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The MidAtlantic Press Release - Day 2
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Big Dog Has the Big Bite on Day Two of The 2017 MidAtlantic!

What a difference a day makes! A dry southwester blew across the mid-Atlantic coast overnight and continued throughout most of the day bringing wind gusts upwards of 30 miles per hour to the area and kept all but 36 boats tied to the dock on Day Two of the 2017 MidAtlantic
tournament. Those that headed offshore found sporty sea conditions and mixed results. As the evening’s weigh-in session got underway there was a buzz around the docks of several tuna to be weighed and those rumors would play out to be true.

Though only two boats headed offshore out of Cape May on Day Two, one of them created a serious shake- up in the standings. Malvern, Pennsylvania’s Denny Howell jumped to the top of the tuna category after weighing a big eye of 126 pounds for angler Tim Tedesco aboard his Big Dog and currently has the heaviest fish in the category. Jeremy Blunt of Berlin, Maryland weighed a 71-pound yellowfin from his Wrecker to get on the board while John Logan’s Reel Rodeo based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida got into the mix in the tuna category as well after weighing a yellowfin of 69 pounds.

No qualifying white marlin or blue marlin were weighed so Ken Hager of Tinton Falls, New Jersey continues to own the heaviest white marlin at 72 pounds aboard his Taylor jean while Jamie Diller of Stone Harbor, New Jersey has the second heaviest white marlin at 65 pounds from his Canyon Lady.

Mike Chase of Villanova, Pennsylvania aboard his Contrail continues to own the heaviest wahoo at 67 pounds. A significant change in the dolphin category occurred on Day Two after Phillip Blevins of Edgewater, Maryland weighed a dolphin of 23 pounds from his Speculator and now has the heaviest fish in that category. Fred Ippolito of Massapequa, New York weighed a 15-pound dolphin to get on the board in that category with his Solivia Rose.

Some of the boats with significant billfish releases on Day Two include: Jon Duffie’s Billfisher with five white marlin and one blue marlin while Edward Bondarchuk’s Moore Bills, John Tomasini’s Theresa Jean and Curtis Macomber’s Stalker each released a blue marlin and a white marlin. Peter Cherasia’s Shark Byte and Joe Drosey’s Rhonda’s Osprey each released two white marlin while Matthew Weber’s Max Bet and John Conrad’s Grets 3 J’s each released a blue marlin today.

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