The big NJ shark tournaments have completed their extended runs, and John Marotta’s Seaquester took both Mako Mania and Mako Fever without any controversy this year. It looked like it was all over but the shouting when he got started with a trophy mako that weighed 397 pounds in Mako Mania and 402 pounds in Mako Fever — and that was exactly the case.
Second place in Mako Mania went to a mako less than half the size — a 151-pounder on Chasin Tail. Third and fourth went to almost identical threshers since no other legal mako was caught. Hello Dolly had a 331-pound thresher to edge Tinknocker by just one pound.
Mako Fever has only posted a leaderboard, so those results aren’t official. Reel Shark weighed a 181-pound thresher for second, and third went to a 148-pound thresher by ACX-Cape II.
The Staten Island Tuna Club’s Monster Mako Shark Tournament was run in conjunction with Mako Fever, but they had no weigh-ins there. Chris Carlino said the Tuna Club decided to refund all the entries.
The first Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament will be contested out of all ports on July 4. As noted in the recent release run in my blog, it costs $2,000 to enter the one day, winner take all contest which coincides with the worldwide blue marlin contest. Weigh-ins can be made at Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md. Entries can be filed electronically up to 5 p.m. July 3. Lines go in from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 4. Call 609 884-0177 for info.
An angler casting metal in Manasquan Inlet yesterday afternoon caught a good-sized Spanish mackerel just before my son Mike was married on the beach there to his beautiful Ally whose long blonde hair was blowing in the south wind which offset the temperature and made for a perfect beach wedding under the sun. Her son Aiden (11) looks ready to carry on the Ristori fishing tradition.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ron Santee said he finally got perfect drifting conditions Monday, but shorts still dominated on his Fishermen though more bait was recorded. Capt. Rob Semkewyc didn’t have another foormat to talk about today, but fluke of 5.6 and 5 pounds plus a few threes were boated on his Sea Hunter.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported fishing for blues, chub mackerel and ling wasn’t as good today due to the wind — but sea bass fishing for the two presently allowed was excellent.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be fishing for fluke an bass at 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 4 before running a 5 p.m. fishing and fireworks trip at 5 p.m.
The marine forecast for tomorrow is northwest at 5-10 knots –becoming just 5 in the afternoon.
After the Bay Head surf went dead yesterday morning, Bob Correll of that town was surprised to catch 10 small blues and two Spanish mackerel this morning.