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Female Junior World Record

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.


Species Profile: Summer Flounder

from the ASMFC Fisheries Focus

States Explore Changes to Recreational Management to Allow for More Equitable Harvest Opportunities Throughout Species Range


Highly valued by both recreational and commercial fishermen, summer flounder have been jointly managed by the Commission and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) for more than two decades. The population is now fully rebuilt in response to the joint management program… read more

New State Record Gray Tilefish

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.


Successful Completion Of Post-Sandy Waterway Debris Removal

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 30th.



by Dan Burns, Past President

WeighSlips-Monthlies-Perpetuals, Chairman

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 circle hooks 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


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