Terry Layton, left, and Jim Hughes of Ocean City are seen on Layton’s boat, the Nontypical, with white marlin flags. They caught nine white marlin on the boat during a fishing trip last week and reeled in another 14 Tuesday aboard The Playmate. (Laura Emmons photo)
During this year’s White Marlin Open tournament, anglers on the West Ocean City-based Billfisher broke the single-day record for marlin catch-and-release with 26.
"People thought that was absolutely amazing," said Marty Gary, a fisheries ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources.
The record didn’t stand long. A few days later on Aug. 30, Capt. John Duffie and his crew aboard the Billfisher caught and released 57 white marlin.