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$100K FLUKE

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., August 26, 2019
$100K FLUKE
The NJ crew of El Nino stand in front of the final leaderboard in the 2019 Flounder Pounder Open out of Delaware over the weekend. The Accurate, S&S, Humminbird/Minn Kota pro staff crew captained by Nino Aversa of Williamstown, NJ pounded out an 8.6-pound summer flounder on day one of the five-day contest to finish number one with a $100,000 check for first place in the contest.
The Mid-Atlantic Tournament is going on all this week out of Cape May and Ocean City, MD with a field of 150-plus boats battling it out for a projected cash purse of well over $3 million. “Final registration and captain’s meetings were held this afternoon at both marinas and late registration was brisk as the excellent billfish bite currently going on had crews anxious to sign up for the tournament,” noted tournament director Aaron Hoffman in an email on Sunday. One of the top purses on the fishing tournament circuit (along with the White Marlin Open and Buc Cup out of Florida), the Mid-Atlantic has annually attracted the top bluewater captains on the entire Atlantic Coast. So, is summer flounder giving the tournament guys a run for their money? Last week, the 2019 Flounder Pounder Open was held out of Long Neck, DE with $300,000 in top prize money. New Jersey’s Nino Aversa trailered his tournament-outfitted Parker with Minn Kota trolling motor and full spread of Humminbird electronics and hit an 8.6-pound fluke on day one of the five-day tournament; not content to just sweat out their top slot, the El Nino crew continued fishing hard in the three-of-five-day contest and took a few daily calcuttas on the way towards Sunday’s final weigh-in. Congrats to Nino and his crew for walking out of Delaware with over $100K, an incredible payout for a summer flounder tournament (look for trolling motor advice from Nino in the September edition of The Fisherman). The artificial reef sites are producing the best action for those looking for keeper fluke, though reports have more catches coming from inside a few of the inlets (Barnegat in particular this week) indicating that perhaps those fish are staging for the move east. At the very least, the amount of bait in the back set to make the move in the fall is providing some better opportunities. Bonito on the midshore grounds has folks trolling feathers and Clarkspoons for decent catches, while surfcasters heading into the second part of August are finding kingfish, fluke and Spanish mackerel at their feet.
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