The 46’ Hatteras, Sunlight Runner, won the tuna championship with a 133lbs Significant Eye
tuna. (Photo Courtesy of Seashore Haven Marlin & Tuna Club)
The 51st edition of the Beach front Haven White Marlin Invitational Match went in the textbooks with the 62-foot Viking Enterprise successful the white marlin championship with two white marlin releases and the 46-foot Hatteras Sunlight Runner taking the tuna championship with a 133-pound bigeye tuna. The winner fish attained the two boats about $19,000 and $40,000, respectively.
The yearly celebration wrapped up July 25.
“This year’s match was a wonderful achievement,” noted Dave Ridley, match director. “Despite the evident headwinds from COVID-19, the Beach front Haven Marlin and Tuna Club is extraordinarily very pleased to have been capable to continue on on with this year’s tournament as we have for 50 consecutive many years.”
The director extra that they often say two features they just cannot control are the fishing and the climate, but they will need to be able to execute effectively on all other factors and pray for good fishing and good temperature. For the most portion, all those prayers ended up answered, inspite of two days with storms and pretty mediocre fishing, he explained.
“We just cannot command the place the fish are, and just about every year is diverse, but the marlin bite just was not on this yr and a whole lot of the tuna were being in a few kilos of just one one more, which at the very least adds to the pleasure and level of competition.”
A total of 28 boats fished their select of two of the five obtainable fishing days in pursuit of higher boat awards and payouts totaling $114,000. Though Enterprise and Sun Runner ended up the respective winners of the Marlin and Tuna classes, there had been a handful of other contributors who received substantial funds, which includes to start with-time WMIT participant out of Point Nice, Cap’t Reub, profitable $26,000 with a 55.2-pound yellowfin tuna and longtime WMIT participant Jersey Nutz, with many tunas from 46 to 52.2 kilos for a respectable $17,000.
“There is very little question that we will glance back to 2020’s tournament and take into consideration it nothing at all limited of a profitable, secure and pleasant 7 days of fishing,” Ridley summed up. “It was distinct without the need of crowds cheering the weigh-ins, but there was a wonderful vibe among the participants, and the comments from members has been beneficial, so we are by now looking ahead to the 52nd WMIT next July.”
The WMIT Committee and the BHMTC are grateful for all the members, the all-volunteer crews who staff the club and scales during the match, and the sponsors who are the motor that make the match operate, in particular: Manahawkin Jeep/DiFeo Car Group, South Jersey Yacht Gross sales, Maritime Max, Jersey Cape Yachts/Jersey Cape Yacht Income, TC Irons Insurance plan, Viking Yachts, Construction Tone Construction, Fisherman’s Headquarters and Morrison’s Marina. —M.S.