Raritan Center, Liberty Park will be hosting boat shows
Sunday, September 24, 2006
BY AL RISTORI
Star-Ledger Staff
Northern New Jersey boaters will have their choice of fall boat shows within a few miles of each other this week, and also can fish a major striped bass tournament being run in conjunction with one of them Saturday plus the Governor's Surf Tournament next Sunday.

Though dealers are being stretched thin trying to cover both shows, all space has been sold at each event.





The 19th annual Fall N.J. Boat Show at Raritan Center in Edison opens its three-day run Friday with about 50 manufacturers on hand plus free seminars provided by The Fisherman magazine. Its hours are 1-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information and discount coupons, visit www.macevents.com.

The fifth annual New York/New Jersey International Boat Show is based at Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park, Jersey City. It opens Thursday from 1-6 p.m., continues Friday from noon to 6, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., before concluding Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 300 boats from 10 to 100 feet will be on display, many in the 600-slip marina, where they will be available for sea trials.

Tickets are $10 for adults in advance or $15 at the door. Children pay $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance purchases can be made by calling (201) 200-9800, ext. 10 -- or online at www.nynjboatshow.com.

The million-dollar Wal-Mart FLW Striper Tour comes to Jersey City on Saturday. This is the only local qualifying contest for northern New Jersey anglers seeking to become eligible for the no-entry-fee $150,000 championship to be held Dec. 7-9 in Virginia Beach. The entry fee for Jersey City is $450 per team by registering prior to the captains meeting. Visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

The Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Sunday at Island Beach State Park. Registration begins at 5 a.m. with the adult fee being $15 while youths of 13 to 17 pay $5. Children 12 and under are registered at no charge. Special arrangements are available for the handicapped.

Ken Schott of Keyport was having lunch Friday with Capt. Jerry Lanzerotti at The Channel Club in Monmouth Beach when he saw bait fish scattering and cast a small bucktail to the disturbance. The fish that hit was a real surprise on his light tackle, but Lanzerotti eventually helped him land a black drum. Lanzerotti, who skippers the Joanna from that club, weighed it at 63 pounds and got a shot with his cell phone camera before releasing the drum back into Shrewsbury River.

George Valentini of G&B Fishing Systems, distributors of Avet reels, is now also a dealer for Blue Fin boats, operating out of an office at Twin Lights Marina, 52 Shrewsbury Ave. in Highlands.


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At Belmar, Capt. Chris Hueth has switched his Big Mohawk from fluke to bottom fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish, and is enjoying fine variety action.At Belmar, Capt. Chris Hueth has switched his Big Mohawk from fluke to bottom fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish, and is enjoying fine variety action.

Bruce Vitale of Piscataway and John Murphy from Middlesex fished last Sunday with Power Pro and Quarrow Rods rep Lou Truppi on his Chelsea Lynn as they worked around a wreck in 70 feet to boat 10 fluke from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds while releasing smaller ones. They used Fishskin jigs tipped with smelt.

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At Highlands, Capt. Stan Zagleski had good drifting for sea bass Thursday with his Elaine B., and his fares also caught 25 legal fluke out of 60 hooked.

At Point Pleasant, Capt. Willie Egerter Jr. said anglers on his Dauntless are averaging 15 to 40 mixed sea bass, porgies, bluefish, fluke and triggerfish a trip. An 8-inch grouper was released Thursday when Gabe Lok of Morristown won the pool with a 5 1/2-pound triggerfish and had about 40 fish in his bag.

Capt. Jim O'Grady of the Cock Robin had good chumming for bluefish from 4 to 12 pounds Friday. Jigs worked better than bait, and some legal sea bass were also jigged. Little tunny were spotted in the slick, but didn't hit.

At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ron Santee said weakfishing got better with the northwest wind. He had steady action Wednesday with his Fishermen, including one drift that lasted 35 minutes. The weaks ranged from 13 inches to 6 pounds, and several customers had limits.

Capt. Art Hilliard said Mulcahy Construction had a slow start Monday at 17 Fathoms in no current. Bluefishing improved as the current built up, and was good by the end of the day. Macho Garcia of Dover had the largest blue at 15 pounds. Regency Fishing Club tried clamming for stripers Tuesday morning, but managed only two keepers, up to a 12-pounder for Howard Beeferman from Monroe Township, and a short. A switch to bottom fishing produced about 70 porgies and 20 legal sea bass up to a 3.2-pounder by Marty Feldman of Monroe. Wednesday's stiff northwester made for tough conditions at 17 Fathoms, but bluefishing picked up throughout the day for Pradco Supply Corp. Charlie Amorevole of Budd Lake boated the 13-pound pool winner. Hilliard worked Raritan Reach for weakfish on Thursday and had a pick that improved during the day as Ponds Fishing Club caught about 40. Bert Gold of Monroe Township took the pool with a 4.2-pound weak and had seven keepers.

Discovery Landscape did well with blues Thursday night east of the Mud Buoy. Ray Fay of Cedar Grove topped the catch at 12 pounds. Blue Ridge Lumber Co. caught blues steadily at 17 Fathoms on Friday, and were releasing by noon. Mike Passofiume of Long Valley was surprised by a 19-pound striper. A couple of hard-to-come-by large group charter weekend trips are available due to cancellations on Sept. 30 and Oct. 8. Call (732) 679-2826.

Capt. Scotty Hilliard has been catching lots of big blues during night trips to 17 Fathoms with Prowler 5. Ralph Cancelieri of East Orange was a pool winner this week.

Mike Golabek of East Rutherford proved there are still fluke at the mouth of Shrewsbury River when he fished his trailered outboard there this week with Jack Giligan and John Wesley from Snipes Boat Club on the Hackensack River as they had 12 keepers including two 20-inchers.Tom Paglioroli of Ocean City fished Friday with Capt. Al Crudele on his Bayhound in Townsend's Inlet and Ludlam's Bay where he and Toni Stefano chummed with grass shrimp to catch 17 kingfish from 13 inches up to 2 pounds on FishBites bloodworm strips. They also released smaller kings plus sea bass, blues, and a couple of fluke.

Big swells have made surf fishing difficult this week, and yesterday's southwester didn't help. Milt Rosko of Mantoloking fished locally Thursday and had action with bass and blues in the wash. A 14-pound striper hit an Allen Sternberg teaser. Nick Honachesky of Normandy Beach found stripers chasing peanut bunkers in the Brick Beach surf and plugged a 33-incher among them. Ernie Wuesthoff, at The Bait'N'Tackle Shop in that town said he's been hooking small bass in his local surf at dawn.

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Allen Riley of South Plainfield hasn't been seeing much at Sandy Hook lately, and wonders where the overdue little tunny are.

At Brielle, Ernesto Rivera from Haddon Township and his family combined for 30 bass, 10 porgies and two triggerfish last Sunday on the Paramount. Capt. Francis Bogan fished Monday in 48 feet for porgies along with a few triggerfish and sea bass. Sam Roher of Princeton was high hook with 35 porgies, and Mike Krall from Rockaway took the pool with a triggerfish. Ben Lau of West Freehold added a fluke and sea bass to his 20 porgies. It was back to ling on weekly Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Mud Hole trips as anglers averaged 25 to 35 a man. Ezra Nanton of Rahway bagged 40 ling, and O. Tift from Trenton won Tuesday's pool with a 5-pounder. Hank Matulonis of Avenel took Wednesday's pool with a 13-pound pollock and added 25 ling.

Mike Brusca Jr. found only sea robins when he started last Sunday at Sandy Hook Rip with his Finitalia from Edison, but a run to Sandy Hook Reef produced porgies at every spot he anchored. Over 50 were released in an hour before a move to Raritan Reach got him into a dozen weakfish. He finished by casting diamond jigs near the Navy Pier for instant bluefish action under birds.

Captains Matt Muzlay and Sean Carton ran Jenny Lee from Manasquan to Hudson Canyon for a Wednesday overnighter that wasn't good for trolling, but produced four tuna at night along with swordfish of 175 and 90 pounds for the Rich Banas party.

Capt. Lou Grazioso of Striper Mania at Highlands found Raritan Bay to be alive with bait when he fished there Tuesday for a variety catch that included weakfish, stripers, bluefish and sea bass, but no fluke. Surfacing blues were abundant.

Chris Salus reports from Crabby's Tackle in Keyport that fluking is holding up in 12-to-15-foot depths of Raritan Bay, while weakfishing is good at the 18, 19 and 20 cans. Joe Simmons from Parlin used sandworms at North Beach to land three stripers over 28 inches.

Greg Bogan reports from Brielle Tackle that Jack Newitts of Point Pleasant ran his One Hit to Hudson Canyon where he joined Keith Kirn, Bob and Tony Brandt, and Bruce Tipling in boating 13 yellowfin tuna plus two albacore and six dolphin on butterfish and sardines. There are have been lots of mostly small fluke in Manasquan River, but Joel Reda of Bogota found a 6`-pounder outside the inlet an a spearing/squid combo. Hickory shad are hitting Sabicki rigs in the river. Lots of bunker schools are swimming off the beaches.