There was a bright bluebird sky, fair winds and favorable seas for the 2019 Woodcleft Fishing Station Shark Tournament June 23. This year marks the 26th year of Woodcleft’s Shark Tournament. The dock was busy all day with anglers, their boats and spectators. Richie Rosenkranz, the proprietor of the fishing station and his First Mate Patty Rosenkranz were hopping all day, hauling, weighing and icing down the fish.
The winning boat The Harvest Moon net a thresher that weighed 342 pounds. The winning shark was the largest thresher caught on the eastern seaboard this past weekend. It took over two hours to reel the beast in, according to the crew. Real Happy, a promotional company, sponsored the Harvest Moon and Nick Dionisio, Jr. ran the boat for owner Nick Macaluso. The crew consisted of anglers Neal Winograd, Ronnie Schiotis, Mike Migliaccio and Tucker Williams.
The Harvest Moon brought their winning fish in around 3 p.m. and was the second fish to be brought in. It also knocked the first fish out of first place with its massive weight. The other contender weighed 228 pounds and moved to second place. Second place winners kept changing as larger fish came in, but Harvest Moon’s entry held it’s first place position all day. The second place winning fish weighed 273 pounds and was caught by the “Miss Marie” crew and the captain and owner of the boat Capt. Al Capubianco.
Susan B. Lyons is a guest writer from Freeport.