William Woody just became a millionaire. Fishing on the Blew Bayou, Woody landed the only qualifying white marlin in the 2012 White Marlin Open, held in Ocean City, Maryland. The 72-pounder netted $1,429,092 in cash winnings, topping the tournament’s previous record of $1,394,480.50 for an 83-pound white marlin caught in 2007.
This year’s prize-winning marlin was the only one to meet tournament requirements of measuring at least 67 inches and weighing 70 pounds. Competitors did not catch a qualifying blue marlin either.
The tuna bite, however, proved to be better than the marlin action. Canyon Runner took an early lead in the tuna category with a 236-pound bigeye caught on their first day. Right Hook brought in an even bigger bigeye, reeling in a 238-pounder to edge out the Canyon Runner and walk off with $324,756. Canyon Runner did win the wahoo category and thanks to money moving over from the blue marlin category where no qualifiers were weighed, these boys had a payday of $253,825.
Can Do Too brought in a blue marlin that hit the minimum length of 105 inches but at 390.5 pounds, it fell short of the event’s 500-pound minimum.
More than 250 boats participated in the White Marlin Open, fishing for more than $2.3 million in prizes up for grabs. For more White Marlin Open information visit www.whitemarlinopen.com.
72-Pound White Marlin Wins White Marlin Open