A 437-pound blue marlin was caught by angler Frank Gunther aboard Carmine Falcon's Cookie II from Staten Island, N.Y., for the lead in that division in the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 fishing contest on Tuesday. It was weighed just after 5 p.m. in Cape May. Second and third in that category are currently vacant.

The contest continues through Friday.

William Haugland of Key Largo, Fla., aboard his boat Lights Out, weighed an 84-pound white marlin to lead that category. The catch was weighed in Ocean City, Md.

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Angler Jeff Thiel caught a 71-pound white marlin aboard Dave Anderson's Krazy Salts to hold down second.

Eric Youschak caught a 66-pound white marlin for third place, aboard Reelin' Feelin', owned by Adam Youschak of Wildwood Crest. The second and third-place white marlins were weighed in Cape May.

Michael Yocco of New Providence weighed a 213-pound big eye, caught aboard his boat MJ's, to take over first place in the tuna division.

Second is a 203-pound big eye, caught aboard Jim Jensen's Plane Simple, from Satellite Beach, Fla. Third is a 134-pound big eye, caught aboard Reel Chaos, owned by Anthony Matarese, of Pennsville.

Nick Traina of Staten Island, N.Y., aboard A1A, weighed a 38-pounder to lead the dolphin category. Chris Lepping of Collegeville, Pa., weighed a 60-pound wahoo in Cape May to lead that category. It was caught aboard his boat, Motivation.


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