307 BOATS HAVE 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. McLeskeys 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 women 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.

Larry Hesse Jr. from Ft. Lauderdale, FL weighed the first qualifying billfish. The 551 blue marlin caught on Monday beat the tournament minimum by 51 pounds. Caught off the Goin' In Deep also from Ft. Lauderdale, FL the blue went wire to wire to win $778,728.

the tuna category also produced big winnings and last minute drama. Rumor Has It out of Chincoteague, VA weighed in a 177 pound bigeye tuna on day one that was worth almost $400,000 until late Friday when the Miss Annie of Palm Beach, FL rolled in with a 200.5 pound bigeye that cut into the 177 pounders winnings. The final standings had Miss Annie winning $399,209 and Rumor Has It taking second and $174,495. Other tuna winners were: the Pez Machine from Ocean City, MD, Plane Simple up from Satellite Beach, FL and MJs from Ocean City, MD.

The dolphin division was won by the Streaker from Fenwick Island, DE with 46.5 pounds earning $25,222 followed by Ocean City boat Tra Sea Ann winning $24,222 with 42 pounds and Turn Me Loose from Centreville, MD who took third with 36.5 pounds good for $23,222.

Warden Pass out of Cape May, NJ caught a 45 pound wahoo Monday and hung on to the top spot to earn $33,626. The Just Right V from Port Delmarva, DE was 2nd with a 44 pounder taking $34,636 and Sweet Water was 3rd with a 43.5 pounder worth $1,375. I

n the Release division, the Fishaholic topped 96 other boats with 15 white marlin and one blue marlin released and received $60,2019. The Fishaholic also was the top boat in 307 boat field with 1295 total points and was named White Marlin Open Boat of the Year. I

n the prestigious top angler division, John Gudelsky aboard the Reel Joy out of Ocean City, MD released 6 white marlin, a blue marlin and a spearfish to gather 665 points to edge out Thomas Zebro and Bill Meyer on the Fishaholic.



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Offical 2015 Results
Date Boat Angler Weight Est. Prize Photos
White Marlin
08/05Backlash
Virginia Beach, VA
Cheryl McLeskey
Virginia Beach, VA
94.0$1,176,113.00Photos
08/07Lights Out
Ocean Reef, FL
Bill Haugland
Coral Gables, FL
79.0$1,006,247.00Photos
Blue Marlin
08/03Goin In Deep
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Larry Hesse Jr
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
551.0$778,728.00Photos
Tuna
08/07Miss Annie
Palm Beach, FL
Mark Donahue
Jupiter, FL
200.5$399,209.00Photos
08/03Rumor Has It
Chincoteague, VA
Logan Pusey
Girdletree, MD
177.0$174,495.00Photos
08/07MJ's
Ocean City, MD
Dante Soriente
Beach Haven, NJ
176.0$26,741.00Photos
08/05Pez Machine
Ocean City, MD
Mike Beckett
Moorestown, NJ
155.0$33,945.00Photos
08/06Plane Simple
Satellite Beach, FL
Jim Jensen
Merritt Island, FL
141.5$33,945.00Photos
Dolphin
08/06Streaker
Fenwick island
Andy Shelton
Arlington, VA
46.5$25,222.00Photos
08/05Tra Sea Ann
Ocean City, MD
Chris Manetta
Brick, NJ
42.0$24,222.00Photos
08/03Turn Me Loose
Centreville, MD
Jesse Morris
Centreville, MD
36.5$23,222.00Photos
Wahoo
08/03Warden Pass
Cape May, NJ
Jay Mascaro
Jamison, PA
45.0$33,646.00Photos
08/06Just Right V
Port Delmarva, DE
Scott Joseph
Rehoboth Beach, DE
44.0$34,646.00Photos
08/05Sweet Water
Key Largo, FL
Jason Connellee
Bel Air, MD
43.5$1,375.00Photos
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307 BOATS HAVE ENTERED THE 2014 WMO
PRIZE MONEY ESTIMATED AT OVER $3,916,840



DAY 4




Where are the fish? After 4 fishing days, we have weighed lots of tuna, dolphin and wahoo with all places filled for the $959,000 reserved for those species. But going into the final day, only one qualifying white marlin and one qualifying blue marlin have been weighed at Harbour Island.

Actually there have been a lot of marlin caught this week. The latest tally shows approximately 625 white marlin have been caught in the first 4 fishing days. But the stocks have been small so 616 of the 625 whites caught were released. Only 9 whites have been weighed and only one qualified. But the qualifier was a 94 pound monster that became the third heaviest white marlin caught in tournament history. Only one blue marlin has been weighed and it qualified at 551 pounds. If nothing bigger comes in tomorrow, these two fish will be awarded an estimated $2,800,000 in prize money.

The action for the 294 boats that fished Thursday was more of the same pattern,lots of fish caught but not many big fish. There were 3 leaderboard changes: Andy Shelton of Arlington, VA caught a 46.5 dolphin off the Streaker that currently holds 1st place and $19,000. The Just Right V out of Port Delmarva, DE and angler Scott Joseph weighed a 44 pound wahoo that moved into 2nd and is holding $12,500.00. Jim Jensen from Merritt Island, FL weighed a 141.5 pound tuna off the Plane Simple out of Satellite Beach, FL that now holds 4th place and $34,000.

87 boats are eligible to fish tomorrow. The 94 pound white proved that big ones are out there and the 551 pound blue is quite beatable so most boats will looking for billfish tomorrow and it is quite possible that a million can change hands buy the 9:15 PM tournament deadline.