_ _The stream of navigation lights stretched from Cape May Inlet back to Canyon Club Resort Marina early this morning as participants departed on Day Two of the 2012 Mid- Atlantic $500,000. With a forecast of light and variable winds and seas of less than three feet, 109 boats gave it a go today and headed offshore and the leaderboard began to take shape. While several white marlin were weighed, the talk of the day was big eye tuna as well over two dozen were weighed on what will go down as the best day for tuna weighed in the tournament’s 21 year history! In fact, when the dust settled tonight it will now take a tuna of at least 213 pounds to make the leaderboard!
Robert Warder of Parkton, Maryland aboard his Reelentless was at the scales in Ocean City shortly after the 5 p.m. opening and weighed a white marlin of 79 pounds to take the lead in the category. Also in Ocean City, Rusty Palmer of Berlin, Maryland aboard his Tighten Up weighed a white marlin of 70 pounds and sits in second place. In Cape May, Chris Lepping of Cape May aboard his Motivation weighed a white marlin of 67 pounds and moved into second place.
No blue marlin were weighed today so all three places are yet to be filled
Anthony Matarese of Ocean City, Maryland sits atop the tuna category with a 233 pound big eye caught aboard his Reel Chaos. Barry Weshnak’s Miss Annie of Singer Island, Florida is in second place with a 224-pound big eye followed by Walt Harmstead’s Tra Sea Ann of Brielle, New Jersey with a 213-pound big eye.
The dolphin lead presently belongs to Don Pyle of Annapolis, Maryland aboard his Moore Bill with a 43 pounder. The wahoo categories remain vacant.
For information on release points and leaders in the white marlin and blue marlin point categories, please visit the tournament web site.
Just a reminder, marine artist Guy Harvey will be making a rare public appearance during his stay at the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 on Thursday, August 23 from 1-4 p.m. at the tournament tent which is located at Canyon Club Resort Marina, 900 Ocean Drive,
Lower Township, New Jersey. Guy’s artwork, books, accessories and clothing as well as tournament prints, hats, apparel and other items bearing his beautiful art will be available for purchase and signing during his appearance.
Be sure to visit the tournament’s official web site at www.MA500.com here you’ll find a link to view the nightly weigh-in sessions live from Canyon Club and Sunset Marina simply by clicking on the logo of either marina. For further information on the tournament contact South Jersey Marina at 609-884-2400 or visit the tournament’s official web site at www.MA500.com where you’ll find the latest information including rules, photos, standings and a link to purchase official tournament apparel.
–– Source: Jeff Merrill | South Jersey Tournaments