83 LB White Marlin Wins Over $2.5 Million in 45th Annual White Marlin Open

83 LB White Marlin Wins Over $2.5 Million in 45th Annual White Marlin Open

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.

It was an exciting final day to the 45th Annual White Marlin Open as 335 boats out of 382 gave it one last shot to see if they could cash in on some of the $5.45 Million that was up for grabs.  We saw some daily meat fish winners that didn’t hit the leaderboard, but will cash some sizable checks, we saw a new first place wahoo that would also take the small boat big fish money and win over $115,000 and we saw a dramatic white marlin weigh in that would see a shift of over $2.5 Million with another fish of the exact same size.  The Underdog was leading the white marlin category with a beautiful 83 pound white marlin until today when the Weldor’s Ark weighed a white marlin of the exact same size.  The only difference between the two fish was the way that they were brought into the boat.  White Marlin Open rule #2 under “Fishing Guidelines” states that, “In the event of a tie in the weight of a white marlin, the fish that is not gaffed will be considered the winner of the two.”  Because the Underdog gaffed their 83 pound fish and the Weldor’s Ark did not, Weldor’s Ark’s 83 pound white marlin would be declared first place fish and Underd0g’s fish would be bumped into second.  Unfortunately that was an expensive gaff shot as the difference between first and second place would be more than $2.4 Million.  Congratulations to all of the winners of the 45th Annual White Marlin Open.


3rd Place     Canyon Hunter     55 Lbs     $21,471

2nd Place     Desperado     58 Lbs     $1,848

1st Place     Over-Board     63 Lbs     $115,271


3rd Place     Moxie Boys     36 Lbs     $16,636

2nd Place     Rigged Up     41 Lbs     $18,646

1st Place     Fin-Nominal     50 Lbs     $19,646


3rd Place     Brass Monkey     71 Lbs     $215,916

2nd Place     Blinky IV     73.5 Lbs     $135,421

1st Place     Buckshot     75.5 Lbs     $904,851

Blue Marlin

1st Place     Auspicious     881 Lbs     $924,936

White Marlin

3rd Place     Lights Out     75 Lbs     $85,804

2nd Place     Underdog     83 Lbs     $129,784

1st Place     Weldor’s Ark     83 Lbs     $2,584,260

Steve Murphy of Ropewalk Ocean City fished on the Liquid RX today where the crew measured and released a 69.5″ white marlin.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the party boat Morning Star reported a good day of bottom fishing today.  Here’s Yvonne Pruitt & Mick Gre is of Willard’s / John Griffin of Pine Bush NY with his pool winner 23.25 inch fluke / Jack Wig of Pine Branch NJ / & Andrew Seal of Port Jefferson NY with some of today’s catch from Morning Star.

Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tides Charters had some successful catch and release shark action last night putting his anglers on some really big sand tiger sharks.

Bay Time Charters with Captain Brad McCabe at the helm put his happy crew on three keeper flounder on the outgoing tide today.

Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had a couple of successful trips today in the south bay.  Captain Marc put his shooters on some terrific action with some big southern rays.

Marc Turner fished the north Ocean City surf with cut bunker and had some fun catching and releasing some small sharks.

I’ve got a great update from Blume’s Balloon Round Up after the White Marlin Open…..Joshua and Emily Blume have had 931 balloons reported rounded up from our waterways and they are really close to reaching and surpassing their goal of 1,000 for the summer.

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