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Worcester County Angler Aboard A Sussex County Boat Take White Marlin Lead

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OCEAN CITY, Md - 103 boats took to the Atlantic Ocean on Day 4 of the White Marlin Open, the smallest number thus far for the tournament. It did provide some the biggest excitement. Minutes after the scales open at 4:00 p.m. the Fish Whistle of Indian River brought to the Harbor Island Marina a White Marlin weighing 79.5 pounds. It became the new leader.


The angler is no stranger to having a winning fish at the scales. Tommy Hinkle of Ocean City won the Open in 2008. On Thursday, he hooked the fish sometime around 10:00 a.m. "We were fighting the fish for close to 2 hours," Hinkle said. "At that point in time we knew we had to get back here to the scales early." Hinkle and the crew wanted to minimize the amount of time the fish was out of the water. The longer it is out the more weight it loses.

At the time it was weighed, Hinkle's catch was worth an estimated $1.46 million. It was the third and final day of fishing for the Fish Whistle at the Open. 
Also competing on Day 4, the boat owned by all-time basketball great Michael Jordan the Catch 23. The White Marlin Open website showed the boat reported two white marlin catches that were released. Both were caught by angler Robert Reed. The Catch 23 is expected fish on Friday which is the third and final day of the tournament.
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