Team Kingfisher/Odinspear‘s 83-pound white marlin held on to win the 40th Annual White Marlin Open and a whopping $1,201,742.93 payday, which comes out to about $14,478.83 per pound. But who’s counting? (This team also took second-place wahoo for an additional $20,588.33). An excellent effort and result for the team, congratulations.
Three other crews aboard Sea Mistress, Light Out and Sea Toy, all tied for second place white marlin with 77-pound, cookie-cutter fish, which were each good for a $102,498.13 slice of the pie.
The dockside excitement on Day Five came when the anglers of team Sushi arrived at the scales with a formidable bigeye tuna (just before the lightning storm, of course). The crews from Miss Annie and Goin In Deep had battled the day before with 261.5- and 255-pound bigeyes, respectively. But Sushi‘s tuna eclipsed both of these when it weighed in at 276 pounds. That last day snatch of the tuna division is worth $573,850.83 to the crew. Miss Annie‘s team took home $65,120.83 and Goin In Deep scored $27,108.33. The anglers of Ocean Dan-Sar nabbed a 148.5-pound bigeye earlier in the week that won them a solid $46,060.00 in the small-boat calcutta.
Top meat fish for the week came from Why Knot‘s 34-pound dolphin, good for $14,276.33 and Streaker‘s 77-pound wahoo that earned the crew $21,588.33.
No qualifying blue marlin came the scales this year.
Well, that’s a wrap from this year’s White Marlin Open, but save the date: Next year’s tournament is set for August 4-8, 2014.