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Sign up at 5 a.m. for tomorrow’s Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament in IBSP

Even those who haven’t registered for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament an participate for the many valuable prizes simply by showing up at the PIBSP Pavillion at 5 a.m.

It’s also necessary to have the free N.J. marine fishing registration. Visit newjerseyfishandwildlife.com and follow the directions so you can print out the permit.

The weather looks fishable with light winds and fog early before possible showers.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a slow start to striper fishing today before a mid-day change of tide provided a pick of bass up to a 42-pounder that had to go back. They’ll be back at the stripers in the morning, but will switch to sea bass when that season opens Tuesday, Both morning and afternoon trips are open for registration.

The Jamaica from Brielle will be running Marathon trips from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. by registration on the sea bass opener.

Greg Prestosh reported fog, rain and cold yesterday morning on Raritan Bay, but he and Jim Hancharick caught 19 stripers up to a 34-pounder. See photo above.

Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Sunday at IBSP

Surfcasters are looking forward to the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament 0n Sunday at Island Beach State Park. Those not already registered can do so Sunday in the Pavillion at 5 a.m. Though it’s early for good fluke fishing in the surf, bluefish could be abundant — and bait often produces a legal striper or two.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar resumed fishing today in a bit of a roll plus fog. They marked some stripers, but the bass weren’t ready to bite. The day was saved at some wrecks where ling were bagged while sea bass were released as they aren’t legal until Tuesday.

Dense fog is likely Saturday morning, but the wind will be only southeast at 5 knots. There’s a chance of showers in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Chuck Many was out yesterday with his Tyman from Highlands and reported as follows:

“Fun times tagging for Gray FishTag Research with Bill Dobbelaer, Dave David Nova, Shawn Carpenter, Mike Michael Caruso and Bob Bowden!! Fishing was definitely slower than we had hoped, but tagged 15 Bass to 41” and put a PSAT Tag in a beautiful fish. Can’t wait to see where she goes!! Shout out to Roxanne Van Dyke Willmer for all the hard work and all the sponsors for contributing to a great cause!”

Storm ends — fish respond

The small craft advisory came down at 6 pm, and decent fishing conditions are predicted through the weekend.

The northeast wind will only be 10-15 knots in the morning along with patchy fog The wind drops to east at 5-10 knots in the afternoon plus a chance of showers.

Capt. Vinny Vetere reported stripers were waiting when he got out with his Katfish from Great Kills.

The Fishermen magazine reported big bluefish are moving into inlets throughout the area, and large porgies are thick in Peconic Bay

The Golden Eagle from Belmar resumes sailing for blues and stripers in the morning.

Capt. Ron loses a regular

There was bad news today from Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands as follows:

FISHERMEN/We lost another Awesome Man, Friend & Fisherman today.

 Created: Tuesday, 10 May 2022 20:18 Written by Capt. Ron

It is once again with a broken heart that I have to post we have lost another Awesome Man.

Lou Del Mastro (Frank’s older Brother) passed today after fighting his battle for many years.

One of the strongest, most kind hearted men I have ever met in my life, always up and never down even in his darkest times.

When it was a tough day, Lou was the guy pumping me back up at the dock with a smile saying,”it’s fishing, you gave it hell, that’s all you can do….I’ll be back.

Never a trip where, your Breakfast (Lunch), because I always ate it on the way out, is in the cooler…Lou & younger brother Frank were inseparable and Always fished together. Frank actually felt comfortable enough one trip last year to go it alone while his brother had chemo treatment, when he told me that, I felt it a badge of honor.

Going through all my pics I could only find two where it was only Lou…..Last week when Frank came to fish, Lou told him to tell me he was sorry he couldn’t make it, always thinking of someone else is why we all love & will miss you. The “other” corner will always be yours, look over your left shoulder and give my Dad a thumbs up for me!

Fair winds, always in our Hearts my Friend. Until we fish again…..

Capt. Ron

The northeaster is finally blowing itself out. That wind will be down to 10 to 15 knots tomorrow, with a perfect east at 5 to 10 knots on Friday.

While waiting for the wind machine to be turned off, Chuck Many switched over to sweet water bass with similar results.

Last cast for Bassmaster Ray Scott

Following is a release from Bassmaster:

B.A.S.S. Founder Ray Scott, The Father Of Modern Bass Fishing, Has Died   

Following is a release from Bassmaster with the ad news about their founder, Ray Scott.

PressRelease-header.pngMay 9, 2022RayScott.jpgB.A.S.S. Founder Ray Scott, The Father Of Modern Bass Fishing, Has Died
 Ray Scott passed away on Sunday, May 8 at around 11:30 p.m. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. Scott was 88 years old. Scott founded the first national professional bass fishing circuit, the Bassmaster Tournament Trail, in 1967 and the following year founded the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society — B.A.S.S. — which would grow to become the world’s largest fishing organization.  “Our entire organization was saddened to hear about the passing of our founder, Ray Scott,” said Chase Anderson, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Ray’s passion and vision for bass fishing birthed our entire industry more than 50 years ago when he founded B.A.S.S. and started the first professional fishing tournament series. His legacy is felt to this day and continues to influence B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing membership organization, which he started in 1968. Ray’s contributions and impact on conservation and his advocacy and passion for anglers and our sport set the standard for tournament fishing and are something we will always strive to uphold. “Our hearts and prayers are with the Scott family.” The bass tournament competition Scott created rewarded anglers who caught the heaviest limits of bass in the three- or four-day events, which served as the proving grounds for rapid advancements in bass boats, outboard engines, fishing tackle, lures and electronics. Everyday anglers began purchasing whatever the bass pros were using, spawning a massive bass fishing industry that today has an economic impact in excess of $125 billion per year and employs more than 800,000 people nationwide. Before Scott began pursuing his dream of organizing America’s bass anglers, the sport was a laid-back, mainly Southern pastime that was largely overlooked by the trout-focused national outdoor media. To serve B.A.S.S. members and to publicize the tournament trail, Scott launched Bassmaster Magazine, which the New York Times described as “the Bible of Bass Fishing,” and which ultimately would be delivered to 650,000 B.A.S.S. members monthly. In 1984, he and then-Bassmaster Editor Bob Cobb created The Bassmasters TV show, which attracted more than 1 million viewers weekly on The Nashville Network. Aired today on Fox Sports, the program is one of the longest-running and most-watched fishing shows in history. Not only did Scott help grow the sport of bass fishing, but he also did more than any other individual to preserve it.In 1972, he debuted the “Don’t Kill Your Catch” campaign and mandated that all tournament competitors’ boats feature an aerated livewell to keep their bass alive.  “I didn’t invent catch and release,” Scott acknowledged, “but we did make it popular in bass fishing, and that changed the sport in so many ways. We preached that a bass is too valuable to be caught only once. We helped fishermen learn how great it felt to catch a 5- or 6-pound bass and then lean over and let it go and watch it swim away, hopefully to be caught again.” As a result, the catch-and-release ethic caught on so well that more than 90% of all bass anglers today release all or most of the bass they catch. Scott and his rapidly growing B.A.S.S. organization also crusaded against the industrial pollution of America’s waterways. In 1970 and ’71, Scott filed some 200 anti-pollution lawsuits, drawing national attention to declining water quality and contributing significantly to passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972. He was an early advocate of bass fisheries research, and he campaigned zealously for passage of the federal Wallop-Breaux Sport Fish Restoration Amendment of 1984. When the bill stalled in Congress, Scott’s friendship with then-Vice President George H.W. Bush helped ensure enactment of the amendment. As a result, approximately $375 million in sportfish restoration allocations are provided annually to state fisheries agencies for management, aquatic education and public access projects. Few individuals have had a more positive impact on boating safety than Scott. Early on, he began requiring tournament competitors to wear personal flotation devices whenever boating, and he convinced manufacturers to make emergency shut-off devices — “kill switches” — standard features on motorboats. In 1994, he was instrumental in passing the comprehensive Boating Safety Reform Act in Alabama, which became the first state to require that boat drivers pass a written exam and obtain a boat operator’s license.  In recognition of his efforts, President Jimmy Carter appointed Scott to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council, and in 2002, he was inducted into the National Boating Safety Hall of Fame. Scott earned numerous other accolades and honors for his contributions to outdoor recreation over the years. Field & Stream Magazine listed Scott — along with President Theodore Roosevelt, environmentalist Rachel Carson and naturalist/conservationist Aldo Leopold — among 20 individuals who most influenced outdoor sports during the 20th century. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2001, the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 1987. He was named the 1988 Sport Fisherman of the Year by the Sport Fishing Institute.  The elder President Bush picked Scott as his Alabama state chairman during his 1979-80 presidential campaign, and the two remained good friends and fishing companions throughout Bush’s terms as Vice President and President of the United States. Scott’s was a true rags-to-riches story. He was born in Montgomery, Ala., on Aug. 24, 1933, and grew up there during the depths of the Great Depression. His father operated an ice cream cart and his mother worked as a hairdresser to support the family, which grew to include Ray, his brother and three uncles — all living in a one-bedroom home. Scott contributed to the family treasury by delivering groceries on his bicycle, mowing lawns and selling peanuts at baseball games. Scott suffered from dyslexia, which contributed to his having to repeat eighth grade, but he eventually managed to earn a degree in Business Administration from Auburn University and soon afterward became one of Mutual of New York insurance company’s top salesmen in the Southeast. In recognition of his successes, Scott received the 2003 Horatio Alger Award, which honors the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity. After a decade in the life insurance business, Scott had a vision that he might be the one to elevate the national profile of bass fishing to be, as he said, “on par with golf” and worthy of television exposure. That year, 1967, he quit his job and began organizing the first major national bass fishing tournament, the All American at Beaver Lake, Ark. The event was successful enough for Scott to begin holding tournaments at other reservoirs in the South and to launch B.A.S.S. and Bassmaster early in 1968. His brainchild, the annual Bassmaster Classic world championship, grew from two dozen competitors and about that many spectators at Lake Mead, Nev., in 1971, to become the biggest event in sportfishing over the next half-century. Today, the Classic and related events such as the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo record more than 100,000 fishing fans each year. He sold B.A.S.S. to an investment group including his executive vice president, Helen Sevier, and other employees in 1986, but he continued to serve as emcee of the Classic for several more years. He later became a consultant and a popular spokesman for numerous companies in the fishing industry, and he launched a successful hunting industry enterprise to market deer feed and related products through his Whitetail Institute. After a half-century of helping to grow and shape the sportfishing industry worldwide, Scott retired to his farm near Pintlala, Ala., where he remained mostly out of the public eye in the years prior to his death. He is survived by his wife Susan and his four children. 

I enjoyed bass fishing in Alabama with Ray many years ago and well before he started B.A.S.S. While serving as director of field testing for Garcia, I was able to bring Garcia aboard as an original sponsor, and watch that venture prosper. Ray was the eternal optimist, and the perfect person to build a sportfishing empire while changing the standards of bass fishing from keeping every legal bass to releasing almost all!

The northeast wind continues, but is finally decreasing tomorrow afternoon when a small craft warning will come down as northeast winds decrease from 15-20 knots with gusts to 30 down to 10-15.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar will resume fishing Friday at 7:30 a.m.

As of this morning, the Jamaica from Brielle had two openings on the Friday 10 p.m. tilefish trip. Call 732 528-5014.





The northeaster won’t give up

Anglers in NY/NJ Bight have had enough of northeast winds, but there’s more to come tomorrow.

The forecast is for 20-25 knots plus gusts to 35. IT CAN’T LAST FOREVER!

NE winds continue until Wednesday afternoon

An unusually persistent northeaster continues to batter the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, and the forecast is for no relief until Wednesday afternoon.

The N.J. coastal forecast is for NE 20-25 knots on Monday plus gusts to 35 and 9-12-foot seas.

Andrea’s Toy released this “big girl” before things got too bad.

NE blowout

There shouldn’t be any need to wait for today’s reports as a high wind warning has been posted up to 5 a.m. Sunday along with a coastal flood advisory through 6 a.m. Sunday.

The marine forecast is for northeast winds at 20-25 knots with gusts to 40 and a 50 percent chance of rain. Even Monday doesn’t look good.

At Brielle, the Paramount has cancelled trips until Friday. They will then sail at 6:30 for ling, cod and flounder before the sea bass season opens on May 17. The Jamaica will open the sea bass season with Marathons by reservation on May 17 and 18.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands got out for stripers Thursday and picked some keepers before making a move that resulted in bigger bass — though five out of seven were over 39 inches and had to be released.

Some charter boats managed to do well with stripers before the weather got too bad on Friday. Andrea’s Toy reports the Al Gret party went through a live well full of bunkers as bass exploded on them. The evening trip produced great surface lure action despite wind and rain.

Capt. John Contello posted this bass release from his Just Sayin out of Highlands.

Andrea’s Toy kicks off shark season with a porbeagle

It wasn’t what Capt. Freddy Gamboa was expecting. but he ended up opening the N.J. shark season in a most unusual fasion.

The target for the Don Beshada party on Andrea’s Toy from Point Pleasant was the first bluefin tuna, but they first dropped for pollock up to 30 pounds on a deep water wreck. Gamboa couldn’t find any water over 49 degrees in the canyon, so they switched to tilefish as Don caught his first at almost 30 pounds on bait before switching to a jig for another — and then a most unusual porbeagle shark that was released. I haven’t heard of a porbeagle in NY/NJ Bight in recent years, though they were spotted decades ago when mackerel schools arrived in the spring.

Chuck Many got into loads of stripers early with Dave Glassberg and Alex Katyan while fishing live bunkers and eels from his Tyman out of Highlands – but they were all from 31 inches up to 38 pounds.

The weekend looks like a northeaster washout. Rain with east gusts to 45 knots tonight becomes northeast at 20-30 knots and gusts to 45 tomorrow.

Tough striper fishing before change in weather

The Golden Eagle from Belmar saw some stripers on top and had decent readings — but the bass weren’t hitting. Wth a northeaster coming on Saturday, that boat has cancelled trips for the next three mornings.

Rain is in tomorrow’s forecast, though the wind is only southeast at 5-10 knots before going east at 10-15 in the afternoon.

North Jersey fluke fishing got off to a surprisingly good start at a time when waters are still a bit cool for the species. The Prowler 5 from Atlantic Highlands reported their opening trip on May 4 produced multiple limits as everyone caught fluke.