42nd Annual White Marlin Open Results

42nd Annual White Marlin Open Results

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

Photos by Dave Messick and Nick Denny courtesy of Hooked on OC.

The 42nd Annual White Marlin Open is in the books and it was an awesome week!  When we had a white marlin waiting at the scales at 4PM sharp on Monday we knew that it was going to be a good week.  Today was a CrAZy day on the scales as we saw tuna get weighed that jumped into 2nd place and a ton of money, but just moments later was bumped to 3rd place by a new 1st place tuna that cashed almost $400,000.  We saw another qualifying white marlin that swiped almost a Million dollars from the first place blue marlin and we had a boat report in that they were hooked into a big blue marlin and were hoping to make the scales.  The reported blue marlin was never boated, and at the time the scales closed at 9:15 the boat was still fighting the fish and was just hoping for the release.  It was a crazy week at Harbour Island.  Here are all of the winners with the approximate payouts that they will receive.


No qualifying shark was weighed this week.


3rd Place  Sweet Water  43.5 pounds  $1,000


2nd Place  Just Right V  44 Pounds  $34,271


1st Place  Warden Pass  45 Pounds  $33,271



3rd Place  Turn Me Loose  36.5 Pounds  $22,847


2nd Place  Tra Sea Anne  42 Pounds  $23,847


1st Place  Streaker  46.5 Pounds  $24,847



3rd Place  MJ’s  176 Pounds  $26,366


2nd Place  Rumor Has It  177 Pounds  $174,120


1st Place  Miss Annie  200.5 Pounds  $398,834


Blue Marlin

1st Place  Goin In Deep  551 Pounds  $778,352


White Marlin

2nd Place  Lights Out  79 Pounds  $1,005,872


1st Place  Backlash  94 Pounds  $1,280,237

Cheryl McLeskey on board the Backlash as the first female angler to catch the largest white marlin in tournament history and the third largest white marlin in tournament history.


It was a terrific week at the scales for the 42nd Annual White Marlin Open.  Next year’s event will take place August 8 -12, 2016.  Special thanks to the Motsko family for their support.

Fish in OC charter boat Rhonda’s Osprey had a great tournament including this catch of two white marlin and one blue marlin.


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