LINESIDER, Staten Island, NY – 1987
The charter boat "LINESIDER" was operated by Captain Stephen Rhodes from 1981 to 1988 from Staten Island, NY. Known on both the inshore and offshore fishing grounds, the "LINESIDER" was a 35-foot Bruno & Stillman Downeaster built in Newington, NH in 1979. The boat roamed Raritan Bay for fluke, bluefish and striped bass, but also caught its share of giant tuna in the New Jersey Mudhole with the largest weighing 748 pounds. The charter business closed in 1988, but Captain Stephen and his son Stephen III still fish the New York Bight on their 1999 35-foot Henriques Express called the "LEGACY". In 1997, Captain Stephen caught the then NJ state record thresher shark weighing 587 pounds.