Posted on August 23rd, 2016
Today was day 1 of the 25th Annual MidAtlantic tournament based out of Cape May, NJ with a port at Sunset Marina in Ocean City, MD. Only 7 of the 160 boats registered in this year’s event opted to fish today due to a strong northwest wind and rough sea conditions. Five boats fished out of Ocean City and two boats fished out of Cape May. We saw a surprisingly high number of fish come to the scales based on the low number of boats that fished, but that’s fishing for you.
The first fish to arrive at the dock for this year’s event was an 11 pound mahi brought into Ocean City by the crew of the Triple Bypass.
The Moore Bills brought a nice 75 pound wahoo to the scale in Ocean City and currently holds the lead in the wahoo category.
The Solivia Rose got back to the dock in Cape May at 8:30 PM with a blue marlin that got anticipations running high, but missed the tournament minimum of 400 pounds when it weighed in at 371.
The big story of day 1 was a yellowfin tuna brought into the Sunset Marina scale in Ocean City by the crew of the Goin’ In Deep. Larry Hesse Jr and the crew of the Goin’ In Deep battled rough sea conditions to land a 67 pound yellowfin tuna that ended up the only fish in the tournament to be on the leader board. Thanks to the MidAtlantic’s “On the Board Reward” the crew of the Goin’ In Deep will take home a check for over $50,000 for their first day of fishing. The longer that fish stays on the board, the more money it could potentially win.
There was some decent throwback fl0under action in the back bay today despite the muddy water and windy conditions. It’s not always about catching a bunch of fish to throw in the box, especially when there are kids involved. Young anglers just want to bend a rod and that will usually put a smile on their faces….and that’s what it’s all about. Both Ocean City Guide Service and Pitboss Fishing had some great family fun today putting some junior anglers on some great flounder action.
I did get a report of one keeper flounder today, and that was from Bear at the Oceanic Pier. Dan from Hoversvile, PA caught this 16: keeper with a jighead and white Mr. Twister tail.