881 Lb Blue Marlin Highlights Day 1 White Marlin Open Action

881 Lb Blue Marlin Highlights Day 1 White Marlin Open Action

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.

I just got home from a busy day 1 at the 45th Annual White Marlin Open, but with 319 boats fishing today that’s exactly what I expected.  It sounded like fishing was so so, but sea conditions were beautiful so everyone at least enjoyed their day.  A bunch of fish hit the scales today and although several white marlin were boated none of them was large enough to meet the tournament minimum of 70 pounds and land on the leaderboard.  However, we did see a massive 881 pound blue marlin land in first place in the category and that fish might be tough to beat.  Here is what the leaderboard looks like after the first day of fishing.


3rd Place     Bent Tent     22.5 Lbs

2nd Place     Halcyon     30 Lbs

1st Place     Moxie Boys     36 Lbs


3rd Place     Makai     61 Lbs

2nd Place     Dialed In     69 Lbs

1st Place     Brass Monkey     71 Lbs

Blue Marlin

1str Place     Auspicious     881 Lbs

Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey also sent a nice tuna to the scale at the White Marlin Open today, but was bumped from contention.  They still had a nice fish at 54.5 pounds.

Chris and Andrew Sammond of Chester, NJ, Brian, Zach and Hadley Horensky of Jefferson Hills, PA and Jessica Norkis of Ocean City, NJ had a good day of ocean bottom fishing with Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star.  Hadley had the big sea bass with a 19.5″er and Jessica Norkis had the big fluke at 19.5″.

Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler reported good bottom fishing for his crew today as well.  Captain Chris saw some nice sea bass and flounder come over the rail including a couple of limits.


Brothers Roman and Leo Mastromatteo along with their mom and dad joined Maxwell Mastromatteo for his birthday aboard the Bad Influence with Captain Jeff Coats where the family had some fun releasing Atlantic sharp nose and spinner sharks just off the Ocean City beach.

Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing enjoyed some good shooting for cow nosed and southern rays today and added a couple of keeper flounder on a trip this afternoon.

Marc Turner landed a kingfish and released a small blacktip shark while fishing cut bunker in the North Ocean City surf.

14 year old Ben Reilly used a 4″ Gulp swimming mullet to land this 21 1/2″ flounder on the Potomac while fishing out of Heathsville, VA.

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