There weren’t many changes during the last day of Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Tournament out of Atlantic City, but the fish of the contest was recorded Friday when Darren Helwig boated a 679-pound blue marlin on Rool Grove. Though there were some releases, that was the only blue which qualified for weighing with the 105-inch minimum length.
The contest paid out over a milion dollars, and Rool Grove earned the biggest chunk at $295,500 David Johnson on Business had the pargest white marlin by just ounces at 73.3 pounds and earned $205,000. There was an explosion of large bigeye tuna during the week. Mike Savino boated a couple on his Texas Tea up to a 227-pounder and won 182,000.
Michael Jordan got off to a great start on his Catch 23, and his crew kept releasing marlin to easily win the Catch and Release category, while Jordan also led early in the week in weighed white marlin at 70 pounds before being edged back to third. Catch 23 ended up with $94,600 — so I guess we won’t have to start a fundraiser for Jordan.
The fine fishing weather continues with a forecast of southwest winds at 10-15 knots — though showers and thunder storms are possible.
The Jamaica from Brielle reported plenty of fish for all on yesterday’s half-night trip. In addition to blues there were chub mackerel, ling, sea bass and even squid, –plus a 10-pound dolphin.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported lots of blues swimmimg around the boat yesterday morning though they were hard to hook. They also caught a few ling, sea bass, triggerfish and fluke.
At Atlantic Highlands, both the Sea Hunter and Fishermen reported lots of short and keeper fluke action Friday. The pool fluke on the latter went 4 5/8 pounds.