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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48th Annual White Marlin Open Offers $9.2 Million Dollar Payout

With 444 boats entered and $9.2 million dollars up for grabs, the 2021 edition of the White Marlin Open is primed for another world record fishing tournament payout.  Boats and anglers from up and down the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have gathered in Ocean City, MD in pursuit of Atlantic gamefish worth their weight in gold.
Long known as the “World’s Largest Billfishing Tournament,” the Open has awarded more than $71 million dollars since the inaugural event in 1974.  This year’s payout will exceed the world record tournament prize money awards of $6.8 million paid in last year’s event which included $1,850,000 and $1,762,000 paid for the top two white marlin and a tuna worth $1,414,000.
Each of the 444 registered boats can choose any 3 of the 5 fishing days (from Monday, Aug 2 through Friday Aug 6) to compete.  The offshore weather report looks good for Monday, so it’s probable that the “boat parade” through the Inlet Monday morning will be long.  The...

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