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White Marlin Open 2020

White Marlin Open 2020

Welcome back to the White Marlin Capital of the World, Ocean City, MD! The infamous White Marlin Open is back in OCMD for its 47th year on the shore, bigger and better than ever with new surprises and larger prizes. Head into OCMD to watch in suspense as the fates change with the tip of the scale with $6.7 million on the line, at the world’s largest and richest billfish tournament! 


The White Marlin Open has awarded skilled fishermen and novice anglers over $63 million dollars in prize money since 1974! While this year’s tournament may look a bit different, in Ocean City, we’re excited to welcome back this classic event. Check out the new safety rules and regulations so you can enjoy some good, safe fun at the White Marlin Open below!


White Marlin Open Viewing Opportunities

In partnership with the Worcester County Health Department, there will be significantly reduced spectators allowed at the Harbour Island weigh-ins, and the event layout will be modified. This year, a new family-friendly viewing experience will be located at the 3rd Street Bayside ballpark where people can cheer on the boats as they head to Harbour Island to weigh their catch, view a live stream of the weigh-ins, shop vendor booths, purchase concessions, and official White Marlin gear!


3rd Street Spectators

  1. Social distancing is strongly encouraged - there will be lots of room to spread out! 

  2. Face coverings are recommended but not required at this location. 

  3. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the ballpark. 

  4. Coolers are not permitted. 

  5. Chairs and blankets ARE permitted.


Harbour Island Spectators

  1. Wristbands will be required to enter Harbour Island.

  2. Wristband distribution will begin at 2 pm each day and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

  4. Face coverings are required for everyone over the age of 10.

  5. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout Harbour Island.

  6. Chairs, blankets, and coolers are not permitted at Harbour Island.


Marlin Cam 

View the weigh-ins from the comfort from your home, hotel room, on any viewing device with the Marlin Cam! Brought to you by Pure Lure Reel Fishing Gear, and yours truly, Explore OC! Click HERE to watch them live! 


Schedule of Events

August 3-9 - Fishing Begins Daily at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Anglers may only fish 3 of the allotted days


Weigh-ins Are Daily at 4:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Weigh-ins are at the Harbour Island Marina and are Closed to the Public


Virtual viewing location at 3rd Street Bayside Ballpark 4:00 pm - 9:15 pm, Monday - Friday only


August 10 - Polygraph Testing and Trophy Presentation 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Aloft Hotel


Click here for more information!