Today was the start of a dramatic finish to the 47th annual White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Maryland since it’s down to the last four days and there have been only two marginable days fished so far by a very small portion of the 433 boats entered in the $6.7 million event.
The big money white marlin and blue marlin divisions didn’t have an entry, and the other leaders are well within reach by historical WMO standards. Just before 8 p.m. I can tell you that’s changed, and will bring everything up to date in a blog after the scales close at 9:15.
The post-storm fishing yesterday wasn’t very impressive as the 35 boats came up with a species count of 20 white marlin (all released except two that made the 68-inch minimum for weighing, but not the 70 pounds needed to get on the leaderboard), one tuna, one wahoo and two dolphin — not even one eligible fish per boat.
At least that tuna is in position to win $395,000 as the 106-pound bluefin boated on Blue Runner from Manasquan, N.J. moved into second place behind the 114.5-pounder by Restless Lady 2. Bluefin used to be ineligible, but are included now.
The other categories got impressive entries as a 35.5-pound dolphin on Salt Lick beat a 27-pounder on Bar South, while the first wahoo was a 60.5-pounder by Magic Moment. Bar South also led in white marlin releases with five — ahead of Taylor Jean and Ohana with three each.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some unexpected rain this morning, but ended up with calm seas and loads of chub mackerel. There were also blues, sea bass, some fluke and the first cutlassfish reported so far.