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White Marlin Open website

As we head into the final day of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City Chris Cusick brought in a white marlin weighing 72.5 pounds that put him in third place.

WBOC reports that Mike Donohue is still in first play with an 86-pounder.

That puts him in contention to win $2.6 million in prize money.

Meanwhile, Joe Sandler from Florida is in first place in the tuna category with a 68.5 pounder.            

Categories still open are for the blue marlin, shark and dolphin.

White Marlin Open website

Phil Heasley was the big winner of the White Marlin Open with a 76.5 pound fish that brought him the big prize of $2.8 million.

The rules came together for the man from Naples, Florida to allow him to pick up the purse that would have gone to the second and third place finishers.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is the smallest catch since 2012 and the second-smallest since the year 2000.

Meanwhile, the paper reports that Jim Conway’s blue marlin was the biggest in the last five years even though it lost its tail while being transported to shore.