47 Years and Over 71 Million in Prize Money

The White Marlin Open is a 47-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 2019 event drew 404 boats, over 3,500 contestants, and paid out $6.1 million dollars in prize money including the top individual award of $1.5 million dollars.

2019 Summary

Prize Money
Top Prize

2019 Winners

Third Place White Marlin

Michael Wagner
Backlash / VA Beach, VA
73.5 lbs. | $1,502,450

Second Place White Marlin

Nate Walker
Chasin Tail / Virginia Beach, VA
74 lbs. | $135,000

First Place Blue Marlin

Craig Dickerson
Haulin N Ballin / Ocean City, MD
465.5 lbs. | $962,165

First Place Tuna

Russell Garufi
Crisdel / Ocean City, MD
201 lbs. | $935,915

First Place White Marlin

Tommy Hinkle
Fish Whistle / Indian River, DE
79.5 lbs. | $1,504,720