It only took one fish to make the first Mid-Atlantic Blue Marlin Cup a success and one was boated in that July 4 event.
There’s been no press release so far, but I got some info over the phone from South Jersey Marina in Cape May that should be taken as preliminary.
The winner-take-all event drew 14 boats fishing out of ports from Brielle to Virginia, and Wish You Were Here from Canyon Club Marina in Cape May won $22,400 for a 108-inch, 489-pound blue marlin. Ed Ketzinnor had his son in the chair. Seven of the boats in the contest were also entered in the World Cup being fished the same day. It appears that was won by a boat fishing at Madeira with a 541.2-pounder.
Ironically, there was another blue marlin caught that day — but by some young guys looking for yellowfin tuna from a center console. Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch Charters in Point Pleasant said his son and mate Tommy, was among that group which had started trolling relatively small yellowfins when the marlin hit the Chatter side-tracking bar. They all fought it for two hours before Tommy got the bill for the release of an extimated 400-pounder.
Bob Correll reported another dead morning in the Bay Head surf, but there had been some excitement on the Fourth when John Westerdale snagged something he couldn’t identify. That turned out to be an easy one when I got the shot this morning — a houndfish. Those long, needle-nosed fish have become a regular visitor to Barnegat Bay and usually do a lot of jumping when hooked though they don’t get as large as the Pacific version.
I tried Shark River this morning, and that river still doesn’t like me. Conditions were perfect, but I didn’t raise a thing. Tommy Cox raised one fish, but had to move to the surf to catch a schoolie on an SP Minnow. Vinnie D’Anton went right to the surf for a small bass on his Chug Bug. He also saw another angler casting that lure and holding the rod as his son turned the hanle. The lure was just being dragged in instead of being popped — but a 26-inch bass hit it.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had primarily sea bass and ling during today’s trip.
Tomorrow’s forecast is for southwest winds at 5-10 knots before increasing to south at 10-15 with gusts to 20 in the afternoon — plus a possibility of showers and thunderstorms.
I WASN’T ABLE TO GET PHOTOS IN, BUT WILL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW