2011 White Marlin Open Winner Loses Out on Big Payday

August 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Events Coverage, Fishing Tournaments

The scales at the 2011 White Marlin Open closed on Friday, resulting in the winning boat losing out on $615k for not entering the tournament’s top levels, otherwise known as ‘Calcutta.’  The winner, Wee Wun IV out of Ocean City Maryland, weighed in an 88.5-lb white marlin on the last day of the contest, claiming the first place prize of $289,063.00. Unfortunately for them, the real payday was awarded to the second place crew, Tighten Up, who chose to enter all the billfish Calcutta, resulting in a win of  over $750k.

The added entry levels in the tournament are commonly referred to as Calcutta’s, and each Calcutta has a bigger price tag to enter.  The top Calcutta which the Wee Wun IV didn’t enter was $5,000 and for that reason they lost out on $600,000. The guys from Tighten Up should send Wee Wun IV a nice Christmas gift for their big mistake.

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