Jeff Merrill reports that “Though morning rain covered both tournament venues, by early afternoon a light breeze and mostly sunny skies were found along the coast. On the day, 114 boats gave it a go today, Day Three, of the 2020 MidAtlantic tournament and participants found beautiful sea conditions offshore. The billfish bite turned back on and numerous white marlin were caught but the 65-pound minimum weight remained tough to crack for most. Several blue marlin were also caught but with a minimum weight of 400 pounds to qualify it takes a big blue to make the leaderboard. The hot tuna bite continued and many yellowfins and one big eye were brought to the scales. Several dolphin were also weighed at both venues
In the white marlin category, Pleasantville, New Jersey’s Rickey Wheeler aboard his Wish You Were Here weighed a white marlin of 68 pounds for angler Brian Hurley and moved into second place in the category. Seven Valley, Pennsylvania’s Chris Kinsley aboard his Kilo Charlie with Captain Howard Lynch at the Doug Allen’s Big Oil from North Cape May, New Jersey remains atop the category with the 77-pounder weighed on Day Two while Russ Garufi of Bishopville, Maryland aboard his Effie Mae is now in third place with the 65-pounder, also caught on Day Two.
The tuna category took a beating today as many were weighed and the leaderboard changed constantly. Summit, New Jersey’s Bob Hugin aboard his The Right Place with Captain Evan Millas at the wheel moved in to second place after weighing a 168-pound big eye tuna for Hugin who was also the angler. Belmar, New Jersey’s Justin Branning aboard his Three’s Enough with Captain Chuck Vanderbeck at the wheel moved into third place after weighing a yellowfin tuna of 67 pounds for Branning who was also the angler. Mike Yocco aboard his MJ’s continues to set the pace atop the leaderboard with a 189-pound bigeye boated on Day Two. “
There was little movement in dolphin, though Lights Out took over third with a 23-pounder. There hadn’t been a wahoo weighed, but Capt. Deane Lambros brought the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant to the scales at the last moment with a 42-pounder.