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Another year. Another White Marlin Open dispute.

For the second year in a row tournament officials confirmed that an angler in the 44th annual competition failed a polygraph test.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the organization would not release the identity of either the angler or the boat.

But the paper reports that the angler who failed opted to take a second polygraph by a different organization provided by the tournament.

The results were given to officials but their findings have not been disclosed.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man appears to be the winner of the 44th annual White Marlin Open tournament in Ocean City.

Glen Frost, of Stevensville landed a white marlin weighing 95.5 pounds on Friday, a catch worth more than $1.6 million.

Mike Donohue of Wilmington, Delaware, landed an 86-pound marlin to claim more than $1.5 million.

Joe Andrews of Ocean City was third on the leaderboard with a 79.5-pound white marlin.

The awards ceremony was held Saturday afternoon.

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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.

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Angler Mike Donohue caught an 86-pound white marlin yesterday coming in first at the annual Ocean City tournament this year.

WBOC reports that in second place is Michael Logan at 76 pounds.

For a white marlin to qualify it must be at least 67 inches long and weight 70 pounds.

First prize for the white marlin winner is $2.6 million with second place taking in $120-thouand.

The 44th Annual White Marlin Open got off to a slow start this year with the storm that kept many boats dockside on Monday.

The tournament runs through Friday with weigh-ins at 4 p.m.

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Despite the stormy weather the 44th annual White Marlin Open kicked off yesterday with some 353 boats competing for nearly $5 million in prize money.

But organizers say it was a rocky start.

The docks at Harbor Island were filled with boats staying in for the day.

But the weather is expected to clear up this week giving anglers a chance to shoot for the big prize.

Aside the storm clouds the tournament is also weathering a legal battle in federal court.

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Ocean City has been gearing up for the start this week of the 44th annual White Marlin Open.

The tournament has gotten national interest with the disqualification of Philip Heasley who was initially awarded nearly $3 million.

That was rescinded after tournament organizers decided he had violated competition rules by leaving the dock earlier than allowed.

Heasley eventually lost in federal district court but has said he would appeal.

The tournament is worth $4 million this year as boats return to the ocean waters.

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The case of the 2016 White Marlin Open fishing tournament may not be over yet.

Philip Heasley who was initially awarded nearly $3 million says he’s going to a federal district court decision upholding the tournament’s decision to rescind the prize money.

Tournament officials disqualified him after determining that he had violated the rules of the fishing contest following being given a lie detector test.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that White Marlin Open officials said they would distribute the money among the other winners.

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The White Marlin Open has made a decision on how to shell out the $2.8 million in winnings after the original winner was disqualified and a failed legal bid.

The big winner is now Richard Kosztyu from New Jersey who will wind up with $2 million.

Phil Heasley was the original winner but was disqualified when he failed a lie detector test about when he left the dock.

He would have taken the full $2.8 million.

With Heasley’s disqualification the prize money is now being split between 13 other anglers…who will also contribute to the legal fees.

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The dispute over the White Marlin Open prize money will go to court on May 22 of next year.

Phil Heasley brought back a 76.5 pound white marlin that would have made him eligible to win $2.8 million.

But the tournament officials said that Heasley and his crew did not pass a lie detector test about abiding by the rules.

This included they said changing their start time from 8:15 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.

No one can begin fishing before 8:30 a.m.

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The disputed outcome of the White Marlin Open goes to court with 13 men up for the potential prize of $2.8 million.

After tournament officials concluded that the captain of the winning boat had been found deceptive by a polygraph test they withheld the money.

Instead, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that they have asked a circuit court judge to examine the evidence and determine who should get what.

Among determinations the judge will decide whether Captain Philip Heasly indeed did lie about violating the tournament rules.

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White Marlin Open officials have determined that the winner of this year’s tournament was deceptive  about breaking the rules.

Captain Philip Heasley and his crew took polygraph tests which concluded that they made deceitful responses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that officials determined that they had not been truthful about whether they broke any rules.

Specifically, the paper reports that Heasley was found to have been deceitful when he answered whether he had any help catching their fish and if had passed the sea buoy before 4 a.m.

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The captain and winning angler in the White Marlin Open say they did nothing wrong.

Philip Heasley owner of the Kallianasssa told the Salisbury Daily Times that the angler and his crew maintained the highest levels of integrity.

Initially tournament officials initially ruled Heasley’s 76.5 pound white marlin winner.

But then they announced that there may have been violations of the tournament rules and withheld the $2.8 million prize.

It is not clear what rule was broken.

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The winner of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City is now an open question.

James Motsko, president of the tournament, issued a statements saying that the information given by the winner presented a potential violation of the rules.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the subsequent investigation was required by the rules and regulations.

But tournament officials did not disclose any further details including what the violations may have been.

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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.

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The White Marlin Open began yesterday with the boat called The Old Slick that brought in a white marlin.

But while it was the required 67 inches in length it was short of the 70 pounds as required by the tournament rules.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that several other white marlin came close to meeting the requirements but did not make it.

The paper reports that the biggest tuna was caught by John Hoffman from the boat Reed Direct.

It weighed 67 pounds.

Meanwhile, Thomas Bennett from the boat Delta Dawn caught a dolphin weigh in 34.5 pounds.

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Get ready for the White Marlin Open.

It begins in Ocean City next week when over 300 fishing boats expected to go out to find the biggest marlins they catch.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is the biggest billfish tournament in the world with some 2-thousand participant last year.

Jim Motsko, president of the tournament, told the paper that in years past the minimum length and weight for a blue marlin was 120 inches and 500 pounds.

He said the event was the highlight of the fishing season.

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It’s been three days.

But the first white marlin has made it onto the leaderboard of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City.

The 94 pound fish caught by Cheryl McLeskey is the third biggest in the tournament’s history.

There were 238 boats out in the ocean.

That’s five more than last year.

WBOC reports that the scales will close at 9:15 p.m. Friday night.

The anglers are restricted to fishing three out of the five days of the tournament.

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As the boats went out this morning at the White Marlin Open in

Ocean City John Bayliss’ 78-pound white marlin stood at the top of the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Sam Lancelotta on the Gratitude brought in a 738.5 pound blue marlin exceeding the 500 pound requirement.

It’s been two years since anyone has qualified a blue marlin at the tournament.

The scales on the final day of the tournament open at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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Only one fish made it onto the leaderboard at the White Marlin Open yesterday in Ocean City.

Eric Seigel from Virginia reeled in a 38-pound Dolphin that was worth an estimated $15-thousand.  

He was fishing off the boat Trophy Hunter.

Organizers of the Open say 120 of the 288 boats that are entered in the tournament went out fishing yesterday.

Organizers told WBOC that they expect today and tomorrow will be very busy.

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With the 41st Annual White Marlin Open underway in earnest Ocean City officials are urging those coming down to see the weigh in at 4 p.m. to use the express shuttle.

It leaves every 20 minutes from the south parking lot of the Convention Center and from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

The Ride-All-Day fares cost $3 and are also good for same day service on Coastal Highway and Park N Ride Buses.

The shuttles run from 3 p.m. through 11 p.m.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City's annual White Marlin tournament is under way.

Tournament officials say 11 boats went out Monday, the first day of the tournament, which runs through Friday. Organizers say the open is the world's largest billfish tournament and anglers are competing for a projected $2 million in prize money.

In addition to white marlin, competitors are fishing for blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and shark.

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The 39th annual White Marlin Open kicked off today in Ocean City.

Hundreds of anglers descended on the resort competing for the $2 million in prize money.

Considered the crown jewel of summer fishing in Ocean City it’s known as world's largest billfish tournament in the world.

The event runs through Friday and fish will be weighed each day beginning at a 4 pm.

There are six types of fish to be caught including tuna, Wahoo, dolphin, shark, Blue Marlin and White Marlin.