Now in its 31st year, the 2022 MidAtlantic is slated for the week of August 21-26 with Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, NJ serving as the event’s home port and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, MD designated as the tournament’s lone satellite port.
Last year’s MidAtlantic was one for the record books in several categories with nearly $6 million in tournament prize money awarded including three winners each receiving $1 million-plus payouts, while six other winners each received $100,000 or more and five additional crews each received checks of $50,000 or more.
According to MidAtlantic tournament organizers, a record field of 203 boats participated in the 2021 event, and early registration has been strong in 2022 with a sellout for boats fishing from Ocean City once again possible.
The schedule of events for the 2022 MidAtlantic includes late registration, calcutta entries and a welcome cocktail party on Sunday, August 21st simultaneously held at the tournament’s host marinas in New Jersey and Maryland. Five available fishing days are provided from Monday, August 21 through Friday, August 26 and crews will pick three. Participants must select one of the two venues as “home port” for the week though all boats must fish within 125 miles of the Cape May Sea Buoy and may not pass their respective sea buoy prior to 3 a.m. on any fishing day. “Lines In” is set at 8 a.m. and “Lines Out” is 3:30 p.m.
Eligible species include white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Any fish to be weighed must be at the scale of the host marina of the sailing port by 9 p.m. To qualify a white marlin must weigh at least 65 pounds and measure 69 inches, while a blue marlin must weigh at least 400 pounds and measure 102 inches. Yellowfin, bigeye and true albacore (longfin) are eligible tuna species and must weigh at least 50 pounds while dolphin and wahoo must weigh at least 20 pounds.
MidAtlantic money is tallied through a series of no less than 11 calcuttas (side bets) which are an additional fee. Among the calcuttas back this year is the popular 31st Anniversary Mega Marlin Calcutta. “With a $31K entry fee, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart but it did provide a big payout last year to the lucky winner when it debuted to celebrate the tournament’s 30th anniversary,” noted Jeff Merrill on behalf of the MIdAtlantic, adding “The more calcuttas a participant enters, the larger the payout potential for them to receive and they may enter any, all or none. “
With its unprecedented dockside hospitality, generous cash payout structure and “who’s who” field of participants each year it’s no wonder the MidAtlantic continues to set the standard other events are measured by. “The tournament has attracted the best in offshore fishing dating back to the inaugural event in 1992,” Merrill said, adding “Another record purse is expected and another exciting week at the scales will no doubt take place.”
For further information contact Tournament Director Aaron Hoffman at 609-884-0177 or visit the tournament’s web site at themidatlantic.com.