On the final day of the April tautog season at the Jersey Shore, I had an invite from Matt “Swagmatic” Sorrentino to join members of his NJFishingClub.com for a trip aboard Capt. Sam Rescigno’s Mary MIV out of Barnegat Light. As I pulled up to Lighthouse Marina at the north end of LBI around 5:30 a.m. that morning, about 25 miles due north of me my buddy and coworker, John DeBona was just stepping aboard Capt. Ralph Leyrer’s Last Lady in Neptune.
DeBona and I get to fish together a bunch, but we also do our own thing for the most part, away from work. Still, we continued texting back and forth that day, sharing info from boat-to-boat, checking on the bite and comparing notes. “How is the morning action,” DeBona texted me a little after 8 a.m. “Slow pick,” I responded.
“Massive porgy, short cod, tautog and keeper-sized sea bass,” came the reply, to which DeBona added “it was nice to see three or four women fishing Saturday, and all subscribers!”
True that. I’ve met countless lady anglers in recent years, on boats, beaches and at the “booth” for the winter shows. And based on the number of photos we’ve received to start the 2022 season, I know we’re going to see more of these hard-fishing ladies.