There were new leaders in two categories, but Taylor Jean from Brielle survived again with the 72-pound white marlin from the first day that could be worth over a million dollars though they did so by a mere two pounds as Texas Tea weighed a 70-pounder to take over second place. Goin In Deep from Fort Lauderdale brought in an amazing double of leaders as their 184-pound bigeye took the tuna lead from Big Dog's 126-pounder for a potential 542,004 -- and their first eligible blue marlin of the contest (400-pound minimum) was an unbeatable 680 pounds worth a possible 721,826.
Capt. Stan Zagleski had a similar trip Tuesday with his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands his fares worked hard for some fluke and lots of sea bass until they finally got some wind and movement later in the morning. The Jamaica from Brielle sent in a late report on Tuesday after they moved out near the Mud Hole for lots of chumming action with blues, bonito, chub mackerel and a few sea bass.
The dolphin lead was only at 15 pounds the first day, but Speculator brought in a 23-pounder -- the same as the dolphin that won the White Marlin Open on the last day. Nine blue marlin have been boated so far, but the 400-pound minimum has proven to be too big a hurdle in the first two days.
The eclipse of the sun didn't bother the fish, and Taylor Jean from Brielle made the most of it as Jay Monteverde boated a 72-pound white marlin to take the lead for over 2 million before Jamie Diller of Stone Harbor brought in a second place white on Canyon Lady that was exactly at the contest's 65-pound minimum. The first day totals were 133 whites (8 boated) 8 blue marlin (two weighed, but under the 400-pound contest minimum) 20 tuna 14 dolphin and the one wahoo.
Capt. Greg Hueth reported many limits on his Big Mohawk, with a pool fluke at about 10 pounds. Capt. Stan Zagleski had a good fluking report from his Elaine B, II out of Bahrs in Highlands as follows Multiple limits Saturday August 19, 2017 Got back on the fluke grounds after the doom and gloom forecast of yesterday.
Captain John Lewis of the Insatiable reports strong fluke fishing with double digit catches each day. He had the Pelenski family out to the Little Egg Reef for a half day of non-stop action with fluke including two keepers, plus sea robins.
Capt. Erwin Heinrich of Scales N Tales from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands was disappointed in the fluke action he found Wednesday after the run east to Atlantic Beach Reef as even short fluke were scarce while lots of jigs were sacrificed to the sticky bottom that usually harbors larger fluke. The big money white marlin looked to be sewed up by The Griffin from Palm Beach with an 86-pounder, but on the last day there was a 95.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro has had consistent action while chumming for mostly brown sharks in the 3-to-5-foot range with fairly light tackle from his Hi Flier out of Barnegat within five miles of the inlet. De Gennaro says the weather is shaping up for open trips offshore Sunday and Monday as he has reports of 20-to-60-pound tuna just 45 miles offshore.
Stan Zagleski filed the following report from Eline B. I from Bahrs in Highlands GOOD fishing with multiple limits August 15, 2017 Whatever swell that was forecast to be present the past couple of days was nowhere to be found again today and the fluke were hungry. Multiple fluke and sea bass limits for the guys and gals today.