I guess the shark huggers have decided that they have done enough to stop the “cruel shark tournaments”, since they
were no where to be found at the Marine Basins tournament this weekend.
There were plenty of sharks though. Ninety-seven boats fished and weighed in eighteen threshers, five makos and a
number of bluesharks. The following are the results;
LARGEST SHARK OVERALL - 519 LBS - THRESHER - TRUCE
1st Place Mako - 299 LBS - ULTIMATE
2nd Place Mako - 224 LBS - TUG N TOW
3rd Place Mako - 172 LBS - CRACKED OAR
1st Place Blue( tie) - 264 lbs - WHASSUP
1st Place Blue ( tie) - 264 lbs - OFF DUTY
3rd Place Blue - 256 lbs - ON THE EDGE
1st Place Other - 519 lbs - THRESHER TRUCE
2nd Place Other - 490 Lbs - THRESHER - PANCHO
3rd Place Other - 465 Lbs - THRESHER - FINCASTLE
Overall the number of sharks being caught each day has dropped off as the main body of bluesharks are moving east, but
the threshers and some makos will be here for a while now. It would be nice if there were more makos, but what can you
do? Now that the bluesharks are moving out, I can go shark fishing. The owner of the boat that I run would rather sit
and wait for one exotic than catch a bunch of bluesharks.
Inshore, things are progressing nicely. Bass are being taken with regularity by the trollers and the scup dunkers are
starting to take their share. The fact that there are guys fishing with live porgies is an indication of how good the porgy
fishing is. For the last couple of years that kind of fishing didn’t get started until late July or so.
I finally found some doggies while trying for seabass at Rocky Hill, but they sure aren’t around like they have been for
the past couple of year, thank God. Guys drifting in the Frisbees area have been doing OK with a mixture of fluke and
seabass. And at times better than just OK. It’s just a matter of being there at the right time, mainly on the flood tide. Out
in the rips there are fluke, but for me it’s not would it should be as far as numbers are concerned.
I was checking out the EEZ line on the GPS and made a pleasant discovery. The west end is around 14639-43869, but
then it shoots north, instead of curling to the west like I assumed. This means that the Alaska Rips are in state waters.
That’s one of the main places for late fall bassing and if it was out of bounds would have really hurt.
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