Restaurant owner catches record fish, blues blitz surf
Possible marlin sighting at Mantoloking beach
Mantoloking lifeguard Jack McGee from The Brick took this video of what may be a marlin at Mantoloking Beach.
Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press
Restaurant owner by trade, George Hanakis can also claim New Jersey’s record, the blue tile fish, also known as the gray tile fish.
Hanakis rolled in the record-breaking 23-pound, 8-ounce blue tile tile on a tile-tile trip through Wilmington Canyon aboard the Jamaica Party Boat from Brielle.
“We were excited when we saw this fish on the surface. It was big for a blue line,” Hanakis told The Asbury Park Press.
His fish eclipsed the previous state record of four ounces. A mount of the fish is being made at Gray Taxidermy in Pampano Beach, Florida, and when completed, it could adorn the walls of the Hanakis Coney Island restaurant in Perth Amboy.
A Greek immigrant, Hanakis is an avid fisherman who often fishes offshore on the region’s party boats. His other big freelance catches include a 250 pound bigeye tuna and a 38 pound grouper.
The blue fish was turned into a binge eating on Tuesday in Seaside. According to Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle in Seaside Park, the fish were attacking the mules that started their race. Blues as big as at least 10 pounds were landed by surf fishermen, also excited for the action.
A few fishermen landed striped bass, which was under the blues during the melee, according to the bait shop.
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Elsewhere, Giglio’s Bait and Tackle at Sea Bright said the big blues and bass were pushing the bunker and mullet down to the beach on Wednesday, in the last hours of summer. Poppers and Diamond Jigs worked to land the fish.
Nick Honachefsky of Saltwater Underground is ready for another Barrier Island Beach Brawl surf fishing contest. The date is October 8 and 9. The fishing grounds are the South Pier at Manasquan Inlet to the North Pier at Barnegat Inlet.
The blues were somewhat cooperative for the party boats that fished them at the Shrewsbury Rocks or the Rattlesnake. According to Captain Rich Falcone on the Golden Eagle party boat, the bruises weren’t really in the mood to bite Tuesday morning, so he went off a few miles and ate the mackerel.
After his rates had satiated with macks, he returned for the blues which by the end of the day had turned on. Falcone said the boat has stayed a bit longer to capitalize on the bluefish action.
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Captain Tom Buban on the Atlantic Star aims for the porgies. Its fishing spots in the bay and in the Ambrose canal. The catch reached up to 20 fish per fisherman during his half-day outings. Its prices are also reeling from the ballistae.
Blue claw crabs are still picking, although it has started to slow down a bit. Karen of the Red Bank Marina said a group of three crabbers returned from a trip to the Swimming and Navesink rivers with half a bushel of crabs on Wednesday. She said the crabs were almost all males.
The Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo returns to First Energy Park in Lakewood, home of the Blue Claws. The event runs Friday through Sunday and is presented by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey. More than 20 of the state’s top boat dealers are in attendance with 2022 models as well as end-of-season offers on this year’s models.
When Dan Radel, from Jersey Shore, doesn’t report the news, you can find him in a classroom where he is a history teacher. Join him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected]