The MidAtlantic starts its annual run out of Cape May plus Ocean City, Maryland with tomorrow’s captains meeting before anglers begin fishing on any three of the following five days for a purse expected to be over $3 million.

It opens on a promising note after the white marlin bite in the southern canyons two weeks ago during the White Marlin Open when 433 boats released 804 whites and boated 57 up to a 96-pounder that was the third largest in WMO history. The bad news in that contest was the lack of any blue marlin big enough to weigh — but there was some good news in that respect this week.

The Canyon Lady from Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May fished a Thursday to Friday overnighter and found fine marlin action along the 1000 fathom line. Owner and Captain Jamie Diller reported three whites and three blues the first day and one of of each the next. The blues were estimated at 700-800 pounds, 400 pounds;300 pounds, 150 and 170 pounds.

Last minute entries are possible. Call Paul Hoffman at 609 884-0188.

Fluke pro Dave Lilly was delighted when his granddaughter Maddie (5) said she wanted to catch bait for her grandpa this morning. Her father took her over to The Tackle Box in Hazlet for a light tackle rig which she learned to use at Keyport to catch her limit of three snappers that were perfect for Dave’s freezer and will, hopefully, end up in a doormat. She outfished me today as I only released two 4-pound blues on a small Pipi popper while river casting.

Small craft warnings are up through Sunday night, Sunday’s forecast is for NE at 15-20 knots before gusting to 30 in the afternoon. Showers are likely.


  1. Dear Al,That photo’s obviously not Keyport because I was there a few hours ago.  It was poor with a pretty big crowd.  I got 1 keeper crab and several shorts with the crabhawk (BIG KUDOS TO YOU), but saw no fish caught.  My kid was trying both a Kastmaster (for blues) and jig w/ Gulp twister tail (for fluke). BTW ‘ve been using the crabhawk for at least 6 years now to great effect only because you alerted me to its existence in one of your columns.


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