Atlantic City, NJ
JOE DeSTEFANO'S "CHASER" TOP MAKO IN AC FUNAMENT
Joe DeStefano and his team aboard the Chaser, a 1989, Mako 21, tallied an impressive number of fluke and striped bass to win the TOP MAKO BOAT award at the first-ever Mako Owners Fishing Funament in Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 3 – 5. The event, held in conjunction with the Bass Pro Shops in Atlantic City, was based out of Gardner’s Basin Marina.
Most of the fleet probed the inshore waters for fluke, which were migrating from the back bays to the offshore wrecks for the summer; and some of the most impressive catches were made within the inlet, a mere two minutes from the marina. For example, Joe Gallinoto caught 16 keeper fluke to 5.5 pounds in the inlet, aboard his Mako 214, KATHY G. He won the TOP MALE ANGLER category, with his big fluke also earning him the MOST IMPRESSIVE INSHORE CATCH trophy.
TOP FEMALE ANGLER honors went to Jessica Monaco for her catches of fluke, sea bass and bluefish. She fished aboard the Nonna Nina, a Mako Pro Skiff 17.
The MOST IMPRESSIVE OFFSHORE CATCH was awarded to Harry Sinesi and his Mako 284, Pegasus, for catches of sea bass and wreck fluke.
TOP JUNIOR GIRL was 5-1/2 year old G. Mastroianni for catches of fluke and sea bass, whereas 16 year old Bailey Cafone racked upimpressive catches of fluke towin the TOP JUNIOR BOY category.
FLUKE: 5.5 pounds; Joe Gallinoto, Kathy G
FLUKE: 4 pounds; Dicky DeStefano, Chaser
FLUKE: Solid catches; John Isdanavage, Coastal Angler
SEA BASS: to 17”; Gerry Burch, Pegasus
SEA BASS: Solid catches; Jessica Monaco, Nonna Nina
SEA BASS: Solid catches; G. Mastroianni, Pegasus
STRIPED BASS: 6 pounds; Dicky DeStefano, Chaser
BLUEFISH: Jessica Monaco, Nonna Nina
OUTSTANDING ANGLER: Bailey Cafone, Fishful Thinking
Fort Pierce, FL
ANDY STEINBERGS TOPS FIELD AT FORT PIERCE MAKO OWNERS FUNAMENT
Fishing solo aboard his Mako 21 LTS, Z-Boat, and strictly with lures, Andy Steinbergs turned in an incredible performance during the June 15 – 17 Mako Owners Fishing Funament at Fort Pierce’s City Marina. He scored a personal best snook measuring 44-inches and burying a 30-lb hand scale. He also released a 36-inch tarpon, redfish, bluefish, flounder, ladyfish and jacks to take home the TOP MAKO BOAT award.
A total of 25 boats fished in the festive event, which was highlighted by flat seas and lively dockside functions and thousands-of-dollars-worth of door prizes. Steinbergs’ monster snook was also the MOST OUTSTANDING INSHORE CATCH, whereas a 30.5-lb cobia earned Shawn Hansen the MOST OUTSTANDING OFFSHORE CATCH. Catches of amberjack, snappers and dolphin aboard the family’s Mako 231, Camille Ann, locked up the
TOP FEMALE ANGLER title for Camille DeBoben. A sailfish release and a 40-lb class barracuda was enough for Thomas Michels to claim the TOP MALE ANGLER title. Michels fished aboard the Mako 23 Castaway.
TOP JUNIOR GIRL was nine-year old Charlotte Keysers, who caught dolphin and bonito aboard the 1979 Mako 21, Grizzly Bear. Hayden Hawes continued his dominating ways by winning the TOP JUNIOR BOY award with dolphin to 25-lbs, kingfish, barracuda and little tunny. Hayden fished aboard the family’s Mako 234, Triple Threat.
AMBERJACK: 31-lbs.; John DeBoben, Camille Ann
COBIA: 30.5-lbs.; Shawn Hansen, Miss Brinley
DOLPHIN: 25-lbs.; Hayden Hawes, Triple Threat
DOLPHIN: Solid catches; Patrick Raymond, Mako 184
DOLPHIN: 14-lbs.; Christopher Malin, Salty Rednecks
SAILFISH RELEASE: Mike Tucker, Lightning Rod
SAILFISH RELEASE: Jakob Michels, Castaway
SNOOK: 44-inches; Andy Steinbergs, Z-BOAT
SNOOK: 44-inches; Paul Bangs, Bang’s Hookers
SNOOK: Notable catches: Mike Warren, Mako 18LTS
ALL FLY ROD: Jason Dean, Error 404
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