Fishing Day 3

129 of the 382 registered boats went fishing in calm seas on Day 3 of the 2018 White Marlin Open, knowing the weights they had to beat for a piece of the $5.45 million purse. They also knew that most of the current slots on the leaderboard can realistically be topped.

At the beginning of Day 3, three fish accounted for 80% of the total pot.  Bill Haugland from Plainview NY holds over half of that with a 75-pound white marlin currently worth $2.6 million followed by the 71-pound $970,000 tuna taken by 20-year-old Jake Pilkerton of Leonardtown, MD.  They are both nice fish but can be overtaken.  The other big winner is a bit safer with Joe Rahman’s huge 881-pound blue marlin that will be hard to beat holding on to $700,000.  


The big story, at least for Bill Haugland and the...

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In a close finish, Pascual Jimenez from Puerto Aventuras, Mexico edged out all competitors to win a world record $2,584,260* in the 45th White Marlin Open.  Fishing on the Weldor’s Ark out of Morehead City, NC,  Jimenez weighed an 83-pound white marlin on the final day of the 5-day event held in Ocean City, MD to take the top individual prize in the 382-boat field.  Gregory Giron and the Under Dog from VA Beach took 2nd place money for their 83-pound white worth $129,784 with the Lights Out from Ocean Reef, FL taking 3rd and $85,804 for the 75-pound white marlin caught by Bill Haugland of Coconut Grove, FL on Day 2.

Two world records were set during the 2018 event.  The $2.58 million-dollar payout was the most ever awarded for the catch of a billfish, and the $5.45 million-dollar purse was the most ever paid in any fishing tournament.

The Blue Marlin Category and the $924,936 purse was safely held all week by Joe...

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