The canyon fishing season is off to an amazing start as the Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant totaled  two giants, 20 school bluefins, 15 mako sharks and even an unheard of spring albacore in their first four trips. I’ll have moreabout this tomorrow.

As noted in yesterday’s blog, the inshore bluefish bite has turned into a night opportunity. I joined Jerry Lasko and Maren ioleno last night to plug in Point Pleasant Canal, and got into good action . As almost always, Maren was high hook with a dozen large blues, but Jerry had the prize catch with a 28-inch striper that he released. I released seven blues up to a fat 36-incher that had me running along the canal to keep up. Bill Hoblitzell was fishing a different area of the canal and had similar action with a half-dozen big blues plus a short bass.

The long-awaited results of Sunday’s Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament at IBSP were finally received from the DEP at 12:50. Please excuse all the empty lines and boxes I COULDN’T ELIMINATE IN TRAFERRING.`.

The winners of Sunday’s Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament have been announced! John Kolacy of Flanders was awarded the Governor’s Cup for his 37 4/8-inch striped bass.
Tournament details are available on the Division’s website, and the complete winners list is below:

Bluefish Category
Child (Male):
First Place: Logan Apello, Cliffside Park, NJ – 20 5/8″
Second Place: John Ryanfalk, Ossining, NY – 20 4/8″
Teen (Female):
First Place: Morgan Vicidomini, Forked River, NJ – 19 4/8″
Teen (Male):
First Place: Nick Donato, Toms River, NJ – 28 4/8″
Second Place: Colin Graham, Toms River, NJ – 26 2/8″
Third Place: Benjamin Brenner, Toms River, NJ – 25″
Adult (Female):
First Place: Dawn Wesemann, Churchville, PA – 27 6/8″
Second Place: Norma Kasper, Downington, PA – 26″
Third Place: Margaret Crossley, Mount Laurel, NJ – 19″
Adult (Male):
First Place: Gary Galbraith, Carlisle, PA – 32 1/8″
Second Place: Damon Lofton, Morris Plains, NJ – 29 3/8″
Third Place: James Bielski, Forked River, NJ – 29″ (6:45am)
Striped Bass Category
Adult (Male):
First Place: John Kolacy, Flanders, NJ – 37 4/8″
Second Place: Michael Mastrian, Toms River, NJ – 31 2/8″
High School Team
First Place: Toms River High School South – 26 2/8″ Bluefish
Second Place: Manasquan High School – 25 6/8″ Bluefish
Third Place: Columbia High School – 18 3/8″ Bluefish



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