Capt. George Steller brought Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club to the White Marlin Open scales at Ocean City, Md. shortly after they opened at 4 p.m. with a white marlin that had some heft to it. That white tipped the scale at 77 pounds to tie for first with yesterday’s 77-pounder on Drillin & Billin that had them in place for a payoff well over a million dollars. However, there was much more excitement to come as Canyon Blues blew that tie to the rear with a 97-pounder — the third largest in WMO history!

Though there have been many other fish weighed in, there is still no blue marlin , and there have been no other significant changes so far by the 343 boats that fished today. The scales remain open until 9:15, and I’ll add a blog then if anything changes before tomorrow’s last day.

The offshore weather forecast remains remarkable. Today it was for variable winds less than 10 knots. On Sunday it “calms” to variable at less than 5 knots!

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