Posted on August 9, 2020 97-pound white takes over first in WMO Capt. George Steller brought Frank Criscola s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club to the White Marlin Open scales at Ocean City, Md. shortly after they opened at 4 p. m. with a white marlin that had some heft to it. The scales remain open until 9 15, and I ll add a blog then if anything changes before tomorrow s last day.
Posted on August 8, 2020 WMO down to last two days As noted in the previous blog, there were major changes in the big money white marlin division of the WMO today and I suspect there will be more to come as the contest wraps up with the two days added on due to the uncertainty as to how long the tropical storm would last. Drillin Billin was the big winner today as their 77-pound white pushed Hook Settle s 74-pounder out of first and sets up a 2.
Posted on August 5, 2020 WMO Open will be humming the next four days Though the tropical storm passed by quickly, only 35 of the 433 boats entered in the White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Maryland opted to fight the remaining seas today with four days of predicted good weather ahead of them in which to utilize their three fishing days. A revision of the white marlin release count for Monday brought that figure up to 11 plus the one boated for a total of 12 whites that day along with four eligible 50-pound minimum) tuna.
Posted on August 4, 2020 Tough first day at WMO The 42 out of 433 boats that fished during the first day of the White Marlin Open didn t find much for the scales which closed at 9 15. The only white marlin brought in didn t meet the 70-pound minimum, and there were only a few qualifying tuna.
7 million purse as WMO opens Despite the pandemic and a tropical storm moving up the coast, the 47th annual White Marlin Open at Ocean City, Md. is underway with 433 boats and a world record tournament purse of 6. The field for the 2020 WMO includes many top boats from last year s fleet that set a tournament record of 1,429 white marlin releases.
Southwest winds at 10-20 knots with 3-5-foot seas and showers are predicted, but I wouldn t be surprised to see a couple of boats taking a shot since there are daily cash prizes that may be won by any boat able to find a tuna, wahoo, dolphin or marlin. The storm s impact will be felt on Tuesday with south winds at 35-45 knots and 10-foot seas, but improves rapidly after that.
Posted on August 1, 2020 White Marlin Open set to begin tomorrow in Ocean City, MD Even the threat of a hurricane coming up the coast hasn t bothered organizers of the 47th White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. from gathering tomorrow for a captains meeting prior to Monday s start of the big money event. Capt. Freddy Gamboa is coming in on a hot streak with Andrea s Toy after a fine season of N. J. tuna action and the release last week of a blue marlin estimated at 500 pounds.
Posted on July 31, 2020 Early entry for JCAA Heavy Hitter Fluke Tournament ends today Though the annual statewide JCAA Fluke Tournament fell victim to the pandemic, that organization is going ahead with the Heavy Hitter contest that Paul Haertel started last year. Unfortunately, I didn t get a chance to promote that event before my computer went down and the early entry for the Aug. 7 -9 fishing days ends tomorrow.