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White Marlin Open Fishing

White Marlin Open Facts:

  • Official Weather Forecast
  • Held August 8th-12th, Ocean City Maryland
  • Boats may leave from any inlet between Rudee Inlet, Virginia and Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey
  • All fish must be weighed at the oficial scale at Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City, Maryland
  • Boats may pass the sea buoy of their departure inlet no earlier than 4 a.m.
  • Release and overall weight divisions
  • All anglers who are fishing in the White Marlin Open must sign up with the National Saltwater Registry.
  • Slips available at Ocean City Fishing Center, Harbour Island Marina and Sunset Marina

White Marlin Open

The White Marlin Open is the world's largest fishing tournament founded in 1974.

Boats fishing the White Marlin Open must use circle hooks when deploying natural baits or natural bait-artificial lure combinations. This regulation allows the use of "J" hooks with artificial lures in tournaments. There are no recreational circle hook requirements outside of billfish tournaments. The National Marine Fisheries Service defines a circle hook as a hook originally designed and manufactured so that the point of the hook is turned perpendicularly back towards the shank of the hook to form a generally circular or oval shape. The unique curved shape of a circle hook, essentially like that of a capital "G" helps prevent it from catching in the gut or throat of a fish, where it can cause significant internal injury.

For more information refer to the official tournament website-

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White Marlin Open Weather Forecast and Fishing Data

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White Marlin Open Fishing Tips

  • Check for 7 day wind and swell forecasts for the area offshore of the Delmarva Penninsula. This will give you a good idea of what to expect and where to fish during the tournament.

  • White Marlin can often be found feeding close to the surface in water temperatures between 72 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Check SST and Altimetry charts to find temperature breaks within the tournament boundary. Current breaks hold bait and serve as natural migratory pathways for bait and the blue marlin that feed on them

  • Look for eddies that will bring clear blue water into the areas offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula that will often hold higher than normal concentrations of White Marlin.

  • Dead-Bait Spreads with dredges combined with two lures are the preferred method of catching White Marlin in the White Marlin Open. In recent years 2 grander Blue Marlin have been caught on Teasers with hooks.