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2017 MidAtlantic Winner Earns Record $1 Million Payout

Boating the event's largest blue marlin and tuna pays big for Goin' In Deep

August 28, 2017
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Larry Hesse’s Goin’ In Deep team were the big winners this year, winning over $1 million in cash. Courtesy The MidAtlantic

The crew from Goin’ In Deep, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were the big winners in the 2017 MidAtlantic.

The difference for a healthy chunk of the team’s $1.1 million payout? Just 3 pounds.

Goin’ In Deep, owned by Larry Hesse and captained by Walter Harmstead, won both the blue marlin and tuna categories, thanks to a 680-pound blue marlin and a 184-pound yellowfin tuna, both weighed on the fourth day. Those catches earned the team a whopping $1,110,634 in prize money. The crew also won the blue marlin release category with 320 points.

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The blue marlin division was hard-fought though, as Let It Ride boated a 677-pound blue for second place, just three pounds behind the first-place team. No other qualifying blues were caught, meaning the third-place prize money was split between Goin’ In Deep and Let It Ride.

The team aboard Waste Knot, from Morehead City, North Carolina, won the white marlin category with a 75-pounder. The Taylor Jean crew placed second with a 72-pound white marlin and Reed Rodeo placed third with a 71-pounder. A tournament-record $3.24 million purse was awarded to the winners during the awards presentations in Cape May, New Jersey, and Ocean City, Maryland.

In the release division, Capt. Jon Duffie’s Billfisher team placed first in the white marlin release category with 900 points and third in the blue marlin release division with 300 points. Combined, the crew placed first overall with 1,200 total release points. The Marlin Gale team finished second in the white marlin release category with 825 points and DA Sea placed third with 750 points. Following Goin’ In Deep in the blue marlin release division was Moore Bills with 300 points, finishing second on time.

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The 151-boat fleet released 427 billfish and featured a billfish-release rate of nearly 95 percent.

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Let It Ride finished second in the blue marlin division by just 3 pounds. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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North Carolina’s Waste Knot won the white marlin division. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Capt. Jon Duffie’s Billfisher was the top overall release team. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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An aerial view of the fleet. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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The boats light up the night at the Canyon Club. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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The Canyon Lady team has some fun. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Anticipation runs high in a mega-tournament like The MidAtlantic. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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The Viking demo boat in red. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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An impressive lineup, ready to head to sea. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Want to catch more white marlin? Keep your eyes on the spread and your hands on the reels. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Fighting a white marlin. Note the squid spreader bar hanging from the outrigger. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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A sharp-eyed spotter in the tower can be a huge help, calling out bites from approaching billfish. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Krazy Salts trolls past on the rip. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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The ride home is a time for reflection. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Krazy Salts lines up for the weigh-in. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Papa’s Pilar, always a welcome sight at the end of a long day offshore. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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Another day ends as the tournament winds down. Courtesy The MidAtlantic
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