Weather plays a significant role in offshore fishing in many ways. A simple change in wind direction gets billfish and tuna in a feeding mood and that’s just what occurred on Day Three of the 25th Annual MidAtlantic. The cool refreshing northwest breeze not only turned on the billfish and tuna but also provided beautiful conditions for the 135 boats, including 64 from Cape May and 71 from Ocean City, which fished on Day Three. As the evening’s weigh-in session got underway there were numerous reports of billfish and tuna coming to the scales at Cape May and Ocean City and those early reports were indeed correct as weigh stations were busy right up to the 9 p.m. deadline.
In Cape May, Anthony Demarco of South Brunswick, New Jersey aboard his Fantasia got on the board after weighing a blue marlin of 432 pounds. Though not in any of the calcuttas, Demarco’s fish still qualifies and is currently the heaviest fish in the category. Also in Cape May, Pat Healey’s Viking 72 based in New Gretna, New Jersey weighed a white marlin of 65 pounds to get on the board in that category.
In Ocean City, Anthony Martina’s Sea Wolf of Mickleton, Delaware weighed a white marlin of 68 pounds to get on the board while John Tomasini’s Theresa Jean based out of Thurmont, Maryland got into the mix in the white marlin category after weighing a 67 pounder.
Several changes also occurred tonight in the tuna category. In Cape May, Jody Brown of Lititz, Pennsylvania weighed a 72-pound yellowfin from his Saltitude to get on the board followed by Tom Kilareski of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a 65-pounder aboard his Intuition. Joe Napolitan of Holland, Pennsylvania got in the mix after weighing a 62-pound yellowfin from his Naps V. In Ocean City, Thomas McMurray of Tiburon, California aboard his Makara weighed a yellowfin of 64 pounds.
In Ocean City, Peter Cherasia’s Shark Byte from Rumson, New Jersey weighed a wahoo of 68 pounds to get into the mix in the category while in Cape May Marty Judge of West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania aboard his Judge weighed a dolphin of 18 pounds to join the pack in that category.
Some of the boats with significant billfish releases on Day Three include Jonathon Duffie’s Billisher with one blue marlin and 12 white marlin released; Makara with 10 white marlin released and Barry Weshnak’s Miss Annie with nine white marlin released. Matt Lonuzzi’s Over the Top and Sean O’ Donnell’s Got Game each released eight white marlin. Michael Savino’s Texas Tea released one blue marlin and five white marlin and Todd Dickerson’s Top Dog released one blue marlin and four white marlin.
Please note The MidAtlantic is a private event and not open to the general public. All tournament venues require credentials for entry.
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