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Blues Show Up in Time for MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament!

The 2019 billfish season is well underway along the mid-Atlantic coast as sea surface temperatures are working their way into typical summer ranges. Additionally, thanks to a strong showing of forage species including football-size yellowfin tuna, dolphin, false albacore and other baitfish, releases of blue marlin have already occurred at the canyons. July typically hails the start of the offshore tournament season in the mid-Atlantic region and this year a unique new event will take place. We’re just days away from The MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament will be held on Thursday, July 4th and this one-day, winner-take-all event offers an opportunity for participants to fish out of their own port, regardless of where it is! Boats from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Virginia Beach, Virginia can compete in this event as weigh stations have been carefully selected to allow maximum fishing time and provide a convenient location to weigh their catch! Participants may fish wherever they choose. Worthy of note is The MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament has partnered with the Blue Marlin World Cup which also is held on July 4th! Enter both events and increase your payout chances!

Never been to Costa Rica? In addition to the winner-take-all cash purse, The MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament champion also wins an “Admirals Package” fishing vacation in Nosara, Costa Rica courtesy of Fishing Nosara ( Seven nights at the luxurious Casa Capitan at Nosara Paradise Rentals is provided along with four full days fishing the gamefish-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean! This trip of a lifetime includes up to six anglers and is valued at over $6800!

Part of the renowned MidAtlantic “Signature Series” of events for 2019 and produced by South Jersey Tournaments, The MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament awards a cash payout for the single heaviest blue marlin! Entry fee is $2000 and the cash purse for this event will be 80% of all entry fees. Entering the tournament couldn’t be easier as online registration can be completed at Note that all participants will receive an entry confirmation number prior to July 4th and deadline for entry is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd. This is a one-day only event and there is no weather committee or weather day. Depart any marina at any time and remember, there are no boundaries! “Lines In” on July 4th is set for 8:30 a.m. and “Lines Out” is 4:30 p.m. though note that fishing for bait prior to “Lines In” is permitted. There is no minimum weight though a blue marlin must measure 106” lower jaw fork length to qualify for the tournament and the single heaviest blue marlin caught in accordance with tournament rules will be declared the winner.

Tournament rules and available weigh stations can be found at or by calling 609-884-0177. Tournament participants are required to contact MidAtlantic Cup headquarters and provide either a satellite phone number or text service to inform tournament administration of hook ups and boated blue marlin coming into the scales for weigh-in. The tournament line for contacting the office is 609- 884-0177 or by texting Tournament Director Aaron Hoffman at 609-412-3778 directly. Event updates will be pushed out during the tournament on the South Jersey Tournaments app which is available from Apple App and Google Play stores. Updates will also be posted regularly on the South Jersey Tournaments Facebook page as well.

It’s the MidAtlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament and it’s just a few days away! The blue marlin are here and this is your chance to be part of a special event where the winner can stake his claim among the best captains and anglers while also enjoying braggin’ rights for the entire summer season! Come join the fun!