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MidAtlantic tournament underway

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Aug 24, 2017

(Aug. 25, 2017) A total of 151 boats are participating in the 26th annual MidAtlantic tournament, competing for a record $3,246,760 in prize money.

The competition is based out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey, but local participants may weigh their daily catches at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.

Last year, the Ocean City and Cape May ports were capped at 85 boats. All 85 Ocean City spots were filled in 2016, and 72 boats fished out of Cape May for a total of 157 participants. The payout of nearly $3.16 million was also a tournament record, until this year.

For 2017, 90 boats are fishing out of Ocean City and 61 from Cape May. Despite six fewer boats this year, the tournament payout is up nearly $90,000.

“I think fishing deterred some people from getting into to the tournament. Fishing is better than I expected, but still down,” said The MidAtlantic Director Aaron Hoffman. “We’re happy with the turnout and payout. Prize money increasing is not just good for the tournament, but for everyone.”

On Monday, 144 boats went offshore. Tuesday and Wednesday was a bit slower at the scale, with 36 and seven boats fishing, respectively.

A 72-pound white marlin tops the leaderboard, reeled in aboard the boat, Taylor Jean. The Big Dog crew has landed the heaviest tuna, weighing in at 126 pounds. The heaviest dolphin as of Wednesday is a 23-pounder caught on the Speculator. After three days of fishing, the Contrail’s 67-pound wahoo led the division.

Boats are eligible to fish three of five tournament days. The final fishing day is today, Friday. Weigh-ins are from 5-9 p.m. For the complete leaderboard and payout breakdown, visit www.themidatlantic.com.

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