Lay Days, also known as non-fishing days, give crews a chance to regroup, plan strategy for their remaining fishing days or simply enjoy the local beaches, shopping, restaurants and other sites of the tournament venues. The number of lay days and their format vary by tournament and while some allow participants to fun fish on lay days, others including The MidAtlantic do not allow this practice and in turn provide a day for crews to prepare tackle, rig baits and lures, checks ship’s system and also catch up on routine vessel maintenance. Weather often plays a role in determining the weeks fishing schedule and lay days along with crew availability. The MidAtlantic’s tournament format provides two lay days for tournament participants during the five available fishing days.
Day Three of the 2017 MidAtlantic saw the back end of the yesterday’s dry southwester dropout by early afternoon though sea conditions remained unfavorable and nearly all of the fleet took a lay day and all but seven boats were tied to the docks in Cape May and Ocean City. No changes occurred in any of the weight categories. The highlight of today’s action included four white marlin released by Ken Steiding’s Marlin Gale while Brooks Smith aboard his Uno Mas let go a blue marlin and a sailfish. It should be noted for scoring purposes a sailfish as well as a longbill spearfish earn the same 75 points as a white marlin. Also worthy of note the dolphin being caught during The MidAtlantic are the tasty gamefish served in restaurants and available in seafood markets as mahi mahi.
With the weather improving and well over 100 boats fishing each of the next two days it should be a wild finish to this year’s MidAtlantic as all have their eyes on a share of the tournament’s record cash purse of well over $3.24 million!
Please note the MidAtlantic tournament is a private event and not open to the general public and tournament venues require credentials for entry.
For further information contact Tournament Director Aaron Hoffman at 609-884-0177. Be sure to visit the tournament’s official web site at www.themidatlantic.com where you’ll find all the facts, figures and information about this year’s event including a complete rundown of calcutta payouts, rules, points and an event schedule. There’s also a link to purchase official tournament merchandise. You can also follow all the action on Facebook at The MidAtlantic Tournament; on Twitter; @midatl and on Instagram @themidatlantictournament.