It was all hands on deck for crew members of fishing boat the Jenny Lee Saturday morning after a 926 pound Mako shark took the bait on one of their reels.
A possible record for New Jersey, it took six men to reel in the massive sea beast, and crewman Mark Miccio feels lucky it didn’t pull anyone overboard.
“Captain Dave and Captain Kevin were great,” said Miccio. “We wouldn’t have gotten that shark if it were not for them.”
The Jenny Lee came upon the shark at a hot spot for New Jersey fishing roughly 100 miles off the coast called Hudson Canyon. A combination of crew members Matt Lockett, Nike Rondinella, Bill Miccio, Steve Miccio, Mark Miccio, and Matt Miccio reeled in the shark after an hour of battle. It took an another hour and a half for them just to get it in the boat.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” captain Kevin Gerrity said. “We saw him swimming up to the boat. We didn’t think we were going to get him but we got him. We were able to get him with a skipjack fillet with a squid combo as his last meal,” he joked.
According to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife said that previous record for largest shark caught was an 880 pound tiger shark caught off the coast of Cape May in 1988. Hudson Canyon is breeding ground for record breaking fish, teeming with tuna, marlin, and mako sharks. The fishing spot had produced a 1,046 pound blue marlin caught in 1986.
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