11th-Hour Catch Wins $1.65 Million at White Marlin Open

The White Marlin Open fishing tournament ended Friday afternoon with a major upset, when Ocean City boat Wire Nut brought home a 95.5-pound white marlin. It was the third-largest ever caught in the tournament’s 44 years.

The angler, Glen Frost, an attorney from Stevensville, Maryland, had never caught a white marlin before. His catch knocked the 86-pound white marlin caught Wednesday, on The Griffin, down to second place. Frost’s first ever billfish catch earned first place and $1,654,800 in prize money. The Griffin still earned $1,525,964 for the 2nd place white.  

In the tuna category, the Intents, from Jupiter, Florida won a White Marlin Open record of $866,553. There were eight tuna winners in all.

The tournament awarded a total of $4.9 million in prize money to anglers.

The top Tournament Anglers, who will receive the coveted Master Angler Rings, are Jack Owens on the Rebel, John Roberts on the Weldor’s Ark, and Kevin Pento aboard the Singularis.

-Meg Walburn Viviano