Still Looking for Big Bill

The early risers of Friday should be treated to another great boat parade as there are 357 boats eligible to fish on the final day of the 50th Annual White Marlin Open. Each of the boats has the same primary goal: to catch a qualifying billfish. It’s not that the billfish didn’t show up...after 4 fishing days 431 white marlin, 34 blue marlin, five sailfish, and one spearfish have been caught. Every one of the billfish was released for being perceived as too small to weigh.

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Tuna Still Dominate While Big Billfish Elude Capture

There was leaderboard movement in a few categories on day 3 of the 50th Annual White Marlin Open. The Fishlik out of Chincoteague, Va weighed a 247.5-pound bigeye that jumped into first place and now holds the $1,200,000 1st place prize money.  The fish was caught by Chris Mentlik of Street, MD, and knocked Robert Wagner’s 199-pound bigeye caught Monday into second place. Soon after the Fishlik weighed their fish, the Full Service out of Ocean City, MD pulled to the docks with a 203.5-pound bigeye caught by Jack Roesner from Middle River, MD. Is now worth $95,000.00. Wagner’s tuna dropped from over a million dollars to $38,000 in just a few hours.

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