Ristori: JCSA striper contest postponed

Friday, October 27, 2006 BY AL RISTORI
Star-Ledger Staff
The Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Fall Striped Bass Tournament has been postponed to a week from tomorrow due to the stormy forecast for Saturday. The captains meeting will be held a week from tonight at 7 in the JCSA Clubhouse on Herbertsville Road in Brick. Call (732) 892-5593 for information.
That forecast also shot down the FLW Striper Tour qualifier at Slaughter Beach, Del. That contest was canceled, so boaters who haven't already qualified for the season-ending championship at Virginia Beach in December have only next Saturday's tournament out of the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Md., to meet the standard of finishing in the top 25.

Boaters wishing to see a weather buoy redeployed to Hudson Canyon can aid the cause by filling out a short online survey at www.avdrive.com/surveys/index.php?sid=1&newtest=Y.
This week's cool northwest winds have sped up the fall migratory run of stripers and blues. There has been plenty of bird action over feeding fish offshore, while surf anglers get their shots at times, though the volume of bait along the beach doesn't always translate into game fish. Some hot early afternoon bites on Wednesday at several spots from Spring Lake to Mantoloking weren't repeated yesterday.
There was a shot of action yesterday at the end of the road in Island Beach State Park, but Joe Blaze of Brielle and I arrived after it was over, though schools of peanut bunkers remained along the shore. There were more such schools later in the morning at Manasquan, where I released a 27 1/2-inch bass that hit a Redfin plug.

At Brielle, Capt. Francis Bogan got into very good porgy and sea bass fishing Sunday with the Paramount, and also had good catches of ling last week during Tuesday and Wednesday Mud Hole trips. Both those Mud Hole sailings and the inshore wreck trips other days depart at 6:30 a.m.
At Point Pleasant, Capt. Jim O'Grady had a successful striper special Monday as he was able to anchor the Cock Robin over a reading that produced almost 60 bass. Daily striper trips depart at 7:30 a.m.
Capt. Willie Egerter Jr. reports continued fine bottom fishing on his Dauntless. Most days it's 50-50 porgies and sea bass, though one of those species dominates other days as anglers average 25 to 50 fish and a few limits are recorded. Monte Gudawitz won yesterday's pool with a 5 1/2-pound bass and had 25 of them plus as many porgies. A few stripers are also being caught.
Capt. Chris Hueth has a similar report of consistent bottom fishing from his Big Mohawk at Belmar.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Don Hager has been pleased with bottom fishing for porgies and sea bass from his Sea Fox. There were also lots of blackfish up to 6 pounds caught Monday as everyone had the single tautog presently allowed and many more were released.

Capt. Art Hilliard of the Eagle said the Mercer County Anglers jigged 3-to-4-pound blues under birds Saturday evening before anchoring on the clam beds, where more blues and some short bass were hooked. Better conditions for eeling later in the evening resulted in some legal stripers plus shorts. Susan Anderson of Union took the pool with an 18-pound striper. There was no drift while eeling Sunday morning for Meisters Fishing Club, and they had only a pick on the clam beds, though all but one bass was a keeper up to a 16.6-pounder by Richard Gagliardi of Basking Ridge. A move to the reef then added porgies. That night's clamming trip to Flynn's Knoll produced eight legal bass out of 24 caught, but an attempt at eeling was unsuccessful. Scott Kappas of Milford topped the catch with a 35-inch striper.
There was northwest wind blowing 25 to 30 mph Wednesday when Arzee Roofing got into working birds at the point of the Hook and jigged about 40 blues plus a few short bass. Clamming down the beach then added a few more keepers and short bass. Lou Lombardelli of Hazlet had the largest at 34 inches.

The Capt. Dave will be running open for striped bass tomorrow at 7 a.m. The cost of the six-hour trip is $55, and reservations can be made by calling (732) 613-8307. Last Saturday's northwester made for tough conditions, but 15-year-old Linsey Mayberry of Somerset overcame adversity to boat a 23-pound bass on a live eel at Buoy 31 in Raritan Reach.
Allen Riley of South Plainfield had caught small stripers before daylight in the Sandy Hook surf on eight straight trips before Tuesday when he had only three hits and a dropped fish though his brother, Ed of Edison, beached a 34-inch bluefish on a Heddon Super Spook during the coldest morning so far. Most of Riley's bass have been shorts caught plugging with the Mann's Super Stretch 1-Minus and an Ultimus black teaser. He also beached a 5-pound bluefish Sunday.
Gerard Vitiello and Dave Barry from Nutley and Danny Catalfulmo from Montville limited on yellowfins and added three albacore during last Thursday night's canyon trip to Miss Barnegat Light. They also released a blue shark and were surprised to see a great blue heron, a golden finch, a storm petral, and a bat all fly aboard.
Rich Swisstack of Cliffwood weighed a 25-pound river striper at The Tackle Box in Hazlet after catching it on a shad, and Barry Pearse of South Amboy had an identical bass that hit a Sure Strike bunker spoon in Raritan Reach. Mark Balacco of Wayne used clams at Union Beach for stripers of 13 1/2, 14 and 17 pounds during the week. Clams also produced a 16-pounder for Jason Wilson of Union Beach at Matty's Creek. Jeff Kleinhans of Asbury Park plugged a 16-pound striper at Sandy Hook. Phillip Sciortino noted surf blitzes have occurred at Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch this week. Hot lures included Danny Plugs, Tsunami Shads and Point Jude tins.
Bob Smith of Matawan weighed stripers of 20 and 25 pounds after catching them last week on clams in Monmouth Beach.
T&A Tackle at Port Monmouth recently weighed a 32-pound, 11-ounce striper caught on clam at the pump station by Jimmy Onate of Edison. Dave Dagney of Stanhope fished from his kayak west of the Ammo Pier where a 20 3/16-pound bass took an eel. Paul Stachowitz of Port Monmouth used clam at Belford for a 17 9/16-pound bass, Brian Lonergan of Fair Haven caught a 14 7/16-pounder on clam at the Rip, and Mike Stefuryszy of Middletown landed a 12-pound, 14 1/2-ounce striper at Sandy Hook. A 27-pound, 5 1/2-ounce striper caught along the Bay Shore on sandworms by Anthony Valasa of Middletown, while George Theis of Cliffwood Beach added a 16 1/4-pounder. Alan Beneroff of Morristown fished a Berkley Power Eel in Sandy Hook Channel for a 16 15/16-pound striper. Augie Hillman of Leonardo used an eel in Shrewsbury River to tempt a 23 7/16-pound bass. A 21 3/4-pound striper was caught on clam at Sandy Hook by Jason Bardenhagen of Union. Don Liberty of Morgan also fished clams there for a 13 1/4-pound bass. Jerry Benino of Port Monmouth used a bunker chunk to catch an 11-pound, 5 1/2-ounce bluefish.