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Rough First Day On the Water for White Marlin Participants

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The first day of The White Marlin Tournament was off to a bumpy start after a tornado warning was issued over Worcester County.


136 boats went out for the first day of The White Marlin Tournament.


Waves reached nearly ten feet and many of the boats out in the Atlantic said it was an uncomfortable feeling.


"Visibility was 50 feet with the blinding rain and the thunder storms and the wind and everything else," said Austin Ensor, Captain of the boat "Primary Search."


Boaters like Ensor said the day started off nice and sunny and then changed in an instant.


Tommy Clark of Primary Search said , "The rain lightly then started coming down really heavily... lost all visibility so, you couldn't really see the boats that were next to us so that's a little nerve wracking when you know there are several boats around and you can't see them."


With the high waves and high winds, boats said it took them several hours to make it back to shore. Some, like Ensor, didn't make it back till almost 7 o'clock Monday night.


"It took us almost 6 hours to get back so it was really rough," said Russell Collins from Nanjemoy, Maryland.


While it might've been a bumpy ride, all of the 136 boats made it back to shore okay.


Only 12 boats made it out Tuesday due to high winds.

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