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NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan proved he's a solid angler as well, after being credited with catching a non-qualifying white marlin on Day 3 of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Maryland.

After his boat Catch 23 sat out the first two days of the competition, they went out on a wet and windy day, but at 9:44 a.m., Jordan reported collecting a non-qualifying white marlin.

His boatmates had a little better luck, with Michael Calabese and Danny Young each catching two white marlins, and Robert Reed adding a 6th for the boat, but none were deemed close to the 70 pound minimum needed to qualify for daily or weekly prizes.

Catch 23's efforts did move them into a tie for 65th out of the 404 boats registered in the event, and they still have their 2 remaining days of fishing to go.

Chasin Tail maintained its lead in the over White Marlin category with its 74 pound catch from earlier in the week. That marlin would be worth $1.45 million if it holds onto the lead for the rest of the week. Backlash's 73.5 pound white marlin actually has a potential value of $1.5 million, due to the boat being entered in more categories.

Wilmington's Hellsea was a winner yesterday for Daily Dolphin, when Don Smiley reeled in a 22-pound catch. That could be a $16,000 snag.

There's an estimated $6,143,000 prize pool at stake in the divisions of white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and shark.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).