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This jewel of a boat isn't built for speed
Sunday, October 01, 2006
The legendary Scarab brand is back, but this time on high-performance fishing boats rather than speedboats. This latest jewel in Genmar's crown of high-quality boat lines is on display at the New York/New Jersey International Boat Show that concludes today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Genmar has about 4,500 employees and nine manufacturing centers. Its president, Irwin Jacobs, has become the most prominent figure in the boating world with a collection of top-selling brands such as Wellcraft, Hydra-Sports, Sea Swirl, Carver, Champion, Four Winns, Glastron, Larson, Marquis, Ranger, Stratos, and Triumph. Now he's most enthused with the Scarab line.

Jacobs was so impressed with the Liberty Landing site that he chose it for introducing the brand rather than waiting for the upcoming and even larger Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

Jacobs was on hand for the dockside press conference held Friday at Liberty Landing where Scarab general manager Mike O'Connell explained those boats have been engineered from the bottom up to provide the best in speed, comfort and fishability. At the top of the line are the Scarab 35 Tournament center console, the 35 Scarab Sport center console with forward cabin, the 32 Scarab Tournament, and the 30 Scarab Tournament. O'Connell also noted that they're working on a couple of smaller models.

The Fall New Jersey Boat Show, at Raritan Center in Edison also concludes today. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free seminars provided by The Fisherman magazine begin at noon when John Luchka details bunker spoon trolling for big stripers. Fisherman executive editor Jim Hutchinson Jr. follows at 1:30 with Fall Run Surf Stripers. Milt Rosko concludes at 3 with The Best of the Bays -- covering from New York Harbor to Barnegat Bay.

The 52nd annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament begins Saturday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19. There are thousands of dollars in daily, weekly and grand prizes. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for students 15 and younger. Write to LBIFT, c/o Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom, 08008 -- or call (800) 292-6372, ext. 100. The first 1,000 to enter will receive a tournament hat, a coupon for a free exterior carwash at Manahawkin Magic Wash, and a free slice of pizza at Panzone's Pizza in Surf City. A free surf fishing clinic by Surf City Anglers is set for opening day at the Chamber of Commerce. Pre-register by calling the Chamber.


At Manasquan, the Dennis Luczajko party from Philadelphia chunked 16 yellowfins up to 70 pounds in flat calm conditions last week from Jenny Lee in Lindenkohl Canyon after being called into the hot bite in the deep by First Light from Barnegat Light. Captains Matt Muzlay and Sean Carton had chunked eight yellowfins the night before in the same canyon for Jim Miranda's group from Woodbridge. Heavy weed made trolling all but impossible.

Capt. Bruce Krebs reports Capt. Rib Waite put First Light into that great Lindenkohl bite as the charter was arm weary by midnight after limiting out on yellowfins -- including three over 100 pounds.

At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Ed Bunting Jr. said a peanut bunker and worm combination has been working best for weakfish in Raritan Reach from his Sea Horse. There have been some limits, and many fares catch five to seven weaks. Twelve-year-old Tommy Kobylinski of Cranford boated an 8-pounder, and Bob Harris from Lincoln Park bagged eight.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc says weakfishing on his Sea Hunter has been so good that he's staying with it rather than switching to stripers. The seatrout are ranging up to 7 pounds.The Capt. Dave recently hosted another Hi-Mar Striper Club sponsored trip. Youngsters from Johnson Crusaders Fishing Club in Clark caught weakfish, croakers and blues -- topped by a 6-pound weak for Nick Thomas. Kim Sum from Norwood led the St. Joseph Korean Catholic Church of Demarest party with a 5-pound weak. Other recent weakfish pool winners include Ron Smith, Plainfield, 7 pounds; John Olson, Madison, 5 pounds; Mark Liem, Holmdel, 4 pounds; Ramon Abroh, Howell, 3 pounds; Mike Brokmen, Howell, 6 pounds; and Felicia Faccas, Middletown, 6 1/2 pounds. Mate Brett Chamberlain reports a new body of larger weakfish arrived Thursday when the Luce, Schwab & Kasse, Inc. charter from Fairfield caught 82 in Raritan Reach. Brian Houser of Mahwah boated a 27-inch, 10-pounder, but the pool went to Mark Hatall of Jackson with a 12-pound bluefish. Those weakfish preferred sandworms rather than peanut bunkers.

Capt. Art Hilliard had Bayshore Flyrodders Club out Wednesday evening on his Eagle as they caught lots of blues at the Mud Buoy before little tunny arrived in the slick. Middletown anglers took the pools -- Bob Gargamo with a 10-pound tunny, and Joe Hagen with a 12-pound blue. That spot payed off again Thursday for Cattria's Pub, and they were releasing big blues after an hour. Chris Balser of East Hanover won the pool with an 11-pound blue. The N.J. Veternarians Association battled Friday's northwester for weakfish for a pick of mostly 14-to-15-inch weaks plus a few large blues up to an 8-pounder by Barry Adler of Woodbridge.

Tony Arcabasio of Bayville said five fluke were drifted Monday from his Maja off Barnegat Inlet after sea bass were picked at the reef. There was a good blowfish bite in Barnegat Bay a couple of weeks ago when Bart Oberhaiser joined Arcabascio to catch 30 large puffers plus 20 small ones. Joe Valvano, Tony Tambe and John DeBlasio of Nutley hit it right in Barnegat Bay that week as they combined for 184 blowfish plus 16 large kingfish.

Tom Paglioroli of Ocean City fished recently with Capt. Al Crudele on his Bayhound in Townsend's Inlet and Ludlam's Bay where he and Toni Stefano chummed with grass shrimp to catch 17 kingfish from 13 inches up to 2 pounds on FishBites bloodworm strips. They also released smaller kings plus sea bass, blues, and a couple of fluke.

Allen Riley of South Plainfield continues to see a lot of bait in the Sandy Hook surf, but few fish chasing them. That changed Thursday when small blues charged in at 9 a.m. Riley got a much bigger thrill before that while blind casting with metal when a 31-pound cow-nose ray was hooked and a 20-minute battle ensued.

Milt Rosko of Mantoloking fished locally the week before last and had action with bass and blues in the wash. A 14-pound striper hit an Allen Sternberg teaser rigged ahead of a Yo-Zuri popper. Nick Honachesky of Normandy Beach found stripers chasing peanut bunkers in the Brick Beach surf that day and plugged a 33-incher among them. Ernie Wuesthoff, at The Bait'N'Tackle Shop in that town said he has been hooking small bass in his local surf at dawn.

Mike Brusca Jr. found only sea robins when he drifted Sandy Hook Rip recently with his Finitalia from Edison, but a run to Sandy Hook Reef produced porgies at every spot he anchored. Over 50 were released in an hour before a move to Raritan Reach got him into a dozen weakfish. He finished by casting diamond jigs near the Navy Pier for instant bluefish action under birds.

Chris Salus reports from Crabby's Tackle in Keyport that weakfishing is good in the Reach, and porgy action at the Keyport dock and pier is the best he's seen since opening six years ago. High tide is best, and there are plenty of snappers there also. Joe Simmons from Parlin used sandworms at North Beach recently to land three stripers over 28 inches.

Greg Bogan reports from Brielle Tackle that some boaters who braved last weekend's canyon forecast were rewarded with good catches. John Peterson of Mantoloking chunked Friday night in Hudson Canyon with his Jacal as Bob O'Neal, Matt Reilly and Curtis Cypka helped boat nine yellowfins up to 80 pounds while releasing 24. Andrew, Andy and Matt Fanelli also fished the Hudson that night on Intepid as Liam Boland and Dan Burns joined in catching 12 yellowfins up to 100 pounds plus a 160-pound swordfish. Over half the tuna hit Shimano Butterfly jigs and ProFishCo Power jigs. Jack Newitts of Point Pleasant ran his One Hit to Hudson Canyon the previous weekend where he joined Keith Kirn, Bob and Tony Brandt, and Bruce Tipling in boating 13 yellowfin tuna plus two albacore and six dolphin on butterfish and sardines. There are have been lots of mostly small fluke in Manasquan River, but Joel Reda of Bogota recently found a 6`-pounder outside the inlet an a spearing/squid combo. Hickory shad are hitting Sabicki rigs in the river. Lots of bunker schools are swimming off the beaches.

Phillip Sciortino reports from Tackle Box Sportfishing in Hazlet that a lot of stripers are being caught on clams in the Sandy Hook surf, though most are only in the 25-to-28-inch class. Capt. Derek Bielitz had over 50 weakfish and 20 stripers, including four keepers, Tuesday morning on worms in Sandy Hook Channel and at the TC Buoy for Manny Vidal of Newark on Tackle Box Sportfishing. The Gerald Walker party from Middletown also fished with Bielitz recently for 15 stripers to 32 inches on worms and eels plus 27 keeper weaks up to 5 pounds.

Tuna-Tic from Waretown has been doing well with tuna and swordfish in Hudson Canyon. There may be room Thursday plus Oct. 3-4, 11-12 and 18-19. Call (609) 290-8900.