Big Winners in Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club Offshore Open

The popular annual tournament highlights great fishing in the Northeast

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The Tra Sea Ann team released 16 white marlin to win the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club Offshore Open.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club

The Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club's 36th Annual Offshore Open saw a hot bite of blue and white marlin plus yellowfin and bigeye tuna in the Northeast canyons. Anglers aboard Envelopeus and Tashtego won the first and second place blue marlin release honors, while Tra Sea Ann and Pepper won first and second place in the white marlin release divisions, respectively. Tra Sea Ann had 16 white marlin releases on their overnight trip. Canyon Runner swept the top two places in the tuna division with bigeyes weighing 264 and 201.5 pounds, winning over $156,000 along the way. Teams on Big Deal and The Right Place tied for third with 200.5-pound bigeyes.

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Pepper finished second with nine white marlin releases.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club

The tournament followed an innovative format where participating boats could fish either two separate days or one overnight trip during the course of the weeklong event. This year was the largest in terms of participation in the event’s 36-year history, allowing the non-profit club to provide funding for a variety of fishing-related charities, including the Recreational Fishing Alliance and the George Burlew Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to marine biology graduate students.

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Tra Sea Ann found incredible white marlin fishing during their overnight trip in the Northeast canyons.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club
2016 Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club Canyon Runner flags
Canyon Runner heads in with the flags up.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club
2016 Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club Canyon Runner bigeye tuna
The boys on Canyon Runner weighed the heaviest two bigeyes to take first and second place in the tuna division.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club
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Another look at Tra Sea Ann.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club
2016 Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club The Right Place
The Right Place weighs in. They tied for third in the tuna category.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club
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The Goin' In Deep team scored a nice bigeye tuna.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club
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The Brielle Yacht Club Marina is right in the heart of the action.Courtesy Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club