White Marlin Open under way

August 06, 1996|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OCEAN CITY -- The White Marlin Open got off to a fast start yesterday as 194 boats headed for the offshore fishing grounds and anglers qualified in every tournament category except wahoo.

John Brown, fishing on Outer Limits, heads the white marlin class with a catch weighing 73.5 pounds, followed by a 72-pounder caught by Buddy Trala, fishing on Velocity.

Tournament officials estimate Brown's catch could be worth as much as $300,000 if it holds up.

Dan Orenberg leads the blue marlin category with a 268.5 pounder. Anthony Williams had the biggest tuna, weighing 235.5 pounds, on day 1, Marc Beaubien topped the dolphin class with a 47-pounder and Richard Bathurst had the largest shark at 265.5 pounds.

Weigh-ins are held each evening at Harbour Island Marina at 14th Street.

Pub Date: 8/06/96

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