A record-setting catch for Manasquan’s Anna O’Neill
By Len Bardsley
Jan 2, 2014
The Coast Star
MANASQUAN — Anna O’Neill, a 12-year-old from Manasquan, recently made a record-setting catch when she pulled in a 18.7-pound bluefish 2.5 miles out of Long Branch. The catch, which took place on Oct. 19, set the Female Junior World mark when Anna was still 11 years old. The previous record was 17.8 pounds set in July of 2000.
Anna was fishing with her father, Pete, as well as John Casagrande, on her father’s boat, the Cappy’s Dream. Anna, who is in sixth grade at St. Catharine School, used a custom-made rod given to her by her father two years ago. The reel was a Avet SX 5.3 1 MC with a ava 47 Jig. The line was Power Pro braid 30lbs with 40lbs fluorocarbon topshot. The fight took about five minutes.
The intent was to catch some bait for a shark fishing trip, but that trip never took place due to the weather. Pete, who belongs to the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club, realized there had been no Junior entries for bluefish at the club. When he weighed in the fish with Anna at Hoffman’s Marina, he went home and checked on the computer for the Junior World Record. Pete then followed the protocol for submitting a record to the International Game Fish Association, which included pictures of the fish, Anna, the scale, the rod, the boat, as well as signatures from witnesses and the person who weighed in the fish.
There was a 60-day waiting period before all of the pictures and documentation could be confirmed before Anna became the official world-record holder. Anna was thrilled to become a world-record holder. “I was freaking out, I was so excited,” said Anna. “I knew it would take a long time to answer back. My dad was telling me it might take five months. It was long.” Anna said she went out fishing with her dad about 20 times this year. Her favorite fish to catch is fluke. Anna knew she had a pretty good sized bluefish, but a record was the furthest thing from her mind. “I was pretty sure it was pretty big,” said Anna. “It gave me a little bit of a fight. My dad and his friend John Casagrande were like, ‘That is pretty big.’ I never thought it would be a world record.” Pete put together a huge picture frame that included a copy of the official world-record certificate, a picture of Anna and the fish, and the lure used for the catch, and gave it to his daughter for Christmas. Anna could tell her father was having a hard time keeping the confirmation of the record a secret. “My dad was keeping it a secret from me,” said Anna. “He was trying really hard not to tell me. I think he found out the Thursday before [Christmas].”
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November 7, 2013
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that Richard Eglesbe of Lakewood made his way onto the state record fish list by landing a new state record Gray Tilefish.
Richard was fishing on the party boat Voyager, in the Wilmington Canyon captained by Jeff Gutman out of Fisherman’s Supply in Point Pleasant on September 2. The Gray Tile weighed 18 pounds, 14 ounces, eclipsing the old record caught by Joseph Sanzone 7 years ago off the Toms Canyon by 7 ounces.
Richard was using a Jigging Master PE-8 reel spooled with 70-lb. test braided line, a custom Reel Seat rod and squid for bait. The new record gray tilefish measured 35 inches in length and had a girth of 23.5 inches.
October 18, 2013
More Than 101,000 Cubic Yards Of Debris And 360,000 Yards Of Sediment Removed From State Waters
Trenton, NJ – The unprecedented clean-up of New Jersey waterways following Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in the systematic removal of more than 101,000 cubic yards of debris from storm-impacted tidal waters, is officially coming to a close, the Christie Administration announced today.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has notified impacted municipalities that all waterway debris removal performed by three state-hired contractors for this effort will cease on October 30.
“The success of this massive project is the result of a true team effort involving not just the DEP, but the hard work of our contractors, our sister state agencies, the federal government and local and county governments,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “With this enormous effort, we were able to clear debris from bays, inlets, wetlands and the ocean.”
While debris removal is ending, sediment removal from state waters will continue through the fall. To date, more than 360,000 cubic yards of identified Sandy-related sediment has been removed from marinas, lagoons and back-bays.
In addition, the state Department of Transportation is developing a separate plan to dredge state channels, some of which suffered impact from Superstorm Sandy.
Earlier this year, during the first 100 days following the storm, the DEP and impacted municipalities cleared more than 8 million cubic yards of debris from the streets of storm-ravaged communities. The materials, including more than 4.5 million cubic yards of construction and demolition debris from some of the hardest hit towns in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Cape May and Atlantic counties, were sorted and safely disposed or recycled.
Then the DEP turned its focus to the challenge of removing docks, bulkheads, pieces of boardwalks, boats, cars and even houses, and other storm debris from tidal waters from Bergen County to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay to the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Salem County.
The DEP hired three contractors through public bidding to focus the federally-funded water cleanup effort in separate coastal regions. The DEP separately engaged three debris monitors to provide FEMA-required oversight of the debris removal work, and a project manager, Dewberry Engineers, Inc., to manage this complex undertaking.
The firms surveyed nearly 195,000 acres by side-scan sonar and gathered and removed the following materials from New Jersey waters:
The bulk of the debris removal work was completed by mid-summer. However, remaining wet debris and submerged material took longer to locate and remove.
“The waterway debris removal project represents the finest efforts of New Jersey, showcasing our ability to pull together the best resources available to get the job done safely, on time and with utmost respect and consideration for the environment and, of course, for our residents and businesses,” said DEP Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Management Jane Kozinski, who coordinated the water and land debris removal projects.
Agencies that worked with DEP on this concentrated effort include the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources, the State Police Marine Services Bureau, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Earlier this month, municipalities were given until October 15 to notify the DEP of any remaining waterway debris removal requests. With the passing of this deadline, municipalities are again solely responsible for the safety of their beaches and public areas and hazards in the water.
For more information on the DEP’s Sandy recovery efforts and waterway debris removal visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/special/hurricane-sandy or http://www.state.nj.us/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/wwdebris.htm
by Dan Burns, Past President
Every year, we are approached by new members who have questions about the club “rules” for fishing. We generally rely on that persons “sponsor” to indoctrinate them into how the club operates, but one area that we are frequently asked questions about is the IGFA rules.
Until 1940, there was no universal code of sporting ethics to guide anglers in their pursuits. The first steps in this direction were taken in the late 1930’s by members of the British Tunny Club, who hoped to formulate rules for ethical angling. However, the looming threat of war interrupted their plans. Shortly after IGFA was founded in 1939, its officers immediately set to the task of establishing angling guidelines and requirements for world record catches. The angling rules were formulated by the International Game Fish Association to promote ethical and sporting angling practices, to establish uniform regulations for the compilation of world game fish records, and to provide basic angling guidelines for use in fishing tournaments and any other group angling activities. You can access the rules at the IGFA website, and there is also a link here on the MRMTC website.
The IGFA rules and regulations are quite specific and can be somewhat lengthy to completely understand. They provide specific guidance about things like how long a double line can be with the leader, how long a gaff can be (8 feet) and how long the rope on a flying gaff can be (30 feet), where a hook can be placed in a trolling lure. Some of them can be pretty difficult to understand at times, and if you want to know what I am talking about, you will probably need to read the part about legal assist hooks on jigs around 5 times before you start to understand it.
With certain exceptions, the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna club adheres to the IGFA rules and regulations. Over time, we have made certain exceptions to the rules to accommodate the type of fishing that we do. The exceptions we have made are that we allow:
• Spreader Bars and Umbrella Rigs (yes, that’s right – spreader bars are not IGFA compliant, so we made an exception to allow them to be used.)
• Wire Line is not permitted – We have made an exception due to the popularity of wire line trolling for striped bass in our area
• Firearms are permitted for gaffed makos
• We permit “hook and hand” meaning a fish may be hooked by anyone other than the angler provided that the rod is immediately transferred to the angler who fights the fish alone until boated or released.
• We allow the use of J hooks for perpetuals, but require circles for the monthlies on pelagics
Below are some of the more pertinent areas of the IGFA rules that commonly apply to us, or that we see questioned from time to time.
• Electric reels are not permitted. Yes, that’s right, if you want to win the tilefish perpetual, you need to be prepared to crank that fish up from the depths manually.
• Treble hooks are not permitted for live or dead bait. Yes, that’s correct. Although the snag and drop technique on
bunker is a very popular way to catch striped bass in our area, it is not an acceptable method within our club.
• Harpoons are not allowed on fish. You can still go ahead and dart that big eye behind the boat, but just know that in doing so, you are disqualifying yourself and should not submit a weigh-slip for that fish.
• Fish may NOT be fought out of the rod holder
Again, these are just some of the rules that we wanted to reiterate, but we still recommend that all members take a pass thru the rules. If in doubt, please see a trustee, or email a question to the board at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 28, 2013
Zachary Tiano was selected as the 2012 Junior Achievement Award recipient. The MRMTC Junior Achievement Award recognizes one Junior each year who has demonstrated an outstanding achievement in any one or combination of the following categories: Leadership, Outstanding Catch, Civic Involvement, Outstanding Sportsmanship, Academic Achievement, Entrepreneurship, Athletic Achievement. Some of Zachary’s recognized achievements included Honor Roll at Wall High School, Member of the Wall Business and Finance Academy, member of the Mako Fever Shark tournament 2012 winning team, involvement with St. Uriel’s Church Youth Group and participation in out of state mission trips, member of the Wall Varsity Wrestling Team, Umpire at South Wall Little League and winning a Junior Life Guard National Championship title in beach flags.
A history lesson in pictures, Mike’s Maritime Memorabilia a tremendous collection of over 1,400 vintage photos of NJ and NY Party Boats, Marinas, Fishing Piers, Lighthouses, and Maritime Memorabilia. The collection spans over one hundred forty-five years of saltwater fishing in the New York Bight. It is a notable tribute to our fishing heritage.
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