White Marlin Open, Aug. 3, 2021—The $9.2 million purse has already started to be divided up after only one day of fishing. The 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 of 2021 the White Marlin Open.
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 four more fishing days left – the good news is that their fish weights will be hard to beat.