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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., July 8, 2019
Tom D’Alfonso with a 15.1-pound mahi caught whole trolling the 19 Fathom Lump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A Fisherman subscriber, Tom had his Dream Boat catch and entry signed off on by the folks at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Wildwood.
The holiday on Thursday the Fourth gave a lot of folks some extra time to hit the grounds late last week; and despite a blast of nasty weather across the South/Central portion of the state on Saturday afternoon, there were several duly notable catches along the way. Up on Raritan Bay, while post folks continue grinding through a 25-1 ratio or more of throwback to keeper fluke, Capt. John Contello out of Keyport hit the season’s biggest doormat to date on Friday with a 14-pounder taken on bucktail and Gulp. Not a Fisherman Magazine “Dream Boat” weigh-in, but it proves those tournament-winning doormats are there, even as you sift through the shorts. Out of Sterling Harbor in Wildwood, there was a Dream Boat contending mahi registered over the weekend – at the shop anyway – as Tom D’Alfonso brought a 15.1-pound mahi in that he caught while trolling the 19 Fathom Lump. The trolling offshore has been producing some very exciting action; college-bound captain Tommy Freda of the Shore Catch stable was trolling over the weekend aboard his friend’s center console when the crew hooked up with what was estimated to be a 400-pound blue marlin on a Chatterlure rainbow splash bar on the short rigger. Kingfish are getting thicker in the surf, while sharks and rays are beginning to pull more drag along the beach as well. A few good shots at bonito and Spanish mackerel in tight as well.
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