The official wrap-up of the White Marlin Open follows:

  • DAY 5World Record Payout for Single FishThe 2022 White Marlin Open concluded at 9:15 on Friday with a flourish with $6,000,000 changing hands in the final few hours.  Though the fishing was slow for most of the 408 registered boats, a few of the teams prospered.  The bigeye tuna were the tournament rock stars until Thursday when the marlin finally posted.  On day four, “C- Student” out of Southside Place, TX, weighed a 71.5-pound white marlin good for first place and a temporary grasp of $2,800,000 for angler Keeley Megarity from Houston, TX.  Just before Megarity’s fish was weighed, the “Cabana,” out of Fenwick Island, DE, arrive at the scales with a 511-pound blue marlin.  The blue was taken by Bill Britt from Sandy Spring, MD, to take first place as the only qualifier in that division and Britt claimed a temporary hold on $960,000 for his efforts.However, on Friday at 6:20 PM, the “Billfisher” out of Ocean City, MD pulled up at the scale flying a white marlin-boated flag.  Jeremy Duffie from Bethesda, MD turned the leaderboard upside down by weighing a 77.5-pound white marlin and moving into first place.  The “Billfisher” was across the board with all the added entry skill levels and will be the recipient of a world record award for catching a fish: a staggering $4,400,000.   When the dust settles and the final tallies are made Duffie’s fish will be worth closer to $4,500,000 as the fish will also pick up some money from unwon categories.We will have a summary with the final figures for all category winners on our website tomorrow.  We want to thank all our anglers and staff for running a very smooth event.  We also want to give special thanks to our diehard fans who help make this the most unique tournament in the world. 

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Headquarters in Belmar Marina is pumped about the 13-pound fluke he weighed last week from the Big Mohawk for Dan Mancini. He further notes “This has been a good Fluke season in the Shark River and lately in the Surf.The Snappers are showing as are kingfish,triggerfish,porgys and blackfish.The Bass are feeding at night in the backwaters on mullet, spearing and peanut bunker.The small blues and spanish mackerel are in the inlet at times if your there you can have some fast action.This has been a good year for sharks in the surf, ocean county to Cape May  has been particularly good. The offshore Tuna fishing has been hot along with the Mahi Mahi action and some large cobia.We are looking forward to a good Fall run of Bass and Blues, can’t wait .   BOB    ”                        

Vinny D’Anton has been picking at school stripers in the Monmouth County surf. though he’s had to switch lures to keep them interested. When his usual Chug Bug wasn’t working early this morning, he dug out a Redfin swimmer not used in years — and ended up releasing 9 schoolies.

The weather holds tomorrow, with northeast winds at 5-10 knots — but there will be gusts to 25 on Tuesday.

Miss Belmar Princess and the Jamaica fron Brielle reported great chub mackerel fishing on Saturday,

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a similar report and did the same today along with a bonito, some sea bass, fluke and blues as anglers watched sharks cruising in the chum line. The Inshore Exotics trip scheduled to sail Monday night has been cancelled, so they will be fishing for blues again on Tuesday.

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