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  • 2020-08-05 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on August 5, 2020 WMO Open will be humming the next four days Though the tropical storm passed by quickly, only 35 of the 433 boats entered in the White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Maryland opted to fight the remaining seas today with four days of predicted good weather ahead of them in which to utilize their three fishing days. A revision of the white marlin release count for Monday brought that figure up to 11 plus the one boated for a total of 12 whites that day along with four eligible 50-pound minimum) tuna.
  • 2020-08-04 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on August 4, 2020 Tough first day at WMO The 42 out of 433 boats that fished during the first day of the White Marlin Open didn t find much for the scales which closed at 9 15. The only white marlin brought in didn t meet the 70-pound minimum, and there were only a few qualifying tuna.
  • 2020-08-03 Ristori Bay Head

    7 million purse as WMO opens Despite the pandemic and a tropical storm moving up the coast, the 47th annual White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. is underway with 433 boats and a world record tournament purse of 6. The field for the 2020 WMO includes many top boats from last year s fleet that set a tournament record of 1,429 white marlin releases.
  • 2020-08-02 Ristori Bay Head

    Southwest winds at 10-20 knots with 3-5-foot seas and showers are predicted, but I wouldn t be surprised to see a couple of boats taking a shot since there are daily cash prizes that may be won by any boat able to find a tuna, wahoo, dolphin or marlin. The storm s impact will be felt on Tuesday with south winds at 35-45 knots and 10-foot seas, but improves rapidly after that.
  • 2020-08-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on August 1, 2020 White Marlin Open set to begin tomorrow in Ocean City, MD Even the threat of a hurricane coming up the coast hasn t bothered organizers of the 47th White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. from gathering tomorrow for a captains meeting prior to Monday s start of the big money event. Capt. Freddy Gamboa is coming in on a hot streak with Andrea s Toy after a fine season of N. J. tuna action and the release last week of a blue marlin estimated at 500 pounds.
  • 2020-07-31 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 31, 2020 Early entry for JCAA Heavy Hitter Fluke Tournament ends today Though the annual statewide JCAA Fluke Tournament fell victim to the pandemic, that organization is going ahead with the Heavy Hitter contest that Paul Haertel started last year. Unfortunately, I didn t get a chance to promote that event before my computer went down and the early entry for the Aug. 7 -9 fishing days ends tomorrow.
  • 2020-07-30 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 30, 2020 51 st Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational was a success Thanks to my daughter Cyndi in Florida, I m back in business with a new computer after the last one died a couple of weeks ago. The Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational kicked off the mid-Atlantic marlin tournament season by attracting 28 boats which competed in the 51st edition of that contest which had a purse of 114,000.
  • 2020-07-16 Ristori Bay Head

    We are in the process of acquiring a new laptop for him. So while we wait for technology to catch up to the 84 year old, keep those lines tight and the reports coming!
  • 2020-07-13 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 13, 2020 Back with the big catches tomorrow The captain will be back tomorrow with the big catches from the weekend. The Captain s Daughter
  • 2020-07-11 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on July 11, 2020 Raritan Bay Anglers postoned Fluke Tournament to Sunday It s unusual for a fluke tournament out of an inshore port to be postponed, as there s always someplace to fish for fluke in protected waters, but that s what the Raritan Bay Anglers did with their 30th annual fluke contest. I didn t receive a press release about that contest, but became aware of it when fluke pro dave Lilly called after Thursday s captains meeting to inform me that those seeking a postponement so the ocean might be fishable after the tropical storm outvoted those willing to settle the contest in Raritan Bay today.

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