White Marlin Tournament

photo by White Marlin Open
Within the first 40 minutes on the last day of weigh-ins at Harbour Island, $3 million dollars changed hands. To win the biggest share of the $4.9 million dollars in prize money, a white marlin would have to top the 86-pound white caught off The Griffin from Palm Beach, FL on Wednesday. That’s a big white and would have won 36 of the last 43 tournaments. A closer look, however would reveal that it would have only won 4 of the last 8 events. Still, Wilmington Delaware angler Mike Donohue had to like his chances to hold onto the $2.6 million-dollar prize.

The scale for the last day of weigh-ins opened at Harbour Island Marina at 4:00 PM. Waiting, was MR Ducks from Ocean City, MD. The boat was carrying resident angler Joe Andrews with a white to weigh. The digital scale judged Andrews’ fish to weigh 79.5 pounds which didn’t affect Donohue’s $2.6 million, but jumped into 2nd knocking another OC boat, the Berzerker down to third place.

Yet another Ocean City boat, The Wire Nut cruised toward the Harbour Island Marina scale with a quiet confidence. Angler Glen Frost, an attorney from Stevensville, MD., knew that he had to beat a large white, but the crew felt it was possible based on the fish's measurements. When the digital scale read 95.5 pounds the celebrating started. It was the third largest white marlin ever caught in the 44-year-old event and it was Frost’s first white marlin catch! So, Frost’s first ever billfish catch earned first place in the 2017 White Marlin Open and $1,654,800 in prize money. That fish cost Donohue $1,400,000 but Donohue and The Griffin still earned $1,525,964 for the 2nd place white. MR Ducks and fell to third with earnings of $164,673.

The tuna category produced 8 winners including a White Marlin Open record $866,553 tuna payout to Joe Sadler off The Intents from Jupiter, FL. Other top tuna winners were $90,380 to James Boynton of Situate, MA fishing aboard the Blue Runner out of Manasquan, NJ for their 67-pound tuna. The Warden Pass from Cape May, NJ carried Buena, NJ resident Kris Rainear who caught a tying 67-pound tuna and earned $52,950.

The 45th Annual White Marlin Open is scheduled for Aug. 6-10, 2018. For more information, write White Marlin Open, P.O. Box 737, Ocean City, MD 21843, or call 410-289-9229. You can also visit their website at www.whitemarlinopen.com for more information and to purchase a world famous White Marlin Open T-Shirt.