Jeff Merrill sent along this notice for the MidAtlantic:
“The 2022 MidAtlantic is just a few days away with Tournament Week set for August 21-26. Tournament registration continues at a steady pace for both venues and online registration at the tournament’s official web site http://www.themidatlantic.com is the quickest and easiest way to secure your spot in the line-up. The event gets underway on Sunday, August 21 with Late Registration and Calcutta Entry accepted from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City with a captain’s meeting immediately following. The MidAtlantic follows a “captain’s choice” format where crews will select three days to fish out of five available beginning Monday, August 22 and concluding on Friday, August 26. When registering participants must choose a port to sail from, Cape May or Ocean City, and regardless of the port selected, cannot pass their inlet’s sea buoy prior to 3 a.m. on fishing days and must fish within 125 miles of the Cape May Sea Buoy.
Fishing hours are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo are the target species. For any white marlin to make the leaderboard it must weigh at least 65 pounds and measure 69 inches. Blue marlin must measure 102 inches and weigh at least 400 pounds. In the tuna category, big eye, yellowfin and true albacore are the only eligible species and must weigh at least 50 pounds while wahoo and dolphin each have a 20-pound minimum weight. Any fish to be weighed must be at either Canyon Club Resort Marina or Sunset Marina by 9 p.m. to be eligible. Tournament participants and other interested parties can follow each night’s weigh-in session live on the tournament web site. Entry fee to the tournament is $3000 and covers the crew’s dockside dining and hospitality each night. Prize money is tallied from 11 calcuttas which have various fees and are separate from the tournament entry fee. One particular calcutta has a benefit to not only the winner but also all anglers. The 31st Annual Mega Marlin Calcutta, which celebrates the tournament’s 31st anniversary, has a separate fee of $31,000 to enter and a percentage of the total pot collected will be once again divided equally between the International Game Fish Association, Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Billfish Foundation. Last year’s Mega Marlin Calcutta saw just over $50 thousand split between these three organizations. Additionally, representatives of The Billfish Foundation will be in Cape May conducting a fund-raising raffle with numerous valuable prizes available.
It’s getting real and if you’ve already made your plans to be part of sportfishing’s “Main Event” welcome aboard. If not, time is running short and you don’t want to be left at the dock! Act now and join the roster of the best sportfishing boats and crews who travel from as far as Florida and New England to battle for braggin’ rights and earn the right to be called a MidAtlantic tournament champion. Bring your family and friends as part of your crew for what will be another exciting week of competition, opportunity and camaraderie!
For further information contact Tournament Director Aaron Hoffman at 609-884-0177 or visit the tournament’s web site at http://www.themidatlantic.com where you’ll find all the facts, figures and information about this year’s event including a complete rundown of calcutta payouts, rules, points, and an event schedule. On social media follow the MidAtlantic on Facebook at The MidAtlantic Tournament; on Twitter @midatl and on Instagram @themidatlantictournament.”
As previously noted, the 53rd annual White Marlin Invitational of the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club is being contested from Aug, 17-20. Entrants fish just two of four days. For details visit http://www.thewmit.com.
Capt. Ron Santee said he was back on the meat today with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands as several fares had limits. The pool fluke weighed 5 7/16 pounds — and there was also a 3 1/2-pound, 20 1/2-inch sea bass. That boat is chartered on Saturday.
Miss Belmar Princess reported a shot of blues right away before they turned off and a switch was made to chub mackerel.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has an opening on the limited Aug. 18 fluke trip departing Point Pleasant at 6:30. The fare is $110. Call 732 370-8019 for the required reservation.
A small craft warning is up from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. Northeast winds of 10-15 knots will gust to 25 tomorrow.