• Manasquan High School Fishing Club

    Fishing Club Fund Raiser December 21, 2016
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    December 21st, 2016

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    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.
    Big Striped Bass are Here!!
    40 lb Club 
    Congrats Jack Tomkiel



    Jack, Tommy, Keaton


    caught 5/18/16
    55 feet of water off Mantoloking
    with Tommy Freda, Keaton Fortney, Capt Jim Freda
    Catch of the Week!! 
    30 lbs Congrats!  
    Anna Maraziti
    30 lb Surf caught Striped Bass!
    Manasquan Beach
    48 lbs Congrats!  
    Max Kristiansen 
    48 lbs 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 


    Recent 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 on 5/11/16 
    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
    On 5-4-16 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 5-1-16. The big blue weighed 15 lbs! 
    Mr Freda, Club Advisor...20 lb bluefish caught up on the flats in the Manasquan River 5-1-16
    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 caught 3-1-16
    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 5/11/16 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 
    ran from May 20-May 31
     40 lbs
     Boat Division won by Jack Tomkiel 
    40 lbs Congrats! 
    Current Report 12/1/16

       The 4-day holiday weekend did not disappoint anglers as both the weather and the fish cooperated. Striped bass, bluefish, blackfish, sea bass, and porgies were all caught each and every day. Striped bass took center stage as bass were blitzing from Asbury Park down to Seaside Park. The bass were feeding on both big adult bunker and peanut bunker. Along the beach it was mostly peanuts while out in the boats both baits were present. Conditions right now are prime for bass to gorge themselves on baits as ocean temperatures are between 51-49 degrees. So expect blitz conditions to continue.

      Over the Holiday weekend surf anglers had a blast as classic blitz conditions occurred with bass up to 20 lbs. Bass could be seen blowing the peanuts out of the water. Snagging and dropping peanuts, casting swim shads or surface poppers had the surf guys into plenty of bass. During the 4-day period the action shifted from the north up by Asbury Park down to Mantoloking then to Lavallette. Surf anglers that had good communication new where to be at the right time.

       In the boats it was easy to find fish as birds pinpointed where the bass were pushing the peanuts to the surface. Tremendous top water blitzes took place as big pods of bass were all over the surface at times on the baits. If you were able to get your boat on a pod or were lucky enough to have them come up right next to you it was instinct hook-ups. Boats running and gunning pulling up on a pod however would quickly put the fish down.

        Best blitz action happened during the first two hours of the morning and then again later in the afternoon. During the middle of the day pods will still come up but the action was spread out over a wide area of several miles. During the day boats trolling shad rigs pretty much had non-stop action from 35-55 feet of water. Some bigger 30-35 lb class bass were taken trolling these rigs.

       This weekend looks good weather-wise so we may see the same action but 49 degree ocean temperatures are a little cold for peanut bunker to stick around for any length of time. Its just a matter of how big the population is that is pushing out of the backbays and rivers that will dictate the duration of the run. What we need now to move inshore are sandeels and sea herring. Both of these baits will bring more bass with them particularly the sea herring which have the big migrating New England bass with them.

       What interesting to note is that there has been a tremendous migration of bass outside the three-mile line in the last two weeks as giant bait balls of smaller baits are present out there. There has been Hitchcock style birds on them marking where they are. Boaters looking for bluefin tuna have been reporting seeing bass up on the surface each and every day in these bait balls. I saw these baits and bass when searching and looking for bluefin tuna over the weekend and they looked like small butterfish. So it’s interesting to note that there are a lot of bass going by us without ever coming inside the State 3-mile legal fishable limit.

         The Manasquan Fishing Club has announced that their monthly meeting will be moved to the second Friday of this month December 9th due to the Holiday Celebration that takes place in Manasquan. The meeting is held at the Manasquan Women’s Club, 62 North Main St., Manasquan starting at 7:30pm. New members are welcome.

      Bob over at Fishermen’s Den in Belmar reports “Hope all had a great Thanksgiving. The fishing was good if you could slip away from family obligations. The stripers were having a feast not on turkey but peanuts, since then it’s been a little slow as the wind shift kept them off the beach. The black fishing is hot with jigs and white crabs. We got a new load in and the anglers were buying them in good numbers. The good thing about jigs you can use light tackle spinning rod, braided line, and one and a half or two-ounce jig and piece of crab and you’re in business. Bass or blackfish, you got your choice, have fun before it gets too cold, Bob”

      Capt Howard Bogan of the Big Jamaica out of Brielle reports “Offshore fishing continues to be good with many limits of giant sea bass and jumbo porgies, along with a few cod and blues mixed in. Over the weekend the pool winners were Abraham Jackdor from West Orange with an 8 lb cod and Larry Granzotto from Astoria, NY with a 6 lb sea bass. Everyone went home with plenty of fish. Most passengers caught their limit of giant sea bass and a good number of porgies. There is space available on upcoming trips. The Big Jamaica scheduled to sail to the offshore wrecks 4 days a week. We will be fishing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday leaving 11pm the night before. Space is limited, reservations can be purchased in advance. Between Christmas and New Year's Day we will sail almost every day. For further information, call 732-528-5014”.

    Announcements of Interest: December 3, 9th Annual Freehold Fishing Flea Market, Park Ave Elementary School, Freehold, 9:00am-2:00pm. December 9, Manasquan Fishing Club monthly meeting, Women’s Club, 62 North Main St., Manasquan, 7:30pm. December 10, Barnegat HS Fishing Club 8th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market, Barnegat HS, 180 Bengal Blvd, Barnegat, 9:00am-1:00pm.

    Tip of the Week: When trolling your shad rigs get them down to 10 feet off the bottom in the depth of water that you are fishing. This is where some of the biggest striped bass will be taken.

     Send info or notable catches to: jimfreda@optonline.net.



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