The 2019 Tightlined Slam saw solid striped bass fishing, with steady action of schoolie bass in the low 20" range along with a few fish into the upper 20" range and one fish landed at 35". Qualifying bluefish (19.5" or larger) remained hard to find, however several boats were able to locate and land choppers up to 35" as well. Given high winds for much of the weekend, the hard tail bite was more difficult to come by, especially the albies. While they were in the area, only two boats were able to land any albies, and only three fish were boated. Several more boats got into bonito, with 14 fish landed in the tournament. While all four species were targetable, only one boat was able to land a qualifying bluefish, qualifying striped bass and hard tails to be named Team Champion for the tournament. No single angler was able to land all three, however, so there were no individual slam champions named.
Congratulations to all of our winners from 2019, we hope to see you back in 2020.
(Capt. Brad Berk, Chase Freiman, Arek Zenel-Walasek, John Griffin)
2 striped bass, 1 bluefish, 2 bonito with a combined length of 108"
Largest Striped Bass
Jason Coleman – Team L.B.C - 2 fish combined length of 58"
Capt. Roger Gendron – Team Lighten Up - 2 fish combined length of 50"
Number of Hard Tails
Capt. Brad Berk, Arek Zenel-Walasek, John Griffin - The A-Team - 3 each
Largest Slam – No individual Slams Landed
Largest Striped Bass:
Capt. Jeff Northrup – Team Black Fin - two fish combined length of 44.5"
Stephen Antinelli – Team Lighten Up - two fish combined length of 62"
Most Hard Tails – No fish landed
Largest Slam – No individual slam landed
Stephen Antinelli of team Lighten Up with a 35" bluefish on fly, the largest landed
Arek Zenel-Walasek of The A-Team with a nice bonito
Jason Coleman and Capt. Mike Platt of Team L.B.C. with a 35" bass, the largest landed
The A-Team celebrating their wins in Team & Hard Tail categories in front of the Costa Sunglasses Truck
Team Tambass with a healthy 29" striped bass taken on topwater
Ryan Joyce of Team Tightlined with one of just three albies landed
Team Tambass releasing a beautiful striped bass
Tripp Donelan of Team Double Haul showing off a lit up bonito
Jason Coleman of Team L.B.C. taking home first in the conventional striped bass category
The fishing for the 2018 Tightlined Slam focused mainly around the arrival of False Albacore, which invaded the area in numbers the week leading up to the tournament. With perfect weather for chasing these speedsters, nearly every boat landed at least one. The striped bass and bluefish, however were much harder to come by, with only one bluefish over 20” landed and only a couple bass to that length submitted. Again, the lack of any widespread bluefish or stripers of any size in what should be the midst of the fall run provides testament to the critical importance of organizations like The Marine Fish Conservation Network.
Congratulations to all of our winners from 2018, hope to see you back in 2019.
Largest Striped Bass – David Cingari – Team Road Work Ahead
Largest Bluefish – David Ingraham – Team Gary Yamamotos
Largest Hard Tail – No winner – rule change coming due to # of same size fish
Largest Slam – Robb Voss – Team LBC
Largest Striped Bass – Scott Meador – Team Lighten Up
Largest Bluefish – Scott Meador – Team Lighten Up
Largest Hard Tail – Taylor Ingraham – Team Tightlined
Largest Slam – Scott Meador – Team Lighten Up
Team Champions – Team LBC (who landed the only bonito in the tournament)