Each type of billfish was finally entered at the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. and Cape May, N.J. but bigeye tuna continued to dominate as 352 of the 408 boats fished in good conditions. There’s no question about the 511-pound blue marlin caught by Bill Britt on his Cabana. That blue is in line for a payoff of $960,000.
I watched on the Marlin Cam as the white marlin was measured above the “70-70” standard of 70 inches and a minimum of 70 pounds as C-Student’s white was 72 inches and weighed 71 1/2 pounds. Yet, that prospective million dollar white hasn’t shown up on the WMO Tournament Leader list.
Southern C’s one pound lead in tuna yesterday may be worth $940,000 while that single pound could drop Big Stick to $100,000. Big Stick came in with a 193-pound bigeye today which may be the daily tuna winner. Knot Again had two bigeyes of 180 and 189 1/2 pounds.
Water Marlin took over first in wahoo with a 54-pounder. A huge 59 1/2-pound dolphin was weighed, but I got a phone call at the time and never saw the boat name. The WMO site didn’t list tournament leaders for dolphin and wahoo at all. I’ll try to get everything cleared up tomorrow as every boat with a day left will be taking aim at these leaders before tomorrow evening’s awards party.