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Harbor Island Business Swells During White Marlin Open

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OCEAN CITY, Md.-  Boats have been slipping their moorings very early in the morning this week.  Their goal is to bring back a qualifying white marlin for the annual White Marlin Open.  Friday is the day anything can happen according to the owner of the Reel Inn, Scott Lathroum.

"Let's see who wins this thing today.  Strange things have happened on a Friday.  All it takes is one.  How big is the white marlin, 76 pounds?  Let's say he comes in with a 78 pound white marlin and wins 2.4 to 2.5 million dollars?  It can happen today and it has happened in the past," said Lathroum.

Lathroum has been eating and sleeping this tournament, because he hasn't had time to actually eat or sleep all week!

"You get in that groove, you wake up, you have your coffee, a couple of brownies, and you get going.  You see, we're still here," said Lathroum.

Business has been great this week for the reel in thanks in no small part to the clear sunny weather.  And it's not just restaurants doing well.  At the Harbour Island Fuel Dock, they have been pumping fuel as fast as they can get it delivered.

"If they are getting around 600 gallons, you have to times it by the diesel price, which is $2.39, and that comes out to a thousand some dollars," said Cori Thompson, who works at the dock.

Most boats have two fuel tanks, so fuel costs alone can be well over $3000 per day.  Despite the work though, it's fun being part of the action, and despite the fact they talk to most of the fisherman, they have no idea what Friday night holds.

"Who knows?  Sometimes people skip the last day because they hear about it being too windy, but some go out and bring home the winning prize.  It's up to the water and the fish honestly," said Thompson.

With very few qualifying fish on the board, anything can happen.

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