Congratulations to longtime Big Rock participant, SUSHI, on their HUGE win at the 48th Annual White Marlin Open!
“In the most dramatic finish in the 48- year history of the White Marlin Open, over $6 million dollars changed hands in the final hour of weigh-ins at Harbour Island Marina on Friday. Jarrett Bay Hull #40, FENDER BENDER, (also a past Big Rock participant & 3rd Place Winner), weighed the first fish of the tournament. Until the last 30-minutes, his 82.5-pound white marlin was winning $5,000,000! As the line of boats with fish to weigh dwindled to the final three, there was one boat flying a white marlin flag. It was the SUSHI out of Ocean City, MD with angler Butch Wright from Arnold, MD aboard. Wright’s white marlin tipped the scales at 85.5 pounds, taking $3,200,000 from FENDER BENDER, leaving them a very respectable $1,800,000.”
Captain Charley Pereira is no stranger to luck on the last day. Back in 2013, the crew aboard SUSHI caught a 276 lb bigeye tuna on the final day of the 40th Annual White Marlin Open- earning them a whopping $574,000!
SUSHI has made several appearances to Big Rock Landing over the years, including their 419.1 lb catch in 2013!
Their 2021 win at the WMO earned them a $3.2 payday = that’s over $37,000 per pound! Congrats to all the teams that competed in the WMO last week! Another record breaking billfish tournament in the books.
(Quote and supporting information from White Marlin Open, whitemarlinopen.com. Photo from fishinoc.com)