Gone Fishin' : Oak Bluffs shark tournament perseveres in rough seas
The 23rd Annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament attracted quite a crowd Saturday, the only day most of the boats dared go out. Friday was pretty much a wash-out due to high winds and very big waves.
The weigh-in attracted hundreds of people of all ages who lined up along the bulkhead and floated in dinghies to catch a glimpse of a large shark being hauled up. There is no question that Americans do love a good spectacle.
Steve James, president of the Boston Big Game Club, organizer of the event, told me that 130 boats entered the tournament and they brought a total of 14 sharks to the dock to be weighed in.
How did the tournament go? "Good, considering the weather conditions on Friday," Steve said. "Hundreds and hundreds of spectators showed up to watch the monster shark tournament weigh station activities."
The first place captain and boat was John Anderson, Karen Jean II, out of Marshfield, with a 361-pound Porbeagle.
Sam Dougherty on board Billfish out of Stratford, Conn., won the top junior angler award (18 sharks released). The female angler award went to Laura Jenkins on board Ripple out of Cataumet (9 sharks released). Wes Gregory onboard Gotta Do from Webster, N.Y., caught the largest thresher (320 pounds). Calvin Perry onboard the Dilli Gaf from East Falmouth caught the largest mako (259 pounds). The release award went to Peter Brancaleone on Volatility out of Elmont, N.Y. (44 releases). John Pantano on Stormy Weather from Quincy won the tag award.
Lagoon Pond boat launch parking crunch
The Lagoon Pond launch ramp is the largest and most convenient public boat ramp on the Island. The Office of Fishing and Boating Access (OFBA), a department within the Division of Fisheries and Game, built the ramp and dock.