50th White Marlin Open Closes With a $6.2 Million Dollar Bill
The 400 registered boats for the 50th White Marlin Open were probably the most conservation-minded group that has ever fished the Open – or any other billfish tournament held in recent memory. Of the 605 billfish caught during the five-day event, 602 were released. With over $7 million of the total $10.5 million purse reserved for billfish, it was remarkable that not one boat brought a non-contender to the scale before the closing day on Friday.
Last Day of 50th WMO Brings a $6.2 Million Dollar Billfish
On the last day of the 50th Annual White Marlin Open, the Floor Real out of Ocean City, MD weighed a 640.5-pound blue marlin to take $6,200,000 of the $10.5 million dollar total purse. The blue was caught by John Ols from Laytonsville, MD.
While there were unofficially 551 white marlin and 46 blue marlin caught, only 3 billfish were brought in and only two were weighed. The Skirt Chaser out of Manteo, NC just missed with a 67.5-pound white marlin, and the No Limit out of Indian River, DE brought in a blue marlin that missed our 114” minimum length by two inches, so it was not weighed.