Maureen Klause of Ocean City is a dedicated sport fisher. She owns world line-class records for drum at 18.4 pounds with 2-pound test line, 63-12 pounds on 6-pound test line and 77-6 on 8-pound test. Her 5½-year campaign to claim the 4-pound test line record looks to have paid off Monday with a 61.85-pound black drum that was weighed at Off the Hook at Hinch Marina in Cape May.

She said Friday that she has been "trying for a long time" to add that one to her collection.

"I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it," she said. "That's why I was persistent."

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And she said it isn't officially a world record because the line has to be tested by the International Game Fishing Association and the paperwork all has to be registered. She's done this before, so there are not likely to be any hitches.

She was fishing off Slaughter Beach on the Delaware side of Delaware Bay.

Drumfish are moving to the Jersey side, too.

Fred Klug at Baitn Tackle at Utsch's Marina in Cape May was out Tuesday on the Pattylee. He said the bite started at 1:30 p.m. and they left them biting at 3:45 after catching six, three of which they kept. The heaviest weighed 59.4 pounds.

"It was phenomenal," Klug said.

Klug said all the charterboats out of Utsch's had outstanding catches recently. He said Pin Top, Tussey Slough and north of Brandywine have drum.

Fred Ascoli, captain and chef at Miss Chris Marina in Cape May, said there is "no shortage" of drum, and there is a good mix of fish.

One boat crew could hook up with a 30-pounder right next to another with a 60-pounder.

Chuck Hinchcliffe at Off the Hook said the drum have been switching back and forth. One day it might be Tussey and the next Pin Top.

And he said the moving tides are best with, as usual, clam as bait fished from an anchored boat.

Cliff Higbee said drum are "pretty good" off Fortescue, where Higbee's Marina is located. The Miss Fortescue and Bonanza II have had some good trips.

Another record

Here's another neat story, which should go under the heading of "what-are-the-odds."

Mike LaTorre was fishing in Risley Channel behind Longport on May 24 with clam for striped bass. He caught a 19-pound, 11-ounce smooth dogfish. He took it to Brennan Marine in Somers Point to certify it and then to the state Fish and Wildlife station at Nacote Creek for identification, and after that he submitted it for a state record. It tops the existing record of 19-9 set in 2010 by 2 ounces, so it too is a pending record.

Now for the cool part: The state record-holder for smooth dogfish prior to 2010 for more than 10 years is none-other than Mike LaTorre Sr., Mike Jr.'s dad. That one weighed 19-8 and was topped by a single ounce.

"Proud to bring the smooth dogfish record back to my family," LaTorre said in an email.

In other fishing news, kingfish are back in the surf and summer flounder are still strong in the back bays and inlets despite some very chilly sub-60 degree water along the beachfront. Striped bass are still around, probably because of the cool water, and weakfish continue to be decent.

"(A) lot of fish-catching" is the way Noel Feliciano described what's going on at the Atlantic City T-Jetty. Big kingfish, lots of weakfish, some striped bass, summer flounder, and croaker have joined the mixture there. In addition to the shop on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City, Feliciano and son Jeremy have opened their second shop in Historic Gardner's Basin.This is their second year there. Ed Bronstein from Fin-Atics in Ocean City reported kingfish are thick in the surf there, and also with weakfish and stripers.

Upcoming tournaments

The Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament is always one of the best of the season. The 29th annual is next Saturday, June 8. This tournament raises funds for the AtlantiCare Mobile Mammography unit. The entry fee is $300. The captain's meeting is 6 p.m. Friday at Brigantine American Legion Post 396. Tournament weigh stations are Sen. Frank S. Farley Marina in Atlantic City, Seaview Harbor Marina in Great Egg Inlet and Utsch's in Cape May.

LIBT president Kim Kirk said they have two crews looking for captains to volunteer boats. Anyone interested can call Kirk at 609-412-0641, or call the Shep Talking Fishing on Air on 1400 AM between 7-8 a.m. today at 609-927-1100.

The big-time South Jersey Shark Tournament is Friday and Saturday at South Jersey Marina in Cape May. The entry fee is $545 per boat and the captain's meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday. Last year's purse was $260,434. Call 609-884-2400.

The Recreational Fishing Alliance Bass River Flounder contest is also next Saturday. It benefits the RFA and Tuckerton Seaport and Museum.

The captain's meeting is 7:30 Friday at Breeze's Bar and Grill in New Gretna.

Sign up fee is $90. Scott's Dock in Mystic Island; Viking Yachting Center and Allen's Dock, both New Gretna; Chestnut Neck Boat Yard in Port Republic and Tuckerton Seaport and Museum have entry forms.

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