Written by Ron Nuzzolo
Sunday, 03 October 2010 14:01
Nasty weather and a big drop in temperature mean fall striped bass season is
official. With the exception of a little swell and some muddy water Captain
Ron?s Fishermen from Sandy Hook was able to kick off the season with a few early
fall keepers. Captain Ron found bass willing to bite and a great sign for more
to come in the next few weeks. Captain Ron's main focus from here on in is
getting on the fish and getting his patrons in on all the action.
the latest reports Garden State anglers are all ready to go and waiting for a
break in weather for a shot at a trophy bass. The next few weeks should be a
bass blitz as the temperatures start to cool down. The key here is to be
prepared on stand- by, stay on top of the tides, weather and look for the latest
bay and surf fishing reports. Web Sites like www.NJSaltwaterfisherman.com now have mobile upload
fishing reports and video streams of all the action from Garden State anglers
willing to share the information (and bragging rights) from a boat or the surf
as it happens. No excuses get ready for your trophy fall bass.
My good friend Pete Johnson from the
International Game and Fishing Association (IGFA.org) wanted to remind me that
not all great catches are from just men but also women are quite active in the
pursuit of IGFA World Records.¬† So for the September Hot Catches we lead off
with a trio of female record setters and their recent fishing accomplishments
now before the IGFA world records committee reviewing potential new records from
across the globe.
A young lady angler who has held 81 world records and
who is adept with fly gear, Heather Michelle Harkavy, of Coral Springs, Florida
landed a greater amberjack on July 12, weighing in at 27 lb 0 oz while fishing
off McClellanville, South Carolina. This powerful fish took her 30 minutes to
land and qualifies for the women?s 20 lb tippet record. The current IGFA record
is 24 lb 0 oz from Florida?s Dry Tortugas, in 2002....
Dr. Julie H. Ball of Virginia Beach, VA is another lady angler, who has 11 world
records to her credit and after a 100 minute fight on June 11, may have a 12th
record after catching a 74 lb 0 oz cobia. She made the local newspapers for her
Chesapeake Bay, Virginia catch that qualifies her for the IGFA?s women?s 20 lb
line class record. The cobia took a live eel that Julie was using for bait. The
current IGFA record is 70 lb 6 oz from the Gulf of Mexico off Destin, Fla in
Lady fly angler Margaret Shaughnessy of Medford, Oregon, may set a
new record by breaking her current record after landing a rooster fish June 3
off Bahia de Los Suenos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The fish weighed 19 lb 0
oz¬† which is heavy enough to qualify for the women?s 8 lb tippet record.
Shaughnessy landed the rooster in 40 minutes after taking her kinky muddler fly.
Her current women?s IGFA tippet record is 8 lb 0 oz recorded almost a year ago
to the date from the same waters. The fish was released.
to the trio September USA female anglers. Are you interested in breaking a world
record? Check out the latest world records and current possible record breakers
in review every month only at www.IGFA.org