Quality fish rule!
Helen Cooney, of Somers Point, hauled a striped bass into Ray Scott’s Dock in Margate on Saturday that weighed 411/2 pounds and measured 481/2 inches long.
Tim Fitzick, also of Somers Point, put a 16.9-pound tautog on the scales at Tight Lines in Somers Point on Friday.
Jeff Becker, of Cape May, topped it off Monday with a 48-pound, 50.25-inch striper (photos of the striper and tog on B8) he had weighed and measured before the photo shoot at Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine.
Cooney was fishing with Roy Parker on Parker’s boat along with Fred Howard 21/2 miles off Brigantine. They were trolling white Mojos amid a sizable fleet at first.
The fleet thinned out as conditions got rough, but they toughed it out and hung in there. They started the troll around 8:30 a.m., and she hooked the bass around 10:30.
Cooney said Monday she has been fishing since she was a young girl with her father, Bob Blevin, whom she called Pop, out of Ocean City. This is the first striper she ever caught. She has a 5.2-pound summer flounder to her credit, and she has caught tuna.
Fitzick was fishing a wreck in 50 feet of water off Atlantic City with green crab as bait, according to the Tight Lines report.
Becker was fishing with captain Jim Gregory on GregMar Charters’ Title Wave out of Brigantine. They were trolling Mojos. Grossman said they were hoping the bass would hit the 50-pound mark at Riptide. Grossman said he never saw such unhappy fishers when it leveled out at the not-too-shabby 48.
Well, it did top the 50-mark in length.
Saturday seemed to be the best of the recent fishing days.
Dan Rothman and his hard-fishing Northfield family, including 8-year-old Alexandria and 11-year-old Keegan in the boat, went togging off Brigantine.
Dan said it was “on fire.” He estimated they tied into 50 tog, keeping two for dinner. He said it was the best tog fishing in “quite some time” and they “had a blast.”
He said Monday the fish averaged 4 pounds and 18 inches.
Dave DeGennaro of the Barnegat-based charter boat Hi Flier also was trailing Mojos and catching 15- to 35-pound bass above Barnegat Inlet as late as Sunday.
James Madosky, of Ventnor, had three super days since Thanksgiving.
On Friday, he rode up to off Long Beach Island. On Saturday, he took his daughter Alyssa, her friend Rebecca Reddington and his brother George off Harvey Cedars on LBI. On Sunday, he worked it off Brigantine.
He said he had four keeper-size Friday and Saturday and three on Sunday. He said one went 44 1/2 inches and weighed 35 pounds, and two were 41 and 40, plus 39-, 36- and 30-inch bass. They limited out each trip.
“Good weekend,” he said in an understatement.
The tip about that “good weekend” came from Noel Feliciano at One-Stop Bait and Tackle in Atlantic City.
And, oh, by the way, Feliciano said he weighed one 6-pound, one 5.3-pound and two 5-pound tog caught over the weekend from the Atlantic City jetties in Absecon Inlet.
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Mike Shepherd is the retired sports editor of The Press. His column appears in the Tuesday and Saturday print editions and online.