South Jersey Marina held its 29th. Annual Shark Tournament on June 12 -13, 2009. There were 144 boats competing for a share of the total purse of $298,670. Predominately 3 species were brought to the scales: Thresher, Mako, and Blue Sharks. There were 39 fish weighed and the top winners are listed below:
Heaviest Shark: Fat Cat, 590 pounds
2nd: Common Sense, 567 pounds
3rd: Good Times II, 537 pounds
Heaviest Mako: 100 Proof, 232 pounds
2nd: Miss Edna Jane, 212 pounds
Heaviest Blue: Re Joyce, 265 pounds
In an ironic turn of events, the tournament contender Hot Works owned by Paul Rys was disqualified. His crew had great difficulty getting the 631 pound Thresher Shark into the boat, thus causing him to miss the deadline for getting to the scales. This catch would have been the heaviest fish of the contest. There will be an application filed this week with the State of NJ to register it as a new state record Thresher.