Ristori: Kids have 'blues' -- and that's fine

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 BY AL RISTORI
Star-Ledger Staff
Joe Andrieoli of Wayne said it could hardly have been any better Sunday evening at 17 Fathoms during his annual trip on the Mi-Jo from Atlantic Highlands with the kids from Bergen County Special Olympics. They started after 5 p.m. and caught so many 10- to 14-pound blues that the youngsters were worn out and watching a football game in the cabin by 6:30, so they headed home. Andrieoli briefly dropped to bottom with pieces of bunker and caught three sea bass in the 2 1/2- to 3-pound class.
Capt. John Brackett lost four days to the northeaster, but got out Sunday with his Queen Mary from Point Pleasant and found blues once again at the south end of the Mud Hole. Bait was best, though some hit jigs. Sandra Sharpe of Allentown, Pa., took the pool with a 13-pounder. There were no little tunny, so Brackett will focus on blues until switching to stripers October 28.

Captains Jimmy Gahm and Kevin Gerrity ran Jenny Lee from Manasquan out to Lindenkohl Canyon as the northeaster dropped out Sunday afternoon. The Martin Bienacz party from Toms River boated 11 out of 17 yellowfin tuna that hit, but the bite surprisingly died out after 1 a.m. Some of the tuna were hooked on Shimano Butterfly jigs.
Striper clamming improved greatly with the northeaster as the Teal from Atlantic Highlands limited out Sunday, including bass of 22 and 30 pounds. Capt. Lou Grazioso fished his Striper Mania from Highlands off Sandy Hook and in Sandy Hook Channel to catch lots of school stripers on worms during both tides Sunday though weakfish were missing.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter found weakfishing to be very slow Sunday morning, so he switched to worming for bass and found them in all the usual spots. The high hook caught 12, including eight of legal size. Semkewyc will be targeting stripers on half-day trips this week before changing Friday to his fall bass schedule of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Chris Salus reports from Crabby's Tackle in Keyport that Raritan Bay striper fishing has improved. Ron DaSilva from Garwood used mackerel at Laurence Harbor for a 41-pound striper. Joe Lippert from Lincroft trolled Stretch 25 plugs along the Reach for 18 bass up to a 22-pounder.


Also at Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Art Hilliard fished his Eagle through the northeast wind Saturday night at the Mud Buoy but only needed one drop with his Eagle to load up with blues up to Mike Greenwood's 12-pounder before then releasing many more. Hilliard started there with a fair pick before getting hit with a squall Sunday morning, after which the blues went deep and the action slowed until split-shot were added. Walter Hamilton of Flemington topped the catch with a 13-pounder.
At Brielle, Capt. Howard Bogan Jr. says canyon tuna fishing has been excellent on his Jamaica. Most yellowfins are in the 50-to-85-pound class, and there has been a good showing of extremely large 50-to-70-pound albacore. Mike Havokost of Manasquan recently boated two yellowfins and two albacore. Walter Palmer Jr. of Colonia celebrated his 84th birthday by boating a limit of three yellowfins.
The Sunday night before last was exceptional as the first fish boated was a 45-pound wahoo -- and a short time later a 60-pound wahoo was attacked by a shark on the way to the boat. Then another fish took the angler around the boat twice and turned out to be a wahoo that weighed 90 pounds gutted.

Reel Seat reports Big Al Wutkowski of Point Pleasant fished over bunker schools south of the inlet before they disappeared recently and proved there were some stripers around them. He brought in a 34-incher and released a 44-inch bass on live bunker from his Flume while also catching three smaller bass on Shimano Butterfly jigs.
Frank Marchese joined Joe Natoli on his Janice recently as Capt. Lou Ferris ran to Toms Canyon, where they limited on yellowfins up to 75 pounds on both Butterfly jigs and butterfish while adding a 100-pound swordfish. Lud Bohler's Moondancer from Brielle Yacht Club hosted Bill Goebel and friends from Boston as Capt. Mike Petrole put them into 19 yellowfins in the 40- to 80-pound class, with 12 being hooked on Shimano Butterfly jigs -- and added a 175-pound swordfish.

Andrew, Matt and Andy Fanelli overnighted in Toms Canyon, where Capt. John Krohn got them into six albacore to 75 pounds and 11 yellowfins to 100 pounds. The largest tuna hit Shimano Butterfly and ProFishCo Power jigs. The latter also worked best when Capt. Mike Schneider ran Katie H from Manasquan to Spencer Canyon before the blow as the Mike Murray charter limited with yellowfins to 65 pounds.
Brielle Tackle weighed a 12-pound striper caught last week on clam at Manasquan beach by Honor Barrett of Manasquan. Rich Maricle of Point Pleasant landed a 19 1/2-pound striper at his local beach before dawn on a black Bomber. Lots of weakfish are located just off the beaches from Point Pleasant to Seaside.
At Keyport, Capt. Joe Romaniello of Papa's Angels had a solid catch of weakfish and blues recently in Raritan Bay for the Katrina Horning party from Lansdale, Pa.
Phillip Sciortino reports from Tackle Box Sportfishing in Hazlet that D.J. Edwards of Belvidere told him the 46 1/4-pound striper he caught recently hit bunker at Shrewsbury Rocks. Capt. Derek Bielitz had over 50 weakfish and 20 stripers, including four keepers, during a recent Raritan Bay trip for Manny Vidal of Newark on Tackle Box Sportfishing.
The Gerald Walker party from Middletown also fished with Bielitz recently for 15 stripers up to 32 inches on worms and eels plus 27 keeper weaks up to 5 pounds. Sciortino had lots of bass reports Saturday from the bay. Skip Coleman of East Orange used worms to catch a 17-pounder on 6-pound test. Mark Callaghan of Keansburg caught 17- and 18-pound bass on bunker chunks at Belford. Clams at South Amboy beach produced 16- and 17 1/2-pound stripers for Kevin and Jason Matysik of that town.
Tuna-Tic from Waretown has been doing well with tuna and swordfish in Hudson Canyon. There might be room on a trip scheduled for Oct. 18-19. Call (609) 290-8900.
T&A Tackle at Port Monmouth weighed a 21 3/4-pound striper 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