2011 Billfisheries of the Year – #9 (Tie) US Mid-Atlantic

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in tied at #9 is the US Mid-Atlantic.  Criteria for our Top 10 include fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish and length of season.

White Marlin – Dr. Ken Neill

Defined as southern New Jersey through North Carolina, this fishery had a terrific 2011.  Not only did they see some fifteen (15) fish over the 500-pound mark, but there was a steady run of smaller blue marlin and sailfish.  And the white marlin remained prolific, with multiple double-digit days in the late summer and early autumn – for example, the Hatteras fleet captured around 200 white marlin on some days in September, and boats in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina were no strangers to 10-15 white marlin off a single boat in a single day.  Combine that with the length of season – first reported bill caught in April, running all the way through October, and the US East Coast is a deserving top 10 finisher.

Check back soon for #8!

1 Comment

  • butterfly
    Posted January 9, 2012 9:10 am 0Likes

    Ok 8 more to go……………….. CR CR CR CR, Impressive in Guatamala !!!! wow

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