Had Matt out with the fellas, started at the inshore grounds and went 10-15 on 60lb yellows in first hour to start the trip. Ran to the Hudson and trolled looking for some bites no luck, decided to daytime drop for swords, drifted and dreamed for over and hour and changed gears finished up the trip banging some mahi and tiles before making the hour 45 minute cruise back to the dock before dinner.
Posted on August 12, 2020 Lots of billfish recorded at WMO, but few tuna, dolphin and wahoo The species count provided by the White Marlin Open for last week s tournament is impressive, though there were some species which were in short supply. The Golden Eagle from Belmar started jigging bluefish this morning, but the blues didn t hit well and they ended up adding some sea bass and fluke.
Maryland, following his win with Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club last year in the tuna division, by boating a 77-pound white marlin that was initially tied for first and ended up winning 206 000. I never thought the early tuna entries would stand up, but the bigeyes couldn t be located even by such specialists as Canyon Runner and MJ s. Travis Ort from York, Pa. was the biggest beneficiary of that blue marlin money as he was in the right Calcuttas to win 1.
Yet, he had no trouble trolling up five yellowfins from 30 to 65 pounds plus two skipjacks on Side Job from Belmar for John Clark and his crew from Pa. by staying on the outside of the 150 boats. The tournament was based on the total weight of the three heaviest fluke caught on each boat.
Posted on August 9, 2020 97-pound white takes over first in WMO Capt. George Steller brought Frank Criscola s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club to the White Marlin Open scales at Ocean City, Md. shortly after they opened at 4 p. m. with a white marlin that had some heft to it. The scales remain open until 9 15, and I ll add a blog then if anything changes before tomorrow s last day.
Posted on August 8, 2020 WMO down to last two days As noted in the previous blog, there were major changes in the big money white marlin division of the WMO today and I suspect there will be more to come as the contest wraps up with the two days added on due to the uncertainty as to how long the tropical storm would last. Drillin Billin was the big winner today as their 77-pound white pushed Hook Settle s 74-pounder out of first and sets up a 2.