(Aug. 23, 2013) The final fishing day of the week-long Mid-Atlantic $500,000 is today, Friday. A total of 117 boats are participating in the tournament, which has a payout of more than $1.8 million.
The 22nd 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 could fish three of five days, Monday through Friday, Aug. 19-23. Weigh-ins were scheduled daily from 5-9 p.m. at each marina. Certified scales are being used to weigh blue and white marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo at both locations.
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 single 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.
An 84-pound white marlin caught aboard Lights Out was in first place as of Thursday morning. A 73-pounder reeled in on Caitlin Taylor was in second and a 71-pound white landed on Krazy Salts was in third after three days of fishing.
Got Game was in first place in the blue marlin division with a 441-pounder. The Cookie II was in second as of Wednesday night with a 437-pound blue.
The MJs’ 213-pound tuna was in first place after three days of fishing. Plane Simple was in second with a 203-pounder and Reel Chaos held the third spot with a 134-pound tuna.
The heaviest wahoo on the board –a 77-pounder–as of Thursday morning was hooked aboard Gina Lisa and the top dolphin landed was a 38-pounder. It was caught on A1A.
For more information, call Sunset Marina at 410-213-9600 or visit www.midatlantic500.com.