Talk about a huge day.
John Ols of Laytonville, Md., landed a 640.5-pound blue marlin while fishing on the Floor Reel to capture the title in the 50th annual White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, Md.
The fish was 118 inches long and Ols’ team pocketed a billfish tournament world record $6.2 million.
It was the third straight year an Ocean City-based boat won the event.
Ols’ fish was the only billfish that qualified for the money.
A white marlin caught by the Skirt Chaser out of Manteo, N.C., was brought to the docks, but was 2.5 pound shy of the required 70 pounds.
A blue marlin caught on the Indian River. Del., boat No Limit was brought in, but was 2 inches shy of the required 114 inches in length and was not weighed.
The team on Ocean City-based Ro Sham Bo fought a big blue marlin for more than 7 hours, but the fish became unhooked near the boat.
The tournament featured 417 teams vying for a total of $10.5 million.
Ro Sham Bo still pocketed $1.7 million plus $50,000 for a 215-pound bigeye tuna caught by Rusty Shriver of Leonardsville, Md.
The fish was the fourth largest tuna weighed in, but earned the most money because the team entered all divisions.
The tuna winner was a 265-pound bigeye caught by Brian Stewart of Shady Side, Md., while fishing on the Reel Tight out of Ocean City. That fish took home $1 million.
Thanks to the White Marlin Open for the picture of the winning fish and the crew that caught it.