The 31st MidAtlantic is off and running with 178 boats fishing out of Cape May plus Ocean City, MD for a purse that should be over $5 million when the counting is finished after yesterday’s captains meetings at the two sites.

As usual, I’ll be doing a late blog after the scales close at 9 p.m.

Hopefully, there will be better marlin fishing than has been the case during the summer tournaments so far. I haven’t been able to get final results from the Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational so far, but famed marine artist Steve Goine passed along info from the Pirate’s Cove Tournament in Manteo, N.C. where 81 boats released mostly sailfish rather than white marlin.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported one of their best fishing days ever with unlimited numbers of chub mackerel plus lots of blues and some sea bass. There were also bonito in the chum along with big sharks. However, the boat is on a tuna trip and won’t be back on the daily schedule until Wednesday.

The forecast is for southwest winds at 5-10 knots with possible showers plus afternoon thunderstorms.

Capt. Pete Wagner had to go to Al
aska for these really big “fluke”

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