46 Years and Over 65 Million in Prize Money

The White Marlin Open is a 46-year-old deep-sea fishing tournament held annually in Ocean City, Maryland.   The tournament awards prize money for catches of white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and shark.  The first tournament, held in 1974, drew 57 boats, 150 anglers and paid $20,000 in prize money with the top award of $5,000.  The 2018 event drew 382 boats, over 3,000 contestants, and paid out $5.4 million dollars in prize money including the top individual award of $2.5 million dollars.

2018 Summary

5.4 Mil
Prize Money
2.5 Mil
Top Prize

2018 Winners

Third Place White Marlin

Bill Haugland
Lights Out / Ocean Reef, FL
75 lbs. | $85,804

Second Place White Marlin

Gregory Giron
Under Dog / Virginia Beach, VA
83 lbs. | $129,784

First Place Blue Marlin

Joe Rahman
Auspicious / Palm Beach, FL
881 lbs. | $924.936.00

First Place Tuna

Gary Sansburry
Buckshot / Ocean City, MD
75.5 lbs. | $904,851.00

First Place White Marlin

Pascual Jimenez
Weldor's Ark / Morehead City, NC
83 lbs. | $2,584,260

$2.58 Million Dollar Winner Tops Impressive 2018 Event

In a close finish, Pascual Jimenez from Puerto Aventuras, Mexico edged out all competitors to win a world record $2,584,260 in the 45th White Marlin Open.

Weldor's Ark group posing with their catch
Weldor's Ark group holding their prize check