White Marlin Open Day 1

White Marlin Open Day 1

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.

Special thanks to Jeff Rowan for photos.

The offshore fishing scene today was all about the first day of the 42nd Annual White Marlin Open.  There are 307 boats officially entered into the tournament and today 294 of those boats fished.  There is over 3.8 Million dollars up for grabs for tournament anglers and with the $10,000 winner take all this year, we could very possibly see a white marlin worth almost $2 Million Dollars!  It was a pretty busy day at the scales and here is what currently sits on the leader board.

In the dolphin category…

3rd Place is held by the Game Changer with a 34 pounder.

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2nd Place is held by Joe Hollister fishing on board Brenda Lou with a 36 pounder.

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1st Place in the dolphin category is the Turn Me Loose and angler Jesse Morris with a nice 36.5 pound mahi.

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There is only one qualifying wahoo in the wahoo category and that fish was caught by Jay Mascaro while fishing on board the Warden Pass.

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There are a lot of bigeye tuna in the area and the boats found them today.  We had several bigeye hit the docks today, but here are your leaderboard holders.

3rd place in the tuna category was captured by John Holmes on the Island Girl and weighed in at 140.5 pounds.

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2nd Place in the tuna category belongs to Andrew Howard who was fishing on the Team Greene Turtle and was the last fish to be weighed this evening at 157.5 pounds.

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1st Place in the tuna category is held by a very happy but very nervous Logan Pusey who’s 177 pound bigeye caught on board the Rumor Has It is currently worth $425,000.

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There were several billfish that hit the dock today, but none of the white marlin that were weighed were able to meet the 70 pound minimum.  We only saw one blue marlin, and it did make the 500 pound minimum.  1st and only place in the blue marlin category is held by Larry Hesse who was fishing on the Goin In Deep.  The Goin In Deep’s big blue weighed 551 pounds and is currently worth $595,000.

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The talk on the dock tonight was that tomorrow may be a little bit of a blow day, but we know that some boats are already committed to fishing.  We will see you at the dock again tomorrow and bring you an update right here tomorrow night.

Inshore, the flounder fishing on board The Ocean City Guide Service was terrific once again.  Captain John Prather put his party on 12 keepers and another 30 throwbacks on a stellar trip to an inshore flounder wreck.  Gulp and strip baits were the hot bait once again.

OC Guide 12 keepers 30 throwbacks 8:3

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