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48 Years and Over 86 Million in Prize Money

The White Marlin Open is a 48-year-old deep-sea fishing tournament held annually in Ocean City, Maryland. Long known as “World’s Largest Billfishing Tournament,” the Open has awarded over $86 million dollars for catches of the gamefish that migrate up the Gulf Stream each summer. The first tournament was held in 1974 and drew 57 boats, 150 anglers, and paid $20,000 in prize money. The 2021 event drew 444 boats, over 3,500 contestants, and awarded over $9.2 million dollars in prize money, including the top individual prize of $3.2 million dollars which established a new world record award for the catch of a fish!

2021 Summary

9.2 MIL
Prize Money
3.2 MIL
Top Prize

2021 Winners

First Place White Marlin

Butch Wright
Sushi / Ocean City
85.5 lbs. | $3,238,155

Second Place White Marlin

Mike Atkinson
Fender Bender / Virginia Beach
82.5 lbs. | $1,980,914

Third Place White Marlin

Billy Gerlach
Billfisher / Ocean City
78.5 lbs. | $106,216

First Place Blue Marlin

David Cash
Seven / Jupiter
775 lbs. | $1,107,255

Third Place Blue Marlin

Scott Zurawski
Canyon Lady / Cape May
511 lbs. | $105,216

First Place Tuna

Lawrence Morejon
Seven / Jupiter
137 lbs. | $1,251,230