WATCH: White Marlin Open winner catches 85.5-pound marlin on remaining day
Angler Butch Wright caught an 85.5-pound white marlin within the remaining moments of the 2021 White Marlin Open, incomes $3.2 million.
Richard Pollitt, Salisbury Day by day Instances
The White Marlin Open has formally arrived for its forty ninth yr in Ocean Metropolis, with boats stuffed with anglers from throughout setting out on the waters in hopes of catching big fish and even greater money prizes.
Final yr’s White Marlin Open noticed a file variety of boats competing for a file amount of money prizes, and anticipation for what this yr’s iteration of the world’s largest billfishing event has in retailer for each it is followers and opponents has been constructing all through the fishing season.
You may observe alongside right here for updates all through Day 1 of White Marlin Open, as The Day by day Instances studies stay from the scales on the Harbour Island Marina from the time they open at 4 p.m. till they shut at 9:15. All the pieces from Twitter protection, video, interviews with anglers, and photographs from Day 1 of the event can be out there on this stay weblog.
Proceed to verify again all through the night time for updates.
After a gradual first hour on the scales, the White Marlin Open formally put its first few fish on the leaderboard after 5 p.m. The primary fish delivered to the scales was a dolphin introduced by the 10-4 Joker boat from Chincoteague, Virginia. Angler Vernon Merritt Jr. weighed a 29.0-pound Dolphin that was the primary qualifying fish of the day and presently the chief of the dolphin class.
Proper after the 10-4 Joker, got here the Mike’s Low Price range boat, the place two qualifying tuna have been weighed. 13-year outdated angler Brady Niedoba introduced in a 56.5-pound tuna to steer the tuna with a fish that’s presently valued at $70,000. His cousin, Ryan Niedoba, additionally introduced a qualifying 53-pound tuna to the scales from the identical boat.
Day 1 of the White Marlin Open has formally arrived, and it could possibly be a jampacked first day on the scales. Of the 408 boats competing this week, 292 of them have determined to fish as we speak, utilizing considered one of their allotted three days of fishing on the primary day of the world’s largest billfishing event.
Final night time, White Marlin Open introduced that this yr’s complete prize cash can be $8.6 million, and it appears like a number of as we speak’s anglers determined to attempt to get began early on their path in direction of that grand prize. With the scales opening at 4 p.m. this afternoon, extra updates to this stay weblog will come as Day 1 strikes ahead.
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