• What is Fishing Club?


    The MHS Fishing Club is open to all students who want to learn how to fish the fresh and salt waters of the Jersey Shore. The club hosts monthly meetings at MHS which involve members giving fishing presentations and guest speakers from all walks of the fishing industry such as local experts, notable fishing celebrities, party and charter captains, retail tackle shop owners, local fishing clubs, Division of Fish and Wildlife, and conservation and environmental groups. The club also fishes together, hosts fishing tournaments, youth education programs for Manasquan Elementary School and sending districts, coordinates activities with MHS Environmental club and are involved with the local community to obtain community service hours. The club competes in the HS Govenor's Surf Fishing Tournament each May at Island Beach State Park.

    Advisor: Mr Freda, Mr Wasnesky

  • Fishing Club

    Advisors: Mr. Freda, Mr. DeMuro, Mr. Buss, Mr. Wasnesky

    Location: Room 121

    Meetings: every other week

    Membership: open to all students and staff

    Dues: $5



  • Manasquan High School Fishing Club

    The Manasquan Board of Ed has approved the formation of a Manasquan HS Fishing Club. The Club which had initial roots in the 80’s was revived by the motivation of freshman and now club President Al Monteverdi. The Club started off with just a handful of students but as the word got out now has almost 50 members both male and female.
    The MHS Fishing Club is open to all students who want to learn how to fish the fresh and saltwater’s of the Jersey Shore. The club holds monthly meetings which will involve local experts from all walks of the fishing industry such as noted fishing celebrities, party and charter captains, retail tackle shop owners, local fishing clubs, and conservation and environmental groups.
    The club also plans to host fishing tournaments, youth education programs for Manasquan Elementary School and sending districts, coordinate activities with MHS Environmental Club and be involved with the local community to obtain community service hours.
    So far the club has held an opening day trout tournament for members which was won by freshman Tommy Freda with a 5 lb 10 oz tiger trout. The club is currently running a largemouth bass tournament for biggest largemouth caught and will run striped bass, bluefish, and fluke tournaments too.
    The Club is seeking support from local tackle shops and industries and Dave Arbeitman of the Reel Seat in Brielle was the first to jump on board. Advisors for the club are MHS teachers Capt Jeff DeMuro, Capt Jim Freda, Mr Kris Buss, and Mr Eric Wasnesky.
    Trophy Striped Bass!!
    40 lb Club 
    Congrats Jack Tomkiel




    Jack, Tommy, Keaton

    55 feet of water off Mantoloking
    with Tommy Freda, Keaton Fortney, Capt Jim Freda
    Great Catch!! 
    30 lbs Congrats!  
    Anna Maraziti
    30 lb Surf caught Striped Bass!
    Manasquan Beach
    Monster Trophy Bass!
    48 lbs Congrats!  
    Max Kristiansen 
    48 lb striped bass caught on a JP Surfster Swimmer
     Massive April Bluefish Blitz down at the Manasquan Inlet!!

    Bluefish Blitz! Manasquan Inlet

    MHS Fishing Club members making the most of a bluefish blitz at the inlet 
     Club catches and happenings...
     Tommy, Max, Tom
    Club members, Tommy Freda, Max Kristiansen, and Tom Krausse hammer the big blues in the back of the Manasquan River 
    Club member Max Kristiansen appeared in the 50th Anniversary issue of the Fisherman Magazine in a carp article by advisor Capt Jim Freda
    Dylon O'Donnell with a big blue caught from the jetty at the Manasquan Inlet
    Club advisor Capt Jim Freda and members Tom Krausse, Al Monteverdi and Tommy Freda braved the wind and rain on the Manasquan River and it payed off big time! A quadruple of big blues all released!
    Club president Al Monteverdi (left) presenting Andy Beers with his tournament prizes - St Croix hat and t-shirt, and Hogy and SPRO lures
    AndyBeer ha
    We have a tournament winner!  Andy Beers with his winning fish a largemouth bass that weighed almost 7 lbs caught April 24th on a curly tail worm from a local pond in Wall.
    Jack Tomkiel's MHS Fishing Club largemouth bass tournament entry 4 lbs 7 oz
    Jack Tomkiel  
    Jack Tomkiel with a monster blue caught on the Manasquan River flats in 3 feet of water. The big blue weighed 15 lbs! 
    Mr Freda, Club Advisor...20 lb bluefish caught up on the flats in the Manasquan River
    Al Monteverdi

    Al Monteverdi, Club President with a 17 lb bluefish caught at the Manasquan Inlet Jetty 4-28-16


    Winner- Tommy Freda won the Club's Opening Day Trout Tournament with this 5 lb 10 oz tiger trout caught at Spring Lake on a St Croix 5'4" Trout Series ultra light rod with 4 lb test while using a brown and gold rooster Tail. The trout also won the Spring Lake Kid's Trout Contest on Opening Day run by the Shark River Surf Anglers. 

    Max Kristiansen with a big carp from Black Creek
    Tommy Freda with a Spring Lake brown trout
    Keaton Fourtney hooked up the big blues on his kayak with his ultralight trout rod. Takes a lot of skill to land this big fish with such a light rod. Great job!
    Tom & Max  
     Max Kristiansen and Tom Krause double up on the two man yak!
    Al hooked up!  
    Club president, Al Monteverdi, hooked up on his boat!
    Max Kristiansen with a monster blue from the back of the Manasquan River 
    Tom & Max  
    Tom Krausse and Max Kristiansen Manasquan River flats! 
    Club President, Al Monteverdi, as appeared in the Coast Star 5/12/16 
    Special Guest Speaker Capt Jay Monteverdi! 
    Capt Jay
    At our May 17th meeting Capt Jay Monteverdi of Brielle came in as our special guest speaker and gave an in depth demonstration on how to filet and prepare bluefish. Jay went over the a-z's in great detail of filleting and shared some great recipes for eating bluefish.Capt Jay
    He noted that bluefish are one of the best fish to eat because of its high Omega 3 content. Great job Jay we really appreciate all your effort. Many thanks!
    Fishing Club members make Trophy Striped
    Bass Catch!
    40 lbs!  
    Interclub Striped Bass Tournament 
     Boat Division won by Jack Tomkiel 
    40 lbs!  
    40 lbs Congrats! 
    Current Report 10/30/17

    Ocean temperatures were 64 degrees this past weekend which is a drop from two degrees the week before. That is usually the norm at this time of year a drop of two degrees a week. With that being the case this brings us to the second weekend in November when we will see 58 degree ocean temperatures. This is about a week later than the norm but we have had some beautiful fall weather out on the water that I don’t think anyone can complain about. As I mentioned last week the southerly migration of bass usually begins when ocean temperatures drop through 58-48 degrees.

       This past weekend what did show up was a tremendous amount of adult bunker that moved in from offshore. The bunker were spread out all through Monmouth and Ocean county waters. In some areas they were so thick you could walk on them. The bass however were not with them yet. Only a few bass were caught by liveling or trolling mostly to our south off of Lavallette for the number of boaters that were trying. Maybe this weekend will be a different story as the bass can show up at any time. What will also be interesting is if the big bluefish that are just offshore come in and get on them. If they do it will be a sight to see. They will wreak havoc for boaters trying to get to the bass but if you just want to bend the rod make sure you use some wire leader attached to your hook or bunker snag.

         Sea bass season opened this past Sunday and will run through December 31. Daily bag limit is15 fish measuring at least 12.5 inches. As expected all our inshore artificial reefs and rock piles were loaded with boats. I was out chasing false albacore on Sunday and heard over the radio that the sea bass fishing wasn’t good at these spots close in. Chatter kept saying nothing or not good from the Sea Girt and Axel Carlson reefs. This is surprising and disappointing because when you couldn’t catch them in the last several weeks boaters were doing well. Further offshore on the wrecks catches were much better along with good catches of porgies.

    Boaters that headed offshore in search of bluefin tuna where pleasantly surprised to find acres of 30-40 lbers in the area of the Triple Wrecks on Sunday. The tuna were in the area of the scallop draggers and were caught by chunking, jigging, and casting to them. One boater that I talked to said he had 30 and left them biting.   

       The report from Garrett Brancy manager of the Douglaston Salmon Run in Pulaski NY is “Most guests have reported the fishing to be between fair and good with several hookups and a few fish brought to hand. The catch is primarily steelhead with a couple kings and cohos mixed in. Most guests that I spoke to said that the whole run is fairly productive. One guest did come back to report that he and three of his friends managed to hook about 100 fish and land about 40 on the lower to mid portion of the run. At the end of the day he happily went home with a couple big kings and cohos and sore arms. Check out for the latest daily reports.

       Bob over at Fishermen’s Den in Belmar reports “If you were waiting for some action in the fishing world wait no longer. False albacore hit the inlets and beaches in Monmouth and Ocean counties in good numbers. Bunker are stacked all along our beaches and bass are not far behind. Our boats are into big blues and albacore as well. Porgy's and blackfish are cooperating and sea bass season has opened. One captain in our Atlantic Highlands store, Capt Anthony Bianco of the boat Peggy Lee said he had several blackfish to 12 lbs and all were released. Grab your surf rod and come on down as things are going to take off. Thanks see you on the beach, Bob”.

    Capt Ryan of the Jamaica II out of Brielle reports “Excellent wreck fishing for the past couple of weeks and now that sea bass is open some hefty bags of fresh fish filets are going home. Catches now are sea bass, big porgies, triggerfish and even a cod fish here and there. Schedule: 12 hour sea bass 5am every day this week and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week. 14 hour sea bass 3am every Saturday and Sunday. 9 hour sea bass 6am every Monday and Tuesday. Some recent catches: Wes Shourt from Manahawkin 15 sea bass to 4 lbs, 47 porgies, 3 triggers, and 1 cod, Sam McGowan from Linden 15 sea bass and 45 porgies, Everett Williams from Bristol Pa 15 sea bass, 50 porgies, 1 cod, and Cornelius Weems Philadelphia, Pa 13 sea bass and 47 porgies”.

    Announcements of Interest: October 22-December 31, sea bass season is now open. November 11-12, International Fly Tying Symposium, Lancaster Marriott Hotel, 25 South. Queen St., Lancaster, Pa. Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 9am-4:30pm. Admission: $15 on Saturday, $12 on Sunday or $22 for a weekend pass. Children under age 16 are free. For ticket information, list of fly tiers, class registration and banquet, visit or call 814-443-3638.

    Tip of the Week: If bass aren’t in the bunker along the beach take live bunker out near the three mile line off of Asbury Park and fish them there. This area traditionally produces well for big bass.




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