White Marlin Open Day Three Recap
OCEAN CITY, MD- Day three of the White Marlin Open began as a slow one–and finished the same way. Only 120 of the 404 boats entered into the tournament chose to use Wednesday as an “official fishing day.”
Over one hour after scales opened at 4pm, Don Smiley and Hellsea out of Wilmington, Delaware registered a dolphin fish at 22 pounds, good for 5th place overall in the category thus far.
At about 6pm, Graham Ward and Reeldiculious out of Cambridge, Maryland brought to the scales a 121 pound tuna–the prize set the bar for first place in the small boat division thru Wednesday.
The major story of Wednesday was the day of the vessel Turn Me Loose out of Grasonville, Maryland. The crew, led by Ollie Powell, docked at Harbour Island with the marlin flag raised, and the idea that they’d potentially caught a big-prize winning fish. Tournament officials determined the fish about three inches short of the 114″ blue marlin length requirement.
“It measured at about 116 (inches) out there, they shrink a lot when you pull them out of the water,” said Powell. “I’ve been fishing this tournament for almost 20 years, it’s the first big blue marlin I’ve brought to the dock, and I was hoping it was the right one.”
Day 4 of the White Marlin Open picks up on Thursday, with official fishing taking place from 8:30am thru 3:30pm, and scales opening up at 4pm.