48 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.
Furious Friday Finds Big Flux in Fishermen’s Fortunes
In the most dramatic finish in the 48- year history of the White Marlin Open, over
$6 million dollars changed hands in the final hour of weigh-ins at Harbour Island
Marina on Friday.
Mike Atkinson off the “Fender Bender” (both from Virginia Beach, VA), weighed
the first fish of the tournament. Until the last 30-minutes, his 82.5-pound white
marlin was winning $5,000,000! As the line of boats with fish to weigh dwindled
to the final three, there was one boat flying a white marlin flag. It was the “Sushi”
out of Ocean...