An OCMD Tradition

The White Marlin Open

The White Marlin Open is one of the most prestigious fishing tournaments in the world, held annually in Ocean City, Maryland. Each year, fishermen from all over the world converge on the small town to compete in the week-long tournament, which boasts millions of dollars in prize money.

The tournament is named after the white marlin, a prized game fish found in the waters off the coast of Ocean City. The event began in 1974 and has grown steadily over the years, becoming one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world.

Fishermen compete in several different categories, including white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, and dolphin. The tournament’s catch-and-release policy for billfish has made it a leader in conservation efforts and has helped protect these species for future generations.

The White Marlin Open is more than just a fishing tournament. It’s a celebration of the fishing community and the ocean ecosystem that supports it. The week-long event includes parties, live music, and other festivities, all centered around the ocean and the fishermen who depend on it.

The tournament has also had a significant impact on the local economy, bringing in millions of dollars in revenue each year. Local businesses, from hotels to restaurants to tackle shops, all benefit from the influx of tourists and fishermen during the tournament.

Fin City Brewing Company has embraced the White Marlin Open. We have created a beer named after the tournament, White Marlin Pale Ale. This beer is a nod to the tournament’s history and the local fishing culture that surrounds it.

If you’re in Ocean City during the White Marlin Open, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Even if you’re not a fisherman, the tournament is a great opportunity to experience the local culture and celebrate the beauty of the ocean.