(Aug. 22 2014) The final fishing day of the week-long MidAtlantic tournament is today, Friday. A total of 127 boats are participating in the competition, which has a payout of more than $2.4 million.
The 23rd annual event is based out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, N.J., but local participants may weigh their daily catches at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.
Anglers could fish three of five days, Monday through Friday, Aug. 18-22. Weigh-ins were scheduled daily from 5-9 p.m. at each marina. Certified scales are used to weigh blue and white marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
Awards for the tournament include cash prizes for the three heaviest white marlin, blue marlin and tuna. Cash prizes will also go to the anglers with the heaviest dolphin and wahoo.
There is a most-points division for tuna and catch and releases of white and blue marlin. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each species of the most-points division.
A 68-pound white marlin caught aboard Canyon Lady was in first place as of Thursday morning. A 65 pounder reeled in on Irish Twin was in second place after three days of fishing.
No blue marlin had been boated as of Wednesday night.
The 123-pound tuna landed aboard Canyon Runner 60 was in first place after three days of fishing. MJs was in second with a 113 pounder and Goin in Deep held the third spot with a 107-pound tuna.
The heaviest wahoo on the board –a 50 pounder–as of Thursday morning was hooked aboard Team Charles.
The top dolphin landed as of Thursday morning weighed in at 43 pounds. It was caught aboard Restless Lady.
For more information, call Sunset Marina at 410-213-9600 or visit www.midatlantic500.com.