84-pounder still leads White Marlin Open

only 47 boats go out

Fishing

August 04, 2004|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

On a day on which only 47 of 377 registered boats ventured out in rough seas, angler Brett Jamison maintained his lead in the quest for a prize of more than $1.3 million in the 31st White Marlin Open, based in Ocean City.

Jamison, of Virginia Beach, Va., caught an 84-pounder on Monday, the opening day of the five-day tournament, marking the sixth-largest white in the event's history and the biggest one hooked since 1981.

Hurricane Alex, steadily making its way up the Atlantic Coast, challenged yesterday's anglers with winds of 60 to 70 knots and 18-foot seas.

The offshore forecast today is calling for hurricane conditions, including winds of up to 80 knots and seas reaching 24 feet, followed by much-improved conditions for the tournament's final two days.

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