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.