Since there hasn’t been any notable showing of large blue marlin since a successful Big Rock Tournament in the spring out of Morehead City, N.C. , it was surprising to see so many of those fish over the 400-pound tournament minimum being weighed in the last two days at The MidAtlantic. All that is detailed in last night’s late blog. As previously noted, tournament records continued to fall last year on the final day, and the weather looks good for the 146 boats fishing their last day.

There were also quite a few white marlin caught yesterday, and some that made the minimum length were brought in — though all failed to match the 65-pound minimum. That was good news for Michael Jorden as his 73-pounder on Catch 23 stands to win $1,674,134 if everything ends as is.

I also speculated that Bob Hugin;s bigeye tuna on The Right Place might not stand up since bigeyes over 200 pounds have been winning this summer’s contests. That’s what happened as Luck Duck weighed a 210-pounder. Yet, Hugin holds onto second and third which could be worth big money. The pay-offs depend on how many Calcuttas a boat is entered in, and can result in a smaller entry winning more money.

Check back tonight after all the results are posted in a late blog.

The Jamaica from Brielle has added a tilefish trip departing at 10 p.m. Sept. 5,. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

Capt. Ron Santee has been fighting lack of drift for fluke fishing on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Today he had too much, but still managed a decent catch up to a pool fluke of 4 pounds, 11 ounces. The monthly pool leader stands at 6.5 pounds.

Small craft warnings are up from 4 p.m. to late tonight. The NY/NJ Bight Saturday forecast is for northwest winds at just 5-10 knots.

Chuck Many is finding even more red drum while experimenting with his new boat, Isabella, at Hilton Head, S.C.

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