As noted in the following HRFA release, even fractions of an inch were decisive in winning prizes during their recent catch-and-release striper tournament, in the Hudson River and its tributaries, based on photos of the catches:

The 2021 Fred Rung Memorial Striped Bass Derby

Mr. Fred Rung
The Grand Prize Winners1st Place $600 – Heather Baez (39.83″)2nd Place $300 – Jerry Crean (39.67″)3rd Place $150 – Keith Baez (39.67″)4th Place $75 – Chris Palmer (38.67″)5th Place $50 – Chris Vargo (38.5″)Largest from Shore $150 – Feby Philip (30.75″)NOTE: The HRFA is hoping to have an outdoors Derby Awards Ceremony mid-June. Stay tuned for more information.
The Jeff Dement Award WinnersLargest tagged $150 – Jerry Crean (39.67″)Most tagged $300 – Chris Palmer (103) Chris also wins a basket of fishing stuff from The Fisherman magazine PLUS gets to tag-along with Professor John Tiedemann, aboard a Monmouth University research vessel, on a striped bass acoustic tagging trip in the Sandy Hook area.
The Photo/Video Competition Winner ($25 Gift Card)Patrick Gagliardi
The Weekly Winners ($25 Gift Cards)Week-11st Place – Chris Vargo (38.5″)Best Photo/Video – Patrick GagliardiWeek-21st Place – Jerry Crean (39.67″)Best Photo/Video – Alex SpindelmanWeek-31st Place – Keith Baez (39.17″)Best Photo/Video – Bobby SydnorWeek-41st Place – Heather Baez (39.83″)Best Photo/Video – Scott Havner
Honorable Mentions (thanks for playing)6th Place – Patrick Gagliardi (38.0″)7th Place – Andrew Ward (35.5″)8th Place – Steve Plake (35.0″)9th Place – Bobby Sydnor (33.0″)10th Place – Feby Philip (30.75″)2nd Largest from Shore – Carl Hartmann (29.25″)2nd Most Tagged – Charlie Spindelman (33)2nd Largest Tagged – Chris Palmer (38.67″)
Thank you to those who supported the 2021 Derby!

Almost all N.J. party boats switched over to sea bass on Saturday, and there weren’t any negative reports as limits were common along with lots of shorts plus some ling and even a few cod and whiting. Capt. Ron Santee Jr. of the Fishermen at Atlantic Highlands had a couple of very unusual catches during a beautiful Sunday as a lone winter flounder was big enough to win the pool –and a 44-inch striped bass hit just as he blew the whistle to end the trip. Of course, that striper was way oversized and released. Santee has been lanning to switch to fluke when the N.J. season opens on Saturday, but may hold off if the ocean waters don’t warm up enough. After struggling to catch stripers before they were ready to bite, he’s not going to leave fine bottom fishing just because the calandar says it’s time for fluke.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar has been doing very well with sea bass, but said that fishing was only decent today with about half of the fares limiting from among numerous shorts plus a few cod and whiting They will not be sailing tomorrow in order to finish up the cabin air conditioning, but will be back at it on Wednesday.

Yet another beautiful day is in the forecast with southwest winds at 5-10 knots before increasing to 10-15 in the afternoon plus gusts to 20.

Vinny D’Anton is back from Sarasota, and checked out the Spring Lake and Belmar beaches this morning without success — though he did see a huge whale explode on bunkers not far from shore.

Big Mohawk sea bass!


  1. Fishing has been excellent at Scotland and other rough area bottoms we did very well on Saturday and Sunday with Ling and Whiting and a couple of big card in the 15 to 20 lb class but I think the thing I want to do is go out for those medium some Giants they’re all sure but you can’t keep either one of them right now since the season doesn’t open till June 1st. But a friend of mine told me about it he said they’re just loading up on the Ling Whiting and whatever other plates that are out there. It will be interesting to see how this season progresses


  2. Hi Al I port from Rumson and I am looking to head out for Sea Bass. Can you give me some areas to hit where the fish are being caught these days.


    Josh Wang 908-400-0817 Mobile



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