George Conroy, of Warminster, Pennsylvania, shows one of the black drum he caught Friday off Atlantic City on Mark Schrenk’s Jessie James charter boat. They caught a 30-pounder they released and a 20-pounder they kept.
Joey Rocks shows the 10.03-pound, 30-inch summer flounder he caught Saturday to win the 21st annual Brutus Fluke Tournament. The tournament had 146 participants who weighed in 27 fish ranging from 2.15 pounds to Rocks’ 10-pounder.
Zachary Tomlinson, of Absecon, shows the 9-pound sheepshead and 5-pound summer flounder he caught Thursday in Absecon Inlet. The sheepshead picked up on the top of the tide, and the summer flounder on the outgoing.
Gunner Elberson, left, and Joey Rocks show their winning catches in the 21st annual Brutus Fluke Tournament on Saturday. Rocks' overall winning catch was 10.03 pounds and was 30 inches long. Elberson won the junior division (14 and under) with a 2.29-pound, 18.75-inch catch.
Bo Khathavong, of Philadelphia, caught some nice tautog Sunday while fishing on an Atlantic City jetty. His catches included a 3.6-pound, 19-inch tog, plus keepers that went 18, 17 and 15 inches for his limit of four among the 30 he caught.
Seven-year-old Paisley Davenport and her father, Josh, show the 35-pound striped bass they caught April 13 while fishing in the Landisville Gunning Club White Perch Contest. The first-grader received a fishing pole and T-shirts as special recognition for the catch. They caught it in the Great Egg Harbor River.
Phil Coccia, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, on Thursday caught this striper that weighed an estimated 50 pounds on the Jersey side of the Delaware Bay. He released the fish alive after the photo was taken.
Phil Coccia, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, caught this striper that weighed an estimated 50 pounds Thursday on the Jersey side of the Delaware River. He released the fish alive after the photo was taken. Shown with Coccia are his sons, 7-year-old Ezra and 9-year-old Phillip.
Joe Rossetti, of Pleasantville, caught a 46.5-pound, 47-inch striper Monday about 2 miles off the beach between Wreck Inlet and the red towers on the southern end of Long Beach Island. Another fisher caught a 49.3-pounder Monday.
Chris Masino, of Beach Haven, caught a 43.06-pound striped bass in the surf there Friday morning. Masino, using bunker as bait, took the lead in the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic with his catch. A photo gallery of South Jersey catches, including Dan Ponzio’s 25.6-pound striper, is attached to this report at PressofAC.com.
Tom Mossman, of Absecon, caught a 35.7-pound striped bass in Absecon Inlet on Sunday. The fish was weighed at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center, where the shop’s Dave Showell called it the first local monster bass of the season.
Stella Smith, 6, with her dad, Steve, of Absecon, caught a snapper-sized bluefish over the weekend to win $50 in a Whipper Snappers Bluefish ccntest in Atlantic City. The contest was for kids, and her winning catch weighed 0.7 pounds.
Colton Alaburda, 5, shows the mahi he caught Saturday while fishing with his family 16 miles off Brigantine. On Sunday, he caught a 19-inch summer flounder that was the only keeper on the family fishing trip.
Yanni Grigorakakis, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, caught his limit of summer flounder Thursday on the Atlantic City rocks. His catches were 4.4 pounds, 23 inches; 3.4 pounds, 22 inches; and 2.2 pounds, 18.5 inches.
Ryan Anderson, 6, of Egg Harbor Township, won the Yacht Club of Pleasantville summer flounder title with this 4.8-pound beauty on Father’s Day. Finishing second in the contest was his father, Neil, an Atlantic City firefighter whose catch went about 3 pounds.
Becky Maegerle, of Egg Harbor Township, caught a 5.5-pound summer flounder in Turtle Creek, near North Wildwood, this week. Holding her catch is her father, Craig Phillips. At right, Jack Kelley, a 12-year-old from Havertown, Pennsylvania, caught his first keeper summer flounder this week in North Wildwood.
Kyleigh Fineberg, 8, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, caught her first keeper summer flounder last month in North Wildwood. A photo gallery featuring recent local catches from triggerfish to sharks is attached to this story at PressofAC.com.
Ashley Emmell and her father, Bill, of Galloway Township, caught several keeper-size summer flounder Wednesday. The heaviest of their haul weighed more than 3 pounds. Ashley, 18, is a Stockton University student.
Bobby Errickson took second place in the Absecon Bay Sportsman Center contest for the first striper catch of the inlet/back-bay season Friday. Errickson caught the 18-pounder on bloodworm in the back bays inside Long Beach Island.
Nikita Grantan caught an 8.5-pound, 29-inch striper Thursday, the opening day of the inlet/river/back-bay season. He won the Absecon Bay Sportsman Center contest for the first striper catch of the season.
Paul Guinta of Somers Point shows off one of the striper he caught with buddies Andrew Lee, Adam Walcoff and Angelo Di Bartolo. For more about striper, kingfish and local fishing, check out Mike Shepherd’s column on B7.
Jeff Becker, of Cape May, caught a 48-pound, 50.25-inch striped bass Monday. He made his catch while fishing with Capt. Jim Gregory on GregMar Charters’ Title Wave out of Brigantine. They were trolling Mojos. Tim Fitzick, of Somers Point, shows the 16.9-pound tautog he caught.
Helen Cooney, of Somers Point, poses with the 411/2-pound striped bass she caught Saturday off Brigantine. Cooney has been fishing since she was a child, and her past catches include tuna and a 5.2-pound summer flounder, among others, but this was her first striper.
John Palladino shows the 54.5-pound striped bass he caught Thursday off Beach Haven on Long Beach Island. The Ventnor resident fishes often but says this was his first outing in search of striper this season.
Jay LeVance, left, of Tuckerton, cousin and regular fishing partner Dave Pharo, center, and Dan Ponzio, of Atlantic City, show the 30-pound-plus striped bass they caught while fishing in the Brigantine Elks Striped Bass Tournament over the weekend. The heaviest went 34.5 pounds.