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Inshore anglers are cleaning up on flounder

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Tuesday, August 19, 2014 04:05 pm

Dennis Defino and his son Braden of Broomall, Pa., caught a 3.75-pound triggerfish aboard the Royal Flush out of Wildwood. Dennis Defino and his son Braden of Broomall, Pa., caught a 3.75-pound triggerfish aboard the Royal Flush out of Wildwood. Striped bass, mahi mahi and tuna bite remain strong

Big fish for big money was the name of the game at the 23rd annual Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tournament, which was held all week from the Canyon Club in Cape May. The tournament wrapped up Friday, Aug. 22, and as of press time results were unavailable. Last year’s tournament paid out $1,808,910, and this year more than $2.3 million is expected to be awarded to some of the 125 boats entered in the contest. For results and payouts see www.midatlantic500000.com .

In the midst of the tournament, fishing inshore and offshore has been successful for many anglers. Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point said inshore anglers are cleaning up with flounder at the reefs. 

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Anglers land some unusual catches

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, August 08, 2014 03:57 am

 Allyson May Vessels, 7, of Wildwood landed her first mahi mahi, and it tipped the scales at 23 pounds. She was trolling the 5 Fathom Bank area with her dad, Gerald, on their boat Ms. Mc K&A III. Allyson May Vessels, 7, of Wildwood landed her first mahi mahi, and it tipped the scales at 23 pounds. She was trolling the 5 Fathom Bank area with her dad, Gerald, on their boat Ms. Mc K&A III.  Many weekend anglers will be anxious to get back out on the water after last weekend’s washout. During the week there were some unusual catches.

On First Fish Adventures out of Sea Isle City. Capt. Paul “Zig” Black hosted Ryan Long and his son Gabriel, 6, of Middle Township when they caught and released a houndfish out front. Two weeks ago Black took out Dan Finocchiaro and Justin McCaffrey and landed a 57-inch barracuda two miles out in front of Sea Isle City. And sheepsheads are popping up around Avalon – some pretty big ones at that.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that fishing continues to be good, with the majority of the action taking place offshore.

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Fishing, edition of July 18

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:46 am


Emily and John Heisler of Cape May Court House show off a 5-pound, 12-ounce fluke caught near the North Wildwood bridge. It was 26 inches long.
Emily and John Heisler of Cape May Court House show off a 5-pound, 12-ounce fluke caught near the North Wildwood bridge. It was 26 inches long.  

As flounder continue to find their way out front, tautog season reopened Thursday with a one-fish minimum. Many anglers have been catching the spiny fish as well as sea bass, weakfish, porgies and bluefish.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that fishing last week was good again as inshore and offshore remained active.

Midweek, George Erskine fished Ships Channel and bagged a 6.14-pound flattie. He was using Gulps. He and his companion Tom Shepp had a couple of other keepers but ended up with 36 throwbacks. Bob Heins and a group on his boat K’s Krew fished the area behind Somers Point and had five nice fluke, the largest of which was 5.25 pounds. He too, was using Gulps.

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Thousands awarded in Duke of Fluke Tournament

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Monday, July 14, 2014 10:58 am

Jim Dickinson takes first place in the Sterling Harbor Duke of Fluke kayak division with a 4.45-pound flounder caught on his Hobie Pro Angler 14. Jim Dickinson takes first place in the Sterling Harbor Duke of Fluke kayak division with a 4.45-pound flounder caught on his Hobie Pro Angler 14.  Cathy Algard of Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Shawcrest and her husband, George, have hosted the Duke of Fluke Tournament for the past 21 years. There were 116 boats and 39 kayaks registered this year. Thousands of dollars were awarded for top weighing fish.

 Duke of Fluke Tournament winners

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MidAtlantic offers big bucks for big fish

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 am

The 23rd annual MidAtlantic $500,000 Fishing Tournament will take place Aug. 17-22, and organizers have made some changes in response to feedback from previous years.

The tournament, held out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md., offers new opportunities for winning a share of a cash purse that is expected to exceed $2 million, according to organizers.

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How to survive a rip current (Video)

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:35 am

Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Heading to the beach? Here are some safety tips to help you avoid being caught in a rip current, and advice on what to do if you are

Each summer seems to bring with it a number of drowning deaths along the shores of New Jersey and the East Coast. Many of those deaths are the result of bathers getting caught in
rip currents.

Nearly everyone who has put their feet in the ocean has felt the pull of the tide. But what, exactly, is a rip current, and why are they so dangerous?

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Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 06:11 pm

Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

School has been dismissed, and the fun has already begun at the Nature Center of Cape May.

From bats to bees and bugs to birds, with a few sharks thrown in, the Nature Center has something for everyone from kids to teens.

The programs are age appropriate and include the Discovery Kids camp for children from prekindergarten to those entering sixth grade, Explore the Shore for children 6 and up, and Adventure Camps for ages 12-16, which gives older kids a chance to try kayaking, fishing offshore or exploring the natural world in and around Cape May.

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Keeper flounder dwindling as water warms; anglers cleaning up on tuna

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 26, 2014 01:30 pm

Ben MarQuis and his father, Dennis, from Pennsylvania caught and released a striper in the back bay aboard Tide Runner out of Cape May. 
Ben MarQuis and his father, Dennis, from Pennsylvania caught and released a striper in the back bay aboard Tide Runner out of Cape May.

As Fourth of July weekend approaches, the typical fishing pattern for this time of the season is beginning to settle in. Tons of short flounder are hitting the lines, with the keeper ratio quickly dwindling. It’s a fun day out on the water, but those looking for a fresh fish dinner have to work hard and be patient.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point received reports from anglers that fishing was good overall both inshore and offshore.

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Tournaments give anglers of all ages a shot at cash, prizes and fun

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 19, 2014 02:29 pm

 Nick Verducci and his son, Nicholas, of Ocean City fished with Stalker II out of Cape May.  Nick Verducci and his son, Nicholas, of Ocean City fished with Stalker II out of Cape May. It’s tournament season. On just about every weekend throughout the summer, a fishing contest will be held in one shore town or another. Some have higher stakes than others, but each and every one produces some nice-sized fish as well as a good time for all ages. Some contests raise money for charities, and in others anglers compete for cash prizes.

The Wildwoods held an inaugural fishing tournament of the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge last weekend. The free three-day tournament was held off the beaches, bays and ocean of the Wildwoods. There were also several fishing-related activities for the entire family held throughout the weekend. Winners shared $8,000 in cash prizes. For results see www.beachNboat.com.

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Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge results

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 am

– Joe Muravsky of Westmont took home $1,000 for his 3.9-pound fluke while fishing the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge in the Wildwoods last weekend.   – Joe Muravsky of Westmont took home $1,000 for his 3.9-pound fluke while fishing the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge in the Wildwoods last weekend. The Wildwoods Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge last weekend provided three days of fun and excitement for participants. More than 200 anglers joined in the competition, and as with all tournaments, some fared better than others.

Money winners included a first-place fluke that was 3.9 pounds, caught from a kayak by Joe Muravsky of Westmont. Bill Collins of Glendora weighed in a 5.7 pound weakfish.  Each took home $1,000.

Collins’ weakfish was only two-tenths of a pound heavier than that of Jason Bailey of Conshohocken, Pa., whose 5.5-pound weakfish was closely followed by George Danley from West Wildwood with a 5.2-pound.

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