1st Annual Marlin Fest

The White Marlin Open, the world’s largest offshore billfish tournament held annually in Ocean City, today announces it will host Marlin Fest, a new free outdoor viewing experience at the 3rd Street Bayside Ballpark that will coincide with the 48th annual fishing tournament. The event, presented by HUK, will be held August 2 through August 6 and will feature a festival-like atmosphere as well as real-time, unobstructed views of the live stream of the tournament weigh-ins via large LED screens.

“We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our satellite location this year and hosting our first Marlin Fest. This event will be held in addition to our traditional White Marlin Open tournament and Harbour Island weigh-in event,” Madelyne Rowan, Tournament Director. “We can assure the thousands who attend the White Marlin Open that they will continue to experience the...

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2020 Tournament Summary

The 2020 White Marlin Open wrapped up Sunday night with 2 new tournament record fish, 3 newly minted millionaires and a world record tournament payout. The 433 registered boats braved a world pandemic and a menacing hurricane to haul in fish that were collectively worth $6.8 million dollars during the weeklong event – it represents the most tournament money ever awarded in fishing.

The top prize of $1.85 million went to the “Canyon Blues” out of Ocean City, MD for the huge 97-pound white marlin caught by Brandon Golueke from Chester, MD on Saturday. That fish stands as the 3rd largest white marlin weighed in the 47-year White Marlin Open history. The “Drillin & Billin” out of Hatteras, NC weighed a 77-pound white marlin caught Friday by Taylor Fields from Baltimore, MD. That fish was good for second place and $1.76 million in prize money. Rounding out the white marlin division was the "Crisdel" out of Islamorada, FL with a 77-pound white on Saturday good...

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