Much like Day Four, Day Five, the final fishing day of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000, dawned overcast though the rain stayed away and the 88 boats heading offshore found comfortable conditions. While Day Five’s weigh-in session was brisk as numerous fish were weighed at both ports and a few changes in the standings of the My Port Calcutta which awards cash for the three heaviest white marlin, blue marlin and tuna from Cape May and Ocean City took place, only one significant change to the leaderboard occurred.
An overcast sky and occasional shower met the fleet of 39 boats as they headed offshore on Day Four of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000. After two straight days on The Rip, many of the tournament’s 117 participants took their second Lay Day (non-fishing day) today and spent time catching up on tackle checks, boat maintenance, bait rigging, resting or just enjoying the festive tournament atmosphere in Cape May and Ocean City. Those who headed out found conditions favorable and the big eye barrage continued. It will be a sprint to the finish tomorrow as 88 boats are eligible to fish. Over the years Day Five has often proved to be “moving day” where the leaderboard sees significant changes where fortunes are won and dashed. Will the trend continue in 2013? Stay tuned!
The beautiful weather continued today and 103 boats headed offshore early this morning as the full moon shined brightly above on Day Three of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000. Slick calm seas were again found by boats from Cape May and Ocean City and the leaderboard saw several changes.
After a stretch of unseasonably cool days, summer-like weather returned and Day Two of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 dawned warm and sunny. Conditions offshore improved dramatically as well as slick-calm seas were the order of the day and 100 boats headed out early this morning in pursuit of a piece of the tournament’s cash purse of over $1.8 million! With a full moon shining and a good weather forecast for tomorrow, participants are anxious to get back offshore tomorrow!
The unsettled weather on Sunday lingered overnight into Day One of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 and most of the fleet chose to take a lay day (non-fishing day) and only 22 boats headed offshore. With conditions improving as the day wore on and a forecast for good weather for the remainder of the week, the majority of the fleet will choose three of the next four days to fish which should provide a lot of excitement both on the water and at the weigh stations.
Tournament week is here and as some participants began arriving yesterday for the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 at the event’s host marinas, Canyon Club Resort Marina and South Jersey Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland, others spent the day pre-fishing to get the lay of the land for the upcoming week. While conditions offshore were reported as “sporty” several boats scored billfish releases and a few nice tuna, including a couple big eye, were boated. With the full moon set for mid-week, conditions look ripe for another great event. Last year’s tournament saw over 500 billfish caught including 460 white marlin, 40 blue marlin and four sailfish with over 96% released!