When you start a N.J. tournament with a 681-pound blue marlin. as Goin’ In Deep did in the MidAtlantic this week, you might figure that marlin should stand up. Yet, just a couple of days later it proved to be not even close as Wolverine weighed a tournament-record 958-pounder.

Following is Dave Merrill’s official tournament report from day 3.The:previous record of 847 pounds was set by Wade Lober aboard his Why Not back in 2014.  Congratulations tothe crew of the Wolverine!  Larry Hesse’s Goin’ in Deep out of Manasquan, New Jersey is now in second place with his 681-pounder followed by Steve Pilipauskis’ Reel Tight from Riva, Maryland with his 487-pounder.             

The tuna bite continued to be very good and once again on Day Three and numerous big eyes and yellowfins were weighed and a major shake-up occurred in the standings.  Captain Bryan Boyle had Chip Caruso’s Colts Neck, New Jersey-based Pipedreamer at the scale shortly after the tonight’s weigh-in session got underway at 5 pm. with a pair of barrel-sized big eye tuna in the cockpit that anglers Caruso and Andy Confortini battled.  The pair of big eyes weighed 235 and 227 pounds and moved Pipedreamer into the lead and second place in the tuna category.  Bob Hugin’s Summit, New Jersey-based The Right Place is now in third place with a 188-pound tuna. 

Anthony Martina’s Sea Wolf from Middletown, Delaware remains atop of the white marlin division with his 82-pounder followed by Art Boykin of Berlin, Maryland on his Lucky Duck II with his 80-pounder.  Andrew Dotterweich’s Fish On from Jupiter, Florida sits in third place with his white marlin of 75 pounds. 

In the dolphin category William Keller’s Blood Money from Brielle, New Jersey remains atop the board with his 31-pounder followed by Jeff Spencer’s Bent Tent from Easton, Maryland and Jeremy Blunt’s Wrecker’s out of Ocean City, Maryland who are tied at 26 pounds.     

There’s a new leader in the wahoo category after Captain Danny Veid of Tarpon Springs, Florida weighed a 57-pounder for angler Gerry Imparato aboard Amarula Sun.  Patrick McGovern’s Mack 900 based in Somerset, New Jersey was bounced to second place with his 32-pounder.  John Homick’s Salt Lick hailing from Annapolis, Maryland is now in third place with his 18-pounder.     

Some of the boats with notable billfish releases on Day Three include Jamie Diller’s Canyon Lady with seven white marlin and David Bowen’s Big Stick with five.  Dave Anderson’s Krazy Salts and Luke Blume’s C Boys each released four white marlin.  John Dougherty’s Outrage, Pat Healey’s Viking 80, Sid Gold’s Can Do Too, Andrew Kevlahan’s Dorothy Marie and Adam Youschak’s Reelin’ Feelin’ each released three white marlin today.  George Robinson’s Polarizer and Jim Walker’s Conspiracy each released a blue marlin.     

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