The White Marlin Open fishing tournament is one of those things that makes Ocean City, well, Ocean City. This coming August, for the thirty seventh time in history, hundreds of anglers with head out into the Atlantic Ocean in search of billfish, tuna, shark and more. Last year the tournament end on the night Friday, August, the seventh. By the end of the last years tournament, two Maryland state had been broken. The winning white marlin weighed 93.5 pounds, and was caught by Sean Halley of Prides Crossing, Mass. Mr. Halley was angling from the Orion, out of Palm Beach, Florida. The winning white marlin this brought in a whopping $903,442 prize check.
Mr. Halley’s catch, however, was not one of the record-breakers landed at last years tournament. The long-standing record for a Maryland blue marlin was smashed by an amazing 120 pounds. The previous record of 942 pounds, set by Jim Daniels back in 1989, was obliterated by Mr. Robert Farris, of Charlotte, North Carolina, who was fishing aboard the No Problem. After a three hour battle using an 80 pound line, the 1062 pound monster was finally boated, earning $454,999.00 in winnings for the crew. Jamie Gill, angling aboard the Lisa, broke the record for the largest hammerhead shark by 6o pounds. The crew received $4,500 in winnings for the 254 pound shark. Doug Slater, fishing aboard the Shadowfax, landing the winning tuna, a 249 pound whopper. He and the crew of the Shadowfax received a $179,581 pay out. The winning dolphin weighed 37.5 pounds caught be Ronald Bennett, aboard the Crush-Em, the winning wahoo weighed in at 47 pounds, caught by the crew of the Wave Dancer, earning them a $2,000 check.
Could you be the next be winner at the White Marlin Open? There is only one way to find out. Anyone can enter the tournament, young or old, male or female, it is an awesome experience for all. The entry fee is $1000 before June, 1st , and an extra hundred in addition to that after that date. There is no limit to how many anglers can register to fish off a single boat, but keep in mind, how many people do you really want to split your prize money with! Also remember, late registration is on July 31st and August 1st. You can pay with cash, check or credit card.
All the fish caught in the tournament are weight on the official scale, located at Harbour Island, at 14th Street on the bayside. The weigh ins are open to the public and free of charge. The weigh ins occur between 4pm to 9:15pm. I have been to them and the excitement there is awesome. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake and state, country, and world records that have the potential to be broken. I come to the weigh ins every year. Just make sure you fine parking well in advance the place will be packed. And if your not content with being a spectator like me, join up with tournament and head out with the rest of the boats on August, 2nd, 2010. Who knows, maybe, you will be the next Sean Halley, the next Robert Harris. As always, thank you for reading, stay tuned, and I look forward to seeing you at the tournament!