Tourney produces 446-pound catch

August 07, 1996|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OCEAN CITY -- At the end of the first day of fishing in the five-day White Marlin Open, Dan Orenberg of Clark, N.C., had caught a 268 1/2 -pound blue marlin worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars in prize money. By the end of Day 2 yesterday, Orenberg's catch had been drastically devalued.

"Today was unreal," tournament organizer Chuck Motsko said last night. "Just absolutely unreal."

First, Doug Salter of Chester came to the scales at Harbour Island Marina with a 287-pound blue marlin.

"Then we got a radio message that a boat was coming in on the 8: 30 bridge opening with a really big blue," said Motsko. "One that weighed over 400 pounds."

When Robert Ham of Salzberg, Pa., weighed in his blue marlin at 446 pounds, the bottom dropped out for Orenberg.

"What was a $241,000 fish at the start of the day was worth $1,500 by the time the scales closed last night," said Motsko.

Ham's catch is estimated to be worth $166,800 if it stands up through the end of fishing on Friday, tournament officials said.

John Brown of Broad Run, Va., still leads the white marlin category with a 73 1/2 -pounder.

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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