82-pounder vaults Hotz into 1st

White Marlin Open

August 11, 2006|By STAFF REPORTS

For the second time in as many days, the White Marlin Open has seen the leader board change for its top competition, as 380 of the 428 entered boats left the shore yesterday.

Jack Hotz of Lewes, Del., landed an 82-pound white marlin that surpassed the 80-pounder caught by Steve Richardson's Canyon Express on Wednesday. With one day remaining, Hotz's True Grit crew stands to earn $1.552 million.

The catch barely edged that of Philip Infantolino of Brielle, N.J., whose 81.5-pound fish came in two hours after Hotz's. Infantolino's fish, caught aboard the Heart to Heart, is currently worth $151,000, provided no one surpasses it today.

Richardson dropped to third in the category, which would still bring him approximately $100,000.

In the blue marlin category, $660,000 seems to be coming to Jim Lummis of Cape May, N.J., thanks to a 737-pound catch, the sixth-largest in the event's history.

Jack Ols of Monrovia leads the tuna category, with a 135.5-pound fish on the Two Sons boat. That catch could be worth $235,000.

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