It is fitting that the “World's Largest Billfish Tournament” is held in “The White Marlin Capital of the World.” In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt bestowed that title to Ocean City, Maryland and to this day, no better white marlin fishing can be found. In 1974, the first White Marlin Open drew only 57 boats but its popularity grew quickly and by 1977, the 147 registered boats outdrew all other billfish tournaments in the world – an honor the WMO has maintained annually for the past 39 years.

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White Marlin Open to Host 45th Annual Deep-Sea Fishing Tournament this August

World's largest billfishing tournament expected to award more than $5 million to 2018 winners

OCEAN CITY, Md., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The White Marlin Open, an offshore billfish tournament held in Ocean City, today announces plans for its upcoming 45th annual tournament to be held August 6th through August 10th. The tournament, which has awarded more than $63 million in prizes to date, expects to give out more than $5 million to this year's tournament winners. Prizes are awarded for catches of white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and shark, as well as most release points by boat and daily catches of wahoo, tuna and dolphin.  Read more

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