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Nail-biter keeps scales going late on final day

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The first fish weighed at the 2021 White Marlin Open sat atop the leaderboard with little competition throughout the first four days. 

Then came Friday, the fifth and final day of the world’s largest billfish tournament. With Mike Atkinson’s 82.5-pound white marlin valued at just over $5 million, anglers were eager to bring aboard an award-winning catch. 

Just minutes after the scales opened at 4 p.m., Keith English aboard the Click Through provided the most competition to Atkinson’s catch. His 70-pound white marlin became just the second qualifying catch in the category but failed to dethrone Atkinson. 

“This one played nice with us,” English said. “We did our job and were stressing over 69.5 until it clicked up.”

A white marlin from Click Through is placed on the scales weighing 70 pounds at the White Marlin Open Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, on Harbour Island in Ocean City, Maryland.

About 45 minutes later, though, the biggest threat to the first-place marlin came floating to the scales aboard the Billfisher. 

The weight rocketed past the 70-pound minimum but stopped just short of 79 pounds. With a final weight of 78.5 pounds, Bill Gerlach claimed second-place in the category, now valued at $145,000. 

No other white marlin weighed on Friday was deemed eligible for prize money as of 8 p.m.  

The tournament’s final day saw 402 of the 444 registered boats hit the water. Though there was no movement atop the white marlin category, the same couldn’t be said about other divisions. 

The crew of Click Through pose with their 70 pound white marlin at the White Marlin Open Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, on Harbour Island in Ocean City, Maryland.

Ocean City boat leads dolphin category 

A 34-pound dolphin caught aboard the Dropped Call out of Ocean City finished first in the division. Angler Charles Dishman was credited with the catch valued at $20,000. 

The fish beats out Andrew Kinsley’s 31.5-pound dolphin caught on Day 1. Fishing aboard the Kilo Charlie, Kinsley’s catch is also worth $20,000. Anglers can enter multiple categories, including a daily division, which can ultimately earn them more money despite their placement in the category. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service