Millions are on the line during the last two days as both the white marlin and blue marlin categories are wide open — and tuna leaders are hoping that none big enough to qualify will be caught since those funds will then be added to the tuna winners.

After Big Stick took the lead yesterday with a 246.5-pound bigeye tuna (photo below), Southern C’s weighed another just one pound heavier that could be worth several million dollars. I’ll do an update blog after the scales close tonight. There were 352 of the 408 boats entered fishing today.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported reading lots of bluefish though they only jigged a few’ During the afternoon they were milling on the surface. Since the boat is leaving on a canyon trip tonight, the next bluefish trip will be on Saturday.

Capt. Ron Santee had sad news this week about Capt. Marty Haines having died last weekend while running a boat. Marty had been out of the party boat business for some time, but his Sea Pigeon IV at Perth Amboy was one of the best known at the Shore. I made a successful ling trip with him many years ago when mall bergalls were feasting on my clam baits until Marty suggested I switch to strips of bergalls — which solved the problem. I haven’t been able to find any information about services so far.

Santee noted that the rain ended early this morning, and fluke fishing on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands was decent. It was great for Louise Lauria as she boa ted a 6.5-pound pool winner that’s also the monthly leader. The Fishermen is chartered on Sunday.

The forecast for Friday is for north winds at 10-15 knots which decrease to 5-10 in the afternoon.

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