World Record Prize Money!

The 404 registered boats carrying over 3,100 competitors will be vying for a world record fishing purse of $6.1 million during the 5 day event.  The 46th edition of the "World's Largest and Richest Billfish Tournament" has all of the elements to produce even bigger fish stories than the 45 previous tournaments.  The prize money is $700,000 more than last year's winnings and coupled with good weather and warm water at the canyons, the 2019 Open could be the most dramatic tournament ever.  

The White Marlin Open awards money for catches of white and blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and shark.  It is the billfish that bring the biggest prize money and last year's top white marlin won over $2.5 million with the top blue marlin netting $924,936.  But the tuna category has been nearing the $1,000,000 mark as well.  The top tuna in 2016 and 2017 earned $750,000 and $860,000 respectively and the top tuna in 2018 earned...

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DAY ONE WEIGH-INS

When the fishing stops at 3:30 PM each day, most boats are from 2 to 4 hours offshore, so the heaviest weigh-in activity occurs between 5:30 and 7:30 PM.   The exception to that schedule can occur when a boat catches a big fish early in the fishing day that may move the leaderboard. The theory is that a dead fish will lose some weight over time and it’s best to weigh the fish as soon as possible.  In those cases, the boat may decide to skip extra fishing hours to be at the scale by the 4:00 PM start of weigh-ins.  Today the Auspicious was waiting for the  next bridge and came under the bridge flying a blue marlin boated flag.   The sleek vessel out of Palm Beach, FL glided to the HI scales to the cheers of the waiting crowd.  Angler Joe Rahman said later that when the blue marlin came all the way out of the water to attack the bait, he thought it was big.  Rahman’s hunch was correct as the scale...

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