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Jimmy Johnson Tournament winding up at AC

With millions on the line, boaters fishing Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Tournament out of Atlantic City are putting in their final day that will surely result in more changes to the final scoreboards when the scales close tonight.

Basketball legand Michael Jordan was dropped back yesterday to third in white marlin on his Catch 23 as Business took the lead at 73.3 pounds over Blood Money at 73.1.

Bigeye tuna were also being trolled in surprisingly good numbers as Staten Island tuna pro Mike Savino took over first on his Texas Tea with a 227-pounder over Kevin Pintuzzi’s 215 on Random Chaos. East Coast Hookers boated almost identical tuna of 210 and 209 pounds to push back the208-pounder on Hubris. MJ’S was next at 198 pounds, while Kelly Lynn had three bruisers up to 181 pounds.

The fish count through Day 3 was 77 white marlin, 9 blue marlin, 26 tuna, 7 dolphin and 1 wahoo,

I’ll have the official results when available over the weekend.

The Jamaica out of Brielle reported very good bluefish jigging yesterday which included a 13-pounder as well as some sea bass, porgies and fluke. Both plain and tubed jigs worked. Half-night bluefish trips are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

AC Tournament



Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson is an avid angler who has run a big money fishing tournament in Florida for years. This year he’s expanded north to Atlantic City where his million dollar Quest for the Ring Tournament is based at the Frank Farley Marina and the Golden Nugget.

Fishing got off to a fast start this week with basketball legend Michael Joordan releasing three white marlin to lead his Catch 23 to the lead in the Catch and Release category wth 1150 points over Polorizer with 1000 – and the next day weighed a 70-pound white marlin to take the lead in that rich category from MJ’S 60.5-pounder boated by Brandon Kape. MJ’S,. coming off a great tournament season last year, also had the first day lead in dolphin at 18.1 pounds before getting pushed back to third the next day.



There have been no blue marlin big enough to weigh at the 105-inch minimum so far. but big tuna have cooperated. Bluefins aren’t eligible,but bigeyes quickly filled up the scoreboards. Christopher Conway weighed a 290-pounder from Riptide which dropped Hunter Gutwein on Hubris to second at 208 pounds – ahead of Mike Savino’s 201 on Texas Tea — while Kevin Pintozzi’s 185.3 is down to fourth on Random Chaos.

It’s a little early for trophy dolphin and wahoo with the mahi leader at only 21.4 pounds and no wahoo of at least 15 pounds. Fishing continued today and concludes on Friday, with awards being presented on Saturday.

Paul Baertel of the JCAA was able to stop for a limit of sea bass on the way ofshore from Barnegat on Sunday before running offshore to go 2 for 4 on yellowfin tuna.Don Marantz boated a 30.35-pounder. and Bill Barone a 27.35.



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The fine offshore weather continues with light winds into next week. The Friday forecast is for southwest at 10 to 15 knots.T

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a limit of school bluefin tuna plus many releases during Monday’s Inshore Exotics jigging — and then was into 3-7-pound blues on jigs yesterday morning along with sea bass

Capt. Dave DeGennaro of Hi Flier at Barnegat has been jigging 20-40-pound bluefins just 25 to 40 miles offshore, and is running an open trip for them on Saturday. Call 732 330-4674 for details

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson is an avid angler who has run a big money fishing tournament in Florida for years. This year he’s expanded north to Atlantic City where his million dollar Quest for the Ring Tournament is based at the Frank Farley Marina and the Golden Nugget.

Fishing got off to a fast start this week with basketball legend Michael Joordan releasing three white marlin to lead his Catch 23 to the lead in the Catch and Release category wth 1150 points over Polorizer with 1000 – and the next day weighed a 70-pound white marlin to take the lead in that rich category from MJ’S 60.5-pounder boated by Brandon Kape. MJ’S,. coming off a great tournament season last year, also had the first day lead in dolphin at 18.1 pounds before getting pushed back to third the next day.



There have been no blue marlin big enough to weigh at the 105-inch minimum so far. but big tuna have cooperated. Bluefins aren’t eligible,but bigeyes quickly filled up the scoreboards. Christopher Conway weighed a 290-pounder from Riptide which dropped Hunter Gutwein on Hubris to second at 208 pounds – ahead of Mike Savino’s 201 on Texas Tea — while Kevin Pintozzi’s 185.3 is down to fourth on Random Chaos.

It’s a little early for trophy dolphin and wahoo with the mahi leader at only 21.4 pounds and no wahoo of at least 15 pounds. Fishing continued today and concludes on Friday, with awards being presented on Saturday.

Paul Baertel of the JCAA was able to stop for a limit of sea bass on the way ofshore from Barnegat on Sunday before running offshore to go 2 for 4 on yellowfin tuna.Don Marantz boated a 30.35-pounder. and Bill Barone a 27.35.



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The fine offshore weather continues with light winds into next week. The Friday forecast is for southwest at 10 to 15 knots.T

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a limit of school bluefin tuna plus many releases during Monday’s Inshore Exotics jigging — and then was into 3-7-pound blues on jigs yesterday morning along with sea bass

Capt. Dave DeGennaro of Hi Flier at Barnegat has been jigging 20-40-pound bluefins just 25 to 40 miles offshore, and is running an open trip for them on Saturday. Call 732 330-4674 for details



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Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson is an avid angler who has run a big money fishing tournament in Florida for years. This year he’s expanded north to Atlantic City where his million dollar Quest for the Ring Tournament is based at the Frank Farley Marina and the Golden Nugget.

Fishing got off to a fast start this week with basketball legend Michael Joordan releasing three white marlin to lead his Catch 23 to the lead in the Catch and Release category wth 1150 points over Polorizer with 1000 – and the next day weighed a 70-pound white marlin to take the lead in that rich category from MJ’S 60.5-pounder boated by Brandon Kape. MJ’S,. coming off a great tournament season last year, also had the first day lead in dolphin at 18.1 pounds before getting pushed back to third the next day.



There have been no blue marlin big enough to weigh at the 105-inch minimum so far. but big tuna have cooperated. Bluefins aren’t eligible,but bigeyes quickly filled up the scoreboards. Christopher Conway weighed a 290-pounder from Riptide which dropped Hunter Gutwein on Hubris to second at 208 pounds – ahead of Mike Savino’s 201 on Texas Tea — while Kevin Pintozzi’s 185.3 is down to fourth on Random Chaos.

It’s a little early for trophy dolphin and wahoo with the mahi leader at only 21.4 pounds and no wahoo of at least 15 pounds. Fishing continued today and concludes on Friday, with awards being presented on Saturday.

Paul Baertel of the JCAA was able to stop for a limit of sea bass on the way ofshore from Barnegat on Sunday before running offshore to go 2 for 4 on yellowfin tuna.Don Marantz boated a 30.35-pounder. and Bill Barone a 27.35.



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The fine offshore weather continues with light winds into next week. The Friday forecast is for southwest at 10 to 15 knots.T

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a limit of school bluefin tuna plus many releases during Monday’s Inshore Exotics jigging — and then was into 3-7-pound blues on jigs yesterday morning along with sea bass

Capt. Dave DeGennaro of Hi Flier at Barnegat has been jigging 20-40-pound bluefins just 25 to 40 miles offshore, and is running an open trip for them on Saturday. Call 732 330-4674 for details



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West winds at 5 knots

That title is the best news I have right now as I continie to struggle to stay connected.

A comprehensive blog dome a couple of hours ago wouldn’t publish, and didn’t automatically save. I finally got a response from Optimum. and was assured the problem was fixed — but I’m not betting on that.

Fluke tournament results

Last weekend’s fluke tournaments in northern N.J. produced lots of quality fish but none big enough to run away from the crowd.

The Raritan Bay Anglers Tournament on Saturday was won by Mike Mangual at 7.6 pounds over Jake Linder’s 7-pounder. However. it was Daniel Nykforuk in third place at 6.95 pounds who turned out to be the weekend’s big winner as he was also in the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers contest where his fish weighed 7.11 pounds — and was the winner. Joe Rilley was next there at 6.82 pounds, ahead of Bill Distaso at 6.02 pounds.

Fluke pro Dave Lilly fished aboard Brian Farmer’s boat as they limited both days and released many other keepers while hooking hardly any shorts. They just couldn’tget that one bigger fish, though a nearby angler who wasn’t entered boated a 9-pound fluke. They did make it into the seventh and last money position with a 4.95-pound fluke. There was also a big surprise when a 26-inch cod ate a whole squid.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar will be back to jigging bluefish tomorrow, but today’s jigging was for school bluefin tuna as they had a boat limit and released at least 15 more.

The Jamaica from Brielle will be chummining and chunking an area for bluefish from Wednesday to Friday where they also expect to catch bonito and little tunny — and where some bluefins have been spotted.

Chuck Many avoided the Monday evening storms to get into hot striper action with his Tyman from Highlands. There was a period when doubleheaders were hooked on every drift.

I’m still having a problem staying connected — and hoping for the best.

No doormats in northern fluke contests

Though fluking was pretty good over the weekend. there were no really large fluke entered in the Raritan Bay Anglers contest on Saturday or the two-day Sandy Hook Bay Anglers affair. I’m still struggling to get this blog out as I keep losing the connection and haven’t been able to get any help from Optimum despite hours on the phone. Hopefully, I’ll have those contest results tomorrow.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a return to good bluefish jigging today. and added some sea bass.

The Mimi from Pt. Pleasant has room on tomorrow’s limited bottom fishing trip.

ing today, and added some sea bass.

Even blues reacted to Elsa

I wasn’t able to connect with AOL yesterdsy evening, and have only been on-and-off today. As a result. I’m trying to get something out ASAP. Hope to have the fluke contest results tomorrow.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar found that bluefish were still very fussy in the large swell and strong current. Those whostayed at the rail and worked their jigs still managed a five blue limit. Not surprisingly, sea bass fishing was also tougher under those circumstances, though some were able to add the two allowed as a by-catch during the summer in N.J. waters. This fishing should improve as the ocean settles. Tonight’s. southeast blow is predicted to drop to south at 5-10 knots. Showers are possible.

Capt. Jim Freda ran his Shore Catch out of Manasquan Inlet very early in order to start jigging on the bluefin grounds at 5:30. His crew tripled up with unders right away and added two king mackerel while losing a large tuna that was cut off by another boat.

hick any took a break for somq freshwater fishing, but also got back on stripers one evening earl in the week on Tyman from Highlands.

See you at my garage sale

As noted in yesterday’s blog, I’m running a garage sale in the morning at my home — 1552 Osprey Ct; , Manasquan Park, NJ 08736; The hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. , and there is a wide selection of tackle and accessories for most types of fishing –ranging from ultra lght to giant tuna rods selling for just $20. If tjere’s enough interest, I may add Sunday morning hours. . Call me at 732 757-5531, or e-mail cristori@aol.com

I’ll also have my surfcasting book for sale, and some old and new fishing magazines can be picked up at no charge.

Elsa eliminated fishing today, but the weather looks good tomorrow with northwest winds at 5-10 knots.

Chuck Many is usually pictured with fish that have stripes, but he also catches big fish in fresh waters as with yesterday’s carp.

Ristori fishing tackle garage sale on Saturday

Kathy and I are downsizing homes, and I have to sell off a lot of fishing tackle and accessories to prepare for less space. As a result, I’m running a garage sale at 1552 Osprey Ct. in Manasquan Park (Wall) N.J . on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Almost everything must go, and there are such bargains as giant tuna rods at $20. Lots of rods are available along with some reels and many lures from freshwater to big game. Some household items will be displayed and everything is available — including the house. For info call me at 732 757-5531 — or e-mail cristori@aol.com

I’ll also have my surfcasting book for sale plus many fishing magazines that anglers may be interested in which are free for the taking.

Though I never got any notice of them, I found out that the Raritan Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament is set to run on Saturday — as is the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament over the weekend. Though tomorrow looks like a total washout from Tropical Storm Elsa, Saturday should be much better. The forecast for Friday is north winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 30 before going southwest in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are also in the mix, but party boats expect to be sailing again on Saturday.

Doug Rusch with a hefty fluke on his boat out of Manasquan Inlet.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar has had decent jigging for blues from 2 to 8 pounds plus some sea bass and fluke the last two days. Those who work at it mange limits.

The Monmouth County surf has been quiet recently, but i did manage two small stripers Wednesday morning on sand fleas while Vinny D’Anton added another. I just did some casting this morning and scratched out a small bass on a purple Band of Anglers Dart Spin.

Yellowfins & bluefins keeping anglers busy

-Off-shore tuna fishing is at a summer peak, with good catches from both the canyons and lumps not too far offshre.Thursday’s forecast is for south winds at just 5-10 knots before it increases to 10-15 plus gusts to 25 and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Capt. Jim Freda postponed his charter yesterday due to the forecast, but his son Tommy talked him into trying the nearby lumps where they jigged nine bluefins up to 45 inches.

Paul Haertel of the JCAA ran out to the canyons yesterday where his crew quikly trolled yellowfins up to a 41-pounder and released a large white marlin.

,Bob Correll and Zac Eisenbrey joined Mike Heaney of Bay Head on his 40-foot Cabo ,October Sky; in Lindenkohl Canyon for a hot yellowfin tolling bite at dawn yesterday.The rest of the trip out there wasn’t as productive, and a missed swordfish bite was the only overnight activity.

Epic bigeye bite

The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant reported the bigeye trolling bite of a lifetime as follows:

Capt. Mark DeCabia whad the trip of a lifetime – maybe the best ever big-eye trip on record for a sport fishing boat with 37 big-eyes on the Rebel with Owner Mike Tucci in one overnighter.
Capt Mark just wanted to pass along the following in his own words – and with what they accomplished it’s worth the read:
From Capt. Mark……….”I’ve waited a long time to have the opportunity to pull off an amazing day and feat with my crew and could not have done it without them. After getting located on a few piles it was a slow pick with still very good fishing under most circumstances, then for some reason it really turned on. What made this different from any other day on the edge is that it lasted 8hrs straight without a break. If you put 6 rods out you hooked 6, we even put 1 rod out just so everyone could rest for a second. But without having all the time and prep that is done during the winter things wouldn’t have gone as smooth. Catching 37 bigeyes and big daytime sword is something ill never forget it was right day, right time, right crew which made it successful.”
Gotta Go Got on ‘Em Too!
Capt. Mark DeCabia and Owner Mike Tucci’s bite were instrumental in putting our hardest fishing Member in the Coaching Service into one of his best trips of his career and as a Member.
When Capt. Mark was in the middle of his epic bite Member John Levitt on the “Gotta Go” (who did 30+ canyon trips last year and has already done 12 canyon trips this year) found out through the service and was ready to drop everything – and did drop everything – grabbed his crew – and ran offshore.
And as such – nailed 9 of his own big-eyes plus a ton of other fish – way to go John and the Gotta Go Team!

Small craft warnings are in effect through late tonight,with severe thunderstorms up to 10 p.m. However, the morning forecast is for just 5-10 knot southwest winds before becoming 5-15 with gusts to 20 in the afternoon.

The surf was down this morning, but there was still good whitewater cnditions for sand flea fishing. I missed a good hit on my first cast, but was waiting for a hit on the second hook when I became aware of some slack line. It turned out that the bass was actually hooked and had run into the beach. Circle hooks often make up for dumb anglers! I only added one other release, and Vinny D’Anton added another, with all in the 24-25-inch class. Unfortunately, I must have forgotten to put my sand spike in the car at Spring Lake the day before. If anyone should find a long plastic sand spilke colored international orange, I’d like to get it back as I must have had that for about half a century!

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported another good bluefish jigging trip this morning with 3-8-pounders for a boat limit plus some sea bass.

The offshore photos below are duplicatesCapt. Ron Santee reported much better fluking today on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands.There were four limit catches. and the pool fluke weighed 6 3/16 pounds.

The offshore photos below are duplicates that I couldn’t delete

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