Though I still haven’t been able to find an obituary for Mark Sosin, I’ve had time to remember better days in the past.
When I was director of field testing for Garcia in Teaneck, N.J. , Mark was doing a series of inexpensive “how-to” books about fishing for various species that he either wrote or farmed out to other writers before editing them. I suggested doing one based on the experiences of my volunteer field testers — and that Secrets of the Pros for Bass was the first book of my career in journalism.
Garcia had a sportfishing boat at that time, and just prior to the Ocean City, Md. White Marlin Tournament there was an opportunity for Mark and I to fish a practice day, but Capt. George Seemann said it was too rough to sail. What could two dedicated anglers do under those circumstances? We got some bait and fished off the dock to see who could catch the most blowfish. I’ll never know how good a white marlin angler Mark was, but he sure had the feel for blowfish!
Bluefish were on top today as the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported catching them mostly on poppers. The choppers ranged from 4 to 9 pounds and were often seen swirling on bunkers.
The small craft warning goes down at midnight. The wind will be down to northwest at a mere 5 knots in the morning before going south in the afternoon.
Vinny D’Anton managed a couple of Monmouth County surf stripers, including a 28-incher, while casting his Chug Bug and MirrOlure — but sand fleas didn’t produce the last couple of days.