Second Annual Tuna Open Now Registering



That is A Capture: Fishermen will be hunting to snag huge tuna when the second open tournament runs from June 5 to 11. Seventy boats participated final year. (Courtesy of Seashore Haven Marlin & Tuna Club)
The Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club, the household each individual August of the longest jogging white marlin tournament in the U.S., is holding its second once-a-year Tuna Open up from June 5 to 11.
Bob Percopo, tournament committee member, explained the club final yr determined on an early-year tuna tournament considering the fact that it is a time “when the tuna fishing is at its best and event fishermen are chomping at the bit to get on the leader boards.”
“For the earlier couple several years, the tuna fishing has been continually very hot late in the spring and early in the summertime. This is why we consider the June (event) will be very attractive for offshore and inshore tuna fishermen alike.”
Boat captains get to decide on just one of six days to fish. For the chosen fishing working day, boats can depart the inlet of decision any time immediately after midnight and have to weigh in at the club by 9 p.m. Anglers can troll, chunk and/or jig all through the selected working day. Every boat has four to six fishermen.
The cost is $500 for every boat via Could 20, and $600 just after that date. Prizes include $5,000 for the heaviest tuna, and $3,000 and $2,000 for the next and third heaviest, respectively.
“Last yr we had 74 boats, so this calendar year we’re capturing for 100,” claimed Percopo. “We experienced a full payout of $160,195.”
The first-place finisher was East Coast Hooked, which experienced the most important prize, winning $50,174. Fish Entice was next with $34,154. The next 5 finishers were Course Motion, $28,064 Hanna Julianna, $20,762 Go Deep, $16,392 Totalmess, $6,045 and H&H, $1,813.
Percopo reported individuals would probably fish from a assortment of 30 to 100 miles out. Just one of the well known places is the Triple Wrecks internet site, 60 miles thanks east of Barnegat Inlet, he said.
He pointed out sponsorships are nevertheless out there, ranging from a Longfin Tuna at $250 to a Platinum Sponsor at $1,500. Sponsoring businesses will be noticeable to all match members and hundreds of website visitors – in particular person, on-line and in print – and not only through the occasion, but from the day the business enterprise commits as a sponsor.
Percopo claimed all match proceeds will reward a family in need for whichever fees are ideal.
For supplemental information, go to TunaOpen.com for registration, guidelines and calcuttas, or connect with Percopo at 732-996-8154.  —E.E.

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