Posted on July 4, 2020 Memorable tuna â€” andÂ monkfish There are two very different memorable catches Ill be writing about today â€” but for different reasons. Some e-mails from Nick Honachefsky of Saltwater Underworld never showed up on my AOL mail, which happens at times when multiple photos are included. Thatâ€™s how I missed a very impressive bluefin tuna catch that Nick made last month when he was fishing with Capt. Brien Keating on Defiance and a 180-pound bluefin hit a Savage lure cast on a Shimano Sragrossa 10000. The battle lasted well over an hour, but I assured him that it could have been a lot worse. About a decade ago I hoked what turned out to be a 170-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama on a Yo-Zuri Bull popper â€” and that tuna soon sounded in the â€œbottomlessâ€ depths of the Pacific. That resulted in a backbreaking 5 1/2-hour battle that I thought was never going to end because thereâ€™s no resting with spinning tackle as is the case with conventional and a harness. There was plenty of braid on the big Shimano Stella, but I could hardly gain any for hours while the tuna was in its comfort zone. When I finally bot it up, she didnâ€™t move a fin when gaffed. Fighting a tuna that size in our area is a better deal for the angler, as it will surely stay down, but the deepest water during the Nickâ€™s epic battle was â€œonlyâ€ 250 feet. Nick is a lot younger, but I can assure you that I never want to battle another tuna that large on spinning! Kenneth Abeles was fishing for sea bass on the Farms yesterday when he was surprised by a 10-12-pound monkfish. He said that was the first heâ€™s seen in fishing off the N.J. coast for 50 years. The proper name of that ugly fish is angler, but theyâ€™re also referred to as goosefish, headfish, and all mouth. Theyâ€™re actually not rare. Commercial fishermen catch large numbers on bottom longlines and nets. However, angling catches are all random â€” but therefore memorable. I can remember every one of the few Iâ€™ve caught from the first on a N.Y. party boat while fishing for whiting at Ambrose to my personal record 42-pounder that hit an umbrella rig being trolled for pollock off Block Island. Though different sizes, theyâ€™ve also been on different lures or bait. Ken released his monkfish, which is a name made up by the market to tempt people to try one of the best eating fish of all. Youâ€™ll never see one in a fish store as theyâ€™re cleaned at sea into a large hunk of boneless meat. So much for the northeast 5-10 knot forecast this morning. I was faced with nothing but white waters when I cast into breaking waves at Sea Girt. It turned out to be a typical dry northeaster that dies out later in the morning, but it felt like Oct. 4 on the beach, Tomorrowâ€™s forecast is for northwest at 5-10 knots before going to south at 10-15 in the afternoon.