White Marlin Open

Worcester County

White Marlin Open

When
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9, 2024
Where
419 14th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
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A Major Seasonal Impact on the LESMD Region

Referred to as the “World’s Largest Billfishing Tournament” and attracting big name anglers such as Michael Jordan, the White Marlin Open is an 47-year-old deep-sea fishing tournament held annually in Ocean City, Maryland.  The 2023 event drew 400 boats, over 3,500 contestants, and awarded over $10.5 million dollars in prize money, including the top individual prize of $6.23 million dollars which established a new world record award for the catch of a fish! Running five days in early August, the tournament coincides with the peak of the summer season. For this reason the event is usually considered vacation week for anglers and their families, with many arriving 2-3 days prior to the start of the competition.

30M
2020 estimated economic impact
10.50M
White Marlin Open prize money

The energy and vitality of the event sends ripples throughout the LESMD economy by simultaneously maximizing a number of important regional economic development assets. These include Maryland’s coastal waters with the adjacent and highly developed tourism/hospitality industry, as well as a network of surrounding marinas and signature day trip destinations such as Berlin. The event’s robust injection of dollars into the economy further underscores the value of trade-oriented, sector-specific programs within the LESMD education continuum.

When
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9, 2024
Where
419 14th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
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