For the second year in a row, the last white marlin weighed netted a world record purse. In 2021, Sushi out of Ocean City, MD, took the top white marlin at the last minute and at the time collected (a then world record payout) of $3,200,000 for catching a fish. That record payout lasted just 10 months when angler Matthew Brown fishing aboard the Mercenaria in the 2022 Big Rock tournament out of Morehead City, NC weighed a 572.6-pound blue marlin and won $3,489,813.
FURUNO GULF COAST DIVISION
Lone Star Shootout
Congratulations to InTheBite Magazine contributor Capt. Kevin Deerman for winning the Heaviest Blue Marlin with his 680.5-pound catch in the Lone Star Shootout held July 19-24 in Port O’Connor, Texas.
1st Place Release: El Patron, Capt. Clayton Martignoni
2nd Place Release: Why Knot, Capt. Todd Penick
3rd Place Release: Mi Novia, Capt. Richard Weischwill
Hope Town United Sailfish Tournament
First Place: Native Son with Capt. Art Sapp
Second Place: No Regrets with Capt. Garrett Graue
Third Place: No Choos with Capt. George Brittain
Team Shockwave awarded the 2018 Blue Marlin Grand Champions over the weekend with a 795.6lb Blue Marlin caught by angler Austin Blakeney, Cheers to Capt. Marco Gaona & the team!