The offshore tournament season continues as the Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational begins Wednesday with registration and the captains meeting at the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club before boats fish two out of the next three days. That will be followed by the big money 30th MidAtlantic at Cape May and Ocean City, MD from Aug. 15-20.
Hopefully, canyon trolling will be better than it was at the White Marlin Open. Though that contest ended on a high note, fishing was tough most of the week. That’s reflected in the species count for the contest which came to 502 released white marlin plus 13 weighed; 66 blue marlin releases and 3 weighed; 8 spearfish, 3 sailfish; 22 tuna,9 dolphin, 4 wahoo, 2 boated sharks and a swordfish.
That sounds like a lot of fish, but 440 boats each fished three days and didn’t come close to catching just one fish of any kind per boat day.
The Fisherman magazine’s Dream Boat contest will soon have a new fluke leader as Marc Blazek leighed a 15.8-pound doormat at True World Tackle in Bayonne on Friday. It was boated just south of Ambrose Channel.
There was no mention of rain in yesterday’s marine forecast, but it sure came down this morning. Vinny D’Anton braved it in the Monmouth County surf without success for stripers, but a switch to fluking produced five which included a keeper.
South winds at 10-15 knots are forecast for the morning.