49th White Marlin Open Plans New Swordfish Category, Bonus Fishing Time

Summer in Ocean City, Maryland means the arrival of the world famous White Marlin Open. In the 49th year of the Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, organizers predict the purse will top $10 million for the first time ever.

The White Marlin Open (WMO) still claims the title of the world’s largest swordtail tournament (with 444 boats competing in 2021) and the payout of $9.2 million in 2021 was a world record. The 2022 tournament will be held from August 8 to 12 and hundreds of boats are still expected this year.

Although the format of the tournament has not changed, some changes will make fishing interesting. First, the shark division is being eliminated due to new federal shark regulations.

In its place, a swordfish category was added, as swordfish fishing grows in popularity. To fuel some competition in this new division, a “biggest swordfish winner” entry level has been added.

Smaller boats will be able to engage more in the action this year, with a new “daily swordtail points added” entry level. This means that boats under 40ft LOA will have a special category to reward their billfish catches and releases.

Finally, the hours of competition are extended by 30 minutes. Anglers will have an extra half hour to fish, with lines and teasers allowed in the water from 8am.

For fans, Marlin Party is back this year. This spectator festival was created as a social distancing solution during the pandemic, when it was not safe for large crowds to gather at the Harbor Island scale. It was so popular that it became a recurring event. The free festival will broadcast the weigh-ins live each day on a Jumbotron on the beach in Ocean City Inlet.

Tournament organizers say OMM would not be what it is without its supporters and supporters.

“From early risers watching the boats go by the creek, to the crowds that flock to Harbor Island to watch the nightly weigh-ins, the spectators add an element of excitement not found in any other fishing tournament in the world” , said the spokesperson. Caitlin Wolf.

While some will choose to watch the weigh-ins at Harbor Island, Marlin Fest fans will enjoy the daily live entertainment, food and drink, vendors, beach tennis and cornhole tournaments. The game takes place every day from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Find out more about White Marlin Open plans and boat listing updates at whitemarlinopen.com.

-Meg Walburn Viviano