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(Aug. 16, 2019) The MidAtlantic five-day fishing tournament is slated to start on Monday, Aug. 19.

The 28th annual competition is based out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey, but local participants may weigh their daily catches at the satellite port, Sunset Marina, in West Ocean City.

Last year, the Ocean City and Cape May ports were capped at 95 boats. Both will again be capped this year at 95. Spot were still open as of Wednesday afternoon.

A total of 157 boats – about 85 out of Ocean City – competed last year and more than $3.36 million – a new record – was paid out to tournament winners.

Anglers may fish three of five days, Monday through Friday, Aug. 19-23. Weigh-ins are scheduled daily from 5-9 p.m. at each marina. Certified scales will be used to weigh blue and white marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo.

The base entry fee for the tournament is $3,000. Ten calcutta options are available this year. Crews can win big prizes for landing the three heaviest white and blue marlin and tuna. Meatfish calcuttas include payouts for tuna as well as cash prizes for wahoo and dolphin.

The added entry-level calcuttas range in cost from $1,000 to $6,000, which increases the prize money awarded to the winners.

Although final registration for local boats is this Sunday, from 1-4:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City, teams are encouraged to sign up in advance. Visit www.themidatlantic.com to register before Sunday. A captains’ meeting will follow final registration on Sunday.

The minimums are 65 pounds and 66 inches for white marlin, 400 pounds and 99 inches for blue marlin, and 50 pounds for tuna. There are no dolphin or wahoo minimums.

Awards for the tournament include cash prizes for the three heaviest white marlin, blue marlin and tuna. Cash prizes will also go to the anglers with the largest dolphin and wahoo.

There is a most-points division for tuna, and catch and releases of white and blue marlin. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each species of the most-points division.

Last year, 765 white marlins and 53 blues were released, which was the second-highest catch-per-unit-of-effort (1.73 billfish per boat per day) in the tournament’s history.

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

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