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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., June 10, 2019
(L-R) The Fisherman’s Jim Hutchinson, Jr. and his Cincinnati Bengal brother Clark Harris had the two biggest fish caught and released in the 19th Manhattan Cup on Friday, with Capt. Brian Rice of Jersey Devil Sportfishing earning the prestigious Manhattan Cup awarded by tournament founder Capt. Frank Crescitelli. Not picture is Jersey Devil 1st Mate Pauly Walnuts. Photo by John DeBona.
The 19th Manhattan Cup was held out of Liberty Landing this past Friday with 24 boats and over 60 anglers including various celebrities and U.S. heroes competing for the prestigious Manhattan Cup. The Fisherman’s Jim Hutchinson, Jr. and his brother Clark Harris - a former Rutgers University football standout and now Cincinnati Bengals long snapper - had the two biggest fish caught and released in the event while fishing aboard Capt. Brian Rice’s Jersey Devil Sportfishing out of Rumson. The winning crew livelined bunker off the Jersey Coast about 2-1/2 miles out for a 45-incher for Hutch and a 48-inch monster for his younger, albeit larger sibling who took overall top honors. Congrats to those Jersey Devils for taking the Big Apple event. According to North Jersey editor JB Kasper, early week striped bass fishing was decent in Raritan Bay and in the ocean, but by mid-week bluefish started to dominate the catch and were smashing anything that moves both in Raritan Bay and along he inshore waters. “Fluke fishing in Raritan Bay and other areas continued to hold back by cold water temps and the heavy influx of freshwater from rivers and streams because of the wet spring,” Kasper noted, adding “some areas are seeing a lot of short fluke along with occasional keepers, while other areas are seeing only a few fish at best.” Hutch compiled the weekly report for Central Jersey this past week where he noted that boats sailing for black sea bass out of Barnegat and Manasquan are finding good action. “The ocean fluking has been fairly quiet, with more consistent action coming from the rivers and bays,” Hutch said, adding that those pressing offshore for bluefin were finding mostly false albacore and giant blues at nearer shore spots like the Resor and have pushed farther offshore (40 or so miles) to keep up with the best bluefin bite. “A few dinner-size stripers in the surf with the bluefish, while the monster bass (up to 53 pounds) are few and far between for boats working inside the line, but they’re still there,” he noted. South Jersey editor Anthony Califano said windy conditions kept a lot of anglers off the water this week. “Those who did venture out managed some kingfish, flounder, weakfish and drum,” Califano said, adding “Those fishing further offshore report yellowfin, bluefin, makos and mahi.” As for that offshore bite, field editor Tom Pagliaroli said the trigger has been tripped with mid-range and canyon action in full detonation mode this past week. “Bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin and Jurassic false albacore on the bite,” said Pags, while adding “mahi numbers increasing, and there were a few white marlin in the canyon mix.”
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