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Mid-Atlantic 500 begins Monday, runs through Fri.

(Aug. 15, 2014) The Mid-Atlantic $500,000 is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 18, with more opportunities for anglers to win big in the five-day fishing tournament.

The 23rd annual competition is based out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, N.J. but local participants may weight their daily catches at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.

Anglers from this area interested in taking part in the weeklong tournament may register at Sunset Marina on Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. where a welcome cocktail party is included. A captain’s meeting will follow.

Anglers may fish three of five days, Monday through Friday, Aug. 18-22. Weigh-ins are scheduled daily from 5-9 p.m. at each marina. Certified scaled will be used to weigh blue and white marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo.

The base entry fee has been reduced from $6,000 to $2,500. The entry fee includes all dockside dining, beverages and entertainment for a crew of six anglers.

Calcutta options have been expanded this year. Crews can win big prizes for landing the three heaviest white and blue marlin and tuna. New meatfish calcuttas will include additional payouts for tuna as well as cash prizes for wahoo and dolphin. The added entry-level calcuttas range in cost from $2,000 to $5,000, which increases the prize money awarded to the winners.

The weight minimums are 65 pounds for white marlin, 400 pounds for blue marlin and 50 pounds for tuna. 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 largest 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.

In 2013, 117 boats entered the tournament. A total of $1,808,910 was paid out to the winners. Last year, 15 white marlin were boated and 251 were released. Two blue marlin were landed and 16 were released.

For information, call Sunset Marina at 410-213-9600 or visit www.ma500.com.

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