The fish are biting offshore in Ocean City as the resort launches the 38th Annual White Marlin Open today at Harbour Island Marina at 14th Street and the bay.
The tournament draws anglers from all over the world to fish for white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and shark. Last year, some 2,000 entered the competition, winning more than $2 million in prize money. The catch included a 97.5-pound white marlin that took first place and won Brian Roberts, of Berlin, a check for a cool $856,506. A blue marlin that weighed in at over 1,000 pounds netted a payout of $423,039.
The event has been called the “second richest tournament in the world,” by Marlin Magazine, for its huge payouts. This year, 237 boats are competing, with 145 of them out on the water today.
For spectators, all of the action happens at the weigh-in on the official scale at Harbour Island. Weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. and continue into the evening. Naturally, the excitement builds throughout the week to see which angler will get the fortuitous tip of the scale. There is no parking at Harbour Island, but it’s plentiful in the surrounding area. There is also a park and ride shuttle available from the convention center.
For more info, go to whitemarlinopen.com or call 410-289-9229.