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Potential New Jersey State Record Thresher Shark
Written by Dan Sandorff   
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 03:26

  Official !!

The  New Jersey State Record Thresher Shark came to the dock at Arnolds Brielle Yacht club for official weigh in Saturday 6-27-2009. The mammoth 683 lb Thrasher was caught on the charter boat Kristin Marie with Captain Jeff Maritz of Point Pleasant at the helm. This was a Dan Sandorff Charter with friends all residents of Warren County. The fish was boated by angler Benn Fogelberg of Washington N.J. After a wonderful day with many large blue sharks and one Mako, although not large enough to qualify for the tournament which they had entered it was 5:00 time to go. Then a run off Benn geared up with Gimble and harness, not knowing what awaited him. An hour and 45 min. later when the battle was over, everyone on board was overwhelmed with the sheer size of this Thresher. Next to get it aboard, difficult even with a transom door, much howling yelling, ropes gaffs etc. Trimming the dorsal finally allowed it to fit... The official weight 683 Lbs girth 69.5? and approximate length of 10?-6? with a caudal fin of approx. 7?

It was the skill of a great Captain with the encouragement of the crew, that helped Benn as he and the fish tired (this was a stand up catch on a 50W. The Captain was required to back down on long spooling runs, then pull away as it tried to run under the boat.
Boat Kristin Marie Point Pleasant . Captain Jeff Maritz, Crew Chief Dan Sandorff,
Crew Benn Fogelburg, Don Roberts
Dennis Roberts, Dan Sandorff Sr. (Pap)

 

No tournament prize money won, but what a wonderful day! Dan Sandorff/aka Pap
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