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2009 Ocean City, MD White Marlin Open

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August 3-7, at Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City, MD. Each year, over 300 boats vie for millions of dollars in prize money. Anglers fish for white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and shark. Cash prizes are also awarded for billfish releases.


Named as one of Marlin Magazine's 10 best billfish tournaments, the White Marlin Open is the best bang for your buck in the billfish tournament category. The basic entry fee is $1,050 per boat, which qualifies participants for the $50,000 guaranteed prize money. Added entry skill levels are offered at every price point, ranging from $50 to $5,000. Going all-in will cost a boat $15,500 which is substantially less than other big money tournaments. With an unlimited number of anglers allowed on each boat, entry and fuel costs can be split, reducing the overall cost to each angler.


Boats participating in the White Marlin Open may leave from one of four locations. Ocean City, MD, Indian River, DE, Cape May, NJ and Wachapreague, VA are all tournament-sanctioned inlets. All boats must fish within the 100-mile limit of the Ocean City, MD sea buoy, regardless of their departure inlet. All fish must be weighed at Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City, MD.


One of the most unique aspects of the White Marlin Open is that anyone can win. Both experienced anglers and novices participate each year, and while it helps to have a great captain and crew, the fish do not discriminate! While the most coveted fish is the winning white marlin, large cash payouts are also made in the blue marlin and tuna categories.


The White Marlin Open is not only a great sport fishing event, but is a great spectator event as well. Each year, thousands of fishing enthusiasts, families and curiosity seekers pack Harbour Island Marina to watch the nightly weigh-ins, hoping to catch a glimpse of the “million dollar marlin. Food, beverages, jewelry and official White Marlin Open gear give the weigh-ins a festival-like atmosphere that people of all ages enjoy. Weigh-ins take place nightly, Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free.


While all of the anglers want to win, they also enjoy the camaraderie of the tournament and connecting with old friends. As stated in Marlin Magazine, The White Marlin Open is tough to beat. Whether you plan on going after the elusive “million dollar marlin, a state-record blue, a huge big-eye tuna, or you plan on watching from the docks, the 36th Annual White Marlin Open is not one you want to miss!


The 36th Annual White Marlin Open is sponsored by: Under Armour, Churchwell’s Jewelers, Martek of MD, Phillips Seafood Restaurants, Costa del Mar, Paul Man Boats, CGI Finance, Seacrets, Miller Lite, Clarion Resort, Cyntinory Marine, Mark's Marine Insurance, Cummins Power Systems, Big Game Fishing Journal, Viking Yachts, MTU, Marlin Magazine, Fawcett Boat Supplies, BB&T, Rick Bogert Marine Art, Penn, Ritchie Howell Yachts, Power & Motor Yacht, Harrah's, Cutter Chart, Ilex Construction & Woodworking, The Island at Newlands Sound, The Maryland Fisherman's Annual and Ocean City Lures.


...More White Marlin Open Information call 410-289-9229, or visit www.whitemarlinopen.com

Edited by Ocean City Department of Tourism
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Prepping for the 2009 Tournament


The skies are blue and the breezes are warm here at Harbour Island, just two days before lines go in the water at the 2009 White Marlin Open. This year, the 36-year old world's largest billfishing tournament is expecting more than three hundred boats to compete for millions of dollars of prize money. Boats from up and down the eastern seaboard are registering for added entry levels, hoping to catch the big white. There is one more day of late registration tomorrow, and the Captain's Meeting here on the dock at 7 p.m. Spectators are already planning to watch the boats go past the Ocean City sea buoy early on Monday morning. Stay tuned for the latest tournament information all week!

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Leaderboard - 8/3/2009


White Marlin

08/03 True Grit

Palm Beach, FL Daniel C Deer

St. Michaels, MD 67.5 lbs. $1,565,000.00



08/03 Shadowfax

Annapolis, MD Doug Salter

Chester, MD 249.0 lbs. $170,000.00


08/03 Foolish Pleasures

Mason Neck, VA Ed Gross

Hampstead, MD 207.5 lbs. $61,000.00


08/03 Risky Business

John Lavell

Philadelphia, PA 152.5 lbs. $25,000.00




08/03 Two Days

West Ocean City, MD Gerard W Wittstadt

Elkton, MD 37.0 lbs. $13,500.00


08/03 No Worries

Wilmington, DE Steve Fleming

Lewes, DE 32.0 lbs. $3,000.00


08/03 Out of Bounds

Indian River, DE Steven D Magdeberger

Baltimore, MD 31.5 lbs. $2,000.00

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Guest Wildwood_Manor

Wildwood Manor, native $ Ocean City resident Jim Hughes' boat, The Nontypical just made the leaderboard. Angler Terry Layton brought us a second-place worthy white marlin at 83 lbs.




Captain Jim Hughes landed the current state-record mako shark earlier this summer weighing 876 lbs!


Learn more by visiting www.whitemarlinopen.com

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Guest Biggest_White_in_29_Years

Sean Healey hooked his second white marlin ever at 9:30 a.m. yesterday morning. After an hour long fight on a disabled boat, Sean and his crew boated a 93.5 lb. white marlin, the largest white since 1980. The fish, which the crew of the Orion brought in by truck, currently stands to win $890,000.


As soon as Sean hooked the white, the transmission on the Orion died. The boat, which was stuck in forward, could only circle in wide loops. Sean had to walk around the boat, fighting the fish for an hour as it jumped in and out of the water before he finally brought it aboard. An amateur marlin fisher, Sean had no idea what he had just caught, but his crew certainly did.



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Guest Harbour Island

The fish are spectacular! The prizes are huge, totaling more than $2.5 million. And the excitement is building for the 36th Annual White Marlin Open, Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, 2009.


Stakes are high–up to nearly $1 million for the biggest white marlin. Prizes are also awarded for the largest blue marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi (dolphin fish), wahoo and shark.


Spectators are welcome to watch, as 300 boats take more than 1,500 of the world’s best anglers out to pursue some of America’s largest fish. Then check out the spectacular weigh-ins every evening from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina, 14th Street and the bay.


You never know what you’ll see at the weigh-in. In 2001, a local man proposed to his wife-to-be at the scales. A few years later, he caught a fish worth almost $1 million.



For more information, or to register, you can: visit www.whitemarlinopen.com call 410-289-9229

write White Marlin Open, PO Box 737, Ocean City, MD 21843.


NOTE: Parking is not available at Harbour Island. The Presbyterian Church on 14th Street, just a block away, offers parking for a small donation. You can also park free at the Convention Center, then catch a trolley to the weigh-ins.

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Guest Harbour Island

Blue Marlin Makes State, Tournament History!


Angler Robert Farris of Charlotte, North Carolina aboard the No Problem out of Fenwick Island, Delaware set a tournament and a state record with his blue marlin at 1,062 lbs. After fighting the fish for over three hours on 80-lb tackle, the crew brought the fish, currently worth about $555,000.




Heavy Hammerhead


Angler Jamie Gill aboard the Lisa out of Ocean City brought in a new first place shark, a big scalloped hammerhead tipping the scales at 254 lbs. The shark moves into first place, and snags $4,500.




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