Posted on August 14, 2020 Doormat boated on the Fishermen The largest party boat fluke reported to this blog so far was caught today on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Ron Santee reported that Joe the Plumber lost a monster in the morning, but came back in the afternoon to boat a 3-pounder, a 5-pounder and then a 31 1 2-inch doormat that weighed 12 pounds, 14 ounces.
Today s report from the Golden Eagle out of Belmar emphasized that report by noting they had uncountable numbers of the small mackerel which are easy for even beginners to catch on small jigs and mackerel multiple jigging rigs. Fortunately, chubs have filled a void and provide lots of good eating for anglers who may not get into blues some days.
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.
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.