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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 6, 1996
OCEAN CITY -- The White Marlin Open got off to a fast start yesterday as 194 boats headed for the offshore fishing grounds and anglers qualified in every tournament category except wahoo.John Brown, fishing on Outer Limits, heads the white marlin class with a catch weighing 73.5 pounds, followed by a 72-pounder caught by Buddy Trala, fishing on Velocity.Tournament officials estimate Brown's catch could be worth as much as $300,000 if it holds up.Dan Orenberg leads the blue marlin category with a 268.5 pounder.
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By Louis Krauss, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
One might not associate ocean fishing with 100-pound fish, sponsorships and millions in cash prizes. But for fishing boat captain Ted Deppe, that's what it is. The 52-year-old from Crownsville, along with two crewmates and five anglers, spend much of their free time competing in ocean fishing competitions, and have been very successful - so much so that Deppe's team was recently offered a sponsorship from Under Armour, which pays for its gear....
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | July 31, 1994
The White Marlin Open will be fished out of Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City tomorrow through Friday, and crowds will gather there each evening from 5 to 9 o'clock to watch the weigh-ins of marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphins and sharks.With any luck and foresight by the competitors, the spectators will see some very large fish.The competition discourages the keeping of smaller fish."Naturally, it's very satisfying to see a beautiful trophy fish," said Chuck Motsko, who founded the tournament with his cousin, Phil Motsko, in 1974.
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Sports Digest | August 10, 2013
Maryland basketball Layman again helps Terps to Bahamas win Maryland rising sophomore forward Jake Layman scored a team-high 25 points as the Terps closed out their foreign tour with an 88-77 win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars on Friday. Layman, who averaged 21.3 points during the Terps ' three-game, undefeated exhibition tour of the Bahamas, went 5-for-8 from 3-point range in Friday's win at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau. Junior guard Nick Faust (City)
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | August 7, 1992
OCEAN CITY -- By 7 p.m. yesterday only a handful of boats had come to the scales at the White Marlin Open -- but during the course of an hour, two tournament records had been set."We have never had two tournament records set in one day, much less two in one hour," said tournament director Chuck Motsko.John Main, fishing aboard Impulsive from Churchville, set the Open mark for wahoo with a catch of 87 pounds.But Slim Freitas of Port St. Lucie, Fla., fishing aboard Moderation out of Woodbridge, N.J., brought in a 326-pound bigeye tuna to break the Open record by 44 pounds.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 9, 1996
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.
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By Peter Baker | August 3, 1997
If you are in Ocean City this week and looking for a break from the boardwalk, trundle over to Harbour Island Marina at 14th Street and the bay and catch the weigh-ins for the White Marlin Open.Chances are that any evening between Monday and Friday could provide a surprise at the scales -- white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo or shark.Last year, the Outer Limits from Pirates Cove, N.C., collected a record cash award of $416,890 for a 73.5-pound white marlin, and Robert Ham, the chief of police from Strasburg, Pa., weighed in a 446-pound blue marlin worth $167,000.
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By STAFF REPORTS | August 11, 2006
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.
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By Linda Geeson and Linda Geeson,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | August 4, 1991
Like every veteran fisherman, Jim Motsko has a classic story about the big one that got away.It was 1987 and Mr. Motsko had never won anything in the White Marlin Open, Ocean City's mammoth billfishing tournament he had founded 13 years earlier.On the last day of the five-day event, he was fishing aboard a 27-foot boat -- small for the billfish tournament -- captained by Chuck Willis, when he hooked a white marlin."As it jumped up," he remembers, "I looked at it and tought, 'That's a winner.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1998
OCEAN CITY -- The 500-fathom line at Poorman's Canyon turned out to be a rich fishing ground yesterday in the White Marlin Open, a New Jersey boat caught and released 16 white marlin and a Maryland angler boated an 840-pound blue marlin worth about $230,000.The 79.5-pound white marlin caught by Roger Viens, of Crownsville, on Tuesday was the big-money winner in the tournament, worth more than $530,000 for angler, captain and mate.But for the crowd gathered yesterday evening at Harbor Island Marina, the big blue caught by Webb St. Clair, of Ocean City, was the star of the show.
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By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
This week $2.4 million in prize money is up for grabs during the 40th annual White Marlin Open in Ocean City, one of the world's largest billfish tournaments. Even if you have no interest in fishing, the tournament is a sight to behold - from lines of boats headed out early in the morning to the giant fish weighed every evening. Registration for this year's open is over, but more than 260 boats have signed up for the five-day tournament that runs through Aug. 9. That's up from around 250 entries last year.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
Scott Cusick might not have caught the right species of fish to win a big prize in last month's White Marlin Open, but the 40-year-old New Jersey angler certainly had a memorable — and massive — catch. Cusick set a Maryland state record when he and crew members aboard a 50-foot Viking sport fishing boat hauled in a scalloped hammerhead shark that weighed nearly 267 pounds. The catch was 12 pounds more than the previous record, set in 2009. It wasn't nearly as big as the 500-pound thresher shark that Cusick helped catch about five years ago near Matasquan, N.J. "That's the odd part that this was a state record and the other one wasn't," Cusick said last week.
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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
Bill Woody had made up his mind prior to the 2012 White Marlin Open that this would be the last time he competed in what is billed as the world's largest sportfishing tournament. It wasn't so much how expensive sportfishing had become in the dozen years since this self-made Baltimore businessman had bought his 50-foot Hatteras, as much as it was the hours that he devoted to it. Woody said he felt he was missing out on other activities with his family. It was similar to the years when he was building the engineering and land surveying firm that he worked for and later bought from its original owners.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
The winner of the 39th annual White Marlin Open in Ocean City is set to receive an estimated prize of $1.4 million after reeling in the only white marlin to qualify in the five-day tournament. William "Bill" Woody, of Pasadena, caught the 72-pound white marlin last Wednesday aboard the Blew Bayou. The payout is expected to be $1,429,092, slightly higher than the payout of $1,394,480.50 made in 2007 for an 83-pound white marlin. Woody caught the only white marlin that met the minimum requirements of measuring at least 67 inches and weighing at least 70 pounds.
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By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
It has big boats, good food, cold drinks and oh yeah, it's the biggest bill fishing tournament of its kind. The 39th Annual White Marlin Open ends tomorrow and you will be beating yourself up if you don't stop by for this one. Taking place all week, with the official weigh-in scale located in Harbour Island on 14th Street and the Bay, spectators can watch the fisherman weigh-in their catch everyday between 4 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. while enjoying all...
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By Matt Slovin and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2012
In response to popular demand, this year's White Marlin Open will include a new category for small boats. The addition is intended to level the playing field for anglers at the 39th edition of the event, to be held Aug. 6-10 in Ocean City . "Over the years, people have expressed their opinion that we should do something with smaller boats, because maybe some of the smaller boats feel they can't compete against some of the bigger boats," said...
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1999
OCEAN CITY -- Through the first four days of this year's White Marlin Open, 225 white marlin were caught, but none met the tournament's minimum weight of 65 pounds.Yesterday, nearly $800,000 hung in the balance as some 260 boats ran out to the offshore canyons."That's what one 65-pound white marlin would be worth across the board," Open co-chairman Andy Motsko said shortly after the scales opened at Harbor Island Marina. "But that's if only one white is weighed in."Or, if the same boat weighed in the top two white marlins of the week, which tournament officials said never had been done.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2011
The scales have just opened for the last day of weigh-ins at the 38th annual White Marlin Open in Ocean City. ( You can watch the Marlin Cam here .) It looks like Wee Wun IV 's white marlin tipped the scales this afternoon at more than 88 pounds, bumping off Tighten Up , of Ocean City, who had held the lead since Tuesday for a prize estimated at more than $800,000. (John Schmitz, of Westminster, aboard Sea Note , was also in the running, with a catch that weighed 79.5 pounds.)
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