The 41st Annual White Marlin Open came to a close on Friday August 8, 2014 with one qualifying white marlin and three qualifying blue marlin being brought to the scales. 288 boats competed for over $2.77 million in prize money, a 26 boat and $330,000 increase over last year. While marlin fishing wasn’t exactly red hot during this years Open, John Bayliss aboard the “Dream Time,” a White Marlin Open Sponsor Bayliss boat, was able to find a 78 pound white that dominated the white marlin category and took home $1,290,411 in prize money.
For the first time in several years, the blue marlin category was full with a 738.5 pounder in first place, 723.5 pounder in second and a 564.5 pound blue taking third.
Angler Sam Lancelotta fishing aboard the “Gratitude” took home a cool $511,000 for his catch. Local boat “Rhonda’s Osprey” and angler Lawrence Julio caught the second place blue and $105,000 in prize money. Robert Guarini and his crew of golden retrievers fishing aboard the “Generation” won $70,000 for their third place blue.