A 13.5-foot hammerhead shark that may have weighed over1,000 pounds was tagged and released yesterday off Hilton Head, South Carolina. That fish was far above the S,C, state record, but Capt. Chip Michalove of Outcast Sport Fishing decided to release it out of respect for its old age. That was a good decision because it was fought by multiple fishermen and certainly not a legitimate sportfishing catch by IGFA standards.
The Jamaica from Brielle had an offshore shot of small blues before chumming up chub mackerel and adding some sea bass. A few sharks were also fought. Carl Metzger Jr. of Lresport, Pa. won the pool with a 4-pound sea bass.
Capt. Ron Santee reports fluking was tough in a lack of breeze and current though some fares on his Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands released over 20 shorts. The high hook caught four legal fluke — and there was also a 3-pound sea bass.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar picked at 2-3-pound blues before getting chub mackerel started while adding some blues on the mackerel baits.
Sunday’s forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots before going south at 15-20 in the afternoon.