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Bunker Wars
Written by Chris Gatley | ESPNOutdoors.com   
Monday, 14 June 2010 10:39
Commerical boats frustrating recreational anglers by affecting striper fishing

By now, saltwater anglers realize the importance of adult menhaden, or bunker, and the symbiotic relationship bunker play within our ecosystem.

Bunker are the true lifeline to the entire striped bass population along the east coast. What's more, bunker are filter feeders, and without them only bacteria and jellyfish can eat the plankton floating in the water.

The complexity here is that jellyfish also eat fish fry as well as fish eggs. In short, bunkers play a pivotal role in balancing the ecosystem.

Right now, the Atlantic Coast, specifically New Jersey, is witnessing a crushing blow to its Atlantic menhaden or bunker fishery with an unprecedented disturbance to the heart of the striped bass migration.

For weeks, large purse-seining vessels have situated themselves immediately off our coast while spotter planes and helicopters locate schools.

Like clockwork, planes and purse-seine vessels work in harmony as huge nets are continually set throughout the day. Most vessels have been adhering to the state legislation requiring them to remain at least three miles offshore....

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NJ Fishing | June 14th
Written by Ron Nuzzolo   
Monday, 14 June 2010 03:32
ron_nuzzolo.jpgAnother explosive week in the 2010 NJ fishing season as striped bass remain strong. Anglers live lined bass on bunker in early hours and late afternoons with fish still coming in at the 30 to 40lb mark. Big fish are still here, from Shark River Inlet, Shrewsbury Rocks and all the way to the Sandy Hook Rips.

The Raritan Bay has been invaded with bluefish, schools ranging from five to ten lbs stirring up huge pods of bunker 2 and 3 acres wide in the early morning hours. Bluefish will only grow in numbers as the water temperatures warm and the bunker pods stay healthy and protected by the bay.A great fish to practice your skills with. This fish is the number one reason most of us fish today. A great confidence builder.

Fluke Season or Summer Flounder is off to a good start. Fluke have ranged from shorts to as big as ten pounds so far and that?s a good sign considering it?s early in the season. Anglers are picking away at fluke from the Verrazano Bridge to Shark River Inlet.

Perth Amboy Captain Mike on the Sea Hawk is picking away at plenty of fluke. Most patrons went home this week with a nice catch for dinner. Captain Mike had fish up to five pounds. Check out the Sea Hawk and relax after work. Captain Mike is running Magic Hours for fluke and he is off to a great start.

Now is the time to get your friends together and go fishing. 2010 has been an amazing once in a life- time striped bass run and if you don?t get a bass then settle for a few gator size bluefish, it will do you good. If you want to relax then bottom fish for fluke, it?s always a good time. Big fluke have already hit the boards up to ten pounds and we have a whole season ahead. Sea bass another fun bottom fish with plenty of action for any angler. I can only hope the fishery remains healthy and I look forward to see what the offshore bite will be like this year. Over the next few weeks I will be keeping a close eye on the off-shore reports from blue fin, long fin & yellow fin tuna, mahi- mahi, shark, marlin and sword. If it?s anything like our striper run, off-shore anglers are in for an amazing run.

Fish On!
Ron Nuzzolo

New Jersey Summer Flounder Season
Written by Ron Nuzzolo   
Sunday, 06 June 2010 16:29

ron_nuzzolo.jpgFishing remains solid for New Jersey Anglers. June looks like another great month in the Garden State.  2010 proved to be one of the best spring striped bass runs in our lifetime. Anglers continue to find big trophy bass as water temperatures start to slowly warm up and the bass migrate north.  Summer flounder and sea bass are now being targeted as the relentless bluefish moves in on bass territory making it a love hate battle between man and fish.

New Jersey Summer Flounder Season is officially opened, May 29th to September 4th with an 18 inch six fish per angler limit. The summer flounder is the most sought after fish in the Atlantic and for most it is a fish that many can?t resist fishing for. Nothing in this world taste better then a fresh fried flounder fillet on a roll with tartar sauce that you caught a few hours earlier.

Seabass, flounder, bluefish, blackfish and soon weakfish should remain solid pickings in the summer weeks to come. So far this has been a year of bigger fish in all categories with offshore species yet to be seen. Charter boat captains finally feel some relief from the gas pump and seeing the greatest bass season ever has helped many survive a tough economy.

Last year we had very little action in the canyons with yellow fin tuna, but inshore blue fin tuna made up for that. The inshore run made it easier for charters on fuel and a different cycle of blue fin tuna not seen in many years within reach. We had some great weak fish seasons in recent years but not a great 2009 season. Sea bass have remained solid in past years along with blackfish as restrictions allowed the stocks to rebound. Bait fish hold all the answers, bunker pods are bigger than ever and schools of spearing are showing up in bigger sizes each year. These are all tell tale signs of a well managed fishery. Sure some restrictions are a bit off line and may not seem right to the avid recreational fisherman and charter boat captains who rely on our fishery. We can only hope that the restrictions are enforced on the commercial markets so we can continue to watch our recreational fishery grow in the Garden State and neighboring states. I have seen many patterns of species come and go in cycles. Most species when given a chance will bounce back stronger than ever. It is a delicate balance between fish and angler. A balance that is up to us to decide.... 

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Shark River Stripers
Written by Rod Houck   
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 16:59

Excitement was in the air May 27 as Cliff Willever IV of Jacobstown NJ reeled in his first ever Striper.



It was 46 inches long and weighted 35 lbs.  It was a great day with Capt. Bill  of Savannah Ray Charters off the coast of Asbury Park that Cliff will remember for a long time.  A total of 6 stripers were pulled on board the Savannah Ray out of Shark River.   

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