The million-dollar mark was well passed by two boats in the White Marlin Open which ended last night in Ocean City, Maryland.$1.5 million Tommy Hinkle was the winner with a 79.5-pound white on Fish Whistle which made him the first to win the WMO twice. He did that this time in the Small Boat Division, and took home $1,500,000.
Nathan Walker had taken the lead right away with a 74-pounder on Chasin Tail, but wasn’t in all the Calcuttas and took a big hit revenue for second place though $135,000 is still a good week’s work. It was Michael Wagner on the third place Backlash who got the other $1.5 million prize for a 73.5-pounder.
Only one blue marlin met the 114-inch minimum for weighing, and Craig Dickerson swept the category on his Haulin N Ballin with a 465.5-pounder for $900,000.
Frank Criscola barely missed out on a million, but was happy to settle for $940,000 on his Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club as Russel Garufi reeled in a 201-pound bigeye to win the tuna division.
There were lots of changes the last day in dolphin and wahoo as Play Mate won $18,000 for a 41-pound dolphin, and Give It Away took $16,000 for a huge 91-pound wahoo,
I’ll have a complete list of major prize winners and other details in my blog this evening.