Millionaires may being made, or unmade, today as the 47th annual White Marlin Open concludes out of Ocean City, Maryland.
The rich white marlin category has two boats sitting on the biggest money. Canyon Blues brought in a 97-pound white yesterday that was the third largest in WMO history. That leaves Gordon Golueke of Chester, Md. breathing easy with a payoff of $1.5 million in sight. Though Drillin & Biling got pushed into a second place tie with a 77-pounder,Taylor Fields of Baltimore is in all the Calcuttas and can earn even more at $1.6 million. Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club in N.J. got the 77-pound tie yesterday and is good for $90,000 at this point.Though there were four blue marlin released Saturday, there still hasn’t been one large enough to bring in. The tuna division remains the same as the expected blast of large bigeyes hasn’t happened yet. Sentient is first with just a 121-pounder.
Would you believe that there were as many swordfish weighed in yesterday as tuna? There were two of each. Jersey Boy hadn’t had a hit while trolling the day before, so they decided to take a shot at a deep drop for swords. That worked out for Kyle Gagliardi as his 273.5-pound swordfish is running away with the Big Fish category and $375,000 if no one catches anything larger today — when 249 boats are fishing their last day.
https://youtu.be/6PhTkK3Wl5oEarlier in the week I titled a blog “Where did all the dolphin go?” when none were weighed the first day to leave the daily award unclaimed. There haven’t been many caught, but three have been spectacular. I thought the 54-pounder by Ian West on Security might hold up, but Matt Wagner on Backlash blew that away with a WMO record 73.5-pounder. Then, Chris Thompson moved into second yesterday with a 58.5-pounder on Jenny Poo. Anyone who has fought even a 40-pound dolphin will know how hard it is to move those fish when they pull with that broad side alongside the boat just when you thought the fight was over.
I’ll be back with some of today’s results in the evening blog.