Photo courtesy of the Smith Family
Craig Dengler on the Longfin captured this 126-pound mako shark to win second place in the shark division of the 2012 White Marlin Open in Ocean City. Pictured: Mike Watson, Greg Liebig, Craig Wagner, Alex Wilson, Brian Persichetti, Taylor Thornton, Tom and Janet Smith, Capt. Lance Smith and mate Scott Watson. The story: With 253 boats from all over the east coast fishing the renown White Marlin Open Tournament in Ocean City, Jane, Tom and Lance Smith, of Bel Air, and crew on board their 43-foot custom Carolina boat, Longfin, were fortunate to get to the weigh scales and post a category win for the third time. They had consecutive winning years with a second place white marlin, and this year they took a second place in the shark division with a 126-pound mako shark. It was caught trolling in 300 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon on an artificially molded chugger. Caught on Wednesday, Aug. 8, of the five-day tournament, it was in first place until a boat came in on Thursday, Aug. 9, with a heavier hammerhead shark bumping them down into second place.
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Jim and Nick Kennedy
On the weekend before Labor Day weekend, my son, Nick, and I made a trip with a group of friends to fish the Susquehanna River and surrounding environs about a dozen miles north of Harrisburg, Pa. It has become something of a tradition for us in recent years. This year, as we have done in some previous years, we visited the kids section of Clark's Creek. As I was getting ready to help Nick with his casting technique, he caught a nice brook trout on a no. 0 Panther Martin spinner. After I started helping him, he did less well, registering a few strikes, but not landing any more trout. He did hook and land a few fallfish. --Nick and Jim Kennedy, Forest Hill
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