308 BOATS ENTERED THE 2015 WMO. TOTAL PURSE PAYOUT FOR 2015 IS A RECORD $3,916,840.
The 42nd Annual White Marlin Open drew 307 boats from up and down the East Coast to fish for a record purse of nearly $4,000,000. After a dramatic week, the anglers landing the top two white marlin had each earned over $1,000,000 for their team.
The top fish of the tournament was the 94 pound white marlin caught on Wednesday by Cheryl McLeskey from Virginia Beach, VA. McLeskey's white was notable for several reasons: it was the 3rd largest white marlin caught in the tournament’s 42 year history and it’s the first time a woman has taken top white marlin honors. The fish earned McLeskey and the Backlash, also out of Virginia Beach, VA $1,176,113. The other million dollar winner, the Lights Out, up from Ocean Reef, FL made the 6 o’clock bridge on Friday and cruised to the Harbour Island scales with a 79 pound white caught by Bill Haugland from Coral Gables, FL that took 2nd place good for $1,006,247.