Offshore tournament crews from all along the Atlantic Coast are gathering this week in South Jersey and Maryland for the 2017 MidAtlantic as 151 boats compete for a share of $3.24 million in prize money. While some of the region’s bigger sportfishing boats press offshore in the hunt for tuna, wahoo, and marlin, inshore variety is exploding with the recent spike in ocean water temps. Many anglers are turning to fish identification books (as well as social media) with banded rudderfish, chub mackerel, smooth puffers and an abundance of triggerfish turning up at the end of coastal lines. Cobia are still being taken along inshore waters, and yet another redfish confirmation comes in this week’s video report from North Jersey waters. While the eclipse was big news nationwide, some at home are wondering if this astronomical event had a positive impact on local fluking, as yet another banner catch is reported out of Shark River to start the week – 20 flatties over 5 pounds and a 10-pound, 14-ounce pool winner aboard one of the party boats. For big fluke out front, hit the reefs and snags for a top score, but keep an eye out (and a metal rigged on light tackle) for color flashes – you might be pleasantly surprised with a chicken mahi, Spanish mackerel or bonito while drifting along this weekend.