Capt. Vinny Vetere said the forecast was way off and he could hardly stand up on his Katfish as the first 60-pound striped bass on his charter boat from Great Kills in several years was fought Monday morning.

Vetere said his scale is down at the IGFA being certified. but the bass was 55.5 inches tail length with a girth of 30 inches.

Eight other bass were also released in the rough ocean, and all of them were over 47 inches.

Sorry for not being able to get the blog out last night, but the internet was down at my home.

Ted Gaydos of Spotswood, N.J. was the big winner in Saturday’s JCAA Fluke Tournament as he not only won the $1,200 Sandy Hook port prize at Gateway Marina in Highlands, but also joined the $25 doormat division which paid off $50,000 for his 12.45-pounder. To top it off, he swept the fluke Calcuttas to end up with $55,706!

I’ll have more about the JCAA winners tomorrow.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported sea bass still providing good catches as the season winds down to close Sunday. They also had some large cunners (bergalls), ling and a keeper cod while releasing a few fluke and blackfish.

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