Don’t forget Saturday’s blitz of four local fishing contests.
There is no captain’s meeting for the 25th South Jersey Carpenter’s Flounder Pounder, but contestants can sign up Friday for $20 per person at Chestnut Neck Boat Yard in Port Republic, Absecon Bay Sportsman Center in Absecon, North Point Marina in Brigantine and Dolfin Dock in Somers Point. Call 609-653-8995.
The captain’s meeting is 7 p.m. Friday at All-Seasons Marina in Marmora for the 26th Ocean City Exchange Club’s flounder and bluefish contest. The entry fee is $175 per boat. Call 609-398-7199, 609-399-3889, 609-437-3388.
The Brigantine American Legion Post 396 — 3218 W. Brigantine Ave. — is taking entries after 11 a.m. Friday for a flounder contest that is open to the public. The cost is $60 for four anglers to a boat. Call 609-266-0432 or 609-264-0631.
A captain’s meeting is 6 p.m. Friday at the Somers Point VFW Post 2189 located at 500 Bethel Road for the Brutus Fluke contest. Registraton is $25 a person and will be accepted up to 9 p.m. Friday at the VFW Post. Call 609-513-6219 or 609-412-7769.
It looks as though the striped bass world-record holder is about to rack up another spot in the International Game Fishing Association record book.
Greg Myerson, the super-dedicated Westbrook, Conn., fisherman, owns the world record with the 81-pound, 14-ounce striper he caught in Long Island Sound on Aug. 4 of last year.
He now has a pending all-tackle length record with a bass he caught May 30 that was 113 centimeters in length. This is a mandatory release category the IGFA set up to promote releasing fish alive, conservation director Jason Schratwieser said Thursday.
Myerson topped the 78-8 striper record held by former Atlantic City resident Albert McReyolds. That one was caught on an Atlantic City jetty in 1982, and is considered to be the record for the surf.
Incidentally, Myerson said he released a 51-pound bass Wednesday. He now has his own website worldrecordstriper.com
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