1,400 angle for Marlin cash catch


Goodwin's 77-pounder leads white marlin class

August 06, 2002|By Candus Thomson | Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF

OCEAN CITY - If deep sea fishing isn't a spectator sport, someone needed to tell the thousands of people who stood along the rocks of Ocean City Inlet at 5 a.m. yesterday.

Armed with cameras and binoculars, they were there to watch more than 300 boats head out to sea on the first day of the 29th annual White Marlin Open. At stake is more than $2 million in prize money.

Tournament spokesman Andy Motsko said 385 of the 402 boats registered went out yesterday, carrying more than 1,400 anglers. Each boat can fish three days.

"The weather is supposed to turn tomorrow, with winds coming out of the north-northeast, which will make it tough coming back in," Motsko said last night. "So it looks like most folks will be fishing Monday, Tuesday and Friday."

Aboard Lazy Bones, Jeffery Goodwin caught a 77-pound white marlin and is the leader. Chris Whisted is second after hooking a 67-pounder.

Ben Moses and Richard Benn, both of Spencer 57, are first and second in the tuna category. Moses caught a 65-pounder, and Benn and Colin Yarnell each pulled in a 55-pounder.

In the dolphin category, Steven Redden Jr., fishing on board GEO-BUC, measured a 27-pounder. Andrew Adkins (Huntress) and Mike Hughes (Just add Water 2) each caught a 26-pounder.

No minimum blue marlin, wahoos or sharks were weighed.

Spectators can watch the weigh-in each day from 4 to 9:15 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina. An awards ceremony will be held at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, 101st Street and Oceanfront, at noon Saturday.

Anglers on smaller boats received a little bit of punishment as they ran 53 to 75 miles out to the fish-filled canyons, with winds out of the south-southwest at 12 mph.

Boats are departing from either the Ocean City Inlet or the Indian River Inlet at 5 a.m., and can drop their lines at 8:30 a.m. Lines must be out of the water by 3:30 p.m.

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