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    al ristori 11/12



    Reef honors beloved captain


    Sunday, November 12, 2006 BY AL RISTORI

    The Axel Carlsen Reef was expanded last Saturday when the 65-foot trawler Hail Mary was scuttled to create a section now known as Angelo's Reef in honor of the popular and talented Capt. Angelo Polcari, who ran his Roman Beauty out of Point Pleasant for many years before losing a battle with cancer in the spring of 2004.
    Polcari was a founding member of the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association, which provided funding through their annual Mako Mania Tournament. Many members were on hand for the sinking along with Angelo's wife, Arlene, state Department of Environmental Protection officials and the Coast Guard.
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    As Capt. Pete Grimbilas of the GPPCBA noted: "There is a certain sadness when a vessel is scuttled. Careers, memories, partnerships all being laid to rest. But, in this case, a rejuvenation will take place. The hull of the Hail Mary will become a nourishing, underwater habitat to fish and dive on for many decades to come. That's what reef building is all about."
    Angelo's Reef is located 3.5 miles from Manasquan Inlet in 70 feet at coordinates 40-02-641 and 073-59-218.
    Fluke anglers who are faced with the likelihood of a very restricted season in 2007 can have their say on Nov. 20, when the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee holds a public meeting along with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission advisers to discuss 2007 recreational management measures for those species. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. in the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport at 500 Stevens Drive.
    The ASMFC will then be setting the summer flounder quota at a meeting to be held Dec. 11 in New York, with the specs and size limits to be taken up the next day.
    Getting a bucking rod out of an outrodder can be a difficult and dangerous chore, especially for those of us who are vertically challenged. I've almost gone overboard a couple of times when my feet went out from under me while trying to pull a bent rod forward and then outboard in order to remove it under pressure.
    With the fall trolling season for big bass upon us, striper pro Tony Arcabascio of Bayville has come up with a solution to the problem. His E-Z Out-Rodder is hinged so it can easily be tilted upright into a vertical position for easy rod removal. When a fish is hooked, simply pull out the safety pin, swing the holder upright and easily lift the rod upward without any stretching.
    The E-Z Out-Rodder is constructed of brushed anodized marine grade aluminum, and locks into any standard gunwale-mounted rod holder. The cost is $250 per pair at tackle shops or through Arcabascio at (732) 237-0258 or his Web site (www.ezoutrodder.com).

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    Capt. Art Hilliard of the Eagle at Atlantic Highlands found poor conditions Friday with a large heave plus wind against tide most of the morning. Clamming down the beach for Moye Equipment Handling Co. produced short stripers plus a few keepers before a few more were eeled in Ambrose Channel. Gerry Stevens of Budd Lake took the pool with a 34-inch striper.




    At Brielle, Capt. Francis Bogan concludes Tuesday Mud Hole ling trips on the Paramount with this week's trip, but will continue sailing there every Wednesday and Thursday. Blackfish Marathons on Mondays and Tuesdays begin Nov. 20 and 21.
    Last Saturday's Mud Hole trip of the Jamaica II was successful for ling along with some big sea bass and bluefish despite strong full moon currents. Pete LaCour of Spring Lake Heights caught 52 ling up to 4 pounds, and Dale Isaacs from Manchester had 39 ling. Capt. Joe Bogan will run a blackfish special at 5 a.m. for Wednesday's season opener, and also on Nov. 20 plus Dec. 4, 15 and 24. Sea Bass Marathons depart at 3 a.m. Nov. 18, 19 and 25 plus Dec. 2, 9 and 17. Call (732) 458-3188 for reservations.
    Capt. Howard Bogan Jr. said large albacore provided good action during recent canyon trips with his Jamaica. A 270-pound bluefin was boated by Scott Bisceglie of Paramus, and another of about 235 pounds was beaten by Pete DeCosta from Brooklyn. Frank Pogue of Willingboro bagged three longfins, and Stan Finiguerra caught four. A very large swordfish was lost one night after a fight lasting almost four hours. Space is available on upcoming trips sailing into December. Call (732) 528-5014.
    The Jamaica's first offshore wreck trip last Sunday produced good action with mixed-size sea bass. Tyrone Ayers from Queens won the pool with a 6 1/2-pound blackfish, and Bill Bredamus of Harrison had a 4-pound sea bass. The next such trip sails at 1 a.m. Nov. 25.
    The Atlantis is sailing open every Saturday plus Nov. 24 for stripers from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Dave Arbeitman reports from The Reel Seat that Tom Grasso of Sea Girt recently released a 41-inch striper in his local surf after hooking it on a Gordon Wright swimming plug. The Reel Seat was the official weigh-in station last weekend for the Leggett's Striped Bass Tournament won by Jack Newitts with a 23.05-pounder. Adam Pharo took second at 18.6 pounds, and Doug Frost was third with a 15.35-pound bass.
    Capt. John Krohn recently ran Intrepid from Brielle Yacht Club to between the 100 Square of Hudson Canyon and the Dip. Though only one albacore was boated, owner Andrew Fanelli outfought a 206-pound bluefin tuna after a 40-minute battle on 50-pound Momoi mono. The crew of Andy Fanelli, Dan Burns, and Liam and Pat Boland also released a small swordfish and boated a 160-pounder. That brought the Intrepid's season total to nine swordfish, with three released and six up to 180 pounds boated. All were caught on Reel Seat Swordfish Rigs.
    Capt. Mike Rosenberg of Allison Rae recently took the Alan Lee party to the east elbow of Hudson Canyon, where they released 20 medium bluefins and kept one that weighed 168 pounds.
    Brielle Tackle reports some big bluefish being trolled and jigged off the beaches. Lenny Smith of Manasquan trolled a 14-pounder south of the inlet last weekend. Mickey Alpert of Brick cast a plastic shad at Sea Girt to beach a 16-pound striper.
    Chris Cowan of Stirling braved last Saturday's cold, sandy weather to put his son Peter into a 14-pound striper on his 12th birthday while drifting eels in Ambrose Channel, where 12-ounce sinkers were required in the full moon current.
    The Tackle Box in Hazlet recently weighed a 22-pound striper taken on a Gibbs popper in the Sandy Hook surf by Bob Rocca of Milford. Anthony Altobelli from Hazlet used a Storm Shad at Sea Bright for a 20-pound bass. Scott Smith of Aberdeen plugged a 13 1/2-pound striper at Sandy Hook. Tackle Box Sportfishing had a limit of bass to 21 pounds on eels and clams for the Tim Gibney party from Toms River.
    T&A Tackle in Port Monmouth recently weighed a 15 1/4-pound striper that Rose Serratelli of Keansburg caught on a peanut bunker at Belford. Michael Kaplan of Roselle clammed a 13 1/4-pounder at Sandy Hook.
    Milt Rosko of Watchung cast Tsunami pearl shad and Danny Plugs into the Mantoloking surf at night early in the week to catch some school stripers and blues, though a large bass was lost on the shad.
    Allen Riley of South Plainfield found Sandy Hook surfcasting before daylight to be tough earlier this week due to a very high tide that made it impossible to wade to the outer bar. He did get a doubleheader of 7- to 8-pound blues on a black teaser and Mann's Stretch 1-Minus plug.
    Tony Arcabascio of Bayville said the few sea bass around were small during his last trip with Maja to the Barnegat Reef, but blackfish up to 5 pounds readily hit strips of squid.




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