The first White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, Maryland in1957 drew 57 boats vyng for $20,000. The 47th event has 444 boats seeking a purse of about 9.2 million dollars.
With a great weather forecast, 421boats opted to fish the first day. There will surely be a great many fish weighed, and I’ll try to get another blog out tonight with those results.
As noted in my last blog, there was great bluefishing yesterday off Long Branch. Those aggressive blues responded best to poppers. and I was able to raise them on blind casts during long drifts even though there were no surface signs of them. A couple of times I had two blues on the popper — somethng that occasionally happens in a blitz, but not normally on blind casts.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported there was great bluefishing again today as their fares jigged early limits before releasing many more from 3-7 pounds. They are tuna fishing tomorrow, but will be back to the blues on Wednesday.
The forecast is for northeast winds at 5-10 knots before shifting to southeast in the afternoon.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro has been into 30-40-pound bluefin and yellowfin tuna on bait just 25 to 35 miles offshore with his Hi Flier from Barnegat. He has room on an open trip Wednesday from 9-5 for $350 — and Saturday and Sunday from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $450. Call 732 330-5674.