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The MidAtlantic Press Release - Day 1
Monday, August 21, 2017

Tournament Record Purse and 72-Pound White Marlin Garner Headlines on Day One as the 2017 MidAtlantic Gets Underway

On a day when millions of Americans stared at the sky with the hope of catching a glimpse of the solar eclipse, 144 boats headed offshore and spent the day staring at their trolling pattern with hope of catching a white marlin, blue marlin or tuna worth well into six figures. Day One of the 2017 MidAtlantic dawned sunny and calm as the fleet headed offshore in pursuit of a share of the tournament’s record cash purse of well over $3.24 million! Because of the variety of calcuttas available for participants to enter at their choice based on species, sailing port and even boat size, a wide range of payouts for all species is possible.

The evening’s weigh-in session got off to a fast start as Ken Hager of Tinton Falls, New Jersey backed his Taylor Jean to the scale at Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland just after 5 p.m. and weighed a white marlin of 72 pounds and currently has the heaviest billfish in the category. Jamie Diller of Stone Harbor, New Jersey got on the board with his Canyon Lady after weighing a 65-pound white marlin at Canyon Club in Cape May. No other qualifying white marlin or blue marlin were weighed.

In the tuna category, the leaderboard took a beating and although there were no big eyes weighed, plenty of yellowfin tuna found their way to the scale at both marinas. Leading the way was the Viking 62 based out of New Gretna, New Jersey with Captain Brian Komer on the bridge who weighed yellowfins of 72 and 70 and 69 pounds in Cape May. Ed Dunn of Grasonville, Maryland aboard his DA Sea got on the board as well with a yellowfin of 70 pounds weighed in Ocean City. Waste Knot of Morehead, North Carolina weighed a yellowfin of 67 pounds in Ocean City to get on the board as well. Dan Burt of Salisbury, Maryland aboard his Pumpin’ Hard weighed a yellowfin of 67 pounds in Ocean City and joined the crowded tuna leaderboard.

The dolphin category currently has Dale Creamer from Hackensack, New Jersey aboard his Ditch Digger currently with the heaviest fish in the category with a 16-pounder weighed in Cape May. Robert Day of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida aboard his Chasin’ Tail got on the board with a 15-pounder weighed in Cape May while Nick Rodriguez of Dover, Delaware aboard his Par Five weighed a 15-pounder in Ocean City and joined the leaders. Chris Little of Pasadena, Maryland aboard his Talkin’ Trash weighed a 13-pounder to get in the mix in the category.
In the wahoo category, Mike Chase of Villanova, Pennsylvania aboard his contrail weighed a wahoo of 67 pounds to lead the category.

Some of the boats with significant billfish releases on Day One included: Tom Kilareski’s Intuition releasing six white marlin while Dave Anderson’s Krazy Salts released one blue marlin and four white marlin. Sam Thorpe’s Playmate and Jon Duffie’s Billfisher each released four white marlin today while Joe Drosey’s Rhonda’s Osprey released a blue marlin and two white marlin. The Chaser released one blue marlin and one white marlin and Jeff Donohue’s Intrinsic released a blue marlin.

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.

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