73 1/2 -pounder still leads Marlin Open

August 09, 1996|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OCEAN CITY -- With one day left in the White Marlin Open, John Brown of Broad Run, Va., still leads the white marlin category with a 73 1/2 -pounder caught Monday, the first day of the competition.

With only 48 boats eligible to fish today, tournament officials said yesterday that Brown's catch has a good chance of holding up.

According to tournament organizer Chuck Motsko, Brown's catch would be worth $414,000, "the highest cash award for any fish ever caught in the world."

Robert Ham, of Pennsylvania, still leads the blue marlin division with a 446-pounder caught Tuesday. If Ham's catch stands up through the end of the tournament, it will be worth $166,800.

Weigh-ins are open to the public and held each evening at the Harbour Island Marina on 14th Street.

Pub Date: 8/09/96

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