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White Marlin Open in Ocean City to Start Monday

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 OCEAN CITY, Md.- The 2014 White Marlin Open will be held from August 4th through 8th in Ocean City, Maryland.
On August 2nd and 3rd, late registration is from 12-5 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina.

Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 4th. Awards will be presented on Friday, August 9th at 4 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel 101st Street.

Organizers say with the intention of preserving sportsmanship, rewarding angling skills and billfish conservation, the intentional use of live bait and/or live bait teasers in the attempt to catch billfish is not allowed.

According to group, each angler fishing the White Marlin Open is required to be registered with the National Saltwater Registry. For more information on how to obtain this registration, visit https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/register/
The tournament directors have implemented the following rules/rule clarifications for the 2014 White Marlin Open:

1) The use of Green Sticks is not permitted.
2) Line class shall be limited to the manufacturer's stated rating of no greater than 130 lbs. The use of Tournament Grade Line is not required.
3) If line backing is used it can not be any greater than the manufacturer's stated rating of 130 lbs. unless it is taped over so no backing is attached to the line that has the hook attached to it.

The group adds, Mate John Henry caught and released an approximately 100 lb. White Marlin at 10:20 a.m. aboard the "No Worries," on June 11th, 2014, making it the first White Marlin of the season.
Organizers say The White Marlin Open is an event that can be fun and exciting for the spectators as well as the anglers. All fish must be weighed on the official scale at Harbour Island (14th Street and the Bay), and the weigh-ins are held there each day of the tournament from 4:00 to 9:15 p.m. and are open to the public free of charge. As the week goes on, the group says the suspense builds, as potential lottery sized fortunes change hands with a tip of the scale. Organizers add that it is a terrific way to spend a few exciting hours during your Ocean City vacation.

According to the group's website, there is no parking available at Harbour Island, but there is ample parking within a few block walk. They suggest the Presbyterian Church on 14th Street, just a block away offers parking for a small donation. They say parking is also available at Holy Savior Church on 17th Street for $10. There is a “Park and Ride Shuttle Service” offered from the Convention Center parking lot, according to organizers.

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