Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club had to wait in a long line to weigh-in their bigeye tuna yesterday evening at the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Maryland, but the wait was worthwhile as Russ Garufi’s catch took over first in tuna by a mile at 201 pounds. That put Crisdel in line for $940,000. The only tuna even close to it was then weighed at 101 pounds for Chuck Metz on Theresa Jean.
Though bigeyes get much bigger, it’s not easy to come up with such a fish during the few days of a tournament, and while fishing under IGFA rules. Crisdel boated a 265-pounder about a week ago after a very long fight on 50-pound,
The information in the final blog last night was wrong except for the white marlin. I waited an hour after the scales closed to get the day’s final results, but the tournament hadn’t updated their leaderboards.
The tuna board going into today had Bar South third at 77.5 pounds, followed by M.R, Ducks at 72 and Eastbound at 69 pounds. There was no dolphin leaderboard at all last night, but Game Changer has the lead at 35.5 pounds, followed by Ditchdigger Too at 30.5 pounds and Top Notch at 27 pounds. Rather than no wahoo, there were enough to fill the board. The Natural had a 82-pounder that was the sixth largest in the 46 years of the WMO. That’s going to be a tough one to beat! Camecelin is second at 54.5 pounds, and Sweetums has third with a 50.5-pounder. There were no blue marlin big enough to weigh, but a 277.5-pound mako shark was weighed by Greg Robinson on Polerizer. That division doesn’t pay much, but the mako leads the Big Fish Calcutta worth $225,000.
As noted last night, there are two white marlin weighed for the biggest pay-offs — with Chasin Tail first at 74 pounds and Reel Chaos at 70 pounds.
There were lots of whites released the first day, with the count at 415 plus eight long enough to be brought to the scales. There were 17 blue marlin releases. Fish brought to the scales included eight tuna, eight dolphin, four wahoo and one shark. However, there were 389 of the 404 boats fishing yesterday. Today there are 335 boats fishing, which means there won’t be as many boats fishing the last two days as is normally the case. I’ll try to get today’s “really final” results for a later blog after the scales close at 9:15.
There was a little flurry of striper action yesterday morning when the tide turned in at Shark River as I switched to a Tsunami Sand Eel since there didn’t appear to be any blues around — and caught two 23-inch bass while losing another I later added a smaller bass on the way out, Vinny D’Anton had the turn timed for 7:15 this morning, and we waited around for it. I released a 25-inch striper right at 7:15, but there was no blitz, I added a 20-incher, and Vinny caught a 24-incher on a Chug Bug before everyone left. Vinny had caught five smaller bass early, when I caught the only blue — a 4-pounder on a Z Man Swimmerez.
Both Tommy Cox and Frank Manzi did as well working Monmouth County beaches this morning despite the very low tides.
Dan Brodzinski once again proved that it pays to have a rod with you any time you go to the beach. He took his wife to Sandy Hook for a beach supper Sunday evening, but waded out in the shallow water to catch a short fluke. He then saw something move aand switched to his Tin Teaser to get hit by what turned out to be a cownose ray of about 40 pounds which he fought for an hour before getting it close enough to cut off.
There’s a small craft advisory posted for Wednesday morning to night, with seas building to 4-6 feet. South winds at 10-15 knots in the morning increase to 15-20 with gusts to 25 in the afternoon — when there’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported catching blues and bonito on jigs this morning before switching to chub mackerel sea bass and ling later.
Capt. Vinny Vetere said weekend striper fishing was tough, and he had to work hard to cover his striper guarantee on Katfish from Great Kills.
This tournament is being run on short notice so there will only be four weigh-in stations this year, located in central part of our state. The weigh-in stations will be Fishermen’s Den in Belmar, Capt. Bills Landing Marina in Manasquan, Creekside Outfitters in Waretown and Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom. However, if this new format works, we will add more weigh-in stations to the north and south next year. We hope to take the best features of both of our tournaments and combine them into one really good tournament next year.
The awards ceremony and Country Style Barbeque will be held at the Brick Athletic League Building from 5-9 PM on August 18th. Barbequed chicken, pulled pork, sausage & peppers, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, macaroni salad, soda and water will be served and you can BYOB as well. We will have a 50/50 and live entertainment will be provided by Ken and the Escorts!
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