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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Statement from White Marlin Open Directors

As has been the policy of the White Marlin Open since 2004, at the conclusion of the 2017 Tournament, the top money winners were polygraphed.

Over this past year, the Tournament Directors have demonstrated their determination to protect the integrity of the Tournament as the largest billfish tournament in the world. 

The Tournament Directors make every possible effort to ensure complete fairness to all participants, including a post-tournament protocol to verify compliance with the rules.  The White Marlin Open, like many other tournaments, has found that the use of polygraphs is an effective method of ensuring compliance with the rules, particularly with over 300 boats participating over tens of thousands of square miles.  The rules allow the Tournament Directors to require additional polygraphs for the angler and others on the winning boat, and also provide the angler with a right to obtain a separate polygraph at his or her own expense.  After all tests are completed, the Tournament Directors will carefully review the results with the polygraph examiners and other polygraph experts, and will make a decision about each individual angler.  The Tournament does not intend to make any further public comment on this year’s results until the process is completed.

After the 2016 Tournament was complete, the winning angler and his entire crew (four persons) were allowed five chances to pass polygraphs and none passed. As a result, the Tournament Directors declined to award the $2,818,000 prize money to the angler, and advocated that the prize mo...

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