Every boat with a fishing day left is trying to boat a marlin or tuna worth over a million dollars during the conclusion of the 49th White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. and Cape May, N.J. as 408 entrants have been competing for a purse of $8.6 million. As noted in yesterday’s late blog, there was finally an entry of the highest value species — a white marlin. The 71 1/2-pounder taken on C-Student was well over the minimum length at 72 inches, but hadn’t been listed as a tournament leader by the end of weigh-ins, and I thought there might be a protest involved. However, that fish could be wort $2.8 million if no other whites are entered. There was no question in the case of blue marlin when Cabana weighed a 511-pounder to start the parade to the scales which consisted mostly of yellowfin tuna.
There was also a new third place bigeye tuna entered that didn’t make last night’s list. Komotose from Manteo, N.C. weighed a 242.5-pound bigeye. The dolphin category got a lot tougher when Irene from Stuart, Florida weighed 58 1/2-pounder – -as did wahoo when Water Marlin came in with a 54-pounder. I’ll have results on the late blog after the scales close
There should be a new leader in the Fisherman magazine’s Dream Boat fluke category after Akira at True World Tackle weighed a 33 1/2-inch, 15.8-pounder for Marc Blazek, who caught it on Aug. 7 from Jeff Onzepowski’s Verao just south of Ambrose Channel.
Saturday’s forecast is for north winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 before dropping to northeast 5-10 in the afternoon.
The Miss Belmar Princess reported very good chub mackerel fishing today. Some fares also fought sand tiger sharks.
Capt. Ron Santee had very tough conditions for fluking from his Fishermen out of Atlantic Highlands due to a screaming current and nasty roll. A couple of guys had three keepers, and the pool fluke was over 6 pounds.
Nick Honachefsky reports:
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