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Suffolk Marine Angler’s Striped Bass Tournament and the Point Lookout Shark Tournament kicked off Long Island’s tourney season on the weekend.
By Fred Golofaro  |  June 12, 2017
Ken Katter’s winning fish goes on the scale. It weighed 42.80 pounds.

Point Lookout Shark Tournament
In the first shark contest of the season, about 150 anglers participated in the tournament's first-ever, two-day event out of Scotty's Fishing Station in Point Lookout. Fishing on Friday was scratched due to a small craft advisory, but one of the competing teams, Fighting Irish, went fun fishing and caught a 235-pound mako. With fishing days moved to Saturday and Sunday, team No Agenda was first to the scales on Saturday with a 275-pound mako. Next up was Hooking On with a 279-pound mako. Hooking On's crew also told the story of a much larger mako breaking off boat-side about 20 minutes before hooking up its eventual tournament-winning fish. Team Witching Hour managed to get to the scales twice during the tournament. On day one, it weighed a 250-pound thresher and on day two the team weigh in a 150.5-pound mako. They were the only team to weigh fish on both days.

Suffolk Marine Anglers Striped Bass Tournament
The number of big stripers riding herd on the bunker schools this spring is down from recent years. That was reflected in the results of this past Sunday’s tournament in which not many fish were weighed in by the 49 competing boats crewed by some of the Island’s best striper fishermen. Mid-size fish were missing completely as most of the fish caught topped the 30-pound mark. Keeping with this season’s trend, a majority of the fish were caught by trolling Mo-Jo Rigs or bunker spoons, while a few did fall to live bunker, including the winning fish. The Tobay area produced the majority of weigh-ins.

Kent Katter took the top spot with a 42.80-pound cow that he caught snag and dropping off of Tobay. It was worth $2,205 in prize money and another $2,300 in Calcutta money. Paul Major was less than a pound off the mark with his second place fish of 42.25 pounds. He earned $1,764 and another $1,150 in Calcutta money. Ted Henn took third place with a 38.80 pounder, followed by Carl Cuccio’s 38.25 pound fish. Prize money was awarded for the eight largest bass. There were four places in the Calcutta. Tom Powers earned $1,125 for the largest bluefish, Ted Aernia $1,075 for the slot fish, and Paul Major $1,050 for the mystery fish.

The tournament benefits Hospice Care with money raised at the captains meeting through raffles and a Chinese Auction.

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