Fish On

first_img Ron Nuzzolo Notes from another fine day on the bay Before the storm last week I got reports from N.J. Saltwater Fisherman, Joey Gahrmann and his brother Chuck Gahrmann, both from East Brunswick, along with their buddy Scott McCall from Hillsborough, who fished the Raritan Bay area near buoy 11 for Chuck’s birthday. They went out around 9:30 a.m. and headed into the back bay. Nothing was around, no boats and no fish. They set up a couple of times with no runs, no hits. Then around noon they spotted some birds crashing, set up again and landed a short on clams. Then the choppy east wind picked up. They decide to troll plugs through the birds, and wouldn’t you know it – fish on every time with plugs, mostly shorts around 23-27 inches with a few smaller ones thrown in, too. Finally they found the keepers, landing eight solid 29-inchers and one nice 36.25-incher that weighed in at 18 pounds. So they put three nice fish in the box for a birthday dinner and released the other keepers for another day. Great birthday gift and good times had by all. Joe Caputo had chartered a trip with his longtime friend Captain Paul. Captain Paul has a 26-foot Shamrock and is out of Great Kills, Staten Island. Ron Nuzzolo, my father, and Bill Lee decided to tag along with Joe since he was very kind to extend his invitation. They wanted to catch an early start as well as the end of the tide. They left the dock at 5:15 a.m. in the morning, sworn to secrecy so as not to divulge exactly where they were (Raritan Bay, somewhere near Keyport was all I can get from them). When they finally got to their location, no one was around except for the sounds of bunker jumping out of the water. Captain Paul started his chum slick with his secret formula of frozen clams and some other things. Within the first 20 minutes or so they landed the first flounder. They started the morning out using sand worms and by 9:30 already had 23 flounders in the cooler. Small bass also arrived at the scene before bites slowed down a bit and gave them a chance to eat their lunch. This gave them a chance to talk about the ones that got away from past trips. The tide swung around and the flounders now wanted something different. They all switched over to mussels and that seemed to work well for the afternoon bite. Ron Sr. hooked up with a double-header of small bass and Bill Lee landed a nice yellow flounder. Joe Caputo hooked into a beautiful bass; unfortunately the bass was shy of its legal size of 28 inches. By 1:30 p.m. they were maxed out with 40 flounders and were well on their way home. What a great day – good conversation, some good laughs and fishing with a bunch of great anglers. Those are the days that you remember and talk about for years to come. I thought I would share that with you. For these guys they have memories of trips like this one by the hundreds and just another day on the bay. Remember a good trip or bad, it’s about the friends and memories that come from it that count. I have fished with these guys in the past and I, too, have some great stories that I will pass along to my kids. This report came in from Captain Dave in Atlantic Highlands – A forecast of heavy rainstorms and flooding did not deter the Bob O’Leary party from Old Bridge from their day of fishing. Fearing a water temperature change and turbid water in the back bay from the storm, a trip to Roamer Shoals was in order. Within three minutes, the first bass was on. Nonstop action from the bass was the theme for the rest of the afternoon. One rod set for flounder produced fish up to 19 inches. Short bass dominated the catch but the action was red hot. Bob O’Leary took the pool with a striper. Clams were the bait of the day. Recipe of the week Every week I ask readers to send in their favorite local recipes to share with the rest of us. At the end of the year I will post my three favorite recipes. Once we post them, you, the readers, will decide who will become the first annual “Fish on with Ron – Local Seafood Recipe Champ.” Please send your recipe and or fishing report to me at Our recipe this week comes from Lucia Spagnolo from Bayonne, but originally from San Vito/ Calabria / Italy. Get the Net: 5 out of 5 nets Difficulty: Very simple Comments: Old school basics, simple seafood delight Nonna Lucia’s Fried Snapper 5 or 6 medium size snapper 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup vegetable oil Sea salt Black pepper to taste 1/2 cup lemon butter sauce Heat up oil until ready for frying. Clean snapper thoroughly, remove heads and tails, clean insides, and scale them thoroughly over cold water. Salt snapper generously and only add pepper to taste. Dredge the snapper in the flour, coating completely. Add the snapper to the pan, cooking for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. In a separate pan, combine stick of melted butter with the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 cup white wine, and 1 teaspoon minced garlic a set aside. To serve, lay the snapper on dish and spoon the lemon butter sauce on top. Garnish with parsley. Recipe by: Lucia Spagnolo from Bayonnelast_img

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