Day 5 Recap

While the huge number of marlin releases remains a big story, by definition you won’t see them at the scales.  The Tournament Record is 1,358 whites caught in 2016, and as of this morning we had 1,208 caught with 268 boats still fishing today.  The  totals as of 11:00 PM were 1,452 white marlin caught with 1,423 of them released.  We already broke our record with more releases being tabulated.  
In the money divisions, basically, the big fish in all categories held their spots after the last day of fishing.  Ocean City, Maryland native Tommy Hinkle weighed a 79.5-pound white marlin on Thursday while fishing aboard the “Fish Whistle  out of Indian River DE.  The fish took 1st  place and netted Tommy $1,460,000.  Hinkle had also won the top white marlin in 2008 making Tommy the first angler in Tournament history to win the top white marlin twice!  The “Backlash” out of VA Beach, VA kept their $1,500,000 for the 73.5-pound white caught on Monday by angler...

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Day 4 Recap

Thursday has long been known as Moving Day during the White Marlin Open.  It makes sense for a few reasons.   By Thursday, the captains know where the fish are, and the crew has already worked together for 1 or 2 days to get the kinks out.  It’s also usually a busy day for tournament. 

This year was different as just 103 boats went out today.  That leaves 268 boats eligible to fish on Friday, the last day of the tournament.   The big stories are the great billfishing, two anglers winning $1.5 million for white marlin, a $740,000 blue marlin and a tuna worth $940,000.  Only 103 boats fished today which leaves 268 boats eligible to fish Friday, the last day of the tournament.  The scales were slow, but the spectators still generated a lot of energy.  

The  pirate ship of the day was the “Fish Whistle” out of Indian River, Delaware. The boat made the 3:55 bridge and arrived at the scales just as weigh ins began for Day 4.  The 79.5-pound white...

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