The White Marlin Open

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About The White Marlin Open

46th Annual White Marlin Open - The “World's Largest and Richest Billfish Tournament” is held in Ocean City, Maryland June 5-9, 2019.

The White Marlin Open is a 44-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 2017 event drew 358 boats, over 3,000 contestants, and paid out almost $5 million dollars in prize money including the top individual awards of $1.6 million and $1.5 million dollars. Long known as “World’s Largest Billfishing Tournament,” the White Marlin Open has awarded over $63 million dollars since 1974 to the lucky winners among more than 100,000 anglers aboard over 13,000 registered boats.  Along the way, the WMO became not just the largest billfish tournament, but also holds the world record for prize money payouts for any type of fishing tournament.