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(June 28, 2019) South Jersey Tournaments has added the July 4 MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament to its “Signature Series” competition lineup this year.

“A lot of people think blue marlin fishing picks up later in July and August, but we’re finding more and more blue marlin around Ocean City [Maryland] and New Jersey,” said Aaron Hoffman, tournament director. “[Blue marlin fishing] is starting to pick up. They’re migrating north and with the way the water is, it should be good for the tournament.

“Also, the Blue Marlin World Cup is at the same time and people can participate in both, so we’ll see how it goes,” he added. “It’s different from what we’ve done before. It’s a new style, there’s no captains’ meeting, no awards ceremony, everything’s done online.”

The tournament offers a one prize, winner-take-all cash payout for the single heaviest blue marlin caught.

Entry fee is $2,000. Register online at Deadline for entry is 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 3.

Participants can leave from any port and there are no fishing boundaries. There are four official weigh stations: Manasquan River Inlet, Hoffman’s Marina, and Cape May Inlet, Canyon Club Resort Marina, in New Jersey, Sunset Marina in West Ocean City and Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.

Fishing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 4. Boated blue marlin must be brought to one of the official weigh stations by midnight.

The minimum length for a blue marlin to qualify is 106 inches lower jaw fork length. All blue marlin below the minimum length should be released.

The heaviest blue marlin of the competition will receive 80 percent of all tournament entry fees in addition to an “Admirals Package” fishing vacation in Nosara, Costa Rica, courtesy of Fishing Nosara, worth over $6,800. The package includes seven nights lodging at Casa Capitan at Nosara Paradise Rentals, plus four full days of fishing for up to six anglers.

“I think it’s going to be a good event. We’ve gotten more feedback than anticipated,” Hoffman said. “Definitely looking forward to it.”

For more information, visit or call 609-884-0177.

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