The 49th White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. and Cape May, N.J. opened today with 408 boats entered and a purse of $8.6 million. Though there were no marlin entered, there was no lack of competition in the tuna category.
Regular tuna tournament winner Dante Soriente got started on MJ’s in fine fashion by taking the lead with a with a 198.5-pound bigeye though he was pushed back to second when Reel Tight weighed a 213.5-ounder. The Right Bite from Brick, N.J. moved into third at 189.5 pounds.
There were also a couple of entries in other divisions. Leading the dolphin entries is 29-pounder on 10-4 Joker, while C-Student is second at 26.5 pounds. There’s no competition in wahoo so far for a 51.5-pounder on Irish Twin.
There were 292 boats using the first of three fishing days on Monday.