420 million in last week's White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. -- which is also a satellite port for the MidAtlantic. The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association's Junior Mates Program had its last official class session on Thursday.
Vinnie D'Anton caught one small blue on a Chug Bug, but had his 20-pound leader broken twice by unseen fish There was better news on small blues for the Shore party boat fleet. Matt Slobojian reported from Jim's Tackle in Cape May that Fluke fishing picked up last week on the reefs although the wind kept a lot of boats at the dock.
Adam La Rosa reports his Canyon Runner fleet got back into bigeye tuna Monday night with multiple catches being the norm. Unfortunately that was after the White Marlin Open when Canyon Runner couldn't find a big money bigeye, but went one of two releases on blue marlin hits, and five of 10 on white marlin.
Capt. John Kolias, of Reel Fun at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands, couldn't find the volume of large fluke Sunday he got into the previous day, but the Justn Vogali party was happy with the 7- and 8-pound fluke boated in deep waters. The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some blues early on Run-Off Hammered jigs, and added some fluke to 5 pounds and sea bass in the afternoon.
However, they didn't bite and a switch to bottom fishing produced some fluke up to 7 pounds plus sea bass. Capt. John Kolias wasn't in the SWABC top three, but had a great trip for Barry Paull of that club as the charter on Reel Fun from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands caught 33 fluke which included 16 keepers from 4 to 6 pounds.
Capt. Stan Zagleski reported much better fluking than on Friday, and with some limits on his Elaine B II from Bahrs in Highlands as conditions were good all day for fishing with no more than an 8-ounce sinker. Friday's trip also ended up with mackerel along with some sea bass, a keeper tog, and some pollock that came up in the slick -- including a 6-pounder for Steve Kirckhahn of Browns Mills.
With only 28 boats able to fish on the last day of the White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md., there were only two changes to the concluding leaderboard. As there were no second or third place white marlin, the winning 76.
Though 242 boats fished Thursday in the White Marlin Open, I could only find one change in the Leaderboard -- and a minor one at that. Every boat with one of their three days left will be trying to take over one of the big money spots available on the last two days -- especially the open second and third in both white and blue marlin.
5-pound bigeye boated on Rich Kosztu's Hubris took over first in tuna from Magic Moment and a potential 400,000. There was also a change in dolphin as Sea Wolf brought in a 36-pounder to pull ahead of the 34.