Four Qualifying Marlin Highlight Day Four
The white marlin arrived Thursday as 360 boats fished on Day 4 of the 2020 White Marlin Open. In a hectic day at the scales that lasted well past 10 PM, the billfish prize money pool was tapped to the tune of $3,000,000.
When the dust settled, Adam Fye from Pasadena, MD aboard the "Hook and Settle" out of Ocean City, MD weighed a 74-pound white, taking 1st place and currently holds $1,100,000 in winnings. The “Sea Toy” also from Ocean City, MD with angler Timmy Cullins from Clements, MD, caught a 72.5-pound white worth $1,700,000.00. * In a 2-way tie for third the "Reel Estate" out of Ocean City, Md and the “Reel Steel” from Mt. Lakes, NJ both weighed a 72-pound white marlin worth $115,000.00 each.
With 3 fishing days left there are an average of 280 boats per day still eligible to fish which should lead to more exciting weigh-ins through Sunday. The blue marlin and shark categories are still vacant but that should not last long.
In the tuna...
Slow Start Sets Stage for Exciting Finish
Most of the 433 registered boats have played a waiting game during the 47th White Marlin Open. Hurricane Isaias has dictated the action (or lack of it) for the first 3 fishing days, but it sets up the probability for an exciting finish. While 42 boats fished Monday and 35 fished Wednesday, the tournament has not started yet for almost 400 boats that still have all 3 fishing days left during the event that ends Sunday. That works out to 300 boats per day able to fish over the next 4 days.
The bulk of the boats that have fished so far have fished for tuna and the results are not shabby. The 114.5-pound bluefin tuna brought in on Monday by the “Restless Lady,” is still holding onto $980,000. Jarrod Keely from Centerville, OH brought in a 106-pound bluefin tuna Wednesday which jumped into 2nd place. The fish was caught off the “Blue Runner” out of Manasquan, NJ and is currently winning $395,000. That tuna dropped the 92-pound tuna caught off the “Swords...