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Day 3 of White Marlin Open

Posted: 08/09/2017 11:47:00 -04:00 Updated:
Of the 12 boats that fished Tuesday, the Blue Runner out of Point Pleasant, N.J. had the best day. James Boynton from Situate, N.J. weighed in a 67-pound tuna good for $460,000. (Photo credit: White Marlin Open) Of the 12 boats that fished Tuesday, the Blue Runner out of Point Pleasant, N.J. had the best day. James Boynton from Situate, N.J. weighed in a 67-pound tuna good for $460,000. (Photo credit: White Marlin Open)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Two days of bad weather has made this year's White Marlin Open an essentially three-day contest with approximately 300 boats expected to go out on the water each of the remaining days.

According to event organizers, each of the 353 registered boats are permitted to fish any three out of the five fishing days. Organizers said there are different strategies involved when choosing the days to fish. Some teams prefer not to fish the first day to better learn where the fish were found before using their fishing days. Most will fish the first day if the weather allows. Others prefer a day between trips to recover from a day on the ocean, which can be brutal at times.

This year, the weather played a major role as to which days most boats would fish: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Only 136 boats went out Monday and just 12 fished Tuesday. Organizers said that what that means is that the bulk of the boats will be fishing each of the last three days in weather forecast to be perfect for fishing. 

On Wednesday, 297 boats were out on the water, each fishing for their share of the record $4.97 million purse.

Of the total prize money, $3.8 million is reserved for billfish and no qualifying white or blue marlin have been weighed. That money will be won over the next three days with the top white marlin winner potentially winning $2 million, organizers said. 

The big action so far has taken place in the tuna category. On Monday the Slabjack weighed in a 57-pound tuna that was worth $450,000 until the Millin Around out of Atlantic Highlands, N.J. came in a few hours later with a 64-pound yellowfin taking the Slabjack’s $450,000.

Of the 12 boats that fished Tuesday, the Blue Runner out of Point Pleasant, N.J. had the best day. James Boynton from Situate, N.J. weighed in a 67-pound tuna good for $460,000 and knocking Millin Around down to second and $100,000. Also off the Blade Runner, James Keely from Dayton, Ohio added $30,000 to the boat winnings with the third place 60-pound tuna. 

In summary, approximately 300 boats will fish for the remaining days of the tournament seeking to claim a share of the $4.4 million that is not yet on the board.

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