The sea bass season opens tomorrow in New Jersey, and the Forked River Tuna Club has a tournament for that popular bottom fish on Saturday.

Boaters can sign up for the contest on Friday in the clubhouse at 7 p.m. for $125 a boat. Should the weather not be good, the contest will be run Sunday- or even next weekend. Call Paul Haertel at 973 943-8201 for details.

The annual Governor’s Cup Surf Fishing Tournament will be contested Sunday at Island Beach State Park. More about that tomorrow,

Maryland boats got a head start on sea bass, and Capt. Monty Hawkins on Morning Star from Ocean City reported three limits, plus the first cutlassfish of the season.

Small craft warnings for southwest winds are up until 8 p.m. , but at west 15-20 knots in the morning should be fishable for sea bass off the N.J. Shore.

Globetrotting angler Kil Song reported poor casting for yellowfin tuna plus hot weather in Panama, and couldn’t wait to try for fluke as soon as he got back. There was cool weather and lots of action on the Frances Fleet from Point Judith, R.I., but only one of his 19 fluke was a keeper.

Andreas Toy did a lot of running yesterday with the 44FA as they started up in the bay to catch the eating size stripers their party wanted before taking a tour of the Hudson River — and then heading south to look for a trophy striper which they did with a 48-incher. After that release, they cast for bluefish before returning to Point Pleasant.

This 14-foot, 4-inch hammerhead shark was caught in the Padre Island, Texas surf on May 5 by Glenn Laskowski Jr. on a cownose ray bait. He and his friend tried to release it, but Field & Stream reported the shark was too far gone. They were able to get it to a pier where it weighed 1054 pounds — still well short of the IGFA record of 1,280 pounds from Boca Grande, Florida.

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