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The sinking of the trawler Austin on Axel Carlsen Reef was postponed last week due to a forecast of rough seas on Wednesday which proved to be wrong. It's expected to be placed on the reef this week. Following is a press release from Ken Warchall with details:               New Jersey Artificial Reef Program Continues To Expand Good news for recreational anglers, divers and the shore economy. The Austin, a 68" trawler, is ready to be sunk on the Axel Carlson Reef when weather and sea conditions permit. This is the fourth additional deployment to the NJ Artificial Reef Program this year. Built in 1956 in Tampa, Florida the Austin was originally used as a shrimp boat that fished the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to as far south as Campeche, Mexico. The father of owner Bill Ford purchased her in 1966 and brought her to Point Pleasant where she was converted to a trawler. She actively fished NJ waters until decommissioned in 2013. The Austin is being sunk in memory of John Grady III who passed in 2007. John was the son of John and Agatha Grady, 48 year residents of Brielle, NJ. John III had a love of the sea and was an enthusiastic angler his entire life. He worked as a mate on party boats and owned several fishing boats. He was pictured on the October 1996 cover of the Fisherman Magazine. His friends thought it would be fitting to dedicate the sinking of the Austin as a memorial to him. Glenn Egerter, the son of Capt. Willie Egerter of the party boat Dauntless, Point Pleasant Beach and Kevin Lovgren constructed a massive cross measuring 12' x 7.5' over-all and made of 6" x 12" black walnut timbers which will be affixed to the Austin. The cross is covered with hand carved scrolls that are heartfelt remembrances of a good friend and avid fisherman. The Gradys are extremely pleased to honor their son in this manner. The Austin is the sister ship of the McGinty which already lies on the Axel Carlson Reef. Peter Clarke of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Marine Fisheries Administration states "Artificial reefs are extremely important in providing additional habitat for the multitude of marine species that colonize and inhabit them. They are very popular with anglers and divers who help to increase tourism that in turn supports shore businesses". Coordinates for the location of the Austin are N 40 02.900 W 73 59.000'. The site will be known as the "Shady Reef". Funding of the deployment was made by the Grady family and the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association through donations to the Ocean Reef Foundation of New Jersey (ORFNJ). Ocean Reef Foundation is a non-profit, 501C3 organization dedicated solely to the facilitation of building artificial reefs in New Jersey. To obtain more information or to make a tax deductible donation contact Ken Warchal at 908-715-0791 or kmwarchal@aol.com.    The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported lots of little tunny today along with bluefish up to 18 pounds. The action was primarily on bait. Capt. Ron Santee reported fluking to the north remains so poor that he switched over to porgies on the change of the tide Sunday so everyone on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands could go home with some fish. He won't be sailing Monday or Tuesday before switching to bottom fishing for porgies on Wednesday until stripers show up. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported ocean fluking remained good for them  with fluke to 7 pounds boated today. Two woman anglers each bagged four. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reported good surf action with small blues on bait -- plus some on metal. I tried the Spring Lake surf this morning at two spots, and raised my first surf striper in weeks. It blasted a Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr. popper in the wash and ran off drag a couple of times. Just when I thought my luck was going to change, as I saw the fish swirl about 50 feet away, the plug was dropped.  Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all!

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