White Marlin Invitational Scores ‘Fairy Tale Ending’



WHAT A WHOPPER: The Ridiculous Tuna crew exhibit off their catch. (Courtesy of White Marlin Invitational)
Fourteen boats gained a complete of just about $345,000 in the Seaside Haven Marlin and Tuna Club’s White Marlin Invitational, held Aug. 12-14. A whole of 51 boats participated.
Topping the listing was Kaarmaa, as Capt. Steve Castellini and crew gained $88,644.
Smokin’ All over again, captained by Tim Irons, came in next with $60,764. The 3rd-position finisher was Mac 900, as Capt. James Duncan and his anglers came absent with $43,489.
“The tournament was a big good results and finished with a fairy tale ending that we could not have manufactured up,” explained Dave Wittenborn, party chairman. “In the ultimate 15 minutes of the ultimate working day of the match, the boat Nuts Tuna fought a large eye tuna for 2½ hrs and scarcely designed it back to the scale with only minutes remaining in the match. If they had been late, the fish would be disqualified.
“The significant eye weighed 183 pounds and was the most important fish of the event. The crowd was cheering, the sunlight was placing, and the moon was climbing in the sky. Absolutely everyone there felt the magic in the air on a beautiful August night that produced it all worthwhile.
“We are really grateful for the guidance and rely on of Mayor Lambert and the (Beach front Haven) Borough Council for letting us to maintain our event on the borough property.”
Wittenborn said climate problems ended up ideal.
The American flag on a Beach Haven fire truck flies previously mentioned Marlinfest.
“At to start with, although, the forecasters have been contacting for rough seas, so we shed a number of boats who commonly would have participated,” he reported.
Wittenborn stated the crucial to this year’s success was moving the weigh station from the group’s clubhouse, on Pennsylvania Avenue, to Dock Street.
“The public parking whole lot area at the conclude of Dock Highway is arguably the finest piece of house any where on the East Coast to host a significant recreation fishing tournament,” he claimed.
Kaarmaa’s crew bought a big test as they won the top monetary prize.
Wittenborn stated the transform enabled the club to insert a road good element it called “Marlinfest,” which highlighted suppliers and dwell songs. He experienced stated this festive ambiance with nearby sellers and dining establishments in these kinds of a high-profile area would consequence in getting sponsorships, assistance raise the purse dimensions and attract much more participation.
“By internet hosting a leading fishing tournament in the heart of the professional maritime district, it is our intention to make this function not only one thing the club can be happy of, but the full town,” he said. “We exceeded our ambitions and expectations. This certainly has turn into a city party, and we strategy on returning upcoming calendar year on Aug. 17-20.”  —E.E.

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