White Marlin Open to Host 45th Annual Deep-Sea Fishing Tournament this August
World's largest billfishing tournament expected to award more than $5 million to 2018 winners
OCEAN CITY, Md., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The White Marlin Open, an offshore billfish tournament held in Ocean City, today announces plans for its upcoming 45th annual tournament to be held August 6th through August 10th. The tournament, which has awarded more than $63 million in prizes to date, expects to give out more than $5 million to this year's tournament winners. Prizes are awarded for catches of white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and shark, as well as most release points by boat and daily catches of wahoo, tuna and dolphin. Read more
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...