The World’s Largest Billfish Tournament Right at Your Back Door

The World’s Largest Billfish Tournament Right at Your Back Door

Tons of big events happen in Ocean City each summer, but there are few that appeal to locals just as much as the tourists. One of the biggest events of the year is the 44th White Marlin Open, and there are plenty of locals who have made the event tradition year after year. If you live in the communities close to Ocean City, such as Lighthouse Lakes or The Refuge, you’re already in the middle of all the exciting things happening in the area.


It comes as no surprise that the White Marlin Open has been named the premier event of the summer—being that it draws in hundreds of beautiful fishing boats open to public exploration and a wide variety of billfish being shown at weigh in—some as big as 800 pounds!


Join Lighthouse Lakes and just about all of Ocean City on August 7th-11th in celebrating this year’s 44th Annual White Marlin Open at Harbour Island. All fish will be weighed on the official scale at Harbour Island on 14th Street, Bay side each day from 4:00 to 9:15 p.m.


People come from all over the country with over 2,000 expected participants, their families, and tens of thousands of spectators to see this competitive tournament take place. After all, the grand prize winner receives over 1 million dollars!  Last year, an astonishing 328 registered boats caught and released over 1300 white marlin during last year’s event and this year’s White Marlin Open anticipates even more!


The great thing about this event is that you don’t have to show a great deal of interest in fishing to enjoy yourself. Kick back and relax at the The Reel Inn (the tournaments home base) with an orange crush and some delicious sea food as you socialize with the locals and tourists alike.  


As the week goes on, the suspense builds while potential lottery sized fortunes change hands with the tip of the scale. It is truly a unique experience that can only be had on the Eastern Shore. Can’t make the event but want to check out the action? You can still watch all the excitement through a live stream courtesy of Great entertainment, delicious food and socializing with friends and neighbors… what more could you ask for?  


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