White Marlin Open

White Marlin Open website

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.

White Marlin Open website

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.

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

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.

White Marlin Open logo

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.

White Marlin Open website

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.

White Marlin Open logo

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.

White Marlin Open logo

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.

White Marlin Open Website

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.

White Marlin Open website

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.