PMY senior editor Capt. Patrick Sciacca recently crewed aboard the Blinky III, a 43 Viking Open, during the weeklong White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Maryland. The tournament, which drew 449 boats from up and down the East coast, offered a top prize $1.65 million for the largest white marlin and about $450,000 for the biggest blue marlin. While the Blinky III team didn't bag the largest white, it did manage to raise nine whites (one two inches short of coming to the scales) and two blue marlin for the week. One of the blues, which was hooked up on the last day, was estimated at 700 pounds and would've been a contender for first in its division. But during a spectacular acrobatic display the fish got wrapped, landed on the 130-pound-class line, and broke off...sometimes the fish wins. Look for the Blinky III crew to be back next year.
This article originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.