Day Two of the 25th MidAtlantic dawned sunny and breezy as the Silver Anniversary edition of sportfishing’s “Main Event” continued and 88 boats, including 51 in Cape May and 37 in Ocean City, headed offshore and found sea conditions greatly improved from the previous day. With nearly the entire fleet taking a non-fishing lay day on Day One, crews were anxious to get offshore today. It should be noted with ten optional calcuttas available for tournament participants to enter there are numerous opportunities to win cash. Not all participants enter all the calcuttas thus the wide range of fish on the leaderboard which qualify to win prize money.
Tonight’s weigh-in got off to an exciting start as Stan Hitchner’s Pez Machine from Barnegat Light, New Jersey was at Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May when the scales opened at 5 p.m. and weighed a big eye tuna of 230 pounds to take the lead in the category. In Ocean City, Captain Bill Davis put Michael Flanigan’s Miss Budweiser from Palm Beach, Florida on the board after weighing a big eye tuna of 156 pounds. In Cape May, Adam Youschak’s Reelin’ Feelin’ from Wildwood, New Jersey weighed yellowfin tuna of 67, 67 and 76 pounds and got on the board. Davis 70 based in Staten Island, New York weighed a yellowfin tuna of 72 pounds to get on the board while Bill Post of Wayne, New Jersey aboard his Lady Louise jumped into the fray after weighing a yellowfin tuna of 64 pounds.
In Ocean City, James Smith of Stuart, Florida took the lead in the white marlin category after he weighed a 77 pounder aboard his MJOLNIR with Captain Eric Metcalf at the wheel. In Cape May, Brian Crudeli’s Reel Addiction from Lumberton, New Jersey weighed a white marlin of 65 pounds and moved into second place in the category.
Ed Dunn of Grasonville, Maryland weighed a 35-pound dolphin from his DA Sea to take the lead in that category while Captain Danny Scotti joined Dunn on the board after weighing dolphin of 19 and 22 pounds from Gina Addeo’s Gina Lisa which hails from Staten Island, New York. Robert Lafferty’s Reel Desire III from Pipersville, Pennsylvania weighed a dolphin of nine pounds to get in the mix in the dolphin category.
Rusty Carter’s Stream Weaver based in Wilmington, North Carolina weighed a wahoo of 45 pounds and currently leads the category. Phil Heasley of Naples, Florida weighed a wahoo of 44 pounds from his Kallianassa and moved onto the board as well.
Some of the boats with multiple billfish releases on Day Two include George Anderson’s Elvee with five white marlin released and John Raimondo’s Sea Mistress with four white marlin released. Reelin’ Feelin’ released two white marlin and a blue marlin. Jody Brown’s Saltitude released three white marlin on Day Two.
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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