHY WINNERS

Manhattan Cup (largest striped bass overall) 52.8 lbs.   Richard Torres/Jersey Devil/Capt. Brian Rice

Warrior Division (Christopher J. Raguso Memorial Trophy)

Largest Striped Bass        52.8 lbs.               Richard Torres/Jersey Devil/Capt. Brian Rice

Largest Bluefish                3.96 lbs.              Roger Totten/Pelagic Magic/ Capt. Paul Hameleers

Celebrity Angler Division

Largest Striped Bass        49.24 lbs.             Clark Harris/Jersey Devil/Capt. Brian Rice

Largest Bluefish                9.28 lbs.              Darlene Jensen/Tricky Fish/Capt. Chris Carlino    

Sportfishing (Private Boat Division)       

Largest Striped Bass        10.72 lbs.             Pete Boodaghian/Nemmas II/Capt. Michel Grassi

Largest Bluefish                  2.40 lbs.             Nate Peller/Outrage/Capt. Matthew Braiotta

Artificial Bait Division

Largest Striped Bass        37.24 lbs.             Paul Bourcq/Fin Chasers TV/Capt. Frank Crescitelli

Largest Bluefish                12.41 lbs.             Oliver Ngy/Fin Chasers TV/Capt. Frank Crescitelli

Bait Division

Largest Striped Bass        50.11 lbs.             Jim O’Sullivan/Cheap Shot/Capt. Cole Svenson

Largest Bluefish                21.18 lbs.             Timothy Beckett/Dina Maria/Capt. Vincent Vetere

Fly Division

Largest Striped Bass        14.44 lbs.             Rob/Timothy O’Rourke/Capt. Timothy O’Rourke

Largest Bluefish                  2.40 lbs.             Nate Peller/Outrage/Capt. Matthew Braiotta

High Hook Most Stripers                              Ira Krell/Timothy O’Rourke/Capt. Timothy O’Rourke

The marine weather forecast for tomorrow is similar to what we’ve had — but changes during the day. It starts with north at 5-10 knots before going northeast 10-15 with gusts to 20 by late morning. There’s also a chance of showers.

Nick Honachefsky was catching ling on the weekend night trip of the Gambler from Point Pleasant. Other species are also included in his Saltwater Underground episode 4 for free on Waypoint TV.

Golofaro wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Other awards at last Friday’s Manhattan Cup went to big fish caught by participants, but the greatest applause was when Fred Golofaro was announced as recipient of the Manhattan Cup Lifetime Achievement Award. I had the pleasure, as last year’s honoree, of presenting the longtime editor of The Fisherman, Long Island edition with the well-deserved award.

Though we’ve interacted in many causes over the years, I had been unaware of our first meeting when Fred was still in high school but already dedicated to conservation as he joined the Save Our Stripers rally in Albany as the Assembly wasn’t able to vote on the proposed New York striped bass gamefish legislation that had already passed unanimously in the Senate because Assembly Speaker Perry Duryea Jr. (who owned a commercial fishery at Montauk). pulled it off the agenda due to a “printing error” . That was a good lesson in political realities versus democratic standards that would mold his actions as an editor in years to come.

Fred likes all kinds of fishing, but his first love is surf fishing — and he’s a real pro on the beach. Digging through some old magazines in my basement, I came across a Fisherman for Sept. 12, 1985 — and found that Fred was not only editor at that time, but he was also second in the New York Surf Fishing Contest at that point with a 46 1/2-pound striper!

Manhattan Cup organizers Frank Crescitelli (L) and and Gary Caputi (middle) in the photo with Golofaro and Ristori (R)

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported another great morning of limit sea bass fishing before adding ling to the bags in the afternoon. They’ve added a June 22 evening trip at 4 for a last shot at sea bass before the season ends that night.

The marine forecast is for southwest winds at 5-10 knots with a chance of morning showers and afternoon thunder storms.

Old fishing magazines — free

Since I’m in the process of downsizing homes, it’s necessary to clear my basement in Wall of hundreds of old fishing magazines. These include Salt Water Sportsman, The Fisherman, Sportfishing, and many others from all over the country and overseas. Rather than just dumping them, I’d rather see them go to readers who may enjoy them Though I won’t have a garage sale until July, most everything in the basement is for sale. Those interested can call for an appointment at 732 757-5531 –or e-mail cristori@aol,com..

I haven’t been able to obtain official results of Friday’s Manhattan Cup so far, but will publish them whenever they become available.

The Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands had one very successful fluke trip with plenty of both short action and limits, but the volume wasn’t there the next day — though the first fluke over 5 pounds was boated – a 5 1/8-pounder.

Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported a 35-inch, 14-pound striper caught at IBSP this morning by Rich Stalcup of Monroe.

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More fifties — one in the surf

There’s no question about the unusual abundance of 50-pound striped bass n NY/NJ Bight waters as the spawned-out bass seem to be moving slowly up to summering grounds in New England.

Chuck Many has been doing a job on them with live eels, but a lowly salted clam from Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park produced the first I’ve heard of in the surf. Grumpy’s posted the shot of Craig Napolitano on the beach this morning with the 51-incher that buried his Boga Grip.

Many not only put Jack Glassberg into jumbo bass. but 51 and 52-pounders were included for the now spoiled 17-year-old. Chuck noted that he didn’t break the 50-pound mark until he was 35.

South winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 are forecast for Monday along with possible fog.

A surf weakfish at Bay Head

The most unusual catch of the day may have been made in the Bay Head surf by veteran surfcaster Jim Gates who hooked a good-sized weakfish on metal before releasing it. I’m trying to get a photo of it.

The Manhattan Cup results aren’t available as yet.

The Jamaica from Brielle had sea bass limits today, and has openings on the Sunday 7:30 a.m. trip.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc had another limit striper live lining catch yesterday on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but will only run one more on Wednesday –and it’s sold out. Fluking produced some keepers and short fluke today.

Capt. Stan Zagleski Jr. had an upbeat fluke report on his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands today. John Vanderstad of Pompton Lakes had a limit by 8:30 this morning, and Charles Krippendorf from Spring Lake bagged his limit from among four legal fluke. Ken Peters took the pool with a 6.5-pounder. That sails at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro is running open trips on his Hi Flier from Barnegat Sunday and Monday mornings and from 1-5 on Wednesday. Call 732 330-5674 for info.

The forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 25.

Chuck Many only put Chris Buchta into three stripers on Tyman from Highlands yesterday, but they were from 46 to 49 pounds.

Two 50’s released in Manhattan Cup

Though not everyone did well, there were some outstanding catches made in today’s Manhattan Cup out of Jersey City. Once again Capt. Brien Rice’s Jersey Devil led the way with two stripers over 50 pounds, including one by a wounded warrior. I’ll have more about that tomorrow.

Sea bass fishing remains excellent. The Jamaica from Brielle had limits today plus ling. They have room on the Saturday 4:30 p.m. trip and on Sunday morning; The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a similar report. and will be leaving early at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The weather looks good with southwest winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20.