Great Catches
Debbie Simpson Blowfish
Written by Rod Houck   
Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:37

Debbie Simpson caught this blowfish (Smooth Puffer) out of Keyport.  The fish was released after a couple pictures were taken with Doug R holding the fish for her. The fish measured close to 3 feet long.

large smooth puffer

NOTE: This species can be found from New England to Argentina, including the Gulf of Mexico and can reach lengths to 2 feet. It is not considered a common fish and is rarely caught by hook and line. The current Texas state record is 10.75 lbs, 30 inches, caught in April of 2001. Little is known about other life history aspects of this species but they generally inhabit inshore/nearshore areas over sandy or muddy bottoms. They feed on other fish and shrimp. Most puffers are toxic, containing a very potent and potentially deadly neurotoxin that is concentrated in the liver, skin and gonads. It rarely seeps into the muscle however, extreme care must be given when cleaning and any fillets that could have been contaminated should be immediately discarded.

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Joe Walters - Mahi Mahi
Written by Rod Houck   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:09

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Caught aboard the ScrappyCat out of Hoffmans Marina, with Captain Mike Mills and Mate John Mills. The fish was caught trolling next to the pots between Monster Ledge and the Sea Girt Reef.

Joe Walters Mahi Mahi

 
Ricky Gross 17" 2 1/2 lbs Kingfish
Written by Rod Houck   
Saturday, 29 September 2012 19:49

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Although this catch looks small... It is a rare Northern Kingfish measuring 17" weighing 2 1/2 lbs. Caught right out of Keyport on the Irish Rover 2 by Ricky Gross and Capt. Bobby Petner. Just a preview of the great fishing that N.J. has to offer.

Northern Kingfish

 
Gina Lisa 930Lb Inshore Bluefin Tuna
Written by Rod Houck   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 16:17

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Mike Sullivan boated this 930 Lb Bluefin Tuna Sunday in the "Mud Hole" aboard the Gina Lisa from Great Kills, Staten Island with Capt. Danny Scotti

Mike Sullivan 930lb Bluefin Tuna

 
NJSWF Eddie Endresen 10lb, 29" FLUKE
Written by Rod Houck   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:31

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Eddie Endresen ( NJSWF Member Hunter 2) 10lb, 29" FLUKE Sept 17,2012

Hunter 2 10lb, 29

The fish was caught around sandy hook towards Ambrose channel on a white 6oz bucktail. With a teaser above, rigged with a pink plastic squid, pink bucktail hair and 7" pink gulp belly strip.

 
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