Following are the official results from Saturday’s Striper Challenge, the first leg of the Triple Challenge, as submitted by the organizers:
1st Place TY MAN 35.6lbs $5,000.002nd Place Surf N Turf (A Hojnowski) 32.2lbs $1,000.00

3rd Place Milling Around 30.2lbs FREE ENTRY NEXT YEAR AND Tony MaJa Custom Tackle EZ OUTRODDER.

1st Place Mike DeMarco 36″ $1,000.00
2nd Place Rob Nemeth 31″ $100.00
3rd Place Nick Rodriguez 29″ FREE ENTRY NEXT YEAR

CALCUTTAS… OVER $12,000.00 Combined!

$100 HEAVIEST 2 COMBINED 35.6 + 21.4 TYMAN
$250 HEAVIEST 2 COMBINED 35.6 + 21.4 TYMAN
$500 HEAVIEST 2 COMBINED 35.6 + 21.4 TYMAN

$25.00 BLUEFISH $150.00 Tom Loughron
$50.00 STRIPER $150.00 Mike Demark?


Over $21,000.00 in cash was given away today!

Chuck Many of Annandale was the big winner on his Tyman from Gateway Marina in Highlands with his crew of Rob Rommel of Highlands, Bob Bowden of Little Silver, Mike Greene from the Bronx and me.  Greene caught the big bass on our first drift after fishing started at 6 a,m. — but most of the bass were only in the 10-to-14-pound class as we caught 22. We needed a second bass to add to the big one for the Calcuttas that were cased on a two fish total weight. We couldn’t come up with anything very large for the second bass, but the 21.4-pounder I hooked late in the trip proved to be adequate.  Those bass were brought in alive for weighing so they could be released to spawn this month in the Hudson River. We were fishing with live bunkers, and found the bass to be very fussy about taking them. Changing baits frequently seemed to make a difference, and we had to take time out during the day to seek out a fresh supply of bunkers which we also ran out of. Bryan Pieros was fishing near us and had the same sort of action. He managed a pair of bass over 20 pounds among the “average” bass for an entry, but it wasn’t enough
Capt. Pete Wagner reported a striper of over 50 pounds was caught today on his Hyper Striper from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands.  Party boats reported somewhat better striper fishing over the weekend. The Atlantic Highlands boats got into a few better bass casting shads to surfacing fish before boat traffic put them down and just a few shorts and keepers were added on bait.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro trolled for stripers with his Hi Flier out of Barnegat, but found no life off Island Beach State Park as the water temperature had dropped to 45 degrees.  He had tried casting for the overdue blues in Barnegat Bay on Saturday, but didn’t raise anything.
At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reported a pick of bass and blues in the surf on clams and bunker despite the cool waters.
Bluefish reports became more common on Saturday. In addition to the kayack winner in Raritan Bay that was listed above, there were some caught in Manasquan River.  Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch specializes in Manasquan River bluefishng, but noted the run is just beginning as cold seawater seems to be holding back the choppers. That could change at any moment, but I checked the river and inlet a couple of times today from shore and didn’t find anything going on.  Below is a jumbo blue caught in the Manasquan River on Saturday with Capt. Jim Freda on Shore Catch.
Manasquan River blue

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