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In The White Marlin Open, A Hunt For The Biggest Fish

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This year's White Marlin Open started small and blew up fast when two mammoth Blue Marlins tipped the scales.
This year's White Marlin Open started small and blew up fast when two mammoth Blue Marlins tipped the scales.

In Maryland, today is the final day of fishing in the world's largest billfish tournament: the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, where there's $2.7 million in prize money up for grabs.

As things stand right now, the 78-pound white marlin caught yesterday by North Carolina angler John Bayliss aboard the Dreamtime is a million dollar fish—well $1.1 million, actually, if it stays on top of the leaderboard. But that could all change by the end of the evening, as almost all of the 288 registered boats are fishing today in the 41st annual tournament's final day.

The story of the White Marlin Open this year, up until yesterday, was the fact that there were no white or blue marlin caught that were big enough to qualify for the prize money. But when a 738-and-a-half pound Blue Marlin worth more than a half million dollars tipped the scales, and a 564-pound Blue came in just after, the world's largest billfish tournament was officially on.

Thousands of spectators are expected at the scales this evening to watch the ending of a tournament that may have started slow, but is motoring towards a dramatic finish.


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