Beach Haven Heaven
On the final day of the 44th Annual White Marlin Invitational, hosted by the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club, all eyes were on the tuna.
Minutes before lines out on the last day, the Viking 60 Goin’ In Deep, hooked a 203.6-pound big eye which snagged the biggest payday. They were trolling ballyhoo when the spread exploded with activity. “We had three bites all at once,” Mike Ajamian said. Two of the tunas got away, but after a 36 minute fight, the crew put three gaffs in the brute and boated it. The crew of Larry Hesse Sr.’s Goin’ In Deep included his son, Larry Hesse; first mate Spencer Bradley, Alex Patriarca, Anthony Scardino, Mike Ajamian and Mike Cassidy with Captain Walter Harmstead at the helm.
Captain Brian Komer and his crew on the Viking 52, took the first day daily prize for its 46.1 pound yellowfin and the blue marlin points trophy. Anthracite, a Viking 50, won the most releases overall and also took home the white marlin points title.
*Thanks to Viking 52 angler Jay Brower for sending in pictures and this great video of David Johnson. David is President of Johnson & Towers, the MTU/Detroit Diesel distributor to Viking since 1964.