Conditions couldn’t have been better on Day One of the 2014 MidAtlantic and 111 boats headed out early this morning to kickoff the 23rd edition of sportfishing’s “Main Event.” Light winds and nearly flat seas made for a beautiful ride offshore to the canyons off the mid-Atlantic coast. Registration activity was brisk at Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland on Sunday afternoon as tournament participants signed up. By early this morning the total purse was tallied up and the field of 127 boats will be chasing a tournament record purse of $2,412,510 this week! Tournament prize money is now strictly derived from the 10 various calcuttas and participants select their level of participation. Since there is potential for several winners of each species category, we’ll list the five heaviest fish in each category which could possibly win prize money. For a complete breakdown of all current calcutta standings please check the tournament web site.
WRI is pleased to provide daily forecasts for the Annual MidAtlantic Fishing Tournamentfrom August 17th through the 22nd. These forecasts, along with our meteogram and map products can be viewed by this link: http://www.wriwx.com/clientproduct.php?id=6062. Participants can sign up for complimentary accounts of WRI's online SeaWeather service (www.seaweather.net) via this link: http://www.seaweather.net/events.php?r=ma500 which offers unlimited access to both real-time and forecast information, as well as access to its EXCLUSIVE INTERACTIVE FISHING PLANNER, where hotspot fishing locations for inshore/offshore fish species can be viewed along with weather/oceanographic chart overlays.
Known well over two decades as the “Main Event” for big game tournament anglers the MidAtlantic boasts a rich tradition of great fishing, exceptional dockside hospitality and a family-friendly tournament atmosphere at host marinas located within two of the Atlantic coast’s most famous and popular summer resort towns – Cape May, New Jersey and Ocean City, Maryland. Throw in a cash purse that’s consistently topped $1.5 million and it’s easy to see why this event is circled on the big game tournament calendars of the top boats and crews along the eastern seaboard each year.
The MidAtlantic will take place August 17-22 this year and if you haven’t already heard, we have made a few requested changes to make the tournament more exciting and lucrative than ever. Over the last few years we have been asked to add more ways to win and to make the big purses even bigger!
Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland will each play host to the best in big game sportfishing the week of August 18-22 for the 2014 MidAtlantic. With several changes in the entry fee structure for the 2014 event, there are new and exciting opportunities to win a share of a cash purse that’s expected to exceed $2 million! And while a lot has changed, participants can still compete similar to how they have in the past.
Over two decades ago it debuted as the “Mother of All Marlin Tournaments” and in its first year set the bar all other offshore events today are measured against. Back then, the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 raised eyebrows among big game tournament anglers with a total cash purse of well over $1 million making it the world’s first bona-fide million-dollar marlin tournament. Through the years it became known as sportfishing’s “Main Event,” annually attracting participants from Maine to Florida to battle for a share of its huge cash purse in what has become, boat for boat, the richest marlin and tuna tournament in the world. That tradition continues the week of August 17-22 this year as the 23rd Annual MidAtlantic will once again be contested out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland.
It has always been our goal to offer competitive anglers an exclusive event that is second to none in the way of fun, camaraderie and “big dollar” prizes. We are always looking to improve the event and we thought the best way of making the MidAtlantic better than ever for 2014 was to simply ask. So, we talked to numerous participants, past and present, and listened to their input and ideas. The overwhelming things we heard were; more ways to win and the opportunity to compete for even bigger prize money.
Therefore, we are pleased to announce some changes regarding the entry and prize structure of the event for 2014 that we believe will preserve the character of the tournament while making it accessible to more competitors, give participants more ways to win and make the payouts more lucrative. Here are the highlights…
• The entry fee has been reduced to $2,500 from $6,000. This is the requisite price for admission into the event and covers the costs for a crew of six for all functions, dinners, drinks, entertainment, etc. for the week. This essentially splits the hospitality and other tournament costs out from the prize money which will now be derived strictly from calcutta entries. This will give participants more options in how they wish to compete and not limit prize money by the amount of boats competing.
• There are now more choices available to enter for less cost. If you choose, you can participate and win cash prizes for as little as $4500.
• On the opposite end, there are now more choices to compete for bigger prize money. Naturally, the more you’re in, the more you win!
• Two of the new Calcuttas are Tuna oriented; The Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo Calcutta and the Tuna Pro Jackpot. $5,500 of new Tuna Calcuttas mean big money tuna payouts!
• All of the Overall Calcuttas still have White Marlin, Blue Marlin and Tuna components.
• New Blue Marlin Pro Jackpot Calcutta – Winner take all. It’s been asked for and we’ve heard you!
• Most importantly…The MidAtlantic will still be the same great event as always, only with more ways to win and bigger purses than ever before!
Much like Day Four, Day Five, the final fishing day of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000, dawned overcast though the rain stayed away and the 88 boats heading offshore found comfortable conditions. While Day Five’s weigh-in session was brisk as numerous fish were weighed at both ports and a few changes in the standings of the My Port Calcutta which awards cash for the three heaviest white marlin, blue marlin and tuna from Cape May and Ocean City took place, only one significant change to the leaderboard occurred.
An overcast sky and occasional shower met the fleet of 39 boats as they headed offshore on Day Four of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic $500,000. After two straight days on The Rip, many of the tournament’s 117 participants took their second Lay Day (non-fishing day) today and spent time catching up on tackle checks, boat maintenance, bait rigging, resting or just enjoying the festive tournament atmosphere in Cape May and Ocean City. Those who headed out found conditions favorable and the big eye barrage continued. It will be a sprint to the finish tomorrow as 88 boats are eligible to fish. Over the years Day Five has often proved to be “moving day” where the leaderboard sees significant changes where fortunes are won and dashed. Will the trend continue in 2013? Stay tuned!