White Marlin Open heats up as white and blue marlins roll into the scales on day 4

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There are only two days left in the 2022 White Marlin Open, and during the first three, it is fair to say that tuna had been the fish of the week.

But things changed big time on Thursday, with white and blue marlins and much more being brought into the scales at Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City.

You can follow along here for updates throughout Day 4 of White Marlin Open, as The Daily Times/Delmarva Now reports live from the scales at the Harbour Island Marina from the time they open at 4 p.m. until they close at 9:15. Everything from Twitter coverage, video, interviews with anglers and photos from Day 3 of the tournament will be available on this live blog.

Continue to check back for updates throughout the night Thursday.

First white marlin, new dolphin leader heats up the competition

With 352 boats fishing on Thursday, Day 4 had the potential to shake up the leaderboard. And three hours in, it lived up to its potential.

Earlier Thursday, the first blue marlin of the tournament came to the scales at Harbour Island Marina, and at about 6:30 p.m., the first qualifying white marlin of the tournament followed. Aboard the C-Student, Keeley Megarity brought a 71.5-pound white marlin to the scales, making he and his crew the first boat to catch a qualifying white marlin in this year's tournament.

Aboard the C-Student, Keeley Megarity brought a 71.5-pound white marlin to the scales, making he and his crew the first boat to catch a qualifying white marlin at the 2022 White Marlin Open.
Aboard the C-Student, Keeley Megarity brought a 71.5-pound white marlin to the scales, making he and his crew the first boat to catch a qualifying white marlin at the 2022 White Marlin Open.

Right now, Megarity's catch is currently valued at $2.8 million, and with only one more day of fishing left after today, his 71.5-pound catch will be No. 1 every boat will be looking to surpass.

Almost immediately after Megarity and the C-Student left the scales, the dolphin division also found itself a new leader. Frank Sinito, fishing on the Irene, caught a 59.5-pound dolphin to the scales, easily surpassing the previous leader by 30.5 pounds. Competition at the White Marlin Open is really heating up as it prepares to go into its final day Friday.

First blue marlin comes in

After three days without a qualifying billfish in the White Marlin Open, Day 4 saw the tournament's first blue marlin come to the scales about an hour after they opened.

Bill Britt brought the first bill fish to the White Marlin Open with a 511 pound blue marlin on the Cabana Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, at Harbor Island Marina in Ocean City, Maryland.
Bill Britt brought the first bill fish to the White Marlin Open with a 511 pound blue marlin on the Cabana Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, at Harbor Island Marina in Ocean City, Maryland.

Aboard the Cabana, a 511-pound blue marlin became the first billfish to be caught at this year's iteration of the world's largest billfishing tournament. Caught by angler Bill Britt, the blue marlin currently stands as the biggest fish caught at this year's tournament, and the only blue marlin in its category with only two days left. As it stands at 5:40 p.m., that fish is valued at $960,000.

The flags on boats headed to the dock indicate additional marlins on board, so the leaderboard might see more action in those categories soon.

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After a wild Day 3 that saw three huge bigeye tuna and a new leader in the wahoo division, Day 4 has the potential to surpass what took place last night.

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This morning, White Marlin Open announced that 352 of the tournament's 408 boats decided to fish on Thursday. The scales at Harbour Island Marina should be filled with fish today, and maybe fans will get to see this year's first qualifying white marlin, blue marlin or swordfish on Day 4.

Tuna ruled the tournament for first three days

After six bigeye tuna were caught on Day 1, Day 3 saw even bigger tuna come to the scales Wednesday afternoon, completely reshaping the leaderboard in the tuna division.

Now leading the tuna category is Jason Hersh of the Southern C's, who stunned the crowd with his 247.5-pound bigeye catch on Wednesday. Following him on the tuna leaderboard are Anderson Bowen, who caught a 246.5-pound bigeye, and Dante Soriente, who caught 230.5-pounder.

Jason Hersh with Southern C's brought in the biggest tuna of the day at 247.5 pounds at the White Marlin Open Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Ocean City, Maryland.
Jason Hersh with Southern C's brought in the biggest tuna of the day at 247.5 pounds at the White Marlin Open Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Ocean City, Maryland.

Wednesday also featured a new leader in the wahoo division, with Chris Thompson catching a 71-pound wahoo aboard the Jenny Poo.

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After no white marlin were brought to the scales during the first two days, fans did get to see the first few white marlin of the tournament Wednesday, but none met the standards for qualification, meaning White Marlin Open was still waiting for its first qualifying white marlin, blue marlin and swordfish as the tournament passes the halfway mark.

The dolphin division remained the same, with Vernon Merritt Jr. still leading the way after his 29-pound catch on Day 1.

This article originally appeared on Salisbury Daily Times: White Marlin Open 2022 liveblog from Day 4 in Ocean City