New Jersey-based boats mixed it up with captains and crews from all over the East Coast in the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 big-game fishing classic, and racked some of the top cash awards.

Got Game out of Cape May and captain Sean O'Donnell hauled off $236,522 for the heaviest blue marlin. It weighed 441 pounds and was caught on the second day of the five-day event that concluded Friday. Carmine Falcone on Cookie II out of Staten Island, N.Y. ,was second at 437 pounds for $151,805.

New Jersey crews racked up two of the top three white marlin catches. C-Jam out of Somers Point, registered to Scot Cohen with Capt. Ron Kozlowski, caught an 81-pound white marlin on the final day to earn $101,890. Mike Murray of Toms River on Caitlin Taylor caught a 73-pound white marlin on Day 3 for a $94,789 payout.

The biggest prize of the tournament was $654,416 won by William Haugland of Key Largo, Fla., on Lights Out with an 84-pound white marlin caught on Day 2.

Point Pleasant boat Canyon Runner with Adam LaRosa caught a 243-pound bigeye tuna on Day 3, and it earned a first-place prize of $191,214. Mike Yocco of New Providence took second on MJ's with a 213 bigeye, good for $82,157.

The overall purse for the Mid-Atlantic was $1,808,910. The tournament is based at the Canyon Club in Cape May with a satellite weigh station at Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md. A fleet of 117 boats competed.

A graduate of Penn State University, I worked at the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, before joining The Press in 2013.