White Marlin Open Day 4

White Marlin Open Day 4

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.

Thursday was another busy day at the scales at Harbour Island on 14th street for the 42nd Annual White Marlin Open.  We knew it was going to be a good one when we had a boat waiting at the scales at 4PM to weigh a white marlin.  The fish ended up not meeting the 70 pound minimum, but it did set the pace early for a busy day.

There were several white marlin that came to the scales today, but unfortunately none of them made the 70 pound minimum.  Here are the fish that were caught that just didn’t quite make it.

Sea Breeze


Pool Party


Two Suns


Since none of these white marlin qualified, Cheryl McLeskey from Virginia Beach, VA fishing on board the Backlash has just one more day to sweat out her 94 pound white marlin currently worth $1,330,500.


Some of the other action that took place saw some boats winning daily prize money for dolphin and wahoo and others hitting the board looking at some serious prize money.

Andy Shelton fishing on board Streaker not only weighed the largest dolphin of the day, but also the largest dolphin of the tournament so far. His 46 1/2 pound mahi was good for the daily dolphin and currently holds first place in the category.


The wahoo category also saw a change today.  The Just Right V and angler Scott Joseph weighed the heaviest wahoo of the day which is also the 2nd largest wahoo of the tournament.  Just Right V’s wahoo is in 2nd place and has won $12,500 for their efforts.

There may be one boat fishing this week’s White Marlin Open that will be more anxious tomorrow than the Backlash, which currently has the first place white marlin.  Due to the fact that the Backlash did not enter the $10,000 added entry level this week, the anglers fishing on board the Goin In Deep, who currently have the largest blue marlin of the tournament, are looking at quite a paycheck.  If no boat entered into the $10,000 added entry level catches a qualifying white marlin tomorrow the monies from that entry will be moved into the blue marlin category.  If that scenario pans out the Goin In Deep could cash a check for their blue marlin worth $1,633,900!!!

Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day at the scales so get down to Harbour Island at 14th street to see all the action from 4PM to 9:15 PM.  If you can’t make it tomorrow then check out the live broadcast at www.whitemarlincam.com

I’ll see you at the scales!!

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