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.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a very good day of variety bottom fishing with a boat limit of sea bass (two per man) up to 4 pounds plus some ling to 3 pounds, and a few fluke. Matt Slobodjian reports from Jim's Tackle in Cape May as follows The fluke fishing remains about the same, a lot of small fish and a few nice ones.
28-pound doormat in the Hudson River to win at the Jersey City port in Liberty Landing Marina -- where the only other fluke close to doormat size finished second. Sandy Hook Name Hometown Entry Weight Length 1st Moskal, Robert Scotch Plains, NJ 136 5.
You won't see John De Bona's name in the results, as we experienced poor fishing at several spots from Ambrose to Jamaica Bay We fished with David Schnall of Montville on his 28-foot Regulator from Gateway Marina in Highlands, along with Rich Dunn of Brick and Austin Perelli from Brooklyn. Very few fluke were coming into the Gateway Marina weigh-in, but the one at Jersey City had a late spurt with good fluke catches coming in from nearby areas in Hudson River -- which also produced an early doormat.
Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, said boaters did very well with fluke Thursday in Manasquan River. Tank Matraxia joined a friend from Lyndhurst on his trailered boat Thursday as they caught seven keeper fluke up to 22 inches between Shewsbury River and Ambrose Channel.
The 22nd Jersey Coast Anglers Association Fluke Tournament will be contested Saturday throughout the state on Saturday, and there's still to get in on the fun -- including a chance to win 50,000 for a fluke exceeding 12 pounds. Adam La Rosa reported a lack of tuna for his Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant, but a couple of blue marlin were caught.
Paul Haertel of the JCAA details Saturday's contest as follows 22nd Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament - 50K Prize - 8 6 16 50,000 Cash for the largest fluke over 12 lbs in our doormat fluke category Drawing for G-3 boat, Yamaha motor and trailer 1200 cash first place prize for the largest fluke in each of our nine ports regardless of the number of entrants. The surf is about the same with good numbers of kingfish being caught, a lot of fluke (mostly shorts) at The Point, and some spike weakfish.