Shark tourney: catch-and-release style

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A revolutionary catch-satellite tag-and-release shark tournament debuts July 27-28 in Montauk, N.Y. It will be the first of its kind in Montauk, which was the inspiration for Peter Benchley's "Jaws" and has been the epicenter of shark catch-and-kill tournaments for the past three decades.

Circle hooks that lodge in the fish’s jaw and are easily dislodged will be used exclusively. No sharks will be brought back to the dock. Instead, mako, threshe, and blue sharks will be fitted with satellite tracking tags that monitor their travels after release.

The public will be able to follow the sharks online via the Ocearch Global Shark Tracker website.

The tournament, to be held at the Star Island Yacht Club and Marina, will award $60,000 in prize money, including $30,000 for the heaviest shark caught during the two-day tournament.

Click here for a report on the upcoming tournament by the East Hampton Star.