With bad weather threatening it, the 31st White Marlin Open began yesterday in Ocean City, where Brett Jamison of Virginia Beach, Va., took an early lead by hooking an 84-pound white.
Jamison, the captain of the Canyon Express, stands to earn more than $1.3 million in the tournament's winner-take-all category.
Tropical Storm Alex, which is moving north along the Atlantic Coast, could wash out the second day of the five-day event, according to Chuck Motsko, one of its co-founders.
Yesterday, the storm stalled temporarily as 302 of the tournament's 377 registered boats took to the sea.
Motsko said the weather prevented a record-breaking number of entries. Last year, an all-time-high 398 boats took part in the open. This year marks only the third time the tournament has had a reduction in participants from the previous year.