With much better offshore forecasts coming up, hardly any boats fished Day 2 of the MidAtlantic out of Cape May plus Ocean City, Md. today. As noted in last night’s late blog, there was lots of excitement as Three’s Enough weighed a blue marlin over the 400-pound minimum to get in line for a possible million-dollar payoff but didn’t have time to pop the corks before Random Chaos beat their 469-pounder with a 490-pound entry. Random Chaos also weighed an 80-pound yellowfin. tuna.
Large bigeye tuna were featured in other contests this year, but only one boat found them yesterday as The Right Place weighed tuna of 193 and 152 pounds that were fought by Bob Hugin and Deane Lambros. There were quite a few 50-70-pound yellowfins weighed, but an unusually large 70-pound albacore was boated by Milling Around. That was only four pounds off the N.J. state record for that species which migrates great distances in temperate seas throughout the world. They are frequently referred to as longfins, but the proper name is simply albacore.
One boat also dominated in wahoo, as Caitlin from Brick, N.J. boated two of 43 and 28 pounds. Only one dolphin was weighed, and it fell short of the 20-pound minimum. The lack of white marlin continued, though some were released. If there is any significant change, I’ll add a late blog after 9.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar was heading home from its tuna trip this morning with some yellowfins, albacore, tilefish and dolphin aboard.
The inshore forecast is for northwest winds at 5-10 knots — increasing to 10-15 late. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible.
The Paramount from Brielle is switching to jumbo porgy trips from 6:30-3:30 on Thursday. Saturday is sold out. Call 732 528-2117.