Qualifying Blue Marlin Highlights Day 3 of The MidAtlantic

Qualifying Blue Marlin Highlights Day 3 of The MidAtlantic

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

It was another busy day at the scales for day 3 of The MidAtlantic Tournament.  Cape May, NJ had 64 boats fishing and Ocean City, MD had 71 boats fishing and there were a lot of fish caught.  There were several white marlin that came to both scales that didn’t reach the 65 pound minimum for the tournament, but there were a couple that jumped up on the leader board and are currently worth a couple of bucks.  Here’s how things look after three days of fishing.

The largest wahoo of the tournament was caught on Monday by the crew of the Moore Bills fishing out of Ocean City.  Their 75 pound fish is still holding strong in first place in the category.

Ed Dunn fishing on his DA Sea holds first place in the dolphin category with his 35 pound dolphin that was weighed in Ocean City yesterday.

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Third place in the tuna category is held by the Reelin’ Feelin’.  Reelin’ Feelin weighed their 76 pound yellowfin tuna in Cape May yesterday and it still holds third place in the category.

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The crew of the Miss Budweiser is currently in second place in the tuna category.  Miss Budweiser weighed their 156 pound bigeye tuna in Ocean City yesterday.

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First place in the tuna category is held by the crew of the Pez Machine.  Angler Eddie Lippert weighed his 230 pound bigeye in Cape May yesterday and is still holding on to first place in the tuna category.

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Although there have been several blue marlin weighed between the two ports so far only one has met the 400 pound minimum weight requirement for the tournament.  The Fantasia fishing out of Cape May weighed a nice 432 pound blue marlin this afternoon and holds the only place in the category.

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There were two 68 pound white marlin caught out of Ocean City today that jumped on to the leader board.  The Sea Wolf and the MR Ducks weighed the two 68 pounders a few minutes apart and are currently tied for 2nd place in the prestigious white marlin category.

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First place in the white marlin category is still held by the crew of the Mjolnir.  Angler Jim Smith weighed his 77 pound white marlin in Ocean City yesterday and is currently in first place in the prestigious white marlin category.

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There were some awesome release counts on the dock today for some boats with lots of white marlin, blue marlin and spearfish being released.  Captain Joe Drosey on Rhonda’s Osprey fishing out of Sunset Marina put his crew on four white marlin, two spearfish and a blue marlin release.

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Outside of the tournament, Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing was trolling the 20 fathom fingers with spreader bars and found 80 degree water.  Although the tuna and mahi were elusive, he did find some false albacore to keep his party from Massachusetts busy.

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It was another banner day on the ocean going party boats today.  The flounder fishing just seems to be getting better and better by the day.  Captain Chris Mizurak on the Angler and Captain Monty Hawkins on the Morning Star both reported terrific fishing for flounder on ocean structure today.  Captain Chris reported several limits of four fish per person and Captain Monty reported beautiful sea conditions and eight customers with limits.

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Bear from the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City sent in two pics this morning.  John from Baltimore, MD released this beauty of a 40″ rockfish and 11 others from the north sea wall on Zoom baits and Amber Smoker’s daughter Julianna caught over 20 sea bass from the route 50 bridge last night.

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