Justin Strehl fished a jig and crab on light tackle off the Jersey Shore last fall to boat a 22 1/2-pound tautog which has been accepted as a 20-pound line class world record by the IGFA

Justin was fishing on Capt. Frank Tenore’s Fins on Feathers when the huge tog hit. That catch broke a record which had stood for over 60 years.

The forecast for today looked good, but it turned out to be cool, windy and rough. That worked at well for surfcasters fishing the beach at Seaside Park when Betty and Nick’s reported a blitz of big bluefish on topwaters going on at 12:58.

Boaters took a beating getting out to the sea bass grounds, but still did well at anchor. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands added ling to the large sea bass topped by a 2 1/2-pounder for Scott Scuderi.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar released blackfish up to 10 pounds. Fluke and ling also hit.

I haven’t been hearing anything about sportfishing for sharks at this prime time since makos have been protected. Yet a mako got stranded this morning at Point Pleasant on Long Island. That’s very unusual for a strictly oceanic shark species which looked to be unmarked, but must have been sickly.

Greg Prestosh had all the action with stripers from 26 to 43 pounds that he could handle during a solo trip.

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  1. On Monday fished the Monmouth Surf 6:30AM at approaching High Tide, and quickly scored on 4 Stripers in the low 20’s (yes Blood worms). Slowed down fast and as low tide approached so I just relaxed on the beach without a bite but kept the poles baited for the heck of it. I was ready to quit. Winds abruptly changed from west to east, and bam caught a 24 inch Striper and while I released that one… my other pole went crazy and pulled in a 28 inch keeper (which I also released). This was at near low tide at 1PM. Moral of the story, there are a lot of fish out there, and they can bite at any time/tide. BTW, last year I did not catch one keeper in the surf (close but no cigar) and much less fish overall. I am having a ball this year. Hope other are also. Lastly… if you ever want me to send pictures I can just not sure how to do it.

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