The 48th Annual White Marlin Open started at 4:00 AM Monday morning when 421 of the 444 registered boats passed through the Inlets of Ocean City, MD, Indian River, Delaware, and Cape May, New Jersey heading for the offshore fishing grounds that hold the gamefish that will pay the luckiest of anglers over $9,200,000 in prize money this week.

The 2021 WMO awards exceed (by more than $2 million dollars) their previous world record fishing tournament payout of $6.9 million set in the 2020 event and, after day 1, there are already claims of lottery-sized winnings.

The $9.2 million dollar purse is, as expected, weighed more heavily to billfish categories and two Virginia Beach boats are holding onto $5,700,000 of that purse after day 1.  The first boat to the scales was the “Fender Bender” out of Virginia Beach, VA.  Mike Atkinson, also from Virginia Beach weighed an 82.5-pound white marlin that is currently worth $4,900,000!  Not far behind, the “Mama C” and Chris Perry out of Virginia Beach, VA weighed a 559.5-pound blue marlin that is currently holding onto $800,000.  Both boats were fishing in the same area (they aren’t saying where), and each were fighting their fish at the same time within 300 yards of each other.  The bad news for the VA Beach boats is that there are 4 more fishing days left – the good news is that their fish weights will be hard to beat.

There is over $1,200,000 to be awarded in the tuna categories and, after day 1, the bulk of that money is held by the “SEVEN” out of Jupiter, FL with angler Lawrence Morejon from Stuart, FL taking the lion’s share of $1,043,000.00 for their 137-pound tuna.
There were no wahoo weighed Monday, but an assortment of dolphin lead by Andrew Kinsley fishing aboard the Kilo Charlie is holding first with a 31.5-pound fish worth $20,000.  The shark category purse of $120,000.00 is currently held by Anthony Sapanero abord the “Go Fish”.

444 boats are entered in the 2021 WMO.  Each boat is permitted to fish any 3 of the 5 fishing days which means that there were 1,332 boat fishing days before Monday.  With 421 boats fishing Monday, that leaves 911 boat fishing days left during Tournament Week.  A lot can happen over the next 4 fishing days and the spectators at the Harbour Island weigh-ins can see lottery sized fortunes change hands over the next 4 days.

1 : Robins’ Nest
2 : Roncito
3 : Scaffoldhigh
4 : Twins & Fins
5 : High Seas
6 : All Bodes Well
7 : Silly Money
8 : Jersey Nutz
9 : LUNATICO on Effie May
10 : FedData Fishing Team
11 : Chesapeake Whalertowne – Boston Whaler
12 : BAR South
13 : The Zipper
14 : The Right Place
15 : Elizabeth Ann
16 : FinRazr
17 : Reel Chaos
18 : Taylor Jean
19 : Last One Too
20 : PRIME HOOK
21 : Schedule Sea
22 : Off The Hook
23 : Tenacity
24 : Blinky IV
25 : Crazy Tuna
26 : Fish Bone
27 : Margot’s Eyes
28 : Blue Runner
29 : A-Team/Miss Kelsey
30 : Reel Estate
31 : Contender One
32 : Smoker
33 : Shelly II
34 : B. N. Sailfish
35 : Christine Marie
36 : Instigator
37 : Par Five
38 : JEB
39 : Sally Girl
40 : Even Flow
41 : Dont Panic
42 : HotLine
43 : Bare Necessities
44 : Jackal
45 : PYY Solace
46 : The Black Pearl IV
47 : Mercenaria
48 : Reely Chaotic
49 : Daybreak
50 : Max Bet
51 : Sea Hunt
52 : Business
53 : C-Boys
54 : Sushi
55 : Viking 80
56 : Mow Money
57 : Main Escape
58 : Pier Pressure
59 : Polarizer
60 : Sweetums
61 : Bullwinkle
62 : Quick Raise
63 : Just Right VII
64 : Salt Lick
65 : Big Billin
66 : The Extra Inch
67 : Assorted Nuts
68 : Young Guns
69 : Hook & Settle
70 : Triple Sea
71 : BET SEA
72 : Schools Out
73 : Lit Up
74 : Weldor’s Ark
75 : Turn Me Loose
76 : Jetty Girl
77 : Liquid Plumber
78 : Kilo Charlie
79 : Pipe Dreamer
80 : BetseyAnn
81 : HELLSEA
82 : Got Fish Too?
83 : Mareo III
84 : Matriculator
85 : Game On
86 : Patriot’s IV
87 : Reel Fun
88 : Turnin Fins
89 : Reel Trips
90 : Dawg Haus
91 : Magic Moment
92 : pelagic Magic
93 : Digger
94 : Stream Weaver
95 : Sea Hag
96 : Top Hook II
97 : Cold Rolled
98 : No Patience
99 : Fishaholic
100 : Skirt Chaser
101 : Marlee Rose
102 : Sweet T
103 : FISHAWN
104 : Backlash
105 : TOP SHELF
106 : Hold My Beer
107 : JUST RELEASED
108 : Kilroy
109 : Mama C
110 : Gringo Loco
111 : Full Throttle
112 : Good Company
113 : AQVILA
114 : C- Student
115 : Reel Gi
116 : Last Call
117 : Jacked Up
118 : sea note
119 : One Day At A Time
120 : Knot Stressin
121 : Amanda May-Hem
122 : Catchin’ Grief
123 : Talkin Trash
124 : Jackie Boo
125 : Mike’s Low Budget
126 : Country Girl
127 : Write The Check
128 : BUBBLEHEAD
129 : KOKOMO II
130 : Wrecker
131 : Eagle
132 : Go Figure
133 : Baratuna
134 : Agave Maria
135 : Oysta Gangsta
136 : IRISH TWIN
137 : Hubris
138 : In The Dog House
139 : Big Deal
140 : TrishMickFish
141 : Lights Out
142 : El Azul
143 : Doc Fees
144 : TAIL CHASER
145 : The Eyes Have It
146 : Showtime
147 : SEVEN
148 : Reeldiculous
149 : Storm Rider
150 : Slabjack
151 : Hydrosphere
152 : Capital Fins
153 : Anticipation
154 : Mollie K
155 : Reel Fast
156 : Cuttin Up
157 : HALLPASS
158 : Alchemy
159 : Desperado
160 : Boss Hogg
161 : ANNALI
162 : MENACE
163 : Moore Bills
164 : Little Shell
165 : Wrapped Up
166 : Bill Slayer
167 : Blood Money
168 : Low Profile
169 : Canyon Lady
170 : Specualtor
171 : Right Hook
172 : Wasabi
173 : Fishin Fever
174 : Seastrike 24
175 : Reel Chaos 62
176 : Wall Hanger
177 : Miller TIme
178 : Komotose
179 : The Natural
180 : Magician
181 : Sniper
182 : Three’s Enough
183 : Kings Blue
184 : Reel Pressure
185 : Special Situation
186 : Grande Pez
187 : Bodacious
188 : El Bendido
189 : Karen Marie
190 : Cabana
191 : No Judgement
192 : Right Bite
193 : Kemosabe
194 : Cookie Monster
195 : Liquid RX
196 : Intents
197 : Waste Knot
198 : Fin Planner
199 : Dream Come True II
200 : Just One More
201 : Stone Cutter
202 : CAPTAIN SKIP
203 : Krazy Salt’s
204 : About Time
205 : Waynes World
206 : Marli
207 : Doc’s Toy
208 : Waterman
209 : Out of Control
210 : CAN DO TOO
211 : First Look
212 : Seament
213 : Auspicious
214 : Braveheart
215 : Second chance
216 : Reel Toy
217 : Pipe Layer
218 : Lily Rose
219 : Cricket
220 : Gret’s Three J’s
221 : FFMD (Fishing for MD)
222 : MYSTIFIER
223 : Under Taker
224 : Restless Lady I
225 : Restless Lady II
226 : ROLL GROOVE
227 : Miss Ella
228 : Catch 23
229 : All In
230 : Mega Byte
231 : Bare-ol-cuda
232 : Genesis
233 : Spring Mix II
234 : Big Stick
235 : Take Em
236 : Primary Search
237 : The Kingfisher
238 : Hadlock
239 : Reel Hunter
240 : SHARE-E
241 : Override
242 : At Last
243 : Burn’ n Bills
244 : Sea Weez
245 : Electric Bill
246 : Reel Desire
247 : Ohana
248 : Another Bill
249 : Rise and Shine
250 : Close Call
251 : Kaarma
252 : MJ’s
253 : Love Boat
254 : Conspiracy
255 : Meraki
256 : Heavy Cat
257 : 100 Proof
258 : Nasty Habit
259 : Beast
260 : Big Oil
261 : Sand Bob
262 : East Coast Hooked
263 : Warden Pass
264 : Salt Lick
265 : Jersey Boy
266 : Crisdel
267 : Espadon
268 : Andrea’s Toy IV
269 : Alana-Ken
270 : Pelagic Hunter II
271 : Roc Doc
272 : Cotton Picker
273 : Reel Steel
274 : Absolut Pleasure
275 : Two Suns
276 : Outlier
277 : 2nd Amendment
278 : Knot Again
279 : Reel Rush
280 : Rolling Stone
281 : Fishizzle
282 : Boy’s Toy
283 : Chaser
284 : Dropped Call
285 : Reel Current
286 : Waste Knot 67
287 : Seacurity
288 : Tighten Up
289 : Buckshot
290 : Tara Jessica
291 : Fish Repellent 42
292 : Fish Repellent 54
293 : Indian Giver
294 : Double J
295 : Head Hunter
296 : Reel Bad Fish
297 : Southern C’s
298 : Reel Moore
299 : Leslie Ann
300 : Drillin & Billin
301 : Dasea
302 : Catchin Zzzz
303 : Concrete Hooker
304 : Nontypical
305 : Game On
306 : American Lady
307 : Old Hatt
308 : Seaflame
309 : Reel Fin Addict
310 : Troublemaker
311 : Builder’s Choice
312 : Sensation
313 : Real One
314 : 18 Reeler
315 : Rhonda’s Osprey
316 : Billfisher
317 : Goin In Deep
318 : Partner-ship
319 : Eastbound
320 : Judge
321 : Rebel
322 : Hog Wild
323 : Layin Lines
324 : Brenda Lou
325 : Paydirt
326 : Point Runner
327 : White Lightning
328 : Due Course
329 : Old Jessup
330 : Uno Mas
331 : Its Only Money
332 : Chain Reaction
333 : Showtime
334 : Irene
335 : Reel Joy
336 : Reel Naughty
337 : Game Over
338 : Triple Bypass
339 : Afishionado
340 : Foolish Pleasures
341 : Over$pent
342 : That’s Right
343 : Rosham Bo
344 : Water Damage
345 : Sea Striker
346 : Following Seas
347 : Game Changer
348 : Nauti Dog
349 : Fender Bender
350 : Just One More
351 : JoJo
352 : Island Hopper
353 : Constant Threat
354 : Finatic
355 : Offshore Addition
356 : Reel Allure
357 : Big Dog
358 : Mojito
359 : Free Spool
360 : Top Man
361 : Not Right!
362 : A Salt Weapon 3
363 : Phin-Again
364 : Convict
365 : Caneelin
366 : Charlie’s Plunder
367 : Warhorse
368 : Go Fish
369 : Next Up
370 : Stape II
371 : Hot Spot
372 : Priceless
373 : Canyon Runner
374 : Pumpin Hard
375 : Wish You Were Here
376 : Barbalita
377 : Playmate
378 : Top Billin’
379 : Hat Trick
380 : Fish On
381 : Game Changer
382 : Team Green Turtle/ Bill Collector
383 : Canyon Blues
384 : Misfits
385 : Fin-nominal
386 : Despicable
387 : Whiskey Kilo
388 : Mako Me Crazy
389 : Bent Tent
390 : Lady Gemini
391 : Shark Byte
392 : Turn Me Loose
393 : Nauti Norwegian
394 : Cluster Fish
395 : Miss Kathy
396 : Top Dog
397 : Parts & Labor 20
398 : Fortunate
399 : Pyy Marine
400 : Black Magic
401 : No Regrets
402 : Maverick
403 : Life’s Dream
404 : Sentient
405 : Margarita
406 : Fish Whistle
407 : Pachanga
408 : Lori M
409 : Debra Lynn
410 : Fluid Dynamics
411 : Reelin Feelin
412 : No Limits
413 : Amarula Sun
414 : Chaos
415 : A Few G’s
416 : Click Through
417 : MoJo
418 : Get Reel
419 : Bytes to Bills
420 : Thunder
421 : Lucky Duck II
422 : Sea Toy
423 : D’Angler
424 : Ocean Commotion
425 : Lizanne
426 : Survivor
427 : Jenny Poo
428 : Terrapin
429 : No Quarter
430 : Lovin Life
431 : Sea Wolf
432 : Relentless
433 : Shorebilly
434 : Killin Time
435 : Ikatere
436 : Husevo
437 : Impulse V
438 : Bonnie Lynn
439 : Reel Tight
440 : Reelaxin
441 : Longshot
442 : Instigator
443 : Unreel
444 : Swords Fish