Day five of the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 offshore fishing tournament in Cape May, New Jersey, lived up to its moving day reputation and fortunes were once again made and dashed on the final day of fishing as the 2012 event came to a close. With the tuna category relatively out of reach with the third heaviest tuna weighing a stout 217 pounds, most of the fleet focused their efforts on white marlin and blue marlin.
Robert Warder of Parkton, Maryland on his Reelentless held on to his lead in the white marlin category with his 79-pounder which was caught on day two and went on to win the category, pocketing $667,369. Richard McCann claimed second place catching a 78-pound white on the final day fishing aboard Sea Slammer to win $115,793. Tom Perry also made a move on the last day of action, landing the third-heaviest white marlin aboard Game Over. The 75-pounder was worth $46,556.
Wade Lober and his team on Why Knot took the blue marlin category with a 416-pounder caught on day two. They swept all three places in the category and received $309,503.
Anthony Matarese of Ocean City, Maryland boated a 233-pound bigeye tuna on day two aboard Reel Chaos to win the heaviest tuna award and bagged $178,533. Barry Weshnak’s Miss Annie weighed a 224-pound bigeye to take second place and $115,413. Tom Ely boated a 217-pounder on Irish Twin to win third place and $67,021.
Don Pyle won $9,440 for the biggest dolphin, and a 42-pound wahoo on Krazy Salts won that category.
The tuna bite during the tournament was unprecedented and nearly four dozen were brought to the scales during the week including more than three dozen bigeye! Also worth noting was the total white marlin catch of 460 with all but 16 released is the fourth highest total in the tournament’s history. There were also four sailfish and one spearfish released. The 40 blue marlin caught during the week with all but three released was the highest number of blue marlin caught since 1999 and the second-highest total on record for the tournament.
The 118-boat fleet caught 504 billfish and released 485 for a release rate of more than 96 percent.
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White marlin released — 444
White marlin boated — 16
Blue marlin released — 37
Blue marlin boated — 3
Sailfish released — 3
Spearfish released — 1
Tuna weighed — 43
Tuna released — 1
Wahoo weighed — 2
Dolphin weighed — 3
Reelentless wins $667,000 in Mid-Atlantic $500K