Maryland man wins record $4.5 million prize at White Marlin Open – Baltimore Sun

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Bethesda’s Jeremy Duffie won more than $4.5 million at the White Marlin Open in Ocean City last week aboard the “Billfisher”, setting a new world earnings record.

More than 400 boats participated in the annual East Coast Deep Sea Fishing Competition in August, according to the event’s website. Duffie’s Ocean City boat, the Billfisher, won the top boat overall.

Duffie pocketed his 77.5-pound white marlin at 6:20 p.m. Friday, the final day of competition, edging Texas angler Keeley Megarity, who had caught a 71.5-pound marlin on Thursday, organizers said in a statement. Press. Megarity’s boat, the “C Student”, still won nearly $200,000 for second place.

Last year’s top marlin was caught by Ocean City’s boat “Sushi”, which also caught the winning fish on the final day of the tournament and walked away with a record $3.2 million in earnings, according to a press release.

Organizers said fewer billfish were caught at this year’s White Marlin Open than in previous years. In 2019, fishermen caught 1,504 billfish, while this year boats caught 155 white marlin, releasing 151, and 59 blue marlin, of which 58 were released.

Other category winners include Jason Hersh of Maple Glenn, Pennsylvania, who landed a 247.5-pound bigeye tuna aboard the Ocean City boat “Southern C’s”, taking home more than $1.2 million. dollars in the tuna division. Sandy Spring angler Bill Britt aboard the “Cabana” boat caught a 511-pound blue marlin on Thursday, also winning about $1.2 million.

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